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VOL. 55 JANUARY, 2008 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) 


Standing at the portal of the opening year, 
Words of comfort meet us, hushing every fear; 
Spoken through the silence by our Father's voice, 
Tender, strong and faithful, making us rejoice. 

"I, the Lord, am with thee; be thou not afraid; 
I will help and strengthen; be thou not dismayed. 
Yea, I will uphold thee with my own right hand; 
Thou art called and chosen in my sight to stand." 

For the year before us, O what rich supplies! 
For the poor and needy living streams shall rise; 
For the sad and sinful shall His grace abound; 
For the faint and feeble perfect strength be found. 

He will never fail us; He will not forsake; 
His eternal covenant He will never break. 
Resting on His promise, what have we to fear? 
God is all-sufficient for the coming year. 

Onward, then and fear not, children of the day, 
For His word shall never, never pass away. 

Frances R. Havergal 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
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Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
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"No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking 
back, is fit for the kingdom of God." 

Jesus spoke many short comparisons like this one. And we 
know that His words were exactly right. This saying is timely 
as we begin a new year. 

Some have done a lot of plowing; I have done a little. If 
you look back, you can sometimes mar an otherwise straight 
furrow. We should just swing that tractor around and 
straighten out that bad kink. It won't work. You will really 
mess it up then. 

As you plow, at least on new ground, it helps to pick a spot, 
a tree, or fence post, to set your sight on. It's like having a 
goal, a place to fix our eyes as we begin 2008. That aim is 
expressed in different ways, but it should include the intention 
to serve the Lord better. Does this sound too simple? In 
Jeremiah 7:22,23 God reminded Israel of His instructions to 
their fathers. Read both verses but notice the simplicity of 
God's command: "Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and 
ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have 
commanded you, that it may be well unto you." Many times we 
know what to do but the problem lies in getting the consent of 
our minds to do it. 

When Jesus said we should not look back, it was not to 
keep us from learning from our mistakes, but His response to a 
man who said he would follow the Lord but wanted first to "bid 
them farewell, which are at home at my house." To delay or 
put off a duty can be dangerous. Friends can protest. They can 
give reasons why this choice is wrong. Peter tried to persuade 
Jesus to avoid going to the cross. He told Peter, "Get thee 


behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou 
savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of 
men." (Matt. 16:23) 

Friends tried to persuade Paul from going to Jerusalem, and 
he told them, "What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? 
for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem 
for the name of the Lord Jesus." (Acts 21: 13) 

And young folks, you will hear voices today trying to keep 
you from reaching your goals in 2008. 

First, let us be sure that our goals are right Are we trying to 
make a name—make money—have fun? These may not be all 
wrong, but God is pleased with self-sacrifice, submission, and 
total commitment to His will. Jesus said, "Seek ye first the 
kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things 
shall be added unto you." "These things" are food, drink, and 

Also, be aware of what it takes to reach a good goal. It 
doesn't just happen. Daily resolve, prayer, study, recognizing 
God's truth are all vital. I used to think something in print was 
surely true. But I found out early in life that much written 
material is direct from Satan. It is a tool used to build or to 

Remember that the entertainment world produces just that— 
entertainment and not necessarily truth. It isn't enough for 
godly parents or church leaders to say, "Don't watch TV." 
"Don't read trashy novels." "Don't go to the movies." "Don't 
listen to rock music." "Don't spend idle time on the internet." 
These warnings are necessary, but the only real results will be 
from a resolve in our hearts to be true and keep our goals in 
view. May God help us to see the danger in these things that 
seem harmless but can keep us from looking ahead, aiming high 
at our goals. 

An old Negro spiritual says: "Keep your hands on the plow 
and hold on." (And don't look back.) -L.C. 



I feel privileged to have known one who was a godly 
example of patience in sufferings, submission to God's will, 
cheerfulness in trials, and victory in daily tests of his faith. I 
don't mean that Donald Kline was perfect. (He would not want 
anyone to say that.) But his life of meekly accepting more and 
more handicaps by multiple sclerosis was a testimony to us all. 

Donald's family will miss his quiet testimony and prayer 
support, and trying to ease his sufferings. Alice spent hours 
with him and fed him when he could no longer hold a spoon. 

Donald first of all loved the Lord. His favorite hymn, 
"What a Friend We Have in Jesus," was used often at his 
bedside. Another frequent request was "There Are Hearts That 
Never Falter." He knew the Brethren Hymnal well, choosing 
numbers and multiple verses of hymns. 

Visitors left his presence resolving to be more submissive to 
God's will. Those who cared for him praised his godly attitude. 
In the days when he could wheel himself around, he often 
encouraged other residents of Miller's Merry Manor, giving 
them his sympathetic attention, quoting or reading Scriptures, 
and pointing them to the Savior who died for us. 

As a boy Donald suffered from rheumatic fever, but he had 
a quick mind and was ever learning. Once as we discussed our 
relationship as cousins, he informed me that we were "first 
cousins once removed." He explained that it meant that I was 
first cousin to his mother. He was also shaip to point out 
typing errors in The Pilgrim without being critical. 

Donald loved music. He had a beautiful voice and sensed 
good harmony. He had learned to play an instrument, but 
singing was his joy, and he used his voice to praise His Savior. 


Years ago he gave me a short poem which he said was not 
to print. But I think he would not object to my sharing it here: 

He played it very well that day, That song brought from above. 
With hands outstretched He struck the chords, 
Those strains of dying love; 
Those precious hands, whose tender touch 
Could cool the fevered brow 
Are amplified by wood and nails 
To reach the millions now. 
He loves you so! Amen. 
We rejoice that Donald can now be at peace, free from 
bondage in a body that didn't work anymore, in the comfortable 
arms of our loving Savior. — L.C. 

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that 
bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good 
tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, 
Thy God reigneth! " (Isaiah 52:7) 

When I think of beautiful feet, I think of Jesus the Nazarene. 
How beautiful are the feet of Him who brought us good tidings 
of great joy which is for all people. (Lu. 2:10) Through death, 
Jesus bruised the serpent's head, destroying him who haOd the 
power of death. (He. 2:14) But his heel was bruised as the 
spikes were nailed in, pinning Him to the tree. Those beautiful 
feet were bruised for love of you and me. 

s Jesus said, "No man taketh it (His life) from me, but I lay it 
down of myself. " (Jn. 10: 18a) Jesus was willing that His feet be 
bruised so we might live. Those beautiful feet were bruised for 
us, to bring us back to our Eden home. Paradise lost can now 
be reclaimed through Jesus and His work for us. How beautiful 
upon the mountains are the feet of Him who brought us 


redemption! What an honor had the woman who washed Jesus' 
feet with tears and anointed them with ointment from the 
alabaster box. (Lu. 7:38) Those feet walked the dusty mountain 
path to bring her salvation. In a similar incident a woman 
poured ointment from an alabaster box on Jesus' head? 
Wherever the gospel goes in all the world, what this woman did 
is told as a memorial of her. (Matt. 26: 13) 

We too can wash Jesus' feet. Inasmuch as we help one of 
the least of His people, we do it to Jesus. (Matt. 25:40) When 
Jesus of Nazareth washes us, our feet too can become beautiful. 
How beautifiil are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! 
(Song of Solomon 7:1) Part of our armor to withstand the 
kingdom of darkness is, "And your feet shod with the 
preparation of the gospel of peace." (Eph. 6:15) "And how 
shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How 
beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, 
and bring glad tidings of good things" "That saith unto Zion, 
Thy Godreigneth!" (Rom. 10:15) (Isa. 52:7) 

Kevin Garber Greenville, Ohio 


The following selection, from Brumbaugh's History of the 
Brethren, is part of a letter of John Mass to his son Jacob 
telling of his voyage across the Atlantic, 

The 24th of June we went from Rotterdam to within half an 
hour's distance from Dort, where we lay still, the wind being 
contrary. On July 3rd we started and the ship was drawn by 
meii several times on the river Maas, as far as the neighborhood 
of Helvoetsluys. There the wind became favorable so that we 
sailed into the sea on July 5th, near Helvoetsluys. Then the 
seasickness began among the people, that is, dizziness and 
vomiting. The greatest number after having vomited could 
begin to eat again. 


On the 13th of July, early in the morning, we arrived in the 
port of Plymouth, which port lies in the midst of rocks. We had 
to he in the middle of the harbor until the ship was released by 
the custom officers and provisioned. 

On July 21st we sailed into the big ocean and on our left we 
lost the land, France and Spain. The 24th we also lost it on our 
right, namely England. The 25th a little child died. It came 
upon the ship very sick; the next day about 8 o'clock it was 
buried in the sea. When the body fell from the plank into the 
water I saw with great astonishment that a large number of big 
fish appeared and darted quickly away in front of the ship, as if 
they wished to flee from the corpse. 

For ten days we had steadily a good breeze, so that we 
sailed a long way on the big ocean. 

The 28th of July, before daylight, a French man-of-war by 
the name of Elizabeth, came near us. This Captain examined 
our Captain in French. After having made themselves known to 
each other, they wished one another a happy trip and each went 
on his course. 

After this day we had very changeable weather so that in 
three weeks we made only sixty hours (about 180 miles), which 
in very good wind we could have done in one day. 

On August 3rd, I got up an hour before day in order to see 
how it was going, as I had made up my mind to watch the 
compass during the entire trip, to see if there would be a change 
in our course. When I reached the ladder, all the people were 
still asleep and a bedstead was under the ladder, and the 
coverlet of the people lay high up against the ladder, and during 
the night it had been raining a little so that it was slippery under 
the trap-hole, and while I was standing on the top step of the 
ladder and was about to climb on deck, the people in their bed 
stretched themselves and unwittingly knocked the ladder from 
under my feet; then I fell down from the top and with my left 
side I struck upon the ladder, that I was almost unconscious and 


lay there a long time before I could get up. Then I had to He on 
my back about two weeks till I could get up again and walk a 
little. At first I feared that I would remain lame, but to the great 
God be all the glory in His Son, who has caused me to get well 
again without herbs or plaster, so that I feel but little of it any 

The 4th the crew early in the morning spiked a big fish with 
a harpoon. It was as long as an ordinary man and shaped in its 
head like a pig, also in body and insides like a pig. 

The 7th of August during the night again a little child died 
and in the same hour a little boy was born, and the dead child 
buried at sea on the 8th. 

The 11th and 12th we had a storm which was not very 
strong; however, it lasted forty- eight hours, so that all the sails 
had to be reefed, the rudder fastened, and the portholes boarded 
up, so that we were sitting in darkness, while the force of the 
waves struck through the porthole glass into the beds. Some 
people always have to vomit during every storm and strong, 
stiff winds. 

On the 13th again a little boy was born. The 17th we had 
another storm, which was much stronger that the first for six or 
eight hours and blew the sea very high up. It lasted for one and 
one-half days and one and one-half nights, but towards the end 
was not so strong. Sails, rudder, holes, everything was 
hurriedly fastened up and left to wind and sea. After that it 
grew so calm that we did not get much from the spot during 
several days. During this time the people got well again from 
dizziness and vomiting. Then we got again strong wind from 
the^ side by which we made good headway. 

On the 23rd of August again a child died and was buried at 
sea that evening. 

The 26th, about 5 o'clock P.M., we passed by a mast 
standing fast, the point of which showed a half yard above the 
water, quite immovable and with ends of rope still on it. By 


good fortune our ship passed it at about a rod's distance. The 
Captain had just been drinking tea. Many people were very 
much frightened by this sight, because it was impossible for this 
mast to be standing on the bottom and it yet was immovable. 

The 30th 5 the last mentioned man again lost a child and it 
was buried at sea that night. Then we saw the first little fish 
with wings flying over the sea for two or three rods. 

On September 6th in the morning the First Mate spiked a 
dolphin, which are quite different from what they are pictured in 
Germany. This day we had much heat and little breeze. 

The 7th, another big fish was caught by the crew, which is 
called shark. The crew took a hook which was very large and 
strong and of about a finger's thickness; to this they fasten one 
and one-half pounds of bacon. When they saw the fish near the 
ship's side they threw the hook with the bacon to him, which he 
swallowed at once and since the fish was very thick and five 
feet long and of great strength in his tail, as well in as out of the 
water, they drew him into the ship with a very hard pull, and 
drove back all the people, so that it should not hurt anybody, as 
he struck the deck so powerfully with his tail that if he should 
have hit any one against the legs, those would certainly have 
been struck in two. But after the ship's caipenter had cut off his 
tail with his axe after ten strokes, his strength was all gone. His 
mouth was so big that he might have swallowed a child of two 
years. The flesh the Captain ordered to be distributed to the 
delighted people. 

On the 1 1th again a little child died, without anybody having 
noticed it until it was nearly stiff, and the 12th it was buried at 

The 13th a young woman, who had always been in poor 
health, died in childbirth and was buried at sea on the 14th, with 
three children, two of them before and now the third the one 
just born, so that the husband has no one left now. . . 



And since the trip owing to the many changes of wind had 
lasted somewhat long and the greater number of the people had 
all consumed their provisions and their conception (imagination 
or expectation) was always set upon six weeks from land to 
land, they had gone on eating and drinking hard, from morning 
until late at night. Then at last they found it a great hardship to 
live on the ship's fare alone; thus the greater number so entirely 
lost courage that they never expected to get on land again, (to 
be continued) 


"Are all the children in— 

The night is falling. " wrote Elizabeth Roosen. 

As we enter 2008 we look up into the face of Jesus who 
cares for our children and grandchildren and our scattered 
congregations. The Pilgrim, though just a small voice, also has 
a burden for our people in these last times. 

Special thanks to our supporters: Bill Miller for mailing 
labels, Sarah Martin's updates and index, and financial donations 
from the Yellow Creek Congregation and others. 

To those who read The Pilgrim as a gift, we need to know 
if you are receiving it or have moved. It's renewal time. 

May we be ready when Jesus comes— 

with all the children in! -Leslie and Martha Cover 


Marlin Frick Bradford, Ohio December 30 
May God's blessings be on this dear young brother as he 
serves the Lord Jesus in His Kingdom. 

Merrill Royer's: 


11233 Patterson Rd. 
Wakarusa, IN 46573 
(574) 633-4259 



MARY ANNA GIBBEL, daughter of Arthur and Treva 
(Hoke) Brumbaugh, was born January 6, 1925, at Potsdam, 
Ohio, She passed into eternity in the morning hours of October 
24, 2007, at the age of 82 years, 9 months, and 18 days near 
Greenville, Ohio. 

She was united in marriage to Jacob Gibbel of Berks 
County, Pennsylvania, on March 31, 1945, at her home near 
Potsdam, Ohio. This union was blessed with one son and two 

She was baptized in 1940 into the Dunkard Brethren 
Church, and in later life, she and her companion affiliated with 
the Old Brethren Church, where they were members at the time 
of her passing. 

They lived most of their years in Ohio, with the exception of 
a couple years in Berks County, PA Later in life they lived a 
few years in Homestead, Florida and Collins, Mississippi. 

She is survived by her husband; son Richard and his 
companion; daughter Dixie and her companion Duane Heisey; 
five grandchildren; one brother Paul Brumbaugh; one sister 
Miriam Beery and husband Wihiam; and many nephews and 

Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother David 
and companion Mary; a sister-in-law Mary Ellen Brumbaugh; 
and one infant daughter Linda, who passed away shortly after 

Funeral services were conducted at the Kreitzer Funeral 
Home, Arcanum, Ohio, and at the graveside by Neil Martin and 
Joe Royer. Burial was at the Mote Cemetery near Pittsburgh. 
Hymns 400, 484, 494, and 433 were sung at the graveside. 

We commit her into the hands of our Heavenly Father. 

The Family 


HAZEL L, WEAVER, daughter of Henry H. Weaver and 
Viola (Miller) Weaver Moss, died December 9, 2007, at the 
home of a niece, Millersburg, Ohio. She was born at Grand 
Junction, Colorado, March 13, 1920. As a child, her family 
moved often and lived in both western and eastern Colorado. 
Hazel lived in Kansas briefly before moving to Ohio in 1942. 
She was a nurse aide at Wayne Hospital, Greenville, for 41 
years. Hazel was baptized at the Cloverleaf Dunkard Brethren 
Church, Colorado, in 1935, and her membership was moved to 
the Eldorado Dunkard Brethren Church in September, 1942. In 
September, 1946, she became a formative member of the 
Primitive Dunkard Brethren Church. She became a member of 
the Conservative German Baptist Brethren in December of 
1948. In the fall of 1996 she joined with the Old Brethren 
where she retained membership at death. 
Survivors include two sisters, Charlotte Frick of Greenville, 
OH, and Arvilla and Ray Keeny of New Freedom, PA; 23 
nieces and nephews; numerous great- and great great-nieces 
and nephews; a brother-in-law and wife, Lloyd and Catherine 
Keeny of Spring Grove, PA, and a sister-in-law; Betty Weaver 
of Lititz, PA, and many step-nieces and nephews. She was 
predeceased by her parents, step-father Loring I. Moss, sister 
Ida (Mrs. Lloyd Keeny) and two brothers, Albert Weaver and 
Delbert Weaver, and ten step-brothers and step-sisters. 

Funeral services were held December 13, 2007, at the Old 
Brethren Church, Bradford, Ohio, with burial following at 
Wares Chapel Cemetery. 

The Family 

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. 
(Psalm 116:15) 


DONALD FLOYD KLINE, 74, of 300 N. Washington St, 
Wakarusa, Indiana, died Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at 
Miller's Merry Manor, where he was lovingly cared for for 
almost 18 years. 

He was bom April 24, 1933, to Floyd and Edyth (Upton) 
Kline in Modesto, California. He moved to Wakarusa, Indiana, 
in 1977 and continued his occupation as a cabinet maker. He 
was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and worked as long as 
health would permit. 

He married Alice Holsinger on October 26, 1958, who 
faithfully cared for him in his illness. 

He is survived by his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, 
Elwood and Anita Martin of Gro Ma Pou, Haiti; four 
grandchildren, Wendy and Jevon Helmuth, Oakland, Maryland; 
Travis and Christie Martin, Nappanee, Indiana; Hilary Martin, 
Denver, Pennsylvania; and Wyatt Martin, Nappanee; five great- 
grandchildren, Jesse, Kory, and Troy Helmuth; and Cameron 
and Julie Martin; and one sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and 
Ivan Dutter of Union City, Ohio. 

He was a member of the Old German Baptist Brethren 

A prayer service was held at the Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret- 
Lienhart Funeral Home on Monday, December 24. The funeral 
seivice followed at the Old German Baptist Brethren Church. 
Home ministry officiated with burial taking place at the Old 
German Baptist Brethren Church. 

The Family 


Give of your best to the Master; 
Give of the strength of your youth; 
Throw your soul's fresh, glowing ardor 
Into the battle for truth. 


Jesus has set the example; 
Dauntless was He, young and brave; 
Give Him your loyal devotion, 
Give Him the best that you have. 

Give of your best to the Master; 
Give Him first place in your heart; 
Give Him first place in your service; 
Consecrate every part. 
Give, and to you shall be given; 
God His beloved Son gave; 
Gratefully seeking to serve Him; 
Give Him the best that you have. 

Give of your best to the Master; 
Naught else is worthy His love; 
He gave Himself for your ransom, 
Gave up His glory above; 
Laid down His life without murmur, 
You from sin's ruin to save; 
Give Him your heart's adoration, 
Give Him the best that you have. 

Give of your best to the Master; 
Give of the strength of your youth; 
Clad in salvation's full armor, 
Join in the battle for truth. 

H.B.G. in Spiritual Songs and Hymns 

Bible Quiz 
Fill each blank with one word. See how many words you 
can supply without looking up the reference. --L.C. 

1. A good name is rather to be chosen than 
great . (Proverbs 22:1) 

2. We ought to obey God rather than , (Acts 



3. For the kingdom of God is not and 

but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 
(Romans 14:17) 

4. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, 

being rooted and grounded in , May be able to 

comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and 
depth, and height; (Ephesians 3: 17) 

5. Let your be known unto all men. The 

Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5) 

6. And above all these things put on , which 

is the bond of perfectness. (Colossians 3: 14) 

7. The heart is above all things, and 

desperately : who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9) 

8. Thy testimonies are very sure: becometh 

thine house, O Lord, for ever. (Psalm 93:5) 

9. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me 
from all my . (Psalm 34:4) 

10. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I 
have a goodly . (Psalm 16:6) 

11. For is as the sin of witchcraft, and 

is as iniquity and idolatry. (I Samuel 15:23) 

12. Buy the , and sell it not; also wisdom, and 

instruction, and understanding. (Proverbs 23:23) 

13. If thou faint in the day of , thy strength 

is small. (Proverbs 24:10) 

Lily Wants to Go 
Lily was a wee girl, just old enough to be walking. She 
liked people, and she liked to ride in a car. 

One day a family came to her home in West Virginia. They 
were from Ohio. She thought they were nice. 

When the visiting family got ready to go back to Ohio, the 
man teasingly asked her if she wanted to go along. 

Of course Lily wanted to go. She did not know the man 
was teasing. She did not know how far Ohio was from West 
Virginia and Mommy and Daddy. She liked these people, and 
she liked to ride in a car. 

The family started to leave without her. She started to cry. 
The man was sorry he had asked her. He tried to explain why 
she could not go. Lily could not understand. She was crying 
very hard when the family left, but she would have been more 
unhappy if she had gotten what she thought she wanted. 

Sometimes Mom and Dad do not let you have something 
you think you want, but if you knew what they know, you 
would probably not want it so badly any more. There are some 
things you do not understand yet. 

Did you know there are things Moms and Dads do not 
understand? Sometimes they want something, and they cannot 
understand why God does not let them have it. 

They need to trust God like you need to trust Mom and 
Dad! Martha J. Wagner 









VOL. 55 FEBRUARY, 2008 No. 2 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. 1 ' (I John 4: 14) 


We would see Jesus— for the shadows lengthen 
Across this little landscape of our life; 
We would see Jesus, our weak faith to strengthen, 
For the last weariness— the final strife. 

We would see Jesus— the great Rock Foundation, 
Whereon our feet were set by sovereign grace; 
Not life, nor death, with all their agitation, 
Can thence remove us if we see His face. 

We would see Jesus— ether lights are fading, 
Which for long years we have rejoiced to see; 
The blessings of our pilgrimage are failing, 
We would not mourn them, for we go to Thee. 

We would see Jesus— this is all we're needing; 
Strength, joy, and willingness come with the sight; 
We would see Jesus, dying, risen, pleading, 
Then welcome day, and farewell mortal night! 

Anna B. Warner, 1858 
Selected by Susie Wagner for The Pilgrim, June, 1977 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $7.50 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $7.50 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379 


There is a book out that is receiving widespread 
distribution. It is the object of controversy in many circles, but 
it is praised and appreciated by both educated and unlearned 
men. Many find its plain statements hard to believe. 

This book is not just a product of one man's thinking. In 
fact, it has many authors, but its expression, statistics, and 
histories are sanctioned by one great Editor called the Holy 
Spirit. This book is the Holy Bible, the Word of God. 

Unlike other books, the Bible is truth from the Creator of 
the universe. It warns of those, especially in the last days, who 
will not believe this truth. We see it in our time. Peter writes 
of scoffers walking after their own lusts, willingly ignorant. 
Jesus warns of unbelievers and so do His other apostles. 

However, gracious favor is promised to those who sincerely 
believe this book. One man desperately needing healing for his 
son, asked Jesus, "If thou canst do anything, have compassion 
on us, and help us." Jesus then replied, "If thou canst believe, 
all things are possible to him that believeth." This father cried 
out a prayer that we all can relate to: "Lord, I believe; help 
thou mine unbelief " Jesus responded with the miracle of 
casting out the dumb and deaf spirit from his son. 

The precious reward of believing is given in John 5:24; 
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and 
believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not 
come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." 

What a promise! What simple but essential requirement! 

D. L. Moody wrote about the Bible: 

772/5 Book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the 
way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of 
believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its 


histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to 
be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It 
contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort 
to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff the 
pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's 
charter. Here Paradise is restored, heaven opened, and gates 
of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand object, our good its 
design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, 
rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, 
and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a Paradise of glory, 
and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened 
in the judgment, and will be remembered forever. It involves 
the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and 
will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents. " 

Seeing we have such a treasure, we should be careful to 
read it diligently and daily. But to read this book is not enough. 
It should be studied, meditated upon, and obeyed. As the very 
Word of God, it should have our greatest respect. My father 
kept the Bibles on the top of his bookcase. I still don't like to 
see it buried under other books. 

But we can be careful how we handle our Bibles and still 
come short of placing it high in our hearts. Psalm 119:11: 
"Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against 
thee," Verse 89: "For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in 
heaven." And verse 105: "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, 
and a light unto my path." When we enter a dark room, we 
switch on a light. The darkness must leave. Just so, let the 
Word of God dispel the darkness in our hearts. And as the 
moon reflects the light of the sun, may we be reflectors of this 
heavenly light to overcome the darkness of the world around 
us. About Jesus, the Word, John 1:4,5 says, "In him was life; 
and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in 
darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." Has this 
Holy Book shined in your heart? --L.C. 



For most of us, the word church has a threefold meaning. 
The first concept, and probably the least significant, is to think 
of church as a structure used for worship. Second concept 
most probably is one of the many organized groups, each of 
whom believe they have a special favor with God. The third 
concept is of the Church universal. This refers to Christians 
world wide. 

Beliefs regarding Church affiliations vary widely. Modern 
travel and communication add to the complexities of church 
groups. I fear that a church fellowship can sometimes be 
regarded somewhat as a garment; we want it to meet our 
expectations and to be comfortable. The purpose of this writing 
is to stimulate our thinking regarding our relationship to the 

One belief that needs to be approached with care is the 
concept that the Church is the Ark of Safety. Just get on the 
Old Ship Zion, follow the proper rules, and you will land safely 
in glory. 

One meaning of the word church is "assembly of religious 
believers." The Bible says that the Church represents the body 
of Christ on earth. (Col. 1:18-24). Every believer is a member 
of this body. Even as our physical bodies are complex and 
every member of the body has a purpose, likewise the body of 
Christ needs each member. It is difficult to explain why there 
are so many groups and denominations. Perhaps it is the Lord's 
method of maintaining workable sized congregations. 
Unfortunately, some believers lack the submissive virtue 
required to work within a congregation. These people need to 
be approached with compassion. (Eph. 5:21). As an orphaned 
child lacks the blessings of a family, in like manner the isolated 
Christian lacks the opportunity to experience the blessings of a 
Church family. 


Extreme attitudes regarding church fellowship must be 
avoided. A serious thought to consider is this: often as more 
emphasis is placed on church structure and rules, there is a 
danger of placing less emphasis on the Lord Jesus Christ. Here 
is where wisdom must be exercised. Our simple, plain life style 
must be a manifestation of the Holy Spirit, not merely a 
mandate of church authority. Our challenge is to be a witness 
for the Lord Jesus Christ. We must tell of His atonement and 
proclaim the rewards of righteousness. We must let our attire, 
our life style, and our relationships reflect the workings of the 
Holy Spirit. It is important that we identify with a church 
group. Each believing Christian is a part of the body of Christ 
which is the Church. 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 


Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him 

in the firmament of his power. 

Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his 

excellent greatness. 

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the 

psaltery and harp. 

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed 

instruments and organs. 

Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high 

sounding cymbals. 

Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the 

LORD. (Psalm 150) 

This psalm informs the Old Testament saints why they 
should praise the Lord, how they should praise the Lord, and 
who should praise the Lord. The final psalm's emphasis on 


praising the Lord is a fitting doxology to the book of psalms. 
Of special interest to us are the musical instruments they 
employed to praise the Lord. 

In this psalm we have stringed, percussion, and wind 
instruments. While the harp, organ, and stringed instruments 
may present an impression of worship, what about trumpets, 
high sounding or even loud symbols? Visualize worship with 
the timbrel that is struck on the knee or palm to produce sound 
while the players are dancing. (Ex. 15:20) Was all this noise 
and dancing worship? Are we omitting something that could 
enhance our worship? 

Was God pleased with Old Testament worship? (See II 
Chron. 29:25: And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD 
with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the 
commandment of David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan 
the prophet: for so was the commandment of the LORD by his 
prophets.) Clearly, God prescribed the way the Old Testament 
saints worshiped. God prearranged the tabernacle and the order 
in it. Reading all of chapter 29 gives us a clue how Old 
Testament worship depended on body and soul. 

The five senses are gateways to our soul, stirring our soul 
with feeling. Seeing the grandeur of the temple (the gold, brass, 
silver, white linen, and the high priests' robes with gold chains 
and costly stones) was a sight that overwhelmed the soul. 
Solomon's assent to the glorious temple impressed the queen of 
Sheba. She was overwhelmed by what her senses experienced. 
Herod's temple awed the disciples, and they tried to impress 
Jesus with its glory. They were awed by their sense of seeing 
and responded in worship. (Lu. 21:5) 

The smell of incense, sacrifices, and the special perfiirne of 
the priest gave a feeling of worship; it smelled like a place of 
worship. The sense of touch became involved as you laid your 
very own hand on the goat slain for your sin offering, feeling 
the body shudder and die. The Passover lamb and other 


offerings were eaten and so the sense of taste was involved. All 
five senses were involved in arousing the soul to worship. 
Instrumental music was part of Old Testament worship, 
involving the hearing sense. (II Chron. 29:27-30) 

In the New Testament (John 4) Jesus tells the woman at the 
well that the time has come when true worshippers must 
worship the Father in spirit and truth. She was much more 
comfortable in discussing the correct place of worship than 
facing truth. Jesus is telling her and us that true worship is no 
longer dependant on temples (that is, sights, smells, tastes, 
feelings, and sounds) but on truth (our spirits connecting with 
the Spirit of God and agreeing with His truth.) 

