(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 "The Pilgrim (2006) (Vol. 53)"

THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 53 JANUARY, 2006 No. 1 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4: 14) 



SING TO THE GREAT JEHOVAH'S PRAISE 

Sing to the great Jehovah's praise; 

All praise to Him belongs, 

Who kindly lengthens out our days, 

Demands our choicest songs; 

His providence has brought us through 

Another various year; 

We all with vows and anthems new 

Before our God appear. 

Father, Thy mercies past we own, 

Thy still continued care; 

To Thee presenting through Thy Son, 

Whate'er we have or are. 

Our lips and lives shall gladly show 

The wonders of Thy love, 

While on in Jesus' steps we go 

To seek Thy face above. 

Our residue of days or hours, 
Thine, wholly Thine, shall be; 
And all our consecrated powers, 
A sacrifice to Thee; 
Till Jesus in the clouds appear, 
To saints on earth forgiven, 
And bring the grand sabbatic year, 
The Jubilee of heaven. 

From Mennonite Hymns 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Churdi. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd, Tuolumne, CA 95379 



MYLEBERTY--2006 

Beginning a new year~what a time to make resolves or to 
inventory and evaluate our attitudes! As moving into a new 
house or bigger dairy bam or buying a new car, so 2006 gives 
us fresh opportunity to decide on better habits: We will store 
things in better order; we will keep this car clean inside and out 
and service it promptly. Isn't a new year something like that? 

For one new year thought we might examine our liberty: 
what it is, how we might abuse it, how we can use it to the best 
advantage. 

Liberty is an open door that is before us. It is opportunity 
to make good choices. It is the right to decide and pursue that 
which makes us happy. (Liberty and the pursuit of happiness 
were freedoms claimed in the Declaration of Independence of 
1776.) God has graciously given His people liberty-not the 
right to hurt others but the key to service and true happiness. 

For background reading I suggest Romans 14, 1 Corinthians 
8, and I Corinthians 10:24-33. In these passages Paul defines 
Christian liberty. I suppose most of us reason, from examples 
Paul gives, that since we are free, we don't need to be worried 
about some extreme views that tiy to fence us in or put us in a 
box. But Paul's emphasis is on peace and brotherly kindness, 
and when we determine that liberty makes us "our own boss," 
sometimes the result is anything but peace. 

Paul speaks of submission- of giving in--not the weak one 
submitting to the strong and knowledgeable, but the other way 
around. He does not recommend to submit to anything that is 
contrary to Scripture. That would be violating our very 
constitution and disobeying our Lord. But on practices that do 
not break our "law to Christ," we do well to submit to one 
another. 



THE PILGRIM 



One example Paul uses is meat, and especially meat (or 
food) offered to idols. He explains that the idol is nothing and 
therefore could not hurt the food. But he tells us that some do 
not know this but believe that eating this meat would be 
defiling. Now if that weak person saw a strong Christian 
eating, he might eat and be in sin because he really thought it 
was wrong. Paul asks, "And through thy knowledge shall the 
weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?" He was willing to 
give up his liberty to eat this meat rather than offend a weak 
brother. The greater liberty is the freedom to submit to the 
weaker one and not wound his conscience. 

Romans 14:17: "For the kingdom of God is not meat and 
drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." 
We may think since the kingdom is not meat and drink, then no 
one should tell me what to eat or not to eat. But this verse is in 
the context of the whole chapter which speaks of submission, 
charity, peace. Rather then, we should decide that since the 
kingdom is not meat and drink, we can easily submit our 
opinions to one who is weaker, but may feel strongly on these 
issues, like the one who would not eat meat offered to idols. 

You may be thinking, "But this brother needs to be 
straightened out!" Paul doesn't say he needs this, even though 
he could have taught him better, and maybe he did try. Paxil 
was one of the best teachers ever. The point is that we have 
freedom to be a peacemaker by submitting on issues not 
important to our faith. He reasons, "But meat commendeth us 
not to God; for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if 
we eat not, are we the worse." 

I remember reading of an incident in Brethren history when 
the congregation was out looking at parcels and trying to 
decide on the place for a new meeting house. There were two 
locations being considered, and they decided to vote, those for 
one parcel would stand on one side of the road and those for 
the other, across the road. Only two were on the one side so 



THE PILGRIM 



one of them said, "Let's walk across the road, brother." 
Submission to make peace! 

Some modern examples where we could submit our wills 
might be in the music we listen to— especially in the presence of 
one who would think it poor music. Another might be the 
things we allow our children to do or acceptable activities for 
young people. 

Freedom to submit on unimportant issues is like the 
freedom of forgiveness. There is an easy conscience that more 
than makes up for any discomfort or small sacrifice. 

Jesus "humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, 
even the death of the cross." (Phil. 2:8) Peter writes, ". . . 
Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye 
should follow his steps." (I Peter 2:21) This liberty we speak of 
is so small a sacrifice that it can hardly be called suffering. But 
when we prefer one another and in lowliness of mind esteem 
other better than ourselves, we become more like our Saviour. 

Quoting Mike Atnip in The Midnight Cry: "We do what 
we can for the sake of others in going beyond what is required 
of us by God, without backing down on the Word of God. The 
only liberty we need to desperately cling to is the liberty to stay 
nailed to the cross with Christ, denying ourselves of what the 
natural man wants. Should any man want to take this liberty 
away, we must deny him." 

Another quote from the same article: "What giving up our 
liberties will often do is lead a body of believers to safer ground. 
Many of the convictions that are held by a few are often the 
safer path." 

May 2006 be a year of victory in our personal lives and in 
our harmony with our brethren and sisters. Let us consider our 
liberty in the light of Paul's directions and be willing to submit 
to one another. Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for 
they shall be called the children of God." — L.C. 



THE PILGRIM 



THE LORD'S PRAYER 

"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." 

"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: 
for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any 
man." (James 1: 13) 

This verse and the verses that follow it are very enlightening 
as we study this next phrase of our Lord's Prayer. Jesus does 
not lead us into temptation; He makes "a way to escape, that ye 
may be able to bear it." (I Cor. 10:13) When we are tempted, 
we are drawn away of our own lust. (James 1:14) It is hard to 
go through these valleys. Many times we come out feeling like 
we lost. Possibly we did. Why? Ask that question to the One 
who has been victorious through it; He knows why. (Heb. 4: 15) 
God knows where we are weakest and He will allow us to be 
tempted right there so we will call upon Him for the way to 
escape. Even if you do escape, turn around and try to figure 
out why you were tempted like that. Christ wants to be your 
strength in that area of weakness. 

When I see myself being tempted ovpr and over in the same 
area of my life, that is not victory. Somewhere I must have a 
selfish stronghold that allows me to lust for such things; and 
when I have such a stronghold in my life, I am prone to failure 
instead of victoiy. Here again, Jesus knows where this 
stronghold is and He will take it captive if I yield it to Him. 

It is in us to try to stand against temptation with sheer will- 
power: "I will not allow myself to. . . " I am uncomfortable 
with that. The first two words of this phrase are "Lead us." 
We may find the foe suppressed for a while by will-power, but 
temptation of any kind can be stamped out when we can cry in 
true brokenness, "Our Father which art in heaven, deliver us 
from evil! " 



THE PILGRIM 



When we are drawn away of our own lusts and enticed, we 
are following deception. Satan, as the father of deception, has 
planted a seed in our lives that causes us to believe something 
other than the truth. This seed is lust, but it is also deception. 
When lust conceives, we sin. God will deliver us from this 
vicious cycle that we are all very familiar with. He offers us a 
peace and calm that truly leaves us with the feeling of being 
delivered. Deliverance is victory. As we call upon Him, we 
will live a life that continues to conquer the lusts that would 
draw us away. To resist the devil, we must draw nigh to God. 
Peter Cover, Tuolumne, California 



NONRESISTANCE IN ACTION #1 
Nonresistance is not a term used in Scripture, but firmly 
rooted in the teaching of Christ is the principle that we "resist 
not evil." While this implies nonretaliation, as do the teachings 
of the apostles (such as Romans 12 and 13), we must not 
understand nonresistance to be totally passive. 

Jesus and the apostles taught us to be active as well. Christ 
said, "Blessed are the peacemakers." This implies those who 
are actively pursuing peace. Christ has broken down the walls 
of partition that were between peoples because of class, money, 
race, or whatever barriers man has erected, and of twain made 
one new man. The Church of Christ is a community of 
believers that have beaten {action) their swords into 
ploughshares and then spears into pruninghooks. 

Tertuilian, an oft-quoted early Christian writer writing about 
AD 197, said, "Family possessions, which usually destroy 
brotherhood among you (writing to pagans), create fraternal 
bonds among us. Being one in mind and soul, we do not 
hesitate 

to share our earthly goods with one another. All things are 
common among us, except our wives." This is part of the 



THE PILGRTM 



nonresistant faith that we have been handed from the earliest 
days of Christianity. Only with people who have been 
reconciled and quit their warring and factionalism can such a life 
in Christ be possible! Nonresistance in action! Only in Christ is 
peace possible. 

Many through the centuries have suffered for this faith, so 
dreadfully hated and despised by the world. It challenges their 
system, for it strikes at the heart and grips their inner 
conscience that tells them that their systems of exploitation and 
the warring thus created are evil and rooted in the gross 
selfishness and thirst for control of the human heart without 
Christ. Christ gives light to men-that some squelch and do not 
follow to life in Christ, and thus their misery only increases. 
And with the increase of misery, there comes hatred toward 
those who do not share in this misery-the disciples of the Elder 
Brother of those who have been adopted into the family of God 
as brothers and sisters. 

It is well for us to call to mind some of these stories that 
have been told through the centuries. We may know the names 
of Dirk Willems, Dutch martyr who was captured while saving 
his pursuer's life, or the Hofer brothers, JIutterian Brethren who 
were martyred as a result of their treatment by the United States 
government in World War I. 

But how many know we have stories of faithfulness to 
Christ amid trials such as this from our own beloved Old 
Brethren fraternity? 

World War I was especially hard on those known as "plain 
people." Not only were many plain people German speaking (at 
a time when many Americans were anti- German), but there was 
no provision by the military machine for conscientious objection 
to war. It was also common in those days for civilians to 
support the war machine by buying war bonds. Many brothers 
of different groups suffered severely-even to loss of life, as the 
above mentioned Hofer brothers. 



8 THE PILGRTM 



hi 1918 the Old Brethren had existed as a separate 
brotherhood for only five years. One of the elders of the church 
in Carroll County, Indiana, then was a brother named John 
Leedy. He was known as being very firm in his views. When 
neighbors came to persuade John to buy war bonds, he refused. 
How could he do such a thing when he believed this was so 
opposite the Gospel of our Lord? John would not use a gun to 
take his enemy's life. How could he willingly and purposefully 
finance someone else to do so? 

This was not understood by the patriotic neighbors of 
Brother John. They could not understand how he could think it 
was right just to let the enemy go on without resistance. But 
we think Brother John would rather have given up all his 
possessions and been mistreated than to be unfaithftd to the 
Lord Jesus and the example of the small flock of Jesus through 
the centuries. We as Christians are called to actually love our 
enemies. So not only is this a matter of legalistic obedience. 
But how could a Christian want to take part in warmongering 
or support others to do? 

"One evening as John and his wife were about to retire for 
the night, they heard a knock on the dpor. John opened the 
door, and when he saw the men, he prepared to go outdoors. 
His wife begged him to stay indoors, but John knew that the 
men who bid him come outdoors were angry, so he motioned 
his wife to stay indoors. He stepped outside and closed the 
door. Someone said, 'Grab him!' They took John and roughly 
set him in then midst. Someone produced scissors, and they cut 
large pieces of his beard and hah, but left parts of it in a 
grotesque pattern. John offered no resistance. 
"The men prepared to go, and one said to him, 'John, you buy 
bonds or we will return, and you will be handled worse the next 
time.' John stood quietly in the doorway. I imagine his Up 
trembled as yours or mine would have done. I imagine he felt 
sorry for the men, as you and I should feel. Then he said in his 



THE PILGRIM 



characteristic way, 'Well, men, when you return I expect you'll 
find the same John. 1 

"The next day John went into the local village. Respectful 
businessmen in town were enraged that someone would treat 
their fellow neighbor in such fashion, hi spite of John's 
protests, they put a guard around his house for awhile to 
protect them. 

"When I ask some old folks today, 'Do you remember John 
Leedy? they invariably smile and say, 'John was a firm man. 1 " 
—From Fred Benedict's The Same John printed in the 

February, 1973, Vindicator. I also used Brother Fred's 

article for much of my writing above. 

And may we never stray from the path of peace and unity in 
Jesus Christ and be firm to the faith once delivered to the saints 
and kept through the ages! 

Michael Harris, Casstown, Ohio 



THE SALVATION ISSUE 

What does God require for men to be saved? Before the fall 
of man there was fellowship and commupion between God and 
man. Man was innocent for he was created in the likeness and 
image of God. God gives man a free will to choose; otherwise 
how could our Creator receive worship and praise? God wants 
our hearts and lives given to Him because we truly love Him 
When man yielded to Satan in the garden, he sinned and was in 
a fallen state. He no longer had that close communion and 
fellowship with his Creator. Now instead of worshipping and 
serving his Maker, he began serving self The whole world lieth 
in wickedness because self is on the throne. 

Satan who was a high angel got lifted up with pride and 
wanted to exalt himself above the most high God. Because of 
his sin, he was cast out of heaven. So the real heart issue is that 
the self life, which is nothing but pride, must die in us or 



10 THE PILGRIM 



nothing of heaven can live in us. Jesus taught: ". . . He that 
loseth his life for my sake shall find it" (Matt. 10:39) Our 
Lord wants ownership over our lives. When one had found that 
pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had to obtain it. 
He that forsaketh not all that he has, cannot be my disciple. 
(See Luke 14:33) Paul said that for the excellency of the 
knowledge of Christ Jesus his Lord, he had suffered the loss of 
all things and counted them but dung. He had given up his life 
so that the Lord Jesus was now his life. We must do the same! 

Kenneth Garber, Owen, Wisconsin 



IT'S NOT BLACK AND WHITE, IT'S BLACK + WHITE 

Clear black-and-white distinctions are not appreciated in 
much of the church like they once were. In fact much of what 
we believe and live appears to be one big GRAY. Most folks 
seem content to keep it that way. No need to dig out any 
personal convictions, no need to think about how to live 
carefiilly according to the Bible. If some believe one thing and 
some another and it looks as if God is blessing the whole 
muddle, who are we to step in and suggest that the Word gives 
us clear guidelines (or even principles!) about what Christians 
ought and ought not to do. 

However, it is possible that we have become so 
compromised with the world that we find it quite soothing to 
continue mixing black and white into one big pot of gray. It 
may look like the soup of tolerance, but I guarantee you it has 
proven to be the poison of impotence. The Bride has slurped 
down the whole pot and finds that she is powerless to effect 
change within herself, let alone those around her. She tries to 
preach absolutes of the Word while proclaiming relativity of 
practices (standards). The only resulting "absolute" the church's 
compromising union has birthed is the notion that the Word is 
relative and the practices are completely unnecessary—if not 



THE PILGRIM 11 



suspiciously legalistic. Essentially, the donkey and horse have 
been put together and the outcome is as sterile as the mule. 

Instead of the keenness of discernment, we have the 
confusion of delusion—contented self-delusion. Thus, folks are 
frolicking in the gray fog—each one doing what is right in his 
own eyes. Each one expecting God to bless and help them no 
matter what they do or don't do. Is it any wonder that the 
church continues to shift toward condoning outright sinftdness? 
After all, white is unrealistic and legalistic, but gray is 
wonderful. Gray is so uncertain, so tolerant, so open. Most 
everyone agrees that gray is a quite sensible position to take. 

Oh, and black? Why more and more it's looking like just 
another shade of gray. 

Brandon Byler in The Heartbeat of the Remnant 

Selected by Ron Cable 



CHRISTIAN SCHOOL VIEWS 
A Love That Knits 

The many relationships in our schools need the bonding 
power of love in order to be productive. When love knits us 
together, good things happen. Colossians 2:2 points out 
comfort as one example: "That their hearts might be 
comforted, being knit together in love." 

Knitting is not just looping yarn together so that it becomes 
a useful fabric. It has the broader definition of growing 
together, drawing together, or tying together. A fractured bone 
knits together. In the reference to "the whole body. . . 
compacted by that which eveiy joint supplieth," (Eph. 4:16), 
compacted is translated from the same Greek word as knit 
together in Col. 2:2. Again, this indicates pulling together and 
holding together different parts. Knitting brings them so close 
together that it is hard to separate them. 

So how does love knit us together? 



12 THE PILGRIM 



"Charity. . . seeketh not her own." (I Cor. 13:4,5) A 
charitable person is not all wrapped up in his own interests, but 
rather makes other people's well-being a top priority. His love 
will get him entwined with other people—knit together, A 
teacher who truly loves students and parents will be willing to 
suffer and to spend himself All the reward he asks is to see 
good come to others. A loving father takes a day off work for 
the sake of school. He lays down an interesting magazine to 
listen to that childish story about school. 

"The members should have the same care one for another." 
(I Cor, 12:25) When a ball is flying towards the face, does the 
hand hang idly by? Oh, no! It flies up to protect the face. 
Someone might say, "But I am not the hand; I am the face. 
Others ought to be protecting me." Well, if you were protected 
by others, then in that situation you were the face. But if you 
have the opportunity to protect others, in that situation you are 
the hand. The face never has opportunity to protect the hand. 

Is any blame or reproach headed your way? Love will not 
pass it back, but will absorb it. Do others deserve blame or 
reproach? Love will not overlook sin, but still it will protect 
other's reputations. "He that covereth a transgression seeketh 
love." (Pro. 17:9) 

"Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox 
and hatred therewith." (Pro. 15:17) The love relationship is so 
sweet that people prefer it even if the circumstances are bitter. 
In school we face some of those bitter circumstances as well as 
some very delightful ones. As we move through these together, 
choosing to exercise Christian love in all things, we find 
ourselves knit together. 

No wonder a wedding invitation from our children's teacher 
gets such an important place in our lives. No wonder those 
relationships we had with our teacher twenty, thirty, or fifty 
years ago stick with us so long. No wonder we say when 
someone rubs us the wrong way, "But after all we've been 



THE PILGRIM 13 



through together, I don't want to make a fuss about this. I love 
him." 

Praise God! Keep the love flowing. Let us not take love 
for granted or suppose that we can be knit together without 
great effort. Out relationship can find a good pattern in 
Jonathan's relationship with David: "The soul of Jonathan was 
knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own 
soul." (I Sam. 18:1) 

By Steven Horst 
The Christian School Builder, September, 2004 

BAPTISM 

Marietta Stalter, New Paris, Indiana, January 1, 2006 
May God bless this young sister as she serves in Christ's 
Kingdom. 



FOR YOUTH 

LORD HELP ME 

Matthew 15:25 
Lord, help me through the coming year 
To walk in Thy good way; 
To prize Thy Word of life most dear 
And ever watch and pray. 

Lord, help me overcome all sin, 
Be wholly pure in heart, 
Thy cross to bear, the crown to win 
And never from Thee part. 

Lord, help me watch the words I speak 

Be ever kind and true; 

Thy kingdom ever first to seek 

la all I say and do. 






14 THE PILGRIM 



Lord, help me help along the way 
To cheer the travelers on: 
That none from Thy footsteps may stray 
Until the night is gone. 

Lord, help me when life's sorrows come, 
Thy peace and hope to gain, 
Still pressing onward to my home 
And share Thy glorious reign. 

Lord, help me, for I need Thy aid; 
I cannot walk alone 
To heaven land Thy hands have made 
Thy glory and Thy throne. 

J. I. Cover, January, 1964 



INSPIRATION FROM THE SNOW 

Snowflakes slowly drifting down, 
Gently swirling to the ground, 
Cover all earth's muddy blight 
With their pure and sparkling light. 

Blood of Jesus, crimson flow, 
Wash me whiter than the snow! 
Make my heart all pure within, 
Free from stain or blight of sin. 

Cover with Thy righteousness 
And with all Thy fullness bless 
This poor, falt'ring heart of mine; 
Make it clear and true as Thine! 



THE PILGRIM 15 



Snowflakes' sweet serenity- 
Teach me so to rest in Thee; 
And so patiently to wait, 
Till Thy wisdom ope's the gate. 

Snow speaks quietness and peace, 
Of all stress and care, release 
May my heart that peace reflect, 
And, at least in some respect, 

Pass that peace along the way 
To another heart today; 
With a smile or word or song, 
Send that sunny joy along. 

Wondrous lessons taught to me 

By the tiny flakes I see; 

Like a drifting heap of snow 

In Thy fair image let me grow! 

Susanna Tate (on a snowy day) 
Mishawaka, Indiana 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
The Fence of Guilt 

Goats can be stubborn. I remember one young billy who 
pushed his head and horns through the fence to eat the "greener 
grass" on the other side. But when he tried to pull his head 
back into the pen, his bonis hooked on the fence. He pulled 
and struggled and finally screamed for help. I am sure he could 
never have freed him self He would have slowly but surely died 
if I had not helped him. 

Goats are smart, but not always smart enough to use their 
"smarts" wisely. It seems all he learned from the ordeal was 



that I would free Mm if he got stuck. He just called when he 
was through eating that "greener grass." Even making liim wait 
a long time did not break him of the habit. 

Would you ever do anything so unwise? I hope not, but 
since I have done so many times, I would like to warn you of 
the danger. 

The "greener grass" is like temptation. The fence is like 
guilt. We can only get free from guilt if we repent and call on 
God to forgive us. Sadly, we are often soon tempted to do the 
same thing again. Surely God will forgive again. . .and again. . . 
The problem is that not only are you developing a bad habit, but 
also it is very hard to truly repent if you sin, planning to repent 
later; and you must truly repent to be forgiven and freed from 
the "fence" of guilt. 

The Lord is. . . longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that 
any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 
(II Peter 3:9) 

* . Martha J. Wagner 

Gettysburg, Ohio 







s 



THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 53 FEBRUARY, 2006 No. 2 

" And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 



JESUS CALLS US 

Jesus calls us o'er the tumult 
Of our life's wild, restless sea; 
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth, 
Saying, "Christian, follow Me." 

Jesus calls us from the worship 
Of the vain world's golden store, 
From each idol that would keep us, 
Saying, "Christian, love Me more." 

In our joys and in our sorrows, 
Days of toil and hours of ease; 
Still He calls in cares and pleasures: 
"Christian, love Me more that these." 

Jesus calls us; by Thy mercies, 
Saviour, may we hear Thy call, 
Give our hearts to Thy obedience, 
Serve and love Thee best of all. 

Mrs. Cecil F. Alexander, 1853 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd. , Tuolumne, CA 95379 



FIRST LOVE 

The church at Ephesus was the center in Asia for the new 
Christian faith. Jesus commended them for their works, labour 
and patience. Despite all this, Ephesus had left their first love. 
They had fallen from it. Jesus' instructions were to remember 
from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works. 
If they did not repent, the Lord of the Church would "remove 
(then) candlestick out of his place." No small offence! 

What would Jesus say to the churches today? What would 
He say to our Old Brethren Church? Would He charge, "Thou 
hast left thy first love"? I hope not because it is a serious 
charge. 

What does it mean to leave our first love? We think 
immediately of a couple to be married. Their love is fresh, 
intense, strong. Their love overlooks faults, sometimes ignores 
reality, doesn't question motives, and faces the future with fond 
anticipation. If this is kept alive, the marriage flourishes in spite 
of financial struggles, sickness, or differing opinions. But for 
many young couples of the world, this first love is lost soon 
after marriage, and the results are tragic. 

For a church to leave its first love, the results are no less 
tragic. What are some of the benefits that true love gives its 
possessors and some of the sadness when it is lost? 

Paul writes in I Corinthians 13 that "charity suffereth long." 
When we lose it, does it mean we become impatient and 
intolerant, not willing to suffer for a loved one? I once knew an 
older couple that may have fit this desciiption. She was loud 
and insistent. He was surly and unhappy. It can happen, but 
not if love reigns. 



THE PILGRIM 



This chapter says love is kind. My grandfather had faults, I 
am sure, but when I think if kindness, I think of him. He spoke 
softly and with out criticism. May we hold our first love and let 
our words and acts show kindness. 

Vve wept in the night for the shortness of sight 
That to somebody's needs made me blind. 
But I never have yet felt a tinge of regret 
For being a little too kind. 

Our chapter also says, "Charity envieth not." When we lose 
our first love, envy crowds in. We do not rejoice when a 
brother succeeds or shows special gifts or talents. To the 
unloving, it looks like a threat. We become competitive and 
critical. But with charity, we are happy when others succeed. 

"Charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up." Notice the 
politicians who boldly state their qualifications for office and 
degrade those of the opponent. Love vaunteth not itself and 
does not make its possessor vaunt himself. 

"Charity doth not behave itself unseemly." My father gave 
us valuable advice when we first started associating with special 
girl friends. "If you love a girl, you will never do something to 
her that would harm her or be wrong." How many today 
violate such a warning and behave unseemly! "Seeketh not her 
own," follows well here because so often our own interests— our 
own pleasure- comes first, and invariably others suffer. This 
quote introduces a gripping story in Perspectives of Truth in 
Literature by Christian Light Publications: 

"What is the cost of pleasing yourself? Someone else must 
always pay for selfishness. 

"There is not the slightest hint that the Prodigal Son meant 
to hurt his father. He merely wanted to live his own life. Yet a 
deeply wounded father was the cost of his self-pleasing. Much 
of the appalling misery in our world today stems from this same 
seemingly innocent source. Most people don't plan to be cruel; 
they simply insist on their own pleasure. But selfish pleasure is 



THE PILGRIM 



never free, and a trifle is often purchased at a tragic cost for 
others. " 

Charity, first love, is not easily provoked. A tactic in debate 
is to provoke and belittle. But we can win a debate and still 
lose the battle. To be able to differ and not get upset takes 
love— the real love that Jesus demonstrated. 

Charity thinketh no evil. One version says it keeps no 
record of wrongs. To keep evil alive in our minds is corrosive 
to ourselves. Strong acid must be put in a special container or 
it will destroy that container. Evil thoughts can destroy us. I 
Cor. 10:4,5: "For the weapons of our warfare are. . .mighty 
through God. . .bringing into captivity every thought to the 
obedience of Christ." We poor, weak mortal thinkers stand in 
awe at this truth, but God can do it through love. 

"Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth." We 
rejoice to hear of the truth penetrating into China and Haiti and 
many other strongholds. Love will cause us to mourn at the 
unbelief in our pampered society. 

"Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, 
endureth all things." Intense first love has power. It 
accomplishes God's will that we "be perfectly joined together in 
the same mind and in the same judgment." When we lose it, we 
drift apart; we do our own thing; we become individualistic and 
lose the very purpose God has for His church— that we become 
one in Him. 

Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." When 
we lose that first love, we become careless about the words of 
Jesus and His apostles. We fail to testify to others. Our 
appearance becomes more like the fashions of the world. Our 
personal prayer and Bible study are neglected, and our walk in 
the Spirit appeals to us less and less. 

Let me turn that around. When we have the first love, we 
become careful about the words of Jesus and His apostles. We 
faithftxlly testify to others. Our appearance becomes less like 



THE PILGRIM 



the fashions of the world. Our personal prayer and Bible study 
are increased and our walk in the Spirit appeals to us more and 
more. 

Lord, send us a revival of that first love when we will love 
the Lord with all our hearts and our neighbor as ourselves. 
Let that love work in us to make us more like our Saviour and 
knit us together with bonds that will not break. --L.C. 

LOVE REGAINED 

Left that first love, can it be? 
When lesus died for you and me? 
Gave His life to set us free? 
Prayed that we this love may see? 

Was it lost along the way 
When we spent a careless day? 
Careless of our brother's way 
Even then forgot to pray— 

For the unity that heals 
For the peace that each one feels 
When our heart's deep need reveals 
And the Spirit's earnest seals. 

Let us gain again that grace, 
Seek again our Savior's face 
Let His blood our sins erase; 
And unity regain its place. 

Praise to God; He has great power; 
Satan can do naught but cower. 
His grace restores in this late hour; 
Again love blooms, a fragrant flower. --L.C, 



THE PILGIM 



THE LORD'S PRAYER (concluded) 
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. 

