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VOL. 57 JANUARY. 2010 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) 


New mercies, new blessings, 

new lights on thy way; 
New courage, new hope, 

and new strength for each day; 
New notes of thanksgiving, 

new chords of delight, 
New praise in the morning, 

new songs in the night; 
New wine in thy chalice, 

new altars to raise; 
New fruits for thy Master, 

new garments of praise; 
New gifts from His treasures, 

new smiles from His face; 
New streams from the fountain 

of infinite grace; 
New stars for thy crown, 

and new tokens of love; 
New gleams of the glory 

that waits thee above; 
New light of His countenance 

full and unpriced;— 
All this be the joy 

of thy new life in Christ. 

Frances Ridley Havergal 

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 

A NEW YEAR--A.D.2010 

"And now, my soul f another year Of thy short life is past; 
I can not long continue here, And this may be my last " 

These words from Hymn 334, written by Simon Browne in 
1720, are even current Christian sentiments. 

What can we expect in 2010? Will Jesus return? Will we 
live the whole year? How much time do we have? We know 
who holds the future, but our minds still wonder and question. 

Resolutions are often made at New Years Day. It is good 
to decide to do better in our actions as well as our words and 
thoughts. But resolutions are notorious for being soon broken. 
Think about Ecclesiastes 5:15: "Better is it that thou shouldest 
not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. 1 ' 

Jephthah (Judges 11) wanted God to give him victory over 
the Ammonites, and he rashly vowed if he would be victorious 
". . . that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to 
meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, 
shall surely be the Lord's, and I will offer it up for a burnt 
offering," His only child, his daughter, came out to meet him 
"with timbrels and with dances." Jephthah mourned and rent his 
clothes, but both he and his daughter knew that he must honor 
his vow. The Word says he "did with her according to his vow 
which he had vowed. " 

You might think, "My resolutions are not really vows." But 
still we should take them seriously. Are they promises? Or just 
hopQs— wishful thinking? Aren't they things we would like to 
accomplish? If they are good, then we should keep them. 
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to 
him it is sin." (James 4: 17) 


We do not order the events of 2010. Though God is in 
complete control, our attitudes and prayers do have effect God 
told Cain, "If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if 
thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door." 

Azariah the prophet told King Asa, "Hear ye me, Asa, and 
all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with 
him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye 
forsake him, he will forsake you." 

That God holds us responsible doesn't mean we can of our 
own selves determine our blessings. Our two quotations are 
from the Old Testament. God doesn't change, but under the 
New Covenant He offers us new birth in Christ, His grace, and 
His promise to never leave us or forsake us. On the other hand, 
"The way of the transgressor is hard." 

There is no room in 2010 for Christians to be discouraged. 
Satan will trouble us, but God watches over His children like a 
shepherd guards his sheep. No terrorist can function; no enemy 
can win without God's allowing it. As for temptation in 2010, 
God sets a boundary and tells the temper "This far, but no 

Accidents, reverses, calamities, sickness may come, but God 
has decreed in all these that His people will come through purer 
and unharmed. Jesus assured His disciples as He sent them out, 
"Freely ye have received, freely give. . . Behold I send you forth 
as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as 
serpents, and harmless as doves. . . but he that endureth to the 
end shall be saved. . ." 

To all our readers and friends: let us accept the challenge to 
spend more time in God's Word, in prayer for our people and 
nation, in praise of His greatness, and be a blessing to others. 
Someone has said, "We testify for Christ all the time and 
sometimes we use words. " Happy New Year. 

"O to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer!" --L.C. 


The following article was an editorial in Alternative in 
1977, We have left the dates as published. Our issues and joys 
are much the same today. -L. C. 


As I look back over 1976 in an effort to make some 
evaluation, the opening lines of Dickens' Tale of Two Cities 
keep going through my mind for some reason— "It was the best 
of times, it was the worst of times, ... it was the season of 
Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, 
it was the winter of despair." The observation, on the surface a 
seemingly impossible contradiction, is in reality a fair 
description of our own age, I think. 

One need not be a pessimist to observe that crime, sexual 
promiscuity, dishonesty and general godlessness have reached 
intolerable levels, making our society a "winter of despair." But 
from another perspective, one which I seem to have little 
difficulty overlooking, there are those events which contrive to 
make our times the "spring of hope." For at least this one time 
in 1977, 1 lift my voice in thanksgiving and appreciation to God 
Almighty for "the best of times," for the "season of light," for 
the "spring of hope." 

My sphere of acquaintances is very limited, yet with little 
difficulty I can think of numerous events which testify 
eloquently to the fact that hope is not dead, and the light has 
not been extinguished. 

A young couple with one adopted son makes plans to adopt 
another child. They work extra hard and adjust their finances to 
earn money to pay the $2,500 of expenses. 

A successful surgeon leaves his lucrative practice and moves 
to Africa to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of a war 
torn nation. 


A large group of teenagers gathers to celebrate the arrival 
of the new year. There is no drunkenness, no pill-popping, no 
wild party; they spend twelve hours in prayer and Bible reading. 

Thousands of concerned married couples attend marriage 
enrichment seminars because they are determined not only to 
make their marriage work, but to make their marriage a blessing 
to themselves, their children, and those who know them, 

A successful agronomist goes to a developing nation to lend 
a hand. He is not sent by the government, or with funds from 
some foundation. He is maintained by his immediate family, all 
middle class working people. 

A business man makes several hundred thousand dollars 
profit, but last year, like many years before, he and his wife 
have lived on a modest salary, in a typical urban residential area. 
They have given their money to the church, education, missions, 
and other benevolent causes, and when they have given their 
money to build an orphan's home, he is likely to be found 
mixing the cement, and she preparing lunches for the laborers. 

Hundreds of young men and women interrupt their college 
training and postpone their careers in order to give three or four 
years of their lives to mission activities. 

I have no doubt but that these selfless actions could be 
multiplied thousands of times over, not only in our own nation, 
but around the world. 

Is it the best of times, or the worst of times? Does it not 
really depend more upon our attitude toward the events that 
make up our times than upon the events themselves? What will 
1977 be? If I can maintain my new year's resolution, I folly 
intend for it to be the "best of times" for me, regardless of what 
events may transpire. May it be a "spring of hope" and a 
"season of light" for each one of us. 

Keith Robinson in A Iternative 1977 
Dallas, Texas 



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

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

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

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

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


When we are drawn away of our own lusts and enticed, we 
are following deception. Satan, as the father of deception, has 
planted a seed in our lives that causes us to believe something 
other than the truth. This seed is lust, but it is also deception. 
When lust conceives, we sin. God will deliver us from this 
vicious cycle that we are very familiar with. He offers us a 
peace and calm that truly leaves us with the feeling of being 
delivered. Deliverance is victory. As we call upon Him, we 
will live a life that continues to conquer the lusts that would 
draw us away. To resist the devil, we must draw nigh to God. 
(Reprinted from January, 2006) 

Peter Cover, Tuolumne, California 


Proverbs 16:5a: "Every one that is proud in heart is an 
abomination to the Lord. " 

Proverbs 16:18: "Pride goeth before destruction, and an 
haughty spirit before a fall n 

Proverbs 21:4: "An high look, and a proud heart, and the 
plowing of the wicked, is sin. " 

Proverbs 11:2: "When pride cometh, then cometh shame: 
but with the lowly is wisdom. " 

Proverbs 13:10: "Only by pride cometh contention: but 
with the well advised is wisdom. " 

Proverbs 16:5: "Every one that is proud in heart is an 
abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall 
not be unpunished. " 

God hates pride. Pride is the root of all sin. It is to focus 
and center on oneself Pride is difficult to lay down, but it is 
something we must lay down, give up, and yield to the Lord. 
God does not remove self or pride by some spiritual surgery; 


we must yield completely to the Lord to be saved from 
ourselves and our fallen nature. 

Self is the whole evil of our fallen nature, and in our fallen 
state is pride. It takes a great struggle for eternal life; the 
struggle lies in the strife between pride and humility. The 
humility of Christ is our perfect example. Look not at pride 
only as becoming temperate, for one is life and the other death; 
one is heaven and the other hell. 

So many of you have pride within you. You have the fallen 
angel alive in you. If you could see what stirring pride does to 
your soul, you would beg every one you meet to tear the viper 
from you. 

Seek the humility of the beloved Lamb of God within you. 
If you could see what sweet, divine, gentle, transforming power 
there is in humility, you would know it expels the poisons of 
your nature and makes room for the sweet Spirit of God in you. 
Die to self and come out from under its power. It can be done 
by active resistance and dying to self 

The pride that Satan brought from hell entered into 
humankind, working daily with mighty power in selfishness, 
vain ambitions, and jealousy. Broken hearts and embittered and 
unhappy lives are from cursed pride. Pride has its roots in 
spiritual powers, the powers of darkness. 

The humility of heaven brought the beloved Lamb of God to 
cast out Satan and his pride. James 4:6 tells us that God resists 
the proud but gives grace to the humble. Develop humility. 
Humility is the opposite of pride and is gentle, courteous, kind, 
moderate; not harsh or severe in words or attitudes; a gentle 
spirit. A gentle spirit is one of the best remedies to control 
pride; it is impossible to live a true pattern of gentleness and 
godliness and still persist in pride. Proverbs 8: 13: " The fear of 
the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, 
and froward mouth, do I hate." Proud, haughty, arrogant, loud, 


pompous, showy, high-minded, conceited, desiring vain glory- 
God hates this spirit. 

Pride can easily set off our emotions: anger, defeat, anxiety, 
guilt, depression, and self-importance. 

Pride can be linked to one's self-respect: we can be proud 
of our abilities and our job being well done, and then we can 
take it to extremes. Inordinate means immoderate, excessive. 
Pride can be defined as preoccupation with one's dignity and the 
importance of one's reputation. Paul says pride can be the very 
foundation of sin and defiance to God. Pride can be struggles 
with one's self-image, having feelings of inferiority and 
insecurity. Pride by nature is competitive— wanting to match, to 
outdo. Comparison leads to judgment, and judgment can lead 
to feelings of superiority or defeat. To act superior and not face 
up to our faults is pride. 


1. A tendency to criticize and find fault with others. 

2. A reluctance to accept criticism. 

3. Degrading systems of others. 

4. Speaking unkindly of others and putting them down. 

5. Taking pleasure in the failures of others. 

6. Impatience with the shortcomings of others. 

7. Brooding over unpleasant circumstances. 

8. Getting upset, fretting, and talking about it to others when 
someone fails. 

9. Holding grudges and keeping score. 

10. Questioning God's wisdom. 

11. Emphatically and forcefully expressing our opinions in 
speech and actions. 

12. Overly concerned about others perception of us. 

13. Unconcerned about others perception of us. 

14. Desiring to be in control. 

15. Refusal to admit weaknesses. 


16. Importance placed on dress, material possession, even our 

17. Preoccupation with self and a tendency to be demanding. 
The humility of the Lamb of God, meekness, patience, 

gentleness, and godliness in words and attitudes; a gentle spirit, 
the desire for these virtues is to desire to give up yourself, all 
your pride, wholly to God. This is your highest act of faith for 
the beloved Lamb of God and His divine love. 

In His love, Nancy Beidler, 

Richland, Pennsylvania 


I told it to my sister and she told it to my friend, 
And thus began a story that perhaps will never end, 

I said it in my innocence; I didn't know 'twas false, 
But now I fear my ignorance may be another's cross. 

"I didn't know" -how frequently we hear the statement made! 
And yet the things we "didn't know" cut heartstrings like a 

Where do these stories come from when we cannot find a 


These tales that lead to shipwreck and where love once dwelled, 


Who starts the awful talk about the preacher's business life, 
Or gossips that the teacher doesn't love his gentle wife? 

Who speculates the reason that the neighbor's hired man left? 
Or just who caused the accident that left a wife bereft? 


How many, many folks like me repeat what they are told? 
And never stop to think how it may make some soul grow cold. 

Why don't we seek the origin of stories that we hear? 

Or, at least, don't make them worse than what they first appear? 

I need to guard my motives for the Lord is not deceived; 
I may not be as innocent as I at first believed. 

For God will hold accountable the tongues that go astray; 
"I didn't know" won't clear us when we reach the judgment day. 

Selected by a brother 

Years ago when Uncle Ernest Wagner was still alive but 
speechless and mostly helpless from a stroke, we published 
many of his meditations. His one hand was useful and he 
wrote a lot, even during the night We have many of his short 
writings that we never published. We may use more under this 



If I understand right, the great image God showed 
Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2) was an image of all the great world 
powers, beginning with Babylon as the head; then the Medes 
and Persians; then Greece; then Rome, and on down to our time 
in the toes. Finally it will all crumble to dust and blow away 
when Christ comes to set up His Kingdom 

We are living in the time of the ten toes, and our nation is 
one of the powers. World trade is a great controversy among 
nations today which is spoken of in The Revelation, and I 
believe the riches spoken of fits our nation well. 



Psalm 139:14: "I am fearfully and wonderfully made, 
marvellous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well." 

Our bodies were created with a healing system that is very 
sensitive to injuries. As we get older, the skin seems to get 
thinner and reveals to us the healing process on bruises or cuts. 
Small injuries may cause much more discoloration than we 
noticed when younger, revealing the healing process of our 
blood and nerve system 


These are the three things we need to live a successful 
Christian life. The Apostle Paul tells us though we have an 
abundant portion of faith and hope, it amounts to nothing if we 
don't know how to use it with charity. We may make many 
rules to deny the lusts of the flesh, even to the extent of giving 
our bodies to burn, but all is a vain show without Charity. Paul 
tells us the things Charity will cause us to do in I Cor. 13. 

Ernest Wagner 


Martin - A daughter, Kellyn Paige, born October 10 to Michael 
(S and Amy Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 

Royer - A daughter, Jenna Elizabeth, born December 15 to 
^ Merrill and Martha Royer of Wakarusa, Indiana. 

Savage - A daughter, Kirsten Joelle, born December 19 to Ian 
(/ and Charlesta Savage of Bradford, Ohio. 

/ Royer - A son, Drew Brenton, born December 28 to Brenton 
V and Stella Royer of Wakarusa, Indiana. 


Twenty-Four Hours a Day 

Christopher Morley once said that Time is like Monoxide 
gas. It is noiseless, colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Often 
people do not become aware of Time and Monoxide gas until it 
is too late. 

There is something unthinkable about time. It is impossible 
for us to think of something that never started, and will never 
cease to be. It is outside of our normal experiences. Yet, there 
are some things we can do about time. 

God gives to each of us twenty-four hours a day He gives 
to the saint and the sinner the same. Mr. Edison had just 
twenty-four hours a day. The hobo, going everywhither and 
getting nowhere, has the same amount of time. 

Usually, we have time enough to do the things we really 
want to do. The person who has nothing especially to do 
always gets it done! The time killer is driving coffin nails into 
his chances of success. 

From John Holland's Scrap Book 1944 


I have so many caring friends; 
I cherish letters each one sends. 
All the encouragement and prayers 
Show me that each one really cares. 

My friends are such a special gift; 
They're always there to give a lift, 
And even if it's just a smile, 
It gives hope and cheer for the mile. 


I want to say thank you to you all 
Who to the Lord for me did call, 
That God would always be my guide, 
And I would stand close to His side. 

When the evening upon me falls, 

Then down on my knees to God I call 

That your faith would always be strong, 

And you'd have hope when youVe lost your song. 

I pray that God would give you peace, 
That your praise to Him will not cease, 
And that you'll be in arms of love 
When called to leave and go above. 

Sharon Pletcher 


Bruce Makes Supper 

"Bruce," called Mother from the bedroom. "Come here, 

Bruce jumped up from the living room floor where he was 
playing with his toy truck. 

"What, Mother?" he asked. He came up to her bed. He 
was getting used to seeing Mother in bed in the afternoons. 
She was not feeling well. 

"Would you like to get supper tonight?" asked Mother. 

"Get supper?" Bruce stared at her. He had never gotten 
supper in all his eight years. 

"Yes, you can do it." said Mother. "I'll tell you how." 

"But-but I never got supper before." 


Mother smiled. "That doesn't matter. If I tell you just what 
to do, don't you think you can get some supper on the table for 
Father and Danny and Lois and you? 

"I do not want any supper tonight, Bruce. I wish I could 
get supper for my family, but I am not feeling well enough. 
You will be Mother's helper tonight, won't you?" She drew her 
little boy close to her. 

"I'll try, Mother," Bruce said slowly. He gave Mother a 

"Fine," smiled Mother. "I am sure you will get along all 
right. First, take the little yellow pan and fill it half full of 
potatoes. Scrub them with the brush until they are clean. Then 
I'll teU you what to do next." 

"I want to help, too," cried Lois who had been listening 
from the bedroom doorway. 

"All right, dear. You go along to the basement with Bruce 
when he goes for potatoes and bring up a jar of green beans." 

When Bruce returned with the potatoes, Lois was hugging a 
jar of green beans. Bruce began washing the potatoes at the 
kitchen sink. 

"The scrub brush is under the sink, Bruce." Mother called. 

When the potatoes were clean, Bruce carried the pan to 

"They look fine. Now put a cup of water on them and put a 
lid on the kettle." Mother instructed him "Then set the pan on 
one on the front burners of the stove and turn it to 'High'." 

Bruce did as Mother had told him to do. Then he called 
from the kitchen, "Shall I put the beans into the pan, Mother?" 

"Yes," she answered, "but don't put them on the stove yet. 
The potatoes must cook awhile first." 

With Lois's help, Bruce set the table. He cut some cheese 
and bread, put out the cookies, and opened some peaches. 



When Father came home, supper was on the table. 
"Father/' cried Bruce excitedly as soon as he came in the door, 
"Lois and I got supper tonight!" 

"You did?" asked Father, surprised. "Is Mother worse?" 

"She said she didn't want any supper tonight." said Bruce. 