A great example is found in Paul and Silas when they were 
whipped and imprisoned. None of their five senses prodded 
their souls to worship. They felt only pain; prisons did not 
smell good; they may have heard rats and mice; they had not 
food to taste; and light would only reveal walls, chains, and 
locks. However, they had God's truth, and truth stirred them to 
worship in prayer and singing praises. This is genuine worship 
inspired by the Spirit, and the Father seeks such to worship 
Him (John. 4:23) 

The danger in worship inspired by the senses is that it may 
well mollify the soul at variance with truth. The woman at the" 
well sought some measure of lightness by connecting with a 
physical site of worship in spite of the fact that she lived in 
adultery. Pilate pacified his guilty soul with the sensation of 
water on his hands in a cleansing ritual. Saul, plagued by an evil 
spirit, found David's music soothing to his soul, a soul that 
never again connected with truth and ended his life in self- 
murder. In the prophet's message to Israel, he says they have 
invented to themselves the instruments of David. Did musical 
instruments give these people a sensation of worship, of being 
right with God when their heart was far from God's truth? 
(Amos 6:5) Feelings of worship can be aroused by tasting, 


touching, smelling, seeing, and hearing when the soul is far from 
truth. Instrumental music can give us a mood of worship even 
though we are not connected with the truth of God's word. 
Instrumental music (without the lyrics) is not morally neutral; it 
carries a message that affects us. Do you sense the message 
when attending a funeral and only the organ is playing? Have 
you been to a wedding where the same organ was played? Is 
the organ music of itself communicating messages? 

Heathen in their worship also use musical instruments. 
Nebuchadnezzar used music as an integral part of his plan to get 
the whole world to fall at his feet. The music conveyed a 
message. Music has been used commercially for some time. 
Employers have used it with some success in setting a faster 
pace for their workers. Retailers play music to give customers 
a careless, spendthrift feeling. Music has been used throughout 
history to bolster armies and intimidate enemies. Again, music 
of and by itself carries a message; just listen to the beat of 
drums and feel the urge to march! 

Yes, instrumental music does affect us. Is it wrong to play 
an instrument of music? Have you ever drummed on an empty 
bucket or banged on pots and pans? Did it do something for 
the music in your heart? The caution would be; what are we 
trying to express or suppress? 

We do find music in nature: a walk through the woods 
while the birds sing, sitting beside a laughing brook, or the 
lapping waves on the sea shore will all soothe a man's soul. 
However, it becomes perilous when the soul is calmed with 
nature's music instead of coming to an agreement with the 
Creator's truth. Remember, heaven and earth will pass away, 
but truth endures forever! (I Peter 1:24,25) 
What about vain repetition in a cappella music? This reminds 
me of the little chorus, Oh Lord I Thank Thee, The words "I 
thank Thee" are repeated eleven times in this verse with very 
little else being sung. Jesus said we will not be heard for saying 


it repeatedly. After all, God knows our needs and thoughts. 

Does our music (the beat and tempo) present the truth 
clearly? Is it easily understood? For example, the lyrics are 
often not discernible in classical music, hampering the message 
of truth. Another example would be the Gregorian chant sung 
so slowly the lyrics are not grasped. 

Our souls may well need soothing at times; let's make sure it 
is not at the expense of truth. The soul consists of the mind, the 
will, the intellect, and the emotions of a man. It is impossible to 
determine where the body or the spirit of man stops and the 
soul starts. However, we can determine which is emphasized in 
our music. For example, country-western style music often 
emphasizes the emotions. 

In classical music, the emphasis is on the intellect. This has 
a heavy appeal to the soul of man. We are often thrilled that it 
is possible for men and women to give such a splendid 
performance. It is said that when the awe-inspiring "Hallelujah 
Chorus" in Handel's Messiah was first performed in a theater 
attended by King George II, he was so overwhelmed with the 
rendering that he rose to his feet. Was he impressed with truth? 
Or was his soul impressed with the intelligence and skills it took 
to perform the piece? 

Our music needs to be the musings of a truthful heart. It 
needs to amplify the Word, not drown it out. Our music should 
enhance truth instead of fogging it up. Do you think Saul 
would have found the psalms of David comforting instead of 
the music from his harp? Is it not a joy that we use only our 
voices in praise to God in our meetings, singing hymns 
grounded in truth? 

Recently we attended a ftmeral. As we entered the imposing 
sanctuary, music from a lyre- type instrument virtually wept into 
the mourner's ears. The ceremonially robed pastor stood and 
pointing out the largest of three candles burning before the 


casket, solemnly explained that only at the birth, confirmation 
and death of a man was this special candle lit. 

The pastor and congregation then chanted several liturgies; 
a prayer, intoned by the pastor ended this part of the worship 
experience. Somberly the casket, preceded by the candles, was 
carried to the waiting hearse. As we left the sanctuary, the 
stringed instrument once again played, but this time the music 
suggested that we had indeed now been comforted. 

There was a perception of worship that seemed so real. 
Yet, where was the call to truth? There was no call to 
repentance. We had not been provoked to reflect on past 
actions. (The woman at the well said, "Come see a man, which 
told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?") There 
was no effort to connect us to the Spirit of truth. Instead, our 
senses had been played upon, subtly quieting the urgings of the 
Spirit to connect with the truth of hfe, death, judgment, and 

When we gather in the name of Christ, we can't leave our 
bodies and souls at home. We need our voice box and lungs to 
sing. We need our mind, will, emotions, and intellect to 
worship. However, when we put the heavier emphasis on body 
and soul, our spirit loses connection with truth. 

I am thankful that there are those times in our meeting when 
emotions are evident. There is the peace I see in the face of 
forgiven and forgiving sinners, relief in the eyes of the 
unburdened, and a tear sliding down a repentant cheek. Not all 
of these are the result of the soul impressed by the senses but 
the effect of truth impressed on the soul by the Spirit, which 
then brings worship and praise into our meeting. 

May Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, impress our 
spirits anew with the ending note to the Psalms: "Let 
everything that hath breath praise the LORD, praise ye the 

Galen Miller, Bourbon, Indiana 



"We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it 
is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the 
charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth." 

The meaning of this verse was made evident to me, recently, 
in the form of 55 birthday cards. The well wishes, 
encouragements, letters, wisdom, gifts and love meant so much. 
We appreciate all your prayers and support. Thank you and 
may God bless you. 

Gary, Hannah, and Alyssa Miller 
Marble Falls, Arkansas 


The Yellow Creek Old Brethren held an election on January 
27. Joe Royer and Daniel Beery were both ordained to the 
Eldership. They serve with support of then companions, 
Elizabeth Royer and Miriam Beery. Thad Coning was elected 
and installed in the first degree of ministry and is supported by 
his wife Suzanne. Sam Royer was elected and installed in the 
office of deacon and serves with the support of his wife 
Rosanna. May God bless the service of these couples. May 
they be faithful to the charges given to them. 

Address Book Change 

Chris Crawmer - New telephone number: (209) 343-4168 


FLORY - A daughter, Jennifer Hope, bom February 6 to Duane 
and Gayle Flory of Jasper, Arkansas. 



A letter from John Naas telling of his journey of the New World 
Continued from last issue. 

On the 17th a small land bird, which they call the little 
yellow wag-tail in Germany, perched down several times on our 
ship, so the people could have a good look at him, This caused 
great rejoicing among them, and they clapped their hands with 


On the 18th a ship from Rhode Island came up to us. It had 
a cargo of sheep and other things, in order to sail to the West 
Indies, which our Captain spoke through a speaking tube; after 
they had made their arrangements they reefed their sails on both 
the ships, since there was little running anyhow and our Captain 
had a boat lowered into the water and rowed with four seaman 
to their ship. When they had drunk the welcome together, he 
returned and brought with him half a bag of apples, a goose, a 
duck, and two chickens and distributed the beautiful apples at 
once among the people. That caused great rejoicing to get such 
beautiful American apples on the high sea, and those which 
were still left over he threw among the people to grapple for 
them, and they fell in heaps over one another for the beautiful 

On the 19th, a strange looking fish came upon the ship. It 
was shaped like a large, round table and had a mouth like two 
little shallow baskets. The same evening a large number of big 
fish came from the north towards our ship, and when they had 
reached the ship they shot down into the deep, in front, behind 
and under the ship, so that one could not see one any more on 
the other side of the ship. 

On the 20th again a young married woman died and was 
buried at sea the same night, and on this evening again came a 
large number of countless big fish from the north which one 


could see from high above the water and which did just like the 
former, that one could not see one on the other side of the ship. 
Thereupon we had a very heavy fall of rain that some people 
caught half kegs of water, only from the sails and from the 
Captain's cabin. This was followed by a powerful windstorm 
from the northwest. The sea rose up so high, that when one 
looked into it, it was just as if one were sailing among high 
mountains all covered with snow; and one mountain-wave rose 
over the other and over the ship so that the Captain and First 
Mate and the Cook were struck by a wave that they kept not a 
dry thread on them; and so much water poured into the ship 
that many people's beds, which were near to the holes were 
quite filled with water. The holes were hastily boarded up, the 
rudder bound fast, and the ship was, with a very lowly-reefed 
sail set sideways to the wind, so that it should not roll so hard 
on both sides. The storm lasted the entire night with great 
violence, so that without any fear one could well see that it was 
not alone the seaworthiness of the ship that it could weather 
such powerful blows, but that it was preserved in the Almighty 
hand of the Lord, in order to make known to man His might, 
(to be continued) 

To Him be above all and for all the glory, Amen. 

from Brumbaugh's^ History of the Brethren 

Are all the children in— 

The night is falling. 
The night of death is hastening on apace; 

The Lord is calling. 
Enter thou thy chamber and tarry there a space. 
And when He comes, the King in all His glory, 
Who died the shameful death our hearts to win, 
Oh, may the gates of heaven shut about us 

With all the children in. 

—Elizabeth Roosen 



The Stowaway 

Many years ago a small steamer got into a terrible storm in 
the South Atlantic Ocean. For three days the ship tossed and 
tumbled in the mighty waves. One mast was carried away, and 
the rudder was damaged. The evening of the third day, the 
storm increased and the sky became blacker than ever. The 
poor sailors realized that it would become even worse, as the 
thunder crashed over them. The alarm was raised; the ship had 
sprung a leak! 

Quickly the pumps were started, but the water was rising 
faster than it could be pumped out. Working desperately for an 
hour, the sailors saw it was hopeless, and the ship was sinking. 
The captain ordered the life-boats to be lowered. Then they 
discovered that there was only one boat that had not been 
damaged by the storm. All they could do was try to get the 
entire crew into the one boat. 

Very soon the men climbed in, filling the boat, with barely 
room left for the captain. He had waited for last, and just as he 
was ready to step over the side and climb down the ladder, he 
heard a cry. There running towards him was a strange young 
boy, dirty-faced and dressed in rags. He was a stowaway. 

Where he had hidden and kept himself alive, the captain did 
not know, but there was no time to ask. "Quick," he shouted, 
stepping back, "Down the ladder!" The boy was over the side 
and into the boat in a minute, taking the last few inches of 
space. "Come on!" shouted the men to the captain, willing to 
overload the boat rather than leave their captain behind. "Push 
off!" yelled the captain, knowing that one more would certainly 
cause the boat to upset and bring death to them all. So the men 
pushed off and were hardly a safe distance from the ship when it 


turned on its side and disappeared into the sea taking tlie noble 
captain to his ocean grave. 

After many days of suffering, the men in the life-boat were 
picked up by a passing ship and finally reached home again. 
But the stowaway never forgot the captain's sacrifice for him 
The memory of that heroic deed changed his life. In his pocket 
he carried the captain's picture, to which he would point as he 
told and retold the story, "He gave his life for me." 

And that is what Jesus has done for each one of us. Jesus is 
the captain; we are the stowaways. We do not deserve to be 
saved. Just as the stowaway enjoyed telling what the captain 
did for him, we should be glad to tell others what Jesus has 
done for us. We, too, can say, "He died for me." 

Author unknown 
From the Exchange Messenger 


The Man Who Changed His Course 

Once there was a man who thought he should hurt the 
Christians and be unkind to them in order to serve God. The 
Christians were really God's people, but he didn't know it. This 
man put them in prison, threatened them, and even killed them 
because they believed in Jesus. Once he travelled to Damascus 
to hunt for more believers. 

Suddenly Jesus appeared to him so brightly that he was 
struck blind. Jesus asked him why he was hurting His people, 
and told him he must change his ways. He sent him to a 
Christian in Damascus to learn what he must do. 

This man received his sight and was baptized. He changed 
his course and became a great worker for the cause of Jesus. 
He even wrote some of the books of the New Testament. 

Who was this man? 



Fill in the blanks and find the answer. 

1. And he fell to the earth, and heard a saying 

unto him, , , why persecutest thou me? (Acts 


2. . . .Brother , the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared 

unto thee in the way as thou earnest, hath sent me, that thou 

mightest receive thy , and be filled with the Holy 

Ghost (Acts 9: 17) 

3. Read Acts 13 : 9 to find out both his names. — L.C. 

And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of 
due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to 
be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which 
was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more 
abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which 
was with me. (I Cor. 15:8-10) 







VOL. 55 MARCH. 2008 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) 


Come to Calvary's holy mountain, 
Sinners, ruined by the fall; 
Here a pure and healing fountain 
Flows to you, to me, to all, 
In a full perpetual tide, 
Opened when our Saviour died. 

Come in sorrow and contrition, 
Wounded, impotent and blind: 
Here the guilty, free remission, 
Here the troubled, peace may find; 
Health the fountain will restore, 
He who drinks shall thirst no more. 

He who drinks shall live forever, 
Tis a soul-renewing flood; 
God is faithful, God will never 
Break His covenant hi blood; 
Signed when our Redeemer died, 
Sealed when He was glorified. 

From Spiritual Hymns 

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Scars are ugly. Yet sometimes what they represent is 
beautiful, especially the scars of our Saviour. Fanny Crosby has 
written: "I shall know Him by the print of the nails in His 
hands." Peter wrote, "Unto you therefore which believe he is 
precious. . ." He is precious to us for what He suffered for us, 
and this is shown by the scars in His hands, His feet, His side. 
The absence of these scars would nullify any claim to be the 

Scars reveal where one was injured and healed. Deep 
physical scars never go away. Warriors of old time like David f s 
famous thirty-three must have boasted many battle scars. Scars, 
in fact, might be proof of bravery. Soldiers are trained to 
expect casualties but still be obedient to their captain, regardless 
of danger. 

Quoting from an article in the BRF Witness by Tom 
Zuercher: "Consider this image: The new recruit that has just 
gotten off the bus for boot camp. The angry sergeant 
approaches with a loud voice, 'From this day forward, you 
belong to me. I will tell you when to stand and when to sit, 
when to get up and when to sleep, when to stop and when to 
run. You will not do anything unless I tell you, and when I tell 
you, you will do everything I say.' There is a specific process in 
place that turns the raw recruit into a fighting soldier, and when 
that process is complete, there is total obedience. The soldier 
will follow orders. In the midst of conflict, the soldier will obey 
orders without question. There is total unity, so that there can 
be great strength in the face of the enemy." (From an article on 
unity, this passage shows why an array can be successful, and 
the importance of obedience in conflict .) 


The possibility of injury to his soldiers is a risk a leader must 
take to win. There may be wounds and resulting scars. But 
what are they compared to total victory? 

There are spiritual scars as well as physical; Paul had both. 
He wrote in Galatians 6:17: "From henceforth let no man 
trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." 
These were physical scars, but they represented his suffering for 
Jesus' sake. Read in II Corinthians 11:23-33 of his stoning, his 
stripes, his five beatings with rods, and other difficulties for 
Jesus. Paul received an ugly spiritual scar when he persecuted 
the church and consented to the stoning of Stephen. This kind 
of scar does not show victory. 

What about us? Have we any "marks of the Lord Jesus"? 
Are we in the battle? Have we learned to obey exactly when in 
the heat of conflict with the enemy? Jesus doesn't treat us like 
the sergeant did, but His power-His authority-is infinitely 
greater. The stakes are higher. We must win! It may mean 
some battle scars. 

Sadly, there are ugly scars from spiritual battles-scars of 
resentment and anger, of guilt and shame. Sometimes children 
are scarred through no fault of their own and remain cripples 
for life. But Jesus in His mercy can heal these scars and make 
us new creatures if we ask Him. 

Battles can strengthen us-at least when we win. 
Experience can give wisdom. When we use the weapons God 
has provided, we can overcome and survive unscathed. Usually 
though, we receive marks that are evidence of conflict. We 
don't need to be ashamed of these scars if we have obediently 
followed our Saviour's example. 

Will you be a soldier for Christ? First you must seek Him 
and know that He loves you. He wants you for His own. He 
has invested His blood and tears in our salvation. Truly, we are 
bought with a price and we are not our own. We follow our 
Captain, obey His orders and feel His protection. 


In training to live for Christ, we learn submission. How 
could submission contribute to victory? After all, a soldier is to 
be strong and in control. But God assures us that His ways are 
not our ways. Lack of submission to God and one another has 
been the reason for defeat in many conflicts. But what victory! 
What reward, when we study and use the methods Jesus taught 
in His sublime sermon on the mount! We don't need to be 
ashamed of any scars received while obeying Him. 

But many times following Jesus has brought scars of 
persecution. Paxil boasted of these kinds of scars. Amy 
Carmichael wrote: 


Hast thou no scar? 

No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand? 
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land, 
I hear them hail thy bright ascendant star, 
Hast thou no scar? 

Hast thou no wound? 

Yet I was wounded by the archers, spent, 

Leaned me against a tree to die; and rent 

By ravening wolves that compassed me, I swooned: 

Hast thou no wound? 

No wound? no scar? 
Yet, as the Master shall the servant be, 
And pierced are the feet that follow Me; 
But thine are whole: can he have followed far 
Who hath no wound nor scar? 

There is a cause today. Let us not fear but trust our great 
Commander who knows the way and preserves us through any 
danger. L.C. 



"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit 
within me. " (Psalm 51:10) 

A healthy body is dependant on a healthy heart. When the 
heart is weak or irregular the body suffers, hi a spiritual or an 
emotional sense this is also true. Most of the Bible's uses of the 
word heart pertain to the inner directive of man. One writer 
defined the Biblical use of the word heart thus; "It is the center 
of the entire men, the very heart of life's impulse." We are 
concerned with this emotional or spiritual heart. 

For some time I have not felt well because of not being able 
to maintain a proper heart rhythm. Likewise, when the 
emotional heart is out of rhythm with God's order, a person is 
troubled. It is sad to see so much trouble in today's society 
resulting from sick, inner emotional hearts. What throws this 
inner heart out of rhythm? 

With the physical heart, arrhythmia is the result of improper 
action of nerve signals. This can be aggravated by disease and 
aging. Medical science has done much to prevent and correct 
these erratic signals. The inner emotional heart is also affected 
by improper signals. The most effective way to prevent bad 
signals from affecting the heart is to block these sick signals and 
send healthy signals to override the bad ones. Bad signals result 
from undisciplined desire. This can lead to selfishness and 
pride. Lust is a devastating emotional signal. The prophet 
Jeremiah states: "The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked." 
(Jeremiah 17:8) This describes a hardened heart. 

A sick physical heart may fail to give life to the body. The 
hardened heart fails to issue forth good virtues. God created 
man and woman to extend as well as to receive love. The Bible 
says God is love. Therefore a person after God's own heart is 
one who manifests this virtue. When the heart receives selfish 


and lustful signals, it stifles this output. This leads to a 
hardened heart. Nothing is worse than a hardened, sinful heart. 
As medical science is able to correct an impaired, physical heart, 
the Lord has provided the means to cure the spiritual heart. 
When the physical heart fails, the body suffers. When the 
spiritual heart fails the spiritual man suffers. 

Jesus suffered so all those who call on Him can have healing 
from a sin- sick heart. 

Oh, for a heart to love my God! 

A heart from sin set free; 
A heart that always feels the blood 
So freely shed for me. 

Joseph E. Wagner 
, , Modesto, California 


He cut in on me in passing. I was doing about fifty. A miss 
of several inches in a half second and he was ahead and away. 

Praise the Lord! Not for me this time the crash, the siren's 
wail and a ride in an ambulance to morgue or hospital. 
Precious Guide! Blessed Guide! 
Without Thee we dare not ride. 

Many of the fathers of the last century feared the change 
that brought speed and its possibilities to a race of lost men. 
Knowing well the fallen nature of man, they sensed and foretold 
the dangers of a world geared to high speed. Accidents were 
deplored in those days. Many people seldom went more than a 
few miles from home. 

Speed has done much to us. We calmly do 50, 60, or more 
while busily planning on what to do when we "get there." Miles 
relate to minutes in today's talk. Babies are zoomed to the 
hospitals for birth and coipses sped to the graveyard for burial. 


Air pilots point out the long lines of tortuous highway traffic 
beneath. Our overcrowded wonder spots lose their charm and 
beauty. Long lines of railroad auto carriers mean more cars 
piling up behind the slow driver. Children sick of it all beg to 
stay home. Youth questions the reasons and purpose for life 

What are we getting out of it? And what of the future? 
Depleted natural resources? Oil slick and dead fish? Polluted 
oceans, streams, and air too? Higher taxes for man's "inch" in 
space? More incinerated astronauts? Is this the dilemma to 
which we are hurrying? 

But speed can mean a far different thing to the Christian 
whose times are in the Lord's hands. 

Lot in fleeing from wicked Sodom was told, "Haste and 
look not back.' 1 "Haste to depart from evil," said the wise man. 
"Flee youthful lusts." Speed away as Joseph did from evil. 
Over and over we are warned to make a fast and clean break 
with sin. 

However, a Christian is not to be thought of as someone 
devoted to running away from things. Our Lord has given us a 
task to perform. To us is committed a ministry of reconciliation 
of lost sinners to Christ. Multitudes about us are speeding to a 
miserable hell. Only the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ can save their souls. As a fireman to the blaze, or the life 
boat to the sinking ship, we must haste to the need of the lost 
and the dying. This is not an occasional emergency. This is an 
every day and night need. 

"The word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any 
two edged sword." It is only as we are diligent in using it that 
we can expect results in souls won for Christ. 

Christians in Paul's day wished each other good speed in 
their daily ministries and living for Christ. On land or sea then- 
speed was seldom faster than a walk. And yet untold thousands 
of miles were covered in the spread of the Gospel. In this 


ministry many became Christ's pilgrims with no homes of their 

God only knows how much effort it has taken to bring the 
life-giving Gospel down through the centuries to us, or the 
price paid in blood and tears, of sweat and exhaustion and lives 
freely given in service to Christ that others might drink from 
this well of Salvation. 

It is now our turn to minister its truth to the needy, lost 
souls about us. Ours also to pass this torch of light to youthful 
hands for farther spread and the nurture of those of tender 
years. We too must imitate our blessed Lord who came to seek 
and save the lost. They are all about us. 

Good speed, my brother and sister in this marvelous 

James D. Cover 
From The Pilgrim, January, 1973 


With measured beat of week and day, 
The hastening moments fly, 
And mortal life will soon give way, 
No matter what we try. 

Time marches on, our fleeting span, 
Will swiftly fly away. 
We cannot stop, for 'tis God's plan 
For feeble, faltering clay. 

Soon youth must pass into old age, 
And strength and vigor fade, 
And life will pass like turning page; 
This body soon decayed. 


And is it just a fleeting dream 
That matters not at last? 
Or is time more than it would seem? 
What then? when it is past? 

No! 'tis not vain! for when we die, 
To judgement we will go. 
And then to heaven or hell we'll fly, 
Because God tells us so. 

So use your time while still you may, 
For swift the moments fly. 
Now yield to God and live His way, 
Ere you are called to die. 

James Beery 
Williamsport, Indiana 


The following selection from Life and Labors of Elder John 
Kline is part of the introductory sermon to the Yearly Meeting 
of 1837 by Elder George Hoke of Ohio. 

Text: "And it came to pass, that while they communed 
together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with 
them." (Luke 24:15) 

We readily enough, at the start, inquire who they were that 
communed and reasoned together. This we never can know 
with certainty until the scales of mortality drop from our eyes. 
One, we are told, was Cleopas by name. It may have been the 
same Cleopas whose wife had stood by the cross. Some think 


the other was Luke, the writer of the Evangel, whom Paul calls 
the beloved physician. 

Slowly and sadly, with crushed hopes and broken hearts, 
these two loving disciples of our Lord were wending their way 
from the scenes of confusion that had attended His crucifixion 
in Jerusalem to a quiet little village called Emmaus about eight 
miles distant. Here, at least, they hoped to find exemption from 
the taunts and sneers of the infatuated mob in the city, whose 
mutterings were still to be heard in the distance, like those of a 
cyclone that has done its work. 

The particular point in their conversation is not stated, but it 
is included in the general topic which is given as "the things 
which have happened in Jerusalem concerning Jesus of 
Nazareth." The imagination here finds scope to multiply themes 
without limit on which they could reason and over which they 
could be sad. 

At this very point of time, just when despair like darkness at 
the close of an evening twilight had settled down upon the 
entire landscape of their mental sight, "Jesus himself drew near. 
. . But their eyes were holden that they should not know him." 
This simple statement has more than once caused "smiles in 
tears," smiles at the half playfulness of Jesus talking to these 
two beloved disciples as a tender father sometimes talks to his 
little children; and tears at the condescending love of Christ our 
God and Lord, walking as a wayfaring man with two of His 
heartbroken creatures. Can you take this in and not look up 
into His face smiling through your tears? 

And then He said, "Ought not Christ to have suffered these 
things, and to enter into his glory?" This very sentence, by 
which He shed the first rays of light upon the dark waters of 
their storm-beaten bosoms, tells the whole tale of Christ's 
redeeming love. The cross and crown! Joy of earth and bliss of 
heaven! The cross of dishonor; the crown of glory! The cross 
of death; the crown of life! 


But their eyes were holden that they should not know Him. 
He came as the divine Word. He is the truth and life of the 
Word; for "the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." 
Though they knew not that it was He, still their hearts did burn 
within them as He opened unto them the scriptures. "Beginning 
at Moses. . . He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the 
things concerning himself." They do not tell us the passages He 
quoted and explained, but it is believed we have them all in our 
Bibles. I think it is evident we have all the Scriptures now that 
were extant then; and it is our great privilege to hunt up for 
ourselves and others these broken pieces of the Bread of Life. 

The word holden means simply, held back, restrained. For 
wise reasons He held back the sight of their eyes that they 
should not know Him. Had they known Him at first sight, it 
would have interfered with and prevented the accomplishment 
of His gracious purpose to make Himself known in the 
"breaking of bread." In this very act He has taught His people 
one of the most precious lessons in all the Christian's 
experiences. He is the Bread of eternal Life. His whole Word 
is but one great loaf, and He is that loaf And how my soul 
quivers with the thought that if we invite Him in as these loving 
disciples did, and ask Him to abide with us, He will take a seat 
with us at table, and break unto us the Bread of Life. Our 
spiritual eyes will be opened, and we shall joyfully know Him. 
Then will 

Our hearts grow warm with heavenly fire 

And kindle with a pure desire, 

While our blest Savior from above 

Feeds all our souls with holy love. 
None but those: "that know the Lord, and taste the 
sweetness of His Word" can ever know the joys of His 

Don't find fault; find a remedy. -Sel. 



VIOLA MAY WOLF was born July 5, 1909, in Quinter, 
Kansas, to David and Elsie (Crist) Wolf. The family moved to 
Sheridan Lake, Colorado, in 1910 and in 1913 moved back to 
Quinter. They moved to Modesto, California, in 1916 where 
they lived until 1918 when they moved to Rio Oso, California, 
where they were engaged in farming. In 1942, Viola moved 
with her parents to Modesto, California, where they resided on 
Dakota Avenue. It was here that she spent the majority of her 
life, living with her mother and sister Ruth. She did housework 
for local families and devoted a large portion of her time helping 
care for Ruth. 

After the death of her mother, she and Ruth moved to 
Gettysburg and Greenville, Ohio, where she lived from 1982 
until 1995. 

She returned to Modesto in the fall of 1995. After years of 
caring for others, the time came when she could no longer care 
for herself, and in April of 2002 she moved to Bethany Home in 
Rip on, California. 

Recognizing her need of a Savior, Viola was baptized at a 
young age and became a member of the Old Order German 
Baptist Church and began a life of obedience and service to 
God. In 1984, while living in Ohio, she became a member of 
the Old Brethren Church where she continued to serve her Lord 
until her death. 

Viola enjoyed attending church services whenever possible 
and traveled many times to the mountains to attend church and 
visit her friends and relatives there. She always enjoyed having 
guests and sharing conversation and a home-cooked meal. She 
also enjoyed growing African violets, reading, and tending to 
the canaries and the parakeets. Viola passed away peacefully at 
Bethany Home on February 19, 2008, at the age of 98 years, 


7 months, and 14 days. She was preceded in death by her 
parents; one brother, Charles Wolf; and one sister, Ruth Wolf 

She is survived by one brother, Joseph; two nieces in Ohio: 
Edna Mae Thomas and her husband Bob; and Mary Ruth Strike 
and her husband Lloyd; and two nephews in California: Dave 
Wolf and his wife Jan, and Don Wolf and his wife Gaye. 

Viola lived a life of sacrifice and service to God and to 
others. We will often remember her caring attitude, her 
perseverance, and her reliance on God for strength and 

The service for Viola was held February 26, at Salas 
Brothers Chapel in Modesto with an opening by Elder Lloyd 
Wagner, message by Elder Joseph Cover, and a cemetery 
service by Elder Gordon Rumble. Songs at the service were 
"Sweet Hour of Prayer" and "Jerusalem My Happy Home," and 
at the cemetery, "How Great Thou Art," "It Is Well With My 
Soul," "There Is a Happy Land," "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," 
Til Fly Away," and "TTiere Is a God." Burial was in the Wood 
Colony Cemetery, Modesto. 