It is very fitting to start and end our prayers in worship to 
our Father in heaven. In the first of our Lord's prayer, we 
hallow our Father's name. As we approach His throne, we are 
bound to hold Him in great reverence. As we end this prayer 
(and I believe any prayer), we once again hold Him in great 
reverence. We acknowledge His place in the big picture- 
Supreme! 

This phrase is also a good follow up to ". . .deliver us from 
evil." There is a kingdom of darkness; its power is deceit and 
its glory is its darkness. This is the evil we are delivered from. 
What a contrast when we are delivered—transformed, renewed, 
given new life! When we see Jesus, we can't help but proclaim 
His wonderful kingdom. It is by His power we are delivered 
from evil and it is for His glory. In our way of speaking we 
could use "because" at the beginning of this phrase, and it 
would mean the same thing. Even though we are involved with 
the conflict that rages around and in us, it's not really about us. 
It is about God, for God, and for His kingdom. 

"God wins in the end." This phrase comes to my mind at 
the close of this prayer. He is worthy to be praised. God 
Jehovah is King. His throne is forever and ever. (Heb. 1:8) He 
rules His kingdom with righteousness. His kingdom is coming 
and His will will be done. With His power He has delivered us 
from evil. With His almighty hand He has supplied our daily 
bread. As a merciful King, He has forgiven our debts. He has 
washed us clean with the sacrifice of His own blood. When He 
comes to set up His Kingdom here, we will be eyewitnesses of 
His glory. When we see Jesus for who He truly is and we 
accept what He has so willingly done, our hearts almost burst 



THE PILGRIM 1 

with adoration for Him and to Him. We leap for joy and fall on 
our knees at the same time. Our God reigns forever! 

Forever! Have you ever thought about that word? Let 
your mind wonder on it for awhile. It is beyond human wisdom 
or capacity. Now think on that word in light of our God 
reigning. What joy to anticipate being there! That again is 
indescribable, but it's real and it's coming. Are you ready for 
forever*? Amen. (So be it.) 

Peter Cover 
Tuolumne, California. 



NONRSISTANCE IN ACTION 

hi the last article, we told of Christians who have suffered 
dearly for their faith. Some have given their lives simply 
because they refused to harm their fellowmen. And the world 
does not like those who follow Jesus. 

Many of these stories seem long ago. Some of them deal 
with members of Christ's followers who are gathered in other 
groups. But some of our number today are the descendants of 
those who have given their lives to Christ for this true faith. 
They believed that to truly know Christ was to follow Him in 
life. How can we claim to know Christ, and then war and kill 
our fellowman-or support those who do? 

One such man was Heinrich Frick. Heinrich lived near 
Knonau, in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland. He was a very 
wealthy man. He owned land and no doubt was looked upon as 
highly favored in the community where he lived. 

But Christ had other plans for Brother Heinrich. War came; 
Heinrich's conscience was pricked and opposed to the war. 
Heinrich then took a very radical step. He joined the despised 
Brethren (Anabaptist) movement. He was baptized on his own 
confession of faith and promised to be faithful unto death to the 



8 THE PILGRIM 



Lord, even should it lead through great suffering. And suffering 
was likely in those days for those who did such things. 
Switzerland was not very kind to those who did not follow the 
teachings of the officially sanctioned church. 

But not deterred by the love of money, status, or liking of 
friends or family, Heinrich cast his lot with the people of God, 
the holy community and nation, and chose to follow Jesus 
Christ. He no longer could be part of this world's carnal 
warfare and warring nationalism. 

Heinrich's conversion was highly troubling to the cantonal 
authorities. Heinrich had no doubt been an influential man with 
wealth in the community. Heinrich's father Hans had been the 
Freimatsseckelmeister (official Treasurer) of Maschwanden 
from 1618 to 1629. And his grandfather Gregor was famous 
enough to have a stained glass window in the Zurich Art 
Gallery dedicated to him. So when Heinrich converted, they 
were highly troubled. 

For many years the Swiss Brethren had lived in relative 
quiet. Things were not always easy for them, and the laws of 
the land were so that they could not live "normal" lives like 
everyone else, but at least they were not under severe torment. 
However, Heinrich's conversion was so troubling to the 
authorities that persecution was renewed. To make matters 
more complicated, Heinrich's wife at this time was not 
converted. 

Finally, the authorities came to take Brother Heinrich. 
Heinrich's wife was with child, and so frighteningly did the 
authorities treat them that she lost the child and did not have 
many good days after that. 

They took Heinrich and confined him to the council house 
in Zurich. There this dear brother was so mistreated that he 
consented to go to the state church. This is what the authorities 
wanted. The Swiss Brethren had refused to do this because it 
was a sign of compromise. The state church did not accept the 



THE PILGRIM 



doctrine of Christ as He preached in the Sermon on the Mount. 
So when Heinrich agreed to do this they released him. 

But Heinrich was not at rest. He knew he had gone back on 
his commitment to Jesus Christ. He was not faithful. He had 
wronged his soul, violated his conscience, and given offence to 
the Church of God. Therefore he, like the beloved apostle 
Peter before him, fell into great distress, confessed and wept 
over his sins, and was restored. 

Heinrich felt he should make this public. He had been 
unfaithful publicly, and rather than give the persecutors cause 
for rejoicing, Heinrich went back to the council house in Zurich. 
There they again confined him. 

During this time his two farms and money were taken from 
him. The enemies of God have often done this kind of thing to 
the children of God— even to poor widows and orphans. 
Heinrich's farms were rented for 420 guilders, and 13,000 
guilders were taken from him. Heinrich was then released, only 
to be arrested some time later. This time he escaped. 

Even after his escape, Heinrich was persecuted. But this 
time he had to wander about in misery and poverty. This 
persecution seems to have begun in 1635. Sometime later, 
likely around 1644-1645, upon being released from prison, 
Heinrich took his wife and three children to the Rhenish Pfalz 
(Palatinate) with whatever they still had. The Palatinate was a 
haven for many Amish and Mennonites who were being sorely 
tried in Switzerland, mostly from cantons Zurich and Bern. 
While in Pfalz, four more children were born. Eventually his 
descendants left the Pfalz and came to the United States, 
settling in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Some of their 
descendants are in our fraternity. George Frick, husband of 
Charlotte (who is with us, as well as some of then children and 
grandchildren— including the writer's wife), was a direct 
descendant of Heinrich. Thus the nonresistant faith has been 
passed down for many generations. 



10 THE PILGRIM 



All because one man was faithful and esteemed the honour 
of Christ and His way above the honour, riches, and pleasures 
of the world. All because one man refused to compromise and 
truly followed Christ. 

Michael Harris 

Casstown, Ohio 



DEAR WHOSOEVER WILL: 

Having just been shown a vital truth about salvation and 
overcoming, I thought I would share it with you. "And receive 
with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your 
souls." (James 1:21b) To be saved the Word must be engrafted 
into our hearts. This Word is able to save us if we are "doers of 
the word, and not hearers only." This living Word must be 
received with meekness; the spiritually proud and strong cannot 
enter this door. We must be broken on the rock Christ Jesus to 
start our heavenly journey. 

"The righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise... 
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, 
and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and 
shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the 
dead, thou shalt be saved." (Rom. 10:6a, 8-9) "Whosoever 
therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also 
before my Father which is in heaven." (Mat. 10:32) "With the 
mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Rom. 10: 10b) 

Salvation is deliverance from the penalty and power of sin. 
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name 
JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." (Mat. 
1:21) If you do not know the power of true salvation in reality, 
you will find yourself captive of the devil at his will. (II Tim. 
2:26) To be saved and walk in victory, we must not only 
believe in Jesus who is the Living Word, but we must speak the 



THE PILGRIM 11 






Word. "With the mouth confession is made unto salvation." 
This is not just to begin in the Christian walk, but for daily 
overcoming. "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the 
Lord, so walk ye in him." (Col. 2:6) As salvation comes not 
only by "repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord 
Jesus Christ," (Acts 20:21b), but by confession, so to walk in 
victory we must speak the word. To speak Scripture out loud 
is essential to overcoming. Our only offensive weapon is the 
Word of God, which is the Spirit's sword. (Eph. 6:17): "For 
the word of God is quick (living) and powerful, and sharper 
than any twoedged sword." 

"If ye abide in me (Jesus the Word), and my words abide in 
you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.: 
(John 15:7) "Now ye are clean through the word which I have 
spoken unto you." (John 15:3) "Then said Jesus to those Jews 
which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye 
my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth 
shall make you free. (John 8:31,32) 

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by 
the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto 
the death." (Rev. 12:11) 

"And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and 
shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when 
thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when 
thou risest up." (Deut 6:7) "Out of the abundance of the heart 
the mouth speaketh." (Mat. 12:34b) "For by thy words thou 
shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." 

"But to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of 
a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. (Isa. 66:2b) 

"Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Rev. 
22:17b) 

In Christian love, 
Kevin Garber 



/ 



12 THE PILGRIM , 

NOTE OF THANKS 

To our Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ, 

We have felt some trials this past year with Seth's recurring 
cancer. Thank you to God and each one who had part in His 
love and support for us. The number of friends who pray for us 
and who have given monetary gifts is humbling. May you be 
blessed in God's service. 

The Harper family, 

Seth, Rachel, and Thomas 



MARRIAGES 

David Winger and Heidi Brown were married December 31 in 
Modesto, California. 

New address: 1529 Theresa St. 

Modesto, CA 95350 
Heidi's cell phone: (209) 480-5594 

Christopher Taylor and Ana Bella Villegas were married 
January 1 in Samachique, Chihuahua, Mexico. 

New address: 22292 North Colorado River Dr. 
Twain Harte, California 
Christopher's Cellphone: (209) 770-1984 
Mailing address: P.O. Boxl254 

Tuolumne, CA 95379-1254 

BIRTH 
COVER - A son, Jethro Nicodemus, born January 22 to Ben 
and Jolene Cover of Tuolumne, California 

ADDRESS CHANGE 

Glenn Wells 9863 Grise Road 

Bradford, OH 45308 



* (937) 448-2003 



THE PILGRIM 13 



FOR YOUTH 

INSPIRATION FROM THE SNOW 

Snowflakes slowly drifting down, 
Gently swirling to the ground, 
Cover all earth's muddy blight 
With their pure and sparkling light. 

Blood of Jesus, crimson flow, 
Wash me whiter than the snow! 
Make my heart all pure within, 
Free from stain or blight of sin. 

Cover with Thy righteousness 
And with all Thy fullness bless 
This poor, fait 'ring heart of mine; 
Make it clear and true as Thine! 

Snowflakes 1 sweet serenity- 
Teach me so to rest in Thee; 
And so patiently to wait, 
Till Thy wisdom ope's the gate. 

Snow speaks quietness and peace, 
Of all stress and care, release 
May my heart that peace reflect, 
And, at least in some respect, 

Pass that peace along the way 
To another heart today; 
With a smile or word or song, 
Send that sunny joy along. 



14 THE PILGRIM 



Wondrous lessons taught to me 

By the tiny flakes I see; 

Like a drifting heap of snow 

In Thy fair image let me grow! 

Susanna Tate (on a snowy day) 
Mishawaka, Indiana 



OUR GOD 

As the snow falls on the ground, 

O God's wonders do abound, 

As the sun shines on my face, 

O His never ending grace. 

As the flowers in spring are ever, 

O the God that changes never. 

As the leaves drop in the fall, 

O my God will hear my call. 



Teresa J. Miller (age 12) 
Bourbon, Indiana 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Eat It With Relish 

The church service is over. Soft rustlings become louder. 
There is a low murmur of adult voices, also becoming louder. 
Children walk into the aisles. You join them. You line up with 
smiles and happy chatter. There is some playful pushing and 
jostling, but you wait your turn. When your turn comes you 
reach out your hand, smile and say "thank you." Then you 
scamper away with a small handful of Smarties. 



THE PILGRIM 15 



Most of you already know that story, don't you? You relish 
your Smarties, and I don't blame you. I like them, too! 

To relish something means to like the taste of it. King 
David relished God's Word. Psalm 119:103 says, "How sweet 
are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey (or 
Smarties?) to my mouth! " 

I hope you relish God's Word. I hope when you grow up 
you will relish it far more than you ever relished Smarties, "for 
(it) is thy life." (Proverbs 4: 13) 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



PILGRIM POINTERS 

The Pilgrim's Way 
(Tune: My Closet, My Temple) 

A pilgrim's a stranger 
To those on his way 
His goal is in heaven; 
He's not here to stay. 

His way may be dreary; 
His road may be steep; 
His back may grow weary 
His promise to keep. 

It may not sound pleasant, 
This long Pilgrim road, 
But Jesus is present 
And helps lift the load. 



16. 



THE PILGRIM 



A Pilgrim is favored 
To walk in the way; 
Our Lord never wavered; 
He calls us today. 

So come be a Pilgrim; 
The best lies ahead; 
The end is so blessed 
When troubles have fled. 

All glory to Jesus; 
He hung on the tree. 
As Pilgrims He frees us; 
Our Saviour is He. — L.C. 




O 



T3 
PC 

1 

a 

rH 

O 

c* 

0\ 



OS 

t> 

CO 
IT) 

On 

d 

3 

a 

J3 

o 
H 



THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 53 MARCH, 2006 No. 3 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4: 14) 

COMMIT THOU ALL THY GRIEFS 

Commit thou all thy griefs 
And ways into His hands; 
To His sure trust and tender care 
Who earth and heaven commands. 

Thou on the Lord rely, 

So safe shalt thou go on; 

Fix on His work thy steadfast eye, 

So shall thy work be done 

Give to the winds thy fears; 

Hope, and be undismayed; 

God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears; 

He shall lift up thy head. 

Through waves and clouds and storms 
He gently clears thy way; 
Wait thou His time, so shall this night 
Soon end in joyous day. 

By Paul Gerhardt (1606-1676) 

From The Story of the Hymns and Tunes page 85. 
Paul Gerhardt also wrote O Sacred Head Now Wounded. 
Selected by Sarah Martin 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 



THE WAY 

Have you heard the stoiy of a traveller lost in a rural area 
who supposedly asked a local man the way to the city where he 
needed to go? The man looked puzzled and finally told the 
traveller, "You can't get there from here!" We would be 
dismayed beyond measure if we heard the way from here to 
heaven was not open. 

Thank God there is a way. Jesus said, "I am the way, the 
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." 
What does our Saviour mean when He says "the way"? He uses 
the definite article "the," not an indefinite "a." This means He is 
the only way, and He emphasizes it when He says no man can 
approach the Father but by Him. Jesus is the way to be born 
into the family of God, now possible because He suffered for 
our sins. He is also the way through this life, and it is this road 
we write of here. Pilgrim's Progress describes this journey in an 
allegory. We must live it in reality. And this road is Jesus 
Christ and Him crucified. 

We are not used to limitations in our travels to a 
destination. If we wish to visit our brethren in the East, we 
have a choice of ways. We can travel by air, by train, or by car. 
And even in each of these we have several major highways, a 
choice of airlines, and several railroads or bus routes. But to 
the Father, our most important destination, there is only one 
route, only one means, only one conveyance. 

Jesus opened this way when He fulfilled ancient prophecies. 
Isaiah proclaimed (35:8): "And an highway shall be there, and a 
way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall 
not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, 
though fools, shall not err therein." All of us, young and old, 
appreciate a good highway. We like to travel with other cars 



THE PILGRIM 



that are driven safely. Drunks, careless drivers, or distracted 
drug addicts all make highway driving hazardous. But on this 
blessed way there are no unclean, no "lions," no "ravenous 
beast" but only the simple wayfarers, the redeemed and 
ransomed of the Lord. 

Another prophecy tells of the divine direction we have on 
this Way: "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, 
saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right 
hand, and when ye turn to the left." (Isa. 30,21). 

However, Jesus tells us His way is not an easy, attractive 
road. In Matthew 7:14 He warns, "Because strait is the gate, 
and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be 
that find it." He indicates that the choice is ours, and many 
choose the easy road-the wide gate, the broad way that leads 
not to the Father, but to destruction. The Father calls; it is His 
will that all travel the way to life. 

Though the way is described as strait and narrow, Jesus 
assures us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Like 
the song writer, can we say, "I've found it so"? 

We should be happy on this way and our lives should show 
contentment. If we look sour, discouraged, disappointed, we 
cannot expect others to be interested in such a course. 

However, sometimes we do look unhappy. The reason 
cannot be a failure on Jesus' part. We often try to take too 
much baggage along. We must leave our load of trouble at the 
cross. Peter tells us: "Casting all your care upon him for he 
carethforyou." 

We have seen a child traveling with a guardian. The child 
needs direction and protection. We are like children- so 
dependent on our Heavenly Guide. He has lunch along for us. 
He points out beauties on the way. He gives us rest stops and 
even buys us souvenirs of the places on our route. No? Have 
you no souvenirs? I mean memories, communions, precious 



THE PILGRIM 



songs, Scriptures having special meaning at different times of 
our journey. You may have others. 

The way with Jesus is pleasant and precious. But the 
destination is incomparable. There the gates are pearl, the wall 
foundations are precious stones; the streets are gold. It's all 
new and the gates of it are always open. There is no artificial 
light or even light of the sun "for the glory of God did lighten it, 
and the Lamb is the light thereof." 

Heaven won't need a housekeeping department, for there is 
nothing unclean or defiling there. Jesus is there, as He said, 
preparing the place. He is our way and our destination. What a 
place and what a day that will be when traveling days are over 
and we reach home. —L.C. 

CHRIST, THE WAY 
The Saviour said, "I am the way." 
In fact, we hear Him also say, 
No man can e'er the Father reach 
Except by Me; this go and teach. 

How blest to know there is a way 
In our affluent, puzzling day. 
The way is plain to those who call: 
Jesus, our Lord, our all in all. 

There is a way that seemeth right, 
But it will end in darkest night. 
Only in Christ we clearly see 
The path of life to God is He. 

Thy Word's a lamp unto our feet, 
A light to make our hope complete. 
So walk in light; the dark will flee; 
The light will fill eternity. 



THE PILGRIM 



O Saviour, be Thou still our Guide; 
Keep us true; walk by our side. 
Take us by Thy power and grace, 
To that eternal resting place. --L.C. 



WHY? 

Every result has a cause. Every belief has a reason. There 
is a motivation for every action. We are curious creatures. We 
want to know why. The word "why" is found over 300 times in 
the Bible. The word "why" is most often used in the Scriptures 
to question a correctable or serious situation: "Why is thy 
countenance fallen?" (Gen. 4:6), "Why beholdest the mote in 
thy brother's eye?" (Matt. 7:3), and "My God, my God, why 
hast thou forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46) are examples of the use 
of the word "why." 

"Why is thy countenance fallen?" Here the Lord endeavors 
to correct Cain's attitude and direction. The motive in Cain's 
offering seemed to be to bring attention to himself: a little like 
entering produce at a local fair. Could the why of some of our 
present church and social concerns arise from doing things for 
self rather than sacrificing for the glory of God and to the 
benefit of our brother or sister? 

"Why beholdest the mote in thy brother's eye?" Another 
corrective question. Jesus is telling the Jews the necessity of 
correcting one's own action before finding fault with someone 
else. It is a temptation to settle into a cocoon of self- 
righteousness. 

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" The most 
important "why" ever asked! Jesus was God in man. God 
cannot die. The only way for Jesus to die was for God to 
forsake or leave the body of Jesus. The answer to this "why" 
was to offer the sacrifice for our sins. 



6 THE PILGRIM 



It is important to examine the reason why. I remember an 
elder who wore a lavender wool sport shirt to church. This 
brother was poor, and he found the warm shirt at a thrift store. 
He felt it was what he needed to offset the cold, foggy valley 
weather. Other than a few raised eyebrows, I don't think 
anyone made anything over it. If an affluent brother came to 
the communion table wearing a bright sport shirt there would be 
cause for concern. The older brother bought an inexpensive 
shirt to fill a need. The well-to-do brother bought a bright, 
showy shirt as a sign of rebellion. There is an eternal difference. 
Even if another person's thinking differs from ours, there is 
a reason why. Often a person is unable to give an answer to the 
question why. It is vital that we have patience and charity with 
our fellow brother or sister. We may not need to know all the 
whys. Study the Bible. Let the Holy Spirit reveal the answer to 
your question why. 

Joseph Wagner 
Modesto, California 



LOVE AND UNITY 

Unity in the Church is so important that the New Testament 
gives more attention to it than either heaven or hell. God 
deeply desires that we have a oneness and hannony with each 
other. Unity is the soul of fellowship. Our supreme model for 
unity is the Trinity. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are 
completely unified as one. 

We know God is the highest example of sacrificial love and 
perfect harmony. Just like every parent, the Father enjoys 
watching His children get along with each other. 

Li the final moments, Jesus prayed so passionately for our 
unity. We know it was our unity in His mind during those 
agonizing hours that showed how passionate He was. I believe 



THE PILGRIM 



nothing on earth is more valuable to God than His church, for 
He paid the highest price for it. God wants it protected, 
especially from the devastating damage that is caused by 
division, conflict, or disharmony. 

If we are a part of God's family, it is our responsibility to 
protect the unity where we fellowship. We are commissioned 
by Jesus Christ to do everything possible to preserve our unity 
and to protect our fellowship. We must make every effort to 
keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 

Now the question is, how do we do this? We must focus on 
what we have in common and not on our differences! So let us 
concentrate on the things which make harmony for us as 
believers. We share one Lord, one body, one Father, one Spirit, 
one hope, one faith, one baptism, and one love. 

We must remember that it was God that gave us different 
personalities and backgrounds, so we should value and enjoy 
these differences, and not merely tolerate them. God wants 
unity, not uniformity, but for unity s sake we should never let 
differences divide us. We must stay focused on what matters 
most, and that is to love each other as Christ loved us. 

Now in ending: we are joined together with peace through 
the Spirit, so let us make every effort to continue together in 
this way. And most of all, let love guide our lives. And if we 
do, the church will stay together in perfect harmony. 

In Christian love, 

Lloyd Flora, Flora, Indiana 



NONRESISTANCE IN ACTION #3 
Michael Kleinsasser lives in Crystal Spring Hutterian 

Brethren colony near Ste. Agathe, Manitoba, Canada. Here is 

his story as I remember him telling it: 

Patriotism runs high during wartime— especially when the 

cause is viewed as "just." Such a war was World War II The 



8 THE PILGRIM u 

monster of Hitler's Nazism threatened to overtake Europe, and 
indeed this was very frightening. But Christians must be faithM 
to Jesus Christ no matter what the cost is. 

And not only that, but even in peacetime we must always be 
prepared to give an answer for the hope that lies within us. 
Many are the Lord's professors today who will say things like 
"Is so-and-so a Christian? He reads his Bible and prays, and he 
believes it is right to go to war. Is he saved?" If one says "no," 
then they say we cannot judge. If one says "yes," then why can 
not you go to war just as he? Why would it be right for him 
and not for you? 

We as believers simply can not judge people either to 
heaven or hell. But we do know what the testimony, teaching, 
and example of Jesus Christ is. And we do know by that 
testimony, some have no reason to believe they are saved. 

Michael Kleinsasser was called up before the draft board. 
They wanted him to join the armed forces. And they were not 
too easy with him. The judge of the board had lost a son in the 
war and was not particularly sympathetic to conscientious 
objectors. But Michael held fast. 

Finally the judge gave him a book to read. He told Michael 
that he was to read the book and then report back to him. The 
book was to prove from the Scriptures why it was right to fight 
and defend one's country and to quiet the consciences of 
soldiers. 

Michael promised he would read it, and he did. Michael's 
dad also read the book. Michael's dad took the book and 
ripped it apart and threw it into the fire. He said it was the 
devil's book. Why did Michael's dad say this was the devil's 
book? 

The book had been written by the Canadian government to 
give to soldier boys to help them not feel bad about killing. 
And to support then* propaganda, they had manipulated and 



THE PILGRIM 



misquoted Bible verses. The book was changing the Holy 
Scriptures into something vile for their own selfish purposes. 

Michael had to report back. While he was before the judge, 
a letter came to the judge edged in black. This was the old way 
of announcing a death. The judge's second son had just been 
killed in combat. And Michael was before him! Michael 
offered his sympathy to the judge but held firm to his 
convictions. 

After the war, the Canadian government denied having 
printed such a book as given to Michael to serve their 
propaganda machine. But Michael had a friend who found 
some later and proved that indeed such a book had been 
published. 

What about us? Are we familiar enough with the teachings 
and veiy words of Christ and the apostles that we would know 
it if they were changed? Would we be able to defend our faith 
when those around us are enraged because they have just lost 
loved ones in carnal warfare—and we refuse to "fight for our 
freedom"? Do we maintain nonresistant and Christlike attitudes 
towards others even during peacetime? 

There are no two ways. Jesus' teachings are clear and 
single. Are we? 

Michael Harris 
Casstown, Ohio 



POLITICS AND THE CHRISTIAN 

We hear nowadays that with the appointment of a couple 
"conservative" judges to the Supreme Court that American 
Christians have scored a great victory for Jesus and His 
teachings. We are told that the great sin of abortion will be 
banned and that Christian values will become the law of the 
land. 



10 THE PILGRIM 



In the past few years, we have also seen increasing pressure 
for Christians to become involved in politics. We have heard 
how it is our duty to ensure that America develops and supports 
Christian values in our laws. We have also heard that displays 
of the Ten Commandments are essential to our continued 
prosperity and freedom. In short, we are being told that it is the 
duty of Christians to join the political struggle to Christianize 
the government of our country. 

All of the arguments presented to persuade us to vote and 
to become politically active, however, have been arguments 
from emotions, patriotism, and logic. There has been no 
biblical argument. Nowhere have I seen someone point to the 
teachings of Jesus or one of His Apostles as an example of 
political activism. The reason it hasn't been used is that no such 
teaching exists. 

To the contrary, Jesus (as He was standing before the civil 
authorities) said very plainly, "My kingdom is not of this world: 
if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants 
fight. . ." The same is true today: voting, politicking and 
lobbying are just more subtle forms of fighting. Furthermore, 
Paul instructs us, referring to the civil authorities, to be "subject 
unto the higher powers." How can we be subject to those 
authorities when we, through voting and participating in 
government, set ourselves up as the higher power? 

We are blessed by God that we are able to live in a country 
in which we are free to worship God according to the 
Scriptures without fear of repression or persecution. Surely, 
therefore, we must have some obligations to the state. I believe 
we do, but as in every other area of our lives, our participation 
is clearly taught in God's revealed word. 

There are three things, according to Scripture, that we 
should do. First, we must pray for the government. (I Tim. 
2:1,2) Second, we must obey the laws of our country (Rom. 
13:1) unless they are contrary to the law of God. (Acts 4: 19) 



THE PILGRIM U 



Third, we must pay the taxes levied by the government. (Rom. 
13:6,7) 

Citizenship in the kingdom of Christ is exclusive of all 
others. Even in a free and prosperous country like ours, one 
that seems to support Christian values, we must remember that 
we are called to be "pilgrims and strangers." 



Roger Hartline 
Picayune, Mississippi 



PEOPLE OR GOD 

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; 
Forgive them anyway. 

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior 
motives. Be kind anyway. 

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and 
some true enemies. Succeed anyway. 

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be 
honest and frank anyway. 

What you spend years building, someone could destroy 
overnight. Build anyway. 

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be 
happy anyway. 

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. 
Do good anyway. 

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be 
enough. Give the world the best you've got anyway. 

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It 
was never between you and them anyway. 

Mother Teresa 
Selected by Mervin Hilty 



12 THE PILGRIM 



NOTE OF THANKS 
To our friends in Christ: 

We wish to thank each one of you for your care and prayers 
during our time of concern for Jason. To be told there is no 
tumor when first informed there was, has indeed proved that 
each of our friends* prayers have been heard. We are very 
thankful! May we also be a part of God's praying force. 

Thankfully, 
Andrew and Maria Martin 



MARRIAGE 

Forrest Tate and Joy Royer were married February 4, 2006, 
near Wakarusa, Indiana. 