"TTiat is too bad," said Father. "But I am glad you could get 
supper for her. It looks good, too," 

Bruce smiled. He had not known he could do it. But it had 
not been so hard after all. "Jesus helped us," he told Father 
happily. By Rachel Showalter 

in Wee Lambs Sept 12, 1971 




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VOL. 57 FEBRUARY. 2010 No. 2 

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


Holy Saviour, Friend unseen, 

Since on Thine arm Thou bidd'st me lean, 
Help me, throughout life's changing scene, 
By faith to cling to Thee. 

Blest with communion so divine, 
Take what Thou wilt, shall I repine, 
When, as the branch is to the vine, 
My soul may cling to Thee. 

What though the world deceitful prove, 
And earthly friends and hopes remove; 
With patient, uncomplaining love, 
Still would I cling to Thee. 

Though oft I seem to tread alone 
Life's dreary waste, with thorns o'ergrown, 
Thy voice of love, in gentlest tone, 
Still whispers, "Cling to Me!" 

Though faith and hope may long be tried, 

1 ask not, need not, aught beside; 
So safe, so calm, so satisfied, 
The soul that clings to Thee! 

-Charlotte Elliott, 1886 (1789-1871) 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
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We are sad for the disaster in Haiti and the fear it generated. 
Haiti suffered an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 with 
several after shocks and a heavy one of 6.1. The devastation 
was awesome to buildings constructed with poor material and 
no building codes. 200,000 are estimated dead and 250,000 
injured. Nearly 2 million are homeless. 

Help is rushing in from all sides. Evidently the Haitian 
government can not or will not help much. Poor government is 
at least part of Haiti's problems even before the earthquakes. 
Some think the repeated disasters may be punishment from God 
for a country dedicated to Satan, We are not qualified to say 
this, and to claim it brings only scorn from unbelievers. We are 
sure there are numerous people of God in Haiti since many 
churches have Christian missions there. 

At the end time, according to Jesus' prophecy, there will be 
disasters: besides wars and conflicts between kingdoms "there 
shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers 
places." (Matt. 24:7b) "All these are the beginning of sorrows." 
(verse 8) If Haiti's disaster is fulfillment of these words of 
Jesus, there is more to come! 

If poor government brings judgment from God, what will 
come to our country where we have good government but with 
unbelief and gross disobedience to God's plain words? The 
newspapers are full of detailed proof of this statement. 

Going even farther, how about us who claim to be people of 
God- the sacred body of Jesus Christ? How it becomes us— 
constrains us— to godly living, yielding our bodies as 
instruments of righteousness unto holiness. 


In Luke 12:31-48 Jesus tells of the reward to faith&l 
servants and the punishment of "that servant, which knew his 
lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to 
his will " In verse 48 our Saviour warned, "But he that knew 
not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten 
with few stripes. " (perhaps like many of the Haitians) "For unto 
whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: 
and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask 
the more." (Sounds like us?) 

Jesus spoke this in parable form to His people of Israel. But 
I believe it reveals a principle of God's working. "For our God 
is a consuming fire. " (Hebrews 12:29) God is also just. We 
have been given much as a nation, as a church of Christ, and as 
individuals. God has been good to us which means we have 
more responsibility than the Haitians. God has been good to 
the people of Haiti too. He offers salvation to all men. But we 
surely know we have been given more material blessings than 
they and more than almost any other people on earth. Talk 
about responsibility and accountability! 

The good news is that God is for us, and who can be against 
us? Under siege by the king of Assyria, King Hezekiah told his 
people: "Be strong and courageous. . . there be more with us 
than with him: with him is the arm of flesh; but with us is the 
Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles. " 

Battles? Are we really in war? Is it the enemy that plants 
evil thoughts, hard words, wrong deeds? We can talk about the 
help available, but are we using it? Do we have to pick up the 
magazine in the dentist's office-one we would not subscribe to 
at home? Do we hesitate to give words of encouragement that 
we should? Do you mothers become depressed when the 
children "get on your nerves"? Are we tempted to do a fast, 
substandard job on a building or a report or teaching a lesson? 
Do we take the easy way in disciplining our children when we 
know patient, consistent teaching is what they need? Do we 


sometimes respond with bitter words when our companion 
criticizes—we think unfairly? Are we in a battle? Yes, and we 
know who will win. "Greater is He that is in you than he that 
is in the world. " 

Disasters may come on nations and on all the world, but the 
ultimate disaster is for us as individuals to lose out on the 
deliverance and reward God has promised. — L.C. 
Oh my precious brother, 
When the world's on fire, 

You 11 need my Jesus 
To be your Saviour. —Elton Roth 


"For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man 
and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did 
many things, and heard him gladly. (Mark 6:20) 

Herod deeply respected and feared John. Herod observed 
and heard John, even heard him gladly. Herod knew John was a 
man of integrity, just and holy. John held nothing back in 
communicating with Herod, telling him his marriage to 
Herodius was immoral and needed to be dealt with immediately. 
But John's warning failed to motivate Herod to deal with his 
sin. Instead, Herod responded to John's message in a surprising 

I don't think John told Herod something he didn't already 
know. Herod was familiar with God's law and knew his 
marriage to Herodius was an adulterous one. What amazes me 
is that Herod wanted anything to do with John. Yet here is 
Herod, observing and hearing a man gladly who has just 
insulted his wife, condemned his marriage, and accused him of 
breaking God's law. At a casual glance, I am tempted to 


classify Herod as a man who is mentally unstable and look no 
further into his strange man's life. But a careful reading of this 
verse reveals a man that begins to look uncomfortably familiar, 
and God's Word becomes a mirror of my life, not just a window 
into Herod's. 

Mark tells us that when Herod listened to John, he "did 
many things." Unfortunately, those things did not include the 
one thing God (speaking through John) wanted him to do-take 
care of his immoral relationship with his brother's wife. No one 
I know is guilty of Herod's sin. But what about Herod's attitude 
and actions? When God brings a sin to our attention, do we 
respond with repentance, confession, and a turning away from 
it? Or do we ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit and "do 
many things" to try to compensate for failing to do what God 
really wants us to? 

Even when we do good and admirable things, God will not 
give His peace to us if we ignore the sin in our life that God 
really wants us to take care of. Like the Pharisees, we can 
make the outside of the cup and platter clean and leave the 
inside full of corruption (Matt. 23:25). Jesus* analogy is plain, 
especially when we think of His teachings about anger, lust, 
revenge, and pride. Sin starts in the heart, often long before 
others are able to detect anything amiss. Involving ourselves in 
more religious activities, even good activities, will not profit us 
if we allow sins such as anger, lust, revenge, bitterness, or pride 
in our hearts. 

If you or I have sin in our life that we cannot get victory 
over, there is an answer. The answer is to confess our sins and 
allow God to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness 
by the blood of Christ (I John 1:9). I believe true confession 
involves more than words. True confession is marked by being 
broken before God, completely forsaking our sin, and allowing 
the Holy Spirit to control our lives according to God's Word. 
James encourages us to include other believers in this process. 


He tells us to "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one 
for another, that ye many be healed. The effectual fervent 
prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 5:16), The 
freedom and peace that attends such confession and healing is 
wonderful and cannot be expressed in words (Phil 4:7). 

Do you have the Herod syndrome? Is there something 
wrong in your life that God keeps convicting you of? Yet you 
push it aside, put it off, and tiy to mask the guilt by doing 
anything and everything but what God wants you to. That's no 
way to live, friend. Jesus didn't die on a cross and rise again so 
that you could live a life motivated by guilt and fear. If this 
sounds like you, perhaps it's time to stop feeding the swine and 
return to your Father's house (Luke 15:11-32). Take it from 
someone who's been there. God loves you and is waiting with 
open arms if only you will come to Him in repentance and true 

Eddie Wagner, 
Modesto, California 

Opening: An Object of Worship 

"Ye poor, wandering wretches, come hear His sweet voice, 
Come make of Him ever your most blessed choice. . . " 

If we are not poor, wandering wretches, it is because we 
know Christ and have chosen to sit at His feet and receive 

Christ is our object of worship. He is something to admire 
and treasure. He promises life and blessing. Wherever God is, 
is a place of worship. His resurrection is why we worship Him. 
Think of His loaded hands and all He has to offer us. Have we 
blocked it out of our minds by something else that has become 
our object of worship? Let us sit at the feet of Christ and 
receive His instruction. 


Main Message: Resolution 

God has preserved us this far through life. He is long 
suffering and doesn't want any to be lost God would have us 
make resolves and carry through. As we enter a new year, it's 
good to think that God knows our hearts. He always has. 

The steward in Luke 16:4 said, "I am resolved what to do. . 
." He had a problem. He said, "I am in trouble and I am going 
to find a way out." He has come to the realization of what he 
needs to do. The hymn (#212) says, ". . .and make our last 
resolve." An important reminder as we think about the fixture. 

Esther and her people were in trouble. Many times we don't 
realize we need to make a change until we are in trouble. God 
overruled in the story of Esther. We tend to forget that God is 
in control and over all. When we are in trouble, "a thousand 
thoughts resolve. . ." We make excuse and look for the easy 
way out. Esther gave up her all and the results were good. The 
truth is the same today. If we cast our all on the Lord, the 
result is good. How good are the results of our resolves if the 
commitment is not there? 

Our eternal view will govern our actions, guide our 
resolves, and dictate the way we live. We should use our 
natural possessions to prepare for eternity. Give to those in 
need. Provide for our own. We are stewards of God's good 
things. Does He see us wasting His goods? We could all make 
resolves in this area. Money is one of the least things, but God 
has called us to be faithful in this. Little things matter. 

As we think about our resolutions, let us examine our 
hearts, our families, our church. . . Are there problems in these 
areas? think not that we will escape. Some day we will stand 
before God who knows our hearts. We won't just happen to 
fall into the Kingdom of God. We are prone to trouble. What 
about the things we esteem the least? Are we willing to 
change? If we don't deny ourselves, we are liable to just stay in 


the same rut. Are we willing to get help? Ask God for help. It 
takes effort to change. 

So if we've been careless with our lives, and we all fail, 
today is the day of salvation. Some day we will be on trial. 
God would bring us to judgment today. The time is now to 
resolve and to press into the Kingdom. When we come to that 
end, there will be no excuses. We might as well face the fact. 
We have the truth. If you are willing to live by the truth, you'll 
be blessed. If you're not willing, there's no hope. Thank God 
there's a way made possible. 

Testimonies: WeVe been called to commitment. May we have 
a deep commitment that will enable us to make proper changes. 
Be faithful in small things and the big things will take care of 
themselves. Jesus said, "Be ye therefore perfect." Our last 
resolve should be to serve God. 

Closing: "Hear, oh heavens, for the Lord hath spoken." (Isaiah 
1:2) WeVe heard a message that we ought to consider. WeVe 
heard practical applications for tomorrow. Will we make 
resolutions according to truth? True resolves bring results. As 
we consider these things, remember God is Sovereign. This 
will establish our hearts and give us a proper mindset. 

Now I resolve with all my heart, 

With all my powers to serve the Lord, . . 

Samuel & Rosanna Royer, Nappanee, Indiana 

THE LORD'S PRAYER (concluded) 

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. 

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


reverence. We acknowledge His place in the big picture- 

This phrase is also a good follow up to ". . . deliver us from 
evil." There is a kingdom of darkness; its power is deceit and 

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

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

Forever! Have you ever thought about that word? Let 

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

(Reprinted from February, 2006) 

Peter Cover, Tuolumne, California 



Slow to Believe 
Luke 24:25: "Then he said unto them; O fools and slow of 
heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken." 

What would the Lord say to us today? We have the words 
of the prophets in a book that we may study as much as we 
desire. Also, the account of Jesus' first coming and His warning 
that He will come at a time we think not, as in the parable of the 
ten virgins; so let us get things ready before we sleep. 

Joyful Trials 

James 1:1-2: "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into 
divers temptations, knowing this that the trying of your faith 
worketh patience. . ." 

This admonition is contrary to our human nature, as when 
we read the book of Job, our human nature feels God was 
wrong to call Satan's attention to Job. But He wanted to 
bestow a great blessing on Job, and keep the record to be a help 
to all generations since that time. Also, Jesus told Peter He was 
going to let Satan sift him as wheat, to make Peter more able to 
help his brethren in their trials. So we say, "Not my will, but 
Thine be done." 


II Timothy 3:16: "All scripture is given by inspiration of 
God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, 
for instruction in righteousness, That the man of God may be 
perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 

Our brains are a marvelous creation capable of receiving 
inspiration direct from God through the Spirit. The Bible is a 
large book of records of how men responded to the Spirit's 
urging. These are all necessary for us to study to know how we 
should solve our problems in life to obtain salvation. 

Ernest Wagner 



When the trials of life make you weary, 
And your troubles seem too much to bear, 
There's a wonderful solace and comfort 
In the silent communion of prayer. 

When you've searched for the sun without ceasing, 
And the showers continue to fall, 
There's a heavenly lift in this wonderful gift 
That God has extended to all. 

From the miracle of prayer there comes power 
That will minimize all of your care, 
And you'll gather new hope when you're able to cope 
With the troubles that once brought despair. 

So lift up your heart to the heavens; 

There's a loving and kind Father there 

Who offers release and comfort and peace 

In the silent communion of prayer. 

Author unknown 
Selected by Melvin and Marilyn Coning 
From Susie Coning's things 


In Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan describes the shepherd 
boy in the valley of Humiliation: 

Now, as they were going along and talking, they espied a 
boy feeding his father's sheep. The boy was in very mean 
clothes, but of a fresh and well-favoured countenance; and as he 
sat by himself he sang. Hark! said Mr. Great-heart, to what the 
shepherd's boy saith. So they hearkened, and he said— 


He that is down, needs fear no fall; 
He that is low, no pride; 
He that is humble ever shall 
Have God to be his guide. 

I am content with what I have, 
Little be it or much; 
And, Lord, contentment still I crave, 
Because Thou savest such. 

Fullness to such a burden is 

That go on pilgrimage: 

Here little, and hereafter bliss, 

Is best from age to age. 
Then said the guide, "Do you hear him? I will dare to say, 
this boy lives a merrier life, and wears more of the herb called 
heart's ease in his bosom, than he that is clad in silk and velvet." 


I got up early one morning 
And rushed right into the day; 
I had so much to accomplish 
That I didn't have time to pray. 

Problems just tumbled about me, 
And heavier came each task. 
"Why doesn f t God help me?" I wondered. 
He answered, "You didn't ask." 

I wanted to see joy and beauty, 
But the day toiled on, gray and bleak; 
I wondered why God didn't show me. 
He said, "But you didn't seek." 


I tried to come into God's presence; 
I used all my keys at the lock. 
God gently and lovingly chided, 
"My child, you didn't knock." 

I woke up early this morning, 
And paused before entering the day; 
I had so much to accomplish 
That I had to take time to pray. 


/Rhoades - A daughter, Josephine Janelle, born January 18 to 
Keith and Marlene Rhoades of Greenville, Ohio. 

y Tyler Fay 1608 Dover Ave. 

Piqua, OH 45356 

(937) 606-2207 

*-^Mike Frederick P.O. Box 859 

Yosemite National Park, CA 


y Lora Huffinan 435 S. Snyder Rd. 

New Lebanon, OH 45345 

Ian Savage 4254 Richmond-Palestine Rd. 

New Madison, OH 45346 
(937) 548-0045 





I glanced up from my work to accept the chart the graying 
Arab doctor held out to me, then proceeded to enter his orders 
into the computer. Suddenly I realized he had returned and 
stood patiently waiting. A I looked up questioningly, he said 
humbly, "I try not to be nosy. . ." then halted. 

"That's okay," I replied, "What is it?" 

He hesitated briefly, then said in the same deferential tone, 
"Well, I see the cap you wear on your head. Are you Amish?" 

"Actually, I'm Old Brethren," I smiled. He looked puzzled. 
"Are you familiar with German Baptist people?" I asked. 

"Oh, yes, lam." 

"Our church is similar." 

"I see. Well, I see the cap on your head, and I see the way 
you are dressed, and I just want to say to you: You have 
something very beautiful there! It is very becoming on you. 
Please keep it up! It is good!" 

"Thank you, Doctor!" 

And then he was gone. 

I went on with my work feeling blessed and encouraged. 
His words refresh my determination: With God's help, I want 
to be faithful! 

Susanna Tate, Wakarusa, Indiana 


Two thousand nine is going away, 
It won't come back some other day; 
We shouldn't have wasted precious time, 
Or spent our last most useful dime; 


We could have done a whole lot more 
'Stead 'a starin' blankly at the floor; 
But now we look at something new, 
Somethin' that's gonna zip right through. 

So this New Year let's try again 
And gladly welcome two thousand ten! 
Heidi Moser 
Nappanee, Indiana 


The Best Library in the World 

It was Bob's birthday. Early that morning the postman 
stopped at his door and left a parcel with his name written on it. 
He could scarcely wait until the string was undone to discover 
what it contained. 

"It feels like a book," said he, as he removed the outer 
wrapper. "And it's from Grandmother-here is a card with her 
name on it." Off came the tissue paper and ribbon. "Oh, look!" 
he exclaimed. "It's a Bible--a zipper Bible!" 

Slipping his finger through the ring, he opened the gold 
zipper that held the edges together. 

"Now," said his father, "you have the best library in the 
world. " 

"Library?" repeated Bob questioningly. "It takes a lot of 
books to make a library." 

"That is why the Bible is a library," smiled his father. "It 
has many books in one-written by different authors, at different 
times, and in different places." 

Did you know that people in times past have given a whole 
load of hay for permission to read the Bible for an hour? 


Did you know that for many centuries all Bibles had to be 
written by hand? People gave then whole lives to this work. 
One beautiful handwritten copy sold for $10,000 during the war 
of 1914-18, and the money was used to help the starving people 
of Poland. 

