(navigation image)
Home American Libraries | Canadian Libraries | Universal Library | Community Texts | Project Gutenberg | Children's Library | Biodiversity Heritage Library | Additional Collections
Search: Advanced Search
Anonymous User (login or join us)
Upload
See other formats

Full text of "Bible Monitor (2010) (Volume 88)"

BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXXVIII 



JANUARY, 2010 



NO. 1 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



NEW YEAR'S DAY 

Now, gracious Lord, thine arm reveal, 
And make thy glory known, 

Now, let us all thy presence feel, 
And soften hearts of stone. 



Help us to venture near thy throne, 
And plead a Saviour's name, 

For all that we can call our own 
Is vanity and shame. 

From all the guilt of former sin, 

May mercy set us free, 
And let the year we now begin, 

Begin and end with thee. 

And when before thee we appear, 

In our eternal home, 
May growing numbers worship here, 

And praise thee in our room. 

-John Newton 



BIBLE MONITOR 



A NEW YEAR AHEAD 

As a new year begins, we of a world that never was, that 



have many questions about 
what it will contain. Will it be 
full of the good things that we 
desire? Will it be a year full of 
bad news on every hand? Will 
it be a year that combines both 
the good and the bad, as most 
years do? Will the hard times of 
the new year actually be bless- 
ings in disguise, as we learn 
more about ourselves as we 
face those situations? Will we 
be drawn closer to God as we 
seek His help and His direction 
in our lives? 

As we survey the current 
situation and consider the future, 
we may find ourselves reflect- 
ing on past times, when we are 
sure that the situation was far 
better than today. As we look 
back we often catch a glimpse 



oniy exists in our minds of a long 
ago time when surely all was 
not as disadvantageous as it 
seems now. Often the memories 
of the past are of a time when 
responsibilities were not ours 
but belonged to our parents and 
grandparents. Since we could 
not perceive then the struggles 
that they faced, the view around 
us was one of innocent enjoy- 
ment, rather than one of reality. 
Today as we face the respon- 
sibilities that then belonged to 
our fathers, we are sure that all 
is not well or as encouraging as 
times were in that mystical day 
of long ago. 

Perhaps as we look back, 
we only look back as far as our 
childhood years. If we were to 
look back further through his- 



THE BIBLE MONITOR 



JANUARY 2010 



Published monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in the plant of Haines Printing Company. 

Postmaster: Send address changes to Haines Printing Company, 1 0575 West 
Main Road, North East, PA 16428. 

Terms: Single subscription $5.00 a year in advance. 

Send all subscriptions and communications to the editor. 

MILTON COOK, Editor; 1138 East 12th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. 

KEITH BAILEY, Assistant Editor, 541 East Main Street, Bradford, OH 48308. 

DENNIS ST. JOHN, Associate Editor; 21397-B50, Bryan, OH 43506. 

KEVIN FUNK, Associate Editor; 24107 N Avenue, Dallas Center, IA 50063. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



tory we would discover that the 
situations that we face today 
are similar to those faced by 
our spiritual ancestors. We 
are troubled by the spiritual 
landscape of our present time. 
It seems that all spiritual moor- 
ings have been lost by society. 
There is a widespread disbelief 
in God and an especially virulent 
disparaging of Christianity. The 
society that surrounds us does 
all in its powerto discourage and 
defeat the thrusts of Christian 
witness in the social, political 
and educational world. 

It is difficult to deal with the 
humanistic tendencies of so- 
ciety. The effects of man [ s self 
centered society are evident 
in the policies and programs of 
the government and other public 
institutions. These attempts to 
solve the problems of this world 
through humanistic policies and 
programs present challenges 
to living productively in a self- 
centered world. Many of the 
present programs are a direct 
challenge to the Christian who is 
trying to live, work and produce 
in a godly and consistent way. 

As we face the declining out- 
ward power of Christianity in the 
affairs of government, we might 
take our look backward to the 
times of the Primitive Church. 



As we catch glimpses of the First 
Century Church, we are most 
likely to see the terrible perse- 
cutions that plagued the early 
Christians. We think of them as 
the ones who often preached 
and prayed with strength per- 
haps unknown since. They 
gave to us the examples of men 
who hazarded all to spread the 
Gospel. Often they were hunted, 
imprisoned, tortured, and killed 
with methods that appall us, 
yet they were used by God to 
spread the Gospel from a hand- 
ful of believers in Jerusalem to 
the whole Mediterrean world in 
a few decades. 

Despite the persecutions 
they faced, they were able to 
build a strong church that was 
uncompromising with the sur- 
rounding society. They continued 
to grow, not only in numbers, but 
also in spiritual ardor, as they 
faced these persecutions. They 
maintained this record of scrip- 
tural and spiritual purity as long 
as the persecutions continued. 
Compromise came when Chris- 
tianity became united with the 
government through the sup- 
posedly beneficial acceptance 
as the state religion by Constan- 
tine. 

There have been other times 
of dogged persecution for the 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Church. There were many de- 
cades of persecution in Europe 
when our spiritual ancestors 
sought to restore the church to 
its primitive state. Persecution 
has raged off and on toward 
Christianity in many parts of the 
world overthe centuries continu- 
ing to our own time. 

We should not be surprised 
that the time has now come to 
the United States when per- 
secution would be unleashed. 
Humanistic programs cannot 
stand any competing influence 
from Christianity. A humanistic, 
homogeneous society cannot 



afford the distractions of those 
who find direction for their lives 
from the God of Heaven through 
His Word. We should not be 
shocked that such a future may 
soon be ours. 

How are you prepared to 
meet the situations that may 
soon come upon believers even 
in our own land? Hopefully we 
will allow the same Holy Spirit 
that led our spiritual forefathers 
to work in each of our lives as 
we meet the spiritual conditions 
of our time. 

M.C.Cook 



POLITICAL CRISIS 

Have you been following myriad of influences He has 



the heated debate surrounding 
health care reform? Do you feel 
strongly about global warming 
and "cap and trade : '? Do you 
find yourself alarmed at the 
big changes that are looming? 
Does the future of this country 
concern you? Are you losing 
sleep at night? 

We have direct access to 
the One who holds these is- 
sues in His Almighty Hands! 
These seemingly unreasonable 
politicians are given breath by 
our Father. His finger is guiding 
them. We may never know the 



used to persuade them. There 
is no limit to the possibilities of 
how these pending pieces of 
legislation will be derailed! And 
if they are not defeated, that was 
undeniably His plan! 

There are some "exceeding- 
ly great and precious promises" 
in Psalm 37. The chapteropens 
with, "Fret not thyself because 
of evildoers... for they shall soon 
be cut down like the grass, and 
wither as the green herb. Trust 
in the LORD, and do good; so 
shalt thou dwell in the land, and 
verily thou shalt be fed." 



* See errata page at end of book for correction 
in second paragraph on this page. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



A little la?er in that chapter 
we are promised, "For evildo- 
ers shall be cut off: but those 
that wait upon the LORD, they 
shall inherit the earth. For yet a 
little while, and the wicked shall 
not be: yea, thou shalt diligently 
consider his place, and it shall 
not be. But the meek shall in- 
herit the earth; and shall delight 
themselves in the abundance of 
peace." 

That is something we can 
lean on!! Another verse from 
that chapter, "I have been 
young, and now am old; yet 
have not seen the righteous 
forsaken, nor his seed begging 
bread." (Psalm 37 must have 
been written for the year 2009!) 
We can easily get caught up in 
pessimism. Tax increases. . .how 
will we get the best treatments 
for our children? Rational health 
care, how will we obtain care for 
our parents and grandparents 
in their sunset years? Federally 
funded abortions? More manu- 



facturing jobs are being driven 
overseas for oversized carbon 
footprints? 

Wait!! This world is NOT our 
home. If heart surgery is denied 
us because of our age, we are 
not dying; we are just going 
home to live! If increased tax 
burdens on small businesses 
make money tight, our King will 
illuminate the path we are to 
take. Besides, we are not build- 
ing an empire here; we have a 
palace already waiting. 

Let's be encouraged by the 
promises found in Psalm 37. 
We have a caring, intimately 
involved Lord who holds these 
politically turbulent times in His 
hands. He is easy to be entreat- 
ed, and He knows the wonderful 
plans He has for our future. 

God bless you as you seek 
His peace and comfort in the 
midst of the storm around you. 

In His care, 
Sister Charisse Aungst 



AN OLD PREACHER VOICES HIS CONCERN FOR 
MINISTERS IN POLITICS 



Dear Friend, 

Allow me to say, that it ex- 
cites both my wonder and con- 
cern, that a Christian minister 
such as yourself, should think 



it worth his while to attempt 
political reforms. When I look 
around upon the present state 
of the nation, such an attempt 
appears to me, to be no less vain 



BIBLE MONITOR 



and foolish, than it would be to 
paint the cabin while the ship is 
sinking! Or to decorate the parlor 
while the house is on fire! 

When our Lord Jesus was 
upon the earth, He refused to 
get in disputes or politics, "Man, 
who made me a judge or a di- 
vider over you?" (Luke 12:14} 
"My kingdom is not of this worid: 
if my kingdom were of this world, 
then would my servants fight" 
(John 18:36) God's children 
belong to a kingdom which is not 
of this world; they are strangers 
and pilgrims upon earth, and a 
part of their Scriptural character 
is, that they are the "quiet in the 
land." (Psalm 35:20) 

Satan has many contriv- 
ances to amuse people, and to 
divert their thoughts from their 
real danger! 

My dear sir, my prayer to 
God for you is that He may in- 
duce you to employ the talents 
He has given you, in pointing 
out sin as the great cause and 
source of every existing evii; and 
to engage those who love and 
fear Him, (instead of wasting 
time in political speculations, 
for which very few of them are 
competent) to sigh and cry for 
our abounding abominations, 
and to stand in the breach, by 
prayer, that God's wrath may 



yet be averted, and our national 
mercies prolonged! This : I think, 
is true patriotism: the best way in 
which people in private life may 
serve their country 

I consider the ungodly as 
saws and hammers in the hand 
of God. So far as they are His 
instruments, they will succeed 
- but not an inch further! Their 
wrath shall praise Him, and be 
subservient to His designs! 

If our lot is so cast that we 
can exercise our ministry free 
from stripes, fines, imprison- 
ments, and death, it is more than 
the gospel has promised to us! 
If Christians were quiet when 
under the cruel governments of 
Nero and other wicked perse- 
cutors, when they were hunted 
down like wild beasts, then we 
ought to be not only quiet but 
very thankful now! It was then 
accounted an honor to suffer 
for Christ and the "offence of the 
cross'! 

Those are to be greatly pit- 
ied, who boast of their "liberty", 
and yet they do not consider that 
they are in the most deplorable 
bondage as the slaves of sin and 
Satan, under the curse of God ! s 
law and His eternal wrath! Oh, 
for a voice to reach their hearts, 
that they may know their true 
and dreadful state, and seek 



BIBLE MONITOR 



deliverance from their horrific 
siavery! May you and I labor 
to direct them to the one thing, 
which is absolutely needful, and 
abundantly sufficient. 

if I had the wisdom or influ- 
ence to soothe the angry pas- 
sions of mankind, I would gladly 
employ them! But my charter, 
my rights, and my treasures, 
are all in heaven, and there 
my heart ought to be. In a very 
short time, I may be removed 
(and perhaps suddenly) into the 
unseen and eternal world where 
all that now causes so much 
bustle upon earth will be of no 
more importance to me than the 
events which took place among 
the antediluvians! 

In the hourwhen death shall 
open the door into eternity, many 
things which now assume an 
"air of importance" will be found 
as light and unsubstantial as a 
child's dream! 

How crucial then, it is for 



me, to be found watching, with 
my lamp burning, diligently 
engaged in my proper calling! 
For the Lord has not called me 
to set governments right, but to 
preach the gospel, to proclaim 
the glory of His Name, and to 
endeavor to win souls! "Let the 
dead bury their dead: but go 
thou and preach the Kingdom of 
God/' (Luke 9:60) Happy is that 
servant, whom his Master finds 
so doing, when He returns! 

As you have forced me to re- 
spond, both duty and love have 
obliged me to be faithful and 
free in giving you my thoughts. I 
recommend you to the care and 
blessing of the Great Shepherd 
and Savior; and remain for His 
sake, your affectionate friend 
and Brother. 

John Newton 
(Author of "Amazing Grace") 

Selected by 
Brother Lynn H. Miller 



PRAYING THE LORD'S PRAYER 

Forgive us our debts 

Parte 



Debts or trespasses, which 
shall it be? This brings us to 
the only part of the Lord's 
Prayer that might cause a 

little stumbling or uneasiness 



when worshipping with mixed 
denominations. How soothing 
when the one in charge actu- 
ally announces that the Lord's 
Prayer will be said in unison 



8 



BIBLE MONITOR 



using the word "debts". I am 
just as comfortable saying 
trespasses if I know every- 
one else is voicing the same 
syllables. There need not be 
hushed tones when coming to 
the phrase about what is to be 
forgiven. 

The text in Matthew uses 
"debts and debtors", but many 
of the earlier churches chose 
the word "trespasses". In 1662 
the Presbyterian and "other 
reformers" brought the words 
in question back to "debts". The 
same prayer in Luke has a few 
words reversals compared to 
Matthew's version and uses the 
words "forgive us our sins." 

Trespasses, debts, iniqui- 
ties, or sins - they all will keep 
me out of heaven. But there is 
a God who is eager to forgive. 
From the Garden of Eden - to 
the turmoil in the wilderness, 
through the tragedies in Judg- 
es, and marching on to the 21st 
century - men have sinned. 
They have trespassed against 
their Creator. And deserve to 
die. 

There have been iniqui- 
ties punished by immediate 
death - the deeds of Lot's 
wife, NadabandAbihu,Achan, 
and the Ananias and Saphira 
team. Drastic and immediate 



measures were not always be- 
cause of Ten Commandment- 
sins. How about looking back 
at a home in flames, burning 
of strange fire, borrowing a 
Babylonish garment, and twist- 
ing the facts about the pur- 
chase price of property? These 
instant-death stories impact our 
memories, but far more often, 
mankind is forgiven. 

Death was what we de- 
served when we first rebelled 
against God, but He forgives. 
it is what He does best. God 
asks the lost sinner to repent 
and the saint to do the same for 
broken fellowship and violating 
His trust. Job seemed to sense 
this when he rose up early in 
the morning and offered burnt 
offerings for his children saying, 
"It may be that my sons have 
sinned, and cursed God in their 
hearts." 

Before Christ was crucified, 
the forgiving pattern was com- 
plicated, wordy, once yearly, 
and perhaps even smelly and 
messy. The God of Israel did 
the forgiving through priests 
and shedding of animal blood. 
Small wonder the tabernacle- 
priests of Jesus' day called Him 
a blasphemer. Jesus said to the 
man let down through the roof, 
"Thy sins be forgiven thee." 



BIBLE MONITOR 



9 



Healing was one thing, but for- 
giving sins could generate only 
from God. This man - Jesus - 
had not only side-stepped the 
priests' sacred duty of atone- 
ment through sacrifice, but He 
had blatantly spoken words that 
only God could convey. 

David's words in Psalm 51 
admit his iniquity against God 
and plead for mercy. In the 
Old Testament, the penalty for 
adultery was death by stoning. 
Two witnesses testified and 
punishment was meted. David 
seemed to be looking ahead 
to the mercy of the New Testa- 
ment Savior because the blood 
sacrifice of animals would not 
cover adultery. However, the 
blood of Jesus from the cross 
could do so. 

From the beginning, the 
Almighty has been a forgiv- 
ing God. His part is to forgive, 
my part is to repent. Repent 
means to feel such regret over 
some past action or intention 



as to change my mind. It does 
not mean that I am sorry to be 
caught or embarrassed to be 
found, but that I make plans 
to not commit the same error 
again. Foremost, our sin nature 
must be confessed to the Holy 
God. 

"Forgive us our debts" is 
what Christ did and does for 
me. From the cross Jesus 
said, "Father, forgive them: for 
they know not what they do." I 
am no better than the soldiers 
at Calvary. When I do my part 
- confess and repent - Jesus 
does His part - forgive. There 
is no uttermost part of the sea 
that can hide my sin from an 
Omnipresent God. The first and 
best action that I can do with 
iniquity is repent of it. Only God 
can toss my sins as far away as 
the east is from the west. 

"Forgive us our debts." 

Sister Mary Sue Moss 
Dallas Center, Iowa 



POETIC PARAPHRASE OF THE LORD'S PRAYER 



Note - The authorship of 
the following poetic version of 
the Lord's Prayer is unknown. 
A. P. Green, of Auburn, Ind., 
picked up a piece of heavy satin 
in Corinth, Miss., May 30, 1862, 



after the Confederated army has 
evacuated the place. This prayer 
was printed on that satin and 
was dated July 4, 1823. It is a 
curious and beautiful paraphrase 
and is worthy of preservation. 



1 BIBLE MONITOR 



Thou to the mercy seat our souls doth gather, 
To do our duty unto thee. . . 

OUR FATHER, 
To whom all praise, all honor should be given, 
For thou art the great God. 
WHO ART IN HEAVEN, 
Thou, by thy wisdom, rul ! st the world's wide fame; 
Forever, therefore. . . 

HALLOWED BE THY NAME, 
Let nevermore delays divide us from 
Thy glorious grace, but. . . 

THY KINGDOM COME, 
But let thy commands opposed be by none, 
But let thy good pleasure and. . . 

THYWILLBEDONE 
And let our promptness to obey be even 
The very same. . . 

ON EARTH AS 'TIS IN HEAVEN, 
Then, for our souls, O Lord, we also pray, 
Thou wouldst be pleased to. . . 

GIVE US THIS DAY 
The food of life, wherewith our souls are fed. 
Sufficient raiment and. . . 
OUR DAILY BREAD, 
With every needful thing do thou relieve us, 
And of thy mercy, pity. . . 

AND FORGIVE US 
All our misdeeds, for him, whom thou dost please 
To make an offering for. . . 
OUR TRESPASSES, 
And, forasmuch : Lord, as we believe 
That thou wilt pardon us. . . 

AS WE FORGIVE 
Let that love teach, wherewith thou acquaint'st us, 
To pardon all. . . 

THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US. 
Of the lucky possessors of a valuable we have forgot 



BIBLE MONITOR 11 



This love for thee, yet help. . . 

AND LEAD US NOT 
Through soul or body want, to desperation, 
Nor let earth's gain drive us. . . 

INTO TEMPTATION, 
Let not the soul of any true believer 
Fall in the time of trial. . . 

BUT DELIVER 
Yea, save them from the malice of the devil, 
And, both in life and death, keep. . . 

US FROM EVIL, 
Thus pray we, Lord, for that of thee from whom 
This may be had. . , 

FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM 
This world is of thy work its wondrous story 
To thee belongs. . . 

THE POWER, AND THE GLORY, 
And all thy wondrous works have ended never, 
But will remain forever and. . . 

FOREVER. 
Thus, we poor creatures would confess again, 
And thus would say eternally. . . 
AMEN. 

Selected from the 

January 1, 1950 

issue of the Bible Monitor 

INSIGHT FOR A NEW YEAR! 

A New Year gives us a new lease on life 
A New Lease with opportunity and demands 
It's not the challenge but our response 
Are we willing to place it in God's hands. 

Fear not the path or the price to be paid 
Beyond the dark shadows there's a Light 
Things seemed impossible aren't always so 
All things are possible in God's sight. 



12 



BIBLE MONITOR 



The responsibility coming with challenge 
Is meant to temper and enlarge the sou! 
In separating treasures from the trivia 
We find peace, joy and heaven our goal. 

Guide Lines are for Spiritual development 
Making us more than conquerors in Christ 
They'll challenge the depth of our being 
Spiritual health comes only through Christ. 

integrity with a sense of divine judgment 
Humility that will lead one to the Cross! 
Love that purifies, enlightens, sustains 
Obedience with an unquestioning devotion. 

Faith trusting in the unseen hand of God 
Confidence in the Holy Spirit's Leadership 
Strength developed from daily Bible study 
Power the Hoiy Spirit's indwelling presence. 

Peace that surpasses all our understanding 
Potential, unlimited in the mind of God 
Privilege to walk with Christ in communion 
Provision to accomplish God's perfect Will. 



-Paul D. Ayres 
Selected by Brother Ross Sines 



HARD SAYINGS 



"And when he heard this, he 
was very sorrowful: for he was 
very rich." Luke 18:23 

This account of Jesus and 
the rich young ruler is commonly 
and frequently used to illustrate 
the fact that our Lord can see 
into the heart and tell what we 
value most. This is an important 
lesson, but there is another les- 



son here that is also important. 
Though Jesus often spoke 
in parables that his discipies 
could not always comprehend, 
the Lord was always very direct 
in His speech. The young ruler 
was educated and interested 
in acquiring eternal life. What 
an opportunity! How often does 
anyone approach us as follow- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



13 



ers of Christ and ask us how to 
achieve eternal life? Yet Jesus : 
answer was not condescend- 
ing. He did not plead. He simply 
stated the facts. "Sell ail that thou 
hast. . .and come and follow me." 
Matthew tells us in 19:22 "...he 
went away sorrowful: for he had 
great possessions." Jesus did 
not argue with him, or plead with 
him. He just gave him the facts, 
and then let him go. 

One purpose of Christians is 
to proclaim the gospel and glorify 
God. We must tell people what 
the Bible says, and we must al- 
low the Holy Spirit to do His work. 
We should never argue with 
people. We should not chase 
them. Fruit does not spring up 
the same day the seed is sown, 
but YET it says in Luke 18:27, 
"...the things which are impos- 
sible with men are possible with 
God." 

Jesus told him clearly what 



he lacked and he went away 
sorrowful because he was not 
willing to give up the world. Yet 
there is a possibility that he 
repented and followed Christ. 
For some foiks it takes many 
years between the initial con- 
frontation and conversion. Yet 
Jesus intercedes for us and He 
interceded for the rich, young 
ruler. We simply need to know 
that the work of the Holy Ghost 
is not our work. Yes, we need to 
pray for them as Jesus did, and 
we need to be an example, but 
ultimately we must turn this soul 
over to God for the completion 
of the conversion experience. 

But to those to whom the 
Spirit is calling - DO NOT TAR- 
RY. Genesis 6:3 (the Lord speak- 
ing) says, "My spirit shall not 
always strive with men." If you 
ignore or put off answering the 
call of God, He may easily stop 
calling. 



Behold a stranger at the door! 
He gently knocks - has knocked before, 
Has waited long - is waiting still; 
You treat no other friend so ill. 

Admit him, ere his anger burn - 
His feet, departed, ne'er return; 
Admit him - or the hour's at hand, 
You'll at his door rejected stand. 
-Joseph Grigg 

Brother Lynn H, Miller 



14 



BIBLE MONITOR 



JACOB MOVES TO EGYPT 

Rudy Cover 
Gen. 46 



Did you ever have to move 
to another home? It is quite 
an experience. Sometimes 
we don't like to leave a place 
where we have lived a long 
time. I remember when I was 
a boy my parents moved to an- 
other place. It was very exciting 
for me to think of going to a 
different home. Everything was 
new to me and I couid hardly 
wait to get going. 

The famine had hit Jacob 
hard and when he heard that 
Joseph was alive in Egypt he 
was ready to move. Jacob was 
a man who trusted in God; so 
first he went to the town of 
Beersheba to sacrifice to God. 
Here was where God talked to 
Abraham and also to Isaac. In 
the night God spoke to Jacob 
and told him not to be afraid 
to go to Egypt because God 
would be with him and make a 
great nation of him there. And 
he would see Joseph. 

Jacob left Beersheba in 
the wagons that Pharaoh had 
given Joseph to send for his 
father. All their possessions 
were taken along - even their 
herds. Jacob took all his fam- 



ily with him, his sons and their 
wives and all their children. 
There were sixty-six in all and 
with Joseph, his wife and their 
two sons made seventy of the 
family of Jacob that lived in 
Egypt. 

When they arrived in Egypt, 
Jacob sent Judah to Joseph 
to tell him they needed to be 
directed to the land of Goshen. 
Egypt was a large country. It 
was over two hundred miles 
from Beersheba to the land 
of Goshen and it was about 
fifty miles from Beersheba 
to Bethel which was close to 
where Jacob had lived. This 
was a long way to travel when 
they only had animals to pull 
their wagons. It was slow going 
and quite an adventure for the 
children. When Joseph heard 
their father had arrived, he 
called for his chariot and went 
to meet Jacob. What a meet- 
ing it was! Joseph fell on his 
father's neck and wept. Jacob 
said to Joseph, "Now let me 
die, since I have seen thy face, 
because thou art yet alive." 

! would think this was one 
of the happiest times in Jacob's 



BIBLE MONITOR 



15 



life. Jacob had suffered much 
but God had not deserted him 
because Jacob trusted God. If 
we put our faith in God, He will 
bless us too. Jesus says, "I will 



never leave thee nor forsake 
thee." 

Selected from 

the April 15, 1975 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



CHRISTIANITY VERSES WAR 



John 

Brethren Drafted to 
Camp Meade 

At this time it was growing 
very difficult for the timid one to 
get transferred to the detention 
camp. Out of curiosity the of- 
ficers had rounded up twenty- 
five conscientious objectors in 
the first five days of the draft as 
a topical explorer gathers apes 
of a new species. These were 
Pennsylvanians. Even Secretary 
Bakerhimselfvisited this muse- 
um. It was an obscure room of 
barracks in B block where every 
wooden barn for humans looked 
alike that securely housed these 
Mennonites, Dunkers, Quak- 
ers, Jews, etc. No soldier or 
officer seemed to know where 
the Detention Camp was. The 
writer himself wearing a uniform 
"under protest" but none the 
less efficient "rookie" saluted 
officers of high rank but when 
their instructions were followed 
he reached a camp where de- 
serters were held. However, 



Roop 

about thirty Maryland conscien- 
tious objectors were rounded 
up in a voluntary way with a 
tacit understanding that unitedly 
we would force action. Action 
in the different barracks varied 
with the officers and religions. 
Mennonites in their church garb 
had little difficulty in keeping out 
of the uniform. Brother Dotterer 
and the writer started a Bible 
Class in "College Corner." (We 
called it so because the various 
college men were put together 
to be transferred). Frederick 
County Brethren came in. Even 
one Catholic pal was more or 
less interested in our discus- 
sions. We searched diligently for 
every reason for the hope that 
lieth within us. New Testament 
truths proved pertinent. An of- 
ficer overheard a little and saw 
the bunch. As a consequence 
we remained in barracks next 
day and we who had our pa- 
pers and objected to war in all 
its forms were called out to see 



16 



BIBLE MONITOR 



the colonel individually. He tried 
to persuade us to remain in the 
ranks, promising non-combatant 
service and great promotions to 
college men who did not object 
to military operations too se- 
verely. As a result all who were 
interviewed stood firm except 
one who went back to his com- 
pany. 

This young brother never 
joined the conscientious objec- 
tors but won promotion in the 
army. And, when returned home 
he struck one of the elders of the 
church in the face, winning more 
honor from a bloodthirsty public: 
for the elder was ridiculed and 
the young man lauded in the 
public press. 

When the Maryland consci- 
entious objectors joined those 
from Pennsylvania, the quarters 
were moved to a less central 
part of camp. Still the newspaper 
correspondents and cartoonists 
sought us out. We were washing 
our mess kits when one decided 
to give us a large picture in the 
Public Ledger. Almost every 
paper in the country carried 
headlines about conscientious 
objectors. To the credit of the 
Ledger, Bulletin (Phiia.), Post 
(New York), News (Baltimore), 
these reports gave the public a 
good impression of our sincerity, 



perseverance, and devotion. 

The cool autumn weather to- 
gether with the long hikes made 
the sweet potatoes, dry bread 
and bacon appetizing even 
though it came three times a 
day. Occasionally a fresh sweet 
potato would be pulled up from 
the sod and eaten or possibly a 
Kiefer pear or chestnut would 
be found on a hike. For those 
who had money the canteen 
presented a variety in the way 
of ice cream, candy, cake, pop, 
etc. These were for soldiers 
and our soldier guards took ad- 
vantage of us in asking reward 
for fetching delicacies for us. 
On Wednesday, and Saturday 
afternoons and Sunday many 
stores of good things were re- 
plenished by friends who could 
come to camp. These days had 
a more important significance, 
however, than a supply of home 
delicacies. A refreshing of the 
spirit came as each visiting 
day came. Sometimes only a 
few, then again great hordes 
of visitors, Rev. Henry Baer, 
Mennonite, from beginning to 
end, showed greatest interest 
in the rightful disposition of the 
conscientious objectors: Elders, 
C. F. McKee, I. W. Taylor, C. D. 
Bonsack, Lewis Flohr and oth- 
ers are to be remembered as 



BIBLE MONITOR 



17 



early sympathetic visitors. Dr. 
E, Janey and Prof. Wilson 
of Baltimore brought the usual 
Quaker good will. 

Time fails me to tell of the 
pleasures and trials of these 
days. Many events yet unpub- 
lished would make inspiring 
stories. Each man's life was 
that of a hero, some with much 
romance, some with little, yet 
none the less exciting. Only 
such accounts as bear more or 
less directly on the church as a 
whole can be here included. 

On September 30, 1917, 
Secretary Baker with other dis- 
tinguished man visited Camp 
Meade. Brother Alfred Eckroth, 
whose parents brought him from 
Sweden to escape European 
militarism, etc., gives a good 
account. 

"...In regard to Secretary 
Baker's visit, there were only 
about 25 conscientious objec- 
tors in the detention camp at 
that time. I was one of them. He 
only spoke to four of us boys. 
There were Joshua Bailey, Leo 
B. Gainer, a Russian Jew, a 
Mennonite and myself. He did 
not talk to us as a whole but took 
those to whom he did speak to 
one side. He wanted to get their 
views. 

"Major General Kuhn intro- 



duced me to him by name and 
as a member of the Brethren 
Church. After a hearty hand- 
shake he began interrogating 
me. He asked me whether I 
couldn't do this or that in the 
army, as long as I would not 
be directly engaged in killing. 
He referred to working in the 
hospital corps, quartermaster 
corps, engineering corps and 
canteens. I refused right then 
and there to accept any of these 
branches of service. I explained 
to him that even engaging in any 
of these services I would aid 
in the prosecution of the war, 
and besides we would have to 
wear the uniform which would 
advertise militarism, the very 
thing we opposed. . Previous 
to Secretary Baker's visit, Major 
General Kuhn was very unkindly 
disposed toward us, but the 
Secretary's visit changed this 
attitude." 

Though Brother J. Rowland 
Reichard refused to claim ex- 
emption as a minister, choosing 
rather to suffer with the drafted 
Brethren and serve them it was 
not until October 3rd, that a 
real church of the Brethren was 
organized in Camp Meade. We 
had sung out of old books from 
Blue Ridge College, but receiv- 
ing New Kingdom Songs No. 



16 



BIBLE MONITOR 



2. Conference Edition from the 
Meadow Branch Sunday school 
kept us in tune with the rest of 
the brotherhood. Devotional 
exercises were regular every 
time a strange preacher came. 
"Everybody in the mess hall" 
was the summons to worship. 
"Take Time to be Holy : ' as open- 
ing hymn for regular service 
was sung meaningly. Mealtime 
grace, and worship in Reich- 
ard's corner was optional but 
so long as the detention lasted 
such worship was generally ap- 
proved by the Brethren. Brother 
Reichard did excellent work as 
a Sunday School organizer. He 
blended Mennonites, Plymouth 
Brethren, Friends, River Breth- 
ren, Methodists and the Brethren 
into a live Bible Class, Teacher 
Training and other studies were 
successfully pursued during the 
week in spite of interruptions by 
the camp orders. 

Another organizer who 
would have been a Commis- 
sioned officer had he not been 
a conscientious objector, was 
Brother Elder Ruhl. When our 
company grew to such propor- 
tions that its procession through 
camp was obnoxious to the 
officers and dangerous to the 
morale of the soldiers we were 
moved to the obscure edge of 



the camp. It required two bar- 
racks to house us. Using the 
non-commissioned officers who 
were our guards to good pur- 
pose, Brother Ruhl organized a 
football game for the vigorous 
ones. The less vigorous ones 
were then not required to take 
the fatiguing hikes but walked 
as they pleased. He later will 
be remembered as an efficient 
cook and kitchen organizer for 
our own mess. 

It was after Thanksgiv- 
ing Day that Major General 
Kuhn left Camp Meade and 
Brigadier General Nicolson 
assumed command. We had 
been faring as well as could be 
expected but now we were to be 
tested daily. Every man passed 
through the fire. A few at a time 
were ordered to haul coal for 
the camp. They refused. "The 
Conscientious Objectors shall 
have no coal to burn then" was 
the officer's order. "Cut and car- 
ry wood from the woods." The 
ax handle was broken. "Nothing 
shall be issued conscientious 
objectors from supply houses" 
compelled us to whittle a handle 
with pocket knives and broken 
glass, Heavy armed guard with 
strict orders guarded our bar- 
racks. Quarantine prevented 
visitors from helping us. When 



BIBLE MONITOR 



19 



the weather was fit we could 
visit for a short time outside 
the barracks. But the mess 
arrangement created the great- 
est discomfort and excitement. 
When first ordered to mess with 
the Headquarters Company a 
couple of soldiers left the mess 
hall in a rage when they saw 
two colored men in our com- 
pany. Finally by tacit agreement 
to use the conscientious objec- 
tors for kick dogs the soldiers 
ate at one side table and the 
conscientious objectors at the 
other in the long mess hall. 

Our mess went from bad to 
worse -when potatoes soured, 
they were fried for conscientious 
objectors. Though we, accord- 
ing to orders, were to have the 
same ration allowance as sol- 
diers, all delicacies and many 
substantial necessities were 
taken from our allowance and 
given to the soldiers. Our men 
did all the dirty work, cleaning, 
scrubbing, preparing mess, 
serving the table, at which 
the soldiers ate, with butter, 
preserves, etc., while our own 
mess was handed out to us as 
we formed a long line passing 
the counter. The mess sergeant 
and lieutenant watched to see 
that nothing but the lowest 
essentials of life got from the 



kitchen to our mess kit. After 
laboring hard to secure an oak 
or pine log for fuel we had rav- 
enous appetites. The reader will 
not censure us for leaving our 
wood pile even under false pre- 
text when to satisfy our appetite 
a fat rabbit or bucket of persim- 
mons rewarded the offenders. 
Not even the severest guard 
would report such an offense. 
Henry Stabler, a Quaker, 
brought the matter to a head. 
Someone had been put on half 
rations for speaking to the of- 
ficer against the mess injustice. 
However, Henry Stabler refused 
to take his turn with the kitchen 
police. I quote from Diary Janu- 
ary 15... "Henry Stabler, to 
Captain White, objects to doing 
K. P. duty for the soldiers. We 
are promised a separate range 
and mess. Lieut. King objects. 
At dinner Henry Stabler is put 
out of the mess hall. Lieut. King 
orders a blacksmith recruit to 
beat him up. He misses first 
stroke after Henry lays down 
mess kit. Henry says that he 
should beat him if he has orders 
to. He swears, and at command 
of Lieut. King knocks him down. 
Non-resisting, Henry arises and 
is knocked down again. Lieut. 
King says, "Let. ..go," and we 
who witnessed the cold blooded 



20 



BIBLE MONITOR 



cowardice ate a distasteful 
mess." For several days Henry 
is sentenced to bread and water 
but his serene submission to 
this punishment worries Lt. King 
who every day stands by to see 
his order obeyed. 

Editor's note: This selection 
shows some of the problems 
faced by the conscientious ob- 



jectors who were based at Fort 
Meade, Maryland. They were 
at times physically assaulted 
and much of the time they were 
under pressure to give in to the 
government's pleas for their 
co-operation with the Military. At 
other times they were able to or- 
ganize Bible study sessions and 
encourage each other through 
the Word of God. 



PRECIOUS 

D, K. Marks 



"Unto you therefore which 
believe he is precious: but unto 
them which be disobedient, the 
stone which the builders disal- 
lowed, the same is made the 
head of the corner." I Pet. 2:7. 
There are precious things here 
in this world, things that are very 
valuable and cost large sums 
of money. The most precious 
gift the human race received 
was Jesus the only Son of God. 
When the children of Israel 
were living in the land of Egypt, 
Moses led them out on the way 
to the land of Canaan. There 
were times when Moses was 
precious to them, other times 
he was not precious to them, 
they murmured against him. 

Moses prophesied in Deut. 
18:15, i( The Lord thy God will 



raise up unto thee a prophet 
from the midst of thee, of thy 
brethren, like unto me; unto him 
ye shall harken." The children 
of Israel lived in the land of 
Canaan about 1400 years. In 
the fullness of time Jesus was 
born into this world and laid in 
a manger. The angels came to 
speak and sing of the precious 
child, Jesus to the shepherds. 
The shepherds went to see 
and worship Jesus and then 
spread the news abroad. Many 
came to worship Him, bringing 
presents to Him and his mother, 
Mary, pondered the great work 
he would perform. 

The birth of Jesus was not 
precious to king Herod, he was 
troubled, and intended to take 
the life of Jesus. The angel of 



BIBLE MONITOR 



21 



the Lord commanded Joseph 
to take the child and his mother 
and flee into Egypt. Later the 
angel of the Lord told them 
to return to the land of Israel 
again. 

Jesus was precious to Mary, 
they took him to the temple at 
the feast of the Passover every 
year to worship. When Jesus 
was 12 years of age, after the 
feast of the Passover when 
his parents went home, he re- 
mained at the temple. He asked 
and answered questions with 
the doctors of the old law. His 
parents, supposing He was in 
the company, traveled a whole 
day, at evening they discovered 
that their precious Jesus was 
not with them, they were filled 
with sorrow. The next day they 
journeyed back to Jerusalem 
seeking Jesus, on the third day 
they found Him in the temple 
talking with the (earned doc- 
tors of the law. Mary was sad, 
but Jesus told her that He was 
doing His Heavenly Fathers 
business. Jesus became more 
precious to Mary and all that 
knew Him. 

When Jesus was baptized 
in the river Jordan, a voice 
came from Heaven said, 'This 
is my beloved son, in whom I 
am well pleased." Jesus was 



precious in the sight of God. 
Immediately Jesus was led into 
the wilderness and tempted 40 
days and nights, He refused to 
be a servant of the devil. Jesus 
became more precious in the 
sight of God. 

Jesus came to the Sea of 
Galilee, and saw Peter and 
John fishing. He said, "Follow 
me," and immediately they 
followed Jesus. The third day 
there was a marriage in Cana 
of Galilee. The mother of Je- 
sus was there, Jesus and His 
disciples were there, they were 
in need. The mother of Jesus 
told the servants, "Whatsoever 
he saith unto you do it." Jesus 
was precious to her; they all 
received a blessing by obedi- 
ence. 

Jesus went from city to 
city teaching and healing the 
lame, blind, deaf and all man- 
ner of incurable diseases of 
the body. He also healed and 
cleansed their souls. Jesus was 
precious to the twelve and all 
who believed on Him. Peter, in 
his sermon in Jerusalem, said 
Jesus was the only Saviour of 
the world. Acts 4:12, "Neither is 
there salvation in any other: for 
there is none other name under 
Heaven given among men, 
whereby we must be saved." 



22 



BIBLE MONITOR 



After Jesus ascended into 
Heaven, He still remained pre- 
cious to Peter. He went out on 
several missionary journeys 
preaching and witnessing for 
Jesus. He wrote the books of 
First and Second Peter. Peter 
comes with a message, Jesus 
is the chief cornerstone, elect 
and precious: unto you which 
believe he is precious. 

We should read the whole 
chapter of I Peter 2. The first 
verse tells what every believer 
must lay aside that Jesus can 
be precious to them. Then the 
believer can grow and live spiri- 
tually and be a lively stone in the 
spiritual house where Jesus is 
the chief corner stone or foun- 
dation. We must be a separate 
people from this dark and sinful 
world, and live the life of Jesus 
as he taught in his word. 

Peter also refers to the dis- 
obedient ones, those who do 
not believe and do not build on 
Jesus; they will be lost and pun- 
ished forever. May we all see 
the need of building, working 
and living faithful unto the end 
of life for our precious Jesus, 
as Peter did. 

When Saul of Tarsus heard 
and saw the work of Jesus in 



the apostolic church, he went 
from city to city to kill and de- 
stroy those who believed in 
their precious Jesus. Jesus 
was not precious to Saul, when 
Saul came near to Damascus 
he learned of the power and 
love of Jesus. Step by step 
Saul, who was now called Paul, 
accepted Jesus as precious in 
his life, he accepted Jesus for 
his only spiritual foundation. 

I Cor. 3:11, "For other foun- 
dation can no man [ay than that 
is laid, which is Jesus Christ." 
Paul took Jesus for his guide 
and leader; he followed him 
faithfully unto the end of his life. 
Paul went on three missionary 
journeys to teach and preach 
Jesus. "How He lived and gave 
the plan of salvation, died on 
the cross, arose from the grave, 
taught forty days and ascended 
up into Heaven there to live 
forever.' 1 Paul suffered many 
hardships and persecutions 
for his precious Jesus. Psa. 
116:15, "Precious in the sight 
of the Lord is the death of his 
saints." 

Selected from the 

January 1, 1950 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



BIBLE MONITOR 



23 



THE MOTHER AND THE DAUGHTER 

J. H. Moore 

brilliant way. She understood 



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 
the 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 commodi- 
ous 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 



music, history, had 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 any- 
thing, though he seemed inter- 
ested. All 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 iady 
ought to be out in the kitchen, 
helping her mother. 

When we walked out into 
the dining room and I saw the 
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 



24 BIBLE MONITOR 



it may, one thing is certain, if I who will not help their mothers, 

had been a young man, look- and will not do what they can to 

ing for a wife, i believe I would make their burdens lighter. 
never have stopped at that 

place. Somehow, I have very Selected from 

little confidence in daughters OUR SATURDAY NIGHT 

OBITUARY 

JACOB D. GIBBEL, JR. 

Jacob D. Gibbei, Jr. was born January 4, 1922 in Berks County 
Pennsylvania. He was the youngest son of the late Jacob Depin Sr' 
and Lizzie A. (Hosetter) Gibbei. Jacob and Lizzie's children were' 
Rufus Gibbei (married Katie Clara Snyder), May Gibbei (married 
Myers), Amy Gibbei (married James Kegerreis) and Jacob D. Jr 
Jacob D. Gibbei Sr. died December 14, 1932; Lizzie A. (Hosetter) 
Gibbei died February 12, 1934. 

Jacob Jr. was only twelve years old when his mother died. His 
brother, Rufus was married at that time so he took Jacob to raise 
Jacob farmed right along with his brother and in later years would 
run a bulldozer. One time he was in Tioga County plowing for one 
of the family members. It had just rained earlier in the week, but the 
soil was ready to plow. Jacob was told to plow just as close to the 
edge of the bank that he could. When the call went out to come for 
dinner, Jacob did not come. Jacob's tractor rolled down the bank 
and pinned Jacob under the tractor. He was in the hospital for an 
extended length of time and ended up having seven screws in his 
leg. The rest of his days he always had a limp" when he walked. 
In 1 939, Jacob answered the call in following the Lord and joined 
the Frystown Dunkard Brethren Church, Frystown, Pennsylvania 
in 1945, Jacob moved to Ohio and was lettered to the Englewood 
Dunkard Brethren Congregation. He lived with Bernard and Edna 
(Heisey) Flick and worked on the Sam Studebaker Potato Farm 

Jacob married Mary Anna Brumbaugh on March 31 , 1 945 They 
had one daughter, Linda Louise Gibbei born October 5, 1946 and 
died the same day. They adopted two children: Dixie and Richard 
Jacob and Mary were members of the Englewood Congregation 



BIBLE MONITOR 25 



from 1945 to November 18, 1950, when they were fettered out to 
the Eldorado Congregation. Jacob was installed a deacon in the 
early 1960 : s and served in that capacity. 

The family moved a lot within the Darke County area. Jacob 
worked for Miller Brothers, running heavy equipment and also 
worked for Brumbaugh Contractors as an equipment operator. 
When the Eldorado Congregation dissolved, they moved their mem- 
bership back to the Englewood Congregation. In 1972, Jacob and 
Mary moved to Pennsylvania and were members with the Frystown 
Dunkard Brethren Church for three years. Within that length of 
time, Jake had retired but did a lot of odd jobs for members of the 
church and people of the community and he had plenty of upkeep 
on his two properties that he had purchased. 

In 1 975, Jack and Mary moved to Florida, the "Sunshine State". 
They were there for ten years. They enjoyed their winter company 
from the northern states and helped organize the first Dunkard 
Brethren communion at Homestead, Florida in January of 1977, 

In the spring of 1985, they decided to move to Mississippi to 
be closer to Mary's sister, Miriam. While they lived there they saw 
the beginning of the Pine Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church. 

In October of 1 990, Jacob and Mary joined with the Old Brethren 
Church, In 1 998, Jacob and Mary moved back to Greenville, Ohio 
so they could be closer to their church people. 

Mary Anna (Brumbaugh) Gibbel died October 24, 2007 at the 
Rest Haven Nursing Home of Greenville, Ohio. 

Jacob D. Gibbel, Jr. died October 25, 2009 at the Rest Haven 
Nursing Home of Greenville, Ohio. His allotted time here on earth 
was 87 years, 9 months and 21 days. Jacob was preceded in 
death by his wife, Mary, a daughter, Linda Louise Gibbel, a brother 
Rufus Gibbel and two sisters: May (Gibbel) Myers and Amy (Gib- 
bel) Kegerreis. Jacob is survived by a daughter Dixie Heisey and 
husband Duane of Pendleton, Indiana and a son Richard Gibbel 
and wife, Barbara of West Milton, Ohio; five grandchildren; eleven 
great-grandchildren and two great, great-grandchildren. 

Funeral service was Thursday, October 29, 2009, singing "Safe 
in the Arms of Jesus" as the opening hymn. Daniel Beery compared 
leaves to our mortal bodies. Leaves show up on trees in the early 



26 BIBLE MONITOR 



spring, they grow to their full capacity and wither and die in the fail. 
Likewise we are born into this world, we live out our allotted time 
and we die. His topic theme was "Beauty of Death," 

B - Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord; Rev. 14:13a. 

Time is opportunity that we can have. 

E- Eternal life, we can have if we have served the Lord; II Cor. 

5:1. 

A - Abiding in Christ will be permanent if we are truly attached 

to the vine; John 15. 

U - Understanding it all by and by as we meet the Master face 

to face; I Cor. 15:54-58. 

T -Triumphant over the grave; I Cor. 15:54-58. 

Y - "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 

I will fear no evil...' ! ; Psalm 23:4. 

Death is beautiful if we have Christ as our pilot and we serve 
only Him! Closing hymn was "Shall We Meet Beyond the River". 

Interment was in the Mote Cemetery, Pitsburg, Ohio. While the 
grave was closed by family and friends the audience sang "Re- 
member Me". This hymn was the last song that was sung around 
Jacob's bed just before his passing. Thomas Royer had the closing 
remarks after the grave was closed. 

NEWS ITEMS 

NOTICE TO PRESIDING ELDERS 

The Editor will need any corrections, additions, or deletions of 
information forthe February issue of the Bible Monitor. This includes 
the Ministerial List, the Deacons List, contact information for the 
congregations or directions to the meeting places of the congrega- 
tions. This information needs to be supplied by the Presiding Elder 
or his designate by December 23, 2009 so the February issue can 
be as accurate as possible. Thank you. The Editor. 

NOTICE TO TREASURERS OF THE BOARDS 

This is a reminder to the Treasurers of the various Boards that 
they need to close their books December 31, 2009. As soon as 
possible after the New Year they need to send their reports with 



BIBLE MONITOR 27 



supporting material to the members of the Financial Review Com- 
mittee for their review. This needs to be accomplished in time for 
the financial reports to appear in the 2010 General Conference 
Program. The members of the Financial Review Committee are 
Tim Kasza, 2500 Buchanan, Shelby, Ml 49455, 231-861-5393, 
tkasza@txbi.net and Paul Heisey, 20095 Road K, West Unity OH 
43570, 419-924-5192, pheisey@verizon.net. Thank you. 

HART, MICHIGAN 

We rejoice six were received by Christian baptism, Sunday, 
November 1, Jack and Rachael Wattenhofer and two children, 
Jasmyn and Reuben, also Danessa Horst and Naomi Marks. 

Please pray for these young souls as they meet the challenges 
of the Christian life, that they will grow strong in the Lord. 

Also pray for our congregation in our community outreach; more 
specifically the Hispanic people here. Our Sunday A. M. services are 
interpreted into the Spanish language the past couple months. 

God Bless you, 
Sister Nancy Marks, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

Thank you for the care that you showed to our family. All of the 
support that we have received since Jay's death has made us feel 
loved and blessed. We serve a God who has said, "For I know the 
plans I have for you, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you 
a future and a hope," We miss Jay daily, but we also have peace 
that this event did not catch God by surprise and we can claim this 
verse as a promise from God to us in this moment. 

Tina, James, Nicholas, Chelsea, Elliana and Matea Weiler 



28 BIBLE MONITOR 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
FEBRUARY 2010 

Feb. 7 - Responses to Grace: What is Mine? - Jonah 4 



1 . God saved Nineveh in chapter 3, but He had yet to save 
Jonah. What was Jonah's problem? 



2. Discuss Jonah's relationship with God and compare it to your 

own. 



Feb. 14 - The Lord is Coming! - Micah 1 



1. Discuss the sorrow of God over His disobedient people, 
especially the phrase ; "her wound is incurable." 



2. Does the certainty of coming judgment cause us to mourn 
over lost sinners as Micah mourned over Israel? 



Feb. 21 - Punishment Promised - Micah 2 



1. Name some of the sins committed by Gods people, and 
discuss those sins found in our present age. 



2. This chapter ends on a note of hope. Discuss this hope and 
how it applies to us today. 



BIBLE MONITOR 29 



Feb. 28 - Horrors Result from Unfaithful Leaders - Micah 3 



1 . The third chapter is directed to the leadership of Zion. What 
part did they have in the country's disobedience? 



2. Discuss the importance of Godly leadership. 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
FEBRUARY 2010 

Feb. 7- Duty- Luke 9:18-26, Rom. 12:1-21 



1 . Compare our duty as Christians to that of Christ. 



2. Christ was able to see the results of His obedience. How do 
we know that we are doing the right thing? 



Feb. 14 - Our Hearts - Prov. 4:20-27, Matt. 15:18-20, Luke 6:43- 
49, Romans 10:1-11 



1. In getting to know God, when does head knowledge first 
become heart knowledge? 



2. What are some of the things we must do in order so our heart 
would be established with grace? 



30 BIBLE MONITOR 



Feb. 21 -The Open Door- John 10:7-10, 14:1-6, Romans 5:1-11 , 
Heb. 10:16-25 



1 . Jesus says, "I am the door." Looking at the scriptures given, 
discuss all the things that Jesus does for us when that door 
is opened. 



2. Try to name as many things as you can that we receive 
through the work of Christ. 



Feb. 28 - Hindrances - Gal. 3:1-8, 5:7-9, Heb. 12:1-6 



1 . What is a hindrance, and what can hinder us in our Christian 
walk? 



2. How can we tell when we are being chastened of the 
Lord? 





BIBLE MONITOR 


31 


DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 


BOARD OF TRUSTEES 


David Aung st, Treasurer 
334 Birds Hill Road 


TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 


Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 


Pine Grove. PA 17963 


Paul David Skiles, Superinten- 


3949S 100E 




dent 


Peru. IN 36970 


Keith Bailey 


HCR 79, Box 8 




541 East Main Street 


Cuba, NM 87013 


Tom St. John, Secretary 


Bradford. OH 45308 




20380 County Road R 




Larry Andrews, Chairman 


Alvordton, OH 43501 


Keith Snyder 


12306 East 203rd Street 




2102 State Drive 


Raymore, MO 64083 


Martin Marks, Treasurer 


Lebanon, PA 17042 




429 Summit Drive 




James Meyers. Secretary 


Red Lion, PA 17356-1119 


BIBLE STUDY BOARD 


26331 205th Street 
Dallas Cenler, I A 50063 


GENERAL MISSION BOARD 


Tom St. John, Chairman 






20380 County Road R 


Marian Jamison. Treasurer 


Mark Cordrey, Chairman 


Alvordton.OH 43501 


Box 1 00 


525 West Grayson Road 




Quinter. KS 67752 


Modesto, GA 95358 


Milton Cook. Secretary 






1138 East 12th Street 


Justin Beck 


James Eberly, Secretary 


Beaumont. CA 92223 


480Sr»ubertRd. 


P.O. Box 504 




Bethel, PA 19507 


Terre Hill, PA 17581 


Roger Swihart 






7240 County Road AA 


Dale Meyers 


Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 


Quinter, KS 67752 


23753 F Avenue 


2271 Co.Rd74 




Redfield, IA 50233 


Quinter. KS 67752 


Lynn H. Miller 






70 Round Barn Road 


AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 


Frank E, Shaffer 


Newmanstown, PA 17073 




13055 Grant Shook Road 




Merle Sweitzer, Chairman 


Greencastle, PA 1 7225 


Jeremiah Johnson 


13227 Fishel Road 




1773 North 1 36th Avenue 


Felton, PA 17322 


Robert Carpenter 


Hart. Ml 49420 




6150 E 775 S 




Alan Meyers, 


Peru, IN 46970 


RELIEF BOARD 


23997 268th Lane 
Adel, IA500O3 


Ronald Marks 


Mark Cordrey, Chairman 




1813 North 136th Ave. 


525 W. Grayson Road 


Mark Andrews, Treasurer 


Hart, Ml 49420 


Modesto, CA 95358 


24407 South Overfelt Road 




(209) 549-2015 


Peculiar, MO 64078 


Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 


David St, John, Secretary 
16 687Rd 15 
Pioneer. OH 43554 


Verling Wolfe, Secretary 
92 Club Rd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 


James Meyers 


(419) 737-3064 


Paul Stump 

1034O North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood. OH 45322 


26331 205 : " Street 
Dallas Center. IA 50063 


Doyle Lorenz. Treasurer 
1 903 S SR 1 9 


BOARD OF PUBLICATION 


Peru. IN 46970 


All contributions to the vari- 


Verling Wolfe, Chairman 


Dale Meyers 


ous boards should be made 


92 Club Road 


23753 F Avenue 


out to the Treasury, but sent 


Bethel, PA 19507 


Redfield, IA 50233 


to the Secretary for his re- 




(515)833-2904 


cords. 


Kevin Funk, Secretary 






24107 N Avenue 


Keith Snyder 




Dallas Center, IA 50063 


2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 





a 
O 






<?f 


:■ 1 


~ 


o 


□ 


D 


4t- 


o 


o 


< 


m 


-t 




" 


a. 




>- 


o 
z 






_i_ 


0) 

□. 



re 








-'■■ 








a. 








.n 






r-- 


>s 






o 


iu 
















1- 






•*t 


i—i 






o 


10 






C'J 








lO 


a 
< 


S 


..J 


X 

o 


< 


o 


"' 


E 


a 




% 


■z 
CO 

f 1 


X 


l" 


r- 




>■ 


(~i 




:> ce: 


•T 


<[. 



O 

Egco 
a> « 1_ 

^ LJJ 

M £ j= 

§g£ 



t3 

CO 
<D 

G- 

Cr 

5 

CO 

-.:■ 

■■■-. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXXVIII 



FEBRUARY, 2010 



NO. 2 



: 'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



IT WAS FOR YOU AND ME 

He came from realms of light above 
The Savior of the lost to be, 
To show a darkened world his love; 
It was for you and me. 

In dark Gethsemane he wept 
And prayed in bitter agony, 
While his disciples, weary, slept, 
It was for you and me. 

The Lord of life, for sin he died, 
Was crucified on Calvary, 
For those who did his name deride, 
It was for you and me. 

Not long could death's dark door enclose 
The Lord of life and liberty, 
The conqueror of death he rose, 
It was for you and me. 

-Ada Blenkhorn 



BIBLE MONITOR 



FREEDOM 



Americans are envied 
throughout the world because 
of their political, economic, intel- 
lectual and religious freedom. 
Although that freedom may not 
be as absolute as some would 
wish, it far exceeds the free- 
dom granted to people in most 
countries. Even in many highly 
civilized and literate lands, the 
people are not allowed the free- 
doms that are taken for granted 
in the United States. Currently 
First Amendment Rights are 
fairly broadly interpreted, so few 
are denied the privileges that 
they desire. 

Accompanying these free- 
doms are responsibilities for 
the right use of these freedoms. 
They cannot be used by one 
person, class or section to deny 
the same freedoms to others. 



Freedom carries with it the need 
to preserve it, which can only be 
done by using it in a responsible 
way. 

Freedom is not the same 
as license. Freedom comes 
with responsibilities. License 
only fulfills lusts. Some have 
misinterpreted freedom to mean 
that they can do whatever would 
please them. They have no re- 
gard for morality, or right living. 
They desire to do whatever they 
wish, whether helpful, harm- 
ful or awful. License without 
restraint establishes the law of 
might making right. The strong, 
the aggressive and the flippant 
often overpower those who live 
according to God's direction. 

This type of freedom is far 
different than the freedom that 
is given to those who are in 



THE BIBLE MONITOR 



FEBRUARY, 2010 



Published monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in the plant of Haines Printing Company. 

Postmaster: Send address changes to Haines Printing Company, 10575 West 
Main Road, North East, PA 16428. 

Terms: Single subscription $5.00 a year in advance. 

Send all subscriptions and communications to the editor. 

MILTON COOK, Editor; 1138 East 12th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. 

KEITH BAILEY, Assistant Editor, 541 East Main Street, Bradford, OH 48308. 

DENNIS ST JOHN, Associate Editor; 21397-B50, Bryan, OH 43506. 

KEVIN FUMK, Associate Editor; 24107 N Avenue, Dallas Center, IA 50063, 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Christ. The Christian's freedom, 
while greater than the freedoms 
secured in this world, is different 
than that which is obtained by 
strength, might and aggression. 
The freedom a person finds in 
Christ is a Spiritual freedom 
that is not dependant on the 
political, economic or intellectual 
freedom enjoyed by that person. 
Even under oppressive regimes, 
Christians are free. Their free- 
dom from sin, frees them to 
serve Christ and their fellows. 

The Apostle Paul was often 
persecuted, mistreated and 
imprisoned. Despite his lack 
of physical freedom, he used 
his bondage to bring Spiritual 
freedom to others. While impris- 
oned in Rome, he was able to 
deal with and encourage those 
who sought him. He was able 
through his epistles to encour- 
age, direct and enlighten those 
to whom he wrote. 

He offered himself as ready 
to die for the faith. He would 
have preferred death over con- 
tinuing in this life, yet he thought 
it important that he live so he 
could instruct those disciples 
he had made across the Medi- 
terranean world. He wanted his 
imprisonment to be an encour- 
agement to those who were not 
in bondage to be free in serving 



their fellow believers. He hoped 
others would follow his example 
and give themselves for the 
sake of Christ. 

Paul spoke of freedom as 
something far different than the 
freedoms, privileges, and lusts 
that are the usual desires of 
those who chafe under suppos- 
edly difficult restrictions. Paul 
desired to be free to give himself 
in service, while many only want 
to be free to do what they want 
to do to please themselves. 

Jesus, the Son of God, 
had freedom that transcended 
this world's ideas of freedom. 
Instead of coming to Earth as a 
ruler, He came as a servant. Al- 
though the greatest of all Kings, 
He became the servant even 
unto death, even the death of a 
criminal on the cross. His death 
was not for any sins, crimes, or 
disobedience that He had com- 
mitted, but for even those who 
had abused Him, that they could 
be free. 

While He could have called 
legions of angels to deliver Him 
from the misdirected abuses 
of men, He instead yielded His 
physical freedom so He could 
fulfill His Father's plan. It would 
be expected that the Son of 
God would have the freedom to 
do His own pleasure, but Jesus 



BIBLE MONITOR 



instead yielded not only to men 
but also to His Heavenly Father 
to do His will. His yielded free- 
dom became the basis of our 
own Spiritual freedom. 

Our Spiritual freedom is a 
freedom to yield to the direction 
of God through His Word, the 
Bible. It is a freedom to yield 
to our fellow believers, through 
serving them. It is a freedom 
from the snares and sins that 
Satan continually would try to 
use to tempt us. This freedom 
frees us from the desires and 



devices of the world around us. 
This freedom gives us access 
to our Heavenly Father through 
prayer, study meditation, and 
service. 

Spiritual freedom does not 
give us license to do our own 
thing. It does not allow us to take 
advantage of even those who 
would persecute us. License is 
not a part of the Christian's life. 

Are you seeking Christian 
freedom or social license? 

M.C.Cook 



PRAYING THE LORD'S PRAYER 

As we forgive our debtors 
Part 7 



At this point in the Lord's 
Prayer I have serious work to 
do. Do I really want the Lord 
to forgive me... according to, 
as soon as, in like manner, 



so that, to wit, and while. .. f 
forgive others? I had best set 
the standard high and forgive 
frequently, completely, and 
quickly. 



To live above with saints we love 

Oh, that will be glory! 

To live below with saints we know, 

Well, that is another story. 

We touch each other's lives start with a drunk driver killing 



in dozens of ways, directly and 
indirectly, accidently and pur- 
posefully at work, on the high- 
way, in families and in churches. 
Sometimes that contact hurts. 
In the hierarchy of pain I would 



my husband or child. Nottoofar 
down the line would be wounds 
- either physical or emotional - 
inflicted on a child by a parent or 
family member. The anguish in 
these incidents cannot be com- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



pared to the grudges and piques 
of a smashed fender or the fact 
that my daughter is over-looked 
for a solo part in the chorus. And 
yet the solution is the same for 
all grievances - forgiveness. 

Do I want to be forgiven? In 
Matthew 6:14-15, Christ clearly 
states, "If ye forgive men their 
trespasses, your heavenly Fa- 
ther will also forgive you." The 
point in reverse is. "Bui if ye 
forgive not men their trespasses, 
your heavenly Father will not 
forgive your trespasses." 

Jesus states in verse seven 
of Matthew eighteen that we live 
in a world of offences, "but woe 
to that man by whom the offense 
cometh!" Whether to a child, a 
co-worker or someone in line 
with me at the checkout counter 
I should strive to not willingly or 
knowingly be the offender. When 
I find myself to have offended, 
my Christian duty is to quickly 
say, "I am sorry, please forgive 
me." And make monetary resti- 
tution if necessary. There is no 
merit in being defensive. 

The Israelites had their Cit- 
ies of Refuge for unintentional 
murderers and death by stoning 
for the grievous offender. Today 
the civil law has their prisons 
and electric chairs, but as an 
individual I can forgive the hurt 



an intruder causes my family. 
Early in the tragedy, with God's 
grace I can say, "I forgive." To 
live that out over the next weeks 
and months when surrounded 
by daily reminders of the loved 
one's absence, is hard work. 
More important than the words 
of forgiveness is the willingness 
to bless and wish only good 
on the perpetrator. Bitterness 
is then replaced with blessing. 
It is God's way It takes time, 
and cannot be rushed. Even 
as I seek a forgiving spirit to 
dominate, God will open doors 
to bless my offender. God is 
aware of the circumstances 
that brought us together - the 
offender and the offended - and 
He will bring healing. 

Thankfully, few of us have to 
walk the journey of forgiveness 
because of the wrongful death of 
a loved one. More often we are 
buffeted for our faults, maligned 
rightfully or wrongfully, or maybe 
misunderstood. I am not to stuff 
my pain and say it really does 
not matter. As I acknowledge 
that the hurt is real and then 
bless, pray for, and feed the 
offender, I avoid the gall of bit- 
terness. Peter tells me to take 
it patiently. It is more important 
that I bless the offender than it is 
that I speak the forgiving words. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



The action of offering a blessing 
can actually take place before 
complete forgiveness is felt. 

And I am richly blessed be- 
cause I have touched all nine 
points of the Beatitudes: I have 
mourned, I am meek, I hunger 
and thirst after righteousness, I 
have been merciful, I am pure 
in heart, I have been a peace- 
maker, I have been persecuted 
(read that hurt) and I have been 
reviled. I am blessed and for- 
given. 

"Forgive" means to forsake, 
lay aside, omit, remit, and yield 
up. There is nothing magic here 
and no secret meanings. True 
forgiveness means blame has 



been erased. 

Matthew eighteen outlines 
what I need to know about 
forgiveness. I am to act as a 
littie child (without rancor), to 
be the initiator (go after that lost 
sheep), to confess brother to 
brother (without the aid of the 
civil court), to forgive often (490 
times or no limit), and without 
regard to the diminution of the 
enormity of the offense (one 
hundred pence or ten thousand 
talents). 

Because. ..God for Christ's 
sake hath forgiven me. 

Sister Mary Sue Moss 
Dallas Center, IA 



BRING HIM UNTO ME 



Mark 

He had a terrible affliction. 
He could not come to Jesus 
by himself, His family, whose 
love and concern for him was 
immeasurable, had taken him 
to the disciples, whom Jesus 
had given authority over evil 
spirits and diseases, yet they 
could do nothing. The disciples 
had failed. Everything else had 
failed. Jesus called the disciples 
"faithless" because they failed to 
exercise the authority the incar- 
nate God had given them. How 



9:19 

is our faith? Where is our faith? 
Jesus said in Matthew 28:18- 
19, "...All power is given unto 
me in heaven and in earth. Go 
ye therefore.../' He spoke this 
to the disciples, and they failed. 
He sent out the twelve and He 
sent out the seventy. We should 
read these sections of scripture 
thoroughly. The young man in 
Mark, chapter 19 proved to the 
disciples that they did not have 
the faith necessary to heal him. 
There was only one remedy. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



"Bring him unto me!" 

Our children are great bless- 
ings to us, but often there is a 
great deal of heartache involved 
in dealing with them. Sin reigns 
in the hearts of the human fam- 
ily, and it keeps us relying on 
ourselves instead of Christ. We 
must bring them to Jesus. We 
cannot heal them or save them, 
but we can intercede for them. 
He is able when we are not, and 
He is able when we are. Jesus 
can heal the stricken body and 
the sin-sick soul. But in today's 
world, people refuse to hear the 
gospel or darken the door of a 
church gathering. Humanism 
has become the reigning religion 
of the land. Rely on yourself and 
if you cannot succeed then go 
to the government. The govern- 
ment will always help you, but 
at a cost you probably cannot 
afford. Sometimes that cost 
involves your faith. We need 
to bring them to Jesus, all of 
them. 

When we look at the Day of 
Pentecost we see the disciples 
finally able to do all that Christ 
commanded. When they were 
sent out the first time, they did 
not give Jesus Christ the honor 
and giory, but reveled in the 
glory themselves. When Jesus 
preached the Sermon on the 



Mount, He was showing us that 
we could not do these things 
without Him. It created in us a 
sense of despair and we threw 
ourselves at His feet. We must 
see it. We cannot heal them. We 
cannot save them. 

Why do we see so few com- 
ing to Jesus? It is because our 
hearts are not broken for the 
unsaved, for the young people of 
the church as well as the world, 
and for people in general. We 
must never give up; never cease 
to pray for them until we cease 
to breathe! No case is hopeless, 
but many require our faithful 
intercession. Jesus said, "Bring 
them unto me!" 

May we be driven to our 
knees because of the love of 
God and the love we have for 
our loved ones! Many unsaved 
seem so far away from us. We 
must bring them to Jesus. Just 
as the man who was carried to 
Jesus by four of his friends, he 
could not go on his own! Jabez 
begged God to "enlarge my 
coast", not for selfish reasons, 
but to honor God, and it was 
done. (I Chronicles 4:10) Let 
us be guided by divine love. Let 
the strong current of the Holy 
Ghost bring us to our knees be- 
fore Him. He delights to comfort 
us. He delights to satisfy our 



BIBLE MONITOR 



longings. Hasten to Him. He 
awaits. 

Isaiah 53:4, "Surely he 
hath borne our griefs and car- 
ried our sorrows...." Matthew 



8:17, "...that it might be fulfilled 
which was spoken by Esias the 
prophet, saying, Himself took 
our infirmities, and bare our sor- 
rows...." 



Arise, my soul, arise, 

Shake off thy guilty fears, 

A bleeding sacrifice in my behalf appears 

Before the throne my surety stands, 

My name is written on His hands. 

My God is reconciled, 

His pard'ning voice I hear; 

He owns me for a child, I can no longer fear; 

With confidence I now draw nigh 

And Father, Abba, Father, cry. 

-Charles Wesley 



Brother Lynn H. Miller 



JOSEPH PRESENTS JACOB TO PHARAOH 



Rudy 
Genesis 
Jacob and his sons were in 
Egypt. They had come a long 
way with their wives, their chil- 
dren, their possessions, and 
their herds. The cities of Egypt 
were probably larger than any 
they had ever seen. They were 
used to dwelling in tents. In 
Egypt were beautiful buildings 
of stone with carvings of every 
description. What a sight this 
was to the people of the desert. 
This is where Joseph lived and 



Cover 

47: 1-12 

was ruler over all this great 
land. This was the country 
which in years of plenty had 
stored up corn in large store- 
houses. Now that the famine 
had come everyone had plenty 
to eat. It had all come about 
through Joseph who trusted 
God and God had revealed 
unto him the things that should 
come to pass. Pharaoh was 
well pleased with Joseph and 
when he heard that Joseph's 



BIBLE MONITOR 



9 



father and brothers had come 
to live in Egypt he wanted them 
to have the very best land. This 
was the land of Goshen; an ir- 
rigated delta land on the river 
Nile. Here they could grow all 
kinds of crops and have good 
pasture for their flocks. 

Joseph loved his father, 
Jacob, and brought him unto 
Pharaoh, the great king of 
Egypt. The Bible says that 
Jacob blessed Pharaoh. This 
may mean that he said, "The 
Lord be with thee," as the 
custom was then or he may 
have prayed to God to biess 
and care for Pharaoh. Pharaoh 
had been good to Joseph and 
had also given Jacob and his 
family a secure place to live in 
this time of famine. At least we 
know that Pharaoh was well 
pleased that Joseph's father 
had come to see him. Pharaoh 
asked Jacob how old he was 
and Jacob told he had lived for 
one hundred and thirty years. 
Jacob was a wanderer, like 



Abraham and Isaac before him. 
God had promised them the 
land of Canaan for an inheri- 
tance and they were seeking 
for it. Jacob's life had been full 
of trouble but in many ways 
the Lord had blessed him and 
taken care of him. 

As long as Joseph lived and 
the Pharaoh of that time ruled, 
Jacob's people had peace but 
after Joseph died another Pha- 
raoh rose up and the children 
of Jacob, now called Israel, 
were not treated so well. They 
finally became slaves to the 
Egyptians and four hundred 
years later another man of God 
called Moses, with God's help, 
delivered them. 

Sometimes it seems like 
God has forgotten His people 
but God never does. We must 
trust God completely because 
He knows what is best for us. 

Selected from the 
May 1, 1975 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



THE FIRST LOVE 



Jesus, speaking through 
the Apostle John, wrote to the 
seven churches of Asia. The 
first was Ephesus. He praised 
them for their virtues, work, 



labors, patience, and that they 
could not bear them that are 
evil, and tried them which say 
they are apostles and found 
them liars. "Nevertheless I 



10 



BIBLE MONITOR 



have somewhat against thee 
because thou hast left thy first 
love... Repent or I will remove 
thy candlestick." 

I John 4, the whole chapter 
speaks of love among brethren. 
Verses 20-21 are especially 
strong. "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? And this com- 
mandment have we from him, 
That he who loveth God love 
his brother also." 

This sounds very simple, 
but I have seen good brethren 
grow bitter toward one another, 
loving husbands and wives 
separate or still live together, 
but seem to barely tolerate 
each other. Why is this lack 
of love? It can happen in the 
home or in the church, in the 
school or in the workplace. 

First in the church: Satan 
realizes that if he can destroy 
the love in the church he has 
destroyed its usefulness to 
God. When we joined the 
church we promised to hear 
the church. I speak of the local 
congregation. There may be 
some instances that the church 
rejects plain gospel teachings 
and we need to look for another 



church but most church splits 
could be avoided if love were 
prevailing. 

I believe that it was Alex- 
ander Mack who made the 
statement, 'The truth lies saf- 
est in the hands of the common 
people." And we need to rec- 
ognize that the final authority 
of a congregation lies in the 
council decision. On doctrinal 
decisions they need to follow 
scripture, but many quarrels 
are not doctrinal in nature. 

For many years my two 
brothers and I rode together 
to our official council. Usually 
there was much discussion and 
some differences of opinion. 
On the way home Amos often 
remarked, "Well, everything 
went my way this evening; of 
course, I had to change my 
mind on a few things," We 
sometimes find it so hard to 
change our minds. Amos has 
gone to his reward some years 
ago but our young officials 
know the story and sometimes 
after a council meeting I hear 
the quotation, "Well everything 
went my way this evening; of 
course, I had to change my 
mind on a few things." We need 
to recognize that the decision 
of the majority is safer than the 
opinion of the few even if we 



BIBLE MONITOR 



11 



are one of the few. 

When John speaks of leav- 
ing our first iove he may be 
referring to our iove for God. 
This means that we have a ten- 
dency to cozy up to the world. 
This applies to the places we 
go, and the way we appear. I 
have heard it argued that God 
iooks on the heart and does not 
care what we look like on the 
outside. I do not believe this for 
the outside reflects what is in 
our hearts. 

But even if God does not 
care what we look like on the 
outside the world certainly 
does. Read any fashion maga- 
zine! Even more important is 
the effect on our heart of leav- 
ing our first love. We think less 
and less of God. We read His 
word less. We pray less. And 
we enjoy the things of the world 
more. 

How do we increase our 
love for God? How do we 
increase any love? We get 
better acquainted. Years ago 
I found myself attracted to a 
beautiful young lady. I wanted 
her to love me more. What did 
i do? I planned to spend time 
with her! It worked! She finally 
agreed to become my wife. 
This works even better in our 
relationship with God. When I 



spent time with the young lady 
she became aware of some of 
my imperfections but God has 
no imperfections. 

John may also have been 
speaking of our first love to- 
ward our brethren. This may be 
a different matter, for while God 
has no imperfections our breth- 
ren do. The fact remains that all 
of us have some imperfections, 
but all of us have some good 
points also. We can choose to 
spend our days brooding over 
our brothers' faults or we can 
search for good points. This 
applies to our wives also. Most 
of them have some faults but 
all of them have some good 
points also. 

We can spend our days 
brooding over faults or we can 
spend our time seeking and 
thinking of things that we ap- 
preciate which cause our love 
to increase. We may find it 
hard to locate something that 
we appreciate but that is what 
makes it sporting. And when 
you find one thing start search- 
ing for the next. After all what 
sportsman would enjoy going 
out in a pasture and shooting 
an old cow? That would be a 
sadist, a maniac. So is one 
who goes about talking about 
faults in other people. The true 



12 



BIBLE MONITOR 



sportsman loves to find a dif- 
ficult object and bring it home. 
So is he who points out a good 
point in a brother, if we would 
search for good points in our 
brother as carefully as we look 
for faults we would have much 
better relationships. 

Satan tries to use jealousy 
to divide us. I remember as a 
youth I was assistant teacher 
of a Sunday School class. At a 
teacher election another was 
elected in my place. A wave of 
jealousy swept over me. Then I 
recovered, saying to myself, "If 
you feel like that you certainly 
are not fit to be a teacher at 
all." And just then I heard my 
named announced as teacher 
of another class. 

Titus 3:1, "If a man desire 
the office of a bishop he de- 
sireth a good thing." There may 
be nothing wrong with wanting 
an office but the problem lies 
in the way in which we seek it. 
We should strive to make our- 
selves worthy of the office and 
trust God to call us to it if it is 
His will. An office in the church 
is not necessary to be useful. 
We need to prepare for useful- 
ness by studying God's word 
and purifying our personal 
lives. 

But what if there is a broth- 



er I just can't love? There are 
a number of things that help. 
Pray for him! I do not mean 
pray that he stops the thing 
that annoys us, but that God 
would bless him and draw him 
closer. 

We had a brother whose 
job was stocking shelves at 
night, just he and one other 
man. The other man played 
his radio with rock music, full 
volume. Finally the brother 
asked God to intervene. The 
next evening the man had an 
accident on the way to work. 
No rock music that night but in 
a few days he was back and 
played as loud as ever. The 
brother prayed, "Lord I didn't 
mean to harm him. Please do 
him good instead." Soon after 
the man was moved to a better 
daytime position and there was 
no more music at night. 

You cannot continue to 
dislike a person for whom you 
pray fervently. Praise him to 
himself and to others. Years 
ago if I had a problem liking 
a brother I would sit beside 
him at Lovefeast. After we had 
communed together I felt much 
better toward him. (I mentioned 
this once in teaching Sunday 
School and someone told me 
that he would watch who I 



BIBLE MONITOR 



13 



sat beside. I told him that I no 
longer practiced it as I had run 
out of Brethren that I had a 
problem liking.) 

A final method is to do 
something nice for the person 
we do not like. We naturally 
think that receiving a gift makes 
us love the person giving it, and 
it should, but when we give 
something valuable we are in- 
vesting in that person and the 
more we invest in something 
(someone) the more we love 
and value it. 

Those outside the church 
can feel the love or lack of it. 
They feel no desire to join a 
church where there is a lack 
of love but the feeling of love 
is a strong drawing point. Years 
ago I knew a woman whose 
husband was dying of cancer. 
He was divorced before he had 
married her. Now he repented 
agreeing to live separately. Af- 
ter he died she started attend- 
ing church and soon asked to 
be baptized. Two ministers vis- 
ited her to explain what church 
membership meant During the 
discussion one of them asked, 
'What made you decide that 



you wanted to be a member of 
this church?" Her reply, "I feel 
the love there!" 

One of the problems of 
a quarrel is that I remember 
every word that the other per- 
son says, the bitterness of his 
tone, and the expression of his 
face. But I do not remember my 
own. If we had a tape record- 
ing of the quarrel I believe that 
we would be very surprised at 
how bitter our voice sounded. I 
believe it would be a big help if 
every time we started to argue 
we would stop until a recorder 
was set up! 

Because each person re- 
members what the other said 
and forgets what he said, each 
person honestly believes he 
is entirely in the right and the 
other entirely in the wrong. 
There have been times that 
after hearing both sides of the 
quarrel; they were so different 
that I had trouble realizing that 
they were talking about the 
same quarrel. 

Charles E. Lehigh 
2590 Grandview Road 
Hanover, PA 17331 



14 BIBLE MONITOR 



NEWS ITEMS 

2010 GENERAL CONFERENCE 

The 2010 General Conference of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
will be held, the Lord Willing, June 5 through 9 at the West Milton 
Christian Center on Jay Road near West Milton, Ohio. More details 
to follow. Reservations should be sent to: 

Brother Don Hostetler 

3925 Kilboum Road 

Arcanum, OH 45304 

Telephone: 937-692-5443 

e-mail: D9Hst@aol.com 

The Locating Committee 

NOTICE 

All queries, reports, financial reports and any other business 
for General Conference need to be in my hands by April 15, 2010. 
Thank you. 

Writing Clerk of General Conference 

Brother Milton Cook 

1138 East 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

Telephone: 951-845-6231 

e-mail: m, cook1@juno.com 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
MARCH 2010 

March 7 - Promise of Restoration - Micah 4 



1 . Is this chapter talking about Christ's first coming or His sec- 
ond? 



2. Are verses 11-13 talking about the Church or what is the 
fulfillment of these verses? 



BIBLE MONITOR 15 



March 14 -A Savior for the World - Micah 5 

1 . What is the work of the Savior according to this chapter? 

2. Do you seethe position of the Church in this chapter? 
March 21 - What Does the Lord Require? - Micah 6 

1. Why does God seem unhappy with the people? 

2. For what is God really looking? 

March 28 - The Dearth of Righteousness - Micah 7:1-10 



1. What are at least two complaints of the Church in verses 
1-7? 



2. What comfort is offered to the suffering Church? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

MARCH 2010 

March 7 - Love - I Cor. 13 



1. What is Paul trying to tell us regarding our use of gifts and 
love? 



2. How many characteristics of love can you come up with? 



16 BIBLE MONITOR 



March 14- Values - Josh. 24:13-15, Jer. 5:1-4, Rev. 3:14-22 



1. When is the best time to establish your values? Can you 
decide too early? Can values change with time? 



2. What are the results of not having values/convictions? 



March 21 - Our Prayer Life- Dan. 6:10, II Chr. 7:12-15, Matt. 7:7- 
11, Matt. 26:40-44, Rom. 8:26-34 



1 . Do you have: a habit of prayer, method of prayer, and purpose 
in prayer? 



2. What are some ways to keep from sleeping when praying? 
Postures? Times? Locations? 



March 28 - Christianity - Rom. 5:1-11, II Peter 1:5-11 



1 . In light of all that Christ has done for us what is the proper 
response to suffering and trials? How are these things used 
to mature us? 



2. Is the list in il Peter a series of mile markers? A process we 
face in each stage of growth? A random list of characteris- 
tics of people who are mature? How are they meant to help 
us? 



BIBLE MONITOR 



17 



FEBRUARY 2010 
STANDING INFORMATION 
EDITORIAL POLICY 

That it be the policy of the 
Bible Monitor to exclude con- 
troversial material and material 
opposing , questioning or reflect- 
ing on the decisions or positions 
of the Church as determined 
by the General Conference or 
derogatory thereto. Also all other 
material not of proper standard 
or spiritual value for a church 
paper will be excluded. 

That supervision over the 
matter to be published in the 
Bible Monitor be exercised by 
the Publication Board. 



PRINTED MATERIAL 

The following Dunkard 
Brethren publications are avail- 
able to anyone, from the Boards 
listed. 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 
The following tracts are free: 
Please order from closest dis- 
tributor: 

James Eberly 
P.O. Box 504 
Terre Hill, PA 17581 

Robert Carpenter 

6150 E 775 S 
Peru, IN 46970 



James Meyers 
26331 205th Street 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Mark Cordrey 

525 West Grayson Road 

Modesto, CA 95358 



Why Triune Baptism 

Plain Dressing 

Which Is The Right Church? 

The Service Of Feet Washing 

As A Religious Rite 

What Shall I Do With The 

Commandments Of Jesus 

Daily Reminder 
The Lord's Supper 

The Doctrine Of The Prayer 

Veil 

The Brethren's Card 

Do You Want Salvation? 

Bible Teachings 

The Sabbath-Its Origin and 
Observance 

PUBLICATION BOARD 

BIBLE MONITOR (monthly) 
$5.00 per year in advance 

BRETHREN HYMNAL 

(heavy back) 

$9.00 ea. $105.00 doz. plus 

postage 

Church Manual $1.00 ea, 



18 



BIBLE MONITOR 



The Bible Outline $.45 ea. 
S5.10doz. 

The Old Testament History 
$.55 ea. $6,50 doz. 

The New Testament History 

$.55 ea. $6.50 doz. 

Minutes of General Confer- 
ence in One Volume 
$4.25 ea. pius $.35 postage 

No charge for the following: 
Polity Booklet 

Instructions for Applicants 

Baptismal Certificate Blanks 

Credential Blanks 

SUGGESTIONS TO 
CONTRIBUTORS 

We are submitting several 
suggestions as a help to con- 
tributors in preparing material 
for the Bible Monitor. These sug- 
gestions will also make the work 
easier for both the editor and the 
writer, 

1 . Become familiar with the 
Editorial Policy and do not use 
subjects or statements, which 
conflict with this plan of the Bible 
Monitor. 

2. Place your name and ad- 
dress at the close of the article. 
We deem it more appropriate to 
sign as Brother or Sister. 

3. Do not make sentences 
too long. A number of short 
sentences are better than a long 



involved sentence, which is dif- 
ficult to punctuate and in which 
the real meaning of the writer's 
thought may be lost. 

4. It will be appreciated if you 
gather a particular thought or 
thoughts and their proving Scrip- 
ture quotations into paragraphs. 
Set these apart from the rest of 
the article by setting in the first 
line of each paragraph about the 
space of three letters 

5. Do not crowd your words 
or punctuation marks close to- 
gether. Do not use slang or ab- 
breviated words such as, "fhot" 
for "thought", "2" for "two", "&" for 
"and", "etc." for "and so forth". 

6. Write or type on one side 
of the paper only. Double spac- 
ing of lines is much preferred. 
Do not make the lines the full 
width of the sheet; leave at least 
a one inch margin on each side 
of the sheet. 

7. Use direct quotations for 
the Scripture references. Please 
copy wording and punctuation 
just as it appears in the King 
James Version of the Bible. 
References to be given thus: 
book, chapter and verse. "Jesus 
wept;' John 11:35. 