The Family 

Mike Frederick Modesto, California March 2 

God bless this dear brother as he leads his family and serves 
the Lord Jesus Christ in His Kingdom. 

COVER - A daughter, Krista Lynnae, born March 6 to Peter 
and Denita Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

If children find encouragement in the home, they will not 
have to seek it elsewhere. —From a reader 



The path of all my future days 

Enshrouded lies in mist; 
Fog rolls in, clammy, cold, and gray, 

Hides every turn and twist. 

"I want to see! I want to know! " 

My anxious spirit cries. 
My heart loathes such uncertainty; 

I want to know! "Lord, why?" 

"Why can't I see what lies ahead 

In every future day? 
I'd find it easier far to trust 

If I but knew the way! " 

"Why then, I'd choose more knowingly 

Each step that I should take; 
I could avoid the tears and pain; 

No more my heart would break." 

But hope, once seen's no hope at all; 

And faith comes not with sight. 
My Father wants my whole-souled trust 

In blackest gloom of night 

He wants my faith to cling to Him 

When knowing is denied; 
To work a strength that comes forth true 

When in griefs furnace tried. 


More valuable than easy smile 
Of golden, carefree hour, 

Is faith that clings and trusts Him still 
When I can't feel His power. 

My Father, grant to me the faith 
When heaviest sorrows roll, 

To trust that You are working out 
Your likeness in my soul. 

Help me to follow step by step 
As You point out the road, 

Content to know that You know best, 
And You will choose my load. 

Susanna Tate 
Mishawaka, Indiana 


Viola and Ruth 

Most of you children probably do not remember Viola and 
Ruth Wolf They were sisters. 

Ruth was physically handicapped. She could not walk by 
herself or talk clearly enough for most people to understand. 
Often Viola could tell you what Ruth was trying to say. 
Sometimes we guessed until we got it right. Sometimes we 
never understood. That would be hard to bear, I think, but still 
she was glad to see us and usually had a great big smile for 

She also loved to sing, though really she couldn't. She just 
moaned along softly as best she could. I thought about all the 



people who won't sing because they "can't," and decided she 
was one of the best singers ever! She didn't mess up the 
singing. Most people didn't even hear her. But God heard, and 
I think He was pleased. He didn't say we must sing well. He 
just told us to sing. It glorifies Him and is healthy for us! It 
lifts our spirits. 

Viola was twelve years older than Ruth. She helped care 
for Ruth from the time Ruth was born till the day Ruth died at 
sixty- six years old. 

Once a young man wanted to marry Viola, but he said it 
was either him or Ruth. He did not want to have his wife caring 
for an invalid sister. Viola chose to take care of Ruth. She 
never married. That was sacrificial love, don't you think? 

Jesus had even greater sacrificial love for us! He died so 
that we could live. Yes! Jesus loves us! 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 






VOL. 55 APRIL, 2008 No. 4 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world, 11 (I John 4: 14) 


"Sir, we would see Jesus." —John 12:21 

"We would see Jesus," for the shadows lengthen 
Across the little landscape of our life; 
We would see Jesus, our weak faith to strengthen 
For the last conflict in this mortal strife. 

"We would see Jesus," Rock of our salvation, 
Whereon our feet were set with sovereign grace; 
Not life, nor death, with all their agitation, 
Can thence remove us, gazing on His face. 

"We would see Jesus;" other lights are paling, 
Which for long years we did rejoice to see; 
The blessings of this sinful world are failing; 
We would not mourn them, in exchange for Thee. 

"We would see Jesus;" this is all we're needing, 
Strength, joy, and willingness come with the sight; 
We would see Jesus, dying, risen, pleading, 
Soon to return and end this mortal night! 

—Anna B. Warner 
Selected from Christ in Song 

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Standing uncertainly before the display of baseball 
equipment, the young boy counted and recounted the small sum 
of cash in his hands. He had emptied his bank and brought all 
his coins. Is it enough? Should he give the whole amount of 
his cash on hand for the baseball he has been watching in the 
store window? 

Now his decision is made. He lays his money on the 
counter and indicates his choice to the clerk. As the checker 
counts the money, he seizes his prize and goes happily on his 
way. He had enough money— just barely— and the ball was 
worth giving it all. You can't play baseball with pennies and 

Scenes like this occur over and over. We make decisions 
and count costs almost daily. Is it worth the sacrifice? Can we 
afford it? Often the cost is not in dollars, and sometimes it is 
difficult to make the decision. In this era of materialism, we buy 
and sell and become quite proficient at weighing earthly values. 
We know what things should be worth. And we don't like to 
pay more than an item should cost-or to sell for too little. And 
we certainly don't want to risk all our assets on a questionable 

Counting the cost and weighing values also enters into 
spiritual decisions. Jesus told two parables in Luke 14 about 
this deciding: 

"For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not 
down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to 
finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is 
not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 


Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 
(vs. 28-30) 

"Or what king, going to make war against another king, 
sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with 
ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty 
thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he 
sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. " (vs. 

Jesus concludes: "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that 
forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. " 

Previously, He had pronounced the blessings of the 
Kingdom of Heaven. He had promised them His protection and 
rewards surpassing anything earthly. He had assured them that 
this Kingdom would endure. Now He reminds that there is a 
cost. To participate in the blessings of the heavenly, we must 
renounce the earthly. To be a disciple of Jesus we must regard 
Him above father, mother, children, brethren and sisters and 
even our own lives. 

Great multitudes were following Jesus when He told these 
parables. He was saying, in effect, "Do you have what it takes 
to follow me? And are you willing to forsake all that you have 
to be my disciple?" "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, 
and come after me, cannot be my disciple." (v. 27) 

Clearly, we could by no means pay for God's free gift of 
eternal life (like the boy who bought his baseball.) It isn't for 
sale. Even if it were, we would not have enough to pay. And 
what do we have that God needs? He needs none of our 
possessions; He only wants us. But still there is a cost. It isn't 
that we pay God. But there is something to forsake, and that is 
the cost to us. 

Perhaps it is similar to the marriage vow. To have the 
enduring love of one companion we must forsake all others. 
This is not a price paid to the companion, but it is a forsaking 
that must be made. It isn't even hard to do, considering the 


benefits involved. But it must be done. Otherwise there can be 
no peace, love, and happiness in the married life. Would we say 
that we were able to purchase the love of our companions? 

Another illustration: Imagine a young man whose wealthy 
uncle offered to pay his way to the best medical school so he 
could become a doctor. To take advantage of this offer, he 
would have to leave his comfortable home situation and his 
friends and devote himself to his studies. He would need to 
give up his other plans for a vocation; he would miss some of 
his hobbies, sports, and fun to have this privilege to study and 
learn the skills and knowledge of the medical profession. This 
cost to him is not the tuition price; that has been paid. But 
there are sacrifices the young man must make to accomplish his 
' purpose and take advantage of his uncle's generosity. We can 
see that even though his way was paid, his own failure to make 
these necessary sacrifices would disqualify him for this 

Jesus told one wealthy man, "One thing thou lackest: go 
thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and 
thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the 
cross and follow me: (Mark 10:21) On the same occasion He 
told His disciples, "Verily I say unto you, There is no man that 
hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or 
wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospeVs, But 
he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and 
brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, 
with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. " 
(Mark 10:29,30) 

Have we counted the cost? Do we have enough with which 
to build? Are we ready to forsake all that we have? Are we 
ready to bear the cross, leave the world, and follow Jesus? We 
simply cannot do this alone; at every turn we need God. And 
He has promised to help us and give us eternal life. 


You can't play baseball with pennies and dimes. And 
neither can we keep our sins and our selfishness and love of the 
world— and follow the Master. --L.C. 


More than 1900 years ago there was a man born contrary to 
thelaws of life. . . 

This man lived in poverty and was reared in obscurity. 

He did not travel extensively. Only once did He cross the 
boundary of the country in which He lived; that was during His 
exile in childhood. 

He possessed neither wealth no influence. 

His relatives were inconspicuous, and had neither training 
nor formal education. 

In infancy He startled a king; in childhood He puzzled 
doctors; in manhood He ruled the course of nature, walked 
upon the billows as if pavements, hushed the sea to sleep. 

He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no 
charge for His service. 

He never wrote a song and yet He has furnished the theme 
for more songs than all the songwriters combined. 

He never founded a college but all the schools put together 
cannot boast of having as many students. 

He never marshaled an army nor drafted soldiers nor fired a 
gun; and yet no leader ever had more volunteers who have, 
under His orders, made more rebels stack arms and surrender 
without a shot fired. 

He never practiced psychiatry and yet He has healed more 
broken hearts than all the doctors far and near. 

Once each week the wheels of commerce cease their turning 
and the multitudes wend their way to worshipping assemblies to 
pay homage and respect to Him. 


The names of the past proud statesmen of Greece and Rome 
have come and gone. The names of the past scientists, 
philosophers, and theologians have come and gone; but the 
name of this man abounds more and more. 

Though time has spread nineteen hundred years between the 
people of this generation and the scene of His crucifixion, yet 
He lives. 

Herod could not destroy Him and the grave could not hold 

He stands forth upon the highest pinnacle of heavenly glory 
proclaimed of God, acknowledged by Angels, adored by saints 
and feared by devils, as a living, personal Christ, our Lord and 

We are either going to be forever with Him or forever 
without Him. . . 

In conclusion, whatever you are considering as the focus of 
hfe, Christ is better. He is the perfect revelation of God, the 
final and complete sacrifice for sin, the compassionate and 
understanding mediator, and the only way to eternal life. Give 
yourself unreservedly and completely to Christ. Don't settle for 
anything less. —Selected 


The Bible speaks of those who come 
Among the saints of God 
Dressed like the sheep who by His hand 
Are led by staff and rod. 

But what of this? This something strange 
When sheep put on wolfskin! 
To win the wolves— it's the excuse 
So they will let us in. 


If we're too odd they'll never hear, 
So we must compromise. 
We let the world creep into us 
And think that we are wise. 

We link their arms into our own, 
And gradually we lose 
The very Life that we by this 
Had thought to help them choose. 

We look like them and smell like them. 
Our lives are much the same. 
At last the only difference 
Is that we claim His name. 

But, oh, my friend, the day will come 
When God will separate. 
And so you think He'll call them sheep 
Who love what they should hate? 

L. Strubhar 

Selected by Forrest Tate 


This selection is again from the Life and Labors of Elder 
John Kline. Elder Kline travelled by horseback and preached at 
Brethren churches. These are parts of his sermons in 1836. 

An Illustration 
In my travels among the mountains of our Virginia I have 
often seen the laurel holding out its evergreen but poisonous 
leaves in sprays of most enticing beauty. Miles and miles of 
road, in one unbroken stretch, may there be seen densely 


hedged on either hand by this beautiful emblem of sin and death. 
Herds of cattle and flocks of sheep are every year driven over 
these roads. Every herdsman and shepherd knows the danger 
to be apprehended from the inclination of some of either kind to 
"sidle 11 off from the plain and beaten track and pluck the green 
leaves of the laurel to their own destruction. 

Many a time have I overtaken flocks of sheep, some of 
which were lying along the road "down with the staggers" This 
last is the name of the disease which is brought on by taking 
laurel. The old sheep avoid it. They will not taste it. The 
young sheep and lambs are the only ones that incline first to 
taste and then eat it. It is hardly necessary for me to point out 
to you the lesson of instruction to be gathered from what I have 
just said. The staggers, by veterinary surgeons, is said to be a 
kind of drunkenness often fatal in its effects. 

The Prophet Isaiah speaks of some who "are drunken, but 
not with wine; who stagger, but not with strong drink." I fancy 
I hear someone in the congregation say: "I guess they must 
have taken laurel." Precisely so, friend! They took the very 
laurel that has been the ruin of thousands of the Lord's sheep 
and lambs. Let me tell you exactly what I mean. 

The love of worldly pleasure is laurel of one kind. It 
blooms forth in the desire for fine dress, gay company, night 
gatherings, social parties, and the like things. 

Worldly treasure is laurel of another kind. It blooms forth 
in the desire for worldly possessions, no matter how obtained, 
and only to gratify selfish ends. I have known some old sheep 
to take this kind. 

Ambition to be great and highly honored is still another 
kind. This is the "deer-tongued" laurel, the very tallest kind that 
grows, and has the richest looking flowers. But it is just as 
poisonous as any, and it blooms forth in the desire to be 
admired for beauty, to be looked up to for superior power and 
wisdom, and to be held in high honor for great deeds. I have 


known some old sheep and even leaders of the flock to eat of 
this kind until they staggered considerably. It was plainly visible 
in their steps that their heads were not exactly level I am glad, 
however, to be able to say, that in the flock to which we belong, 
I have met with very few who ever gave any signs of being 
afflicted in the way last described. 

In his letter to the Philippian brethren, Paul says: "for many 
walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, 
that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ." 

But, brethren, there is a remedy for all these evils. God has 
provided the remedy. Nor is it a bitter draught. It is the "milk 
and wine" of His Word. Both mean Truth. I used to wonder 
why the Prophet Isaiah used both terms, when both mean the 
same thing. Now I will tell you. He says: "Come unto me, buy 
wine and milk, yea, buy wine and milk without money, and 
without price." Milk is truth in its simplest and plainest forms. 
Gospel truth presented in a way that very young and 
uninstructed minds may readily take it in, is what Paul calls 
"milk for babes." But wine is the very same truth extended and 
expanded into forms of instruction adapted to the 
understandings of "men in Christ Jesus." 

All are invited and even exhorted to come; to come to the 
"fountain that was opened in the house of David." It is the 
same that is meant by the "river of the water of life which 
proceedeth from the throne of God and of the Lamb." I exhort 
every one, both old and young, to study God's Word for the 
truth it contains, represented by the beautiful symbols set before 
you therein. Even the unconverted sinner is invited to come 
and take of the "water of life freely." 

Here pardon, love, and joy divine 

In rich effusion flow, 

For guilty sinners lost in sin 

And doomed to endless woe. 


Sunday, May 22. Meeting at the Linville's Creek meeting 
house. Brother Kline spoke briefly on Acts 2. He said: "As 
this is the traditional day on which the Holy Spirit was poured 
out in a miraculous way, so that the whole house wherein the 
apostles and brethren were sitting was filled with his presence, 
so that they were all baptized in the Holy Spirit and in the 
heavenly fire, we think it good to meditate and speak upon 
these things. 

"It may be that we err by believing that each apostle was 
endowed with the gift of all the tongues here enumerated. It 
would be natural, I think, for those who spoke the same tongue 
to sit or stand together in companies. We may, even at the 
present day, see examples and instances of this in large cities 
and public places. Here we see a group of Germans, there, a 
company of Swedes, or Dutch, or Italians. People of the same 
nationality as naturally seek for each other as birds seek for 
their own kind. 

"The order appears beautifixl to our minds in the light of this 
interpretation. Each apostle was gifted by the Spirit to speak in 
one tongue at least. If we go to the pains to count, we will find 
there were nearly as many apostles as nationalities represented, 
hi this way all could speak at the same time; each one to his 
own group or class of hearers, in gentle tones of voice; and all 
in the house hear at least one speak in the tongue in which he 
was born. This interpretation relieves the mind of the apparent 
confusion which seems to have pervaded that assembly, from a 
mere cursory reading of the account given of it in the second 
chapter of the Acts. 

"I pray God, that our dear Brethren in Yearly Meeting 
today and to its close may all, like the apostles, be of one mind 
and speak the same thing." 

Sunday, June 5. Meeting at the Dry Fork. Brother Kline 
made a few remarks upon Eph. 5: 14, "Awake thou that steepest, 
and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light" 


"We called upon the drowsy, sleeping sinner to arise from 
his deadness and indifference, pointing him to the promise that 
Christ would shine upon him and give him the light of life. 
Whilst speaking on this subject today, I related what was said to 
be a well authenticated fact which I lately read. 

"An Indian, one evening, tied his canoe fast to a tree not far 
above the falls of Niagara. Feeling that all was secure, he lay 
down in his canoe and went to sleep. Just about the break of 
day the fastening from some cause got loose. Very probably 
the cord was untied by some mischievous person. The Indian 
continued to sleep. Noiselessly the canoe glided down the 
stream, nearer and yet nearer the awful brink, softly rocking its 
sleeping victim to destruction. Just before the frightful leap, 
roused by the thunder of the cataract, the poor Indian awoke, 
only in time to see himself hurled into eternity. 

"O, how many unconverted men and women are borne 
down upon the stream of time, unconcerned, thoughtless, 
careless of the doom that so surely awaits them!" 


God gives us all talents 
Whether many or few. 
He gives us the grace 
To carry them through. 

Let's try to develop 
Our talents anew; 
Be a living example 
For others to view. 

Cultivating your talents- 
Allowing them to grow, 


Will keep them alive, 
So blessings will flow. 

Share talents you have; 
Keep the pride out of view. 
Seek help from above; 
His love will flow through. 

So let's live our talents 
Through life day by day, 
With the help of His Word, 
We'll be shown the true way! 
Marcus Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 


A pastor went to see a man who didn't attend church very 
faithfully. The man was sitting before a fire, watching the warm 
glow of the coals. It was a cold winter day, but the coals were 
red hot, and the fire was warm. The pastor pleaded with the 
man to be more faithful in meeting with the people of God, but 
the man didn't seem to be getting the message. 

So the pastor took the tongs beside the fireplace, pulled 
open the screen, and reached in and began to separate all the 
coals. When none of the coals were touching the others, he 
stood and watched in silence. In a matter of moments, they 
were all cold. . . The man got the message. 

By John MacArthur (Selected) 

The image of God our children have is often filtered through 
the image of Him they see in us. We must give them a clear 
image! —From a reader 



Japheth Martin 
Jordan Royer 
Christian Savage 
Kaylin Royer 
Janita Royer 


New Paris, Indiana March 16 

Goshen, Indiana March 16 

Arcanum, Ohio March 21 

Goshen, Indiana March 23 

Goshen, Indiana March 23 
May God guide these dear young souls as they serve in the 
Kingdom of Christ. 

STUMP - A son, Clark Nelson, born April 23 to Nelson and 
Dorcas Stump of Goshen, Indiana. 

CABLE - A daughter, Pollyanna Mae, born April 24 to Larry 
and Liana Cable of Dayton, Ohio. 

MEYERS-ROYER Justin Meyers and Orpha Royer were 
married February 23 near Wakarusa, Indiana. 
New address: 24197 S.R. 119 

Goshen, IN 46526 
Phone Justin: (515)783-6972 
Orpha; (574)238-8015 

FOR YOUTH Following Jesus 

Following Jesus means surrendering my will. 
Sometimes it means giving up friends. 
Sometimes it means laying aside my pride and opening up to 

Sometimes it means taking an honest look at myself 
Sometimes it means relinquishing personal opinions; 
Sometimes it means changing in areas that seem impossible. 


Following Jesus involves reaching out to others. 

It is being willing to risk being hurt to show His love. 

It is giving up my hurts and forgiving; 

Sometimes it is being the bearer of some unpleasant 
Following Jesus includes allowing Him to satisfy my needs. 

Sometimes it means accepting aloneness. 

Sometimes it means accepting rejection. 
Following Jesus is letting go of everything that is dear so that I 
can embrace Him! 

Following Jesus also means feeling the beautiful peace that 
follows a hard- won victory. 

It includes His smile of approval when IVe done what I 
know is right. 

It includes His acceptance of a sacrifice that only He 

Following Jesus means receiving strength to face the future. 

It means having an ever-present joy that no trial can steal; 

It means experiencing peace in the midst of turmoil; 

It mean having stability through unstable circumstances. 
Following Jesus means experiencing the lasting satisfaction that 
only Jesus can provide! 

Katelyn Golding 
Wakarusa, Indiana 


"But let all those who put their trust in thee rejoice: let 
them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them 
also that love thy name be joyful in thee." Psalm 5: 1 1 is one of 
the many verses which says to me that we are to be joyful. 

Joy is something with many sources. If we are living in 
God's presence, our lives should shine with His joy. ("In thy 
presence is fullness of joy.") 


How are we hoping to bring the world to Christ if our lives 
and faces reflect anything but true joy? I definitely don't think 
we should put on a show and make it seem like we are joyful, 
but joy is important. God is defending us, so why aren't we 
shouting for j oy ? (Psalm 5:11) 

Sometimes it's way too easy to see all our own problems 
and be bogged down by them Like a child who gets to go to a 
friend's house and has tons of fun, but when it's time to leave 
their whole world is flipped upside down. They think 
everything bad happens to them and they never get to have fun. 
I think we are this way more than we realize. God is so good to 
us-until something goes slightly "wrong." Even if we did have 
a horrible life here on earth, compared to eternity, that's entirely 
insignificant. As a whole we are blessed! 

This is why one of my favorite prayers has become: "Make 
me to hear joy and gladness," as David prayed in Psalm 51:8. 
Lord willing, in focusing on the good (by tuning our ears to joy 
and gladness), by being in God's presence, and by loving Him, 
we can truly portray a joyful heart. 

Bethanna Taylor 
Tuolumne, California 


After watching our nest of robins for about two weeks, we 
were finding it rather humorous how crowded the nest was 
becoming. The little mud bowl that had been so large around 
the bright blue eggs and newly-hatched, young birds soon 
became too small for four growing robins. Soon came the 
Saturday when we saw the birds almost stacked on top of each 
other (they were that big), and we watched them slip over the 
side of the nest one by one till the mud bowl was empty. 

It makes us think of the swift passing of time: how soon the 
family joys that we take for granted today will be gone. 
Children will leave our nest, and a certain wonderful part of our 
life will be gone. Here is a poem written a few years ago about 
some of these simple family joys: 

Some things there are that won't be matched: 
Like braids with little girls attached; 
A little son with tousled head; 
An infant, innocent, in bed; 
A little daughter's learning lisp, 
Her flashing smile and cherub kiss; 
An eager energetic lad 
Who pleads, "Can I go with you, Dad?" 
Yes, these are gifts so grand and good 
That God reserved for Parenthood. 

Yes, and the same gifts that make parents so joyfiil can 
make happy children too, in happy homes. 

Stanley K Brubaker in The Pilgrim, June, 1983 



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VOL. 55 MAY, 2008 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) 


What thoughts came crowding in today 
When difficulty came my way? 

What motives guide the things I do? 
Am I concerned with right and true? 

What attitudes control my mind? 
Do I see good, or problems find? 

Is pleasing self my daily goal? 
Is flesh or spirit in control? 

What do my life and lips express- 
Complaints or praise and thankfulness? 
Did I take time from daily care 
To spend with God in quiet prayer? 

Lord, You have felt the tempter's might 
That seeks to turn men from the right, 

But Yours is strength much greater far 
Than Satan's strongest tactics are. 

My needs reveal, my faith increase, 
Lead me in ways of lasting peace. 

Merna B. Shank 

in CLE Lightlines 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
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Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Who was he? His brief mention in the New Testament does 
not mean he was unimportant. Our Bible could be huge if all 
was recorded. As John writes about Jesus: "And there are also 
many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be 
written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not 
contain the books that should be written. Amen." (John 21:25) 
This also could apply to His works through His followers. 

Most of us don't rate for newspaper stories or medals of 
honor. But the fabric of the church is woven with many colors 
and lots of fibers. Each one has a part. Each one is needed. 
And God has His eye on every child of His and offers room for 
more to come and be born again into His family. 

Epaphroditus was one of Paul's fellow laborers. Read of 
him in Philippians 2: 15-30 and 4: 18— just seven verses— but they 
describe a zealous worker, one who did not value his life in 
serving Christ. 

As we consider him, try to decide if you would like to be an 
Epaphroditus, and ask yourself if you would need to change to 
be this kind of disciple of Jesus. 

Paul calls him "my brother." Brothers have the same father. 
They are usually somewhat alike and resemble their parents. If 
we are in God's family, we have many brothers and sisters. 

Jesus prayed that His people ("those whom thou hast given 
me") might be one and even made perfect in one. That ideal 
describes a closer resemblance and a stronger bond than natural 
brothers have. 

Epaphroditus was like Paul. We too are called to be like 
them and to be their brothers. Is this attainable or do we just 
read of it and write about it and wish for it? Through Christ we 


can be. Hebrews 2:11 tells us Jesus is not ashamed to call them 
(us?) brethren. Matchless grace! Undeserving love! Highest 

Paul also describes this brother as Ms "companion in labour" 
and is not talking about making tents. Epaphroditus was "nigh 
unto death" for the work of Christ. Christ's service can be 
taxing and tiring. Physical labor is usually good for the body. 
But Paul writes of perils and fasting and the care of all the 
churches. Brother Epaphroditus nearly died. Does this sound 
inviting to us? 

Another relationship to Paul was "fellowsoldier." They 
fought side by side. War at that time involved helmets, armor, 
swords, and shields. The weapons of the Christian war are not 
carnal but mighty. They can pull down strongholds (bad 
habits?), cast down imaginations (malice? pride?), and every 
high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God 
(evolution? unbelief?), and bring into captivity every thought to 
the obedience of Christ. Talk about power and attention to 
detail! Every thought! Wouldn't we be glad for victory like 
that? Epaphroditus's battle is worth our participating. 

But Epaphroditus was more than brother, companion, and 
fellowsoldier to Paul. He was messenger to the Philippians. He 
wrote the epistle for Paul and probably delivered it. (See note 
at epistle f s end and 2:29) He had also delivered the Philippians 1 
offering to Paul. 

Finally, he was Paul's faithful servant: "he that ministered to 
my wants." He served almost unknown. We would prefer to 
have a job that is well paid and recognized. It's fine to be 
appreciated, but is that our motive? 

Even as his name is hard to pronounce, his example may be 
hard to imitate. We need the grace of our Lord to succeed. 
Paul writes for the church to "Receive him therefore in the Lord 
with all gladness; and hold such in reputation." May we too 
receive him and his testimony. — L. C. 



"Worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and 
have no confidence in the flesh." (Phil. 3:3b) The word worship 
is also given as serve or do the service, all from the same Greek 
word. Our inner being, the spirit part of us, will worship 
something. Either we will worship (serve) Jesus of Nazareth or 

"Idol: L an image of a divinity or a god used as an object 
of worship; 2. a person or thing too greatly loved or adored; 3. 
a form having no substance; an apparition, as an image in a 
mirror; a phantom." (from The Winston Dictionary C, 1945) 

When born again, it is the spirit part of us that is made new, 
(a new creature). Our spirit can become unclean, impure. We 
can live right, have no known outward sin, but if our spirit 
neglects to worship the God who made the heavens and the 
earth, we have fallen. Our inner being affects every thing we 
do. It cannot remain empty. Either we are filled with the life of 
God or something else that seeks His position. 

We worship what we love or fear. A proper sense of the 
fear of God will lead us to respect, honor, and obey Him. This 
will lead us to Him who is love. Our service will then be 
constrained by love. But if we go after this world, motivated 
not by the fear of God, but by the love of this world, we will 
end up serving beings who hate the Creator and His creation, 
which will turn into a service of fear. This is seen in heathen 
religions. "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of 
power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (II Tim. 1:7) 

If we love God with all our heart, we will worship Him in 
our heart and spirit. If our heart is not all His, then something 
else wUl be there, some idol. Idols are thieves and robbers; they 
don't really satisfy. We sacrifice for what we love and worship. 
"But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they 


sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye 
should have fellowship with devils." (I Cor, 10:20) A very 
serious subject! Our spirits can become unclean. If so, "Let us 
cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, 
perfecting holiness in the fear of God." (I Cor. 7: 1) 

The pure in heart are blessed, for they shall see God. (Matt. 
5:8) If we think we can be pure in heart (spirit), but walk in 
known sin, we are deceived. "But the Lord is faithful, who 
shall stablish you, and keep you from evil." (II Thess. 3:3) He 
can only stablish and keep those whose hearts and spirits are 
His. "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, 
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil. 

"The word heart is used in Scripture as the seat of life or 
strength; hence it means mind, soul, spirit, or one's entire 
emotional nature and understanding, it is also used as the 
center or inner part of a thing" (from Cruden f s Concordance) 

"The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with 
you. Amen. (II Tim. 4:22) 

Kevin Garber 
Greenville, Ohio 


This past summer (1993) our family walked through the 
Luray Caverns, that underground wonderland of Virginia. Our 
guide was very gracious and left no doubt that he knew where 
he was leading us. And although we made many turns and 
wound through narrow passages, I had not one fear that we 
would get lost. All we needed to do was follow the guide. 

About the year 1871, a Baptist by the name of Christopher 
Ruby BlackaU toured the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. I too 
have been in that cavern. The guide leads on and on through 


one channel after another. And in those pre-electric light days, 
I can imagine the added awesomeness Blackall must have 
experienced. It is now known that Mammoth Cave is 
connected to 144 miles of branching and interconnected 
channels. To lose the way in such a maze of paths could be 
fatal. Yet by following a trustworthy guide, the tour can be 
both safe and enjoyable. 

On the train ride back to Chicago, Blackall pondered the 
importance of following the right paths in Mammoth Cave. He 
saw in that experience a close parallel to the importance of the 
Christian^ following the path of Jesus in life. Those 
meditations became the inspiration for the hymn: 

Follow the path of Jesus, Walk where His footsteps lead; 
Keep in His beaming presence, Every counsel heed; 
Watch, while the hours are flying, Ready some good to do; 
Quick, while His voice is calling, Yield obedience true! 

Cling to the hand of Jesus, All through the day and night; 
Dark though the way and dreary, He will guide you right. 
Live for the good of others, Helpless, oppressed and wrong; 
Lift them from depth of sorrow, In His strength be strong! 

Although Blackall was a Baptist, these words so well 
express the Mennonites* (and Brethren's) understanding of 
discipleship, that this song has become a favorite among the 
Mennonites ever since it was first included in their 1890 Hymns 
and Tunes. And while this great hymn is largely unknown 
outside Mennonite circles, we have been singing it 
enthusiastically from various of our hymnals or spontaneously 
from memory. The compiling committee of that 1890 
hymnbook put the words to the now familiar tune "Bound 
Brook" and changed "paths" to "path." In the 1927 Church 


Hymnal a third stanza was added that even further clarifies the 
Christian's call to self-denial and evangelism: 

Take up the cross of Jesus, Sharing the shame He bore; 
Self and the world denying, Love the Saviour more; 
Tell all the world of Jesus, Think of their gloom and loss, 
Tell of His great salvation, Glory in His cross. 