New address: 28170 C. K 32 

Elkhart, IN 465 17 
Joy's cellphone (574) 850-3201 

is Forrest's cell phone (574) 850-7404 

ADDRESS CHANGE 

Ruth Crawmer: Season's 

2325 St Paul's Way 
- — ^ Modesto, CA 95335 



HONORING GOD IN BUSINESS 

In our lives it is imperative that God is honored. Perhaps 
one of the areas the world is most influenced by our lives is in 
our business dealings. Here we either honor God or we 
discredit Him by our less that fair or honest dealings. Driving a 
hard bargain does not necessarily honor God as being a "good 
steward," but may tarnish God's reputation and credibility. 
Rudy Shafer, Manheim, Pennsylvania 



THE PILGRIM 13 



God Knows How 
When God wants to drill a man, 
And thrill a man, And skill a man, 
When God wants to mold a man 
To play the noblest part; 
When He yearns with all His heart 
To create so great and bold a man 
That all the world shall be amazed, 
Watch His methods, watch His ways! 
How He ruthlessly perfects 
Whom He royally elects! 
How He hammers him and hurts him, 
And with mighty blows converts him 
Into trial shapes of clay which 
Only God understands; 
While his tortured heart is crying 
And he lifts beseeching hands! 
How He bends but never breaks 
When his good He undertakes; 
How He uses whom He chooses, 
And with every purpose fuses him; 
By every act induces him 
To tiy His splendor out- 
God knows what He's about. 

Selected from Springs in the Valley 



FOR YOUTH 

You must be born again 
Christ said to Nicodemus: "Except a man be born again, he 
cannot see the kingdom of God." You may see many countries, 
but there is one country—the land of Beulah, which John 
Bunyan saw in vision— you shall never behold, unless you are 
born again— regenerated by Christ, 



14 THE PILGRIM 



You can look abroad and see many beautiful trees; but the 
tree of life, you shall never behold, unless your eyes are made 
clear by faith in the Saviour. 

You may see the beautiful rivers of the earth— you may ride 
upon their bosoms; but bear in mind that your eye will never 
rest upon the river which bursts out from the Throne of God 
and flows through the upper Kingdom, unless you are born 
again. God has said it and not man. You will never see the 
kingdom of God except you are bom again. 

You may see the kings and lords of the earth, but the King 
of kings and Lord of lords you will never see except you are 
born again. 

When you are in London you may go to the Tower and see 
the crown of England, which is worth thousands of dollars and 
is guarded there by soldiers; but bear in mind that your eye will 
never rest upon the crown of life except you are born again. 
From The Way to God and How to Find It 
By D. L. Moody 



Do Thou for Me 

Do Thou for me, O Father mine; 
No goodness bring I to Thy shrine; 
Needing to know its depths refined 
In Thy dear image thus to shine: 
Only in Thee— the strength in Thine. 

Yearning folly to follow Thee, 
To see all life as Thou dost see. 
Where else is pure humility? 
I've tried and failed— it's not in me. 
I, helpless, to Thy refoge flee 
Longing, dear Lord, for Thou for me. 



THE PILGRIM 15 



O sweetest joy! O comfort blest! 
In my dear Saviour's arms to rest. 
As trembling bird to cozy nest, 
So thus I fly and know it best. 
Here ends my weary, starving quest: 
Do Thou for me, O God my rest. 

Father of love, I thank Thee so! 
Thy love hath taught my heart to know 
The blessings that Thy grace bestows. 
Thou hidest me from every foe; 
Within my heart cause peace to grow— 
Do Thou for me, O Christ, my Rose! 

Susanna K. Tate, Mishawaka, Indiana 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
Nobody Likes Me 

"Ellen, help Benny with his coat, please. Hannah, are you... 
Hannah! Haven't you changed yet? Quickly now! It's time to 
go." 

"I would rather stay home," Hannah replied sulkily from 
behind her book, not even looking at Mama. 

"But Hannah, we're going to Paul's! Don't you want to visit 
Mary?" 

"No!" 

"Hannah, what is wrong with you? Mary is one of your best 
friends!" 

"Not anymore." 

"Hannah!" 

"She won't talk to me." 

"What? She was talking to you just before we left church 
this morning!" 



"She wouldn't earlier! She was talking to Sue, and when 
they saw me coming they quit talking and acted all guilty and 
wouldn't tell me what they were talking about. They don't like 
me. Nobody does!" 

"Nobody? Hannah, shame on you! You need to have more 
faith in people. They may have good reason not to tell you. 
And don r t you think we like you?" 

"You're mean to me. Like now." Even Hannah was 
shocked to be talking to her mama like that, and began to cry. 

"Change your dress NOW. FAST. And get to the car." 
Mama's tone was not to be argued with. Hannah obeyed. 

On the way to Paul's, Daddy talked to Hannah about good 
and bad attitudes and giving people the benefit of the doubt, 
and turning the other cheek. Hannah thought it all very unfair... 
until they arrived at Paul's, and she found out they were having 
a surprise birthday party for her! Hannah cried a lot that 
evening. Her friends thought it was because she was happy, 
and she certainly was! But she was also very ashamed. And 
she never forgot the lessons she learned that night. It is easy to 
misunderstand what people do. Do not jump to conclusions. 
And do not take it out on others when you feel hurt. 

Martha J. Wagner, Gettysburg, Ohio 




<u 



THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 53 APRIL, 2006 No. 4 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4: 14) 



CHRIST, WE DO ALL ADORE THEE 



Christ, we do all adore Thee, 
And we do praise Thee forever, 

Christ we do all adore Thee, 
And we do praise Thee forever, 

For on the holy cross Thou hast 
the world from sin redeemed. 

Christ, we do all adore Thee, 
And we do praise Thee forever 

Christ we do all adore Thee. 

From Seven Last Words 
Theodore Dubois 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
IMblishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 



JESUS, SAVIOUR AMD LORD 

God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me and 
I unto the world. (Galatians 6:14) 

Is the world crucified unto you and me? Is it hanging on the 
cross writhing in pain as our Saviour did? Is it headed for 
certain death to us? Do we have assurance that it has no more 
power of influence in our lives? 

If this is true, is it also true that we are crucified with Christ 
unto the world? Are we in pain and agony and certain death as 
far as the world is concerned? Are we dead to sin and looking 
foolish to the world? 

Dead to the world would I be, O Father; 
Dead to the world; alive unto. Thee! 

These thoughts and questions point out a vital difference in 
values. At all times, but especially at this season, we meditate 
on the sacrifice of Jesus. We see Him by faith hanging by the 
nails in His hands and feet, taking the penalty for our sins in His 
own body. We see the perfect Lamb of God being offered in 
atonement for the sins of the world including mine. 

And we go about our business with the things our eyes can 
see taking the important place in our thoughts. 

»|« jfe j&e j|* *|» jig «fe jjj '*fe «& jfc d* j|{ «b 

After Jesus rose from the dead, He said: "Ah power is 
given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and 
teach all nations. . ." 

He also said, ". . .Upon this rock I will build my church; and 
the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." 



THE PILGRTM 



The church of Jesus Christ is built squarely on Him, the 
foundation. We do not invite Him to come and lead us; He 
invites us to come and follow. 

At this season when we remember the suffering, death, and 
resurrection of Jesus, we rejoice in His unchanging love— and 
power. The world changes. We older ones can recount many 
changes we have seen, even in a short lifetime. But Jesus Christ 
is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 

Jesus declared that His church would endure. When 
congregations of believers divide, it does not mean that He is 
defeated or His people are defeated. We argue and differ; we 
quote Scripture and become entrenched in our own 
understandings. Rather that one group is all right and the other 
all wrong, it is more likely that both are faulty. "Let God be 
true but every man a bar" is not just a figure of speech. 

It has been hard to accept the divisions that have come in 
the congregations of the church of Jesus Christ. Christ is not 
divided. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are 
my ways higher that your ways, and my thoughts than your 
thoughts." (Isa. 55:9) 

Sometimes it seems that the differences that God's people 
have are like quarrels among children in the same family. The 
parents see the quarrel from a different-a higher-understanding. 
Sometimes the children are required to sit still on separate 
chairs. Sometimes they are punished. Rarely is it true that one 
child is entirely wrong- entirely at fault. The parents would not 
consider disowning them. They want them to learn the love of 
the family and develop in tolerance. As children grow older, 
they see the futility of childhood quarrels, and they grow in 
respect for the superior knowledge of the parents. 

I risk being charged with trying to straddle the fence or not 
teaching clearly on one side of an issue. I'll run that risk. I 
would point us to the superior understanding of our Heavenly 
Father. Jesus came to promote and even demand love among 



THE PILGRIM 



His people. If we lose it, we have lost the very means God 
gives us to be united and harmonious. 

Look how we grovel here below, 

Fond of these trifling toys. 

Our souls can neither fly nor go 

To reach eternal joys. 

Dear Lord, and shall we ever live 
At this poor, dying rate— 
Our love so faint, so cold to Thee, 
And Thine to us so great? —Isaac Watts 

I don f t mean that our differences and our understandings are 
unimportant. But I do believe that, in the light of eternity, they 
are less important than we make them to be. 

As we remember the death and resurrection of our Saviour, 
our minds can be carried higher than our earthly differences. 

I think the adversary rejoices at the conflicts among God's 
people. We need to look higher. Can we not see Jesus looking 
on His people, His city, and weeping? Luke 19:42: "If thou 
hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things 
which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine 
eyes." The issues were different then and of far greater 
consequence than our little struggles. But there are also now 
"things which belong to our peace,"— the love and respect that 
seem so elusive, so easily lost, but so tenibly vital that Jesus 
could say, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if 
ye have love one to another." 

We are not promised peace here. Jesus said there would be 
conflicts—even in families. I confess that I am not a fighter— and 
there is a battle. The Pilgrim has not been a forum for working 
out differences. Perhaps it should be. But most important of 
all is to honor the One who died for us and prayed that we be 
one. 

The closer we are to our Saviour, the closer we will be to 
one another, — L.C. 



THE PILGRIM 



THE CHRISTIAN'S HAPPINESS 

The faith that bears and suffers is greater than the faith that 
triumphs. How many there are who, through ignorance of this 
mystery of faith, have made shipwreck of their hopes and are 
sunk under trial and disappointment. Faith must be prepared 
for a refusal. Faith trusts for safety but never fails when perils 
come. Faith looks for food and shelter, but never falters when 
"hunger, and thirst, and cold, and nakedness" become its 
portion. The faith that cries with the Psalmist, "At midnight I 
will rise to give thanks unto thee," is truer and greater than the 
faith that could bid the sun stand still upon Gibeon; and the 
sufferings of Paul denote a higher faith than the mightiest acts 
of Elijah. "In deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty 
stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods; once was I 
stoned; thrice I suffered shipwreck; a night and a day I have 
been in the deep. . . In weariness and painiulness, in watchings 
often, in hunger and thirst, in fasts often, in cold and 
nakedness." 

"A night and a day have I been in the deep!" Paul— the 
beloved child and saint of God, the faithful and honored 
servant, the chosen vessel to bear His name before the world, 
the foremost of the apostles— clinging to some frail plank upon 
the wild, lone sea, hour after hour for a whole sun's round; in 
hunger and thirst and cold; the sport of every wave; lost to 
earth, and seemingly unknown to heaven; and yet he had a God 
who could have delivered him by a word! And though 
deliverance came not, he kept his heart and eye fixed upon 
unseen realities, and reckoned the present sufferings unworthy 
to be compared with the coming glory. 

Even in the midst of sorrow and trial, happiness is the 
Christian's lot. Happiness: not the flippant gaiety of a careless 
heart, (for if, even in the world, such happiness is contemptible- 



THE PILGRTM 



the uncoveted monopoly of fools-how utterly unworthy is it of 
those who have been called to fellowship with the sufferings of 
Christ!) but happiness in the truer and deeper sense in which 
alone the Scripture speaks of it. The highest type of existence 
is not the butterfly, but "The Man of Sorrows"--He of the 
marred visage and the melted heart. 

Such then is the Christian's happiness. Through all 
circumstances, and in spite of them, he is a prosperous man, a 
blessed man. He may indeed have care and trial and sorrow; 
but his is the God who, while He could leave His child to be a 
solitary and outcast wanderer, with no pillow but a stone, and 
no companion but a staff, could yet turn that stone into a 
memorial pillar of thanksgiving and praise, and make that 
loneliness the very gate of heaven! "Happy is he that has the 
God of Jacob for his help!" "Happy the people whose God is 
Jehovah!" 

"SAFE" 
Safe in Jehovah's keeping, 

Led by His glorious arm, 
God is Himself my refuge, 

A present help from harm. 
Fears may at times distress me, 

Griefs may my soul annoy; 
God is my strength and portion, 
God my exceeding joy. 

Safe in Jehovah's keeping, 

Safe in temptation's hour, 
Safe in the midst of perils, 

Kept by Almighty power. 
Safe when the tempest rages, 

Safe though the night be long; 
E'en when my sky is darkest, 

God is my strength and song. 



THE PILGRIM 



Sure is Jehovah's promise, 

Naught can my hope assail; 
Here is my soul's sure anchor, 

Entered within the veil. 
Blest in His love eternal, 

What can I want beside! 
Safe through the blood that cleanseth 

Safe in the Christ that died. 

Sir Robert Anderson from The Gospel and its Ministry 
(about 1900). Selected by Ken Johnson from his father's 
papers. 



BROKENNESS 

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

We must bow to God, which means yielding self and giving 
up our own will and way to Jesus, that Jesus may have all and 
be all. We must die to self and our selfish attitudes, which 
justifies itself and wants its own way. We must bow low before 
God and admit our wrongs and surrender our rights. Dying to 
self must be a constant dying to self. It means no plans, no self- 
rights, no time, no pleasures of our own; constant yielding to 
God. Matthew 26:39: "Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou 
wilt. (V. 42) Thy will be done." 

Brokenness—when self dies and God's will becomes our 
soul's desire. We must be broken, that we may have new life in 
Christ and be born again. May we be an example of the beauty 
of brokenness. The heart must be broken because that is where 
the strength is. When I realize brokenness is an 



8 THE PILGRIM 



instrument of blessings, I will allow God complete control, and 
my life will become a blessing and be used for God. 

Psalm 51:17: "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a 
broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." 

We are not likely to be broken except at the cross of Jesus. 
Oh, how our beloved Jesus was broken! Oh, to see Him having 
no lights of His own! He was willing to let men revile Him and 
reviled not again. Above all, let us see Him broken as He 
meekly goes to Calvary—a true picture of true brokenness, that 
Jesus was willing to become for us. 

We are to come into a love relationship with Him God is 
an architect. He has a beautiful plan for your life if you are 
willing to be broken to bring Him glory. 

The Sermon on the Mount gives us a vision of love, 
humility, and a willingness to be broken. To be broken is the 
beginning of a revival. It is painful; it is h umili ating; it is the 
only way. "Not I, but Christ." Galatians 2:20: "I am crucified 
with Christ; nevertheless, I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in 
me. . ." 

Brokenness is growing into the image of Christ. To be 
Christ-like, allow the Holy Spirit control of your body and soul. 
Brokenness of the self-life and independent will is conforming 
our will to God's will, coming to the end of self with nothing 
but God, and giving up your self-centeredness to God. We 
must fully depend on Him. The principles and nature of God f s 
plan is brokenness in our lives. He targets the area in which we 
are not submissive, arranges circumstances in hours of trial, and 
controls pressure and time to bring us to His will. Often our 
strong determination, self-will, and rebellion against Him, refuse 
to yield. This is a most costly decision. So when you yield, you 
surrender, you are broken, you are willing to get a new view of 
God's purpose in your life. When broken, you will do what 
pleases God. When your stubborn, rebellious will is broken, 



THE PILGRIM 



your priorities change, you find new perspectives in how to live 
daily for God's will and with His priorities. 

Our life purpose is to glorify God. He is sovereign. We are 
His purchases and His possessions. We now have new freedom 
in our spirit, submission to the Holy Spirit, humility, and 
submission to the will of God. In His love, 

Nancy Beidler, Richland, Pennsylvania 



ROCKING THE BOAT 

God has enlisted us in His navy and placed us on His ship. 
The boat has one purpose— to carry us safely to the other shore. 

This is no cruise ship; it's a battleship. We aren't called to a 
life of leisure; we are called to a life of service. Each of us has a 
different task. Some, concerned with those who are drowning, 
are snatching people from the water. Others are occupied with 
the enemy, so they man the cannons of prayer and worship. 
Still others devote themselves to the crew, feeding and training 
the crew members. 

Though different, we are the same. Each can tell of a 
personal encounter with the Captain, for each has received a 
personal call. He found us among the shanties of the seaport 
and invited us to follow Him. Our faith was born at the sight of 
His fondness, and so we went. 

We each followed Him across the gangplank of His grace 
onto the same boat. There is one Captain and one destination. 
Though the battle is fierce, the boat is safe, for our Captain is 
God. The ship will not sink. For that, there is no concern. 

There is concern, however, regarding the disharmony of the 
crew. When we first boarded we assumed the crew was made 
up of others like us. But as we've wandered these decks, we've 
encountered curious converts with curious appearances. Some 
wear uniforms we've never seen, sporting styles we've never 
witnessed. "Why do you look the way you do?' 1 we ask them. 



10 THE PILGRIM 



"Funny," they reply. "We were about to ask the same of 
you." The variety of dress is not nearly as disturbing as the 
plethora of opinions. There is a group, for example, who 
clusters every morning for serious study. They promote rigid 
discipline and somber expressions. "Serving the captain is 
serious business," they explain. It's no coincidence that they 
tend to congregate around the stern. There is another regiment 
deeply devoted to prayer. Not only do they believe in prayer, 
they believe in prayer by kneeling. For that reason you always 
know where to locate them; they are at the bow of the ship. 

Still another group has positioned themselves near the 
engine. They spend hours examining the nuts and bolts of the 
boat. They've been known to go below deck and not come up 
for days. They are occasionally criticized by those who linger 
on the top deck, feeling the wind in their hair and the sun on 
their face. "It's not what you learn," those topside argue. "It's 
what you feel that matters." 

And, oh, how we tend to cluster. 

And then there is the issue of the weekly meeting at which 
the Captain is thanked and His words are read. All agree on its 
importance, but few agree on its nature. Some want it loud, 
others quiet Some want ritual, others spontaneity. 

Some want to celebrate so they can meditate; others 
meditate so they can celebrate. Some want a meeting for those 
who've gone overboard. Others want to reach those overboard 
but without going overboard and neglecting those on board. 

An, oh, how we tend to cluster. 

The consequence is a rocky boat. There is trouble on deck. 
Fights have broken out. Sailors have refused to speak to each 
other. There have even been times when one group re&sed to 
acknowledge the presence of others on the ship. Most 
tragically, some adrift at sea have chosen not to board the boat 
because of the quarreling of the sailors. 



* 



THE PILGRIM U 

"What do we do?" we'd like to ask the Captain. "How can 
there be hamiony on the ship?" We don't have to go far to find 
the answer. 

On the last night of His life Jesus prayed a prayer that stands 
as a citadel for all Christians: 

"I pray for these followers, but I am also praying for all 
those who will believe in ine because of their teaching. Father, 
I pray that they can be one. As You are in me and I am in You, 
I pray that they can also be one in us. Then the world will 
believe that You sent me. (John 17:20) 

How precious are these words. Jesus, knowing the end is 
near, prays one final time for His followers. Striking, isn't it, 
that He prayed not for their success, their safety, or their 
happiness. 

He prayed for their unity. He prayed that they would love 
each other. 

As He prayed for them, He also prayed for "those who will 
believe because of their teaching." That means us! In His last 
prayer Jesus prayed that you and I be one. 

Of all the lessons we can draw from this verse, don't miss 
the most important: Unity matters to God. The Father does 
not want His children to squabble. Disunity disturbs Him. 
Why? Because "all people will know that you are my followers 
if you love each other." (John 13:35) Unity creates belief. 
How will the world believe that Jesus was sent by God? Not if 
we agree with each other. Not if we solve every controversy. 
Not if we are unanimous on each vote. Not if we never make a 
doctrinal error. But if we love one another. 

Unity creates belief Disunity fosters disbelief Who wants 
to board a ship of bickering sailors? Life on the ocean may be 
rough, but at least the waves don't call us names. 

From In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado 
(Copyright Word Publishing, 1996) 



12 THE PILGRIM 



NOTE OF THANKS 

We would like to thank the many kind friends, family, and 
brethren who have so kindly helped and encouraged us so much 
the last couple of months. 

God seems to be granting nearly full recovery from my 
injuries. We praise Him for His graciousness. May He bless 
each one of you. 

Neil Martin and Family 



BOUNDLESS LOVE 

Jesus left His home above 
For this world below, 

With a boundless store of love; 
Oh, He loved me so! 
He set the prisoners free, 
He gave new hope to me; 

That I may live where I shall be 
Free from sin and woe. 

Though I far away did roam 
From my home above. 

Jesus called me to come home; 
Oh! His boundless love! 
And now that I can see 
What He has done for me, 

Oh, may I follow faithfully 
To His home above. 

For a crown of thorns He wore 
On His bleeding head, 

And the heavy cross He bore 
Where His blood was shed. 






THE PILGRIM 13 



He suffered who can tell 
To save my soul from hell, 
And there He bravely fought and fell 
In that hour of dread. 

From the darkened tomb He rose 

In a robe of light, 
While His guard of watchful foes 

Trembled at the sight. 

He rose the King of Kings 

With healing in His wings; 
Heaven a mighty welcome rings 

To their Lord of Light. 

J. I. Cover January 18, 1922 



BIRTHS 
MOSER - A daughter, Havilah Jane, bom March 14 to Kendall 
and Lorrine Moser of Nappanee, Indiana. 

MARTIN - A daughter, Ellen Rosanne, born April 3 to Kevin 
and Ina Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 



ADDRESS CORRECTION 

Stephen Stalter's 28125 C. R. 42 

Wakarasa, IN 46573 
(574) 862-2026 



Excellence is not sinless perfection, 

but rather, a pure heart that desires 

to grow in Christ's likeness. 



14 THE PILGRIM 



ASSURANCE 

Be persuaded that 

Neither death with its voice of fear, 

Nor life with its many cares, 

Nor the attacks of the enemy 

Which falsely accuse you, 

Nor things present with 

Their pressing claims, 

Nor things to come with 

Their dark shadows. 

Nor the height of any mountains 

That stand in your way, 

Nor the depths of a great trial 

That you may walk through, 

Nor any person or circumstance 

Which tries to quench your joy 

Or rob you of your peace- 
Shall be able to move you away, 
By even a single inch, 
From the love of God 
That covers and guards your life. 
By Roy Lessin, selected 

FOR YOUTH 
More Precious Than Gold 
When dark the heavens and long the journey, 
And rough the road your feet must plod, 
When burdens are heavy and stormclouds bevy, 
Thickly obscuring your view of God. 

When the tears rain fast your cheer to blast, 
And your spirit aches till it well nigh breaks, 
There's no help in sight, and no strength left to fight, 
You want to press on, but don't have what it takes. 



THE PILGRIM 15 



Then— Yes! Then and there you meet up with God's power. 
He's there, though unseen, and His strength never fails. 
When you come to the end of your own self-sufficiency 
There you may triumph; His power prevails! 

Beauty for ashes, rejoicing for woe, 
Jesus has promised His children may know 
His power is perfected in weakness, we're told; 
This trial is precious, more precious than gold. 

Job 23: 8-10 Susanna K Tate 

Mshawaka, Indiana 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Are You Listening? 

Billy nervously got to his feet. His legs felt shaky. There 
was an odd fluttery feeling in his stomach. It was time to give 
his book report, and it was not going to be easy. 

The book was a good one. He wanted to tell about it— 
especially the funny part. He felt he had summarized it well. 
But standing up in front of everybody. . . that was not easy! 
And it did not help that Sam and Joey were making faces at 
each other. Billy swallowed hard and began. 

Mary promptly put her head down for a nap. Pete's eyes 
were also closing. Nick was watching a fly climb the window 
pane. Sarah was coloring a picture. No one even smiled at the 
fiumypart. 

Billy looked at Teacher. She was grading papers. Tears 
stung his eyes. What good was a book report if no one cared to 
hear it? 

# # * * # * # * * * * # % # * # * * * * * # % % sj-jjc % % ^ ^ % 



16_ 



THE PILGRIM 



It hurts to be ignored. I have had new employees at work 
to sleep while I was explaining paperwork to them Yes, I was 
hurt— just like Billy was hurt. 

You may think you would never act the way Billys class- 
mates acted, but have you ever done things like that at church? 
The minister works hard on his sermon. I am sorry I have ever 
played or slept during a sermon. I think if you are old enough 
to understand what I have written, you are old enough to listen 
carefully to a sermon and try to understand. You will make the 
minister happy by doing so. After all, he is talking to you\ 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 




2 w 

331 tf 

S u 1 

SSI 



THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 53 MAY, 2006 No. 5 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4: 14) 

MOLDING IN CLAY 

I took a piece of plastic clay 
Andidly fashioned it one day; 
And as my fingers pressed it still, 
It moved and yielded to my will. 

I came again when days were past; 
The bit of clay was hard at last; 
The form I gave it, it still bore, 
But I could change that form no more. 

I took a piece of living clay 
And gently formed it day by day, 
And molded with my power and art 
A young child f s soft and yielding heart, 

I came again when years were gone; 
It was a man I looked upon; 
He still that early impress wore, 
And I could change him never more. 

Author unknown 

From Scrapbook of Ideas # 2 

by Vera Overholt 



— ~- — 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Riblishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd, Tuolumne, CA 95379 



GODLY MOTHERS 

Among the dearest of man's possessions is a godly mother. 
Why is this so universally true? It is because the connection is 
like the bond of God to His children. Ephesians 5:30 declares, 
"For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his 
bones." This is physically the relationship of child to mother 
whether or not thaUnother is godly. But when the mother is a 
child of God, her love makes a spiritual relationship as well. 
The only closer bond on earth I can think of is marriage when 
God makes two-man and woman-one flesh. But then, we are 
also to be one in the spirit as members of the church of Christ. 

Mothers are known for their self-sacrifice. They are also 
famous for fierce protective love-even in the animal kingdom 
I have seen a mother hen defy a cow or dog many times larger 
when they would endanger her chicks. Human mothers have 
performed physical feats to rescue their children-feats that in 
other times would be impossible. We celebrate the love of 
mothers for their children, and we write of a devout mother of 
3000 years ago who is still an example for women today, 

Hannah was a godly woman, but she had no children. 
Evidently in Israel to be childless was a reproach. Every 
Israelite woman wished for a son, and Hannah was no 
exception. 

We honor her on Mother's Day because she prayed for a 
son, and God gave her Samuel, famous as a judge and prophet. 
Hannah had qualities characteristic of good mothers in any age. 

Her husband loved her. This did not just happen. There 
was something about Hannah that made her a favorite over the 
other wife Peninnah, even though she had no children and 



THE PILGRIM 



Pen inn ah had several. Peninnah provoked Hannah, and rather 
than retaliate, Hannah became sad, wept, and did not eat. 

Hannah asked. During one of the yearly visits to the house 
of God in Shiloh, she asked the Lord for a son. Like godly 
mothers of all time, she knew where to go for help. 

Hannah vowed. With her prayer of faith she promised the 
son to the Lord to serve Him "all the days of his life, and there 
shall no razor come upon his head." He was to be a Nazarite, 
set apart for God and identified by uncut hair and a special diet 
that included no grapes, grape juice, or wine. 

Hannah prayed. - In the temple she prayed in her heart and 
her lips moved so that EH the priest thought she was drunk and 
accused her of this wickedness. But she told him. "No, my 
lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither 
wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the 
Lord." To pray in the heart is the best way. Surely many 
mothers pray frequently without saying words aloud. 

Hannah believed. She believed God heard and would 
answer her prayer. It changed her life to have this faith. She 
was not sad anymore and began to eat better. She didn't tell Eh 
her request, but EH recognized her sincerity and told her. "Go in 
peace; and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou 
hast asked of him." 

Hannah paid. FaithfuUy she paid her vow when God gave 
her a son. She knew it is better to not vow than to vow and not 
pay. So after she had weaned little Samuel (She may have 
nursed him as long as she possibly could!), she took gifts and 
offerings and left him with Eh to serve in the temple. 

From the gifts and the offering of a buUock, we see these 
were not poor people. They could have weU afforded to keep 
Samuel. But Hannah was faithful to give up her first son, dear 
to her heart, to see him probably only once a year. Each time 
she provided a Httle coat for him when they went to worship in 
the yearly sacrifice. 