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



BIBLE MONITOR 



19 



pS-'» W tu 



£s 


3 


^ 

T 


CD 


en 


o' 


CO 


o 


w 


3 D 


Xj 
CTi 


"0 
(Ti 


X 

m 


^1 

co 


co 




n 


is 


tf> 


'--- 




a- 
o 

Zl. 

z 

ZJ 

< 




is 




EQ 3 


< 


flj 


m 


g 


:_ 


!Z 




zr 
03 


2i 


0) 
[/J 




o 


— 

r- 




. t0 cf 


■21 


3 


as 


cr 
a 
cn 


N 






> 


CD 


o 

3 


o 


< 


n 

[a 


3" 


5 




---■ 


33 
■::■ 


X 

o 


o 




< 


5 






o 




CD 


SIS 


m 




5 






-4 


Al 


XI 


& 








£ 


<" 


o 


g 


i - 






tl) 


_CD 




> 


o 












D 


o 










— 


o 
1> 






u 





p^" c: 



IOOO 



£ Q .R -FT J* 



CD > 

n 

o 



"O 



D O O CD O 


05 


o 


■:T- 


Q 


o 




-5 


SB 


_1 


_,, 


CJ 


(I; 


< 







f :■ 

01 


(/;• 
R 


it" 


3 


m 




3 


Ti 




U 


1* 
> 


o 


> 




3 

O 



ffi *< = 5 « =* 



Z 5 



51^7 



o m cd 
3 ro ~ 



h- 


^_k 




i 


_i 


co 


w 


o 


r-v 


-4 


o 


uu 




ui 


uo 


H 


Tl 


n 




(7> 


_.- 


03 


X 


fil 


ft) 


OJ 

a 




o 

-■4 


S 


< 


CD 


ro 


J; 

CO 

T 


=5 


o 

03 


w 


TJ 


o 
o 


a> 




rr> 








a> 


Cfl" 


JJ 


TI 




ai 




u 


a 


^L 


:._> 


fP 


a. 


•c 










n 


<■ 


'_ 


O Q 




S- 


= 


T 






to 


-■ 


JU 


CD 

3 


£ 






cn 




■* 



m a* 


X 


SOJ 


9- as 




moo 


^x 


O 




o S 


U) 


ID 3 = 



C^ 


x a 


?s 





o 


i - 

Cl) 




-J 


^ 




3 


<<r 


o 

CD 


S 


■i 


r/-;. 


■< 


(T) 


tD 


(D 


■;-' 


c 

— 
3 




L7 

5 


i 

— 

ft 


X) 

5 
ST 


O 
CD 

Q 


m 

a- 












<: 










o 

- 






^ 

3 





□ ZJ 



CJ GO 



td | 

ro m 



x ^L 



Co 7; 

1 CD 



» g, 

Hi CD 



ro co 
ro -i 
-*1 en 
-* o 

o m 
P -j 

9- co 



ro -i- ^- ^■ 

o M O) hj 

d: -^ -i a; 

co o 4^ o 

m XI 
Si ro 
^ B 
J o 



O 

o 



> CD" S 



> _^ "-n E-. - 






> CJ 



re ■< E, §. 



-a- ^T -C tu 



^o 



ocss 



a oi 



> > 



o 



s. 2 

P g 
2 



_L -» ^ -J 

(Jl >! -~J ~J 

io£ W Ul 

CO hj 



CD 

S 

cr 
se 



1-3 & 

CD " 

cT 



O ~ 
~?0 K 



-J. P- CD 1 



3 ro 



o xj 



i a to m Q 

D. CD £ S- CD- 



Xi 



ro Tl CD 

-»• }X w 

W CJ en 

gen*' 

? x » 

Si Cn ^ 

- 1 — - ■< 






5 o 

-j a> 

cr q. 

o * 

a O 

_co aj 

Q # 

O iT 

2 5 

-ti > 



CD 



w > 



O 



CO o 

"I 

03 



CJ CD 

z m 

□ ■ 

- S ^ S' .cr 



Km 



<2s 



2 co 

^" ^T 

— > s 

< ±Zj." 

Q xj ^, ro 3 

° S 5" T g. 
2 -m si ~ 

2tHS 
§Sc|^ 

? K m 

S lv Ji 

^^ o o 



CD 7 " 



to ** 
ca to 



m -~j g 

? ? D 

s= -r m 

S c w 

xi - m 

$ 9 

EB ■- 

Q-^ 

CD CO 

CL> CD 

< 3 





n 


? 


"■' 




^ 


TI 




o 




> 




*. 


en 


— * 








d . 








■■ n 




o 




f 3 




CO 




£J3 



D 

m 
o 

H 

o 

-< 
o 



o 

> 



NS 

cn 



■:.7i 


CD 


r-- 


-J 


--4 


cn 


w 


00 


-J 


-^i 


-^1 


■~j 


-b 


IO 


CO 


-J 


to 


^>l 


-j 


ro 


Ol 


ro 


CO 


ro 


Ol 


Ol 


CD 


c» 


o> 


o 


CJ1 








O 


o 


o 






c> 


c~ 




o 


-J 




-J 








O 


00 






-fi 




oj 






CO 


-j- 34 




-vl 


->J 


en 


-^ 


H3 


-vl 


--j 


en 


Ul 


CD 


ep 




*-sJ 


a 


-|-l 


CD 


on 


Ol 




cn 


CD 


o 


CJl 


-pi 


hI> 


O 


05 


CO 


Ol 


■>l 


->i 


CO 


CO 


-^1 


CD 


-^ 


CO 


- 1 -- 


CD 


to 


03 


■'o 


tb 


oo 


i 


■*J 


ai 


•^1 


CO 


rb 


CD 


ii 


-hJ 


i. 


-1^ 


-F^ 


-p- 


CD 


CD 


OJ 


CJ 


hj 


-0. 


:.0 


Ol 


CD 


Co 


--, 


*. 


CD 


-l> 


-!> 


M 


-P- 


-~J 


-%i 


cn 


-*j 


i. 


CO 


-^ 


Co 


Co 


CO 


CJi 


CJ1 


■-J 


M 


-^ 


-fi 


CO 


V" 


CO 


*. 


CJl 


--J 


*. 


— ^ 


cn 


CO 


CO 


CO 


cn 




CO 




cn 


CO 


CO 


CO 


-p> 


oo 


OJ 


OS 


i. 


i- 


— ^ 


fa 


CD 


to 


— X 


ro 


Co 


->l 


fb 


rb 


n; 


Cr 


CD 


CO 


i. 


-p. 


lb 


tb 


cn 


cn 


O) 


CO 


ai 


CO 


^ 


-s] 


ro 


CD 


->f 


CO 


w 


O 


(O 


OJ 


O) 


en 


CO 


M 


CO 


00 


CC 


CO 


CO 


-^1 


CJl 


CD 




-h| 


CD 


CO 


o 


cn 


-p* 




--J 


OJ 


->J 


CJ 


■L-\ 


o 


CD 


CD 


o 


CJ 


CO 


-J 


O 


OJ 


4^ 


Ol 


M 


ro 


a:- 




^ 


— i 




CO 


■vl 


Ol 


03 


DO 


—X 


Ol 


"-*■ 


CO 


o 


OO 


o 


CD 


C" 


-g 


-J 


CO 


CD 


Ctf 


M 


CD 


to 


OJ 


ro 


00 


cn 


0J 


0J 


cn 


JJ. 


CJl 


co 


cn 


03 


to 



20 



BIBLE MONITOR 



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

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

11. The Publication Board 
has decided that News Items 
should contain material of gen- 
eral interest to the Brotherhood. 
Therefore items of only local 
interest should not be included 
in News Items, such as local 
Sunday School officers, District 
Meeting delegates, minor local 
church property improvements 
and items, "In Memoriam 1 '. 

12. Read these, then write. 

FIXED COMMUNION 
DATES 

Third Sat. March - Quinter, KS 
Sat. before Easter - Pleasant 

Home, CA 
First Sat. April - Dallas Center, 

IA 
Third Sat. April - West Fulton. 

OH 
Third Sat. April - Grandview, 

MO 
Last Sun. April - Bethel, PA 



First Sun. May - Waynesboro. 

PA 
Third Sun. May - Lititz, PA 
Fourth Sun. May - Shrewsbury, 

PA 
First Sun. Oct. - Walnut Grove, 

MD 
Third Sun. Oct. - Lititz, PA 
Fourth Sat. Oct. - Cornerstone, 

OH 
Last Sat. Oct. - Pleasant Home, 

CA 
Last Sun. Oct. - Bethel, PA 
First Sun. Nov, - Shrewsbury, 

PA 

FINANCIAL REVIEW 
COMMITTEE 

Tim Kasza 

2500 West Buchanan 

Shelby, Ml 49455 

231-861-5393 

Paul Heisey 

20095 Road K 

West Unity, OH 43570 

419-924-5192 

GOSSIP, BOTH, VERBAL 
AND BY MAIL 

A. Elders, other officials and 
all others are admonished that 
being busybodies in other men's 
matters is contrary to Scripture. 
It should not be indulged in, as 
it causes complaint and interfer- 
ence with the spiritual life and 



BIBLE MONITOR 



21 



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 mat- 
ter 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 broth- 
erly 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 under- 
stood 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 pres- 
ent, or to outsiders, is irregular 
and un-Christian and should not 
be indulged in. 

CIVILIAN SERVICE 
BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
26331 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 
515-992-3947 

Robert Lehigh, Secretary 
5137 Waltersdorff Road 
Spring Grove, PA 17362 
717-225-4928 
Fax 717-632-6823 

Dennis St. John 
21397 County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 
419-428-2305 

Mark Cordrey 

525 West Grayson Road 

Modesto, CA 95358 

209-538-7344 

Fred Pifer 
17354 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 
515-993-3187 

RELIEF BOARD 

Mark Cordrey, Chairman 
525 West Grayson Road 
Modesto, CA 95358 
209-538-7344 



22 



BIBLE MONITOR 



David St. John, Secretary 
16 687Rd 15 
Pioneer, OH 43554 
419-737-3064 

Doyle Lorenz, Treasurer 
1903 SSR 19 
Peru, IN 46970 
765-472-5685 

Dale Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 
515-833-2904 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 
717-272-2847 



SCHOOL ADVISORY 
BOARD 

Phil Gish 

750 S. Hufford Rd 

Casstown, OH 45312 

Paul David Skiles 
HCR 79 Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

David Aungst 
334 Birds Hill Rd 
Pine Grove, PA 17963 

Mark Andrews 

24407 South Overfelt Road 

Peculiar, MO 64078 



LOCATION OF CHURCH HOUSES 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 
Located on Route 41 9, five miles east of Bethel, which is one mile 
south of Interstate 78, Rehrersburg Exit 17. The Church and school 
are located together. The telephone number is 717-933-5510. 

CLEARVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA 
The Clearville Congregation is located in South Central Penn- 
sylvania, 16 miles south of Everett and about six miles south of 
Clearville. From Everett take Rt. 26 to Clearville. At Clearville go 
straight south, leaving Rt. 26, which turns right. Go 1.5 miles, turn 
right at the fork. The church is five miles on left side of road. Services 
are held every Sunday at 10:00 AM. 

CORNERSTONE, OHIO 
Located at 5430 Greenville Falls-Clayton Road, Covington 
Ohio. Those traveling on I-70 exit unto North I-75. At the junction 
with Route 36 exit to West 36 and proceed through Covington to 






BIBLE MONITOR 23 



the junction of the Greenville Falls-Clayton Road with Route 36. 
Turn left to the church. Those traveling on Route 48 go to Coving- 
ton and turn unto Route West 36 and proceed as above. Those 
traveling on Route 127 should exit unto East 36 near Greenville 
and proceed to the junction with the Greenville Falls-Clayton Road 
and turn right to the church. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 
Dallas Center is located on Rt. 44, twenty-four miles northwest 
of Des Moines. Turn off Rt.44 onto Quinlan Avenue at west edge 
of Dallas Center. The church is located at 2323 Quinlan Avenue, 
three-fourth mile north on the west side of the road. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

Located on Green Road, one block north of County Rd 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 Street. Go one mile to Green Road, 
turn right and go one block. The church is located on the east side 
of the road. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 
The Grandview Church is located south of Grandview. Take the 
west access road of 71 Highway 1.5 miles south to 140th Street. 
Turn west and go to second street, turn south one block. 

HART, MICHIGAN 
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 approxi- 
mately one half mile to church on left side of road. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 
Coming from the south on Route 501, turn right on Newport 
Road, which is about a mile north of Lititz. Coming from the north 
turn left on Newport Road. Go to second crossroads, turn right. The 
white church is on the right. 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 
The Cloverleaf church is located one mile north of U.S. Highway 

#50, four miles west of McClave Junction, or two miles east of Hasty 
Colorado on U.S. #50, then one mile north. 



24 BIBLE MONITOR 



MOHLERS, PENNSYLVANIA 
Mohlers Meetinghouse - Located near Route 15 on Old Get- 
tysburg Road, south of Mechanicsburg. Coming from the South 
take the Rossmoyne/Wesley Grove Exit off Route 15. Make a left 
unto Rossmoyne Road and another left on Old Gettysburg Road. 
The meetinghouse is on the left after you travel about one-half mile. 
Coming from the north you will exit onto Rossmoyne Road and make 
a left onto Old Gettysburg Road. 

MT ZION, PENNSYLVANIA 

Services are held at the Kimmerlings Grange, 1529 Mt. Zion 
Road, Lebanon, PA. 

From the west, Follow I 78 to Exit 6, turn right off of exit. Go to 
stop. Turn left onto US 22. Go to stop and turn right onto Mt Zion 
Road. Go 6.2 miles to Kimmerlings Grange on left, across from St 
Jacobs Kimmerlings Church. 

From the south, Take 501 north to 422 west, turn right onto 
Narrows Drive, (right after Unclaimed Freight). Go to second stop; 
turn right onto Mt Zion Road. Go 0.2 miies to Kimmerlings Grange 
on right. 

From the east, follow I78 to Exit 8, turn left off of exit onto US 22. 
Go to stop. Turn right onto Mt Zion Road. Go 6.2 miles to Kimmer- 
lings Grange on left, across from St Jacobs Kimmerlings Church. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 
The Pleasant Home Church is located at 3960 Sharon Avenue, 
Modesto, California. The church's telephone number is 209-524- 
8634. 

Directions: Coming from the north or south on Highway 99 take 
the Briggsmore Exit and proceed east on Briggsmore Avenue for 
approximately five miles. Turn left at the Roselle Avenue signal. Turn 
right at the first stop sign unto Merle Avenue. Turn left at the stop 
sign at Fine Avenue, approximately three-fou rth sofa mile. Turn right 
onto Sharon Avenue. At the end of Sharon Avenue turn right into the 
church parking lot. 

If traveling south on Claus Road, turn right on Merle Avenue. If 
traveling north on Claus Road turn left unto Merle Avenue. Goto Fine 
Avenue, turn right and follow above directions to Sharon Avenue. 



BIBLE MONITOR 25 



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

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

QUINTER, KANSAS 
Located at the corner of Eighth Street and Main Street. 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

The physical location is: 216 North Main Street, Shrewsbury, 
Pennsylvania, 

From Baltimore, Maryland and points south of Pennsylvania: 
Proceed north on Interstate 83. After crossing from Maryland into 
Pennsylvania, get off the Interstate at the Exit 4 (Shrewsbury Exit). 
After going down the hill on the ramp, turn left (west) onto State 
Route 851 (E. Forest Avenue). 

Proceed up the hill to the center of the town of Shrewsbury for 
0.7 miles. Turn right (north) onto North Main Street and proceed 
about 0.5 mile. The church building will be on your left (west side of 
the road). There is a sign in the yard in front of the meetinghouse. 

From York or Harrisburg and points north: Proceed south on 
interstate 83 to Exit 4 (Shrewsbury Exit). At the bottom of the ramp, 
turn right onto State Route 851 (E. Forest Avenue) and follow the 
above directions. There is a sign in the yard in front of the meeting- 
house. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 
Church address is: 2191 Swallow Falls Road, Oakland, MD 
21550. Take Maryland Rt. 219 North of Oakland 5.5 miles or South 
of I68, 1 8 miles to Mayhew Inn Road. West on Meyhew Inn Road to 
the stop sign (4.2 miles). Bear left onto the Oakland-Sang Run Road 
for .3 mile to the Swallow Falls Road. Turn right onto the Swallow 
Falls Road for .3 mile. The Church will be on your left. 



26 BIBLE MONITOR 



WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 
Church address is: 4000 Kump Station Road, Taneytown, 
MD 21787. From Littlestown, PA travel Route 194 south toward 
Maryland. After crossing PA/MD line (this is shortly after Kingsdale 
Firehouse on right), turn left onto second hard road on your left, 
which is Kump Station Road. Follow this road approximately one 
fourth mile to brick church house on right. 

From Taneytown, MD, take Route 194 north three miles. Turn 
right onto Kump Station Road. Brick church house is on right, ap- 
proximately one fourth mile. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 
Church is located in west side of town, on the corner of Ridge and 
Third Streets. Turn south of Route 16 on Fairview Avenue, go two 

blocks and turn left on Third Street, church house is one block. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 
Near Wauseon, Ohio, located on U.S. Rt. 20 Alternate, 3.5 miles 
west of the junction of Ohio Rt. 108 and U.S. 20 Alternate. 

ZILLAH, WASHINGTON 
The Zillah Congregation meets at their Granger meetinghouse. 
Granger is approximately 5 miles east of Zillah. From Interstate 
82, whether going east or west exit at Exit 58. If coming from east 
turn left, if coming from the west turn right onto Highway 223. Go 
0.6 miles to East 3rd Street. Turn right on East 3rd Street and go 
0.4miles to Main Street. Turn right on Main Street and go one block 
to East 2nd Street. Turn left, the meetinghouse is first building on 
the left (south side) of the street. The address is 201 Main Street. 

MISSIONS 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION, NEW 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. This marked Mission Road and a mission 
sign is at this junction. Present personnel includes: Paul David and 
Sarah Skiles; Jason and Sheena Carpenter; Melissa Mummert and 
Abby Hawbaker. Visitors would be wise to notify the Mission in ad- 
vance. Address: HCR 79, Box 8, Cuba, NM 87013-9701 ; telephone' 



T 



BIBLE MONITOR 27 



505-731-2292. If no answer call 505-731-2300 or 505-731-2341 . 
Please contact for further information. 

AFRICAN MISSION 
Located in Makutano, Kenya. Address: P.O.Box 658, Kapen- 
guria, Kenya, 30600. 

NOTICE CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS 

Newlywed couples may receive a year's subscription free if 
a request is forwarded to the Editor with their name and full ad- 
dress. 

To those who anticipate moving, please report a change of 
address promptly to the Editor to prevent the papers being miscar- 
ried. 

Also, it will be appreciated if those who send in subscriptions 
will give the complete address and indicate whether they are new 
or renewal subscriptions. 

It will be of help to the Editor if subscriptions are always sent 
in the same name. 

Is your subscription renewed? 

-Editor 



MINISTERIAL LIST 

ALDINGER, STEVEN (M) (Mohlers) AUNGST, DALE (M) (Clearville) 

HCR 67 Box 106V 566 Beegle Road 

Mifflin, Pennsylvania 17058 Clearville. PA 15535 

717-734-3588 814-784-3600 

ANDREWS, CURTIS (M) AUNGST, DAVID (E) (Bethel) 

(Grandview) 334 Birds Hill Road 

21620 South Countryside Drive Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17963 

Peculiar, Missouri 64078 570-345-6588 

816-779-4820 

AUNGST, JEFF (M) (Bethel) 

ANDREWS, MARK (E) 3425 Sweet Arrow Lake Road 

(Grandview) Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17963 

24407 South Overfell Road 570-345-6211 

Peculiar, Missouri 64078 

816-779-4204 



28 



BIBLE MONITOR 



BAILEY, KEITH (E) 

(Cornerstone) 

541 East Main Street 

Bradford, Ohio 45308 

937-448-2408 

BECK, JUSTIN (M) (Bethel) 

480 Schubert Road 
Bethel, Pennsylvania 19507 
717-933-5944 

BEEMAN, STEVEN (M) (Mohlers) 
168 Wolfsbridge Road 
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013 
717-245-0139 

BURGESS, WAYNE (M) 

(McClave) 

Box 82 

Hasty, Colorado 81 044 

71 9-829-4267 

CARPENTER, ROBERT W. (E) 

(Plevna) 

6150 E775 S 

Peru, Indiana 46970 

765-395-7879 

CARPENTER, WILLIAM (E) 

(West Fulton) 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 

517-458-6535 

CLAPPER, STEVEN (M) 
(Clearville) 

211 France Street 

Sproul, Pennsylvania 16682 

814-710-7716 

COOK, MILTON (E) 
(Winterhaven) 
1138 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, California 92223 

951-845-6231 



CORDREY, MARK (E) 

(Pleasant Home) 
525 W. Grayson Road 
Modesto, California 95358 
209-538-7344 

EBERLY, JAMES D. (E) (Lititz) 

P.O.Box 504 

Terre Hill, Pennsylvania 17581-0504 

717-445-4515 

FLORY, HARLEY (E) 

(Pleasant Ridge) 
08302 21 N 

Stryker, Ohio 43557 
419-682-7907 

FUNK, KEVIN (E) (Dallas Center) 

241 07 N Avenue 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

515-992-3319 

GISH, PHILIP (E) (Cornerstone) 
750 South Hufford Road 
Casstown, Ohio 45312 
937-339-5395 

GUNDERMAN, TERRY (E) 
(Goshen) 
22358 C.R. 118 
Goshen, Indiana 46528 
574-875-7155 

HEISEY, MICHAEL (M) (Lititz) 
20 BombergerRoad 
Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543 
717-626-1816 

JAMISON, BRANT (M) (West 

Fulton) 

14970 SH 120 

Lyons, Ohio 43533 

419-452-6077 



BIBLE MONITOR 



29 



JAMISON, GORDON (E) (Quinter) 
2271 Co. Rd.74 
Quinter Kansas 67752 
785-754-3639 

JOHNSON, FREDERICK (M) (West 

Fulton) 

172 Front Street 

P.O.Box 53087 

Pettisville, Ohio 43553 

419-445-4976 

JOHNSON. JEREMIAH (M) (Hart) 
P.O.Box 656 

Kapenguria, Kenya 30600 
011-254-546-2043 

LEHIGH, ROBERT S. (E) (Shrews- 
bury) 

5137 Waltersdorff Road 
Spring Grove, Pennsylvania 17362 
717-225-4928 

LICHTENBERGER, ROBERT (M) 

(Waynesboro) 

12977 Mongul Hill Road 

Shippensburg, PA 17257 

(717) 532-5911 

LITFIN. GALEN (E) (Newberg) 
1314E.7th Street 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 
(971)241-2346 

LORENZ, LLOYD (E) (Plevna) 
3949 S 100 E 

Peru, Indiana 46970 
765-473-5045 

MALLOW, ELDON (E) (Clearville) 

467 Miller Road 

Clearville, Pennsylvania 15535 

814-784-3488 



MARKS, MARLIN (E) (Shrewsbury) 

429 Summit Drive 

Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356-1119 

717-246-9193 

MARKS, RONALD L. (E) (Hart) 
1813 North 136th Avenue 
Hart, Michigan 49420 
231-873-2113 

MARTIN, VERNON (M) (Bethel) 

53 Fiddlers Road 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17963 

570-345-4329 

MEYERS, ALAN (M) (Dallas Center) 
23997 268th Lane 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-3434 

MEYERS, JAMES (E) (Dallas 

Center) 

26331 205th Street 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

515-992-3947 

MILLER, LYNN H. (M) (Mohlers) 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, Pennsylvania 17073 
717-949-3992 

MILLER, WESLEY (M) (Quinter) 
6840 Co. Rd K 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

785-391-2231 

MYERS, DENNIS (E) (Dallas Center) 
23999 268th Lane 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-5357 

NELL, PAUL L. (E) (Walnut Grove) 
1768 Seven Valleys Road 
York, Pennsylvania 17408 
717-792-1353 






30 



BIBLE MONITOR 



NOECKER, RAY (M) (Hart) 
P.O. Box 658 

Kapenguria, Kenya 30600 
011-254-546-2043 

PIFER, FRED O. (E) (Dallas Center) 
17354 240th Street 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-3187 

PRIEST, GERRY (M) (Waynesboro) 
20207 Marsh Haven Lane 
Hagerstown, MD21742 
301-766-9036 

PRIEST, THOMAS (M) (Waynesboro) 
8815 Willowdale Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 
717-658-2918 

REED, JASON (M) (Mt. Zion) 
888 Stouchsburg Rd. 

Myerstown, Pennsylvania 17067 
717-866-6489 

RICE, DAVID (E) (Cornerstone) 

4639Addison-New Carlisle Road 
New Carlisle, Ohio 45344 
937-845-2128 

SHAFFER, FRANK E. (E) 

(Waynesboro) 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 

717-597-4730 

SKILES, DAVID L (E) (Juniper Hills) 

6354 Galway Road NE 

Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87144 

505-771-2973 

SKILES, PAUL DAVID (E) 

(Juniper Hills) 

HCR 79 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

505-731-2300 



SMITH, WARREN C. (E) (McClave) 

33720 Rd 26 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

719-829-4521 

SNYDER, KEITH (E) (Lititz) 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042 
717-272-2847 

ST.JOHN, DENNIS (E) 
(Pleasant Ridge) 

21397-CountyRoadB50 
Bryan, Ohio 43506 
419-428-2305 

ST.JOHN, THOMAS (E) 

(Pleasant Ridge) 
20380 Co. Road R 
Alvordton, Ohio 43501 
419-737-2203 

STUBER, RAY(E) (Shrewsbury) 
5200 Swamp Road 
Felton, Pennsylvania 17322 
717-246-1116 

STUMP, PAUL (E) (Cornerstone) 
10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, Ohio 45322 
937-836-6559 

SWEITZER, MERLE (E) (Shrewsbury) 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, Pennsylvania 17322 
717-993-2637 

VALENTINE, DONALD (DICK)(M) 

(Waynesboro) 

575 Buchanan Road 

Orrtanna, Pennsylvania 17353 

717-334-2222 

WAGNER, RAY (M) (Mohlers) 

15 Timber Road 

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055 

717-766-9410 



BIBLE MONITOR 



31 



WALKER, HENRY (E) 
(Pleasant Home) 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, California 95386 
209-874-2832 

WERTZ, LEONARD (M) (Quinter) 
P.O. Box 178 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
785-754-2390 

WILKERSON, KENNETH (M) 

(ML Zion) 

1254 Pine Grave Road 

Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania 17026 
717-865-5852 

WOLFE, VERLING (E) (Bethel) 

92 Club Road 

Bethel , Pennsylvania 19507 

717-933-7014 



VVRAY. MICHAEL (M) (Plevna) 
5266 E 775 S 
Peru, Indiana 46970 
(765) 473-6371 

KENYAN DUNKARD BRETHREN 
CHURCH 

AMASWACHE, GILBERT (M) 
(Makutano) 
P.O. Box 658 
Kapenguria, Kenya 30600 

AMBUNDO, HOSEA (M) (Makutano) 
P.O. Box 616 
Kapenguria, Kenya 30600 

OKEMO, JOSEPH (M) (Chesubet) 

P.O. Box 41 

Kapcherop, Kenya 30204 



DUNKARD BRETHREN DEACONS 



ALSBAUGH, MICHAEL SR. (Lititz) 
623 Monroe Valley Drive 
Fredericksburg, PA 17026 
(717)856-0400 

ANDREWS, LARRY (Grandview) 
12306 E. 203 rd Street 
Raymore, MO 64083 

(816)758-6285 

BEACHLER, STEVE (Plevna) 
5483 E. Park Street 
Amboy, IN 46911 
(765) 395-7850 

BIRT, HARLISS (Plevna) 
2582 W. SR 124 
Wabash, IN 46992 
(260) 563-6425 



BITTINGER, LESTER (Dayton) 
308 Stokesville Road 
ML Solon, VA 22843 
(540) 350-2097 

BLOCHER, STEPHEN (Cornerstone) 
9946 U.S. Rt. 36 
Bradford, OH 45308 
(937) 448-6585 

BROCK, KEN (Pleasant Ridge) 
20845 Co Road H-50 
West Unity, OH 43570 
(419) 682-7785 

BROOKS, MARION (Quinter) 
318 W. 5th Street 
Quinter, KS 67752 
(785) 754-3595 



32 



BIBLE MONITOR 



BURKHOLDER, DONALD (Bethel) 

5153B Rt. 419 
Womelsdorf, PA 19567 
(610)589-2397 

BURKHOLDER, NORMAN (Lititz) 

1252 Lincoln Road 
Lititz, PA 17543 
(717)625-1670 

BURTNER, CLAIR (Shrewsbury) 
478 Salem Church Road 
Windsor, PA 17366 
(717)244-2252 

CEASE, JOHN (Walnut Grove) 
190 Guernsey Road 
Biglerville. PA 17307 
(717) 677-6685 

CLAYTON, LAWRENCE (McClave) 
21390 Rd JJ 
McCiave, CO 81057 
(719)829-4783 

EBERLY, ROY (Lititz) 
722 Maple Grove Road 
New Holland, PA 17557 
(717)355-2321 

FLORY, MARVIN (Dallas Center) 
22034 240th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 
(515)992-3061 

GARBER, GORDON (Cornerstone) 
8385 Knisley Road 
Greenville, OH 45331 
(937)316-6082 

GUNDERMAN, REINHOLD (Goshen) 
58737 OR. 118 
Goshen, IN 46528 
(574) 875-5684 



HAWBAKER, NELSON 
(Dallas Center) 
27268 270th Street 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 
(515)992-3267 

HEISEY, PAUL (West Fulton) 
20-095 Rd K 
West Unity, OH 43570 
(419) 924-5192 

HEISEY STEVE (West Fulton) 

20-777 Rd M 

West Unity, OH 43570 

(419)924-5229 

HOSTETLER, DON (Cornerstone) 
3925 Kilbourn Road 

Arcanum, OH 45304 
(937) 692-5443 

HUNKAPILLER, LOUIS 
(Pleasant Ridge) 
18984 County Road 18 
Alvordton, OH 43501 
(419) 737-9646 

JAMISON, MARLAN (Quinter) 
P.O. Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 
(785) 754-3483 

JAMISON, TOM (Quinter) 
RR 2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 
(785) 675-3600 

JOHNS, DAVID LEE (Lititz) 
1328 Stony Road 
Lititz, PA 17543 
(717)626-9309 

KASZA, EUGENE (Grandview) 

RR2 

Malta Bend, MO 65339 

(660) 538-4626 



BIBLE MONITOR 



33 



KASZA, TiM (Hart) 
2500 West Buchanan 
Shelby, Ml 49455 
(231)861-5393 

KEENEY. SAM (Shrewsbury) 
956 Seaks Run Road 
Glen Rock, PA 17327 
(717)235-8398 

KEGERREIS, LESLIE (Mt. Zion) 
661 Schubert Road 
Bethel, PA 19507 
(717)933-9281 

KLINEDINST, DENNIS (Bethel) 
59 Browns Road 
Schuykill Haven, PA 17972 
(570) 345-2864 

KREINER, TED (West Fulton) 
9952 County Road 26-2 
West Unity, OH 43570 
(419)924-2094 

LITFIN,TED (Juniper Hills) 
P.O. Box 326 
Cuba, NM 87013 

LORENZ, CARL (Plevna) 
9305 E. Co. Rd. 100 N 
Greentown, IN 46936 
(765)628-7412 

LORENZ, DOYLE (Plevna) 
1903 SSR 19 
Peru. IN 46970 
(765) 472-5685 

MEYERS, DALE (Dallas Center) 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 
{515)833-2904 



MEYERS, DENNIS (Dallas Center) 
20337 270th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993 3059 

MEYERS, LEE (Grandview) 
25009 Cowger Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 
(816)779-0967 

MEYERS, MARTIN (Dallas Center) 
26554 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993-3028 

MEYERS. ROY (Dallas Center) 
26039 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

(515)992-3956 

MILLER, DEAN (Shrewsbury) 
11814 Hill Street 

Felton, PA 17322 
(717)244-6299 

MILLER, KENTON (Shrewsbury) 
1947 Potosi Road 
Glen Rock, PA 17327 
717)235-8382 

MUSSELMAN, HAROLD 
(Walnut Grove) 
1825 White Hall Road 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717)359-4771 

NOECKER, DANIEL JR. (Bethel) 
3440 Sweet Arrow Lake Road 
Pine Grove, PA 17963 
(570) 345-6784 

NOECKER, LYNDELL (West Fulton) 

120 South Madison Street 

P.O. Box 174 

West Unity, OH 43570 

(619)924-5728 



34 



BIBLE MONITOR 



NOECKER, RICHARD (Mt. Zion) 
360 Schubert Road 
Bethel, PA 19507 
(717)933-0388 

PIKE. LOWELL (West Fulton) 
108 W. Rings Street 
West Unity, OH 43570 
(419)924-2477 

PIKE, WAYNE (West Fulton) 
311 East Jackson 
West Unity, OH 43570 
(419) 924-2851 

PRIEST, DUANE (Juniper Hills) 
6350 Galway Road NE 
Rio Rancho, NM 87144 
(505)771-2974 

PRIEST, MATTHEW (Waynesboro) 
8560 Rabbit Road, N 
Greencastle, PA 17225 
(717) 593-9711 

REED, CARL E. (Grandview) 
4716 E. 139th 
Grandview, MO 64030 
(816)761-5715 

REED, OTY (Mountain View) 
68230 Miami Road 
Montrose, CO 81401 
(970) 249-6323 

ST. JOHN, CLIFFORD 
(Pleasant Ridge) 
04696 County Road 24D 
Stryker, OH 43557 
(419)445-3248 

ST. JOHN, RICK (Pleasant Ridge) 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold, OH 43502 
(419)445-1607 



STUMP, TERRY (Shrewsbury) 
560 Trinity Road 
York, PA 17408 
(717)792-9870 

SWANSON, LOUIS (Hart) 
678 North Water Road 
Hart, Ml 49420 
(231)873-0752 

SWIHART, DELBERT (Quinter) 
2051 County Road 78 
Quinter, KS 67752 

(785)754-3412 

WALKER, DAVID (Pleasant Home) 
29901 Chapman Way 
Escalon, CA 95320 

(209)838-8518 

WALKER, TERRY (Pleasant Home) 
3449 Beckwith Road 
Modesto, CA 95358 
(209) 577-5506 

WERTZ, IVON (McClave) 
24051 Co. Rd. LL 
McClave, CO 81057 
(719)829-4590 

WERTZ, LEE (McClave) 
25805 Co. Rd. LL 
McClave, CO 81057 
(719)829-4504 

ZOOK, BRUCE (Waynesboro) 

524 Church Road 
Orrtanna, PA 17353 
(717)339-0714 



BIBLE MONITOR 



35 



DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 
3949S 1Q0E 
Peru, IN 36970 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Martin Marks, Treasurer 

429 Summit Drive 

Red Lion, PA 17356-1119 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Mark Cordrey, Chairman 
525 West Grayson Road 
Modesto, CA 95358 

James Eberly. Secretary 
P.O. Box 504 
Terre Hill. PA 17581 

Gordon Jamison. Treasurer 
2271 Co.Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Oreencaslle, PA 17225 

Robert Carpenter 
61 50 E 775 S 
Peru, IN 46970 

Ronald Marks 

1813 North 136th Ave. 

Hart, Ml 49420 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

James Meyers 
26331 205 T Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Verling Wolfe. Chairman 
115 Club Road 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Kevin Funk, Secretary 
24107 N Avenue 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 



David Aungst, Treasurer 
334 Birds Hill Road 
Pine Grove. PA 17963 

Keith Bailey 

541 East Main Street 

Bradford. OH 45308 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Tom St. John. Chairman 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Milton Cook, Secretary 
1138 East 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

Roger Switiart 

7240 County Road AA 

Quinter. KS 67752 

Lynn H. Miller 

70 Round Barn Road 

Newmanstown, PA 17073 

Jeremiah Johnson 
1773 North 136th Avenue 
Hart, Ml 49420 

RELIEF BOARD 

Mark Cordrey. Chairman 
525 W. Grayson Road 
Modesto, CA 95358 
(209) 549-2015 

David St. John, Secretary 
16 687 Rd 15 
Pioneer, OH 43554 
(419)737-3064 

Doyle Lorenz, Treasurer 
1903 SSR 19 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 
(515)833-2904 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

Paul David Skiles, Superinten- 
dent 

HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba. NM 87013 

Larry Andrews, Chairman 
12306 East 203rd Street 
Raymore, MO 64083 

James Meyers, Secretary 
26331 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison. Treasurer 

Box 1 00 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Justin Beck 
480 Shubert Rd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Dale Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Merle Sweitzer, Chairman 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Alan Meyers, 
23997 268th Lane 
Adel, IA 50003 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Verling Wolfe, Secretary 
115 Club Rd. 
Bethel. PA 19507 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Engiewood, OH 45322 

All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his re- 
cords. 



At Org 

tage 

D 


r-. 


CM 
< CNJ 


| 0< 
0- Q_ Q- 


4| 




-5 

Q_ 



a 

C r- CD 

<D 4_, LL 

CO CD ffi 

§ « £ 



MONITOR 

VOL. LXXXVIII MARCH, 2010 NO. 3 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



HOW HAPPY EVERY CHILD OF GRACE 

How happy ev'ry child of grace, 

Who knows his sins forgiv'n! 

This earth, he cries, is not my place, 

I seek my place in heav'n 

A country far from mortal sight; 

Yet, O, by faith I see 

The land of rest, the saints' delight, 

The heav'n prepared for me. 

O, what a blessed hope is ours! 

While here on earth we stay, 

We more than taste the heav'nly pow'rs, 

And antedate that day. 

We feel the resurrection near, 

Our life in Christ concealed, 

And with his glorious presence here 

Our earthen vessels filled. 

-Charles Weslev 



BIBLE MONITOR 



JONAH AND THE 

Human nature has not really 
changed much over the centu- 
ries. Although we may think of 
our ancestors as those who were 
above petty displays of petulance 
and ill-will, they probably acted 
and reacted about the same way 
as we do to various situations. 
They dressed differently; they 
had different occupations; their 
lifestyles were different, but their 
basic human nature was about 
the same as our own. When God 
created man with life and person- 
ality, He gave him a temperament 
that reflected man's exposure to 
the world around him. 

There have been many 
changes in man's surrounding 
environment, but within he has 
changed little. Men of the past 
reacted with anger, fear, hatred, 
or gentleness, concern and love 



OLDER BROTHER 

when confronted with the situ- 
ations of life. Thus the truths of 
the Bible are as important and 
applicable today as when first 
written. God understood men 
then and He continues to un- 
derstand them now. They have 
not really changed. The lessons 
that applied to Noah, Moses and 
David, apply today. 

From early childhood we 
have heard about Jonah and 
his obstinate desire to go the 
opposite direction from where 
God wanted to send him. We 
thrill at the miraculous adventure 
of Jonah in the stomach of the 
great fish prepared by God. We 
listen as Jonah confesses his 
sin and pledges his willingness 
to go where God would will. We 
amaze at Jonah's escape and 
his mission to Nineveh. The great 



THE BIBLE MONITOR 



MARCH, 2010 



Published monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in the plant of Haines Printing Company. 

Postmaster: Send address changes to Haines Printing Company. 10575 West 
Main Road, North East, PA 16428. 

Terms: Single subscription $5.00 a year in advance. 

Send all subscriptions and communications to the editor. 

MILTON COOK ; Editor; 1138 East 12th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. 

KEITH BAILEY, Assistant Editor, 541 East Main Street, Bradford, OH 48308. 

DENNIS ST. JOHN, Associate Editor; 21397-B50, Bryan, OH 43506. 

KEVIN FUNK, Associate Editor; 24107 N Avenue, Dallas Center, IA 50063. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



revival, based on repentance, 
that swept Nineveh was thorough 
and brought a great change to 
the people of that great city. 

As these events unfold, we 
thrill to the mercy of God and 
the belated obedience of Jonah. 
But Jonah was not as thrilled as 
we would think that he should 
have been. Instead of rejoicing in 
the salvation of Nineveh, Jonah 
was upset. When Jonah went to 
Nineveh after his second call, 
he did not really expect much 
would change, and the Ninevites 
would be destroyed. Jonah was 
shocked that God was serious 
in offering forgiveness and life to 
the Ninevites. He sat on the hill 
overlooking the city and pouted 
because of God's mercy. God 
gave him an object lesson involv- 
ing the gourd, which had grown 
up to shade him. God challenged 
Jonah that he had more concern 
for the gourd than he did for the 
human beings of Nineveh, Jonah 
was belatedly willing to serve 
God, but he took little joy in how 
God used him. 

A parallel event is recounted 
by Jesus in Luke 15:11-32. He 
tells of the Prodigal Son. Although 
well situated through his parent's 
provision, he had the young 
person's desire to go out into 
the world and to enjoy what had 



never been permitted at home. 
He wanted his inheritance. With 
a heavy and doubting heart, the 
father had given the son what he 
desired. 

The son took his leave of all 
that was familiar, including the 
admonitions of his father. He 
was free to do what he pleased. 
He went as far from home as he 
could where he used up his re- 
sources in riotous living. He was 
finally brought down to feeding 
swine. He even envied the hogs 
the carob husks that they were 
fed. 

As he considered his rather 
desperate situation he began to 
think of what he had left behind 
at home. He began to think that 
even being a servant in his fa- 
ther's home would be betterthan 
what he was currently enjoying. 
He determined he would return 
home. 

His determination carried him 
home to whatever future his fa- 
ther might design for him. To his 
surprise, his father not only gladly 
welcomed him but gave him a 
ring, a robe and a celebration. 
The father's mercy was the same 
as the mercy shown by God to 
the Ninevites. He rejoiced in the 
son's acceptance of that mercy. 

But like Jonah, the father's 
older son was not pleased with 



BIBLE MONITOR 



the father's ready welcome of the 
prodigal. This greatly displeased 
the older brother as he recounted 
his years of faithful service and 
the dissipation of the younger 
brother. The older brother had 
been faithful in his service but 
his heart had been robbed of its 
mercy and joy as he focused on 
his deeds above the love and 
mercy that should have been 
within his heart. 

The father was greatly dis- 
pleased at the older son's unkind 
rejection of his brother. Appar- 
ently the older son would have 
preferred punishment to be given 



his brother rather than the mercy 
so willingly offered by the father. 
The father counseled the older 
son that his faithfulness would be 
honored, but that he should have 
developed a heart of mercy and 
love. 

We need to be careful that 
the attitudes we develop in our 
Spiritual lives do not mimic the 
attitudes of Jonah and the older 
brother. We must be obedient, 
but we must never forget the 
weightier matters of judgment, 
mercy and faith. 

M.C.Cook 



SOMETHING MORE THAN GOLD 



Prov. 2:4-5, "If thou seekest 
her as silver, and searchest for 
her as for hid treasures; Then 
shalt thou understand the fear of 
the LORD, and find the knowl- 
edge of God." 

The other day I was in Or- 
turn, and we were walking in 
the mountains, visiting differ- 
ent church members, waiting 
for Bible Study to begin. I was 
talking to a couple of the youth 
boys, and they were describing 
to me how people pan for gold. 
They pointed way up in the 
mountain, and showed me a 
cave. They said that you have 



to go all the way up and dig out 
certain rocks there. You put the 
rocks and dirt in a bag. Then you 
carry the rocks and dirt down to 
the river. After that, you have to 
grind up the rocks and dirt into 
a powder; next, you wash them 
in the river. After washing and 
washing, eventually you'll see 
the tiny speck of yellow that is 
gold. 

The boys started laugh- 
ing and looking at each other. 
I asked them what they were 
laughing about. "Oh, it's a funny 
story," one of them said. I told 
them to tell me; I wanted to laugh 



BIBLE MONITOR 



too. So the one boy proceeded 
to tell me a long tale about their 
adventure in panning for gold. 

He said that one day he 
convinced a few of his friends to 
go with him and search for gold. 
They grabbed their sacks, and 
climbed up the mountain. There, 
someone (whom they were not 
sure they trusted) told them how 
to find the right rocks. So they 
filled their sacks and proceeded 
down the hill. Now, if you have 
ever climbed in the mountains 
much, you know that walking 
down hill is hard enough, without 
carrying a sack full of dirt. While 
going down the mountain, one 
of the boys decided that this 
was too much work and he left 
the party with his small bag and 
went home. Then the other two 
struggled along by themselves. 
Both boys described with hi- 
larious gestures how their legs 
were shaking and their backs 
were soooo tired! Finally, one 
of those boys decided he had 
enough; he was going to dump 
his dirt on the ground and go 
home. Hewasjusttooweakand 
tired! This put the first boy in a 
real predicament; what was he 
to do now? He knew there must 
be gold in the sacks! His was 
already heavy but he could not 
stand to see the other boy dump 



out his sack. He thought of just 
carrying the other boy's, but 
which one had the gold? Could 
he really leave his behind? Fi- 
nally he decided to carry both of 
them. At long last the two boys 
struggled to the river where they 
proceeded to grind the rocks 
and wash the dirt, looking for 
gold. 

I must say, the funniest part 
of the story is that after all day 
of work, they received 70 shil- 
lings'! Unfortunately, this is less 
than a dollar. We all laughed and 
laughed at that story. 

But it made me think; you 
know this is how some people 
see the Bible. Maybe they see 
it is a lot of work to study, and 
to read, and to meditate, and at 
the end of the day they do not 
feel like they get a lot. I asked 
the boys, "If you had gotten 
better instructions, do you think 
you would have had more suc- 
cess?" They thought they would 
have. They really were not sure 
what to dig, or how to wash, or 
even what they were looking for! 
Some people approach Bible 
study in the same way They 
think as long as they open that 
thing, in the reading of it they are 
going to get something. Believe 
me, I am sure you will! But as the 
Bible says, we need to search 



BIBLE MONITOR 



for wisdom as a treasure; we 
need to pursue it as something 
valuable. It is only then that we 
receive the knowledge of God, 
So let me encourage you to 
keep studying, and seek advice 
from those who know how to get 
the nuggets of truth. Maybe your 
friends will get tired and tell you 
that it is not worth it. In those 
times you may have to carry the 



load for both of you. Show him 
that although the way is hard, it 
is worth it. And you will find that 
with practice, you will get better 
in the Word. Understanding gets 
easier, and you will discover 
many rich blessings in spending 
time in the Word of God. 

Serving Our Lord in Kenya, 
Brother Jeremiah Johnson 



PRAYING THE LORD'S PRAYER 

And lead us not into temptation 

Part 8 



Is it the nature of God to 
lead us into temptation and then 
to respond to our begging and 
pleading so He can in mercy 
free us from its clutches? I think 
not. 

These words seem to be 
more of a statement that there 
will be temptations and trials 
even after we have sought the 
Father in Heaven, hallowed His 
name ; acknowledged that the 
kingdom is within us, followed 
His will, been daily in His word, 
and forgiven often and com- 
pletely. 

Jesus' admonition and 
warning in Matthew 26:41 was, 
"Watch ye and pray, that ye 
enter not into temptation: the 
spirit is willing, but the flesh 



is weak." Peter did not hear 
those words that Jesus prayed 
over his body huddled in sleep. 
He was, however, very much 
awake when Jesus spoke the 
words, "The cock shall not crow, 
till thou hast denied me thrice." 
This was not a back door temp- 
tation of the mind, but a frontal 
attack in public with witnesses. 
Peter failed the test three times, 
as Jesus said he would. 

The damsel that kept the 
door asked Simon Peter if he 
was not one of this man's dis- 
ciples. The words, "I am not;' 
came to Peter without thought. 
"I know not what thou sayest," 
was defensive and a lie. Peter 
repeated the same sentiment to 
the fellow warming his hands at 



BIBLE MONITOR 



the fire, but he added an oath. 
Did Peter know that the third 
person to question his identity 
was kin to the servant whose 
ear he had lopped? Was he 
not also feeling a little battled 
by the same question? Was he 
feeling guilty by now, knowing 
that he had selfishly protected 
his own skin? Notice the path 
of the fabrication as it builds 
to longer sentences, more de- 
fensive words with cursing and 
swearing added for emphasis. 
And immediately the cock 
crowed. It punctuated the swear 
words, loudly and clearly. And 
the Lord turned, and looked upon 
Peter. And Peter remembered . . . 
and he went out and wept bit- 
terly. (Luke 22:61-62). By the 
time Peter was accosted by the 
third questioner he forgot why 
he was tromping through the 
court yard in the cold night air 
separated from Jesus and the 
other disciples. His focus was in- 
ward as he struggled for his own 
preservation. With the noise of 
the rooster, Peter - startled and 
frightened - once again looked 
to Jesus and saw His back, 
Perhaps the backside brought a 
moment of relief, and he could 
turn and run, exacerbating his 
already troubled heart. But, Je- 
sus turned and looked. 



The word "looked" here 
means to perceive and recog- 
nize. The damsel, the hand- 
warmer, and the kinsman of 
the servant also had looked 
upon Peter. But their looking 
was staring to identify. Jesus 
looked on Peter knowing his 
every word and motive. It was 
not, "I told you so" but "I love 
you so." 

Peter wept bitterly. His 
anguish was resolved in incre- 
ments through the next weeks, 
ft must have been comforting 
to hear the words of the angel 
through the women, "Tell his 
disciples and Peter that Jesus 
goeth before you into Galilee: 
there ye shall see him." The 
name of Peter was singled out 
among the living eleven. He ran 
with John to the sepulcher, but 
still wondered in himself of that 
which was come to pass. 

Three times Peter denied. 
Three times Peter was asked 
of Jesus, ;, Simon, son of Jonas, 
lovest thou me?" Jesus knew 
that Peter would deny Him, but 
He also knew that He would be 
the spokesman on Pentecost. 
As a child of God I will have 
temptations, trials, afflictions, 
and chastisements. Some are 
of the Lord, and some are of my 
own making. Those that are of 



BIBLE MONITOR 



sin need to be resolved. 

All creation travails. 
Within that group is a peculiar 
subgroup, the children of God 
- the first fruits of the Spirit - 
which groan as we watt for the 
redemption of our bodies. The 
Spirit helps our infirmities. This 
is grace extravagant. 

Abraham, Job, and Simon 



Peter were tempted or tried (or 
chastised?). Lord, I don't know 
what you have in store for me, 
but I ask you that you grant me 
your power that I might not fail 
in the time of testing. Lead us 
not into temptation. 

Sister Mary Sue Moss 
Dallas Center, IA 



HE PREACHED JESUS 

W. C. Pease 



'Then Philip opened his 
mouth, and began at the same 
scripture, and preached unto 
him Jesus. "Acts 8:35 

We find recorded in Acts 
6, that Philip was one of those 
seven men; of honest report, 
full of the Holy Ghost and wis- 
dom, who was chosen by the 
apostles, to assist in the work 
of the church. Later we read 
of what happened because of 
persecution. 'Therefore they 
that were scattered abroad 
went everywhere preaching the 
Word." Acts 8:4 

As we read on we find, 
how Philip became a power for 
Christ and the church, in the city 
of Samaria. It certainly is most 
interesting to read of the faith of 
this man who allowed the Holy 
Spirit to lead him, in spite of the 



discouraging things that had 
and were still, confronting him. 
Let us go to the 26th verse, 
"And the angel of the Lord 
spake unto Philip, arise, and go 
toward the south unto the way 
that goeth down from Jerusalem 
unto Gaza, which is desert." 
Now someone might have said 
to Philip, "There must be some 
mistake. Why should you leave 
here, when you are accomplish- 
ing such great things, and go 
down into that desert? What can 
you hope to do there?" But we 
find that Philip arose and went. 
Philip had faith in God, We don't 
know just how far he had to go, 
but we believe that he was sent 
to be of service in some way So 
no doubt he had his eyes open 
to see what he could do. 

Let us read on, V. 27, 28, 



BIBLE MONITOR 



"And he arose and went and, 
behold, a man of Ethiopia, an 
eunuch of great authority under 
Candace queen of the Ethiopi- 
ans, who had the charge of all 
her treasure, and had come to 
Jerusalem for to worship, was 
returning, and sitting in his char- 
iot read Esaias the prophet." 

Now we notice that this man 
had been up to Jerusalem to 
worship. Evidently he did not 
come in contact with anyone 
who told him of Jesus, but God 
knew that he had a desire to 
know His will for his life. So 
God used Philip to bring him the 
message. 

What if Philip had said, "Well 
now, perhaps I better wait a few 
days and see what happens. If 
the Lord still wants me to go, 
then I'll go." The result would 
have been that the eunuch 
would have passed by, and 
Philip would have missed him. 
But we notice that as soon as 
the Spirit bade him join himself 
to the chariot he ran forward. Af- 
ter the conversation which took 
place between them, we come 
to our text at the heading of this 
article, "Then Philip opened his 
mouth." 

Just a short time before this, 
Stephen had suffered death 
because he opened his mouth. 



We read of Stephen in Acts 
7. We certainly do not believe 
his work was in vain, however. 
Philip knew just what to do. He 
preached Jesus unto the eu- 
nuch. 

We sometimes fail to speak 
to others about Jesus. We can 
talk to them about other things 
and other events, but the very 
thing that might bring about the 
saving of their soul, we fail to 
talk to them about. Of course 
we should be careful what we 
say. The apostle James gave 
us some wonderful advice along 
that line. 

Now what does it mean to 
preach Jesus? Philip was do- 
ing personal work at this time. 
He had been baptizing with the 
Holy Ghost and with fire ac- 
cording to the baptism of Jesus. 
Matt. 3:11. He loved the church 
of Christ, and was willing to be 
used of the Lord. I wonder if we 
act promptly like Philip did? Per- 
haps someone had erred from 
the truth and if something is not 
done the spiritual power of the 
church is weakened. We used to 
sing, "Someone is drifting from 
Jesus. Drifting away from the 
Savior, someone is drifting, are 
you?" 

Someone may say, "I don't 
see why the church asks me to 



10 



BIBLE MONITOR 



do this or that". I don't like to do 
it, and I do not see why I should." 
The church only asks us to do 
what God's word teaches, that 
will bind us together in unity and 
love, and bring us to the glory 
world. How well the writer re- 
members how my parents gave 
me things to do that I did not like 
to do. As time went on I learned 
to like to do them; because it 
pleased, and also helped them. 
So it is with the things we can 
do for Christ and the church. 

Philip ran forward. He might 
have hesitated, reasoning this 
was a man of too high position, 
to hear a simple gospel, but he 
did not. 



It is evident that among the 
things Philip told the eunuch 
about Jesus, was the fact that 
he must be baptized. For Philip 
baptized him, and then we read 
that the Spirit of the Lord caught 
Phiiip away that the eunuch saw 
him no more. No doubt the eu- 
nuch was able to do great things 
for the Lord because of Philip's 
faithfulness. 

May we be faithful, by put- 
ting on the whole armor of God, 
that we may be able to stand, 
and having done all, to stand. 

Selected from the 

March 1, 1950 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



ELDER 

"...the first born among 
many brethren." Rom. 8:29 

I was the eldest in my family. 
That made me an elder brother. 
My sister who is six and one 
half years younger than I, fol- 
lowed me around constantly, 
once she learned how to walk. 
She watched me and tried to 
do ail the things that I did. To 
her it was wonderful to have an 
older brother. In the meantime 
I looked out for her and pro- 
tected her. I often had to use 
my strength to make sure that 



BROTHER 

she was okay. 

But I never had an elder 
brother. That is, until I came to 
know Jesus. He became my 
elder brother and I followed Him 
and He protected me and cared 
for me. He still does. But I was 
not as good of an elder brother 
to my sister as Jesus is to me. 
I was often impatient with her 
and sometimes I even said, 
"Stop following me. Go home 
and leave me alone!" Jesus 
never has treated me that way. 
He is wiser than I. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



11 



He will never fail me, even 
after all the many times I have 
failed Him. He points the way for 
me. He has said, "I have over- 
come the world." (John 16:33) 
Hebrews 2, verses 10 and 11 
say, "For it became him. ..to 
make the captain of their salva- 
tion perfect through sufferings. 
For both he that sanctifieth and 
they who are sanctified are all of 
one: for which cause he is not 
ashamed to call them brethren." 
What a wonderful declaration! 
i am His, and He is mine, and 
we are brethren. Not through 
any goodness on my part: all 
goodness comes from Him. 
Jesus was the 'only begotten 
of the Father, full of grace and 



truth." (John 1:14) He was like 
His Father. This is a lesson for 
us. 

Once, a long time ago, some 
boys got lost in the woods. They 
wandered all night and knew 
not where they were. Soon 
a light was seen coming and 
one little boy, shivering from 
the cold, got even more afraid. 
But as the light grew closer he 
heard his name being called 
and he loudly exclaimed, "I am 
not afraid now because my big 
brother has come to take me 
home." So when we come to the 
dark valley of death our elder 
brother will call our name, and 
if we are true and faithful, He 
will carry us home. 



Jesus wept! Those tears are over 
But His heart is still the same: 
Kinsman, friend, and elder Brother, 
Is His everlasting name. 

When the pangs of trial seize us, 
When the waves of sorrow roll, 
i will lay my head on Jesus- 
Pillow to the troubled soul. 

Jesus wept! The tears of sorrow 
Are a legacy of love; 
Yesterday, today, tomorrow, 
He the same shall ever prove. 



Brother Lynn H. Miller 



12 



BIBLE MONITOR 



JACOB DIES AND IS BURIED 

Rudy Cover 
Gen. 50:1-13 



Jacob lived seventeen years 
in Egypt. These were possibly 
the happiest years that Jacob 
experienced. Although he was 
old, his family was together 
again. Joseph, his favorite son 
was ruler in Egypt; they had 
the best of land and prospered. 
The Egyptians respected Jacob 
and Joseph's brothers because 
of Joseph who had done so 
much for them. Jacob blessed 
Joseph's sons, Ephraim and 
Manasseh. He also foretold 
what would happen to the fami- 
lies of all his sons. Before Jacob 
died he asked to be buried in the 
cave where Abraham and Isaac 
and their wives were buried in 
Canaan. When he had finished 
commanding his sons, Jacob 
died. He had lived one hundred 
and forty seven years. His sons 
would become the twelve tribes 
of Israel (Jacob). 

Joseph had an enormous 
funeral for Jacob. He was em- 
balmed after the manner of the 
Egyptians which took forty days. 
This was so the body would be 
preserved. Even today they find 
Egyptian bodies called "mum- 
mies" that are still preserved 



remarkably well. The custom of 
that day, especially for people 
of importance, was to mourn 
for them. Paid musicians and 
singers would lament and wail 
for the one who had died. They 
mourned for Jacob seventy 
days. 

Joseph took his father's 
body to Canaan to bury him. All 
the servants of Pharaoh, the el- 
ders of Pharaoh's house, and all 
the elders of Egypt went along. 
Also all the servants of Joseph, 
his family, and his brothers and 
their families went - only their 
little ones and their flocks were 
left in Egypt. ''And there went 
up with him both chariots and 
horsemen; and it was a very 
great company." This would have 
been a sight to see. Here was a 
man who had been a wanderer 
most of his life. He had trouble 
with his father-in-law, trouble 
with his brother, had believed 
that Joseph was dead, and had 
lost his wife, Rachel, Here was 
a man whose heart had been full 
of sorrows and yet God was with 
him and blessed him. Because 
of Joseph, the savior of Egypt 
in a time of famine, Jacob was 



BIBLE MONITOR 



13 



given a funeral that would have 
been an honor to a Pharaoh. 
After they crossed the Jordan 
River Joseph mourned for his 
father seven days and they 
buried Jacob in the cave of the 
field of Machpelah. 

Jacob made mistakes and 
had trouble in his life but he be- 
lieved in God and wanted God 



to bless him. Let us be faithful 
to God even though at times it 
seems hard. God will not forget 
His people. He wants us to live 
lives for Him and He will bless 
us. 

Selected from the 

June 1, 1975 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



JUNK FOOD 

Jim Meyers 

The third chapter of II Timo- church? Are we crucifying or 



thy is a prophecy describing the 
last days of the Church Age. It 
is an accurate description of 
our nation today. Knowing we 
are living in the last days is im- 
portant, but living in readiness 
and awareness of the return 
of Jesus Christ is what really 
counts, 

Satan is using many tools of 
deception in these last days. As 
believers we must beware lest 
complacency and lukewarm- 
ness creep into our lives. 

II Timothy 3:2 warns that in 
the last days men shall be lovers 
of their own selves. It is easy to 
list a whole page of ways that the 
world is fulfilling this scripture. 
Mankind is truly seeking to fulfill 
the desires of the flesh 

How about us as part of the 



satisfying the flesh? We need 

to look into the mirror of God's 
Word and take a long honest 
look at our lives. 

Have I surrendered my life 
to the Master? Is He truly LORD 
of my life? Do I daily present 
my body, mind, and will a living 
sacrifice to God? We need to 
remember we are not our own. 
We are bought with a price; the 
precious blood of Christ. 

God created us for a pur- 
pose. That purpose is to glorify 
God and to enjoy Him forever. 
"Whether therefore ye eat, or 
drink, or whatsoever ye do, do 
all to the glory of God." I Cor. 
10:31. Are we meeting the 
challenge of this verse? If not, 
why? 

In Romans 12:1 and 2 Paul 



14 



BIBLE MONITOR 



gives us a formula for Christian 
victory. "I beseech you there- 
fore, brethren, by the mercies 
of God, that ye present your 
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, 
acceptable unto God, which is 
your reasonable service. And 
be not conformed to this world; 
but be ye transformed by the 
renewing of your mind, that ye 
may prove what is that good, 
and acceptable, and perfect will 
of God/' For us to have a victory 
over sin in our lives we need a 
transforming of the heart and a 
renewing of the mind. "As a man 
thinketh in his heart, so is he." 
Prov. 23:7. 

The saying is, "we are what 
we eat." We see a new awaken- 
ing in our country prompted by 
the truth of the previous state- 
ment. Many Americans are suf- 
fering serious health problems 
because of a poor diet. 

The term "junk food" is used 
to describe food that ranks high 
in taste appeal but low in nutri- 
tional value. It satisfies the appe- 
tite, but is of little value (and can 
even be harmful) to the body. 

Just as physically we are 
what we eat, spiritually we are 
what we think. That which we 
take into our mind (via our eyes 
and ears) ends up in our heart. 
As children of God we are the 



temple of the Holy Spirit We 
need to take care lest we be 
guilty of temple neglect. No 
matter how strong we may be 
spiritually, we can never be our 
best for the Master if our body 
is failing because of improper 
food. 

We have been warned by 
health authorities about the 
effect of poor nutrition on our 
physical bodies but have we 
taken time to consider the effect 
of "junk food" on our spiritual 
lives? Remember, we are what 
we "eat." 

As Christians we are all 
aware of the struggle we face 
in our lives, the spirit against 
the flesh. Paul describes this 
inner conflict in Romans 7. We 
have two natures battling for 
dominance in our lives. We must 
remember that the nature we 
feed (whether old or new) will 
dominate our lives. 

Many years ago the Church 
took a stand against going to 
movies, places of amusement, 
and having television in our 
homes. These are known to 
serve "devil's food." They are 
obvious poison. The pure heart 
wiil not desire them. But what 
about the junk food? 

What is spiritual junk food? 
It could be anything that fills us 



BIBLE MONITOR 



15 



but does not feed us. It does 
not provide for the needs of the 
soul. 

The real danger of junk food 
is that it takes away our appetite 
for good food, yea, the Bread of 
Life. 

What about the things we 
read? Are they of value or just 
junk? There are many maga- 
zines finding their way into 
Christian homes. Many of them 
have little value in this life and 
certainly do nothing to feed our 
new life. 

How about the music we 
listen to? Does it appeal to our 
flesh or to our spirit? Music is 
powerful. It works on our emo- 
tions. It will stir us into action ; 
eithergood or evil depending on 
who the "cook" was. Is it devil's 
food or manna from heaven? Do 
we listen to music for the mes- 
sage or the beat of the music? 
What about the books we 
read? Most of the iiterature on 
the market today is either junk 
food or just plain GARBAGE! 
We need to be careful even in 
the area of "Christian literature. 7 ' 
So much of this is seasoned with 
the 'spice of modernism" and 
the social gospel. 

Christian book stores are 
full of books about The Book. 
Even these can be "junk food." 



Any book (even if it is good) that 
takes our time and appetite from 
the Bible is "junk food." How can 
we know if the book about The 
Book is any good unless we 
know The Book? 

Dear ones, there is only one 
book that God ever wrote. That 
is the Bible. It is the most pure, 
wholesome, and nutritious spiri- 
tual food we can feed our soul. 

We call the Bible "a lamp to 
our feet and road map to heav- 
en." Yet how many of us read it 
through, even once, from cover 
to cover? How can we defend 
our share of the gospel if we 
do not even know it? In some 
parts of the world people are 
dying (physically) for a chance 
to read the Word, while many of 
our people are dying (spiritually) 
for the lack of reading it. It takes 
only about fifteen minutes a day 
to read through the Bible in a 
year Is that too much time for 
God's Word? 

As parents we must be 
careful to see that our children 
are feeding on the Bread of Life 
and not devil's food. Heb. 13:17 
says we are to "watch for their 
soul." You can be sure Satan is 
watching your child's soul if you 
are not. Do not let him take your 
child "out for supper." 

The junk food on the market 



16 BIBLE MONITOR 



today is designed to cause us to ears. Remember we are what 

crave for more. It takes self dis- we eat. 
cipline to put it aside to partake May we say as Job, "I have 

of good wholesome food. esteemed the words of His 

We also need great disci- mouth more than my necessary 

pline to live the Christian life. food." 

We must be careful what we May God help us to hunger 

feed upon with our eyes and and thirst after righteousness. 

Blessed Bible how I love it! 
How it doth my bosom cheer! 
What hath earth like this to covet? 
Oh, what stores of wealth are here. 
Man was lost and doomed to sorrow. 
Not one ray of light or bliss 
Could he from earth's treasures borrow, 
Till his way was cheered by this. 

Yes, sweet Bible! I will hide thee 
Deep, yes, deeper in this heart. 
Thou, through all my life, will guide me 
And in death we will not part. 
Part in death! No, never, never! 
Through death's vale I'll lean on thee; 
Then in brighter world's forever 
Sweeter far thy truths shall be. 

-William Beery 



Selected from the April 1 , 1 984 
issue of the Bible Monitor 



HOW I LEARNED THE TRUE MEANING OF 
FOOT-WASHING 

John 13:8, "...Jesus an- circles, although my grand- 

swered him, If I wash thee not, mother was, so I was not taught 

thou hast no part with me." about foot-washing. Through 

I was not raised in Brethren the influence of a woman who 



BIBLE MONITOR 



17 



later became my wife I attended 
a Brethren church for a while, 
and one day the deacons came 
to me and expressed their con- 
cern for my soul. I confessed 
my sins before God and asked 
Jesus to abide in my heart. As 
a young Christian I attended 
Lovefeast as often as possible , 
sometimes seven or eight times 
a year. I read the scriptures 
concerning the ordinances, 
and everything was explained 
to me very clearly. But my real 
understanding of what foot- 
washing was all about came 
about three years later when a 
simple problem became a real 
blessing. 

An old Dunkard preacher 
had become rather senile and 
crippled with arthritis and would 
not let his family meet many 
of his daily needs. If was sug- 
gested to me that someone he 
did not know might persuade 
him, and by that time I had 
had about five years of nursing 
experience. His worst problem 
was his feet. It took several 
bucketfuis of warm, soapy wa- 



ter just to get them clean. Then 
the nails, which had grown 
down and under his toes, had 
to be dealt with. It took an hour 
or so the first time, and a little 
less each time after that. 

During Lovefeast we all take 
such care to be unobjectionable 
by putting on clean socks and 
washing well beforehand, in 
Bible times the brethren's feet 
needed to be cleaned because 
the roads were dusty and they 
did not wear shoes. 

Not only did I learn to wash 
feet, I learned a lot from the 
old brother I was tending. He 
seemed to love God and had 
not a bad word to say about 
anyone, even in the condition 
in which he found himself. 

When we sit around the 
table, we indeed have many 
memories of the past, unless it 
is our first time. But I will always 
think back to the day of the old 
man who needed me as much 
as I needed him, and I will like- 
wise remember these precious 
words, "ye ought to wash one 
another's feet." John 13:14 



As I have washed your feet, 

To show my love for you: 

Ye ought to wash each other's feet. 

And show your love is true. 



18 



BIBLE MONITOR 



The servant must not claim 

To be above his Lord; 

Then Lord, be this my constant aim 

To keep thy sacred Word. 



Brother Lynn H. Miller 



CHRISTIANITY VERSES WAR 



John 

Brethren Drafted to 
Camp Meade 

Captain White from the 
Regular Army mentioned above, 
was a Presbyterian raised near 
a Dunker church in Virginia. He, 
during General KuhrTs com- 
mand had direct charge of the 
conscientious objector's detach- 
ment and is largely responsible 
for harmonious conduct. Now 
he was preparing an overgrown 
school boy to succeed him. 

That this Lieutenant Wood- 
side and the captain had their 
patience tried often cannot be 
doubted. The reason was not 
the conscientious objectors 
themselves but the power that 
put us in their charge. Obedi- 
ence they were taught to expect 
at all times. The conscientious 
objector obeys God and fears 
not man. 

January 22, was Henry 
Stablers turn in the kitchen. 
Five "non-com "Roughs" came 



Roop 

into our barracks, where they 
had no right to be. They took 
Henry and dragged him to the 
kitchen. Having rolled Henry's 
sleeves up, the mess sergeant 
commanded him to scrub out 
pans and boilers. Motionless 
for a minute, possibly uttering a 
Quaker prayer he was seized 
by the ruffians. Snatched away 
from the eleven comrades, he 
was turned inside the cook's 
room. Rifle and bayonets are al- 
ways at hand there. Soldiers and 
a Quaker inside, conscientious 
objectors out. Militarism and 
pacifism were on trial. Rough 
brutality could be heard by sym- 
pathetic yet non-resisting com- 
rades. The five roughs would 
have been overpowered by the 
eleven big conscientious objec- 
tors like Pat Gallacher, Robert 
McClay, etc., had these chosen 
to resort to force. Quicker than 
any army barracks door could 
be broken down relief came to 



BIBLE MONITOR 



19 



Friend Henry. Robert McClay 
was praying aloud. Henry heard 
the prayer and received the an- 
swer in the same instant. The 
cowardly five desisted in their 
barbarous assaults. Seeing that 
they had done extreme bodily 
injury to one whom they had no 
right to touch, they tried to per- 
suade Henry to deal gently with 
them, for the army is severe in 
dealing out justice. The requests 
were useless, for finally Henry 
assured them that it was part 
of his religion to bear malice to 
none but vengeance belongs to 
God. 

Henry was sent to the Base 
Hospital where his fractured ear 
drum received attention and his 
body healed, The author after 
interviewing Henry went to the 
central telephone exchange 
by using his pass to get by the 
guards as when going to Host- 
ess House. He informed Dr. 
Janey of Baltimore of the occur- 
rence. 

There being a heavy snow 
on the ground Dr. Janey did not 
arrive in camp for a few days. 
When he did come he brought 
others of influence with him and 
went about a general investiga- 
tion in behalf of the conscien- 
tious objectors. As for Stabler, 
he recovered, the non-coms, 



were court-martialed, also Lieu- 
tenant King. The author was 
summoned as a witness. The 
whole situation as explained 
above was carefully recorded. 
It is not certain what became 
of the Lieutenant, but the non- 
coms lost their stripes. One rec- 
ognized the author while waiting 
for a discharge more than a 
year later, and asked if he knew 
Stabler, a conscientious objec- 
tor. "I am still being punished on 
account of that. ..he stated." 

Naturally the commotion in 
the mess had led to further trou- 
ble. Who would work for such 
ruffians? All conscientious ob- 
jectors in their barracks like bees 
in their hive during a storm were 
waiting developments. Nothing 
turned up, not even bread and 
water. The mess hall door was 
locked as the conscientious 
objectors stood shivering in the 
snow. Fortunately the guard was 
not so rigid now. Many conscien- 
tious objectors would slip out to 
the canteen and purchase such 
knickknacks as would be most 
useful in allaying hunger. These 
possibly only aggravated the 
painful condition. Once during 
this period of starvation, a so- 
cialist and the author ventured 
into the mess hall, expecting to 
demand bread and water. The 



20 



BIBLE MONITOR 



stern orders of Lieutenant King 
to get out, followed by a ha- 
rangue of soldiers who now had 
to work, made the door a wel- 
come visage. Finally after con- 
templated hikes to Washington 
and all other movements more 
or less plausible, the author us- 
ing his pass to go ,: down town" 
went to see Captain White. The 
condition was explained and he 
himself wrote out an order to 
Lieutenant King for proper treat- 
ment of conscientious objectors, 
full rations for everybody who 
works, bread and water for oth- 
ers. 

With the wood, which we 
cut and sledded in, we could 
keep comfortable under ordinary 
conditions. But the winter was 
severe. Sawing wood proved 
effective in making us comfort- 
able during the day. February 
2-5 was severely cold. Fordoing 
civilian work about camp I was 
rewarded with a pass home. 
Returning midnight, February 
4, with the thermometer below 
zero I shivered as I entered the 
barracks. The window over my 
bunk nailed open, I tore it shut 
and got under the blankets. Still 
cold, I rose early and found all 
windows nailed open. I shut 
them, not knowing the order 
when I began, but defying all 



orders as the scant heat is re- 
tained at daybreak. This was 
one of the recently promoted 
Captain Woodside's tactics. If 
King can't starve the conscien- 
tiousness out of them he thought 
he would freeze it out. 

It did not work as he expect- 
ed but congealed us into one 
unit. Even the radical socialism 
of Rose who went on frequent 
hunger-strikes produced no 
friction among the conscien- 
tious objectors. At least, when 
General Kuhn returned he found 
a strong conscientious objectors 
unit even though many were 
working in the Library, Y.M.C.A. 
bungalow, Hostess House and 
other civilian activities. These 
outside workers had won so 
much praise and sympathy that 
the General moved the whole 
body into a commodious barrack 
convenient to the railroad and 
trolley stations. The persistence 
of those in detention demanded 
that we be kept separate. It was 
February 13, that we moved to 
the barracks where a satisfac- 
tory organization was effected 
through General Kuhn's efforts. 
He often visited us. Some called 
the conscientious objectors 
"General Kuhn's Pets." 

The conscientious objectors 
who did not work except about 



BIBLE MONITOR 



21 



the detention camp were taken 
to a Y.M.C.A. building where they 
were given a lecture on soldier 
life. In which they were assured 
that any immoral, unchaste 
conduct would be pardoned but 
the failure to take the free pro- 
phylactic treatment after having 
a pass to the city would mean 
court martial. This Dr. Officer 
went so far as to encourage this 
illicit relationship with women as 
stimulative to good soidiery. If for 
no other reason this prevalent 
immorality, the religious con- 
scientious objectors decided 
that their churches must stand 
against any compromise that 
would put a brother in a uniform. 
The streets of Baltimore [ found 
teeming with vile women one 
time that many soldiers were 
coming out on pass. The olive 
drab was the target at which 
flirtatious glances were hurled. 
The movies of the Y.M.C.A., 
together with sights about camp 
embittered every conscientious 
objector against military prac- 
tices. 

From Diary: The backslider 
is always conspicuous even 
though there be a thousand 
faithful. A soldier told me Brother 
Z swears like a trooper 

since coming back to the ranks. 
Those who swore were always 



the ones on which the officers 
picked. One brother in a casual 
sentence said, "I believe the Ar- 
tillery is better than the Infantry 
or machine guns." Finally after 
all manner of harassing he was 
sent to Fort Leavenworth as in- 
sincere. Others took a firm stand 
at the risk of being called leaders 
hence propagandists, and fared 
well. On a visit to the Officers' 
training school the author was 
told that it is good that there 
are such churches as Brethren, 
Quakers and Mennonites by a 
man recently commissioned as 
an officer. "The world needs your 
doctrine," he declared. 

Mrs. Wadsworth, wife of 
the Senator who was chair- 
man of Committee on Military 
affairs was a charming hostess 
every Friday, she worked at the 
Hostess House. On March 29, 
however, she brought a super- 
patriotess along with her. As a 
type of oftimes prevailing argu- 
ment i quote from my diary. She 
approached me as I was about 
to eat dinner. 

"Why are you not drilling?" 
"I am a regular here." 
'When did you begin?" 
"January 7, about three 
months ago." 

"Why don't you ever drill? 
"Because I am a conscien- 



22 



BIBLE MONITOR 



tious objector to war in all its 
forms." 

"Why did you enlist?" 
"I did not enlist." 
"You were drafted?" 
"Yes, and it cost me $70 to 
report to avoid being a slack- 
er." 

"So you reported to avoid 
what people would say about 
you?" 

"No, the government has 
made provisions for us, but I do 
not know yet what the President 
intends for us." 

"What if your brother were 
on the Lusitania, would you not 
fight then?" 

"No, it would have been his 
hard fate." 

"You are a fatalist?" 
"No, but I believe that God 
uses some things as a divine 
visitation." 

"Are you a Quaker?" 
"No, I am a member of the 
Church of the Brethren, 'Dunk- 
ers'." 

"You don't believe it is right 
to kill." 

"No, not according to the 
Bible as I read it." 

"Then what about these 
other men who are fighting?" 
"They are sinning." 



"But somebody must fight," 

"Not according to my ide- 
als." 

"But this war is justifiable if 
any ever was." She turned with 
a snub but was thinking. Others 
snubbed and ignored us too. 

Note — Though our lives 
had been obscure during the 
winter and we feared would 
be like the arbutus on the rifle 
range, - 

"Full many a gem of purest 
ray, serene, 

Full many a flower of fra- 
grance rare, 

Is born to blush unseen, 

Or waste its sweetness on 
the desert air." 

Editor's note: The examples 
included in this excerpt continue 
to show the harsh treatment 
that conscientious objectors 
faced in the camps where they 
were gathered, because there 
had been no provision made 
for them to dwell separately 
from the military. They faced 
both physical and psychological 
harassment, even in defiance 
of the military code that should 
have governed their well-being 
in the military camps. 



BIBLE MONITOR 23 



THE CHRISTMAS STAR JESUS GAVE ME 

My Grandpa was a preacher man who loved Jesus Christ 
One day I asked Grandpa who was God, where did He live? 
Grandpa put his arm around me and looked me in the eye 
And said God is the owner and creator of the earth, the 
Sky, the dogs and the cats, the cows and the chickens, 
The Moms and Dads, the Grandmas and the Grandpas 
The boys and the girls, our friends and our neighbors, 
Then he said God lives in Heaven with the angels! 

My Grandpa was a preacher man who loved Jesus Christ 
One day I asked Grandpa where is Heaven? 
Grandpa put his arm around me and looked me in the eye 
And said, look up at night and see all those stars, that's 
Called Heaven, God's home, He goes from star to star 
Visiting His chosen angels, moms and dads, grandmas and 
Grandpas, boys and girls, friends and neighbors. 
Then he said God lives in Heaven with the angels! 

My Grandpa was a preacher man who loved Jesus Christ 
One day I asked Grandpa, how do you get to Heaven? 
Grandpa looked me in the eye put his hand to the Bible 
And told me this little fact of life. John 3:16 he turned to 
And read: 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. 
Then Grandpa said God lives in Heaven with the angels! 

My Grandpa was a preacher man who loved Jesus Christ 

My Grandpa was a man who taught me who God was: 

My Grandpa was a man who taught me where God lives; 

My Grandpa was a man who taught me Jesus Christ; 

My Grandpa was a man who taught me how to get to Heaven 

My Grandpa was a preacher who never preached in a 

Church but Grandpa was my Christmas star born December 25. 

Now Grandpa lives in Heaven with God and the angels! 

Brother Barry W. Austin 

4543 Booker T Washington Hwy. 

Rocky Mount, VA24151 



24 BIBLE MONITOR 



OBITUARY 

EDWIN S. STAUFFER 

Edwin S. Stauffer was born on April 11, 1928 in Lancaster County, 
Pennsylvania. He was the son of Abram and Bertha Stauffer and 
had an older brother Abram. His mother died when Edwin was only 
sixteen days old and his father then married Emma Wanner. To this 
marriage were born three half sisters to Edwin: Mary, Martha, and 
Anna. When Edwin was only eight years old his father was tragically 
killed in an accident. 

In 1940 he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and was 
baptized into the Dunkard Brethren Church. 

Edwin married Elizabeth "Betty" Keller on November 5, 1949. 
They were blessed with seven children: Glen, Galen ; Lucy, Sally, 
Mary Lou, Edward and Robert "Bobby". His main occupation was 
farming as he and Betty raised their family. 

He took very seriously his role as husband, father, provider, and 
spiritual leader. He faithfully led his family in daily devotions, worked 
hard to provide the physical needs of his family and demonstrated 
the Christian life in his walk as a Believer. 

He was in his late fifties when he first started showing signs of 
Alzheimer's and it advanced for over twenty years so that when he 
passed from this life he no longer knew those that were closest to 
him, and he was totally dependent on others to care for him. 

His wife, Betty, preceded him in death in 2006, as well as two of 
their sons, Glen and Bobby, in 1993. He iived with his children after 
his wife's death, with the majority of his time in his daughter, Lucy's 
home. It was there he took his last breath on December 31 , 2009. 
He peacefully slipped from this life into the presence of his Lord and 
God who he loved and sang about, even after dementia had stolen 
. so much from him. 

Afuneral service was held at Lititz Dunkard Brethren Church on 
January 4, 2010. The ministers sharing in the service were Brethren 
Troy Stauffer, a grandson of Edwin, Rudy Shaffer, a brother-in-law, 
and James Eberly, a nephew. 

Edwin had been a faithful deacon in the Dunkard Brethren Church 
serving in the Lititz Congregation for many years. In his later years 
he became a member of the Brethren Fellowship. 



BIBLE MONITOR 2 5 



He is survived by his children, Galen (Donna Longenecker), 
(Tim) Lucy Siegrist, (Jim) Sally Meyers, (Tim) Mary Lou Kasza, Ed- 
die (Linda Garman) : and two daughters-in-law, Joyce and Sheila, At 
the time of his death he had thirty five grandchildren and forty great 
grandchildren. 

The family thanks all who remembered them in prayers and 
deeds of kindness during this time. Even though we felt like we lost 
Daddy many years ago as his mind gradually left him ; it was still a 
final parting and a closure to see him laid to rest beneath the sod. We 
rejoice in the hope that we will meet again on Heaven's shores. 

The family 

THE MAN I NEVER KNEW 

His name was Grandpa. At least, that is what I thought as a child. 
It was not until I was somewhat older that I realized his name was 
actually Edwin. He was my mom : s dad. Although I spent quite a bit 
of time with him, I never learned to know him. Not the REAL him. 

I did not realize it at first, but the grandpa that I knew was not the 
dad that my mom had known. I knew a man who did little more than 
eat and sleep. He did not like work. He had a tendency to say the 
wrong things at the wrong time. And he did not know who I was. 

But that was not my grandpa. That was my grandpa with a 
devastating disease. He started showing symptoms of Alzheimer's 
disease about twenty-five years ago. As time passed his condition 
gradually but steadily grew worse. 

I did not know my grandpa when he was healthy, but I have been 
told about him. He has not always been a man who only liked to 
lie around and sleep. Mom grew up with a father who worked hard 
and was dedicated to providing for his family He was responsible, 
caring, and committed to his wife and children. He was a man who 
sacrificed a lot of time and money to care for his sons who had 
numerous health problems. He was active in his church and was a 
spiritual leader in his home. 

I was never able to see him doing any of those things, but in 
many ways I am a beneficiary of the man that he used to be. For 
that I am grateful. He left his children with a legacy of faith in God, 



26 BIBLE MONITOR 



responsibility, and dedication to family. That legacy has been passed 
on to me. 

Today Grandpa no longer has a problem with his memory He 
is no longer ravaged by Alzheimer's and physical weakness No 
Today his memory and understanding are perfect. Today he is with 
his Lord. He has left this world for his heavenly home. 

Edwin Stauffer is gone but his influence lives on in the lives 
of those who called him Dad and Grandpa. It could be said that 
Alzheimer's robbed him of nearly twenty years of his life But it can- 
not be said that it robbed him of anything eternal. His love for God 
never changed. And though his disease may have taken his mind 
it could do nothing to the Godly influence he had already planted in 
the hearts and minds of his family. 

Grandpa, I want to thank you. You were not a man who had a 
goal of attaining a lofty level of wealth or social status. But you WERE 
a man who cared about the things that were truly important - the 
things that will last for eternity. For this, you deserve all of the thanks 
and honor! can give. 

A Grandson 

NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTR1AL LIST CHANGE 

The new telephone number for Brother Mark Andrews is 816- 
758-6000. All other contact information remains the same. 

NOTICE 

All queries, reports, financial reports and any other business 
for General Conference need to be in my hands by April 15 2010 

Thank you. 

Writing Clerk of General Conference 
Brother Milton Cook 
1138 East 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 
Telephone: 951-845-6231 
E-mail; m.cook1@juno.com 



BIBLE MONITOR 27 



SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

The Swallow Falls Congregation is looking forward, Lord willing, 
to a series of revival meetings from February 28 to March 6 with 
Brother Denny Myers from the Dallas Center Congregation. Services 
are at 10:00 on Sunday mornings and at 7:30 each evening through- 
out the week. Please remember Bro. Denny and these meetings in 
your prayers and come fellowship with us. We are small in number 
and really appreciate the support of visitors. 