Christ's invitation to His disciples was, "Follow me, and I 
will make you fishers of men." For those disciples, that call 
meant literally following Jesus over the roads of Palestine and 
living like He lived. They learned that with Jesus they need fear 
no ill, not even when on the stormy sea of Galilee. They also 
learned that to follow Jesus meant sharing with Him the 
rejection and cruelty of the enemies of God. Peter, who was 
one of those disciples, knew from experience what following 
Jesus included when he wrote: "For even hereunto were ye 
called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an 
example, that ye should follow his steps." (I Peter 2:21) 

The invitation to follow the path of Jesus is still extended: 
"Dark though the way (of life) and dreary, He will guide you 
right." Not to follow Jesus through the maze of life will be 
fatal. "Quick while His voice is calling, yield obedience true." 

Lester E. Showalter 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 


Every neighborhood has them— those people who carry 
around a spirit of grievance. "I have been wronged," they say. 
They develop a self-pitying, complaining spirit. 

They are waiting for the ones who have wronged them to 
come and make their wrongs right. And until that happens, 
they sulk and complain. Perhaps they will not come to church; 


if they do come, they will not carry any responsibility. They 
may refuse, in their condemnation of others, to participate in 
communion. They withhold their financial support. As the 
years go by, their attitude becomes hardened into a personality 
trait. They become known as people who carry a grudge for 
something that happened years ago. 

Yes, there are injustices in human relations, and, since all 
men are fallible, these injustices may occur in church 
relationships. Most people have been wronged at some time or 
other, or at least think they have been. So the man who has 
been misused is not suffering any solitary misfortune. 

This is not to justify the giving of offense. Jesus said that 
offenses must needs come, but woe to that man by whom they 
come. However, when a stone of stumbling is thrown our way, 
it is sensible and Christian to refuse to stumble. He is a foolish 
man who insists on stubbing his toe just because there is a 
stumbling block in his path. 

Life is too short to let any of it be spoiled by moping 
around. If we have been wronged, we quickly forgive and 
forget, and go on our way. One does not have to wait until the 
wronger apologizes. He should apologize, but if he does not, it 
is his loss. Let us not warp our souls by an unforgiving spirit. 
Love does not care to keep books on evil. 

The wrongs we suffer can be a means of making our 
characters more holy and more beautiful. And so the people 
who wrong us may actually be doing us a favor. 

And what a testimony to the world it is when Christians 
refuse to hold grudges! Any worldling can cherish a hurt; many 
of them do. But only a Christian, one who is like Christ, can 
live above being hurt. Imagine Christ on the cross saying, "I 
have been wronged!" Of course He had been. But He turned 
His being wronged into the world's redemption. 


And regarding forgiveness, Jesus said in Mark 11:26, "But 
if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven 
forgive your trespasses." 

And again in Matthew 6: 14-15, "For if ye forgive men their 
trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye 
forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive 
your trespasses." 

These Scriptures are positive and weighty. Let us further 
picture in our minds our Savior on the cross, who was despised, 
rejected, and wronged, but gave us this wonderful example 
when He prayed. "Father, forgive them; for they know not what 
they do." 

Perhaps someone reading this cannot name one person who 
has ever wronged h i m . God bless you! You have just forgotten 
it, as God wants you to do. No true follower of Christ says, "I 
have been wronged." 

An old tract republished by The Literature Lamplighter 


Some may recognize this title. Its four parts, or books, 
were written by Thomas a Kempis in the 1400's, long before the 
Reformation. A classic, it is in value like Pilgrim's Progress. 
We may be able to print more in future issues. 

Chapter 1. Of the Imitation of Christ, 
and Contempt of all the vanities of the World 

He that followeth me, walketh not in darkness, saith the 
Lord. These are the words of Christ, by which we are 
admonished, how we ought to imitate His life and manners, if 
we would truly be enlightened, and delivered from all blindness 


of heart. Let therefore our chiefest endeavour be, to meditate 
upon the life of Jesus Christ. 

The doctrine of Christ exceedeth all the doctrine of holy 
men; and he that hath the Spirit will find therein the hidden 
manna.. But it falleth out that many who often hear the Gospel 
of Christ, feel little desire after it, because they have not the 
Spirit of Christ. But whosoever will fully and with relish 
understand the words of Christ, must endeavour to conform his 
life wholly to the life of Christ. 

2. What doth it avail thee to discourse profoundly of the 
Trinity, if thou be void of humility, and art thereby displeasing 
to the Trinity? Surely profound words do not make a man holy 
and just; but a virtuous life maketh him dear to God. I had 
rather feel contrition, than know the definition thereof. If thou 
didst know the whole Bible by heart, and the sayings of all the 
philosophers, what would all that profit thee without the love of 
God, and without His grace. 

Vanity of vanities, all is vanity, except to love God, and to 
serve Him only. This is the highest wisdom, by contempt of the 
world to press forward towards heavenly kingdoms. 

Vanity therefore it is, to seek after perishing riches, and to 
trust in them Vanity also it is to hunt after honours, and to 
climb to high degree. Vanity it is to follow the desires of the 
flesh, and to long after that for which thou must afterwards 
suffer grievous punishment. Vanity it is, to wish to live long, 
and to be careless to live well. Vanity it is to mind only this 
present life, and not to foresee those things which are to come. 
Vanity it is to set thy love on that which speedily passeth away, 
and not to hasten thither where everlasting joy abideth. 

Call often to mind that proverb, The eye is not satisfied with 
seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. Endeavor therefore to 
withdraw thy heart from the love of visible things, and to turn 
thyself to things invisible. For they that follow their own 
sensuality, defile their conscience, and lose the grace of God. 



1. Does it make me more spiritual? "If ye then be risen 
with Christ, seek those things which are above." (Colossians 

2. Is this for the glory of God? "Whether therefore ye eat, 
or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all the glory of God." (I 
Corinthians 10:31) 

3. Does it give me a greater burden for prayer, and make 
it easier to pray through after an evening of such 
entertainment? "Pray without ceasing," (I Thessalonians 5:17) 

4. Do I feel purer in heart through its influence? "Blessed 
are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8) 

5. Do I feel that I have had fellowship with spiritual 
people? "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of 
darkness, but rather reprove them. " (Ephesians 5:11) 

6. Does it draw my children to God? "Train up a child in 
the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart 
from it" (Proverbs 22:6) 

7. Does it instruct my family in God f s Word and God's way 
of life? "And these words, which I command thee this day, 
shall be in thine heart: 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." (Deuteronomy 6:6,7) 

8. Is it popular with the people of the world? "Love not 
the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man 
love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (I John 

9. By purchasing and using television am I spending my 
money and time to advance God r s kingdom in my life and in 
the lives of others? "See then that ye walk circumspectly 
(carefully watching your steps), not as fools, but as wise, 


redeeming the time, because the days are evil." (Eph.5: 15,16) 

10. What would Jesus do if He were in the flesh? "Herein 
is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day 
of judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world." (I 
Jn.4: 17) May God save us from this satanic evil! 

—By R. W. Dunn in Vera Overholt's 
Scrapbook of Ideas for Christian Workers 

On May 9 near Bradford, Ohio, Brother Larry Cable was 
ordained to the eldership in the Eastern Congregation. He will 
be serving with support of his wife Liana. At the same meeting 
Brother Shane Oberholzer and Brother Tim Yoder were 
advanced to the second degree of ministry. The will be serving 
with support of their wives, Beth Ann Oberholzer and Serena 

May God bless these brethren and their labors as they serve 
in the kingdom. 

MARTIN - a daughter, Janet Irene, born May 6 to Kevin and 
Ina Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 


When pain and sickness made me cry, 
Who gazed upon my heavy eye, 
And wept for fear that I would die? 

My mother. 
Who ran to help me when I fell, 
And would some pretty story tell 
Or kiss the place to make it well? 

My mother. 


Who taught my infant lips to pray, 
And love God's Holy Book and day, 
And walk in wisdom's pleasant way? 

My mother. 
And can I ever cease to be, 
Affectionate and kind to thee, 
Who was so very kind to me? 

My mother 
When thou art feeble, old and gray, 
My healthy arms shall be thy stay, 
And I will soothe thy pain away, 

My mother. 
And when I see thee hang thy head, 
Twill be my turn to watch thy bed, 
And tears of sweet appreciation shed. 

My mother. 
For God, who lives above the skies, 
Would look with vengeance in His eyes, 
If I should dare despise, 

My mother. 



The Hurting 
Reserved and quiet he may seem, 
With not a lot to say. 
He'll give a smile and nod his head, 
And soon be on his way. 

Perhaps she always has a grin 
Or funny thing to tell. 
She seems to have a happy lot; 
Her things turn out so well. 


But take a closer look, my friend, 
And notice something more; 
The wary eye, the guarded way 
They stay far from that door. 

Avoiding anything that's close, 
They try to keep things light. 
They feel a joke or story now 
Would be in order quite. 

I think, my friend, that when we see 
Someone who looks this way, 
A hurting one we may have found, 
And really need to pray 

That God would help them to let go 
Of anything that still 
Makes them reluctant to forgive 
Those who have done them ill. 

They need our prayers to help them through 
This time of great distress. 
An easy thing it is to have, 
When hurt, some bitterness. 

So let us ever strive to be 
Compassionate and kind. 
And help-not hinder-hurting ones, 
And healing they may find. 

Katelyn Golding 
Wakarusa, Indiana 



One day a mother was scraping vegetables for salad as her 
daughter came in to ask permission to go to an "adult' 1 movie. 

"But all the kids are going," she said, "and their folks don't 
think it will hurt them. " 

As she talked, she saw her mother pick up a handful of the 
scraps and throw them into the salad. Rather startled, she 
shouted, "Mother, you are putting the garbage in the salad!" 

"I know," her mother replied, "but I thought if you didn't 
mind garbage in your mind, you wouldn't care about a little in 
your stomach." 

Thoughtfully, the girl picked the peelings from the salad and 
then smiled at her mother. "I guess I'll just tell them I'm staying 
home tonight," she said as she went through the kitchen door. 


Young people, I trust that the mention of a poor movie will 
not give the idea that others are all right. There may be a rare 
exception, but most of Hollywood's products will not pass the 
test of TV printed this month on page 1 L —L. C. 


Working Together 

The Bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. 
Science never ceases to confirm that, even though some 
scientists believe we just happened. God created all the parts of 
the body to work together. Because of the Fall, sometimes 
some parts of the body do not work well together. When this 
happens, the body is hindered. 

My eyes do not work together. I have excellent sight in one 
eye, but can only see up close with the other eye. I can see up 

close with my good eye, too, but as long as I have my bad eye 
>pen, my good eye will not focus up close. This means I have a 
lard time telling how far away something is. This is called 
perspective. Also, at the distance most people read, my bad eye 
is almost focused, so my good eye refuses to focus, which 
means I must read up close, or at a greater distance than what is 
comfortable to hold a book. If only they would work together! 

God's Word likens the church to a body. All the parts work 
together. If they do not, there is trouble. 

But children are not part of the church yet, so why am I 
telling you this? Because I hope you will be a part of the 
church some day, and I hope you will learn to work well 
together with your brothers and sisters, class-mates, and 
fiiends, so that when you are a part of the church, it will be 
easier for you to work well with the other members. You won't 
automatically get along with others even as a grown-up, so try 
to make a habit of it now. 

I look forward to "working" with you some day! 

Martha J. Wagner 






VOL. 54 JUNE T 20Q8 . No. 6 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 

Saviour of the world. " (I John 4:14) 


Help me to be holy, O Father of light; 
Guilt-burdened and lowly, I bow in Thy sight; 
How shall a stained conscience dare gaze on Thy face, 
Fen though in Thy presence Thou grant me a place. 

Help me to be holy, O Saviour divine; 
Why conquer so slowly this nature of mine? 
Stamp deeply Thy likeness where Satan's hath been; 
Expel with Thy brightness my darkness and sin! 

Help me to be holy, O Spirit divine; 
Come, sanctify wholly this temple of Thine; 
Now cast out each idol; here set up Thy throne, 
Reign, reign without rival, supreme and alone! 

Adoniram Judson Gordon, 1836-1895 
Selected from The Christian Hymnary 

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"I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that 
is from the beginning. " 

Obviously this message from the Apostle John is to 
Christian fathers. To know Him that is from the beginning 
describes the power a Christian father has to direct his family. 
No greater resource is available. la Jesus' prayer to the Father, 
He described this privilege: "And this is life eternal, that they 
might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom 
thou hast sent. 11 

A trite statement of the world goes, "It is not so much what 
you know but who you know!" The one who first said this had 
no idea how true this would be for a Christian father. We don't 
minimize the importance of information— of study and counsel. 
But in the varied decisions of rearing a family, to know God is a 
requirement above anything from "the books." In this 
knowledge we find all the answers to questions bombarding the 
Christian father. 

Consider first the discipline of a son. We are often 
perplexed regarding what really works. The "world" puts out 
books, articles, advice of all kinds, but we see failure— children 
without direction and self- centered. And what else could be 
expected if children are given anything money can buy but not 
real love, responsibility, or requirement of instant obedience? 
The Christian father, knowing God, goes to His Word. 
Proverbs is a manual God has given for family and relationships 
of all kinds. Regarding discipline for that son, 13:34 says, "He 
that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him 
chasteneth him betimes." 


"Oh, but I thought it was love to spare them the woodshed 
times I experienced as a boy!" Not so! This verse says that is 
hate. There is no excuse for cruelty, but loving corporal 
punishment for disobedience gives results and a happy child. 

I was pleased at a recent Christian gathering to see over 160 
children from Christian homes come forward to sing together. 
It was plain that they were obedient and happy. God's way 

Proverb s also deals with p er sonal problems a father 
encounters. When we have failures, disappointments, 
frustrations, it is natural to be angry. But Proverbs 14:17 says, 
"He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly." Verse 29: "He that is 
slow to wrath is of great understanding; but he that is hasty of 
spirit exalteth folly." Proverbs 22:14 deals with another 
problem: "The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that 
is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein." Faithfulness to our 
marriage bonds is a feature of fathers who know the Lord. 

For a father struggling to support a family, dishonesty in 
business is still another temptation. Some things seem so small, 
but taking from a big company or being false in government or 
tax reports are wrong even if it would never be known. To 
know God means we are aware that He sees all. Proverbs 
20:23: "Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and 
a false balance is not good." 23:23: "Buy the truth, and sell it 
not. . ." 15:16: "Better is little with the fear of the Lord than 
great treasure and trouble therewith." 13:7: "There is that 
maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh 
himself poor, yet hath great riches." This book of God tells us 
of the true values and where our hearts should be. 

The New Testament has still more instruction for the father 
that knows God. Ephesians 6:4: "And ye fathers, provoke not 
your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and 
admonition of the Lord." And Colossians 3:21 is similar: 


"Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be 
discouraged. " 

All this defines a high responsibility, and if you feel you 
have failed in family training or other ways, do not give up. 
Confess to your children. They are usually forgiving. And God 
is always forgiving when we turn to Him with sincere hearts. 
Tell your children it will be different from now on. Resolve to 
know God better through His Word, and trust His direction. 

Our obedience to God is not like a set of instructions to 
service a tractor or assemble a wheelbarrow. Lives are at stake. 
God has invested the sacrifice of His only Son, the Lord Jesus 
Christ in the salvation of our children. We are charged to teach, 
to train, to nurture. And there is no second chance. 

Fathers and mothers, turn to God's Word often. "Pray 
without ceasing." Our generation offers temptations never 
known before in the forms of entertainment: ungodly music, 
videos, TV, internet, and even cell phones. Money is not as 
scarce as it was fifty years ago, but it still should be managed 
carefully. Children need (and appreciate) definite guidelines. It 
is your duty to teach right and wrong-truth and error. 
Contrary to what we hear, these principles never change. God 
holds us responsible for the abundance we have been given. 
Truly we must direct our children from on our knees and show 
them a "well worn path to the cross." --L.C. 


When Father prays the house is still; 
His voice is slow and deep; 
We shut our eyes, the clock ticks loud, 
So quiet we must keep. 

He prays that we may be good boys, 
And later on, good men; 


And then we squirm and think we won't 
Have any quarrels again. 

You'd never think, to look at Dad, 
He once had tempers too; 
I guess if Father needs to pray, 
We youngsters surely do. 

Sometimes the prayer gets very long 
And hard to understand, 
And then I wriggle up quite close 
And let him hold my hand. 

I can't remember all of it; 
I'm little yet, you see, 
But one thing I can not forget: 
My father prays for me! 

Author unknown 


Jesus said there would be wolves in sheep's clothing (Matt. 
7:15), those who would look like sheep, but really were not. 
He said His kingdom does not come with observation (Luke 
17:20), that unless we are born again, we cannot see His 
kingdom (John 3:3). Constantine joined the church (or so it 
appeared) with the world (world government). He made people 
part of his church through baptism, who by the testimony of 
their lives were not born again. A world church system. Jesus 
said, "My kingdom is not of this world. . ." (John 18:36). 

The kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven, is ruled by 
Jesus Christ, who is gone into the holiest in heaven. He reigns 
from heaven by His Spirit. No one can call Him Lord, (in truth) 


but by the Holy Ghost (I Cor. 12:3). Only through His Spirit 
are we part of His kingdom and seated with Him in heavenly 
places (Eph. 2:6). 

Jesus was not distinguished by His appearance when He was 
on earth. As King of heaven 1 s kingdom He did not stand out as 
being different from the Jews. Judas had to betray Him with a 
kiss. As the world grows more wicked, God's people will stand 
out more and more because of their love of holiness. 

The Christian does have a mark that sets them apart. Jesus 
said, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye 
have love one to another" (John 13:35). Love is the Christian's 
mark of distinction—love that works no ill. Without this mark, 
the world will not know us as disciples of Jesus, and the 
Christians won't know either. 

Love does nothing that will cause another to stumble, to 
stray, or be made weak. It works no ill! The light shines in 
darkness, but the darkness does not comprehend it. The 
kingdom of God, Jesus' kingdom is in the Spirit. We serve in 
newness of the Spirit. (Ronx 7:6). We must receive as a little 
child. Jesus said, "Except ye be converted, and become as little 
children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 

God's Word breaks us. "Whosoever shall fall on this stone 
shall be broken" (Matt. 21:44). We know nothing by ourselves. 
What does God's Word say? Has He spoken? We become as 
little children; we must learn everything of the Father. As we 
keep (obey) Jesus' words, the Father and Son come to live in us. 
(John 14:23). If we don't keep the words of Jesus, we don't 
love Him. As we love Him, we will keep His words and find 
that pearl of great price. This will make us willing to lose all to 
obtain and keep it. Jesus Christ is that pearl of great price. His 
own didn't receive Him; the world didn't know Him. His blood 
was spilt on our land. But as many as will receive Him, He will 
give power to become God's children. 


"But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto 
us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and 
redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, 
let him glory in the Lord. (I Cor. l:30,31)(Isa. 45:24,25) 

Kevin Garber 

Greenville, Ohio 


Thou shalt not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of 
all human activities. 

Thou shalt not be fearful, for most of the things we fear 
never come to pass. 

Thou shalt not cross bridges before you get to them, for no 
one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this. 

Thou shalt face each problem as it comes. You can handle 
only one at a time anyway. 

Thou shalt not take problems to bed with you for they make 
very poor bedfellows. 

Thou shalt not borrow other people's problems. They can 
take better care of them than you can. 

Thou shalt not try to relive yesterday for good or ill— it is 
gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life today. 

Thou shalt count thy blessings, never overlooking the small 
ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one. 

Thou shalt be a good listener, for only when you listen do 
you hear ideas different from your own. It's very hard to learn 
something new when you are talking. 

Thou shalt not become bogged down by frustration, for 
ninety percent of it is rooted in self-pity, and it will only 
interfere with positive action. 

By Elodie Armstrong 
Selected by Nancy Oyler 



James 3:6: "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." Defile—to make impure, dirty, pollute, soil, to 
make unclean. 

Proverbs 18:21a: "Death and life are in the power of the 

James 1:26: "If any man among you seem to be religious, 
and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this 
man's religion is vain. " 
Bridle—to restrain or govern, check, subdue, control. 

Proverbs 10:18b: ". . . he that uttereth a slander is a fool" 
Slander— to injure by malice; to tell a false report. 
Malice —a disposition to injure another. 

Psalm 39: la: "I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin 
not with my tongue. " God warns us that the tongue can no man 
tame; it is unruly, full of deadly poison. We are fully 
responsible for every word we speak. 

Matthew 12:36: "But I say unto you, That every idle word 
that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day 
of judgment." Our tongue will reveal the true thoughts of our 
inner spirit. 

Matthew 12:34b: "For out of the abundance of the heart 
the mouth speaketh." The Holy Spirit is warning against idle 
and evil words, wrong conclusions and attitudes we allow our 
spirit to convey in our words. The words we say are an 
indication of our heart. The words have power over our 
character. One is influenced by his words, and we are often 
deceived by our own words. Jealous, evil, surmising, careless, 
foolish words, and a habit of criticism rejects and grieves the 
Holy Spirit. 


Our tongue is a daily reminder and motivation to purify our 
hearts. We must ask forgiveness for every offense of the 
tongue, and in so doing, by humbling ourselves, we receive 
more power to purify our hearts. James 4:6b: "God resisteth 
the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." 


1. Dedicate our heart and tongue to the Lord daily. Rom. 12: 1 

2. Put our heart in tune with God's Spirit by daily reading, and 
meditating on, His Word. Psalm 119:11: "Thy word have I hid 
in mine heart that I might not sin against thee. " 

3. Assume responsibility for every word. Matthew 12:37 
"For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou 
shalt be condemned." 

4. Discover from those around us what offensive words we 

5. Commit ourselves to purpose to give a good report and 
follow Matthew 18. 

6. Ask forgiveness for any unloving words or attitudes. (Matt. 

Learn how to give words that will encourage, comfort, 
inspire, exhort, and edify. Heb. 3:13a: "But exhort one another 
daily. . ." Use kind, gracious, loving words. 
8. Listen to our words through the ears of others before we 

Discern the spirit of our hearers before, during, and after 
we speak to urge our friends to tell us when we offend with our 
words. Prov. 27:5: "Open rebuke is better than secret love." 

Scriptures on the tongue: memorize and use them to help 
build a spiritual guard to check our words before we say them. 
Let all evil speaking be put away from us. (Eph. 4:31) 

Prov. 21:23: "Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue 
keepeth his soul from troubles." 


Prov. 29:20: "Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? 
there is more hope of a fool than of him." 

Prov. 13:3: "He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: 
but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction." 

I Peter 3: 10b: "... let him refrain his tongue from evil, and 
his lips that they speak no guile." 

Prov. 15:1: "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but 
grievous words stir up anger." 

Psalm 141:3: "Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep 
the door of my lips." 

Because our words are reflections of our heart, it is essential 
that we bring into captivity every thought to obedience to 
Christ. Phil. 4:8: Whatsoever things are true, accurate. Will it 
give an accurate impression? Honest, honorable. Should it be 
imitated by others? Just, proper. Is it appropriate to say? 
Lovely, pleasant. Will it brighten the lives of all who hear it? 
Good report, esteem. Will it damage anyone ! s reputation? 
Virtue, moral excellence. Will it motivate others to holy and 
godly lives. Praise, praiseworthy. Will it lift and edify all who 
hear it? Think on these things. 

In obedience to God's Word, let us commit to giving good 
reports and avoiding bad reports. What is a bad report? It is 
using words, patterns, and facial expressions to put someone 
else in a bad light; it is damaging someone else's reputation with 
information that does not need to be shared. It is encouraging 
our spreading discord among others. It will be a bad report if I 
do not first go to the offender privately with the motive of 
restoration. Prov. 6:19: "The Lord hates. . . he that soweth 
discord among brethren." When someone asks for a bad report, 
give them a good report instead. As soon as we realize 
someone is giving us a bad report, we should always lovingly 
ask him if he has gone to the person yet. Say, "Are you telling 
me so I can go with you to help restore him? Do you feel I am 
responsible to know about this? I would rather not hear it 


unless I am involved. If we ask for a good report, and he is not 
able to give it, then it is his responsibility to go to him privately 
to attempt restoration. He must discern what caused the 
offense and go in meekness and love. God may be using his 
offense to remind us to work in an area of ourselves. To stop 
others giving bad reports, first examine and correct wrong 
motives in our own hearts. 

In His love, Nancy Beidler 

Richland, Pennsylvania 


Hatred and Jealousy, two twin brothers, 
Love to spite and to snipe at others. 
And whenever those twins come into view, 
They're joined by the ugliest looking crew, 
Anger and Quarrel and Mope and Cuss, 
Lies and Mischief and Poke and Fuss- 
All fiiends and cousins of H. and J. 
They'll try their hardest to spoil your day. 
They might come sneaking, or make a din, 
But if they come, don't let them in. 
No matter how hard they shove and shout, 
For they'll gobble you up— from the inside out! 
And if still they hammer away at your lock, 
Ask Jesus to answer their fearful knock. 
You'll find those twins will leave in a trice 
And their friends just melting away like ice! 
And your heart will be happy and light and free, 
Just the way it was meant to be. 

by Margaret Penner Toews 




Lydia Beery Goshen, Indiana June 1 

Ariel Batson LaGrange, Indiana June 8 
May God guide and bless these young sisters as they serve 
the Lord Jesus in His kingdom. 


Jesse Martin and Melina Royer were joined in marriage June 7. 
Their new address: 6220 1 Ash Road 

Wakarusa, IN 46573 


Carl Beck Fairlawn 

500 Haven Drive, Apt. 106 
Archbold, OH 43502 

phone: (419) 446-2665 


Dear Lord, as we look at these sweet little faces, 
Upturned to meet ours in the light; 
Where sorrow and pain have as yet left no traces, 
Whose smiles are with innocence, bright: 

There's a praise in our hearts that is earnest and humble, 
Fervent prayer that's too deep for a word: 


That we may be worthy, not cause one to stumble, 
As we guide their wee feet in the path of our Lord. 

We know they will follow our steps every day, 
Will learn every habit we do, 
Every word, every act, every thought all the way: 
Oh Lord, to our trust keep us true! 

By Ada Wine 



It was a dark, rainy eve when Sister Qi shared her story. 
There were perhaps thirty Americans in the audience, of whom 
I was one. As a Chinese Christian, her experiences were quite 
opposite to what we were familiar with, and she was there to 
share them with us. 

Tears are her first language, Chinese her second, and 
English her third. Communism was her past life and Jesus her 
present and future life. Her bearing was firm but humble; her 
voice was soft and tender. Every word of the sometimes 
broken and accented English she spoke was tainted with 

My heart quivered as I listened to her tremulous voice. I 
was not acquainted with laboring long days to get a mere 
sustenance or being obliged to do a man's work just so I could 
go to school. From being forced to live in the countryside to 
work endlessly in fields where you did not receive its yield, to 
be considered "black" by the government, to have little hope of 
ever escaping poverty— Sister Qi's difficult story wound on. 
With much persistence and sweat she made the miraculous 


climb from a student to teacher of English to dean of a large 

Her voice which had been calm while relating her 
circumstances welled with emotion as she began to relate her 
journey to Jesus. I sat up straighter and listened intently. All 
she had known was Communism. It was the only way to live 
and effectively manage a country. Anything else was wrong 
and ought to not be listened to. But God in His mercy exposed 
her to the Bible and a Christian teacher that worked under her. 
Over the years she developed questions about Christianity and 
would at time share them with Brother B— . 

Then came the memorable evening when she called Brother 
B — and asked him, "How do you become a Christian? Can I 
be one? Do I need to go to school? What must I do?" Her 
voice grew unsteady, and tears streamed from her pensive eyes. 
"He prayed and asked me to repeat the words. When we 
finished praying, I knew in my heart that I was a Christian." 

The emotion of that majestic moment swept over the room 
holding it in a reverent silence. Tears slipped unbidden down 
my cheeks. How amazing is the touch of Jesus! What a 
profound decision in the face of all that she had formerly 
believed and was likely to face in the future! What a 

With saddened tones she painted the picture of a Christian's 
life in China. One can not openly share their new life in Christ. 
A Christian can go to state churches, but they are controlled by 
the government and have little to offer the sincere seeker. To 
pray and study the Bible with other believers, one must do it 
quietly and secretly. Even then the danger of persecution lurks 
nearby. There is no freedom to believe anything but Mao's 
teachings. Sister Qi's testimony came to an end, and we were 
dismissed with a song. 

Many times since then I have tried to reconcile the 
difference between most American and Chinese Christians. 


Why is it that we do not gather together for an intimate time of 
crying out to God when we have the freedom to do so? Why 
do we give excuses for not doing what is right when we will not 
be beaten for doing so? Why are we so afraid to share the 
Gospel and why do we not care that we fall short of God's 
standards? It makes me wonder if we truly love Jesus as we 
claim to, and if we are truly willing to be faith&l no matter the 

Lora Huffman 

Dayton, Ohio 


Good Rules for Boys and Girls 

In a certain exchange the following rules of courtesy were 
given. These rules have been adopted by certain schools over in 
London. And we think every boy and girl will find them helpful 
if adopted and carried out: 

Courtesy to Yourself 

Be honest, truthful, and pure. 

Do not use bad language. 

Keep your face and hands clean, and your clothes and shoes 
brushed and neat. 

Keep out of bad company. 

Courtesy at Home 

Help your parents as much as you can. 

Be kind to your brothers and sisters. 

Do not be selfish, but share all your good things. 