THE PILGRIM 



The last we read of Hannah is that the Lord visited her and 
gave her three sons and two daughters. Read Hannah's prayer 
of praise and victory in I Samuel 2: 1-10. 

What a godly example she was! Our children have a right 
to such parents. Hannah told Eli, "For this child I prayed; and 
the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him. . ." 
She was like Mary, the mother of Jesus, willing to be a 
handmaid of the Lord. 

Godly mothers are not extinct today. We praise God that 
there are still parents that pray for children and devote them to 
the Lord before they are bom and teach them the ways of Jesus 
as they grow. --L.C. 



THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE HOLY KISS 

The holy kiss is stated five times in the New Testament, 
found in Rom. 16:16; I Cor 16:20; II Cor, 13:12; I Thess. 5:26; 
I Pet. 5: 14. It is a greeting which well exemplifies the heart of 
the Christian faith. The "kiss of charity" in I Pet. 5:14 portrays 
the mark of true Christians as stated in John 13:35: "By this 
shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one 
to another." 

I Cor. 13 defines the love of Christ, but does it define your 
love for your brother? Is your kiss of charity a disgrace? You 
must examine yourself daily (Psalm 26:2; I Cor. 11:28; II 
Cor. 13:5) 

What do you do with Jesus? He has set you fiee from the 
bondage of sin; have you allowed the power of His grace to do 
its full work? "Kiss the Son, lest he be angiy and ye perish from 
the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all 
they that put then trust in him." (Psalm 2:12) Have you even 
gotten close enough to Jesus to kiss Him? You will not be 



THE PILGRIM 



blessed and will experience His anger and disappointment if you 
do not kiss Him. You do not want to lose "The Way." 

The lips are a delicate part of the body that is sensitive to 
touch, and they also communicate. Can lips that speak rash and 
unkind words kiss with charity and holiness? Does what you 
say about a brother or sister behind their back portray charity 
and holiness? What awful pretension this is! What you say 
during the week should match the charity and holiness you 
show with your lips on Sunday. 

"But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all 
manner of conversation (behavior, ways, manner of life)." (I 
Pet. 1:15) God calls you to live a pure, separated life, morally 
and spiritually consecrated to God. 

When Judas kissed Jesus, it was a kiss of betrayal. (Mat. 
26:48; Markl4:44; Luke 22:47) Let us not be guilty of 
betraying our brother or sister or Jesus. The hymn says, 

"So let our lives and lips express 

The holy Gospel we profess. " 
Let your life and lips be occupied with serving Christ and the 
Church; giving up the old man, putting on the new man. We all 
fail at times, and it is vital that we recognize it and correct it. 

Many denominations have discarded the practice of the holy 
kiss. They have discarded an important practice that is clearly 
taught in the Scriptures. Paul, in I Thess. 5:27 charges by the 
Lord, "that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren." 
Keep reading it and keep doing it. It is much more than a 
formal greeting. It is an element of Christ's love and 
compassion that can hardly be resisted, for it flows from the 
heart to the lips and is passed on from brother to brother, sister 
to sister. It permeates to the depth of our soul. What could be 
more appropriate, more empowering than a kiss of holiness and 
love of Jesus? "Thus may I rejoice to show, 
That I feel the love I owe. " 

Ron Cable, Elkhart, Indiana 



THE PILGRIM 



PRAYER 

Player is a power that reaches God. Prayer is the breath 
and energy of the soul. Prayer is the expression of a devoted 
heart. Prayer is the lifting up of the soul to God- giving self to 
Him. It is like incense rising to the throne of grace. It is a 
sweet fragrance poured forth from your love for God. As 
Hannah said, "I have poured out my soul before God as a sweet 
incense." The greatest prayer is a deep inward worship of the 
Lord. Real prayer is having a sense of His sweet presence. 

God f s will, above all, is worship, devoted praise, and 
adoration in prayer. Prayer is the key to living in His presence, 
having an inward relationship with Jesus, and coming to know 
the Lord in a deep way. Let us put on beautiful garments of 
holiness and go in before the Lord in prayer. 

Living a life of personal integrity and character is essential; 
holy, daily living gives us power in our prayer life. Godliness is 
a conviction of the highest order, a total, abundant love for the 
Lord, a holy life of walking before God. As you possess God, 
you will inherit His holiness in your traits and character. Let us 
spend much time in our inner chamber. 

Piayer should be our response to the burdens of others, 
interceding for them. Prayer is fellowshiping and communing 
with the Heavenly Father. Prayer is learning to listen to the 
heart of God. "Lord, teach us to pray!" Find a secret place for 
prayer, a time to be "Alone with God." Matthew 6:6: "But 
thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet. . ." Jesus is our 
teacher in the "school of prayer." That solitary place is His 
"school room." As pupils, we must be quiet before Him and 
place ourselves in the Master's hands. Jesus will teach us to 
pray if we are willing to be a learner in the school of Christ. 

The prayer of faith takes the burden and weakness off self 
and rests fully in God's strength. Eveiyone that asketh, 
receiveth. Great prayer is spiritual work. True prayer costs 



THE PILGRIM 



time. Prayer is indeed work— an art developed by practice and 
effort. 

Desire goes before prayer. The deeper the desire, the 
stronger the prayer. Without desire, prayer is meaningless. A 
lack of desire should grieve us; grief should give us a sincere 
desire for prayer. The absence of desire in your heart to pray is 
proof of the decline in your spiritual walk and prayer life. 

Two things God hates are insincerity and lukewarmness. 
James 5:16: f, The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man 
availeth much." We must be righteous— coldness of spirit 
hinders prayer. The Holy Spirit must come as fire, baptizing 
with Holy Ghost fervency. Pray for God to implant it. Seek it. 
Cultivate it to keep it alive. The degree of fervency and our 
spiritual desire determines our earnestness in our prayers. To 
be fervent in spirit is righteous and is a character of God. 
Piayer governs conduct; conduct makes character. Conduct is 
what you do; character is what you are. Prayer fashions our 
conduct in purity and holiness. Unholy conduct bars us from 
successful praying and makes us powerless. A daily devoted 
time with Jesus brings powerful prayer. A prayer from a 
humble, obedient soul reaches God. Come to your prayers with 
reverence, holy awe, and devotion. Come before the Lord; sit 
in His presence, turn your mind and spirit before Him in faith. 

In His love, 
Nancy Beidler, Richland, Pennsylvania 



WHAT IS TELEVISION DOING? 

This article is reprinted from The Pilgrim, June, 1958. If 
this was a menace then, it is at least as much today. Add to the 
warning the use or misuse of videos, internet, and other 
technology which tends to entertain and divert attention from 
the godly and pure. Some of Pastor Smith's predictions have 



THE PILGRIM 



already come true. Though it is negative, we should beware of 
the tactics of him who goes about as a roaring lion or as a wolf 
in sheep f s clothing. —L. C. 

It seem to me that television is the greatest menace of 
modern times, and how Christians are going to be able to make 
use of it I do not know. Anyone who has seen it must be 
convinced of its danger. 

Television can be used for good. It has tremendous 
possibilities, but I am afraid it is being used for evil almost 
exclusively and that it will do more harm than Hollywood to 
demoralize the youth of our country. It has been proven that 
the eye-gate makes a much greater appeal than the ear-gate, and 
while there will be good programs on television, there will be so 
many of the other kind that it is going to be most difficult to put 
on the one and blot out the other. 

I shall never forget how shocked I was when I visited 
homes where television had been installed. They told me about 
the lovely church services that could be seen, the concerts and 
other programs that could be turned on. But no sooner were 
the parents out of the room than the children, boys and girls in 
their teens and those younger still, hurried to the television set, 
and when some of us returned we found them stretched on the 
floor, fascinated by what they were seeing. And what was it 
they were looking at? A bloody wrestling match where two 
men were tearing each other to pieces, trying to gouge out each 
others eyes! As the children watched and listened to the groans 
and cries of the wrestlers, they could hardly control themselves. 

At still another time it was a night club showing women for 
the most part unclad, drinking and smoking, going through 
sensual dances, eveiy action plainly visible, the entire scene 
revolting and demoralizing. Yes, they could have turned on 
another program; they could have looked at something else, but 



THE PILGRIM 



they turned on that in which they were most interested, the 
scene that fascinated them. 

For generations we have refused to take our children to 
night clubs, theaters, wrestling matches and boxing bouts. Now 
these very scenes are brought right into the home and displayed 
before the children's eyes. It costs nothing to see them except a 
loss of moral standards. In their early life they can become 
acquainted with sin in its vilest form. No longer will the parents 
be able to protect them from the awful things that go on in the 
world. 

If you want to know how serious it is, read the Reader's 
Digest for April, 1956. The other day a Salvation Army officer 
warned parents to turn off their television sets between the 
hours of four and seven. These hours which are devoted to 
shows for children, are Med with the most brutal crimes 
imaginable and it is these scenes that inspire our teen-agers to 
go out in gangs and commit violence. 

A polluted diet of crime, violence, brutality and sadism, 
sponsored by cigarette companies, brewers and distillers, is now 
the daily menu for millions of boys and girls. The theater, with 
ah its filth, that we Christians wouldn't think of patronizing, is 
now brought into our living rooms. Television may well be the 
final step in the complete collapse of the moral and spiritual life 
of our nation. Children will do what they see others doing. 

I do not think television can be controlled. If it is in the 
home, it will be used. Children have been known to use knives 
on their parents when the parents have insisted on turning it off 
Your son will see what he wants to see in spite of what you do. 
I have never had a set in my home. I think it is the only safe 
policy. 

These are the last days, and we are going to the bottom. 
Soon we will be on the last rung of the ladder and judgment will 
fall. Alcoholism has almost doubled since television began to 
feature liquor ads. Robbery with violence is increasing by leaps 



10 THE PILGRIM 



and bounds. Thirty killings a day have been shown on 
television in one city, and in another, forty-eight; and twenty 
scenes of violence in a single hour, according to the Reader's 
Digest. What kind of a harvest can we expect? 

I do not know the answer, but I am afraid. I always have 
looked upon the movie world as the most demoralizing agency 
in existence. It has been largely responsible for the teen-age 
gangs of today and for the terrible things that children have 
been doing in this generation. But now something much more 
dangerous is upon us. The atomic bomb is bad; the hydrogen 
bomb is frightful; but television is going to be worse than either 
and far more destructive. It will completely wreck the rising 
generation, and before long it will turn the United States and 
Canada into a Sodom and Gomoirah, infinitely worse than the 
Sodom and Gomorrah of Bible times. 

When that day comes, judgment will be inevitable. There 
will be no cure. God will have to send terrible judgment on the 
race, and it will be because of television and its diabolical 
influence on young minds. Science will have succeeded in 
wrecking civilization. 

By Oswald J. Smith, 
Pastor of the People's Church in Toronto, Canada 



WHAT IF 

Suppose we mortals had to pay 

To see the sunset end our day 

Or to watch the stars of the Milky Way? 

Suppose it cost us eveiy night 

To watch the fair moon's silvery light 

Or to see a gull in its graceful flight? 

Suppose God charged us for the rain, 
Or put a price on a songbird's strain 



THE PILGRIM U 



Or the waving stalks of the golden grain? 

How much, dear friend, would it be worth 
To smell the good brown fragrant earth 
Or to hear the children in joyful mirth? 

How much does God ask us to pay 

For baby's smile and happy play? 

Just suppose God charged us for these, I say. 

Suppose we paid to see the hills 

Or look at rippling mountain rills 

Or to hear the song of the whippoorwills. 

What wonders we behold at sea! 
God's wisdom, power, and majesty; 
And to think He gives them to us so free! 

Ah, what do we return for these 

At night upon our bended knees? 

With ungrateful haste do we mumble pleas? 

Ignoring blessings by the score, 
We claim to love God and adore 
As we beg the Master for more and more. 
Anonymous 
From The Christian School Builder 



THE REFINER'S FIRE 

He sat by a furnace of seven- fold heat, 
As He watched by the precious ore, 
And closer He bent with a searching gaze 
As He heated it more and more. 



12 THE PILGRIM 



He knew He had ore that could stand the test 
And He wanted the finest gold 
To mold as a crown for the King to wear, 
Set with gems of price untold. 

So He laid our gold in the huming fire, 
Though we fain would say Him, "Nay;" 
And watched the dross that we had not seen 
As it melted and passed away. 

And the gold grew brighter and yet more bright, 
But our eyes were dim with tears; 
We saw but the fire, not the Master's hand, 
And questioned with anxious fears. 

Yet our gold shone out with a richer glow, 
As it mirrored a Form above, 
That bent o'er the fire, though unseen by us, 
With a look of ineffable love. 

Can we think it pleases His loving heart 
To cause us a moment's pain? 
Ah, no! but He sees through the present cross 
The bliss of eternal gain. 

So He waited there with a watchful eye, 
With a love that is strong and sure, 
And His gold did not suffer a bit more heat, 
Than it needed to make it pure. 

Author unknown to us. 



Why should the wonders God hath wrought 
Be lost in silence and forgot? Selected 



THE PILGRIM 13 



BIRTHS 

y MARTIN - A daughter, Ellen Rosaline, born April 3 to Kevin 
and Ina Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 



j HILTY - A son, Theodore James, born April 14 to Allan and 
Carletta Hilty of New Madison, Ohio. 

I HEINRICH - A son, Owen Isaiah, born April 29 to Aaron and 
Kelly Heinrich of Modesto, California. 



ADDRESS CHANGE 

Chris Crawmer: 3254 Beckwith Court 

Modesto, CA 95358-9709 
(209)579-7510 



FOR YOUTH 

HOW SHALL THE YOUNG SECURE THEIR HEARTS? 

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking 
heed thereto according to thy word. (Palm 119:9) Bring them 
up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4) Feed 
my lambs. (John 21: 15) 

How shall the young secure their hearts 
And guard their lives from sin? 
Thy Word the choicest rules imparts, 
To keep the conscience clean. 



14 THE PILGRIM , 

When once it enters in the mind, 
It spreads such light abroad, 
The meanest souls instruction find 
And raise their thoughts to God. 

Tis like the sun, a heavenly light, 
That guides us all the day; 
And through the dangers of the night 
A lamp to lead our way. 

Thy precepts make me truly wise; 
I hate the sinner's road; 
I hate my own vain thoughts that rise, 
But love Thy law, my God 

Thy Word is everlasting truth; 

How pure is every page! 

That holy book shall guide our youth 

And well support our age. 

Isaac Watts, 1719 (1674-1748) 
From 772e Christian Hymnary 



SECURITY 

Dear Father, undertake for me! 
The winding road I cannot see. 
The clouds are dark and stars are few; 
My only light must come from You. 

My need is great and strength is small; 
I really have no strength at all; 
But Thou art strong! I look to Thee, 
For Thou art Life and Hope to me. 



THE PILGRIM 15 



And Thou art Peace and Joy and Rest; 

I fly to Thee and there am blest. 

In every need, to Thee I call; 

Thou art my Lord, my God, my All! 
Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

- George's Big Scare 

When I was young we had Muscovy ducks. They were 
mostly too heavy to fly, and also mostly voiceless. 

George was no exception. I doubt he ever flew in his life. 
Imagine being a duck and not being able to fly! He tried, but 
his best efforts left him quite worn out, and still on the ground. 
Efforts at quacking were equally fruitless. 

Any kind of excitement usually led to a ducky gab-fest— 
ducks all in a circle throwing their heads about, the hens 
peeping softly and the drakes puffing out lots of nothing at all. 
We thought it quite amusing and often startled them just to get 
them to do it, which was probably not very kind of us. 

Our ducks were not wild, but like most birds, they did not 
like to be handled. But something happened one day which 
proved George trusted us. An aunt and uncle came to visit and 
brought their dog along! 

The dog jumped out of the car and trotted toward us. 
Unfortunately for George, he was between the dog and us. He 
knew instinctively dogs were dangerous. He also knew he 
couldn't fly. What is a duck to do at a time like that? 

George made a veiy wise decision. People could get fat 
ducks off the ground! He ran straight to my daddy! Almost 
before my daddy knew what was happening, he had the frantic 



16 



THE PILGRIM 



duck in his arms. George would not consider getting down 
until the dog was back in the car! 

George huffed and puffed with excitement for a very long 
time that day. He told eveiy duck who would listen— as often as 
they would listen— about his big scare and wonderful escape (or 
so it seemed to us.) 

God wants us to also run to Him when we are in trouble. 
He is well able to carry us through danger. When we know He 
has done so, we want to tell about it, too, don't we? We can do 
a better job of it than George could. 

"What time I am*afraid, I will trust in thee." (Psalm 56:3) 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 




6 



1*1 



THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 53 JUNR 2006 No. 6 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (Uohn 4:14) 

HOLY QUIETNESS 

Joys are flowing like a river, 
Since the Comforter has come; 
He abides with us forever, 
Makes the trusting heart IBs home 

Bringing life and health and gladness, 
All around this heavenly Guest, 
Banished unbelief and sadness, 
Changed our weariness to rest. 

Like the rain that falls from heaven, 
Like the sunlight from the sky, 
So the Holy Ghost is given, 
Coming to us from on high. 

What a wonderful salvation; 
Where we always see His face! 
What a perfect habitation; 
What a quiet resting place! 

Blessed quietness, holy quietness, 
What assurance in my soul; 
On the stormy sea, speaking peace to me, 
How the billows cease to roll! 

— M. P. Ferguson 






THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Pubhshiug editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd. , Tuolumne, CA 95379 



SAD FIRE 

On Thursday, May 18, 2006, our Salida meeting house was 
destroyed by fire set by two young men. The Modesto Bee and 
television stations carried the story, collecting statements and 
reactions of some of the church members. The publicity and the 
statements were good-expressing sadness, but forgiveness for 
the boys. One brother of another congregation declared that 
the testimony reached 400,000 people, which would not have 
happened without the fire. To God be the glory! 

We would like, for our July Pilgrim, to publish impressions 
and memories of the Salida meeting house. We invite anyone 
who will to send them to us by July 1. We know it was just a 
building, but good things happened there. God blessed us and 
those who went before. Again, to God be the glory. — L.C. 



PENTECOST 



Pentecost! What an impressive word full of meaning, 
especially to Brethren people! It is called the birthday of the 
Church of Jesus Christ. For this reason, our yearly meetings or 
conferences are held at this time. 

Pentecost for Israelites was a feast held fifty days after the 
Passover. They were to number seven weeks of seven days. 
The fiftieth day was after the seven weeks. It seems to 
symbolize a new time. God set in motion the plans, the 
prophecies He had determined before the world in Jesus Christ. 

Jesus had told His disciples that He was leaving them and 
that the Holy Ghost would come to direct them. He would 
come with power to baptize them in preparation for their 
fulfilling the work Jesus left for them to do. 



THE PILGRIM 



It is possible to read about this event and not actually realize 
what an important time it was. Prophecy was being fulfilled— 
the f, more sure word of prophecy" Peter wrote of in II Peter 
1:19. Power was being given to the hundred twenty believers. 
They were changed from fearful, cowering followers meeting 
behind closed doors, to enthused witnesses boldly proclaiming 
the salvation of God, sent and available to all. Peter made a 
public pronouncement of the work of Jesus to representatives, 
Jews and proselytes, of many areas: "Therefore let all the house 
of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, 
whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." 

God gave proof in the form of "tongues like as of fire" on 
the disciples and the miraculous gift of other languages for all to 
see and hear. These were chosen vessels to carry the good 
news to all the world as Jesus commanded. 

What is our part today? God's power is just as great today 
nearly 2000 years later. We have opportunity to be, not just 
spectators, but special servants also carrying the precious 
gospel to needy men. We may not see the same demonstration 
of fire and languages like they did. We may not see our Lord 
Jesus like they did. But we have access to the same power. 
The requirement is to be not faithless but believing. God does 
not pick out those who are smart or rich but those who are 
willing. May we be part of that group with Pentecostal power 
to share the news that "the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." — L.C. 



JESUS, HOPE OF HIS PEOPLE 

This world is a fading flower, a sinking ship. It is reeling to 
and fro like a drunken man. The curse of sin and death has 
blighted everything and is eating away its life. No wonder those 
who have found life through the blood of the Lamb do not feel 
at home here. They seek a heavenly country. They seek a city 



THE PILGRIM 



whose builder and maker is God. Their kingdom is of another 
world. Their King is not from hence; He is from a world where 
the air is pure and there is not a trace of the blight of sin. There 
is no curse there nor any death. Nothing that defiles is 
permitted there, no pain, no crying. But He gave it all up for a 
short time, came to earth, walked among men, then died for us. 
His blood and the wedding garment He provides are our 
passport there. 

Those who believe the message, the good news, lose their 
life here, are broken, and by faith and trust in Jesus Christ find 
Him, start the homeward journey. This world becomes a 
battleground, a place of warfare with the prince of darkness and 
his angels. 

But as we walk by faith and trust in the King (probably one 
of the few kings who has died for his subjects) His angels 
encamp around us and deliver us. And even when we are 
allowed to suffer loss, are afflicted, hated, and perhaps even 
killed, His grace never fails us. He is the good Shepherd who 
gave His life for the sheep. Eternal praises be unto Him 

Kevin Garber 
Owen, Wisconsin 



NONRESISTANCE UNDER TEST 

The following is taken from the book with the above title by 
E. J. Swalm telling of his experience as a conscientious 
objector in World War I. 

We received a letter on Saturday from one of our staunch 
ministers, who encouraged us and said that our position should 
be that of one of the early church. We should take our stand 
and say, "We cannot fight because we're Christians. We cannot 
fight though we die." 



THE PILGRIM 



My parents received another letter from a man who had 
heard I was soon to be drafted, and he dropped a very 
encouraging word in the course of his letter and said, "Tell 
Ernie we are praying for him." Just how much this encouraged 
our hearts, we are not able to put into words. 

The Friday morning, previous to our leaving home on 
Tuesday, we went to the barn early to feed the horses. While 
we were feeding the horses, my father came to the barn. He 
watched me in silence mix the feed for a little while, and then he 
said to me, "My boy, I'd like to have a few words with you." 
He said, "The days- are very dark and they seem to be getting 
darker, and I realize that it will be only a few days until you're 
going to be forced away from your home and we won't have the 
pleasure of associating together as we do now." He said, "I'd 
like to ask you something. Suppose that the worst comes to the 
worst? How is it with your soul?" 

I realize that it was veiy difficult for my father to ask this 
question, and yet I deeply appreciated his approaching this 
matter as it is the most vital aspect of the whole affair. I took a 
brief and rapid retrospect of my Christian life. I said to him, 
"You remember the night that I knelt at the altar of prayer in 
the old brick church and gave my heart to God?" to which he 
said he remembered, and told how the burden was lifted off his 
heart when he saw his children seek God. Then I said, "You 
remember some years later while seeking God for a deeper 
experience, I knelt in this very barn and consecrated my life to 
God and sought Him for sanctifying power." This he also 
remembered. Then I said in a few words, "I want you to know 
that it still holds good this morning." 

My father then said, putting his arm around my neck and 
weeping, "I would far rather get word that you were shot, that I 
should never see you again after you leave home, than to have 
you come home again, knowing that you compromised and 
failed to live up to the convictions that you had. Though it 



THE PILGRIM 



would be very hard for me to lose my only son, and it would 
mean a lot, I'd ratlier know that you honored your convictions if 
it cost you your life, and I must spend the rest of my days 
without you." 

This courageous attitude on the part of my father stimulated 
my faith and was a great help, and put a buoyancy in my soul 
that I cannot describe. 

Then he said, "The Word of God says that whatsoever two 
or three agree upon respecting anything, it shall be done. Let us 
go up in the granary and pray." I consented, and we went up in 
the granary where we knelt in prayer together, and God visited 
us in that granaiy in an unusual manner. It was there that I 
prayed through, and God was pleased to let me see the firing 
squad with all that it means. There I faced it and was willing, if 
needs be, to die for Jesus. 

We left the granaiy that morning with such victory and such 
confidence and such a determination that the devil was defeated 
on that point from that day on, and when in the actual fray and 
the thickest of the conflict, while taking our stand for right, we 
would turn our thoughts back with a great deal of satisfaction 
and remember the granaiy experience and how God 
maivelously visited us there, determination was renewed in our 
soul. 



CAUTION! YOU ARE BEING FOLLOWED! 

No, I am not thinking of the FBI monitoring your 
movements. Nor am I warning you about a criminal tracing 
your footsteps. But I am thinking of a matter just as serious- 
somebody is following your example. 

"No man is an island." Eveiy person influences the lives of 
others. Our words, actions, and attitudes do make impressions. 



THE PILGRIM 



Memories are being formed that have great potential for helping 
or hindering others. 

We tend to be self-centered and to concentrate mainly on 
our own responsibilities and problems. But we should 
occasionally ask others, "What about my language? my habits? 
my attitudes? 

Think of the innocent children who are born into this world. 
They are like little sponges— absorbing the qualities of those 
around them. Like soft clay, they are so impressionable. What 
impact does your life have on the children you meet? 

Many times people give good counsel to the younger 
generation, then they turn around and violate their own counsel. 
They say it is not wise to smoke, but they smoke. They scold 
younger ones for using bad words, but they use them 
themselves. Let us never forget that actions speak louder than 
words. What we are, means more than what we say. We must 
practice what we preach. 

A sobering fact is that God monitors the impact that our life 
makes on others. Jesus said, "Whoso shall offend one of these 
little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a 
millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were 
drowned in the depth of the sea." (Matthew 18:6) 

On the other hand, special rewards are promised to those 
who influence others in the right way. "And they that be wise 
shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn 
many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." (Daniel 
12:3) 

To talk about the evils of our society is easy, but the 
question comes to you and me, "Am I part of the problem or 
part of the solution? Am I someone who is worth following?" 

You are being followed. What a serious responsibility! 
How can you exert an influence that benefits others? There is 
only one way. Follow Jesus who said, "I am the light of the 



THE PILGRIM 



world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but 
shall have the light of life." (John 8: 12) 

Besides the great sacrifice He made for us on the cross, 
Jesus came to show us how God wants us to live. The Bible 
gives us the record of Jesus' life and teaching. Following Him 
means loving Him, obeying His teaching, and surrendering to 
His authority. Only then can we become an example that is safe 
for others to follow. 

From a tract by Gerald R. Burkholder 

published by the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church 



THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH 

All is now ready for the most important event in human 
history. It is an event planned even before the creation of the 
world. It is the keeping of a promise made to Abraham over 
2000 years earlier. It is the fulfillment of a host of prophecies 
regarding a Messiah who would come to establish His kingdom. 
Most importantly, it is the beginning of a dynamically new 
relationship between God and man. The event is the coming of 
the Saviour of the world, the Messiah— or, as referred to in the 
Greek, the Christ. 

This Christ is not to be just another world leader, as Cyrus, 
Alexander, or Caesar. He is not to be just another great man of 
God, as Abraham, Moses, or David. He is to be God Himself in 
human flesh! The Lord of heaven is to become a seivant of the 
earth. God, who has previously made Himself known through a 
nation and a law, is now to reveal Himself in the most personal 
way possible—in the form of a man. Until now, God's blessings 
have been reserved mostly for a chosen people, but now they 
are to become available to all people in every generation. 



THE PILGRIM 



Who is this Christ, this Messiah? His name is Jesus. His 
symbolic name, Irnmanuel (meaning "God with us") signifies 
His deity. He is man, to be sure, but God as well, and He is 
God— the God of Creation but man as well. God lowers 

I Himself so that man might be elevated. He leaves heaven so 

that man might enter it. To man who cannot begin to 
understand the ways of God, it is clearly a great mysteiy. But 
what a marvelous and wonderful mysteiy it is! 

As the New Testament record now begins, the Scriptures 
proclaim the good news about the salvation of mankind which 
comes through obedient faith in Jesus the Christ. The good 
news begins with the miraculous birth of Jesus to a virgin of 
Galilee in the days of Herod, king of Judea. Then, as Jesus 
grows into manhood, His coming as the promised Messiah and 
Saviour is announced by John the Baptist. As Jesus begins His 
own ministry, He confirms His deity with miraculous healings 
and other signs and wonders, and proclaims the imminent 
coming of the kingdom of God. His teaching calls men and 
women to new spiritual heights in then worship of God and in 
their relationships with one another. 