Sister Marie Sines, Cor. 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation will be holding their Spring Revival with 
Bro. Wesley Miller from the Quinter, Kansas Congregation, starting 
March 7 and continuing through March 14. 

Remember Bro. Wes as he prepares for these meetings that 
we may all be drawn closer to Thee and the lost may come to know 
Thee as their personal Saviour. Sunday evening services start at 
7:00 P.M. and throughout the week at 7:30 P.M. All are welcome to 
come and worship with us. 

Sister Darlene Longenecker, Cor. 

LiTITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

As another year approaches we will be looking forward to Spring 
Revivals starting March 28 and continuing through April 4. Services 
will be at 7:30 through the week, Sunday nights at 7:00. 

Bro. Brant Jamison from West Fulton, Ohio has agreed to share 
the word of God. May we pray for him as he studies and ministers 
to us and all who are unsaved. 

A hearty invitation is extended to all. 

Sister Miriam Snyder, Cor. 

ZILLAH, WASHINGTON 

The Zillah Congregation looks forward to our Spring Lovefeast. 
The Lord willing it will be held March 12 and 13,2010. Brother Mike 
Wray of the Plevna Congregation will be sharing the Word with us 
throughout the weekend. All services will be held in our Granger 
meeting house. 

Sister Becky Deaton, Cor. 



28 BIBLE MONITOR 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
APRIL 2010 

April 4 - The Resurrection -Acts 10:34-48 



1 . After His resurrection why was Christ openly shown unto chosen 
witnesses but not to all the people? 



2. Who were the witnesses chosen before of God? 



April 1 1 - There is a Good Shepherd - Micah 5 



1 . Explain the phrase Teed thy people with thy rod" 



2. What image is to be seen of the flock dwelling in Carmel, 

Bashan, and Gilead? 



April 18 -God is Good! And the Lord is Terrible! - Nahum 1 



I. What is the meaning of the prophets' name? 



BIBLE MONITOR 29 



2. In relation to Jonah what was the approximate time frame of 
Nahum's prophecy against Nineveh? 



April 25 - The True Cause for Destruction: Ignoring God! - Nahum 2 



1. What kingdom comes against Nineveh as described in this 
chapter? 



2. Who is Huzzab in verse 7? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

APRIL 2010 

April 4 - The Meaning of Easter - Mark 16:1-20 



1. Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ what would Christianity 
have to offer? 



2. For what reason do you think the angel specifically named Peter 
when instructing the women to tell Christ's disciples? 



30 BIBLE MONITOR 



April 11 - Passport of Life - Pro. 12:15-28, Ezek. 33:14-19 Luke 
10:25-28 



1 . Under the new covenant what is essential for true life that was 
not a reality under the old covenant? 



2. Is restitution a necessity today even as it was under the old 
covenant? (Ezek. 33:15) 



April 18- Christian's Race- I Cor. 9:24-27, Phil. 3:13-14 Heb 12i- 
2, II Tim. 4:7-8 



1 . What is meant by forgetting those things which are behind? And 
if we fail to do so, how does that hinder our race? (Phil. 3: 1 3) 



2. Explain the concept of laying aside the weights and what it 
means for us in a very practical way. (Heb. 12:1 ) 



April 25 -Sins of Youth -Job 13:26, Psalm 25:1-22, Jer. 3:23-25 



1 . Do you believe the sins of our youth have any bearing on our lives 

when we get older? 



2. By what means can we deal with our youthful sins so they will 
not hurt us throughout our lives? 



BIBLE MONITOR 



31 



DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 
3949S 100E 
Peru, IN 36970 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Marlin Marks. Treasurer 

429 Summit Drive 

Red Lion, PA 17355-1119 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Mark Cordrey, Chairman 
52 5 West Grayson Road 
Modesto, CA 95358 

James Eberly, Secretary 
P.O. Box 504 
Terre Hill, PA 17581 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2271 Co.Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencaslle. PA 17225 

Robert Carpenter 
61 50 E 775 S 
Peru, IN 46970 

Ronald Marks 

1813 North 136th Ave. 

Hart, Ml 49420 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford,CA95386 

James Meyers 
26331 205" Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Verling Wolfe, Chairman 
92 Club Road 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Kevin Funk. Secrelary 
24107 NAvenue 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 



David Aungst, Treasurer 
334 Birds Hill Road 
Pine Grove. PA 17963 

Keith Bailey 

541 East Main Street 

Bradford, OH 45303 

Keith Snyder 
21 02 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Tom St. John, Chairman 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Milton Cook, Secretary 
1138 East 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

Roger Swiharl 

7240 County Road AA 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Lynn H. Miller 

70 Round Barn Road 

Newmanstown. PA 17073 

Jeremiah Johnson 

1773 North 136th Avenue 

Hart, Ml 49420 

RELIEF BOARD 

Mark Cordrey, Chairman 
525 W. Grayson Road 
Modesto, CA 95358 
{209)549-2015 

David St. John. Secretary 
16 687 Rd 15 
Pioneer, OH 43554 
{419)737-3064 

Doyle Lorenz, Treasurer 
1903 SSR 19 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale Meyers 
23753 f Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 
(515) 833-2904 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

Paul David Skiles. Superinten- 
dent 

HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Larry Andrews, Chairman 
12306 East 203rd Street 
Raymore, MO 64083 

James Meyers, Secretary 
26331 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Justin Beck 
480 Shubert Rd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Dale Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Merlo Sweitzer. Chairman 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Alan Meyers, 
23997 268th Lane 
Adel, IA 50003 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Verling Wolfe, Secretary 
92 Club Rd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 



Paul Stump 

1O340 North Diamond Mil 

Englewood, OH 45322 



Rd. 



All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his re- 
cords. 



as 
o 


o 
o 


Q 


< 

a. 


4£ 


o 


n 


< 




-t— 




n 


CL 




h 


o 


LO 




i_i 


iTl 



i §«> 

c c CD 

£ ffl ^ 

^ ^ st 

ft 5 °- 

CD CD U3 

•O 5 cd 

3 o 2 

Q t= 2 



CD 
=1 
D- 

§3 
DC 

Q> 
O 

s 

CI, 

tu 
CO 

1 

-: 



BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL LXXXVIII 



APRIL, 2010 



NO. 4 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in fife 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. 



MARY TO THE SAVIOR'S TOMB 

Mary to the Savior's tomb 
Hastened at the early dawn; 
Spices she brought and sweet perfume, 
But the Lord she loved had gone. 
For a while she ling'ring stood, 
Filled with sorrow and surprise; 
Trembling, while a crystal flood 
Issued from her weeping eyes. 



But her sorrows quickly fled, 
When she heard his welcome voice: 
Christ has risen from the dead; 
Now he bids her heart rejoice; 
What a change his word can make, 
Turning darkness into day, 
Ye who weep for Jesus' sake, 
He will wipe your tears away. 

-John Newton 



BIBLE MONITOR 



RESURRECTION 

After a long, cold, snowy 
winter, we are all looking forward 
to the new life that comes with 
spring. As the days lengthen and 
warm, new signs of life begin to 
pop up. As the tiny plants begin 
peeping through the snow drifts, 
we begin to feel encouraged 
and have new vigor. As the birds 
return to their familiar haunts and 
the air becomes balmier, the 
depressions of winter are soon 
forgotten. Soon the field work 
will begin; the school recess 
time will be spent outside instead 
of being cooped up inside; the 
winter clothes will be laid aside 
for lighter jackets. Spring is an 
invigorating time of the year. As 
tiny buds come out on the trees 
and soon turn into blossoms, we 
think ahead to the time when we 
will be reaping fresh fruit. As the 



OF INTEREST 

land is turned over and seeds are 
sown, we think of the harvest. 
Spring does bring a resurrection 
in our interest and desires. 

The seasons of the year in 
many ways mirror the seasons 
of our lives. As we observe the 
seasons in their progression, we 
also get a glimpse of the journey 
of life. In the spring of our lives, 
we are young, active, and plant- 
ing the seeds of our futures. 
We are optimistic as we look 
ahead to a future, though dim 
and veiled, which entices us to 
move forward. There is prepara- 
tory work to do in the spring but 
we are young, strong and eager. 
The seed is sown that will later 
produce the harvest that will be 
the barometer of our lives. 

It is a time that demands 
great effort to care for the crop 



THE BIBLE MONITOR 



APRIL, 2010 



Published monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in the plant of Haines Printing Company. 

Postmaster: Send address changes to Haines Printing Company, 1 0575 West 
Main Road, North East, PA 16428. 

Terms: Single subscription S5.Q0 a year in advance. 

Send all subscriptions and communications to the editor. 

MILTON COOK, Editor; 1138 East 12th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. 

KEITH BAILEY, Assistant Editor, 541 East Main Street. Bradford, OH 48308. 

DENNIS ST. JOHN, Associate Editor; 21 397-B50, Bryan, OH 43506. 

KEVIN FUNK, Associate Editor; 24107 N Avenue, Dallas Center IA 50063. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



that is emerging from the seeds 
earlier sown. There are uncom- 
fortable times with uncomfortable 
heat and humidity. The effort de- 
manded to raise the young family 
can be difficult. The uncharted 
course demands much applica- 
tion. 

The seeds of spring and 
the rain, labor and effort of the 
summer will lead to a produc- 
tive autumn. The time of the 
harvest comes. Then will be 
known whether the seeds have 
been productive or whether false 
seeds were sown that will bring 
forth a dismal harvest. The har- 
vest also involves much labor, 
but at last what is grown can be 
gathered in. It will no longer just 
stand in the field or hang on the 
tree; it actually will be gathered 
and used. Was the effort worth 
the final tabulation of the har- 
vest? 

As autumn draws to its close, 
winter comes again. The leaves 
are gone from the trees; the 
ground is nearly bare; the sky 
turns gray and the air turns cold. 
The land is ready for a time of 
rest. After the harvest, there is a 
waiting time until the next year's 
activities will begin again. The 
landscape looks dead, and as 
the winds blow and the snows 
fall, the thermometer of our lives 



may plunge along with the mer- 
cury outside. 

As we consider the seasons 
of our individual, spiritual lives, 
where we do find ourselves? 
Which season best represents 
the thoughts and feelings of our 
hearts, minds and souls? Are we 
depressed as if our souls were 
in the depths of winter? Are we 
optimistically busy in planting the 
seeds that will produce a good 
harvest? Are we in the heat of 
the day, bearing the burdens that 
come with the summer of our 
lives? Are we now reaping what 
we have sown in our lives? Have 
we realized that what we have 
done has had an effect on the 
extent and beauty of our harvest? 
Is the harvest disappointing? 

As spring again approaches, 
we see the signs of new life com- 
ing out of the deadness of winter. 
We take courage and are willing 
to invest in the future harvest. 
Perhaps as we have examined 
our hearts, minds and souls, we 
have come to realize that the har- 
vest we desire is not the harvest 
for which we have prepared. We 
realize now that we have wasted 
much energy and time in the 
pursuits of our lives. 

That is the story of each of 
our lives at some point. We must 
each take time to examine where 



BIBLE MONITOR 



we are in the journey through the 
seasons of our lives. As we real- 
ize the failure of our own efforts, 
we must right our lives, so they 
do become productive. That we 
cannot do through our own ef- 
forts. Jesus has done that work 
for us. 

None of us are able to get 
ourselves right with God. God, 
in His mercy and grace, provided 
the only remedy. That remedy is 
through His Son, Jesus Christ. 
Jesus, by taking our sins upon 
Himself, provided the cleansing 



that we needed. By His resur- 
rection He provided the new life 
that we needed so we could be 
productive and bring forth an ac- 
ceptable harvest. 

As we look at the seasons of 
our lives, can we see where we 
are in our journey? Do we like the 
sight? Is the harvest pleasing? If 
not, then now is time to accept 
the work of Jesus. 

We all need a resurrection of 
interest in our lives. 

M. C.Cook 



A PASSION FOR THE LOST 

On our recent trip to Kenya the new Church. 



I was blessed to be able to 
meet with and have numerous 
discussions with the Kenyan 
people as well as the leaders 
of the churches. Of the many 
topics of discussion the one that 
continually came up was the 
desire to evangelize and start 
new churches. While this was 
not a new subject as they always 
wanted to be able to take the 
Gospel to their home place or 
to the next village or even their 
home village (some people walk 
upward to three to four miles) 
we as the African Mission Board 
were struggling with how we 
would handle the leadership of 



In the great commission 
Jesus said in Matthew 28:1 8-20, 
"And Jesus came and spake 
unto them saying, AH power is 
given unto me in heaven and 
in earth. Go ye therefore, and 
teach all nations, baptizing them 
in the name of the Father, and of 
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 
Teaching them to observe all 
things whatsoever I have com- 
manded you: and : lo, I am with 
you always, even unto the end 
of the world. Amen." 

Jesus also says in Luke 
19:10, "For the Son of man is 
come to seek and to save that 
which was lost/' 



BIBLE MONITOR 



The Apostle Peter says in 
II Peter 3:9, 'The Lord is not 
slack concerning his promise, 
as some men count slackness; 
but is long suffering to us-ward, 
not willing that any should per- 
ish, but that all should come to 
repentance. " 

The Apostle Paul says in II 
Timothy 2:1-2, "Thou therefore, 
my son, be strong in the grace 
that is in Christ Jesus. And the 
things that thou hast heard of 
me among many witnesses, 
the same commit thou to faithful 
men, who shall be able to teach 
others also." 

When we take into consid- 
eration these verses we catch 
the passion of the Father and 
the Son for the unsaved. The 
Brethren in Kenya have a re- 
newed passion for the lost and 
desire to move forward. 

Both Christ and Paul have 
laid out how to evangelize and 
develop leadership for church- 
es. When Paul started a new 
Church he always had someone 
to go along and stay or he found 
someone in the new out-reach 
to continue the work. We have 
been teaching for a number of 
years and believe that we have 
a core group of men who are 
about ready to take the next 
step in starting new churches. 



They see the lost and undone 
condition of their neighbors and 
fellow citizens and know that 
they have the answer for their 
spiritual problems and want to 
help. 

What can be said about 
the Church here in America? 
Have we lost passion for lost 
souls? Has the effect of modern 
Christianity had its affect on 
our churches? I believe that we 
need to take a serious look at 
the condition of our communities 
and begin to pray for and over 
these communities that God 
would open our hearts and eyes 
to the needs that are around us 
Also that we would begin to see 
that if a person does not have 
a right relationship with Jesus 
Christ that they are seriously lost 
and undone before God and will 
be banished to outer darkness. 
What will be their claim in the 
judgment? Will anyone be able 
to say no one ever explained to 
me the steps of salvation? 

It is time that we examine 
our hearts and learn the word 
well enough to be able to talk 
to people about their soul's 
condition. They should be able 
to feel our love and compassion 
for them as we share the word 
with them. Let us all take this 
responsibility seriously and be 



BiBLE MONITOR 



ready to go where God wants 
us to go and tell his message of 
salvation. 

We have a number of small 
congregations that could use 
encouragement and members 
to help with the work. It may be 
that God is challenging you to let 
him have his way with you and 
go where you would be an en- 



couragement to a smaller group. 
Are you as willing as the Kenya 
Brethren that are ready to move 
to take the Gospel into the bush 
or next village? I trust that we will 
all be sensitive to the voice of the 
Holy Spirit as He leads us along 
life's pathway. 

Brother Merle Sweitzer 



WHAT IS CHRISTIAN LOVE? 

One of the foundational They do not speak out against 



concepts of the Christian life is 
this thing called love. Specifi- 
cally, it is the type of love called 
agape love which is described 
as being unconditional, undying, 
and unwavering. We probably 
all know this. We are reminded 
of it over and over as we hear 
people describing God's love. 
But what does it look like? How 
are we supposed to live it out as 
Christians? How does it direct 
our actions in our relationships 
with those around us? 

I recently heard a man tell- 
ing about a conversation he had 
engaged in with an individual 
from a modern, progressive, 
"seeker-sensitive" church. This 
individual told him that their 
church accepts people just as 
they are. They do not judge. 



sin because that is "judgmental". 
They just love each other and 
love God. 

That church represents 
a rapidly growing number of 
churches who proclaim the 
same belief system. They be- 
lieve that love means accept- 
ing someone just as they are 
along with their sins. It means 
that you do not point out some- 
one's weaknesses to them. That 
would be judging and we are 
not supposed to do that. They 
believe that love accepts some- 
one into the church and does 
not try to change them. After all, 
God loves them just as they are. 
So, who are we to say that they 
should be any different? 

As I said, many churches 
believe in this definition of love. 



They do not condemn people. And they have scripture to sup- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



port it. Just look at I Corinthians 
13, the love chapter. This chap- 
ter makes it very clear that love 
is patient with people and is 
willing to forgive mistakes and 
failures. Love does not try to put 
itself above others. It does not 
put anyone down. It does not 
keep track of the sins of others, 
and it is kind. 

Each of those statements is 
true and can sound like a rather 
convincing case for the idea that 
these churches hold. After all, 
how can you claim to love and 
accept someone while refusing 
to accept the things that they 
do? That does not sound like 
unconditional iove. And how 
can you claim to love someone 
while telling them that they are 
sinning? That sounds pretty 
judgmental and is certainly not 
something that love would do. 
Or is it? 

I believe that many churches 
today are more than a little off 
track with their idea of what love 
is. They have turned love com- 
pletely around and are viewing 
it in a way that is as wrong and 
backward as it could be. In fact, 
in some cases, instead of help- 
ing people, it hurts them. 

Let me explain by using 
an example from the ministry 
of Jesus. In John 8, a woman 



was brought to Jesus after she 
had been caught in the act of 
committing adultery. She had 
sinned and everyone knew it. 
But instead of telling her how 
horrible she was and then telling 
the crowd to stone her, Jesus 
simply said that whoever was in 
the crowd who had never sinned 
was the one who could throw the 
first stone. Obviously, there were 
no sinless people in the crowd 
so they soon began to walk 
away. Eventually, Jesus was 
left alone with the woman. He 
asked her where her accusers 
were and if there was anyone 
left who was going to condemn 
her for her sin. She replied that 
no one was left to condemn her. 
Then Jesus said, ,; Neither do I 
condemn thee." Modern Chris- 
tianity looks at this story and 
says, "That's beautiful! Here was 
a woman who was a sinner and 
Jesus forgave her and did not 
condemn her. That's what love is 
all about. He took someone who 
was sinful and accepted her." 

On this point, they are cor- 
rect. Jesus did accept her. 
So, what is the problem? The 
problem is that Jesus did not 
stop speaking where they stop 
reading. He went on to say, "Go, 
and sin no more." Why did he 
add that? He had started out by 



BIBLE MONITOR 



saying something that was so 
kind and filled with love and ac- 
ceptance, But then he ended His 
statement with a blunt condem- 
nation of what she had done. He 
called it sin. That is pretty harsh. 
Jesus was our greatest example 
of love, but that does not sound 
very loving, does it? Yes, it abso- 
lutely does, in fact, the last part 
of His statement carried just as 
much love as the first part. You 
see, the first part of His state- 
ment expressed forgiveness 
which is a wonderful part of the 
ministry of Christ. However, we 
need to remember that it is only 
a part. Jesus did not just come 
to forgive our past sins. He also 
came to help us to avoid future 
sins. That is the reason for the 
second half of what He said. He 
wanted to help her to be free 
from her sin. Forgiveness is a 
wonderful thing but its benefit is 
short-lived if we dive right back 
into our sin. 

Have you ever wondered 
why John 3:16 says what it 
says? Why does not it say that 
"God so loved the world that He 
accepted everyone and all that 
they did and loved them just as 
they were?" That would certainly 
fit the definition of love that many 
churches have today. So why 
does not the Bible say that? It 



does not say it because it would 
not be accurate. It would be a 
lie. 

You see, God's love would 
not do something that unloving. 
True love is not something that 
just accepts someone as they 
are and tries to make them feel 
warm and happy while staying 
that way. That would do them 
no good. Love is so much more: 
it is so much greater than that. 
Love is something that accepts 
you as you are and then spends 
the rest ofthe time doing all that 
it can to help you to become 
the person that you could and 
should be. Our culture says that 
you have to accept a person and 
accept all that they do or you do 
not truly love them. Sadly, the 
church is buying into that lie and 
it is destroying our impact on the 
world. 

The church is intended to be 
a refuge for souls, a place where 
people can come to find healing, 
hope, and purpose for their lives. 
In a way, it could be described as 
a spiritual hospital. People come 
to the church sick and dying with 
the disease of sin. The church 
knows a way that sick and dy- 
ing sinners can be healed. That 
Way is Jesus. He is the medi- 
cation, the treatment for sin. 
But so often that healing is not 



BIBLE MONITOR 



mentioned. Instead, the focus 
is placed on making the sinner 
feel welcome and comfortable in 
church. That way, they will come 
back. If we tell them that they 
are living in sin they might leave. 
How much does it help sinners 
if we bring them in and never 
show them how their disease 
can be treated? Jesus did not 
come to save people WITH their 
sins. He came to save people 
FROM their sins. If sin was OK 
to hang on to, He would have 
had no reason to come. 

A doctor would quickly lose 
his job if he made a habit of tell- 
ing dying patients that they were 
fine just the way they were and 
never took steps toward treat- 
ing their disease. Why do we 
think that the church can do that 
very thing? We have allowed 
almost every spiritual disease 
to come through our doors. But 
then, instead of treating the 
disease and doing away with it, 
we have instead found ways to 
make people feel better about 
their disease while it continues 
to drain away their lives. The 
modern church is becoming a 
spiritual hospice center rather 
than a hospital. Instead of 
receiving healing, sinners are 
made comfortable while they 
continue to live and then even- 



tually die in their sins. 

Imagine for a moment what 

our condition would be if God 

had demonstrated this form 

of "love". He would not have 

sent Jesus to die for our sins. 

That would be implying that we 

had a problem and needed to 

change. As a result, we would 

not have salvation. We would 

not be rescued from our sins. 

We would be doomed to a life 

of paying for the consequences 

of sin followed by an eternity 

without God. True, we would not 

have to feel the pain of guilt that 

comes from being told that we 

are sinners. But we would also 

not have the opportunity for that 

sin to be removed. 

Does that sound like love? 
I am sure we would all agree 
that it does not. Why not? What 
would have been wrong with 
God ending the Bible with the 
end of the Old Testament? He 
could have added a note to the 
end saying that He loves us 
unconditionally and always will. 
We could live our lives know- 
ing that God loves us and we 
could share that knowledge with 
others. What would have been 
wrong with that? 

The problem would have 
been that none of that would do 
us any good. Without the coming 



10 



BIBLE MONITOR 



of Jesus, we would live and die 
in a completely lost condition. 
Love is much more than talk. It is 
also action. For God's love to be 
real and helpful in our fives there 
had to be some action. Love 
could not leave us in a hopeless, 
sad, and suffering condition. It 
would not have been love if it 
did that. So, God in His true love 
decided to do whatever it took to 
provide a way of escape from 
the bondage of sin. 

Why do Christian churches 
seem so willing to accept and 
defend sin? I honestly do not 
think that it really is because of 
love. Can you honestly claim to 
love someone as you stand by 
and watch them wallow in sin? 
What kind of love is that? If we 
are honest, I do not think we can 
call that love. In all honesty, I 
believe it has much more to do 
with cowardice than love. We 
are afraid of what people will 
think if we i; judge" them. We are 
afraid they will get upset and not 
like us. They may even leave 
and not come back. So, we try 
to come up with kinder, less of- 
fensive ways to address sin. In 
the end, the sin doesn't get ad- 
dressed because we figure that 
it is better for a person to be in 
church even if they are living in 
sin than for them to get upset 



and stay away all together. At 
least they are closer to where 
they should be. 

Does that really help? Does 
it help a person with a deadly 
disease if they are brought to 
the hospital and never treated? 
Sure, they will be closer to a 
doctor who could help them. 
But without treating the disease, 
they will still die. Being close to 
a doctor isn't enough: being in a 
church is not either. The disease 
needs to be treated or we are not 
helping them at all. 

Where then does all of this 
leave us? What is true love? 
What does it do? I believe true, 
Godly love is exactly what Je- 
sus demonstrated during His 
ministry on earth. He did accept 
people just as they were. He 
accepted cheaters, liars, mur- 
derers, adulterers, thieves, and 
anyone else who would come 
to Him. But He was NEVER 
content to let them stay that way. 
Why? Because He knew that 
cheating, lying, murder, adultery 
and thievery were harmful to 
their lives. He knew that they 
could have something much 
better. He knew that they could 
have more joy, more peace, 
and more fulfillment in life than 
they would ever find in their sin. 
That is why John 3:16 says that 



BIBLE MONITOR 



11 



"God so LOVED the world that 
He gave His only begotten Son : 
that whosoever believeth in Him 
should not perish, but have ev- 
erlasting life." 

Jesus knew that sin would 
destroy. So, He did something 
about it. He did whatever needed 
to be done, whether it was easy 
or not, to help us to come to the 
new life that He could provide. 
Neveroncedid He condone sin. 
That would not have helped. The 
sin needed to be done away with 
so that something better could 
take its place. A person cannot 
enjoy a life of health while their 
body is plagued with disease. 
Just the same, a soul cannot 
enjoy the abundant life in Christ 
while it is infested with sin. God 
knew that and His fove provided 
a way for the sin to be destroyed 
in our lives. That is true love. It 
is not acceptance of our sin. It 



is the removal of our sin. God 
loves us too much to be content 
watching us suffer in sin. 

Jesus taught this message 
during His time on earth. Now it 
is our responsibility to carry on 
the work that He began. We say 
that we "love our neighbor". Do 
we love them like Jesus does? 
It's time for us to stop simply 
putting salve on the wound of sin 
and start actually pointing peo- 
ple to the One Who can heal the 
wound. We need to let people 
know that they can be delivered 
from their sin. We need to teach 
them that Jesus did not come to 
help them to carry their burden 
of sin. Instead, He came to take 
it away from them, to give them 
something much better. That is 
what He taught us to do because 
it is what love would do. 

Brother Nate Meyers 



PRAYING THE LORD'S PRAYER 

But deliver us from evil 
Part 9 



All that is hurtful, wicked, and 
adverse does not always show 
its colors up front. Evil presents 
itself as the loveliest, the most 
desirous, and the epitome of 
happiness. It harangues with 
promises of pretty baubles, 



adrenalin rushes, and a life of 
ease. That which is good is a 
yoke and a burden. In this part 
of the Lords Prayer I must ac- 
knowledge that there is good and 
evil and that there is a sowing- 
and-reaping principle. 



12 



BIBLE MONITOR 



The chorus of a song says: 

Sin will take you farther than 

you want to go, 
Slowly but wholly taking 

control. 
Sin will leave you longer 
Than you want to stay 
Sin will cost you far more 
Than you want to pay 

No one wants to be drunk 
in the alley the man declaring 
bankruptcy, or the fourteen year 
old with a pregnancy. Neither 
does anyone cherish or seek 
for bitterness, discontent, or a 
critical spirit. They all begin with 
a little bit of fun, a tad of over 
spending, and a brief moment of 
letting loose of mortal Tightness. 
How about a touch of covetous- 
ness, a small measure of "poor 
me", or an "if only" thought? 

As a Christian I can be more 
than a conqueror in all areas 
of my life, because "...neither 
death, nor life, nor angels, nor 
principalities, nor powers, nor 
things present, nor things to 
come, Nor height, nor depth, nor 
any other creatures shall be able 
to separate me from the love of 
God." (Romans 8:38-39) I am on 
the winning side and immersed 
in the love of God. 

But I am living in a fallen 
world where Satan and his 



demons are yapping, toothless 
dogs. They have no bite, but they 
make a lot of noise. They harass 
from bill boards, magazines, 
and the internet. Satan shows 
me the neighbors that make 
more money and the friends that 
have better vacations, or maybe 
even the minister that has more 
revival assignments. He makes 
sure I realize my sister-in-law 
has a bigger and better washing 
machine and that my children 
seem to get picked on at church 
gatherings. All these facts might 
be true. But I can quiet the yap- 
ping within my ears and choose 
to praise God and multiply all 
that is good. If I do not, the rule 
of the harvest will magnify all 
that is bad. There is no neutral 
ground. I cannot have just a little 
covetousness and it not grow 
into a monster that bites me. So 
I choose to start with a tad of 
praise and let it blossom into a 
joyful master. 

The shackles and gouges of 
sin are not those of Satan himself 
(because he has no strength) but 
are left by pornography, drugs, 
broken families, and guilt. Once 
Satan has me in the grips of 
physical power of the drugs, or 
the adrenalin addiction of por- 
nography, gambling, or romance 
novels, he then becomes the 



BIBLE MONITOR 



13 



accuser, "See I knew you were 
not faithful enough, or strong 
enough, or from a good enough 
family to be righteous. You just 
thought you could be holy.' : 

Satan hammers and does 
everything he can to make 
me a depressed, discontented 
Christian. He is the accuser of 
the brethren, of the housewife, 
of each of us. It is his pleasure 
to continually remind me of my 
scars. Jesus holds out His nail 
scarred hand and says that He 
has made us accepted in the 
beloved. {Ephesians 1:6) 

Our delivery from evil comes 
from the words of Jesus, "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. For my 
yoke is easy, and my burden is 
light/' (Matthew 11:28-30) 
There are no false promises 



made because He mentions 
a yoke and a burden. But He 
also rightfully promises that the 
yoke and burden of the cross 
are lighter than the fanfare of 
the broad way. The meek and 
lowly Savior is eager to show us 
the way through the wilderness 
of life. Satan's plan is to lead 
us through the brilliant flashing 
lights to death. 

As a Christian I definitely 
should not be feeding and pet- 
ting the yapping dog. But too 
often I am using my energies 
beating at him with a stick, plead- 
ing for him to leave me along, 
and attempting to kick him back. 
He is not harmless because he is 
always seeking to do harm, but 
he is powerless. Resist not evil. 
(Matthew 5:39) As I ignore the 
powerless one and look to Jesus 
I will be delivered from evil. 

Sister Mary Sue Moss 
Dallas Center, IA 



WE CANNOT DEFEND CHRIST WITH PETER'S SWORD 



Luke 22:50-51, "And one 

of them smote the servant of 
the high priest, and cut off his 
right ear. And Jesus answered 
and said, Suffer ye thus far. And 

he touched his ear, and healed 
him." 



This account is given in 
all four gospels, but we have 
chosen Dr. Luke because his 
clinical writing tells us that Jesus 
healed (or re-attached, if you will) 
the ear of one of His attackers. 
Peter the over-zealous disciple 



14 



BIBLE MONITOR 



had hacked it off. But the lesson 
here is much more than whether 
or not we should use violence. It 
is about whether we should use 
worldly methods to proclaim a 
Godly Gospel at all. 

If indeed God is Sovereign in 
our life we will endeavor to honor 
and glorify Him. In this modern 
world people tend to bring God 
down to their level, when in real- 
ity God, through Jesus Christ, 
has brought man back to His 
level. 

Jesus left us an example 
that we might follow in His steps, 
How can anyone expect to be 
saved any other way? He is the 
door to the sheepfold and we as 
sheep must follow Him. He is the 
Shepherd. He had to suffer and 
die that we might live. 

We cannot defend Christ with 
Peter's sword. Paul, writing to 
the Philippians, said in chapter 
one, verse seven, "Even as it is 
meet for me to think this of you 
all, because I have you in my 
heart; inasmuch as both in my 
bonds, and in the defense and 
confirmation of the gospel, ye all 
are partakers of my grace." His 
defense was without weapons, 
because he was a prisoner. 
Prisoners cannot carry a worldly 
sword. A prisoner of Christ has 
His weapons in his heart and in 



his mind. He (Paul) speaks of 
preaching out of love, "knowing 
that I am set for the defence of 
the gospel." (verse 1 7) His sword 
was not one made of steel, but 
"the sword of the Spirit, which 
is the word of God." (Ephesians 
6:17) 

Many churches allow their 
members to carry the weapons of 
war and go to foreign lands. They 
think that by killing their enemies 
that there will be peace. Gandhi 
(who was Hindu, but studied 
the Bible and believed strongly 
in non-violence) once said, "All 
good that comes from violence 
is only temporary. But the bad 
that comes from it is always per- 
manent." Jesus told us in Luke 
3:14, "...do violence to no man." 
We must lay down our weapons. 
We must stop our evil speaking, 
because the tongue can be a ter- 
rible weapon of evil: BUT GOD 
can anoint it for good, and allow 
us with brotherly love to be kindly 
affectioned one to another. 

James Montgomery wrote in 
1818, 

Hallelujah! Hark the sound, 
from the depths unto the 
skies, 

Wakes above, beneath, 
around all creation's harmo- 
nies; 
See Jehovah's banner 



BIBLE MONITOR 



15 



furled, Sheathed his sword; 

He speaks; Tis done; 
And the kingdoms of this 

world are the kingdoms of His 

Son. 
Physical violence comes 
from the devil. We must respect 
the power of the devil, but his 
power is nothing in comparison 
to God's. Jude 9 says, "Yet 
Michael the archangel, when 
contending with the devil he dis- 
puted about the body of Moses, 
durst not bring against him a 
railing accusation, but said, The 
Lord rebuke thee/' The railing 



accusation is like Peter's sword. 
The old adage goes, "Convince 
a man against his will, he'll keep 
the same opinion still." We must 
win our foes with love, and then 
they will be won indeed. 

Joseph Grigg wrote in 
1765, 

O lovely attitude! He stands 
with melting heart and laden 
hands: 

matchless kindness! And 
He shows this matchless kind 
to His foes. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 



THE STONE 

Paul 

As we approach the Easter 
season, our minds are directed 
to the resurrection of Jesus and 
what His coming forth from the 
tomb means to us. The fact that 
Jesus became the first-fruits 
of them that sleep, indicated to 
each one, that we should be res- 
urrected from the dead at God's 
own appointed time. 

When Jesus was crucified 
and placed in the tomb, some 
remembered that He said, "After 
three days I will rise again," As a 
precaution against the fulfillment 
of this saying of Jesus, Pilate 
commanded the sepulcherto be 



ROLLED AWAY 

R. Myers 

sealed and a watch of soldiers 
placed on duty. : 'Pilate said unto 
them, Ye have a watch: go your 
way, make it as sure as you 
can. So they went, and made 
the sepulcher sure, sealing the 
stone, and setting a watch." Matt. 
27:56-66 

Thus Pilate took precautions 
that Jesus would not arise. His 
very words expressed doubt as 
to keeping Jesus in the tomb 
when he ordered his men "to 
make it as sure as you can." His 
own words indicate that it was 
impossible to make it completely 
sure. 



16 



BIBLE MONITOR 



In order to please the people, 
Pilate ordered: the tomb to be 
covered with a very large stone, 
the seal of the government 
placed upon the stone to make 
it official, and a watch of soldiers 
on duty to guard it. Thus man 
was attempting to defeat the plan 
of God. 

While this precaution was 
being taken on the part of some 
men, we find that there were 
those who were deeply and 
gravely concerned about Jesus. 
Those were remembering the 
Lord Jesus as one who walked 
among men, doing good to all He 
came in contact with. There were 
those who yet wanted to bestow 
upon Jesus the last rite possible, 
the anointing of His body for 
burial. Such were the desires of 
Mary Magdalene, Salome and 
the other Mary. 

Very early in the morning 
these women made their way to 
the tomb. On the way they were 
greatly perplexed as to how to 
remove the stone that sealed 
the tomb. They pondered over 
the size, the seal on it, and its 
barring their way to where Jesus 
had been laid. It became a great 
problem to them. 

They knew that with their 
own strength alone, they could 
not remove it. The obstacle lay 



between them and Jesus. It was 
an apparent barrier that man 
placed in theirway of doing good. 
The more they thought about it, 
the greater it appeared to be. It 
troubled them a great deal, be- 
cause they wanted to anoint the 
body of Jesus. They had a very 
good purpose in coming so early 
to the tomb. 

Today, we are much like 
these women. We want to do 
good. We have a good deed in 
mind, but we allow obstacles that 
sometimes never actually exist to 
discourage us. We wonder how 
we can do this or that. We rely too 
much on our own strength. Let us 
take a lesson from this incident. 
Because there appeared to be a 
barrier in theirway, did not lessen 
their desire or quench their spirit. 
They went forward, with the feel- 
ing that there would be a way to 
remove the stone. They had faith 
that they could accomplish their 
mission. Sometimes church work 
becomes discouraging. We think 
there are too many obstacles. 
Too many who are unwilling to 
bear their part of the load. Some- 
times we may expect too much 
and if we do not get things our 
way we become discouraged. 
But, remember, these women did 
not turn back. They went forward 
to the work. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



17 



When they arrived at the 
tomb, they found that an angel of 
the Lord had removed the stone. 
All their worry and concern had 
been taken care of by God. Had 
they never started, they would not 
have known what God had done 
for them. How nicely God worked 
out this problem. It shouid surely 
be a part of our faith, that if we 
do our part, God will do His. Our 
extremity is His opportunity. The 
"stones and barriers" which often 
exist only in our minds are easily 
overcome if we go to God. When 
we have a good Christian motive 
and want to be Christ-like, God 
will help us. Man or foe cannot 
prevent when God directs. He 
will roll the stones away, if we go 
to Him in faith. Many times each 
of us have come up before the 
seemingly impossible. We, our- 
selves had no solution, whatever. 
But before we knew it, either the 
:i stone was rolled completely 
away" or a way was provided. 
Such a power is the God whom 
we worship. Each experience 
with God should strengthen our 



faith in Him. 

Not only does God often 
remove the stones we see but 
He removes many that we do 
not see. The dangers that God 
directs us around that we never 
meet up with are in-numerabie. 
With us many things are impos- 
sible, but with God all things are 
possible. We try to seek a natural 
solution to a spiritual problem. 
Prayer to God will lighten our 
burden and He will help us. 

How thankful the women 
were when they found the stone 
rolled away. How thankful we 
also should be that they found 
the tomb empty. There are two 
things for us to remember. First, 
that God will remove obstacles 
from our life. Second, that there 
is a resurrection. Let us live in 
faith toward God, that, on resur- 
rection morning we might come 
forth in the first and best resur- 
rection and forever be with Him. 

Selected from the 

April 1,1950 
issue of the Bible Monitor 



THE ATONEMENT 

L. W. Beery 

After the downfall of man human family was in a helpless 
through which he lost the favor condition. The stamp of sin was 
and fellowship of his Maker the upon all, the wages of sin was 



18 



BIBLE MONITOR 



death, and man was unable to 

save himself from this fate. Had 
it not been for the intervention 
of the Divine hand human- 
kind would have been eternally 
doomed. 

The apostle Paul explains 
this unmerited favor of God 
toward fallen mankind briefly in 
Romans the fifth chapter, a part 
of which we give here. "But God 
commendeth His love toward 
us, in that, while we were yet 
sinners ; Christ died for us. Much 
more then, being now justified 
by his blood, we shall be saved 
from wrath through Him. For if, 
when we were enemies, we were 
reconciled to God by the death 
of His Son; much more, being 
reconciled, we shall be saved by 
His life. And not only so, but we 
also joy in God through our Lord 
Jesus Christ, by whom we have 
now received the atonement." 
(Rom. 5:8-9.) 

For this atonement all credit 
is due to God, "And all things are 
of God, who hath reconciled us to 
Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath 
given to us the ministry of rec- 
onciliation; To wit, that God was 
in Christ, reconciling the world 
unto Himself, not imputing their 
trespasses unto them; and hath 
committed unto us the word of 
reconciliation. 1 ' (II Cor. 5:18-19.) 



This reconciliation was ac- 
complished through Jesus the 
Christ who suffered and shed 
His blood - who gave Himself 
a ransom for all - who his own 
self bare our sins in His body 
on the tree without murmur or 
complaint, that He might bring 
us back again to God, that we 
might have life and have it more 
abundantly. 

We are assured by the scrip- 
tures that this atonement by the 
Christ was sufficient for all. "And, 
having made peace through the 
blood of His cross, by Him to 
reconcile all things unto Him- 
self; by Him, I say, whether they 
be things in earth, or things in 
heaven." (Col. 1:20.) "But if we 
walk in the light, as He is in the 
light, we have fellowship one with 
another, and the blood of Jesus 
Christ His Son cleanseth us from 
all sin." (I John 1:7.) "And He is 
the propitiation for our sins: and 
not for ours only, but also for the 
sins of the world." (I John 2:2.) 

This marvelous condescen- 
sion on the part of our Savior in 
voluntarily coming down to this 
lower and sin cursed world; His 
life of labor, trials and sorrows; 
His deeds of love, kindness 
and mercy; his agony, suffering 
and death were all given freely 
to rescue we poor sin cursed 



BIBLE MONITOR 



19 



mortals from everlasting destruc- 
tion. Jesus did His work well, He 
paid the price for us which was 
impossible for us to pay; then 
how great a debt of love and 
service do we owe Him! What 
reasonable excuse can we give 
for failing to lay hold on salvation 
through this wonderful Savior? 
When we consider the many 
facts connected with this subject 
we are made to marvel at the 
carelessness and indifference 
of the human family toward this 
wonderful plan of our Maker and 
God to bring us back into favor 
and fellowship with Him. "How 
shall we escape, if we neglect 
so great salvation; which at the 
first began to be spoken by the 
Lord, and was confirmed unto 
us by them that heard Him; God 
also bearing them witness, both 
with signs and wonders, and 
with divers miracles, and gifts 
of the Holy Ghost, according to 
His own will?" (Heb, 2:3-4.) "See 
that ye refuse not Him that spea- 



keth, For if they escape not who 
refused Him that spake on earth, 
much more shall not we escape, 
if we turn away from Him that 
speaketh from heaven: whose 
voice then shook the earth: but 
now He hath promised, saying, 
yet once more I shake not the 
earth only, but also heaven. And 
this word, yet once more, signifi- 
ed the removing of those things 
that are shaken, as of things 
that are made, that those things 
cannot be shaken may remain. 
Wherefore we receiving a king- 
dom which cannot be moved, 
let us have grace, whereby we 
may serve God acceptably with 
reverence and godly fear: for our 
God is a consuming fire." (Heb. 
12:25-29.) 

May this solemn warning 
be given our serious consider- 
ation. 

Selected from the 

April 1,1936 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



"HE IS RISEN" 

Howard J. Surbey 
We have as our subject one also which are fallen asleep in 



of the most important expres 
sions in the Bible. "If Christ be 

not raised, your faith is vain; ye 
are yet in your sins. Then they 



Christ are perished. If in this life 
only we have hope in Christ, we 
are of all men most miserable. 
But now is Christ risen from 



20 



BIBLE MONITOR 



the dead, and become the first- 
fruits of them that slept.. .For 
as in Adam all die, even so in 
Christ shall all be made alive." 
I Cor. 15:17-22. If we are faith- 
ful followers of Christ, we can 
look forward toward a similar, 
glorious resurrection. 

"Therefore when they were 
gathered together Pilate said 
unto them, Whom will ye that 
I release unto you? Barabbas, 
or Jesus which is called Christ? 
For he knew that for envy 
they had delivered him." Matt. 
27:17-18. Christ had greater 
power to work miracles and was 
gathering more followers and 
receiving more attention, than 
the chief priests and leaders of 
the Jews. As a result the people 
were stirred up and by means 
of a hasty, illegal trial, Christ 
was condemned and crucified 
by a Government which was 
eager to gain the support and 
favor of the leaders of a newly 
conquered nation. 

Through the concern of a 
number of His followers, He 
was buried according to the 
custom of that day. The chief 
priests and Pharisees had a 
meeting to consider the suc- 
cess of their plan to destroy 
Christ and His influence. They 
remembered that He had said, 



"After three days I will rise 
again", and feared lest His dis- 
ciples would steal His body and 
say that He had risen. Which 
would have caused the people 
to have still more faith in the su- 
pernatural power of Christ. So 
they made arrangements that 
the stone covering the entrance 
to His tomb was sealed with the 
Government seal and guarded 
by Roman soldiers. 

What happened? "And be- 
hold, there was a great earth- 
quake for the angel of the Lord 
descended from heaven, and 
came and rolled back the stone 
from the door, and sat upon it. 
His countenance was like light- 
ening, and his raiment white as 
snow: and for fear of him the 
keepers did shake, and became 
as dead men." Matt. 28:2-4. 
Pilate had granted permission 
to make the tomb 'As sure as 
you can." This certainly would 
have prevented the disciples 
from stealing Christ's body, but it 
meant nothing to the power from 
Heaven. The soldiers were so 
helpless and so frightened that 
they hurried to the chief priests 
to tell them what had happened. 
They confessed their weakness 
because the death penalty 
awaited them if the seat of the 
tomb was broken. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



21 



A hurried council assembled 
and decided to give them much 
money if they would tell no one 
what had happened but to say 
that, "We slept and the disciples 
stole His body." What about the 
government, if they hear that 
we claim that we were asleep? 
Again money to cover up evil, 
as they bribed the authorities. 

What effect did it have on 
the followers of Christ? First 
they did not know that Christ 
was to be resurrected, actually 
did not believe nor understand 
it. They stiil believed what they 
had been taught years before, 
"But we trusted that it had 
been he which should have 
redeemed Israel", (Luke 24:21 ) 
by taking control of the earthly 
government and setting up an 
earthly kingdom. 

They wondered and were 
discouraged, but as they began 
to understand it, they were very 
joyful and were very anxious 
to tell of the unnatural events. 
When they fully understood, by 
the powers of the Holy Spirit, 
they were bold and powerful in 
convincing men of the power of 
God. They were zealous in the 



fact that Christ had died and 
rose again to save sinners and 
build a kingdom for God. 

Even though they had been 
with Jesus and had heard His 
words, they believed what they 
could see and understand from 
natural laws by human reason- 
ing. How about us today who 
have the history of God's deal- 
ings with His people for almost 
6000 years, as an example, the 
blessings of Almighty God to 
encourage us, and the progress 
of communication and educa- 
tion, that we might understand 
God's Word? 

Sorry to say, human un- 
derstanding is still very weak, 
quickly grasping what we can 
see, what we can reason out 
by our understanding and what 
others believe and do. We are 
not willing to take God at His 
Word and have faith that, what 
He tells us in an eternal fact, 
and that what He commands 
must be carried out in our 
lives. 

Selected from the 

April 1, 1982 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



22 



BIBLE MONITOR 



THE WRATH OF GOD 



"Blessed are ye, when men 
shall revile you, and persecute 
you, and shall say all manner of 
evil against you falsely, for my 
sake." Matthew 5:9 

''Confirming the souls of the 
disciples, and exhorting them to 
continue in the faith, and that we 
must through much tribulation 
enter into the kingdom of God." 
Acts 14:22 

"For God hath not appointed 
us to wrath, but to obtain salva- 
tion by our Lord Jesus Christ." I 
Thessalonians 5:9 

"So that we ourselves glory 
in you in the churches of God for 
your patience and your persecu- 
tions and tribulations, that ye 
endure." II Thessalonians 1:4 

"I John, who also am your 
brother and companion in tribu- 
lation, and in the kingdom and 
patience of Jesus Christ, was 
in the isle that is called Patmos, 
for the word of God, and for 
the testimony of Jesus Christ." 
Revelation 1:9 

The wrath of God is not a 
popular subject today, It seems 
more and more churches are 
teaching that the God of the Old 
Testament was a God of wrath 
and the God of the New Testa- 
ment is a God of love. This is not 



the God of the Old Testament 
and the God of the New Testa- 
ment are one and the same. 
Secondly, God showed both 
His wrath and His love in both 
Testaments. 

A second error, in our hum- 
ble opinion, is that the wrath of 
God is related to the Tribula- 
tion. It is true that the term "the 
wrath of God" is found in the 
book of Revelation. Revelation 
6:16 speaks of "the wrath of the 
Lamb" (Jesus Christ), Revela- 
tion 12:12 speaks of the wrath 
of the devil. Only in Revelation 
14:10 does the term "the wrath 
of God" appear. This verse is in 
reference to torture in a place of 
punishment. 

Hell is a forbidden subject 
in a great majority of church 
gatherings. Some teach the 
annihilation of the wicked. But 
most teach that everyone goes 
to Heaven. Even our recog- 
nized founder, Alexander Mack, 
believed in final restoration, 
although he also beiieved in 
Hell. It seems like a form of 
Purgatory. But we do not wor- 
ship Alexander Mack, though 
we believe he was mostly right 
in his pronouncements, but the 
Lord Jesus Christ, who taught 



true for two reasons. First of all the reality of Hell more than the 



BIBLE MONITOR 



23 



reality of Heaven. Revelation 
and Christ both declare it to be 
a real place of torment. Revela- 
tion declares that it is forever 
and ever. 

The lack of a belief in Hell 
has resulted in a sinning religion. 
Even those who say some really 
terrible individuals, like Hitler and 
Stalin, will go to Hell leave the 
door open for practicing sin. Is 
it any wonder that homosexuals 
are now allowed not only mem- 
bership but put into leadership 
positions! We believe this has 
also aided the change of what is 
sinful and what is not, which has 
now affected even conservative 
churches which do believe in and 
teach a literal Hell. 

Stilt others teach that if you 
"say a sinner's prayer' you are 
exempt from the wrath of God 
the rest of your life. There is no 
accountability for what you do 
each day of your life. Some do 
teach that if you practice sin you 
were never saved. 

The idea that Christians 
will not experience tribulation is 
shown to be false in our opening 
verses. Even those who teach 
this recognize that many are 
suffering and even dying for the 
Faith in foreign countries. They 
are correct that this is not the 
wrath of God but the works of 



men and Satan. If Christians go 
through an end time Tribulation, 
they also will not experience the 
wrath of God. But, like Noah and 
his family, God will take them 
through it without harm. When 
we say without harm that does 
not mean some will not die for 
the Faith. But that will merely 
mean an early entrance into 
Heaven. 

The Apostle John, who wrote 
the Revelation, said he was "a 
companion in tribulation." The 
Bible says we are blessed if we 
suffer for His sake. Why do so 
many Christians compromise 
the Faith in order to avoid per- 
secution and tribulation? 

Tribulation is also not suf- 
fering sickness or other mis- 
fortunes. The teaching that 
Christians will not suffer such 
things in this life is contrary to 
Scripture. This, also, is not the 
wrath of God, though it may be 
God trying us through the fires 
of perfecting us. 

We can praise God that we 
can avoid the wrath of God by 
accepting the sacrifice of the 
shed blood of Christ. This must 
be followed by a life of holiness 
(not perfection). Let us seek to 
be faithful in word and deed. 
To be more than merely church 
members. To believe the Holy 



24 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Scriptures and pattern our life 
after them. To allow the Holy 
Spirit to be our daily guide. God 
does love you, even if you are 
a sinner but His wrath will fall 
upon you if you do not accept 



His Love and seek to obey His 

Word. 

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



BABY MOSES 



Rudy 

A long time ago after Jo- 
seph, the ruler of Egypt died, a 
little baby boy was born to the 
wife of a man named Amram. 
They were Hebrews, who were 
descendants of the twelve sons 
of Jacob. They had increased in 
numbertill the Egyptians feared 
that the Hebrews would take 
over Egypt. Then there arose 
a Pharaoh over Egypt that was 
king a long time after Joseph 
had died. He was afraid of the 
Hebrews and decided to make 
slaves of them and to make them 
work so hard that they would not 
have many children. But the 
Lord blessed the Hebrews and 
the harder the Egyptians worked 
them, the more they multiplied. 
Finally Pharaoh got so worried 
he commanded that all the boy 
babies should be thrown into the 
river and drowned as soon as 
they were born. 

When the wife of Amram 
saw her baby boy was such a 



Cover 

healthy child she loved him and 
could not let him be destroyed, 
so she hid him from the Egyp- 
tians for three months. At last 
she realized she could hide 
him no longer. She had to do 
something fast as there were 
soldiers watching everywhere. 
Taking a basket made of reeds, 
she covered it with pitch so that 
it wouldn't leak. She made a lid 
for it so the sun wouldn't burn 
her baby and laid him in this 
little boat and put it in the river 
near the place where Pharaoh's 
daughter came down to bathe. 
The wife of Amram had an older 
daughter and she watched her 
baby brother from a distance to 
see what would happen. 

Pharaoh's daughter came 
down to the river and seeing the 
little basket floating among the 
reeds, sent one of her maids to 
get it. When she opened the 
little boat the baby cried and 
Pharaoh's daughter loved it and 



BIBLE MONITOR 



25 



said, "This is one of the Hebrew 
children." 

The sister of the little baby 
ran to the daughter of Pharaoh 
and said, "Shall I go and call 
a nurse of the Hebrew women 
that she may nurse the child for 
you?" 

And Pharaoh's daughter 
said, "Go." The baby's sister 
ran and calied her mother. 
Pharaoh's daughter said to the 
mother, "Take this child away 
and nurse it for me, and I will 
pay you wages." So the baby's 



mother nursed the baby and 
the child grew and was brought 
up to be the son of Pharaoh's 
daughter. And she called his 
name Moses, because she drew 
him out of the water. Moses 
means to be "drawn out." 

I think Moses' mother trusted 
God. Don't you? When we have 
trouble and it looks bad for us, 
do we trust God to care for us? 

Selected from the 

June 15, 1975 

issue of the Bibie Monitor 



NOT TO SINAI, BUT TO ZION 

Not to Sinai's dreadful blaze, 
But to Zion's throne of grace. 
By a way marked out with blood, 
Sinners now approach to God. 

Not to hear the fiery law, 
But with humble joy to draw 
Water, by that well supplied 
Jesus opened when He died. 

Lord, there are no streams but thine 
Can assuage a thirst like mine! 
Tis a thirst thyself didst give; 
Let me, therefore, drink and live! 

-John Newton 



Selected by Brother Lynn Miller 



26 BIBLE MONITOR 



OBITUARY 

HARRY D. HOTT 

Brother Harry D. Hott, 85, of Burlington, West Virginia died 
Sunday, January 17, 2010 at his residence. 

Born on July 12, 1924, at Romney, West Virginia, he was a 
son of the late John E. and Ollie M. (Houdersheidt) Hott. He also 
was preceded in death by four brothers, Cecil Hott, J. Alden Hott, 
Herbert Hott and James Hott; two half brothers, Edwin and Ralph 
Hott; and two half sisters, Lula Hoover and Beulah Piatt. 

Harry was retired as a school bus driver with the Mineral County 
Board of Education and also was formerly employed with Bartlett 
and Asphundh Tree Trimming Companies. He was a U. S. Navy 
veteran of World War II and was a member of the American Legion 
Post in Romney. He was also a member of the Ridge Dunkard 
Brethren Church in Antioch, West Virginia, a 50 year pius member 
of the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department, the Lehigh Rod and 
Gun Club and was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. 

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Mamie E. (Likens) Hott; 
two sons, Harvey Hott and wife Sandy and Kenneth Hott and wife 
Beckie, all of Burlington; West Virginia; one brother, Donald Hott of 
Paw Paw, West Virginia; two sisters, Flora Mae Summers of Keyser, 
West Virginia and Maxine Collins of Hagerstown, Maryland; three 
grandchildren, Eric Hott and wife LaTasha, Shawn Hott and Mary 
Beth Wierzbicki; one great-grandchild Corey Wierzbicki; one step 
grand-daughter, Misty Shoemaker; and one step great-grandson, 
Logan Haynes. 

Funeral services were held at the Smith Funeral Home, Burl- 
ington Chapel on Friday, January 22, 2010 with Bra. James Eberly 
officiating. 

Interment was held in the Thrush-Hott Cemetery, Burlington, 
West Virginia. 

God saw he was getting tired 
And a cure was not to be, 
So He put His arms around him 
And whispered, "Come with Me." 



r 



BIBLE MONITOR 27 



With tearful eyes we watched him suffer 
And saw him fade away, 
Although we loved him dearly 
We could not make him stay. 

A golden heart stopped beating 
Hard working hands to rest, 
God broke our hearts to prove to us 
He only takes the best. 



NEWS ITEMS 

NOTICE 

All queries, reports, financial reports and any other business for 
General Conference needs to be in my hands by April 15, 2010. 
Thank you. 

Writing Clerk of General Conference 

Brother Milton Cook 

1138 East 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

Telephone: 951-845-6231 

E-mail: m.cook1@juno.com 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Home Congregation is looking 
forward to our District Meeting and Spring Lovefeast services over 
Easter weekend, April 2 through 4. Services start Friday evening 
at 7:00 P.M., preaching service; Saturday at 1 0:00 A.M. Business 
Meeting followed by lunch; 5:00 P.M. Examination and song service 
then at 6:00 P.M. our Communion Service. Sunday services start 
with Morning Worship at 8:00 A.M. with breakfast at 8:30 A.M., 
Sunday School at 9:30 A.M., Morning service at 10:30 A.M. fol- 
lowed by lunch; afternoon service at 1:00 P.M. Everyone is invited 
to come and enjoy these special services with us. 

Sister Blanche Newman, Cor. 



28 BIBLE MONITOR 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MAY 201 

May 2 - No Defense or Escape for the Bloody City - Nahum 3:1-9 



1 . Examine the difference between two powers of the city. The 

"Bloody", or military might, and the "well favored harlot". 



2. If so many shared in Nineveh's prosperity why would there 
be no comforters for her? 



May 9 - Mother's Day - I Samuel 1 :9-28 

1 . What is the basis for the change in Hannah's countenance? 



2. Examine the depths of spirit and reason that would cause a 
woman to make such a commitment. 



May 16- Wounded with no Remedy -Nahum 3:10-19 

1 . What is significant about the people being called women? 



2. Why are they told to fortify and prepare for a siege if there 
is no hope? 



May 23 - Perplexing: God's Judgment by the Hand of the Unjust 
-Hab. 1 



BIBLE MONITOR 29 






1 . How did Habakkuk see the burden, and why does he call it 
a burden? 



2. Discuss the "Slacked" law in this setting and compare it to 

today. 



May 30 - Confidence in Divine Providence - Hab. 2 

1 . What is the parable and the proverb referred to in verse 6? 

2. Discuss verse 14 in relation to past, present, and future. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

MAY 2010 

May 2 -Accountability -Luke 16:19-31, Ezek. 18:20, Rom. 14:12 



1. We know that all have sinned. What hope is there if "The 
soul that sinneth, it shall die r '? 



2. Do WE, hear the prophets?! 
May 9 - Mothers - Ruth 1 : 1 -22 



1. Twice Naomi mentions God working against her. Does her 
attitude ever change? 



30 BIBLE MONITOR 



2. Do we ever find ourselves feeling and talking like Naomi? 
May 16 -The Parable of Wheat and Tares - Matt. 13:24-43 
1 . Do we have a part today in the leavening process? 



2. Why did Jesus expose the meaning to His disciples but not 

the multitudes? 



May 23 -The Temptation of Christ - Luke 4:1-19 
1 . Examine the powers of Satan. 



2. Read Hebrews 4:15 followed by Hebrews 2:18. What com- 
forts can we gain? 



May30-Attire-Deut. 22:5, Isa. 3:18-23, Matt. 6:24-32 ; I Tim. 2:8-10 



1 . With dress being so different today than in Bible times, and 
with culture dress varying so greatly how do we distinguish 
what is man's and what is woman's? 



2. Compare the lesson in Matthew to Proverbs 6:6-8 and Prov- 
erbs 30:25. Hint - Throw Proverbs 6:9 into the mix. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



31 



DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lgrenz ; Chairman 

3949S100E 

Peru. IN 36970 

Tom St.John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Marlin M a rks , Tre a s u re r 

429 Summit Drive 

Red Lion, PA 17356-1119 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Mark Cordrey ; Chairman 
525 West Grayson Road 
Modesto. CA 95358 

James Eberly. Secretary 
P.O. Box 504 
Terre Hill, PA 17581 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2271 Co,Rd74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle. PA 17225 

Robert Carpenter 
6150 E 775 S 
Peru, IN 46970 

Ronald Marks 

1613 North 136th Ave. 

Hart, Ml 49420 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

James Meyers 
26331 205* Street 
Dallas Center. IA 50063 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Verling Wolfe, Chairman 
92 Club Road 
Bethel. PA 19507 

Kevin Funk, Secretary 
24107 N Avenue 
Dallas Center. IA 50063 



David Aungst. Treasurer 
334 Birds Hill Road 
Pine Grave, PA 17963 

Keith Bailey 

541 East Main Street 

Bradford, OH 45308 

Keith Snyder 
21 02 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Tom St. John, Chairman 
2033O County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Milton Cook, Secretary 
1138 East 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

Roger Swihart 

7240 County Road AA 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Lynn H. Miller 

70 Round Bam Road 

Newmanstown, PA 1 7073 

Jeremiah Johnson 

1773 North 136th Avenue 

Hart, Ml 49420 

RELIEF BOARD 

Mark Cordrey, Chairman 
525 W, Grayson Road 
Modesto, CA 95358 
(209)549-2015 

David St. John, Secretary 
16 687Rd 15 
Pioneer, OH 43554 
(419)737-3064 

Doyle Lorenz, Treasurer 
1 903 S SR 1 9 
PeruJN 46970 

Dale Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, I A 50233 
(515)833-2904 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 1 7042 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

Paul David Skiles, Superinten- 
dent 

HCR79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Larry Andrews, Chairman 
1 2306 East 203rd Street 
Raymore. MO 640S3 

James Meyers, Secretary 
26331 205th Street 
Dallas Center. IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter. KS 67752 

Justin Beck 
480Shubert Rd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Dale Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redrield. IA 50233 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Merle Sweitzer. Chairman 
13227 Fishe! Road 
Felton. PA 17322 

Alan Meyers, 
23997 268th Lane 
Adel, IA 50003 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Verling Wolfe. Secretary 
92 Club Rd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Paul Stump 

1034O North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood. OH 45322 

All contributions to the vari- 
ous hoards shoold be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his re- 
cords. 



O 


O 




«r 




■; 


o 


O 0- 


* 


:.;■ 


o 


<r 


fj? 


^ 


: i 


n 


a. 




h 


C 
O 
Z 


3 




_u 


Q. 



o _ 

c c to 

CD a_. LJ - 

CD CD IS 

D t- 2 



1 

09 

Cr 
<D 
CC 

CD 
.O 

£ 

CD 

CO 

s 



BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXXVI1I 



MAY, 2010 



NO. 5 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



MY MOTHER'S PRAYER 

J. W. Van De Venter 
I never can forget the day 
I heard my mother kindly say, 
"You're leaving now my tender care; 
Remember, child, your mother's pray'r." 

I never can forget the voice 
That always made my heart rejoice; 
Tho' I have wandered God knows where, 
Still I remember mother's pray'r. 

Tho' years have gone, I can't forget 
Those words of joy - I hear yet; 
I see her by the old armchair, 
My mother, dear, in humble pray'r. 

I never can forget the hour 

I felt the Savior's cleaning pow'r 

My sin and guilt He canceled there, 

"Twas there he answered mother's pray'r 

- Selected 



BIBLE MONITOR 



THE RESULTS OF TH 

Only a few weeks ago, we 
remembered the resurrection of 
Jesus Christ. What had looked 
like a total victory for Satan 
quickly turned into his totai de- 
feat. It was a time of victory, not 
only for Jesus, personally, but 
also for all who would identify 
with Him. The Good News of 
the risen Savior was not just that 
He had not become the captive 
of death, but had actually led 
captivity captive : '. 

The events of that Resur- 
rection Day profoundly affect 
our lives. Our acceptation or 
rejection of those events will de- 
termine our souls' destiny. Jesus 
did not go through the agony of 
the scourging or the cruelty of 
the cross to provide us with a 
feel good story. The results of the 
resurrection are of greater depth 



E RESURRECTION 

than a one-day-a-year reciting of 
the events of Good Friday and 
the Resurrection Day. 

The resurrection of Jesus 
Christ shows that God is serious 
about what He has to say to us. 
Whether through the words of 
the Father to the Prophets of 
old, the words of Jesus, the Son, 
to those who heard Him, or the 
words of the Holy Spirit, as He 
inspired the writers of the Old 
and New Testaments, God was 
serious. He accomplished what 
He said He would do. Through 
the various fulfilled prophecies, 
even in Old Testament times, but 
more explicitly in those fulfilled 
by Christ's birth at Bethlehem, 
He showed that His Words were 
not idle words. 

When He said that Satan 
would bruise the heel of Christ 



THE BIBLE MONITOR 



MAY, 2010 



Published monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in the plant of Haines Printing Company. 

Postmaster: Send address changes to Haines Printing Company, 10575 West 
Main Road, North East, PA 16428. 

Terms: Single subscription S5.00 a year in advance. 

Send all subscriptions and communications to the editor. 

MILTON COOK, Editor; 1138 East 12th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. 

KEITH BAILEY. Assistant Editor, 541 East Main Street, Bradford, OH 48308. 

DENNIS ST JOHN, Associate Editor; 21 397-B50, Bryan, OH 43506. 

KEVIN FUNK, Associate Editor; 24107 N Avenue, Dallas Center. lA 50063. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



but his head would be fatally 
wounded, He fulfilled that in the 
resurrection. Satan received his 
death sentence, to be carried out 
in the future, at the crucifixion 
and resurrection of Jesus. What 
looked like defeat turned into a 
glorious and far reaching victory 
for us over Satan. The power 
had forever shifted. Although 
Satan has retained power to de- 
ceive men in this age, he knows 
that there will come a day of 
reckoning, when he will meet his 
judgment. 

The resurrection brings a 
hope of a new and eternal life for 
those who will accept the work 
of Jesus Jesus' victory was for 
those who identify with Him. As 
sinners there is no hope for us 
to please God without identify- 
ing with Jesus' resurrection. 
We could do nothing that would 
restore us into God's favor. God 
in His Grace provided that way, 
when Jesus died as the God- 
approved-sacrifice for our sins. 
As those who have received 
the Grace of God through Christ's 
sacrifice, we have become new 
(resurrected) creatures. In that 
state we have new desires and 
new lifestyles that reflect the fact 
of our resurrection. With the Holy 
Spirit within, not just an ethereal 
illusion, there is direction for our 



living that brings pleasure to 
God. The resurrection enables 
us to fulfill the purpose of our 
creation, which is to bring plea- 
sure to God. This is impossible 
without the Holy Spirit within our 
souls. 

The resurrection happened 
many centuries ago. How can 
we picture that event in our 
lives today? For many, bap- 
tism has become a ritual and 
a practice, not a vital doctrine 
of the Church. For those who 
identify with the resurrection, it is 
a picture of a resurrection in the 
new believer's life. The watery 
scene brings the applicant near 
to death by drowning as he is 
plunged under the water. But he 
is brought forth alive from what 
might have been his tomb. It is 
a picture of the old man being 
put to death so a new life can 
replace the old life. There are 
three questions that are asked 
at that time, which summarize 
the faith of that applicant. Does 
He believe that Jesus Christ 
is truly the Son of God, who 
brought a saving Gospel to this 
earth? Does He wish to escape 
the clutches of Satan and break 
away from the old patterns of 
life that had been his custom- 
ary way of living? Is He willing 
to walk the way that is pleasing 



BIBLE MONITOR 



to God and travel this pathway 
with others of similar faith? 
This public confession of faith 
pictures that believer's resur- 
rection through the resurrection 
of Jesus Christ. Thus an event 
of many years ago becomes a 
fresh experience in the life of 
each believer. 

The resurrection produces 
many far reaching results in the 
lives of those who will allow the 
Holy Spirit to work within their 
lives. First the Holy Ghost woos 
them to Christ. They listen to the 



call to their hearts and minds that 
they might accept what God has 
done for them. As those who be- 
lieve and desire to please God, 
they will be attentive to God's will 
for their lives. They will shape 
their lives not by their own whims 
and lusts but by those things that 
will ultimately please God. 

What does the resurrection 
of Jesus mean to you? Are there 
any results of the resurrection in 
your life? 

M. C. Cook 



PRAYING THE LORD'S PRAYER 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever 

Part 10 

This final phrase of the 
Lord's Prayer is best shouted 
in triumph with fists punctuating 



the air. The sound of the trumpet 
makes an excellent accompani- 
ment to the word KINGDOM. 
How about a pair of loud and 
high sounding cymbals for the 
syllables of POWER! Accolades 
of GLORY set to the pounding 
of stringed instruments and or- 
gans seem appropriate. For how 
long? Forever and ever. Amen! 
Shout it! 

Luke misses the doxology 
of the Matthew version of the 
Lord's Prayer. I prefer the tax 



collector's final words speaking 
of a kingdom, and of the power 
and of glory. What better way to 
conclude the five verses given 
in answer to the disciple's plea, 
"Lord, teach us to pray"? 

The kingdom of God is tab- 
ernacled within us. Even at its 
fullest this indwelling Holy Spirit 
is a shadow of the eternal king- 
dom to come. It is the earnest of 
the Spirit in our hearts (II Corin- 
thians 1:22). It is just a taste of 
the Kingdom today because that 
is all we can fathom. It is just an 
inkling, a hint, a token. Webster's 
dictionary says that earnest is 



BIBLE MONITOR 



something done as an indication 
of what is to come. The joys yet 
to be experienced in the King- 
dom of Heaven would explode 
this mortal heart if we received 
more than a touch. 

The brushing of the Holy 
Spirit is enough to fill us with 
the fruits of the Spirit and give 
us daily direction. It shows the 
Lord's mercy and plenteous 
redemption. Among the trials of 
the day 1 can rest assured that 
Thy perfect Kingdom is coming. 
Until them my responsibility is to 
expand the spark of the Spirit by 
sharing Christ with others. 

A Kingdom indicates a realm 
or a place that is ruled. We 
have the blueprints that give 
fathers authority within families, 
pastors over their flocks, and 
governors to their subjects. For 
six thousand years Satan has 
connived to turn families on end 
with matriarchal rule. Division 
within churches is his delight. 
None of today's governments - 
be they republics, democracies, 
or theocracies - have the perfect 
format that the one thousand 
year reign in Jerusalem will aug- 
ment. 

Today, the Kingdom is within 
us. Soon the Kingdom will be for 
1,000 years in Jerusalem with 
King Jesus. The eternal perfect 



Kingdom to come is with God, 
over all the earth and all heaven. 
Thine is the Kingdom. 

And thine is the power. "God 
hath spoken once, twice have I 
heard this; that power belongeth 
unto God." (Psalm 62:11) King- 
dom speaks of authority power 
speaks of miraculous might. 

"He hath made the earth by 
his power, he hath established 
the word by his wisdom, and 
hath stretched out the heavens 
by his understanding. When he 
uttereth his voice there was a 
multitude of waters in the heav- 
ens and he caused the vapors 
to ascend from the ends of the 
earth: he made lightning with 
rain, and brought forth the wind 
out of his treasures." (Jeremiah 
51:15-16) 

At His will the laws of nature 
were reversed. The waters stood 
in heaps at the Red Sea and Eli- 
jah disappeared in the cloud of a 
fiery chariot. Hezekiah watched 
as the sundial went back ten 
degrees. Jannes and Jambres 
and the evolutionists can scoff 
at God's power, but even their 
knees will bow at Armageddon. 
Thine is the power. 

Kingdom speaks of a place 
with a ruler, power hints at the 
miracles that bless fife, and glory 
portrays a picture of magnifi- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



cence and splendor. 

When the words "glory of the 
Lord" march across the pages of 
Scripture they are inexpressibly 
beautiful when referring to His 
heavenly glory. But His glory 
has also touched earth in both 
of the Testaments. What about 
the clouds and/or fire displayed 
at Mount Sinai, in the tabernacle 
at its completion, and more 
than four hundred years later in 
Solomon's temple? The priests 
could not enter into the house of 
the LORD, because the glory of 
the LORD filled it. (II Chronicles 
7:2) 

What note of sadness when 
the glory departed from Israel 
because the ark of God was 
taken. (I Samuel 4:21) How 
grand to fill the tabernacle or 
temple with God's glory, but 



Isaiah sees the whole earth 
full of God's glory and the Lord 
sitting on His throne, high and 
lifted up. (Isaiah 6:1-3) The New 
Testament glory is in John 1:14, 
"And the Word was made flesh, 
and dwelt among us, (and we 
beheld his glory the glory as of 
the only begotten of the Father,) 
full of grace and truth." 

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

For thine is the Kingdom, 
and the power, and the glory. 
Forever! Amen. 

Sister Mary Sue Moss 
Dallas Center, IA 



ONESIMUS' RETURN HOME 



Hi, my name is Onesimus 
and I am on my way back home 
to Master Philemon. I have just 
left Brother Paul's house. He 
has sent a letter on my behalf to 
Master Philemon. I have accept- 
ed Jesus Christ into my heart 
and am so excited to get home 
and see Master Philemon. 

I am approaching Master 
Philemon's place and I am a 



little nervous. How will Master 
receive me when I come? Will 
he embrace me or will he get 
angry with me and brand me? 
The reason I am nervous is 
because I have been away for 
a year. Also I wonder if he will 
forgive me for stealing his things 
from him. I ran away to a foreign 
country because I was scared 
that Philemon would whip me 



BIBLE MONITOR 



for my evil ways. 

Well here I am in front of 
Master Philemon's house. I will 
knock now and see what his re- 
sponse wilt be. I hear someone 
coming. It is Master Philemon! 
While Master Philemon opened 
the door and saw that it was 
me, a strange look came on his 
face. At first I thought that he 
was angry with me. But after he 



read the letter he received from 
Brother Paul, a loving look came 
over his face. He embraced me 
and forgave me. Best of all he 
said, "Welcome home, Onesi- 
mus." 

That is what happened when 
I came home to Master Phile- 
mon. 

Brother Levi Chupp 



FELLOWSHIP WITH US 



"That which we have seen 
and heard declare we unto you, 
that ye also may have fellowship 
with us: and truly our fellowship 
is with the Father, and with his 
Son Jesus Christ." I John 1 :3 

"Fellowship", translated from 
the Greek, "Koinonia", means 
literally, "having in common," 
and our fellowship is with the 
Father and the Son. This rela- 
tionship generates many other 
blessings that we, as a church, 
share. We have a common faith. 
We practice the ordinances as a 
result of that faith. We share in 
a common grace, which flows to 
us from above. The Holy Spirit 
indwells each believer, giving 
all believers a common teacher 
and comforter. As a result of this 
union, we as believers receive 
the gifts of the Spirit, and we 



work together with these gifts for 
the upbuilding of God's church, 
welcoming others into the fel- 
lowship. We, therefore, are not 
a closed society, but reach out 
to everyone. 

Unfortunately, we are not 
able to fellowship with those 
who reject New Testament 
teaching. II John 7 says, "For 
many deceivers are entered 
into the world, who confess 
not that Jesus Christ is come 
in the flesh. This is a deceiver 
and an antichrist." Our fellow- 
ship is based on a relationship 
with Jesus Christ. How can 
we welcome one who has not 
this relationship? Verses 10-11 
says, "If there come any unto 
you, and bring not this doctrine, 
receive him not into your house, 
neither bid him God speed: For 



8 



BIBLE MONITOR 



he that biddeth him God speed 
is partaker of his evil deeds." We 
must also take note of Galatians 
1 :9, "As we said before, so say 
I now again, If any man preach 
any other gospel unto you than 
ye have received, let him be ac- 
cursed;' 

These things are elementary, 
but need to be repeated due to 
the ever-present enemy and his 
eminence in this generation. We 
cannot ignore the devil, but we 



cannot give homage to him. If 
we let in those who will open the 
door to evil, we will fall. We can 
only allow those that we have a 
common union with, and Christ 
is what unites us. 

Blest be the tie that binds 
Our hearts in Christian love; 
The fellowship of kindred 
minds 
Is like to that above. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 



FOUR CHARACTERISTICS OF MOTHERHOOD 

Harold S. Martin 



It is a good thing to be re- 
minded of the blessings of godly 
motherhood. The United States 
Congress designated May 8, 
1914 as a special day to honor 
mothers, and ever since, the 
second Sunday of May has been 
observed in honor of mothers. 
People in every country, even 
if a special day is not set aside, 
can make use of opportunities to 
honor their mothers. 

We want to look at several 
mothers mentioned in the Bible 
and notice the qualities that 
characterized their lives, 
1. MARY, UNDYING LOVE 

In the account describing 
the crucifixion of Jesus we have 
a beautiful picture of a mother's 



undying love. The Bible says 
that when Jesus was taken out 
to Calvary, and was crucified, 
even in the midst of the taunting 
Jews and tough Roman soldiers, 
Mary stood by Him to the very 
last. The love and devotion of a 
true mother never fails. 

From the Bible account of 
King David, there comes a mov- 
ing story of a mother's undying 
love. It is the story of Rizpah, 
wife of King Saul. The account in 
2 Samuel is blotted with cruelty 
and revenge, but in the middle 
of this record, there is a beauti- 
ful moving story of a mother's 
love and concern. Seven sons 
of Saul were tortured and killed 
by the Gibeonites because Saul 



BIBLE MONITOR 



had molested their land many 
years before. David permitted 
the Gibeonites to seize these 
boys (the offspring of Saul), and 
put them to death. 2 Samuel 
21:9 says, "They hanged them 
in the hill before the Lord; and 
they fell all seven together 
and were put to death in the... 
beginning of barley harvest." 
Can you imagine the sorrow 
and consternation that came to 
the mother of the seven boys, 
when the officers came to their 
home and took them off to be 
crucified? The sons of Saul 
were taken out to a hillside and 
hanged. But as the darkness fell 
on the evening of their crucifix- 
ion, Rizpah (the mother of two of 
the boys) journeyed to the barren 
hillside, spread a blanket over 
the ground, and stayed there for 
several months - to drive off the 
birds and to stay by her sons (2 
Samuel 21:10). This is a moving 
account of a mother's devotion 
and undying love for her children. 
Only a mother would have done 
it. One of the characteristics 
of real motherhood is undying 
love. 

Norman Maelead (a preacher 
from Scotland) tells of a highland 
widow, who was evicted from her 
home because she couldn't pay 
her rent. She started out with her 



only child - on a walk often miles 
- to her nearest relative on the 
other side of the mountain, to see 
if she could make her home with 
them. It was the month of May, 
but by the time she reached the 
mountain, a spring snowstorm 
set in, and as the night wore on, it 
increased in intensity. The Scot- 
tish preacher says that the next 
morning they found the mother 
cold in death - but beside her 
(wrapped in the mother's outer 
garments) they found the little 
child, cozy and warm. Not every 
mother has been so loyal, but a 
true mother's love is steadfast 
even to the point of death. 

This is one of the reasons 
why the word "mother" touches 
a tender cord in the heart of ev- 
ery thoughtful person. The very 
thought of our mothers carries 
us back to childhood days. We 
think of love, and tenderness, 
and watchful concern - and all 
this makes us feel like bowing 
our heads in honor to our moth- 
ers. 

2. HANNAH: UNTIRING 
SACRIFICE 

'Untiring sacrifice" speaks of 
a mother's work and toil for the 
welfare of the family. One of the 
most expressive pictures of a 
mother's care to be found in the 
Bible, centers around Hannah, 



10 



BIBLE MONITOR 



the mother of Samuel. 

After dedicating the child 
Samuel to the Lord and to the 
work of the temple, Hannah 
left him to Eli the priest. But her 
care and concern for him did 
not end there, for we read, "His 
mother made him a little coat, 
and brought it to him from year 
to year when she came up with 
her husband to offer the yearly 
sacrifice"(1 Samuel 2:19). Each 
year she visited Samuel and 
presented him with a little gar- 
ment that was woven by her own 
hands. The little coats that Han- 
nah made for Samuel have long 
since crumbled into the dust, 
but they were a small token of a 
mother's untiring sacrifice for her 
son. 

Devoted mothers make 
many, many personal sacrifices. 
In fact, when a mother in the first 
place goes down into the valley 
of the shadow to give birth to 
her child, she does it at great 
personal sacrifice. She endures 
travail in order to bring new life 
into the world. And then when 
the children are growing, there 
is always an endless amount of 
work. An old proverb says, "Men 
may work from sun to sun, but a 
woman's work is never done." It 
is never fair to say to a mother, 
"Are you just a housewife, or 



do you have a job?" The poet 
says: "Nobody knows the work 
it makes, to keep the home 
together; nobody knows the 
steps it takes, nobody knows but 
mother." 

Even with the convenience 
of some of the newer gad- 
gets and household appliances, 
motherhood is far from easy. 
Most mothers must serve as 
cook, housekeeper, seamstress, 
nurse, doctor, lawyer, counselor 
peacemaker, purchasing agent, 
and what have you. Our moth- 
ers generally cook and serve an 
average of one thousand meals 
for each member of the family 
each year. And then there are 
dishes to be washed and win- 
dows to be cleaned and rugs to 
be vacuumed - and it seems like 
there is no end. Surely mothers 
deserve our respect. 

For most of us, our moth- 
ers guided our steps when we 
were just little tots. They read 
stories to us as soon as we were 
old enough to look at pictures. 
Mother kissed our hands when 
they were injured and hurt. The 
little poem says: "Who ran to help 
me when I fell, and would some 
pretty story tell, or kiss the place 
to make it well? My mother." We 
need to honor our mothers be- 
cause of their untiring sacrifice. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



11 



3. JOCHEBED, UNTOLD 
INFLUENCE 

Moses was adopted into a 
pagan Egyptian household, but 
the Bible says that when "he 
was come to years : he refused 
to be called the son of Pharaoh's 
daughter, choosing rather to suf- 
fer affliction with the people of 
God, than to enjoy the pleasures 
of sin for a season." That was 
Moses' own personal decision. 
He decided to go with the people 
of God. But Moses learned the 
issues at stake at his mother's 
knee. The influence of Jochebed 
on the life of Moses during his 
early years was so great that all 
his training in the king's court 
could never erase it. 

There are many factors that 
influence our lives. Heredity, 
associations, environment - all 
these contribute to the sum total 
of our personalities. But of all the 
factors that influence our growth 
and development, the influence 
of a mother is the most unique 
and outstanding. In fact, the in- 
fluence of a mother is so great 
that it is often said, "The hand 
that rocks the cradle rules the 
world." 

The influence of a mother 
on her children can never be 
overstated. The influence and 
prayers of godly mothers have 



been a blessing and inspiration 
in countless lives. When Graver 
Cleveland was elected gover- 
nor of the state of New York, 
he wrote a letter to his brother 
in which he said, "You know, if 
mother were still alive, I'd feel 
much safer. I've always thought 
her prayers had much to do with 
my success." Ralph Waldo Em- 
erson said, "Men are what their 
mother's make them." Abraham 
Lincoln once declared, "All that 
I am and all that I ever will be I 
owe to my mother." 

Every mother has a tremen- 
dous opportunity to influence 
her children for God, or against 
Him. No one is as close to a 
little child during the tender and 
formative years of life, as the 
mother. From her lips we learn 
to speak; from her footsteps 
we learn to walk; from her atti- 
tudes we develop our character. 
Henry Ward Beecher used to 
say, "The mother's heart is the 
child's schoolroom." The simple 
prayers that our childish lips first 
utter were actually echoes from 
our mother's heart. A mother's 
task in molding lives and shap- 
ing character is a tremendous 
responsibility. There is no task 
under the sun that is greater 
than rearing boys and girls for 
God, and sending them out into 



12 



BIBLE MONITOR 



the world to lead good Christian 
lives. For this reason, the mother 
of growing children should be a 
'keeper at home" (Titus 2:5), and 
not working at some job outside 
the home. We honor our mothers 
for their untold influence. 
4. EUNICE: UNFAILING 
FAITH 

When the Apostle Paul was 
preaching in Lystra he met a 
wonderful family -a young man 
named Timothy, his mother Eu- 
nice, and his grandmother Lois. 
A number of years later, Paul 
reminded Timothy that his faith 
dwelled first in his grandmother 
Lois and in his mother Eunice 
(2 Timothy 1:5). This does not 
mean that a child "inherits" faith. 
Every individual must make the 
decision to serve Jesus Christ 
for himself- but there is a very 
definite advantage in having a 
Christian heritage. 

It is tragic that many moth- 
ers give their children a warm 
bed and nourishing meals and 
adequate clothing - but little 
spiritual nurture. A true Christian 
mother always provides for the 
spiritual needs of her children, as 
well as for their physical needs. 
Eunice taught Timothy the Holy 
Scriptures. He had known the 
Scriptures from childhood, and 
Paul says it was this that made 



him wise unto salvation. The 
concerned mother begins early 
to impart religious faith. She 
tries not to let an evening slip 
by without reading a Bible story 
at bedtime. She plants the law 
of God into their young minds 
every night, just before they 
move out into dreamland. Many 
of the words may be forgotten, 
but impressions will be left that 
time can never erase. 

A young girl lay on her bed 
with what proved to be a fatal 
illness. She was the only child 
and the idol of her parents. She 
got everything she wanted. The 
doctor was called, and after 
examining the sick girl, he whis- 
pered into the mother's ear. The 
girl sensed what he told her. She 
said, "Mother, you've taught me 
how to dance, to dress well, how 
to conduct myself in the world - 
but one thing you failed to teach 
me - and that is how to die." A 
good mother will teach her child 
how to die. Talk with your children 
about God's plan of salvation - 
read to them, pray with them, and 
teach them wholesome things. 