Did you know that at one time in England Bibles were 
chained to the reading desks in churches, and people had to go 
there whenever they wanted to read the Scriptures? Today 
everyone can own a Bible. A copy may be bought for $1.00. 
Have you a Bible? If not, would you like to save your money 
and buy one? 

A Question to Think About: 

Why is it that people have been willing to pay so much for 
a Bible in times past, and why have they thought it worth while 
to spend so much time copying it by hand in order to pass it 

From Learning to Use the Bible 
By Marion M. Brillinger 

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VOL. 57 MARCH. 2010 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) 


I paused last eve beside the blacksmith's door 
And heard the anvil ring, the vesper chime; 
And looking in I saw upon the floor 
Old hammers, worn with beating years of time. 

"How many anvils have you had?" said I, 
1l To wear and batter all these hammers so?" 
"Just one," he answered. Then with twinkling eye: 
"The anvil wears the hammers out, you know." 

And so, I thought, the anvil of God's Word 
For ages skeptics' blows have beat upon; 
But though the noise of falling blows was heard, 
The anvil is unchanged; the hammers gone. 

John Clifford 

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Would you like a profitable assignment you can do easily? 
One that will make you happy? Listen to this word to Timothy: 
"Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to 
doctrine. . . Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to 
them; that thy profiting may appear to all." (I Timothy 4:13 & 
15) Giving these instructions to Timothy, Paul emphasizes the 
importance of the written Word which God has communicated 
to us. 

It's always good to receive a letter from a friend—whether it 
is written on paper or now by E-mail or still more recently by 
texting or other electronic means. In every case it involves 
reading, a skill most of us learn as children. The letter must be 
clearly written, using words we know, and in a language we 
understand. This is so important that some men and women are 
giving their life efforts to translating God's Word into other 
languages so that more may read what He says to us. 

To profit we must read with understanding and 
commitment. It is possible to read with our eyes and even 
understand, but still not be committed to the Word-to obey its 
directives. We focus here on God's Word as opposed to the 
writing of men. When Solomon wrote (Ecc.l2:12) ". . . Of 
making many books there is no end; and much study is a 
weariness of the flesh," he was not referring to God's Word. 
Psalm 119:105 boasts, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a 
light unto my path." And verse 130: "The entrance of thy 
words giveth light; it giveth understand unto the simple." What 
inestimable value there is in reading and receiving God's Word! 

Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan in the 1680's has 
probably been read more than any other book except the Bible. 


Bunyan quotes repeatedly from the Word, and uses allegories to 
teach profound lessons. He was criticized when his book was 
first published. He wrote in his poetic introduction that some 
say, "It is hard." Others "It is feigned." Some complained: 
"But they want (need) solidness." 
"Speak, man, thy mind." 
"They drown the weak; 
Metaphors make us blind." 

In spite of critics, Bunyan had his book printed, and it has 
inspired multitudes. I treasure a copy given to my mother by 
my father in December, 1912, before they were married. She 
wrote in the book: "Finished Jan. 29, 1913." 

Many valuable books are available, but many others are not 
worth the time to read, and still others are dangerously evil. To 
find good reading, take the advice of brethren and sisters. 
Some conservative publishers can be relied on to print books 
safe and inspirational. One test is given in John 4:2: "Every 
spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of 
God." Does your book honor our Savior? Does it make us 
more like Him? Or does it just entertain us? 

Families can enjoy inspirational and interesting reading 
together. Christian School teachers usually have a time to read 
wholesome books to their students. 

Ezra and Nehemiah recognized the critical need for reading 
the law to the people as they returned to their land from 
captivity in a heathen country. They set a time and built a 
special wooden pulpit for readers to stand on above the crowd 
of listeners. Nehemiah records, "So they read in the book in the 
law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to 
understand the reading." 

The people wept when they heard the law. They had been 
captives for seventy years in Babylon. But Nehemiah, Ezra, and 
the Levites told the people, "This day is holy unto the Lord 
your God; mourn not nor weep. . . neither be ye sorry; for the 


joy of the Lord is your strength." What encouragement for the 
people after a long journey back to their land! 

I hope we don't need a similar experience away from God to 
appreciate His Word. It is our joy and strength, too. 

Be thankful for the gift of reading. We can hear of others' 
experiences in the Kingdom, and we can see vivid pictures of 
those standing for God in tough situations. But there is no 
substitute for reading for ourselves the Word God has for us. 
The Father sent Jesus, the Living Word, to show us, to tell us, 
and to sacrifice His life for us. Let us read for His glory! 



Pride is when we are selfish with our respect. We are 
keeping too much of our respect for ourselves and not giving 
enough respect to others when we are being proud. Pride keeps 
us from having close relationships. Pride keeps us from being 
close to God like we should be, and like God desires; so I think 
this is why God hates pride. 

God desires to have a relationship with us. The Bible says 
His thoughts toward us are as the sands of the sea. 

God desires that we have relationships with each other and 
Him. He tells us to confess our faults one to another, and pray 
for each other in order that we may be healed. I think the 
biggest reason we don't want to confess our faults one to 
another is our pride. We would rather keep our pride, (But in 
the process we keep our problems too.) than risk humbling 
ourselves and seeking the healing that God recommends to us in 
His Word. I think God tells us to do this because He knows 
that most of us wouldn't do it unless He told us to. 

Jesus can't confess His faults to us because He doesn't have 
any. But how does He treat us? He tells us of His love. He 


demonstrates His love for us by loving us FIRST, even though 
we reject Him. So then we who have MANY faults won't show 
love to others because we feel hurt and rejected by them? So 
we can say hurtful things and reject them because they did it to 
us first? This is not what Jesus wants us to do, brethren. Jesus 
many times tells us to follow His example. He wants us to be 
like Him. That means loving others FIRST. That means 
humbling ourselves. Didn't Jesus humble Himself? YES! 
Humbling ourselves means giving our respect and honor to God 
and to others and seeking to have a close relationship with God 
and my brethren. 

When we obey God, we are giving our respect to Him and 
preferring His ways over our own desires. 

When we have a church split, we are damaging many 
relationships. At the root of many church splits are people who 
divide into groups of mutual disrespect. My group doesn't 
respect your group because your group disrespects my group, 
and the cycle feeds itself and spins on and on. But when we 
realize that this is so contrary to so many principles in God's 
Word, we should be willing to confess our faults one to another 
and ask for forgiveness, and give our respect to God and to our 
former brethren "on the other side of the fence," and prefer one 
another in love, and speak the truth IN LOVE, and seek to be 
one in Christ, (as Jesus prayed that we would be one, and that 
by this shall the world know that we are His) and be willing to 
talk and pray with and for each other about how we can be 
reconciled. (I know this is a run-on sentence.) 

People say this is impossible. So is being saved. It is 
impossible in our own strength. Because of His love for us and 
His desire to have a relationship with us, God makes salvation 
possible. Because God desires that we have close relationships 
with each other, He tells us many ways to build relationships 
with each other. He tells us to prefer one another in love. He 
commands that we love one another. In fact, He says that if we 


don't love one another, we can't love Him. Wow, this is 
serious! Can we say we love one another and keep so much of 
our pride that we will hardly talk to each other? I heard it said, 
"I love that person, but I don't have to like him." Is that the 
kind of love God has for us? 

You may say "But we had to separate for such and such a 
reason." There may be cases where that is true, but we should 
still respect and love those on "the other side of the fence?" 

Church splits do not show God or my brethren honor. To 
have the close relationship with Jesus that He desires for us, He 
tells us to prefer each other. Jesus wants us to have close 
relationships with each other. 

We must value as precious and dear to our hearts our 
relationships with each other. If we don't, we are forgetting 
about the debt we owed that He paid. If we say that it is not 
practical to maintain these relationships, then we are missing a 
vital message in God's Word. Let us give away our respect and 
not be proud. Honor is respect from the heart. To honor 
others is the first step in building relationships with others. Let 
us build relationships with each other as He commands and 
show each other honor by loving others as I love myself. Who 
is my neighbor? Aren't my brethren my neighbors too? 

Do I honor you if I refuse to listen to you? 

Do I honor you if I try to force you to see things my way? 

Do I honor you if I try to listen and understand you? 

Do I honor God if I honor You? 

Mark Brown 
Tuolumne, California 


The longsuffering of God is salvation to those who will 
follow and heed what He says. 



Sub-normal, normal, or above normal— under which 
category would our schools need to be placed? We would 
probably consider our schools to be normal schools; following 
the usual, accepted standard. Sub-normal gives us the idea that 
it is below or inferior to the norm; and above normal of course 
means better than normal. Now we need to ask ourselves, 
"What is the accepted standard that is set for our schools?" and 
"Is it satisfactory?" Or should we be looking for ways to 
improve the standard? Let us consider a few examples of 
accepted norms, and then decide if we can be satisfied with 

First, let us take a look at two common questions that we 
often hear people ask children. The first one is "Do you like 
school?" We might consider that to be an innocent question, 
thinking, "What is wrong with a question like that?" Well, let 
us stop and consider what we are asking. When we ask a 
question as such, we are telling our children they have a choice 
to like or dislike school. Is disliking school even an option? 
The other question that is often overheard is "Do you like your 
teacher?" True, we all have different personalities, and some 
personalities are more compatible to our personality, but where 
in the Bible do we find that we are allowed to choose if we will 
like or dislike someone? These questions, though they seem 
harmless, are giving room for a negative attitude to be planted 
in our children's minds. Do children need our help in 
developing wrong attitudes? Don't wrong attitudes seem to 
develop on their own? 

Another area to consider is when former students, parents 
included, make light of the pranks they did while in school. 


These discussions frequently take place in the presence of 
schoolchildren, and are often recalled in the absence of any 
remorse for the deed that was done. Thus, parents often excuse 
their children's misdeeds that occur at school, saying, "They are 
only children; we did that too when we went to school." Is this 
acceptable? What message is this leaving to our children? 

There are several more areas we could discuss. One area is 
the amount of teasing about boyfriends and girlfriends. 
Sometimes this is tolerated by parents and teachers, even in 
children as young as first grade. 

Another is the amount of "fence crowding" that is done in 
regards to the school dress code and guidelines. 

Still another could be the attitude that "We didn't have to 
learn that when we went to school. Why do they have to now?" 
This list could continue, but I feel enough has been said. 

If perchance any of these situations describe the accepted 
norm in our schools, can we be satisfied? Are we going to just 
drift along with the flow, or will we put forth the effort that it 
takes to go against the flow? I realize that the work needed to 
change these "normal" situations to "above normal" does not 
rest solely in the hands of the teachers and board members. A 
great responsibility rests on the parents. But may we each be 
willing to do our part in making a difference. 

Let us rise above the norm, allowing ourselves to be a 
beacon to those around us, setting a standard that is above 
normal, and striving with all our effort to attain to it! May we 
be concerned about the influence we are leaving, that it may be 
void of offense. God bless you as you endeavor to fill the 
calling to which He has called you. 

Praising the Lord for His goodness, 
Edwin N. Martin from Newslines of the C.M.T.I. 

When you don't make children responsible for their 
behavior, you are asking for heartache. From a reader. 



4000 BC. Creation of man 
3870 BC. Birth ofSeth (age 912) 
3765 BC. Birth of Enos (age 905) 
3675 BC. Birth of Cainan (age 910) 
3605 BC. Birth of Mahalaleel (age 895) 
3540 BC. Birth of Jared (age 962) 
3378 BC. Birth of Enoch (age 365) 
33 13 BC. Birth of Methuselah (age 969) 
3 126 BC. Birth of Lamech (age 777) 
2944 BC. Birth of Noah (age 950) 
2444 BC. Birth of Shem (age 600) 
2344 BC. The Great Flood 

Abraham journeys to Canaan 

Isaac is born 

Jacob is born 

Family of Jacob settles in Egypt 
1491 BC. Exodus of the Hebrews 
1451 BC. Death of Moses 
1429-1095 BC. Period of Judges 
1095 BC. Beginning of the Kingdom of Saul 
1055-1015 BC. Kingdom of David 
1015-975 BC. Kingdom of Solomon 
721 BC. Fall of Israel, the northern kingdom 
587 BC. FallofJudah 

520 BC. Restoration of Jerusalem and the Temple 
331 BC. Fall of Persia 
321 BC. Palestine under the Ptolemies 
198 BC. Palestine under the Seleucids 
166 BC. The Maccabean Reaction 
37 BC. Roman power established in Jerusalem 
17 BC. Herod restores the Temple 


1 or 4 or 6 BC. ? Jesus bom 

A.D. 32 ? Jesus Crucified 

A.D. 70 Destruction of Jerusalem by Romans 

A.D. 135 Jews banned from Jerusalem 

A.D. 160-220 Christianity is brought to Britain 

A.D. 337 Christianity is a favored religion 

A.D. 476 Western Roman Empire is destroyed 

A.D. 600 Mohammed begins spreading Islam 

A.D. 732 Charles Martel defeats Islam armies 

A.D. 1099 Jerusalem is capital of Latin- Christian Kingdom 

A.D. 1453 Constantinople falls to Ottoman Turks 

A.D. 1914-1918 WorldWarl 

A.D. 1939-1945 World Warn 

(Mostly from a history lesson by Ina Martin 
when she was in school.) 


Men who will stand before His face and hear His voice daily. 

Men who have no desire for anyone or anything other than God 


Men who fear Him so greatly that they love righteousness and 

hate iniquity in all their ways. 

Men who would rather die than sin, even in their thoughts or 

attitudes. GOD NEEDS MEN! 

Men whose daily lifestyle is one of taking up the cross and 

pressing on to perfection. 

Men who are full of the Holy Ghost, rooted and grounded in 

Calvary type love. 

Men whose hearts are clothed with a humility that neither 

human praise nor spiritual growth can remove. 

Men who tremble at God's Word and would not neglect to obey 

the smallest commandment. GOD NEEDS MEN! 


Men who are firm, diligent, and hardworking; yet they can relax 

and enjoy playing with their children. 

Men who know the joys of a disciplined life and are not afraid 


Men who have mastered their desire for fancy food, and are not 

enslaved to music, sports, or any other legitimate activity. 


Men who are so deeply rooted in the security and love of their 

heavenly Father that they tremble not at man or devil. 

Men who trust God in all matters, and rest in His Almighty 

Sovereign power. 

Men who find their joy and their delight in God alone, and are 

full of the joy of the Lord. GOD NEEDS MEN! 

Men who live by the promptings of God's Spirit and deny their 

own desires. 

Men who live constantly under the anointing of God's Spirit, 

endowed with gifts from above. 

Men who can trust God for all their needs, who never hint 

about their material needs, nor ever boast about their labors. 


Men who are not stubborn, but gentle, open to criticism and 

correction from other brethren. 

Men who can never be influenced by wife, children, relatives, or 

friends to cool off even slightly in their devotion to Christ. 


Men who will never compromise but stand alone for the truth 

without fear or favor of men. 

Men who will train their children to the glory of God and 

preserve a Godly seed on the earth. 

Men who discern all of life from heaven's point of view and 

make decisions in the light of eternity. GOD NEEDS MEN! 

Men who pray effectual, fervent prayers with an unceasing 



Men who labor for the Glory of God, not for earthly treasures 

or earthly honors. 

God needs men who burn with passion. 

God needs men with Spiritual Authority. 

God needs men of Christlike character. 

"O God, our God in this our day, raise up men who walk this 
way. Help us to pray; help us to wail until the gaps are filled 
each day. " by Denny Kenaston 


If all that we say 

In a single day, 
With never a word left out, 

Were printed each night 

In clear black and white 
'Twould prove queer reading, no doubt. 

And then, just suppose, 

Ere one's eyes he could close, 
He must read the day's record through; 

Then wouldn't one sigh, 

And wouldn't he try 
A great deal less talking to do? 

And I more than half think 

That many a kink 
Would be smoother in life's tangled thread 

If half that we say 

In one single day 

Were left forever unsaid. 
Selected bom, Poems for Memorization 



Reuben Cover Tuolumne, California January 3 1 
Jenna Crawmer Modesto, California January 3 1 
May God bless these young people as they serve faithfully in 
the Kingdom of God. 

An old man, going a lone highway, 
Came at the evening, cold and gray, 
To a chasm vast and deep and wide, 
Through which was flowing a raging tide. 
The old man crossed in the twilight dim; 
The sullen stream had no fears for him; 
But he turned when safe on the other side, 
And built a bridge to span the tide. 

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near, 

"You are wasting your strength with building here; 

Your journey will end with the closing day; 

You never again will pass this way; 

You've crossed the chasm deep and wide. 

Why build you this bridge at eventide?" 

The builder lifted his old gray head. 
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said, 
"There followeth after me today 
A youth whose feet must pass this way. 
This chasm which has been as naught to me, 
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be; 
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim: 
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him. " 



BIBLE QUIZ (sword practice) 

Which Old Testament person said this? 
Choose answers from the following: Samson Judges 16:28; 
Esau Gen. 25:32; Ruth 1:16; Joshua 24:15; Joseph 
Gen.50:20; Habakkuk 2:4; Samuel I Sam. 15:29; Lepers of 
Samaria II Kings 7:9; Saul I Sam. 15:13; Jeremiah 17:9; Job 
19:25; Abraham's servant Gen. 24:27; David II Sam. 12:23; 
Abraham Gen. 18:25; Pharaoh's daughter Ex. 2:6; Elijah I 
Kings 18:21 

1. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. 

2. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately 
wicked: who can know it? 

3 . But the just shall live by his faith. 

4. For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand 
at the latter day upon the earth. 

5. But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it 
unto good. . . 

6. Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this 
birthright do to me? 

7. Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 

8. I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my 
master's brethren. 

9. This is one of the Hebrews' children. 

10. O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, 
I pray thee, only this once, O God. . . 

11. Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following 
after thee, for whither thou goest, I will go. . . 


12. I have performed the commandment of the Lord. 

13. And also the Strength of Israel will not he or repent: for he 
is not a man, that he should repent. 

14. I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. 

15. How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be 
God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him 

16. We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we 
hold our peace. . . 


Water and soap will make you sweet; 
Brush and comb will keep you neat; 
But "Thank you," "Please," and "Pardon me." 
Will make a sweeter child of thee. 