But because His teaching challenges traditional practices of 
the Jewish religion of His day, and because He claims divine 
authority, Jesus meets strong opposition from religious leaders. 
That opposition ultimately leads to arrest and trial before Jewish 
and Roman authorities. Although falsely accused, Jesus is 
condemned and sentenced to die by crucifixion—an event which 
is intended to silence both the man and His message. Instead, 
the good news comes to a powerful climax when, on the third 
day after His death, Jesus rises from the grave and shows 
Himself alive, proving His own miraculous resurrection. The 

i Christian hope which derives from the gospel message is that, 

just as Jesus is raised from the dead, so also the righteous in 
Christ will be raised to eternal life! 

Selected. Author unknown to us. 



10 THE PILGRIM 



BIBLE QUIZ 

The following Scriptures are words of Jesus. Try to identify 
which writer recorded them. Possible answers are Matthew, 
Mark, Luke, John. Answers are on page 15. 

1. Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more. 

2. Fear not: from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 



3. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the 
children of God. 

4. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired 
servants of my father's have enough and to spare, and I perish 
with hunger! 

5. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole 
world, and lose his own soul. 

6. And he said, This will I so: I will pull down my barns, and 
build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my 
goods. 

7. Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also 
may glorify thee. 

8. Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: 
blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 



9. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which 
leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 



THE PILGRIM 11 



WHAT IF? 

Suppose we mortals had to pay 

To see the sunset end our day 

Or to watch the stars of the Milky Way? 

Suppose it cost us every night 

To watch the fair moon's silvery light 

Or to see a gull in its graceful flight? 

Suppose God charged us for the rain, 

Or put a price on a songbird's strain 

Or the waving stalks of the golden grain? 

How much, dear friend, would it be worth 
To smell the good brown fragrant earth 
Or to hear the children in joyful mirth? 

How much does God ask us to pay 

For baby's smile and happy play? 

Just suppose God charged us for these, I say. 

Suppose we paid to see the hills 

Or look at rippling mountain rills 

Or to hear the song of the whippoorwills. 

What wonders we behold at sea! 
God's wisdom^ power, and majesty; 
And to think He gives them to us so free! 

Ah, what do we return for these 

At night upon our bended knees? 

With ungrateful haste do we mumble pleas? 



12 THE PILGRIM 



Ignoring blessings by the score, 

We claim to love God and adore 

As we beg the Master for more and more. 

Anonymous 
Selected from The Christian School Builder! 



THANK YOU 

We would like-to express a word of appreciation for the 
love and support that we have received during my recent bum 
accident. Our brethren and sisters in the Lord have made many 
sacrifices for us in the past two months in ways that we can't 
comprehend. We feel grateful to belong to a body that cares 
and understands in times of need, and we wish to do our part in 
helping others in the trials ahead. 

The Peter Cover Family 



BAPTISMS 

Luke Wagner Modesto, California May 7 

Matthew Cover Tuolumne, California May 14 

Leah Royer Wakarusa, Indiana May 14 

May God's Spirit direct these dear young people as they 
seive in the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus. 



BIRTH 

J STALTER - A daughter, Eden Alisendra, born June 2 to Simon 
and Abigail Stalter ofNappanee, Indiana. 



THE PILGRIM 13 



FOR YOUTH 

THE YOUNG CHRISTIAN 
"Let us to forth therefore unto him without the camp, 
bearing his reproach." (Hebrews 13:13) 

I cannot give it up, 
The little world I know— 
The innocent delights of youth, 
The things I cherish so! 
'Tis true, I love my Lord, 
And long to do His will; 
But oh, I may enjoy the world 
And be a Christian still. 

I love the hour of prayer, 

I love the hymns of praise. 

I love the blessed Word which tells 

Of God's redeeming grace. 

But— I am human still! 

And while I dwell on earth, 

God surely will not grudge the hours 

I spend in harmless mirth! 

These things belong to youth, 

And are its natural right— 

My dress, my pastimes and my friends, 

The meny and the bright. 

My Father's heart is kind! 

He will not count it ill 

That my small comer of the world 

Should please and hold me still! 



THE PILGRIM 



And yet~"outside the camp" 

Twas there my Saviour died! 

It was the world that cast Him forth 

And saw Him crucified. 

Can I take part with those 

Who nailed Him to the tree? 

And where His name is never praised, 

Is there the place for me? 

Nay, world, I turn away, 

Though thou seem fair and good; 

That friendly, outstretched hand of thine 

Is stained with Jesus' blood. 

If in thy least device 

I stoop to take a part, 

All unaware, thine influence steals 

God's presence from my heart. 

I miss my Saviour's smile 

Whene'er I walk thy ways; 

Thy laughter drowns the Spirit's voice 

And chokes the springs of praise. 

Whene'er I turn aside 

To join thee for an hour, 

The face of Christ grows blurred and dim, 

And prayer has lost its power. 

Farewell! Henceforth my place 

Is with the Lamb who died. 

My Sovereign! While I have Thy love 

What can I want beside? 

Thyself, blest Lord, art now 

My free and loving choice, 



THE PILGRIM 15 



In whom, though now I see Thee not, 
Believing, I rejoice. 

Shame on me that I sought 

Another joy than this, 

Or dreamt a heart at rest with Thee 

Could crave for earthly bliss! 

These vain and worthless things, 

I put them all aside; 

His goodness Ms my longing soul, 

And i am satisfied. 

Lord Jesus, let me dwell 
"Outside the camp" with Thee! 
Since Thou art there, then there alone 
Is peace and rest for me. 
Thy dear reproach to bear 
HI count my highest gain, 
Till Thou return, rejected One, 
To take Thy power and reign! 
Reprinted from The Pilgrim, November, 1956 

Bible Quiz: 1. John 8: 1 1, 2. Luke 5; 10, 3. Matthew 5:9, 4. Lukel5: 17, 
5. Mark 8:36, 6. Luke 12:18, 7. John 17:1 8. John 20:29, 9. Matthew 

7:14 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: Singing Praises to God 
Joyce was singing, "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, Oh! 

what a foretaste of glory divine!" 

She was singing praise to God, and He heard it and was 

pleased. 

"I will sing praises to the Lord," said King David in Psalm 

108. Almost every Christian boy or girl has done it too. Why? 

Because God has promised to love us, to help us and to keep us 



for Jesus' sake. That makes us want to thank and praise God, 
doesn't it? 

A good way to praise God is by singing hymns. In hymns 
we tell what God has done for us, and we thank Him for His 
wonderful love. 

Ask yourself, how many hymns do I know? At home, in the 
church service or anywhere else, do I gladly join with others in 
singing hymns? Do I praise God when I sing, or do I just move 
my lips and make some sounds? 

Ask your mother or someone to sing hymns to you because 
in this way you will learn them. Then sing them at home, on the 
way to school, or at any time. It is good to sing hymns to the 
Lord and to praise Him with singing. 

Those who know and love God say, "I will praise You, O 
Lord. I will sing praises to You." 

It is also good to pray. Isn't it wonderful how we can talk 
to God and how He is able to hear everyone who prays to Him. 
We can pray anytime, and many of our hymns are prayers. God 
is never too busy to listen to us. 

From The Church Correspondent August, 1965 







o 



Oy 

a 

a 



s v 



o 
ul : 



THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 53 JULY-- AUGUST, 2006 Nos. 7 & 8 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (Uohn 4:14) 



THE CHURCH STILL STANDS! 

As the little group watched the meeting house burning, 
The firemen following captain's commands, 
A brother with faith said with keen eye discerning, 
The building is burning, but the church still stands! 

Our hearts are sad; we don't understand 
How the devil controls, evil actions demands. 
His intent to destroy, God's church to disband; 
He burnt the building, but the church still stands! 

Though the devil tries hard, he always will fail; 
He cannot touch the church made without hands; 
Against Jesus' church Satan will not prevail; 
He may bum the building, but the church still stands! 

O, believer, be faithful! Keep your eyes on the Lord! 
Though buildings come down and vanish to sand, 
Jesus never will leave us; He's said in His Word, 
Though buildings are burnt, the Church will still stand! 

Lloyd Wagner 
Modesto, California 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church, Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Pubhshing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 



MEMORIES ISSUE 

Seeing the response to the invitation to write memories, this 
place, the Salida meetinghouse, was dear. More people could 
write. Knowing this we will leave the invitation open and print 
more memories in later issues. 

We are not nomads. We need our buildings to mark our 
place— to give us stability. But it is true that a building can be 
destroyed or burned and the purpose goes on. As we see in the 
articles, a building makes memories. The famous buildings of 
our nation—the capitol, the memorials, the skyscrapers— all have 
their purpose, some noble and some for personal gain. This 
building near Salida was dedicated to the worship of God and 
the preaching of the Gospel of Christ, which makes it special. 
As children, we were not to run or play or be loud inside this 
place. We had good parents that insisted on obedience and 
good behavior. 

The young boys who set the fire did not have this privilege. 
As in most mischief, it started out small: two incidents of 
vandalism and then fire. There is such a difference, such a jump 
from vandalism to arson that at first the investigator thought a 
different person must have set the fire. But, such is sin. It may 
start small but grow large quickly. How we should fear to 
violate our knowledge of right and wrong! How thankful we 
should be that God favors us with diligent parents and good 
meeting houses! As with Israel, it is not that we are so great or 
so deserving, but because God loves us and gave His Son to be 
our Saviour. 

My decision to follow Jesus Christ was made in this 
meetinghouse. Here I was touched many times by the 
awareness of my unworthiness and His mercy on me. Truly the 



THE PTLGRTM 



place was special. May the love of Christ and our response to 
Him continue no matter where the place or how humble. --L.C. 



SALIDA MEETINGHOUSE FIRE 

"Just thought you'd like to know: the Salida Church is on 
file!" I had just arrived at Brethren Heritage School to take 
pictures of graduation for the yearbook when my cell phone 
rang. It was Lloyd Wagner with disappointing news. I left 
hurriedly and headed for the meetinghouse. As I drove back to 
Salida, I could see the smoke rising in a large column. Fire 
trucks were responding from the Salida Fire Department, and 
due to evening traffic, they were driving down the wrong side 
of the road. 

As I turned left to head down to the church, a CHP officer 
stopped me. I exclaimed, "That is my church building burning!" 
"Go ahead. There are others there already," he replied. As I 
pulled up in front of the buildings across from the church, the 
smoke was dense, although light colored, to barely see the fire 
trucks through it. I grabbed my camera and ran upwind toward 
the west side of the building. Dodging between the parked fire 
trucks, I could see Peter's, Beth, and Luke. 

The fire was classified as a 3-alarm fire. This means that 
fire trucks responded from Woodland, Salida, Modesto, and 
even Ripon. About nine fire engines responded, not including 
the chiefs' cars. 

As I looked toward the building, the baby room was mostly 
burned and sinall flames were visible. The corner over the baby 
room door was burned up to the roof, and there were flames 
coming out of the eaves and smoke coming from the roof The 
fire fighters were dragging out their hoses and putting on then- 
suits, masks, and ah tanks. One of them set a huge fan on the 
front steps that pushed much air into the building. Other fire 



THE PILGRIM 



fighters were breaking the windows to let air into the building 
so they could see. Suddenly water came shooting out of the 
burned section of the wall, quenching the flames. Another fire 
fighter on the outside headed for the baby room pulling his hose 
behind him. He sprayed a wide stream over the flames and 
cooled it down. Then they sprayed the eaves and the roof with 
a strong stream of water. 

Slowly the roof over that corner sank in. I wondered 
whether the fire fighters inside could see what was happening. 
Suddenly water came blasting through the soft spot, sending 
shingles and wood out and onto the ground. Water was flying 
inside the building also. Due to the intense heat, the men would 
be inside for five to ten minutes and then would come back out 
the front. Another fire fighter, ready and suited up, would head 
in to take his place. The men who came out would puU off then- 
masks and tanks and breathe deeply for a little bit. Their faces 
were beet red, and the men were veiy hot. 

Stuart Dutter was on the north side with a hose. He 
sprayed water up into the kitchen roof and through the walls 
into the kitchen. Then as flames came out the top of the 
sanctuary eaves, he shot streams of water up there. By this 
time, the smoke was much less, and the flames were smaller, 
but would still spring up just in time to be hit by another stream 
of water by waiting fire fighters. 

About this time, Modesto Fire Department's truck #71 
pulled into the driveway and stopped even with the wheelchair 
ramp door. The crew of the hook and ladder track began to set 
up. They lowered the stabilizers, and one of them climbed up 
onto the platform and stood at the controls to operate the 
ladder. Slowly he swung it around and pointed it at the 
building. Then he extended it out until it was up over the roof 
of the sanctuaiy to see if it was hot, as there were small flames 
in the eaves on that end. He used a hook and punched through 
the roof and smoke came out. The fire fighter pulled the 



THE PILGRIM 



shingles back and slowly lowered his gloved hand inside. He 
pulled his hand out and came back down the ladder. He told 
the others on the ground that it was very hot inside. 

About this time, John Barton, the volunteer chief, asked if 
some of us would help carry out the articles from the kitchen. 
The men inside the kitchen brought things out the wheelchair 
ramp door and handed them over the side to us: boxes of cups, 
plates, pitchers, even the cooker inserts. Many were too badly 
damaged to be worth saving, but others were fine other than the 
soot. 

After all the salvageable items were removed, the fire chief 
cleared the building of men and equipment, and turned the job 
over to the ladder truck crew. The operator swung the ladder 
around to face the kitchen. On the bucket at the end of the 
ladder was a very powerful nozzle. Water shot out of this 
nozzle and hit the chimney in the comer of the kitchen. The fire 
fighters were worried that it would collapse, so they knocked it 
over. Up the chimney went the water and then back down, and 
the chimney fell west onto the roof, making it sag from the 
weight of the bricks. Next, he started spraying water up under 
the shingles on the sanctuaiy roof. They peeled back and flew 
over the roof to the west. Under the tar shingles were the 
original, old and dry wood shingles which were burning in the 
roof. He continued to spray water up under them and they flew 
off over the roof. In about ten minutes he had the whole east 
side cleaned down to the slats the wood shingles were attached 
to. Much of this water blasted through the rafters and out the 
west side, blowing many of these shingles off also. The amount 
of water used to do this made great puddles around the building 
and ran into the parking lot and around the restrooms and shed. 

At the end, they sprayed foam over the whole building, and 
it ran down and out the front steps like a waterfall. The foam 
helps to keep the fire from starting again and sticks to anything 
it is on for a time. 



6 THE PILGRIM 



I left at this point and returned to graduation just as the 
ceremony was over. Many of the German Baptists were very 
concerned and sad. Everyone asked what happened and offered 
then condolences. It was a very sad and hard evening to see it 
burning and to recall the memories that everyone had there. As 
Lloyd Wagner stated later in his poem, "The building is burning, 
but the Church still stands!" 

Jonathan Miller 
Salida, California 



HOME CHURCH 

The Salida meeting house was our home church. As we 
associate family and friends with a house or residence, so our 
relationship in a church fellowship is associated with a meeting 
house. An old house may not be the most efficient. Such was 
the Salida meeting house. Never the less, home is home. Such 
was the Salida church house; always our home church. 

The Salida meeting house was one of the first, if not the 
first, place we were taken as infants. Even in times of World 
War II gas rationing, there was enough gas to go to church. 
Singing, preaching, and prayer became meaningful as we 
matured. Conviction within these walls brought us to the Lord. 
We made our wedding vows in the Salida meeting house. It 
was here in 1970 the Church installed us to the office of 
deacon. 

We shed a tear of gratitude for the joy of fellowship 
experienced in the old meeting house. We shed a tear in saying 
good-bye to our old home church. We know God will supply 
our needs and give direction. 

Joseph and Letha Wagner 
Modesto, California 



THE PILGRIM 



MEMORIES STILL STAND 

The little old meeting house stood in the middle of the 
fields. Way out in the country at Salida. At least when I first 
came to California, it seemed way out in the country. 

Those tall trees standing around the church. It usually was 
cool under them, even on a hot summer day. 

Tall ceilings— Seemed to reach halfway to the skies. Those 
high walls made the singing sound so nice. 

Apiicot jam over Communion meeting weekend. And 
apricot pie. I think in the little white Salida meeting house was 
the first I ever had either one. 

I can picture Uncle Dan Wolf in his later years, sitting in the 
front, his hand cupped around his ear, trying to hear each word. 

Sneaking in quietly just as church started to surprise my 
special someone. She thought I would not get here from Ohio 
until Sunday afternoon. 

Asking her one Sunday morning as we waited for church to 
start if a certain date would be a good weekend to get married. 

Those tall walls held many, many memories. Memories for 
me. Memories for the community. 

It stood from an age when wheat was basically the only 
crop that would grow in these desert conditions. Wheat which 
had to be stored until the steamboats could ply their way up the 
Tuolumne River in the winter when the rivers were higher from 
the rains. 

It stood here when the town was called Murphy's Switch. It 
was built just after the first railroad bridge had been built over 
the Stanislaus River but before a road bridge had been built. 
Thus the name of Salida (meaning exit hi Spanish) stuck, as it 
was the exit or the end of the road. 

It was here when the entire population of Stanislaus County 
was less than half what the town of Salida has now. 



THE PILGRTM 



It stood here before the town of Oakdale even existed. 

It stood when the winter storms pounded on it. It stood 
when the neighborhood around it changed from rural into 
housing. It stood through many difficult times. 

It stood here when Highway 99 was made into a limited 
access highway. And stood it did, as the highway was required 
to make a bend and miss the humble, old meeting house. 

Even when the fire raged within its walls, the little meeting 
house still stood. Damaged? Yes. But it still stood. 

And now it still stands finnly in our minds. Memories of 
good times. Memoiies of moving sermons. Memories of the 
brethren of long ago. Memories that the church building stood 
there with its doors open wide to welcome all to hear of the 
Way of Everlasting Life. 

As we toss to and fro as the storms of life are around us, let 
us stand firmly like that simple, little old meeting house. The 
building was nothing, but what it stood for was eternal. As 
Brother Lloyd said in his poem, the building may be gone and 
only a memory, but the Church still stands. 

Bill Miller 
Modesto, California 



SPECIAL MEETING MEMORIES 

The Meeting House in Salida holds so many special 
memoiies for many of us. The building as we remember will 
not be used for services, but the memories will live on in our 
hearts and minds. 

One memoiy is the special smell and sense of expectation 
we experienced each Saturday morning before a communion 
weekend. Nothing smells as inviting as the beef already 
cooking in the large iron cooking kettles! Yes, we would smell 
it again and again throughout the weekend, but it always 



THE PILGRIM 



srnelled best on Saturday morning. The weekend was over all 
too soon, and we could return home Sunday afternoon, well fed 
both physically and spiritually, with our sense of expectation 
fulfilled. 

A very special memoiy occurred one Sunday morning in the 
Salida church. Bill asked if we should plan to get married in 
March! The answer had to wait since it was already time for 
church to start! 

Many, many excellent sermons, special Communion 
services, potluck dinners, baptismal services, funerals, and 
elections occurred in the Salida Meeting House. In addition to 
these events, there were also many, many conversations before 
and after church, while washing dishes, and while cleaning for 
Communions. There were also many play-times for the 
children— with one game of "Red Rover" ending in a broken arm 
for Sarah Cover! 

It is special to remember that the last seivice was for Luke 
Wagner's baptism. The meeting house was full with children in 
both front comers and young folks in the back foyer area. 
Some who attended included members from the German 
Baptist, Duniard Brethren, and Brethren Community 
Fellowship churches, and some had never been there before. 
The "Straw Hat" dinner after the baptism was also attended by 
many who were at church, plus most of the DB group. It was a 
special day of commitment and fellowship. 

How important it is that we count our many blessings! We 
have so many memories of the Salida church building, events, 
and relationships that we have shared there. Nothing can take 
awa y the memories, so let us remember to press on, remember 
the blessings we share, and remember. . . 

The Church Still Stands! 
Marilyn Miller 
Salida, California 



10 THE PILGRIM 



HOUSE OF PRAYER 

Thy house is called a house of prayer, 
A solemn, sacred place. 
It was at the Salida church that Ilearned the importance of 
greeting each person. You know, the Bible says in III John, 
"Greet the friends by name. 1 ' We were a small enough group 
when I was a teenager that it was quite possible to speak to 
everyone. My parents would ask as we drove away from 
church, "Did you speak to everyone?" It would take a special 
effort to go over to where elderly Sister Susie Wagner was 
sitting and visit with her, but I'm glad today that I can say I 
knew her. 

A sister that I grew up with said to me recently that it was 
the people she remembered when she saw the burned Salida 
meeting house. Happy times and precious memories of the 
people we met and worshipped with will continue to live in our 
hearts. 

Rosanna Royer 
Nappanee, Indiana 



SALIDA CHURCH MEMORIES 

Salida Church memories. This one I recall 
Of council meeting when I was seven and small. 
The ministry gathered to counsel together 
And we were out playing in the nice weather. 
Eddie was "It" for the game of Red Rover; 
I knew he could catch this little Cover. 
The church house was "safe," so round it I ran; 
To touch the building, that was the plan. 
He came in pursuit; I was going too fast. 



THE PILGRIM U 



I thought the wall cracked, but it was a cast 
I soon had on my arm. It broke in two places. 
That stopped the Rover game and running of races. 
Time traveled on; we grew up, matured too. 
'Twas April the fifth, and on the front pew, 
There Eddie and I sat for Matthew 18; 
Then to Stanislaus River, a lovely scene, 
For baptism we went. The crowd on the banks 
Encouraged us as we entered God's ranks. 
Salida church memories may sometime grow dim, 
But let's remember what we learned there of Him, 

Sarah Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



OLD BRETHREN CHURCH, SALIDA 

On Thursday, May 18, the Old Brethren Church in Salida, 
California, was gutted by fire. The fire was deliberately set by 
two fourteen year old boys, one of whom had a history of 
trouble with the law. The church is the one I attended as a 
young boy. 

On the following Saturday, Jessie and I went to look at the 
damage, and to walk around the old church yard and remember 
what it was like to attend there many years ago. The damage is 
severe, the nursery is totally gone, and the kitchen is badly 
gutted. The sanctuary is badly damaged, with falling plaster 
and the ceiling mostly caved in. The roof is shot, with gaping 
holes burned in it and the beams charred. It would probably 
cost more to rebuild it than the building is worth. By the way, 
it was built in 1870, making it 136 years old. 

What did I remember when I walked around the old 
building that Saturday morning? People, mostly. Events. 



12 THE PILGRIM 



Sennons. Singing. Love feasts. Visiting after church. Potluck 
dinners. Kneeling for prayer. Elm beetles. Helping cook. 

The people. Lots of them are gone. I was about eighteen 
when I quit going there regularly, and I am turning fifty-eight 
this year, so yes, lots of the adults I remember are already home 
with the Lord, or are very elderly. 

The little light in front of the sanctuary. It was over the 
preachers' table and was mounted high up on the wall. It was a 
curious little light, and I had never seen one anything like it. It 
had a round black shade that was painted flat black on the 
outside and white on the inside. The little shade was just barely 
big enough to cover the light bulb. Later I learned from my 
sister Mary Anna that my father had made the shade for the 
light out of a Hills Brothers coffee can. 

The little light was still there, the paint looking a little faded 
and charred, but it still hung there, ready to perform its task if 
needed. Part of me would like to ask for it if the building is 
torn down, but I think; the best place for it is in my memory. 

The entry room. It had been added on long before my time, 
and was a place for the men to hang then hats, and the women 
to hang their bonnets. The men wore black broad-biimmed 
hats, and the women wore black bonnets over their little white 
prayer caps. As you entered, the men's hats were on your right, 
and women's bonnets were on your left. The men and women 
also sat separately on the corresponding sides. As I grew up 
that began to change, especially among the younger members. 
My parents sat together as I was growing up, but some of the 
older members still sat separately. 

The old hand pump. It was already gone before the fire, but 
I have a lot of memories of it when I was small. It was not 
actually over a well anymore, but was over a little cistern that 
was kept full by a float valve. It had a tin cup hanging on the 
handle, and you could pump yourself a cup of cold water 



THE PILGRIM 13 



anytime you were thirsty. Wayne Crawrner and I pumped many 
gallons of water out of the old pump over the years. 

The old pump house. Behind the church was the pump 
house. Not only was the pump inside, but a lot of the 
miscellaneous equipment around the church was stored in there. 
The pump was a belt-driven piston pump, which would be very 
rare now days. They don't pump very fast, but the church really 
didn't need much water then, as the restrooms were still out 
houses. Behind the pump house were the old front steps of the 
church. When the concrete steps were poured, the old wooden 
steps were saved for some reason, and put behind the pump 
house. They became my preaching platform. 

After church, the grownups would stand around and talk for 
a long time. I would sometimes stand on the top step and 
preach to my congregation of one, which was Wayne Crawmer. 
One Sunday I was exhorting him on his sinful condition and the 
wickedness of his ways when Uncle Christy came by. He told 
me, "I like your style, but your content needs some 
improvement." Hopefully Wayne has forgiven me for my 
sennons. 

Church pews. About one third of the pews were made so 
the back rest could be swung up over the top and become a 
table. When it was time for the Lovefeasts, this was done for 
eveiyone to eat from. The pews were nicely varnished with no 
padding on the seats. Under the seat a long metal rod kept the 
ends tight. This rod was under a lot of tension, and one Sunday 
during prayer, I started fooling around with it. We knelt for 
prayer, and the prayers were long, which meant I had a lot of 
time to look at it. I pulled it down in the middle as hard as I 
could, but it would only spring down about an inch or two. For 
some reason I just let go of it, and the result was disastrous. It 
made a crack like a rifle shot followed by about four more in 
rapid succession. Needless to say, that during prayer this was 
probably sufficient to get eveiy ones attention. My parents 



14 THE PILGRIM 



decided that I needed to sit with them for a few Sundays after 
that. 

The singing. As far as I know, as long as the Old Brethren 
have had this church, no musical instruments have been played 
in it. The building has high ceilings, and the whole inside is 
plastered. The acoustics were tremendous, and most of the 
people were really good singers. When I shut my eyes and 
think: about it, I can still hear the singing, and it is a special 
memory. 

So, there it is. Wood, cement, nails, glass, wire, pipes and 
plaster. Put on a roof and you have a building. Put in believers 
in Jesus Christ and you have a church. Bum down the building, 
and you still have the church. 

"Precious memories, how they linger, 

How they ever flood my soul. 

In the stillness of the midnight, 

Precious sacred scenes unfold." 

Goodbye, little white church on Kienian Road. 
Charles Wagner, Modesto, California 



FROM THE MODESTO BEE 

Forgiveness was the order of the day Sunday for the 63 
members of the Old Brethren Church after the destruction last 
week of their church in Salida. Thursday, the Salida church, 
estimated to be at least 136 years old, was gutted in a late 
afternoon fire that authorities attributed to arson. 

Saturday night, officials arrested two 14-year-olds on felony 
arson charges, Stanislaus Comity sheriffs Lt. Adam 
Chiistianson said. . . "The fire didn't burn the memories," 
(Lloyd) Wagner said. "It's disturbing, but we're not bitter 
people. We'll pray for the person or people responsible for 
this." 

Don Beachler commented that 400 f 00 people were reached 
with this testimony. 



THE PILGRTM 15 



BIRTHS 

\J MILLER - A daughter, Alyssa loy, bom JulylS to Gary and 
Hannah Miller of Marble Falls, Arkansas. 

MARTIN - A son, Clay Nathaniel, born My 14 to Ion and Lisa 
Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 



ADDRESS CHANGES 

u Andrew Albers: 1270 Ken' Lane 

Harrison, AR 7260 1 (870) 743-6064 

lason Kreider: cell (937) 621-0465 
Heather Kreider: cell (937)621-3888 

Ralph Stalter: 13153 N 600 W 

Nappanee, IN 46550 (574)773-3353 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Learning Wise Choices 

Do you ever wish you did not have to ask your parents 
before you do things? Wouldn't it be fim to get to do anything 
you wanted to do? 

Even grown-ups have people they must obey. God says it 
needs to be that way. Why? 

If we were all allowed to do whatever we wanted to do, it is 
not likely we would care about others. We would do things 
other people don't like, and I don't think any of us would like it 
veiy well. Some are allowed to do as they please, and they hurt 
themselves and others. 



16_ 



THE PILGRIM 



-J 
*•* 

* 

I* 
\ 
-J 



Most of you know about the Salida Meetinghouse being 
burned. Some of you saw the fire. It didn't make you feel 
good, did it? The children who burned it did it for fun! Now 
they are in serious trouble. Is anybody having fun with it, now? 