A Christian mother is the 
fairest flower that grows in the 
garden of happiness. If your 
mother is still living, visit her 
often. Show kindness to her 
while you can. The day will soon 



BIBLE MONITOR 



13 



come when her eyesight and her 
hearing will become less keen, 
and her heart will be stopped in 
death. If your mother is gone, 
remember the advice she gave 
and the lessons she taught. And 
keep the place where she is bur- 
ied neatly trimmed. A neglected 
mother's grave is always a dis- 
grace to any family of children. 
If you have wondered far from 
your mother's precepts, won't 
you turn to Jesus Christ and find 
forgiveness and make sure of 
meeting your redeemed loved 



ones in Heaven? 

Truly we can say "amen" to 
the following bit of verse: "Of all 
earthly things God gives, there's 
one above all others: it is the pre- 
cious, priceless, gift, of loving, 
Christian mothers," 

Note: Additional copies of 
this tract sent free on request. 
Ask for our sample packet of 
Bible Helps. 

Bible Helps 
P.O. Box 391 
Hanover. PA 17331 



SUBSTITUTE MOM 

Eileen Broadwater 
Proverbs 31 



"I miss my Mom, and I'll 
sure be glad when she's home." 
"I want my Mama - right now!" 
How many times have you 
heard such a remark? It fre- 
quently comes from the very 
young, but many also come from 
older ones. Moms hold a special 
place in a child's heart and rightly 
so. Why? Because Mom is there 
when no one else is. She is a 
one-person support group and 
sticks with us through good times 
and bad. She understands when 
no one else does, and even 
when she doesn't, she'll still 
listen when no one else will. 



Generally speaking, Moms 
are trustworthy. They have 
worthwhile goals, a proper sense 
of responsibility, and are ambi- 
tious about fulfilling their roles. 
Moms are concerned about the 
welfare of others, and when 
possible, give help to needy 
neighbors and friends. Moms 
are an asset to the family, with 
their wisdom, kindness, strength 
of spirit. They are to be honored 
and respected, and encouraged 
by others. "Let her own works 
praise her in the gates." 

Moms are not perfect, but 
they do have special gifts and 



14 



BIBLE MONITOR 



special places to fill in life. Some- 
times we still need a mother 
when we are no longer a child, 
someone with whom we can 
share and ask for guidance. We 
need someone who will listen 
without judging or loading us 
down with ill-chosen advice. 
Moms can serve as counselors 
even aftertheir initial responsibil- 
ities of child-care are completed. 
They can encourage us to think 
and to use common sense in 
solving problems. 

But what do we do when 
Mom is unavailable or no longer 
on this earth? This is where a 
"substitute Mom" comes in. She 
could be a trusted friend, a rela- 
tive, or whoever you can safely 
confide in. A "substitute Mom" 
can help to fill your void in your 
life by her kindness, understand- 
ing, and her prayerful concern. 
She may serve as a counselor, 
or as a listener, but whichever 
you need, the fact that she cares 
and shares your concerns is 
most important. 

Ruth had a "substitute Mom", 
and she was a good one. Naomi 
must not have been a bit like the 
typical "mother-in-law" tales we 
hear, for she treated Ruth as her 
own. She had Ruth's best inter- 
est at heart, and showed to Ruth 
that she really cared. Naomi was 



grieved because Ruth was a 
widow so early in life (see Ruth 
1:13), and she urged Ruth to 
return to her own people. Ruth 
was determined, however, to 
stay with Naomi (see v. 16-18), 
an important decision which 
Naomi honored. 

Ruth, counseled by Naomi, 
presented herself to Boaz ac- 
cording to their customs, and 
eventually became his wife. Ruth 
and Boaz were the great-grand- 
parents of King David, all part of 
the lineage of Christ. Ruth is one 
of the few Gentile women named 
in an otherwise Jewish lineage. 
This was a special honor for 
Ruth, made possible because 
she had chosen to heed to coun- 
sel of her "substitute Morrf, 

Most of us will not have such 
a notable experience as Ruth 
did, but sharing with a "substi- 
tute Mom" is no less important. 
Whenever and by whomever 
guidance and support is given, 
it helps us be more like Jesus 
wants us to be. Sharing our faith, 
our burdens and cares, both 
strengthens and refreshes us. 
It gives us emotional support, 
which we all need. When our own 
Moms are not available or can't 
help us, we should ask God to 
direct us to someone who can. 

We have read often in Titus 



BIBLE MONITOR 



15 



2:3-4 that the older women are 
to teach the younger. This re- 
sponsibility goes beyond our im- 
mediate families, so if someone 
seeks your help, make yourself 
available. You're needed! Many 
young mothers are nearly over- 
whelmed by their burdens, and 
they need extra support. Some 
have special needs which can't 
be shared with just anyone, and 
your help as a "substitute Mom" 
may be just what is best then. 

Being a "substitute Mom" 
doesn't guarantee you any spe- 



cial honors, but knowing you 
have done what you can makes 
it worthwhile. You can pray, you 
can listen and try to understand. 
You can be thoughtful and con- 
siderate, just as a mother nor- 
mally would. At certain times, 
those closest to the problem can 
do the least. Then, a "substitute 
Mom' : can be especially helpful. 
Will you be one? 

Selected from the 
May 1, 1986 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



MOTHER 

Anonymous 

She was just an old-fashioned mother. 

She did not pretend to be "smart." 
To care for her home and her dear ones 
Was the wish that was first in her heart. 

We were raised by old-fashioned methods, 

So sparsely employed today. 

And when we so richly deserved it, 

We were "spanked" in the old-fashioned way. 

She taught us the old-fashioned virtue, 

"A good name is far better, she'd say, 

"Than all the wealth of the nation, 

And truth is the best any day." 

She believed in the old-fashioned Bible. 

She trusted in old-fashioned prayer; 

She told us that Jesus would hear us 

If we'd speak anytime, anywhere. 



16 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Thank God for an old-fashioned mother, 

For the Bible and old-fashioned prayer; 

For the old fashioned faith that is looking 

For our Lord to appear in the air. 



Selected by 
Sister Naomi Swartzentruber 



CHRISTIANITY VERSUS WAR 

John Roop 



Brethren Drafted to Camp 
Meade 

As the conscientious objec- 
tors paused a minute on hikes to 
pluck the dainty child of the pine 
woods, great men stopped to see 
the conscientious objectors. The 
following is typical of what visitors 
or correspondents should learn 
from the author after proving 
themselves sympathetic. 

Prof. W. J. Swigart: 

By working at the Hostess 
House I have an opportunity to 
do civilian work, know the whole 
camp and live with the other con- 
scientious objectors. We have 
been faring very well for the last 
month or so : since our officers 
know that we are sincere. Ever 
since the President has defined 
non-combatant military service 
no change has been made. How- 
ever, almost daily some, tiring of 
the idleness, are accepting some 
work. Brother Manbeck was the 
latest military recruit to the Quar- 



termaster Department. 

Today we had very important 
visitors. General Kuhn brought 
Herbert Hoover around to look 
the situation over. We have no 
official authority for the infer- 
ence but we believe the gentle- 
man who visited us is going to 
make the proper disposition of 
us for Secretary Baker. These 
religious objectors were the 
most interesting to these men of 
national importance. In talking 
to me concerning our church, I 
gave them the tract written by 
D. L. Miller, on "The Church of 
the Brethren." This as well as the 
explanation that I gave them was 
much appreciated. 

On visiting our mess hall 
they ate some of our supper 
that Brother Ruhl, Dotterer and 
others prepared. The conditions 
seemed gratifying except there 
are 140 ravenous appetites to 
satisfy three times a day to no 
profit to the government. They 



BIBLE MONITOR 



17 



saw us begin our eating and 
then left. We are praying that the 
impressions may count for good. 
To military men I repeated the 
statement I made when asked for 
the reason for refusal to do non- 
combatant service, "As a mem- 
ber of a non-resistant church, I 
refuse to become a member of 
any organization whose purpose 
is to overcome evii by means of 
carnal weapons. Therefore I can 
accept no military service." The 
statements of other Brethren 
were as good or better. 

John Brubaker, an illustri- 
ous Mennonite who had been 
teaching school was persuaded 
to accept the great humanitarian 
(?) service of the army hospital 
before he had time to view it from 
all angles. While waiting with 
the conscientious objectors he 
showed great aptitude as a Bible 
teacher. His transfer came too 
soon for he was snatched away 
from the conscientious objectors 
as a tender bud in a March gale. 
In the Base Hospital he wore 
only the white uniform, not mili- 
tary, and was reported to be tak- 
ing more interest than any one in 
the work. However he was put in 
the ward where there were bad 
cases of the most infectious dis- 
ease, pneumonia. Overworked 
he fell victim and died April 16. 



He will ever be considered the 
conscientious objector martyr of 
Camp Meade. 

Though spring brought many 
new developments, they were 
far from agreeable as we had a 
right to expect. During the latter 
part of April the conscientious 
objectors who were working 
as civilians, were tested. They 
were offered pleasant jobs and 
prestige if they would don the 
uniform. The writer had re- 
ceived underwear, overalls, and 
breeches during the blizzard but 
no significant parts of uniform. 
These were turned in after the 
decision to accept no so called 
non-combatant service was 
reached. As conscientious ob- 
jectors were called in from Y. M. 
C.A.,A. L. A., etc. the guard was 
tightened up. Restrictions were 
painful when we were denied 
such things as soap : sweets, 
church literature, etc. It was of- 
ten repeated during this siege of 
privations and testing when our 
future was darkness and the clue 
which we often thought leading 
to light snapped like a taut hair - 
"Suspense is worse than death." 
Men who had known the consci- 
entious objectors while working 
in welfare activity visited us and 
extended sympathy. - "You are 
wearing a crown of thorns with 



18 



BIBLE MONITOR 



a blue ribbon in it," Dr, Barrien 
said. 

Several conscientious objec- 
tors were taken away to guard 
house or stockade for trivial 
offenses. Some socialists had 
had serious charges preferred 
against them and court martiaied 
but we are concerned mostly 
with religious men. However, 
they tried to pick flaws with all. 
The writer with many others 
was greatly fatigued by long hot 
hikes. On May 11, Edgar Bene- 
dict, Old Order Brother, had to be 
carried about a quarter of a mile 
to barracks. On the evening of 
May 23, the writer was barefoot. 
Some objection was raised. In 
the office the captain threatened 
him with stockades when he said 
he went barefoot at home. 

During this period the District 
Service Committee proved their 
worth. Notice the clear reason- 
ing in the following letter from 
the pastor. "Replying to your last 
question as to whether our Breth- 
ren should or should not choose 
service from the President's list. 
I like the President's liberal view 
that they may not choose any 
The choice of any makes thern 
wearthe military uniform which is 
conceded by all to be the insignia 
of an accomplice in war. And, 
the boys now not uniformed are 



in the main thoroughly sincere, 
and entirely conscientious, that 
by so doing they would be do- 
ing wrong; entirely independent 
of even the Goshen Statement, 
and the urgent church advice 
therein set forth. 

"Moreover, as you know, 
men caught with a gang who are 
guilty of crime are both by judge 
and jury accounted partakers to 
the crime, and are made to suffer 
penalty with the criminals with 
whom they have been clearly 
proven to be identified, W. E. 
Roop." 

Another service never to be 
forgotten is the Lovefeast on the 
first of June. Many would have 
liked to have had a pass to at- 
tend communion at home but 
this was denied. So, arrange- 
ments were made for the service 
in camp, Brethren M. C. Swigart 
and A. L. B. Martin officiated in 
our mess hall at a service like 
those at home except the place 
and hour, 4 P. M. Note from Di- 
ary: "The communion is almost 
as solemn as that of Calvary 
for we do not know what is to 
be the next event. We do not 
understand but walk by faith, 
looking forward to a certain 
event, - when Christ comes." 

Colonel Hatch, who was 
chief commander when the 79th 



BIBLE MONITOR 



19 



Division took General Kuhn to 
France, frequently inspected us, 
showed some sympathy and on 
noticing many Bibles commend- 
ing much Bible reading. Before 
the Board of Inquiry were sent to 
camp the officers tabulated data 
as to date of joining church, what 
denomination, past offences, 
etc. From a classification made 
on this basis the conscientious 
objectors were grouped. This 
facilitated handling the large 
crowd in short time. Men who 
had been questioned were kept 
away from those who were yet 
to pass before the board. 

The questions were varied to 
suit the group. However, many 
apparently irrelevant questions 
possibly led to stern decisions. 
Brother Howard Statum was 
asked, "Why can you conscien- 
tiously raise the tobacco that 
makes men sick?" "I did not think 
then."Alonzo Payne, a Method- 
ist farmer who expected to go 
to Leavenworth was asked if he 
would accept a farm furlough. 
He says he can't because it 
would be under the military es- 
tablishment. He gets furlough 
and freedom. Though Major 
Stottard and Dean Stone asked 
a few questions it was Judge 
Mack who really conducted the 
inquiry so far as this improvised 



court was concerned. However, 
many facts got into government 
hands which were not gener- 
ally known. One man claimed 
to be a conscientious objector 
when arriving in camp. Later it 
was learned that he had been 
running an illicit still, carrying on 
illegal liquor business. The draft 
was all that saved him from jail. 
Several who were discovered as 
partners in immoral conduct be- 
fore coming to camp were listed 
as insincere conscientious ob- 
jectors and sent to Fort Leaven- 
worth without much inquiry. From 
Camp Meade comparatively few 
religious men were ordered to 
Leavenworth. The two members 
of the Church of the Brethren 
had joined church, after War 
was declared, but so had several 
more who passed as sincere. 
With the 'Old Order Brethren" it 
was different, however. One of 
their church policies is to baptize 
only those who are well matured 
in years. Consequently, two of 
the three to go before the board 
appeared as recent converts. 

The final question generally 
to test the sincerity of Christians 
was of the following nature. Note 
from Diary: - Judge Mack. "Why 
could you not go up here or 
somewhere else and help a sick 
man, as these men in the base 



20 



BIBLE MONITOR 



hospital? That is charitable." An- 
swer: The motive may be doing 
a deed of mercy but at the same 
time we realize that it is only 
preparing a man to be a part of 
the fighting organization." 

Judge: "So you would not 
help a man who was in need of 
help irrespective of what he might 
do later?" 

'The trouble is this, I would 
assist anyone whom I thought 
I was assisting to permanent 
health but not one whom I knew 
I was assisting to health only to 
endure more suffering or inflict 
pain and death on others. I might 
have mercy for my motive which 
all Christians command, but we 
know the purpose of the army." 

"Who would you help?" 

:i l would help the helpless 
refugees or men whom I knew 
would do no more fighting, if 
I were in a civilian Red Cross 
organization or Friends' Recon- 
structive unit." 

"Would you build houses 
or farm or assist those in need 
in France if furloughed to such 
an organization?" An affirmative 
answer proved that there was no 
cowardice back of the objections 
to war. 

Before the Board of Inquiry 
visited Camp, the Detention 
Camp had been well organized 



to care for themselves and their 
officers. Even though Captain 
Woodside had declared that 
we would all be sick if we had 
no army cook to oversee our 
mess, he soon asked our cooks 
to allow him to dine with us. 
While we starved and ate what 
soldiers would not, officers had 
dined in their own hall, spending 
much more on their messes than 
the enlisted man was allowed. 
In military annals it is doubtful 
if the parallel of the instance 
can be found. This rough burly 
officer not only ate with us but 
bowed his head before meals 
for grace. In a camp in Texas, it 
is said that forty-five Mennonites 
converted their officer. Captain 
Woodside was not converted 
but the instance proves that evil 
can be overcome by good and 
non-resistance doctrines are for 
war time as well as peace. 

The first official action taken 
by the government to break up 
the Detention Camp was on 
July 10, Although 216 men had 
been in the camp there were but 
few more than half that number 
when the official order came. 
Fifteen men were ordered to 
Fort Leavenworth by the War 
Department. The half who had 
left voluntarily could come back 
to visit the camp. Many of them 



BIBLE MONITOR 



21 



considered it home because of 
friendly associations there. But, 
now men were to be taken away 
to a prison with a reputation for 
heartless treatment of prisoners 
Ties of friendship were broken. 
Sympathy was intense because 
the stronger knew that the friend 
who was about to enter prison 
life was not prepared for such. 
If years of experience in church 
work could have followed them 
there would have been a hope 
for missionary work or at least 
no danger of extreme penal 
measures being imposed. Some 
who anticipated this western trip 
had been corresponding with 
Brethren near the prison. 

The dissolution of the camp 
was carried out on a fuller scale 
when on July 16, men received 
their furloughs to work on farms 
in Frederick County, Harford 
County, Eccleston, Annapolis, on 
the Eastern shore of Maryland 
and Washington County. Like 
doves from a cage conscientious 
objectors went to the eastern 
shore to toil and to Annapolis, 
where a snare was set. Like a 
covey of partridges to a harvest 
field, six conscientious objectors 
went to Eccleston. They were 
hired at $90 a month but allowed 
to retain but $30 of it as cash, the 
balance to go to relief work. The 



crowds that went up the state re- 
sembled flocks of blackbirds on a 
springtime migration. Eighty-two 
men were set free on this day. 

The difficulties in store had 
not been dreamed of. The sym- 
pathetic farmers who had applied 
for the service of a conscientious 
objector now deserve sympathy. 
Imagine a son of Abraham who 
had never seen the inside of a 
farm barn, riding ten miles on 
a spring wagon. He had ridden 
in the finest of limousines in 
Philadelphia, on fastest express 
trains, on ocean liners and anti- 
quated railroads of Europe, but 
never thus. The farm at the foot 
of the mountains contained one 
thing that he recognized, a cat. 
The Mennonite farmer was no 
professor of agriculture so dis- 
missed his "Jew," advising him 
to catch the next bus for Hager- 
stown. Though farm wages were 
very high it is certain that a few 
farmers did not get their money's 
worth from their "conscientious 
objector hand." Others imposed 
greatly on the man they thought 
the government sold them as a 
slave. They were paying $30 a 
month for his use as long as he 
lasted. There is no record of any 
of the Camp Meade men dying, 
but one or two sent to farms died 
from abuse. 



22 



BIBLE MONITOR 



MOSES KILLS AN EGYPTIAN 



Rudy 
Exodus 

Moses grew up in Egypt and 
was educated in all the ways of 
the Egyptians. He had the best 
of everything and was a prince 
of Pharaoh. He was trained to 
be a warrior and had the finest 
of clothes, houses, chariots, and 
food. He had servants to wait on 
him and coufd go and come as 
he wished. 

God was watching and had 
pfans for Moses. From the time 
he was born God knew that he 
would be a leader of his people, 
the Hebrews. Somehow Moses 
knew that he was a Hebrew, i 
suppose his real mother had 
kept in touch with him and taught 
him about the God of Israel. The 
Egyptians were cruel to the He- 
brews and worked them hard. 
They made them build great 
monuments and temples, till the 
ground, and raise food, and they 
treated them worse and worse 
as time went on. 

Moses was forty years old 
and one day he went out to see 
how his people, the Hebrews, 
were doing. As he watched them 
working hard for the Egyptian 
taskmasters, he noticed an 
Egyptian whipping a Hebrew. 



Cover 
2:11-22 

Moses felt sorry for his people 

and when he saw one of them 
being mistreated it angered him. 
Looking to see that no one was 
near, he went up to the Egyptian 
and killed him and hid his body in 
the sand. Although Moses was 
a prince of Egypt, he was also 
a Hebrew. For a Hebrew to kill 
and Egyptian meant only death. 
The next day Moses again went 
out where the Hebrews were 
working and saw two of them 
fighting together and said to the 
one who started it, "Why do you 
fight among yourselves? Don't 
you know you are brethren? ,r 

And the Hebrew answered 
Moses, "Who made you a prince 
and a judge over us? Do you 
intend to kill me as you killed the 
Egyptian?' : 

Then Moses was afraid 
and said, "Surely this thing is 
known." Finally word got out 
around to Pharaoh and he tried 
to find Moses to kill him. But 
Moses fled from Pharaoh and 
went to the iand of Midian, about 
two hundred miles from Egypt. 

Although Moses was raised 
to be an Egyptian, with all the 
riches of Egypt as his feet, he 



BIBLE MONITOR 23 



didn't forget his people. God yourself to Him ; He will show 

had a plan for Moses and when you the right way. 

Moses was eighty years old he 

led the Hebrews out of Egypt Selected from the 

and away from slavery. God has July 1 , 1 975 

a plan for you too. If you will give issue of the Bible Monitor 



OBITUARY 

CHARLOTTE E. FRICK 

Charlotte Emma (Weaver) Frick, the daughter of Henry Hale and 
Viola Hazel (Miller) Weaver, was born April 10, 1922, several miles 
north of Grand Junction in Grand Valley, Colorado. 

Charlotte was a homemaker most of her life, learning the art of 
sewing when she was five years old. Charlotte endured the pains of 
the Depression, battled the Dust Bowls of the 30's, suffered the loss 
of her father in March of 1 933 and worked hard to help her widowed 
mother gain a little monetary value, to keep struggling along, to feed 
her family and care for their needs. 

At the age of twelve years old, October, 1934, Charlotte felt the 
call to take Christ into her heart. Her friend, Edna Root, was bap- 
tized the same time as she, by Elder Marion Roesch in a canal, at 
the close of a Revival meeting in Colorado. As she grew to her teen 
years, she enjoyed the fellowship of her young folks and her church 
at Cloverleaf Dunkard Brethren Church at McClave, Colorado. 

By March of 1942, Charlotte's mother had moved her family to 
Ohio and transferred her membership to the Englewood Dunkard 
Brethren Church. In September of 1 942, the family was moving again, 
this time into the Eldorado Dunkard Brethren Church. By Septem- 
ber 8, 1946, Charlotte and her family joined the Primitive Dunkard 
Brethren Church and by December of 1948 they merged with the 
Conservative German Baptist Brethren Church. For almost forty eight 
years she worked and labored in her efforts to serve in the church 
with her husband, George, and show kindness to those whom she 
came in contact with. In the fall of 1996 she chose to affiliate with 
the Old Brethren Church, of which she was a member at the time of 
her passing. 



24 BIBLE MONITOR 



Charlotte married George Otis Frick on September 5, 1 945 at her 
parent's home along Rt. 127. To this union were born five children: 
Gloria, Linda, Glen, Retha and Daryl. The marriage was broken on 
April 26, 1996 when her husband, George, passed away in their 
home. 

Charlotte always had a concern for her children, grandchildren 
and great grandchildren. The day before her passing : she prayed 
audibly for all of herfamily as she lay bedfast in her bed. She loved to 
make food and watch it being devoured by those she loved. Charlotte 
was known for making homemade noodles and angel food cakes and 
selling them to the community. She enjoyed her flower gardens and 
enjoyed going to the Family Reunions. You would usually find her in 
the house of God each Sunday when she was able. One thing she 
thoroughly enjoyed was the hymn sings, whether it was in someone's 
home, in a nursing home or in her own home. She could sing by heart 
from many of the songs in the 1901 Brethren Hymnal. 

On Sunday, February 28, part of her family and friends gathered 
around her bedside. One of the songs that we sang was "We'll Never 
Say Good-Bye in Heaven". At the end of the chorus and at the end 
of the song : Mom raised her hand upward and waved the palm of 
her hand while she said, "Good-Bye". Mom encouraged us all to be 
faithful and then replied, "I want to meet you all in heaven." One of 
her favorite verses was Philippians 4:8. 

Charlotte Emma (Weaver) Frick passed away in the home of her 
son, Glen, at 2:30 on Tuesday morning, March 2, 2010. 

In addition to her parents and her husband, George, Charlotte 
was also preceded in death by her step father, Loring Isaac Moss 
(February 1963; two brothers: Albert Weaver (August 2007) and Del- 
bert Weaver {January 2003); two sisters; Hazel Weaver (December 
2007) and Ida (Weaver) Keeny (June 2002); and ten step brothers 
and step sisters. 

Charlotte is survived by her two sons: Glen O. and Shirley (Stump) 
Frick of Greenville, Ohio and Daryl D. and Sieglinda (Keeny) Frick 
of Thomasville, Pennsylvania; and three daughters and sons-in-law: 
Gloria A. and Mervin Hilty of New Madison, Ohio; Linda L. Frick of 
Gettysburg, Ohio; and Retha Y. and Robert Musser of Lititz, Penn- 
sylvania. There are eighteen grandchildren and thirty-four great 



BIBLE MONITOR 25 



grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law: Arvilla M. and Ray Keeny 
of New Freedom, Pennsylvania; brother-in-law: Lloyd and Catherine 
(Keeny) Keeny of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law: Eliza- 
beth "Betty" (Wickei) Weaver of Lititz, Pennsylvania and Marie (Frick) 
Keck of Canton, Ohio; step sister-in-law: Beulah Janette (Flora) Moss/ 
Reed of Dallas Center, Iowa, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

The funeral services were held at the Palestine Old Brethren 
Church on Friday morning with Neil Martin and Thomas Royer officiat- 
ing at the church. Hymns used at the church were: "My Faith Looks 
Up To Thee", "There's a City of Light", "My Jesus I Love Thee" and 
'On the Happy Golden Shore". Pallbearers were: Alien Hilty, Daniel 
Frick, Michael Harris, Glenn Wells, Simeon Musser and Eli Stoltzfus. 
Hymns used while the grave was being filled were #478, 484, 393 
and 481 from the Old German Baptist Hymnbook and then they sang 
one verse of "What A Friend We Have in Jesus". Daniel Beery then 
had the committal service after the body was lowered and the grave 
was filled. Burial was in the Miller Cemetery in Liberty Township; 
Greenville, Ohio. 

I'm Free 
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free; 

I'm following the path God [aid for me. 

I took His hand when I heard him call; 

i turned my back and left it all. 

I could not stay another day; 

To laugh, to love, to work or play, 

Tasks left undone must stay that way; 

I found that piace at the close of day. 

If my parting has left a void, 

Then fill it with remembered joy. 

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; 

Just think of me now in all my bliss. 

Be not burdened with times of sorrow; 

i wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. 

My life's been full, I savored much; 

Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. 



26 BIBLE MONITOR 



Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; 

Don't lengthen it now with undue grief. 

Lift up your heart and share with me; 

God wanted me now, He set me Free! 

The family wishes to express our grateful thanks for the blessings 
of prayers and cards sent while caring for Mom in her affliction and 
while we walked through the vale of sorrows. Mom will certainly be 
missed by those who loved her. Our loss is her gain and might our 
thoughts be turned heavenward as we travel onward and upward 
until we meet again. 

The Family 

NEWS ITEMS 

2010 GENERAL CONFERENCE 
June 5-9, 2010 

2010 General Conference will be held at the West Milton 
Christian Center {formerly known as Holiness Memorial Camp- 
grounds), 6390 Jay Road, located 1!4 miles southwest of West 
Milton, Ohio. 

Those traveling from the north on I-75 should exit on Route 55 
(Exit 73) and proceed west to Route 48. Go south on Route 48 to 
Garland Road (approximately 1 / 2 miles south of West Milton), turn 
right. Go west to Jay Road, turn right to the grounds. 

Those traveling from the north on Route 1 27 should take Route 
571 from Greenville to Davis Road. Turn right on Davis Road. In 
approximately 2 miles, Davis Road will intersect with EmerickRoad. 
Follow Emerick Road to Jay Road, turn right onto Jay Road and 
proceed to the grounds. 

Those coming from the east or the west on I-70, exit at Route 
48 (Exit 31 ). Follow Route 48 northward about 6 miles to Garland 
Road. Turn left and go to Jay Road. Turn right on Jay Road and 
proceed to the grounds. 

By plane, fly to Dayton International Airport and call the grounds 
for someone to pick you up. If coming by bus, disembark at Dayton, 



BIBLE MONITOR 27 



take the local bus to Union, Ohio. Call the grounds for someone 
to pick you up. 

The Christian Center's telephone number is 937-698-4994. 

If possible bring your own bedding. There will be bedding avail- 
able for rent at a nominal fee at the grounds for those who cannot 
bring their own. 

There are plenty of RV hook-ups available. 

Please send your reservations as soon as possible to: 

Don Hosteller 
3925 Kilbourn Road 
Arcanum, Ohio 43504 
Telephone: 937-692-5443 
E-mail: d9hst@aol.com 

The Arrangements Committee 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new telephone number for Brother Galen Litfin is 503-899- 
8574. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation will be holding their revival 
meetings beginning, Sunday, May 2 through Sunday May 9 with 
Bro, Paul Skiles as the evangelist. Services will begin at 7:30 
weekday evenings and 9:30 on Sunday morning. Saturday, May 
8, at 7:00 P.M. will be the communion service with the examina- 
tion service at 2:00 P.M. There will be a potluck each Sunday. We 
extend a welcome to anyone and please pray for these services. 

Sister Martha Heer, Cor. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Waynesboro Congregation plans, Lord willing, to have our 
Lovefeast service on Sunday, May 2. Services start at 9:30 A.M. 

We invite all to come and worship with us. 

Sister Jane Valentine, Cor. 



28 BIBLE MONITOR 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JUNE 2010 

June 6 - Trembling, That I Might Rest - Habakkuk 3 



1. What are some things that Habakkuk's prayer accom- 
plished? 



2. What was his prayer about? 



June 1 3 - The Great Day of the Lord for Judah - Zephaniah 1 



1. The anger of the Lord was kindled. What was God angry 
about? 



2. What does the "great Day of the Lord" signify? 



June 20 - Father's Day- I Kings 2:1-11 



1 . How does someone "show himself a man? 



2. How well did David pass on his experiences to his son? 



BIBLE MONITOR 2 9 



June 27 - Gather Together Before the Day of Repentance Passes 
-Zephaniah 2 



1. What must a person do in order to return to God? 



2. Compare meekness to haughtiness. 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

JUNE 2010 

June 6 - Spiritual Foundations - Is. 28:16, [ Cor 3-10-15 I Tim 
6:18-19, II Tim. 2:19-26 



1. Christ is the foundation. How do we build upon Him? 



2. How do we lay up in store a good foundation against the 

time to come? : ' 



June 13 - Christian's Armor- Eph. 6:10-24 



1 . How do we put on this armor? 



2. What are the consequences of not applying this armor? 



30 BIBLE MONITOR 



June 20 - Father's Day - Gen. 18:19, 27:26-27, I Kings 2:1-4, 
Acts 10:1-4 



1. Describe the attributes of a good father, and how they are 
attained. 



2. How can father's persuade their children to heed their ad- 
monition? 



June 27 - Temperance - Pro. 23:1-3, 23:20-23, 23:29-32, Luke 
21:34-36, Eph. 5:17-20 



1. How can the word "temperance" describe anything beside 
the use of alcohol? 



2. What is the purpose of being temperate? 



BIBLE MONITOR 



31 



DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 

3949S100E 

Peru, IN 36970 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Martin Marks. Treasurer 

429 Summit Drive 

Red Lion, PA 17356-1119 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Mark Cordrey. Chairman 
525 West Grayson Road 
Modesto, CA 95358 

James Eberiy. Secretary 
P.O. Box 504 
Term Hill, pa 17581 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2271 Co.Rd74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

Robert Carpenter 
6150 E 775 S 
Peru, IN 46970 

Ronald Marks 

1813 North 136th Ave. 

Hart, Ml 49420 

Henry Walker 

1 2409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

James Meyers 
26331 205 ,h Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Verling Wolfe, Chairman 
92 Club Road 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Kevin Funk, Secretary 
24107 N Avenue 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 



David Aungst, Treasurer 
334 Birds Hill Road 
Pine Grave, PA 17963 

Keith Bailey 

541 East Main Street 

Bradford. OH 45308 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Tom St. John. Chairman 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Milton Cook, Secretary 
1138 East 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

Roger Swihart 

7240 County Road AA 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Lynn H. Miller 

70 Round Barn Road 

Newmanstown. PA 17073 

Jeremiah Johnson 

1773 North 136th Avenue 

Hart. Ml 49420 

RELIEF BOARD 

Mark Cordrey. Chairman 
525 W. Grayson Road 
Modesto, CA 95358 
{209)549-2015 

David St. John, Secretary 
16 687 Rd 15 
Pioneer, OH 43554 
(419)737-3064 

Doyle Lorenz, Treasurer 
1903SSR 19 
Peru. IN 46970 

Daie Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 
(515)833-2904 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon. PA 1 7042 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

Paul David Skiles, Superinten- 
dent 

HCR79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Larry Andrews, Chairman 
12306 East 203rd Street 
Raymore, MO 64083 

James Meyers, Secretary 
26331 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 1 00 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Justin Beck 
480 Shubeit Rd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Dafe Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, I A 50233 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Merle Sweitzer. Chairman 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Alan Meyers, 
23997 268th Lane 
ArJel, IA 50003 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Verling Wolfe, Secretary 
92 Club Rd. 
Bethel. PA 19507 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his re- 
cords. 



s 



fit Org 

tage 

D 


r*> 


EN 

< OJ 1 
0- *fc 


°- Q_ 0- 


— P 


2 


Q 

Q_ 1 



u 

© -s •'- 
c to _, 

€ s ? 

"J (K <fl 
■□§ " 

-* K -1= 

5 o 2 

Q t- 2 



^3 
« 

DC 

8 

C 

CD 

w 
en 

: 



BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXXVIII 



JUNE, 2010 



NO. 6 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



I KNOW I LOVE THEE BETTER LORD 

I know I love thee better Lord, 
Than any earthly joy; 
For thou hast given me a peace 
Which nothing can destroy. 

I know that thou art nearer still 
Than any earthly throng; 
And sweeter is the thought of thee, 
Than any lovely song. 

Thou hast put gladness in my heart; 
Then may I well be glad! 
Without the secret of thy love, 
I could not but be sad. 



O Savior, precious Savior mine! 
What will thy presence be, 
If such a life of joy can crown 
Our walk on earth with thee? 

-Frances R Havergal 



BIBLE MONITOR 



THE COMPARTMENTS OF LIFE 



As we approach the time for 
another General Conference, 
we look forward to the ingather- 
ing of Brethren and Sisters from 
across the Brotherhood. It is a 
highly anticipated time. It will 
provide a season of fellowship, 
a time of study and a period of 
Spiritual sharing through the 
preached word. The few days 
set aside for this gathering will 
be a special time that will pre- 
pare us to better meet the chal- 
lenges of living as Christians 
in a world that is not a friend to 
godliness or spirituality. When 
those days have ended we will 
depart the place of meeting 
with regrets for the parting, but 
knowing that we must move on 
in our Christian lives. 

On a weekly basis, Sundays 
supply the same tonic for our 



lives that Conference supplies 
on a yearly basis. These once- 
weekly times of fellowship, 
teaching, and study are impor- 
tant to keep us on the narrow 
path of the Christian life. We 
also enjoy mid-week services, 
revivals and Lovefeasts as aids 
along the way. 

As we continue on our spiri- 
tual journey, we also become 
involved with the temporal af- 
fairs of life. We all invest our 
efforts in acquiring and enjoying 
the fruits of our labor. We also 
invest some of our time in the 
pleasures of life. 

Perhaps we wish we did 
not need to stop for Sunday, 
because we need more time 
for our temporal pursuits. We 
push a switch at 12:01, Sunday 
morning, that will stay switched 



THE BIBLE MONITOR 



JUNE, 2010 



Published monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in the plant of Haines Printing Company. 

Postmaster: Send address changes to Haines Printing Company, 10575 West 
Main Road, North East, PA 16428. 

Terms: Single subscription $5.00 a year in advance. 

Send all subscriptions and communications to the editor. 
MILTON COOK, Editor; 1138 East 12th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. 
KEITH BAILEY, Assistant Editor, 541 East Main Street, Bradford, OH 48308. 
DENNIS ST. JOHN, Associate Editor; 21397-B50, Bryan, OH 43506. 
KEVIN FUNK, Associate Editor; 24107 N Avenue, Dallas Center, IA 50063. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



on until 11:59, Sunday night. 
That is our "spiritual" switch. Our 
activities and perhaps even our 
appearance will change for that 
one day. On Monday morning 
we will go back to our "normal" 
activities, which will last until the 
next Sunday. 

When we treat Sundays, 
mid-week services, Lovefeasts 
and Conferences as set-aside, 
special occasions, then it may 
be that we have made self- 
limiting compartments in our 
lives. We recognize that there 
are many areas of interest and 
effort in our lives. We have a 
work compartment, a recreation 
compartment, a family compart- 
ment, a social compartment, a 
civic compartment, and perhaps 
other compartments plus a spiri- 
tual compartment. We tend to 
separate various activities into 
exclusive realms. We set apart 
a certain time to perform each 
function. It becomes frustrating 
when one compartment domi- 
nates the others or demands 
more attention than another. 
This unstable balance of life 
produces anxiety and conflict. 
Undoubtedly, there is a time 
for everything in life. We must 
be careful as we invest our 
efforts in each area. What we 
must understand is that while 



the other compartments of life 
might be exclusive and have 
boundaries, the spiritual com- 
partment of life should not be 
a self-contained compartment. 
The spiritual compartment of life 
should direct our efforts in our 
whole life. We cannot divorce 
other areas of our lives from our 
spiritual beliefs. If our spiritual 
beliefs are not undergirding all 
other activities of life then we 
need to be examining our lives 
for our real motivations. 

God does not want us to 
stick our belief system into a 
neat little container that we sim- 
ply get out for use on Sunday 
morning or other special oc- 
casions. He wants His Spirit to 
be the director of our lives. We 
cannot allow the various com- 
partments of life to overwhelm 
the direction of the Spirit in our 
business, social, recreational, 
or civic affairs. We cannot afford 
the loss of Spiritual integrity in 
these areas of our lives. Hon- 
esty, truthfulness, compassion, 
empathy and love must be dis- 
played in all areas of our lives. 
If we find ourselves compromis- 
ing in these areas of life to gain 
advantage, to increase profits 
or to gain promotion then we 
have sacrificed our most basic 
foundational beliefs on the altar 



BIBLE MONITOR 



of self, sin and Satan. 

We must integrate all areas 
of our lives with God's Spirit. 
The Holy Spirit has been given 
to us as an earnest on our full, 
future reward. The Holy Ghost 
indwells us as newborn babes 
and stays with us through our 
life long journey. He gives us di- 
rection through His promptings 
and the Word of God. Through 
study, meditation, prayer and 
spiritual application, we have 
the privilege of His leadership 
in our lives as we approach all 
facets of our lives. 



As those who have the 
privilege of being the children 
of God in this world, we have 
the responsibility to order all the 
compartments of life in the way 
that would please and honor 
Him. He has equipped us for 
that purpose and we need to ap- 
ply that standard to our lives. 

Are all the compartments 
of your life open to the Spirit's 
direction, or do you have com- 
partments that you want to 
control? 

M. C. Cook 



PRAYING THE LORD'S PRAYER 

Conclusion 
Amen! 



We've come to the close 
of the prayer uttered by the 
faithful for two thousand years. 
Through hundreds of full Bible 
translations, these sixty-six 
words have remained very 
much intact, if not in the Scrip- 
ture texts, at least in the liturgy. 
The Lord's Prayer in public wor- 
ship is seldom read from a text, 
but it is often quoted. The cus- 
tom of ciosing verbal prayers 
and some hymns with "amen" 
seems to have originated here 
in Matthew 6:13. 

How then should it be pro- 



nounced? One source says 
that Ah-men seems to be the 
pronunciation used in classi- 
cal music and by the British in 
speaking. Ay-men is the sound 
in gospel music. I am content to 
use ay-men at the close of my 
prayers and the Ah-men version 
as the closing syllables of some 
hymns. 

What is the meaning of this 
interjection that stands alone 
at the end of each Gospel and 
concludes all of Paul's general 
epistles? "So be it", "truly", "so 
say we all", "let it be", "verily". 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Sometimes it is a declaration of 
affirmation. 

Twelve times from Mount 
Ebal all the people say, "Amen" 
to the catechism of the curses 
of the Law found in Deuter- 
onomy 27. The other six tribes 
represented on Mount Gerizim, 
the mount of blessing, give no 
such affirmation. But neither are 
their blessings enumerated. 

The double amen -Amen, 
and Amen - occurs three times 
in the Psalms (41:13, 72:19, 
and 89:52). Authored by David, 
Solomon, and Ethan this trio 
speak of blessing to those who 
walk in His countenance, of the 
whole earth filled with His glory, 
and a blessed LORD God of Is- 
rael [who is] from everlasting to 
everlasting. It seems to speak of 
double joy and strong declara- 
tion. It is an easy affirmation. 

The book of Romans sprin- 
kles the "Amen" in the middle 
of chapters, sometimes as part 
of a doxology formula. One 
verse bemoans the professing 
fools who serve the creature 
more than the Creator, who is 
blessed forever. Amen. Another 
Romans' Scripture states that 
Christ is over all, blessed for- 
ever. Amen. "For of him, and 
through him, and to him are all 
things to whom be glory for- 



ever. Amen." The doxology of 
Romans 15:33 sounds like the 
close of the book. "Now the God 
of peace be with you all. Amen." 
Paul, however, writes through 
twenty seven more verses with 
three more Amen's. He gives 
us the often quoted, "(May the) 
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ 
be with you. Amen." And then 
his final closing: "To God... be 
glory through Jesus Christ for 
ever. Amen.' ! 

Watch for the Amen's as 
you read through Revelation, 
The first chapter introduces us 
to the glory and dominion for 
ever and ever (Amen!!) and 
mentions those that pierced 
Him will wail because of Him. 
Even so, Amen. Still in the first 
chapter and midway through 
verse eighteen, the words of 
Christ say. "I am alive for ever 
more, Amen." 

The faithful and true wit- 
ness, the beginning of the 
creation of God, takes on the 
very name - Amen. "These 
things saith the Amen, 'I know 
thy works, Laodicea."' 

I love the listing in Revela- 
tion 7:12 - a verse that starts 
and ends with the same four let- 
ter word: "Saying, Amen: Bless- 
ing, and glory, and wisdom, and 
thanksgiving, and honor, and 



BIBLE MONITOR 



power, and might, be unto our 
God for ever and ever. Amen." 

Here comes the ark of God 
back to the tent that David 
has pitched for it. Thanks and 
praise is offered with the words, 
"Blessed be the LORD God of 
Israel for ever and ever. And all 
the people said, 'Amen.'" The 
same words are uttered by the 
four and twenty elders and the 
four beasts in John's vision. 

At the conclusion of the 
book of Jude with its filthy 
dreamers and evil speakers 
there is a hearty amen following 
the words, ; 'the only wise God of 
our Saviour." Amen is absent at 
the close of the book of James, 
as it is in all the Old Testament 
final chapters. 

The Lord's Prayer contains 
the only spoken words of Jesus 
that finish with the double sylla- 



bles of Amen. As I repeat those 
words, my heart confirms that I 
acknowledge a heavenly father 
who has wonderful names, 
promises a coming kingdom, 
and who is the provider of daily 
bread. I also make the most 
profound and life-changing 
statement that I will forgive 
others. I will do it as completely 
and frequently as Jesus does. 
Amen. 

It is good to not use the 
word lightly. Amen affirms ail 
that is good, but it also accepts 
the chastening rod... so be it. 

The grand finale: "Surely I 
come quickly. Amen. Even so 
come, Lord Jesus. The grace 
of our Lord Jesus Christ be with 
you all. Amen." 

Sister Mary Sue Moss 

Dallas Center, IA 



DAVID AND GOLIATH 



It is a warm summer day as 
David meanders through the 
packed battle field. He is bring- 
ing a supply of victuals to his 
brothers. As he approaches, he 
sees a huge, giant of a soldier 
on the other hillside. 

As David talks to his broth- 
ers the giant soldier, Goliath, 
emerges out of the enemy 



camp and starts cursing our 
God of Heaven. David, the 
shepherd boy, was not going 
to stand for that soldier to be 
saying those things about his 
God. So he goes and begs 
permission from Saul to fight 
Goliath. When Saul would not 
let him, David told Saul that 
he had killed a full grown lion 



BIBLE MONITOR 



and a big mother bear with his 
bare hands. David then asked 
Saul, If God has helped me 
kill these beasts of animals will 
not God also help me fight this 
giant also?" After a while, Saul 
allowed David to fight the giant 
only wearing his kingly armor. 
So David tries on the armor. 
It was so big that he could not 
walk or see because the helmet 
covered his eyes. Saul asked 
David, :i Now, what are you go- 
ing to fight with?" David replies, 
"With my sling shot that I have 
had from my childhood and God 
will be with me. 1 ' 

After David leaves King 
Saul's tent, he marches right 



out into the battle field to meet 
the giant soldier Goliath. When 
Goliath raises his sword to kill 
David, David reaches in his 
pocket, pulls out a stone, puts 
it into his sling shot, and starts 
to swing it around and around 
and then let's go and the rock 
sails through the air right into 
Goliath's forehead and knocks 
him down. Then David runs up 
and cuts Goliath's head off with 
Goliath's sword. Once the Isra- 
elites see that Goliath is dead, 
they run after the Philistines to 
make them their servants just 
like Goliath promised them. 

Brother Levi Chupp 



AND WITHOUT CONTROVERSY 



"And without controversy 
great is the mystery of godli- 
ness: God was manifest in 
the flesh, justified in the Spirit, 
seen of angels, preached unto 
the Gentiles, believed on in the 
world, received up into glory." I 
Timothy 3:16 

There is much controversy 
within the earthly church. While 
we must avoid error, there are 
many understandings that can 
be controversial without de- 
stroying the Faith. End times 
theories are many and varied. 



We do not believe anyone 
has all the truth on this mat- 
ter. However, within a fellow- 
ship of faith we believe there 
should be agreement among 
the membership on these 
subjects. Also allowing for dif- 
ferences does not mean that 
they are not important. 

But the apostle Paul names 
one thing that is to be without 
controversy. It is obvious that 
he is referring to the Lord Je- 
sus Christ. Those that claim to 
have full understanding of the 



8 



BIBLE MONITOR 



relationship of the Lord Jesus 
Christ within the Holy Trinity 
would seem to be on danger- 
ous ground. Even Paul who 
wrote the largest part of the 
New Testament, with the aid 
of the Holy Spirit, did not claim 
to understand the mystery of 
godliness. 

First he states that God 
was manifest in the flesh. Je- 
sus Christ was God and thus 
equal with the Father. There 
are not three Gods but One. 
Yet there are three distinct per- 
sonalities. Our human minds 
cannot fully comprehend this, 
yet it is without controversy. 

Jesus Christ was justified in 
the Spirit. This cannot refer to 
being saved from sin since He 
was born without the adamic 
sin nature. In Acts 10:38 we 
read, "How God anointed Je- 
sus of Nazareth with the Holy 
Ghost and with power:..." Yet 
Jesus claimed this power for 
Himself and the Holy Spirit 
always gave glory to the Son. 
This is another mystery with 
controversy. 

Jesus Christ was seen of 
angels. We believe this refers 
to His pre-incarnate existence. 
He was eternally present with 
the Father. We cannot be cer- 
tain when the angels were cre- 



ated but it was definitely before 
Christ's birth of the virgin Mary. 
Every book of the Bible speaks 
in some manner of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. It starts with the 
Creation of the Earth. A literal 
six day Creation is without con- 
troversy. 

Jesus Christ was preached 
unto the Gentiles. There is 
great controversy concerning 
the relationship of the Jews 
and the Gentiles. Romans 
10:12 states, "For there is no 
difference between the Jew 
and the Greek (Gentile): for the 
same Lord over all is rich unto 
all that call upon him." Is this 
without controversy? 

Jesus Christ was believed 
on in the world. We take this to 
refer to the fact that Jesus said, 
"I am the way, the truth and the 
life, no man cometh unto the 
Father but by me." John 14:6. 
There are not many ways to the 
Father. Jesus Christ is the only 
true Way. All other ways lead to 
spiritual death, not life. This is 
without controversy. 

Jesus Christ was received 
up into glory. Theories abound 
from the idea that Jesus 
Christ was a fictional charac- 
ter dreamed up by the writers 
of the New Testament to He 
was only a good man who did 



BIBLE MONITOR 



good deeds and taught helpful 
truths. His resurrection and as- 
cension is denied. Yet the true 
facts are without controversy. 
The first verse of the next 
chapter (a man made division) 
speaks of those who depart 
from the true Faith. There were 



those in the time of Paul and 
they greatly abound today. 
They have pretty well taken 
over the earthly church. 

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



IN THE DAYS OF THY YOUTH 



"Remember now thy Creator 
in the days of thy youth, while 
the evil days come not, nor the 
years draw nigh, when thou 
shalt say, I have no pleasure in 
them." Ecclesiastes 12:1 

"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 
world." James 1:27 

"Wherefore lift up the hands 
which hang down, and the 
feeble knees." Hebrews 12:12 

One of our purposes as 
Christians is to encourage one 
another. Those who are iso- 
lated, those in small congrega- 
tions, made up largely of older 
people, need to be inspired by 
other, larger congregations. 

There are several ways to 
do this. Many of the smaller 
groups already benefit from 
outside ministry coming regu- 



larly, and this is good, but it 
soon becomes expected. What 
then can be done? We wrote 
in other articles about the work 
of letter writing, and how it can 
be used to encourage and up- 
build the kingdom. As our Bible 
texts indicate, and as we read 
in Revelation 3:2, which says, 
"strengthen the things which 
remain, that are ready to die." 
Many sit isolated, with very 
little to keep them built up in 
the faith. Through no fault of 
their own they are alone to 
face the storm. Many young 
people have left the smaller 
churches because they had 
no other young ones to fellow- 
ship with, making the church 
even smaller. Young folks who 
are blessed with others should 
share their blessings with a 
smaller congregation. Every 
few months a group of young 
people or a young family should 



10 



BIBLE MONITOR 



venture forth and visit a smaller 
congregation. 

You have no idea what a 
visit like this would mean to 
a group of worshippers of a 
dozen or less. Those looking 
for some way to be of service 
to the church should consider 
this. This writer belongs to one 
of those small congregations, 
and we have spoken with others 
in other congregations, and dis- 
couragement is rampant among 
them. Does anyone care? Are 
we really alone? 

It speaks in Jude 22 about 
"making a difference." Are we 
making a difference? Those 
of us that struggle in a small 
group occasionally go to a large 
congregation to get a different 
kind of encouragement than 



we get at home. Come, if you 
would, and visit us, and receive 
for yourselves a different kind 
of encouragement that comes 
from 1: making a difference. ! ' 

We visit our sick and shut- 
ins, although this work is largely 
done by the ministry. Why not 
visit those small groups, and in 
helping them, help yourself? 

Everything that we do, we 
must do to honor and glorify 
God. When we do this, He will 
comfort and sustain us. One of 
the ways this is accomplished 
is by our encouraging one an- 
other. This is not a command 
made by God or man, but it is 
a product of a redeemed and 
cleansed heart. May God bless 
each reader as they ponder the 
path of their heart. 



Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord 

By the power of grace divine; 

Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, 

And my will be lost in Thine. 

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, 

To the cross where Thou hast died; 

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, 

To thy precious, bleeding side. 

-Fanny J. Crosby 



Brother Lynn H. Miller 



BIBLE MONITOR 



11 



GOD'S IMMUTABLE WILL 

Howard J. Surbey 
The world is ever moving until the end of the dispensation 



onward with its changes and it 
has done so from the time of its 
creation. True, great things are 
being achieved through mechan- 
ics and science, but morality and 
spirituality are on the decline, 
as perhaps they so often have 
been from the time of creation. 
"And God saw everything that 
he had made, and behold, it was 
very good." Gen. 1 :31 . Man was 
made pure, sinless, but with the 
temptations of the devil came 
violation of God's law, which was 
and still is sin. One of the off- 
spring of these first parents was 
a great sinner, a murderer, thus 
sin continued to be increased 
until God destroyed the people 
with water. This period covered 
the first dispensation which was 
governed by God speaking di- 
rectly to man. 

Second followed the Patri- 
archal age, when God governed 
His people through Patriarchs, 
faithful men through whom God 
spoke. Third we have the Jew- 
ish or age of the Law, when God 
governed His people through the 
Jewish Law. This continued until 
the Gospel age, age of Grace, 
which will continue unchanged 



of time of this earth. 

God knew the end from the 
beginning and made provision 
for the governing of the people 
during the different ages. During 
the Jewish or law dispensation 
obedience was compulsory; 
the letter of the law had to be 
obeyed to meet the approval 
of God. The law carried out in 
the lives of men as a servant 
serving his Master. The Gospei 
dispensation, although no less 
in power and authority, is a dis- 
pensation of grace. It is a state of 
love service. Christ came to take 
unto Himself a bride, the church, 
from among the multitudes of 
humanity. 

The church is the bride of 
Christ. A bride does those things 
which she knows are pleasing 
to the bridegroom prompted by 
love. This cannot be classed as 
a compulsory obedience to the 
letter of His will, buta necessary 
obedience. This obedience, be- 
ing essential and necessary to 
our being a part of His bride, can- 
not be optional and is acceptable 
if done to the best of our ability 
through love. 

The Gospel is given as a test 



12 



BIBLE MONITOR 



of the love we have for Him, its 
requirements are contrary to the 
nature of man: therefore are a 
cross, but through love of Jesus 
we are made willing to do it all. 
The will is not made changeable 
to suit the ages and whims of 
people but the people of all ages 
must suit themselves to it. 

When we accept His plan 
and He chooses us to come out 
from the world and be a separate 
people, He means it for all time 
until we are called from this earth. 
All the teachings are necessary, 
for ail generations, to keep His 
bride pure and acceptable at all 
times. Jesus never meant that 
His bride should become so 
defiled that it would be unsani- 
tary for her members to mingle 
in iove. Cleanliness is next to 
Godliness and it is the business 
of the church to rid herself of 
filth and such contaminating dis- 
eases which we find mentioned 
in the New Testament. 

What was essential to the 
saving of souls in the days of 
the apostles is equally essential 
today, for God's will changes 
not. Non-conformity and being 
separate from the world is just 
as essential now as it was then. 
There is neither license nor time 
for the follower of Christ at the 
dance, the ball-room, or any of 



the amusements used by the 
world to pass their time. "Wist 
ye not that I must be about my 
Father's business" was Christ's 
aim and duty from His earthly life 
and it will be the duty of His true 
followers also. "Ye cannot serve 
God and mammon." Matt. 6:24. 

When Christ's time had 
come to be delivered into the 
hands of sinful men for your and 
my sins, how He agonized in 
prayer, pleading with His father 
that "if it was possible this cup 
might pass from Him/' but the 
pleadings of a dear Son could 
not change God's will. "If it is 
possible" to grant My wish and 
yet not to change God ! s plan. 
Do we guide our actions and 
requests by such a submissive 
spirit? Do we sometimes feel 
that we can do as we please 
and yet remain among the Bride 
of Christ? How much will God 
excuse us for not living up to His 
requirements? 

"That ye may be blameless 
and harmless, the sons of God, 
without rebuke, in the midst of 
a crooked and perverse nation, 
among whom ye shine as lights 
in the world." Phil. 2:15. 

Selected from the 

June 15, 1950 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



BIBLE MONITOR 



13 



IF 

Paul R. Myers 



This little two-letter word, 
which is a conjunction, is used 
as a mammoth big excuse for 
failing to do our best when duty 
calls, when opportunity arises 
and when there are no definite 
specific hindering causes. 

The word "if" means: on 
the condition; supposing that; 
whether; although; to express 
doubt. A word used as a con- 
junction is used to unite; tie-in' 
connect. Normally, the word "if 
is used to connect a statement of 
fact or proposal with or to a con- 
dition. Examples, I will see you 
Sunday if the Lord wills; I intend 
to plow tomorrow if it does not 
rain; if there is no late frost, the 
prospects for a bumper fruit crop 
are good; if we live until spring, 
we want to paint our buildings. 
In the business world and 
in the natural world, the word 
"if covers or makes allowance 
for any and all types of reasons 
why things are or are not accom- 
plished. During the recent coal 
controversy the miners stated 
they would return to work only if 
they receive a contract with the 
coal operators. 

There will be many who 
would go to conference this sum- 



mer, if the distance was not so 
far: if our means was better; if we 
had someone to do the chores; 
if we knew our health would 
permit; if we could get someone 
to go with us; if we can plan our 
vacation to suit the time; if our 
employer will let us off. Expres- 
sions such as the above imply 
performance contingent upon 
conditions. The word "if covers 
such a situation. 

We think often of the use of 
this word as an excuse. It can 
rightly be used as a reason, For 
instance, should your desire be, 
to go to conference, and you are 
a farmer and have chores that 
just cannot be neglected, IF you 
are unable to get someone to 
do those chores, you cannot go 
to conference. When you make 
plans for a certain occasion and 
if you become ill, to the extent 
that you cannot carry out those 
plans, you have a reason, rather 
than an excuse. 

This little word "if is not 
entirely restricted in use to the 
business and natural world. It 
is quite at home in the religious 
world. Apparently more people 
use the word 'If in lieu of a 
legitimate reason: for failing to 



14 



BIBLE MONITOR 



worship God, for staying away 
from church services, and for not 
helping one another, than any 
other reason. 

It seems to be an all-purpose 
excuse for use on Sunday morn- 
ing for not going to church. If they 
were not out so late Saturday 
evening, if they were not expect- 
ing company for dinner, if it was 
not raining, and if the car was 
working better, people would all 
be in church Sunday morning. 
The masses of people hide be- 
hind the little "if when it comes 
to church work, and they feel 
justified. However, on Monday 
morning, none of the "ifs" that 
kept them home from church 
would keep them home from 
their place of employment. 

The devil used this word 
when he tempted our Lord and 
Master, when he said to Jesus, 
"if He be the Son of God and if 
He would fall down and worship 
him." Here the devil used the 
word "if as expressing doubt. 
While it might appear that the 
devil doubted the power of Je- 
sus, I believe he knew His power. 
Such mockery did not cause 
Jesus to yield to Satan. Jesus 
did not obey Satan, neither did 
He allow an "if to stand between 
Him and God. 

I think there is a wonderful 



lesson here for us. I believe it is 
the same Satan that tempted Je- 
sus who attempts to put an "if 7 in 
our way. He is made happy when 
he can cause us to be led off the 
narrow path. He is very deceiv- 
ing and we should be alerted to 
his cunning devices. 

God's Word teaches us 
doctrines, ordinances, com- 
mandments and other essential 
facts relative to our salvation. He 
is their author and these same 
Words shall judge us. There 
will be no way of escape. In His 
Word, we are repeatedly warned 
to flee Satan and the wrath to 
come. 

The same Satan that tempt- 
ed Jesus, that tempted Eve in 
the garden, that tempted our 
forefathers, tempts you and I 
today. He does it in many tricky 
ways. One of them is by callous- 
ing men's and women's hearts to 
the point that their conscience is 
seared over. Even Satan works 
from behind the pulpit, in caus- 
ing to be preached unsound 
doctrine. He injects that little "if 
in every mind that will open to re- 
ceive it. By such efforts, masses 
of people are being led to eternal 
destruction. 

We are constantly con- 
fronted with such examples; if 
my neighbors can attend the pic- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



15 



ture shows, the dance halls, the 
beer parlors, the skating rinks, 
if they can wear the fashions of 
the world, if they do not need 
baptism by triune immersion, if 
they do not need to wash feet, 
why teach it any longer. The 
devil prompts such teaching, 
attempting to deceive the very 
elect. 

Your neighbors, friends or 
relatives can do these things. 
Nobody can stop them if they 
insist. But, dear reader accord- 
ing to God's Word they can lay 
no claim to salvation. When they 
allow that If to predominate in 
their life, they are yieiding to Sa- 
tan and not to God. They will lose 
the blessing God offers them and 
will in return, receive damna- 
tion to their soul. If we yield to 
Satan, we shall be placed in the 
category of the unsaved. Jesus 
offers something so much bet- 
ter, that though we be a fool, we 
need not err therein. 

Jesus used the word "If ' in a 
manner that we should be able to 
discern from the manner in which 
Satan uses it. In John 13:8, in 
speaking to Peter, Jesus says, 
"If I wash thee not, thou hast 
no part with me." In John 13:14 
Jesus again speaking, says, "If I 
then your Lord and Master, have 
washed your feet; ye also ought 



to wash one another's feet." 

Here we have simple teach- 
ings of Jesus. He states in plain 
language, that in order to have a 
part with Jesus, who is our Lord 
and Master, by His own Word, 
and who did wash the disciples 
feet, we ought (meaning are 
obligated) to wash one another's 
feet. In John 13:17 Jesus says, If 
ye know these things, happy are 
ye if ye do them." 

I am sure that we can see 
the difference in the use of the 
word "if. We should pay heed 
to the way it is used in God's 
Word. We should ignore it when 
it is prompted by Satan. When 
Jesus says we shall have a part 
with him when we wash feet, do 
not miss that part by allowing 
Satan to deter you with an 'If it 
is necessary. Such is true of all 
Bible teaching. 

Remember, Jesus came, 
not to do His will, but the will of 
His Father which sent Him. We, 
in order to be a true disciple of 
Jesus must do His will. His will is 
that not one soul should perish. 
Jesus will not do it all. We must 
cooperate by iiving a life of faith 
and not a life of "ifs". 

Selected from the 

May 15, 1950 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



BIBLE MONITOR 



THE BURNING BUSH 

Rudy Cover 
Ex. 2:23-25; 3:1-22 



God's people, the children 
of Israel, were having a rough 
time in Egypt. The Egyptians 
made slaves of the Hebrews 
and gave them more and more 
work to do. They treated them 
badly and whipped them to get 
them to work harder. The Bible 
says, "They sighed and cried; 
and their cry came up unto God 
by reason of their bondage. And 
God heard their groaning." God 
decided the children of Israel 
needed help and He knew just 
the man to help them. 

Now Moses had been forty 
years in the land of Midian, 
a desert country, and herded 
sheep for his father-in-[aw : 
Jethro. There was a mountain 
where Moses took his flock 
called the mountain of God 
which was Mt, Horeb. As Mo- 
ses took his sheep around the 
mountain, where the pasture 
was better, he saw a bush that 
was on fire. This wasn't any- 
thing too strange as lightning 
often struck a large bush and 
caused it to burn. But there was 
something unusual about this 
particular bush. It was on fire 
but it didn't burn up. As Moses 



watched, he said, "I will now 
turn aside and see this strange 
sight and find out why the bush 
is not burnt." What would you 
think if you saw a bush on fire 
that wouldn't burn up? 

And God called to Moses 
out of the burning bush and 
told him to take off his shoes 
because he was standing on 
holy ground. You see, God can 
do anything and the bush ap- 
peared to be on fire because 
God was there. God talked 
with Moses and said, "I am the 
God of thy father, the God of 
Abraham, the God of Isaac, and 
the God of Jacob." And Moses 
hid his face, for he was afraid 
to look upon God. God told 
Moses how He had seen the 
affliction of His people in Egypt 
and that He would deliver them 
and bring them into a good land 
flowing with milk and honey. 
God had something for Moses 
to do and said, "I will send you 
unto Pharaoh, that you may 
bring forth my people out of 
Egypt." 

Moses was an humble 
man and said, "Who am I that I 
should go to Pharaoh to bring 



BIBLE MONITOR 



17 



forth the children of Israel out of 
Egypt?" Then God told Moses 
that He would be with him and 
that after Moses had brought 
the children of Israel from Egypt 
that they would serve God 
on the very mountain where 
Moses was standing. God told 
Moses to go to the eiders and 
tell them that God had sent him 
to deliver them; then they would 
go to Pharaoh and ask him to 
let them go three days journey 
in the wilderness to sacrifice to 
the Lord. 

And God said, "I am sure 
that the king of Egypt will not let 
you go, and I wiil stretch out my 
hand and smite Egypt with all 
my wonders which i will do and 
after that he will let you go," 



Do you know that we can 
worship the same God that 
talked to Moses in the burning 
bush? God has promised to 
be with us if we only trust Him. 
He can and will deliver us from 
this old world of sin just like 
He delivered the Children of 
Israel from the Egyptians and 
ted them to the Promised Land. 
Our promised land is Heaven. 
Jesus said, "I go to prepare a 
place for you. And if I go and 
prepare a place for you, I will 
come again, and receive you 
unto myself; that where I am, 
there ye may be also." 

Selected from the 

July 15, 1975 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



CHRISTIANITY VERSES WAR 

John Roop 



V. CAMP LEE, VIRGINIA 

In the state where historical 
national pride is transmitted 
from father to son, as is many 
colonial heirlooms, we find 
many interesting situations 
arising. For a brother to be ac- 
cused of being unpatriotic when 
his sires had settled, preserved 
and supported this land of 
freedom, there was no excuse 
except misunderstanding or 



ignorance. Our policies were 
often misunderstood here but 
not so much as in places where 
less Dunker blood flowed in 
veins of soldiers. 

The following is an account 
written by Brethren who knew 
Camp Lee from the beginning 
of the draft until discharged in 
1919. 

Detailed account of Experi- 
ences at Camp Lee, Va., 1917- 



18 



BIBLE MONITOR 



1918. Cephas P. Stump and of 
Horace P, Spangler: 

Reporting for Duty 

"On October 8th, 1917. We 
reported to our Local Board 
according to law, and had no 
trouble getting Form 174, as 
some Brethren ahead of us 
had had. They had to take the 
matter up with Governor Stuart 
before they would be recog- 
nized by the Local Board. Elder 
L. A. Bowman went with us, 
helped us by the Local Board 
and went with us to Camp. Here 
we met Brother Wilcie Sink and 
we three were always together 
from then on till Furloughed on 
Farm. 

"During the mustering ex- 
aminations, we were inquir- 
ing about where to start our 
claim. 

In the Infantry, 

"In the mustering we were 
directed to Lieutenant Colonel 
Reed who received us courte- 
ously, examined our exemption 
papers : asked us a few ques- 
tions, and directed us to the 
Captain of our Company for 
further information. 

"We were assigned to Com- 
pany D of 31 7 Infantry. The next 
few days were days of adjust- 



ment. As soon as we could 
learn who was who we went to 
our Captain and explained our 
position in a very few words 
and asked him what he wanted 
us to do. His reply was, Til see 
if I can find something for you 
to do.' The day following we 
again went to him and asked 
him if he expected us to drill. 
His reply this time was, "You 
may if you want to but you don't 
have to - You don't have to do 
anything - Mr. Wilson hasn't 
decided whether he will send 
you to war or send you home. 
Our orders are to treat you as 
guests. But I know you'd rather 
do a little something tempo- 
rarily, so you may go into the 
kitchen if you want to." We went 
into the kitchen and worked 
for a month, or nearly so, dur- 
ing which time we met with no 
opposition. All the soldiers that 
knew about our position envied 
us. They ail treated us well and 
we never came in contact with 
any officers except our com- 
manders. The soldiers were 
given uniforms, but no one 
ever asked us if we wanted a 
uniform. When time came for 
the soldiers to take the Oath of 
Allegiance, our Captain courte- 
ously told us that we needn't 
even go down to headquarters. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



19 



We were very thankful for that. 
He didn't even ask us if we 
wanted to take the oath. 

"While here we took the 
Physiological Examination. We 
were also taken over to Head- 
quarters where we were given 
a choice of being sent to Base 
Hospital or to Remount Depot. 
Since some of our Brethren 
had already been assigned to 
Remount Depot we preferred 
the latter. Then we were trans- 
ferred from Company D to M 
Gun Company where we, after 
being asked a few questions, 
were given the same courteous 
treatment. While in the Infantry 
we had never been asked to 
salute the officers. From here 
we were transferred to the Re- 
mount Depot about November 
1st," 

The account of A. L. Younk- 
er who united with the Church 
of the Brethren, Windber, Pa., 
May 27, 1 91 7 is too lengthy for 
publication. However, the expe- 
riences of one who fared differ- 
ently on arriving at Camp Lee, 
October 4th is in place here. 
God provided him a Mennonite 
partner who was well posted. 
Enroute to camp the other men 
got drunk and unruly. Taking a 
stand for Christ in the muster- 
ing office they were tried every 



day, but learned Scripture as 
they had opportunity. "When 
the officers failed to make 
soldiers of us, they transferred 
us to another company just to 
see if we would take the same 
stand at every different com- 
pany, I was moved six times in 
one week. So after about six 
weeks of moving, they gave us 
our choice of going to the Base 
Hospital or Remount Depot." 

Refusing the uniform and 
participation "in war in any 
shape or form" brought them 
to the guard house. "There 
were two Mennonites in there 
already for about six weeks. 
Then they thought they would 
starve the conscientiousness 
out. They put us on half rations 
for ten days. We had only one 
blanket a piece in the latter part 
of November. We got so cold 
we could sleep only a few hours 
a night for they would not allow 
us to have any fire." 

Brother Spangler continues 
his account viz.: 

"Here we met our first oppo- 
sition - on refusing the uniform 
we were at first refused any 
Government supplies, even 
beds and bed clothes, but we 
finally received beds. Here we 
found about fifty conscientious 
objectors mostly Brethren and 



20 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Mennonites, four of which were 
in the guard house for refusing 

to accept any service what- 
ever. 

Most of these were work- 
ing temporarily and we were 
placed on the feeding gang, 
feeding horses and mules, 
which gang consisted mostly 
of conscientious objectors, 

"The number in the guard 
house increased from four to 
eleven which was overtax- 
ing the capacity of the guard 
house. So they were moved 
to a Veterinary Medical Dis- 
pensary with a concrete floor, 
without beds and with only 
one blanket. The November 
weather was exceptionally cool 
and damp. After a few days, 
the visiting Brethren reported 
this to General Chronkite who 
knew nothing of it and they 
were immediately supplied with 
sufficient bedding, 

"Here we drew up a paper 
petitioning our Captain for Seg- 
regated Barracks (or Detention 
Camp) as the law provided. But 
to no effect. We held our Sun- 
day school each Sunday, first in 
a nearby mule shed, but later in 
the Mess Hall, and prayer and 
song services every night in our 
barracks, 

'At this place we were glad 



for the visit of a number of 
our Brethren, J. A. Dove, Va.; 
Brother Horst and Replogle 
from Pa., Brother Joseph Bow- 
man, and others. We were 
always glad to see them and 
anxious for a word of advice 
from them. But we received no 
definite advice from them, as 
to what steps we should take. 
We feel that our daily prayer 
meeting was a great factor in 
maintaining our courage. Some 
time later in November, Brother 
Aaron Louck from Pa., and 
Brother A. D, Wenger from Va. 
(Mennonite) came to visit us. 
They confidently advised us to 
steer clear of military service. 
From here they went to Division 
Headquarters and our transfer 
soon followed. 

One evening the Sergeant 
called us into the mess hall, 
ordering us to turn our Govern- 
ment supplies into the supply 
room early next morning, and 
pack our personal belongings. 
Next morning we did so and 
were lined up before the mess 
hall where roll was called and 
49 conscientious objectors an- 
swered 'Here' - The Sergeant 
said 'You've all answered 'Here' 

and you'll be- - — sorry for 

it.' Of course we had no idea 
where we were going. He 



BIBLE MONITOR 



21 



started us out, we knew not 
where. 

155th Depot Brigade 

"After hiking for about three 
or four miles we were lodged 
in 155th Depot Brigade, 8th 
Company, near 53 Y. M. C. A. 

"At the Remount Depot we 
had come to have very little 
confidence in the officers, for 
their many efforts to make us 
come into the military routine, 
they had no regard for truthful- 
ness. That is inferior officers 
(Corporals, sergeants, etc.) In 
our new home we were put in 
separate barracks with no mili- 
tary men except a cook, to help 
our cook get started. We were 
overjoyed and felt sure that 
our hopes were fully realized 
but soon we found not quite so 
much so, when a Lieutenant 
came around and selected 15 
of our number and sent them 
out on Garbage trucks. This 
continued for several days 
when a special meeting was 
called to decide what should be 
done. The following was drawn 
up. 

"We the undersigned, posi- 
tively refuse to do any thing 
except, do our cooking, keep 
our building and surrounding 
grounds clean; keep ourselves 



clean and take physical exer- 
cise; till the President defines 
noncombatant service, as the 
law provides. 

Signed ' 

"Forty of the forty-nine 
signed the paper and sent it 
over to Headquarters yet that 
night after the meeting. Then 
followed the backing up of our 
decision which resulted in a 
courteous visit from the Brigade 
Commander, Lieutenant Colo- 
nel Coffee. After our firmly pre- 
senting a 'solid front' claim, the 
Colonel said: 'Well if that's your 
faith, our orders are to respect 
your Faith." In presenting our 
claim Brother Sala (Mennonite) 
from Pennsylvania, produced 
a clipping from their religious 
weekly, where their church 
committee had visited Secre- 
tary of War Baker who had said 
that we need not drill, wear the 
uniform, salute, or do anything 
in camp if we felt it wrong to do 
so. 

"The Lieutenant Colonel 
also told us that we need not 
wear the uniform but that we 
could get any clothing we want- 
ed that they had. That we would 
not be under military men, need 
not observe military rules, and 
he gave us the privilege of 
coming with any complaint to 



22 



BIBLE MONITOR 



his office, a privilege soldiers 
didn't have. 

"Time and again we ap- 
pealed to Colonel Coffee and 
he always responded promptly 
and always gave us a square 
deal. Just for instance - some 
relatives came from Penn- 
sylvania to visit some of the 
Brethren. They had some dif- 
ficulty locating us, as we had 
just been transferred. It was 
cold and raining hard. So the 
visitors were visiting in the bar- 
racks when the Lieutenant - a 
narrow, unreasonable fellow, 
came in. He called out Hicks 
who was our appointed leader 
and ordered him to have the 
folks leave at once, since there 
were some ladies in the bunch, 
and he said no ladies were 
allowed in the barracks. On 
Brother Kohne's suggestion, 
Hicks took two of these visitors 
over to see the Colonel. They 
laid the matter before him in a 
courteous way. His reply was, 
You go back under Colonel 
Coffee's command and stay as 
long as you want to.' You can't 
imagine our appreciation of this 
manifestation of kindness by 
this big-hearted, broadminded 
man. 

"On another occasion one 
brother applied for a three day 



pass to attend the funeral of his 
grandfather, and was refused. 
He then went personally to 
Colonel Coffee. The Colonel 
inquired as to how far he had 
to go, and issued him a five day 
pass instead of a three as asked 
for. On another occasion we 
were placed under command 
of a new Captain who thought 
we must be subject to military 
rules and ordered us out to 
hike under military men. Some 
refused to go. When reported 
to the Colonel he rebuked 
the Captain, commended the 
Brethren who refused to go 
and assured that it was a mis- 
understanding and shouldn't 
happen again. All through the 
winter of 1917-18 we were un- 
der Colonel Coffee and fared 
fine, we came and went at will 
(except passes home). We 
hunted rabbits during the big 
snows and thoroughly enjoyed 
the camp life with the exception 
of the measles epidemic which 
attacked more than haif of our 
number, and caused the loss 
of one, Brother Strauderman 
from West Virginia, which we 
regretted very much. We later 
had the mumps. Our number 
increased to more than one 
hundred before spring, mak- 
ing quite a variety of different 



BIBLE MONITOR 



23 



religious sects. 

"Once early in the winter 
fifteen of our number were 
informed that we were to be 
transferred, we knew not 
where. Realizing that in union 
there is strength, we called a 
special prayer meeting where 
about thirty audible prayers 
were offered to the effect that 
we should not be separated. 
(And those were days of real, 
earnest praying, on knees too). 
Next morning we turned in our 
Government supplies, emptied 
our bed ticks, packed our per- 
sonal effects and started via 
Headquarters to - we knew not 
where. We hiked for about two 
miles where, to our delight, the 
organization refused to accept 
us and before 4 P.M. we were 
again with the other Brethren. 
We were indeed thankful for 
such a definite answer to our 
prayers. 

"Another time Brother Bu- 
racker was in the hospital for 
several weeks. When the Ser- 
geant went to bring him back, 
he assured him that we had 
all been killed for our position 
and that unless he accepted 
some work he would meet the 
same fate. Even asking if he'd 
rather be killed that evening or 
the next day. Brother B's reply 



was that it made no difference 
to him. 

"We were in the Brigade till 
about the first of April. Many in- 
teresting, embarrassing things 
happening - we moved sev- 
eral times and were under a 
new commander about every 
month. Here we took another 
Physiological examination. 

"The First of April, So-called 
Non-combatant service was 
presented to us, and fortunately 
for us Brother Lewis B. Flohr 
from Washington brought us 
Mr. Wilson's Official Statement. 
Also Secretary Baker's State- 
ment. So we were posted and 
decided before the Camp offi- 
cials arrived with their proposi- 
tion. 

"Early one morning we re- 
ceived notice that The Camp 
Judge Advocate was coming 
to see us. We all assembled in 
the mess hall. Colonel Coffee, 
Colonel Mallery and Judge Ad- 
vocate came in very solemnly 
and courteously as all superior 
officers do - stated their busi- 
ness and gave us each a letter 
written from Division Headquar- 
ters giving all the President's 
statement except where farm 
furloughs are mentioned and 
where the statement said, "we 
should not be put under arrest 



24 



BIBLE MONITOR 



nor kept in penitentiaries." After 
carefully reading the letter they 
gave us the privilege of asking 
questions. Will we have to wear 
the uniform, --drill — salute, etc., 
etc., were asked in rapid suc- 
cession. They assured us that 
we would have to perform every 
duty of any other soldier except 
carry arms. Of course we could 
not see the noncombatant 
element in that. They gave 
us twenty-four hours to select 
some branch of noncombatant 
service and told us in absence 
of choice we be assigned to the 
Medical Department and failure 



to obey orders would land us 
in the penitentiary. Neverthe- 
less we knew that Mr. Wilson's 
official statement was quite dif- 
ferent. Six of the one hundred 
accepted some branch of non- 
combatant service. 

Editor's note: in this install- 
ment, the Brethren, who took 
a firm stand for non-resistance, 
seemed to have been treated 
better at Camp Lee than those 
at Camp Meade. Still they 
faced several frying times. How 
would we have fared if we had 
been in their situation? 



OPPORTUNITY 

Age is opportunity, no less 
Than youth itself, though in another dress. 
And as the evening twilight fades away 
The sky is filled with stars invisible by day. 



Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 



OBITUARY 

MAURICE MILLER 

Maurice Russell Miller, age 77, was born January 8, 1933, in 
Clinton County, Indiana, to Russell E. Miller and Dora Fern (Wilkie) 
Miller. He went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 25, 2010. He 
was the seventh of eight children. He was preceded in death by his 
mother (1974) and father (1982), sister, Evelyn Lucille (1915), an 
infant brother (1935), sister, Mildred Frances Clark (2008), brother, 
Lynn Levi Miller (2009), sister-in-law, Faye Yoder Miller (1986) 



BIBLE MONITOR 25 



sister-in-law, Beulah Wolf Diehl Miller (1991), brother-in-law, Floyd 
Clark (1994), brother-in-law, Johnny Longenecker (2006). 

Surviving siblings include Helen Mae Longenecker of Robeso- 
nia, Pennsylvania, Harold Addison Miller (wife Lois), of Lafayette, 
Indiana, and Betty Louise Fingerle, (husband Don), of Rossville, 
Indiana. 

Maurice accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of sixteen. 
Maurice was baptized on February 13, 1949 at North Fork. He was 
a member of the Old German Baptist Church until recently, and 
then became a member of the Plevna Dunkard Brethren Church. 
On February 17, 1951, Maurice made a commitment in mar- 
riage to Marjorie Louise Wolf. They were blessed with two children, 
Cheryl Ann Wallace (husband, Donald) of Enchanted Oaks, Texas 
and Susan Kay Beachler (husband, Steven) of North Grove, In- 
diana. They have seven living grandchildren and one grandchild, 
Timothy Steven, who has gone ahead to be with Jesus and wait 
on Grandpa. They also have thirteen great-grandchildren. 

Maurice attended Owasco and Rossville schools for nine and a 
half years, then quit to go to work. He later attended many classes, 
training programs and workshops pertaining to his work. Maurice 
worked at the furniture factory in Flora, the Camden Elevator, Wil- 
lard Gentry, Ralph Bowers Electric, Sagamore Heating and Cooling, 
Home Hospital, owned and operated Miller Electric in Rossville from 
1969 to 1981, and worked as a Realtor in Modesto California. 

Maurice was an example to his family, church, and community 
in serving the needs of those around him. He worked on the Vol- 
unteer Fire Department in Rossville for several years, and was on 
the first crew in the Volunteer Ambulance Service in Rossville. He 
served on the Board of Directors for Milner's Health Care, helped 
start and served on the Board of Directors at New Hope School 
in Rossville, and served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for 
Humanity in Modesto, California. He spent some time in Torreon, 
New Mexico, ministering to the Navajo Indians. 

Maurice enjoyed fishing, hunting, genealogy and traveling. He 
and his wife, Marjorie, were blessed to go to the Holy Lands and 
experience the places where Jesus walked and taught. During his 
final stay in the hospital, Marjorie asked Maurice if all the folks in 



26 BIBLE MONITOR 



the room made him tired and he replied, "No, they are my family!" 
His family was the most important "hobby" to him and all of them 
will miss him dearly. 

Maurice received much comfort from the recent anointing. 

Funeral services were held April 28, 2010 in the Bachelor Run 
Old German Baptist Church in Flora, Indiana with Brother Robert 
Carpenter and Brother Mike Wray officiating. Burial was in the North 
Fork Cemetery at Pyrmont, Indiana. 

Maurice's final wish was to have a salvation message preached 
for his funeral. Maurice is rejoicing at the feet of Jesus and wants 
his friends, family and acquaintances to join him. Won't you join 
the chorus of the saved today? 



NEWS ITEMS 

2010 GENERAL CONFERENCE 
June 5-9, 2010 

2010 General Conference will be held at the West Milton 
Christian Center (formerly known as Holiness Memorial Camp- 
grounds), 6390 Jay Road, located VA miles southwest of West 
Milton, Ohio. 

Those traveling from the north on I-75 should exit on Route 55 
(Exit 73) and proceed west to Route 48. Go south on Route 48 to 
Garland Road (approximately 14 miles south of West Milton), turn 
right. Go west to Jay Road, turn right to the grounds. 

Those traveling from the north on Route 1 27 should take Route 
571 from Greenville to Davis Road. Turn right on Davis Road. In 
approximately 2 miles, Davis Road will intersect with EmerickRoad. 
Follow Emerick Road to Jay Road, turn right onto Jay Road and 
proceed to the grounds. 

Those coming from the east or the west on I-70, exit at Route 
48 (Exit 31). Follow Route 48 northward about 6 miles to Garland 
Road. Turn left and go to Jay Road. Turn right on Jay Road and 
proceed to the grounds. 

By plane, fly to Dayton International Airport and call the grounds 
for someone to pick you up. If coming by bus, disembark at Dayton, 
take the local bus to Union, Ohio. Call the grounds for someone to 






BIBLE MONITOR 



27 



pick you up. 

The Christian Center's telephone number is 937-698-4994. 
If possible bring your own bedding. There will be bedding avail- 
able for rent at a nominal fee at the grounds for those who cannot 
bring their own. 

There are plenty of RV hook-ups available. 
Please send your reservations as soon as possible to: 
Don Hostetler 
3925 Kilbourn Road 
Arcanum, Ohio 43504 
Telephone: 937-692-5443 
E-mail: d9hst@aol.com 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGES 

Please add the following names to the Ministerial List. 
Bart Hoblit (M) Cornerstone Gale Turner (M) Cornerstone 

2846 Gettysburg-Pitsburg Road 9564 Earnest Road 
Arcanum, OH 45304 Bradford, OH 45308 

937-692-6233 937-448-2733 

Deacons List Changes 

Please add the following names to the Deacon's List. 

Jeffrey Davison 

(Grandview) 

18335 NW 1700 Road 

Garnett. KS 66032 

785-448-3064 



Johnathan Edgecomb 
(Grandview) 
14302 NW 2100 Road 
Garnett, KS 66032 



Leonard Davison 
(Grandview) 
20741 NWHwy31 
Garnett, KS 66032 
785-448-6490 



Kurt Rolle 
(Cornerstone) 
5298 Byreley Road 
Bradford, OH 45308 
937-448-2217 



28 BIBLE MONITOR 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JULY 2010 

July 4 - A Godly Remnant Shall Escape and be Exalted - Zephaniah 3 



1 . What are the major promises that God makes to Israel in this 

chapter? 



2, What is the cause of rejoicing in the end of the chapter? How 

was that fulfilled? 



July 11 - Consider Your Ways - Haggai 1 



1 . Why was God displeased with them? What was the result? 



2. What was the promise that God made to them if they were 
faithful? 



July 1 8 - A Future House with Greater Glory - Haggai 2 



1 . What was this "second temple"? How will it outshine the first? 



BIBLE MONITOR 29 



2. How does their sin hinder their work? How does that compare 
to us today? 



July 25 -The Man Among the Myrtles - Zechariah 1:1-11 



1. What was the problem of which the people were asked to 

repent? 



2. What was the meaning of vision? How do you understand the 

interpretation? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

JULY 2010 

July 4 -Christ's Prayer- John 17:1-26 



1 . What was the purpose of this prayer? 



2. Can you identify the requests that Jesus makes? What are 
they? 



30 BIBLE MONITOR 



July 11 -Good Names-Prov. 22:1, EccL 7:1, Acts 6:2-4, III John 1:14 



1 . How important is a good name? 



2. Why? 



July 18- Believers Walk -Rom. 6:4, I John 2:6, Gal. 5:16, Eph. 5:2. 
IJohn 1:7, Eph. 4:1-3 



1 . When does this new walk start? 