With clothes that have no spot or rent, 
With shoes that shine, be not content, 
But polish up your manners, too; 
Make courtesy a part of you. 
Florence A. Richardson 


A gentleman visiting a certain school gave out that he 
would give a prize to the pupil whose desk was found in the 
best order when he returned. 

"But when will you come back?" some of them asked. 

"That I cannot tell," was the answer. A little girl who had 
been noted for her disorderly habits announced that she meant 
to win the prize. 

"You!" her schoolmates jeered. "Why, your desk is always 
out of order." 

"Oh, but I mean to clean it the first of every week." 

"But suppose he should come at the end of the week?" 
someone asked. 

"Then I will clean it every morning." 

"But he may come at the end of the day." 

For a moment the little girl was silent. "I know what I'll 
do," she said decidedly, 'Til just keep it clean." 

So it must be with the Lord's servants who would be ready 
to receive the prize of His coming. It may be at midnight, at 
cock-crowing or in the morning. The exhortation is not, "Get 
ye ready," but, "Be ye ready." 

By Mattie E. Boteler in Testimony of Truth Nov, 1948 
Selected by Rosanna Royer 



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VOL. 57 APRIL, 2010 No. 4 

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


Father, forgive them 
for they know not what they do. 

To-day shalt thou be with me 
in Paradise. 

Woman, behold thy son! 

Behold thy mother! 

My God, My God, 
why hast Thou forsaken me? 

I thirst. 

It is finished. 

Father, into Thy hands 
I commend my spirit. 

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 it lay, the heavy cross that had recently held the body 
of Jesus. The spring grass had been tramped down by the mob, 
and visible across the countryside were cracks in the rocks and 
hills, the results of the violent earthquake that opened graves 
and rent rocks when Jesus died. The awful activity was over 
and the mob was gone. 

Joseph of Arimathaea had boldly petitioned Pilate that he 
might dispose of the body. Joseph was a man of influence, one 
of the Jews' council. He was a secret disciple of Jesus and may 
not have been called to the hasty meeting of the council the 
night before. At least, he did not consent that Jesus should be 
condemned the way He was. Pilate granted Joseph permission 
to take the body. He "took him down" from the cross, and now 
that tree was no longer needed. The bloody nails, pried out to 
release His mangled hands and swollen feet, lay as grim 
reminders of the sufferings He had endured and the cruelty of 
the executioners. 

Joseph, being a man of means, had hewn out a tomb for 
himself to receive his own body when he died. It was in a 
beautiful setting, a garden, and Joseph no doubt hallowed the 
spot as a final resting place for himself and his family. But 
things had changed for Joseph. Somehow this Jesus had made 
life seem more vital and death less final. Had He not called 
Lazarus from a rock tomb only a few miles away at Bethany? 
Had He not proved twice before that He had power over death 
by raising a little girl and a young man? But now Jesus Himself 
was dead. Joseph's devotion, secret before, now showed itself 


Nicodemus, also a secret disciple of Jesus, came to help, 
bringing "a mixture of myrrh and aloes about an hundred pound 
weight." Together they wrapped Jesus' body in fine, new linen 
with the spices "as the manner of the Jews is to bury." A 
special napkin was wrapped around His head. They laid Jesus 
in this new rock tomb and "rolled a stone unto the door of the 

The cross had fulfilled its destined purpose. It had held the 
dying Son of God. Legions of angels would gladly have come 
to rescue Him from this suffering, shame, and death, but how 
then could the Scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be? From 
this time on, the cross would have a different meaning for God's 
people. Before, it was only an instrument of torture where one 
who fell into disfavor with the ruling powers spent his last 
agonizing hours. It held only horror and death. It was a place 
of a curse. Those who hung on a tree were under the curse. 
For the law said, "Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree." 

But now the cross has become a symbol of salvation— a 
place where the price was paid for the sins of the world by the 
suffering Son of God. It has become a meeting place for God 
and man. It is a meeting place of peace where Creator and 
creature are reconciled by the One who suffered there. 

Now the cross would lose its horror for Jesus' followers. 
Many would be called upon to follow their Saviour to the death 
on a cross. Many would be burned on crosses with the flames 
lighting the revelings and excesses of the Roman ruler and his 
guests. The cross still remains the instrument of torture and 
death, but because of Jesus' dying and coming through with 
victory over the grave, death has lost its horror. Christians can 
now die in peace and confidence, even on a cross. 

According to John, Jesus was led to Calvary "bearing his 
cross." The other accounts say that Simon, a Cyrenian, was 
compelled to carry the cross. Taking the accounts together we 
can conclude that Jesus started out with the heavy cross on His 


own shoulders, but because of His ordeal of scourging, 
mocking, and loss of sleep, He was unable to carry it all the way 
to Calvary. Simon, probably a black man, will be remembered 
for this service to Jesus. 

Jesus spoke to His disciples about "bearing the cross" 
before He went to Calvary. He said, "If any man will come 
after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow 
me." (Matt. 16:24) We can understand now what this means. 
The cross can only mean death. To deny ourselves and take up 
our cross means to do, in some way, what Jesus did. Paul says, 
"I am crucified with Christ ..." So we can understand that 
there must be a death in our experience. Sin and the "old man" 
must die. It may not be on a flaming cross as some of the early 
Christian martyrs literally did. But it must be nonetheless real. 
But this is not all. 

After Jesus' terrible ordeal on the cross and His time in the 
tomb of Joseph, He was able to take up His life again by the 
commandment of the Father. His mangled body was given life, 
and He rose from that tomb. This is the reason the cross can 
now be an instrument of victory instead of death and defeat. 
We now die with Jesus, but if we do we can also live with Him. 

We are now to glory in that old rugged cross. Paul was not 
one to glory or boast except when he felt compelled to defend 
his authority to those who seemed to have confidence in the 
flesh. He wrote to the Romans that boasting was excluded. 
There is no reason to glory in the flesh. But Paul wrote to the 
Galatians (6:14), "But God forbid that I should glory, save in 
the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is 
crucified unto me, and I unto the world." 

We can and should glory in that cross— not for what it was 
but for the One who hung upon it. We don't glory in the 
shameful act of torture of the Son of God who was sent to 
rescue fallen man. But we glory in the willingness and ability of 
Jesus to endure such suffering and by it ransom our souls from 


certain death. We glory that God found a way to save us when 
we had no way and no hope. 

Yes, we can glory in the cross. And now we sing: 

Must Jesus bear the cross alone, 

And all the world go free? 

No, there's a cross for everyone, 

And there's a cross for me. 
Jesus calls us to take up our cross and follow Him. Here is 
where we break with the world and identify with Jesus. Here is 
where we die to sin. Let us return again and again to Calvary. 
Let us see Him there "bearing our sins in his own body on the 
tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; 
by whose stripes ye were healed." (I Peter 2:24) L.C. 
(Reprinted from The Pilgrim April-May, 1976. 

Cross of Christ, O sacred tree, 
Hide my sins and shelter me; 
Claim of merit have I none, 
I am vile and all undone; 
I to thee for succor fly, 
Give me refuge or I die. 
Cross of Christ, O sacred tree, 
All my hopes are hung on thee. 

Cross of Christ, O sacred tree, 
Let me to thy shadow flee; 
Here they mocked the Crucified, 
Here the royal Sufferer died. 
Here was shed the atoning blood; 
Here expired the Son of God. 
Cross of Christ, O sacred tree, 
Can the guilty trust in thee? 


Cross of Christ, O sacred tree, 
This my boast shall ever be: 
That Thy blood for me was shed: 
That for me He groaned and bled. 
Now I catch that gracious eye; 
Now I know I shall not die. 
Cross of Christ, O sacred tree, 
All my guilt is lost in thee. 

Daniel T. Taylor 


The word "worship" occurs 107 times in the Bible. The last 
use of the word "worship" in the Bible is Revelation 22:9: ". . . 
worship God." Much is said in the Scriptures regarding 
worship. We will here regard worship as a service of obeisance 
to a Divine Being. 

Why do we worship? What do we worship? Is worship 
necessary? As long as there are questions regarding intelligent 
awareness, humans will subscribe to theories which lend to a 
respect of a power beyond their control. This respect, if 
misdirected, can lead to a level of idol worship. 

The Israelites before Mount Sinai (Exodus 21:18-21) 
pledged to serve and worship God largely from fear of His 
power demonstrated at the Mount. This motive for worship is 
somewhat like a servant or a child who is obedient for fear of 
what will happen if orders are not followed. I have been 
exposed to this pattern in both Church and home. I realize this 
natural fear of disobedience has its place, but I am speaking of a 
higher level of obedience which is motivated by love and 
devotion. Worship, if not prompted by love, is empty. For this 
reason God revealed His love to us in His Son Jesus. Jesus 
came as the poorest of men, paid the price for sin, and has 


promised to forgive sin. Accepting Jesus' words: "Neither do I 
condemn thee, go and sin no more," we can honor and worship 
Him with true reverence and love. (John 8:11). 

Worship God. Can the emphasis of worship be shifted from 
our Lord? Jesus is the only way of salvation and peace with 
God. All worship and reverence must be Christ centered. 
When a group, liturgy, or symbol acquires sacred significance, 
there is danger of worshiping the form rather than worshiping 
Jesus. This can develop into a form of idol worship. I in no 
way wish to demean the organization and ordinances of the 
Church. Rather, I encourage the use of wisdom in keeping our 
priorities in order. 

Is worship necessary? Yes! Man was created for God's 
pleasure (Rev. 4:11). God's desire was to have a creature who 
of its own free will would love and worship Him God created 
man, and God loved the persons He created. When man sinned, 
this relationship between God and man was broken. God's 
unfailing love made a way to restore this relationship. Those 
whom God has redeemed should have no greater joy than to 
honor, praise, and thank the Lord in worship. 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 


Charlotte Emma (Weaver) Frick, daughter of Henry Hale 
and Viola Hazel Weaver, was born April 10, 1922, near Grand 
Junction, Colorado. She passed away in the home of her son 
Glen on March 2, 2010. 

Charlotte was a homemaker most of her life, learning the art 
of sewing when she was five years old. She endured the pains 
of the Depression, battled the dust bowls of the 30's, suffered 


the loss of her father in March, 1933, and worked hard to help 
her widowed mother feed the family and care for their needs. 

At the age of twelve in October, 1934, Charlotte answered 
the call to take Christ into her heart. In her teens, she enjoyed 
the fellowship of her young folks and her church at Cloverleaf 
Dunkard Brethren Church, McClave, Colorado, and later at the 
Englewood and Eldorado congregations. In 1946 Charlotte 
and her family joined the Primitive Dunkard Brethren Church 
merging in 1948 with the Conservative German Baptist 
Brethren Church. For almost forty-eight years she served in the 
church with her husband George and showed kindness to all. In 
1996 she affiliated with the Old Brethren Church, where she 
was a member at the time of her passing. 

Charlotte married George Otis Frick on September 5, 1945, 
at her parents' home. To this union were born five children: 
Gloria, Linda, Glen, Retha, and Daryl. The marriage was 
broken on April 26, 1996, when George passed away in their 

Charlotte always had a concern for her children, grand 
children, and great grandchildren. The day before her passing 
she prayed audibly for all her family as she lay bedfast. She 
loved to make food and watch it being devoured by her family. 
She enjoyed her flower gardens and going to family reunions. 

Charlotte would usually be in the house of God each 
Sunday. She enjoyed hymn sings, singing many by heart. 

On February 28, family and friends gathered around her 
bedside to sing. At the end of "We'll Never Say Good-Bye in 
Heaven," Charlotte raised her hand and said, "Good-Bye." 
Mom encouraged us all to be faithful and then said, "I want to 
meet you all in heaven. " 

hi addition to her parents and her husband George, 
Charlotte was also preceded in death by her step father, Loring 
Isaac Moss; two brothers: Albert and Delbert Weaver; two 


sisters: Hazel Weaver and Ida Keeny; and ten step brothers and 

Charlotte is survived by her children: Gloria and Mervin 
Hilty; Linda Frick; Glen and Shirley Frick; Retha and Robert 
Musser; and Daryl and Sieglinda Frick; 18 grandchildren and 34 
great grandchildren; a sister: Arvilla and Ray Keeny; brother- 
in-law Lloyd and Catherine Keeny; sisters-in-law: Elizabeth 
"Betty" Weaver and Marie Keck; step sister-in-law: Beulah 
Janette Moss/Reed, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were held at the Palestine Old Brethren 
Church March 5, with Elders Neil Martin and Thomas Royer 
officiating at the church and Daniel Beery at the committal 
service. Burial was in the Miller Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. 

The family wishes to express our thanks for the blessings of 
service, prayers, and cards sent while caring for Charlotte in her 
affliction. She will certainly be missed by those who loved her. 
Our loss is her gain, and might our thoughts be turned 
heavenward as we travel onward and upward until we meet 

The Family 


Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free; 
I'm following the path God laid for me. 
I took His hand when I heard him call; 
I turned my back and left it all. 

I could not stay another day; 
To laugh, to love, to work or play, 
Tasks left undone must stay that way; 
I found that place at the close of day. 

If my parting has left a void, 
Then fill it with remembered joy 


A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; 
Just think of me now in all my bliss. 

Be not burdened with times of sorrow; 

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. 

My life's been full; I savored much; 

Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. 

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; 
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief 
Lift up your heart and share with me; 
God wanted me now; He set me free! 
Selected by Family 


When in sorrow, read John 14. 

When men fail you, read Psalm 27. 

When you have sinned, read Psalm 51. 

When you worry, read Matthew 6: 19-34. 

When you are in danger, read Psalm 91. 

When you have the blues, read Psalm 34. 

When God seems far away, read Psalm 139. 

If you want to be fruitful, read John 15. 

When doubts come upon you, read John 7: 17. 

When you are lonely or fearful, read Psalm 23. 

When you forget your blessings, read Psalm 23, 103. 

For Jesus' idea of a Christian, read Matthew 5. 

For James's idea of religion, read James 1:19-27 

When you faith needs stirring, read Hebrews 11. 

When you feel down and out, read Romans 8:3 1-39. 

When you are discouraged, read Isaiah 40, Psalm 37, 126. 

When you want courage for your task, read Joshua 1. 


When the world seems bigger than God, read Psalm 90. 
When you want rest and peace, read Matthew 1 1:25-30. 
For Paul's secret of happiness, read Colossians 3:12-17. 
When you want Christian assurance, read Romans 8: 1-30. 
When you leave home for labor or travel, read Psalm 121. 
When you grow bitter or critical, read I Corinthians 13. 
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish, read Psalm 67. 
For Paul's idea of Christianity, read II Corinthians 5:15-19. 
For Paul's rules on how to get along with men, Romans 12. 
When you think of investments and returns, read Mk 10: 17-31. 
For a great invitation and opportunity, read Isaiah 55. 
For Jesus' idea of prayer, read Luke 11:1-13, Matthew 6:5-15. 
Why not follow Psalm 119:11 and hide some of these in your 

From the Evangelical Visitor, March, 1952 
Selected by Martha Cover 


s/Hilty - A daughter, Janessa Brooke, born March 6 to Jeff and 
Allison Hilty of Goshen, Indiana. 

Martin - A son, Vincent Jared, born March 31 to Jesse and 
Melina Martin of Wakarusa, Indiana. 



Jason Kreider New phone #: (937)548-0501 

Craig Royer 27348 C.R. 30 

Elkhart, IN 46517 



The Christian and Technology 

In Matthew 15, the Pharisees confronted Jesus because His 
disciples were eating with unwashed hands. Later Jesus 
explains to His disciples (and to us) that what really defiles an 
individual is what comes out of the heart, not what enters into 
the mouth. But what is the heart? And how should I, as a 
Christian, "keep" it with all diligence? 

When Jesus and Solomon refer to the "heart," they are not 
speaking of a physical organ. The heart is the seat and center of 
my life; my desires, feelings, affections, passions, and impulses 
all come from my heart. Unfortunately I (and you, too) was 
born with a heart defect, spiritually speaking. It came from 
Adam and was diagnosed accurately by Jeremiah; "The heart is 
deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can 
know It?" (Jer. 17:9) Our condition is terminal without Jesus 

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not 
provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (Rom. 

When we come to God through faith in Jesus Christ, 
repenting of and confessing our sins, He cleanses us from all 
unrighteousness. (I John 1:9) However, our physical bodies do 
not die. Our feelings, affections, passions, and impulses do not 
automatically change; they must be voluntarily yielded to the 
control of the indwelling Holy Spirit which God promises to 
each one who believes in Him. (Act 2:38) This is not a quick 
process. Perhaps that is why Paul likens it to being crucified. 
(Gal. 2:20) 


As long as there is breath in my body, I contend with my 
"flesh," as God's Word calls it. My flesh does not understand or 
welcome the control of the Holy Spirit. The flesh opposes the 
Spirit, and the Spirit opposes the flesh. One of them is going to 
win and one of them is going to lose. This is where the 
Christian fights the daily battle. Every day, perhaps every 
moment I am yielding to the Holy Spirit and crucifying the flesh 
or yielding to my flesh and resisting the Spirit. There is no 
middle ground and no compromise between these two foes. 

Paul tells us to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the 
most important part of my Christian life. Putting on the Lord 
Jesus Christ needs to be a constant occupation. How do I do 
this? There are several things I have found invaluable in my 
Christian walk. 

Prayer. Not just before meals or in the middle of a crisis. I 
mean a running conversation all day with your Creator. God's 
Word commands us to "pray without ceasing." (I Thess. 5:17) 
Pray for the things God has promised; being filled with the 
Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit, peace that passes 
understanding, strength for every trial, just to name a few. 

God's Word. Fill your life with God's Word-chapters of 
it. Read the Bible through. Pray that God would show you 
how and where His Word applies to your life. 