Do your best to please your parents. 
Courtesy at School 

Be respectful to your teachers, and help them as much as 
you can. 

Observe the school rules. 



Do not copy. 

Do not cut the desk or write in the reading books. 
Never let another be punished in mistake for yourself; this is 

Courtesy at Play 
Do not cheat at games. 
Do not bully. 

Be pleasant and not quarrelsome. 

Do not jeer at or call your school-mates by names which 
they do not like. 

From Scrapbook of Ideas #2 
by Vera Overholt 


The heart of every problem is the problem of the heart. 

Criticism wipes out motivation, but appreciation works 


VOL, 55 JULY, 2008 No. 7 

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


Neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure. (I Tim. 5:22) 

Keep thyself pure! Christ's soldier, hear, 
Through life's loud strife, the call rings clear. 
Thy Captain speaks: His word obey; 
So shall thy strength be as thy day. 

Keep thyself pure! thrice blessed he 
Whose heart from taint of sin is free; 
His feet shall stand where saints have trod, 
He with rapt eyes shall see his God. 

Keep thyself pure! for He who died, 
Himself for thy sake sanctified; 
Then hear Him speaking from the skies, 
And victor o'er temptation rise. 

O Holy Spirit, keep us pure, 
Grant us Thy strength when sins allure; 
Our bodies are Thy temple, Lord; 
Be Thou in thought and act adored. 

Adelaide Mary Plumtre 
From The Christian Hymnary 

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DANGER 2008 

When I was young we lived close to tlie Hetch Hetchy 
power line that crossed the Central Valley of California on the 
way to San Francisco from its source in the mountains. Six 
high-voltage lines were suspended on ninety foot galvanized 
steel towers. What a challenge to young boys to climb those 
towers! We were strictly forbidden to try it. But one young 
teen aged neighbor not only climbed the tower, but stood 
upright on top and tossed his coat to the ground. Quite a hero 
to us boys! 

Temptations to young folks are not the same today, but the 
dangers are there and the thrills are not so much different. 
Today the technology that built that power line produces cell 
phones, computers, and video players. Where is the danger 
there? you might think. You couldn't fall and break your back 
or touch the wire and get electrocuted. No, the danger is not 
physical, but it is just as consequential. 

These communication channels are not only useful, but also 
very intriguing and entertaining. What young person would not 
enjoy pushing buttons that magically produce sounds and sights 
on a screen? What young mind would not respond to the lure 
of exciting experiences, new knowledge beyond that of their 
parents? And what a channel this is for the entertainment world 
to exploit! 

We older ones grew up in a spiritual atmosphere where the 
problems were Calvinism, Israel in prophecy, worldly dress, and 
respect for our elders. At family gatherings we boys were 
allowed to have a good time but also required to shake hands 
with the uncles, aunts, great uncles, grandfathers, and other 


elders worthy of our notice and emulation. But we were not 
prepared for the new tactics of a powerful adversary. 

God is on the throne and in control. He always sees His 
people and longs to help them. Notice the various dilemmas of 
history and how His people met them with counsel and prayer 
for God's help. And our Lord came to the rescue and pointed 
the way for a solution to the problems of the time. 

So why the worry and stress over I pods and cell phones? 
Because there is danger as real as touching high voltage wires. 
"We are what we eat," is not just a clever saying. We don't dive 
for food in the dumpsters. Even some restaurants are not to 
our liking. We are fussy about what we eat and what our 
children eat. 

But when it comes to spiritual food, we don f t always heed 
warnings about spiritual junk food or even poison. As young 
people, we were not allowed to go to "shows." We didn't know 
all the reasons, but our parents were firm and we sensed danger. 
Now the same entertainment and even worse can come through 
a video into a car, a bedroom, or garage and the parents don't 
have to know or be bothered. Parents, fathers, we must know- 
we must be concerned. 

It doesn't always work for a congregation to make firm 
rules forbidding use of these things. Faithful teaching helps. 
But the biggest burden must he on the parents, their rules, their 

If I'm off base in warning about these dangers, forgive me. 
You're probably thinking, "You haven't even sent a text 
message." True, but this grandpa has a burden. If it is not 
needed, at least there will be no harm. But if there is danger 
and we fail to warn, we come under the judgment of God. If 
God charged Ezekiel to warn the wicked, surely we as parents 
and grandparents are responsible to protect our dear children 
and young people. 


Paul writes about Satan (II Cor. 2:11) that "we are not 
ignorant of his devices." We who have lived awhile are also 
familiar with the devices of Satan. Or we should be. 

Before ine as I write is a treasured picture of my parents 
and all the aunts and uncles on my father's side. These dear 
people didn't see the technology of our times. But they knew 
danger. They warned us of the irrigation canals, some places 
with currents that could draw a child into a valve or pipe. 
Uncle John had huge draft horses, and we were not to go close 
to them. Bulls were another menace on the small California 
dairy farms. These were physical dangers. 

But the consequences of physical dangers are small 
compared to the fires of hell for those who are drawn into the 
influence of the world and overcome. We need to call it what it 
is: a threat to our very souls. 

How can it be that bad? The movies or videos are acted 
out. They are not truth or a true picture of life. They give our 
young viewers ideas and expectations that are not realistic. 
This is one of the milder wrongs. Violence, murder, 
immorality, drunkenness, arguing, trouble in the homes, 
divorce, impure courtship, competition, undeserved honor, 
corrupt motives and goals in life— all these and more are acted 
out before the ones who watch. It has appeal, but not to the 
new nature. They may not all be the way we described, but 
most are presented by a world that has no place for our Savior. 

Psalm 101:2b,3 written by David centuries before TV says, 
"I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no 
wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that 
turn aside; it shall not cleave to me." No wonder David was 
said to be a man after God's own heart. We can be too, when 
we turn from the tempting of a wicked world and walk in God's 
ways. In Jesus Christ it is possible. — L.C. 



Humans are born selfish. The infant's natural inclination is 
to make its needs known, first by crying, then later by 
distinctive sounds and expressions. Self preservation prevails 
throughout life. Respect for others is learned through training 
and experience. 

With maturity comes a sense of free-will. The nature of 
self-will also becomes evident. Consequently the natural man 
tends to place himself as number one in relationship with others. 
Concern for others is observed in society, but often it is done to 
ease one's conscience or to gain recognition for performing a 
charitable act. There has to be a change of heart before the 
selfish nature can by replaced with a loving attitude. 

Jesus told Nicodemus, "Except a man be born again, he 
cannot see the kingdom of God. " This is the change required to 
overcome self. In Saint John 3:5, Jesus states further, "Except 
a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into 
the kingdom of God." When a person accepts the terms of the 
Gospel and is born of the Spirit, he is endowed with the spirit of 
love and becomes a follower of Jesus and a part of His body, 
the Church. 

The human body has many parts. The Apostle Paul explains 
how each part has its supportive function. Likewise in the 
Church, each member has a supporting part (Romans 12:4-8, 
I Cor. 12:12-27). Self interest becomes secondary in the 
assembly of believers. Each member esteems others better than 
themselves. Where this attitude prevails there is a healthy 
congregation. Unfortunately, due to temptations and weakness 
of the flesh, we sometimes allow the old "self' to raise its ugly 

An injured foot, sore back, weak heart, or other ailment can 
weaken the natural body. Likewise a discouraged or wayward 


member can weaken the assembly. As with the human body, 
the stronger members of the body will rally to compensate and 
help the weak member. By the help of the Holy Spirit we can 
lovingly help and encourage those in need. 

In the medical world when there is a foreign growth, it can 
weaken and destroy the body. This can happen in a 
congregation when self interest develops. It becomes a cancer 
feeding upon the body. It weakens and destroys. We have a 
responsibility to examine ourselves and nourish our minds with 
wholesome words and thoughts. Our challenge is to esteem 
others better than ourselves. We must deny self. 

Joseph E. Wagner, Modesto, California 


"Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; Worship 
the Lord in the beauty of holiness. " (Psalm 29:2) 

The meaning of beauty: splendor, excellency, glory, 
godliness, honor, majesty. The meaning of holiness: purity, 
sanctification, saintliness, piety. 

We live in a day when justification to the flesh, to live after 
the flesh is very prevalent. But the Bible teaches, "So then they 
that are in the flesh cannot please God." 

By many, those who hold high standards are accused of 
trying to work their way to heaven. Many believe that when 
you are "covered by the blood," God looks down and you are 
declared righteous even if you are living a sinful life. Many 
statements are made such as, "If I'm in the church, it won't be 
perfect because I'm not perfect." Also, "You're too idealistic." 

With a concern for someone I was close to, I went along to 
a beginners class at a liberal church. As the teacher was running 
down thoughts against obedience, it bothered me greatly. I 
said, "Jesus taught, 'Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father 
which is in heaven is perfect.'" The teacher then answered in a 


scoffing manner. "So you think you can be perfect, do you?" I 
was later taken aside and told to not put that kind of thinking 
on new believers. So, sad to say, many believe holiness is 
bondage. And there are many who believe you can't live above 
sin. A popular thinking is, "I'm a saved sinner." 

The Bible teaches that Jesus came to save us from our sins, 
not in our sins. Probably the most popular verse in the Bible is 
"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) Now let's read on: "And this 
is condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men 
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to 
the light, lest his deeds should be reproved, But he that doeth 
truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manife st, 
that they are wrought in God." (John 3: 19-21) 

Kenneth Garber, Greenville, Ohio 


This article is written by one in the Mennonite-Anabaptist 
faith and names some needs identical to ours. We too must 
conserve what we have been blest to receive. —L. C. 

The 1950's and 1960's saw a realignment of individuals, 
fellowships, and conferences of Mennonites across North 
America. As some drifted closer to mainstream America, others 
stayed closer to the old ways of doing things. Those who 
opened themselves to popular culture were dubbed liberal 
while those who appreciated the old ways were conservative. 
Lamp and Light Publishers and the churches we associate with 
are among those who are called conservative. 

We are unapologetically conservative. But I believe it will 
do us good to ask ourselves some questions: What are we 


conserving? What should we be conserving? Are we 
conserving the right things? Are there some things we should 
conserve that we are missing? Though we cannot make a 
comprehensive list here, allow us to suggest several core things 
that conservative Christians must conserve if they are to remain 
among the people of God. 

We must conserve a personal relationship with Jesus 
Christ Our Anabaptist forefathers insisted on believers' 
baptism. Baptism of infants unable to believe and repent does 
not pass the test of Scripture. Church membership without 
inner spiritual life will not save. Raising your hand at a revival 
campaign without a corresponding change of life is not enough. 
An obedient, abiding relationship with Christ is the only way 
that we can expect entrance into the kingdom of Christ. "Abide 
in me, and I in you," said Christ to His followers. 

We must conserve separation from the world. Jesus said 
that His followers are not of the world; rather, He chose them 
out oft\iQ world. A conservative Christian will joyfully do his 
part to maintain separation from the world in dress, in lifestyle, 
in aspirations, in speech, in manner— in all of life. Those who 
conserve separation in this life will be separated on the right 
side, with the sheep, when the Shepherd makes the final 
separation on the judgment day. 

We must conserve the Biblical practice of nonresistance. 
Christ's way of peace does not make sense to worldly and 
carnal "Christians." It does not make sense because it goes 
against the flesh. Nonresistance touches much more than not 
joining the military. It affects our relationships at home, at 
church, at work, and in the neighborhood. We will accept 
wrong rather than inflict harm. We will return good for evil. 
We will spread peace and goodwill to all we come in contact 

We must conserve evangelistic zeal The Anabaptists 
actively reached out to others with the radical message of the 


Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their zealous witness not only attracted 
people to the faith; it also brought on themselves the wrath and 
persecution of the state churches. Have we conserved that zeal, 
or do we content ourselves with being the quiet in the land? 

We must conserve strong families. The devil is bringing a 
concerted attack against the Christian family. We must 
conserve the fact that marriage is for life. We must conserve a 
godly love and desire for children. We must not allow even 
"good things" to destroy our relationship with our spouses and 
our children. If the devil wins the battle against the family, we 
all lose. 

We must conserve strong churches. It is not God's will that 
Christians serve Him alone. Individual Christians are nourished, 
grow, and serve the Lord better in the context of the 
brotherhood. A coal left by itself on the hearth will soon grow 

We must conserve Bible-based traditions. Traditional 
applications of Biblical principles vary from place to place and 
from church to church. We do not despise others' traditions, 
and neither do we casually cast off our own. Those who cast 
off Bible-based traditions invariably take up worldly traditions. 
Biblical traditions provide a stable environment in which faith 
and spiritual life may flourish. 

Above all, we must conserve the faith. Perhaps we could 
say that all of the previous points work together toward this 
goal. Losing the things we ought to conserve will eventually 
tear away the very faith upon which we stand. To say it another 
way, liberalism destroys faith. The world is against faith. 
Popular culture is against faith. When we allow ourselves to be 
canied away by the current of the world, we will lose the faith. 

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

Paul N. Kaufman 
from The Literature Lamplighter 



My life is a wreck, 
Ensnared by my sin; 
Caught in the act, 
Stealing again. 

Condemned to be killed 
By Rome's iron fist; 
All chance for escape 
By me has been missed. 

Screaming with rage, 
Forced down on a cross; 
Iron tearing through flesh, 
All hope is now lost. 

I curse and I swear, 
And then lifted high, 
With a thud I'm suspended 
Between earth and sky. 

Then midst curses and groans, 
A pleading voice-Who? 
"Father, forgive them, 
They know not what they do." 

It was Jesus, the Lord, 
The one with no sin 
Crucified with me, 
The worst of all men. 

A faint flicker of hope 


Arose in my breast. 

This was the man 

Who said, "Come, I give rest" 

I turned to Him there, 
And uttered these words, 
"Lord, remember me, please," 
Then my vision slowly blurred. 

Then, to my dulled senses 
His words set me free! 
"Today thou shalt be 
In Paradise with me. " 

O glory to God! 
Praise Jesus, His Son, 
The blood of the Lamb, 
For me victory has won! 
-Lloyd Wagner, Modesto, California 


We have been grateful for calls of encouragement. Thank 
you to all who have lifted us to the Lord in prayer through the 
last several months. It is difficult to describe all the emotions 
we have had to deal with— it makes physical problems seem 
much easier to handle. We trust in God, who is faithful and 
just, to heal and restore broken spirits. 

Ron Pletcher Family 

NEW ADDRESS: Michael Fredericks 

P.O. Box 96, 

Yosemite Nat'l Park, CA 95389 

(209) 372-4422 



Betty L. (Bowser) Miller, bom May 25, 1925 on a farm 
south of New Lebanon, Ohio, was the first child of Harlan Lee 
and Zelma (Bowman) Bowser. She passed away unexpectedly 
in the early morning hours of March 10, 2008, at Good 
Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. 

Her childhood years were spent on several farms in the New 
Lebanon and Farmersville communities. Betty grew up in a 
close-knit extended family that shared the struggles of life with 
love and laughter during the Great Depression. There was 
seldom a time in her childhood that there was not a grandma, an 
aunt, or an uncle sharing life in their household. In this setting 
she grew to value the simple pleasure of working together and 
relaxing over a meal with family. To a remarkable degree, 
Betty kept the ability to thoroughly appreciate and live in the 
present moment. She found joy in simple things, and time spent 
with her often turned into a memorable occasion. Betty eagerly 
looked forward to visits from her family and delighted in their 

After graduating from Farmersville High School, Betty 
worked for NCR in Dayton for several years. On December 3 1, 
1947, Betty and Willard E. Miller were married by Brother Irvin 
Eikenberry at the Eikenberry home in the Upper Twin District, 
They began their life together farming in the Bear Creek area 
and in 1960 relocated to their farm northwest of Brookville. 

Feeling the need of a closer walk with God, Betty was 
baptized on a beautiful, warm day, November 14, 1965, by 
Brother Samuel Garber into the Old German Baptist Brethren 
Church. She treasured close fellowship and experienced many 
special memories in the Wolf Creek congregation. 


After Willard's retirement, they enjoyed serving others in 
various ways. They shared many enjoyable hours traveling in 
National Parks and spending time with family members while 
traveling. After Willard's death, Betty continued to make 
numerous trips to California and Indiana. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Willard E. Miller 
on Oct. 12, 1989, her parents and three brothers: Robert 
"Bob," Glenn "Bill," and James "Sam" Bowser. 

Betty is survived by her two sons and their wives: Randy 
and Sara, Bill and Marilyn; and four grandchildren: Neal, 
Leanne, Jonathan, and James. She also leaves one brother: 
Dale Bowser and his wife Bonnie; two sisters-in-law: Elizabeth 
Bowser and Dyna Bowser; and a number of nephews, nieces, 
cousins, and friends. 

The funeral service was held at the Wolf Creek 
meetinghouse on March 14. Bro. Gaiy Denlinger opened and 
Bro. Glenn Mohler gave the message. Burial was in Trissel 
Cemetery with Bro. Michael Miller conducting the service. 

—The Family 


Rachel Frick 

Greenville, Ohio 

June 22 

Clement Martin 

New Paris, Indiana 

June 22 

Ross Martin 

New Paris, Indiana 

June 22 

Louis Miller 

Bourbon, Indiana 

June 22 

Matthias Royer 

Goshen, Indiana 

June 22 

Sophia Royer 

Nappanee, Indiana 

June 22 

Thank God for these 

young people and their decisions to 

follow the Lord. May they serve faithfully in the Kingdom. 



Of Inordinate Affections 

Whensoever a man desireth any thing inordinately, he 
becometh presently disquieted in himself. 

The proud and covetous can never rest. The poor and 
humble in spirit dwell in the multitude of peace. 

The man that is not yet perfectly dead to himself is quickly 
tempted and overcome in small and trifling things. 

The weak in spirit, and he that is yet in a manner carnal and 
prone to the things of sense, can hardly withdraw himself 
altogether from earthly desires. 

And therefore Jie is often afflicted when he goeth about to 
withdraw himself from them; and is easily angered when any 
oppose him. 

And if he hath followed his appetite, he is presently 
disquieted with remorse of conscience; for that he hath yielded 
to his passion, which profiteth him nothing to the obtaining of 
the peace which he sought. 

True quietness of heart therefore is gotten by resisting our 
passions, not by obeying them. 

There is then no peace in the heart of a carnal man, nor in 
him that is given to outward things, but in the spiritual and 
devout man. 

From Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis 


1. That man is the head of woman? (I Cor. 11:3) 

2. That women should not be preachers? (I Tim. 2: 12) 

3. That women should not cut their hair? (I Cor. 11:6) 

4. That a Christian lady should not wear jewelry? (I Tim, 2:9) 


5. That Christian women should have their heads covered? 
(When they pray or prophesy) (I Cor. 11:5,13) 

6. That women are not to wear men's clothing (slacks) and that 
men are not to wear women's apparel? (Deut. 22:5) 

7. That clothing of Christians is to be substantial— not the 
screen-door, transparent, fig-leaf type? (Gen.3:21 God clothed 

8. That the clothing of Christians is to be modest and not 
attract attention to the body of the wearer? (This includes 
shorts.) (I Tim. 2:9) 

9. That the clothing of Christians is to be low-priced, not 
expensive? (I Tim. 2:9-Notice other translations.) 

10. That the clothing of Christians is not to be patterned after 
the worldly styles which come from places such as Hollywood 
and New York? (Rom 12:2) 

11. That Christians are to wear a uniform different from worldly 
people? (Answer in the above five Scriptures— sex difference, 
substantial, modest, low-priced, not patterned after the world, 
which results in a uniform for plain people.) 

By John J. Overholt 
Selected from Scrapbook of Ideas #3 by Vera Overholt 


1. What did Moses have in his hand (Exodus 4:2)? 

2. What did the poor widow cast into the treasury (Mark 

3. For what did the soldiers at the cross cast lots (Mark 

4. With what did David slay the giant Goliath (I Samuel 



5. What did Belshazzar see that frightened him greatly (Daniel 


6. What did God send to shade Jonah from the heat (Jonah 

7. With what did Samson slay a thousand men (Judges 15: 15)? 

8. With what did Boaz pledge his promise to take Ruth as his 
wife (Ruth 4:7,8)? 

9. For what did David long when he was in the cave of 
Adullam (E Samuel 23:15)? 

10. By what did Elijah ascend to heaven (H Kings 2: 1 1)? 

From The Christian Pathway May, 1977 

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VOL. 55 AUGUST. 2008 No. 8 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 

Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14) 


O man redeemed, fold to thy heart thy brother: 
Where love prevails, the peace of God is there; 
To worship rightly and to love each other, 
Makes life a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer. 

For he whom Jesus loved hath truly spoken; 
Love's greater service which He deigns to bless 
Restores the lost, and binds the spirit broken, 
And feeds the widow and the fatherless. 

Follow with reverent steps the great example 
Of Him whose work was man's eternal good: 
So shall the wide earth seem our Father's temple, 
Each loving life a psalm of gratitude. 

Then shall all shackles fall: the stormy clamor 
Of wild war music o'er the earth shall cease; 
Love shall tread out the baleful fire of anger, 
And in its ashes plant the tree of peace. Amen. 

John GreenleafWhittier, 1847 (1807-1892) 
From The Christian Hymnary 

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It's about this time of year 300 years ago, when the 
Brethren Church had its beginning. Celebrations are now 
going on in Schwartzenau, Germany, in commemoration of 
that event In this isue we reprint some of the history that 
concerns all of the Brethren churches resulting from that 

The Pietists of Schwarzenau, though they enjoyed 
protection and good fellowship, were sincerely seeking to know 
more of God f s will. Alexander Mack and others were not 
satisfied with Pietists' rejection of ordinances commanded in the 
New Testament. In 1708, Christopher Hochmann was in prison 
in Numburg. The Brethren wrote to him, as their spiritual 
leader, regarding their intentions to organize and to baptize 
believers. Hochmann gave his consent, specifying that they 
should not become sectarian or look down on those who 
believed differently. With this encouragement, one of the 
Brethren was chosen to write a letter telling of their plans and 
hopes, inviting the Pietists of the Palatinate to join with them in 
their new fellowship. 

A Small Sample from That Letter 

"Dear brethren, please have patience with this simple letter, 
as the dear Savior and Redeemer has patience with all of us, and 
hears and sustains us in His longsuffering. 

"I also want to remind the dear brethren that we must 
publicly profess that which Christ Jesus taught and did without 
hesitation or fear of men. We need not be ashamed and must 
above all suffer and endure all things with rejoicing. 


"Joy! Joy! More joy! Christ prevents all suffering. Bliss! 
Bliss! More bliss! Christ is the sum of grace! . . . 

"Dear brethren! What is then better than being obedient and 
not despising the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ, the 
King of all Glory? This, especially as we have left all sects 
because of misuses concerning infant baptism, communion, and 
church system, and unanimously profess that they are rather 
man's statutes and commandments, and therefore do not baptize 
our children, and testify that we were not really baptized. . . 

"So then, if some more brethren wish to begin this high act 
of baptism with us out of brotherly unity according to the 
teachings of Christ and the apostles, we announce in 
humbleness that we are interceding together in prayer and 
fasting with God. We will choose him whom the Lord gives as 
the baptizer as God will reveal to us. If we then begin in the 
footsteps of the Lord Jesus to live according to His 
commandment, then we can also hold communion together 
according to the commandment of Christ and His apostles in the 
fear of the Lord. We now wish from the bottom of our hearts, 
grace, peace, and love for all brethren, from God our Father in 
Jesus Christ, His beloved Son, through the Holy Spirit. . ." 
(From European Origins of the Brethren by Donald 

This letter was from one of the first eight. It was sent in 
love with hope that like-minded ones would unite with them. 
Apparently it did not have much effect because only eight 
people launched out in the new venture. However, the letter 
did inform those looking on. Undoubtedly, there were many 
who were waiting to see what would happen who later did join 
with the Brethren. 

Donald Durnbaugh's Comments About the Record 

"Certain details were deliberately omitted, for example, the 
name of the person who baptized the leader, Mack, before the 


latter baptized the others. They wished to avoid human error, 
such as honoring men rather than God. They were not 
interested in the acclaim or recognition of the world. The 
baptism must have taken place sometime between early August 
and late September of 1708." 

Alexander Mack Jr/s Account Given Him by His Father 

"It pleased the good God in His mercy, early in the 
beginning of this (18th) century to support His 'grace that 
bringeth salvation, and which hath appeared to all men/ by 
many a voice calling them to awake and repent, so that thereby 
many were aroused from the sleep and death of sin. These 
began to look around them for the truth and righteousness, as 
they are in Jesus, but had soon to see with sorrowful eyes the 
great decay (of true Christianity) almost in every place. From 
this lamentable state of things they were pressed to deliver 
many a faithful testimony of truth, and here and there private 
meetings were established besides the public church 
organization, in which newly-awakened souls sought their 
edification. Upon this the hearts of the rulers were embittered 
by an envious priesthood, and persecutions were commenced in 
various places, as in Switzerland, Wurtemburg, the Palatinate, 
Hesse, and other places. 

"To those persecuted and exiled persons the Lord pointed out a 
place of refuge, or a little 'Pella/ in the land of Wittgenstein, 
where at that time ruled a mild count, and where some pious 
countesses dwelt. Here liberty of conscience was granted at 
Schwarzenau, which is within a few miles of Berleberg. And 
from this cause, though Wittgenstein is a poor and rough 
country, many people, and those of various kinds, collected at 
Schwarzenau, and this place, which had been but little 
esteemed, became so much changed that in a few years it 
became a place extensively known. 


"Those who were brought together here from the 
persecutions, though they were distinguished by different 
opinions, and also differed in manners and customs, were still, 
at first, all called Pietists, and they among themselves called 
each other brother. But very soon it appeared that the words of 
Christ, Matthew 18, where He says, 'If thy brother shall trespass 
against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him 
alone,' etc., could not be reduced to a proper Christian practice, 
because there was no regular order yet established in the 
church. Therefore some returned again to the religious 
denominations from which they had come out, because they 
would not be subjected to a more strict Christian discipline; and 
to others it appeared that the spiritual liberty was carried too 
far, which was thought to be more dangerous than the religious 
organizations they had left. 

Desiring True Baptism 

"Under these circumstances, some felt themselves drawn 
powerfully to seek the footsteps of the primitive Christians, and 
desired earnestly to receive in faith the ordained testimonies of 
Jesus Christ according to their true value. At the same time, 
they were internally and strongly impressed with the necessity 
of the obedience of faith to a soul that desired to be saved. And 
this impression also led them at the time to the mystery of water 
baptism, which appeared unto them as a door into the church, 
which was what they so earnestly sought. Baptism, however, 
was spoken of among the Pietists in very different ways, and the 
manner in which it was sometimes spoken of caused pain to the 
heart of those that loved the truth. 

"Finally, in the year 1708, eight persons consented together to 
enter into a covenant of a good conscience with God, to take 
up all the commandments of Jesus Christ as an easy yoke, and 
thus to follow the Lord Jesus, their good and faithful Shepherd, 
in joy and sorrow, as His true sheep, even unto a blessed end. 
These eight persons were as follows, namely, five brethren and 


three sisters. The five brethren were George Grebe from 
Hesse-Cassel, the first; Lucas Vetter, likewise from Hessia, the 
second; the third was Alexander Mack from the Palatinate of 
Schriesheim, between Mannheim and Heidelberg; the fourth 
was Andrew Bony of Basle in Switzerland; the fifth, John 
Kipping from Bareit in Wurtemberg. The three sisters were 
Joanna Noethiger or Bony, the first; Anna Margaretha Mack, 
the second; and Joanna Kipping, the third. 

"These eight persons covenanted and united together as 
brethren and sisters into the covenant of the cross of Jesus 
Christ to form a church of Christian believers. And when they 
had found, in authentic histories, that the primitive Christians, in 
the first and second centuries, uniformly, according to the 
command of Christ, were planted into the death of Jesus Christ 
by a three-fold immersion into the water-bath of holy baptism, 
they examined diligently the New Testament, and finding all 
perfectly harmonizing therewith, they were anxiously desirous 
to use the means appointed and practiced by Christ Hims elf, and 
thus according to His own salutary counsel, go forward to the 
fulfillment of all righteousness. 

Who Will Baptize? 

"Now the question arose, who should administer the work 
externally unto them? One of their number, (This, of course, 
was Mack himself.) who was a leader and speaker of the Word 
in their meetings, had visited, in sincere love, different 
congregations of Baptists in Germany, most of which admitted 
the holy baptism, when performed by an immersion in water and 
out of love to Christ, was indeed right; but they would also, 
besides this, maintain that pouring of a handftd of water might 
also do very well, provided all else would be right. 

"The conscience, however, of them (the brethren) could not 
be satisfied with this. They therefore demanded of him, who led 
in preaching the Word, to immerse them, according to the 
example of the primitive and best Christians, upon their faith. 


But he, considering himself as unbaptized, required first to be 
baptized of some one of them before he should baptize another. 
So they concluded to unite in fasting and prayer, in order to 
obtain of Christ Himself, the founder of all His ordinances, a 
direction and opening in this matter; for he who was requested 
to baptize the other, wanted to be baptized by the church of 
Christ, and the rest had the same desire. 

"In this their difficulty they were encouraged by the words 
of Christ, who has said so faithfiilly, 'Where two or three are 
gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.' 
With such confidence in the precious and sure promise of God, 
they, under fasting and prayer, cast lots to learn which of the 
four brethren should baptize that brother who so anxiously 
desired to be baptized by the church of Christ. They mutually 
pledged their word that no one should ever divulge who among 
them had baptized first (according to the lot), in order to cut off 
all occasion of calling them after any man, because they had 
found that such foolishness had already been reproved by Paul 
in his writing to the Corinthians. 