2. List several characteristics of the new walk? 



July 25 -Liberty -Is. 61:1-3, John 8:31-36, Rom. 8:16-21, Gal. 5:13, 
I Peter 2:13-16 



1 . When does this new walk start? 



2. List several characteristics of the new walk. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



31 



DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 
3949S 100E 
Peru, IN 36970 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Martin Marks. Treasurer 

429 Summit Drive 

Red Lion. PA 17356-1119 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Mark Cordrey. Chairman 
525 West Grayson Road 
Modesto. CA 95358 

James Eberly. Secretary 
P.O. Box 504 
Terre Hill, PA17581 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2271 Co.Rd74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle. PA 17225 

Robert Carpenter 
6150 E 775 S 
Peru. IN 46970 

Ronald Marks 

1813 North 136th Ave. 

Hart. Ml 49420 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford. CA 95386 

James Meyers 
26331 205 ,h Street 
Dallas Center. IA 50063 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Verling Wolfe, Chairman 
92 Club Road 
Bethel, PA19507 

Kevin Funk, Secretary 
24107 N Avenue 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 



David Aungsi, Treasurer 
334 Birds Hill Road 
Pine Grove. PA 17963 

Keith Bailey 

541 East Main Street 

Bradford, OH 45308 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon. PA 17042 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Tom St. John, Chairman 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Milton Cook, Secretary 
1138 East 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

Roger Swihart 

7240 County Road AA 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Lynn H. Miller 

70 Round Barn Road 

Newmanstown, PA 17073 

Jeremiah Johnson 

1773 North 136th Avenue 

Hart, Ml 49420 

RELIEF BOARD 

Mark Cordrey. Chairman 
525 W. Grayson Road 
Modesto. CA 95358 
(209)549-2015 

David St. John, Secretary 
16 687 Rd 15 
Pioneer. OH 43554 
(419) 737-3064 

Doyle Lorenz, Treasurer 
1903 SSR 19 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 
{515)833-2904 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

Paul David Skiles, Superinten- 
dent 

HCR79. Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Larry Andrews, Chairman 
12306 East 203rd Street 
Raymore. MO 64083 

James Meyers, Secretary 
26331 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison. Treasurer 
Box 1 00 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Justin Beck 
480 Shuberl Rd. 
Bethel. PA 19507 

Dale Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield. IA 50233 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Merle Sweitzer, Chairman 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Alan Meyers, 
23997 268th Lane 
Adel, IA 50003 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfeit Road 
Peculiar, MO 6407B 

Verling Wolfe, Secretary 
92 Club Rd. 
Bethel, PA19507 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his re- 
cords. 



fit Org 
tage 


h- 




/■J t/T "^ 

Jr C < 




cu cT_ Q- 


■c E 




Q 
Q_ 



o 

m id S 

3 o 2 

Q ■?- Z 



w 

CD 

Cr 

CD 

CC 

o 

CD 
CO 

w 



BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXXVIII 



JULY, 2010 



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. 



O FOR A HEART TO LOVE 

O for a heart to love my God! 
A heart from sin set free; 
A heart that always feels the blood, 
So freely shed for me. 

A heart resigned, submissive, meek, 
My dear Redeemer's throne, 
Where only Christ is heard to speak, 
Where Jesus reigns alone. 

A humble, lowly, contrite heart, 
Believing, true and clean, 
Which neither life nor death can part 
From him that dwells within. 



Thy holy nature, Lord, impart; 
Come quickly from above, 
Write thy new name upon my heart, 
Thy new best name of Love. 

-Charles Wesley 



BIBLE MONITOR 






SALT OF THE EARTH CHRISTIANS 

Jesus challenged His dis- our day. The challenge is the 



ciples and, indirectly, us with 
the idea that they and we are to 
be the salt of the earth. It was 
a challenge for the disciples to 
pattern Christian living in the 
darkness that was the Roman 
Empire. It was a time of great 
moral and spiritual darkness; 
especially in the time of Nero. 
The salt was often supplied 
at the cost of their blood. The 
Early Christians did an admi- 
rable job of being the salt of the 
earth in their trying day. 

The Early Christians took 
seriously the admonition of the 
Lord to be the sait of the earth. 
We can look back to their re- 
cord recorded in the books of 
the martyrs. But looking back 
and praising their perseverance 
will not accomplish the task in 



same today as when Jesus 
first uttered the admonition to 
His disciples. Today's disciples 
must be about the work that will 
fulfill the challenge. 

Jesus spoke of salt because 
of its great value in that day and 
it continues to be valuable in our 
own time. Salt has many uses. 
It is a preservative, an antisep- 
tic, a seasoning, an agent in 
manufacturing, an essential el- 
ement in the human body and a 
valuable form of payment. Salt, 
because of its value, was often 
used as payment; hence, it is 
the basis of the word "salary" 
used to describe the payment 
received in trade for our time 
and effort. 

When Jesus spoke of being 
the salt of the earth, He spoke 



THE BIBLE MONITOR 



JULY, 2010 



Published monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in the plant of Haines Printing Company. 

Postmaster: Send address changes to Haines Printing Company, 1 0575 West 
Main Road, North East PA 16428. 

Terms: Single subscription $5.00 a year in advance. 

Send all subscriptions and communications to the editor. 

MILTON COOK, Editor; 1138 East 12th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. 

KEITH BAILEY, Assistant Editor, 541 East Main Street, Bradford, OH 48308. 

DENNIS ST JOHN. Associate Editor: 21397-B50. Bryan, OH 43506. 

KEVIN FUNK. Associate Editor; 24107 N Avenue, Dallas Center, IA 50063. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



of its preservative, antiseptic 
and seasoning qualities. Could 
one imagine our present world 
if there had not been in the 
past and continuing today the 
preserving influence of Chris- 
tians? Without the philanthropy, 
morality and uplifting nature of 
Christianity, this world would be 
an even worse place to be in 
than it is. 

When salt is used to ac- 
complish its several purposes, 
it is an outside agent. It is 
applied to the meat needing 
to be preserved, it is applied 
to the wound, that it might be 
cleansed of germs, it is sprin- 
kled on the food that needs 
to have enhanced flavor. For 
Christians to fulfill their calling of 
being the salt of the earth, they 
need to be applied as outside 
agents, Salt has to be outside 
the meat, wound or food to be 
effective. The meat will rot, 
the wound will fester, and the 
food will be biand, without the 
outside application. Christians 
must be the outside application 
to this world. If they are part 
of the meat, wound or food, 
they cannot affect those things 
because they are a part of it. 
When Christians desire to be 
like the surrounding scene they 
wish to improve, they cannot be 



effective because they are part 
of the problem not the solution. 

The salt must be identifiable 
to be effective. Salty Christians 
must not only be outwardly 
identifiable but they must be 
in tune with Holy Spirit of God. 
The inner man cannot be a part 
of this world's system. 

To be valuable, the salt of 
the earth cannot be stored away 
in a container. The use of salt 
illustrates James 1 concept of 
faith being shown through the 
work it motivates. Faith should 
motivate each Christian life. A 
Christian must have a founda- 
tion of belief and trust for that 
faith to have any outside influ- 
ence. Faith not only is shown by 
the works it performs, but that 
very faith may wither and die if it 
does not produce works. Those 
works enable that faith to grow 
and do even mightier things. 

The Christian who desires 
to be the salt of the earth must 
be sure of his faith, his founda- 
tional doctrines and have the 
right motives before he can 
spread that salt. If there is no 
connection between being a 
child of God and being salty, 
then there will be no salt to in- 
fluence situations that are hap- 
pening around us. We must be 
outside agents who can deliver 



BIBLE MONITOR 



the true salt of the Christian 
message. 

The days of the Roman 
Empire were spiritually dark, 
but the disciples and others, 
who labored with them, were 
the very salt of the earth for that 
age. Today's world is about as 
spiritually dark as that long-ago 
age. Today we must be the salt 
of the earth. We must have the 
lifestyle, the Good News, and 
the determination to bestow 



real salt on this earth. Without 
salty Christians, this world will 
continue to become even more 
corrupted and as the preserving 

influence lessens, it will slide 
into the time of God's final judg- 
ment. 

Are you a salty Christian 
with a message to those near 
you, who need the activity of 
pure, unadulterated salt? 

M. C. Cook 



SUNDAY'S A COMIN' 



Sunday, the best of seven 
- not the cornerstone - but 
certainly the capstone. Work for 
hire five days and then clean, 
and mow, and bake, and tidy 
on Saturday. All served in an- 
ticipation of Sunday. For a child 
of God, the day marks public 
worship, family gatherings and 
often special foods served with 
the best dishes and company 
manners. Nurses and firemen 
are obliged to show up for 
Sunday work, but for most it is 
a day set aside. 

Sunday is akin to a mini 
vacation every seven days. 
God has prepared a millen- 
nial Sunday, and it is coming. 
It will be one perfect day, with 
thrones instead of footstools, 



rest for the weary, pleasures for 
evermore, no troubling thieves, 
swords metamorphosed into 
plow shares, and the quiet 
feeding of wolf and the lamb 
together. 

God created evening and 
morning and the twenty-four 
hour day. What would hap- 
pen if we took "poetic license" 
and condensed one thousand 
years into one day? In a Psalm 
authored by Moses, are these 
words, Tor a thousand years in 
thy sight are but as yesterday 
when it is past, and as a watch 
in the night." 

Peter said, "But, beloved, 
be not ignorant of this one 
thing, that one day is with the 
Lord as a thousand years, and 



BIBLE MONITOR 



a thousand years as one day." 
(II Peter 3:8) 

We have behind us a six 
thousand year history. The 
angeis could narrate this story 
because you see, angels do not 
die. The angels that are here to- 
day were present at creation. It 
will not take long to tell because 
it is just six days. 

Unlike the angels, prophets 
were servants of God called 
to duty in visions and dreams. 
They also lived within a time 
frame and were a continuous, 
visible presence. Subject to ridi- 
cule, uncanny object lessons, 
and miry pits, the prophets were 
not beloved. 

Not so with angels. Their 
presence elicits veneration 
and awe. And a "please won't 
you stay longer and explain 
yourself feeling. Here an angel, 
there an angel, and then they 
are gone from man's earthly 
vision. 

Gabriel and Michael and all 
the unnamed hosts watched as 
God fashioned the world upon 
the pillars of the earth. They 
marveled as He measured 
the waters in the hollow of His 
hand, and meted out heaven 
with the span, and compre- 
hended the dust of the earth in 
a measure, and weighed the 



mountains in scales, and the 
hills in a balance. 

Angels served as a desert 
comforter to Hagar, a last min- 
ute reprieve to Abraham with 
sword in position for a human 
sacrifice, and the global po- 
sitioning system for Eliezer in 
search of Isaac's wife and for 
the multitude as they mean- 
dered in the wilderness. It could 
have been the same angel that 
sat under an oak tree to call 
Gideon to his military respon- 
sibilities and away from his 
threshing of wheat. Samson's 
mother was visited by an angel 
to announce his birth. An angel 
prepared cakes and drink (I 
Kings 19:6) for the hungry, but 
destroyed food set out for his 
personal pleasure with a burn- 
ing, devouring smoke. Angels 
announced a manger birth and 
puzzled at His redemption plan. 
We'll start this story with 
Monday. The exact timing 
for the next six days may be 
hedged a little because not all 
historians are in agreement. 
God holds the key to all past, 
present and future events. The 
unfolding story is from the clues 
He has revealed. The interpre- 
tation might be a little fuzzy, but 
it is fun to analyze. Suppose 
along with me. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



+ * * * 



As dusk is closing in this 
Monday: it has been a most 
amazing twenty-four hours. 
In less than nine minutes (re- 
member our balanced equa- 
tion of 1000 years = 1 day) the 
Creator God stretched out the 
north over the empty place, and 
hung the earth on nothing. He 
garnished the heavens, and 
balanced the clouds and the 
angels danced when the morn- 
ing stars sang together. In them 
He set a tabernacle for the sun. 
By the word of the Lord were 
the heavens made; and all the 
host of them by the breath of 
His mouth. 

"And God said, Let us 
make man in our image, after 
our likeness. So God created 
man in His own image, in the 
image of God created He him;' 
He spake and it was done; he 
commanded, and it stood fast. 

What an interesting crea- 
ture this man who God named 
Adam! The day was still quite 
young when Adam and his 
bride wrangled with the serpent. 
One serving of forbidden fruit 
and life was forever changed. 
After the dust cleared here 
stands Adam and Eve outside 



the garden, thistles tossed into 
the landscape, and with a body 
that feels pain and can experi- 
ence death. He is no longer the 
dresser of a garden, but a tiller 
of the soil. 

Their climate, however 
is still quite ideal. The vapors 
are ascending from the ends 
of the earth and are watering 
the whole face of the ground. 
No thunderstorms here. And 
Adam and his issue have a life 
span of nearly 1000 years (all 
of Monday). Their bodies could 
not have had arthritis, cancer, 
and sciatica that have plagued 
those that live three score years 
and ten. 

Monday is closing on a 
very sad note as God sees the 
wickedness of man is great 
in the earth, and that every 
imagination of the thoughts of 
his heart is only evil continually. 
Monday is not a proud day for 
the progeny of Adam and Eve. 
The apple of His eye has cor- 
rupted his way upon the earth. 
A redeemer has been promised 
but He has not been made 
known this day. 

Sister Mary Sue Moss 
Dallas Center, IA 



BIBLE MONITOR 



FAILURE TO PASS ON THE FAITH 



"Nevertheless the Lord 
raised up judges, which deliv- 
ered them out of the hand of 
those that spoiled them. And 
yet they would not hearken 
unto their judges, but went a 
whoring after other gods, and 
bowed themselves unto them: 
they turned quickly out of the 
way which their fathers walked 
in, and obeying the command- 
ments of the Lord; but they did 
not so." Judges 2:16-17 

In spite of all that God had 
miraculously done for Israel 
they refused to pass on the 
True faith. We believe the same 
is true for the church in many 
instances today. We see at least 
four reasons for this. 

The first is a lack of urgency 
or, in other terms, complacen- 
cy. Some spend almost all of 
their time "feeding the sheep." 
They have no motivation to 
move outside the walls of the 
church with the Gospel. In the 
other extreme, the church is 
in competition with the world. 
The emphasis is on entertain- 
ment, church suppers and 
other likeminded things. Sin is 
either overlooked or excused. 
Many different translations of 
the Bible are used for worship 
causing confusion. 



The second reason is a lack 
of a solid foundation. In many 
churches today the Bible is 
taught to be nothing but myths 
and nice stories with moral 
value. The desire is to get rid of 
all tradition. Many are building 
"on sand" rather than "The Solid 
Rock, Christ Jesus." In many 
instances, "putting Jesus first" 
merely means never "count- 
ing the cost." What was once 
considered sin is now often 
the major theme for preaching. 
"Legalism" is the tag put on 
traditional taboos. Immodest 
dress is defined in a way that 
is useless. Many even teach 
that repentance is a work and 
is not necessary. Even many 
who practice believer's baptism 
make baptism to be salvation. 
Other conservatives make their 
type of dress their salvation. Of 
course, the opposite extreme is 
to forsake our forefathers teach- 
ing on baptism and dress. 

The third reason is lack 
of total acceptance. We have 
heard more than once of indi- 
viduals who visited a congre- 
gation and got a cold recep- 
tion. Within our fellowship total 
acceptance does not mean 
agreeing with everything that 
is practiced, it is allowing God 



8 



BIBLE MONITOR 



to be the judge and loving in 
the power of the Holy Spirit, i 
Corinthians 13:6, "(Charity or 
love) Rejoiceth not in iniquity, 
but rejoiceth in the truth." 

The final reason we find is 
rebellion. We are living in a "do- 
ing my own thing" society and 
the earthly church is following 
suit. The Bible says rebellion 
is as witchcraft. There is rebel- 
lion against church order. While 
church officials are not to be 
dictators, if they have no au- 
thority they are useless, in our 
humble opinion. The push today 
is for church growth. And this is 
right and good. But when num- 
bers become more important 
than obedience we are failing 
to pass on the faith. 

We have been mostly nega- 
tive thus far; we would now like 
to look at the positive side of 
passing on the faith. If we have 
something worthwhile sharing 
and it is based on Scripture, our 
hearts should overflow with the 
desire to share it with others. 

The world is in need of 
Truth. I do not have to remind 
you of the major problem of 
drugs, alcohol and tobacco. I 
love the oft repeated account 
of the individual who got saved 
and said, "I don't know if the 
water Jesus turned into wine 



was alcoholic or not, but he 
did a real miracle in my life, he 
turned alcohol into food and 
clothing for my family." Foreign 
missions are needed, in my 
opinion, but there is much mis- 
sion work to be done here in 
America. Hatred and prejudices 
would cease to exist among 
believers if individuals actually 
got right with God. We believe 
this would eventually have an 
impact on the world. But we 
must be careful we do not fall 
into the trap of Christianizing 
society 

We cannot worship our 
forefathers and must recognize 
their humanity which means 
they were subject to error. But 
we should check their spiritual 
applications to see if what they 
taught applies. We should nev- 
er be ashamed to stand for the 
head covering. The ridiculous 
interpretations for I Corinthians 
11 popular today are pathetic. 
The Bible has not changed its 
mind on women in leadership. 

We are aware of a denomi- 
nation that changed almost ev- 
erything they believed as far as 
tradition to grow and now they 
are only very few in number. 
"Change genders growth" is a 
lie from Satan. Even if it produc- 
es a congregation of thousands 



BIBLE MONITOR 



if the Truth is not upheld it is not 
really a place of worship. Satan 
and his demons are not worried 
about church growth if the true 
Holy Spirit work is not present. 
Another problem is often denial 
of satanic reality. 

Let us not be guilty of failure 



to pass on the Faith. May Jesus 
Christ be the ultimate in our 
worship and the Holy Spirit be 
our guide. 

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



A STICK BECOMES A SNAKE 

Rudy Cover 
Exodus 4:1-17 



Do you believe that an old 
stick of wood could become a 
living snake that could crawl on 
the ground? It sounds impos- 
sible, doesn't it? But with God 
all things are possible. God 
can do anything! Moses had a 
stick, or a rod, in his hand that 
he used to count sheep. God 
said to Moses, "What is that in 
your hand?" And Moses said, 
"A rod." God said, "Cast it on 
the ground." Moses did and 
what do you think happened? 
The rod became a serpent - a 
snake and it chased Moses so 
that he ran away from it. The 
Lord told Moses to catch it by 
the tail. Moses did; and as soon 
as he took hold of the snake, it 
became a rod again. 

God also told Moses to 
put his hand into his bosom or 
chest, inside his coat. Moses 



did and when he took his hand 
out, it was leprous. Leprosy 
was a disease that was incur- 
able at that time and I wonder 
what Moses thought. But God 
toid Moses to put his hand back 
again and when he took it out 
the second time, it was just 
like his other hand. There was 
no sign of leprosy on it. I can 
imagine how surprised Moses 
was, can't you? 

Then God told Moses that 
he was to show the children of 
Israel these signs to prove to 
them that Moses had been sent 
by God. If they wouldn't believe 
after having seen these signs, 
Moses was to take water from 
the river and pour it upon dry 
land and the water would turn to 
blood in the sight of the people. 
By this time you would think 
Moses would do anything God 



10 



BIBLE MONITOR 



told him without any doubt but 
Moses said to the Lord, "O my 
Lord, I am of slow speech and of 
a slow tongue. Can't you send 
someone to speak to the people 
for me?" 

The anger of the Lord was 
kindled against Moses, and God 
said, "Who has made man's 
mouth? Is not Aaron, the Levite, 
thy brother? I know that he can 
speak well. 1 will be with thy 
mouth and with his mouth and 
will teach you what ye shall do. 
And he shall be your spokes- 
man unto the people." 

So Moses returned to Je- 
thro, his father-in-law, and said, 



"Let me go and return to my 
brethren which are in Egypt." 
Jethro said, "Go in peace." 

God can turn a piece of 
wood into a snake and do 
anything else He wants. When 
He calls us to do something 
we should be willing, and trust 
God to help and guide us. Even 
though we think we are not 
able to do what God asks; God 
can make us able. "We can 
do all things through Him who 
strengtheneth us." 

Selected from the 

August 1, 1975 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH 



Howard J. 

The Church that will be true 
to the New Testament teachings 
has a very important mission 
here on earth. Of the various 
aims of groups of individuals 
here on earth, none is so im- 
portant as that which deals with 
the future abode of the souls of 
human beings. We have a least 
seven definite commandments 
that our Lord and Savior gave 
to His church. 

I.John 4:35, "Behold, I say 
unto you, Lift up your eyes, and 
look on the fields; for they are 



Surbey 

white already to harvest." The 
church needs to realize and 
plan how to fulfill the needs 
of its members, in the light of 
the New Testament teachings. 
Prov. 11:14, "Where no counsel 
is, the people fall; but in the 
multitude of counselors there 
is safety." 

2. Matt. 9:37-38, 'Then 
saith he unto his disciples, the 
harvest truly is plenteous, but 
the labourers are few; pray ye 
therefore the Lord of the har- 
vest, that he will send forth la- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



11 



bourers into his harvest." Jesus 
had just finished going through 
the cities and villages preach- 
ing the gospel and when He 
saw the multitude, He gave this 
commandment to His disciples. 
We might well refer to 
prayer as the key that unlocks 
God's storehouse of tools and 
instructions for His followers to 
properly carry out His will. Our 
Lord and Master continually 
resorted to prayer for strength, 
encouragement and directions 
to overcome the burdens and 
problems of this life. If the 
churches of the land would 
more fully follow Christ's ex- 
ample of prayer, many of their 
problems would be solved and 
they would have much more 
power in the world. 

3. Mark 16:15, "And he 
said unto them, Go ye into the 
world..." This takes in so much 
territory that the church has a 
great task to perform. An or- 
ganized effort with the help, in 
one way or another of each in- 
dividual member, is necessary 
for the church to come anyways 
near fulfilling this command, 
whenever and wherever the 
Lord opens the way, whether 
in the city, town, rural district or 
individual soul. 

4. Mark 16:15, "...and 



preach the gospel to every crea- 
ture." The gospel contains the 
glad tidings of salvation. Some- 
one is needed to declare and 
publish it to all people. There 
are various age groups, various 
levels of financial means, vari- 
ous races of people and various 
degrees of sin or of faith in God. 
We are not to preach science, 
socialism, modernism or the 
way of the world but "Preach 
the Gospel.'' 

5. Matt. 28:20, "Teach- 
ing them to observe all things 
whatsoever I have commanded 
you." God's word contains a 
number of doctrines or fun- 
damental principles which we 
must believe and be guided by 
in order to serve Him. We must 
submit to God's will and serve 
Him. We must come out from 
among the world and serve God 
according to His plans regard- 
less of what those with whom 
we live or associate with, do, 
say, or think. 

God is a God of love and His 
followers: love Him, love each 
other, and love those with whom 
they associate to the extent that 
they are concerned about them. 
Christ and the Apostles have in- 
stituted a number of ordinances 
for the good of the followers of 
God and His people will make 



12 



BiBLE MONITOR 



provisions to fully carry out all 
these ordinances as often as 
needed for their own good. 

6. Luke 6:39, "Give, and it 
shall be given unto you; good 
measure, pressed down, and 
shaken together, and running 
over, shall men give into your 
bosom. For with the same mea- 
sure that we mete withal it shall 
be measured to you again." 
Matt. 10:8, "Freely ye have re- 
ceived, freely give. ! ' Acts 20:35, 
"It is more blessed to give than 
to receive." These teachings 
are different from the natural 
inclinations of human nature 
just as nearly all the instruc- 
tions to the church are. Why? 
The church members are not a 
part of the desires and aims of 
this world but are in a different 
kingdom and have a different 
aim and purpose in life. 

We need to feed and clothe 
the needy, shelter and care 
for the homeless, advance 
the cause and purpose of the 
church along all lines that He 
has instructed it. Whether we 
do this personally or by helping 
someone else, who does do it 
personally, does not matter as 
long as we do it according to our 
ability and our opportunity. 



7. Acts 1:8, "Ye shall be 
witnesses unto me both in Jeru- 
salem, and in all Judea, and in 
Samaria, and unto the uttermost 
part of the earth." "Ye shall be 
witnesses." His followers, all 
who acknowledge Him as their 
Lord and Savior, not just ought 
to be, but should be; in other 
words if we are not His wit- 
nesses we are not His followers. 

Witnesses not of the world, 
of someone we like, no not even 
of ourselves, but witnesses of 
Christ. If someone asked you 
to tell them how to be a witness 
for Christ, just what would your 
answer be? What should His 
witnesses do, what should they 
say, where should they go, and 
what should they think about? 

Witnesses "in Jerusalem" at 
and round home. "In all Judea" 
in the surrounding country. "In 
Samaria" at despised and un- 
popular places perhaps even 
some distance from home. Also 
among all nations. Let us aim to 
witness in all the doctrines and 
teachings of Christ, in a blame- 
less manner and at all times. 

Selected from the 

July 15, 1950 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



BIBLE MONITOR 



13 



OBEDIENCE 



Wm. 

Heb. 5:58, "Christ glorified 
not himself to be made an high 
priest. Though he was a Son, 
yet learned he obedience by the 
things which he suffered. Being 
made perfect he became the 
author of eternal salvation, unto 
all them that obey him. 1 ' 

Jer. 7:23, "Obey my voice 
and I will be your God, and ye 
shall be my people." 

Isa. 1:19, 'if ye be willing and 
obedient, ye shall eat the good 
of the land." 

Obedience is one of the 
fundamental principles of the 
Christian religion taught by Je- 
sus Christ, his disciples and the 
early church. Jesus taught by 
precept and example. He was 
obedient to his Father in heaven, 
and suffered the death on the 
cross, to complete the plan of 
salvation. In order to be obedient 
to the Father, and to love and 
save fallen humanity, to redeem 
them and bring them back into a 
relationship with God the Father 
and the Son; it was necessary for 
the Son to make this sacrifice. 
He willingly made the sacrifice. 
By obedience to the Father, he 
was made perfect and became 
the author of eternai salvation, 
and overcame death, hell, and 



Kinsfey 

the grave, and is seated at the 
right hand of the Father. 

I Cor. 15:20,22-23, "Now is 
Christ risen from the dead, and 
become the firstfruits of them 
that slept. For as in Adam all 
die, even so in Christ shall all be 
made alive. Christ the firstfruits; 
afterward they that are Christ's at 
his coming." Will there be grace 
without obedience? The Son of 
God the Lord Jesus Christ, is 
become the Lord of lords and 
King of kings, and is given all 
power in heaven and on earth. 
He is also a High Priest to them 
that obey him. 

Faith, love and obedience 
are the fundamental principles 
of salvation. It was through the 
iove and grace of God that the 
offered terms of redemption and 
salvation could reach fallen men. 
To give us the opportunity to be 
reinstated in favor and fellowship 
by the Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ; as he prescribes in his 
saving gospel he brought from 
heaven. 

John 14:15, "If ye love me, 
keep my commandments." It is 
impossible that we can prove 
we love Him, by disobeying his 
commandments? Can we prove 
that we love God and the Lord 



14 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Jesus Christ if we get offended 
at his words? Can we show or 
prove that we love him, if we are 
not willing to obey the gospel He 
has brought from heaven? That 
which He delivered to men and 
was received by His disciples, 
taught and practiced by them, by 
the early church and is handed 
down to us? We sing "We Love 
Thy Church O Lord," and also 
"I Love Jesus, ,: is this only from 
our lips and not from the heart? 
1 John 4:11, 20-21, "Beloved, if 
God so loved us, we ought also 
to love one another. 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? This 
commandment have we from 
him, that he who loveth God, 
love his brother also." 

Phil. 2:5, 7-12, "Let this mind 
be in you, which was also in 
Christ Jesus. He made himself 
of no reputation, and took upon 
him the form of a servant, and 
was made in the likeness of 
men. ..He humbled himself, and 
became obedient unto death, 
even the death on the cross. 
Wherefore God also hath highly 
exalted him, and given him a 
name which is above every 
name. That at the name of Je- 



sus every knee should bow... 
and that every tongue should 
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord 
to the glory of God the Father. 
Wherefore, my beloved as ye 
have always obeyed, not in my 
presence only, but how much 
more in my absence, work out 
your own salvation with fear and 
trembling." 

I Peter 1 :22, "Seeing ye have 
purified your souls in obeying 
the truth through the Spirit unto 
unfeigned love of the brethren." 
Verse 14, "As obedient children 
not fashioning yourselves ac- 
cording to the former lusts in 
your ignorance." II Cor. 2:9, "For 
to this end also did I (Paul) write, 
that I might know the proof of 
you, whether ye be obedient in 
all things." Bring into captivity 
every thought to the obedience 
of Christ. Rom. 5:19, "For as by 
one man's disobedience, many 
were made sinners, so by the 
obedience of one shall many be 
made righteous." 

Romans 16:18, "Know ye 
not, that to whom ye yield your- 
selves servants to obey, his 
servant ye are to whom ye obey; 
whether of sin unto death, or of 
obedience unto righteousness? 
But God be thanked, that ye 
have obeyed from the heart, 
that form of doctrine which was 



BIBLE MONITOR 



15 



delivered you. Being made free 
from sin, ye became the servants 
of righteousness." So if we have 
enlisted for King Emanuel or 
into the kingdom of Christ, we 
become His servants as long 
as He permits us to live on this 
earth. We are not our own for we 
were bought with a price. 

We have named or con- 
fessed the Lord Jesus Christ 
and have confessed before Him 
and many witnesses: that we 
believe He brought from heaven 
a saving gospel, that we will- 
ingly renounce Satan in all his 
pernicious ways and all the sinful 
pleasures of the world, and that 
we would labor to this end faithful 
unto death. This may not be our 
exact words, but this is implied in 
meaning. This means a life time 
service. We were not drafted into 
this service, but we hope we will- 
ingly volunteered. This service 
should bring joy to our heart and 
soul, and not be a burden. We 
should aim not to offend, but to 
love, to obey and willing to sac- 
rifice for His cause and kingdom 
on this earth. If we could have 
this in mind as the Apostle Paul 
tried to bear in mind, Acts 24: 1 6, 
"Herein do I exercise myself, 
to have always a conscience 
void of offence toward God, and 
toward men." Disobedience is 



an act of offence, whether it be 
children to their parents, wife to 
her husband, husband to his wife 
or either one to the church or to 
Christ the Lord. It becomes our 
duty to bring every evil thought 
to the obedience of Christ. I am 
determined to oppose all dis- 
obedience, till your obedience 
is fulfilled. 

Deut. 11:26-28, "Behold, I 
set before you this day a bless- 
ing and a curse; a blessing, if ye 
obey the commandments of the 
Lord your God, which I command 
you this day. And a curse, if ye 
will not obey." I Sam. 1 5:22, "Be- 
hold, to obey is better than sacri- 
fice, and to hearken than the fat 
of rams." For the Lord seeth not 
as man seeth: For man looketh 
on the outward appearance, but 
the Lord looketh on the heart. If 
we are obedient to the Lord we 
will take heed to his voice or call. 
I Chron. 29:5, "Who then is 
willing to consecrate his service 
this day to the Lord." I Chron. 
28:9, "Know thou the God of 
thy Father, and serve him with a 
perfect heart and with a willing 
mind." The Lord searches all 
hearts and understandeth all the 
thoughts. 

Acts 9:5, "Saul said who art 
thou, Lord? I am Jesus whom 
thou persecutest;...Lord what 



16 BIBLE MONITOR 



wilt thou have me to do?" This was required of Saul or Paul, 
should be the mind of every soul. and he was willing to do it. He 
And the Lord saith unto him, "it continued in the service of the 
shall be told thee what thou must Lord till death, 
do." Saul wanted salvation. If we The word obedience means 
are of a stubborn, arbitrary na- to us: Submission, willing to 
ture or disposition, we can have perform what is required, corn- 
it so. We can have our choice pliance to divine law or com- 
and reap what we sow. But if we mandments, an act of reverence, 
want to have salvation, or to get abstaining from that which is 
in a saved condition, there are prohibited. To do that which duty 
things we must do. Something requires. 

May love, grace, and obedience 

Over all my powers preside, 
Direct my thoughts, suggest my words, 

And every action guide. 

Love is the fountain whence 

All true obedience flows; 
And we shall know in full 

When we surround His throne. 



Selected from the July 1 : 1950 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



THE ROYAL TELEPHONE 

Luke B. Bucher 
Central's never "busy/' always on the line; 
You may hear from Heaven almost any time. 
Tis a royal service, free for one and all — 
When you get in trouble give this royal line a call. 

Telephone to glory, oh what joy divine! 

I can feel the current moving on the line; 

Built by God the Father, for His loved and own — 

We may talk to Jesus through this royal telephone. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



17 



In this poem by F. M. Lehm- 
an, prayer is described as a royal 
telephone which is provided by 
God for the Christian. Prayer is 
communion with God our Heav- 
enly Father through Jesus Christ 
the Son, who is our intercessor 
and mediator. We don't go to 
a doctor, tell him our ailments, 
and then leave. We wait for an 
answer, listen to his instructions, 
and accept his medicine. Just so, 
prayer is not a one-sided conver- 
sation. We speak to God, and He 
speaks to us. For the born-again 
child of God, prayer is as vital to 
his spiritual life as breathing is to 
his physical life. 

In the paragraphs which fol- 
low, note the three basic instruc- 
tions for developing our prayer 
life: 

1. WE ARE TO BE IN THE 
SPIRIT OF PRAYER 

In Romans 1:9 Paul says, 
"For God is my witness, whom I 
serve with my spirit in the gospel 
of his Son, that without ceasing 
I make mention of you always 
in my prayers." How can one be 
in the spirit of prayer while living 
in a world of strife and turmoil? 
Notice that Paul says he is serv- 
ing the Gospel of Jesus Christ 
with his spirit. In other words, it 
is his primary aim in life to serve 
God and Jesus Christ. Paul was 



gloriously saved from his past 
life of sin, and now the impelling 
force of his life is to serve Jesus 
Christ with his spirit, soul, and 
mind. The things that were hap- 
pening round about him were 
insignificant now that he was a 
servant of Christ. 

Again, Paul writes in Ro- 
mans 8:5, Tor they that are after 
the flesh do mind the things of 
the flesh: but they that are after 
the Spirit the things of the Spirit." 
The Christian must answer the 
question, "Whom am I serving?" 
If our minds are filled with the 
material things of life - how to 
make money and how to make 
a better impression on people - 
then we are minding the things 
of the flesh, and it will be almost 
impossible to be in the spirit of 
prayer. Any Christian who does 
not have time to get alone each 
day in prayer to God, is busier 
than God ever intended him to 
be. Being in the spirit of prayer 
cails for feeling the need of 
prayer. Prayer is the Christian's 
vital breath. Because of failure in 
their prayer life, many professing 
Christians are dying spiritually, 
and the devil keeps them from 
realizing it. The devil tries to 
keep us so busy that we hardly 
think of prayer during the day. 
Praying for a weak Christian or a 



18 



BIBLE MONITOR 



backsliding church member can 
easily be neglected if we are not 
in the spirit of prayer. Then Satan 
sees to it that we are so tired at 
night that even if we do take a 
few minutes to talk with God, our 
prayers prove to be routine and 
almost meaningless. 

But why do we need to pray 
when the Bible says in Matthew 
6:8, "For your Father knoweth 
what things ye have need of, 
before ye ask htm"? It is true that 
God knows what we need. He is 
a loving Father and intends that 
we should have what is good 
for us. But while we as parents 
should know what our children 
want and what is best for them, 
we appreciate when they come 
to us and ask forthings. We love 
to converse with them about their 
desires and to hear them say, 
'Thank you." 

Another reason God expects 
us to pray is that people need to 
see a connecting link between 
a specific event and God. When 
the Lord sent the ten plagues 
upon Egypt, He could have sent 
the judgments without Moses' 
making a move : but in each 
case except the last (the death 
of the firstborn), God had Moses 
stretch out his hand or his rod 
so that Pharaoh would connect 
the plagues with the Children of 



Israel. When Jesus stood before 
the grave of Lazarus, He prayed, 
"Father, I thank thee that thou 
has heard me. And I knew that 
thou hearest me always, but 
because of the people which 
stand by I said it, that they may 
believe that thou hast sent me" 
(John 11:41-42). Prayer is the 
connecting link between the 
event and God. The Lord could 
convert sinners, heal the sick, 
and provide food - all without our 
praying - but when we pray and 
see the answer, our relationship 
with Him is strengthened. 

To be in the right spirit of 
prayer we need to be humble 
and to be conscious of our de- 
fects and shortcomings. When 
praying, we do not give God 
instructions; we just report for 
duty. Churches and individuals 
grow only in proportion to the 
time they spend on their knees 
in their secret closets. And God 
is not interested in nice sound- 
ing phrases. He wants fervency 
rather than fluency. He wants 
us to talk to Him in words that 
come naturally to us, just as a 
child will talk to a parent. Once, 
in a church service, the minister 
prayed in a very loud voice. A 
child in the audience whispered 
to his mother, "If he would get a 
little closer to God he wouldn't 



BIBLE MONITOR 



19 



have to pray so loud, would 

he?" Our prayers should be 

addressed to God, not to the 

congregation. 

2. WE ARE TO BE STEADFAST 

IN OUR PRAYING 

To be "steadfast" means 
to be settled, established, con- 
stant, not changing. Romans 
12:12 reads, "Continuing instant 
in prayer." To be steadfast in 
prayer means that praying will 
be an established routine in our 
daily lives, the same as our daily 
meals. Yet prayer should not be- 
come a mere habit; we will pray 
in order to take advantage of the 
privilege of talking with our dear- 
est friend, our Heavenly Father. 

Born-again Christians will 
begin and end every day with 
prayer. There will also be prayer 
with the whole family around the 
family altar, and many times dur- 
ing the day, the Christian will find 
occasion to talk with his Lord. A 
noted Bible teacher gives five 
reasons for praying aloud in pri- 
vate prayers: 1 ) It guards your 
thoughts from wandering. 2) It 
keeps you from getting drowsy. 

3) It helps to make you aware 
that you are talking to someone. 

4) It aids in forming an orderly 
and meaningful prayer. 5) It helps 
to avoid repetition. The important 
thing is that we contact God and 



talk with Him when we pray. 

When we have faith and 
are obedient to God and pray 
according to His will, we can con- 
fidently expect answers to our 
prayers. 'Why then," you ask, 
"are some prayers seemingly not 
answered?" Perhaps because 
we do not persevere in prayer. 
Luke 18:1 says, "And (Jesus) 
spake a parable unto them. . .that 
men ought always to pray and 
not to faint." No temptation with 
respect to prayer is more com- 
mon than failure to persevere. 
We resolve to pray for a certain 
thing; we present our petitions 
for a day, a week, a month, or a 
year; and then receiving as yet 
no definite answer, we become 
discouraged and cease praying 
for that particular matter. But we 
should form the habit of finishing 
what we begin. A certain man 
prayed for 31 years for the con- 
version of an unsaved person. 
Two years after the death of the 
one who had diligently prayed, 
the man accepted Christ and 
testified that it was the prayers 
of this concerned Christian that 
made him hear the call. How 
preserving are we in praying 
for lost souls? We should make 
a prayer-list and use it as a re- 
minder to pray regularly for these 
people. 



20 



BIBLE MONITOR 



In Daniel 6 we find a great 
example of faithfulness in prayer. 
Even when he knew it might cost 
him his life, he kneeled upon his 
knees three times a day as he 
had done before, and his bold- 
ness gave him the opportunity to 
witness for the Lord. Do we have 
the courage to bow our heads in 
a public place and pray, as our 
conscience tells us to? 
3. WE ARE TO BE EARNEST 
IN OUR PRAYERS 

The word "earnest" means 
sincere and deeply con- 
cerned. Colossians 4:12 says, 
'Epaphras,. . .a servant of Christ, 
saluteth you, always laboring 
fervently for you in prayers, that 
ye may stand perfect and com- 
plete in all the will of God." Do we 
have concern such as this for our 
fellow Christians? In order to be 
effectual and earnest in prayer, 
we must walk in holiness before 
God, living lives that will com- 
mend our prayers to Him. People 
who live unclean and ungodly 
lives have no promise that God 
will hear their prayers. Psalm 
66:18 says, "If I regard iniquity in 
my heart, the Lord will not hear 
me." The only prayer from a sin- 
ner that Jesus promised to an- 
swer is the prayer of repentance 
and the plea forforgiveness. We 
can pray with confidence only 



when our prayers are supported 
by a godly, obedient, penitent 
life. 

To be earnest in our prayers 
we must pray without hatred 
or malice. God will not honor a 
prayer from a revengeful spirit. 
We are to love our enemies and 
pray for those who persecute us. 
Human and divine forgiveness 
go hand in hand. Jesus stressed 
this repeatedly, and the Lord's 
Prayer includes this two-way 
forgiveness. 

To pray in earnest, we must 
believe that God will answer. 
Doubts would only cause our 
prayers to fall wingless to the 
ground. Jesus said, "What 
things soever ye desire, when 
ye pray, believe that ye receive 
them, and ye shall have them" 
(Mark 11:24). If we ask in faith 
for things according to His will 
- and we can know His will 
through His holy Word - He has 
promised to give them to us. But 
we must pray earnestly, persis- 
tently. A mother once lamented 
to an evangelist that her son 
was not saved. The evangelist 
replied, "Mother, have you ever 
tired spending a whole night in 
prayer?" The mother prayed ear- 
nestly all that night, and the next 
evening during the invitation her 
son was gloriously saved. When 



BIBLE MONITOR 



21 



King Hezekiah wept and prayed, 
the Lord healed him and added 
fifteen years to his life. 

How is it in your prayer life? 
Is your prayer life powerless 
because of some besetting sin? 
Is your prayer life being hindered 
by neglect of Bible study? Is 
your prayer life fruitful? Do you 
have definite answers to prayer? 
Is your prayer life restricted to 
short seasons, or do you pray 
frequently (without ceasing)? 
Do you love to pray, or is prayer 
a duty rather than a delight? 
Has your prayer life been grow- 
ing? Do you know more of the 
power of prayer as the years 
go by? Has your prayer life cost 



you something in terms of time, 
strength, and love? 

Has Satan crossed the wires 
of your telephone? God is al- 
ways ready to help you remove 
the obstructions. I believe that 
prayer is the world's greatest 
untapped source of power! Don't 
fail to talk to Jesus on the Royal 
Telephone. 

Wore: Additional copies of 
this tract sent free on request. 
Ask for our sample packet of 
Bible Helps. 

Bible Helps 
P.O Box 391 
Hanover, PA 17331 
Selected by Harold Miller 



CHRISTIANITY VERSES WAR 

John Roop 



CAMP LEE, VIRGINIA 

In the Medical Department 

"Regardless of our refusal 
to enter military service we 
were assigned to the Medical 
Department and placed under 
new commanders, who at once 
set in to get us into service. First 
by convincing us from a Bibli- 
cal point of view that we were 
wrong. But soon admitted that 
we had the better or only side 
of the argument. 

"On Wednesday afternoon 



they called us out and tried 
in vain to get us to dig drain 
ditches. Later they took all out 
except the cooks over near the 
hospital where Captain Cabb 
our commander took a spade 
and commanded each one (in 
the presence of higher officials) 
to go to work. Each one courte- 
ously refused. Whereupon they 
were taken over to the hospital 
wards, offered a mop and again 
commanded to go to work. 
Again each one courteously 



22 



BIBLE MONITOR 



refused. Then the third attempt 
was at the supply house where 
each one was commanded 
to take and wear the uniform. 
Again, the third time, each one 
courteously refused to obey the 
"lawful order of a command- 
ing officer/' and as they (the 
military men) interpreted the 
Headquarters letter subjected 
ourselves to court martial trial, 
which would inevitably sentence 
us to a term in the U. S. D. B. 
at Leavenworth. These three 
last attempts were made one 
forenoon. When the Captain 
ordered us put under arrest 
and guard, the highest officers 
reminded him that he couldn't 
place us under guard. So for a 
time we were left to ourselves 
except for an occasional inspec- 
tion. 

"Up until this time we had 
had Sunday school and preach- 
ing (by ministers of the orga- 
nization) every Sunday, Bible 
Classes every day and prayer 
meetings every evening, except 
when being transferred. 

"Our next home was in the 
25th Company's building on 
34th street but we were still 
under the command of medi- 
cal men. We were placed in 
with a bunch of soldiers and 
were known as Camp Sanitary 



Detachment. When the men 
were preparing to go overseas 
they were quarantined and very 
ciosely guarded, and of course 
we with them. 

It was here that we saw and 
heard of more persecution than 
at any other place, 

"Some had the uniforms 
forced on them. One Menno- 
nite brother from Pennsylvania 
received a blow over the head 
that required several stitches. 
Quite a few were in various 
guard houses and more yet 
in the stockade. One brother 
completely lost his mind, and in 
such a condition was kicked and 
cuffed around by these cruel 
men. 

"Our commanding officer, 
Lieutenant Cramblet being 
only a second lieutenant could 
do nothing except appeal to 
the camp commander to have 
all conscientious objectors put 
under his absolute control. He 
succeeded in this. 

"The climax of persecution 
was reached here one morning 
in May. Some, over a dozen 
(mostly Brethren) were taken 
out and hiked in a rain, for four 
miles out into the country and 
back, then put through the most 
severe drills, changing shift of 
corporals every now and then, 



BIBLE MONITOR 



23 



who would knock and kick and 
curse them in a most unbeliev- 
able manner. 

"This was kept up through- 
out the entire hot day. Three of 
the number were unconscious 
from exhaustion, and brought 
into the building where our boys 
did all that could be done for 
them. The others were rushed 
into the bath house and cold 
water turned on them full force, 
where they were kept for some 
time, before allowing them to 
come into the barracks. We did 
all we could for their comfort and 
then got busy firing telegrams 
to Secretary Baker, President 
Wilson, and the various reli- 
gious committees. Failing to get 
telegrams through, special de- 
livery letters were sent instead. 
We were under strict quarantine 
but we got the news out through 
some sisters, and wives of 
some of the Brethren. 

: 'At the same time many 
others were being sent to guard 
houses and the stockade and 
placed on a diet of bread and 
water without any bed whatever. 
One Old Order Brother had his 
hair clipped close, as an insult 
to his religion and was sent to 
the stockade. He was as near 
a perfect Christian man as ever 
was too... Another brother from 



Pennsylvania said to me with 
tears in his eyes, The thing that 
hurt me so bad, was when they 
would hit me on the back of the 
head so hard I could hardly stay 
on my feet, and then curse and 
say, 'now pray to your Christ and 
see if he will save you.'" I'll never 
forget these words from a fellow 
prisoner. 

"While here, it was once 
officially announced that we 
should be transferred to Fort 
Leavenworth, Kansas. A few 
accepted service on account of 
this announcement. It was here 
too that we were called before 
the Board of Inquiry, consisting 
of Major Stoddard - Judge Ad- 
vocate's office - Judge Julian 
Mack of the 12th Federal Court 
and Dean Stone from Columbia 
University Law School. They 
seemed to be very nice men. 

; 'As a result of the report of 
the persecution above men- 
tioned, we were transferred to 
tents over on the hill not far from 
headquarters but outside of the 
main camp. Concerning con- 
scientious objectors under the 
command of Lieutenant Crarn- 
blet, and Lieutenant Spaide an 
investigation from Washington, 
was made which lasted 30 days 
and resulted in the court martial 
of one of the officers who had 



24 



BIBLE MONITOR 



direct charge of the persecu- 
tion. 

In Tents. June to August. 
Gospel Hill 

Here our mail was cen- 
sored. Here we soon became 
widely known throughout camp 
as 'Gospel Hill, 1 where we won 
a good reputation as is seen 
from the following clipping from 
the The Bayonet,' a newspaper 
published in camp, and written 
by military men: "While con- 
scientious objectors to military 
service were hooted at and 
ridiculed throughout the United 
States when the country was 
at war with Germany Camp 
Lee takes a peculiar pride in a 
detachment of such men that 
are now encamped here." 

"During the summer 167 
of the men were given farm 
furloughs to work on farms 
in various parts of this and 
other states, and after they had 
served three months in these 
places their furloughs were ex- 
tended for six months longer at 
the insistence of the farmers by 
whom they were employed. 

'The Camp Lee objectors 
have been the wonder of the 
War Department. Their patriotic 
conduct and prompt response 
to military discipline attracted 
the attention of Third Assistant 



Secretary of War Keppel. and 
he recently came here to visit 
them and talk with them. A num- 
ber of congressmen also have 
come over from Washington to 
visit them. 

The objectors are now quar- 
tered in barracks as a protection 
against the vagaries of winter, 
but previous to November 14 
they camped in tents on a hill 
near Thirtieth Street. This set- 
tlement was called "Gospel Hill" 
and services were held there 
all during the summer. Arbors 
were built and other improve- 
ments made with the result that 
"Gospel Hill" became one of the 
most attractive spots in camp. 
"The men now hold religious 
services in their barracks every 
night, and there is a different 
leader for each service. During 
the time that they are not re- 
quired for duty in day they read 
the Bible and pray. They have 
no drills, and aside from their 
daily hikes, which cover from 
ten to fifteen miles, they do only 
fatigue. 

"Of all the conscientious 
objectors who have been re- 
ceived at this camp, only five 
have been sentenced by court 
martial. Three of these were 
colored. 

Our number increased to 






BIBLE MONITOR 



25 



over 200, of about 18 different 
religious sects. From here we 
were furloughed on farms. A 
happy bunch of boys we were 
too when we knew for a fact that 
we were going out on farms. 
While here on 'Gospel Hill' we 
conducted religious services 
every day and Sunday school 
on Sunday under a large tree 
at one end of our Tent Village. 
Here too we were honored 
by a visit from Washington of- 
ficials. Brother Henry visited us 
here and afterward, seemed 
more convinced that we were 
realiy standing firm for Christ 
and the church against carnal 
warfare. We were greatly en- 
couraged and strengthened es- 
pecially while living an outdoor 
life on Gospel Hill, 
"Furloughed on Farms" 

When we received our 
furloughs an officer came with 
us to Petersburg and told us 
that they, the War Department 
expected us to give the farmer a 
square deal and if we didn't get 
one let them know. He also told 
us that we were out from under 
military control except for them 
to call us back at the expiration 
of our furloughs. The farmer we 
worked for paid us as he would 
any hired hand. 

"Most of us found good 



homes and very little opposi- 
tion around where we worked. 
Our first furlough covered from 
July 1st to August 1st, was 
then extended from August 1st 
to September 1st. Then for six 
months longer. About the middle 
of December I returned for dis- 
charge but due to an influenza 
epidemic did not get to leave till 
February 6, 1919. 

"The conscientious objec- 
tors were second to be dis- 
charged, received full pay, al- 
lotments, and a Conscientious 
Objector's Discharge and were 
given reduced railroad rates to 
their homes. 

"We feel that our experi- 
ences have been very beneficial 
to us - and hope that we may in 
some way help others by what 
we have learned." 

The question is asked. Why 
are you a conscientious objec- 
tor? In short (1 ) The Law of God 
forbids Carnal War. Matthew 
5-6-7, Sermon on the Mount. 
John 18:36 and others. (2) The 
Law of the Land didn't require 
us to take part in the War. Cf. 
Captain Ball's Statement. (Co. 
D., 317 Inf.) - and Lieutenant 
Colonel Coffee's of 1 1 5th Depot 
Brigade, Camp Lee, Virginia. 
"Our orders are 'To respect Your 
Faith'. ' : 



26 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Again the question is asked 
"Why did you not accept non- 
combatant service?" 

(1 ) Because there is no such 
thing as Noncombatant Military 
Service. 

The army is a great machine 
for Killing Men. The Power Plant 
(Quartermaster), The Repair 
Shop (Medical department) 
are so-called non-combatant. 
But shut down either the power 
plant or the repair shop and the 
combating or killing ceases. 

We pray earnestly that our 



people will continue to stand 
solid and firm for Peace till 
all the world calis for "Peace 
on Earth" instead of Piece of 
Earth," which nations have in 
all times past fought for. 

To Brethren drafted we 
would say "be courteous, but 
do not be afraid. Pray continu- 
ally and do not hesitate to trust 
God even when death or the 
penitentiary is staring you in the 
face. 

Sincerely, 
"H. C. Spangler, C. P. Stump. 



NEWS ITEMS 

HART, MICHIGAN 

The Hart Congregation is looking forward to holding a one week 
revival meeting with Bro. Alan Meyers from Dallas Center, Iowa as 
our guest speaker. Services will begin Sunday, July 11 at 9:30 A.M. 
Sunday evening service will be at 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday 
services will start at 7:30 P.M. Saturday, July 17 services will start 
at 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. for the Examination services and 7:00 
P.M. for Lovefeast service. Sunday morning will start with morn- 
ing worship followed by 9:30 A.M. services and close the revival 
Sunday evening with services starting at 5:00 P.M. 

Please pray for Bro. Alan. Everyone is invited to come and 
worship with us for these meetings, and any time. May we each 
search our hearts and have a closer walk with our Master and be 
a light in our community sowing the seed that more souls will be 
gathered. 

In His care, 
Sister Nancy Marks, Cor. 



BIBLE MONITOR 27 



WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Waynesboro Congregation plans to hold revival meetings 
beginning Sunday, July 18 and continuing through Sunday July 25. 
Bro. Lloyd Lorenz from Plevna Congregation will be our evangelist. 
All are welcome to come and worship with us. Please remember 
our evangelist and congregation in prayer. 

Sister Jane Valentine, Cor. 

SHREWSBURY PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Shrewsbury Congregation is looking for- 
ward to another Revival Meeting, from July 25 through August 1. 
Brother Steve Clapper, from the Clearville Pennsylvania Congrega- 
tion, and who also spent time at our Kenyan African Mission, will 
be bringing the messages. Keep Brother Steve in your prayers as 
he prepares for these meetings. The services begin at 7:00 P.M. on 
Sunday evenings, and 7:30 P.M. through the week. Pray for those 
who need the Lord, and come and worship with us. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

Please join us for a week of revivals with Brother Milton Cook 
from the Winterhaven California Congregation. The revival begins 
Sunday, July 25, 2010 and ends August 1, 2010. Services for 
Sunday, July 25 are at 11:00AM and 5:00PM. Weeknight services 
are at 7:00PM. Saturday, July 31 services are at 11:00AM and 
2:00PM, Love Feast service is at 6:00PM. Sunday, August 1 will 
start with morning worship at 7:30, with breakfast at 8:00. Sunday 
School and preaching at 10:00 and 11:00. The final service will be 
at 2:00PM. 

We welcome all visitors. 

Sister Deena Andrews, Cor. 



28 BIBLE MONITOR 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR AUGUST 

2010 

Aug. 1 - Four Hours and Four Carpenters - Zech. 1 :12-21 



1 . What must we understand about the time frame of threescore 
and ten years as it relates to this book? 



2. What do the four carpenters represent? 
Aug. 8 - A Man with a Measuring Line - Zech 2 

1. Is the man with the measuring line the same as in Ez. 40? 

2. What is the significance of being a city without walls? 
Aug. 15 - Change of Garments for the High Priest - Zech. 3 

1. In the vision, who is Joshua the high priest? 

2. What does the change of raiment represent? 

Aug. 22 - The Golden Candlestick and Two Olive Trees - Zech 4 
1. What is represented by the candlestick and olive trees? 



BIBLE MONITOR 2 9 









2. Who are the two anointed ones? 
Aug. 29 - The Flying Roll and the Woman in the Ephah - Zech. 5 
1 . What was written on the roll? 



2. Where is the land of Shinar and why was the ephah taken 
there? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

AUGUST 2010 

Aug. 1 -Service -Matt. 21:28-32, I Cor. 15:58, James 2:14-26 



1 . Is service a duty or a privilege? 



2. Who is more greatly blessed? One who lives their life for self 
or one who lives their life for others? 



Aug. 8 -Clean Living - Psalm 119:1-6, Uohn 2:14-17 

1. Explain the phrase "the lust of the flesh". 

2. Who sets the standard for what clean living is? 



30 BIBLE MONITOR 



Aug. 15 - Following the Crowd - Ex. 23:1-2, Deut. 12:28-32, 
Kings 17:15, Matt. 23:1-12 



1 . Why is it sometimes difficult to stand alone even if we know 
the crowd is in error? 



2. When you are tempted to follow a crowd in questionable 
things, remember who you are and to whom you belong as 

a Christian. 



Aug. 22 -Awake orAsieep- Mark 13:34-37, 14:32-40, Eph, 5:14-17 
1 . What are the evidences of spiritual drowsiness? 



2. What does it take to jolt one out of sleep to a state of spiritual 
alertness? 



Aug. 29 - Witnessing - Is. 62:6, Mark 5:18-20, II Tim. 1:8-13, I 
Peter 3:10-16 



1 . Which do you find more difficult: Witnessing to a stranger or 
witnessing to an unsaved friend? 



2. Share with your class your testimony of what great things 
the Lord has done for you. 






BIBLE MONITOR 



31 



DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Lloyc Lorenz, Chairman 

3949S1Q0E 

Peru. IN 36970 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Marlin Marks, Treasurer 

429 Summit Drive 

Red Lion, PA 17356-1119 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Mark Cordrey, Chairman 
525 West Grayson Road 
Modesto. CA 95358 

James Eberly, Secretary 
P.O. Box 504 
Terre Hill, PA 17581 

Gordon Jamison. Treasurer 
2271 Co.Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencaslle, PA 17225 

Robert Carpenter 
6150 E 775 S 
Peru, IN 46970 

Ronald Marks 

1813 North 136th Ave. 

Hart, Ml 49420 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

James Meyers 
26331 206"* Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Verling Wolfe, Chairman 
92 Club Road 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Kevin Funk, Secretary 
241 07 N Avenue 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 



David Aungst, Treasurer 
334 Birds Hifl Road 
Pine Grove, PA 17963 

Keith Bailey 

541 East Main Street 

Bradford, OH 45308 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Tom St. John, Chairman 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton. OH 43501 

Milton Cook, Secretary 
1138 East 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

Roger Swihart 

7240 County Road AA 

Quinter. KS 67752 

Lynn H. Miller 

70 Round Barn Road 

Newmanstown. PA 17073 

Jeremiah Johnson 
1773 North 136th Avenue 
Hart. Ml 49420 

RELIEF BOARD 

Mark Cordrey. Chairman 
525 W. Grayson Road 
Modesto, CA 95353 
(209)549-2015 

David St. John, Secretary 
16 687 Rd 15 
Pioneer, OH 43554 
(419)737-3064 

Doyle Lorenz, Treasurer 

1903SSR19 

Peru, IN 46970 

Date Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 
(515)833-2904 

Keith Snyder 
21 02 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

Paul David Skiles. Superinten- 
dent 

HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba. NM 87013 

Larry Andrews, Chairman 
1 2306 East 203rd Street 
Raymore. MO 64083 

James Meyers, Secretary 
26331 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Justin Beck 
480 Shubert Rd. 
Bethel, PA19507 

Dale Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Merle Sweitzer, Chairman 
13227 FishelRoad 
Felton, PA 17322 

Alan Meyers. 
23997 26Blh Lane 
Adel, IA 50003 

Mark Andrews. Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Verling Wolfe. Secretary 
92 Club Rd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 



Paul Stump 

1O340 North Diamond Mil 

Englewood, OH 45322 



Rd. 



All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his re- 
cords. 



o 


a 






r-- 


u 




< 


CM 


:i= 




Q 


(X 


«- 


o 




<r 








n 


a. 




r 


c 
o 
z 


CO 
3 




LLf 


CO 
n 



§^ 

CD «-, "- 

CD m w 
■a 5 ro 

= K ^ 
a ^ z: 



CD 

o 
S 



■ 



BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXXVIII 



AUGUST, 2010 



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. 



OUR HEAVENLY FATHER CALLS 



Our heav'nly Father calls, 

And Christ invites us near: 

With both, our friendship shall be sweet 

And our communion dear. 

God pities all our griefs: 
He pardons ev'ry day; 
Almighty to protect our souls, 
And wise to guide our way. 

Jesus, our living Head, 
We bless thy faithful care; 
Our advocate before the throne, 
And our forerunner there. 

Here fix, my roving heart! 
Here watt, my warmest love! 
Till the communion be complete, 
In nobler scenes above. 

-Philip Doddridge 



BIBLE MONITOR 



THE MIXTURE 



We realize there is a differ- 
ence between a mixture and a 
solution. A solution is a com- 
bination of items that when 
completed, the properties of the 
items combined will contribute 
to the final solution, but they will 
not be identifiable. In a mixture, 
the items combined will still be 
identifiable. They may be mixed 
together with great skill but they 
still retain their original proper- 
ties. Water and oil do not com- 
bine into a solution; each item 
continues to be identifiable in 
the mixture. If wood and iron are 
mixed a magnet will soon sepa- 
rate the iron from the mixture. 
When copper and tin are prop- 
erly mixed, the resulting bronze 
will exhibit the best features of 
those two metals but they can- 
not be separated from the alloy. 



Both mixtures and solutions are 
useful in the natural world. 

The Bible contains many 
warnings about mixing the spiri- 
tual and the worldly. Through- 
out Old Testament times, God 
continually called his people to 
repentance and to return to His 
ways. They often were involved 
in the worship of the gods and 
goddesses of the people around 
them. God called them back, of- 
ten through uncomfortable situ- 
ations that would awaken them 
to the error of their ways. God 
knew they could not advance 
spiritually while tied to the world 
controlled by their worst enemy, 
Satan. 

The New Testament is es- 
sentially one long plea to return 
to Him. There He pictured re- 
pentance and right choice for 



THE BIBLE MONITOR 



AUGUST, 2010 



Published monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in the plant of Haines Printing Company. 

Postmaster: Send address changes to Haines Printing Company, 10575 West 
Main Road, North East, PA 16428. 

Terms: Single subscription S5.00 a year in advance. 

Send all subscriptions and communications to the editor. 

MILTON COOK. Editor; 1138 East 12th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. 

KEITH BAILEY, Assistant Editor, 541 East Main Street, Bradford, OH 48308. 

DENNIS ST. JOHN, Associate Editor: 21397-B50, Bryan, OH 43506. 

KEVIN FUNK. Associate Editor; 24107 N Avenue, Dallas Center, IA 50063. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



the sinner seeking to be a part 
of God's family. He did not just 
provide a process for becoming 
a child of God; He presented 
a person through whom this 
change couid be wrought. Jesus 
Christ had been present in the 
Old Testament but He became 
central to the New Testament. 

The Old Testament had 
been about a process of finding 
favor with God. Through various 
sacrifices and other rituals, the 
one who had failed could come 
to God in repentance, desiring 
to regain God's favor. The New 
Testament is about a person, Je- 
sus Christ. He is the Son of God, 
who came not only to teach, heal 
and serve but to die for the sins 
of the fallen. Through Him, they 
could be restored to the favor of 
God. 

As Jesus taught during the 
Sermon on the Mount and other 
discourses, He told them that 
the old had passed away and 
the New was now in place. The 
sacrifices of old had not accom- 
plished anything unless they had 
been accompanied by faith. The 
forgiveness of their sins, even 
then, depended upon God's 
Grace. God had required their 
submission to the Law as a test 
of their faith. 

The New Testament had 



same moral imperatives as the 
Old, but they must be applied 
to daily living. They were not 
carried out as processes but 
as living examples of faith and 
activities. The Holy Spirit was 
little mentioned in the Old Testa- 
ment since He had little influence 
upon men's daily lives. He dwelt 
in the Temple built of stone. In 
the New Testament He came 
to dwell within the temple of the 
believer's body. He is intimately 
involved in the daily activities 
and thoughts of the believer. 

With the great difference 
between the Old and New Testa- 
ments, it is a surprise that some 
Christians wish to mix the two 
together. Some want to observe 
parts of the Law in their lives. It 
may be dietary or day of worship 
requirements which they want to 
turn into rules for others to follow. 
Perhaps, the more troubling is 
turning the Kingdom of God into 
a worldly kingdom. In pointing 
back to the Kingdom of Israel, 
many see a picture for Christian 
political and military action. 

They forget that when Is- 
rael wanted to have a king like 
other nations that God was not 
pleased with their request. He 
wanted to be their King, but they 
desired a worldly king. When He 
allowed them to establish their 



BIBLE MONITOR 



monarchy, He warned them that 
they would regret it. As the Kings 
of Israel became less centered in 
God's will and more directed by 
political and military objectives, 
they became like other kings. 
Many of the kings were ungodly, 
not even giving lip service to 
God. 

Yet many desire to imitate 
these kings in their concept of 
Christian citizenship. In the New 
Testament. Christians are urged 



to pray for their national leaders. 
They were never told to glorify 
national leaders or military forc- 
es. When Christians try to mix 
the political and military practices 
of Old Testament Israel with the 
New Testament Gospel, they are 
trying to mix the unmixable. 

As Christians we only should 
mix the Gospel with faith, service 
and love. 

M. C. Cook 



THE PRESENT ASPECT OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN 



John the Baptist was first 
to announce that the kingdom 
of heaven was at hand. His 
powerful ministry of prophetic 
preaching produced a revival in 
the land. Thousands came to the 
water and after hearing John's 
call to repentance, submitted 
to water baptism. This spiritual 
awakening is described in scrip- 
ture as a time of preparation for 
the beginning of Christ's ministry. 

The concern of this study is 
the nature and extent of the king- 
dom of heaven. This designation 
of the kingdom of God is peculiar 
to the gospel of Matthew. Mat- 
thew is the inspired writer who 
presented Jesus of Nazareth as 
the long-awaited Messiah of the 
Jewish people. Matthew also 



presents Jesus as king. 

After His baptism by John 
and His temptation in the wilder- 
ness, Jesus returned in the pow- 
er of the Holy Spirit and initiated 
His ministry. Jesus' preaching 
echoed John the Baptist. Jesus 
said, "Repent, for the kingdom 
of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 
4:17) 

In Jesus' first major sermon, 
recorded in Matthew chapters 5, 
6, and 7, He takes up the theme 
of the kingdom of heaven. He 
introduces nine great blessings 
that belong to those who enter 
the kingdom of heaven. Jesus 
made it clear in this message 
that conversion is a deep, radical 
change in the behavior of those 
who repent and enter the king- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



dom of heaven. The cause of 
such a change is that the king- 
dom of heaven enters them and 
consequently equipped them to 
face any human situation with a 
kingdom answer. The effects of 
this kingdom answer are condi- 
tioned by a right relationship with 
the King, Christ Jesus our Lord. 
In the course of that sermon, 
Jesus gave the disciple prayer 
which He intended His follow- 
ers to pray. A striking petition in 
that prayer gives another insight 
into the nature of the kingdom of 
heaven. Jesus said to pray, "Our 
Father, which art in heaven, hal- 
lowed be thy name ; Thy kingdom 
come, thy will be done in earth 
as it is in heaven. . ." The practical 
effect of the coming of the King- 
dom of heaven is that God's will 
is carried out on earth just like it 
is in heaven. If the kingdom of 
heaven has really taken root in 
our hearts, it will be evidenced 
by our doing the will of God in 
our daily lives. 

The most provocative state- 
ment Jesus made about the 
kingdom of heaven took place 
when Jesus was being tried 
by Pilate before He went to the 
cross. The Roman governor 
asked Jesus directly if He was 
a king. Jesus admitted He was 
and then told Pilate what His 



kingdom was like. Jesus said, 
"My kingdom is not of this world, 
then would my servants fight, 
that I should not be delivered to 
the Jews: but now is my kingdom 
not from hence." (John 18:36) 

Pilate then again asked Je- 
sus if He were a king. His answer 
deserves our careful attention. 
Jesus said, 'Thou sayest that I 
am a king. To this end was I born, 
and for this cause came I into the 
world : that I should bear witness 
unto the truth. Everyone that is 
of the truth heareth my voice." 
(John 18:37) 

In this passage, Jesus iden- 
tifies Himself with the kingdom 
of Heaven. He goes on to say 
that one motivation for His com- 
ing into the world was to bring 
the message of the kingdom 
of heaven to mankind. He then 
defines the message of the king- 
dom of heaven as truth. How will 
people know Jesus is the Christ 
and has brought them the king- 
dom of heaven? He explains, 
"Every one that is of the truth, 
heareth my voice." 

Pilate, who had merely a 
superficial understanding of the 
truth, walked out of the room 
and proceeded with the arrange- 
ment for the crucifixion of Jesus. 
Pilate had as good a chance as 
the thief on the cross had later, 



BIBLE MONITOR 



but Pilate was void of truth and 
understood not the voice that 
spoke to him. 

The words of Jesus in this 
incident reveal the kingdom of 
heaven as a non-resistance 
reign that is destined to win 
because of Christ's victory at 
the cross. Jesus' statement also 
defines the gospel of saving 
grace as eternal truth, the only 
hope the fallen human race has 
of salvation. 

The kingdom of heaven 
could come to earth only be- 
cause Jesus came to earth. The 
whole direction of redemptive 
history is to bring the kingdom of 
heaven down to the earth. At the 
present stage of that process, 
the kingdom of heaven is among 
men but changes only those who 
hear the voice of Jesus Christ, 
and enter the kingdom by the 
way of the New Birth. 

Most of the world is as blind 
to the presence of the kingdom 
as Pilate was that day when He 
talked with Jesus. The world 
does not know the kingdom is 
here, only the blood-washed, 
Spirit-born children of God know 
it is here. 

But there is the promise of 
the full and open manifestation 
of the kingdom of heaven here 
on earth. The church will never 



bring that about. The open mani- 
festation of the kingdom over all 
the nations of the world awaits 
the second coming of our Lord. 
Christ the King is coming back 
to earth to establish this blessed 
kingdom and rule over it for a 
thousand years. (Revelation 
19:11-16, Revelation 21:4-6, 
Zechariah 14:1-9, Isaiah 35:1- 
10, Isaiah 11:1-10) 

The reality of two kingdoms 
must be faced by Christians 
today. Being in the kingdom of 
heaven and having the kingdom 
of heaven in his heart is how a 
Christian lives in the midst of 
the kingdoms of this world that 
have no allegiance to Christ. 
The Christian's ability to live 
effectively in this godless world 
is to give full allegiance to the 
kingdom of heaven. 

Christ's coming to earth, 
His sinless life, His death on 
the cross, His resurrection from 
the dead, and His ascension to 
heaven at the right hand of the 
Father has opened the door for 
us to the kingdom of heaven. 

The present aspect of the 
kingdom is called by Jesus a 
mystery. (Matthew 13:11) The 
qualities of the kingdom are be- 
ing demonstrated in the world 
today by the transformed lives 
of believers. The nations of the 



BIBLE MONITOR 



world, the culture of the world, 
and, in fact, the whole world 
system, are governed by Satan. 
When Christ comes again, He 
will reign over the nations and 
the kingdom of heaven will be 
openly manifested to the whole 
human race. They will see the 
kingdom and have opportunity 
to enter it. Righteousness will be 
imposed on mankind during the 
reign of Christ. But men can only 
be saved by faith in the finished 
work of Christ. 

There must come a time in 
history when Jesus Christ will 
rule as King of Kings and Lord 
of Lords over all the earth. It is 
for this reason we who are now 
in the kingdom and the kingdom 
in us pray, Thy kingdom come, 
thy will be done in earth as it is in 
heaven." The full manifestation 



of the kingdom is yet to come. 

The millennial reign of Christ 
will terminate in the New Heaven 
and the New Earth when the 
everlasting aspect of His king- 
dom will be eternity. What great 
hope and wonderful blessings 
lay before us. In fact, in the 
present aspect of the kingdom, 
we are being prepared for the 
future literal reign of Christ. Our 
service to Christ, our victories 
over the powers of darkness, our 
gathering in of the harvest, our 
utter devotion to the Lord Jesus 
and our bearing the cross fit us 
for reigning with Jesus in the full 
glory of His kingdom after He 
comes again. 

Brother Keith Bailey 

Cornerstone Dunkard 

Brethren Church 



SUNDAY'S A COMIN' 

Part 2 

Tuesday 

Welcome again to our calen- their descendants living through 



dar arranged for this narration 
We are using a formula found 
in both the Old and New Testa- 
ments penned by Moses and 
Peter. One thousand years is 
equal to one day. Depending on 
which historian we parrot, we 
find Adam and Eve and most of 



all of Monday and into part of 
Tuesday. Only Enoch, a type of 
Christ or maybe a type of the 
church, has been translated 
prematurely at 365 years. 

Tuesday begins with eating 
and drinking, marrying and giv- 
ing in marriage. About the third 



8 



BIBLE MONITOR 



watch God says with a grieved 
heart, 'Behold I wili destroy them 
with the earth, for it repenteth me 
that I have made them. The end 
of all flesh is come before me; 
for the earth is filled with violence 
through (man), and behold, I will 
destroy them with the earth." 

But Noah finds grace in the 
eyes of the Lord. And the LORD 
says unto Noah, "Come thou 
and thy (entire) house into the 
ark; for (in) thee have I seen 
righteousness before me in this 
generation." 

And the waters prevailed ex- 
ceedingly upon the earth, and all 
the high hills were covered, and 
the fountains of the great deep 
were broken up, and the win- 
dows of heaven were opened. 
The first precipitation from the 
skies effects the first and last 
world wide flood. 

Noah has been given the 
blueprints both for building and 
stocking the ark. This enormous 
floating boat becomes a revolv- 
ing door. Step into the ark. One 
year and fifty-seven days later 
exit to a world washed clean 
of violence and sin. Also miss- 
ing would be long-distance 
communication, transportation, 
housing, and all infrastructures 
masterminded by human living 
more than nine hundred years. 



Adam and Seth and Methuselah 
must have been walking, talking 
libraries with computer minds. 
One can only imagine the cities 
and technology developed with 
such longevity. 

Could Adam and sons have 
read the sciences in the stars 
and carried the trigonometry 
formulas in their heads? Their 
minds, no doubt, were perfect in 
their capacity for learning. Adam 
and his antediluvian comrades 
had the privilege and power to 
subdue the earth and animals. 
They were star botanists, ge- 
ologists, anthropologists, zoolo- 
gists, astronomers, economists, 
herbalists, and agronomists. 
Could they not have done all to 
God's glory? 

But... when they knew God, 
they glorified Him not as God, 
neither were thankful; but be- 
came vain in their imaginations, 
and their foolish hearts were 
darkened. Professing them- 
selves to be wise, they became 
fools. For the invisible things 
of him from the creation of the 
world were clearly seen, being 
understood by the things that 
were made, even his eternal 
power and Godhead; so they 
were without excuse. 

Eight souls saved by water 
while millions (billions?) per- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



ished. All the work of Monday 
brought back to four men and 
their wives Tuesday afternoon. 
What a patient God we have! He 
starts Monday with two, made in 
His likeness, and by Tuesday He 
dissolves His first creation into 
nothingness and starts again 
with eight. With a new set of 
promises. 

Promise number one: No 
more world-wide floods. "And the 
LORD smelled a sweet savour; 
and the LORD said in his heart, 
I will not again curse the ground 
any more for man's sake; I do 
set my bow in the cloud, and it 
shall be for a token of a covenant 
between me and the earth." 

Promise number two: Capital 
punishment. "Whoso sheddeth 
man's blood, by man shall his 
blood be shed: for in the image 
of God made he man." 

Promise number three: Con- 
firmation of the seasons. "While 
the earth remaineth, seedtime 
and harvest, and cold and heat, 
and summer and winter, and day 
and night shall not cease," 

Promise number four: It will 
take corrals and barbed wire and 
buckshot to subdue the animals, 
"And the fear of you and the 
dread of you shall be upon every 
beast of the earth." 

Promise number five: Man 



is no longer commanded to be 
exclusively vegetarian. "Every 
moving thing that liveth shall be 
meat for you; even as the green 
herb have I given you all things." 
Noah and his sons multiply 
but they do not replenish the 
whole earth. They set their roots 
down at Shinar and find the plain 
pleasant. They enjoy strength in 
numbers and pride in their ability 
to build a city and a tower - so 
tall that it will reach to heaven. 
And they imagine that there is 
nothing they cannot do. They are 
without restraint. 

But... "He that sitteth in the 
heaven shall laugh. The Lord 
shall have them in derision." And 
God went down and confounded 
their language, and they could 
not understand one another's 
speech. So the LORD scattered 
them abroad from thence upon 
the face of ali the earth: and they 
left off (building) the city. 

The division of languages 
manifested on Tuesday will be 
reversed temporarily on Friday, 
in one place where they will be 
in one accord. Looking toward 
the end of the week, we see 
the devout men of every nation 
confounded because every man 
heard them speak in his own 
language. (Acts 2:6) 

But a day is coming when 



10 



BIBLE MONITOR 



a great multitude which no 
man can number of all nations, 
and kindreds, and people, and 
tongues, shall stand before the 
throne, and before the Lamb and 
cry with (one) loud voice, say- 
ing, "Salvation to our God which 
sitteth upon the throne, and unto 
the Lamb. ,: 



The sunset of this Tuesday, 
however, portrays a confounded 
people, still grieving their creator. 
We have experienced two less- 
than-stellar days. Will Wednes- 
day show a redeemer? 

Sister Mary Sue Moss 
Dallas Center. Iowa 



POWER AND LIGHT 



Acts 1:8, "But ye shall re- 
ceive power, after that the Holy 
Ghost is come upon you." 

We get so accustomed to 
things that we depend upon. 
This is being written by candle- 
light because a tree fell in our 
lane and broke the electric cable. 
Six hours later, out of habit, I still 
hit the light switch upon entering 
every room. Fortunately, we still 
have water and telephone. But 
the things we often do not have 
to think about perplex us when 
we do not have them. We get so 
used to things like electricity that 
many of us have purchased gen- 
erators so we never are without. 

It may be worthwhile to take 
such precautions, but what do 
we do with our spiritual life? 
How do we safeguard our spiri- 
tual life? 

When we turn to the switch, 
and switch it on, does the light 



come on? When we kneel to 
pray, do we feel His presence? 
Do we know He is there with 
us? How do we know? Did you 
ever grind the starter in your car 
because it was already running 
when you tried to start it? Did 
you ever drive a car for months 
or perhaps years before you 
realized it had cruise control or 
some other convenience? By 
the same token very few of us 
take advantage of all God has 
to offer. 

Take for example Samson, 
one of the judges of Israel. He 
was a powerful man; that power 
had been bestowed upon him 
by God Himself. Yet he was 
a Nazarite, and bound by the 
Nazarite vow. Delilah made a 
bargain with the Philistines to 
expose Samson's secret so they 
could overpower him. Samson 
toyed with her, but finally gave 



BIBLE MONITOR 



I I 



in and Judges 16:20 says, "... 
he wist not that the Lord was 
departed from him." How sad 
to be so out of touch with God 
that you have no idea He has left 
you. 

You can own a car, but if you 
do not start it, run it, and use it 
from time to time, it will not start 
when you finally try. It will fail 
you when you really need it. 
But the real truth is, if you use 
it regularly, it will be there when 
an emergency arises. 

This is very true when ap- 
plied to the Holy Ghost. We 
discover through the work of the 
Holy Ghost that we are sinners, 
(John 16:8) and that our only 
hope is throwing ourselves at 
the feet of Jesus for mercy and 
trusting Him to save and keep 
us. If we repent and are bap- 
tized in the name of Jesus we 
shall receive the gift of the Holy 
Ghost. (Acts 2:38) Have we re- 
ceived the Holy Ghost since we 
believed? If we have, have we 
nourished our walk with prayer 
and the reading of God's Word? 
Do we walk with Him in truth? 

We have been writing about 
the power of the Holy Ghost. 
Here is a word about the power 
of darkness. Remember this if 
ever you feel you are in dark- 
ness: when light enters, the 



darkness flees away. Read 
God's Word. Have a passion 
for it. It says in the Psalms, "... 
the entrance of thy words giveth 
light." (Ps. 119:130) 'Thy word 
is a lamp unto my feet and a 
light unto my path." (v. 105) 
The Word of God will guide us 
in a straight path, but we must 
avail ourselves of it. We must 
partake of God's Word in order 
for the power to come. If we are 
being led by the Holy Ghost, we 
will desire it and seek it out. We 
will feed upon it like Jeremiah 
did. "Thy words were found, 
and [did eat them." (Jer. 15:16) 
Most of all, we will experience 
the satisfaction only a child of 
God can have. 

Twelve hours after we start- 
ed this writing we are still without 
electricity, but we have light. 
The sun is shining. There is no 
darkness to those who seek and 
find God. Open up the window 
of your soul. Seek God with all 
your strength. His death made 
it possible for us to be reunited 
with God and have fellowship 
with Him. His Resurrection 
gave us victory over death and 
a Home in Heaven. What do 
you seek after? Is it fellowship 
with God? Heaven? Peace? 
All these things are possible to 
them that love Him. 



12 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Out of the depths, to thee I cry, 
Whose fainting footsteps trod 
The paths of our humanity, 
Incarnate Son of God! 

Thou man of grief, who once apart 
Did all our sorrows bear, 
The trembling hand, the fainting heart 
The agony and prayer! 

Is this the consecrated dow'r, 
Thy chosen ones obtain? 
To know thy Resurrection pow'r 
Through fellowship of pain? 

Then, O my soul, in silence wait, 
Faint not, faltering feet; 
Press onward to that blessed estate, 
In righteousness complete! 

Let faith transcend the passing hour, 
The transient pain and strife, 
Upraised by an immortal power, 
The power of endless life. 

-Elizabeth Marcy 



Brother Lynn H. Milier 



PREPARED IN THE HOLD FOR THE 
BATTLE BEFORE US 



Have you been spending too 
much time in the hold lately? Or 

do you need to seek refuge in 
the hold more often? 

Recently my daily Bible read- 
ing took me on the fascinating 
journey of David's road to leader- 
ship. Although anointed king as a 



young man, the transfer of power 
from King Saul to David was 
far from smooth. David found 
himseif victim of Saul's deadly 
jealousy and was often forced 
into hiding. The areas of sanc- 
tuary sought by David - caves : 
wilderness, and forests - are 



BIBLE MONITOR 



13 



called holds or strongholds. 

David's first refuge was a 
cave called Adullum. There Da- 
vid is joined by his family and 
a motley crew of four hundred 
men. I Samuel 22:2 describes 
the men as in distress, in debt 
and discontented - hardly the 
makings of a strong army. Da- 
vid made arrangements for his 
family and rose to the task of 
bringing leadership to this rather 
unpromising group. 

How this actually occurred 
no one knows for sure. The 
Bible simply states that David 
"became captain over them." A 
great leader of men, (I Samuel 
18:16 tells that "All Israel and 
Judah loved David, because 
he went out and came in before 
them.") David was able to pro- 
vide both the necessary strict 
discipline and loving compassion 
to hone this group of 400 discon- 
nected men into a loyal military 
force. I envision David enjoying 
the challenge of drilling his men 
and strengthening their skills. 
The group of rag-tag men found 
security in their common loyalty 
to David and his cause. 

Can we parallel our local 
congregations to David's hold? 
Is our hold a place of healing 
and learning or has it become a 
place of contention and strife? 



Do those who are distressed and 
discouraged find love, forgive- 
ness and discipline in ourwalls? 

While still in the cave of Adul- 
lum, David had a visitor from a 
little known prophet. Although 
David often had very direct 
communication with God, he 
occasionally received messages 
from a prophet named Gad. Gad 
shows up at the hold with this 
message, "Abide not in the hold, 
depart, and get thee into the land 
of Judah." I Samuel 22:4 

After receiving the message 
from Gad, David leaves the cave 
and thus begins a whole series 
of skirmishes and raids and dar- 
ing encounters with King Saul. 
David is joined by more men, 
trained soldiers this time, swell- 
ing his numbers to six hundred. 
In the midst of these battles 
David and his men continue to 
seek safety in various holds; 
holds with interesting names like 
the Desert of En Gedi and the 
Crags of the Wiid Goats. What 
happened during these retreats 
into the holds? Perhaps the men 
regrouped, retrained, healed and 
made plans for the next battle. 
Several Psalms were penned 
by David while in the holds, sug- 
gesting he used this time to seek 
out and worship God. Without 
these times of refuge David and 



14 



BIBLE MONITOR 



his men could have become ex- 
hausted and disorganized. David 
was told not to abide in the hofd, 
but the hold was always there as 
a sanctuary, a place of rest and 
renewal. 

Most of us come from a deep 
spiritual heritage. We have been 
taught God's principles for gen- 
erations and generations. We 
are blessed by an abundance 
of teaching. We freely gather to 
hear God's word every Sunday 
to pray and study Wednesday 
night. We have opportunity to 
attend General Conference, 
Leadership Conference, Youth 
Retreat, Men's Retreat, and 
Women's Retreat. Small groups 



often gather for Bible study. We 
memorize scripture. There has 
been no iack of teaching and 
if we have been attentive stu- 
dents we should be well trained. 
If we have not spent our time 
squabbling among ourselves or 
promoting our own agendas, we 
should be ready to unite in the 
common goal of defeating Satan 
and advancing God's kingdom. 
What message would the 
Prophet Gad bring your con- 
gregation today? Do we need 
to spend more time teaching 
and training or would he say, 
"Enough training! Get to work!" 