Actively yield to the Holy Spirit. If there is a weakness or 
sin you cannot get victory over, ask your brothers and sisters to 
pray for you. Don't be passive, be proactive. Set aside your 
pride and be clothed with humility. Ask God to show you 
where He wants you to change, and then do it. 

Paul tells us not to make provision for the flesh. My flesh 
produces all sorts of lusts. Unrighteous desires that demand to 
be gratified. When I willfully (either by negligence or choice) 
place myself in a circumstance that provides the means to 
gratify and feed these unrighteous desires, I make provision for 
the flesh. This is a very dangerous habit to get into. 


And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the 
fashion of this world passeth away. (I Cor 7:31) 

Technology, especially in the area of communication and the 
internet has taken giant strides forward in the last few decades. 
Computers have gotten smaller, faster, easier to use, and more 
connected to the rest of the world than ever before. The 
internet provides us with instant access to every conceivable 
piece of information available. This can be good and this can be 
bad, depending on whether we use this technology or abuse it. 

I would not choose to cut wood for my fireplace or stove 
with a handsaw if I had a chainsaw available. But neither would 
I allow my five year old son to use my chainsaw. And I 
probably would not use a chainsaw without taking some 
precautions: earplugs, workboots, safety equipment, making 
sure others are not in the way, etc. hi many ways, spiritually 
speaking, my approach to the internet, texting, social 
networking sites like Facebook, Xanga, e-mail, etc. should be 
analogous. These things are powerful tools of communication. 
No longer am I limited with writing a single letter to one 
person. Now I can blog or e-mail my thoughts to hundreds. 
Inaccuracies and untruths once posted on the internet are 
impossible to retract or eradicate. 

Though these tools can be used for good, much of what I 
see posted and written is not very edifying and some of what I 
see is downright alarming. I'm not just talking to young people 
here, though you are definitely involved. I don't want to be 
entirely negative, but I think we all need to step back and 
evaluate why we are involved and using these tools. 

Some questions to consider before and while we are using 
these things: 

1. Have I put on the Lord Jesus Christ as I write this e- 
mail, log on to the internet?-you fill in the blank. 

2. Am I in prayer to God? 


3. Arn I yielding to the Holy Spirit? 

4. Is what I am doing going to "make provision for the 

5. Is this what God wants me to do right now? 

May we all take Paul's advice in II Cor. 13:5: "Examine 
yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. 
Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, 
except ye be reprobates?"These are serious times that call for 
serious action. 

Eddie Wagner 
Modesto, California 


Weeds and Deeds 

A naughty little weed one day 
Poked up its tiny head, 
"Tomorrow I will pull you up, 
Old Mr. Weed," I said. 

But I put off the doing till, 
When next I passed that way, 
The hateful thing had spread abroad 
And laughed at my dismay. 

A naughty little thought one day 
Popped right into my mind. 
"O-oh!" I cried, Til put you out 
Tomorrow, you will find. " 

But once again I put it off 
Till, like the little weed, 



The ugly thing sprang up apace 
And grew into a deed. 

So, boys and girls, heed what I say 
And learn it with your sums: 
Don't put off till tomorrow, for 
Tomorrow never comes. 

Today pull up the little weeds, 
The naughty thoughts subdue, 
Or they may take the reins themselves 
And someday master you. 

Selected from Scrapbook of Ideas #2 
by Vera Overholt 







VOL. 57 MAY, 2010 No. 5 

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) 


I'm rejoicing night and day, 

As I walk the pilgrim way, 

For the hand of God in all my life I see, 

And the reason of my bliss, 

Yes, the secret all is this: 

That the Comforter abides with me. 

Once my heart was full of sin, 

Once I had no peace within, 

Till I heard How Jesus died upon the tree; 

Then I fell down at His feet, 

And there came a peace so sweet; 

Now the Comforter abides with me. 

He is with me everywhere, 

And He knows my every care; 

I'm as happy as a bird and just as free, 

For the Spirit has control; 

Jesus satisfies my soul, 

Since the Comforter abides with me. 

There's no thirsting for the things 
Of the world; they've taken wings; 
Long ago I gave them up, and instantly 
All my night was turned to day, 
All my burdens rolled away, 
Now the Comforter abides with me. 

--Herbert Bufifum, 1879-1939 

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Jesus' words from the cross committed the care of His 
mother to John, "the disciple whom Jesus loved." It showed 
His love for her and has become a pattern for us all as we honor 
our mothers this Mother's Day. 

Mothers are special. As someone has said, "Motherhood is 
not easy. If it were easy, it would not have started with 
something called 'labor.'" We fathers and sons should 
remember that we escaped that pain. 

Mothers have outstanding virtues. I saw it in my mother 
and also in my wife. They are frugal. A hard working husband 
should be thankful for a wife who does not waste food or 
anything else. Grandmother Baker said, "A wife can throw out 
more with a spoon than a man can bring in with a shovel." My 
mother taught us, "Whate'er you waste or throw away, you'll 
live to want another day." Our country could help poor people 
and poor countries more if it weren't for our waste. 

Mothers are needed. Able as my father was, he could not 
take the place of my mother. He tried to prepare meals in her 
rare absence. But they were not the same. My own family 
experienced the same vacancy when Mother was gone. Not 
only in meals but in just about every household duty we felt the 

Mothers are protective. It is in her nature to protect her 
child at all cost. Our own daughter waded up to her neck in the 
manure lagoon to rescue her son who had fallen in. When 
persecutors tried to extort confessions or secrets from a mother, 
they sometimes threatened harm to her child. Only her 
faithfulness to Christ and her brothers and sisters could surpass 
her love for her child. Even in animal mothers, the protective 
nature shows 


when her baby is banned. Especially mother hens are defiant in 
care for their chicks. 

Mothers are opinionated— prejudiced even— regarding their 
children. (School teachers need to understand this and deal 
with it wisely.) Their children are special to them, and they 
should be— this is right. It is part of their protective nature. 

Mothers deserve respect. Leviticus 19:3: "Ye shall fear 
every man his mother, and his father, and keep my Sabbaths. I 
am the Lord your God." Mothers sacrifice much for their 
families and should be honored more than on Mother's Day 

Mothers have a high calling. Though some would belittle it, 
the profession of motherhood requires study and training. She 
learns "on the job." Besides intense training, she uses devotion, 
love, time, resources, imagination, ingenuity, and more. She 
often sacrifices her own desires to care for her children— and her 

We should mention too, those who have not been blest with 
children but have faithfully helped with caring for children of 
others. Aunt Sylvia comes to mind along with our unmarried 
ones who are so loved and so valuable, serving unselfishly their 
nieces and nephews and children of friends. 

Abraham's wife Sarah (meaning "princess") is an example of 
faith. Hebrews 11:11: "Through faith also Sara herself 
received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child 
when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who 
had promised." Studying the account, we see she doubted and 
laughed at first. What do these men know about having 
children? Impossible! But at some point she realized that this 
was a promise from Him who is always faithful. So Isaac was 
the promised child and inherited the special favor God gave to 
Abraham. When we face a situation that appears impossible, let 
us remember that with God all things are possible to him that 


Let us honor our mothers and our wives— not just with gifts 
and flowers, but with gratitude in our hearts. One husband 
nearly always forgot Mother's Day, his wife's birthday, and 
Valentines Day. She was upset with him until he took her in his 
arms and told her he loved her not just two or three times a year 
but every day. May we have lasting love for our dear wives and 
mothers. --L.C. 


We often hear it said how important a good teacher is in a 
school. That is true enough. Mothers and fathers and school 
board members should not forget to express their thanks and 
appreciation for the part their teacher plays in keeping the 
school running smoothly. 

But perhaps there is someone else who is important to the 
school who seldom receives much thanks or appreciation. To 
illustrate my point, let me tell the Story of the Worldly Woman 
At Our Door. 

She knocked at our door one fall morning. She pretended 
she had come on business, but after she was seated in our living 
room, it seemed that she was more interested in talking about 
our way of life. She asked many questions about how we live, 
and why. I tiied to explain the main points of our faith the best 
I could. 

My wife was busy washing dishes at the sink, and several of 
the small children were playing on the kitchen floor. Noticing 
the children, Worldly Woman said, "My husband and I are both 
employed. When I was growing up, my parents taught me that 
a woman's place is at home. And I know that is right. But I 
could never be content to leave my career, and stay at home to 
be just a mother." 


Just a mother? No wonder she could not be content. The 
way she said "just a mother" showed that she considered it a 
step backward. She had absorbed the emphasis of the modern 
world and had come to believe that being a mother is something 
lowly and unimportant. She had come to regard a "career" as 
something challenging, rewarding, creative, exciting, fulfilling. 
Careers were more of an accomplishment, more important- 
while motherhood was being "just a mother." No wonder she 
could not have been content to be a mother, as long as she 
permitted the world's sense of values to influence her thinking. 

We plain people are still a long way from taking the view of 
Worldly Woman. But if we are not on our guard, we, too, may 
come to appreciate too little the importance of mothers. This 
past summer we attended a large school meeting in Indiana. It 
was a time of inspiration and challenge. It was a time to 
encourage teachers, ministers, and board members. And it was 
easy to forget the role of the many, many mothers who are 
perhaps the most important cogs in the gears of a successful 
Christian School. 

The world has made the mistake of slighting the importance 
of mothers. For the last several decades, girls have been 
challenged to assert their rights, to demand careers, to insist on 
being equal to men. Equal? How ridiculous that anyone should 
pretend that mothers would be more important if they could be 
men! Modem women talk of being "creative," but they don't 
know the real meaning of the word. They create little of real 
worth; most of their lives are taken up with emptiness, froth, 
vanity, and bubbles. For centuries, godly mothers have been 
truly creative; not only bringing lives into the world, but with 
loving nurture, rearing and shaping those lives into Christian 

Traditionally men are supposed to be big and brave and 
fearless. But in their own way, mothers exceed us in facing 
dangers, pain, and fear. I have long suspected that most of us 


men would whimper in dread and cower in fear at the pangs of 
childbirth. The attitude of mothers, suffering quietly and 
submissively again and again gives a hollow sound to men's talk 
of bravery, heroics and endurance. (Many brave men even 
shrink from being present at birth, lest they should faint!) 

And the physical hurdles to motherhood are just a start. 
The true test of character, endurance, and sheer bravery comes 
later during the raising of the family. Mothers are on call 
twenty- four hours a day. 

Our bank in town has a woman for an assistant-manager. It 
is true; she is a capable woman. Yet if I were to phone her 
sometime at midnight and tell her it is an emergency, and I need 
to get some money out of the bank, do you suppose she would 
come to the bank, unlock it, and give me the money? Of course 
not. Her job compared with a mother's is a soft and easy one. 
A child need only whimper at two o'clock in the morning to get 
his mother out of bed, bare feet on the cold floor and at his 
cribside immediately. And that mother needs to be able to 
decide what to do, and whether the child needs to be taken to 
the bathroom, or is cold or hungry, has earache, tummy ache, 
appendicitis, had a bad dream, or was just lonesome for Mom. 
And she needs to be able to follow up and take the correct 
action in case it is any (or all) of those possibilities. 

I cannot get over how mixed-up people can become. If a 
woman can handle a semi-truck, or manage a store, she thinks 
she has been very successful in life; she has really accomplished 
something. All those things may be fine, but the real test is: 
could she cope with the role of a mother? Could she keep the 
children's faces clean, and do it without nagging? The windows 
scrubbed, the floors swept, the dishes washed, the laundry 
done, the beds made, the sewing caught up, the patching looked 
after, the buttons fastened, the garden planted, the canning 
finished, the eggs cleaned? Plus serve as a fulltime cook for a 
dozen or more, always be pleasant and dependable, able to 


settle spats and quarrels, help with the chores in the barn, teach 
the children manners, and a host of other things good mothers 
have a knack for. Don't forget, Career- Woman- of- the- World, 
she does all this with a minimum of appreciation, no salary, 
seldom a holiday, and scarcely any thanks. 

Men are supposed to be big and brave. I feel like a traitor 
to admit it publicly, but honesty demands it. Compared with my 
wife, I'm a coward. Take the small matter of changing a diaper, 
for example. That's a breeze for any mother, but it's enough to 
make many men wince. Babies, however cute and lovable, have 
a messy side to them, too. It's not the wet diapers that bother 
me. I wasn't a father for very long until I had conquered that. 
In those days I still figured I could do anything my wife could. 
But when Baby had a real mess, it tried me out. I concentrated 
on not showing my distaste. I could tell my wife was taking a 
keen interest in how I handled the situation. It took me a long 
while, scanning closely for safe spots, touching gingerly only 
unsoiled fringes. The hardest part was not breathing all that 

But I made it. I felt good about myself. "I knew I could do 
it if you could," I said. 

"Oh?" she said, raising her eyebrows. "That's nice. Maybe 
you could help me wash out some of those diapers, later." 

She made it sound like a commonplace comment, just a 
friendly suggestion of work to do. But I knew she was 
throwing out a challenge. 

As it turned out, I couldn't go near the bucket of unwashed 
diapers. But my wife was more than a match for it. She rolled 
up her sleeves, and humming to herself, she went in there with 
both hands and bare arms, rubbing, scrubbing, washing. I 
backed even farther away, repelled by the smell. She went 
calmly on, as if she had done lots of worse things. When I 
turned for the door, she playfully flipped a diaper at me, and 
laughed as I ingloriously stumbled over my feet to escape. 


So now you know in part why I nearly choked that morning 
in the living room when Worldly Woman, dressed in her finery, 
reeking with perfume, could look down over her powdered 
nose and say, "I could never be content to be just a mother. " 

We need to keep a sense of perspective and give credit 
where credit is due. Mothers are so important that if there 
weren't any mothers, there wouldn't be any of the rest of us 
either. In addition to that obvious fact, in a world without 
mothers, who would want to be here, anyhow? 

Mothers can work miracles. When a child's nose is running, 
mother can wipe it clean on her own handkerchief She can 
calm big fears, settle difficult quarrels, and with a single puff of 
her magic breath, can blow away most of the hurt from bumps 
and bruises. 

She not only sends the children off to school with their faces 
scrubbed, their hair combed, their clothes washed, their lunches 
packed, but she is also largely responsible for their emotional 
frame of mind. She makes each child feel like the most precious 
being on earth. Without that feeling of self-worth, of self- 
esteem and dignity, without that necessary security of being 
loved and wanted at home, the child would be unable to learn in 
school and would be hard to get along with. 

In conclusion, let's appreciate our board members. Let's 
appreciate our teachers. But most of all, let's thank God daily 
for dedicated mothers who are in voluntary seivice with the 
most important career of all -Motherhood. 

From Blackboard Bulletin, February, 1983 

There is no reason to fear tomorrow when our lives are in the 
hands of one who knows the end from the beginning. 




It takes a mother's love 
To make a house a home; 
A place to be remembered, 
No matter where we roam. 

It takes a mother's patience 

To bring a child up right, 

And her courage and her cheerfulness 

To make a dark day bright. 

It takes a mother's thoughtfulness 
To mend the heart's deep hurts 
And her skill and her endurance 
To mend little socks and shirts. 

It takes a mother's kindness 
To forgive us when we err, 
To sympathize in trouble 
And bow our heads in prayer. 

It takes a mother's wisdom 
To recognize our needs 
And give us reassurance 
By her loving words and deeds. 

And that is why in all this world 
There could not be another 
Who could fulfill God's purpose 
As completely as a mother. 

Selected Author unknown 


Letter from a reader 
The following is part of a letter from a dear friend, Norman 
Sauder, of Pennsylvania. He also sends a poem written by his 
father, Ernest J. Sander, the father of Edith, Norman, Paul, 
Anna Mae (now Conley) and Jonas Sauder, all members of the 
Old Order River Brethren Church 

Regarding the February Pilgrim: 

... I see the text, page 7, was "Resolution." Took my mind 
to Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Mary had made a 
decision and resolved, I'm sure, to sit at Jesus' feet and listen. 
Jesus told Martha that one thing is needful and Mary chose that 
which will not be taken from her. Lest we be too hard on 
Martha my mind then goes to John 1 1: 1-45, one of my favorite 
Bible chapters. Here we see a different Martha. Mary was kind 
of in the background now. This chapter shows the deep 
compassion and humanity of Jesus, His love for Mary, Martha, 
and Lazarus, along with His Godly power. The God-man, Son 
of God (Dan. 3:25) and son of man. We see Jesus weeping in 
vs. 35, and then on to verse 40 which is a very key verse in my 
mind. Backtracking a bit here, we often hear the statement, 
"Seeing is believing." There is some truth to that in this world. 
But spiritually Jesus turns that statement around, essentially 
saying in vs. 40, "Believing is seeing." How precious! First in 
vs. 26, He asked her if she believes. Now He tells her, "If you 
believe you'll see." No wonder the early Christians were called 
believers. May we be called the same today. I guess that's why 
Jesus couldn't do many mighty works where there was unbelief. 
Thanks for listening, but these are precious thoughts and 
Scriptures to me. 

On page 10, Feb. Pilgrim, I read, "Joyful Trials." In my last 
testimony Wed. PM, when I asked for prayer and anointing, I 
said I'm still trying to learn what it means, and also how to 


count it all joy when I fall into divers temptations? I realize 
God loves me enough to allow me to be tried and tested— not to 
prove to Him what I am, (He knows) but to prove to me how 
much I need Him and to learn what I am in His sight and also 
what I am not. If Jesus was led of the Spirit into the wilderness 
to be tempted 40 days of the devil, then I know I also need so 
much more to be tried and tested, since I am only human, and 
Christ is divine, our Lord and Savior. God tried Job, i.e. 
allowed Satan to. Jesus told Peter that Satan desired to sift him 
as wheat but, "I've prayed for thee that thy faith fail not.". . . 