You may think you would never want to do bad things like 
that, but God says our hearts are only evil continually. He 
wants parents to teach their children how to make right choices. 
Even Christian parents would make bad choices if God did not 
help them. Philippians 2:13 says it is God who gives us even 
the desire to do good, and we could not do good even then if 
He did not help us to do it. One way He helps is through our 
parents. 

You really are no better than those children, except you 
have been taught better. I am veiy thankful I have been taught 
well. I hope those poor children will also some day learn. And 
I hope you will be glad to keep learning, also. 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



r 




as 

H © 



o 



r- 

to 
m 

On 

3 

q 
S 

o 
H 



THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 53 SEPTEMBER. 2006 No. 9 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 



WHEN WE STAND BEFORE THE THRONE 

When we stand before the throne, 
Dressed in beauty not our own, 
When we see Thee as Thou art, 
Love Thee with unsinning heart- 
Then, Lord, shall we fully know- 
Not till then— how much we owe. 

When the praise of heaven we hear, 
Loud as thunder to the ear, 
Loud as many waters' noise, 
Sweet as harps 1 melodious voice, 
Then, Lord, shall we fully know- 
Not till then— how much we owe. 

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

Author unknown 
Selected by Ina Martin 

From The Brethren Hymnal #146 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 



BACK TO SCHOOL 

"The children were all smiles as they left this morning," 
remarked a mother on the first day of school. Yes, school is 
fun. Maybe we hear a few groans, but all must admit that this 
time— the morning of life—is an enjoyable one. I'm sure we see 
this best as we look back from adulthood. 

Some learning is not fun but takes real labor. One student 
asked (voicing the sentiment of many), "Why do we have to 
learn stuff like algebra?" One answer is what the climber said 
when he was asked why he climbed the mountain: "Because it's 
there." Systems of truth are there to learn. However, there is a 
better reason. Even though it may not be used, learning is a 
good exercise of the mind— inquiring into the principles God has 
placed in this complex world. 

The easiest time to learn is in our youth. Those families that 
spent time in another country found how much more easily the 
children and young people picked up the language. Ask the 
Taylors or the Renikers or Carl Beck. 

Youth is a very important time. Here habits are formed; 
decisions are made. Because it is so vital a time of impressions 
and learning, parents need all their skills to help them through. 
Fathers and mothers are the first and best teachers and most 
responsible to teach well. 

Psalm 126:5 says, "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy." 
How true this is in the training of children! Those parents who 
accept the responsibilities with tears and real concern are the 
ones who rejoice to see the hand of God leading their children. 
These sincere parents, even though they make mistakes, are not 
the reason for the failure of families in our time. It is the ones 
who don't care and don't weep that are the failures. 



THE PILGRIM 



Home and school are not the only places of learning. Those 
who have finished school now begin to learn by doing. This is a 
time of apprenticeship where hands-on experience gives lessons 
beyond the training at home and the book learning of school. 
Now students can see the real value in skill, in practice "that 
makes perfect. " We all are thankful for the doctors, dentists, 
and other professional people who have not only studied long 
but have learned by doing. God rewards honest, diligent effort 
to succeed in a chosen field, whether it be on the farm or in the 
office. 

We older ones- also need the "back to school" concept. 
There is so much to leam that a lifetime is too short. Scientists 
"stand on the shoulders" of those who went before them. 
Doctors tell us that to keep an active mind is one of the best 
protections from a disease like Alzheimer's. Apparently the 
mind that becomes inactive deteriorates like a body that is not 
exercised. 

I admire people who have become "experts" in an 
interesting field, whether it be in geography of Bible lands, 
travels of Christ, bird watching, or steam engines. The subject 
that we must all be schooled in is the "grace of God that 
bringeth salvation." (Titus 2:11) This is such a feeble way to 
express the magnitude of the new birth because it is more than 
learning. It is rather a yielding of the life to God— believing in 
the Lord Jesus-allowing Him to work this miracle in us. But 
learning to know Him and His will is necessary. The lack of 
learning God's Word made the Dark Ages, and it is making our 
present age dark as well. 

When Jesus, the Master Teacher, was here, He used various 
ways to teach. One of the best was by His perfect example. 
Our prayer should be to be more like Him. Example is also one 
of the best ways to help our children. It is worth many words. 

However, words are needed. Jesus taught by parable, by 
lecture, by illustration, and by encouraging words. We learn by 



THE PILGRIM 



hearing His words and believing Him without reserve, without 
doubting. We too can teach by encouraging, by demonstrating, 
by giving good instructions. 

May God help us to keep learning as we teach, to keep 
praying as we preach, and to follow our Master Teacher to 
grow in His grace. --L.C. 



SCHOOL NEEDS AND ANSWERS 

A brand new term before us lies 

With much of it unknown 

With thoughts of hope and some of dread; 

Our busy minds have flown 

Ahead to times of hustling class 

And hearty recess fun. 

We cannot know what needs we'll face 

Before this term is done. 

The skinned-up knees and ripped- out hems 

Are easier far to mend 

Than left-out feelings, wounded hearts, 

Toward which our children tend. 

Temptations to dishonesty, 

Or selfishness and greed— 

Where can we find the answers true 

That all our children need? 

Sometimes we teachers feel so young; 

We lack experience, 

And as the school day pressures mount 

Our spirits may grow tense. 

But there's a source of help and grace 

To eveiy teacher near: 



THE PILGRIM 



God's strength wiJl fill our every need; 

His love cast out our fear. 

Susanna K Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 



GOD IS LOVE 

Of all themes addressed by Christian writers, love probably 
ranks among the most popular; so why another essay on love? 
The story is told of a minister, new to a congregation, who used 
the same topic for his sermon on three consecutive Sundays. 
The second Sunday a few eyebrows were raised, and some 
comments were heard, but on the third Sunday it was 
considered necessary to protest. The minister's explanation was 
that when his efforts produced results he would be happy to 
speak on a different subject. If we could see love blooming in 
the lives of all who claim to be the Lord's people, it might not 
be necessary to write much about it. 

Yet this grandest of all themes can never be fully magnified 
nor exalted by the pen or tongue of man because it is as infinite 
as God. The apostle John twice states that "God is love." (I 
John 4:8 & 16) There is abundant evidence ("By their fruits ye 
shall know them," Matt. 7:20) that love is not in control of all 
professing Christians. Hence a need for further exposure is 
indicated. 

Efforts have been made to assign separate meanings to the 
words "love" and "charity" as used in the King James translation 
of the New Testament. The revisions replace charity with love. 
Recognized reference works such as Craden, Matthew Henry, 
and others claim the word "love" better expresses the true idea. 
Luther's translation, the Bible of our Brethren ancestors, uses 
only one word "liebe" or love. Therefore we shall use love in 
this writing. 



THE PILGRIM 



A writer has said, "The two great evils of the Middle Ages 
were the invention of gunpowder and romantic love." This may 
be a facetious observation, and romantic love is not the love of 
the New Testament, but we do believe that romantic novelists, 
assisted by Hollywood and TV have reduced to a vulgar level 
the meaning of a word which is worthy of the highest respect 
and reverence. The basic unit of an orderly society is the home, 
and the foundation of a successful home is God's love. 
Disregard for this love has undermined the home almost to the 
point of destroying it in the secular world, and Christian society 
is not insulated from this corrupting influence. Viewed from 
this perspective, the invention of romantic love might indeed be 
said to be a great evil. 

Like many words, love may have different meanings 
depending on how it is used, but the concept we wish to 
consider here is God's gracious concern for man and man's 
response as expressed in his attitude toward his fellow man. 
Since God is beyond the realm of our physical senses, He has 
ordained that we prove our love for Him by loving our neighbor 
who was created in God's image. The most gifted orator might 
declare his love for God a thousand times; but if this were not 
accompanied by a harmonious, loving relationship with his 
brethren, his words would be worse than worthless; they would 
be lies. (I John 4:20) If we despise our neighbor, we actually 
despise God. (I Thess. 4:8) 

A respected friend related an account of a destructive 
struggle which occurred in a neighboring congregation many 
years ago. There were two prominent families in this group 
whom we shah call Smith and Wood. My friend stated his 
conclusion with these words, "The problem was, the Smiths and 
Woods did not like (or love) each other." We believe this is the 
root of the disunity afflicting poor, bleeding Zion. 

But someone will say, "There must have been a reason why 
they did not like each other." Reflection on this reaction 



THE PILGRIM 



suggests the question: How many reasons can you think of 
that might excuse brethren from loving each other? "He that 
loveth not his brother abideth in death." (I John 3: 14) 

The Amplified Bible has this to say about love in I Cor. 
13:4-8: "Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never 
is envious nor boils over with jealousy; is not boastful or 
vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not 
conceited— arrogant and inflated with pride; it is not rude 
(unmannerly), and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's 
love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for 
it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it 
takes no account of the evil done to it— pays no attention to a 
suffered wrong. It does not rejoice at injustice and 
unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is 
ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are 
fadeless under all circumstances and it endures eveiything 
(without weakening). Love never fails-never fades out or 
becomes obsolete or comes to an end. . ." 

Love is the greatest of the Christian gifts and virtues. (I 
Cor. 12:31 and 13:13) Upon it hang all the law and the 
prophets. (Matt. 22:40) It is the fulfilling of the law. (Rom. 
13:10) It is the distinctive characteristic by which Christians 
may be recognized. (John 13:35) It is the foundation, and it 
passes knowledge. (Eph. 3:17 & 19) It is the assurance of our 
spiritual resurrection. (I John 3:14) 

John says God in His very nature and essence is love. (I 
John 4:8 & 16) Scholars claim Christianity is the only religion 
which presents the Supreme Being thus. What a profound 
privilege to be included in this Christian family! 

Over the years we have been disturbed by reactionary 
remarks such as "Love won't do it all," or "Love won't cover 
eveiything," or "Love is fine, but. . ." These expressions imply 
that the speaker regards something else to be of greater 



THE PILGRIM 



importance than love. Since God is love, it would seem very 
imprudent to downgrade this holy attiibute. Love never fails, 
and it does control the Christian's relationship with his fellow 
man. 

Love does rebuke and chasten (Heb 12:6 & Rev. 3:19) 
because its goal is the greatest good for the one to whom it is 
directed. Wise parents understand this and administer discipline 
accordingly. Children will readily sense whether chastening is 
motivated by love or some other passion. Because carnal 
passions are so prevalent, we have child abuse laws, but 
legislation can never- take the place of love. 

We believe these principles apply in the church. The 
assembly as been authorized by its absent Head to administer 
discipline when necessary, but this can accomplish its intended 
purpose only when done in love. That purpose is restoration, 
and Jesus gave His life blood for it. This was the supreme 
demonstration of love. 

It has been said, "Love is not an emotion but a decision," 
and, "Love is not a feeling but an act of the will." Love does 
not depend on mutual admiration and respect for its existence. 
If it did, how could God love rebellious sinners? This aspect of 
love seems to be widely overlooked. Emotions, feelings, 
admiration, and respect are certainly influenced by love or the 
lack of it. For love to truly thrive, there must indeed be mutual 
respect. God's love is continuously extended to man, but it can 
not burst into full bloom until there is a positive response. 

Let us consider some notable New Testament references. 
Jesus Christ said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all 
thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. . . Thou 
shalt love thy neighbor as thyself": (Matt, 22:37 & 39) "Love 
your enemies." (Matt, 5:44) "A new commandment I give unto 
you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you. . ." (John 
13:34) "Continue ye in my love." (John 15:9) 



THE PILGRIM 



Paul the Apostle in Col. 3:12-14 lists seven Christian graces 
that are to be put on and then adds, "And above all these things 
put on love which is the bond of perfectness." In Eph. 5:2 he 
says, "Walk in love." And in Rom. 12:10, "Be kindly 
affectioned one to another with brotherly love. . ." Also in Heb. 
13: 1, "Let brotherly love continue/' (and be a fixed practice 
with you. —Amplified.) 

Peter the Apostle writes, "Love the brotherhood. . ." (I Pet. 
2:17) And "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion 
one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous." (I 
Pet. 3:8) 

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, says in verse 21, "Keep 
yourselves in the love of God. " 

Are these options? Are they too difficult to understand? 
We believe the answer is obvious. When these commandments, 
which he at the very heart of Christianity, are not observed, the 
individual, the family, and the assembly suffer. 

Some more notable references: "He that loveth his brother 
abideth in the light. . . But he that hateth his brother is in 
darkness. . ." (I John 2:10-11) "Behold, what manner of love 
the father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the 
sons of God. . ." (3:1) He that loveth not his brother is not of 
God. (3:10) "Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer. . ." 
(3:15) "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a 
liar. . ." (4:20) And best known of all: "For God so loved the 
world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever 
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 
(John 3:16) 

In view of all the tremendous statements the Bible makes 
about love, why are there still Smiths and Woods who do not 
like each other? We know God has a subtle, crafty enemy who 
is an accuser of the brethren, but He has assured us that nothing 
shall be able to separate us from His love. (Rom 8:39) Thank 
God for the fellowship of faithful brethren who radiate love. 



10 THE PILGRIM 



The oft repeated phrase, "We have only scratched the 
surface." applies here, but then, 

Could we with ink the ocean fill, 
And were the skies of parchment made; 
Were every stalk on earth a quill, 
And every man a scribe by trade; 
To write the love of God above 
Would drain the ocean dry; 
Nor could the scroll contain the whole, 
Though stretched from sky to sky. 
"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth 
through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that 
ye love one another with a pure heart fervently." (I Pet. 1:22) 

Harold Royer, Goshen, Indiana 
(Reprinted from the November, 1988, Pilgrim. ) 



MEMORIES OF THE SALIDA CHURCH 

An old country building stood alone, 
Quietly nestled among the tall trees. 
Birds joined in a spring-time chorus 
With relief from heat in a summer breeze. 

Pleading earnestly in sermons and hymns; 
Reading the Scriptures on Sunday morning; 
Feeding everyone who came to the dinners; 
(You'd never find any of that fancy adorning.) 

Little children were always loved here; 
Everyone welcomed a new baby's cry. 
There were praying and teaching with one intent: 
'Twas saving souls— with no fear to die. 

Elections of ministers to preach the Word; 



THE PILGRIM LI 



There were elections of elders and deacons, too, 
In this cherished building with ceiling so high. 
Memories will linger though now gone from view. 

In May of 2006, this old wood building 
Was vandalized— later set on fire by two boys. 
The congregation is showing agape love, 
Joined as the Church in sorrows and joys. 

Jesus was watching with tear- filled eyes, 
Patiently waiting and calling, "Come to me." 
Yet, rejecting Him and His saving grace, 
The teenage boys will face eternity. 

The precious cross surely would make a change 
If the blood of Jesus these boys would receive. 
Where there is life, there is still hope. 
We pray these teens and others will soon believe. 

Satan has destroyed this place to worship; 
Now he has made a real tragic mistake; 
It's the people who make up the Church; 
Players are for those lost in sin—to awake. 

The congregation is at peace and have no fear; 
God placed in these hearts an inner peace. 
The building has burned, but not the Church; 
Someday all trials like this will cease. 

The charred remains of this dearest old place, 
Quietly nestled among those still standing trees, 
Will always hold many precious memories for us 
While the Church of believers pray on then knees. 



12 



THE PILGRIM 



Tears continue to flow for what was done. 
The members who could, met there one sad day. 
Together they worked and tore the building down; 
Only the tall trees yet remain there to stay. 

We will sadly miss this sacred old building. 

There are many things we cannot understand. 

Satan is still seeking whom he can devour, 

Yet we know God in His wisdom has all things planned. 

These dear Christians continue to worship God; 
They are strong in their faith and in their trust. 
These difficult times for them are only a test. 
They serve God, and He is merci&l and just. 

There were special funerals of loved ones, 
Then a wedding too, we must not forget; 
Applicants for baptisms we'll always remember; 
Prayers— Love Feasts will continue, because— 
God is not finished yet. 

Leona I. Miller, Sonora, California 



BAPTISMS 



Heather Miller 
Orv Brow 
Haivey Brow 
Katelyn Golding 
Alexa Oberholzer 
Preston Cover 



New Paris, Indiana 
New Paris, Indiana 
New Paris, Indiana 
Wakarusa, Indiana 
Goshen, Indiana 
Tuolumne, California 



August 11 
August 24 
August 24 
August 24 
August 24 
August 27 



May God direct these dear young people as they give their 
lives to Him and seive in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. 



THE PILGRIM 13 



OBITUARY 

Susannah "Susie" Sell, age 96 of Bradford passed away 
Thursday, June 29, 2006, at Rest Haven Nursing Home, 
Greenville, Ohio. Susie was bom in Lake Odessa, Michigan, on 
January 17, 1910, to Solomon and Margaret (Mote) Lavy and 
was a member of the Old Brethren Church, Bradford. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Creele 
E. Sell in 1997; son, Lester Sell; foster grandson, Travis Hodge; 
brothers and sisters, John Allen Lavy, Martha Brumbaugh, 
Joseph Lavy, Benjamin Lavy, Maiy Graybill, and Daniel Lavy. 

Susie is survived by her four sons and daughters-in-law, Lee 
and Shirley Sell of Modesto, California, Calvin and Sharon Sell 
of Bradford, Charles and Cynthia Sell of Greenville, Glen and 
Glenda Sell of Bradford; three daughters and sons-in-law, Ruby 
and Eugene Wagner of Greenville, Martha and Dick Emrick of 
New Madison, Edith and Jerry Howell of Colorado Springs, 
Colorado; two foster children, Geraldine Hodge of Greenville, 
Wilham Edward and Robin Hodge of Palatine Bridge, New 
York; twenty-seven grandchildren; three foster grandchildren; 
numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; 
brother and sister-in-law, Andrew and Mary Ellen Lavy of 
Camden, Indiana; three sisters, Elizabeth Garber of Indiana, 
Rhoda Milyard of Brookvilie, Ruth Flora of Arcanum; and a 
host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held 
at the Old Brethren Church, Bradford, and interment was at 
Oakland Cemetery, Bradford. 

We would like for you to know how much we appreciated 
all that you did for us during our time of sorrow. Thank you to 
the ministers who knew just what to say for our comforting. 
Thank you for the wonderful meal prepared by loving hands 
and people. Thank you all who helped in the preparing of the 
service. 

The Family of Susie Sell 



14 THE PILGRIM 



NOTE OF THANKS 
I want to thank everyone for their cards, letters, and calls 
with words of sympathy, encouragement, and prayers since the 
death of my sister, Susie Sell, and since my recent surgery. It's 
comforting to know so many show their love and care. May 
God bless you all. 

Sister Ruth Flora 



FOR YOUTH 

Compassion for Others 

It started several days ago on Sunday afternoon. We had 
been invited away to dinner. We boys came home to start the 
afternoon chores. 

I went upstairs to change my clothes. Ouch! There was a 
sharp pain in my lower back. I had noticed it vaguely before, 
but now it was intense; much worse. I couldn't bend over and 
had to have help getting on my clothes. I crawled to the couch 
and was there the rest of the afternoon. I wasn't able to go to 
the young folks' singing that evening. 

Monday and Tuesday forenoon found it some better. I was 
up and around the place. Tuesday afternoon I took a short nap. 
When I got up, the pain was much worse, and I was having 
muscle cramps. We arranged a visit to our family doctor. 

He felt my back in several places, but it didn't hurt. I told 
him it hurt only when I moved. "Ah," he said, "you have 
stretched an inner back muscle, something a lot of people don't 
think about. Often, it's one of the outer back muscles that gets 
stretched." He gave me some muscle relaxant and instructed 
me to spend the next couple days keeping my back flat by lying 
on the floor with my feet up on a chair. 

Did that ever get tiresome! It seemed the rest of my back 
was ailing by the time those two days were up. Now, as I'm 



THE PILGRIM 15 

typing this, my back is much better, though I'm still on a pain 
reliever. 

All this got me to thinking. This muscle that I had never 
given any thought before had changed my life dramatically for a 
short time. It made me think of the verse that likens the church 
to a body (Eph. 4:12) Another tells us we are members one of 
another. (Eph. 4:25) 

Fellow youth, are we understanding to those among us who 
are hurting or need a listening ear? As young people it's easy to 
go on our merry way and forget such things. We are busy. We 
have our own agenda—important, so we think. We may reason, 
"Why don't they just get over it? They are too sensitive and 
shouldn't let things bother them so much. 11 

However, that is not how our physical body responds. As 
in my case, when one member, however small it might be, is 
injured or hurting, the whole body is affected. 

This experience has made this thought more real to me. 
May we strive to live the truth of these verses among us. 

Jesse Martin 
New Paris, Indiana 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Turkey Call 

This is a stoiy I heard at the Dunkard Brethren Conference. 
I trust the minister who told it will not mind my passing it on. 

This minister likes to go turkey hunting. He has a decoy 
which looks like a turkey hen, and a turkey call with which he 
can make sounds like a turkey. If a torn turkey hears the call 
and sees the decoy, he will be curious and maybe come close to 
check it out. 

One day when he was hunting, he saw a torn and a hen 
turkey on the mountainside. The torn was veiy curious about 
this hunter's call, and wanted to go down the mountainside to 



meet the lien he thought was there. The hen he was with did 
not want hirn to go. She headed up the mountain, calling the 
torn to follow. He would start to follow her until the hunter 
called; then he would once again start down the mountain 
toward the hunter. Then the hen would call again. For a long 
time that torn struggled to decide which way to go, but finally 
he followed the hen up the mountain. He never knew how 
close he came to death that day. If he would have come a little 
further down the mountain, the hunter would have shot him 
He thought there was a friend down there, but really there was 
an enemy! 

That is very much like temptation. Some things seem so 
harmless and fun. We do not see the danger in it. But God 
sees the danger and says don ! t do it. Or maybe it is our parents 
who, like the turkey hen, urge us to go another way. It is far 
better to "miss out on the fun" than to find out the hard way 
why it is not a good idea! Remember, there is an enemy who 
wants to destroy you. He pretends to be a friend, but he means 
you only harm! Be very careful wfrat call you follow. 

Martha J. Wagner 

Gettysburg, Ohio 




0\ 

en 

a 

Ss5 



o 



a 
**- 

2 CM 

> m 
S op 

P™ 

H CM 
CO fO 

£££: 

o!e< 






THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 53 OCTOBER, 2006 No. 10 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 

THORNS 

Strange gift indeed! -a thorn to prick, 
To pierce into the very quick; 
To cause perpetual sense of pain; 
Strange gift!~and yet, 'twas given for gain. 

Unwelcome, yet it came to stay; 
Nor could it e'en be prayed away. 
It came to fill its God-planned place, 
A life-emiching means of grace. 

God's grace-thorns~ah, what forms they take; 
What piercing, smarting pain they make! 
And yet, each one in love is sent, 
And always just for blessing meant. 

And so, whate'er thy thorn may be, 
From God accept it willingly; 
But reckon Christ—His life-the power 
To keep, in thy most trying hour. 

And sure-thy life will richer grow; 
He grace sufficient will bestow; 
And in heaven's mom thy joy 'twill be 
That, by His thorn, He strengthened thee. 

J. Danson Smith, from Springs in the Valley 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd, Tuolumne, CA 95379 



The tragedy at the Amish school in Pennsylvania has 
touched us all. We don't always understand the things that God 
allows, but we know He is in control. His Spirit's working is 
obvious as the public came to know the forgiveness expressed 
by those who lost so much. Another vital lesson shows us how 
far-reaching, how damaging it is to hold a grudge. May we 
learn daily to forgive any who would harm us. God will give 
grace through the most severe trials. Those dear families have 
our sincere sympathy. --L.C. 



TRUE DISCIPLESHIP 

". . . He cannot be my disciple." 

Thee times in his 14th chapter, Luke records Jesus' saying 
these words. What are the conditions of discipleship that would 
make it necessary for Jesus to limit His followers in this way? 
Most worldly leaders keep then* supporters at almost any cost. 

Jesus states the first condition in verse 26: "If any man 
come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and 
children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he 
cannot be my disciple." In other places in God's Word, we are 
told to love these veiy people and even our enemies. But in 
comparison to the devotion a disciple must have to Jesus Christ, 
this love is like hatred. We must forsake these relationships if 
they are detrimental to our service to God. When we consider 
how much we love our wives, our children, our parents-if this 
is to be hatred in comparison, how great must be our devotion 
to Jesus! Lord, give me that great love. I don't have it. It must 
come from Your Spirit 

The second condition is verse 27: "And whosoever doth 
not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple." 



THE PILGRTM 



The cross means suffering and death. When Jesus bore His 
cross, it was to Calvary where He was nailed to it and where He 
hung and died in atonement for our sins. The cross to us means 
death to the old man and his sins. That old man is you, and it is 
I. Paul says, "I am crucified with Christ. . ." Crucifixion is a 
slow death. Our death to sin and the carnal nature may also be 
slow— slow and painful. Sometimes it may mean physical 
suffering. I Peter 4:1,2: "Forasmuch then as Christ hath 
suffered for us in the flesh, ami yourselves likewise with the 
same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased 
from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in 
the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God." Jesus said 
to cut off the hand or foot, to pluck out the eye that offends. 
Paul writes, Col 3:3: "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with 
Christ in God." 

This speaks of bearing the cross, but Jesus also said, "and 
come after me." There is a death to die, and there is also a life 
to live. To "come after" or follow Jesus means to walk as He 
walked--in His steps. As a child I would try to step far enough 
to match the footprints of my father. It took effort and 
concentration and balance. So it does to walk in the steps of 
our Savior. Our legs aren't long enough; we fail to concentrate; 
we become unbalanced. Jesus took the beatings and scoffing. 
Men spit in His face. We shrink from this. Jesus saw the needs 
and met them. He told us the fields are ripe for harvest. We 
often do not see this and ignore those around us who are 
unbelievers. Jesus prayed all night and early in the morning. 
Our prayers are too often hurried and brief Jesus did not 
answer His accusers. We bristle and protest when accused 
unjustly. We need help. Lord, please inspire me to follow, and 
supply the grace. 

Jesus gives two examples to teach us wisdom. Who would 
start to build without counting the cost? What general would 
confront an anny twice the size of his own without efforts for 



THE PILGRTM 



peace? Discipleship-true discipleship is costly. It costs our 
own will, often our pleasure, our worldly hopes and plans. To 
some it meant forsaking family and friends. Wisdom says to 
count the cost and prepare for these sacrifices. True discipleship 
is laying a foundation and building on it. It is meeting the 
enemy with strength more than our own. 

Jesus says in effect, "Are you ready?" He told aspiring 
James and John there was a cup to drink of and a baptism to be 
baptized with. 

The third condition of discipleship: "So likewise, 
whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he 
cannot be my disciple." "All that he hath" may include some 
pretty dear possessions. We hold on tenaciously to our things, 
our habits, our pleasures, our fashionable clothes and shoes, our 
entertainments. It may mean losing our friends or the respect of 
our family. Jesus mentions houses and lands, which certainly 
touches us in our affluence. Again, to hate these is to love the 
Lord so much more that our love for them becomes of little 
value by comparison. — L.C. 



A critical world is watching. By some strange instinct, it 
realizes that the Christian life deseives everything or nothing. 
When it sees an out- and -out Christian, it may sneer, and scoff 
and ridicule— yet inwardly, it has deep respect for the man who 
recklessly abandons himself to Christ. But when it sees a half- 
hearted Christian, it has nothing but contempt. It begins to 
mock him, saying, "This man began to build, and was not able 
to finish. He made a big commotion when he was converted, 
but now he's very much like the rest of us. He started out at 
high speed, but now he's spinning his wheels." 

And so the Savior said, "You had better count the cost! " 
From the book True Discipleship 
by William MacDonald, Gospel Folio Press 



THE PILGRIM 



WORDS 

"A word fitly spoken is as apples of gold in pictures of 
silver." (Proverbs 25:1) "Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, 
sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." (Proverbs 16:24) 
Words can also be unpleasant. The Apostle James warns us: 
"And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue 
among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth 
on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell." (James 
3:6) We have a great responsibility to correctly choose our 
words and control- our tongues. Purpose and circumstance 
should determine what we say. 

All communication has a purpose. Whether extending a 
brief greeting or engaging in a lengthy conversation, careful 
selection of words is important. Purpose will determine the 
manner of delivery. Correcting a disobedient child requires a 
different tone of voice than comforting for a skinned knee. 