Sister Laura Hawbaker 



GOOD, RIGHT 

' : And thus did Hezekiah 
throughout all Judah, and 
wrought that which was good 
and right and truth before the 
LORD his God." 

There is a saying that there 
is some good in all of human- 
ity. For a few individuals this is 
hard to discern. But this does 
seem to be true of the majority. 
The conclusion that all athe- 
ists and agnostics are horrid 
individuals is simply not true. 
Many of them hold to morals 
that are to be highly respected. 



AND TRUTH 

Society is known for its good 
works towards those who are 
victims of disasters. The majority 
are opposed to criminal acts of 
robbery, theft, rape and murder, 
though unfortunately the majority 
do not consider abortion to be 
murder. However, all that do op- 
pose abortion do not profess to 
be Christians. There is definitely 
much moral good in the false 
religions. We do not agree that 
all Muslims are terrorists and 
murderers. In fact, from what we 
read the majority of terrorists are 



BIBLE MONITOR 



15 



from other groups. 

Unfortunately, even some 
who call themselves ''Christians" 
major on hatred of certain por- 
tions of humanity. My brother-in- 
law, who does not attend church 
or make any profession, is in 
poor health due to four bouts 
with cancer that left him with- 
out a voice box (though he still 
speaks) and kidneys that only 
perform at about twenty percent. 
Yet he is willing to come and help 
me with yard work and other 
needs. My neighbor, who says 
he is a Lutheran, but does not 
appear to attend church and is 
a smoker, mows part of my lawn 
on a regular basis. But, sadly, as 
it has been said, "Hell will be full 
of good people." (We will allow 
God to judge who they are.) 

We understand right to be 
that which is a part of church 
practice. In the Old Testament it 
was obedience to the rules and 
rituals of Judaism. While church 
discipline and order varies great- 
ly from one group to another, 
most profess to abide by certain 
practices. Unfortunately, "black 
and white" have become "gray 
areas" in a large percentage 
of denominations and groups. 
Brother Keith Snyder said in his 
sermon that his mom used to say 
to him "you do not know where it 



can lead to." He said, with apolo- 
gies to his mom, that he got tired 
of hearing that. Now he realizes 
how important that information 
was. The Brethren of the past 
said that church practices were 
guidelines and fences that "kept 
the sheep from straying." Church 
practices are good but they are 
not salvation. 

That which is Truth is the 
Holy Scripture. This is binding 
on all who name the name of 
Christ. The first obstacle you will 
come to is interpretation. Many 
today do not believe the Holy 
Scriptures are the infallible, Holy 
Spirit inspired Word of God. A 
large percentage of teachers 
teach they are only the thoughts 
and opinions of men. They deny 
that Jesus Christ is God, which 
used to be a sign of a cult, along 
with the virgin birth, literal resur- 
rection, ascension and second 
coming. Strangely enough, the 
Muslims, who do not believe 
Jesus Christ is God or even the 
Son of God, believe in the virgin 
birth. 

We have mentioned this and 
other areas that we will refer to 
many times. We believe it is well 
worth repeating. We hope our 
ministers do not tire of preach- 
ing the Truth. Immodest dress 
is evident even in the coldest 



16 



BIBLE MONITOR 



weather. During this warm sea- 
son it is especially prominent. Air 
conditioning in the churches has 
not kept the women modest in 
many settings. We are convinced 
that casual dress more often than 
not leads to immodest dress. 
Today most churches consider 
slacks on women to be modest 
apparel. Many "Christian" men 
are seen outside without a shirt 
or even a T shirt on. In most 
scenarios shorts are not even an 
issue any more. 

The head covering used to 
be "replaced" by long hair by 
some groups. In the Greek two 
different words are used. Now 
many of these groups accept cut 
hair. While we must be careful 
we do not misjudge a woman we 
do not know who may have had 
a bout with cancer, it is becom- 
ing more and more common for 
women to have shorter hair than 
many men. In fact pony tails on 
men are no longer an unusual 
sight. The Bible has not changed 



its mind on the head covering or 
long hair on women and short 
hair on man. To argue, how long 
is long and how short is short is 
merely trying to avoid the Truth! 

Many will argue venomously 
on the working out of prophecy 
while ignoring the basic Truths of 
Scripture on the things we have 
mentioned. 

As we have suggested, 
Jesus Christ is The Way, The 
Truth and The Life. All "good" and 
'Tight" is worthless without this 
Truth, Let us uphold Him and His 
Kingdom in our daily lives. Let 
our churches give all the honor 
and glory to Him. Then we will 
hear "Well done thou good and 
faithful servant." Finally, remem- 
ber that "light" can be blinding or 
it can be revealing. 

Written in Christian love and 
concern. 

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



"LET MY PEOPLE GO" 

Rudy Cover 
Exodus 5:1-23, 6:1-8 

The children of Israel were Egyptians thought everything 

slaves in Egypt. They made brick was just like they wanted it. They 

to build great temples and monu- had slaves by the thousands to 

ments for the Egyptians. The do all their work, whiie they did 



BIBLE MONITOR 



nothing but enjoyed themselves. 
But God had a surprise for Egypt. 
The king of Egypt was called, 
"Pharaoh", and the people wor- 
shipped him as their God, They 
also worshipped many gods; 
idols made in the image of a 
snake, a frog, a bull, or any other 
animal they chose to worship. 
This was displeasing to the Lord 
God of Israel. 

God told Moses for him and 
his brother Aaron to tell Pharaoh 
to let the Israelites, or Hebrews, 
as the Egyptians called them, go 
into the wilderness to hold a feast 
to their God. And Pharaoh said, 
"Who is the Lord that I should 
obey his voice to let Israel go? 
I know not the Lord, neither will 
I let Israel go." Pharaoh com- 
manded his taskmasters to 
make the Hebrews gather their 
own straw to make brick. The 
Egyptians had given them straw 
before. Now they had to get their 
own and yet Pharaoh demanded 
that they produce just as many 
bricks. Pharaoh thought that by 
giving them more work to do they 
wouldn't have time to think about 
their God. 

The children of Israel com- 
plained to Pharaoh but he just 
said they were idle and needed 
more work to do, Then the leaders 
of Israel came to Moses and Aar- 



on. They blamed them for causing 
all their trouble. What do you think 
Moses did? He did just what you 
and I should do when we are in 
trouble. He prayed to God about 
it God answered Moses and said, 
"1 am the Lord, and I will bring you 
out from under the burdens of the 
Egyptians. And I will take you to 
me for a people, and I will be to 
you a God: and ye shall know I am 
the Lord your God, which bringeth 
you out from under the burdens 
of the Egyptians." 

God : s promises are sure. 
Sometimes it seems like God has 
forgotten us, but God never for- 
gets. When the time comes, God 
will deliver and bless His people. 
It seemed to the children of Israel 
that God had surely forgotten 
them. But they were about to 
receive the greatest deliverance 
from bondage that the world had 
ever known. Although Pharaoh 
was the most powerful ruler in 
the world, he was as nothing 
compared to the power of God. 
Jesus died that He could deliver 
us from the slavery of sin. If you 
are a child of God, you will never 
forget what Jesus has done for 
you. 

Selected from the 

August 15, 1975 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



18 



BIBLE MONITOR 



ARE OUR MODERN INVENTIONS 
A BLESSING OR A CURSE? 

G. B. Harlacher 



We are living in days when 
the ingenuity of man has made 
great advancement in many 
ways in the last few years. Yet 
the question arises, are men 
any wiser, are they any happier, 
are they any healthier, or are 
they any better off, generally 
speaking, than people several 
generations back. 

It is true that many of our 
inventions have been a boon 
to mankind, and we can be glad 
and thankful to our Heavenly 
Father that we have access to 
their use, as many are a great 
help for us. 

Such inventors as Edison, 
Howe, Bell, Morse and others 
have done their part in the 
past in lessening the burdens 
of man. The inventors have 
continued to bring things to 
light which have been unheard 
of in history before, some of 
which are really outstanding in 
their workmanship and perfor- 
mance. 

Such work will continue as 
long as God gives them time 
and ability to do so. 

Now as we think of inven- 
tions of late years, we wonder 



if they prove as good for us as 
the ones of earlier years. From 
all appearances of things we 
can soon decide the question. 
All we need to do is a little ob- 
serving. God has placed things, 
or resources we might say, in 
this world for man to use, and 
as long as he uses them right, 
everything is well. But when the 
use is abused and used wrong- 
fully then it proves a detriment 
to us. 

Another question is, are 
people becoming more spiritual 
and dependent on God in our 
modern machine age? 

The true child of God can 
certainly say they are not. Most 
every invention could be used 
to the good of all in educating 
and building up the minds of 
men, helping us to a higher 
plane of life. 

It is an undeniable fact that 
Satan has a hold on some of 
these inventions and conse- 
quently the opposite effect is 
seen. Some are made express- 
ly for the destroying of men's 
lives and property. 

Most every professing 
Christian believes we are liv- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



19 



ing in the latter days of this 
dispensation, and yet many 
are letting some of these inven- 
tions stand between them and 
their God, even to the point of 
keeping some from the house 
of worship. 

Some say we heard a good 
sermon over the radio, and did 
not miss going to church. 
lsthatthetruth?Wesayno. 
Such folks miss church 
services more than they think 
they do. Not realizing what fel- 
lowship In the spirit of the Lord 
means to them. 

That is the way Satan 
works, a little by degrees and 
by and by the desire to atfend 
church services as a necessity 
to our Christian life and welfare 
is taken away. 

The apostle Paul in speak- 
ing of times such as we are ob- 
serving is given in II Tim. 3:2-7, 
Tor men shall be lovers of their 
own selves, covetous, boasters, 
proud, blasphemers, disobedi- 
ent to parents, unthankful, un- 
holy, without natural affection, 
trucebreakers, false accusers, 
incontinent, fierce, despisers 
of those that are good, traitors, 
heady, highminded. Lovers of 
pleasure more than lovers of 
God; having a form of Godli- 
ness but denying the power 



thereof; from such turn away." 
Do we witness any of this these 
days? Yes, we will say every 
word in these scripture verses 
we can observe today. 

Why is all this? Much of it is 
because of man's modern trend 
of life. Much of our trouble today 
has its starting point from such 
places as the movie theater, 
radio, the press, even the auto- 
mobile, and now comes another 
new one, the television set. All 
these I believe could be used 
as a blessing to us if used right; 
but when Satan has charge of 
them, they are propagators of 
sin and evil. 

An appeal has been made 
to clean up our radio programs, 
but we fail to see where such 
"clean up" has been made. It 
probably never will until Jesus 
comes and Satan is bound. 
That will be a glorious time 
when every evil will be put down 
and righteousness will reign 
supremely. 

May all we, who have been 
called to follow Jesus, observe 
his teachings and stay in the 
way which leads from earth 
to glory. Pray God to give us 
strength to stand and that noth- 
ing will get in between us and 
Christ Jesus to separate us 
from His love. As the apostle 



20 



BIBLE MONITOR 



has said, II Tim. 3:14, "Continue 
thou in the things which thou 
hast learned and hast been 
assured of, knowing of whom 
thou learned them." We have 
been assured of salvation and 



eternal life, if we do our part as 
He has directed us. 

Selected from the 

August 1, 1950 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



CHRISTIANITY VERSUS WAR 



John 

CAMP LEE, VIRGINIA 

I find their statements cor- 
roborated by dozens of letters 
written during the war. However, 
there are a few more facts 
which should be brought to 
light. In the entire brotherhood it 
is doubtful if one can be pointed 
out who had deeper sympathies 
or stronger foresight than the 
late Elder P. J. Blough. Though 
at quite a distance from camp, 
by correspondence and an 
occasional visit he exerted a 
strong influence for good. He 
was keenly interested in resolu- 
tions passed by District Meeting 
of Western Pennsylvania. He 
urged organization September 
11, 1917, vis.: 

"It will take a lot of Christian 
courage for one in 400 alone 
to take such a Christian stand. 
Can't we arrange some plan 
to have somebody available to 
be at the different camps if our 
people are scattered at various 



Roop 

places? Some of the men might 
be gotten from the Mennonite 
Church since we have asked 
for practically the same thing. 
Just as we (Western District 
of Pennsylvania) as a united 
church have decided what to do 
and what not to do. It ought to 
be definitely stated in the Mes- 
senger so that all our people 
with conscientious convictions 
could stand exactly on the same 
thing." 

Personal or financial mat- 
ters were of small concern to 
him when the non-resistant 
principles of the church were 
assailed. Indeed, the anti-war 
interests were paramount with 
him though he was connected 
with the many important church 
activities, Publishing House, 
Temperance, etc. Further men- 
tion will be made of his son 
presently. Let the following let- 
ter from the Gospel Messenger 
suffice here: 



BIBLE MONITOR 



21 



"It was arranged by wire to 
have a meeting of the brethren, 
appointed at Goshen to look 
after our boys at Camp Lee. 
Brethren D. H. Zigler, J. A. 
Dove and B. B. Garber met with 
us. It is expected that Brother 
Garber, with his wife, will soon 
locate in Petersburg, thus giv- 
ing the boys a place to bring 
their troubles. Brother Garber 
is also to visit the boys as often 
as practical, hold services for 
them, thus giving our brethren 
constant pastoral care. 

'It would take hours to tell 
the things that we wish you 
might know. A number of our 
boys are uniformed, and work- 
ing at the remount station, do- 
ing the nearest non-combatant 
work available, tending horses 
and driving teams. They are 
becoming fearful that sooner or 
later they will be forced to drill 
and, of course, will have to de- 
cide which, - war or church. We 
found some of our brethren in 
the guard house for not uniform- 
ing and refusing to work. At this 
writing (March 14) we are glad 
to state that all of our brethren, 
whom we found in the guard 
house, have been favorably 
located in the Detention Camp, 
with the other non-combatants. 
The guard house is the fiery 



furnace way into the Detention 
Camp, where our brethren are 
well cared for and unmolested. 
(i ln this Detention Camp at 
Camp Lee we found seventy-six 
non-resistants or conscientious 
objectors, as they are called, 
absolutely under their own 
control. They do their own cook- 
ing and housekeeping and do 
nothing outside of this, except 
that they are required to take a 
hike of eight or ten miles daily, 
which of course, is very benefi- 
cial to them. In the number we 
found fifty-five of our brethren 
(two of them ministers), eleven 
Mennonites, two members of 
the Church of God, two of the 
Apostolic faith (one a minister), 
one Primitive Baptist brother, 
and several others. Being mess 
time, we made our services 
rather short. I wish you could 
have heard them sing "Jesus 
Lover of My Soul," and all unite 
with us in the Lord's Prayer. 

i: At Camp Belvoir there 
had been seven brethren in 
the guard house for seventeen 
days, because of their refusal to 
drill. Brother Swigart had visited 
them two weeks before, and 
was then doing what he could 
for them. To our joy, they were 
released on Friday evening, 
and when we arrived at Satur- 



22 



BIBLE MONITOR 



day noon, March 9, they were 
all working in the kitchen, with 
the promise that they would not 
need to drift or learn the art of 
war. A second grilling may have 
to be gone through. 

"Those who stand firm from 
the start, fare the best. Our 
brethren will simply have to 
choose between war and the 
church. We have not found any 
of our drafted brethren who will 
not choose the church when the 
final test comes. It is now plainly 
evident that the only safe thing 
to do is as the church urges, 
and that is, not to uniform. Af- 
ter they uniform, which is the 
symbol of war, it is hard to take 
a stand, and to refuse what will 
be required of them. 

"No one knows until he vis- 
its the Camps how much credit 
our brethren there deserve for 
standing firmly for Christ and 
the church, amid such trying 
environments. These brethren 
are fighting the battle of non- 
resistance for the future of the 
church. Their lives count for 
good, as did the lives of the 
Christian martyrs of old. Let 
us make without fail unceasing 
prayer to God for them! 
"Hooversville, Pa. 
P.J.Blough." 
Other sympathetic visitors 



were Elder D. C. Naff of the 
first District of Virginia, Joseph 
Bowman, Southern District, and 
B. D. Bowman of Old Order 
Brethren. February 4, 1918 
these three attempted to visit 
the Brethren of the detention 
camp at Remount Station. They 
passed a few words, when of- 
ficers ordered them out. Asking 
the reason, they were shoved 
down a flight of steps, receiv- 
ing bodily injuries. Taking their 
grievances to the Chief of Staff, 
Colonel Waldon, they received 
no sympathy but rather threats. 
This Colonel said, "We have a 
lot of boys now in the Deten- 
tion Camp just rotting. As soon 
as the President declares what 
they should do we are going 
to make them smoke. If they 
want to be martyrs as they have 
expressed themselves, they are 
going to get it and soon too. : ' 
The bluff failed to have any 
effect and the sympathy of the 
visitors was only deepened and 
their active efforts relieved the 
imprisoned Brethren to some 
extent. 

After the President had 
defined non-combatant service 
and most of the Brethren failed 
to compromise on the non- 
resistant principle it was Brother 
Lewis B. Flohr, Bureau of Mar- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



23 



kets, Washington D. C, who 
stood by them. Quick action 
with sympathy was necessary 
to prevent court martial which 
might have resulted in several 
being sent to Leavenworth. The 
mails and wires were used to 
good purpose. "At Camp Meade 
all conscientious objectors who 
refused non-combatant service 
were asked to write a statement 
giving the reason. This was the 
intention of the President. Less 
than a week after the Camp 
Lee conscientious objectors 
had disobeyed three lawful' or- 
ders, April 19, they were again 
on the right status, April 22," 
Brother Flohr kept his eye on 
the movement of the conscien- 
tious objectors throughout the 
war and as the eagle over his 
nest, and used the strength of 
the government and church 
committee to insure justice. In 
Lee, the conscientious objec- 
tors arriving in Camp after the 
Board of Inquiry had been there 
were kept away from Detention 
Camp as much as possible until 
it was depleted by furloughs for 
farm work and Leavenworth. 
July 3, Brother Flohr reports, 
"Two conscientious objectors 
are now being transferred into 
the Detention barracks from 
various parts of the camp, July 



1 , furloughs were granted, later 
men were sent to Leavenworth. 
During May and June the 
Brethren arriving in Camp Lee 
met with much difficulty in get- 
ting to the Detention Camp. The 
latter part of June the situation 
grew acute. Not having a per- 
sonal account I give details of 
one case that was extensively 
committed to Central Service 
Committee. E. Grant Blough 
was sent to Camp Lee June 
25, "Willing to do work under 
the Interior Department of the 
Government, or something 
absolutely non-combatant, with 
assurance of no transfer." His 
father, P. J. Blough, says, "As I 
view the offered non-combatant 
work all seems to say at home 
or abroad and I cannot see how 
any non-combatant can cross, 
for that certainly means help 
shed blood." From Guard house 
he writes, "Camp Lee, Virginia, 
July 9:1918. Dear Prof. Swigart: 
- 1 came here about two weeks 
ago and of course could not ac- 
cept any service, as it is all war 
to me, and I do not believe in it. 
"I refuse to sign into the 
army and was put in the Guard 
House. This is the beginning 
of the eighth day. I refused a\\ 
services as well as the uniform, 
shoes, or anything. It is hard 



24 



BIBLE MONITOR 



to send mail out of this guard 
house. 

At this same time Brother 
Charles K. Shaffer who is in 
Detention camp writes, viz: 
"Brother Garber does not visit 
conscientious objectors but is 
seen in camp. We are getting 
some new conscientious objec- 
tors transferred to our barracks 
every few days and I thank God 
for them, and how we rejoice to 
know there are those who are 
willing to sacrifice themselves 
for the true teachings of Jesus 
Christ and follow him. There are 
about twenty of the Brethren 
scattered around in the camp to 
be transferred in with us yet that 
we know of. Some of them are 
in the guard house and other 
places. We are looking for them 
any time. Your son Grant is in 
the guard house. The guard 
house is only about three hun- 
dred feet from our barracks. I 
see the guards bring him (Grant 
Blough) out for his meals so I 
think he is well. 

"I believe the Lord has us 
here for a purpose. I know we 
have learned a lot about the 
Bible and have zeal to go forth 
and do something for His King- 
dom. 

Brother Russel Wood of 
Roanoke, Virginia, was also 



with Brother Blough, Brother 
J, M. Henry took up the case. 
However, the censorship of 
guard house mails worked great 
hardship on the boy and also 
the father. Grant wrote about 
July 10, "I cannot be a soldier 
and uniform and be a Christian 
at the same time: I do not know 
what will happen next, but I fear 
God more than man, I see how 
I must stay on God's side:' 

July 1 8 finds Brother Blough 
with about a dozen other con- 
scientious objectors in the 
Stockade. "They took all our 
belongings, even we cannot 
shave. We sleep on the floor 
and live on bread and water and 
have to stand the roughness of 
scores of the fellows who are 
put in here for disorderly con- 
duct." 

July 28 finds conditions 
brighter. Anticipating a furlough 
for his son, Brother P. J. Blough 
writes, "I really believe it will be 
a help to the Government to 
be ready with applications for 
these brethren and it's our duty 
to those conscientious only who 
are in distress. I believe our 
church ought to act exactly with 
the Quakers and Mennonites. 
It touches my heart when our 
brethren get no help but are 
rather discouraged in their 



BIBLE MONITOR 



25 



struggles for a principle that is 
dear to them and that indeed 
many of them are willing to die 
for. 

One thing which made it 
hard for conscientious objectors 
to reach Detention Camps after 
the President defined non-com- 
batant service and the furlough 
plan was underway was, - men 
could see the end of conscien- 
tious objector's service. Most 
any Christian would prefer farm 
work to manslaughter. One 
writes May 22: "I, like many oth- 
ers, felt it was necessary to be a 
Christian but put it off. I feel the 
need to be united to the church. 
I wish I could have gotten in 
touch with Brother Garber. He 
was here in Camp Lee but did 
not find me. - I cannot take the 
life of another man after being 



trained," Co. F, 317 Inf. 

A similar case takes promi- 
nent place in Camp Lee re- 
cords. Joseph Beery Wilson, 
of strong convictions refused all 
service, uniforms, etc., though 
not affiliated with the church. He 
reached the Detention Camp all 
right. The religious atmosphere 
and his past convictions led to 
his baptism. 

Editor's Note: This selec- 
tion concludes the information 
concerning Camp Lee, Virginia. 
Those who were sent to that 
camp had benefit of help from 
ministering Brethren in Virginia, 
Maryland and Pennsylvania. 
The military men in the camp 
were not sympathetic towards 
them, although their physical 
suffering was not as intense at 
some other camps. 



MARRIAGE 

HEISEY-MILLER 

Sister Rachel Heisey daughter of Brother Paul and Sister Di- 
anne Heisey of West Unity, Ohio and Brother Andrew Miller, son of 
Brother Kenton and Sister Judy Miller, were united in marriage on 
March 6, 2010. Their new address is 20121 County Road K West 
Unity, OH 43570 



26 BIBLE MONITOR 



NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Brother Verling Wolfe is 451 Schubert Road, 
Bethel, PA 19507. Please use this address to send donations to 
the African Mission Board. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

The Dallas Center Congregation will be holding revival meet- 
ings August 12 through August 15 with Brother Vernon Martin 
as evangelist. Lovefeast services will be held Saturday evening, 
August 14. All are welcome to attend. 

Sister Laura Hawbaker, Cor. 

CORNERSTONE, OHIO 

The Cornerstone Congregation invites you to share in the 
ministry of the Tent Revival with Brother Ray Stuber, August 15 
through 22, 2010 Please pray and come. We are looking for the 
Spirit to move in our hearts. 

Sister Sheila Stauffer, Cor. 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Bethel Congregation will be having revival 
meetings starting August 15 through August 22. Bro. Paul Skiles 
from Juniper Hills, New Mexico will be our evangelist. May we re- 
member Brother Paul as he prepares his messages that we all may 
be lifted up and the lost come to know our Lord. All are welcome 
to come worship with us. Sunday evening services at 7:00PM - 
weekday at 7:30PM. 

Sister Darlene Longenecker, Cor. 

THANK YOU! 

I would like to thank everyone who sent a birthday card, note 
of encouragement, or gift of money. Also those who held me up in 
prayer. They were all very much appreciated. It was an awesome 
blessing to get cards from so many people, and to know that many 
people were praying for Andrew and me from all over the broth- 
erhood. I received over one hundred cards. We are praising the 



BIBLE MONITOR 2 7 



Lord for a good health report. May you each be blessed for your 
thoughtfulness and consideration. 

In Christian Love, 
Sister Rachel Miller 

A LOVE LETTER 

We are so loved! God is so good! Our hearts were so touched 
by the tremendous outpouring of prayers, care and concern, shown 
us while we found our way through another one of life's mazes. We 
are so loved! 

It felt surreal to hear a doctor say the word "cancer", for the 
third time, to us. Again God's grace was right on time to keep us 
strong while His peace filled our hearts. 

Denny is doing real good. The cancer was contained for which 
we are very grateful! God is so good! 

My "new' : knee is doing very well. When we pray for someone 
we never know how or when those prayers will be used. It was 
5:00 A.M. on the second day after surgery and the nurse couldn't 
awaken me. Respirations were down to five and I was sleeping too 
soundly! They concluded I was over drugged, so immediately an- 
other drug was administered to reverse that problem. (Aren't drugs 
wonderful??!!) Eventually I woke up and all was well! Somebody 
was praying! I am loved! God is good! 

Lastly we want to say "thank you" for all the cards and financial 
help we received. One hundred forty eight cards came in the mail! 
(I almost sent myself two just so I could say we got one hundred 
fifty!) Seriously we feel very humbled by all cards and love gifts. 
We can never repay you, but thank God, He can!! We pray He will 
open the windows of Heaven and pour out blessings upon you. 
We are so loved! God is so good! 

I am posting this on the chat line as well as the Bible Monitor 
because cards came from churches other than the Dunkard Breth- 
ren. We hope this reaches everyone who needs a "thank you" and 
a hug! You people are wonderful! 

Deeply indebted and grateful, 

Brother Denny, Sister Karen, Sister Sheri 

and Sister Michele Myers 



28 BIBLE MONITOR 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
SEPTEMBER 2010 

Sept. 5 - Four Chariots and Joshua - Zech. 6 



1 . What is the significance of the four horses representing the 
four directions? 



2. Who is the BRANCH and how shall He grow? 



Sept 12 - Insincere Fasting and Outright Disobedience - Zech. 7 



1 . Can religious celebrations become empty and meaningless? 



2. Despite the prophets' warnings, before the Exile, why had 
Jerusalem become desolate? 



Sept 19 -A Promise of Restoration -Zech. 8:1-12 



1 . How will the restoration of Jerusalem be shown by both the 
young and the old? 



2. Why had Jerusalem fallen before the Exile? 



BIBLE MONITOR 29 



Sept. 26 - A Promise of Prosperity - Zech. 8: 1 3-23 



1. What changed them from a curse to a blessing? 



2. How should they show that they have become the Lord's 
blessing? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
SEPTEMBER 2010 

Sept. 5 - Our Speech - Prov. 17:27-28, Matt. 5:33-37, Col. 4:6. 
Titus 2:7-8 



1 . Is wisdom improved by much speaking? 



2. How can our words cause us problems? 



Sept, 12 -Doubts -Matt. 14:23-26, John 20:24-31, Acts 12:11-16 



1 . What was one of the reasons the Bible was written? 



2. Why was Thomas' doubt contained in the Gospel Record? 
When does doubt become a sin? 



30 BIBLE MONITOR 



Sept 19 -Courage -II Cor. 16:13-14, Phil. 4:11-14, I Tim. 4:12, 
Tim. 2:1-15 



1 . How do the soldiers' preparations compare to the Christian's 
preparation to serve the Lord? 



2. What is the outcome when we are willing to deny our desires 
in favor of God's? 



Sept. 26 -Conscience -Rom. 13:1-5, Heb. 9:14-15, Acts 24:14- 
16, I Peter 2:19-25 : Josh. 1:9 



1. Are we to obey the laws only because we fear the force of 
the government? When might laws be disobeyed? 



2. How can we have a conscience that is inoffensive toward 
other men as well as towards God? 



BIBLE MONITOR 



31 



DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 
3949S 100E 
Peru, IN 36970 

Tom St. John. Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Martin Marks, Treasurer 

429 Summit Drive 

Red Lion, PA17356-1119 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Robert Carpenter, Chairman 
61 50 E 775 S 
Peru, IN 46970 

James Eberly, Secretary 
P.O. Box 504 
Terre Hill, PA 17581 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2271 Co.Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

Milton Cook 
1138 East 12th St 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

Ronald Marks 

1813 North 136th Ave, 

Hart, MI49420 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Cnurt 

Waterford, CA 95386 

James Meyers 
26331 205" Street 
Dallas Center, [A 50063 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Verling Wolfe, Chairman 
451 Schubert Rd 
Bethel, PA 1 9507 

Kevin Funk, Secretary 
24107 N Avenue 
Dallas Center. IA 50O63 



David Aungst, Treasurer 
334 Birds Hill Road 
Pine Grave, PA 17963 

Keith Bailey 

541 East Main Street 

Bradford, OH 45308 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon. PA 17042 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Tom St. John, Chairman 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton. OH 43501 

Milton Cook, Secretary 
1138 East 12th Street" 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

Roger Swihart 

7240 County Road AA 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Lynn H. Miller 

70 Round Barn Road 

Newmanstown, PA 17073 

Jeremiah Johnson 

1773 North 136th Avenue 

Hart. Ml 49420 

RELIEF BOARD 

Mark Cordrey. Chairman 
525 W. Grayson Road 
Modesto. CA 95358 
(209)549-2015 

David St. John. Secretary 
1 6 687 Rd 1 5 
Pioneer, OH 43554 
(419)737-3064 

Dcyla Lorenz. Treasurer 
1903 SSR 19 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield. IA 50233 
(515) 833-2904 

Keith Snyder 
21 02 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA17042 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

Paul David Skiles, Superinten- 
dent 

HCR79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Larry Andrews, Chairman 
1 2306 East 203rd Street 
Raymore, MO 64083 

James Meyers, Secretary 
26331 205(h Street 
Dallas Center. IA 50063 

Marian Jamison. Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Justin Beck 
480 Shubert Rd. 
Bethel, PA 1 9507 

Dale Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Merle Sweitzer, Chairman 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Alan Meyers, 
23997 268th Lane 
Adel, IA50003 

Mark Andrews. Treasurer 
24407 South Overfalt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Verling Wolfe, Secretary 
451 Schubert Rd 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood. QH 45322 

All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his re- 
cords. 



o a 


i^ 


CN 

< <M 


E £ Q 


Q- * 


eg< 


|f 


Q- Q_ Q- 




D- 



1^ 

c c co 

CD j_i u - 
CD fc uj 

□ !=2 



Cr 
q> 
CC 

CD 
Q 
£ 

0) 

CO 

u) 

w 

s? 



BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXXVIII SEPTEMBER, 2010 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



NO. 9 



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. 



JESUS, GREAT SHEPHERD OF THE SHEEP 

Jesus, great Shepherd of the sheep, 
To thee for heip we fly; 
Thy littie flock in safety keep. 
For O! The wolf is nigh. 

Us into thy protection take, 
And gather with thine arm; 
Unless the fold we first forsake, 
The wolf can never harm. 

O do not suffer him to part 

The souls that here agree; 

But make us of one mind and heart, 

And keep us one in thee. 

Together let us sweetly love, 
Together iet us die: 
And each a starry crown receive, 
And reign above the sky. 

-Charles Wesley 



BIBLE MONITOR 



FAILED RELATIONSHIPS 



Marriages in the United 
States are an endangered 
species. Over the past several 
decades, it has been estimated 
that one half of all marriages 
end in divorce. Unfortunately, 
the statistics for Christian mar- 
riages are about the same as for 
secular marriages. Many have 
forsaken even the appearance 
of marriage and have opted for 
another lifestyle. 

The reasons for the failure 
of marriages are many. Among 
the reasons is unfaithfulness 
of either one or both of the 
partners, a lack of serious con- 
sideration of the permanence of 
the relationship, and the social 
approval of separation and di- 
vorce. Marriage has become ac- 
cepted as a social convenience 
rather than a relationship, which 



should be honored and invested 
with Biblical instruction and di- 
rection. The vows of marriage 
are considered to be just a few 
necessary words to complete 
the ceremony. 

Many people do not con- 
sider their vows seriously. They 
are glibly spoken or assented 
to by a nod. Often a promise 
is made but then broken when 
doing so will bring something 
more desirable into a person's 
life. Many, when making these 
promises, are young, lacking 
many life experiences. When 
faced with sickness, old-age, 
poverty, disasters, sick chil- 
dren, unfortunate situations or 
inconsiderate in-laws, they are 
not prepared for the agony of 
these times, so they opt out of 
the promises made during the 



THE BIBLE MONITOR 



SEPTEMBER, 2010 



Published monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in the plant of Haines Printing Company. 

Postmaster: Send address changes to Haines Printing Company, 10575 West 
Main Road, North East, PA 16428. 

Terms: Single subscription $5.00 a year in advance. 

Send all subscriptions and communications to the editor. 

MILTON COOK, Editor; 1138 East 12th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. (951)845-6231 

KEITH BAILEY, Assistant Editor 541 East Main Street, Bradford, OH 48308. 

DENNIS ST. JOHN, Associate Editor; 21397-B50, Bryan, OH 43506. 

KEVIN FUNK, Associate Editor; 24107 N Avenue, Dallas Center, I A 50063. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



ceremony. Real life can be far 
different than the story book 
setting seen at many weddings. 

The promises made dur- 
ing wedding ceremonies are 
not the only vows that people 
are responsible for during their 
lives. People often make prom- 
ises concerning the repayment 
of borrowed money. In order 
to obtain various possessions, 
houses, automobiles, furniture 
or even recreational items, peo- 
ple, either through a formal loan 
agreement or through the use 
of credit cards, borrow money 
with the promise of repaying 
the principle plus the assessed 
interest. Many, in recent years, 
have not kept their promises, so 
they have entered bankruptcy 
proceedings or had their pos- 
sessions repossessed. Their 
failure to repay has ruined their 
credit worthiness. It will take 
several years before they will 
be able to purchase expensive 
items with credit. Their failed 
credit rating may affect other 
facets of their lives. 

Christians have made the 
most serious of all vows. They 
have made promises to God 
and to one another about their 
relationship with Jesus Christ, 
God and the Church. Maybe 
these vows do not seem seri- 



ous, only words that are part of a 
ritual. However these vows are 
made to God, who in His Word, 
warns those who would make 
a vow but would fail to fulfill it. 
Those who do consider the se- 
riousness of the vows made at 
that time later may decide that 
they can disregard them as be- 
ing unimportant or even unwise. 

The vows made to God 
cover the new relationship 
that the repentant sinner now 
has with his Heavenly Father, 
through Jesus Christ. God 
desires those who are serious 
about renouncing Satan and 
his sinful practices. As the Cre- 
ator of men, God fully realizes 
the fallibility of men and their 
penchant for sin. God does not 
lightly cast aside those who fall 
and fail, but His desire is that 
they would be careful concern- 
ing their promises. 

Among the promises made 
are those that involve fellow 
believers. A promise is made to 
share counsel, discipline, and 
love with those who are travel- 
ing the way together. There is 
a promise to work together for 
the furtherance of God's people, 
yet some seem to take these 
promises lightly, 

Just like husbands and 
wives, fellow believers must 



BIBLE MONITOR 



work closely together; this 
closeness can breed disagree- 
ment and disenchantment with 
each other. At such a time there 
needs to be a remembering of 
the promises that were made. 
They promised they would 
continue to love each other, as 
those who have been saved by 
the same Savior. They promised 
to work together to promote the 
work of God. They promised 
to counsel and discipline each 
other, so both could stay on the 
narrow path. Each did not want 
to see the other fail in the jour- 
ney. Each knew that Satan was 
ever at his side trying to bring 
distrust, discouragement and 



disagreement to the fore. Each 
had promised to seek the help 
of other believers when there 
were problems. 

Yet just as marriages fail, 
so do the relationships between 
believers. Satan's devices work. 
Love is compromised. Forgive- 
ness is withheld. The relation- 
ship fails. 

Remember the promises 
made, not only for a happy 
marriage, but also for a prosper- 
ous and God-honoring journey 
through this world. May you 
keep your vows and enjoy a 
blessed life. 

M. C. Cook 



HAS THE ORGANIZED CHURCH BECOME 
A NON-ESSENTIAL? 



Since the 1960's Cultural 
Revolution in America, there 
emerged a questioning of the 
place of the church in the life 
of a Christian. The mood of the 
1960's was that of rebellion 
against all authority. During that 
period, there were supposedly 
large numbers of young people 
who elected to have nothing 
to do with the church. A para- 
church movement sprang up 
known as the "Jesus People". 
Huge rallies were held and 



thousands of young people 
would gather to hear preach- 
ing and engage in what they 
thought was worship. The wor- 
ship was often disorganized 
group dancing. Everyone was 
dressed casual and in some 
cases immodestly. 

The lasting results of that 
movement were few. It lacked 
the theological and spiritual 
strength to endure. 

The present post-modern 
culture with its denial of abso- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



lute truth is attempting to revive 
the idea that an individual can 
become a Christian and disas- 
sociate himself or herself from 
the organized church. This 
is not exclusively a problem 
among young people. Adults 
of all ages are buying into this 
erroneous idea largely because 
they lack knowledge or under- 
standing of the Biblical teaching 
on this subject. 

The church is partly to 
blame for the creation of this 
situation. Across America, so 
many of the organized churches 
are either preoccupied with 
building a mega church or put- 
ting all their energy into becom- 
ing like the world so they will be 
better able to reach the world. 
Among some plain churches, 
there is a tendency to legalism 
and authoritarianism which 
calls their integrity into question. 

The failures of the contem- 
porary church play a major role 
in the growing tendency to try 
to be a Christian without the 
church. 

The hour has come to ad- 
dress the problems from the 
viewpoint of the inspired scrip- 
ture. The teachings of Christ 
and His apostles present a doc- 
trine of the church that negates 
the notion that it can ever be 



abolished. The attempt to live 
the Christian life without the 
church is a direct contradiction 
of the Bible. 

It is not time to abandon 
the church - it is time to reform 
the church and bring it back to 
New Testament order. Christ 
has eternal plans for His Church 
and those plans are associated 
with His plans for His people. 
A high percentage of the New 
Testament is written to church- 
es and not to individuals. 

The scriptures show that the 
believer is placed in the body of 
Christ at conversion (I Corin- 
thians 12:13). This action has 
reference to the whole univer- 
sal and invisible church. Some 
would argue that that would be 
all the Christian needs. They 
overlook the necessity of the 
visible local church that is de- 
signed for the maturation, the 
edification, and the service of 
every believer. The local church 
is the agency of Christian fel- 
lowship, it is in the context of 
the local assembly of believers 
that the gifts operate. It is in the 
local church that the ordinances 
are practiced. The blessings of 
order, oversight, authority, and 
Biblical discipline takes place in 
a New Testament local church. 

Nothing in the teaching 



BIBLE MONITOR 



of Christ or His apostles ever 
suggest the possibility of living 
a normal Christian life outside 
the church. 

It is more than a happen- 
stance of history that the first 
Christian baptism was at Pen- 
tecost when that ordinance 
became the doorway into the 
local church. The first century 
church had no ceremony for 
receiving new members. They 
were baptized into the church 
(Acts 2:36-42). The baptism of 
a convert to Christ places him 
in Christ's church on earth. 

The community aspect of 
the local church provides a 
wonderful experience of shared 
blessings. The gathering of the 
church in Christ's name pro- 
vides worship, nurture, teach- 
ing and fellowship unequalled 
in any other situation. It is a 
community that gives itself to 
ministering to one another. True 
hospitality is a dynamic in the 
household of faith. 

The constant contact with 
other believers, provide a liv- 
ing witness of Christian pres- 
ence and power at work in the 
local congregation of the New 
Testament church. The church 
remains an enduring testimony 
unto the end of the age and 
Christ's second coming. The 



church is the believer's spiritual 
home until he leaves this world. 
The church is as relevant as 
ever. 

It must be said that not 
all churches can be classified 
as New Testament churches. 
Find a church that recognizes 
the Bible as its only authority 
in faith and practice; a church 
that is Christ-centered in its 
preaching; a church that seeks 
by the Holy Spirit to live a holy 
life and separated from the un- 
godliness of the world; a church 
that is looking for the imminent 
return of the Lord Jesus Christ. 
The New Testament church is 
reflected in its burden for a lost 
world and its determination to 
finish the task of world evange- 
lism at any cost. 

The church is not perfect 
because it is made up of imper- 
fect people. As believers show 
charity, love, and forgiveness 
in their interrelationships, this 
weakness can to a large de- 
gree be overcome, That which 
should not be in a church seek- 
ing to be New Testament, is 
false doctrine, compromise of 
biblical principles, worldliness, 
and heavy-handed oversight 
that ignores the local church 
body and imposes on it non- 
scriptural practices and fails to 



BIBLE MONITOR 



recognize the gifts of the Spirit 
at work in the congregation. 

A New Testament church 
should have joyful worship that 
encourages and blesses and 
heals the soul. It makes you 
want to be there every time 



the meetinghouse is open. A 
New Testament church is still 
relevant. 

Brother Keith M. Bailey 

Cornerstone Dunkard 

Brethren Church 



SUNDAY'S A COMIN' 

Part 3 
Wednesday 

Can we push one thousand Aram, Amminadab, Nahshon, 



years into one twenty-four-hour 
bottle and present this midweek 
day? Peter said, "But, beioved, 
be not ignorant of this one thing, 
that one day is with the Lord as 
a thousand years. ,: 

The stage is Chaldea, Egypt, 
Palestine, and Babylon. The riv- 
ers might have shifted and silted 
and boundaries changed some, 
because today we know them as 
Israel, Syria : Iraq, Jordan and 
Saudi Arabia. If a story needs a 
setting, characters, and a plot, 
we now have the setting. 

The characters for these 
thousand years can be recited 
by a young shepherd boy list- 
ing his ancestors as he watch- 
es in green pastures: Abra- 
ham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, and 
Pharez pointed out fingers and 
thumb on the right hand. More 
names on the left side - Hezron, 



and Salmon. His Great Grand- 
father Boaz, Grandfather Obed, 
and the Father Jesse have been 
faithful historians. He wonders 
what names will follow his. 

Toss in Job, Joseph, Moses, 
and Joshua and we have the 
protagonists for this Wednes- 
day. The supporting roles are 
women with names like Joch- 
abed, Miriam, Leah, Rachel, Ra- 
hab, Naomi, Ruth, and Abigail. 

Good stories need an antag- 
onist. We find them in Pharaoh 
the stubborn, Nabal the churl- 
ish, and Gods anointed - but 
psychotic- King Saul. 

Life spans are shrinking, to 
less than two hundred years. 
Listen, youngsters, because 
your grandfathers will tell you 
tales that will explain why you 
are a called-out people. You are 
the apple of His eye, and yet you 



8 



BiBLE MONITOR 



exploit, connive, and deceive. 

The Lord doesn't need your 
expertise to expand His plot. 
He needs your obedience. The 
unfolding story is how one man 
with no children (until he was 
past the natural age of beget- 
ting) becomes the cornerstone 
for a multitude. 

The reason for His peculiar 
people - that they might observe 
His statues, and keep His laws 
- is told in less than fifty verses 
in Psalm 105. 

"Remember his marvelous 
works that he hath done; his 
wonders, and the judgments of 
his mouth." 

"Which covenant he made 
with Abraham and his oath unto 
Isaac; and confirmed the same 
unto Jacob for a law and to Is- 
rael for an everlasting covenant: 
Saying, Unto thee will I give the 
land of Canaan, the lot of your 
inheritance." 

"Moreover he called for a 
famine upon the land. He sent a 
man before them even, Joseph, 
who was sold for a servant: 
Whose feet they hurt with fet- 
ters: he was laid in iron." 

"He sent Moses his servant; 
and Aaron whom he had cho- 
sen." 

"He smote also all the first- 
born in their land, the chief of all 



their strength. He brought them 
forth also with silver and gold: 
and there was not one feeble 
person among their tribes." 

And God brought them out. 

Sounds simple enough 
doesn't it? God is weaving the 
fabric that starts with one man 
called from idolatry, and a sec- 
ond called from the backside 
of the desert. Both are ancient 
enough to be retired from active 
duty. 

No matter how much Abra- 
ham and Moses buckle, and 
side step, and dodge, it is these 
men's progeny that will bring 
forth a redeemer. The promises 
to a peculiar people in a land 
flowing with milk and honey 
also had warnings of an afflicted 
people in a land that was not 
theirs - for four hundred years. 
(Genesis 15:13) 

Exodus 12:40-41 reads that 
they came out of Egypt after four 
hundred and thirty years on the 
selfsame day. God's numbers 
are accurate. Could the clock 
have started ticking the day Jo- 
seph, in the clutches of a gypsy 
band, set foot in Egypt? Four 
hundred years of affliction began 
when there arose a Pharaoh 
who knew not Joseph. 

The Pentateuch is not re- 
miss in listing the complaints, 



BIBLE MONITOR 



the murmur-trigs, the golden 
calf worship and dance of this 
people cailed His peculiar trea- 
sure. And yet the Psalmist says 
that "...he remembered his holy 
promise, and Abraham his ser- 
vant. And he brought forth his 
people with joy, and his chosen 
with gladness." 

God expresses delight be- 
cause His goal is the placement 
of a redeemer. What happens 
until then is due to the fact that 
neither circumcision nor the law 
offers salvation. God harnessed 
His people into Egypt, out of 
Egypt, and then into the land 
of Canaan. God's people are in 
God's country. The time seems 
right for the announcement of a 
Redeemer/King. 

Yet here stands Moses with 
his last message to the wilder- 
ness travelers. He has words 
straight from God through a 
cloud at the tabernacle door. 
"This people will rise up, and go 
whoring, and will forsake me, 
and I will forsake them." (Deu- 
teronomy 31:15-17) 

There is going to be dis- 
obedience, idol worship, and 
unfaithfulness even in the Prom- 
ised Land. God knows it and He 
still loves His own and moves 
the plan forward. Forward at 
Jericho, backwards at Ai with 



enough war stories and battle 
strategy to satisfy the most 
blood-thirsty heart. 

"And Israel served the 
LORD all the days of Joshua, 
and ail the days of the elders 
that overlived Joshua. But there 
came a time when they forgot all 
his benefits. And... in those days 
there was no king in Israel: every 
man did that which was right in 
his own eyes." 

But now God has chosen 
Jerusalem that His name might 
be there, and David shall be 
king. And Solomon said, 'And 
the house which is built is great; 
for great is our God above all 
gods." 

The Queen of Sheba adds, 
"Blessed is the Lord thy God, 
which delighted in thee (Solo- 
mon), to be king; because thy 
God loved Israel, to establish 
them forever." 

The sun is setting on 
Wednesday - gloriously. The 
ancestors that will house a re- 
deemer are prospering in the 
(and promised to Abraham. The 
tabernacle furniture has been 
moved to Solomon's magnificent 
temple. Surely the scene is set 
for a redeemer on Thursday. 

Sister Mary Sue Moss 
Dallas Center, Iowa 



10 



BIBLE MONITOR 



ENTIRE CONSECRATION 



"And Abraham stretched 
forth his hand, and took the 
knife to slay his son. And the 
Angel of the Lord called unto 
him out of heaven, and said, 
Abraham, Abraham: and he 
said, Here am I. And he said, 
Lay not thine hand upon the lad, 
neither do thou any thing unto 
him: for now I know that thou 
fearest God, seeing thou hast 
not withheld thy son, thine own 
son, from me." Genesis 22:10- 
12 

There had been a time 
when God had doubts about 
Abraham. This man was to fa- 
ther a nation from whom would 
rise the Son of God. Would 
Abraham be willing to gamble 
it all: that for which he trusted 
God in the first place, his own 
son? Put yourself in his place. 
Have we followed a safe and 
secure path of life with little risk 
and even less reward? In He- 
brews 11:8 Paul tells us, "...he 
went out, not knowing whither 
he went." Depending upon God 
is not a new teaching, yet the 
"faith chapter" tells us of many 
men of God who did that very 
thing, Romans 12:1 tells us to 
"...present your bodies a living 
sacrifice." God was not inter- 
ested in the sacrifice of Isaac. 



He was only seeing if Abraham 
would do it. 

This scenario brings up 
questions. Some would say 
God is all knowing. He would 
know if Abraham would stay 
true. Some would say God 
would never tempt a man to 
do evil. But one thing we must 
understand. God is God. What 
He does is totally righteous and 
He can do what He wants. He 
does not answer to us. 
But He expects of us total com- 
mitment. He expects this be- 
cause His commitment to God's 
people has been total. He gave 
up the best that Heaven had to 
save us. An old eastern custom 
said that if someone saved your 
life, you were his slave forever. 
Unfortunately, this custom did 
not come to the west, so we do 
not understand it in its fullness. 
Even Isaac, from whom Abra- 
ham withheld his blade, did not 
understand it fully. 

The word "servant" also 
implies slave. In Romans 1:1, 
Philippians 1:1, and Titus 1:1, 
Paul refers to himself either as 
a servant of God or a servant 
of Christ. James and Jude refer 
to themselves as servants of 
Jesus Christ. In Philemon, Paul 
refers to himself as "a prisoner 



BIBLE MONITOR t1 



of Jesus Christ." This is entire price went and sold all that he 

consecration. had, and bought it/' How much is 

Matthew 1 3:44-46 gives us a man's soul worth? How much 

this account spoken by Jesus is salvation worth when eternal 

Christ, 'Again, the kingdom of hell is the alternative? 

heaven is like unto treasure hid Would you go wherever God 

in a field; the which when a man told you or do whatever God 

hath found, he hideth, and forjoy commanded you? "But yield 

thereof goeth and selleth all that yourselves unto God, as those 

hejiath, and buyeth that field. that are alive from the dead, and 

Again, the kingdom of heaven your members as instruments 

is like unto a merchant, seeking of righteousness unto God." 

goodly pearls: Who, when he (Romans 6:13) Can nothing be 

hath found one pearl of great more clear? 

Just as I am, Thine own to be 
Friend of the young, who lovest me, 
To consecrate myself to Thee, 

Jesus Christ, I come. 

Just as I am, young, strong, and free, 
To be the best that i can be 
For truth, and righteousness, and Thee, 
Lord of my life, I Come. 

-Marianne Hearn, 1887 
My life, my love, I give to thee, 
Thou lamb of God, who died for me; 
O, may I ever faithful be, 
My Savior and my God! 

1 now believe thou dost receive, 
For Thou hast died that I might live; 
And now henceforth III trust in Thee, 
My Savior and my God! 

O thou who died on Calvary 
To save my soul and make me free, 
I'll consecrate my life to Thee, 
My Savior and my God! 



12 



BIBLE MONITOR 



I'll live for Him who died for me, 
How happy then my life shall be! 
I'll live for Him who died for me, 
My Savior and my God! 

-R. E. Hudson 

"And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own 
selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God." II Corinthians 
8:5 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 



A HARD-HEARTED MAN 



Rudy Cover 
Exodus 7:1-25 

Do you know what it means 
to be hard-hearted? It means 
to be entirely selfish - to want 
your own way even if it causes 
suffering for others. Pharaoh did 
not care whether the children 
of Israel lived or died. He gave 
them hard work to do and had 
slave-drivers to whip anyone 
who slowed down. Pharaoh 
didn't know what love meant; nor 
did he care. 

God told Moses to go again 
to Pharaoh and tell him to send 
the children of Israel out of Egypt. 
God also said that Pharaoh 
wouldn't let them go. God knows 
everything. He knows what 
we think and He knew exactly 
what Pharaoh would do. God 
said Pharaoh would ask Moses 
and Aaron to do a miracle, then 



Aaron should cast his rod before 
Pharaoh and it would become a 
snake. Moses and Aaron went to 
Pharaoh; he did just what God 
said he would do. After he had 
seen the rod become a snake, 
he called for his magicians and 
they threw down their rods and 
they became snakes too, or at 
least that is what it looked like. 
Then a strange thing happened; 
the snake that had been Moses 
and Aaron's rod swallowed up all 
the magician's snakes. And still, 
Pharaoh wouldn't let the people 
go. 

So God told Moses to tell 
Aaron to stretch out his rod over 
the streams of water, upon the 
rivers, the pools and ponds of 
Egypt. Moses and Aaron did 
so and the water was turned 



BIBLE MONITOR 



13 



into blood. The water that was 
in jars and buckets, turned to 
blood. The fish in the river died 
and smelled something awful. 
The magicians of Pharaoh also 
caused water to become blood 
but this didn't help at all. The 
people of Egypt wanted good, 
clear, fresh, clean water to drink 
and this, the magicians could not 
give them. Finally the Egyptians 
digged near the river for water, 
for they could not drink of the 
river. The plague of blood lasted 
seven days and yet Pharaoh 
would not obey God. 

Pharaoh was, surely, a 
hard-hearted man, if there ever 
was one. Do you know what he 
needed? He needed the love of 



God in his heart, just like you 
and I. Without God's love, we 
will become selfish and hard- 
hearted: not caring for others, 
just trying to please ourselves. 
God doesn't want us to be 
hard-hearted. He wants us to 
have love in our hearts so we 
can do good to others and help 
those that are weak and poor. 
God wants us to be like Jesus. 
"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." 

Selected from the 

September 1, 1975 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



THE COMMUNION SERVICE 

Howard J. Surbey 



"Ye yourselves like unto 
men that wait for their Lord, 
when he will return from the 
wedding; that when he cometh 
and knocketh, they may open 
unto him immediately, Blessed 
are those servants, whom the 
Lord when he cometh shall find 
watching verily I say unto you, 
that he shall gird himself, and 
make them to sit down to meat, 
and will come forth and serve 
them." Luke 12:36-37. 



As we are approaching the 
time of the year when the major- 
ity of our Communion services 
are held, our thoughts naturally 
are upon this service. This is 
certainly one of the most sacred 
services in our Christian life. It 
should be cherished, longed 
for, and approached with that 
attitude. With the provisions 
God's word and our church has 
made to properly partake of this 
service, it certainly should be 



14 



BIBLE MONITOR 



a most enjoyable and longed 
for occasion. If we do not re- 
ceive all possible benefits and 
spiritual joy, from it, the fault lies 
wholly with each individual. 

With all the facilities we 
have to study discuss and prac- 
tice God's commandments, we 
individually are again at fault if 
we do not observe all He com- 
mands. With our liberties and 
the number of denominations 
existing, each individual has no 
excuse for not fellowshipping 
with the one who is nearest 
to the Bible, We are more re- 
sponsible because faithful men 
have handed, the unadulterated 
practice of God's command- 
ments down unto our genera- 
tion. 

In reading "The History of 
the Christian Church" by Fisher 
I was impressed by the follow- 
ing statement by a man who 
apparently did not practice as 
our church does, "The connec- 
tion of the Lord's Supper with 
the Lovefeasts appears to have 
been continued through the 
Apostolic Period." Why discon- 
tinue it now? 

Our text says, "Ye your- 
selves like unto men that wait 
for their Lord." I feel that not one 
of us doubt that the Lord will 
return for His faithful followers. 



Are we doing as those would 
who are waiting for Him? How 
eager are we for His return? 
Have we planned and made 
every arrangement to be certain 
that we are ready? 

We have so much scripture 
upon the suddenness, the un- 
expectedness and the haste of 
His return for His own followers. 
We have numerous signs to go 
by to show us about when He 
will return. As we meditate on 
these signs most, perhaps all 
of them have come to pass. Are 
we fully ready, if not why not? 
Our text says that "they may 
open unto Him immediately." If 
we have not known Him fully, 
through the strict observance 
of His commandments and 
through prayer with Him, who 
can be ready? 

Our text says, "Blessed are 
those servants, whom the Lord 
finds watching." Notice it says 
servants, are we faithful enough 
to His word according to the 
talents and ability that He has 
given us, to be classed as His 
servants? "Whom the Lord finds 
watching" how many minutes 
of the week are we watching? 
Just how many minutes, last 
week, did you watch - think 
- meditate upon His coming? 
Upon your readiness to know 



BIBLE MONITOR 



15 



and answer Him as He knocks? 
Some people do not have time 
to spend two hours a week 
in church service. How many 
have time to study their Sunday 
school lesson or to read and 
meditate on God's word, each 
day or even each week? 

The rewards of His com- 
ing are so certain. They are 
pictured so many ways in His 
word. Emphasis is put upon the 
extreme length of time after His 
coming. We are told of the joy, 
happiness and freedom from 
cares in eternity. All these cer- 
tainly show us that His servants 
will be "blessed." 

We are told so often to 



preach to others, and to lead 
and encourage others. Howev- 
er Paul gives a timely warning, 
"Lest when I have preached to 
others, I myself may be a cast- 
away." Are we like men, waiting 
for our Lord? 

"But let a man examine him- 
self, and so let him eat of that 
bread, and drink of that cup.' 1 I 
Cor. 11:28. O Lord forgive me 
and prepare me for Thy spiritual 
food that I may understand Thy 
word and be watching for Thy 
coming. 

Selected from the 

September 1, 1950 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



CARNAL CHURCH MEMBERS 



"For ye are yet carnal, for 
whereas there is among you en- 
vying, and strife, and divisions, 
are ye not carnal, and walk as 
men?" I Corinthians 3:3 

When we think of the word 
"carnal" we usually put "carnal" 
and "worldly" together. The 
word "worldly" means different 
things to different individuals 
and groups. It can include 
everything from clothing to 
amusements and a whole lot in 
between. 

One definition of carnai is 



"having a lack of spiritual under- 
standing or actions." Old Testa- 
ment "lying carnally" describes 
adultery or idolatry. One usage 
of carnal that we completely 
reject is the idea of an individual 
willfully being rebellious to the 
known commandments of God 
and still being a carnal Christian. 
This does not refer to backslid- 
ing but to a lifestyle of rebellion. 
Paul's definition of "carnal" 
contains actions we do not 
normally put into that category. 
But, in reality, these actions are 



16 



BIBLE MONITOR 



the root of carnality in church 
members. 

Envying is usually a subtle 
action. It is often in the heart 
rather than an outward action. 
I Timothy 3:1 tells us "This is 
a true saying, If a man desire 
the office of a bishop (elder), 
he desireth a good work." We 
believe this is true of any church 
position if you feel the Lord has 
given you this gift. The problem 
comes when someone else is 
voted into this position. Your 
attitude proves whether you 
are carnal or not. While we 
believe the church is the voice 
of God, we do not believe that 
the church is infallible. Whether 
we admit it or not the voting 
for positions in the church is a 
popularity contest, at least to 
some degree. We believe it is 
similar to voting for government 
positions in that God overrules 
while allowing for human free 
will. I realize this is complicated 
and perhaps beyond our total 
comprehension. We can also 
envy an individual that is in a 
church position that we are not 
eligible for. Although I do not 
desire the office of an official, 
! do enjoy filling an office open 
to those in my status. But I 
can truthfully say that God has 
taken any envy out of my heart 



for those who do fill this position 
and allows me to encourage 
them with an honest attitude. 

I deeply appreciate the fact 
that we can usually express our 
thoughts even if we are not the 
leader in Bible Study on Sunday 
mornings. Some churches do 
not allow for this. Since the 
New Testament believers did 
not have Sunday School, Paul 
does not discuss this issue. 
However, many Bible scholars 
believe there was discussion 
during regular service among 
the males. Some believe this 
is what Paul meant by women 
being silent. But he also defi- 
nitely rules out women preach- 
ers which carnal churches have 
allowed. 

Strife refers to bad feelings 
leading to un-Christ-like actions 
between members. How can 
we share the love of Christ with 
the unsaved if we are not at 
peace with one another? Our 
carnal hearts tear down rather 
than try to raise up those that 
are weak in faith among us. 
We may at times cause strife 
without desiring to do so. Our 
understanding of certain posi- 
tions of Holy Scripture can lead 
to strife in place of being of one 
mind. Exactly what being of one 
mind is has caused much strife 



BIBLE MONITOR 



17 



itself. 

Envy and strife finally lead to 
divisions. It usually starts with 
divisions within the church. In 
our free plural ministry it can 
begin by differences between 
leadership. Then the congrega- 
tion begins to take sides. Paul 
describes this in the first chapter 
of this book. "Now this I say, that 
every one of you saith, I am of 
Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of 
Cephas (Peter): and I of Christ." 
The division is often more about 
personalities than about Bible 
doctrine. This then often leads 
to divisions called splits. Splits 
many times become splinters. 



Where splits and splinters do 
not occur it leads to confusion. 
Different denominations 
and independent groups share 
the same problems both within 
and when dealing with others. 
The fundamental groups lean 
on Paul, though they claim to 
believe the whole Bible. Armin- 
ians lean heavily on the book of 
James. The Roman Catholic 
Church looks to Peter. Let us be 
whole Bible Anabaptist/Pietistic 
believers. 

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



D. K. 

"Enoch walked with God 
after he begat Methuselah three 
hundred years, and begat sons 
and daughters: and all the days 
of Enoch were three hundred 
sixty and five years, and Enoch 
walked with God; and he was 
not; for God took him." Gen. 
5:22-24. This is a brief record 
of a man full of faith, love and 
obedience to God, living in a 
world of sin. Enoch lived a short 
life on earth compared to the 
life of his son Methuselah who 
lived 969 years. May we see the 



WALKING WITH GOD 

Marks 



need, the importance and the 
reward for walking with God. 

"These are the generations 
of Noah: Noah was a just man 
and perfect in his generations, 
and Noah walked with God." 
Gen. 6:9. 

We read that wickedness 
increased on the earth, that 
the thoughts and imaginations 
of their hearts were continually 
evil. God said to Noah he would 
destroy the wicked with a flood 
and save the lives of those who 
walked with God. 



18 



BIBLE MONITOR 



God told Noah to build 
an ark of gopher wood, with 
lower, second and third stories, 
specifying the length, width and 
height, one door and one win- 
dow. Noah believed and obeyed 
God in all things; he was the 
great grandson of Enoch. When 
the ark was built and the things 
put in that God said should be 
placed in it, God told Noah and 
his wife, his three sons and their 
wives to go into the ark, they all 
walked with God and obeyed 
his word, therefore they were 
saved. 

After the flood the people 
began to multiply in the earth, 
when those that were in the ark 
had died, many began to walk 
away from God. God called 
Abram to walk with him in a 
land he never walked before; 
he obeyed and received great 
blessings. Isaac and Jacob 
walked with God. 

While the children of Israel 
were living in Egypt in bondage, 
Moses was born, his life was 
saved, and his mother taught 
him to obey God before he was 
taken to Pharaoh's daughter 
and learned the Egyptian lan- 
guage and saw their idol wor- 
ship. Moses did not forget his 
people who were suffering and 
walking with God. When Moses 



had grown to full manhood he 
decided to visit and help his 
people. 

Moses began his work, 
but soon he had to flee to the 
country of Midian, feed a large 
flock of sheep and draw nearer 
to God for 40 years. When 
Moses walked close to the 
burning bush, he discovered 
he had walked near to God. 
God told Moses what he should 
do. Moses made excuses, 
God promised to supply all his 
needs. Moses talked, prayed 
and walked with God till he had 
led the children of Israel to the 
Red Sea. 

The Egyptian army was in 
the rear intending to take Moses 
and the people back into Egypt 
to work in bondage. Moses told 
the Israelites to stand still and 
see the salvation of God. God 
made the waters divide, those 
that walked with God landed 
safe on the other side alive. The 
Egyptians did not walk with God 
and they died in the sea. 

Moses walked with God till 
they came to Mt. Sinai, then 
God called Moses to come up 
on the mount near to him. God 
gave Moses the Ten Com- 
mandments and other laws 
they should obey. The Israelites 
were in the valley, they walked 



B[BLE MONITOR 



19 



away from God in spirit, and 
they worshiped idols. God sent 
Moses down to teach them to 
walk with God again. As they 
traveled toward Canaan many 
complained and murmured, 
about problems along the way. 
They murmured against Moses 
and God. God destroyed those 
who did not always walk with 
him. 

Joshua and Caleb were 
the only men that left Egypt 
that entered into Canaan. The 
children and the children that 
were born on the way were not 
held accountable for not walk- 
ing with God and they entered 
into Canaan. Before Joshua 
died he taught and warned the 
people to walk with God. The 
rising generations started to 
walk away from God. 

God warned them byjudges 
and prophets to walk with him. 
Wicked kings and queens, 
guided by the evil spirit, led and 
forced many to walk away from 
God. 

When Jesus was born on 
earth a few were walking with 
God. Jesus walked with God in 
baptism, soon the devil came 
and tempted him and invited 
Jesus to walk with him. Jesus 
refused and walked with God. 
'The law of truth was in his 



mouth, and iniquity was not 
found in his lips; he walked with 
me in peace and equity, and did 
turn many away from iniquity." 
Mai. 2:6. 

The prophet described 
the life and work of Jesus be- 
fore he came on earth. Jesus 
called twelve disciples and 
taught them the way to walk 
with God. He taught them faith, 
repentance, baptism, love, joy, 
peace, meekness, purity and 
forgiveness. They walked with 
Jesus, but sometimes Peter 
thought he knew a better way. 
Jesus told Peter that Satan was 
misleading him; Peter changed 
his mind and walked with God. 
On the same night that Pe- 
ter had his feet washed and ate 
the Lord's Supper he walked 
away from God and sinned, lat- 
er he repented. "Then entered 
Satan into Judas, surnamed 
Iscariot, being of the number 
of the twelve. And he went 
his way, and communed with 
the chief priests and captains, 
how he might betray him unto 
them. And they were glad, and 
covenanted to give him money. 
And he promised, and sought 
opportunity to betray him unto 
them in the absence of the mul- 
titude." Luke 22:3-6. 

Judas walked with God and 



20 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Jesus three years, then Satan 
entered into him and he walked 
away from God. The eleven did 
not know that he was walking 
away from God. 

fn John 13, when Jesus 
had washed their feet, Jesus 
said ye are clean, but not all. 
'Verily, verily I say unto you, 
that one of you shall betray me." 
The eleven were astonished 
and troubled. Verse 27, Satan 
entered into Judas, he went 
and betrayed Jesus then he 
died a cruel death. Jesus died, 
afterwards he arose from the 
grave, he came to his disciples, 
he taught them to walk with 
God, and Jesus ascended up 
into heaven. 

The disciples went to Jeru- 
salem, gathered together in a 
room and waited for the Holy 
Spirit to fill and guide them to 
walk with God, and to teach 
others. Many thousands started 
to walk with God. Satan the en- 
emy of the church and the soul, 



gathered his workers together 
and killed many that walked 
with God. Some were put in 
prison and punished. Satan de- 
ceived many, he taught them to 
live: in sin, in pride, in unbelief, 
in darkness, in disobedience to 
God's word, in hate, in envy, in 
jealousy and spirituai wicked- 
ness. The followers of Satan 
will dwell in torment with Satan 
in eternity. It is the privilege 
and duty of every last soul to 
examine themselves if they are 
walking with God. The message 
of Joshua was, "Choose you 
this day whom ye will serve." 

We should be glad and 
rejoice to know that Jesus and 
those who walked with God on 
earth, are living and reigning in 
Heaven and are waiting to wel- 
come those in, who are walking 
with God. 

Selected from the 

August 1, 1950 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



CHRISTIANITY VERSES WAR 

John Roop 



VI. TRIBULATIONS OF 
ELDER REUEL PRITCHETT 

ltwasAugust8, 1918, when 
I arrived at Camp Jackson, locat- 
ed at Columbia, South Carolina. 



I had a list of five Brethren, 
two from the District of N. C, 
and three from the District of 
Tennessee who had got me 
the information that their non- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



21 



combatant principfes had been 
violated. 

On arriving in the Camp 
and going over some records I 
found that two of the boys were 
in prison because of their con- 
viction against war. And being 
in a guard house inside of the 
Depot Brigade I had to have a 
pilot to approach the boys or 
even go inside the Depot Bri- 
gade. 

So I got permission from 
several of the highest officers 
outside of said Brigade to go in 
and see the parties. They said 
O. K.; hope you may explain 
matters in a way that it will be 
a benefit to the boys and those 
in charge. So I procured a 
guide, he being an officer who 
led me far into the alleys and 
streets of the Depot Brigade, 
then betrayed me by giving 
me the dodge and leaving me 
on forbidden ground without a 
friend or a pilot or even to know 
how to get out or to proceed to 
see the boys in prison. And of 
course I was soon picked up 
by some officers and marched 
to an enclosure fenced by barb 
wire, some ten or twelve feet 
high. Everywhere and in all di- 
rections were armed guards but 
a special guard was detailed to 
care for my wants. I was com- 



manded not to speak to any 
one. I asked to be permitted to 
sit in the shade of a tree, this I 
was denied. 

Nine hours I passed, sev- 
eral hours not knowing what 
was going to develop, but at 
length I was escorted over sev- 
eral blocks under guard to the 
Military Police Headquarters 
where I was permitted a trial. 

When my turn came to ap- 
pear before the judge the judge 
said to my escort, "What is the 
matter with your man? Who 
said, "This man was picked up 
in the Depot Brigade spread- 
ing seditious literature, also 
professes to be a conscientious 
objector?" I said, "Judge may I 
speak? 1 ' And the Judge said, 
"Say on—." Then I explained 
my position fully, also I had a 
copy of the Presidents' mes- 
sage concerning non-combat- 
ants, also I had our own church 
circulars issued by the Confer- 
ence and Brother Swigart which 
I showed him, then the Judge 
said to the escort, "What do you 
want me to do with him?" 

The escort replied "It's 
yours to say, Judge/' 

Then the Judge turned to 
me and said, "You may be re- 
leased." I went to my hotel and 
wrote all the boys in the camp 



22 



BIBLE MONITOR 



my experience and told them 
that I was only glad to share 
some of the persecution with 
them. 
Signed, 

REUELB. PRITCHETT 

VII. CAMP TAYLOR, 
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 

This camp is of special 
interest to the brotherhood 
because of the large number 
of Brethren sent there from 
consistent homes and because 
the camp itself partakes of the 
lawlessness of the Blue Grass 
State. 

The early part of the draft 
produced conditions here simi- 
lar to those in other camps. 
A detention camp was estab- 
lished, Brethren stood firm in 
the faith of non-resistance and 
Brother Manly Deeter of Milford, 
Indiana, visited the Brethren 
dauntlessly. The first difficulty 
to be experienced was on the 
part of two Hemminger broth- 
ers when they were separated, 
- Charles F., sent to Camp 
Shelby, Mississippi, and Willard 
F. left in Camp Taylor. An anx- 
ious mother works and prays 
in Elkhart, Indiana, for both. 
Though the work was cease- 
less from October 12, 1917 it 
was April 9, 1918, before the 



War Department took action 
on the case of Charles F. Hem- 
minger, when they commended 
him as a good soidier detailed 
as Kitchen Police. The other 
brother we shall follow through 
dungeons to the infamous is- 
land of Alcatraz in the Pacific. 

Other Brethren to go to 
Camp Shelby were Simon E. 
Holsopple, Jesse S. LaRue, 
Milton Kuhlman, and one whose 
name is missing. These were 
objectors but other Brethren ac- 
cepted non-combatant service 
here. The Brethren who were 
sent to such camps as Shelby 
deserve sympathy. Conscien- 
tious objectors were few and 
officers harsh. Brother Hem- 
minger was compelled to work 
under a captain who remarked 
to Brother White who was visit- 
ing Brother Hemminger, "I have 
no sympathy for your clique, 
and if I had you all in France a 
short time I would soon be rid 
of the nuisance." 

Until April 1, 1918 when the 
President defined non-combat- 
ant service the conscientious 
objectors had the usual ups 
and down in Taylor as in other 
camps. Then, however, the 
officers disregarded the Con- 
stitution of the United States 
of America which guarantee 



BIBLE MONITOR 



23 



religious freedom; the Military 
Exemption Act of 1903; and 
the specific order of Secretary 
of War Baker to command- 
ing generals: "With respect to 
their attitude of objecting to the 
military service, these men are 
not to be treated as violating 
military laws, thereby subject- 
ing them to the penalties of the 
articles of war, but their attitude 
in this respect will be quietly 
ignored and they will be treated 
with kindly consideration." 

Failing to comply with the 
President's direction regarding 
those who could not accept 
the non-combatant military 
service the officers devised 
all sorts of strategy to ensnare 
conscientious objectors for 
military service. There were 
those among the conscientious 
objectors who also used their 
brains. Conscientious objectors 
could not be called "sullen and 
defiant" when they volunteered 
to clean up hospital grounds. 
Prior to April 1 they had done 
commendable work but also as 
conscientious objectors. From 
this date on the officers deter- 
mined that they should work as 
soldiers. 

For a while it appeared that 
the conscientious objectors 
were weakening when a few 



took up the offered service. This 
rate was too slow. The officers 
thundered all sorts of disaster 
at those who refused. Every 
blow only solidified the body of 
conscientious objectors as the 
massive drop-forge does steei. 
Brother Everett R. Fisher who, 
acting as mess sergeant, came 
in contact with the officers and 
he says at this time, "The duties 
we are called upon to do are 
very monotonous and trying. 
If the work were only of some 
value!" Urging that the church 
attempt a definite reconstruc- 
tion work he says of Camp 
Taylor, "Each one's belongings 
are very much in common. 
Churches have long since 
dropped from our minds and 
it is the man we love. Creeds 
are forgotten, and differences 
of opinion are charitably borne 
with." 

When threats failed to break 
the solid ranks of conscientious 
objectors, the officers resorted 
to lies and uncouth trickery. 
Writing May 12, Brother Hem- 
minger says, "There were 62 
of us under guard here at our 
barracks and 12 in a regular 
guard house, but last Friday 
they released 27 out of our 
group and took them back and 
ordered them to do the same 



24 



BIBLE MONITOR 



kind of work that they had re- 
fused. However, they refused 
again, They were brought back 
in barracks again. Then they 
told the 35 of us that the ones 
they had released promised to 
work, and they wanted us to 
promise, but we did not." 

Brethren arriving in new 
drafts were being tried to the 
utmost, as the following incident 
shows. "One of our brethren 
arrived at this camp recently. 
He was transferred from his 
company to the Base Hospital 
against his will. He worked a 
while and then refused. Some 
soldiers tarred and feathered 
him. I suppose he had some 
pretty hard trials but he was 
finally segregated in the non- 
combatant Barracks." 

— W. F. Hemminger. 

Throughout the trials Broth- 
er Deeter serves the suffering 
ones well. Those who were 
accused as being leaders were 
put in a very unsanitary guard 
house with other prisoners. 
Starved and jostled about one 
brother from Indianapolis died 
in June. The others were di- 
vided up, some under guard, 
some eat standing, and some 
supposed to be kick-dogs for 
the others. These tactics, of 
course, are destined to fail- 



ure among brethren. Brother 
Deeter does what he can for 
all. Incidentally or purposely the 
officers arranged that conscien- 
tious objectors could change 
their minds on Sunday and ac- 
cept service. Those of strong 
convictions and keen intellect 
stood firm. Having passed 
through severest tests and trials 
Brother Fisher states June 30, 
"I am as certain as ever that no 
true Christian has any place in 
the army," 

When the farm furlough law 
became operative the Camp 
Taylor conscientious objectors 
fared much the same as did 
the conscientious objectors in 
other camps, except possibly a 
few more, proportionately, were 
placed in homes where the spirit 
was hostile to ours. When recon- 
struction hospital work was of- 
fered, some who were on farms 
decided to accept that service. 
The work of fitting war-disabled 
men to take a useful place in 
life is slow. Consequently those 
who accepted this service were 
among the very last of the 
Brethren to regain civil freedom. 
Having accepted the service 
voluntarily it was difficult even 
for the son of a widowed mother 
to get his claims for discharge 
considered. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



25 



The severest persecution in 
any camp scarcely compares 
to that inflicted upon the guard 
house conscientious objector 
inmates from April 5 to August 
15. Horrible treatment by sol- 
diers and fellow prisoners who 
were not soldiers can only be 
imagined. The shock has been 
so severe that the author can 
obtain but little information from 
those who lived through it. Mail 
was severely censored. The 
letters that have been cut into 
ribbons by the censor's knife 
speak volumes. The father who 
visited camp to see his son 
but was denied that privilege 



because his son had been put 
inside the guard house a week 
or more before was made sor- 
rowful. Like Mary he knew his 
son had done nothing worthy of 
bonds. 

Editor's note: The first selection 
tells of the harassment of Eider 
Pritchett, serving as a camp 
visitor. 

The second selection tells of 
the conditions the non-resistors 
faced in Kentucky. In the camps 
west of where the bulk of the 
Brethren were known, the non- 
resistors faced harsher condi- 
tions. 



OBITUARY 

WILLIAM CARPENTER 

1 have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have 
kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7 

Bro. William Monroe Carpenter, 90, passed away Monday, 
June 14, 2010. He was born on August 8, 1 91 9 (on the gooseneck 
of Bean Creek) in Evansport, Ohio, the son of Jay and Florence 
(Replogle) Carpenter. Bill gave his heart to the Lord at the age of 
thirteen and was baptized into the Pleasant Ridge Dunkard Brethren 
Church. On August 8, 1942, in Montpelier, Ohio, he married Larena 
M. Pike and they were blessed with eight children. She preceded 
him in death on April 5, 2008. 

Bill was called to the ministry in 1 941 , and was ordained to the 
eldership in 1969. He served on the General Mission Board, the 
Relief Board and the Bible Study Board. He was over 90 years old 
when he preached his last sermon, He worked for sixteen years at 
Comfort Tile Mill in Tecumseh and Smith Douglas Fertilizer Com- 



26 BIBLE MONITOR 



pany in Riga for seventeen years. Bill also enjoyed farming for a 
number of years. 

He lovingly cared for his wife of sixty five years even through 
the tough times (especially after she developed Alzheimer's), which 
was a constant reminder to his children of what true love is. 

Bill is survived by four daughters, Carolyn Carpenter of Dallas 
Center, Iowa, Joan (Arthur) Wheeler of Canandaigua, Michigan, 
Janice (Michael) Snedeker of Jackson, Michigan, and Florence 
"Jean" (James) Karabinus of Swanton, Ohio; four sons, Robert 
(Clarice) Carpenter of Peru, Indiana, Ronald (Cynthia) Carpenter of 
Hudson, Michigan, Richard Carpenter of Canandaigua, Michigan, 
and Denzei (Pamela) Carpenter of Morenci, Michigan; eighteen 
grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren. 

Besides his wife, Larena, Bill was preceded in death by his 
parents; two sisters, one in childhood and Genevieve Younglove; 
and three brothers, Irvin, John, and David Carpenter. 

Funeral services were held at the West Fulton Dunkard Breth- 
ren Church, with Brother Fred Johnson officiating, Brother Brant 
Jamison had opening devotions, and Elder Harley Flory conducted 
the graveside service. 

As Dad often ended his prayers; May you (God) be pleased to 
own and accept of us in that upper and better kingdom. Amen. 

NEWS ITEMS 

MT. ZION, PENNSYLVANIA 

Lord willing Mr. Zion Congregation plans a fail revival, Septem- 
ber 1 9 through 26. Brother Len Wertz plans to be with us. 
We welcome all who are able, to come worship with us. 

God Bless, 

Brother Kenny Wilkerson 

ZILLAH, WASHINGTON 

The Zillah Congregation is looking forward to a revival meeting, 
the Lord willing, September 19 through 26, 2010. Brother Milton 
Cook from Beaumont, California will be the evangelist. There will 
be a Lovefeast Service on Saturday, September 25. All meetings 



r 



BIBLE MONITOR 27 



will be held at the Granger meeting house. Please pray for this 
meeting and attend if possible. All are welcome. 

Sister Becky Deaton, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

We would like to thank all our friends and relatives for all the 
beautiful cards and gifts that we received for our 60th Weddinq 
Anniversary. 

Brother Wayne and Sister Ruby Pike 

THANK YOU 

Thank you to all for your prayers, encouragement, cards and 
support during and since the time of my eye surgery! It means so 
much and I pray God will bless you for your love and caringi Rejoice 
with me that the intense headaches I was having before surgery 
are now gone! I praise God for this healing. I am adjusting well to 
my artificial eye. The Doctors are happy with the outcome of the 
surgery and are now working with my good eye to try and stabilize 
my eye condition in hopes of maintaining the eye sight I have I 
thank God for the gift of the eyesight I have today and trust Him 
for the tomorrows! I continue to pray for wisdom and direction for 
my Doctors as they make decisions and that God will be olorified 
through it all. 

So again, thank you for allowing God to use you to bring en- 
couragement to me! May we continue to pray for each other and 

be faithful to the end. 

Sister Edith Kay Yoder 



28 BIBLE MONITOR 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

OCTOBER 2010 

Oct. 3 - Judgment of Neighboring Nations and Christ's First Ad- 
vent -Zechariah 9 



1 , What effect did the spread of Greek Civilization have on the 
coming of Jesus and the Gospel message that followed? 



2. What verses speak about the future deliverance of the people 
of God? 



Oct. 10 - Redeeming God's People - Zechariah 10 



1. Discuss the differences of events, some which have hap- 
pened and some which are yet to happen. 



2. Discuss the advent of the faithful shepherd, how he cares 
for us and leads us. 



Oct. 17 - The False Shepherds and the Foolish Shepherds 
Zechariah 11 



1. What were the shepherds doing to qualify them as false 
shepherds? 



2. The shepherd of the last three verses is different. What makes 
him different? 



BIBLE MONITOR 29 



Oct. 24 - In That Day - Zechariah 12 

1 . What is the writer referring to when he says, "In that day?" 



2. How do the peopie of Israel figure into the events described 

here? 



Oct. 31 -The Fountain, the Flock, and the Furnace -Zechariah 13 

1 . How do these events pertain to Jesus and His followers? 

2. What will happen to God's people in order to purify them? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
OCTOBER 2010 

Oct. 3 -The Ten Lepers - Luke 17:11-19 

1 . What distinction does being Samaritan have on this account? 



2. What became of the nine lepers who did not return to give 
thanks? 



Oct. 10 -The Pharisee and Publican- Luke 18:9-17 



1. Verses 11 and 12 contain a word that is used many times. 
What is its significance in this parable? 



30 BIBLE MONITOR 



2. What was it that justified the publican? 
Oct. 17- Delusions -Gen. 3:1-7, Luke 6:49, James 1:21-27 
1 . What event occurred that first caused Eve to be tempted? 



2. What decision did Adam have to make before he took the 
fruit from Eve? 



Oct. 24 - Seeking God - Deut. 4:29-31, Ps. 105:1-8, Is. 55:1-8, 
Luke 11:9-10, Acts 17:26-31 



1 . What sort of persistence does it take to find God? 



2. Does God give us a taste of good things to come? If so, how 
does He do this? 



Oct. 31 - Thoughtfuiness - Deut. 32:1-5, Jn. 1:8-9, Hag, 1:4-7, 
Psalm 1:1-6, I Tim. 4:15-16 



1 . What conditions make the difference between Godliness and 
ungodliness? 



2. What must WE do in order to become a godly person? 



BIBLE MONITOR 



31 



DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 
3949S 1 00E 
Peru. IN 36970 

Tom St. John. Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Marlin Marks, Treasurer 

429 Summit Drive 

Red Lion. PA 17356-1119 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Robert Carpenter, Chairman 
6150 E 775 S 
Peru. IN 46970 

James Eberly, Secretary 
P.O. Box 504 
Terre Hill. PA 17581 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2271 Co.Rd74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Frank E. Shaffer 

1 3055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 1 7225 

Milton Cook 
1138 East 12th St 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

Ronald Marks 

1813 North 136th Ave. 

Hart, Ml 49420 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford. CA 95386 

James Meyers 
26331 205"' Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Veiling Wolfe, Chairman 
451 Schubert Rd 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Kevin Funk, Secretary 
24107 N Avenue 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 



David Aungst, Treasurer 
334 Birds Hill Road 
Pine Grove, PA 1 7963 

Keith Bailey 

541 East Main Streel 

Bradford. OH 45308 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Milton Cook, Cnairman 
1138 East 12th Street 
Beaumont. CA 92223 

Ken Brock. Secretary 
20845 County Road H-50 
WesL Unity, OH 43570 

Dennis Meyers 
20337 270th St 
Adel, IA 50003 

Jeremiah Johnson 
P.O. Box 258 
Kapenguria, Kenya 30600 

Lynn H. Miller 

70 Round Barn Road 

New mans town, PA17073 



RELfEF BOARD 

Mark Cordrey. Chairman 
525 W. Grayson Road 
Modesto. CA 95358 
(209)549-2015 

David St. John, Secretary 
16687 Rd 15 
Pioneer, OH 43554 
(419)737-3064 

Doyle Lorenz, Treasurer 
1 903 S SR 1 9 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 
(515)833-2904 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

Paul David Skiles. Superintended 
HCR79, Box 8 
Cuba. NM 87013 

Date Meyers, Chairman 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 

James Meyers. Secretary 
26331 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 1 00 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Justin Beck 
480 Shubert Rd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Jeff Davis 

18335 NW 1700 Rd 

Garnett. KS 66032 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Merle Sweitzer, Chairman 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton. PA 17322 

Alan Meyers. 
23997 268th Lane 
Adel. IA 50003 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Verling Wolfe, Secretary 
451 Schubert Rd 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewnod, OH 45322 

All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his re- 
cords. 