"Being thus prepared, the eight went out together one 
morning in solitude, to a stream called the Eder, and the 
brother, upon whom the lot had fallen, baptized first that 
brother who desired to be baptized by the church of Christ, and 
when he was baptized, he baptized him by whom he had been 
baptized, and the remaining three brethren and three sisters. 
Thus these eight were all baptized at an early hour of the 

Be Fruitful and Multiply 

"And after all had come up out of the water, and had 
changed their garments, they were also at the same time made 
to rejoice with great inward joy&lness, and by grace they were 
deeply impressed with these significant words, 'Be fruitful and 
multiply!' This occurred in the year 1708, but of the day of the 
month or week, they have left no record. 


"After this the said eight persons were more and more 
powerfully strengthened in their obedience to the faith they had 
adopted, and were enabled to testify publicly in then meetings 
to the truth; and the Lord granted them His special grace, so 
that still more became obedient to the faith, and thus, within 
seven years' time, namely to the year 1715, there was not only 
in Schwarzenau a large church, but, here and there in the 
Palatinate, there were lovers of the truth, and especially was this 
the case in Marienborn, where a church in the Palatinate was 
persecuted, and its members then came to Marienborn. And, 
when the church here became large, it was also persecuted. 
Then those that were persecuted collected in Crefeld, where 
they found liberty under the king of Prussia." 

From^4 History of the Brethren pp. 35-41 
by Martin Grove Brumbaugh 


So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together 
unto the half thereof : for the people had a mind to work. 

—Nehemiah 4:6 

Today's key verse shows an important factor in building, 
both physically and spiritually. It says, "The people had a mind 
to work." Do we have a mind to work? Are we willing to 
sacrifice time and money for the sake of the church? 

We recently built an addition to our church house, and we 
had a work bee to Same the structure. We came together with 
one goal—to build the church house. I didn't see anybody there 
with sledge hammers or chain saws trying to tear down the 

To spiritually build up God's church we need a united goal. 
Jesus said, "I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall 
not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18). Satan is busy trying to 
prevail against the church. He loves when brethren have 


disagreements. We may look at the faults of others and destroy 
them with our words. We might feel a brother has done us 
wrong and so we hold a grudge against him. Sides may be 
formed in the church and neither side is willing to compromise 
their personal preferences. God is not pleased with this type of 
atmosphere in His bride. But Satan is very happy when church 
members cannot work in a harmonious manner. He uses sly 
methods to destroy unity in our churches. 

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to 
dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1). God is pleased when 
He sees brethren, in spite of their differences, working together 
in unity. Let us rise and build! 

Are you on the construction crew or on the destruction 

Samuel Beachy, Belvidere, Tennessee 
Selected by a reader from Beside the Still Waters 

Used by permission. 


(In the last issue and in this, we have printed short 
selections from this classic writing. Here we give also the 
introduction to the book explaining its time and origin. A 
small copy of this writing was presented to my father by a close 
friend many years ago. I have it today and may select from it 
in future Pilgrim issues. -L.C.) 


Old, yet ever new, is the precious volume here placed in the 
hands of the reader. Pious souls, for well-nigh five hundred 
years, have found in these pages inspiration, comfort and 
encouragement. Men of every Christian denomination have 
turned from the turmoil and discord of the world's arenas to 
find sweetness and peace in the atmosphere of this volume. 


Souls in darkness and in the shadow of death, have derived 
from it fortitude and new hope. As the very medicine of the 
soul, it has imparted life and new vigor to the weary and the 
heavy-laden. The poor dumb spirit, restive under the 
restrictions of inadequate utterance, hears in its glowing words, 
its own emotions and aspirations expressed in terms that satisfy 
its needs. Like the Psalms of David, the Imitation seems to find 
a brotherhood of feeling in every devout soul. 

Living long before the Reformation, the keen intellect of A 
Kempis perceived, as clearly as did Luther, the essential need of 
the soul for faith and union with Christ, below the forms and 
ceremonies of ritualism. His intense reverential love for the 
Saviour filled his heart to overflowing. John Wesley himself, 
could find no other book so helpful to his converts; and he 
accordingly issued a translation of it under his own hand. In all 
lands the Imitation has been recognized and hailed as the best 
aid, outside of the Bible, to devotion; and when some years ago 
a collection of the various translations and versions was made at 
Cologne, it was found that the languages and dialects in which 
it had been given to the world, exceeded five hundred. Such a 
work can never lose its value; and will, we firmly believe, be as 
helpful to the Christian of the twentieth century, as it was to the 
Christians who first welcomed it five centuries ago. 


It is a great matter to live in obedience, to be under a 
superior and not to be at our own disposing. 

It is much safer to obey than to govern. 

Many live under obedience, rather for necessity than for 
love; such are discontented, and do easily repine. Neither can 
they attain to freedom of mind, unless they willingly and heartily 
put themselves under obedience for the love of God. 


Go whither thou wilt, thou shalt find no rest, but in humble 
subjection under the government of a superior. Many have 
deceived themselves, imagining to find happiness in change. 

2. True it is, that every one willingly doeth that which 
agreeth with his own liking, and inclineth most to those that are 
of his own mind. 

But if God be amongst us, we must sometimes cease for the 
sake of peace to adhere to our own opinion. 

Who is so wise that he can fully know all things. 

Be not therefore too confident in thine own opinion; but be 
willing to hear the judgment of others. 

If thy thought be good, and yet thou partest with it for God, 
and followest the opinion of another, this shall turn to thy good. 

3. I have often heard, that it is safer to hear and to take 
counsel, than to give it. 

It may also fall out, that a man's opinion may be good; but 
to refiise to yield to others when reason or a special cause 
requireth it, is a mark of pride and stiflhess. 

By Thomas A Kempis 


I would like to thank everyone for their love and well 
wishes I received during my hip surgery and recuperation. 
Your prayers were appreciated. God bless each one. 

Mary Lavy 

Dear Brethren and Sisters, 

We want to thank you for your prayers, cards, gifts, and 
financial generosity during the past months of Cyrus's sickness. 
You have been an encouragement to us. 

Praying that God would bless you, 

Allen, Carletta Hilty and Family 


MARTIN-KELLER Micah Martin and Laura Keller were 
married July 12 in Dallas Center, Iowa. 

New address: 69113 C.R. 23 

New Paris IN 46553 


Michael and Amy Martin 191 14 N. Rock Rd 

New Paris, IN 46553 


Cream of Tartar 

"Mother, what does cream of tartar do in the angel food 
cake?" Sherry asked as she carefully measured 1 1/2 teaspoons 
of cream of tartar and dumped it into the egg whites she was 

"Cream of tartar is a stabilizer, making the beaten egg 
whites better able to stand in high peaks," Mother answered. 
"It helps the egg whites hold up in high heat, too." 

"Where does cream of tartar come from?" Sherry's twin 
brother Jerry wanted to know. 

"Go look it up in the encyclopedia," Mother suggested. 

Jerry was soon back, ready to report his findings. "The 
encyclopedia says cream of tartar is made from calcifications in 
wine. It is the hard, crusty pieces that form in wine. Men have 
learned how to turn the calcifications into a soft, white powder 
to be used in cooking." 

"Hmm, I just had a thought," Mother said. "Maybe we 
should be like cream of tartar." 


"How could WE be like cream of tartar?" Sherry wondered. 

"I know!" Jerry said. "We could encourage people who are 
droopy and discouraged. We could help them stand up to the 
high heat of their troubles. Is that what you're thinking about, 

"That's it," Mother answered. "Now, can you think of ways 
we can do that?" 

"Maybe by sending cards and letters to lonely people," 
Sherry suggested. "Or taking a meal to a busy family." 

"By sharing money with people who need it." Jerry added. 

"Or, just by saying an encouraging word to people." Mother 
said. "It doesn't take much cream of tartar in an angel food 
cake, and just a little word of encouragement could do a lot to 
strengthen someone's faith." 

"Oh, I think it'll be fun to see how many ways we can be 
cream of tartar in people's lives. I think Til start as soon as this 
cake is in the oven. Grandma gets lonely, and I'll write a letter 
to her," Sherry said enthusiastically. 

"And I'll go offer to mow Mrs. Jasper's lawn for her. May I, 
Mother?" Jerry contributed. 

"Yes, you may," Mother answered. "But remember, twins, 
that sometimes it is people in your own family that need some 
cream of tartar. Perhaps even your little brothers and sisters." 

"We'll remember," the twins said together. 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 


Despair and awe, it held me there. 
The awful scene I could not part, 
A blackness came and filled the air. 
It crept into my inmost heart. 
Three hours long the darkness waits 
To see the end— the dreadful fate. 


To me He was so close, so dear. 
No one His place could ever fill. 
He bore the shame, the jaunting jeer. 
I loved Him with my heart and will. 
Now crucified, He's nearly dead. 
My hope is gone. My heart's as lead. 

They lay Him in an unused tomb. 
With linen cloth they cover Him. 
For me, it is the final doom. 
All happiness—it grows so dim. 
Forever long the darkness lies. 
This way 'twill be until I die. 

Behold, a shout comes 'cross the way. 
He lives! He lives! He lives once more! 
It sounds across the break of day. 
Have I yet something to live for? 
He's standing there with robe so white! 
My heart is filled with glorious light! 

Lora Huffman 
Dayton, Ohio 

"I Want That." 
"I want that truck!" insisted Danny, trying to grab it from 

"No, I do!" screamed Carol, holding fast with all her might. 

Carol hit Danny. 

Danny hit Carol back. 

"Oh-h-h," cried Carol. "Danny hit me!" 


11 Children, " Grandpa said sternly. "Is that a nice way for 
you to treat each other? Come here, and I will tell you a story." 

Danny looked up, forgetting about the track. "A story?" he 
questioned eagerly, his eyes shining. 

"I like stories," said Carol. 

Carol sat on one of Grandpa's knees. Danny perched on the 

"Many years ago," began Grandpa, "there was a little boy 
just as old as you, Danny. We will call him Robert." 

"That's your name, isn't it Grandpa?" Danny interrupted 

"Yes, it is," Grandpa nodded. 

He went on. "Robert had a little sister just as old as Carol. 
We will call her Jane. 

"Robert and Jane lived on a nice big farm. There was a 
sparkling pond right beside the pretty green yard. Robert and 
Jane liked to play together. 

"One day Robert and Jane were playing tag in the yard. 
Robert was 'it.' Jane ran around the pond, and Robert chased 
her. Finally he touched Jane. 

'"You're "it,"' he called. 

IM No, I f m not,' Jane declared. 

'"You are, too,' Robert cried. With that, he gave her a big 
push. Jane fell right into the pond. 

"She started screaming and calling for help. Robert was 
afraid. He ran for Mother and help." 

"Did they get her out?" wondered Carol. 

"Yes, they got her out," Grandpa answered soberly, "but it 
was too late." He paused for a moment. "Jane had already 

Danny and Carol looked up at Grandpa with wide eyes. He 
had a faraway look in his eyes. 

"Oh," said Danny. "Robert was a naughty boy, wasn't he, 



"Yes, he was," Grandpa said. "And he didn't have his little 
sister to play with anymore." 

A thought struck Danny. "Grandpa," he asked softly, "was 
that little boy you?" 

"Yes," Grandpa answered sadly. "It never pays to be 
unkind. You must learn to be kind to each other. The Bible 
says, 'Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one 

Carol and Danny looked at each other soberly. "I'm sorry," 
they said together. 

"I'm glad I have a sister to play with," said Danny. 

They slipped off Grandpa's knee. 

Grandpa smiled to himself as he heard them playing. "Here, 
Carol," said Danny, "you may have this truck to play with." 

"No, you may have it," answered Carol. "I can play with 
this other one." 

From Wee Lambs, October 17, 1971 

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VOL. 55 SEPTEMBER, 2008 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) 


She's gone to school, my Susan, 

So tiny, just turned six, 
And oh, the house is empty, 

The clock, how loud it ticks! 
No laughter in the garden, 

No swinging of the gate, 
Just quietness and order 
( And a fire upon the grate. 

She's gone to school, my Susan, 

In dress not worn before, 
To learn the art of letters, 

And dip in ancient lore; 
She's eager for the future, 

And sturdy for her size; 
But, oh, the heart is weary 

Before the head is wise! 

She's gone to school, my Susan, 

So sweet and unafraid, 
Her shoes are new and shiny, 

Her brown hair in a braid; 
And here where she's been happy 

A little prayer I pray; 
"God bless the host of Susans 

Agone to school today." 

From The Christian School Builder 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $7.50 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publi shin g editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Jesus probably spoke with the accent of a Galilean. And we 
are sure Peter did. Galilee, when Jesus was here was not the 
best place to be from. It was a poor country and the home of 
wretched people, according to the orthodox Judaeans. ("Can 
any good thing come out of Nazareth?") The speech of a 
Galilean identified Peter and was not an asset in Jerusalem. 

Part of our Christian testimony is our speech. While we 
know that words are of little value if our lives are not true, 
speech from a sincere heart can be a valuable tool for Christ. It 
can also be an instrument of evil. Our language can be 
eloquent, in perfect English, and using the best choice of words 
but still useless as a Christian testimony. Or it can be simple 
and plain— perhaps poorly pronounced— but from a heart of 
love, and of great value. 

Our speech can betray us and our inner thoughts just as 
surely as Peter's speech identified him as a Galilean. Jesus told 
the Pharisees, 

"O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak 
good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth 
speaketh A good man out of the good treasure of the heart 
bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil 
treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That 
every idle word that men shall speak, They shall give account 
thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be 
justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" 
(Matthew 12:34-37) 

James describes the tongue this way: 

"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) 

Perhaps the most common way we can sin against God and 
our fellowmen is with our tongues. James says in the same 
chapter (verse 2) ". . . If any man offend not in word, the same 
is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." 

How can we easily "offend in word"? How can we use 
speech to the glory of God? 

Gossip is the bad habit common to men and women and all 
too prevalent among Christians. We may think we are giving 
needed information when the story would be better untold. 
This poem by an unknown author tells it well: 

If I am tempted to reveal 
A tale someone to me has told 
About another, let it pass, 
Before I speak, three gates of gold. 

Three narrow gates: First, is it true: 
Then, is it needful? In my mind 
Give truthful answer, and the next 
Is last and narrowest, Is it kind? 

And if, to reach my lips at last, 
It passes through these gateways, three, 
Then I may tell the tale, nor fear 
What the result of speech may be. 
May God help us to train our tongues in this important area. 
In Christian circles we rarely hear outright cursing, but most 
of us are guilty of using poor and unnecessary words. "Slang" 
can creep into the Christian's speech as a way to make a point 
or emphasize a thought. Many of the slang words are really 
substitutes for the wrong, irreverent swear words. Jesus said, 


"But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for 
whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." (Matt. 5:37) 

Many times we are willing to speak for the Lord and can't 
find the right words. God will help us when we ask Him. Jesus 
told His disciples when He sent them out, that they would be 
brought before governors and kings for His sake and that they 
should ". . . take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it 
shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it 
is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which 
speaketh in you." (Matt. 10:19-20) What a comfort to know 
we are not on our own, that God's Spirit will speak for us! But 
let us not use this excuse for being unfamiliar with God's Word. 
Paul writes in II Timothy 2: 15, "Study to shew thyself approved 
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly 
dividing the word of truth." 

Failure to speak when it is necessary is just as harmful as 
poor words. We tend to take Cain's lame excuse: "Am I my 
brother's keeper?" God tells us to wain, to call, to invite, and 
to be ready with an answer for those who enquire. Road 
maintenance men post signs and flashing signals, and set flag 
men to warn of dangers in the way ahead. How much more 
should we warn of the destruction to come for those walking 
the broad way. 

I find myself telling with enthusiasm about a trip or a fire or 
some thrilling experience. But when it comes to relating our 
joys in the Lord, it is easy to keep still. We discuss at length 
people's sickness and troubles but how much their soul sickness 
and spiritual problems? Satan would have us be silent when we 
should speak. 

We can claim we are unable to talk well, but God's answer 
to Moses is for us too: ". . . Who hath made man's mouth? or 
who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have 
not I the Lord?" (Exodus 4:11) 


James says that man can tame the beasts and serpents and 
birds, "But the tongue can no man tame. . ." But we believe 
God can tame our wild tongues and bring them into subjection 
to His will if we commit our way to Him, 

Psalm 35:28: "And my tongue shall speak of thy 
righteousness and of thy praise all the day long." — L.C. 


Oh happy day that ends at night 
O'er lips that have been closed so tight, 
That not one word of hurt has passed 
And memories sweet alone will last. 

Of all the servants given man, 

According to God's own great plan, 

There's one we'll never understand— 

Our tongue, which says words never planned. 

Our feet we guide with greater skill, 
Though seldom would they do us ill. 
Our hands and eyes, trained most to please, 
We guide them both with greater ease. 

But ears and tongue, oh woe betide, 
The secrets you to them confide, 
For if one moment you're off guard 
All caution they will both discard. 

Please lock my lips and hide the key, 
Until each word well judged shall be; 
And then I'll know, when in my bed 
No ones been hurt by what I've said. 
Author Unknown 



Science is an orderly study of the things created by God. 
An obvious benefit of science is learning to wisely use this 
natural world. But our goals should be beyond that. 

Studying science should give students a bank of knowledge 
that contributes to a godly lifestyle when they are adults. For 
instance, a good upper-grade science course will introduce 
enough basic cell science to prepare for a reasonable 
understanding of its implications later on. With the rapid 
advance of medical research today, Christians can be confronted 
very suddenly with recommendations that militate against the 
sanctity of human life. But even a simple understanding of cell 
science can prepare one to face such choices in a God-fearing 
way. In another area, due to escalating health-care costs, many 
people are choosing alternate health care. A well-rounded 
background of life science could help those adults make prudent 

In the study of science, God should always receive the 
credit, because He made the universe (including its 
information). But as man learns new things, he tends to honor 
the scientific discoverers or the discoveries themselves. In the 
1800's and 1900's, men came to revere science as an absolute in 
itself. Although this absolute may be based on unchanging laws 
that God ordained, it still constitutes a rejection of God. 
Consequently, traditional science itself is deteriorating. 

Christian textbooks and teachers should endeavor to give 
glory to God for everything about science. Do not make much 
ado over the various discoverers of scientific laws. References 
to "great scientists" and "amazing discoveries" should be 
minimized. Rather, glorify the Maker, who knew all along what 
man has merely uncovered. 


In recent years, many people are realizing that science fails 
to satisfy the need of their heart. But instead of turning to then- 
Maker, they are shifting to postmodern values and concepts. 
These ideas replace fundamental absolutes with new self- 
created "absolutes" such as experience, imagination, and 
entertainment. The result is a fertile seedbed for pseudoscience 
and the tabloid culture, as evidenced by magazines found in the 
checkout lanes of many stores. Such literature fits into the 
category of "every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was 
only evil continually." (Genesis 6:5) 

Tabloid articles generally have eye-catching titles that boldly 
defy conventional understanding, such as "Earth No Longer 
Rotates." Some readers may identify such statements as fiction, 
but some may not. Either way, a factual frame of reference is 
warped-enough so that many educational authorities today are 
lamenting the destructive effects. One result is writers and 
workers who try to develop serious ideas, but develop ones that 
are fundamentally flawed because of a warped basis. 

This influence reaches far beyond the tabloid readership. 
For example, recently I scanned through two books. One tried 
to tie certain world events to the Mayan calendar. The other 
discussed current terror threats. Both books had some very 
interesting ideas, but some of the underlying premises were so 
badly flawed that the best place for the books was the trash can. 
Another book claimed that certain Bible verses say the earth 
does not rotate at all nor revolve around the sun 
(geocentricism). Such ideas may seem like efforts to take the 
Bible literally, and we do not want to discourage that. 
However, closer examination reveals sensationalism without 
substance. One outstanding error is that of using an ultra-literal 
interpretation for some verses, but failing to apply the same 
principle to other verses. For example, the statement "The 
world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved" (Psalm 93:1) 
is used to claim that the earth does not physically move. But if 


the same principle is applied to a clause like "He shall never 
suffer the righteous to be moved" (Psalm 55:22), one will need 
to conclude that the righteous are always physically stationary. 
Plainly, such verses use poetic wording to describe being stable 
and not wandering from the right course. We must be 
especially wary of interpretations based on the selective use of 
Bible verses out of context. Such methods prepare a seedbed 
for wrong interpretation of Bible doctrines that seriously 

These examples demonstrate the need for caution in 
selecting supplemental science resources. In addition to the 
decay in contemporary times, the advent of self-publishing has 
produced many new books that lack the screening and 
authentication offered by traditional publishing. So be 
especially careful with resources published after 2000. 

The postmodern esteem for entertainment should move us 
to exercise propriety in things like science experiments. The 
purpose of experiments is to assist in teaching science concepts. 
Prepare adequately, and focus on understanding the concept 
and not on the performance or the diversion. This minimizes 
the potential for silliness or entertainment. 

May God help our studies in science to be for His glory. 

By Samuel Hoover in Curriculum News and Cues 
Rod and Staff Publishers, Inc. Used by permission. 


Of Thinking Humbly of Ourselves 
All men naturally desire knowledge; but what availeth 

knowledge without the fear of God? 

Surely, an humble husbandman that seiveth God, is better 

than a proud philosopher who, neglecting himself, is occupied 

in studying the course of the heavens. 


Wlioso knoweth himself, is lowly in his own eyes, and 
delighteth not in the praises of men. 

If I understood all things in the world, and had not charity, 
what would it avail me in the sight of God, who will judge me 
according to my deeds? 

2. Cease from an inordinate desire of knowledge, for 
therein is much distraction and deceit. 

Learned men are anxious to seem learned to others, and to 
be called wise. 

There be many things to know which doth little or nothing 
to profit the soul: And he is very unwise who minds other 
things more than those that tend to his salvation. 

Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life 
comforteth the mind, and a pure conscience giveth great 
confidence toward God. 

3. The more thou knowest, and the better thou 
understandest, the more strictly shalt thou be judged, unless thy 
life be also the more holy. 

Be not therefore elated in thine own mind because of any art 
or science, but rather let the knowledge given thee make thee 

If thou thinkest that thou understandest and knowest much; 
yet know that there be many more things which thou knowest 

Affect not to be overwise, but rather acknowledge thine 
own ignorance. 

Why wilt thou prefer thyself before others, seeing there be 
many more learned, and more skilful in the Scripture than thou? 

If thou wilt know or learn anything profitably, desire to be 
unknown, and to be little esteemed. 

4. The highest and most profitable lesson is the true 
knowledge and lowly esteem of ourselves. 

It is great wisdom and perfection to think nothing of 
ourselves, and to think always well and highly of others. 


If thou skouldest see another openly sin, or commit some 
heinous offence, yet oughtest thou not to think the better of 
thyself; for thou knowest not how long thou shalt be able to 

We are all frail, but do thou esteem none more frail than 

By Thomas A Kempis 


The following is part of an article from the September, 
AARP Bulletin warning about our perilous financial stress. 
The writer compares our time to the 30 r s just before the 
depression that affected so many people including some of our 
parents and grandparents. --L.C. 

This is another hard time. Undermining our natural 
strengths are a viral combination of a record national debt now 
approaching $10 trillion; a federal budget deficit projected this 
year at $492 billion, but likely closer to $700 billion; a 
staggering foreign trade deficit; and exhausted savings 
accounts. The average American household is now buried 
under mortgage debt of $84,911, car and tuition loans of 
$14,414, home equity loans of $10,062 and credit card debt of 
$8,565-in sum, outstanding debt totaling $117,952. According 
to other Federal Reserve statistics, average household savings 
this year are a mere $392. The spiraling collapse of the housing 
market, the mortgage market and now the broader credit 
market was triggered by a cavalier attitude to thrift, a 
preoccupation with short-term gain at the expense of long-term, 
and bankers seeking high profits rather that sound investments. 
My grandfather would have had something to say about that... 

By Jim Toedtman 

Backsliding begins when knee-bending stops. —Selected 



1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression 
that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a 

2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate? 

3. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me 
in confidence? 4. Can I be trusted? 

5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits? 

6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying? 

7. Did the Bible live in me today? 

8. Do I give it time to speak to me every day? 

9. Am I enjoying prayer? 

10. When did I last speak to someone else of my faith? 

11. Do I pray about the money I spend? 

12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time? 

13. Do I disobey God in anything? 

14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my 
conscience is uneasy? 

15. Am I defeated in any part of my life? 

16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or 

17. How do I spend my spare time? 18. Am I proud? 

19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as 
the Pharisee who despised the Publican? 

20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold 
a resentment toward, or disregard? 

21 Do I grumble or complain constantly? 
22. Is Christ real to me? 

—Author Unknown 
(These are the 22 questions the members of John Wesley's 
Holy Club asked themselves each day in their private devotions 
over 200 years ago.) 

From Scrapbook of Ideas #3 by Vera Overholt 



ESTHER MARIE HITCH was born in Modesto, California, 
to Earl and Mary Hitch, on June 10, 1918. She went to be with 
the Lord on August 15, 2008, being 90 years, 2 months, and 5 
days. Her husband Rudy, her parents, one brother William, one 
sister Barbara, one grandchild, and two great grandchildren, 
preceded her in death. 

Mom chose Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord at the age 
of 17, and was baptized and united with the Old Brethren 
Church along with several others, including her husband-to-be, 
Rudy Cover. In 1968, Mom and Dad transferred their 
membership to the Dunkard Brethren Church. She served the 
Lord faithfully all of her Christian life. 

Esther Hitch married Rudolph Cover on June 10, 1936, on 
her 18th birthday. They were together 71 years, celebrating 
their 50th and then their 60th anniversaries, with many loved 
ones present. 

She is survived by their three daughters: Marilyn Coning 
and her husband Melvin of Goshen, Indiana; Letha Wagner and 
her husband Joseph of Modesto, California; and Linda Cordrey 
of Modesto, California; 12 grandchildren, 58 great- 
grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. 

Our family lived on a goat dairy on Carver Road in 
Modesto, California, and in 1946 we moved to Long Barn, 
California. 1954 found us in Oakhurst, California, and in 1959, 
on an apple ranch in Tuolumne, California, to settle for awhile. 
We camped in the woods many summers on location of Dad's 
timber work. No matter where we lived, Mom enjoyed cooking 
and keeping things neat and clean. Our home was filled with 
joy and good times. Mom was a generous and hospitable 
person, and our table often included from one to ten extra 
people. She was expert at writing letters and sending cards of 


encouragement and news to her own family as well as her 
church family and friends. She loved to sing, and even sang up 
to the last few months of her life. At times, even though her 
mind was confused, the words of hymns were there, along with 
her lovely alto voice. 

In their retiring years, Mom and Dad moved back to 
Modesto where they served the church and traveled as often as 
they could. They delivered greeting cards to independent 
grocery stores throughout Mariposa, Stanislaus, and Fresno 

Mom was a good mother and loved her family dearly. She 
always set a premier example of friendship, clean living, telling 
the truth, and orderliness. She had a gift for remembering 
names and details, and thoroughly enjoyed conversation, 
reaching out to others less fortunate than herself. 

Mom will be greatly missed by her family, church, relatives 
and friends. We know that to be "present with the Lord" was 
where she wanted to be. To know that she is now with her 
loved ones. . .healthy and free from pain is a joy to us, and we 
look forward to joining her when our time comes. 

A funeral service was held August 20, in the Modesto 
Dunkard Brethren Church conducted by grandsons Elders 
Lloyd Wagner and Mark Cordrey. Burial was in Wood Colony 
Cemeteiy with Elder Henry Walker officiating. 

The family wishes to thank all who brought food, prayed, 
sang, or helped in any way. May God bless you. 

—The Family 


It will be worth it all When we see Jesus, 
Life's trials will seem so small When we see Christ; 
One glimpse of His dear face All sorrow will erase, 
So bravely run the race Till we see Christ. 

Esther Kerr Rusthoi 



Edith Cover Tuolumne, California August 17 

May God guide this dear young sister to faithfully serve in 
the Kingdom of God. 


Jeff Golding 68498 County Road 3 

Nappanee, Indiana 46550 

Andrew Cable 64900 Cedar Road 

Wakarusa, Indiana 46573 
(574) 633-4762 


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. 

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 god in the burning 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 f 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 was needed to make it pure. 

Author Unknown 

Getting Out of the Cage 

Sweet little Betty was sad. Mother noticed it. Daddy 
noticed it. Older sister Neva noticed it. What made Betty sad? 

Betty knew why she was sad. She had told a he! Then to 
cover up that he, she had told a second he! Betty knew it was 
wrong to he. Her parents had carefully taught her that she must 
always tell the truth. But now that she'd lied— twice, even— she 
felt like she was penned in a cage with no way out to happiness. 
Betty thought about what her mother had read to her lately. 
The piece in the paper said that if a bumblebee should be 

dropped in a drinking glass, it would be there until it dies, even 
though the top of the glass is open. It doesn't look up to see 
the way it could escape. It keeps struggling to escape through 
the sides of the glass near the bottom until it dies. 

"1 guess I'm like that bee, " she thought. "But I don't see an 
opening at the top of my cage. What can I do to be happy 

Sunday morning came, and sad Betty went with her family 
to church. There she heard the answer to her question. The 
kind minister said, so plainly that even little Betty could 
understand, that if we have sinned, confession is the way to 
make things right again. Confession— telling the person she'd 
lied to—that she HAD lied, and saying she was sorry. Betty was 
sorry, and she was ready to fly out of the open top of the cage! 
Immediately after church, she found Aunt Bea. "Aunt Bea," she 
began. "I did throw the ball that broke your lamp, and I'm sorry 
I lied about it." 

"You are forgiven," Aunt Bea said kindly. 

Suddenly, Betty was a free, happy little girl! 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


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VOL. 55 OCTOBER. 2008 No. 1-0 

"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 the Lord cometh? perchance at the dawn, 
Where earth awaketh to welcome the morn; 
Hath He not told us the hour draweth near; 
Watching and ready His summons to hear. 

Christ the Lord cometh? earth's evening may bring 
Back to His vineyard our Saviour and King; 
Death shall be conquered and sin overthrown; 
When He returneth to gather His own. 