Lastly, on page 11, I see a poem titled "Prayer." Says this 
was found in Susie Coning's things. It just so happens that 
when I read this I had some of my Father's things here on my 
desk. One is a hymn/poem written by him; we don't know 
when, probably in the 1960's or before? Jonas gave me this in 
1992. I'm sending it along. It's in Father's handwriting. If you 
want to print it in the Pilgrim someday feel free to. . . 

Love, prayers, and God's blessings to you in Jesus' name, 

Norman & Alice Sauder. 


In the center of the circle 
Of the will of God I stand. 
There can come no second causes; 
All must come from His dear hand. 
All is well for 'tis my Father 
Who my life hath wholly planned 

Shall I pass through waves of sorrow 
Then I know it will be best; 
Though I cannot tell the reason, 
I can trust, and so am blest. 
God is love and God is faithful, 
So in perfect peace I rest. 


With the shade and with the sunshine, 
With the joy and with the pain, 
Lord I trust Thee; both are needed, 
Each Thy wayward child to train 
Earthly loss, did we but know it, 
Often means our heavenly gain. 

Ernest J. Sauder 


To our friends and family, 

Thank you so much for all the help, support, meals, and 
prayers over the past nine months. Moving in with Keith ! s 
Mom brought its challenges, but also many blessings. We were 
thankful for the help of young girls and meals, so we could 
continue Mom's care to the very end. All of our friends who 
helped in the moving process. . . Thank you, thank you! And 
then all the help and support at the time of Josephine's birth has 
been an added blessing. We are again grateful to all our friends 
and family for the efforts, sacrifice, and love shown through 
your helpfulness and prayers. 

May God richly bless all of you! 

The Keith Rhoades family 


IVe found a little remedy 
To ease the life we live 
And make each day a happier one- 
It is the word forgive. 


So often little things come up 
That leave a pain and sting, 
That covered up at once would not 
Amount to anything. 

'Tis when we hold them up to view, 
And brood, and sulk, and fret, 
They greater grow before our eyes; 
Twere better to forget. 

From Apples of Gold 
Compiled by Jo Petty 


David Taylor Tuolumne, California April 10 

Jason Crawmer Modesto, California April 10 

We wish these dear young brethren the grace of God as they 
serve the Lord Jesus in the Kingdom of Heaven. 


Chris Crawmer 3354 Toomes Rd. 

Modesto, CA 95358 

Luke Wagner 28425 N Black Canyon Hwy. 

Unit 1054 
Phoenix, AZ 85085-7605 

Matthew Martin's cell (937) 567-2794 

Andrew Martin's cell (937) 417-5781 




This book contains the mind of God ? the state of man, the 
way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of 

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 and pilot's compass, 
the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter. 

Here paradise is restored, heaven opened, and hell 
disclosed. Christ is its grand object, our good its design, and 
the glory of God its end. Read it slowly, frequently, and 
prayerfully. Let it fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the 
feet. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of 

It is given you in life, will be opened in judgment, and 
remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will 
reward the highest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with 
its sacred contents. Selected 


Is your place a small place? 

Tend it with care! -He set you there. 

Is your place a large place? 

Guard it with care! -He set you there 

Whate'er your place, it is 
Not yours alone, but His— Who set you there. 
By John Oxenham 




"I wish that I had two pairs of hands," 
Said Mom as I ran out the door. 
"Two pahs of hands, two pairs of feet; 
I could keep them busy and more!" 

And I thought to myself, "How strange she would look, 
Whenever she'd walk or she'd reach," 
And down in my heart I was glad, so glad 
That she had only one pair of each. 

But it bothered me some as I ran out to play, 
For her prayers so often came true. 
Supposing she'd pray and God granted her this, 
What in the world would we do? 

And then I looked down at my own nimble feet 
And my hands that were growing so strong. 
And I thought, "Why I'll lend them to Mom for the day; 
I'm sure it would help her along." 

So I rushed to the house and burst in the door, 
Hoping I'd get there first. 
For you know how God is: He doesn't delay, 
And I was fearing the worst. 

She was upstairs when I loudly called, 
"Oh, Mom, don't pray anymore! 
My hands and my feet are yours for today; 
Please be the same as before!" 




I ran breathlessly and we met with a buvm>, 

Right at the top of the stairs, 

And she hugged me and said, "I'm so glad youVe come; 

The Lord surely answered my prayers." 

I looked at her closely and counted her feet; 

Her hands also numbered just two. 

But I sure felt relieved when she answered my glance, 

"He provided by sending me you! " 

Sol hugged her once more and ever since then, 

Before I run out to play, 

I ask with a grin that she understands, 

"Any hands, any feet for today?" 

Author unknown 







VOL. 57 JUNE, 2010 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) 



What will it profit, when life here is o'er 
Though great worldly wisdom I gain, 
I£ seeking knowledge— I utterly fail 
The wisdom of God to obtain? 

What will it profit, when life here is o'er 
Though gathering riches and fame, 
If gaining the world— I lose my own soul 
And in Heaven unknown is my name? 

What will it profit, when life here is o'er 
Though earth's farthest comers I see, 
If, going my way, and doing my will 
I miss what His love planned for me? 

What will it profit, when life here is o'er 
Though earth's fleeting love has been mine, 
I£ seeking its gifts- 1 fail to secure 
The riches of God's love divine? 

What will it profit? My soul, stop and think 
What balance that day will declare! 
Life's record laid bare— will gain turn to loss, 
And leave me at last to despair? 
By Grace E. Troy from The Pearl of Great Price 

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Where there is no vision, the people perish 

Where there is a vision, the people prosper. With these 
truths in mind, consider rearing our children— training a godly 
family. As we celebrate Father's Day, we are thankful for our 
good fathers. But we are challenged at the condition of our 
world. What we see reflects the nurturing of our children— or 
lack of it. 

What is our vision for our families? Do we assume that all 
will be well, that God's grace will automatically convert our 
children and make our homes godly? If this is true, why is there 
a problem? When all is done, we will certainly say that we 
could not have succeeded but by the grace of God. But does 
this mean we don't need a vision— that we can relax and be 
unconcerned about training? 

"And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but 
bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." 
Most of the translations I have use the same term: "bring them 
up." This of course means raise them or rear them. But I see 
also the meaning: to expect them to come up to where you are 
as parents. lu a very real sense, when people see your family, 
they see you. 

Is our vision for our family producing godly children? 
Psalm 112:1,2 tells us when we fear the Lord and delight 
greatly in His commandments, our seed will be mighty, and 
"The generation of the upright shall be blessed." 

Psalm 144:12 pictures our sons as plants grown up in their 
youth and our daughters "as comer stones polished after the 


similitude of a palace." These comparisons show beauty and 
usefulness. Is this our vision? Do we get the picture? 

We need to have our priorities ia the right place. Bringing 
up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord 
should be on top. It's hard to understand one who would be 
too busy to train his children for the Lord. To work with your 
children makes sense if it is possible. But children also need 
Bible teaching, singing inspiring songs, practice in praise and 
giving good answers. 

Example is a great part of training. If we are enthused 
about church services, attending Bible studies, singings, and 
school devotions, be sure your children will also be excited 
about these activities. If we are careless or unconcerned, that 
will also be reflected in our children. 

I'm sure our desire is for a godly family. If we are training 
in God's fear and admonition, good results follow. Our children 
will respect their teachers, ministers, and older people. But it 
must start at home. The church and school can reinforce, 
but if respect and godly training does not happen at home- 
sorry, we have failed. Respect is one of the evidences of 

More beautiful pictures of godly homes come in Psalm 127 
and 128. Here the children are as arrows in the hand of a 
mighty man. They are "like olive plants round about thy table.' 1 
Olives were valuable for food and for useful oil. Children are 
like olive plants that can grow up and bear fruit. 

We need God's help in building our homes. Psalm 127:1; 
"Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build 
it. . ." We don't have to drift with the world. God provides a 
better way. Our local newspaper ran articles claiming that 
spanking a child was hindering to his emotional and intellectual 
growth. The Bible says it will deliver his soul from hell. 
(Proverbs 23:13,14) It also says that if we spare the rod, we 


hate our son, (Proverbs 13:24) This gives no excuse for 
cruelty, but certainly challenges us to train for a godly family. 

If we really have the vision of a godly home, we will do 
whatever it takes to attain it. Dear Brethren and Sisters, let us 
not fail in this responsibility. We have one opportunity. The 
results are God's glory and a testimony to a world that is losing 
the values attainable to all. We must begin now. One good 
start is to have family devotions each evening (and/or morning), 
Children actually enjoy Bible verses, songs, and structured time 
with their family. Let them see God working in your life and 
theirs. — L.C. 


I watched him playing around my door, 
My neighbor's little boy of four. 
I wondered why a child would choose 
To wear his dad's old worn-out shoes. 
I saw him try with all his might 
To make the laces snug and tight. 
I smiled to see him walk and then 
He'd only step right out again, 
I heard him say, his voice so glad: 
"I want to be just like my dad." 
I hope his dad his steps would choose 
Safe for his son to wear his shoes. 
And then a shout and a cry of joy, 
A "Hello dad!" and a "Hi-ya boy!" 
They walked along in measured stride, 
Each face aglow with love and pride. 
"What have you done today, my lad?" 
"I tried to wear your old shoes, Dad. 
They're big, but when I'm a man 


I'll wear your shoes, I know I can." 
They stopped and stood there hand in hand 
He saw his son's tracks in the sand 
His words— a prayer— came back to me, 
"Lord, let my steps lead him to Thee!" 

From Scrapbook of Ideas #3 

Vera Overholt 


I have been wanting to share some things I have learned 
with the children. Then I thought of lessons to tell the youth 
and other things for the parents. So I will combine it all and 
trust it will reach every one's heart. 

I am going to take you again to visit with me as I care for a 
woman with Alzheimer's. I could say I will take you with me to 
work, but I don't think about it as work. It is serving and caring 
for someone else when so often we would rather someone 
would care for me. 

That makes me think about my evening last night. The 
children can go with me as we share our evening together. 
Then you can come along with me to work. . .woops. . . I mean 
caring. (The rest of you can listen in, too.) 

I had three grandsons sharing the afternoon with me. I 
asked them if they would like to put a puzzle together. After 
playing other games awhile, they decided to do puzzles. They 
each wanted to do their own puzzle. The oldest one put his on 
one end of the kitchen table and was doing well by himself The 
second one needed some help, so we put his on the other end of 
the table. I helped him awhile until he could finish on his own. 
The youngest grandson wanted to do one too, but the table was 
full so we got down on the floor. 


One of the other boys said, "Grandma, doesn't it hurt to sit 
on the floor?" (It touched my heart that he cared.) 

I answered him, "Yes, it does. It isn't very comfortable." 

Then he said, "Why are you doing it?" 

I told him that we all need to think about the other person 
and how we can make them happy. This could be our brothers, 
sisters, friends, or even Mommy. 

Now children, come along as we go to care for a woman 
with Alzheimer's. When a person gets Alzheimer's, that means 
part of his brain cells have died so they can't remember some 
things. (Other things they remember very well.) So if you 
children have a grandfather who can't remember very well, then 
you know they need special understanding from you because 
they can't understand right anymore. 

You young folks and older ones can listen in as I talk to the 
children because often we don't understand how to really relate 
to someone who has dead brain cells. 

To the children: I want to share how it works when part of 
your brain cells die. The doctors say that we lose our short 
term memory first. So what we just do, we forget. But we 
remember things from long ago. 

When I am caring for my lady, and we are ready to eat, I 
ask her if she wants to pray. She says "yes," and she always 
starts out with, "Our dear heavenly Father." Then the rest of 
what she says doesn't make sense. But she knows she has a 
"dear" father who hears her. So do you children know what I 
am going to tell you? While you are young and still have all 
your mind, learn all you can. Read your Bible and willingly 
store lots of verses in your long term memory. Learn that you 
have a dear Father that hears everything you talk to Him about. 
He even sees into your heart and knows what you don't say. 
Then after you have all these good things stored in your mind 
and you get old, then all that will be from long ago, and it will 


be what you remember. (I can't promise you will remember it 

Now I will share with the young people, and if the children 
want to listen in, that's OK. You may be old enough to 
understand. I will share another story with you. I was with the 
woman I care for and Everett was eating supper with us. She 
decided she wasn't going to eat all of her supper as she needed 
to save it for the children. But Everett and I went on eating, 
and she got mad at Everett because he ate it all The next day 
she was still mad at him (That time she remembered.) She 
would not sit down at the table and eat if "he" was going to eat. 
So he moved his plate and ate in the kitchen where she couldn't 
see him. Then I asked her to pray, and she cried and said, "Oh, 
Father forgive me. I am so sorry." (But she was still mad all 
that day.) 

To the young who are just starting their Christian walk: 
Learn while you are young that you have a "Dear Heavenly 
Father" that you can always go to. He will always be there for 
you to encourage you in the right way. He forgives when we 
make mistakes. Let Him into your heart. 

My heart's desire for each of you, from the oldest to the 
youngest, is that you learn to know your dear heavenly Father. 
I mean to know and feel Him in your heart. 

I grew up not learning about things when I was young. Oh 
yes, I can quote some verses and even know where some are. I 
know things in my head; I can do good and look good just like 
the ministers said, but it was only four years ago that I got all 
the information from my head into my heart. 

We do need to obey our parents as young children. But 
when we accept Jesus into our hearts, we need to learn how to 
go to Him and hear His voice. I'm sure you all think you know 
that and do it. One test to know for sure is to ask your heart 
(not your head!), am I doing this because everyone will know 
and I want to look good? Or do we think: Jesus sees my heart 


and I want to please Him. It is very serious to just be living as 
we feel those around us want us to do and never ask lesus what 
He wants of us. 

If you need the testimony of someone who did that, I can 
tell you that it does not bring peace into your heart, I know as I 
lived that way for too many years, but I didn't know it and you 
perhaps don't know it either. But I am challenging you to 
search your heart, not your head, and see what is there. We are 
praying for each of you, that your dear heavenly Father will 
speak peace to your heart. 

Our hearts and prayers are with you, 
Nancy Oyler (Everett too!) Goshen, Indiana 


Come, O Thou Traveler unknown, 
Whom still I hold, but cannot see! 
My company before is gone, 
And I am left alone with Thee; 
With Thee all night I mean to stay, 
And wrestle till the break of day. 

I need not tell Thee who I am, 
My misery and sin declare; 
Thyself hast called me by my name, 
Look on Thy hands and read it there; 
But who, I ask Thee, who art Thou? 
Tell me Thy name and tell me now. 

In vain Thou strugglest to get free, 
I never will unloose my hold! 
Art Thou the Man that died for me? 
The secret of Thy love unfold; 


Wrestling, I will not let Thee go 
Till I Thy name, Thy nature know. 

Wilt Thou not yet to me reveal 
Thy new, unutterable Name? 
Tell me, I still beseech Thee, tell; 
To know it now resolved I am; 
Wrestling, I will not let Thee go 
Till I Thy Name, Thy nature know. 

Tis all in vain to hold Thy tongue 

touch the hollow of my thigh; 
Though every sinew be unstrung, 
Out of my arms Thou shalt not fly; 
Wrestling I will not let Thee go 
Till I Thy name, Thy nature know. 

What though my shrinking flesh complain 
And murmur to contend do long? 

1 rise superior to my pain, 

When I am weak, then I am strong, 
And when my all of strength shall fail, 
I shall with the God-man prevail. 

My strength is gone, my nature dies, 
I sink beneath Thy weighty hand, 
Faint to revive, and fall to rise; 
I fall, and yet by faith I stand; 
I stand and will not let Thee go 
Till I Thy Name, Thy nature know. 

Yield to me now, for I am weak, 

But confident in self- despair; 

Speak to my heart, in blessings speak, 


Be conquered by my instant prayer; 
Speak, or Thou never hence shalt move, 
And tell me if Thy Name is Love. 

'Tis love! 'tis love! Thou diedst for me! 
I hear Thy whisper in my heart; 
The morning breaks, the shadows flee, 
Pure, universal love Thou art; 
To me, to all, Thy bowels move; 
Thy nature and Thy Name is Love. 

My prayer hath power with God; the grace 
Unspeakable I now receive; 
Through faith I see Thee face to face, 
I see Thee face to face, and live! 
In vain I have not wept and strove; 
Thy nature and Thy Name is Love. 

The Sun of righteousness on me 
Hath rose with healing in His wings, 
Withered my nature's strength; from Thee 
My soul its life and succor brings; 
My help is all laid up above; 
Thy nature and Thy Name is Love. 

Contented now upon my thigh 
I halt, till life's short journey end; 
All helplessness, all weakness I 
On Thee alone for strength depend 
Nor have I power from Thee to move: 
Thy nature and Thy Name is Love. 

Lame as I am, I take the prey, 

Hell, earth, and sin, with ease o'ercome; 


I leap for joy, pursue my way, 
And as a bounding hart fly home, 
Through all eternity to prove 
Thy nature and Thy Name is Love. 

By Charles Wesley 
Selected by Lloyd Wagner 


Teresa Miller Bourbon, Indiana May 16 

Aden Zimmerman Tunas, Missouri May 21 

Hannah Albers Harrison, Arkansas May 30 

May these dear new members of Christ's body be faithful 
and useful in His kingdom. 


''Cover - A son, Ethan Mitchell, born May 4 to Daniel and Anna 
Marie Cover of Tuolumne, California. 


In the May issue, the poem "Trials 11 credited to Ernest J. 
4 Sauder was likely written by someone else. 

Matthew Martin's cellphone; (937) 564-2794 

Conversion is not the smooth, easygoing process some men 
seem to think. . .It is wounding work, this breaking of the 
hearts, but without wounding, there is no saving. 

John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress 
From Pulpit Helps 




As head of the home, Father leadership brings, 
With his family he prays, reads the Bible and sings; 
He works so his family is sheltered and fed, 
He's head of the home, and the Lord is his Head. 