C u> 


s 


< CM 


e Q 


0- *fc 


£ n < 


If 


S^ 


m 5 


z 


Q_ 



o 

C c CD 

£ s £ 

CD +j LL 

CD to 

5 H £ 

□ T" Z 



-S 
as 

03 

G- 
CD 

u: 

S 

CO 
co 

CO 

8 



BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXXVIII 



OCTOBER. 2010 



NO. 10 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints : ' 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in lite 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 ho!y, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

HELP US TO HELP EACH OTHER 

Help us to help each other, Lord, 
Each other's cross to bear; 
Let each his friendly aid afford, 
And feel his brother's care. 

Help us to build each other up, 
Our little stock improve; 
increase our faith, confirm our hope, 
And perfect us in love. 

Up into Thee, the living Head, 
Let us in all things grow; 
Till thou hast made us free indeed, 
And spotless here below. 



Then, when the mighty work is wrought, 
Receive thy ready bride; 
Give us in Heav'n a happy lot 
With all the sanctified. 

-Charles Wesley 



BIBLE MONITOR 



DO-IT-YOURSE 

There is a large industry in 
the United States devoted to 
those who wish to build or fix 
things themselves rather than 
have a professional do it. Large 
stores sell the necessary items 
so a home owner with a little 
construction ability can build an 
addition, install needed utilities, 
remodel what is unattractive, 
redo the landscape around the 
house or any number of other 
projects. Others with some 
mechanical ability are able to 
rebuild, restore, or soup-up 
their automobiles. They can add 
horsepower, change the shape 
of the body, or replace engines 
with the help of parts stores 
willing to provide the parts and 
perhaps some technical advice. 
Many are able to save money 
by doing these tasks for thern- 



LF RELIGION 

selves rather than pay a profes- 
sional. Few are able to save 
time, since these tasks usually 
become much more involved 
than originally planned. Many 
of these projects fail to find 
completion. Others, although 
finished, are obviously not the 
work of a craftsman. 

Do-it-yourself projects are 
fine for those who have the 
interest and sufficient talents 
to finish the job. For some the 
difficulties of the activity will dis- 
courage them and the project 
will never be finished. Others 
will run into technical difficul- 
ties and will need the help of a 
professional. Some will finish 
but will have been so discour- 
aged that they will never tackle 
another do-it-yourself project. 
Others will do fine and will save 



THE BIBLE MONITOR 



OCTOBER, 2010 



Published monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in the plant of Haines Printing Company. 

Postmaster: Send address changes to Haines Printing Company, 10575 West 
Main Road, North East, PA 16428. 

Terms: Single subscription S5.00 a year in advance. 

Send all subscriptions and communications to the editor. 

MILTON COOK, Editor; 1138 East 12th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. (951)845-6231 

KEITH BAILEY, Assistant Editor 541 East Main Street, Bradford, OH 48308. 

DENNIS ST. JOHN, Associate Editor; 21397-B50, Bryan. OH 43506. 

KEVIN FUNK, Associate Editor; 24107 N Avenue, Dallas Center, IA 50063. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



the money they wished and will 
be able to adapt the project to 
their particular desires. Those 
who provide the materials for 
these projects may overprom- 
ise the results so their claims 
may become temptations. 

Many have adopted the 
do-it-yourself approach to their 
Christian lives. They have lis- 
tened to those who promote that 
there is no need to associate 
with others in living for Christ. 
After all, the most serious de- 
cision anyone will ever make 
during their lifetime will be their 
choice of what they will do with 
Jesus Christ. Will He become 
the Lord of their lives? Will He 
become their personal Savior? 
This decision has eternal rami- 
fications. No other decision will 
ever be so important. Having 
made that decision, a Christian 
may believe that he can go 
along the Christian pathway by 
himself. 

They do not see any need 
for fellowship. After all, when 
people gather there may be 
the possibility of disagree- 
ment. They see no value in 
the ordinances that have been 
delivered to us for our Spiritual 
benefit. They want to do their 
own thing. They can read the 
Word. They can choose how to 



live their lives. They will isolate 
themselves from others, or 
they will gather with only a few, 
perhaps close family members. 
Supposedly this isolates them 
from the errors of others and 
they will not have to worry about 
the quirks and foibles of those 
with whom they otherwise might 
have to associate. 

Christianity may be lived in 
solitary confinement if neces- 
sary, but it is designed to be lived 
as a Brotherhood. Members 
are divided into geographical 
congregations so they may 
freely associate together. This 
provides the encouragement 
necessary in difficult times that 
is found in fellowship. In times 
of sorrow and need, the body 
provides what is lacking in the 
individual. Just as the human 
body is interconnected and inter- 
dependent, so the body of Christ 
needs all the organs available 
to function properly. Also, the 
lack of meeting together brings 
a lack of accountability. All parts 
of the body are accountable to 
the rest of the body. When there 
is a lack of accountability, there 
is more danger of going astray 
into unproductive and wrong 
ways. Bad habits may be formed 
through the casual disregard of 
the seriousness of fellowship. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Each can and should en- 
gage in meaningful worship. 
Undoubtedly, prayer, praise and 
mediation are good exercises 
for the soul, However there is 
a need to be part of the body 
and engage in these same ac- 
tivities. Public worship becomes 
a deeper experience when it is 
accompanied by fellowship. 

Individualism can lead to a 
cooling of ardor in the serving 
of Christ. Just as a coal will go 
out if it is removed too far from 
the hearth so the spiritual life 



will be cool when it is removed 
from the body of believers. It is 
important to stay close to the 
warmth of the body. The wise 
man says that it is better for two 
to be together in the bed on a 
cold night, so it is good for all to 
be part of the body. 

Stay close to the body. Do 
not stray from the fellowship, 
service and love of the body of 
Christ. We all need each other 
in this cold and unfriendly world. 

M. C. Cook 



TO THE REGIONS BEYOND 



There is an interesting pas- 
sage in Paul's second epistle to 
the church at Corinth that helps 
us understand in practical terms 
how the Great Commission is 
carried out. The Apostle said, 
Tor we stretch not ourselves 
beyond our measure, as though 
we reached not unto you: for we 
are come as far as to you also in 
preaching the gospel of Christ: 
Not boasting of things without 
our measure, that is, of other 
men's labours; but having hope, 
when your faith is increased, 
that we shall be enlarged by 
you according to our rule abun- 
dantly, To preach the gospel in 
the regions beyond you, and not 



to boast in another man's line of 
things made ready to our hand." 
(II Corinthians 10:14-16) 

The aged Apostle was tell- 
ing his converts in the Greek 
city of Corinth that his mission 
was to bring the gospel of Christ 
to them and he had completed 
that work. He then speaks to 
them about their missionary 
responsibility. He suggests that 
as they mature as believers, 
they should consider enlarging 
Paul's ministry by going to the 
regions beyond with this same 
blessed gospel. He wanted them 
to have a vision of the many un- 
reached souls in the world. That 
is what he meant by the "regions 






BIBLE MONITOR 



beyond" countries, cities, tribes, 
people and nations that still have 
not been evangelized. 

Not everybody can go to the 
mission field, but every Christian 
can be involved in what it takes 
to get the job done. Missions re- 
quire three things to accomplish 
the work - go, give and pray. It is 
the Lord of the Harvest Himself 
who will guide us in our task of 
reaching a lost world for Christ. 

Jesus told His disciples that 
He would provide them with 
the power for this ministry. He 
said, "Ye shall receive power 
after that the Holy Ghost is 
come upon you, and ye shall 
be witnesses unto me, in Judah, 
Samaria, and unto the uttermost 
part of the earth." (Acts 1 :8) 



God and finds his particular work 
to spread the gospel, he can rest 
assured that the risen Christ will 
empower him by the Holy Spirit 
to fulfill his responsibility in the 
harvest of the ages. 

More than two thousand 
years ago Christ announced 
this Great Commission "Go ye 
therefore and teach all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of 
the Father, and of the Son, and 
of the Holy Ghost: Teaching 
them to observe all things what- 
soever I have commanded you: 
and lo, I am with you always, 
even unto the end of the world. 
Amen." (Matthew 28:19-20) 

The old Missionary hymn 
entitled "To the Regions Beyond" 
presses the divine call in a most 
impelling way: 



When the Christian yields to 

To the regions beyond I must go, I must go, 

Where the story has never been told; 

To the millions that never have heard of His love, 

I must tell the sweet story of old. 

To the regions beyond, I must go, I must go 

Till the world, all the world, His salvations shall know. 

To the hardest of places He calls me to go. 

Not thinking of comfort or ease; 

The world may pronounce me a dreamer or fool 

Enough if the Master I please. 



The call of a lost and dying 
world goes unnoticed by most 
people, but for God's children, 
it haunts the soul and urges 



full surrender to Christ that His 
command must be carried out. 
There is a real sense in which 
this call comes to every Chris- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



tian. God has a place in this 
holy enterprise for all of us. 

The concern of the Dunkarrj 
Brethren Church for carrying 
out the missionary mandate 
has been growing in recent 
decades. Doors of opportunity 
have opened and many are 
responding to the call to a mis- 
sionary commitment. Some are 
going for long-term ministry: 
others are going as short-term 
missionaries. The Dunkard 
Brethren work in the Navajo 
Nation in the Southwest, con- 
tinues its vital witness to Native 
Americans. Full time staff and 
short-term missionaries make 
up the work force on this field. 
For over a dozen years, 
the African Mission Board has 
directed the Kenya mission in 
EastAfrica. Many Brothers and 
Sisters have labored in that field 
and continue to do so. There 
are continuing evidences of 
growth and maturity in the na- 
tional church in Kenya. Godly 
African Brethren preach, teach 
and give pastoral care to the 
native congregations. 

The Dunkard Missions 
follow the simple apostolic 
method of missionary work. Its 
primary concern is to win souls 
to Christ and gather them into 
New Testament congregations. 



Compassion moves the Breth- 
ren to minister to the physical 
and other needs of the people 
where possible. 

The home congregations 
have the privilege of holding up 
the work in intercessory prayer. 
This is a life line on which each 
mission depends. Meeting the 
financial needs to carry out 
the work is another privilege 
the home church has. As each 
individual believer waits on 
God, they will discover what 
He wants them to do toward the 
finances of this great enterprise 
for Christ and His Church. 

May our watch word as a 
Brotherhood be "To the Regions 
Beyond." There is no stopping 
place until Jesus comes. In 
His Olivet sermon on the last 
day before His arrest, Jesus 
reminds His church that "This 
gospel of the kingdom shall 
be preached in all the world 
for a witness unto all nations; 
and then shall the end come." 
(Matthew 24:14) Earlier in His 
ministry Jesus had reminded 
His followers of the importance 
of finishing this great work. He 
said, "And other sheep I have, 
which are not of this fold; them 
also I must bring, and they shall 
hear my voice; and there shall 
be one fold, and one shepherd." 



BIBLE MONITOR 



(John 10:16) Christ implies that 
His missionary desires must 
be carried out by His church. 
Perishing souls cannot hear His 
voice unless we go and speak 
for Him as the great Commis- 
sion indicates. 

The question is will we heed 
His voice and join Him with all 
our hearts in completing the 
gathering of souls out of all the 



nations of the world to make up 
His bride, the church? Another 
way to put the question is since 
the gospel was brought to us, 
are we willing and ready to pass 
it on to those who have never 
heard? 

Brother Keith M. Bailey 

Cornerstone Dunkard 

Brethren Church 



SUNDAY'S A COMIN' 

Part 4 
Thursday 

If Monday mirrors the time- tribes so carefully assigned and 



frame for Adam and Eve, and 
Tuesday showcases Noah and 
the Tower of Babel, and Moses 
and Solomon book-end sunrise 
and sunset for Wednesday, 
then we can know the charac- 
ters and plot for Thursday. 

It is inaugurated with three 
centuries of back-stabbing 
civil wars that start with the 
Jeroboam/Rehoboam con- 
flict. Solomon's peaceful and 
glorious reign is besmirched, 
perhaps by his own luxury, 
pride and power. This Chaotic 
Kingdom Stage is narrated with 
fast-moving details in books like 
First and Second Kings, Second 
Chronicles, and a half dozen 
prophetic writings. The twelve 



annotated by Joshua become 
two fighting factions. 

But it is by God's design as 
wages for disobedience. Listen 
to the prophet Ahijah as he taps 
Jeroboam on the shoulder. 
This Johnny-come-lately ser- 
vant of Solomon watches as 
Ahijah rips a new garment into 
twelve pieces. Torn as surely 
as the kingdom will be rent 
from Solomon. Ten remnants 
of cloth delivered to Jeroboam 
with the promise that he will be 
king of the ten northern tribes, 
referred to hereafter as Israel 
and/or Ephraim. 

Eighteen kings trek through 
the 210-year history of the 
Northern Kingdom and most 



8 



BIBLE MONITOR 



prove to be despots and assas- 
sins. And God's children walk in 
the way of the heathen. Elijah, 
Elisha, and Hosea trumpet 
warnings, but only a few take 
heed. God delivers them to the 
hand of the spoilers as Assyria 
besieges Samaria, marches 
King Hoshea north as prisoner, 
and whisks the entire Northern 
Kingdom population away from 
and out of the land promised 
to them. ..because the LORD 
was very angry with Israel and 
removed them from his sight; 
there was none left but the tribe 
of Judah only 

And what of the two remain- 
ing fragments of Ahijah's gar- 
ment? He will assign the tribes 
of Benjamin and Judah to the 
son of Solomon so that David 
His servant might have a light 
always before Him in Jerusa- 
lem. Rehoboam has a kingdom 
by default. 

The Southern Kingdom, 
referred to as Judah, tromps 
through 325 years of history 
with twenty kings reigning in 
succession, most of them noto- 
riously wicked. Scattered here 
and there are good names like 
Hezekiah, who administered 
temple repair and reinstated the 
Passover. 

My favorite is Josiah - great 



grandson to Hezekiah - an 
eight-year-old prodigy. When 
he reaches his maturity he 
sends carpenters and builders 
to restore the Lord's house, he 
recovers the book of Moses 
from the temple debris and 
holds a public reading of it; he 
covenants before the Lord to 
keep His commandments, and 
he tears down all that is evil. 

The faithfulness of Josiah 
was prophesied earlier by a 
no-name prophet condemn- 
ing the idolatrous practices of 
Jeroboam at Bethel. He says, 
"Behold, a child shall be born 
into the house of David, Josiah 
by name:' (I Kings 13:1-2) 

In God's timing, a king by 
that title repeals the wickedness 
of his ancestors as recorded 
in Second Kings 23. Josiah's 
wrecking crew uncovers and 
burns the bones of Jeroboam's 
pagan priests and flings down 
the altars at Bethel-three hun- 
dred years after it was proph- 
esied. 

But Josiah's reform is not 
long-lasting. Just four kings 
later God's chosen people la- 
ment, ''Our holy and our beau- 
tiful house, where our fathers 
praised thee, is burned up with 
fire: and all our pleasant things 
are laid waste." And they are 



BIBLE MONITOR 



scattered among the heathen, 
their land is made desolate. 

The Land of Promise is 
bereft of the people of prom- 
ise; Jerusalem is laid in heaps. 
It was not without prediction. 
Jeremiah offered no kind words 
in proclaiming the rottenness 
of the people. He warned them 
of the coming desolation and 
captivity. The temple silver and 
gold, and the people of Judah, 
are stowed away to a strange 
land. 

The first chapter of the 
New Testament benchmarks 
the Captivity as a signpost for 
the coming Messiah in four- 
teen generational increments: 
Abraham, David, the carrying 
away to Babylon, and Christ. 
(Matthew 1:17) The soldiers in 
God's parade are in an impres- 
sive and perfect array 

To Judah there is this prom- 
ise, "That after seventy years be 
accomplished at Babylon, I will 
visit you, and perform my good 
word toward you, in causing you 
to return to this place (Jerusa- 
lem)." 

In a three-phrase journey, 
made politically possible by a 
Persian King who was anointed, 
given the name "Cyrus" (170 
years before), and stirred up by 
God, we hear this declaration. 



"All the kingdoms of the earth 
hath the LORD God of heaven 
given me; and he hath charged 
me to build him a house in Jeru- 
salem, which is in Judah. Who 
is there among you of all his 
people? The LORD his God be 
with him, and let him go up." 

Over the next 140 years, 
three men - Zerubbabel, Ezra, 
and Nehemiah - have the 
blessing of three different Per- 
sian kings to rebuild the temple, 
the city and the walls: Blessings 
of time, papers of protection, 
golden vessels of Solomon's 
temple, financing, and sporadic 
encouragement. 

The Jeremiah's Isaiah's and 
Ezekiel's are silent this last half 
of Thursday. Through Daniel, 
the political world has been il- 
lustrated, at least governments 
that have dominion over Jeru- 
salem. From the Bible we get 
names like Nebuchadnezzar 
and Cyrus. It takes a world his- 
tory text to pull up Alexander the 
Great, the Grecian leopard of 
Daniel's vision and the bronze 
stomach and thighs from the 
statue of Nebuchadnezzar's 
dream. The next beast/statue 
analysis remains quite cloudy. 
Rome seems to be the one- 
horned monster with terrible 
teeth, and the legs of iron meld- 



10 



BIBLE MONITOR 



ing into feet of clay and iron. Is 
this a two-stage vision awaiting 
future fulfillment? 

At the close of this Thursday 
we see the Jews in their prom- 
ised land - now called Pales- 
tine. The Romans have allowed 
the Jews to have religious 
freedom, political freedom, and 
freedom of thought, but not 
without restraints. Rome main- 
tains strict control. Stair-step 
the hierarchy of powers: Jewish 
self-government (Pharisees 
and Sadducees), King Herod, 



and Emperor Augustus Caesar, 
The temple is in place and 
the chosen tribes are in the 
[and of promise. All are wait- 
ing for the Messiah king who 
will take the government upon 
his shoulder; and He will have 
names like Wonderful, Coun- 
selor, The mighty God, The ev- 
erlasting Father, and the Prince 
of Peace. Surely He will come 
Friday. 

Sister Mary Sue Moss 
Dallas Center, Iowa 



A FEW THOUGHTS ON UNITY 



"And the glory which thou 
gavest me I have given them; 
that they may be one, even as 
we are one: I in them, and thou 
in me, that they may be made 
perfect in one." John 17:22-23 

'For both He that sanctifieth 
and they who are sanctified are 
all of one: for which cause He 
is not ashamed to call them 
brethren." Hebrews 2:11 

"And he gave some, apos- 
tles; and some, prophets; and 
some, evangelists; and some, 
pastors and teachers; For the 
perfecting of the saints, for the 
work of the ministry, for the edi- 
fying of the body of Christ: Till 
we ali 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." 
Ephesians 4:11-13 

People usually unite over 
temporal things. Even churches 
are guilty of this. People with a 
common ancestry or common 
folkways unite on that basis. 
Anyone who does not share 
this heritage may join, but will 
never be accepted in the same 
way that others are. 
A child of God is so because 
God has become his father, by 
virtue of the atoning blood of 
Jesus Christ. Jesus, therefore, 
becomes his brother, and a 



BIBLE MONITOR 



11 



relationship by blood occurs. 
Since the Christian is a Chris- 
tian by blood, he will seek out 
others of the same blood with 
whom to fellowship. 

God loves us as children 
and takes an interest in us. 
We, likewise, seek God daily: 
His approval, His blessing, and, 
yes, even His commandments, 
that we may do them. We seek 
to glorify God because we have 
been made one with Him. He 
has saved us from sin and its 
consequences. He has come 



into our lives as pure light, illu- 
minating everything around us. 
The foundational basis for 
unity in the church, then, is 
Jesus Christ. If we are joined 
to Christ, we are then joined 
to each other as brethren. Our 
love for each other flows from 
Christ alone and His finished 
work in us. "My beloved is mine, 
and I am His!" What a wonderful 
blessing to fellowship with the 
saints, who all fellowship in Je- 
sus Christ and exalt His name 
daily! 



Lo! What an entertaining sight 

Are brethren that agree! 

Brethren whose cheerful hearts unite 

In bands of piety: 

Tis like the oil divinely sweet, 

On Aaron's reverent head: 

The trickling drops perfumed his feet, 

And o'er his garments spread. 

When streams of love, from Christ the spring, 

Descend to every soul, 

And heavenly peace with balmy wing 

Shades and bedews the whole; 

'Tis pleasant as the morning dews 

That fall on Zion : s Hill, 

Where God His mildest glory shows, 

And makes his grace distill. 

-Isaac Watts 
Brethren Hymnai #265 



Brother Lynn H. Miller 



12 



BIBLE MONITOR 



MANY MEMBERS IN ONE BODY 

Howard J. Surbey 
"Now therefore ye are no of Christ with the human body 



more strangers and foreigners, 
but fellow citizens with the saints, 
and of the household of God; and 
are built upon the foundation of 
the apostles and prophets, Jesus 
Christ himself being the chief 
cornerstone/' Eph. 2:19-10 

We cannot realize in our 
temporal minds what it means 
to be part of the great building of 
God. Regardless of race, color, 
age, wealth, ability or weakness 
that we can be part of this great 
building of God. 

We have become fellow 
citizens of God's great kingdom 
by all being built upon Jesus 
Christ as our foundation, savior 
and corner stone. The Old Tes- 
tament points forward to Christ 
and the New Testament points 
us back to Christ and His teach- 
ings. il So we, being many, are 
one body in Christ, and every 
one members one of another." 
Rom. 1 2:5 Though we are many, 
yet we all depend upon the sure 
foundation, Christ Jesus, and all 
fit somewhere in the Kingdom 
of God according to our ability, 
providing we are true and faithful. 

In several places the New 
Testament compares the body 



which has many members, with 
different abilities and various 
uses, yet ail dependent one 
upon the other. If one does not 
do his part or if one is afflicted or 
injured; the others must make 
up for the deficiency of that one. 
The less noticeable parts, for 
example: the lungs or kidneys 
are very important, although little 
notice or thought may be taken 
of them. "For as the body is one, 
and hath many members, and all 
the members of that one body, 
being many, are one body; so 
also in Christ." I Cor. 12:12. Each 
member has a definite use in his 
or her particular place. Each one, 
however small or humble, can 
be a definite help to the body if 
he or she will only apply himself. 
Christian service is simply ap- 
plying our ability wherever and 
whenever it can be used. 

Each part must effectually 
work with the other parts if the 
body is to have its full useful- 
ness. However the body can 
get along without a certain part 
by the other parts laboring to 
make up for that one which is 
not doing its duty. We should 
not go to the extreme of thinking 



BIBLE MONITOR 



13 



that the Church cannot get along 
without us. True its work will be 

impaired but the only part that is 
indispensable and is absolutely 
necessary for its existence is 
Christ, the Head of the Church. 
"For I say through the grace 
given unto me, to every man 
that is among you, not to think 
of himself more highly than he 
ought to think." Rom. 12:3 

Whatever we do in or for the 
church, though it be very humble 
or require much effort, should 
be done willingly and humbly as 
unto Christ. Our Master is well 
worth serving, however great or 
humble our task may be. Man 
may notice those who lend a 
great effort toward the building 
and sustenance of a congrega- 
tion but God notices and will gra- 
ciously reward the most humble 
worker. 'For unto whomsoever 
much is given : of him shall be 
much required: and to whom 
men have committed much, of 
him they will ask the more." Luke 
12:48 

Personally we should seri- 
ously consider whether we are 
doing our part as a member of 
the body of Christ We might well 
consider the old proverb, If every 
member were and did just like 
me, what would my church be?" 
It is our duty to mutually work, 



one with the other, for the good 
of the body. "We know that we 
have passed from death unto life, 
because we love the brethren. 
He that loveth not his brother 
abideth in death." I Jno 3:14. We 
need to have a deep concern one 
for the other, whether in sickness, 
sorrow, adversity, or in health and 
success. 

So we being many, are one 
body in Christ." The plan of salva- 
tion was brought to us by Christ. 
His apostles made it known to us 
and applied it to our every need. 
We have accepted Him and by 
submitting ourselves to Him have 
been made, "heirs and joint-heirs 
with him." "Beloved, let us love 
one another: for love is of God; 
and every one that loveth, is born 
of God, and knoweth God. He 
that loveth not, knoweth not God; 
for God is love." I John 4:7-8 

It is hard for our minds to 
grasp the picture: as one of a 
congregation; out of perhaps 
hundreds of congregations; out 
of congregations of the various 
countries of the world of many 
colors and nationalities; out of 
the many ages and generations 
since the creation: yet each is 
individually responsible for his or 
her attitude and service under the 
circumstances God has placed 
them in. 



14 



BIBLE MONITOR 



"I therefore, the prisoner 
of the Lord, beseech you that 
ye walk worthy of the vocation 

wherewith ye are called, with all 
lowliness and meekness, with 
longsuffering : forbearing one 
another in love; endeavoring to 
keep the unity of the Spirit in 



the bond of peace. There is one 
body, and one Spirit, even as ye 

are called in one hope of your 
calling." Eph.4:1-2 

Selected from the 

October 15, 1950 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



THE SEALED BOOK 

Read Revelation chapter 5 
"And I saw in the right hand him not to weep because there 



of him that sat on the throne a 
book written within and on the 
backside, sealed with seven 
seals," Revelation 5:1 

In the next verse a strong an- 
gel, probably an archangel, pro- 
claims with a loud voice, "Who is 
worthy to open the book, and to 
loose the seals thereof?" There 
was no man in Heaven or earth 
that was able to accomplish 
this deed. It also includes men 
that are "under the earth," This 
probably refers to those souls 
in Hell. The fact that no man 
could be found worthy, made 
John weep. We do not believe 
he wept because he was afraid 
that God would not reveal the 
contents therein, but that God 
had revealed to him what is in 
the rest of this chapter. 

One of the elders, who are 
not identified in Scripture, told 



was one worthy. He describes 

this individual as "the Lion of the 
tribe of Juda." The lion is known 
as the king of the beasts. Christ 
is King. He is also called "the root 
of David." In Isaiah 11:10 Christ 
is called "a root of Jesse" who 
was David's father. 

"A Lamb as it had been 
slain" was found worthy to take 
the book from God the Father. 
Jesus Christ shed His precious 
blood on Calvary to redeem all 
mankind from theirsin. When He 
had taken the book the heavenly 
beings mentioned fell down to 
worship Him. 

Only Jesus Christ is worthy 
of our worship. All the other reli- 
gions of the world are worship- 
ping a false god. There are not 
many ways to Heaven. Also it 
is not very popular anymore to 
kneel for prayer in public wor- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



15 



ship. Have many forgotten just 
how worthy the Lamb is? Has 
the sin of pride robbed some of 
the blessings of God? It is very 
interesting that it is recorded that 
the four beasts and twenty eiders 
had "every one of them harps, 
and golden vials full of odors, 
which are the prayers of saints." 
Verse 9 says that they sung 
a new song. I love the song "Re- 
deemed" and I believe they sang 
a rendition of this song. It was a 
new song because before the 
crucifixion of Christ there were 
only animal sacrifices which 
could not cleanse from sin but 
only give a temporary reprieve. 
They had to be repeated over 
and over again. 

Verse 10 reads, "And has 
made us unto our God kings 
and priests: and we shall reign 
on the earth." Exodus chapter 
19 verses 5 and 6 say that this 
would refer to Israel if they obey 
God's voice which they ultimate- 
ly did not do. We believe this 
definitely refers to the Church. 
I Corinthians chapter 4 verses 
7 and 8 read, "For who maketh 
thee to differ from another? and 
what hast thou that thou didst 
not receive? now if thou didst 
receive it, why dost thou glory 
as if thou hadst not received it? 
Now ye are full, now ye are rich, 



ye have reigned as kings without 
us: and I would to God ye did 
reign, that we also might reign 
with you." To our understanding 
Paul is telling the church that 
Christians are not to feel proud 
because of being kings. 

We must remember that this 
was written before the comple- 
tion of the New Testament. 
Though Paul was an apostle, his 
writings were not yet considered 
sacred. 

Christians were already 
kings (according to Paul) under 
the leadership of the King of 
kings, the Lord Jesus Christ. 
We should consider it quite an 
honor that we are considered 
little kings ruling on the earth! We 
admit this was a new "revelation" 
to us when we made this study. 
I Peter chapter 2 verse 5 call 
believers "an holy priesthood." 
Then in verse 9 we read, "But ye 
are a chosen generation, a royal 
priesthood, an holy nation, a 
peculiar (called out) people; that 
ye should shew forth the praises 
of him who hath called you out 
of darkness into his marvelous 
fight:" Jesus Christ is our High 
Priest. "Seeing then that we 
have a great high priest, that is 
passed into the heavens, Jesus 
the Son of God let us hold fast 
our profession." Hebrews 4:14 



16 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Next the angels join the 
worship. They praise both God 
the Father and the Lamb, Jesus 
Christ. Verse 6 speaks of 'the 
Lamb having seven horns and 
seven eyes, which are the seven 
Spirits of God sent forth into all 
the earth." Seven is the number 
of perfection. We do not believe 
there were literally seven Spirits 
but that this is representative of 
the Holy Spirit. Thus we have in 
this chapter the Holy Trinity. The 
Holy Spirit is never spoken of in 
Scripture as receiving praise. 
We, personally, believe this is 
because rather than receiving 
praise, though He is God, He 
gives man the power to give 



worthy praise to the Father and 
the Son. "Howbeitwhen he, the 
Spirit of truth is come, he will 
guide you into all truth: for he will 
not speak of himself; ..." "He shall 
glorify me (Jesus Christ):. . ;' Por- 
tions of John 16:13-14 

Verse 14, the final verse in 
this chapter reads, "And the four 
beasts said, Amen. And the four 
and twenty elders fell down and 
worshipped him that liveth for 
ever and ever." May we add our 
: Amen" to the wonderful truths 
set forth in this chapter. 

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



FROGS, LICE AND FLIES 

Rudy Cover 
Exodus 8:1-32 



How would you like to wake 
up in the morning and see frogs 
all around you - on your bed - in 
your bed - on your pillow - all 
over the floor - everywhere you 
looked - inside and out- nothing 
but frogs? This was what hap- 
pened in Egypt when Pharaoh 
would not let the children of Israel 
go into the wilderness to sacrifice 
to God. Pharaoh was determined 
to keep the Hebrews as slaves. 
The Egyptians were not used to 



work. Pharaoh knew if the He- 
brews got away from Egypt he 
would get very little work done, 
indeed. 

Moses warned Pharaoh 
what would happen if he contin- 
ued to refuse to let God's people 
go. But Pharaoh refused. Aaron, 
Moses' brother stretched out his 
hand over the water of Egypt, 
as God commanded, Out of 
the rivers and streams, pools, 
wherever there was water, the 



BIBLE MONITOR 



17 



frogs came onto the land - hun- 
dreds, thousands, millions of 
frogs came. They hopped into 
houses, into the Egyptians' bed- 
rooms - into their kitchens. They 
got into their ovens and into their 
kneading troughs where they 
made bread. Imagine cutting 
into a loaf of bread and finding 
a frog! Pharaoh promised to let 
the people go if Moses would 
pray to God and take away the 
plague of frogs. Moses did, but 
Pharaoh did not. He was still 
hard-hearted and selfish. The 
Egyptians gathered the frogs 
into heaps - everywhere, piles 
of dead frogs. And the land of 
Egypt stank. I'll bet it did! 

Because Pharaoh would 
not keep his promise, God told 
Moses to have Aaron to smite 
the dust with his rod and the 
dust would become lice. Lice 
feed on the blood of people and 
animals. The dust of the land 
was literally crawling with lice 
everywhere. They were on the 
people and the cattle and every 
living thing. What a mess! How 
would you have liked to have 
been in Egypt at that time? 

Pharaoh's magicians tried 
to stop the plague of lice but 



they were powerless to do so. 
They begged Pharaoh to let the 
Hebrews go but Pharaoh would 
not! Can you imagine a man as 
stubborn as that? 

So God sent flies upon Egypt 
- swarms of flies. They filled the 
air and crawled on the ground - in 
the houses and on the Egyptians. 
I can imagine it almost drove 
them crazy. One fly is too many 
for me; but how would you like to 
be covered with them? 

They were everywhere but 
one place in Egypt. Can you 
guess where that was? It was 
the land of Goshen where God's 
people lived. No flies were in 
Goshen! How do you suppose 
those swarms of flies knew 
where to stop? But they knew! 
With God ail things are possible. 
God can do anything. God loved 
His people and felt sorry for 
them. He can take care of you 
and me too, if we will only give 
ourselves to Him. Do not be like 
stubborn Pharaoh. Be obedient 
to God and He will surely bless 
you. 

Selected from the 

September 15, 1975 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



18 



BIBLE MONITOR 



CHRISTIANITY VERSUS WAR 



John 

VIII. CAMP GREENLEAF 

This camp deserves atten- 
tion because it was a camou- 
flaged trap for conscientious 
objectors, not a camp teaching 
manslaughter, but a school 
training men in relieving human 
suffering. Then too, Brother Roy 
E. Peters from Bethany Bible 
School has a strong testimony 
for Christ and the church to offer. 

It is needless to say that 
Brethren Andrew J. Rexroad, Ed- 
win E. Smith, Charles C. Moyus, 
and Mark M. Hollopeter endured 
much persecution before they 
were ensnared but much more 
after they realized their situation 
as soldiers. Trying to explain 
our position as a church follow- 
ing Christ, an officer retorted to 
Brother Hollopeter "To H — with 
Christ and started away in a fury 
and would not give any further 
chance for explanation." 

April 8th, 1918a captain from 
Camp Greenleaf writes Brother 
W. J. Swigart, "Now that they 
understand the position, religious 
objectors in this camp are mak- 
ing good soldiers. 17 April 11, 1918 
Brother Rexroad writes, "There 
are only three of us here that I 
know of. We have a very hard 



Roop 

life to live. This is a very wicked 
place to be. I feel that anything 
we can do here is helping to 
uphold the war." 

Brother Roy E. Peters, but 
little more than 21 years of age 
is a good example of what a 
well trained Christian can ac- 
complish. He, having joined the 
Church of the Brethren at the 
age of twelve, was well trained 
in its doctrines. While yet a mi- 
nor he voluntarily forfeited pay 
to keep out of a preparedness 
parade. 

It was not until March 1 5 that 
he was sent to Camp Greenleaf. 
Then he used the tact and sense 
that Brethren in other camps 
had proved to be best. In civil- 
ian clothes he went along with 
his drafted comrades for five 
days. However, he had not been 
in camp long before he went to 
his captain and produced his 
credentials and said that his 
drilling would soon stop as it was 
learning the art of war. On the 
next evening the whole company 
was ordered to get uniforms. His 
own description is vivid: 

il My turn came. The captain 
stood there beside a large pile of 
uniforms; he ordered me to take 



BIBLE MONITOR 



19 



up mine, I refused to touch it; 
he ordered me the second time 
to pick it up, at the same time 
menacing me with his automatic, 
again I refused, he then ordered 
me under arrest. It was now 
7:30 A.M. I was confined to the 
barracks until 10A.M. the follow- 
ing day. Meanwhile, a corporal 
brought in my uniform and other 
army equipment and threw them 
down on my bunk. 

"Next day at 10 A.M. I was 
released. The sergeant then 
ordered me to come with him to 
the bath bouse. There was no 
one else present except htm and 
me. He ordered me to put on the 
army uniform, I refused, he then 
proceeded to strip off my civilian 
clothing and then to dress me up 
in a new uniform: he forgot to 
button me up properly as a sud- 
den inspiration struck him to take 
away all my own clothes and let 
me finish the buttoning myself, 
They couldn't say now that 
of my own free will I had donned 
the uniform: but against my will 
they forced the uniform on me 
and required me to wear it, or 
else go without any clothes. This 
was all done in direct opposition 
to Secretary of War Baker's or- 
der. 

"After they had gotten the 
uniform on me I was then or- 



dered to go and work in the 
kitchen I went to the kitchen and 
worked there all afternoon. 

"Saturday, March 23, Com- 
pany ordered out for driil exer- 
cises in the afternoon. I stepped 
out of the line and stayed until 
the lieutenant caught sight of 
me. He ordered me back into 
line, I went. He then gave the 
command 'forward march." I 
remained behind standing still, 
lieutenant watching me closely, 
commanded 'company halt,' 
caught me by the shoulder and 
shoved me up into line, told 
me to stay there. He ordered 
'company march.' I stood still as 
before, he came back exasper- 
ated and wanted to know what 
was wrong with me. I explained 
to him my status in brief. He or- 
dered me to quarters. I complied 
with his order most willingly. 

"Sunday, 24, at 10 A.M. 
the quarantine was lifted. At 12 
o'clock a sergeant informed me 
that I would be transferred to 
Sanitary Corps. About 5 P.M. he 
came after me with the transfer 
papers. We walked west about 
one half mile to Fort Oglethorpe. 
He led me into the office where 
I was immediately confronted 
by a crusty captain. At once 
he informed me that he was a 
Catholic and wished to know 



20 



BIBLE MONITOR 



why I was taking such a stand 
in the army. I explained to him 
my attitude in the matter. Then 
he argued awhile and finaily sent 
me off to fall in line for mess." 

That night I found myself 
in one of the old barns which 
were used during the Spanish 
American War, and were now 
converted into guard houses 
and soldiers' quarters. Soldiers 
had their beds in the stalls, two 
or three beds in each stall. Oth- 
ers slept in the hay loft. Officers' 
quarters, mess kitchen and quar- 
termaster store were all in op- 
posite end of barn. All that night 
an unarmed guard kept watch 
over me with a lantern. Once that 
night the guard allowed me to go 
outside the barn alone. Outside I 
met Swartzendruber who was a 
Mennonite from Michigan and a 
conscientious objector. We lost 
no time in getting acquainted, 
but quickly told each other our 
trouble we had been having in 
the army. There was no time to 
waste as the faithful guard might 
appear any minute. Both of us 
had the feeling that something 
was going to happen on the 
morrow. He encouraged me 
to stick to it and stand up for 
my principles; and if I had any 
thoughts of wavering before, 
they were gone now. The next 



morning something did happen, 
a scene which I never care to 
witness again. 

"Up to this time I did not know 
anyone in camp. Through Swart- 
zendruber I learned that there 
were eight other conscientious 
objectors in the same barn with 
us, at any rate that was a little 
encouragement; for misery loves 
company. 

"About 7:30 A.M. Sergeant 
Merit came through the barn 
shouting orders to the soldiers, 
he was calling them all yellow 
dogs and cursing everyone in 
general. Soldiers formed in a 
long single line outside, consci- 
entious objectors inside the barn. 
Sergeant came in after them 
and forced them out. Because I 
was nearest the door I was the 
first one out, sergeant ordered 
me to take pick and shovel and 
get in line. I refused. He said he 
would throw me in the latrine 
pit if I didn't obey his orders. He 
ordered the other conscientious 
objectors up in line, but they 
refused. In hot anger he said 
that he would give us all a bath 
in the latrine pit. (His own words 
are unprintable). 

Editor's note: The physical 
abuse suffered by the conscien- 
tious objectors in this camp was 



BIBLE MONITOR 21 



especially rigorous. The abuse Would we be willing to bear such 
was both verba! and physical. abuse for our beliefs? 



OBITUARY 

MARY ELLEN CHUPP 

Sister Mary Ellen (Royer) Chupp was born October 25, 1945 
to Nathan and Grace (Moss) Royer at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in 
Des Moines, Iowa. At the age of 15, Mary Ellen accepted the Lord 
as her Savior. She was baptized into the Dunkard Brethren Church 
where she remained a faithful member till her death, July 30, 2010. 
She graduated from high school in 1964. Mary Ellen served as a 
volunteer at Torreon Navajo Mission in New Mexico. She loved the 
Navajo people dearly and they returned that love quite freely. 

On July 21, 1973 she married Alvin W. Chupp and became a 
loving mom to Dan, Don, and Cynthia. To this union was born Laura 
Annette, Brian Eugene, and Ryan Dean. After Mary Ellen and Alvin 
were married a year, they returned and served another six years at 
the Torreon Navajo Mission 

Mary Ellen started teaching school in the fall of 1990 at the 
Dallas Center Dunkard Brethren Church. She first was a teacher to 
the ones that needed extra help with learning. Later she became 
the full time math teacher. She dearly enjoyed math and would do 
math problems to relax or for something fun. During the last four 
summers she took time to work at Spurgeon Manor fulfilling various 
needs and reaching out in a loving way to those who were in need. 
No one was a stranger to Mary Ellen and she always reached out 
with compassion making everyone feel loved and special. She will 
leave a great void in her family, her church, and her community. 

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her mother, father and Anna 
Mary Winger (Auntie) who raised her. She is survived by her loving 
husband, Alvin of thirty-seven years; six children: Dan (Darlene) 
Chupp of Quinter, Kansas, Don (Mabel) Chupp of Woodward, Iowa, 
Cynthia (Nathan) Keeny of Woodward, Iowa, Laura (Sam) Dinius of 
West Unity, Ohio, Brian Chupp of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, and Ryan 
Dean Chupp of Dallas Center, Iowa; nineteen grandchildren: Justin 
(Jenny) Chupp, Tiffany (Adrian) Beck, Tyrel Chupp, Joel (Rosa) 



22 BIBLE MONITOR 



Chupp, Kyle. Levi, Joshua, Caleb, Lois Ann, Matthias, Valeria, Timmy 
Chupp, David, Anna, Samuel, Rosa Keeny, Mary Anna, Rachel and 
(?) Dinius; three great granddaughters: Leanna, Autumn and Cloe 
Chupp; three siblings: Gerald Royer, Lois Royer of Dallas Center, 
Iowa, Eiden (Judy) Royer of Adel, Iowa; a niece: Brenda (Chris) 
Handel, two nephews: Anthony (Lynn) Royer, Duane Royer; eight 
great nieces and nephews: Mark, Emily and Katie Handel, Nathan, 
Wesley and Owen Royer, Faith and Grace Royer: a dear co-teacher, 
friend and cousin, Mary Sue Moss; two aunts: Addie Royer and 
Beulah Reed, and a host of cousins and friends. 

Funeral services were held August 3, 2010 at the Maranatha 
Baptist Church, Grimes, Iowa. Officiating were Brother Jim Meyers, 
Brother Fred Pifer and Brother Gordon Jamison. Interment was at 
the Brethren Cemetery, Dallas Center, Iowa. 

A Tribute to my Mom 
Words will not describe the immense pain I feel from losing you. 
I must say though I am a far richer person having had you for 37 
years of my life. 

You took me as a little mother-less giri and claimed me for your 
own. 

I was so much a part of you, you forgot when asked about my 
family's history, that I had a mother that died of cancer. 
You were there when I went through deep valleys. 
There were times I thought you were giving me 
the wrong advice, when in reality you were helping me through it. 
You were there when I met the guy of my dreams! 
Preparing me to be a good wife and mother 
It was a privilege to have you at some of my births. 
You were there for my children's baptisms. 
It was great to have your advice for my children's 
school work when we were stuck. 
I valued your opinion-most of the time... 
You taught me how to love and accept people for who they are. 
Compassion radiated from you. Forgiveness was exemplified by 
you. 

Over and over you taught by work and action to, "Roll it over to 
God". 



BIBLE MONITOR 2 3 



Even now that you are gone : your voice still echoes throuqh mv 

mind and heart. 

I am so happy that you are with God! 

You have everything I ever wished for you to have 

There is a song that you loved from years back and you lived it al 

your life. 

The title is "Give the World a Smile." 

Are you giving to the world a smile? 

Helping lessen someone's dreary mile? 

Do you greet the world with song as through life you pass along? 

Cheering those you may meet along life's way. 

Chorus: 

Give the world a smile each day, Helping someone on life's way 

From the paths of sin, oh bring the wanderers in 

To the master's fold to stay, 

Help to cheer the lone and sad, Help to make some pilgrim glad 

Let your life so be that all the world might see 

The joy of serving Jesus with a smile. 

Give the world a happy song today 

That will help some pilgrim on his way 

You can tell him of the Lord and His heavenly reward 

If you'll only follow Jesus day by day. 

Chorus: 

Give the world a smile each day, Helping someone on life's way 

From the paths of sin, oh bring the wonderers in 

To the Masters fold to stay, 

Help to cheer the lone and sad, Help to make some pilgrim glad 

Let your life so be that all the world might see 

The joy of serving Jesus with a smile. 

Thank-you Mom, for showing me how to live and how to be ready 
to die. 

I will always miss you but I will look forward to heaven so much 
more. 

Love ya heaps, 
Cynthia 



24 BIBLE MONITOR 



Mary Ellen, Mary Ellen, 

My friend, my comrade, my prayer partner, my co-teacher, you 
left without a warning bell. You exited without a yellow light. 

In just a few weeks well start a new school year. It would have 
been our twelfth year together and we jokingly talked about retiring 
together, sometime. 

Do you remember the first bell of the day? The loud single buzz 
interrupted the chatter, the flying balls, and the shouts of the morn- 
ing. School will start in three minutes, so tuck in the shirts, gather the 
homework, and put the bails away. It is now time to stop play and start 
work. 

Our entrance to heaven is a stopping and a starting in reverse. 
Stop the work and start the joy. And there usually is a warning. I've 
experienced two years of a cancer battle more times than I care to 
remember. I've watched parents and grandparents grow feeble. Mary 
Ellen, you didn't give us a warning bell. There was no yellow light. You 
went from green to red. 

You exited on a Friday morning, and Thursday was a green light 
day. You gave your usual full day at Spurgeon Manor. If there had 
been a popularity contest you would have won by a majority vote. The 
patients loved you, administration loved you, and the staff loved you. 
Oh, yes and family of clients found you a favorite. Mary Ellen, won't 
you work for us year round? 

Your Iowa family was involved in the yearly Bible school, either 
as teachers or students. You visited each of those classes Thursday 
evening. Your presence and interest were an encouragement. 

Somehow during that day you found time to chat on the phone 
with me (three times) about the upcoming school year. Did you have 
any inkling at all that the information you relayed to me could not wait 
until Friday 

Thursday you took a neighbor boy to Bible school, bought him ice 
cream at the Corner Cone, and held his twin siblings and told them 
all to come Friday night. They did and you didn't. 

The loves of your life were people -their hurts, doubts, and prob- 
lems were prayed for and loved through with compassion: co-workers, 
brothers and sisters in Christ, family, neighbors, missionaries, and 
students. 



BIBLE MONITOR 25 



For eleven years we were hand and glove, cheerios and rniik, 
mercy and law. We leaned into each other but not on each other. 

You didn't have time to say "good-bye", but you lived so that every 
moment was a joyous farewell moving on to the next service. 

I'm echoing the words you so often said, "Lord, give me wisdom. 
Give me love." That is what I need now as we start a new school year 
without you. 

One half of the Mary-Mary team - Mary Sue 

THANK YOU 

The family of Mary Ellen Chupp wants to thank everyone for 
your wonderful prayers and many ways you have shown your love. 

Alvin Chupp families and Royer families 

MARRIAGE 

NINES-ST. JOHN 

Sister Holly Nines, daughter of Brother Mark and Sister Su- 
san Nines of Archibold, Ohio and Brother Joshua St. John, son 
of Brother Tom and Sister Susie St. John of Alvordton, Ohio were 
united in marriage on July 10, 2010. Their new address is 20825 
County Road R, Alvordton, OH 43501 



NEWS ITEMS 

2010 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 

The 2010 Leadership Conference will be held at the Lititz, Penn- 
sylvania Congregation, November 12 through 14, 2010. The sessions 
for the Officials will begin at 8:00AM on Friday, November 12 and 
again on Saturday, November 13. There will be public preaching 
services on Friday evening and Saturday evening at 7:00PM and on 
Sunday morning at 9:30AM. 

Those attending need to notify the Lodging Committee so 
they can estimate their needs for food and lodging. Please notify 
the Lodging Committee by contacting Sister Arlene Birt, at abirt@ 
frontier.com or by calling 717-355-0489. 



26 BIBLE MONITOR 



There will be activities for the sisters concurrently with the ses- 
sions for the Officials. 

Please pray for the success of this Conference and that it will 
be to God's glory. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The Lord willing we are looking forward to our revivals to start 
on Sunday, September 26 through Sunday, October 3. Bro. Keith 
Snyder from Lititz, Pennsylvania is to be the speaker. Sunday morn- 
ing services start at 9:30, Sunday evening services start at 6:00 and 
weeknights at 7:30, On Sunday, October 3 the meeting will close with 
a 2:00 service. Please remember these services and Bro, Keith in 
your prayers. All are cordially invited to any or all of these services. 

Sister Dianne Heisey, Cor. 

WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 

The Walnut Grove Congregation is looking forward to our yearly 
Revival Meetings and Lovefeast starting September 29, with Bro. 
Jim Eberly bringing the Lord's messages to us. The meetings will 
end Sunday morning, October 3, with examination service following 
in the afternoon and Lovefeast in the evening. Please encourage us 
with your presence and pray for revival in our little congregation. Also, 
pray for Bro. Jim as he prepares for these meetings. 

Sister Dorothy Nell, Cor. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lititz Congregation invites you to our fall revivals with Bro. 
Ray Stuberfrom the Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania Congregation as our 
evangelist. Starting October 1 and ending with all day Lovefeast 
October 17. Sunday night: 7:00 P.M.; weekdays: 7:30 P.M. 

Pray for Bro. Ray as he presents the gospel that we would take 
it to heart and apply it to our lives. Especially pray for the lost who 
do not know their God. 

A hearty welcome to all. 

Sister Miriam Snyder, Cor. 



BIBLE MONITOR 27 



CORNERSTONE, OHIO 

Cornerstone Lovefeast is October 23, 201 0, We would be blessed 
by our brothers and sisters praying during this precious time. 

Sister Sheila Bontrager 
QUINTER, KANSAS 

The Quinter Congregation will be holding revival meetings Octo- 
ber 24 through October 31 with Bra. Jason Reed as our evangelist. 
We pian to end the meetings with our Lovefeast on Saturday evening, 
October 30. We invite you to come to share this time with us. 

Sister Ruth Clark, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Home Congregation will have a four 
day revival, beginning October 27, 2010 and ending on October 31 . 
Brother Milton Cook of Beaumont, California will be the evangelist. 
On Saturday evening, October 30, Lovefeast will be held with the 
examination service beginning at 5:00PM. All are welcome. 

Sister Blanche Newman, Cor 
PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation will be holding their Harvest 
Meeting/Communion services starting Friday October 29 through 
Sunday October 31 . Bro. Terry Gunderman will be the speaker for the 
weekend. Services will start at 7:30 P.M. Friday. Examination service 
is at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon with Communion services starting 
at 7:00 on Saturday evening. There will be morning worship at 7:30 
Sunday morning and worship at 9:30. The closing service will be at 
2:00 P.M. Sunday afternoon. A potluck will be at noon. Please pray 
for these services and for Bro. Terry. 

Sister Martha Heer, Cor. 
THANK YOU 

I wish to thank the Brethren and Sisters for their prayers, condo- 
lences, cards and whatever way they remembered our family during 
my dear husband's illness and passing, also my recent surgery. May 
God richly bless each one of you. 
In Christian love, 

Sister Eleanor Parker 



28 BIBLE MONITOR 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
NOVEMBER 2010 

Nov. 7 - Jerusalem Safely Inhabited - Zechariah 14:1-11 



1 . The phrase "in that day" is used over and over in this book. 
What "day" is it referring to? 



2. What does the vision mean? Has it already been fulfilled? 



Nov. 14 - Punishment and Plagues -Zechariah 14:12-21 



1. Why are the people being punished now? 



2. List the punishments; are we experiencing these? 



Nov. 21 -Thanksgiving - Psaim 50:1-15 



1 . Why is God not pleased with sacrifices? 



2. What does God want instead? How does this satisfy Him? 



BIBLE MONITOR 2 9 



Nov. 28 - His Name - Malachi 1 



1 . What was Israel questioning? Why were they questioning it? 



2. What was Malachi's advice? How does it apply to us today? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
NOVEMBER 2010 

Nov. 7 -Honor of Parents - Eph. 6: 1-3, Ex. 20:12, Prov VB Luke 
2:51, John 19:26-27, Phil. 4:6-7 



1. Why is honoring our parents so important? What is the 
promise? 



2. When we look at Jesus' life; does He come to a point where 
He does not obey or honor His parents? (Is there a differ- 
ence?) 



Nov. 14 - Our Friendships - I Sam. 20:1-42 



1 . How deep was the friendship of David and Jonathan? How 
can you tell? 



30 BIBLE MONITOR 



2. What sacrifices do we make to be good friends? 



Nov. 21 -Thanksgiving -Psalm 92:1-2, 1 Chr. 16:8-12, Eph. 5:19-20 



1 . What are we to be thankful for according to these Scriptures? 
What are you personally thankful for? 



2. What does thankfulness look like in our lives? What does it 
motivate in us? 



Nov. 28 - Our Duty - Rom. 12:1-21 



1 . This is where we get our doctrine of "n on -conformity". What 
does that look like today? In what ways are we being not 

conformed to the world? 



2. Can you see the gifts God has given you? Are you fulfilling 
your responsibilities? 









BIBLE MONITOR 


31 




DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 




BOARD OF TRUSTEES 


David Aungst, Treasurer 








334 Birds Hill Road 


TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 






Lloyd Lorenz. Chairman 


Pine Grove, PA 17963 








3949S 100E 




Paul David Skiles, Superintendent 






Peru. IN 36970 


Keith Bailey 


HCR79, Box 8 






541 East Main Street 


Cuba. NM 87013 




Tom St. John, Secretary 


Bradford, OH 45308 






20380 County Roac R 




Dale Meyers, Chairman 




Alvordton, OH 43501 


Keith Snydar 


23753 F Avenue 






2102 State Drive 


Redfield, IA 50233 




Ma rim Marks, Treasurer 


Lebanon. PA 17042 






429 Summit Drive 




James Meyers, Secretary 




Red Lion, PA 17356-1119 


BIBLE STUDY BOARD 


26331 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 




GENERAL MISSION BOARD 


Milton Cook, Chairman 








1138 East 12th Street 


Marian Jamison, Treasurer 




Robert Carpenter, Chairman 


Beaumont, CA 92223 


Box 100 




6150 E 775 S 




Quinter, KS 67752 




Peru. IN 46970 


Ken Brock, Secretary 








20845 County Road H-50 


Justin Beck 




Jamas Eberjy. Secretary 


West Unity, OH 43570 


480 Shuberl Rd. 




P.O. Box 564 




Bethel, PA 19507 




Terra Hill, PA 17581 


Dennis Meyers 








20337 270th St 


Jeff Davis 




Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 


Adel, IA 50003 


1 8335 NW 1 700 RrJ 




2271 Co.Rd74 




Garnett, KS 66032 




Quinter, KS 67752 


Jeremiah Johnson 








P.O. Box 258 


AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 




Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 


Kapenguria, Kenya 30600 


Merle Sweitzer, Chairman 




Greeneaslle, PA 17225 


Lynn H. Miller 

70 Round Barn Road 


13227 FishelRoad 
Felton, PA 17322 




Milton Cook 


Newmanstown, PA 17073 


Alan Meyers, 




1138 East 12th St 






Beaumont, CA 92223 




23997 268lh Lane 






RELIEF BOARD 


Adel. IA 50003 




Ronald Marks 

1813 North 136th Ave. 

Hart, Ml 49420 


Mark Cordrey. Chairman 
525 W. Grayson Road 


Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 






Modesto. CA 95358 


Peculiar. MO 64078 




Henry Walker 


(209)549-2015 


Verling Wolfe. Secretary 


I 


12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford.CA 95386 


David St. John, Secretary 
16 687 Rd 15 


451 Schubert Rd 
Bethel, PA 1 9507 




James Meyers 


Pioneer, OH 43554 


Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 




26331 205'" Street 


(419)737-3064 




Dallas Center, I A 50063 


Doyle Lorenz, Treasurer 


Englewood, OH 45322 




BOARD OF PUBLICATION 


1963 SSR 19 
Peru. IN 46970 


Ail contributions to the vari- 




Verling Wolfe, Chairman 




ous boards should be made 




451 Schubert Rd 


Dale Meyers 


out to the Treasury, but sent 






Bethel, PA 19507 


23753 F Avenue 
Redffeld, IA 50233 


to the Secretary for his re- 
cords. 






Kevin Funk, Secretary 


(515)833-2904 








24107 N Avenue 










Dallas Center, IA 50063 


Keith Snyder 
21 02 State Drive 










Lebanon, PA 17042 





a 








i--. 


O 




*r 


CM 


«= 


u 


Q CL 


-1+ 


o 


t/3 

o 


< 

a. 


J> 


T- 


c 
o 
z 


CO 




i . 


ffl 

Q_ 



o 

CO CD (fl 

Q ^ 2 



Cr 
<D 

QC 
qj 

5 
>-. 

CO 

to 

1 



BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXXVIII NOVEMBER, 2010 



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. 



BE UP AND DOING, SOUL OF MINE 

Up and be doing, time is brief. 
And life is frail as the autumn leaf. 
Though the day is bright and the sun is high 
Ere long 'twill fade from the gleaming sky. 
The harvest is white and the field is wide, 
And thou at thine ease mayest not abide. 
The reapers are few and far between 
And death is abroad with his sickle keen. 
O think of the Master worn and faint, 
Whose meek lips offered no sad complaint; 
Who toiled for thee midst the noontide heat, 
And sought no rest for His weary feet. 
Go forth to labor, for a crown await 
The faithful servant at heaven's gate. 

Selected from the November 15, 1939 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



BIBLE MONITOR 



FAITH, FAMILY AND FELLOWSHIP 



During our daily routine, we 
are prone to take for granted the 
many blessings that we enjoy. 
We have been the recipients of 
many and varied undeserved 
blessings, both physical and 
spiritual. These good things 
have become so common in our 
lives that we rarely stop to take 
inventory of these blessings. 
When ignoring them, we are not 
totally unaware of them, but are 
apt to take them for granted. 

While we would never be 
able to number and list all the 
blessings that we do receive, 
there are several that seem so 
important that we could never 
forget them. These blessings 
cover our spiritual and dearest 
relationships as we invest our 
time in this world. This Thanks- 
giving season seems an ap- 



propriate time to recall a few of 
these very important blessings. 

Our dearest blessings are 
those that touch our spiritual 
lives. Above the physical bless- 
ings, that are so important to us, 
are the spiritual blessings that 
touch not oniy our daily lives 
but all the years of our natural 
lives and eternity also. Our faith 
is so valuable and so important 
that we should be very thankful 
that we can exercise that sav- 
ing faith. We might have faith 
or trust in many gods, things or 
human abilities, but a faith that 
results in eternal blessings must 
be centered in Jesus Christ. 

Our Thanksgiving must 
begin at the undeserved grace 
and mercy of God. it all begins 
with His willingness to deal with 
our sin problem. While we are 



THE BIBLE MONITOR 



NOVEMBER, 2010 



Published monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in the plant of Haines Printing Company. 

Postmaster: Send address changes to Haines Printing Company, 10575 West 
Main Road, North East, PA 16428. 

Terms: Single subscription $5.00 a year in advance. 

Send all subscriptions and communications to the editor. 

MILTON COOK, Editor; 1138 East 12th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. (951)845-6231 

KEITH BAILEY, Assistant Editor, 541 East Main Street, Bradford. OH 48308. 

DENNIS ST JOHN, Associate Editor; 21397-B50, Bryan, OH 43506. 

KEVIN FUNK, Associate Editor; 24107 N Avenue, Dallas Center I A 50063. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



obliged to seek forgiveness for 
our sins from the God against 
whom we have continually 
sinned, He has provided the 
needed sacrifice for those sins. 
In making His own Begotten 
Son the sacrificial Lamb, He 
has provided the remedy we 
need. We could never perform 
enough good works to merit the 
salvation which He offers freely. 
Another major blessing in 
our lives is our families. Those 
who are near to us by blood 
and affinity are very dear to 
us. Especially in the social set- 
ting of our present age, when 
many relationships are built on 
physical attraction, with a lack 
of commitment or expecta- 
tion of permanence, we value 
long term relationships that 
are based on love and mutual 
respect. These relationships, 
which often face serious chal- 
lenges, can survive, when 
there is a dependence upon 
God's direction and blessings. 
Relationships built on baser, un- 
committed motives are doomed 
to failure unless revived with a 
new resolution of dependence 
upon God. 

Our families are important 
not only as the physical off- 
spring of a committed union, 
but as the handiwork of God. 



He gives parents and others 
the privilege of raising chil- 
dren in a manner that pleases 
Him. Thanksgiving and other 
holidays provide times for the 
gathering of our families. We 
look forward to having families 
together, whether the immedi- 
ate family or a more extended 
group of family members. 

Our earthly families remind 
us of the Family of God. In the 
Bible various terms are used to 
reinforce the concept of family. 
God is spoken of as a Father. 
Jesus is called His Son, by God, 
Himself. Mothers are often ref- 
erenced in the Bible. He speaks 
of Brethren, as those who share 
the same Father. 

People who are related by 
blood often mingle and enjoy 
spending time together. People 
who are related through the 
Holy Spirit also enjoy times of 
fellowship. Many times the fel- 
lowship of God's children may 
be more enjoyable than some 
families' unspiritual gatherings. 
We should be thankful for the 
fellowship that we are able to 
enjoy with those of like precious 
faith. 

God has seen fit to gather 
His family into the Church. The 
times of fellowship may ap- 
pear in various forms. There 



BIBLE MONITOR 



are times of instruction, inspi- 
ration and involvement. The 
instruction comes through the 
preaching and study of the 
Word. Inspiration comes by 
the preached Word, by the en- 
couragement of others, and by 
the moving of the Holy Spirit. 
Involvement comes through the 
activities of the Church, in the 
supplying of officials, officers 
and teachers. It also comes 
through the keeping of the or- 
dinances God has given for the 
edification and advancement of 
His spiritual children. 

We should be thankful for 
the opportunities that we have 
to gather with our spiritual 



Brethren and Sisters. Espe- 
cially in our land we have been 
favored with privileges that 
are not known in many parts 
of the world. Our thankfulness 
can best be expressed by our 
participation in the activities that 
God has established for His 
children to enjoy. 

We have much to be thank- 
ful for; the areas that we have 
shared here are only a few of 
the many that could be listed. 
Hopefully each one of us will 
express our thanks for our faith, 
families, and fellowship. 

Happy Thanksgiving. 
M. C. Cook 



THANKFUL FOR— 

Ethel Beck 
Answers to my many prayers, 
Blessings which come unawares. 
Christ, the source of all true joy, 
Dreams come true in His employ. 
Energy to work for Him, 
Favors though my faith be dim 
Grace sufficient day by day, 
Home so happy where I stay. 
Intercession of God : s Son, 
Jesus Christ the Holy One. 
Knowledge of His saving grace, 
Love, and hope to see His face. 
Mercies new from morn till night, 
Names of friends, which cause delight. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Opportunities to pray, 
Power divine from day to day. 
Questions which refresh the mind, 
Rest with happiness combined. 
Sunshine, lovely here to see, 
Treasures in God's book for me. 
Uselessness of Satan's sway, 
Victory - Christ's own victory! 
Wisdom which one can obtain. 
'Xamples of saints, which remain. 
Yesterday - although 'tis gone, 
Zeal from God to carry on!" 
-Aiice Purvis Allan 



This list covers about all the 
blessings in life. We should be 
most grateful for the spiritual 
blessings. Our praise should 
rise daily to our Saviour who 
has redeemed us with His most 
precious blood. Thank Him for a 
knowledge of His saving grace. 
He is the source of all true joy. 
He gives us strength and cour- 
age for every need and grace 
sufficient for every trial. To His 
mercies there is no end. Do we 
ever thank Him for interceding 
for us? 

Do we always thank God 
for answered prayer? Or do we 
sometimes feel, "it did not turn 
out just like I wanted it to," then 
pout about it. God has some 
reason if He does not answer 
just like we thought He should. 
If we wait awhile we may see the 
reason. Sometimes He favors 



us with unexpected blessings. 
Then our cup should be run- 
ning over with praise to Him. 
Yet should we not forget to 
thank Him when things seem 
to go against us and the future 
looks dark. Thank Him for His 
presence through it all, never 
doubting His love. 

Do we take it for granted that 
we have reasonable health and 
the right use of our mind? Let us 
thank God each day for these 
blessings though we may not 
always be able to enjoy them. 

God made beauty all around 
for us to enjoy. May we praise 
Him for all the lovely things of 
nature. Each season has its 
beautiful things. For the com- 
forts of home and fellowship of 
believers; for friends who help 
us to bear life's burdens; for the 
zeal and testimony of the saints 



BIBLE MONITOR 



who have gone on before; let 
us be thankful. These inspire 
us to press on. There are those 
who take time to go out of the 
way to show us some kindness 
or courtesy. May God reward 
them. 

An ungrateful heart is a 
sad heart indeed. In speaking 
of the perilous times which 
should come, II Tim. 3:2 says, 
"For men shall be lovers of their 
ownselves, covetous, boasters, 
proud, blasphemers, disobe- 
dient to parents, unthankful, 
unholy." Unthankfulness is 
classed in with all these sins 
and still others, in the third 
verse. "Neither murmur ye, as 
some of them also murmured, 
and were destroyed of the de- 
stroyer." 



for this is the will of God in 
Christ Jesus concerning you." 
I Thess. 5:18. Thankfulness is 
not only God's will for us but a 
command, as well as, "abstain 
from all appearance of evil", 
found in the same chapter. 

God gives us wisdom and 
power from above, ifweseekit, 
that we may overcome sin and 
the devil. Do we thank Him for 
each victory, for new heights we 
have gained? How thankful are 
we? We will show our thankful- 
ness to the extent that we live 
for Christ. We will manifest it 
by helping others and making 
them happy. There is much for 
us to do in which we can show 
our thankfulness. 

The following poem ex- 
presses ways in which we can 
show it: 



"In everything give thanks: 

A Thanksgiving Song of Praise 

Lou G. Findley 
I thank God for the length of days, 
And a heart to sing His praise: 
I thank Him for good friends so tried and true. 
I thank God He lets me see 
That I still may useful be. 
For there's always work for Him that I can do. 

There are sorrows I can share, 

Burdens I can help to bear. 

There are words of cheer and comfort I can say, 

There are souls to point above, 

There are weary ones to help along life's way. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



I can teach and I can pray 

For God's children far away, 

Where the banner of the cross is now unfurled; 

It's a wondrous thought to me 

That His partner I may be 

In the sending of the gospel round the world. 



Selected from the 

November 15, 1950 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



NEW TESTAMENT STYLE DISCIPLESHIP 



"Now after that John was 
put in prison, Jesus came into 
Galilee, preaching the gospel of 
the kingdom of God. Now as he 
walked by the Sea of Galilee, 
he saw Simon and Andrew his 
brother casting a net into the 
sea: for they were fishers. And 
Jesus said unto them, Come 
ye after me, and I will make you 
to become fishers of men. And 
straightway they forsook their 
nets, and followed him." (Mark 
1:14, 16-18) 

In this fast moving descrip- 
tion, Mark shows how the Lord 
Jesus Christ, Himself, made 
disciples. It has a lotto teach us 
about the basic fundamentals of 
this important New Testament 
teaching. The beauty of Mark's 
account is that he reduces the 
subject of disci pies hip to its sim- 
plified form. The birth of Christian 
discipleship was not in a lecture 



hall or meetinghouse. It was by 
the seashore in a Galilean fishing 
village. The Lord Jesus stopped 
to taik with Andrew and Simon 
Peter who were busy fishing. In 
a straightforward manner, Jesus 
challenged them to become dis- 
ciples of His. This new relation- 
ship between Christ and these 
two fishermen cailed for them 
to lay aside their fishing and fol- 
low Jesus. In this action, we see 
the first fundamental principle of 
discipleship. The unlearned form 
a relationship with the Master 
Teacher. To effectively do that, 
it was necessary to leave their 
profession of fishing and follow 
their Master Teacher, the Lord 
Jesus. 

They were married men with 
families to support and it is no 
doubt true that before leaving to 
follow Jesus, they hired servants 
to do the work for them. As it 



BIBLE MONITOR 



turned out, this experience of 
discipleship was to take two and 
one naif years and would change 
their lives forever. As the result of 
this simple one-on-one process 
of discipleship, these two busi- 
ness men were so changed, 
they became two of the founding 
apostles of the greatest and one 
of the longest spiritual move- 
ments in human history and the 
church. 

While the method of disciple- 
ship Jesus used was followed 
in Greek and Roman culture, 
He brought into it the dimen- 
sion of the gospel, come down 
from heaven. The grand story of 
the gospels is the incarnation, 
the sinless life, the death, the 
resurrection, and the ascension 
to heaven of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. The next great story from 
the gospels is how Jesus took 
twelve very ordinary men and 
transformed them into the found- 
ing apostles of the church. 

What can we learn from 
Jesus' method to help the con- 
temporary church disciple its 
members and bring them to ma- 
turity, godliness, fruit-bearing and 
service to Christ. Today's church 
has books, manuals, power 
point, DVD : s and anything else 
you might need but it is not doing 
well with the work of discipleship. 



We renamed it mentoring and 
that has not helped much either. 

Let's attempt to gather some 
principles from how Jesus did 
discipleship that could be used 
today. The development of a 
relationship between the believer 
and the teacher, for that is the 
role of the disciple. From the 
gospel we learn that the relation- 
ship came about through a life- 
changing encounter with Jesus. 
People must be truly saved to 
form the relationship necessary 
for discipleship. They respond to 
a definite call to be a disciple. To 
follow the call demanded Simon 
and Andrew to make a commit- 
ment and make whatever chang- 
es this relationship required. 

Jesus did not use a manual 
for the lesson in this course. 
In fact, He taught them in the 
context of everyday life how to 
apply the gospel of the kingdom 
of God. This is the unigue secret 
of Jesus' discipleship methodol- 
ogy. Day after day as He taught, 
healed the sick, cast out demons, 
and outdebated the religious 
leadership of Judaism, Jesus 
always had in His audience the 
disciples. 

Their evenings and spare 
time was usually taken up with 
open discussion with Jesus 
about the day's activities. Ques- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



tions were raised and answered. 
He explained the parables to 
them and often dealt with their 
behavior problems that fell short 
of the righteousness Jesus re- 
quired. Some of them were over- 
ly ambitious and wanted high 
positions in the coming kingdom. 
Some became overly enthusias- 
tic and wanted to call fire down 
on the heads of their enemies. 
They rebuked those not of their 
own group that cast out demons 
in Jesus 1 name. He often chided 
their fears and unbelief and lack 
of charity for others. 

After some experience and 
instruction, Jesus sent them out 
to minister the gospel, to heal 
the sick and cast out demons. 
His discipleship method gave 
hands on oversight as they put 
to practice what they had been 
taught. 

The trips Jesus and the dis- 
ciples made on the Sea of Galilee 
were often used as an opportu- 
nity to teach them truth for godly 
living and ministry. There were 
occasions that stretched the faith 
of these novices. 

The teaching method of Je- 
sus was life related and flowed 
out of a good teacher-student re- 
lationship. To put it another way, 
discipleship was not academic in 
this situation. 



When it was all over they had 
not degrees or profound statue. 
The disciples were made ready 
for the endowment of power by 
the Holy Spirit and began imme- 
diately to have a fruitful ministry. 
Discipling or mentoring in 
its simplest form is a teacher- 
disciple relationship where every 
lesson is the application of Bible 
truth to the pressures, realities, 
and situations of everyday life. 
It is a course in being like Jesus 
and learning to meet each life 
situation like Jesus would meet 
it. 

On the surface, this sounds 
too simple, but a careful study 
of the four gospels will reveal it 
was the way Jesus did it. The 
church's greatest need is not a 
better plan of discipleship; it is 
to see that without discipleship, 
the church cannot effectively do 
what Jesus called it to. There is 
a critical need in today's church 
for discipleship, New Testament 
style. Mature believers must be 
willing to pay the price to teach 
and mold the lives of new be- 
lievers, and new believers must 
come to the point of leaving all 
and following Christ. 

Brother Keith M. Bailey 

Cornerstone Dunkard 

Brethren Church 



10 



BIBLE MONITOR 



SUNDAY'S A COMIN' 

Part5 

Friday 
If one thousand years are are within reach. ; 'A light to the 



as one day, then Friday marks 
the fifth twenty-four hour period 
with Monday as the jumping-off 
place. Four thousand years ago 
God promised that there would 
be someone at some time with 
power and authority enough to 
stomp on Satan's head. Friday 
is the happening time. 

With a blazing night sky, the 
glory of the Lord shines upon 
shepherds abiding in their fields. 
Wise men from the east journey 
towards Jerusalem with a ques- 
tion, "Where is he that is born 
King of the Jews?" 

Aclusterof shepherds, less 
than a handful of gift-laden men 
from the orient, and a pair of 
wizened faithful in the temple 
speak or hear the words, "the 
Savior, the King of the Jews, 
salvation, a light to lighten the 
Gentiles, and the glory of Is- 
rael:' He is indeed come as a 
babe. 

The prophecies of place 
(Bethlehem, of Judah's tribe, 
and in a virgin's womb) are ful- 
filled. Even if devout Jews have 
to wait until Jesus' maturity, the 
news is marvelous - a king, a 
savior and peace on earth - 



Gentiles" sounds a little foreign 
to a Pharisee's ears, but once 
the Roman rule is trounced, 
the Gentiles will no doubt have 
a place, too. As soon as they 
accept circumcision and wrap 
themselves in Moses' law. 

And then Jesus turns their 
world on end. The inner circle 
is not the Sadducees and Phari- 
sees. He speaks blessings to 
the poor in spirit, the mournful, 
the meek, the merciful, and the 
peacemakers. What! Is there no 
merit in phylacteries and fast- 
ing? 

The hope that King Jesus 
will make the temple Jews 
His legal court is dashed. The 
scribes cannot swallow the new 
covenant written on circumcised 
hearts: love your enemy, return 
good for evil, and go the second 
mile, offer the second garment, 
and give the second cheek. 

Jesus furthers His point with 
a live object lesson. He com- 
mands impetuous Peter to put 
up his sword, and thus disarms 
the church. God chooses to 
forbid His new covenant people 
to use physical force to over- 
come evil. The sword for the 



BIBLE MONITOR 



11 



Christian has been beaten into 
a plowshare and the spear into 
a pruning hook. 

Crucified and raised, Jesus 
has an answer for His disciples 
when they ask Him, "Lord, wilt 
thou at this time restore again 
the kingdom of Israei?" 

"It is not for you to know the 
time or the seasons, which the 
Father hath put in His own pow- 
er. But ye shall receive power. . . 
and ye shall be witnesses into 
the uttermost part of the earth." 
And He led them out as far 
as to Bethany; while He blessed 
them He was parted from them, 
and carried up into heaven.. .a 
heaven that must receive Him 
until the times of restoration. 
(Acts 3:21) 

The puzzle pieces of this 
early Friday morning are not 
fitting together as some envi- 
sioned. The original division of 
Jew and Gentile is fractured. 
Jesus' years on earth establish 
a Kingdom of God that tran- 
scends all nations, tribes, ge- 
ography, and time. Although 
this Kingdom-living is spiritually 
discerned, it is physically lived 
out day to day in a sin-cursed 
earth. 

Our time-line at this juncture 
takes two directions. The Jews 
are put in a holding pattern or 



in a set of parentheses. Their 
temple is leveled by a Roman 
general named Titus, fulfilling 
the words of Jesus, 'There shall 
not be left one stone upon an- 
other/' Some one million Jews 
are murdered by sword, fire, 
and crucifixion. The remaining 
fugitives are taken to Rome as 
slaves to labor in dangerous 
mines or thrown to the wild ani- 
mals for arena entertainment. 

Israel, promised to Abraham 
and his descendents, has no 
temple and few Jewish inhabit- 
ants. The first-chosen people 
are scattered AGAIN. We'll 
hear no more about them until 
Saturday. 

The new focus is on the 
church, built upon the Rock. 
The language explosion at 
Pentecost is seed for church 
plantings. The Kingdom of God 
within makes each individual 
a missionary, each telling one 
more. 

Two words mark the church 
for its first 300 years - growth 
and persecution. The inner 
circle of apostles are speared, 
clubbed, and stoned to death; 
five are crucified. Men like 
Justin Martyr, Bishop Irenaeus 
of Lyons, and Clement of Al- 
exandria live every day in the 
expectation of Jesus' second 



12 



BIBLE MONITOR 



coming. They preach aiding an 
enemy, no violence to correct 
the delinquencies of men, and 
prayer to defeat the demons of 
war. 

The strong and effective 
church turns to bickering and 
divisions when Constantine 
the Great (306-337) orders all 
religious persecutions to cease. 
Houses of worship and numbers 
on church roles expand. Wiki- 
pedia describes Constantine 
as the first Christian Roman 
emperor. A closer look at this 
non-baptized "Christian" show 
a pagan individual writing doc- 
trinal formulas and guiding the 
believers to his advantage. He 
guts the power and authority of 
the church. Some Anabaptists 
teachers believe Constantine 
did more to derail the true 
church than any persecuting 
ruler. 

Shades of Ishmael appear 
in the seventh century when a 
man named Mohammed claims 
to be visited by the angel Ga- 
briel. His revelation brings the 
names of Abraham, Moses, Je- 



sus, the Virgin Mary, and other 
pre-lslamic figures into an order 
that annihilates the enemy. 
Mercy and compassion taught 
by Jesus are dismissed by the 
Quran. The Dome of the Rock 
- built in 689 upon the Temple 
Mount- dominates Jerusalem's 
cityscape today, mocking both 
Christianity and Judaism. 

Under the banner of Allah 
the Arabs rule Palestine for al- 
most 400 years. The churches 
built by Constantine are riddled 
by Muslims - some 30,000 
Christian edifices. Neither Jew 
nor Christian is protected in Pal- 
estine. The glowing, melodious 
skies that heralded this day are 
tragically silent and dark. 

The Messiah has been cut 
off, the land promised to Abra- 
ham's son Isaac is being cruelly 
judged by Ishmael's descen- 
dants, and the Christ-followers 
have been scattered. Can the 
events of an upcoming Saturday 
bring healing to such a fracture? 

Sister Mary Sue Moss 
Dallas Center, Iowa 



FIVE WAYS GOD LEADS HIS PEOPLE 

In the past God has always into Canaan. (Gen. 11:31) The 
led His chosen people. He led Lord led the children of Israel 
AbramoutofUroftheChaldees out of Egypt by a pillar of a 



BIBLE MONITOR 



13 



cloud. (Ex. 13:21) He raised 
up judges, and then kings, to 
guide His people. He called out 
prophets to exhort and warn 
backsliding Israel. And finally, 
God sent His Son to show us 
the way, the truth, and the life. 
Today we have no cloudy 
pillar to lead us, but we can 
learn from the book of Acts how 
the Lord does lead His church 
today. In Acts 8:26-40 we have 
the story of how God led in a 
very direct way to bring about 
the conversion of the Ethiopian 
eunuch. We can see in this ac- 
count five ways that God led 
then, and still leads today. 

First, we see that God led 
by supernatural revelation. Acts 
8:26 says, "And the angel of the 
Lord spake unto Philip, say- 
ing, Arise, and go toward the 
south..." God sent an angel to 
give Philip direction. In the time 
of Christ and His apostles we 
have many instances when an- 
gels appeared or men received 
visions. Angels announced the 
birth of Christ, directed Joseph 
to flee to Egypt, ministered 
to Christ in the garden, and 
opened the prison doors for 
the disciples. Ananias, Paul, 
Cornelius, Peter and John all 
saw visions. We may never 
see an angel or a vision, but 



that does not mean that God 
is unwilling to make His will 
known to us. God has chosen 
to primarily use the other four 
methods at which we will be 
looking, although He still can 
use supernatural revelation. 

But we must be very cau- 
tious of being led astray by 
people who claim to have re- 
ceived supernatural revelations 
from the Lord. (II Cor. 11:14) 
Muhammad, the founder of 
Islam, supposedly received his 
first revelation of the Quran in 
A.D. 610 from the angel Ga- 
briel. Joseph Smith claimed 
that on 21 September 1823, an 
angel named Moroni appeared 
to him and told him of a book 
written on gold plates. Joseph 
Smith said that Moroni told him 
to translate this book, which 
contained the "fullness of the 
everlasting gospel." That book 
is today known as the Book of 
Mormon. The apostle Paul said, 
"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) 

Secondly, God led by the 
Holy Spirit. As Philip travelled 
along the road toward the 
south, he saw the eunuch re- 
turning to Ethiopia in a chariot. 



14 



BIBLE MONITOR 



"Then the Spirit said unto Philip, 
Go near, and join thyself to this 
chariot." (Acts 8:29) We do not 
know whether the Spirit spoke 
to Philip audibly or in a still small 
voice in his heart. But we do 
know that the Spirit is present to 
lead us today. Jesus said, "The 
Spirit of truth.. .will guide you 
into all truth... he shall receive 
of mine, and shall shew it unto 
you.' ! (Jn. 16:13-14) 

It can be hard sometimes 
to discern what is of God's 
Spirit, what is of our own spirit, 
and what is of the Devil. John 
warned, "Beloved, believe not 
every spirit, but try the spirits 
whether they are of God: be- 
cause many false prophets are 
gone out into the world." (I Jon. 
4:1) In I John 4:1-6, John may 
have been warning against 
the Gnostics. The Gnostics 
believed that they received 
special knowledge apart from 
(and sometimes contrary to) 
the Scripture, including the idea 
that Jesus Christ did not come 
in the flesh. Today people live 
contrary to Scripture, claiming 
that they are being led by the 
Spirit. But we know that the 
Spirit will never contradict the 
Scriptures which He inspired. 
(II Pet. 1:21) We must beware 
of those who place the authority 



of the Spirit above that of the 
Word. 

Thirdly, God leads by 
the Scriptures. As Philip ap- 
proached the eunuch's char- 
iot, he heard him reading the 
prophet Isaiah. Philip used 
that scripture to preach unto 
him Jesus. The written Word is 
the surest source of guidance 
we have. Men may mock the 
account of Creation or of the 
Flood - but we stand firm on 
the truth. The world may scorn 
the blood atonement of Christ 
- but we are certain of its ef- 
ficacy. People may throw out 
the head veiling, nonresistance, 
nonconformity, and modesty - 
but we are confident in the truth 
of God's Word. Peter warns 
us about those who wrest, or 
distort, Scripture. (II Peter 3:16) 
We must beware of those who 
misinterpret the Bible, take 
verses out of context, read their 
own theories into Scripture, 
and throw some parts out alto- 
gether. 

Fourthly, God leads us by 
the counsel of other believers. 
When Philip heard the eunuch 
reading, he asked, "Under- 
standest thou what thou read- 
est?" And the eunuch replied, 
"How can I, except some man 
should guide me?" The eunuch 



BIBLE MONITOR 



15 



needed someone to help him 
understand the Scripture. And 
so we also need others to help 
us understand God's will from 
the Bible. God couid have sent 
His angel to the eunuch, but 
instead He sent the angel to 
Philip. The Spirit could have 
illuminated the eunuch's un- 
derstanding, but the Spirit told 
Philip to go to the eunuch. God 
could have made the Scripture 
understandable to the eunuch, 
but the Lord used Philip to ex- 
plain it to him. Sometimes we 
need to humble ourselves and 
go to someone else for counsel 
(and submit to their counsel), 
and sometimes we need to be 
bold enough to go to someone 
else and exhort or encourage 
them. God has given believers 
the privilege and responsibility 
to help guide others. 

Fifthly, God leads us by 
opportunities He sets before 
us. After Philip baptized the 
eunuch, the Spirit caught him 
away, and he "was found at 
Azotus: and passing through he 
preached in all the cities, till he 
came to Caesarea." (Acts 8:40) 
It is not recorded that God told 
Philip to preach in these cities, 



but Philip took the opportuni- 
ties set before him to preach. 
Starting at Azotus, he went 
up the Mediterranean coast 
preaching in all the cities. We 
do not always need a vision, 
or an angel, or a prick from the 
Spirit to go and do something; 
sometimes we just need to take 
the opportunities God sets be- 
fore us. We are to be redeeming 
the time, and doing good as we 
have opportunity. (Eph. 5:16, 
Gal. 6:10) 

God still leads His people 
today in the same ways that 
He led Philip and the Ethiopian 
eunuch: by supernatural rev- 
elation, by the Holy Spirit, by 
Scripture, by other believers, 
and by the opportunities of life. 
May we earnestly pray for the 
Lord's guidance through these 
means, and humbly follow the 
direction He gives. May we vigi- 
lantly stand guard against the 
false leadings of the Devil. And 
may we rest in the hope that 
God will lead His people today 
as He led them in days of old. 