A most important factor in communicating is to use words 
in their proper context. The standard that determines our 
thinking should be the Word of God. The Bible tells us, "All 
Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for 
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in 
righteousness." (II Timothy 3:16) Our thoughts and 
expressions should reflect a commitment to Jesus Christ and His 
words. Keep in mind that one of Christ's titles is "The Word." 
This sober reminder is given to us by Jesus: "For by thy words 
thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shall be 
condemned." (Matt. 12:37) 

Words when spoken during an emotional encounter are the 
most difficult to control and to deal with. One of my favorite 
Scriptures is, "Great peace have they which love thy law: and 
nothing shall offend them." (Psalm 119:165) How fortunate 
that we have a Lord who knows our thoughts and emotions. 
He knows our temptations. If we accept His words and follow 



THE PILGRIM 



His commandments, He will forgive our sin of weakness when 
we say things we should not or when we take offense because 
of what someone else has said. Let "The Word" influence our 
thoughts and help us to select the right words. 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 



BIBLICAL SEPARATION 

The doctrine of separation is found throughout the Bible. 
It was the first act of creation as recorded in Genesis 1:4: "And 
God divided the light from the darkness." Separation is choice: 
every time we make a choice we recognize and apply the 
principle of separation. Its opposite is amalgamation, or 
without distinction as in Genesis 1:2: "And the earth was 
without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the 
deep." The last act of God in the separation of things is 
recorded in Rev. 21:1, "And I saw a new heaven and a new 
earth: for the first heaven and first earth were passed away. . ." 

Many other instances of the separation of things which God 
created could be cited from the Scriptures, such as all the living 
creatures, each created after their kind, that is, separate from 
other kinds. And as stated in Lev. 11:47: "To make a 
difference between the clean and the unclean. . ." (beasts). But 
hi this article we are particularly concerned with the Biblical 
doctrine of separation as it pertains to the people of God. 

God is holy (separate) from all unholy beings, and requires 
His people to be holy. ". . .Ye shall therefore be holy, for I am 
holy," (Lev. 11:45). Of Jesus Christ it is said that He was 
"holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners, and made 
higher than the heavens." 

Separation to be virtuous must be for a cause and not for its 
own sake-to be alone. "Alone" is said to be the most cruel 
word in any language. Man was created a social being, and 



THE PILGRIM 7 



God saw that it was not good that he should be alone. Nor is 
separation for selfish reasons Biblical, as stated in Jude 19: 
"These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not 
the Spirit." 

Separation was both a condition and a result of the children 
of Israel becoming God's people. For although they were under 
the promise made to Abraham, they were not reckoned as the 
people of God until after they were saved out of Egypt and 
brought under the covenant at Sinai as indicated by the 
following Scriptures: "Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice 
indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar 
treasure unto me above all people. . . and ye shall be unto me a 
kingdom of priests and an holy nation. . ." (Ex, 19:5). "Thou 
hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God. . . and the Lord 
hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar (separate) people 
as he hath promised thee. . ." (Deut. 26:17,18). "That thou 
shouldest enter into a covenant with the Lord thy God, and into 
his oath, which the Lord thy God maketh with thee this day. 
That he may establish thee today for a people unto himself, and 
that he may be unto thee a God. . ." (Deut. 29:12,13). "For 
thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, 
to be thine inheritance. . . when thou broughtest our fathers out 
of Egypt, O Lord God." (I Kings 8:53). 

These Scriptures show clearly that Biblical separation is not 
for its own sake or to be alone, but it is a separation from one 
bond, to be joined to another as stated in Romans 7:4. 
The marriage state is the most exclusive of all separations. It is 
being separated from one or many unto another. It is a true 
pattern of Christian separation, that is, "Separated unto God in 
Christ." "For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of 
his bones. . . This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning 
Christ and the Church." (Eph. 5:30,32). To be joined to more 
than one (man or woman) at the same time is adultery--it is 
without distinction of affection or obligation. 



THE PILGRIM 



The kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world are 
essentially and fundamentally different in origin, purpose, and 
destiny, as also its laws and attachments: "For all that is in the 
world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the 
pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the 
world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the 
will of God abideth forever." (I John 2:15,16). 

Satan's chief strategy in his warfare against God's people is 
to present himself as a partner. He is represented in Isa. 14: 14 
as saying, "I will be like the most High." And in Job, when the 
sons of God presented themselves before the Lord, Satan came 
also among them. We read in II Cor. 11:13,14 of ". . .false 
apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into 
apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is 
transformed into an angel of light." This may well be the reason 
Jesus would not allow the devils to witness for him when he 
was here, that they may not claim partnership in His work; for 
he came to destroy the works of the devil. 

God began the separation of the peoples of the earth when 
he called Abraham to separate himself from his country and 
kindred and promised to make of him a great nation; to be their 
God and they would be His people, thus indicating that not all 
the people of the earth would be God's people. This separation 
unto God is often described in the Bible by another term: 
"sanctification" which apparently has the same meaning. 

So far as we are aware, all Bible students recognize that 
there is in fact a fundamental difference between the people of 
God and those of the world who are not His people. But many 
who recognize this fact appear unwilling to signify it in any 
visible manner and refuse to separate themselves from the 
organizations and governments of this world and its warfare. 

We are convinced that the people of the world are not 
opposed to the principle of separation, but they do not consent 
to God's application of that principle as revealed in His Word, 



THE PILGRIM 



The origin and goal of the Christian is different, and thus his 
faith and hope is different, and must be expressed in a life that is 
different. The natural body is the means of expression for the 
spirit which dwells in it. So also the body of Christ is the means 
by which the children of God give expression to the Spirit of 
God dwelling in them, showing a difference between the people 
of God and the people of the world. Non- conformity to the 
world signifies this. It is not itself the difference; but it signifies 
the difference which exists in all who are transformed by the 
renewing of the mind. People are not afraid to be different if 
they have something to be different for— in fact, they want to be 
different. Exclusiveness is popular in the world, as witnessed 
by the many lodges and professional guilds. 

II Corinthians 6:14-18 says, "Be ye not unequally yoked 
together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath 
righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath 
light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? 
or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what 
agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the 
temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, 
and walk in them; and I will be then God, and they shall be my 
people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye 
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I 
will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be 
my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 

I Peter 2:9 says, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal 
priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should 
shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of 
darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not 
a people, but are now the people of God: which had not 
obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy." 

Of the final separation, Rev. 22:14 says, "Blessed are they 
that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree 
of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For 



10 THE PILGRIM 



without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and 
murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a 
lie. —Daniel F. Wolf (Available in tract form) 



OBEDIENCE 

In the Bible God offers us wonderful things, but He offers 
everything on condition of obedience. Heb. 5:9 says, ". . .He 
became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey 
him." In I John 3:22, God promises to answer all our prayers if 
we will obey Him and please Hi m. The Lord Jesus exhorts us 
to abide in Him, and I John 3:24 tells us that, as we obey Him 
by keeping His commandments, we dwell in Him. I John 2:6 
shows us that to abide in Him we must so walk "even as He 
walked." and He always obeyed. 

John 15:7 says that if we thus abide in Him, and His words 
abide in us, we may ask what we will, and it shall be done unto 
us. What a glorious promise! Who can say, "I have all my 
prayers answered"? Well, God offers to do this on condition of 
full, constant, never-failing obedience. It is far from easy to 
obey the Lord always, and this is why God offers such a 
glorious reward, but there is an awful penalty for not abiding in 
Christ, for we read in John 15:6 that if we fail to abide in Him, 
we shall wither. 

Do you ever find Christians who were once full of joy and 
usefulness and a blessing wherever they went, who now seem to 
have but little joy and are no longer able to help people 
spiritually as they once did? They have not been folly obedient 
and so have not been abiding in Christ and have withered. How 
sad! How much better to obey, even when it is very hard to do 
so, and be foil of Christ's life, joy, and happiness, having our 
prayers answered. How can we expect Jesus to bless us and 
answer our petitions if we do not love Him? He says the proof 
of our love to Him is foil obedience, and He will accept no 



THE PILGRIM U 



proof that we love Him except His own test: "He that hath my 
commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me." "He 
that keepeth not my sayings loveth me not." Jesus said, "If ye 
keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I 
have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." 
(John 15:10) Our Lord Jesus says, "Without me ye can do 
nothing." But hear the victorious shout, "I can do all things 
through Christ which strengthened me." Our blessed Lord has 
all power and He is longing for us to cry to Him for strength to 
obey, and the Word declares that "As thy days, so shall thy 
strength be." Also, "My strength is made perfect in weakness;" 
and by faith He "always causeth us to triumph in Christ." 

Full obedience at all times is overcoming, and Jesus offers 
to let the full overcomers sit with Him on His throne and share 
with Him in riches, glory, honor, power, dominion, —yea, in all 
things through the ages and ages and ages of eternity. The 
battle will be hard, and we shall have to watch constantly, but 
the struggle will be for just a little while and the reward is 
beyond anything we can imagine, and it endures forever. The 
Bible tells us that we wrestle against principalities and powers. 
Are we not more than foolish to fail to obey, because the strife 
against sin, sel£ the world, and the powers of darkness is severe 
and painful, and when a reward so glorious is set before us, and 
is made possible to us because of the strength He so freely 
offers and will so freely give? 

Andrew Murray says that the glories and riches of grace 
have so filled our eyes that we have failed to see the side of 
obedience. Grace will never do for us what God commands us 
to do, but grace will enable us to obey fully and also to watch. 
Grace is so blessed and glorious that it is impossible to extol 
and exalt it too much, but we must not for a moment forget that 
God's grace is for those whose hearts are set and fixed to obey 
fully. It is as we "walk in the light" that the blood of Jesus 
Christ cleanses us from sin. Walking in the light means 



12 THE PILGRIM 



obedience to the Word, and I John 1:7 tells us that we are to 
walk in the light as He is in the light, which means to be as 
obedient as Jesus was. God has not put one thing in the New 
Testament that He has taken away or allows us to neglect or 
disobey, and He asks the question, "What shall the end be of 
them that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ?" He 
means all of the gospel and not just a part of it. God says, if we 
are obedient, we shall eat the good of the land, which means 
that we shall have the best things God has to bestow. He also 
says He will withhold no good thing from them that walk 
uprightly— that is, obediently. 

God tells us He delights more in obedience than in burnt 
offerings and sacrifices. He is better pleased by our full 
obedience than by all we give Him and all we bear and suffer 
and endure for Him and for His cause. Jesus said, " Why call ye 
me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" This was 
equivalent to saying, "I am not your Lord unless you obey Me," 
and you know He is Saviour only to those who make Him Lord. 
Repentance is simply a set purpose of heart and life to cease 
from all disobedience, and fully and forever to obey God. 

Jesus said twice, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise 
perish." Notice the message to the churches in Revelation, how 
"repent" and "overcome" are used over and over. Obedience is 
an essential part of repentance and causes us to overcome. 
"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves seivants to 
obey, his servants ye are?" 

From the book, The Life of Faith by Mrs. C. Nuzum, 

Copyright 1928, by Gospel Publishing House. 
Used by permission. Selected by Kevin Garber 



BAPTISM 

Tyler Cover Tuolumne, California September 10 
May God guide and guard this young brother as he selves in the 
Kingdom of Jesus Christ, 



THE PILGRIM 13 



HOW TO MAKE A HAPPY HOME 

1. Learn to govern yourself and to be gentle and patient. 

2. Guard your temper, especially in seasons of ill health or 
trouble, and soften them by prayer, patience and a sense of your 
own shortcomings and errors. 

3. Never speak or act in anger. Pray before you speak or act 
and conclude what Christ would have done in your place. 

4. Remember that as valuable as is the gift of speech, the gift of 
silence is often more precious. 

5. Do not expect too much from others; all have an evil nature; 
we should forgive and forbear. 

6. Never return a sharp or angry word. It is the second word 
that makes the quarrel. 

7. Beware of the first disagreement. 

8. Learn to speak in a gentle tone of voice. 

9. Learn to say kind and pleasant things whenever an 
opportunity affords. 

10. Study the character of each one and sympathize with them 
in then troubles, however small. 

1 1. Do not neglect little things, if they can affect the comfort of 
others in the smallest degree. 

12. Learn to deny yourself and to prefer others. 

13. Beware of meddlers and talebearers. 

14. Be gentle but firm with children. 

15. Do not allow your children to be away from home at night 
without knowing where they are. 

16. Do not allow them to go wherever they please on the Lord's 
day, or at any other time. 

17. Do not furnish them with much spending money. 

18. Save something against a day of trouble. 

19. Remember the grave, the judgment seal, and scenes of 
eternity; order your home on earth that you shall have a home in 
heaven. Sent by Nancy Beidler 



14 THE PILGRIM 



FOR YOUTH 

Watch What You Read 

It has been said, "You are what you read." The way of life 
in any society largely reflects the percentage of its people who 
can read and write well, and it also reflects what they read and 
write. 

When people read and hear long enough what is acceptable 
or unacceptable behavior, it will definitely show in their actions. 
Multitudes are affected in thought and action by mass media. 
They are bombarded by the content and promotions of books, 
magazines, daily newspapers, radio, and television. 

Watch you thoughts; they become words. 

Watch your words; they become actions. 

Watch your actions; they become habits. 

Watch your habits; they become character. 

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. 

—Author unknown 

Disciplining our reading interests is crucial because a battle 
is going on for the mind right now. "For we wrestle not against 
flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, 
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual 
wickedness in high places." (Eph. 6:12). We need to guard the 
reading material we allow for ourselves and for our family. "Of 
making many books there is no end." (Ecc. 12:12). Herein lies 
a real test, with cheap books available at garage sales and used 
book stores at little cost. We should not receive literature that 
will influence us away from truth and right, even if it is free. 
Too many can testify of how they became caught in a web of 
sin that started with a defiling reading diet. 

From a tract Give Attention to Reading 
by Rod and Staff Publishers, Inc. 



THE PILGRIM 15 



GRAVEL OR GOLD 

In weariness I stumble on the gravel at my feet; 
My heart and face downcast and faint, and seeking a retreat. 
The earth beneath my feet is brown, or gray with rocky shard 
Fm so exhausted! And my lot— "Lord, must it be so hard?" 

Above me, skies are all aflame with sunset glory fair, 
And brilliant hues of liquid gold are bursting clouds up there; 
There's inspiration strong enough to lift a stone to praise, 
If only I allow my eyes to leave their rocky ways. 

The secret lies in what my heart is set to dwell upon. 
When I look up, what will I see? Gray clouds or golden sun? 
God places His encouragement in view for you and me. . . 
Our focus makes the difference; What do we choose to see? 

Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out 

Remember the turkey in my last story? If he had yielded to 
the temptation of the hunter's call he would have died. But 
often we do wrong and get away with it. Even terrible crimes 
are sometimes never solved. The person who did it never got 
caught. 

Joe Royer recently told about a raccoon which was stealing 
com from their patch. Joe set a live trap, baited with a ripe 
tomato. The raccoon was able to remove the tomato without 
getting caught. This happened more than once. That raccoon 



16_ 



THE PILGRIM 



was confident he could go on stealing from Joe and get away 
/ith it. . . but finally lie found himself trapped, unable to get 
>ut Suddenly frightened, he no longer wanted the tomato. 

You may hide something you have done wrong, and nobody 
will know. But God knows, and if you confess to your parents, 
they will understand and help you. How much better this will 
be than feeling guilty. The "tomato" doesn't look very good 
when we feel guilty. 

That raccoon could have stopped stealing, and he would 
probably still be alive. But he went too long, and finally met his 
death. If we do not repent of our wrongs, we will meet with 
second death, far worse than physical death. 

God has a "feast" prepared for us in heaven, which is far 
more wonderful than any "tomato" we may find on earth. 
Resist temptation; repent of wrong; trust God's Word; and 
someday you will join that wonderful feast. 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 




H M ^ 



d 

S 



h3£ 



THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 53 NOVEMBER, 2006 No. 11 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4: 14) 

IN THE HARVEST FIELD 

In the harvest field there is work to do, 
For the grain is ripe, and the reapers few; 
And the Master's voice bids the workers true 
Heed the call that He gives today. 

Crown the garner well, with its sheaves all bright, 
Let the song be glad, and the heart be light; 
Fill the precious hours, ere the shades of night 
Take the place of the golden day. 

In the gleaners' path may be rich reward, 
Though the time seems long, and the labor hard; 
For the Master's joy, with His chosen shared, 
Drives the gloom from the darkest day. 

Lo! the Harvest Home in the realms above 
Shall be gained by each who has toiled and strove, 
When the Master's voice, in its tone of love, 
Calls away to eternal day. 

Labor on! Labor on! Keep the bright reward in view; 

For the Master has said He will strength renew; 

Labor on till the close of day! 

C. R. Blackall 

From the Church Hymnal 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Pubhshing editor: Leshe Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee RA, Tuolumne, CA 95379 



A THANKFUL HEART 

There is a story in one of the school readers of an extended 
family that always met together on Thanksgiving Day. They 
had lots of food and thoroughly enjoyed the time together. It 
was a harmonious family that took turns hosting the gathering. 
One year a family decided to do something to show more 
thankfulness and less indulgence. They had only rice for the 
meal, and with the money saved they wrote to a relative serving 
in another country and sent Bibles for this needy area. It was 
quite a surprise for the others who expected a feast as usual, but 
in the end all said it was the best Thanksgiving ever. 

I am not suggesting this as a pattern to follow literally. 
There are certainly joys and benefits in eating together, and in 
this way celebrating— being thankful for the bounty of God's 
blessings. But I think the principle represented here has virtue 
in our land where we have so much, 

Israel was directed to observe several feasts each year. But 
times came when their hearts were not in their celebrations of 
God's goodness. In Isaiah 1, the prophet denounces their errors 
by giving them God's view of their sacrifices, offerings, and 
feasts when then hearts were not in tune. Isaiah 1:13,14: 
"Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto 
me; the new moons and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I 
cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your 
new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are 
a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them." The meaning of 
"I cannot away with 11 is obvious. Other versions say: "I cannot 
bear your evil assemblies" or "I cannot endure. . ." "I want 
nothing more to do with them." This is a sad state when God is 
disgusted with the celebrations of His people. Could it happen 
to us? Yes, when we are not thankful from our hearts. 



THE PILGRIM 



In Paul's famous denunciation of man's sins in Romans 1, he 
links unthankfulness with darkness: (1:21) "Because that, when 
they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were 
thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish 
heart was darkened." This attitude of dissatisfaction is often 
accompanied with dark looks and dark complaints. 

Unthankfulness is unacceptable, even regarding small favors 
to one another. When we realize we have neglected to thank 
someone, we may write a note or go back to them, or in some 
way try to correct this social error. How much more careful we 
should be to thank God "who giveth us richly all things to 
enjoy." He is so good to us! 

Thanksgiving to God must go deeper than the words. Some 
call it "thanksliving" showing appreciation by the way we live. 
It shows in the way we handle the gifts God gives. Is it 
thanksliving if we waste our food— or waste any of the good 
things God gives us? Is it thankfulness when we are so 
particular that our food has to be just right or we complain? 
What is it when we won't wear out our clothes but send them to 
a poor country for them to wear out? (I don't want to 
discourage sending clothes and surplus supplies to poor 
countries. We should share what we have been given and 
rejoice that so much of this is going on.) May we remember 
that God looks on our hearts. We so easily take our blessings 
as though we deserve them and forget how favored we are. 

True thanksgiving comes from a thankful heart. It 
confesses that we are not only in need but also undeserving. It 
is not just acknowledging God's goodness, but rejoicing and 
praising Him for it. 

Perhaps we who are so favored materially would actually 
benefit to be deprived of some of our blessings. When we lose 
something, we are so glad to get it back, and we appreciate it 
more—like the woman of Luke 15 who lost a silver coin and 



THE PILGRIM 



swept the house and hunted diligently for it. When she found it 
she rejoiced and called her friends to rejoice with her. — L.C. 

Oh give us all a thankful heart; 

Help us from evil to depart. 

Our daily meat, Lord, let it be, 

Thy will to do and follow Thee. 



The following story tells of a visit to a Mongolian home 
when Carl and Esther Beck were there taking the place of a 
missionary who was on furlough We present it all in this issue 
rather than breaking it into parts. I hope you all enjoy it as we 
have. —L.C. 

ENCOUNTER ON A KNOLL 

I was standing on a little knoll just outside Ulaanbaatar, 
Mongolia. It was New Year's Day, January 31, 1995. Tsagaan 
Sar, they call their New Year. 

We'd been in the city for just one month now, and this was 
the first day off, real holiday that is, I'd had from the office. I 
was anxious to explore. Oh I'd walked the half-hour short-cut 
from our tiny apartment to the DESENKA, our office building, 
every morning before sun-up, and retraced my steps after sun- 
down. But you don't see much with your eyes hunkered down 
in your hood against minus 30 degree cold in semidarkness. 
Then, too, we'd scurried down the long hill to catch the 
crowded trolley-bus uptown to do our weekly shopping, with 
Esther clinging to my arm against the treacherous snow-ice 
underfoot. Again, you don't explore much when you're being 
jostled from tiny stall to tiny stall to buy-if you can-a KG of 
potatoes here, carrots there, a cabbage yonder or to hunt for the 
unavailable salt, or the elusive milkman with 20-liter milk-cans 
from which he ladles two liters into your container, if you 
happen to catch him in the twenty minutes it takes him to set up 



THE PILGRIM 



shop and sell out. Sundays are church days, of course. With 
two-hour worship sessions right over the noon hour, however, 
and long, thing trolley-bus rides, plus walking sessions to get 
there and back, Sundays are soon gone. 

So on Tsagaan Sar's Day I was ready for new vistas. 

I headed east, the exact opposite of where our more 
mundane pursuits has taken us. I crossed the small park in front 
of our apartment complex, climbed the wide rampart steps that 
take you past the gate to the Russian store, crossed a stretch of 
rough ground, and eventually came out on a dirt path. Taking it 
to the right, I reached the ridge we can see from our apartment 
window. There below lay what we'd been praying to see before 
we left Mongolia: a ribbon of Gers nroning the full length of 
the ravine, almost to the foot of the distant mountains to the 
east. 

A Ger is the traditional dwelling of the Mongolian nomads. 
It is estimated that even now about ninety percent of 
Mongolians are thus housed. It is basically a circular tent, 
twenty to thirty feet in diameter, depending on size of family 
and pocketbook. A lath lattice- work, four to five feet high, is 
bent around the desired circumference. A centrally located 
circular skylight dome, four feet in diameter is supported by 
two posts, set in a precise east-west position, equidistant from 
the exact center of the tent. Notches cut into the frame of this 
circular skylight accommodate one-inch-by-two-inch brightly 
lacquered "tent rafters," which fan out to attach to the exterior 
lattice-work at appropriate points. Large felt sheets are then 
stretched tightly over this frame-work and securely tied down. 
If it is to be a year-round home, a canvas covering is usually 
secured over this felt lining and a wood floor installed. There is 
one low, felt-lined door, always to the south. A Ger thus 
winterized is equal to any thick- walled apartment complex as 
protection against Mongolia's ramus forty to fifty degree cold 
and fiercely strong winds. 



THE PILGRTM 



Anyway, I was delighted to see this ribbon of gers and 

quickly made my way down to the bottom of the ravine. I 

walked along the rough board fence that enclosed the ribbon, 

poking eye and camera through every crack and crevice to feast 

on and record the varied rural scenes thus capsulated in the 

heart of this capitol city. About the fifth click of the shutter and 

my ancient work-horse of a camera decided this cold was not 

for it, and froze up on me. So I whipped out my delicate indoor 

one with the 400-speed film in it and kept on shooting on 

probably far over-exposed film. By this time Tsagaan Sar 

strollers were out in all then holiday finely: small boys in new 

padded jackets; little girls in brightly colored scarves and 

ribbons and sheepskin collars; a wedding party with the groom 

in the traditional pointed, gold brocade, red-and-orange 

Mongolian cap which left his ears exposed and blue with cold; 

middle-aged and older men in then uni-color black, dark blue, 

or brown sheepskin-lined silk Dels, reaching from ankles to high 

stand-up, double-breasted collars, crowned with their handsome 

fur or sheepskin turned up hats; women dressed up like their 

men, except that then Dels were gold-brocaded and usually 

dark green or maroon. Only the young girls were drab in their 

grey or light blue padded jackets and washed out jeans such as 

you might see on any European or American street corner. A 

nod of the camera and my best chessie-cat grin usually brought 

an invitation to snap the shutter. My treasure of over-exposed 

film grew. 

Merrily shooting away, I worked myself around the full mile 
or more of Ger ribbon, clambered up the west side of the 
ravine, skirted the army emplacement that lay parallel to the Ger 
ribbon and extended beyond it, through an open gateway got a 
shot of Lenin on a tall obelisk, and went around the other end 
of the military base. 

Suddenly I was out of the city. Nothing lay between me 
and the snow covered mountains to the north and east except a 



THE PILGRIM 



white expanse of gravelly meadow sweeping slowly upward to 
grasp the mountains' feet. 

Standing on this little knoll and feasting on what lay beyond, 
I was debating about letting myself be lured further or going 
back to Esther, who must be wondering about me by now. 
Esther won. With a reluctant sigh, I was just turning back when 
I saw another family group wend its way up the path I had just 
traversed. Well, maybe just one more picture! As they drew 
closer I observed that the man was large. A fierce Genghis 
Khanian mustache adorned his upper lip and hung down well 
below the corners of his mouth. My camera dropped to my 
side. My best chessie-cat grin slid sheepishly from my face. 
They walked past the bottom of my little knoll. About twenty 
meters beyond me I saw the wife say something to the husband. 
There was a brief pause. Then she and the two daughters 
started running back towards me. The grin was back in place 
and the camera whipped up and aimed. Three pairs of arms 
signalled a distressed negative. Then the same six arms 
beckoned me to follow. I did, with my jaw disentangling itself 
from my feet to compose itself into another grin, this one a grin 
of pure pleasure. I was being invited into a Mongolian home. 
As I followed along in puppy dog fashion, visions of Esther's 
waiting face receded farther and farther into the distance. 

We started across the meadow, skirting a high concrete wall 
to our left. It seemed to be made out of sections of pre-fab 
housing walls; probably something left behind by the Russians. 
Eventually we came to a high wrought-iron gate to the left, 
through which we passed into a large court-yard-like enclosure. 
It might have passed for a farmyard, except for a long, low 
brick building to our immediate right. Its length was faced with 
a series of perhaps twenty pairs of high, massive wood and iron 
doors. Each pah was hung with huge cast-iron hinges at both 
top and bottom. Four sturdy, rubber-tired dray wagons with 
stub tongues, lined up neatly at the far side of the courtyard, 



THE PILGRIM 



suggested that these massive doors might once have 
safeguarded a fleet of large hauling rigs. 

And there at the far end of the enclosure, nestled beneath 
two birch trees, was the prettiest ger I'd seen all day; older, but 
perfect in its setting and promise. We headed directly for its 
low but inviting door. 

I was urged inside with many friendly gestures. For the first 
time I was seeing how the average Mongolian family lived! In 
the center were the two lacquered posts I had expected to see, 
supporting the domed skylight. The brightly lacquered "rafters" 
fanning out from the dome were there, supporting felt and 
canvas. Directly to the back (north) of the Ger was the master 
bedroom which consisted of a crude one-and-a-half width bed 
with a brightly colored heavy oriental rug hanging on the wall 
to the back of it, against the felt for added protection against 
the cold. Immediately in front of the bed a tattered curtain, 
suspended by a wire fastened to the "rafters" nearest the head 
and the foot of the bed, formed the partition between bedroom 
and living area. Now drawn to one side to give the ger its full- 
room effect, it completed the bedroom furnishings. To the right 
and the left (east and west) sides of the ger were secondary 
bedrooms, exact replicas of the "master" bedroom with their 
equally tattered curtains either drawn to one side or wrapped 
around themselves on the supporting wire. In the space 
between the master bedroom and the secondary bedroom to the 
right stood a nicely lacquered wardrobe. To the left of the main 
bedroom, this non-enclosed space seemed to be reserved for 
miscellaneous storage. 

To the immediate right of the door, as you come in, was the 
kitchen with two low, nondescript cupboards whose wooden 
tops furnished worktable and storage space. Hung on a peg on 
the dooipost on the kitchen side was the traditional sheepskin 
pouch, bulging with airak, a potent drink made from fermented 



THE PILGRIM 



mare's milk, conveniently located to be slung over the master's 
shoulder as he left the house. 