Miriam Sauder Brechbill 

Dear Princess, 

And now let me address a topic which I just know will 
capture your attention and hold you in spellbound fascination. 
It is that topic of how young ladies can be beautiful. Isn't that a 
perfectly grand subject? I guess right now I can't help wanting 
this wonderful young man who has become so interested in me, 
to think I am beautiful. But I look in the mirror and I despair. 
My hair just isn't the most attractive, and my poor face— well, it 
has been worse, and I never realized how crooked my teeth 
were, and my clothes just wouldn't win the prize for loveliness. 

I read a verse in Psalm 45:11 that stood out to me. "The 
king will greatly desire your beauty." This is sort of a love 
Psalm. (Ever heard of such a thing?) And I wondered if my 
"king" (Sarah called Abraham "lord.") would desire my beauty. 
And then I wondered what makes a young woman beautiful? 
"Beauty is vain" offered a clue, and "Beauty is as beauty does," 
came to mind. And I began to leaf through a few places in my 
Bible where it talks about beautiful women, or adornment. 
Ever noticed that most, if not all, of the women who the Bible 
says were of a beautiful countenance, also had a beautiful 
character (ie. Rebekah, Abigail, Esther, Sarah). And many 


others, unmentioned as to looks, have left an unmistakable 
beautiful impression in our minds (Ruth, Hannah, Mary). 

The lover of his sweetheart in Solomon's love song wrote, 
"Sweet is your voice, and your countenance (face) is lovely 
(comely)." And, "Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in 
thee." (2:14, etc. NKJ and KJV mixed up) But not all young 
ladies have lovely faces or are "without spot," Oh my poor 
face! ! ! And some of us are too skinny or too fat. . . 

The world likes to take its jewels, perfumes, and elegant 
array to try to make itself beautiful. It loves its gold and pearls, 
it rubies, its myrrh, frankincense, spikenard, and even lilies of 
the field. . . as Solomon writes. But the King that is looking for 
beauty turns away, I think, and the prince that & princess would 
want is not at all impressed. 

God has told His princesses with what adornments they may 
adorn themselves if they desire a good king to desire their 
beauty. So, dear princesses, gather yourselves gold— but let it 
be the gold of graciousness, goodness, gentleness, gratitude, 
good works, and gladness. Adorn yourselves with pearls—the 
ones of great price-purity, propriety, peaceableness. Add to 
your pearls the rubies of righteousness, responsibility, right 
discernment, and a good reputation. 

Then add the touch of various perfumes. For myrrh, let 
there be meekness, mercy, and modesty. For frankincense, 
faith, the fear of the Lord, and faithfulness. For spikenard, add 
dashes of sweetness, sincerity, submission, sobriety (but not 
without smiles), strength (of character as well as of arm) and 
skill in all homemaking and womanly duties. 

And twine your chain of lilies to crown your head, but let 
every lily be a loving word or deed. 

Thus adorned, the homeliest maiden on earth can become a 
princess whose beauty the King (and all His true princes) shall 
desire. And so I am trying to gather my jewels and my spices 
and perfumes and lilies together for when my prince comes to 


meet me, and I thought I would encourage you to keep doing 
the same, too. 

—From a letter, author unknown 
Selected by Sarah Martin 


Muscles Like Samson's 

"Look at my muscles," said young Bennie at the breakfast 
table. He pushed his shirt sleeve way up above his elbow, made 
a fist, and bent his arm to make his muscle stand up. 

"It doesn't look very big to me," Artie, his older brother, 
answered. "Look at mine." 

"Wonder how big Samson's muscles were," Bennie said, 
"He was probably the man with the biggest muscles ever." 

"Well, boys," Dad began. "After we're done eating, I'll read 
about Samson from the Bible. Then we'll talk about Samson's 
muscles and his strength." 

When everyone had finished eating, Dad turned in the Bible 
to Judges. He read chapters 13, 14, and 15. It took awhile, but 
Artie and Bennie were listening closely. When Dad finished 
reading, Artie spoke up. 

"He took hold of a lion with his bare hands and killed it! 
Just tore him apart!" 

"And, he pulled the city gates loose and carried them up a 
hill," said Bennie. "He killed thirty men. He caught 300 foxes 
and tied their tails together with fire, too." 

"Yes, and he killed a bunch more Philistines," Artie added. 

"Then what?" Dad prompted. 

"Oh, they tied him all up with two cords, but he broke them 
and got loose!" Bennie said. 


"And then he killed 1,000 people with an old jawbone." 
Artie remembered. "Three times, he got away from the 
Philistines when Delilah tried to find out why he was so strong. 
What all did she tie him up with, Dad?" 

"First it was seven green withs, or new, wet cords that were 
very strong," Dad answered. "Then it was new ropes that had 
never been used. And last of all, she took his long hair and 
wove it on the loom, like she'd weave a rug. But he just took 
part of the loom with him when he escaped that time. " 

"What was the last thing he did with mighty strength?" Dad 

"He pulled a great big building down!" Bennie answered. 

"He just took hold of the two posts and bent over, making 
them bend and break," Artie added. 

"Does it say anywhere that Samson had big muscles?" Dad 
asked smiling. 

"I-I don't remember that you read anything about muscles," 
Bennie answered. 

"What was the secret of his strength?" Dad asked. 

"He had long hair, but when it was cut off, he wasn't strong 
anymore. How could long hair make him strong, Dad?" Artie 

"In verse 25 of the first chapter I read, it says, 'And the 
Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times.' Just before he 
killed the lion, it says, 'And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily 
upon him ' Another time it says, 'And the Spirit of the Lord 
came mightily upon him.' Just before he pulled down the house 
of the god Dagon, Samson prayed for God to strengthen him 
once more. Where did Samson's strength come from?" 

"From God!" Bennie shouted. 

"God gave it to him," Artie stated firmly. 

"That's right," Dad agreed. "But why didn't God give him 
the strength to get away before the Philistines put his eyes out?" 
he asked. 



Artie and Bennie thought a little bit. "I don't know. Why?" 
Artie said. _ 

"It was because God had said before Samson was even bornJE 
that his hair should never be cut But then Delilah kept asking J 
him the secret of his strength until he finally told her. Then she 1 ? 
had his hair cut off while he was sleeping. God was not pleased^ 
with that and wouldn't give Samson extra strength until his hahi£ 
had grown long again. That's when Samson pulled the buildingJ: 
down and killed himself too. =j 

"I guess to get Samson muscles we'll have to do what God— 
wants us to do. Then He'll give us strength when we need it," 1 — 
Artie decided. .J: 

Dad smiled and nodded his head. "Time to get to work," he J 
said. Linda Frick 

Gettysburg, Ohio HE 


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VOL. 57 JULY. 2010 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) 


Our Father's wondrous works we see 
In the earth and sea and sky; 
He rules o'er all in majesty, 
From His royal throne on high. 

The raging winds and waves are calm, 
When He says to them, "Be still;" 
The heavens praise Him in a psalm, 
And the angels do His will. 

He maketh worlds by His command, 
Weighs the mountains great and high; 
He metes the waters in His hand, 
Spans the lofty, starlit sky. 

Our God, to save from sin's control, 
Gave His Son a sacrifice; 
His grace, abounding in the soul, 
Makes the earth a paradise. 


What a mighty God we serve! 
Reigning now above on His throne of love, 
What a mighty God we serve! 
-Clara M. Brooks 

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 


Many of His disciples left. Jesus had said plainly, "Except 
ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have 
no life in you." His words seemed hard to them. How? When? 
Why? Jesus said to the twelve, "Will ye also go away?" Peter 
answered, "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of 
eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that 
Christ, the Son of the living God." 

Jesus' question comes also to us today. Will we go away? 
Some are leaving the Savior. Where do they go? What is the 
appeal that would take us from "so great salvation"? 

Can we go to the world? Is there satisfaction or hope 
there? John evaluates this option for us: "All that is in the 
world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the 
pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the 
world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the 
will of God abideth forever." 

The entertainment of the world has tremendous appeal 
because so much is aimed to please our old nature. Its heros 
are heaped with honor. They are praised for their beautiful 
appearance (which is really a gift of God) and for acting out 
unrealistic scenes so realistically. This choice comes with a high 
cost and false values. 

One might choose to go away to the world of wealth, a 
possibility in our affluent country. The appeal here is self- 
sufficiency, independence. Who likes to be dependent on 
others? / will work for my living—make my own way. Even 
rich men counsel against making fortune your goal. It does not 
bring happiness. Billionaire Bill Gates advises young people: 


You will not make $60, 000 a year right out of high school 
Be content with a simple job like "flipping burgers. " Your 
grandparents called it opportunity. TV is not real life. 

Another choice is the world of patriotism and politics. Here 
we find the appeal of "duty," Some shame us: "Christians 
should get in and work and vote for righteous government." It 
sounds good but does not confess that we are pilgrims and 
strangers- Christians are in a different kingdom not of the 
world. If we "ask not what our country can do for us but what 
we can do for our country," our answer is, in our patriotism we 
pray for our country and its leaders, pay our country's taxes and 
obey its laws. Really, praying is better than voting. 

Part of their patriotism is the military for young men. Fallen 
soldiers are honored more than others, and they should be 
praised by those whose hope is here-whose freedom is 
dependant upon victory in war. They have "made the supreme 
sacrifice for their country." How much more do we Christians 
owe our Savior for dying to free us from the shackles of sin! 
Our perspective is so distorted by the favors we enjoy: 
prosperity, freedom, health care. We should be grateful for 
these blessings, but also be ready to give it all up if God should 
again allow persecution and Christian martyrdoms. 

We could go away from Christ to a false world of sports. 
The appeal is fame due to strength and skill in the games. 
Young people like to play, and it is good to develop healthy 
bodies and learn teamwork. But let us not be so involved that 
sports takes the place of Christian service. I fear that sports 
heroes are honored more than Christian men of God: Peter, 
Paul, John, or modern servants of Christ. One baseball hero in 
his 90's is now being recognized more than when he was 
playing. His uniform number is set apart-hallowed: no player 
will use it again. 

Consider other false choices offered by the deceiver. Drugs 
have their appeal and now the almost miraculous electronics. 


Jesus told the church at Philadelphia, "Behold, I come quickly: 
hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." 
(Rev. 3:11) 

Peter said, "Where can we go?" We ask that today. One 
hymn replies: Hallelujah! I have found Him 

Whom my soul so long has craved! 

Jesus satisfies my longings; 

Through His blood I now am saved. 
Let us not go away but draw near. When we can say with 
Peter, "We believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the 
Son of the living God," we have value the world can never 
offer. --L.C. 


"We have an altar whereof they have no right to eat which 
serve the tabernacle." —Hebrews 13:10 

This is the last of the symbolical teachings in the book of 
Hebrews. The application is both for the individual Christian 
and the assembly of saints. The rite of burning sacrificial 
animals outside the camp of Israel is used as an object lesson. 

Although temple worship ceased at the fall of Jerusalem in 
70 A.D., its symbolism has much to teach us of our wonderful 
Lord and of His great love for us. 

Li verse 11 the writer of Hebrews gives us this word 
picture: "For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is 
brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin are burned 
without the camp." This is taken from Exodus 29:14 and 
Leviticus 4: 12. 

"Without the camp" is described as a "clean place" where 
the ashes are poured out. It preceded the burnt offering on the 
brazen altar of the tabernacle. 

God's worshipper was taught both the high cost of sin and 
its sinfulness. Bullocks were so much live money always 


available. This one was the sin offering for the sinning one. Its 
being burnt outside the camp told all that sin defiles the camp of 
the saints. This truth is both for the individual and the 
assembly. Man's sin always separates him from God; and more, 
that forgiveness of sin must be in God's way. 

Our attention here is drawn to Jesus' suffering outside the 
gate of Jerusalem. He who knew no sin, became sin for us. In 
our author's day the cross was not an ensign on the top of a 
church nor a small one on a necklace. It was still a thing of 
horror. Its terror was used by the Romans to terrify their 
subject peoples into subjection. The fanatically religious Jews 
wanted Jesus crucified outside their city. They wanted no 
defilement of crucified bodies in the city at the Passover time. 
Unknowingly they fulfilled the type of the sin offering in causing 
the death of Jesus "outside the camp." 

Outside the camp of Israel the ashes of the bullock were 
added to the refiise already there. It had lived for no other 
purpose than to bear man's sin. It died unwanted, unloved, a 
thing of abhorrence and shame. It was to be entirely forgotten 
in the ash heap. 

Just so died Jesus, our sin bearer. The shame and infamy of 
His death should break this proud heart in contrition as I realize 
it was my sin that nailed Him to the cross. But it was not the 
nails that held Him there. He was tied to His cross by eternal 
bonds of love for sinful man. 

But there was a remembrance in its blood and in its fat. The 
"life is in the blood," and "without the shedding of blood there 
is no remission." The blood was carried to the tabernacle and 
all of it poured out at the bottom of the altar. This brazen altar 
speaks of the righteous judgment of God. The priest then 
dipped his finger in the blood and applied it to the horns of the 
altar. Horns speak of power. Here we see the blood appealing 
to the power of God. 


Then the fat was burned on the altar. The fat speaks of the 
richness of its life. It is a type of the foil, sinless life of our 
Saviour that Jesus offered first in ministry and then in 
atonement for man's sin. 

As noted elsewhere, the great center of the Hebrew epistle 
is to show the Saviour's blood being received as a sprinkling of 
the mercy seat in Heaven as an atonement; also the eternal 
priesthood of Jesus Christ Heb. 13:12: "Wherefore Jesus also 
that he might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered 
without the gate." 

Here outside the temple and the holy city, the Christian altar 
was established. Its symbolism points to the same Saviour as 
did the Old Testament sacrifices. Here began the partaking of 
the symbolic emblems of the Saviour's flesh and blood. It is 
ever to be done in remembrance of Him. 

Isaiah 53:4: "Surely he has borne our sins and carried our 
sorrows. Yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God and 
afflicted." Heb. 13:13: "Let us go forth, therefore unto him 
without the camp, bearing his reproach." 

The first Jewish Christian evangelists followed the 
procedure of going to the Jewish communities "first" with the 
Gospel. In fact, the Jewish synagogue system provided a bridge 
over which the Gospel traveled to the world. Christian converts 
among them were soon cast out of home and synagogue. Many 
knew the reproach of Christ "outside the gate." There was no 
place for them but at the Christian altar. 

I mention the Lord's table here because of its great 
importance. Here was true fellowship hi praise and prayer. 
Here Jesus is ever the Host of His Table. Here each can read 
his pardon from sin. Here is the true testimony of a dying 
Saviour and resurrected Lord. Here the Lord verified His 
promise, "I am with you always." The outcast convert knew an 
inner peace and joy unknown before. 


Of course the Christian altar is not confined to the assembly 
but as expressed in an old hymn: 

Where e'er I have a tent 

Thy altar will I raise, 

And thither my oblation bring 

In humble prayer and praise. 
We have now proceeded with the ancient tabernacle priest 
from the brazen altar (and if I may so say, stopping for 
cleansing at the brazen laver of self judgment and inner 
cleansing of doings and ways) to the golden altar of incense. 
Here lighted by the seven-fold lamp stand and on the shewbread 
of God's word, we may bring as priests of God, our offering, a 
sacrifice to God. Rom. 12:1: "I beseech you therefore brethren 
by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living 
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable 
service." Heb. 13: 15,16: "By him therefore let us offer the 
sacrifice of praise continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, 
giving thanks in his name." But to do good and communicate 
forget not for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." 

The believing heart sees in the outward symbols the inner 
work of the Holy Spirit of God. Unhappily, I think, some think 
and teach to dispose of outward symbols when we have the 
inner reality. This is a short-sighted view. These outward 
symbols were established by Christ as an expression of faith and 
obedience. They ever serve as true object lessons for teaching 
and confirmation of young and old Christians. The symbol of 
the Lamb is carried through the Revelation as a name of our 

In the blessings of the Lord's table we might well consider 
Neh. 8:10: "Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, 
and drink the sweet, and send portions to them for whom 
nothing is prepared, for the day is holy unto our Lord, neither 
be ye sorry, For the joy of the Lord is your strength. 

James D. Cover 



Psalm 87:1 
Art thou weary, fellow pilgrim; r 

Is the way cou&sed and dim? ' 

Do you question what is virtue? j 

Will a certain action hurt you? 

Do earth's pleasures strongly pull you, 
Though you strive to walk so true? 
Seek your guidance from the Lord; 
Trust each promise in His Word. 

Look not to the world for pleasure 
For its good times do not measure; 
To the joy of Christian living 
And the peace that God is giving. 

His foundation is in Jesus' way; 
His holy mountains do not sway; 
His every deed is true and pure. 
He will give you guidance sure. 

Sarah Martin, 1990 


Wouldn't this old world be better 
If the folks we meet would say, 
"I know something good about you," 
And then treat us just that way! 

Wouldn't it be fine and dandy 
If each hand-clasp warm and true, 


Carried with it this assurance: 

"I know something good about you!" 

Wouldn't things here be more pleasant 
If the good that's in us all 
Were the only things about us 
That folks bothered to recall! 

Wouldn't life be more happy 
If we'd praise the good we see, 
For there's such a lot of goodness 
In the worst of you and me! 

Wouldn't it be nice to practice 
This fine way of thinking, too: 
"You know something good about me; 
I know something good about you." 

Selected by Larry and Liana Cable 


People of the living God, 
I have sought the world around 
Paths of sin and sorrow trod, 
Peace and comfort nowhere found 
Now to you my spirit turns, 
Turns a fugitive unblest; 
Brethren, where your altar burns, 
Oh, receive me into rest. 

Lonely I no longer roam 

Like the cloud, the wind, the wave; 


Where you dwell shall be my home 
Where you die shall be my grave; 
Mine the God whom you adore; 
Your Redeemer shall be mine; 
Earth can fill my soul no more, 
Every idol I resign. 

Tell me not of gain and loss, 
Ease, enjoyment, pomp, and power; 
Welcome poverty and cross, 
Shame, reproach, affliction's hour. 
"Follow Me," I know Thy voice; 
Jesus, Lord, Thy steps I see; 
Now I take Thy yoke by choice, 
Light Thy burden now to me. 