Nathan L. Meyers 
76 Summer St. Lot 93 
Lisbon Falls, ME 04252 



16 



BIBLE MONITOR 



BE AT PEACE 



"Acquaint now thyself with 
him, and be at peace." Job 
22:21 

The scriptures are very 
clear as to how a person finds 
peace. It cannot be found in 
worldly pursuits: careers or hob- 
bies or gold. Many have tried, 
and even risked their lives for 
thrills and chills, yet it is over in 
a heartbeat, and the vacant soul 
must search for something else. 
The hymn writer Philip Dod- 
dridge expressed it this way: 

Unite, my roving thoughts, 
unite 

in silence soft and sweet; 

And thou, my soul, sit gently 
down 

At thy great Sovereign 's feet. 

Jesus when often away from 
the others for an hour or longer 
prayed. Sometimes He spent 
the entire night praying to His 
Father, Yet it did not stop at 
prayer. It was the closeness, 
the companionship of kindred 
spirits. It is a desire to be "ac- 
quainted" with the divine God 
that prompted Him. 

Isaiah 26:3 says, "Thou 
wilt keep him in perfect peace, 
whose mind is stayed on thee: 
because he trusteth in thee." 
What is "perfect" peace? It is 



a peace which "passeth all 
understanding." You cannot 
explain it to people. There is 
no greater feeling in this world 
than to be alone with God. 
Oswald Chambers calls it the 
hidden life, because "your life is 
hid with Christ in God." (Colos- 
sians 3:3) 

Many people have no idea 
what we are writing here. Their 
"peace" is only temporary, and 
it comes from things that will not 
last. There is always a struggle 
for a nicer house or car or thrill 
because they get old and rust 
or fall to pieces. 

But God's peace is a per- 
fect peace. The world cannot 
give it and the world cannot 
take it away. Jesus says in 
John 14:27, "Peace I leave with 
you, my peace I give unto you: 
not as the world giveth, give I 
unto you. Let not your heart be 
troubled, neither let it be afraid." 
To achieve the greatest comfort 
of your soul that can be found 
anywhere, "Acquaint NOW 
thyself with him." 

We have no promise of 
tomorrow. Our days are num- 
bered. We were born with a 
choice and it remains: an eter- 
nity basking in the presence of 
the Lord or an eternity with the 



BIBLE MONITOR 



17 



damned. Jesus said, "Follow as real today. Lay your burdens 
Me", and that command is just at His feet, and be at peace. 

By Christ on the cross peace was made, 
My debt by his death was all paid 
No other foundation is laid 
For peace, the gift of God's love. 
-P. P. Billhorn 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 



THE PLAGUE UPON CATTLE - BOILS AND HAIL 



Rudy Cover 
Exodus 9:1-35 

How hard-hearted can a 
man get? I think Pharaoh was 
a living answer to that ques- 
tion. The worse the plagues 
on Egypt; the more stubborn 
Pharaoh became. So God sent 
a disease on the cattle of Egypt 
- upon the horses, upon the 
asses, upon the oxen and upon 
the sheep. The cattle of Egypt 
died but not one of the cattle of 
the Hebrews died. I suppose 
some of the Egyptians came to 
Pharaoh and said, "The cattle 
of the Hebrews are not affected 
by this plague." Pharaoh sent 
men to investigate and they 
couidn't find one of the cattle 
of the Hebrews that was dead. 
Surely Pharaoh would give up 
now, but he didn't. He would not 
let God's people go. 

God said to Moses and 
Aaron : "Take handfuls of ashes 



and sprinkle it toward heaven 
in the sight of Pharaoh." They 
did and there was dust in all 
the land of Egypt and it caused 
boils to break out on man and 
beast. Everybody got boils. If 
you ever had boils, you know 
how painful they can be. The 
magicians got boils and they 
were so miserable that they 
couldn't stand before Pharaoh. 
I think Pharaoh had them too, 
because the Bible says that the 
boils were upon all the Egyp- 
tians. Still Pharaoh would not 
obey God. This shows what can 
happen to a man who is deter- 
mined to have his own way. 

God told Moses to stand be- 
fore Pharaoh and warn him of a 
pestilence that God would send 
on Egypt. Then Pharaoh would 
know that there is none like God 
in all the earth. The people of 



^8 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Egypt worshipped many gods, 
even Pharaoh, himself, was 
supposed to be a god. God 
had plans for Pharaoh. Moses 
warned the people of Egypt to 
get their livestock under shelter 
because God would send hail 
that would kill any person or 
beast that was not inside. Those 
that feared the Lord among the 
servants of Pharaoh made their 
servants and cattle go into their 
houses; but those that didn't 
fear God left them outside. 
Moses stretched forth his rod 
toward heaven and it began 
to thunder and hail. Wonder of 
wonders, there was fire mixed 
in with the hail. Every man and 
beast that was out in the fields 
was killed and every tree was 



broken down and all the crops 
in the land were destroyed. But 
in the land of Goshen there was 
no hail. Pharaoh was scared 
this time and called for Moses 
and Aaron and said, "I have 
sinned this time and the Lord is 
righteous. Intreat the Lord and 
I will let your people go." When 
God stopped the hail and Pha- 
raoh saw that the danger was 
over, he changed his mind and 
would not let the people go. 

What a wonderful God we 
have! His ways are righteous 
and we can only become righ- 
teous by obeying Him. 

Selected from the 

October 1 , 1 975 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



CHRISTIANITY VERSUS WAR 

John Roop 



Camp Greenleaf 

,: He grabbed me by both 
shoulders and forcibly ran me 
across the road, striking out with 
his knees as he ran. Left me at 
the latrine shed and ran back 
after another conscientious ob- 
jector. The crusty Catholic cap- 
tain brought the other two. Merit 
ordered all four of us to remove 
the roof from the latrine shed 
which was rather heavy. We 



stood still, both sergeant and 
captain grabbed Gibson and 
Swartzendruber by their wrists 
and forced them to go through 
the motions; the sergeant and 
captain did all the lifting. Sol- 
diers then quickly cleared away 
the remainder of the wooden 
structure. Sergeant started to 
grab me but saw Sass and said 
he would put him in first, said 
he would put me in next. He put 



BIBLE MONITOR 



19 



Sass in the feces of latrine up 
to his armpits. My blood boiied 
to see that, and I was to be put 
in there next. Quickly i made up 
my mind. I told Merit, "I will jump 
in there," and started forward; 
the captain grabbed me from 
behind and held me. Merit took 
a shovel, squatted down beside 
the pit, dipped up a shovel full 
of excrement and poured it all 
over Sass's head and face, 
this he repeated a number of 
times until Sass was thoroughly 
soaked, saying as he did it, "I'll 
baptize you in the name of Je- 
sus Christ." Sass held his hands 
over his eyes and mouth. Ser- 
geant straightened up, looked 
at Swartzend ruber and me, and 
said, "Now if you are such good 
Christians, pull your brotherout 
of there." Without hesitating we 
dropped to our knees and lean- 
ing forward as far as possible 
thrust our hands under his arms 
and pulled him out of the filth. 
Sergeant ordered us to take him 
over to the bath house and turn 
the cold shower on him. I left 
Swartzendruber to turn on the 
water and immediately returned 
to the scene of trouble. Mean- 
while Sergeant Merit came to 
the bath house. He was look- 
ing for me. He said, "Where 
is that little devil? Every time 



he runs away." Then not see- 
ing anything of me he seized 
Swartzendruber and ran him 
back to the edge of the cess- 
pool and proceeded to put him 
in head first, up to the eyes in 
the feces of the latrine pit. The 
sergeant asked the captain if he 
should put him all the way in. 
He received no answer from the 
captain. I warned him of danger 
of killing by suffocation before 
filth could be removed from 
mouth and nostrils. Sergeant 
looked at Swartzendruber and 
said, : Such people, such peo- 
ple, rather die than fight,' then 
pulled him out and dropped him 
on the ground. He started to get 
up. The sergeant ordered him to 
lie there. Then he commanded 
him to go and wash off. Captain 
put shovel in my hand, com- 
manded me to fill the pit with 
dirt. Taking the shovel from him 
I stabbed it hard into the earth, 
feeling as I did so that I would 
rather be shot than to take or- 
ders from him and go to work. 
Straightening up and looking 
him squarely in the eye I told 
him that. At once he became 
infuriated, reached for his au- 
tomatic and threatened me with 
that. Backing up against a post I 
said to him, "You can shoot me 
if you want to," now, thoroughly 



20 



BIBLE MONITOR 



exasperated he picked up a bat 
and would have used that had 
not the Major coming up just 
then intervened. He asked each 
of us if we were conscientious 
objectors, our names and ad- 
dresses and to what churches 
we belonged. He questioned us 
closely. 

'After that we were told to 
go to our quarters and remain 
there. 

"Previous to all this, the of- 
ficers called us 'heathens and 
God's outcasts.' The captain 
said, 'Aha! We will see what 
your God will do for you. While 
you are in our hands, He has 
got nothing to do with this.' 

'During this occurrence, 
Monday, March 25, 1918 the 
soldiers, probably a hundred of 
them, kept pressing closer and 
closer until the captain finally 
drove them back with a shovel. 
"At noon Sergeant Merit 
came in with a piece of bread 
for each one of us, That is all 
you get for dinner,' he said. 
While we were eating we had 
opportunity to talk a little while 
with a Mennonite preacher, 
Aaron Loucks, who said "The 
boys are being tested," who 
was stopping in camp to see 
how we were faring, as well 
as some others who were in 



the guard house at that time. 
This man gave us no discour- 
agement for which we were 
thankful. I interviewed General 
Birmingham in the matter of 
members of our faith and he 
promised to segregate these 
boys on Tuesday, protect and 
provide for them such quarters 
as are necessary for their com- 
fort and health. 

"That afternoon between 
two and three o'clock the whole 
bunch of us were questioned 
and examined very closely by 
medical officers to see if we 
were insane. 

"Tuesday, 26, Sergeant 
Merit came in, 'You fellows can 
go anywhere and do what you 
like,' he said. 

"March 27, Wednesday. Ten 
objectors including myself were 
transferred to Headquarters 
Company No. 1. There we re- 
mained, living in tents until May 
5 !h , when this whole company 
moved to the sanitary barns. 

May 14, Tuesday we were 
all given orders to wear the 
uniform of the United States 
and to do fatigue duty about 
the barracks. Again each one 
refused. The following day we 
were arrested and put in the 
guard house: Awaiting trial by 
court-martial. 






BIBLE MONITOR 



21 



Two days later we saw two 
of our friends who had enlisted 
in the motor ambulance of the 
medical corps as non-com- 
batants. However, they were 
required to wear the uniform 
and go on guard duty when 
their time came; also carry the 
rifle with fixed bayonet, and 
were given orders to shoot if 
any prisoners were seen trying 
to escape. As non-combatants 
they felt themselves to be in a 
peculiar position and with no 
other alternative. 

"June 7, Friday: After twen- 
ty-five days waiting, Cox, A. N. 
C. Quaker, and I were court- 
martialed. Six others had their 
trials postponed until the first of 
the next week. 

"I was charged with Viola- 
tion of the 64 th Article of War' 
and so were the others. 

"Specifications: In that Pri- 
vate RoyE. Peters, M. D., N.A., 
No. 753, 170 Service Company, 
M. O. T. C, having received a 
lawful command from First Lieu- 
tenant George L. Daily, M. C,, 
his superior officer, to don the 
prescribed uniform of the United 
States Army and do fatigue duty 
in Company quarters, did at 
Camp Greenleaf, Chickamauga 
Park, Ga., on or about the 15 th 
day of May, 1918, willfully dis- 



obey the same. 

"Signed, George L. Daily, 
"First Lieutenant, M. C 

"By Judge Advocate Major 
Win. K. Evans - The court 
martial manual provides that 
religious belief is no defense 
to the charge of disobeying an 
officer." 

Major Evans, just at close 
of court-martial. 

The Defense: "I rest right 
where this is. I don't know of 
anything I can say. I think the 
court has brought out every- 
thing that I would wish to know. 
As a matter of form, I believe I 
will say just one thing for this 
man. If the court please, this 
man's attitude, based on what 
he calls a conscientious inability 
to perform military service, due 
to his religious convictions, has 
been a consistent attitude with 
him ever since he has come into 
the military service, I wish to 
simply bring out that one thing; 
that he has been considerable 
of the time under my personal 
observation, and he has con- 
sistently refused. There was no 
shadow of turning, a minute." 

Four days prior to the court- 
martial proceedings, Major Wil- 
liam K. Evans came in the guard 
house, ordered us up in line, 
said he was appointed attorney 



22 



BIBLE MONITOR 



for our defense, yet he was not 
in sympathy with conscientious 
objectors. His parents were 
Quakers. Furthermore he had 
this to say about us, "I know it 
isn't easy for anyone to take the 
stand that you men have taken 
and it is always easier to follow 
the crowd than to stand alone 
for a principle. I know all about 
you men, just how you have 
acted, what you have said and 
done since you came here. The 
way I understand it, you men are 
not taking this stand because of 
anything you have made up, but 
you are standing for a principle 
of your church and the things 
which you have been taught. 
They have put you men in the 
army and you don't belong here, 
now we have to court-martial 
you to get you out again." 

August 29 at 3:40 P.M. Lieu- 
tenant Massay when reading 
sentence, told me, "That I was 
no longer a citizen, and there- 
fore not entitled to hold my re- 
ligious belief." I was sentenced 
to 'Ten years hard labor in Fort 
Leavenworth military prison and 
a dishonorable discharge." I 
thanked him. 

The following day Massey 
ordered me out alone, handed 
me a pick and ordered me to 
use it. I refused, and he ordered 



a guard, a big heavy Italian, to 
prod me with his bayonet and 
force me to obey his orders. 
Providentially the man placed 
the sharp pointed bayonet on 
the handkerchief in my hip 
pocket and forced me along for 
several feet, this he repeated 
several times, then I turned and 
faced him and remained stand- 
ing motionless in the hot sun for 
three hours. 

Massey said he would 
break me. Informed me that I 
was crazy. Put me in solitary 
under roof in barn, under blaz- 
ing August sun, on a fourteen 
day period of bread and water. I 
refused to eat for five days. With 
pain in head from sleeping on 
bare iron army cot, I was taken 
to hospital in semi-conscious 
state. Recovered, I was taken 
back to guard house. I was in 
hospital two weeks, while there, 
was under an armed guard ev- 
ery minute, day and night. 

Remained in guard house 
eight days. September 20 th , 
1918 we were taken by motor 
truck to Chattanooga at night, 
under guard, eight of us to- 
gether. 1:30A.M., on board train 
for Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 
Arrived in Memphis, Tennessee 
11 A. M., September 21 st . Taken 
to city jail, put in one large cell, 






BIBLE MONITOR 



23 



remained locked up for eight 
hours until train time. While 
waiting in depot a strange lady 
stepped up to Sass and me and 
said, "I want to shake hands with 
you boys, I don't want you to 
think everyone is down on you 
because of your religion; and I 
respect you for the stand you 
take." Then she shook hands 
with each one of us. 

Left Memphis 9 A.M., Sat- 
urday. Arrived at Leavenworth 
military prison 3 P.M., Sunday, 
September 22 nd . Unhandcuffed 
all the way. 

Dressed in prison clothes 
with number painted on back in 
large white figures (1 4589) was 
my number. 

Worked for three weeks on 
farm in connection with military 
prison. 

At night and Sundays I 
was locked in single cell. The 
bed bugs were unbearable; 
millions of them infested the 
brick walls. I was compelled by 
circumstances to drink out of 
the wash bowl. 

October 1 5 th I was admitted 
to the hospital. I had influenza 
and pneumonia, but survived 
the plague, and left the hospital 
as room orderly. The food here 
was better than that served in 
the prison barracks. 



I was transferred from the 
locked cell to one of the pen cell 
wings, no bugs here; six men 
sleep in one cell in separate 
beds. 

I was released from Fort 
Leavenworth U. S. D. B. No- 
vember 25 th and sent to Camp 
Dodge, Iowa, with two other 
conscientious objectors. At the 
prison the officers again tried to 
get us to don the uniforms, but 
on refusal they permitted us to 
wear U. S. D. B. suits without 
numbers. 

Arrived in Camp Dodge No- 
vember 26 lh . Again the captain 
interviewed us and tried to get 
us to take up non-combatant 
service. We had our own quar- 
ters there and did our own cook- 
ing and other work but were not 
bound under military orders. 

January 3 rd , 1919. All the 
men at Camp Dodge who did 
not meet the Board of Inquiry 
at Fort Leavenworth were in- 
terviewed singly by Major Kel- 
log. His questions were greatly 
varied and sharp. 

January 17 lh . Signed Con- 
scientious objector's discharge. 
(Blue one instead of yellow), but 
refused to sign military pay roll. 

January 18 th . Boarded train 
for Chicago. 

"I refused to accept non- 



24 



BIBLE MONITOR 



combatant service because it 
is directly connected with the 
military service. "They fight who 
help the fighter fight" was the 
worid's slogan during the war 
days. 

To do non-combatant ser- 
vice is to release another man 
for the firing line, and thereby 
become a "slacker." 
"Unless the various units of non- 
combatant service are fully in 
mesh with the great war wheel 
of the military machine it cannot 
keep running. The armies of 
the world would soon become 
depleted if it were not for the 
medical and surgical depart- 
ment which serve to keep the 
army in repair. Major-General 
Gorgas, surgeon general of the 



army made this statement - 
"Seventy-five to eighty percent 
of the American troops wounded 
in battle will be restored and 
returned to service again." 

"Finally, beware of the kind 
of advice you take in time of 
war, either from strangers, 
clergymen, friends or close rela- 
tives. You must know for your- 
self and learn to stand alone; 
the way to know is to read the 
Bible." 

Brother Roy E. Peters, 

Editor's note: The conditions 
and inhumane treatment that 
Roy Peters and others faced 
during their time in the camp 
and prison would certainly try 
the faith of anyone, then or now. 



MARRIAGE 

WALKER-KASZA 

Sister Janna Walker, daughter of Brother and Sister David 
Walker and Brother Andrew Kasza, son of Brother and Sister Rus- 
sell Kasza were united in marriage on May 29, 201 0. Their address 
is 26580 205th Street, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 



NEWS ITEMS 

2010 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 

The 2010 Leadership Conference will be held at the Lititz, 
Pennsylvania Congregation, November 12 through 14,2010. The 
sessions for the Officials will begin at 8:00 AM on Friday, Novem- 
ber 12 and again on Saturday, November 13. There will be public 



BIBLE MONITOR 25 



preaching services on Friday evening and Saturday evening at 
7:00 PM and on Sunday at 9:30 AM. 

Those attending need to notify the Lodging Committee so 
they can estimate their needs for food and lodging. Please notify 
the Lodging Committee by contacting Sister Arlene Birt, at abirt@ 
frontier.com or by calling 71 7-355-0489. 

There will be planned activities on both Friday and Saturday 
for the Sisters, concurrently with the sessions for the Officials. 

Please pray for the success of this Conference and that it will 
be to God's glory. 

DIRECTORY OF INFORMATION CORRECTION 

The correct address for Brother Kenneth Wilkerson, contact 
person for the Mt. Zion Congregation is 1254 Pine Grove Road, 
Fredericksburg, PA 17026. 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Brother Dale Aungst is 101 Geary Woife 
Road, Pine Grove, PA 17963. 

THANKS 

Many thanks to our church family and friends who attended 
our 60 th Anniversary reception. It was just over-whelming! We 
also appreciated the nice cards, gifts and Gideon Bibles that were 
donated. "Long time" friends make our lives most enjoyable. God 
is so good!! 

Brother Marion and Sister Joyce Brooks 

REMINDER 

Individuals or Congregations who wish to obtain single or mul- 
tiple copies of the 1901 Brethren Hymnal may do so by contact- 
ing Brother Kevin Funk, Secretary of the Publication Board. His 
address is 24107 N Avenue, Dallas Center, IA 50063, telephone 
515-992-3319, e-mail: kevandbecky@msn.com. 



2fi 



BIBLE MONITOR 



DIGITIZING THE 

It has been more than 300 
years since Alexander Mack 
"counted the cost" and con- 
ducted the first trine immersion 
baptism in the Eder River near 
Schwarzenau : Germany. The 
year was 1708, and since then 
hundreds of thousands of indi- 
viduals have chosen to follow 
Jesus and can trace their spiri- 
tual roots to Alexander Mack 
and his brethren. 

As Mack's spiritual descen- 
dants spread around the world, 
they left a trail of historical docu- 
ments and publications. They 
traced the joy, the hardships 
and the blessings of pioneering 
new communities. They also 
explored a developing faith, as 
the Brethren forged an emerg- 
ing trail of theological insights, 
calling people to direct obedi- 
ence to Scripture rather than to 
church tradition. 

Today, the groups who 
trace their theological heritage 
to Alexander Mack have part- 
nered to preserve the informa- 
tion contained in volumes that 
are crumbling away on library 
shelves, Like with your own 
family heirlooms, we need to 
preserve this rich heritage. 

The Brethren Heritage Cen- 
ter in Brookville, Ohio has been 



BIBLE MONITOR 

involved in nine meetings on the 
issues of digitizing the Breth- 
ren Periodicals throughout the 
United States. By creating a 
digital record of what was once 
available only on paper, the 
Brethren Digital Archives will be 
a valuable resource for church 
historians, theologians, gene- 
alogists, and other interested 
individuals. The searchable 
database will include Bible stud- 
ies, theological debates, reports 
from conferences, news from 
missionaries and family an- 
nouncements. Brethren Digital 
Archives plan is to digitize all 
Brethren periodicals, beginning 
with Henry Kurtz The Monthly 
Gospel Visitor (1851) and end- 
ing with those published at the 
end of the Twentieth Century. 
The Brethren Digital Archives 
will be digitizing twenty seven 
of the most significant Brethren 
publications of the 19 ,h and 20 th 
centuries, including the Bible 
Monitor, The Brethren Evange- 
list, Gospel Messenger, Breth- 
ren Life and Thought, Brethren 
Missionary Herald, The Testi- 
mony, The Pilgrim and others 
as well. In doing this process, 
it will make the Bible Monitor 
available for research for years 
to come. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



27 



We would like to ask the 
Dunkard Brethren Congrega- 
tions and/or individuals to help 
with this project and help us 
preserve the history and heri- 
tage of the Brethren Movement. 

Would you consider helping 
with this project in monetary 

Name 



value as we start digitizing the 
Bible Monitors from its original 
beginning, October, 1 922? The 
total cost for the first phase 
of the project is estimated at 
$35,000. We would appreciate 
your donated blessing in No- 
vember or December of 201 0. 



Address 

City 

State 



Phone Number 
I am enclosing $ 



Zip code_ 



digitizing the Bible Monitors. 



.for the purpose of 



Please make checks payable to the Brethren Heritage Center 
showing Brethren Digital Archives Fund on the memo line. 

The Brethren Heritage Center is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organi- 
zation. All donations are tax deductible. 
Send your checks to: 

Brethren Digital Archives 
c/o Brethren Heritage Center 
428 N. Wolf Creek St., Suite H1 
Brookville, Ohio 45309 
If you have any additional questions, please contact 
(board member of the Brethren Heritage Center) Elder Paul 
Stump-937-836-6559 



28 BIBLE MONITOR 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
DECEMBER 2010 

Dec. 5 - Covenants Broken - Malachi 2 



1. How does God react when promises made to Him are bro- 
ken? Did they take Him seriously? 



2. Instead of being the messengers of the Lord, what had the 
priests done? 



Dec. 12 -The Day of the Lord - Malachi 3:1-15 



1. Why did Malachi warn them about the coming day of the 
Lord? Were they prepared for His coming? Are we prepared 
for His Second Coming? 



2. Since they had not robbed God's tithes and offerings, why 
were they accused of robbing God? In what way? 



Dec. 19 -The Birth of Christ - Galatians 4:1 -9 



1. Why did God send His Son as a babe born of a woman? 
Why did not He come as a great leader? 



BIBLE MONITOR 29 



2. How do we become the sons of God? By our own merits? 
Or through adoption? 



Dec. 26 -The Final Lot of the Righteous and the Wicked - Malachi 
3:16-4:6 



1 . How were those who feared God identified? Why does God 
want His people to fellowship together? 



2, What will be the end of those who will not serve God? How 
does that warn us as we prepare for a new year? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
DECEMBER 2010 

Dec 5 -True Safety -Psalm 91:1-16, Proverbs 3:21-26 



1 . Why do we want to be safe? Where can we find true and 
eternal safety? 



2. When do wisdom and discretion provide the safety we need? 
Can they be ignored and still help us? 



30 BIBLE MONITOR 



Dec. 12 - Divinity of Christ - Luke 22:69-70, John 10:1-42 



1 . Why is it important for us to know that Jesus is the Son of God? 



2. What were some of the works of God that Jesus did that should 

have convinced them that He was the Son of God? 



Dec. 19- Birth of Christ -Matt. 1:18-25,2:1-11 



1 . What information did the angel give to Joseph that caused 
him to change his mind about Mary? What was his first plan? 



2. Why was it important for Him to be born at Bethlehem rather 

than at Nazareth? 



Dec. 26 - Straight Paths - Deut. 5:32-33, Josh 1:8-9, Prov. 4:26- 
27, Heb. 12:13-14 



1. What is the shortest path from one place to another? How 
does that apply to our Spiritual journey? 



2. How does the Word of God keep us on the straight path? Is 
it as important now as in the past? 






BIBLE MONITOR 



31 



DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 
3949S 1O0E 
Peru, IN 36970 

Tom St. John. Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Martin Marks, Treasurer 

429 Summit Drive 

Red Lion. PA 17356-1119 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Robert Carpenter, Chairman 
61 50 E 775 S 
Peru. IN 46970 

James Eberly, Secretary 
P.O. Box 504 
Terre Hill, PA 17581 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2271 Co.Rd 74 
Quintor, KS 67752 

Frank E. Shaffer 

1 3055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

Milton Cook 
1138 East 12th St 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

Ronald Marks 

1813 North 136th Ave. 

Hart, Ml 49420 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

James Me vers 
26331 205 m Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Verting Wolfe, Chairman 
451 Schubert Re 
Bethel, PA 1 9507 

Kevin Funk, Secretary 
24107 N Avenue 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 



David Aunyst, Treasurer 
334 Brrds Hill Road 
Pine Grove, PA 1 7963 

Keith Bailey 

541 East Main Street 

Bradford, OH 45308 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 1 7042 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Milton Cook, Chairman 
1138 East 12th Street 
Beaumont. CA 92223 

Ken Brock, Secretary 
20845 County Road H-50 
West Unity, OH 43570 

Dennis Meyers 
20337 270th St 
Adet, IA 50003 

Jeremiah Johnson 
P.O. Box 258 
Kapenguria, Kenya 30600 

Lynn H. Miller 

70 Round Barn Road 

Newmanstown. PA 17073 

RELIEF BOARD 

David St. John, Secretary 
16 687Rd 15 
Pioneer, OH 43554 
(419)737-3064 

Doyre Lorenz, Treasurer 
1903SSR19 
Peru, IN 46970 
(765)472-5685 

Dale Meyers 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield. IA 50233 
(515)833-2904 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA17042 
(717)272-2847 

Ward Deaton 
2810ThackerRd 
Zillah, WA 98953 
(503)331-!)fi85 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

Paul David Skiles. Superintendent 
HCR79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 67013 

Dale Meyers, Chairman 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 

James Meyers, Secretary 
26331 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Justin Beck 
4B0SH Libert Rcl. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Jeff Davison 
18335 NW 1700 Rd 
Garnett, KS 66032 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Merle Sweilzer. Chairman 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Alan Meyers, 
23997 268th Lane 
Adel, IA 50003 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar. MO 64078 

Verling Wolfe, Secretary 
451 Schubert Re' 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood. OH 45322 

All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his re- 
cords. 



a 


K 
D 






r^ 


g 
-I 


D 


< 

a. 


CN 


o 




< 




±: 


-J 


(1 


a. 




f- 


o 


a? 




LU 


dj 


-,-J 


~ 






a_ 



a 

^ "S 

C r- CD 

-c ^ < 

© ^ "- 

CQ a) o5 

£ LU 

□ " Z 



« 
Cr 

s 

SB 

CO 
w 
w 



BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL LXXXVIII 



DECEMBER, 2010 



NO. 12 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



THOU BLESSED LORD 

Thou blessed Lord by heaven adored, 
Come to the earth a stranger. 

Creator wrapped in human flesh 
And cradled in a manger. 

The angels sang God's grace to man, 
In giving heaven's greeting 

That sacred brow, those holy hands 
For me were pierced and bleeding. 



O Star of Hope, beyond the cross, 
That leads to fife and glory. 

Thy beams shall trace the way for me 
Along Thy footprints gory. 

-Samuel M. Lehigh 



BIBLE MONITOR 



CHRISTMAS IS 

We usually consider Christ- 
mas as a time greatly enjoyed 
by children. With merchandizing 
ploys and a feel-good atmo- 
sphere surrounding the holiday 
presents are big, especially for 
children. These gifts are often 
the highlight of a child's memory 
of that year. 

It is often the time when 
families assemble and enjoy a 
season of fellowship and shar- 
ing. These times are important 
in the raising and maintaining 
of a family and its values and 
cohesiveness. These times are 
good opportunities to teach the 
real message of Christmas that 
goes beyond gifts and family 
meals. 

Perhaps because the em- 
phasis of modern Christianity 
has been on the Babe laid in a 



FOR ALL AGES 

manger in a pastoral Bethlehem 
scene, the celebration has be- 
come geared toward children. 
It is well to reflect that without 
the miraculous conception of 
Jesus, this would have been 
like every other birth. This birth 
qualified Him for His death on 
the cross. His birth was the 
demonstration of God's love 
as He sent His Son, by extraor- 
dinary means, to become the 
sacrificial Lamb of Calvary 

The message of Christmas 
is not just to and about children. 
It is important for people of 
any age. The Christmas story 
as recorded by Luke contains 
accounts of two elderly people 
who interacted with Joseph, 
Mary and Jesus. Simeon and 
Anna had been waiting for the 
time of the coming Messiah. 



THE BIBLE MONITOR 



DECEMBER, 2010 

Published monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in the plant of Haines Printing Company. 

Postmaster: Send address changes to Haines Printing Company, 10575 West 
Main Road, North East, PA 1 6428. 

Terms: Single subscription $5.00 a year in advance. 

Send ail subscriptions and communications to the editor. 

MILTON COOK, Editor; 1138 East 12th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. (951)845-6231 

KEITH BAILEY, Assistant Editor, 541 East Main Street, Bradford, OH 48308. 

DENNIS ST. JOHN, Associate Editor; 21397-B50, Bryan, OH 43506. 

KEVIN FUNK, Associate Editor; 24107 N Avenue, Dallas Center, IA 50063. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



Their faithfulness was fulfilled 
on the day Jesus was brought 
to the Temple to be circum- 
cised. 

Simeon was a devout man, 
living in Jerusalem. He had 
been assured that he would not 
die until he had seen the Mes- 
siah. On this day the Spirit led 
him to be at the Temple at the 
time Joseph and Mary brought 
Jesus for circumcision. This 
child was the consolation of Is- 
rael. This is what many through 
the centuries had been looking 
for, but it was Simeon who was 
able to see and hold this child. 
While cradling Him in his arms, 
Simeon delivered a message to 
Joseph and Mary that this child 
would be the Savior, not only 
of the Jews but of the Gentiles 
as well. This was a marvelous 
message to encourage them 
as they accomplished their 
part in the work of God. It also 
reminded them that it would 
not be a placid scene when 
Jesus accomplished His work of 
providing the salvation of men. 
There would be worldly sorrows 
accompanying that great spiri- 
tual work. Simeon was in tune 
with the Spirit of God. He had 
lived a full life. He had seen his 
heart's desire fulfilled. He had 
given insight and encourage- 



ment to Joseph and Mary. He 
was prepared for the end of his 
life. 

Also dwelling on the Temple 
area was Anna. She was eighty- 
four years old and had been a 
widow for many years. She had 
devoted her life to serving and 
looking for the deliverance of Is- 
rael. She, too, was delighted to 
see and hold the child. She had 
served God through prayers 
and fasting, devoting her life to 
spiritual service. She was glad 
to be able to share with those 
in Jerusalem that redemption 
was nigh. As a prophetess she 
proclaimed that which had been 
prophesized for centuries was 
now about to be accomplished. 
Redemption had come not only 
for the Jews but for the whole 
world. 

Simeon and Anna had a 
rare opportunity to interact with 
Jesus as well as with Mary and 
Joseph. Their lives had been 
made complete in this short 
time of being with the Baby 
Jesus. They were not awed by 
the feel-good scene surround- 
ing His birth unlike us. They 
were more concerned with the 
implications of His coming. By 
the Spirit's direction, they saw 
the outcome of this occasion. 
They were not concerned about 



BIBLE MONITOR 



shepherds and wise men; they 
were more interested in salva- 
tion and redemption. They saw 
this as a benefit for the whole 
world not just for their own 
people. 

These elderly people un- 
derstood the implications of this 
baby's birth. They saw beyond 
the Judean hills, they saw be- 
yond the Pharisees and Sad- 
ducees at the Temple, they saw 
beyond the cross on Calvary. 
They saw a world that needed a 
Savior and they had held in their 
arms that Savior. They rejoiced 
in fulfilled prophecies. 

Christmas is for all ages of 



people. It is good if children can 
understand the concept of their 
gifts reflecting the Gift of God. 
Adults know the Savior came to 
deliver all, who will, from their 
sins. The aged enjoy knowing 
that there has been a purpose 
in their living. They may gain 
from a reflection over a lifetime 
spent in serving Christ and in of- 
fering Him as the solution to the 
problems of those who struggle. 
All can enjoy Christmas, realiz- 
ing what price, God has paid, so 
we can be a part of His family. 
Merry Christmas. 

M. C. Cook 



THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS ON THE MANGER 



The birth of the Christ child 
is the historical fact that under- 
girds the whole message of the 
Christian faith. The scene in 
Bethlehem that long ago night 
was no ordinary birth of a child. 
Mary's baby was God in the 
flesh. His birth and the place of 
His birth had been announced 
by the prophet, Micah. 

The expectation of His birth 
nourished the faith of God's 
people from the Garden of 
Eden. For God told Satan on 
the occasion of the fall that 
"the seed of the woman" would 



crush his power. The expres- 
sion "the seed of the woman" 
made clear that Christ would 
be born of a virgin. ** 

The child born at Bethlehem 
had always been. He had no 
beginning and He has no end. 
He is called the Word and it was 
He who created the universe. 
He is, and was, and always 
will be the eternal Christ. The 
real story of the baby Jesus is 
that God Almighty had become 
incarnate. He took on the form 
of man in order to make pos- 
sible man's salvation from sin. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



It took the Holy God to save the 
sinful man bound by the power 
of darkness. 

When the Apostle Paul 
wrote his epistle to the church 
at Philippi, the wonder of the 
birth of Jesus was evidently 
on his mind. He said, "Let this 
mind be in you, which was also 
in Christ Jesus. Who, being in 
the form of God, thought it not 
robbery to be equal with God: 
But made himself of no reputa- 
tion, and took upon him the form 
of a servant, and was made in 
the likeness of men: And being 
found in fashion as a man, he 
humbled himself, and became 
obedient unto death, even the 
death of the cross. Wherefore 
God also hath highly exalted 
him, and given him a name 
which is above every name: 
That at the name of Jesus ev- 
ery knee should bow, of things 
in heaven, and things in earth, 
and things under the earth; And 
that every tongue should con- 
fess that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
to the glory of God the Father." 
{Philippians 2:5-11) 

From this beautiful pas- 
sage, it is made evident that 
Christ's coming to earth was 
on His part a great condescen- 
sion. But He did so, willfully and 
gladly. The cross was in view 



when He came to earth. Paul's 
description of Christ's incarna- 
tion indicated the shadow of the 
cross was on the manger where 
He lay. John speaks of Jesus as 
"the Lamb of God slain from the 
foundations of the earth." The 
cross from before the creation 
was well fixed in the mind of 
God and the plan of God for 
human redemption. 

It's strange how year after 
year when Christmas is cel- 
ebrated the cross gets covered 
up with tinsel. The world wants 
to reduce the birth of Jesus to 
a great human interest story. 
We need the mind of Christ that 
we might declare to a lost world 
that our Savior was born that 
long ago night in Bethlehem. 
it is much more than a human 
interest story - it is the only way 
a lost sinner can be saved and 
can make heaven his home. 

Paul said that when God 
the Father exalted Christ after 
His death and resurrection, He 
declared that at the name of 
Jesus every knee shall bow. 
Notice that He used the name 
of Jesus, Christ's human name, 
given at the time of His birth. 

They wrapped Jesus in 
swaddling cloth, which was also 
used to wrap a corpse. It was 
another indication of the shad- 



BIBLE MONITOR 



ow of Calvary over the quiet 
and peaceful manger where 
the baby Jesus laid. That dark 
shadow continued until the visit 
of the wise man and Herod : s 
subsequent effort to murder the 
newborn King. Guided by God, 
Joseph and Mary fled with baby 
Jesus to Egypt to save His life. 
There is no place in the 
consideration of the purpose 
of God to save sinners that we 



ever get very far away from the 
cross. I wonder why Christmas 
cards do not have the shadow 
of the cross on the manger 
scene. One also has to wonder 
how we year after year leave 
this startling truth out of the 
Christmas message. 

Brother Keith M. Bailey 

Cornerstone Dunkard 

Brethren Church 



THE GREATEST ANNOUNCEMENT 



Ethel Beck 
Luke 2:8-20 



It is with great joy that par- 
ents announce to their friends 
that a baby has been born to 
them. They want their friends tg 
share their joy The arrival of a 
new baby makes many changes 
in the family life. 

We want to consider the 
greatest of all announcements 
on earth. It was most widely 
celebrated. The coming of this 
babe changed the lives of many 
people. It was not just a change 
in the family life It was to be 
good tidings of great joy, to all 
people, verse 10. 

The announcement came 
from Heaven, by the angel of 
the Lord ; vs. 9-10. He was later 
joined by a multitude of angels 



praising God. Heaven rejoiced 
at this birth. The glory of the 
Lord also shone round about 
them. Can we get this beauti- 
ful picture in our minds? It was 
night and all was still on the hills. 
Suddenly there appears a great 
light all around and a multitude 
of angels appear. Listen! They 
have a message of good news, 
and then the beautiful music of 
many voices blended in praise 
to God. 

The announcement was 
first given to the common or- 
dinary people, the lowly shep- 
herds in the field. This was no 
ordinary announcement. This 
babe was born in the city of 
David, wrapped in swaddling 



BIBLE MONITOR 



clothes and laid in a manger. 
Regardless of his lowly birth, 
the messenger said, He was to 
be a "Saviour which is Christ the 
Lord," vs. 11-12. 

This extraordinary an- 
nouncement had its effect on 
the shepherds. After the angels 
left, "they said one to another, 
let us now go even unto Beth- 
lehem, and see this thing which 
is come to pass, which the Lord 
hath made known unto us, and 
they came with haste, and found 
Mary and Joseph, and the babe 
lying in a manger," vs. 15-16. 
They went and announced it 
far and wide, vs. 17. "And, all 
that heard it wondered at those 
things which were told them by 
the shepherds," vs. 18. 

After the shepherds filled 
their part of the announcement, 
they returned, "Glorifying and 
praising God for all the things 
that they had heard and seen, 
as it was told unto them/' vs. 20. 

Matt. 2:1-12. Heaven also 
announced this birth with 
an outstanding star. The an- 
nouncement was made to wise 
men who were also considered 
rich, according to their gifts. 
The message of salvation was 
to the rich and poor. We do not 
know how many wise men there 
were. They followed the star as 



far as Jerusalem. They wanted 
further directions to where this 
King should be born. It must 
have been announced to them 
that this babe was to be King of 
the Jews. Perhaps they thought 
they would find Him in Jerusa- 
lem. They at least thought they 
could get more information 
there. 

Herod was alarmed at this 
announcement of a new king. 
He had the chief priests and 
scribes to look up the prophecy 
concerning it. They reported 
that the prophet said in Beth- 
lehem of Judea, vs. 5-6. When 
they started on, the star again 
"went before them, till it came 
and stood over where the young 
child was. When they saw the 
star, they rejoiced with exceed- 
ing great joy. And when they 
were come into the house, they 
saw the young child with Mary 
his mother, and fell down and 
worshipped Him: and when they 
had opened their treasures, 
they presented unto Him gifts; 
gold, and frankincense, and 
myrrh," vs. 9-12. Notice, it calls 
Him a "young child" and not a 
"babe." They also went "into the 
House" not a stable where there 
was a manger. How misleading 
are some of the greeting cards 
which picture the shepherds 



8 



BIBLE MONITOR 



and wise men there at the same 
time in a stable. We have that 
impressed on us as children. 
Then it is hard to get the true 
picture. Let us give the children 
the correct story and pictures. 

Herod took care to inquire 
just when the star appeared. 
"When he saw that he was 
mocked of the wise men, was 
exceeding wroth, and sent forth, 
and slew all the children that 
were in Bethlehem, and in all the 
coasts thereof, from two years 
old and under, according to the 
time which he had diligently 
inquired of the wise men," vs. 
1 6. This shows that Jesus could 
have been almost two years old 
when the wise men came. This 



great announcement did not 
bring "good tidings of great joy" 
to Herod. It was because he was 
jealous of a new king. 

Let us take heed to this great 
announcement, this good news 
of salvation. May we follow the 
example of the shepherds - 
make haste to find Jesus and 
worship Him. Then spread the 
good news abroad concerning 
Him. Then back to our fields 
of labor, glorifying and praising 
Him. Oh, that many may find 
Him real to their hearts at this 
season. 

Selected from the 

December 15, 1950 

issue of the Bible Monitor 



THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL 



' : l am the LORD, your Holy 
One, the creator of Israel, your 
king." Isaiah 3:15 

We are at the time of year 
when a mythical Santa Glaus 
is put on the throne. Christmas 
trees are decorated in homes 
and churches. Some quibble 
about the date observed as 
the birth of Christ while others 
celebrate Christmas but deny 
the virgin birth. The Holy One of 
Israel is forgotten or at best given 
second place. 



Thank God for those who 
still truly recognize the Holy 
One of Israel. We, personally, 
do not believe it is important 
when Christ was born, since we 
doubt that anyone knows the 
actual date, though some claim 
to. To us, what is important is 
Who He is according to Holy 
Scripture. 

Although Isaiah probably 
is speaking of the Father, our 
opening verse can also apply to 
the Son, the second Person of 



BIBLE MONITOR 



9 



the Trinity. He is the Lord. While 
many try to accept Him as their 
Savior without being their Lord, 
according to Holy Scripture this 
is impossible. He aiso made the 
claim to be God. Some tryto 
make him a (small "g") god. This 
makes Him a false god. Others 
merely make Him a very special 
person but not Deity, 

He is the creator of Israel. 
Colossians 1:16 tells us Tor 
by him (Jesus Christ) were 
all things created, that are in 
heaven, and that are in earth, 
visible and invisible, whether 
they be thrones, or dominions, 
or principalities, or powers: all 
things are created by him, and 
for him. 1 ' He ordained Israel as 
His chosen people, which was 
His prerogative. Even though 
He created Israel, as Christ the 
man, he came forth from Israel. 
He was of the house of David. 
There are those who deny that 
Jesus Christ was a Jew. They try 
to make a difference between a 
Jew and an Israelite. Pictures of 
Christ often make Him appearto 
be an Anglo-Saxon Caucasian. 

He is our King. Israel re- 
fused His kingship and wanted 
an earthly king like all the other 
nations. The earthly church is 
doing the same thing. (We make 
a distinction between the earthly 



church and the true Church.) 
They have replaced biblical 
Creation with theistic evolution, 
making science their king. They 
have laid aside the prayer veil 
and women cut their hair so they 
can be "like all the other nations." 
Men have adopted the casual 
dress and hair styles of 'Other 
nations," In case you think I am 
taking things out of context, in I 
Peter 2:9 the Church is called an 
holy nation. The earthly church 
has placed the American flag 
beside the pulpit identifying 
themselves with "other nations." 
Along with the flag they have 
become involved in politics, 
changing from nonresistance to 
political pacifism or encouraging 
their youth to serve in the armed 
forces. 

The virgin birth of the Holy 
One of Israel is a great mys- 
tery, both in how Christ was 
conceived and the fact that the 
Creator of Heaven and Earth 
became a helpless babe. The 
Holy One of Israel was born in a 
lowly stable rather than a king's 
dwelling. Nothing is known for 
certain about his growing up 
years except for the record of His 
speaking to the religious leaders, 
and amazing them, at the age of 
twelve. Many myths have been 
invented such as He made clay 



10 



BIBLE MONITOR 



birds and made^thenn to fly. 

Hewas baptized by John, his 
cousin, to officially start His min- 
istry. He healed and performed 
other miracles. He was hung 
on a cross and there died for 
the sins of the world. Yet many 
earthly churches reject the shed 
blood of Christ for the remission 
of sins. He literally resurrected 
from the dead, denied by many, 
and ascended into Heaven to sit 
by the Father's right hand. Acts 
2:30 and 31 tells us ; "Therefore 
being a prophet, and knowing 
that God had sworn 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 resurrec- 
tion of Christ,...." We believe 
the resurrection and ascension 
are seen as one event in this 
context. 

'let's keep Christ in Christ- 
mas" has become a popular 
slogan. But for most it seems it 
is only that, a slogan. Let it not 
be true of us! 

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



WAR AT CHRISTMASTIME 

Early in December of 2009, 1 again, maybe not. There was a 



started coughing. There was no 
fever, no achy feeiing, no sinus 
congestion, just this "productive" 
chest cough. When one of my 
daughters had it, she was down 
for several days and benefitted 
from being pampered by the rest 
of the family. 

However, when my cough 
started, so did my Christmas 
shopping. I also had errands to 
run, basketball games to attend, 
meals to cook and so forth. Had I 
known what trouble awaited me 
by not dropping all responsibil- 
ity, I might have dropped it; then 



surprising twist at the end of this 
illness. 

It was a fight for me to 
Christmas shop while attempt- 
ing to control this cough with 
the asthma symptoms and still 
have a decent attitude about the 
blessed holiday for which I was 
preparing. It was a fight because 
I refused to give up on enjoying 
this celebration of Christ's birth 
and the days leading up to it. 

I received antibiotic for bron- 
chitis early on, so I did not feel 
that I was overly contagious, 
but I kept my distance from 



BIBLE MONITOR 



11 



people and washed my hands 
frequently, anyway. 

As time went by, I continued 
to make it to my daughter's 
basketball games -sucking pro- 
fusely on cough drops and keep- 
ing my asthma inhaler in my right 
hand, fully aware that I needed 
to be home in bed. However, the 
desires of my heart kept taking 
me places, and I never regretted 
going. 

When the bronchitis did nof 
clear up and the asthma was out 
of control, even with frequent 
use of the nebulizer, I made my 
second doctor visit. The nurse 
practitioner gave me Predni- 
sone, and a stronger antibiotic, 
in addition to a resource for new 
parts for my nebulizer to make it 
work more effectively. 

Aha! Now I was armed 
with everything I needed to 
get well! I continued to pray to 
keep my sanity and a positive 
attitude about keeping tradi- 
tions at Christmastime, as well 
as attending basketball games, 
driving children to school, and 
so forth. I did opt out of Christ- 
mas parties since I was not able 
to visit and laugh with people 
or sing carols. (Unfortunately, 
these are not spectator events, 
but ones that call for interaction 
among people.) By this time, I 



understood that the Christmas 
Day traditions for our family were 
in jeopardy, and that everyone 
else might be celebrating while 
I lay in bed. 

A week before Christmas, 
asthma was the main symptom, 
so I received orders for more 
Prednisone and rest from the 
doctor. I was running out of op- 
tions to avoid hospitalization. 
My husband did the last minute 
shopping while I stayed cozy in 
my recliner playing computer 
games, e-mailing friends, pray- 
ing for other people, and reading 
news. Life was continuing as 
normal for the rest of the world: 
i was trying to remember what 
normal for me was. 

At least I could rest in know- 
ing that I had bought all the 
gifts and necessary items for 
our Christmas Day tradition 
breakfast: fruit-filled Crapes, bis- 
cuits with Chocolate Gravy, and 
Sparkling Grape Juice. I relied 
on other people to transport my 
oldest daughters to basketball 
practice. Thankfully, a couple 
of meals were given to us and 
my daughters were available to 
cook and clean more since they 
were out of school for Christmas 
break. 

The last few days before 
Christmas, I was finally feeling 



12 



BIBLE MONITOR 



better. My cough was gone and 
I no longer needed the nebulizer 
every few hours. I continued to 
rest in the recliner and felt good 
about the approaching holiday. 
My husband had to work half 
the day on Christmas Eve, so we 
planned to open gifts with our 
children that evening. I woke up 
feeling good, just weak from the 
month-long illness. As the day 
moved on I could tell that my 
naps were not helping me feel 
refreshed. I was getting sleepier 
with each hour. So I went to bed 
again, taking the third nap of the 
day around 2:00. I got up when 
my husband came home around 
4:00 and we all ate a simple 
meal. I was feeling groggy and 
listless, but it was time to open 
gifts, so I drank two cups of cof- 
fee and sat on the loveseat with 
my husband as we went through 
the routine. The children were 
very pleased and excited, and 
we all treasured the gifts that we 
opened. 

Despite drinking coffee after 
dinner, I could not stay up any 
longer. I crashed in the recliner. 
Eventually, I moved to bed 
because I could not get awake 
enough to do anything else. 
During this move something 
alarmed me: my ''productive" 
cough came back! I had not 



coughed for several days and 
I had rested more the last few 
days than before. This, com- 
bined with the listlessness and 
the achy-all-over feeling that 
came up in an instant, was not 
making sense. 

By this time, the predicted 
freezing rain had started. I lay in 
bed surrounded by darkness and 
noise from the storm; it sounded 
like shards of glass were being 
thrown into the side of the house 
and the windows. I thought that 
this did not feel like Christmas - 
this felt evil! 

I had considered going to the 
emergency room earlier in the 
day when I realized I was head- 
ed downhill, but my symptoms 
were not bad enough then to 
push me to that decision. When 
my symptoms worsened, so did 
the weather - it was horrible! At 
first, I wanted to scream at God 
and ask why He waited until 
conditions outside were danger- 
ous for travel before giving me 
the signal to go for help. Then 
a stunning thought came to me: 
God would not let me get worse 
after no help was available with- 
out a good reason. I knew that 
He loved me. However, trying to 
process this truth while I was ill 
and scared was challenging. 
My husband divided his time 



BIBLE MONITOR 



13 



between me and the children. 
Once when he was gone, I 
began to cry. Crying made me 
cough more and brought on 
asthma symptoms again. I lay 
in bed praying that somebody 
would come and check on me. 
I needed my husband to pray 
over me, and soon our oldest 
daughter came to see how I 
was. I did not tell her what I was 
feeling, but asked her to get her 
dad. Then I breathed a prayer of 
thanks. 

When my husband came 
in, he was concerned. I told him 
what I wanted and that none 
of this was making sense. He 
agreed that prayer was needed. 
He laid his hands on me and said 
a beautiful prayer for healing, 
asking God to fight the battle 
that was affecting me physically. 
I then asked him to call my mom 
in California. (They would soon 
be going to church and I wanted 
her to say special prayers for 
me.) He left the room to put the 
children to bed and make the 
call. 

I could still hear the freezing 
rain hitting the windows, but it 
did not sound as scary to me. I 
still felt poorly, but my mind was 
clear, and that made a huge dif- 
ference in what happened next. 
I began a desperate attempt to 



hold onto what I knew was true: 
(1) God had not forgotten me; 
He sent my daughter to check 
on me. (2) God would not wait 
until it was too late for me to seek 
medical help if I truly needed it; 
He loved me. (3) I was not suf- 
fering from H1N1 ; I had seen two 
different doctors and neither of 
them suggested it. (4) Spiritual 
battles can result in physical ail- 
ments; this seemed to fit in that 
category. My heart was set on 
enjoying Christmas breakfast 
(since Christmas Eve was al- 
ready ruined) with my family, and 
the enemy of my soul wanted to 
ruin this too. I did not have to let 
him! 

I prayed for God's power to 
take over and remove all physi- 
cal symptoms from my body. 
By this time, I realized that this 
was a spiritual attack. I recited 
Scripture and I told God that I 
knew He could do this. Within 
thirty minutes, I was not feeling 
the urge to cough, the asthma 
symptoms were disappearing, 
and the achy-all-over feeling was 
gone! I lay in bed with my eyes 
wide open, relaxed and smiling. 
Not wanting to claim victory too 
soon, I rested another thirty min- 
utes. 

When I was certain the at- 
tack was over. I walked quietly 



14 



BIBLE MONITOR 



down the hall toward the light 
conning from the laundry room. 
All our daughters were in bed 
- it was about 11:30 P.M. - and 
I found my husband stuffing 
stockings. I leaned in the door- 
way and smiled when he noticed 
me. "You look like you feel bet- 
ter," he said with surprise. 

"I do," I answered softly. 
We smiled at each other giving 
secret praise to God. I stepped 
away and got the camera to take 
a picture of my husband. Then I 
walked slowly around the house 
in awe of all that had just taken 
place. 

Christmas morning came 
and I awoke in high spirits! I was 
physically weak, but not at all 
sick. My daughters helped make 
our traditional breakfast and I 
ate my first meal at the table in 
a week, on our beautiful china. 

That is not all - God turned 
the freezing rain into snow! It 



snowed all day on Christmas, 
creating a beautiful blanket 
over the neighborhood. Despite 
spending the remainder of the 
day alone, I could not stop smil- 
ing. 

In Matthew 10:32, Jesus 
says, "Whosoever therefore 
shall confess me before men, 
him will I confess also before my 
Father which is in heaven." As 
Christmas marks the celebration 
of the birth of our Savior, may 
we always be willing to give Him 
credit for the battles He fights, 
and wins! 

I see now that I had to be- 
lieve in the power of prayer and 
the power of God before He 
could clear my mind, end my 
misery, and make Christmas 
magical. 

Sister Deena Andrews 
21620 S Countryside Dr. 
Peculiar, MO 64078 



A CALL TO 

Christian, as a follower of 
the Lord Jesus Christ, you are 
called to fight in the King's army. 
The King is calling faithful men 
to come and fight in the war He 
is waging against the enemy. 
The battles will not be easy. You 
may have to endure hardship 



BATTLE 

and suffering. To be a soldier of 
the King requires that you first 
lay down your heart and will at 
His feet, and be willing to die 
for your King. The results of this 
war will determine your eternal 
lot. Those who faithfully endure 
will be the heirs of the King. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



15 



But those who surrender to the 
enemy will share in His eternal 
torment. They forfeit eternal joy 
in exchange for eternal agony. 
Consider carefully this call to 
duty and choose whether you 
will fight in the King's army. 

Because the King loves 
you, He has called you to join 
His army. The King has ridden 
forward at the head of His army 
and won the decisive battle. He 
has broken the power of the 
enemy and given to His follow- 
ers the power to overcome the 
enemy The King knows the 
sufferings of those in His army, 
for He has been in His army's 
camp. He knows the fatigue, 
the poverty, the sorrow, and the 
pain of His soldiers. He Himself 
has been tempted and tried until 
death, but He rose victorious 
over it. Soldier, take heart! Your 
King has mortally wounded the 
enemy. But we must fight the 
few remaining battles. 

The chief enemy, the Devil, 
is relentlessly roving about 
seeking whom he may devour 
(I Pet. 5:8). You must vigilantly 
watch for his traps. He has no 
mercy, for he will kick you when 
you fall, he will attack you when 
you are unarmed, and he will 
deceive you with all manner of 
craftiness. Observe carefully 



his tactics that you may not be 
taken unawares. Learn to rec- 
ognize his lies. Notice when and 
where he attacks. Be diligent to 
fortify your weaknesses. 

Guard against ail the pow- 
ers of the Devil and separate 
yourself from his children (Jn. 
8:44). Let not Greed incite in 
you a desire for more and more 
money (I Tim. 6:9). Do not let 
Vainglory concern you about 
your physical appearance. In- 
stead look to the King's glory 
with which you shall someday 
be clothed (I Pet. 3:3-4). Do 
not be delayed by Laziness 
and Complacency when they 
say that the King's business is 
not urgent. Rather be fervent in 
spirit, serving the Lord (Rom. 
12:11). Do not allow Pride to 
lead you into over-confidence 
in worldly learning and reason- 
ing. He will destroy your ability 
to understand the King's Book 
(Col. 2:8). 

Flee the chains of Gluttony 
and Overindulgence. Do not 
even look at Lust as she walks 
down the street or appears on 
the page before you. She will 
grab you and wrap you up in 
all sorts of sorrows (Prov. 7:22- 
23). Beware of Disunity when 
he tells you lies to make you 
envy and hate your comrades. 



16 



BIBLE MONITOR 



The King's soldiers must stand 
united and encourage one an- 
other to be strong in battle (I 
Thess. 5:14). If Disunity com- 
pletes his work, the King's own 
soldiers will cast one another 
into Hell 

Beware of the Devil's ally, 
the World. Shun the clothing 
the World tries to sell you. They 
have been subtly designed 
by Fornication and Vainglory. 
Clothe yourself instead with 
clothing of which the King ap- 
proves. Reject the World's 
music: it has been created by 
Anger, Rebellion, Lust Hatred, 
and Death. Rather sing to your- 
self hymns and spiritual songs 
created by the King's servants. 
Do not follow the World's man- 
ner of thinking or speaking. 
Avoid the World's amusements 
and vain attractions. Love not 
the things of the World, for they 
will all pass away; but do the will 
ofyourKing(l Jn. 2:15-17). 

Be diligent to become skill- 
ful in the weapons thatthe King 
has given you. Always fight with 
a love for your King in your 
heart, knowing that He also 
loves you. Be willing even to 
die for your King, for Death will 
have no power over you. Love 
your comrades and encourage 
them in the exercise of their 



weapons. Love even those who 
mistreat you, take advantage of 
you, and persecute you. 

Keep the belt of truth firmly 
buckled about you. She will 
rescue you from all the lies of 
the enemy. Keep your breast 
plate of righteousness free from 
any holes of reproach, for then 
the enemy's arrows of accusa- 
tion will not pierce you. Always 
firmly hold the shield of faith lest 
the fiery darts of despair, doubt, 
fear, and cowardice burn you. 
Keep the helmet of salvation 
on your head, knowing that the 
King is your strength and your 
salvation. Always keep the 
sword of the Spirit sharp and 
in your hand, so you may cut 
down every enemy with the very 
words of your King. 

Stay in instant and continual 
communication with the King, 
that you may receive strength 
and direction from Him. Disci- 
pline yourself to be a worthy 
soldier of the King; and when 
the final battle has been won, 
He will receive you into His 
glorious kingdom. Christian, be 
strong and stand in your place 
in the King's army! 

Nathan L. Meyers 

76 Summer Street, Lot 93 

Lisbon Falls, ME 



BIBLE MONITOR 



17 



SUNDAY'S A COMIN' 

Part 6 
Saturday 

Hello, Saturday! I know you bring slaughter and devastation 



well because you are my here 
and now. If one thousand years 
are as one day then this ante 
room to Sunday begins in the 
year 1000 A. D. 

Could Adam's millennia 
have experienced any more 
changes than our past cen- 
tury? Air transportation, organ 
transplants, computer chips, 
and cell phones - such inven- 
tions would have befuddled my 
grandparents and yet they hold 
no surprises to God. It doesn't 
take a stretch of the imagina- 
tion to realize the boon that 
computers have been to Bible 
translation. E-mail and Skype 
have softened lonely hours for 
missionaries serving in other 
hemispheres. 

Witty inventions intended 
to glorify God can also be 
turned on end and bring the 
wrath of God upon those that 
go a whoring after their own 
devices. They are ever learn- 
ing, and never able to come to 
the knowledge of the truth. (II 
Timothy 3:7) 

But I get ahead of myself. 
The Crusades - eight of them - 



to the people and land of Israel 
in the early days of this Satur- 
day. For nearly 200 years kings 
of France and England, Hungry 
and Germany and at least two 
Popes attempt to rescue Israel 
from the "Christ-killers". They 
use the savagery and blood- 
letting reminiscent of Moslem 
butchery, all in the name of 
Jesus. Such a blotch on Chris- 
tianity - the persecuted church 
is now the persecuting church. 
Where do the beatitudes of The 
Sermon on the Mount come in? 
Was not the ownership of Israel 
given to the Jews through Abra- 
ham, and Isaac (not Ishmael), 
and Jacob (not Esau)? 

Jews, Christians, and Arabs 
of Palestine suffer under the 
Ottoman (Turkish) rule the next 
400 years. It will take a miracle 
of the magnitude of Jonathan 
at Michmash (I Samuel 14) to 
route the Arabs. But it happens. 
British General Sir Edmund Al- 
lenby is appointed Commander 
of the Allied armies (World War 
I) in Palestine. The British troops 
march into Jerusalem and the 
Turks leave without firing a shot. 



18 



BIBLE MONITOR 



For a short time the Brit- 
ish, Arabs, and Jews live in a 
semblance of peace and unity 
in Palestine. Promises made to 
the Arabs that cannot be kept 
without ruffling the Jews soon 
make the British occupation 
very uncomfortabie. The United 
Nations Special Committee on 
Palestine recommends that the 
British mandate be ended and 
advocates the creation of state- 
hood for Israel. What can such 
a statement mean to a plot of 
ground that has not been self- 
governed since 70 A. D.? 

But the Zionists are ready. 
They have already designed 
a flag - two blue edge-stripes 
with a white belt reminiscent of 
the Jewish prayer shawl and 
centered with the Star of Da- 
vid. A Hebrew dictionary and 
resource library have revived a 
dead language, thanks to Ben 
Yehuouda. 

But what does a declaration 
of Israeli state-hood - signed 
by Harry S. Truman on May 
14, 1948 - mean to a 600 mile 
long strip of turf surrounded by 
Arabs on the north, south and 
east? Nothing, less than war. 
Unleash the armies of Egypt, 
Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Leba- 
non against one country the 
size of New Jersey. The Arabs 



predict it will take eight days to 
push the Israelis west into the 
Mediterranean. 

Look at the statistics. Arab 
soldiers outnumber the Jewish 
footmen forty to one, in popu- 
lation one hundred to one, in 
equipment one thousand to 
one, and in area five thousand 
to one. The size of the enemy 
is of no significance to the Al- 
mighty. As A. W. Tozier says, 
"God's plan will continue on 
schedule." 

On February 14, 1949 the 
Israeli War for Independence 
ends. Israel has been restored 
and revived after a 2500 year 
history of foreign occupation. 
There is no nation in the world 
that can parallel this history of 
displacement and return. Jews 
from one hundred ten coun- 
tries, speaking eighty different 
languages are invited to accept 
Jewish citizenship and pioneer 
in Israel with a minimum of en- 
tangling red tape. 

The Law of Return instituted 
in 1950 not only puts the wel- 
come mat in place for displaced 
descendents of Abraham but 
also sends converted bombers 
to Yemen to fetch 50,000 Jews 
to their homeland. Another 
spectacular airlift called Op- 
eration Ali Baba flies 120,000 



BIBLE MONITOR 



19 



Baghdad Jews to Israel. Their 
ancestors would have been the 
Israelis that Nebuchadnezzar 
transported cross country cen- 
turies ago. These people are 
not returning to the land of their 
birth but to the land promised 
to their forefathers before the 
incarnation of Christ. 

Picture the logistics of food, 
lodging, jobs, education, and 
health care for almost two mil- 
lion immigrants. The Jewish 
population of Israel doubles by 
1952. In magnitude, this trans- 
port - over sixty years' time - ri- 
vals Moses' march with his 600 
thousand men, plus women and 
children, and is as miraculous. 
Are iL the doves to the windows'' 
in Isaiah 60:8 referring to air- 
planes packed with Jewish 
immigrants arriving at airport 
hangers in Jerusalem? How 
else would prophets describe 
a flying chariot? 

Against all odds Israel has 
survived wars that push at its 
borders and change them some 
- the Sinai War of 1956, the 
Six Day War in June of 1967, 
the Yorn Kip pur War of October 
1973, and the First and Second 
Wars with Lebanon in 1 982 and 
2006. Israel sits as a thimble- 
sized target amidst a monolithic 
and phrenetic Arab force that 



would like nothing more than to 
see the Hebrews turned to dust 
at their feet. 

Less than one percent of 
the world's peoples are Jews. 
Yet they are as prominent 
(some would say as pesky) 
today as Pharaoh's frogs were 
on Wednesday. Your national 
news brings you the current 
squabbles in Israel. Beware of 
the world view you take note 
of. "Israel My Glory" documents 
that which vexes Jerusalem 
through different eyes than 
does "US News and World Re- 
port". 

Saturday awaits a special 
appointment. The earlier week 
days (in this one thousand 
years equal one day formula) 
meld from one into another 
without much fanfare. Saturday 
will close on schedule with two 
people groups watching for its 
climax. The orthodox Jews that 
missed the babe and suffering 
Lamb are still longing for their 
Messiah. As faithfui Christians 
(including Messianic Jews) you 
and I stay tuned for the voice of 
the archangel and the trump of 
God. 

Those that meet Christ in 
the air will be those that have 
died in Christ and those that 
live in Christ. I can only imagine 



20 



BIBLE MONITOR 



that reunion in the skies - hus- 
bands and wives reconnecting, 
mothers meeting babies that 
they never held, or never took 
home from the hospital, or 
never raised to adulthood. We'll 
see again our Moms and Dads 
healthy and without walkers and 
canes and wheelchairs. 

The unconverted Jew wiil 
now take note of the One he 
has pierced, and will turn away 
from God and ask the rocks 
and mountains to fall on him. 
Or he will say: "Amen: Bless- 
ing, and glory, and wisdom, and 
thanksgiving, and honor, and 
power, and might be unto our 
God forever and ever. Amen." 

From today's "Point A" until 
Saturday's sun sets at "Point B" 



there is a world-wide drama this 
planet has never experienced. It 
includes a reunion in the skies, 
a special redemption for at least 
144,000 Jews, and a seven 
year tribulation period that in- 
cludes famines over one-third 
of the earth, and blackened sun 
and a reddened moon and fall- 
ing stars, and earthquakes that 
displace mountains. And then. . . 
the dragon, that old serpent, 
which is the Devil and Satan, 
is bound 1000 years. Saturday 
closes and the next ten centu- 
ries will be Sunday. And after 
that -all Eternity! 

Even so, come Lord Jesus! 

Sister Mary Sue Moss 
Dallas Center, Iowa 



MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD 

John 18:36 
In a Bible study many years His most important exercise. 



ago we were discussing Jesus 
Christ's prayer life. One person 
said, "Why did Jesus have to 
pray? He and the Father were 
one, were they not?" In analyz- 
ing this statement we see the 
flow most professing Christians 
possess Jesus set the example 
for us by praying, and He spent 
a lot of time in prayer. His con- 
versation with the Father was 



The church today fails to nur- 
ture a private life with God in 
its converts, but rather fills their 
lives with endless activity which 
becomes "earning salvation." 
Jesus said, "The Kingdom of 
God cometh not with observa- 
tion, for Io the Kingdom of God 
is within you." (Luke 17:20) 
Public usefulness is important, 
but a personal relationship with 



BIBLE MONITOR 



21 



Jesus Christ is more impor- 
tant. This cart-before-the- horse 
mentality has eaten away at 
our witness and has lessened 
any effect that our intercessory 
activity can obtain. 

The new Christian has to 
put all his trust into His Saviour, 
and learn that He is solely in 
control of circumstances. The 
new convert has to learn funda- 
mental truth and be flooded with 
the presence of God before any 
work on His part will be honored 
with growth. Do not give the 
enemy a way in, as many do. 
The ridicule that many of God's 
lambs are subjected to often de- 



and grounded in the knowledge 
of God. 

The spirit of the age in 
which we live is not the spirit 
of God. Paul admonishes us 
to do all things "decently and 
in order." (I Cor. 14:40) The 
airwaves are filled with "wor- 
ship" which is not Biblical and 
preaching with very little truth. 
Did these people go off "half- 
cocked" without searching out 
the truth of God's eternal Word? 
We have been redeemed by the 
precious Blood of the Lamb: far 
too PRECIOUS a commodity to 
treat with such indignity. 

The song writer Elisa Hoff- 
man gave us these words: 



stroys those who are not rooted 

Precious is the Blood of the Lamb! 

Truly shed for one and for all. 

Sinful and defiled though we be, 

We to Him for mercy may call. 

Jesus' blood has power to renew us, 

Jesus' blood has virtue to save. 

Christ on Calvary died to set us free, 

To redeem the lost his life he gave. 

Whiter than the snow, Whiter than the snow, 

Blessed be the blood, blessed be the blood, 

For it washeth whiter than the snow. 

Brethren Hymnal 691 



Brother Lynn H. Miller 



22 



BIBLE MONITOR 



PHARAOH WANTS TO COMPROMISE 



Rudy Cover 
Exodus 10 



Pharaoh, king of Egypt 
wanted his own way. He wasn't 
used to being told what to do. 
God had caused many ter- 
rible things to happen in Egypt 
because Pharaoh would not 
let God's people go. At last 
Pharaoh became desperate 
and said, "Go and worship your 
God but leave your women 
and children home," Pharaoh 
was like some peopie who 
are willing to obey God part 
way but want to have their 
own way too. So God caused 
another disaster to come on 
Egypt. Locusts, which we call 
grasshoppers, came up over 
the land by the millions. There 
were so many that the sun 
didn't shine and it got dark. The 
locusts ate every green thing 
and all the fruit from the trees; 
there wasn't a green leaf or a 
blade of grass left in all the land 
of Egypt. Pharaoh called for 
Moses and said, "I have sinned 
against God - forgive me and 
entreat the Lord to take away 
this terrible plague." And God 
caused a mighty wind to come 
which took away the locusts 
and dumped them into the Red 



Sea, There was not even one 
locust that remained in Egypt. 
But Pharaoh would not let the 
children of Israel go. 

Then God caused dark- 
ness to come upon Egypt. It 
was so dark that it could be 
felt. The Egyptians were so 
terrified that they were afraid 
to go anywhere. They couldn't 
see anything or anybody. Now 
here is a strange thing: the Bible 
says that while the Egyptians 
had darkness, the Children of 
Israel had light in their houses. 
Pharaoh wanted to com- 
promise again and said, "Go 
and serve the Lord; everybody 
can go - but leave your herds 
and your flocks." Moses replied, 
"Our cattle must also go; not 
a hoof shall be left behind.' 
And Pharaoh still would not let 
God's people go and he said 
to Moses, "Get away from me; 
if you see my face again you 
shall die." And Moses said, "You 
have spoken well, i will see your 
face no more." 

God wants us to obey all 
that He tells us to do. Are you 
like Pharaoh? Do you want to 
compromise and only do part 



BIBLE MONITOR 23 



of what God asks you to do? should be a joy to serve Him in 

Do you only do that because everything. 

you feel you have to, to escape 

God's judgments? God wants a Selected from the 

willing heart. God has blessed October 15, 1975 

us and done so much for us. It issue of the Bible Monitor 



GOD'S STAR 

Emily R. Moore 

Two worlds heard the song of that wonderful night, 
Above and beneath the star-studded sky; 
And the music that rang o'er the Syrian plain 
Proclaimed the glad tidings, "Heav'n's Day-Star is nigh!' : 
While shepherds faithfully watched o'er their flocks, 
And Bethlehem town in quietness lay, 
A light from the heavens in glory shone down, 
And night was transformed into radiant day. 

The curtains above were parted, and lo - 
Shone God's Star of Hope, - let angels proclaim, 
"Good news of great joy to earth's sin-burdened souls, 
A Saviour is born, and Jesus, His name!" 
Though desolate, dark, and dreary my way, 
The Lord is become my Salvation and Song; 
His star shines in splendor, crimson and gold, 
Through Christ I'm forgiven, and to Him I belong. 

God so loved the world, that His one Son He gave, - 
His love still overflows - oh, what a Friend! 
Blest star of love, I now see thy beams, 
His love never fadeth, He loves to the end. 
It is He Who has given us garments of praise, 
Who gives of His presence, His grace and His light, 
Glad star of joy to brighten our way. 



24 BIBLE MONITOR 



"All glory to God, to men of good will." 
His peace was bequeathed, peace reigning within; 
In turmoil or calm, His promise is sure, 
God's star of peace that naught can e'er dim. 
He measures the waters, He weigheth the hills, 
His arm of power - all the worlds He upholds; 
Through His Light, our Shield and our Sun we behold, 
Bright star of power, - His greatness unfolds. 

Two worlds saw the star on that night long ago 
It tells us today that Christ Jesus has come; 
Let our hearts join in praise for this star of God's love; 
Let His Light be our Guide, He will lead us HOME. 

Selected by Brother Galen Litfin 

OBITUARIES 

FLOYD HALDEMAN 

Brother Floyd John Haldeman, 93, passed away Wednesday, 
September 1, 2010 at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center Iowa! 
Floyd was born March 28, 1917 to John and Florence (Ikenberry) 
Haldeman. 

In 1932 a minister, J. P. Robbins of Potsdam, Ohio was hold- 
ing a series of meetings at Quinter, Kansas. Several young folks 
responded to the call of the Lord, among them were Floyd and 
Olive Root who was visiting from Great Bend, Kansas. They were 
baptized, becoming members of the Dunkard Brethren Church and 
have been faithful to their calling for seventy eight years. 

Floyd married Olive on November 16, 1941 at Great Bend, 
Kansas. They farmed in Kansas before moving to Dallas Center/ 
Minburn area in 1944. Floyd was drafted into the armed services 
and served as a conscientious objector. Floyd worked in the forestry 
service in Michigan and iater at a state hospital in Iowa. Olive was 
able to be with him part of that time. 

After the war, Floyd and Olive moved back to the Dallas Center 
area. Together they owned and operated grocery stores with his 



BIBLE MONITOR 25 



sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Russell Lilly, in Woodward and 
later in Dallas Center over the next thirty years. 

Floyd and Olive served as missionaries at the Torreon Navajo 
Mission in Cuba, New Mexico during 1956 and 1957 and again in 
the late 1960's. In 1970 they became the original administrators 
of Spurgeon Manor where they served until retiring in 1990. Since 
his retirement Floyd has remained faithful to the community and 
to his church. 

Floyd is survived by his wife, Olive, son Gale (Gloria) Haldeman 
of Dalias Center, Iowa and grandchildren, Ryan (Amy) Haldeman of 
Asheville, North Carolina, Tiffany (Jason) Neal of West Des Moines, 
Iowa, and B. Wade Haldeman of Waynesville, North Carolina; and 
five great grandchildren. Floyd was preceded in death by his par- 
ents, son, Lowell Haldeman, and siblings, Beulah Fiscel, Millard 
Haldeman, and Lois Lilly Peterson. 

Funeral services were held in the Dunkard Brethren Church 
with Bro. Benjamin Funk, Bro. Alan Meyers and Bro. Dennis Myers 
officiating. Burial was in the Brethren Cemetery. 

DAVID ROOT 

Brother David Root, 87, died Friday, September 3, 2010 at 
Perry Lutheran Home in Perry, Iowa. Funeral services were held 
Thursday, September 9, at the funeral home in Dallas Center with 
burial in the Brethren Cemetery. 

David was a member of the Dallas Center Dunkard Brethren 
Church. He was a part time farmer and former employee of Frontier 
Airlines and Monarch Manufacturing. 

David is survived by his siblings, Olive Haldeman of Dallas 
Center, Iowa, Eva Mae Skinner of Gordonville, Texas and Wilbur 
(Betty) Root of Great Bend, Kansas. He was preceded in death by 
his parents, three brothers and two sisters. 
THANK YOU 

I would like to express my thanks to all who remembered me 
with cards, prayers and visits after the death of my husband, Floyd 
and my brother, David Root. 

Sister Olive Haldeman 



26 BIBLE MONITOR 



SARAH KEENY 

Sister Sarah A. (Reimold) Keeny, 75, died July 30, 2010, at 
her home, following a lengthy illness. Sarah was born on January 
19, 1935 in North Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania 
to the late Paul C. and Lillian V. (Bahn) Reimold. She was married 
to Stuart E. Keeny, with whom she celebrated their 55 tn wedding 
anniversary February 5, 201 0. 

She and her husband owned and operated a bean processing 
facility. Sarah was a member of the Shrewsbury Dunkard Brethren 
Church, Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania. 

In addition to her husband, Sarah leaves two daughters, Sieg- 
linda E. Frick of Thomasville, Pennsylvania and Shalimar E. Dehoff 
of York, Pennsylvania; two sons, Shane A. Keeny of Red Lion, 
Pennsylvania and Shawn A. Keeny of Felton, Pennsylvania; two 
granddaughters, Michelle and Lauren; three sisters, Mary L. Piferof 
Hanover, Pennsylvania, Leah V. Sterner of Hanover, Pennsylvania, 
and Esther N. Mercado of Dover, Maryland; and two brothers, Paul 
C. Reimold, Jr. of York, Pennsylvania and Samuel C. Reimoid of 
Stewartstown, Pennsylvania. 

Funeral services were held at the Shrewsbury Assembly of 
God Church with Elder Merle Sweitzer officiating. Burial was in the 
Shrewsbury Dunkard Brethren Cemetery. 

THANK YOU 

I want to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who 
remembered me during the illness and passing of my wife, Sarah. 
Your prayers, cards, flowers, encouraging words and acts of 
kindness mean more than I can say. 

Prior to her departure, Sarah wrote a farewell message to all 
of you. Please find it attached. 

God bless you, love, 

Brother Stuart Keeny 

Dear Family, Friends, and Brothers and Sisters, 
Be faithful until death and I will meet you in glory, where the 
word cancer will never be spoken, for God has promised there will 
be no sorrow, sickness, pain, nor death. 

Farewell, in love, 
Sarah 



BIBLE MONITOR 27 



NEWS ITEMS 

NOTICE TO PRESIDING ELDERS 

The February 2011 issue of the Bible Monitor will contain the 
various lists of contact information that appears yearly. It is by the 
help of Presiding Elders or those who assist them that these lists 
can be kept as accurate as possible. If there are changes, correc- 
tions, deletions or other materia! that would make the lists more 
accurate please report them to the Editor by December 28, 2010. 
Thank you for your help. 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGES 

Please add: Judah Bauman, 329 Grant, Quinter, KS 67752, 
phone: 785-299-0485. 

New Address: Mike Heisey, 2015 Eaton Street, Missoula, MT 
59801. 

The correct address for Dale Aungst is 566 Beegle Road, Clear- 
ville, PA 15535. The Editor apologizes for printing misinformation 
received from the Post Office. 

DEACON LIST CHANGES 

Please add: Russell Jamison, 2190 County Road 74, Quinter, 
KS 67752, phone: 785-754-361 1 . 

Also add: Brad Wertz, 2420 Castle Rock Rd, Quinter KS 67752, 
phone: 785-754-3391 

New address: Terry Walker, 3113 Wyatt Way, Modesto, CA 
95350. 



28 BIBLE MONITOR 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
JANUARY 2011 

Jan. 2 -The Commissioning and Promise of Power -Acts 1:1-14 

1 . What is "Baptized with the Holy Ghost/7 

2. Does it happen to every believer or was it just for the Apostles? 
Jan. 9 - Putting Things into Perspective -Acts 1:15-26 

1 . Who chose Matthias - the people or the Holy Spirit? 

2. What does it take for the Holy Spirit and people to work together? 
Jan. 16 -The Promise of Power: Fulfilled -Acts 2:1-21 

1. What is Pentecost? 



2. Is there any significance to fifty days and the coming of the 
Holy Spirit? 



3. What does it mean to be "filled with the Holy Ghost"? 



BIBLE MONITOR 29 



Jan. 23 - The First Evangelism: a Church is Born - Acts 2:22-41 
1 . Have you received the gift of the Holy Spirit? How do you know? 



2. "All things common." Why did the church do it? Why didn't 
it last very long? Would it work today? 



Jan. 30 -The Church gets Going -Acts 2:42-3:11 

1 . What did it cost for the lame man to be healed? 

2. What did it cost Peter and John? 

3. What does our healing cost us? 



YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

JANUARY 2011 

Jan. 2 - Our Christian Calling - Matt. 22:1-14, I Cor 1 23-31 Eph 
1:17-23 



1. What does the garment in Matt. 22:11 represent? 



2. In I Cor. 1 :31 what does glory mean? How do we glory in the 
Lord? 



3. What is the hope of your calling? Eph. 1:18 



30 BIBLE MONITOR 



Jan. 9 -Our Profession -Ps. 78:32-39, Matt. 7:18-23, Titus 1:13-16 
1. What is a profession? 



2. How can a person say "Lord, Lord" and not do the will of the 
Father? 



Jan. 16 -Ambassadors- Pro. 13:14-17, II Cor. 5:17-21, Eph. 6:10-24 
1 . What are the responsibilities of an Ambassador? 



2. Must an ambassador live in a foreign country? How does 
that relate to ambassadors for Christ? 



Jan. 23 -Chosen Instruments -John 15:14-17, 1 Cor. 1:27, Heb. 3:12-14 

1 . What does it mean to you to be a chosen friend of Christ? 

2, John 15:17, the 11th commandment! 

Jan. 30 -The Touch of Christ -Matt. 8:1-4 & 14-15, Mark 7:31 -37 

1 . What is different about Christ's touch and any other man? 

2. Have you felt the touch of Christ in your life? 



BIBLE MONITOR 



31 



DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 
334 93 100E 
Peru, IN 36970 

Tom St.John, Secretary 
20380 County Road r" 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Martin Marks, Treasurer 

429 Summit Drive 

Red Lion, PA17356-1119 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Robert Carpenter, Chairman 
61 50 E 775 S 
Peru, IN 45970 

James Eberiy. Secretary 
P.O. Box 504 
Terra Hill, PA 17581 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2271 Co,Rd74 
Quinter. KS 67752 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

Milton Cook 
1138 East 12th St 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

Ronald Marks 

1813 North 136th Ave. 

Hart, Ml 49420 

Henry Walker 

1 2409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford,CA95386 

James Meyers 
26331 205" Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Verting Wolfe, Chairman 
451 Schubert Rd 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Kevin Funk, Secretary 
241 07 N Avenue 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 



David Aungst. Treasurer 
334 Birds Hill Road 
Pine Grove, PA 17963 

Keith Bailey 

541 East Main Street 

Bradford, OH 45308 

Keith Snyder 
21 02 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA 17042 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Milton Cook, Chairman 
1138 East 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

Ken Brock. Secretary 
20845 County Road H-50 
West Unity, OH 43570 

Conn s Vrayers 
20337 270th St 
Adel, IA 50003 

Jeremiah Johnson 
P.O. Box 258 
Kapenguria, Kenya 30600 

Lynn H, Miller 

70 Round Barn Road 

Newmanstown, PA 17073 

RELIEF BOARD 

Dale Meyers. Chairman 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, IA 50233 
(515) 833-2904 

David St. John, Secretary 
16 687Rd15 
Pioneer, OH 43554 
(41 9) 737-3064 

Doyle Lorenz, Treasurer 
1903 SSR 19 
Peru, IN 46970 
(7S5)4?2-5HB5 

Keith Snyder 
2102 State Drive 
Lebanon, PA17042 
(71 7) 272-2847 

Ward Dsaton 
2810ThackerRd 
Ziflah, WA 98953 
(5D3) 391-0685 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

Paul David Skiles. Superintendent 
HCR79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Dale Meyers, Chairman 
23753 F Avenue 
Redfield, I A 50233 

James Meyers, Secretary 
26331 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison. Treasurer 

Box 1 00 

Quinter. KS 67752 

Justin Beck 
480ShubertRd. 
Bethel, PA 1 9507 

Jeff Davison 
18335 NW 1700 Rd 
Garnett, KS 66032 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Merle Sweitzer, Chairman 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Alan Meyers; 
23997 268th Lane 
Adel. IA 50003 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Verling Wolfe, Secretary 
451 Schubert Rd 
Bethel, PA 19507 



Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mil 

Englewood, OH 45322 



Rd. 



All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his re- 
cords. 



a 


CD 

a; 






r*-. 


6 




<r 


LSI 


^= 


■■-' 


a a. 


** 


'...> 
t 


o 


< 

n. 


Q 


F 


■- 



z 


CO 




LL 


0) 



C r- tO 

Si; 

£ s £ 

CD ^ u - 

CD o co 

to m _ 

-^ N- -C 

= o o 

□ r- 2 



CD 

| 
CD 

Cr 
CD 

Cc 

8 
s 

CD 

CO 
w 



Erratum 

Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 1. Bible Monitor-January, 2010, pg. 5 

Article: Political Crisis 

Author: Sister Charissee Aungst 

Fifth Paragraph corrected: 

That is something we can lean on!! Another verse from that 
chapter, "I have been young, and now am old; yet have not 
seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." 
(Psalms 37 must have been written for the year 2009!) We 
can easily get caught up in pessimism. Tax increases.... how 
will our business survive? Diminished quality of health 
care... how will we get the best treatments for our children? 
Rationed health care, how will we obtain care for our parents 
and grandparents in their sunset years? Federally funded 
abortions? More manufacturing jobs are being driven 
overseas for oversized carbon footprints? 

Authorized by: Charissee Aungst 
Scanned: Paul Stump-Aug. 2012 
Corrected: Shirley Frick- Aug. 2012