Christ the Lord cometh? man knoweth not when, 
But when ye think not He cometh again; 
To all found watching He bringeth no fear, 
Never a shadow, a parting, a tear. 

Jesus is coming! we know not how soon, 
Coming at midnight, at morning or noon; 
Evening may bring Him to bear us away; 
For Him I'm watching and waiting each day. 

By E. G. Wesley in The Christian Hymnal 

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He didn't ask to be bom. His life had not been pleasant. 
His parents had given him many luxurious things that money 
could buy. They had let him choose his own clothes. He had 
his distinct likes and dislikes in food. He had friends. But 
somehow all these had not made him happy. Now he was in 
trouble with the law. The police had caught him and his 
comrades in a robbery. In the arrest the officer read to them 
their rights according to the law. 

Rights! Everybody has rights, or so they claim. Do 
children have rights? Were there some things this boy missed 
out on that he really needed and had a right to have? Who 
failed? Whose fault was it that he was now in trouble? Do 
children need to be bored— dissatisfied, looking for something 
more thrilling? What rights are there that, if given to children, 
will make happy and useful Christian youth? 

Children have a right to be loved— loved enough to be 
disciplined. All too often we see parents in public treating their 
children like untrained dogs. Loving, consistent discipline 
works. Shouting and giving children a countdown doesn't. 
Blessed is the child that has persistent parents who can use "the 
rod" when needed, and then comfort the child in their arms, 
assuring him he is loved and precious. Caring parents will 
follow the Lord's example and instruction in correcting their 
erring children. "For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even 
as a father the son in whom he delighteth" (Proverbs 3: 12). 

Children have a right to a true example. If children are 
expected to "obey (their) parents in the Lord," then they have a 
right to godly parents giving fair instructions to obey. They 
have a right to parents who are stable and consistent, teaching 


their children order and giving them routine chores and regular 
mealtimes. "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to 
wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the 
Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). 

Children have a right to know the truth. Jesus said that 
God's Word is truth. One outstanding advantage of the 
Christian school is the opportunity to teach every subject in 
relation to God's Word. Children have a right to know the truth 
of creation and of God's directing all of human history. God 
made the laws of gravity, inertia, and friction. He set the rules 
of mathematics and knows the answer to every question. 

Those with only an earthly outlook maintain that children 
have a right to clean air, pure water, and undepleted resources. 
But clean air will not help children if their atmosphere is 
polluted by swear words, dirty jokes, immodest clothing, 
idleness and extravagance. Clean water will not replace the 
pure Word of God. All the resources of the earth are not worth 
"the pearl of great price" which is a place in God's family with 
the resources of His grace and mercy. 

Children have a right to be taught a wholesome attitude 
toward work Should a child or young person be required to do 
work he does not enjoy? Hoeing weeds is not exactly fun. 
Neither is picking up toys, doing dishes, or sweeping out the 
car. But there are satisfying rewards for honest labor that go 
beyond the work itself, such as responsibility, contentment, 
usefulness, and submission. One young man told some children 
who were unwilling workers, "You eat here, don't you?" 

Children have a right to have difficult decisions made for 
them. Many children are forced to make choices they are 
unqualified to make— what to wear, what to eat, who their 
friends will be. Some must even choose which parent they will 
live with. Parents who take responsibility for decision making 
during their children's formative years are sparing them needless 


pressures and are providing for them an important sense of 

Children have a right to be taught proper manners, to say 
"Please" and "Thank-you." They have a right to be kept clean 
and be taught personal hygiene— "Wash your hands." "Brush 
your teeth." They have a right to good music, and to be 
encouraged to memorize Christian songs and precious Bible 
verses. They should be given an appreciation of the beauties of 
nature, an example of kindness to the elderly and of reaching 
out to the needy. Children given these rights will not be a 
liability to society or in the hands of the police, but will be 
bright stars in God's glorious future. — L.C. 

From CLE Lightlines October, 1994 Used by permission 
Christian Light Publications 1 (800) 776-0478 


Gal. 2:20 — I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; 
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live 
in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, 
and gave himself for me. 

In the cross of Jesus Christ we see three spiritual forces at 
work: man's depravity, God's judgment, and God's love. Our 
fallen, depraved nature is drawn to sin and rebellion like a moth 
to a flame. The Scripture tells us that all our righteousness is 
nothing more than a filthy rag. For this we deserve the 
judgment of God. What God offers us instead is His mercy and 

Throughout the Old Testament Scriptures God warned 
Israel of the consequences of ignoring His Law and continuing 
in sin. Many times God warned Israel of impending judgment, 
often in the form of heathen nations like Babylon who 


oppressed, conquered, and enslaved the people. Though God 
often punished these heathen nations for their cruelty, He made 
it clear that these ungodly nations were instruments used to 
judge Israel for rebellion and impenitence. 

But judgment is not just an Old Testament phenomenon. In 
Hebrews we read, "He that despised Moses' law died without 
mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer 
punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath 
trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood 
of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, 
and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?" 

There is no honor in being crucified. In the time of Christ, 
the cross was an instrument of torture and death reserved for 
the common criminal. Because the crucified criminal was not 
mortally injured by the nails driven through his hands and feet, 
death came slowly over a matter of hours. In addition, 
crucifixion was one of the most shameful deaths a man could 
endure. Often the criminal was stripped of his clothes before 
being nailed to the cross. 

Jesus Christ was afforded no respect or compassion when 
He was crucified. The Roman soldiers who taunted Him, hit 
Him, scourged Him, and put a crown of thorns on His head 
extended no mercy to Christ. His closest disciples abandoned 
and denied Him. The scribes and Pharisees who ought to have 
worshiped Him as Messiah spat on Him, mocked Him, and 
called for His death. The crowd, some of whom undoubtedly 
had witnessed His miracles and heard His words, cried for Him 
to be crucified. No other man was rejected so completely by 
every segment of humanity as was Jesus Christ. And finally, 
every one of us has also rejected Him through our sin, our 
apathy, and our pride. Yet still He calls us to follow Him and 
He will give us rest; He will give us peace; He will give us life. 
In essence, Jesus Christ promises us the veiy things that we 


actively tried to deprive Him of when He was here on this earth. 
What mercy! What love! What forgiveness! 

What does the cross mean to us? As Christ's followers, it is 
a central theme of our daily life. We who bear the cross must 
allow the cross to bear us. It is one thing to carry the cross of 
Christ as Simon did on the road to Calvary. It is quite another 
to allow our selfish nature with all of its desires, hopes, and 
aspirations to be nailed to the cross and be forever lost. If any 
part of our Christian walk is burdensome, it could indicate an 
area of our life that we have not crucified yet. 

Eddie Wagner Modesto, California 


A hymn, published in 1905 entitled, "God Will Take Care of 
You," was written by a pastor and his wife, W. Stillman and 
Civilla Martin. They were inspired by one of their children. As 
Martin was scheduled to leave for a preaching engagement, his 
wife lay very ill in bed. He considered canceling the 
engagement, but his son piped up, "Father, don't you think that 
if God wants you to preach today, He will take care of Mother 
while you are away?" Needless to say, he didn't cancel the 
engagement, and upon his return home, his wife was completely 
well. They both were so touched by their young boy's faith they 
collaborated and wrote the lovely hymn. It is a reminder to us 
to simply trust the Lord through all circumstances. 

Be not dismayed whate'er betide, God will take care of you; 
Beneath His wings of love abide, God will take care of you. 

Through days of toil when heart doth fail, God will take care of 


When dangers fierce your path assail, God will take care of you. 


All you may need He will provide, God will take care of you; 
Nothing you ask will be denied, God will take care of you. 

No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you; 
Lean, weary one, upon His breast, God will take care of you. 

God will take care of you, Through every day, O'er all the way; 
He will take care of you, God will take care of you. 

Media Spotlight —Selected 

Of the Profit of Adversity 

It is good that we have sometimes some troubles and 
crosses; for they often make a man enter into himself; and 
consider that he is here in banishment, and ought not to place 
his trust in any worldly thing. 

It is good that we be sometimes contradicted, and that men 
think ill or inadequately; and this, although we do and intend 

These things help often to the attaining of humility and 
defend us from vain glory: for then we are more inclined to seek 
God for our inward witness, when outwardly we be contemned 
by men, and when there is not credit given unto us. 

And therefore a man should settle himself so fully in God, 
that he need not to seek many comforts of men. 

When a good man is afflicted, tempted, or troubled with evil 
thought; then he understandeth better the great need he hath of 
God, without whom he perceiveth he can do nothing that is 

Then also he sorroweth, lamenteth, and prayeth, by reason 
of the miseries he suffereth. 


Then he is weary of living longer, and wisheth that death 
would come, that he might depart and be with Christ. 

Then also he well perceiveth, that perfect security and full 
peace cannot be had in this world. 

Thomas A Kempis 


"She ruined my day by what she said to me," mourned a 
woman speaking of a neighbor. 

Evidently the woman had carried the neighbor's words as 
"scenery" for her mind from sunup till sundown. What a poor 
background for a busy day! 

She might have chosen a poem, a child's face smiling up at 
his mother, or some clean-washed beauty of nature instead. But 
she chose to ruin her own day by staring at a few unworthy 
words emblazoned on the "billboard" of her mind. 

Another woman learned to fill her mental background every 
day with inspiring views painted in fresh colors. She says, 
"Yesterday there was a large ocean painting on exhibition in the 
window of an art store, and I carried it in my mind all day. 

"The day was full of little annoyances and rushes to get 
things done, but every little while I thought of the great green 
waves and the sun shining on the ocean and I felt refreshed. 

"Today the fruits piled on a cart passing by gave me a good 
feeling of abundance and a flash of color. The thought of those 
golden oranges, dusky plums, smooth yellow grapefruits, red 
grapes, and velvety brown pears all heaped together and 
running over with color, brightened all the hours." 

A man's mind can ruin or save his day-his life. "For as he 
thinketh in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7) 

Saturate your mind with envy and you are hateful and 
unhappy. Think solely about yourself and you are constantly 


piqued and peeved by others. Tie your mind to your routine 
and you are bored. 

You owe yourself a refreshing scene for your mind daily. A 
view of nature may refresh you. But a nugget of truth from 
God's Word can do more. It can clear away the soiled goods of 
human imagination. 

Christ said, "Now ye are clean through the word which I 
have spoken unto you" (John 15:3). 

"O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day" 
(Psalm 119:97). "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, 
O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, 
they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still 
with thee" (Psalm 139:17,18). 

You have only yourself to blame if you carry unpleasant 
pictures in your mind. You can change the pictures in your 
mental gallery without moving from your chair or leaving your 
kitchen or office. Tighten your mental belt! Capture a truth 
from God's Word to illuminate your day. 

From Just for You No. 28 


Lessons from the Master Teacher 
Once when the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to 
take Jesus, the officers returned with these words: "Never man 
spake like this man" (John 7:46). If we would teach others, we 
ought to sit daily at the feet of the Master Teacher and learn 
from His example. 

Jesus had perfect knowledge of His subject and of His 
students. To Nicodemus He declared, "We speak that we do 
know, and testify that we have seen" (John 3:11). We will 
never understand our subjects as well as our omniscient Master 
did. Yet we must know what we teach and teach what we 
know, or our teaching will be in vain. Just as it is required in 


stewards that a man be found faithful, so it is required of 
teachers to be found knowledgeable. If we do not yet have a 
good understanding of the subjects we teach, we must apply 
ourselves to a study of them. Can we say, "We speak that we 
do know?" 

Having some knowledge of those we teach is also essential. 
Jesus could respond perfectly in every situation, because he 
knew all men, "And needed not that any should testify of man: 
for he knew what was in man" (John 2:24). A teacher who 
loves his students will quickly learn to sense their 
misunderstandings, fears, and needs. 

Jesus served under the direction of another. He came, not 
to seek His own will, but the will of His Father (John 5:30). 
Faithful teachers must likewise remember that they are not their 
own. We owe our first allegiance unto God, the source of all 
Truth. We are also responsible to those over us. Do we fret 
when we cannot have our own way? If so, we need to return to 
our Master's feet and meditate on His example as a servant. No 
one is fit to teach until he has learned to submit to others. 

Jesus finished the work that God gave Him to do. Do you 
finish your work each day? Will you be finished with your work 
when the school doors close this spring? The evening before 
Jesus was crucified, He said, "I have finished the work which 
thou gavest me to do" (John 17:4). Just before He died He 
cried, "It is finished" (John 19:30). Why could Jesus say He 
had finished? Surely He could have found more work, had He 
chosen to look for more. 

The secret of Jesus' finished work was that He always did 
God's perfect will (John 8:30). God knows best how each 
person can most effectively serve Him each day. If we follow 
Him each step of the way, we will finish His plan for us at the 
end of each day. The true measure of success is not how much 
we do, but whether we do God's will. 

Bennie Hostetler in CMTI News lines, April, 2000 



Laura Fredericks Yosemite, California September 21 

May God bless this young mother as she serves her family 
and the Lord Jesus in His Kingdom. 


Watchmen on the walls of Zion, 
What, O tell us, of the night? 
Is the day-star now arising? 
Will the morn soon greet our sight? 

O'er your vision 
Shine there now some rays of light? 

Tell, O tell us, are the landmarks 
On our voyage all passed by? 
Are we nearing now the haven? 
Can we e'en the land descry? 

Do we truly 
See the heavenly kingdom nigh? 

Light is beaming; day is coming! 
Let us sound aloud the cry; 
We behold the day-star rising 
Pure and bright in yonder sky. 

Saints, be joyful; 
Your redemption draweth nigh. 

We have found the chart and compass, 
And are sure the land is near; 
Onward, onward we are hasting, 
Soon the haven will appear; 

Let your voices 
Sound aloud your holy cheer. 

Selected Author unknown 



Little drops of water, 
Little grains of sand, 
Make the mighty ocean, 
And the pleasant land. 

And the little moments, 
Humble though they be, 
Make the mighty ages 
Of eternity. 

So our little errors 
Lead the soul away 
From the path of virtue 
Oft in sin to stray. 

Little seeds of mercy, 
Sown by youthful hands, 
Grow to bless the nations 
Far in heathen lands. 

Little deeds of kindness, 
Little words of love, 
Make our earth an Eden 
Like the heaven above. 

Eben C. Brewer 



Rachel Ray 7330 C.R. 201 

Millersburg, OH 44654 



The first we heard was the frantic cry of a small kitten. It 
came from under our doghouse which was a few inches off the 
ground. From this space protruded a coarse, black tail 
accompanied by a telltale skunk odor. The screams continued 
so I tipped the doghouse sideways exposing the skunk savagely 
chewing on the kitten. He didn't run until I hit him on the head 
with my long metal flashlight. Our dog tackled the skunk, 
fiercely shaking him to death and not giving him a chance to 
spray. The kitten was badly injured but will survive. 

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

Our young people and we older ones too, are like the kitten, 
so defenseless against a more powerfiil foe. We will surely be 
overcome if we don't have help. That help is the Lord Jesus 
who assures us that, "Greater is he that is in you, than he that is 
in the world. "(I John 4:4b) --L.C. 


"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the Spider to the Fly; 

"Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy. 

The way into my parlor is up a winding stair, 

And I have many curious things to show when you are there." 

"Oh, no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain. 

For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down 


"I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high; 


Will you rest upon my little bed?" said the Spider to the Fly. 
"There are pretty curtains drawn around; and the sheets are fine 
and thin." 

"Oh, no, no," said the little Fly," for I've often heard said, 
They never, never wake again who sleep upon your bed!" 

Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, "Dear friend, what can I do 

To prove the warm affection I've always felt for you? 

I have within my pantry good store of all that's nice; 

I'm sure you're very welcome—will you please take a slice?" 

"Oh, no, no," said the little Fly, "kind sir that cannot be; 

I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!" 

"Sweet creature!" said the Spider, "you're witty and you're wise; 

How handsome are your gauzy wings! How brilliant are your 


I have a little looking glass upon my parlor shelf; 

If you'll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself." 

"I thank you, gentle sir," she said, "for what you're pleased to 


And bidding you "good morning" now, I'll call another day." 

The Spider turned him round about and went into his den, 

For well he knew the silly Fly would soon be back again: 

So he wove a subtle web in a little corner sly, 

And set his table ready to dine upon the Fly; 

Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing, 

"Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing; 

Your robes are green and purple; there's a crest upon your 


Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as 

lead." ' 

Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly, 


Healing Ms wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by; 
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew, 
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue. 
Thinking only of her crested head— poor foolish thing! at last 
Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast. 
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den 
Within his little parlor— but she ne'er came out again! 

And now, dear little children, who may this story read, 
To idle, silly, flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed; 
Unto an evil counsellor close heart, and ear, and eye, 
And take a lesson from this tale of the Spider and the Fly. 

MaryHowitt -Selected 


What Am I? 

Can you identify the following creatures? 

1. I am a lovely iridescent green with two squarish, coppeiy 
spots on my back. I eat plants. If you look closely, you will see 
my antennae look like tiny little sprouts with two dainty leaves. 
My relatives come in many beautiful colors. Some look like 
they are made of very shiny metal. In fact, people like to collect 
and even wear them as jewelry! I am wonderfijlly designed by 
God. What am I? 

2. I am a very unwelcome pest in people's gardens. I eat 
most anything you don't want me to eat. People squash me if 
they see me. They even put up traps for me, luring me in by 
smell. That smell really draws us, but we don't all find the trap. 
The neighbors may have less of us, but you will have more if 
you use a trap! You know the worst part? We don't even 
belong here! We are stow-aways from Asia! Surely I am part 
of the curse. What am I? 

Number one is a type oi Scarab Beetle called a Japanese 
Beetle. So is number two. Surprised? 

There are several lessons we can learn from these 
descriptions. For example, we can build someone up or tear 
them down with our words. You have probably heard the 
saying, "I you have nothing good to say about someone, say 
nothing at all." Also, "Everyone has some good points. Look 
for them instead of faults." Try to be kind with your words. 

Another lesson is that outward beauty does not make 
someone truly beautiful. Make sure your beauty is not only skin 

Another lesson is that we can deceive without actually lying. 
Maybe sometimes it is okay. Was I wrong to try to fool you 
with my descriptions? But if I leave you believing a he, then I 
am a liar, even if I never really said an untruth. 

Let's all strive to be beautiful, kind, and honest instead of 
being "Japanese Beetles." 

Martha J. Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 











VOL. 55 NOVEMBER, 2008 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) 


To Thee, my heart, eternal King, 
Would now its thankful tribute bring; 
To Thee its humble homage raise 
In songs of ardent, grateful praise. 

All nature shows Thy boundless love, 
In worlds below and worlds above; 
But in Thy blessed Word I trace 
The richer glories of Thy grace. 

Here what delightfiil truths are given; 
Here Jesus shows the way to heaven; 
His name salutes my listening ear, 
Revives my heart, and checks my fear. 

For love like this, O may our song, 
Through endless years Thy praise prolong; 
And distant climes Thy name adore, 
Till time and nature are no more. 

From Sacred Melodies, 1815 

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What is more dangerous for the Christian, riches or 
poverty? Jesus assures us that He can bring His people through 
either one. But He warns: "It is easier for a camel to go 
through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the 
kingdom of God." (Matt. 19:24) Mark records that this applies 
to them that trust in riches, and Jesus adds: "With men it is 
impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are 
possible." This is not said about those who have no riches. So 
can we conclude that wealth is more dangerous for the 

We saw again the difference as we travelled to Haiti 
recently. It is hard to describe and sad to realize the poverty 
there. Buildings are weak and poor, lacking standards and 
inspectors. (We all heard of the collapse of a school building 
that killed up to ninety-four children and teachers, and injured 
many more while we were in Haiti.) Most roads are 
indescribably rough with rocks—especially since the torrential 
rains washed cushioning soil away. In rural areas, homes are on 
a network of foot paths. Women and children carry precious 
water in five gallon pails on their heads. Springs, wells, and 
rivers are for bathing and washing clothes. Many of these 
clothes are donated from other countries and are usually kept 

As we met Haitians, we saw frowns and serious expressions 
of need. But when we waved or spoke, there was a smile and a 
warm response. In their crowded services they sing hymns, 
"Take My Life and Let it Be," "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross," 
"Nearer Still Nearer." and many more, with fervor and 


Their animals, goats, pigs, donkeys, and even cows, are 
smaller than those raised with plenty of good food. Then- 
farming is done by hand with a pick loosening the soil to plant 
millet, sweet potatoes, corn, or beans. 

At busy clinics, missionaries treat diseases, injuries, aches 
and pains. A few doctors practice at ill-equipped hospitals in 
the crowded cities. Even at the hospitals there is carelessness, 
mistakes, poor work, and a scarcity of supplies is evident. 

Elwood Martin, from Indiana, directs the mission at Gros 
Mapou. They have a church and school building with a dirt 
floor. Electric power is from a generator and solar panels. Out 
of their home Anita Martin conducts an unmarked clinic, 
dispensing drugs, dressing wounds, and giving advice to as 
many as seventy-five in one morning. The patients start coming 
before daylight and wait for the clinic to open at 8:00. Some 
have walked for hours. Twice in one day we saw a loved 
grandmother carried in on a chair supported by strong bamboo 
poles on the shoulders of two young men. 

We have so much by comparison. If wealth is dangerous, 
we should walk carefully. However, it is not right to attain 
poverty by laziness or carelessness. But for God's abundant 
blessings we should be sincerely thankful. 

So what are we recommending to us who are so rich by 
world averages? First we should see Jesus as our perfect 
example as well as the bearer of our sins. We should be 
sensitive to God's leading, both by His Word and by His Spirit. 
Give liberally. Spend wisely. Hold these possessions lightly; 
they belong to God and we are His stewards. Remember I 
Corinthians 4:7a: "For who maketh thee to differ from another? 
and what hast thou that thou didst not receive?" 

Lord, at this time of thanksgiving, touch us with 
compassion for those who have little of this world's goods. 
Teach us of the greater danger of trusting in riches. And give 
us thankful hearts. — L.C. 


And Jesus answering said; "Were there not ten cleansed? 
but where are the nine?" (Luke 17: 17) 

In this account of the cleansing of the ten lepers, we have 
the sad picture of those pitiable lepers dwelling as outcasts, hi 
Lev. 13:45 we read: "And the leper in whom the plague is, his 
clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a 
covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry Unclean, unclean." 
Likely these lepers referred to were so separated, and diseased 
in the various stages of this dreaded plague. 

Jesus' fame in healing and helping mankind hi all the 
sorrows and ills of life, had spread even to them; so it was a 
pitiful cry of desperation, as they stood afar off and called, 
"Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." Jesus hears every cry of 
distress and pain when humbly addressed to Him, pleading for 
help in time of need. So He tells them to go and show 
themselves to the priests. What a picture as we can see them 
hastily departing, and soon with cries of joy and wondering 
amazement, they behold their filthy, defiled bodies glow with 
fiill health and vigor, "made perfectly whole. " 

We do not know if the nine kept on and arrived at the 
temple to show themselves to the priests, or whether they just 
went their way as their desires led them; we can only say with 
Jesus, "Where are the nine?" We do see in this wonderful 
account the grateful Samaritan tinning back upon feeling the 
cleansing, healing power in his body, coming back and falling at 
the feet of Jesus in grateful thanksgiving to Him who said to 
this stranger, "Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee 

Once more we come to thanksgiving season reminding us of 
our blessings that come down "from the Father of lights, with 
whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning," common 
to us all, yet without them we could not exist. These common 


blessings: sunshine, air, water, food, clothing, and shelter have 
been given to man down through the ages, going back to the 
beginning of time and man's appearance upon earth— common 
blessings even of the paradise of Eden. 

The children of God have special reasons for thanksgiving. 
All the above mentioned blessings all mankind enjoys, and also 
the forgiveness of sins, the gift of the Holy Ghost, the "promise 
of the life which now is, and of that which is to come," the 
heavenly powers present in every time of need, the assurance 
that God hears when we call to Him, and the complete direction 
and guidance safe to our homeland. 

Thanksgiving is more than expression of the lips and voice; 
we must feel it within. Where are the nine? They have not 
returned to give God thanks yet, and perhaps never will. 

The thankful hearts are classed as one; the words, the heart, 
even their deeds show them at the feet of Jesus, and they hear 
His words "Depart in peace, thy faith hath made thee whole." 

Let us all at this another Thanksgiving Day remember and 
gather in our homes or in assembly of worship, render due 
praise and thanksgiving for the common, the special spiritual, 
and national blessings we enjoy, giving glory to God. 

Where are the nine? were they not whole 
And free to walk with fellow men? 
Leaving their filthy, diseased role; 
At first their company numbered ten. 

Where are the nine? for one had gone, 
Back at the Saviour's feet was seen; 
Thankful for what the Lord had done, 
Making his leprous body clean. 

Where are the nine? then day is past, 
And God alone knows where they lay: 


The tramp to wake will sound at last, 
And all must meet at judgment day. 

Where are the nine? in years and days, 
Some in ungrateful ways move on; 
No thankful words, no songs of praise 
To God until life's day has gone. 

Where are the nine? where are the nine? 
The words of Jesus speak to all. 
The grateful children stand in line, 
And at the feet of Jesus fall. 

—J. L Cover 
Condensed from The Pilgrim, November, 1957 

To my knowledge, the only two times the term "seventy 
times seven" is used in Scripture are the following two passages 
recording the words of Lamech and the words of Christ: 

Gen. 4:23,24 

23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear 
my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: 
for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young 
man to my hurt. 

24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech 
seventy and sevenfold. 

Matt. 18:21,22 

21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall 
my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till 
seven times? 

22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven 
times: but, Until seventy times seven. 


In Lamech's case, he was speaking of vengeance. Jesus was 
speaking of forgiveness. But the situation of Lamech and that 
posed by Peter's question to Jesus are the same. In each case, 
Lamech and Peter were talking about individuals that had 
wronged or injured them. It is in the response to offenses that 
others perpetrate against us that the difference between 
Lamech's response and that of Jesus is most apparent. 

Lamech's words indicate that he felt he was justified in 
killing the man he spoke of having slain. Apparently this man 
that Lamech speaks of having slain had wounded and hurt him. 
Why Lamech felt that taking another man's life was an 
appropriate response is not given. But it is clear that Lamech 
was seeking revenge and he got it. The sad thing about revenge 
is that even when we get revenge on our enemy, it is never 
enough. Lamech's statement of wanting to be avenged "seventy 
and sevenfold" borders on the ridiculous, but I believe it reveals 
a common attitude of those who set their hearts to seek 
revenge. The punishment sought is disproportionate to the 

Peter came to Jesus with much the same situation that 
Lamech had; his brother had sinned against him, apparently 
more than once. However, Peter knew something that Lamech 
did not. Peter knew that he ought to forgive, but he thought 
that there surely must be some limit. He even suggests an 
answer when asking Jesus how many times he ought to forgive 
his brother. Jesus responds with love and truth when he tells 
Peter to forgive seventy times seven. Perhaps Jesus used this 
term "seventy times seven" to remind us that putting a limit on 
forgiveness will eventually lead us down the same road of 
vengeance Lamech trod so many centuries ago. While that may 
be speculation, there is nothing in Jesus' response to Peter that 
discounts the seriousness of the sin or trespass Peter is speaking 
of, only that forgiveness is the only real answer. 


The difference between Lamech and Peter lies not in the 
nature of the offense, but in the response of the offended. Just 
as no amount of revenge ever satisfies those who seek it, so the 
Christian must never be satisfied with anything less than 
forgiveness that goes beyond the offense. And isn't this really 
what Jesus Christ did for you and me when He died on the 
cross? Do we really have any right to not forgive? 

Eddie Wagner, Modesto, California 


God is many things. He is loving, kind, compassionate, and 
just. He is all-knowing, all-powerful and everywhere all at 
once. He is also faithful, and His faithfulness is great. "It is of 
the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his 
compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy 
faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22,23) 

When we think of God's great faithfulness and our 
smallness, we should be in awe of Him. It should make us 
worship. In school the children have learned that the word 
worship means to actually prostrate one's self. 

We took a trip this past summer. We drove about 5,000 
miles. God's faithfulness in protecting us all those miles was 
great. On the way home, we stopped at Yellowstone National 
Park. We saw many amazing, natural things there. We 
watched a geyser named "Old Faith&l." This breath-taking 
display erupts faithfully at regular intervals, and the rangers can 
predict this so people can come and watch. Sure enough, the 
crowd began to gather. We all waited not knowing exactly 
when, but because the geyser was "Old Faithful," we saw a 
spectacular explosion of hot water and steam billowing out of 
the ground. It was well worth the wait. Faithful—like God. 

Really, "Old Faithful" is a little like God, not the other way 
around. After all, God created "Old Faithful." We can depend 


on God. We don't always know how or when He will provide, 
but He is faithful to give us what is best for us. 

There is no question about God's being faithful. Are we? 

The dictionary says that faithfulness is an attribute of both 
God and man implying loyalty, constancy, and freedom from 
fickleness. God wants us to be faithful, and we can be. He 
promises not to give us more than we can bear. (I Cor. 10: 13) 

It is important to be dependable and consistent. Proverbs 
25:19 says, "Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble 
is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint." Have you ever 
had a broken tooth of foot? It's not useful at all and very 
inconvenient. Many talented people are not useful because they 
have never learned to be faithful. Faithfulness is required in 
stewards. (I Cor. 4:2) There is no substitute. 

"But without faith it is impossible to please him . ." 
(Hebrews 11:6). There is a connection between faith and 
faithfulness. Let's be faithful in our faith. 

So even if there are things we don't know or can't do, let's 
be faithfid in the things we do know and the things we can do. 
If we do our best, that is what counts. We don't expect the 
little boys to be able to do the big boys' chores. There are jobs 
for all skill levels, but there are no jobs for the unfaithful. 