Standing against the opposite doorpost was the water 
barrel. Hard against it was a washstand that seemed to serve as 
both dishwasher, bathroom, and laundry. Between washstand 
and west bedroom was another small stand. To my unbelieving 
eyes, standing on its top, were of all things, a shining telephone 
and a TV set, accouterments such as our somewhat more 
modenily appointed apartment failed to boast. Hardly 
traditional! But neither was the light bulb suspended from an 
electric cord, snaking its way up one of the supporting pillars to 
the dome. One must remember that this is Ulaanbaatar, Capital 
City and the only really metropolitan area in all of Mongolia. 
You might not find another dozen gers thus equipped out of the 
million or so scattered across the whole country. 

In the center, just to the front of the supporting pillars, was 
the winter- time heart of the ger, a low brick stove with a sheet- 
iron top with a large lidded circle cut into it. With the lid 
removed, a large romid-bottomed pan drops down into the 
flames. In no time at all, a cow-dung fire is roaring away, and 
the water in the kettle is bubbling. A large chunk of freeze- 
dehydrated goat's milk is dissolved into it and soon we are all 
served a large bowl of salted goat's milk tea. As soon as we 
had stepped out of the 25 below zero outdoor temperature into 
the unattended ger, I had noted how warm the interior felt. 
Now with the tiny stove going, I was soon peeling off layers of 
outer garments. 

Immediately to the back of the two pillars was a low table 
laden with all sorts of Tsagaan Sar goodies. At the right was a 
tower of narrow flat breads, laid up rail- fence fashion to a 
height of perhaps two feet. The hollow center of the tower was 
filled with wrapped caramels, chunks of mutton tallow, stone 
hard flats of dehydrated sheep-milk cheeses, boiled entrails, and 
other delicacies I deigned not to sample. In the center of the 



10 THE PILGRIM 



table was a tub-like samovar piled high with various cuts of 
mutton with the choice piece laid out across the top, with the 
large, fatty tail cushion, such as I remembered seeing in 
Damascus and Jerusalem, turned out toward the entrance door 
to be savoured as one entered. To the left of this was a smaller 
samovar filled with another assortment of special gastronomic 
delights. 

Squeezed in the narrow space between this table and the 
master bed, they now placed a rather high backless long-bench. 
Grandpa and Grandma now took their places in the center of 
this bench. As guest of honour, I was given a chair on 
grandpa's right, hard against the storage space between master 
and west bedrooms and only a few inches from the corner of the 
food-laden table. 

Now the guests began to arrive, sons and daughters, 
grandchildren, in-laws, nieces and nephews and then children. 
Grandpa, as the oldest member of his clan, was worthy of great 
honour and was receiving it in grand style. First the oldest son 
came forward, greeted me with a hands to elbow embrace, and 
squeezed by me to grandpa. His children followed by age, each 
with a small- denomination bill squeezed into small fists, to be 
presented in high honour to grandpa. Last came the daughter- 
in-law, to be followed by the second son's family and so on until 
the entire ritual was completed. As new guests arrived, the 
ritual was resumed. As each guest greeted grandpa, they 
grasped him below both elbows, and he grasped them on the 
upper forearms and drew them towards him and they touched 
cheeks, first right then left. Such clan tenderness brought tears 
to my eyes. 

Being uninitiated, as I felt guests reach for my elbows, I 
tried to reciprocate, and we found ourselves with amis tied up 
into knots. Finally, half way though the ceremony, I noticed 
how Grandpa grasped each guest on the top of the forearms in 



THE PILGRIM 11 



a sort of benediction. As I mimicked him, the arm-knotting 
problem was solved. 

All this time I was both deaf and dumb. The most I could 
accomplish was an occasional inane mutter in English or 
Japanese. Then suddenly out of this vast and embarrassing 
silence a small voice piped up, "Do you speak English?" Like a 
choir of angels, it was so welcome at the moment. My face 
must have lit up like a Fourth of July celebration. It was an 
older married daughter, there with her daughter. The husband 
and father was "far away/' She was a teacher of Russian in 
district 19 high school. She wanted very much to learn English. 
Would I teach her? No, but my wife would be delighted. On 
the spot I signed her up as the first student in Esther's long- 
desired English Bible class. 

Suddenly questions started coming from all over the ger. 
She was their interpreter. What is my name? "How old are 
you?" "Seventy- six." Then I ventured one. "How old is 
Grandpa?" "Forty-six." My chin dropped. Here this venerable 
grandpa, honored she of the clan, for whom an elaborate ritual 
of ceremonies was in motion, whom I had been honoring as my 
senior, was actually thirty years my junior. Then and there I 
decided it was high time appropriate honour systems, ritual, and 
ceremonies be set up in my clan. After all, Esther and I are 
great-grandparents. 

Ah yes, Esther! I'd better be getting home! I stood up and 
began rummaging for sweaters and coats only to be pushed 
down into my chair. "Things are just starting! " 

Grandpa drew down from the sleeve of his del an ornately 
carved bone snuff bottle and handed it to the elder son who 
ceremoniously adinired it, sniffed it, pulled out the stopper and 
the feather duster inside, applied ample portions to both 
nostrils, re-corked it and passed it on to the guest of honour. 
He in turn adrnired it, removed the stopp er, sniffed 
appreciatively, and passed it on to the next in line. 



12 THE PILGRIM 



Again the guest of honour stood up. Again he was pushed 
back into Ms chair. How rude can an honored guest get? 
Grandpa pulled out a huge vodka bottle and poured a generous 
portion for Eldest Son, who drained it in one appreciative quaff 
and poured an equally generous portion for the guest of honour. 
He sniffed it with great show of pleasure, touched his lips to the 
rim and inhaled two drops. It seemed that the top blew off his 
head. His trachea refused passage of air. Gasps came from 
deep inside; skin changed color; tears overflowed ducts. The 
man was miserable, causing politely stifled merriment all 
around. 

He stood up again. Again he touched the seat with a 
thump. Now Elder Son grasped the prize piece of mutton from 
the top of the heaped pile. Producing a pocket knife he sliced a 
great slab of pure tallow from the fatty tail cushion and handed 
this prize to the honored guest. At least it was somewhat easier 
to surround than the vodka, though not that much. 

In the meantime the women had been busy. Left over salted 
goat-milk tea had been scrubbed from the one cooking utensil. 
Buzes, meat dumplings, were placed on a wrack to steam. The 
ger was filled with the aroma of well- roasted yak. The guest of 
honour was served first. This time he needed no coaching. 
They were delicious. All thoughts of Esther fled. The keenest 
of appetites do get satiated, however, and finally I did push 
back and came up with a bright idea. 

Producing my camera, I offered to take a picture. In the 
ensuing scramble to get next to Grandpa at the honored north 
side of the ger, I retrieved my outer garments and parked them 
next to the door. Having taken all the desired pictures of 
groups and sub-groups, through my now animated interpreter I 
made what I thought was a veiy gracious speech expressing my 
honour and real appreciation for having been a part of this 
beautifully touching family gathering, said my good-byes and 
backed out the low door with no further objections. 






1 



THE PILGRIM 13 



Grandrtia and a passel of daughters and grand- daughters 
saw me off as far as the knoll of our first encounter and stood 
there waving as I scrambled over the rough gravel for Esther 
and home with a wami feeling of euphoria and thankfulness to a 
provident Heavenly Father for having answered so many of our 
prayers on this beautiful Tsagaan Sar's Day. 

Carl Beck 
Sonora, California 



OUT REACH 

If there is any one that reached out it was Jesus. And why? 
Because of His great love. He made provision for our 
salvation. O what a great sacrifice He made for us! Paul said, 
". . . Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom 
I am chief." (I Tim. 1:15) Yes, He came to seek and to save 
that which was lost. (Luke 19:10) Did we notice He not only 
came to save but to seek. Also Jesus said: "Follow me, and I 
will make you fishers of men." (Matt. 4:19) We believe if we 
have found that pearl of great price (Jesus), we will desire to 
share that with others, and have a burden for the erring ones. 
The Word teaches one soul has more value that the whole 
world. Why do we labor so hard for the things that shall pass 
away, but neglect to reach out to those in spiritual poverty. 
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth 
souls is wise." (Pro. 11:30) Paul said, "Unto me, who am less 
than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should 
preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ." 
(Eph. 3:8) 

Kenneth Garber 

Owen, Wisconsin 



14 THE PILGRIM 



A MOTHER'S INFLUENCE 

A mother is on display all day. Little eyes, medium- sized 
eyes, and big eyes watch. They see how we dress, what we 
value, how we act and react. They watch our faces closely 
when they tell us something. They know if we love them, if we 
really listen, and if we pray. The little ones act it out; the bigger 
ones live it out. May God help us to be powerful influences for 
Him. 

Quoted from "A Mother's Influence 11 
by Christian Light Publications. Used by permission. 

Selected by Rosanna Royer 



BIRTH 

Kreider - A daughter, Sophia Ryann, bora October 25 to Jason 
and Heather Kreider of Greenville, Ohio 



ADDRESS CHANGES 

Seth Harper 30351 County Rd. 30 
Elkhart, IN 46517 

Hubert Moore 1539 Montclair Dr. 

Modesto, CA 95350 

(209) 238-3784 fax: (209) 524-2524 

Daniel Wagner 1230 Adrien Ave. Apt. 0-3 
Greenville, OH 45331-8277 
(937) 548-9499 



THE PILGRIM 15 



FOR YOUTH 

See if you can fill the blanks in these verses on thanksgiving. 

1 . O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is __ _: for his 

endureth for ever. (Psalru 107: 1) 

2. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts 

with : be thankful unto lurrr and bless his 

. (Psalm 100:4) 

3. For every creature of God is 5 and nothing to be 

if it be received with thanksgiving. (I Tim. 4:4) 

4. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable . (II 

Corinthians 9:15) 

5. At I will rise to give thanks unto thee 

because of thy righteous . (Psalm 1 19:62) 

6. Rooted and built up in him and stablished in the 

, as ye have been , abounding therein 

with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:7) 

7. In thing give thanks: for this is the 



of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (I Thessalonians 5:18) 

8. I will offer to thee the of thanksgiving, and 

will call upon the name of the Lord. (Psalm 1 16: 17) 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

Go to the Ant 

Boys and girls, you are about to go on a journey deep 
underground, through many tunnels and rooms. We will even 
visit a queen! Ready? Here we go. 

Do you see that little hill up ahead? That is the front door 
of the ants' house. Normally any intruders would be chased 
away, but I have permission to be here. Now, slip through this 
little hole. Down, down, down. Here is the first room I want 
to visit. This is the nursery. It is where the baby ants, or larvae, 



are kept. They are very well guarded by the worker ants, who 
feed thern, yuck, with their own saliva. 

The ant's life begins as an egg, which is laid by the queen. 
The eggs then hatch into larvae, which, in time, turn into pupae. 
These pupae then become ants that look like you would think 
ants should. 

O.K. Let's go on with our visit. Step carefully! This is a 
busy place in here. Now, step in here and see where the queen 
lives. She is waited on and guarded very carefully since she is 
the only one who lays eggs. We'd better leave so we don't get 
in the way. This way. In here is the pantry. No snitching! 
Grasshoppers, beetles, and fly larvae are some of the "guests" 
who stay here. They are eaten by members of the colony. 

Now, we are going to make one more stop here before we 
leave. This room is the "greenhouse." The ants grow food in 
here. They prepare the dirt by chewing up dead leaves for 
fertilizer. Then they plant mushrooms in the dirt for their food. 

Now, it's time to leave. I want you to consider this verse. 
"Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways, and be wise." 
(Proverbs 6:6) 

Christian Savage 
Arcanum, Ohio 








o q 

£ <fl P 


lie 


§22 


fe w 


P 


gti 


w w 


55 









8 * 1 



THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 53 DECEMBER, 2006 No. 12 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." (I John 4: 14) 



VEILED IN DARKNESS JUDAH LAY 

Veiled in darkness Judah lay, 
Waiting for the promised day, 
While across the shadowy night 
Streamed a flood of glorious light, 
Heavenly voices chanting then, 
"Peace on earth, goodwill to men." 

Still the earth in darkness lies. 
Up from death's dark vale arise 
Voices of a world in grief, 
Prayers of men who seek relief: 
Now our darkness pierce again, 
"Peace on earth, goodwill to men." 

Light of light, we humbly pray, 
Shine upon Thy world today; 
Break the gloom of our dark night, 
Fill our souls with love and light, 
Send Thy blessed word again, 
"Peace on earth, goodwill to men." 

Douglas LeTell Rights, 1915 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd, Tuolumne, CA 95379 



PEACE ON EARTH 

Not as a conquering general, but as a tiny Baby came Jesus 
into the world to make peace. Today's leaders would make 
peace through war, but it cannot come that way. The 
announcement of the angels as Jesus was born was "Peace on 
earth; good will toward men." God offered us peace with Him 
and peace with one another. 

God's way to peace is through personal sacrifice like Jesus 
did when He left heaven. There are no alternative methods— no 
shoit cuts. Coming as a helpless child was Jesus' way to signify 
the peace He came to give. A baby is utterly defenseless. 
Likewise Christ did not defend Himself but laid down His life to 
bring us to Him in peace. His followers in times of persecution 
chose also to be defenseless, even though it meant death like it 
did to our Savior. 

We study these examples. We have been taught 
consistently this principle of sacrificing our own will for peace. 
We are "prepared" to suffer if persecution should come to our 
land of freedom. Or are we as prepared as we like to think? 
Jesus said in His teaching about little things we cannot do: "If 
ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye 
thought for the rest?" (Luke 12:26) We think we are ready to 
suffer, but are we willing to suffer in small ways today? 

One stoiy (Parable?) tells of a young man who, attracted by 
a fat wage, applied for a job in a large factory. The place had 
already been filled and as he left, he was stopped by a stranger 
who accused him of wanting this job, not to show how well he 
could work, but to receive the good wage. The young man was 
angered at this criticism which he knew was true. To his credit, 
he returned to the manager and apologized for his attitude. He 
discovered the stranger was an official in the company, and 



THE PILGRIM 



because the young man was willing to swallow his pride and 
accept the criticism, he was given a much needed job. How 
many times do we react that well? 

James (1:19,20) gives a secret of peace: "Wherefore, my 
beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, 
slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the 
righteousness of God," Peter writes, "For what glory is it, if, 
when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently, 
but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this 
is acceptable with God." 

Jesus came as a- helpless, defenseless child and went to the 
cross not only to make peace in the glaring issues of humanity, 
but to give us peace in the daily irritations of life. 

Peace is not just a ceasing of hostility in each conflict, but a 
condition of our hearts. Jesus said, "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." 

After an election, things settle down and there is a measure 
of peace. But it is a result of victory, and it is the world's way. 
The peace Jesus gives comes even if we lose-even if the 
settlement is not a just one-even if we have to be silent and 
"swallow our pride." 

Peace is a result of forgiveness. Issues don ! t have to be 
justly settled if we are willing to forgive. No greater injustice 
was ever done than that of condemning Jesus when He is "holy, 
harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher 
than the heavens." (Heb. 7:26b) 

Do we have the peace which passeth understanding? Jesus 
brought it and bought it; it is available. It comes from knowing 
Jesus, knowing why He came, and being made like Him As we 
learn of Him, we can even be peacemakers, and when we are, 
we "shall be called the children of God." 

This season as we remember the manger, the angels, the 
shepherds, the wise men and then gifts, let us confess the 



THE PILGRIM 



reason Jesus came-to bring peace with God and personal peace 
to each of His children. He died to make this peace, saying on 
the cross, "Father, forgive thern for they know not what they 
do!" This can be the expression of our hearts as we are made 
more and more like our Savior. — L.C. 



THE THRONE AND DYNASTY OF DAVID 

And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring 
forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, 
and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord shall 
give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall 
reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom 
there shall be no end. . . . The Holy Ghost shall come upon 
thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: 
therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall 
be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:31,35) 

From this text we may learn that Jesus, the son of Mary, 
who was bom of the family of David, was more than a carnal 
son, for He was also the Son of God. And the "throne of 
David" was more than a temporal, earthly throne because it is of 
endless duration. 

The Lord promised such a throne and kingdom to the family 
of David on the occasion as recorded in II Samuel 7. And it is 
evident that the "house" and "throne" and "kingdom," of which 
he spoke at that time, far transcended that of his son Solomon 
and the temple which he was to build. Without doubt it was the 
same throne and kingdom of which the angel spake to Mary 
because verse 16 says, "And thine house and thy kingdom shall 
be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be 
established for ever." 

David himself was well aware that the throne and kingdom 
which he occupied was the Lord's and acknowledged it in many 
of his Psalms and prayers. Psalm 45:6 says, "Thy throne, O 



THE PILGRIM 



God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right 
sceptre." 

In his old age, when David was committing the kingdom to 
Solomon, he blessed the Lord before all the congregation and 
said, Thine O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the 
glory, and the victory, and the majesty, for all that is in the 
heaven and in the earth is thine: thine is the kingdom, O Lord, 
and thou art exalted above all. (I Chron. 29:11) 

When Israel asked for a king, in the days of Samuel the 
prophet, they committed a great sin, The Lord said to Samuel, 
"They have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I 
should not reign over them." Perhaps the key to their sin is 
revealed in their request of Samuel to "make us a king to judge 
us like all the nations" when the Lord God was their king." 

In Matt. 25, it is revealed by our Lord that when He comes 
to earth again, He will sit upon the throne of His glory, and 
there will be a great separation of all nations that are gathered 
before Him. Then He will say to those on His right hand, 
"Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared 
for you from the foundation of the world." 

In the light of this revelation, we can see more clearly why it 
was so great a sin for them to ask for a king "like all the 
nations." The kingdom was already "prepared from the 
foundation of the world," and the Lord their God was their 
king. This, no doubt, was pait of the "Eternal purpose which 
he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. . . from the beginning of 
the world," (Eph. 3:9-15) and of that revealed by the apostle 
Paul in Titus 1:2, "In hope of eternal life, which God, that 
cannot lie, promised before the world began." 

We believe that the eternal throne and kingdom, promised 
to the dynasty of David (II Sara 7:16), the "everlasting 
kingdom" shown to Daniel in various images and visions, and 
the "kingdom of heaven: and "kingdom of God" which John the 
Baptist and Jesus and the apostles preached in the New 



THE PILGRIM 



Testament, are all one and the same kingdom, determined and 
prepared of God in Christ Jesus from the foundation of the 
world. It has passed, and is passing, through various conditions 
and stages of development in relation to its subjects on earth, 
but in the mind and purposes of God, it is one and the same 
kingdom throughout all time and eternity. 

We cannot believe that when Jesus said to Pilate, "My 
kingdom is not of this world," He had reference only to the 
future kingdom. Pilate asked Him, "Ait thou a king then?" 
Jesus answered, "Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was 
I bom, and for this- cause came I into the world, that I should 
bear witness unto the truth. . ." The truth was that He was born 
a king of a kingdom that is not of this world, but which was 
before this world-and is yet to come, when He will be king 
over all the earth. (Zech. 14:9; Rev. 19:6, 16) 

It is clearly evident from the history of the Old Testament 
kingdom of Israel, and during the earthly ministry of our Lord 
Jesus Christ-and even to the present time, that the Jews 
(including the disciples of Jesus, before they were converted) 
failed to understand that the "kingdom" which God promised to 
the dynasty of David was not an earthly, temporal kingdom, but 
was of heavenly origin with a heavenly king. This was probably 
largely because they failed to understand the meaning of the Old 
Testament prophecies that Christ, the Son of David and King of 
Israel, was also the SON OF GOD. 

Li one of the final encounters which Jesus had with the 
unbelieving rulers, shortly before His crucifixion, He asked 
them, "What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say 
unto hirn, The Son of David. He saith unto them, How then 
doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto 
my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies 
thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son: 
And no man was able to answer him a word. , ." The meaning 
of this prophecy in the Psalms is now clear to us, but it was 



PILGRIM INDEX 2006 



ARTICLES 

A Critical World Oct 

A Love That Knits -- Steven Horst Jan 

A Mother's Influence -Sel by Rosanna Royer Nov 

A Thankful Heart -L.C. Nov 

Back to School --L.C. Sep 

Biblical Separation -Daniel F. Wolf Oct 

Brokenness -Nancy Beidler Apr 

Caution! You Are Being Followed Jun 

Dear Whosoever Will -Kevin Garber Feb 

Encounter on A Knoll -Carl Beck Nov 

First Love -L.C. Feb 

From The Modesto Bee Jul/Aug 

God Is Love -Harold Royer Sep 

Godly Mothers ~L. C. May 

Home Church -Joseph and Letha Wagner Jul/ Aug 

Honoring God in Business -Rudy Shafer Mar 

House of Prayer -Rosanna Royer Jul/Aug 
How to Make A Happy Home -Sent by Nancy Beidler Oct 

It's Not Black and White. . . -Ron Cable Jan 

Jesus, Hope of His People -Kevin Garber Jun 

Jesus, Savior and Lord -L. C. Apr 

Love and Unity -Lloyd Flora Mar 

Memories -L.C. Jul/Aug 

Memories Still Stand -Bill Miller Jul/Aug 

My Liberty 2006 -L.C. Jan 

Nonresistance in Action -Michael Harris Jan, Feb, Mar 

Nonresistance Under Test ~E. J. Swalm Jun 

Obedience -Sel. by Kevin Garber Oct 

Old Brethren Church, Salida -Charles Wagner Jul/Aug 

Out Reach -Kenneth Garber Nov 

Peace on Earth -L.C. Dec 

Pentecost -L.C, j un 

People or God -Sel. by Mervin Hilty Mar 

Politics and the Christian -Roger Hartline Mar 

Prayer -Nancy Beidler May 

Rocking the Boat Apr 



Salida Meetinghouse Fire —Jonathan Miller Jul/ Aug 

Special Meeting Memories -Marilyn Miller Jul/ Aug 

The Christian's Happiness —Sel. by Ken Johnson Apr 

The Coming of the Messiah Jun 

The Lord's Prayer —Peter Cover Jan, Feb 

The Salvation Issue -Kenneth Garber Jan 

The Significance of the Holy Kiss -Ron Cable May 
The Throne and Dynasty of David -Daniel F„ Wolf Dec 

TheWay-L.C Mar 

True Discipleship -L. C . Oct 

What Is Television Doing? -Oswald J. Smith May 

Why? -Joseph Wagner Mar 

Words -Joseph Wagner Oct 



POEMS 



Assurance 




Apr 


Boundless Love -J. I. Cover 




Apr 


Christ, The Way -L.C 




Mar 


Christ, We Do All Adore Thee 




Apr 


Commit Thou All Thy Griefs 




Mar 


God Knows How 




Mar 


Holy Quietness 




Jun 


In the Harvest Field 




Nov 


Jesus Calls Us 




Feb 


Love Regained — L.C. 




Feb 


Memories of the Salida Church -Leona Miller 


Sep 


Molding in Clay 




May 


Safe -Sel by Ken Johnson 




Apr 


Salida Church Memories -Sarah Martin 


Jul/ Aug 


Sing to the Great Jehovah's Praise 




Jan 


The Church Still Stands -Lloyd Wagner 


Jul/Aug 


The Pilgrim's Way --L.C. 




Feb 


The Refiner's Fire 
Thorns 




May 

Sep 


Veiled in Darkness Judah Lay 




Dec 


What If 




May 


When We Stand Before the Throne ■ 


-Sel by Ina Martin Sep 



FOR YOUTH 




Lord, Help Me ~J. I. Cover 


Jan 


Inspiration From the Snow —Susanna Tate 


Jan 


Our God --Teresa J. Miller 


Feb 


You Must Be Born Again 


Mar 


Do Thou for Me —Susanna Tate 


Mar 


More Precious Than Gold 


Apr 


How Shall the Young Secure Their Hearts? 


May 


Security —Susanna Tate 


May 


Bible Quiz 


Jun 


The Young Christian 


Jun 


Compassion for Others —Jesse Martin 


Sep 


Watch What You Read 


Oct 


Gravel or Gold —Susanna Tate 


Oct 


Verses on Thanksgiving 


Nov 


The Two Freedoms —Samuel D. Coon 


Dec 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 



The Fence of Guilt -Martha J. Wagner Jan 

Eat It With Relish -Martha J, Wagner Feb 

Nobody Likes Me -Martha J. Wagner Mar 

Are You Listening? -Martha J. Wagner Apr 

George's Big Scare -Martha J. Wagner May 

Singing Praises to God -Martha J. Wagner Jun 

Learning Wise Choices -Martha J. Wagner Jul/Aug 

Turkey Call -Martha J. Wagner Sep 
Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out -Martha J. Wagner Oct 

Go to the Ant -Christian Savage Nov 

Playing by the Rules -Linda Frick Dec 



Marietta Stalter 


Jan. 1 


Harvey Brow Aug 24 


Luke Wagner 


May 7 


Katelyn Golding Aug 24 


Matthew Cover 


May 14 


Alexa Oberholzer Aug 24 


Leah Royer 


May 14 


Preston Cover Aug 27 


Heather Miller 


Augl3 


Tyler Cover Sep 10 


Orv Brow 


Aug 24 





BIRTHS 



Jethro Nicodemus Cover Jan 22 

Havilah Jane Moser Mar 14 

Ellen Rosanne Martin Apr 3 

Theodore James Hilty Apr 14 

Owen Isaiah Heinrich Apr 27 

Eden Alisendra Stalter Jun 2 

Alyssa Joy Miller Jul 13 

Clay Nathaniel Martin Jul 14 

Sophia Ryann Krieder Oct 25 




MARIAGES 

David Winger and Heidi Brown Dec 31, 2005 

Christopher Taylor and Ana Bella Villegos Jan 1, 2006 
Forrest Tate and Joy Royer Feb 4, 2006 



Susie Sell 



DEATH 

Jun 29, 2006 



THE PILGRIM U 



obscure to theni because of their unbelief In the Revelation, 
Jesus says, "I am the root and the offspring of David," which 
shows that Christ was both antecedent and successor to David. 
Again the prophecy of Micah (5:2) reveals this same truth: 
"But thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the 
thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me 
that is to be ruler in Israel: whose goings forth have been from 
of old, from everlasting." 

Consider the fact that it was so great a sin for Israel to ask 
for a king in the days of Samuel. See the immediate departure 
of the kingdom of- Israel from the dynasty of David under 
Rehoboam, his grandson. See also the subsequent decline of 
the kingdom of Judah under then successive kings until they 
were finally carried away into Babylon. The evidence strongly 
indicates that it never was God's purpose and plan for Israel to 
have a temporal, earthly kingdom; nor that the carnal dynasty of 
David should continue for any great length of time. 

Zedekiah was the last king of the carnal seed of David to sit 
upon his throne. And of him the prophet Ezekiel (who was 
contemporary with him) says, "And thou, profane (worldly) 
wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall 
have an end, Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and 
take off the crown; . . .1 will overturn, overturn, overturn it: 
and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I 
will give it him. " (Ezek. 2 1:25-27) 

Thus ceased the kings of Israel. And the dynasty or 
"tabernacle" of David lay in ruins from that time until Christ 
(whose light it is) was bom. "For unto us a child is bom, unto 
us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his 
shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, 
The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no 
end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order 



"You tell us why God gave us that rule, Larry," Uncle Joe 
suggested. 

"Uh. . . because God knew I'd want another cookie awfully 
bad when Mother said I couldn't have any more. And God 
knew I'd think about grabbing a cookie and running when she 
wasn't looking. That would be stealing, wouldn't it, Uncle 
Joe?" 

"Indeed it would be, Larry. It would be breaking several of 
God's rules. It would be coveting, and it would be disobeying 
and dishonoring your parents as well as stealing." 

"Now boys, it's been fun having you spend the day with me, 
but it's time I run you back home to your parents. I'm glad to 
know you are learning to obey and honor them, and to obey and 
love God, too." 

"Thank you, Uncle Joe!" said Larry. "We've had a good 
day with you." 

"We want to come again," said Bobbie. 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 








es s 


< <=> 


o q 


u * 


^ < 


T* 


H H t 


3*B 


ggsio 


fe 06 


o ^ 


gp 


w p* 


•z, 





On 

M ^ < 

si * 
go a