Samuel and Rosanna Royer 
Nappanee, Indiana 


Bryan Lewis is chaplain of the hospital 
L. C. "Well, we have a new President. " 
Bryan "Yes, and I think he will do very well. I know him 

personally and have been in his home." 
L.C. "Do you really know Obama?" 
Bryan "Oh, you mean that President. I was thinking of the 

new president of our hospital." 


We agreed that we should pray for our President, and trust 
that God will use him to lead our country rightly. We should 
also pray for the lesser leaders in our society. 

What followed was a good discussion on voting, holding 
office, and the separation of the two kingdoms. 

We have four duties to our government: to pray for it, to 
respect its leaders, pay its taxes, and obey its laws. But our first 
duty is to the Lord Jesus— to obey Him, give out His Gospel, 
and tell what He has done for us. — L.C. 


Of Bearing with the Faults of Others 

Those things that a man cannot amend in himself or in 
others, he ought to suffer patiently, until God order them 

Think that perhaps it is better so for thy trial and patience, 
without which all our good deeds are not much to be esteemed. 

Thou oughtest to pray notwithstanding when thou hast such 
impediments, that God would vouchsafe to help thee, and that 
thou mayest bear them rightly. 

2. If one that is once or twice warned will not give over, 
content not with him: but commit all to God, that His will may 
be done, and His name honored in all His servants, who well 
knoweth how to turn evil into good. 

Endeavor to be patient in bearing with the defects and 
infirmities of others, of what sort soever they be: for that 
thyself also hast many failings which must be borne with by 

If thou canst not make thyself such an one as thou wouldest, 
how canst thou expect to have another in all things to thy 


We would willingly have others perfect, and yet we amend 
not our own faults. 

3. We will have others severely corrected, and will not be 
corrected ourselves. 

The large liberty of others displeaseth us; and yet we will 
not have our own desires denied us. 

We will have others kept under by strict laws; but in no sort 
will ourselves be restrained. 

And thus it appeareth, how seldom we weigh our neighbor 
in the same balance with ourselves. 

If all men were perfect, what should we have to suffer of 
our neighbor for the sake of God? 

4. But now God hath thus ordered it, that we may learn to 
bear one another's burdens; for no man is without fault; no man 
but hath his burden; no man is sufficient of himself; no man is 
wise enough of himself; but we ought to bear with one another, 
comfort one another, help, instruct, and admonish one another. 

Occasions of adversity best discover how great virtue or 
strength each one hath. 

For occasions do not make a man frail, but they shew what 
he is. Thomas A Kempis 


We thank God this Thanksgiving Day, 

For all these treasured stores; 

Fruits of our labors from the fields, 

And gardens and much more; 

For peace on earth, goodwill toward men, 

For we have lived in peace 

We hear again and yet again 

That warfares never cease. 


Help us to hear the orphan's cry, 

And share our treasures too, 

Lord give us strength as days go by, 

As we the years review, 

To help the needy, those in pain, 

Who comfort from us seek; 

And then when he need help; again, 

These words of comfort speak. 

"Ye who are weary, come to me, 

And I will give you rest;" 

For there are those across the sea 

Who're not so richly blessed; 

And some with not much food to eat, 

Help us to share with these; 

Then may we hear these echoes sweet: 

"Ye've done it unto me." 

—Esther R. Weber 


How can I thank Thee, Master, 
Saviour and Friend divine? 
Though fain I would sing 

Thy praises to bring, 

Too finite these words of mine. 

How can I give Thee, Master 
All of the praise I owe 

When words are too small 

To utter at all 
The peace that Your children know? 


How can I serve Thee, Master, 
Maker of Earth and sea? 
The flesh is so frail- 
Alone, I would fail 
To render my life to Thee, 

Yet, Thou hast promised power; 
Strengthen these hands of mine! 

Thy Spirit impart 

To dwell in my heart; 
My water transform to wine. 

Susanna K. Tate 
Elkhart, Indiana 

RHOADES - A son, Patrick Allen, born October 25 to Keith 
and Marlene Rhoades of Greenville, Ohio. 

BEERY - A daughter, Keturah Hope, born October 30 to 
Daniel and Miriam Beery of Goshen, Indiana. 

KREIDER - A son, Rylan Dale, born November 7 to Jason and 
Heather Kreider of Greenville, Ohio. 


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Oh heart that's broken, crushed, and torn; 
Oh heart that is with sorrow worn; 
The heart that's filled with grief and sin, 
That's empty, sinking deep within. 

Jesus whispers, "Child, I care. 
I want your burdens to bear. 
I want to mend your broken heart, 
To pick up each piece, every part; 
To show the tenderness of love. 

I want you to love me as I love you. 
I want to lead you each trial through. 
I want your soul redeemed and bought. 
I want to fill your every thought, 
To give you a taste of love. 

Your soul is more treasured than silver or gold, 

More precious than rubies or riches untold. 

I want to mold and shape it; 

I want it for eternity fit. 

That my love may bring you to heaven. 

Teresa MiJler, Bourbon, Indiana 


What this Country Needs 
We met in the library one afternoon. 
"Hello, Doris." I always enjoy talking to this spunky, 
elderly lady. 

"Hello. How are you? What are you reading?" 


"I'm reading about Obama and the upcoming election. I 
don't really follow it, so it's kind of hard to understand." 

"What this country needs is someone who will step into the 
presidency and do something about this national debt!" she 
exclaimed. "They need to stop giving people who pay no taxes 
so many handouts. Our national debt has more than doubled 
since Bush took office. . ." On she went down her list of 

"We need more people like you in our country. You folks 
should vote," she declared. "I don't know if I'll vote this 
election or not. I don't really like any of the candidates this 
year, but if I don't, that's just another vote that Obama gets." 

I tried to explain to her that God's kingdom and the world's 
kingdom are different and that the Bible tells us to pray for our 
rulers, but we believed voting would involve us in the world's 
kingdom. "Do you remember the election before John Kennedy 
took office?" I asked. "Many plain people were afraid to have 
him be president because he was Catholic. They remembered 
how the Catholics had persecuted their forefathers in Europe. 
That year, many Mennonites and Amish voted against Kennedy 
who wouldn't have otherwise tried to keep him from winning 
the election, hi spite of that, Kennedy became President. If 
God allowed him to win the election race that year, does that 
mean those people voted against God's plan?" 

"My husband has Mennonite relatives who don't vote," she 
told me. "Do pray for our country right now, though. We need 
a lot of prayer." 

Young people, even though the election is past, our country 
still needs prayer warriors. The need has never been greater. 
Let's stand on the Word of God and speak up for Christ. 

Jesse Martin 
Wakarusa, Indiana 


I Want to Be Like Jesus 

I want to be like Jesus, 

As He was when a Child, 

To speak words sweet and loving, 

With temper meek and mild; 

And in the home, as he did, 

My parents to obey, 

And help by doing gladly 

My share of tasks each day. 

I want to be like Jesus 
As He was when a lad, 
To play as fair and kindly, 
I'll make my playmates glad; 
To be as generous always, 
My good things I will share, 
And help make people happier 
Around me everywhere. 
May be sung to "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" 

By Mary Brainerd Smith, From Junior Hymns 


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VOL. 55 DECEMBER, 2008 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) 


"His name shall be Wonderful." This Babe for whom, 

Even in village inn, there was no room? 
The lowing of cattle was His lullaby, 
Though caroling angels were thronging the sky. 

"His name shall be Wonderful." This little Lad, 

Living so simply, and so plainly clad? 

"His name shall be Wonderful." This Carpenter, 
Known from His childhood by each villager? 

"His name shall be Wonderful. " Spat upon, shamed, 

Tortured and crucified— how is He named? 
Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, 
He who one dark day Golgotha's road trod? 

His name shall be Wonderful— Jesus, God's Son! 

God's Word has promised, and it shall be done! 
Not meek and lowly, despised among men, 
This same Lord Jesus is coming again. . . 

With clouds and great glory, to reign here below, 

And all men shall praise Him, and each knee shall bow 
From ocean to ocean His name shall be heard, 
Wonderful name of our wonderful Lord! 

By Martha Snell Nicholson 

Selected by Susie Wagner 

for The Pilgrim, December, 1981 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $7.50 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379 


These are the words of Isaiah, but he obviously speaks for 
the nation of Israel, and even more broadly, for the whole world 
including us. "For unto us. . ." The government was to be 
upon His shoulder. Not the government of U.S.A. like 
President Bush or President Obama, but that of the nations and 
kingdoms of the whole earth. According to verse 7, His 
kingdom will continually increase without end. 

Following in verse 6 is a description of this mighty One. 
His name shall be called— 

Wonderful. The Hebrew word means a miracle, a 
marvellous thing. Paul writes that it is a name above every 
name— that at this name every knee should bow. Every stifl^ 
rebellious knee as well as every willing knee will someday bow. 
Every tongue should confess. Those tongues used in blasphemy 
and defiance and those used to worship God and sing His praise 
will someday confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of 
God the Father. 

Counsellor Much like we use it today, this words means to 
advise or resolve. What counsel He has given! Read Matthew 
5, 6, and 7— the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus advised the 
Laodicean Church: "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in 
the fire. . ." This gold must be the same Peter writes about: 
"the trial of your faith 1 ' more precious that gold. 

The Mighty God Throughout the Scriptures gods of all 
kinds are described and denounced. Paul writes of "gods many 
and lords many." "But to us there is but one God, the Father, 
of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus 
Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." (I Cor 8:6) 
Other of His titles are King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 


The Everlasting Father The passage in I Corinthians says 
that God is the Father. Here Isaiah proclaims that this child to 
be born is the everlasting Father. Our finite minds cannot 
comprehend the oneness of God. Wondrous revelation! Let us 
believe, worship, and adore. Do we need to understand? 

The Prince of Peace This title is more within our grasp. 
Jesus tells us that in Him we will have peace—in the world, 
tribulation. We have found it so, have we not? 

Yearly we remember and honor the birth of this "Holy Child 
Jesus" (See Acts 4:30.) Two of the gospel writers record it. 
Though we are not commanded to celebrate it, this can take 
root in our minds as the incarnation of the very Son of God. He 
was born like we were born. He was born to suffer and die in 
atonement for our sins. O come let us adore Him! — L.C. 


I Cor. 3:16-17 

16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that 
the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 

17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God 
destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 

Just before these two verses, the apostle Paul rebukes these 
Corinthian Christians for their carnality and devisiveness. He 
explains that it really matters how we build on the foundation of 
faith in Jesus Christ. As Christians our conduct in this world 
will be tried by fire and that which is not worthy will be 
destroyed. Paul gives the example of building with various 
materials-gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble. 
Some of these materials are able to effectively withstand fire. 
Silver and gold are refined by fire. Wood, hay, and stubble are 

With these thoughts in mind, Paul asks the question found 


in verse 16. His point is that we are the temple of God and 
God's Spirit dwells within us. Now if we are God's dwelling 
place, then we are holy by reason of God who dwells within us. 
But the apostle's warning here is to those (and remember that 
Paul is writing to Christians here) who would defile the temple 
of God. God will not remain in a defiled house. In fact, this 
Scripture indicates that He will destroy the defiled dwelling 
place. This sheds a whole new light on how we live in this 

Those of us who have come to Christ in faith, repentance, 
and baptism have the foundation of Jesus Christ in our lives. 
We are building day by day, thought by thought, deed by deed 
upon that foundation. Just as one line of bricks in a building 
depends on the previous line of bricks below it for strength and 
stability, so it is in our own hves. What I allow in my life today 
will strengthen or weaken my witness and my walk tomorrow, 
next week, or next year. 

The Word also indicates that there are different qualities of 
material that we can build with. There are times in my life I find 
myself doing something good that I enjoy instead of what God 
might be calling me to that might not be so enjoyable. Just as it 
is possible to make a poorly built structure look good for a 
short period of time with a lot of cheap paint and low quality 
plaster, so our hves can be filled with words and deeds that may 
look and sound good but will not endure through the storms of 
life. If we are not careful, we can do many good and 
commendable things with the wrong motives. 

The real lesson in this verse for me was that God will 
destroy those who defile His temple. What we think about, 
look at, listen to, do, and enjoy is of utmost importance. We 
should be sober and serious about what we allow into our hves. 
As Paul tells us in I Cor. 6:20, "Ye are bought with a price: 
therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are 
God's. Eddie Wagner, Modesto, California 


Of A Good Peaceable Man 

Keep thyself first in peace, and then shalt thou be able to 
pacify others. A peaceable man doth more good than he that is 
well learned. A passionate man turneth even good into evil, and 
easily believeth evil. A good peaceable man turneth all things to 
good. He that is well in peace, is not suspicious of any. But he 
that is discontented and troubled, is tossed with divers 
suspicions: he is neither quiet himself, nor suffereth others to 
be quiet. He often speaketh that which he ought not to speak; 
and omitteth that which were more expedient for him to do. He 
considereth what others are bound to do, and neglecteth that 
which he is bound to himself. 

First, therefore, have a careful zeal over thyself, and then 
thou mayest justly be zealous also towards thy neighbour. 
Thou knowest well how to excuse and colour thine own deeds, 
but thou art not willing to receive the excuses of others. It 
were more just that thou shouldest accuse thyself, and excuse 
thy brother. If thou wilt be borne withal, bear also with 

2. Behold, how far off thou art yet from true charity and 
humility, which knoweth not how to be angry with any, or to be 
moved with indignation, but only against its own self It is no 
great matter to associate with the good and gentle; for this is 
naturally pleasing to all, and every one willingly enjoyeth peace, 
and loveth those best that agree with him. But to be able to live 
peaceably with hard, and perverse, or undisciplined persons, is a 
great grace, and an exceedingly commendable and manly deed. 

3. Some there that keep themselves in peace, and are in 
peace also with others. And there are some that neither are in 
peace themselves, nor leave others to be in peace: They are 
troublesome to others, but always more troublesome to 


themselves. And there are that keep themselves in peace, and 
study to bring others unto peace. 

Nevertheless, our whole peace in this miserable life 
consisteth rather in humble sufferance, than in not feeling 
adversities. Whoso knoweth best how to suffer, will keep the 
greatest peace. That man is conqueror of himself, and lord of 
the world, the friend of Christ, and heir of heaven. 

—Thomas A Kempis 

We present the following article for discussion and 
consideration in operating our Christian schools. It is well 
thought out and worthy of our study. 


What do we mean by a board- operated school? Why do we 
want it, and how do we maintain it? 

First let us explore some possible misconceptions as to 
what a board-operated school is. 

1. The school board is the final authority in relation to 
school functions. Although in some settings this may be 
correct, we view our schools as a part of the program of the 
church. The school board operates the school in conjunction 
with, and by the direction of, the church. 

2. Parents have no responsibility to be involved in the 
work of the school, because the board is operating the school. 
The Christian day school movement was born out of the 
concern of parents for the spiritual welfare of their children. 
Although the church has risen to her responsibihty in helping 
concerned parents operate the school by appointing or electing 
a board from her number, yet the patrons must view the school 
as theirs. The board is responsible to direct and manage the 
school, but it should ever strive to involve the parents in the 
work. To call on patrons to help in maintaining the building, to 


A Faithful Person -Samuel and Rosanna Royer Nov 

A Self-Examination Test Sep 

A Ten-Fold Test for TV -R W. Dunn May 

Another Hard Time -JimToedtman Sep 

At Sonora Regional Medical Center -L. C. Nov 

Beautiful Feet -Kevin Garber Jan 

Beauty of Holiness -Kenneth Garber Jul 

Brethren Beginning -Martin Grove Brumbaugh Aug 

Builder or Destroyer -Samuel Beachy Aug 

Children' s Rights -L. C. Sep 

Church -Joseph E. Wagner Feb 

Count the Cost -L.C. A P r 

Danger 2008 -L.C. J ul 

Don't Look Back -L.C. Jan 

Epaphroditus -L.C. Ma Y 

Fathers, Know Him -L.C. Jun 

Follow the Path of Jesus -Lester E. Showalter May 

For unto Us a Child Is Born -L.C. Dec 

Free At Last -L.C. Jan 

God Will Take Care of You -Sel Oct 

God's Temple - Eddie Wagner Dec 

Historical: Voyage Across the Atlantic Jan 

Letter From John Naas Feb 

Introductory Sermon by Elder George Hoke Mar 

Parts of Elder John Kline's Sermons Apr 

I Have Been Wronged -An old tract May 

If Your Days Seem Dull - from Just for You Oct 

Just a Little Contamination -Sel. May 

Lessons from the Master Teacher -Bennie Hostetler Oct 
Maintaining a Board-operated School - J. Wilmer Eshbach Dec 

New Old Book -L.C. Feb 

Object Lesson -John MacArthur Apr 

Reflections on Music - Galen Miller Feb 

Scars -L.C. Mar 

Science for God's Glory - Samuel Hoover Sep 

Self - Joseph E. Wagner Jul 

Seventy Times Seven - Eddie Wagner Nov 

Sincere Thanksgiving -L.C. Nov 

Ten Gems of Truth - Sel. by Nancy Oyler Jun 

The Christian's Glory - Kevin Garber Jun 

The Cross - Eddie Wagner Oct 

The Heart - Joseph E. Wagner Mar 

The Imitation of Christ - Thomas A Kempis May Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 

The Incomparable Christ - Sel. 

Tongue - Nancy Beidler 

Toward Better Speech - L.C. 

What Should Christians Conserve? - Paul N. Kaufman 

Where Are the Nine? - J.I. Cover 

Why Speed? - James D. Cover 

With All Your Heart - Kevin Garber 

A Parent's Prayer - Ada Wine 

And His Name Shall Be Called - Martha Snell Nicholson 
Are All the Children In? - Elizabeth Roosen 
Christ the Lord Cometh - E. G. Wesley 
Closed Lips 
Come to Calvary 
Fleeting Time - James Beery 
Help Me to Be Holy - Adoniram J. Gordon 
Keep Thyself Pure - Adelaide M. Plumtre 
Little Drops of Water - Eben C. Brewer 
My Mother 

No Scar? - Amy Carmichael 
O Man Redeemed - John Greenleaf Whittier 
Remember Me - Lloyd Wagner 
Search Me, O God - Merna B. Shank 
Sheep in Wolves' Clothing - Sel by Forrest Tate 
Standing at the Portal - Frances R. Havergal 
Susan Goes to School 
Talents - Marcus Royer 

Thanksgiving Day - Esther R. Weber 
Three Gates 

Ugly Twins - Margaret Penner Toews 
Water to Wine - Susanna Tate 

We Would See Jesus - Anna B. Warner 
When Father Prays 
When We See Christ - 
Where Are the Nine? ■ 

Esther Kerr Rusthoi 
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Marlin Frick 

Dec. 30, 

2007 Rachel Frick 

Jun 22 

Mike Fredericks 

Mar 2 

Matthias Royer 

Jun 22 

Japheth Martin 

Mar 16 

Louis Miller 

Jun 22 

Jordan Royer 

Mar 16 

Clement Martin 

Jun 22 

Christian Savage 

s Mar 21 

Ross Martin 

Jun 22 

Kaylin Royer 

Mar 23 

Sophia Royer 

Jun 22 

Janita Royer 

Mar 23 

Edith Cover 

Aug 17 

Lydia Beery 

Jun 1 

Laura Fredericks 

Sep 21 

Ariel Batson 


Ralph Stalter 

Oct 5 


Jennifer Hope Flory 
Krista Lynnae Cover 
Clark Nelson Stump 
Pollyanna Mae Cable 
Janet Irene Martin 

Feb 6 

Patrick Allen Rhoades 


Mar 6 

Keturah Hope Beery 

Oct 30 

Apr 23 

Rylan Dale Kreider 

Nov 7 

Apr 24 

Israel Joseph Tate 

Nov 25 

May 6 

Ada Louise Hilty 

Dec 11 

Joe Royer 
Daniel Beery 
Thad Coning 
Samuel Royer 
Larry Cable 
Shane Oberholzer 
Tim Yoder 


Elder Jan 27 

Elder Jan 27 

Minister Jan 27 

Deacon Jan 27 

Elder May 9 

Second degree May 9 

Second degree May 9 


Justin Meyers and Orpha Royer 
Jesse Martin and Melina Royer 
Micah Martin and Laura Keller 
Brenton Royer and Stella Martin 
Marlin Frick and Regina Bayer 

Feb 23 
Jun 7 
Jul 12 

Nov 22 
Dec 6 


Mary Anna Gibbel Jan 6, 1925 - Oct 24 5 2007 

Hazel L. Weaver Mar 13, 1920 - Dec 9, 2007 

Donald Floyd Kline Apr 24, 1933 - Dec 19, 2007 

Viola May Wolf My 5, 1909 - Feb 19, 2008 

Betty L. Miller May 25, 1925 - Mar 10. 2008 

Esther Marie Cover June 10, 1918 - Aug 15, 2008 


Give of Your Best to the Master - H.B.G. Jan 

Bible Quiz Jan 

The Stowaway Feb 

Faith and Sight - Susanna Tate Mar 

Following Jesus - Katelyn Golding Apr 

Joy - Bethanna Taylor Apr 

The Hurting - Katelyn Golding May 

No Matter the Cost - Lora Huffman Jun 

Of Inordinate Affection - Thomas A Kempis Jul 

Where Do We Find ? - John J. Overholt Jul 

Cream of Tartar - Linda Frick Aug 

True Life - Lora Huffman Aug 

The Refiner's Fire Sep 

Defenseless? - L.C. Oct 

The Spider and the Fly - Mary Howitt Oct 

The Love of Jesus - Teresa Miller Nov 

What This Country Needs - Jesse Martin Nov 

A Clear Conscience - James Fox Dec 


Lily Wants to Go - Martha J. Wagner Jan 

The Man Who Changed His Course -L.C. Feb 

Viola and Ruth - Martha J. Wagner Mar 

Family Joys - Stanley K. Brubaker Apr 

Working Together - Martha J. Wagner May 

Good Rules for Boys and Girls - Vera Overholt Jun 

Ten Bible Objects You Should Know Jul 

I Want That - Wee Lambs Aug 

Getting Out of the Cage - Linda Frick Sep 

What Am I? - Martha J. Wagner Oct 

I Want to Be Like Jesus - Mary B. Smith Nov 

Helping Mother - Mary Gerber in Wee Lambs Dec 


come along as chaperons on field trips and singing programs, 
and to visit school and learn to know the teachers personally are 
a few ways to involve the parents in the work of the school 

3. The board dictates a strict code of procedure from 
which the faculty dare not deviate. The role of the board is to 
give guidelines as well as specifics to follow, but finally, the 
teachers are hired to teach and maintain proper classroom 
atmosphere. The board must communicate its expectations to 
the teachers, but then, within the framework outlined, allow 
variation of techniques and procedures to effectively order the 

Next we want to consider some motives for the board- 
operated school. 

1. The purpose of our schools is primarily academic (the 
acquisition of secular knowledge) but in a setting that is 
conducive to spiritual development. For the teacher who is 
striving for academic excellence, the superior academic quality 
of textbook A may easily take precedence over textbook B, in 
spite of spiritually unsound concepts contained in textbook A. 
The board, from a bit less intense position, is better able to keep 
the overall perspective in focus. 

2. The continuity of a board-operated school provides 
stability. At times, for various reasons, teachers have relatively 
short terms of service. The experienced, involved school board 
not only assists the new teacher in effectively filling his role but 
establishes a pattern of practice that provides a sense of stability 
for all involved. 

3. The school board provides an effective communication 
channel between the patrons and the teachers. At times, the 
patrons have concerns about the teacher, his teaching method, 
or a disciplinary action. And transversely, the teacher about the 
patron. The board can, at those times, be a knowledgeable and 
productive conveyance of those concerns or a neutralizer of 
potentially explosive differences or misunderstandings. 


4. When the board operates the school, a broad base of 
involvement is provided. It alleviates the potential imbalance of 
a school operated by a principal or a teacher's coalition. It also 
provides the stabilizing effect of having the church constituency 
and the patron body represented in the controlling voice of the 
school without requiring the whole constituency to gather to 
dispose of issues. The Scriptures tell us in Proverbs 11:14, "In 
the multitude of counsellors there is safety." 

There are several methods that will aid in maintaining a 
board- operated school. 

To be actively involved in the work of the school is 
essential. A school board that is involved only to the monthly 
board meeting will not effectively operate the school. 

1. The board should periodically visit school, thereby 
gaining a H feel" of the proceedings and atmosphere in the 
classroom and on the playground. 

2. One or two members of the board should be present at 
the regular faculty meetings to give additional insights to, and 
assistance in, the day-to-day workings of the school. Any 
aspects of the school, observed in visiting or otherwise, that 
need adjustment or correction may be discussed. A personal 
problem that surfaces regarding a teacher, however, would be 
better dealt with in private. 

3. Help and approval should be given on scheduling, 
curriculum, and library books. Teachers may make 
recommendations for the board to consider in these areas. 

4 . The board should direct and approve the 
extracurricular activities, such as field trips, school trips, craft 
projects, and singing / recitation programs. 

5. The decision as to who will attend the school is a board 
responsibility, whether relating to preschool exams or those 
outside the church constituency. 

hi all our goals and efforts, may we be conscious of the call 
to be laborers together with God in maintaining schools that are 


helping to produce useful citizens in the kingdom of God and 
the society in which we live. By J. Wilmer Eshbach 

ROYER - MARTIN Brenton Royer and Stella Martin were 
married November 22 near Wakarusa, Indiana, 
New address: 28230 C. R. 42 

Wakarusa, IN 46573-9720 
Brenton's cell: (574) 320-5008 
Stella's cell: (574) 320-2704 

FRICK - BAYER Marlin Frick and Regina Bayer were married 

December 6, near Bradford, Ohio. 

New address: 84 1 Krietzer Dr. 

New Lebanon. OH 45345 
Martin' s cell: (937) 621-0635 

TATE - A son, Israel loseph, born November 25 to Forrest and 
Joy Tate of Mishawaka, Indiana. 

HTLTY - A daughter, Ada Louise, born December 1 1 to Allan 
and Carletta Hilty of New Madison, Ohio. 


Ralph Stalter Nappanee, Indiana October 5 

We pray God's blessing on this dear brother as he leads his 
family and serves the Lord Jesus Christ in His kingdom. 

Heartfelt thanks to all who have shown so much concern 
and support during my recent colon surgery (benign, praise 
God!) and recovery. We felt the prayers and appreciated the 
visits, phone calls, and notes. May God bless our dear friends, 

Leslie and Martha Cover 


A Clear Conscience 

Someone has said, "A clear conscience is usually a sign of a 
bad memory." Is it only possible to have a clear conscience by 
forgetting? Do we clear our conscience if we forget about our 

God in His mercy gives us a guilty conscience when we sin. 
But getting a clear conscience involves more than a determined 
effort to forget our sin. Even if we forget, we are still guilty. 
Many people, however, deliberately choose to forget about 
wrongs they have done. That is why the man who makes a 
dishonest business deal can go to sleep at night. 

My neighbor told me about a business deal he had with 
another man. They had agreed that the other man would give 
him some firewood in exchange for some car parts. The man 
got the car parts, but my neighbor never got his firewood. The 
one man deliberately chose not to keep his part of the 
agreement. After I heard it, I commented that that man 
probably doesn't sleep with that on his mind. My neighbor 
immediately replied, "You are wrong! People like that can 
sleep very well." How can they? Because to them, sin is not 
exceedingly sinful, and they simply choose to forget it in order 
to live with themselves. 

Friends, there is a much better way. Within each individual, 
God has placed His divine law. When man transgresses God's 
divine law, he loses harmony with God. That is why "the 
wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold 
as a Hon." (Proverbs 28:1) Instead of trying to flee from a 
guilty conscience by ignoring it, ask God for His help. In Acts 
2:37, men with guilty consciences asked, "What shall we do:" 
The next verse gives the answer: "Repent, and be baptized." 


If we confess and repent of our sins, we can stand before 
God with a clear conscience. "Repent ye therefore, and be 
converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of 
refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord." 
(Acts3:19) How beautiful! What is more refreshing than 
knowing that our sins are blotted out before our holy, almighty 
God and enjoying the resultant clear conscience? When our 
conscience is cleared by God's forgiveness, that is not a sign of 
a bad memory, but a sign of peace with God. What a priceless 
gift from God! By James Fox, From Star of Hope July, 2007 


Helping Mother 

"Jane and Lois, will you please wash the dishes for me? I 
must take care of Bobby. He is not feeling well," Mother said 
one Saturday morning. 

"All right, Mother," the girls agreed. 

"Lois, let's hurry and get these dishes done; then maybe we 
can play," said Jane. 

Soon the dishes were finished and the girls were getting 
ready to play. 

"Girls, I have another job I would like you to do," Mother 
said. "The basement is so untidy and dirty where you children 
play sometimes; will you please clean it? You girls are being a 
big help to me," Mother smiled. 

"We like to help you, Mother, and we like to play, too." 
answered Jane with a smile. 

"Come. Lois, we will make it nice and clean for Mother." 
Jane took the broom and Lois the dustpan and they went to the 

"I will sweep," said Jane. "You put these boxes over there 
on a pile." 

"We should move those bast ,$ with the boot and sweep 
under them," stated Lois. 

"Yes, and hang up all these coats." replied Jane. 

As the girls worked they could hear Mother and Rose 
working in the kitchen. 

"I hope Mother has some cookies baked for us when we are 
finished," said Lois. 

Soon the job was done and the girls went to see what was 
smelling so good in the kitchen. Yes, Mother was baking 

"They are not done yet," said Mother. "Bobby is taking so 
much of my time this morning. I am so glad for my good 
helpers. Are you finished with the basement?" 

"Yes, we are; come and see how it looks," said Jane. 

"Yes, Mother, come and see," replied Lois. 

Mother went with the girls to the basement. "Well, girls, 
you did a very good job," said Mother. "I think you deserve to 
play until dinner is ready. Til tell you when the cookies are 
baked and you may have some. Thank you for your good 

By Mary Gerber, From Wee Lambs, March, 1971 



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