James Montgomery, 1829(1771-1854) 
From The Christian Hymnary 


Kreider - A son, Declan Niall, bom June 9 to Jason and Heather 
Kr eider of Greenville, Ohio. 

Cable - A son, Ivan David, bom June 26 to Larry and Liana 
Cable of Dayton, Ohio. 


Karin Wagner P.O. Box 101 

Walnut Creek, OH 44687 

(Summer of 2010 only) 



Andrew Loren Lavy died Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 
3:33 p.m. at his residence. 

He was born February 6, 1929, in Darke County, OH, to 
the late Solomon and Margaret Mote Lavy. His marriage was 
to Mary Ellen Morris at her parents' farm in Carroll County, IN, 
on February 6, 1949, and she survives. 

He attended the former Gettysburg High School in Darke 
County, OH. He worked as a carpenter for Raymond Wagoner 
Construction, Camden, for 20 years; then was self-employed 
doing carpentry for 20 years. He and his wife had Lavy 
Orchard for 40 years, and he farmed in Carroll County. 

He accepted the Lord and was baptized as a young man, 
looking forward to a better world. God in His mercy has 
provided a way we might all meet again some glorious day. He 
was a member of the Living Hope Fellowship in Lafayette. He 
enjoyed caring and growing his orchard, all the hired help that 
worked for him and his wife, and the many customers he dealt 
with over the 40 years of business. 

Surviving is his wife, Mary Ellen Lavy; 3 sons, Keith and 
Claudia Lavy, Troy OH, Wayne and Cheryl Lavy, Greenville, 
OH, and Kenneth and Tammi Lavy, Camden, IN; 3 sisters, 
Elizabeth Garber of Lobelville, TN, and twin sisters Ruth Flora 
of Arcanum, OH, and Rhoda Millyard of Brookville, OH. Also 
surviving are 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 5 great- 
grandchildren, and 3 step-great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by 3 sisters, an infant brother, and 
3 adult brothers. 

Funeral seivices were held Sunday, May 30, 2010, at 2:00 
p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Camden, Indiana, Officiating 
were David Perry and Denver Brumbaugh. Burial was at 
Musselman Cemetery, Camden, Indiana. 


Lulu Carrie Mohler, oldest daughter of John and Sarah 
Garber, was born on August 21, 1917, at Peru, Indiana. She 
departed this life to be with her Lord on May 27, 2010, at 
Bethany Home Society, Ripon, California, at the age of 92 
years, 9 months, and 6 days. 

Lulu lived her first six years in a house at her great- 
grandparents, Steven and Elizabeth Cripe, near Peru, Indiana. 
Later her parents moved to a farm nearby. She graduated from 
Bunker Hill High School in 1936. 

Jacob Mohler and Lulu Garber were united in marriage on 
October 2, 1937, near Flora, Indiana, at the home of her 
grandparents, John and Ann Flora. They were baptized into 
Jesus Christ, becoming members of the Old German Baptist 
Brethren Church on August 21, 1938, Lulu's 21st birthday. 

After living a short time in the Peru, Indiana area, they 
moved to the Flora, Indiana area. Jacob was a self-employed 
farmer, and Lulu found joy in being a mother to her daughter 
Phyllis and a home-maker. She also did housework for other 

They moved to Modesto, California in 1977, to live near 
their daughter and son-in-law and grandchildren. Lulu and 
Jacob took many trips back and forth from California, sight- 
seeing all the way. They also spent several summers at 
Dardanelles Campground, staying for three months, coming 
home week-ends to attend church services, Jacob would fish 
while Lulu collected rocks. Lulu loved the ocean and the short 
trips they made to Monterey and Pismo Beach. They spent 
many happy times with family and Christian brothers and sisters 
enjoying God's creation. 

Lulu liked writing letters to her family and friends back in 
Indiana. This and sending get-well and birthday cards became a 
ministry for her as she maintained her friendships. Her letters 
and cards were a blessing to many people throughout the years. 


Due to declining health, she and Jacob moved to Park View 
Christian Estates in Modesto in 2001. He preceded her in death 
on August 3, 2005. Unable to live alone, she was moved to 
Bethany Home Society in Ripon, California. 

Preceding her in death were her husband, Jacob; her 
parents; brothers Dale and Vern Garber; brother-in-law and 
sister-in-law Clarence and Sarah Mohler; brother-in-law and 
sister-in-law Harry and Dora Mohler; and brother-in-law 
Herman Flora. 

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Neal and 
Phyllis Basore; four grandchildren: Cheiyl Flory, Connie 
Chipponeri, Carla Denlinger, and Curtis Basore; 14 great- 
grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; one sister: Mina 
Miller; sister-in-law Catherine Flora; and sister-in-law Joan 

Funeral services were held June 3, 2010, at the Wood 
Colony Cemetery, near Modesto. Elder Levi Bowman 
officiated, taking for a text "the Resurrection." The song 
service was led by Elder Lloyd Wagner, using hymns: "How 
Great Thou Art," "To God Be the Glory," "Amazing Grace," 
"My Savior's Love," and "He Leadeth Me," while the grave was 
being filled. 


The Family 


". . .believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." 
(I Peter 1:8). How can we describe this degree of joy with 
mere words? Based on this vivid, inspired description, we can 
see that this sort of joy was experienced by the obedient first- 
century Christians. Our God is not dead and unresponsive! 
The Bible describes Him as one that will ". . .show me the path 


of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there 
are pleasures for evermore," (Psalm 16: 11) If this is the God of 
Christians, naturally His worshipers inherit this contagious, 
heavenly joy. 

On the other hand, Solomon describes the joy of the wicked 
like a crackling of thorns under a pot. (Ecclesiastes 7:6) Yet 
sad to say, thousands of nominal Christians seem to be attracted 
to this crackling kind of joy. Look at the world and many 
churches today— entertainment, internet, fashion, sports, 
pleasures, luxuries, play mentality and singing modem type 
tones that take away the soul searching message of a Scriptural 
song, have an appeal that competes with true Christian joy. If a 
Christian does not have a tight enough grip on Christ and His 
Word, he will eventually seek the world's joy rather than 
spiritual joy. Heavenly joy is for holy hearts, and worldly hearts 
are for carnal pleasure. More for the world and less for Jesus. 
"Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show 
my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their 
sins." (Isaiah 58:1) 

By Martin M. Nolt in The Budget 


Splash of Life 
Crash! Another big wave rolls into the solid rock on the 
beach! The water sprays into the air, forty feet or higher. It 
descends on the flourishing seaweed and cascades over the 
rocks back into the Pacific. 

How fascinating! and to think this is happening and has 
happened every ten seconds for almost 6,000 years with a 
steady rhythm and yet not really any pattern. I can only think of 
God's unchangeableness and power. The psalmist says, "He 
gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth 
up the depth in storehouses." (Psalm 33:7) 


This tremendous body of salt water gives life. As I watched 
the waves thundering against the rock that I was sitting on, I 
saw all kinds of life. Mussels, seaweed, starfish, and countless 
other creatures were clinging to the rocks right on the surf line, 
and up on top of the rock there were several kinds of moss and 
algae. Then I looked about fifteen feet inland where the surf 
did not reach with the exception of the extremely high tides, and 
all I saw was dry, bare rocks— nothing growing there. 

Here is room to do some comparing. Acts 17:28 says, "For 
in him we live and move and have our being. . ." We can all live 
and grow if we are planted close enough to Jesus to receive a 
splash of His life. And the closer we live to Him, the more we 
grow and thrive. Notice how the seaweed and mussels grow 
where they can receive a big splash of water every time a wave 
comes in, and the moss and algae plants that will do with less 
water are found at the outer edge of the wave's splash. I 
believe we all want to thrive and grow to be strong plants for 
Christ. Just take it from nature: The closer we can get to the 
Source of Life, the more life we will have. 

Peter Cover, Tuolumne, California 
Reprinted from The Pilgrim July, 1988 



"I love you, Mother," said little John; 
Then forgetting his work, his cap went on, 
And he was off to the garden swing, 
And left her the water and wood to bring. 

"I love you, Mother," said rosy Nell— 
"I love you better than tongue can tell;" 

Then she teased and pouted foil half the day 
Till her mother rejoiced when she went to play. 

"I love you, Mother/' said little Fan; 
"Today I'll help you all I can; 
How glad I am that school doesn't keep!" 
So she rocked the babe till it fell asleep. 

Then, stepping softly, she fetched the broom, 
And swept the floor and tidied the room; 
Busy and happy all day was she, 
Helpful and happy as child could be. 

"I love you, Mother,' 1 again they said, 

Three little children going to bed; 

How do you think that mother guessed 

Which of them really loved her best? 

Joy Allison (Mary A. Cragin) 
From Poems for Memorization 






VOL. 57 AUGUST, 2010 No. 8 

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


Go, labor on; spend and be spent, 
Thy joy to do the Father's will; 
It is the way the Master went; 
Should not the servant tread it still? 

Go, labor on; 'tis not for naught; 
Thy earthly loss is heavenly gain; 
Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee not; 
The Master praises: what are men? 

Go, labor on; enough while here 
If He shall praise thee, if He deign 
Thy willing heart to mark and cheer; 
No toil for Him shall be in vain. 

Toil on, faint not, keep watch and pray; 
Be wise the erring soul to win; 
Go forth into the world's highway, 
Compel the wanderer to come in. 

Toil on, and in thy toil rejoice; 

For toil comes rest, for exile home; 

Soon shalt thou hear the Bridegroom's voice. 

The midnight peal, "Behold, I come." 

Horatius Bonar 1843 (1808-1889) 

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 


Yes, the door was shut--closed--final. With our luggage 
we'd hurried down stairs and up stairs, through crowded 
corridors and several terminals, dashing breathlessly ahead on 
moving sidewalks, racing the clock, and now this. Others had 
been given our seats even though we reached the gate before 
the announced departure time. Our hearts cried, "Unfair!" but 
there was no way we could open the door. We were stuck in 
Chicago O'Hare, and our only alternative was a later connecting 
flight to San Francisco. 

Jesus told the parable of the Kingdom being like ten virgins 
who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. The 
five foolish ones took no extra oil, so when their lamps went 
out, they had to leave and get more. When they returned to go 
to the marriage, the door was shut. They were too late. Jesus' 
lesson is this: "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day 
nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." 

Jesus says (Luke 13:24), "Strive to enter in at the strait 
gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall 
not be able." That door will someday be shut, and some will 
knock and protest: "We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, 
and thou hast taught in our streets." Some will claim to be 
qualified-that they have prophesied in His name, cast out 
devils, and done many wonderful works. These in Matt. 7:22 
were false claims because Jesus will say, "I never knew you: 
depart from me, ye that work iniquity." How then are we 
qualified? Verse 21 says, ". . .but he that doeth the will of my 
Father which is in heaven." His will includes our seeking and 
knocking. It is open to all by the blood sacrifice of Jesus on the 
cross when He said, "It is finished." 


As I write this a wild torn turkey has come three times to 
steal cat food. We chase him away because the turkeys eat our 
grapes and scare away other pets. At the same time 
hummingbirds come to their feeder. They are welcome because 
they do no harm The hummingbirds can enter the gate of our 
favor; the turkey cannot. A poor comparison, but God has the 
right to decide who qualifies and how long there will be 

God is for us and so patient. Paul writes to Timothy that 
God "will have all men to be saved and come unto the 
knowledge of the truth." Peter tells us He is longsuffering, "not 
willing that any should perish, but that all should come to 
repentance." And Jesus said in Matt. 18:14: "Even so it is not 
the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these 
little ones should perish." When the door is closed, it will be 
right and we will not think "unfair" in our hearts. 

Our Lord Jesus promised, "Knock, and it shall be opened 
unto you," for "to him that knocketh it shall be opened." The 
time to knock is now. Sometime it will be too late. 

There is another door, "the gates of hell." Jesus calls this 
the wide gate to the broad way leading to destruction. We must 
choose which door we will enter. The sad part is that many 
choose the wide gate. However, Jesus promised that the gates 
of hell shall not prevail against the church. 

Revelation 21 describes a beautiful city, the New Jerusalem 
It has high walls and twelve gates made of pearl, and those 
gates are never shut. In old times when walls were for defence, 
the gates were closed every night. The gates of the New 
Jerusalem are never shut, "for there shall be no night there." 

To enter these gates is an indescribable privilege. Jesus said 
He was going to prepare a place for His people and that there 
are many mansions in His Father's house. No earthly activity or 
desire or attraction-nothing should hinder our entering into that 
place. Jesus Himself is the door and no man comes to the 


Father but by Him. He invites. "Come mito me all ye that 
labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." 

We might "join a church" or do many good works or even 
go through the motions of baptism, and these are right. But to 
know Jesus and enter that door means new life and salvation. 

Let us not be late or left behind. --L.C. 


I have heard it said that for the believer, this life is as bad as 
it is going to get; and for the unbeliever, this life is as good as it 
is going to get. This statement caused me to pause and do 
some thinking. Do we want the best or the worst? I believe 
everyone desires the best. God in His love for mankind has 
given everyone a mind to choose good and shun evil. 

My impression of today's society in general is that we have 
exceeded greed speed in which technology has overtaken our 
intelligence. Does the world offer the best of the worst, or does 
it offer the worst of the best? The framers of our National 
Constitution guaranteed the liberty of each citizen in then- 
pursuit of happiness. This does not mean the pursuit of giddy 
entertainment and lustful indulgence, but rather to be free to 
obtain a positive fulfillment in life. 

True happiness is only possible with the absence of guilt. 
This places the unconverted person at enmity with the Gospel, 
for the Gospel exposes sin and places the unconverted under the 
cloak of guilt. God's eternal purpose is to have a people to 
honor and praise Him by reason of love and choice, not from a 
fear of condemnation if they do not. 

We are thankful that God has provided a means whereby 
everyone can receive the Gospel, experience a changed heart, 
lay all guilt and sin at the foot of the cross, and allow the Holy 
Spirit to bring peace and fulfillment to their lives. 


God does not want us to just live a life of do's and don'ts. 
The order in which God wants us to pattern our lives is to put 
Jesus first, our neighbor (including our family and church 
members) second, and ourselves third. This is not possible 
without a converted heart. Earthly pursuits, careers, homes, 
families, cars, sports, recreation, can all be consistent if our 
priorities are in order. Jesus instructs us to ". . .seek ye first the 
kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you." 
(Matt. 6:33) 

We encourage everyone to study the Bible. Share the Word 
with others if possible. Be not deceived by sensational and 
spurious teachings which play on the emotions. Avoid even the 
best of the worst, but maintain the quest for the best of the best. 
"Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the 
weakness of God is stronger than men." (I Cor. 1:25) 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 


I remember my great-grandmother reading the story of "The 
Three Little Pigs." In my mind's eye, I still see the illustrations 
of that first book. There was the page where the three little 
pigs set off into the big world to seek their fortunes, each 
waving goodbye to their mother and outfitted with a bundle of 
belongings tied to the end of a stick. By and by, the first little 
pig met a peddler with a cartload of straw from whom he 
bought enough to build himself a house. The second little pig 
met another peddler with a cartload of sticks from which he 
purchased enough to build Ms house. Finally, the third little pig 
met a peddler with a cartload of bricks. Buying those bricks, 
the third little pig proceeded to build himself a solid house, 
quite in contrast to the work of the first two pigs. 


Of course, then along came the wolf. To the first little pig 
he said. "Little Pig, little pig, let me come in!" 

Bravely, the little pig countered, "Not by the hair of my 
ckinny- chin- chin! " 

"Then F'll huff and HI puff and HI blow your house in!" 
roared the wolf^ and he proceeded to do just that. 

Fortunately, the little pig was blown right to the door of his 
brother in the house of sticks. The second little pig quickly 
took his brother in as the wolf approached his house. (7 
remember the picture vividly. The faces of two helpless pigs 
peer out over the flimsy stick gate that served as the door of the 
second little pig's house as the wolf stands menacingly before 
them. ) The wolf asked the second little pig to let him come in, 
and again the second little pig said, "Not by the hair of my 
chinny- chin- chin." As before, however, a great puff from the 
wolf annihilated the house, and the pigs are fairly blown to the 
door of the third little pig who admitted them to the safety of 
his solid brick house. 

This time when the wolf attempted to blow the house in, he 
failed. He had to give up the huffing, but he wasn't ready to 
give up on the pigs. Instead, he tried a new tactic. He first 
invited the little pig to meet him at an apple orchard the next 
morning at 7:00. The little pig agreed, but he went early, 
arriving at the apple orchard at 6:00 instead. While he was 
there, the wolf came. Thinking quickly, the little pig offered to 
throw an apple down out of the tree to the wolf When he did 
so, he threw it very hard so that, as the wolf went to retrieve it, 
the little pig had time to climb down and run safely home. 

The next trick the wolf tried was similar. He invited the 
little pig to the fair the next morning at 6:00. Again the little 
pig agreed, and again he went early, arriving at 5:00. He saw 
the sights and bought a butter churn before he spied the wolf 
This time he crawled into the butter churn and rolled downhill 


past the unsuspecting wolf to arrive again at the safety of his 

When the wolf discovered that he had been outwitted again, 
he vowed he was going to come down the chimney to get rid of 
the little pig. (7 can still see the darkened form of the wolf 
standing on the roof of the little pig's house leaning over the 
chimney as he prepared his attack ) As the readers of the story 
know, the quick-thinking little pig inside the house was also 
preparing for the attack. Just as the wolf came down the 
chimney, the little pig removed the lid from the kettle there, and 
the wolf fell kersplash into the boiling water, and the little pig 
quickly put the lid back on the kettle. That was the end of the 
big, bad wolf, and the three little pigs lived happily ever 

Over the years, I have seen various versions of the story of 
"The Three Little Pigs." In some, the first two little pigs are 
actually eaten by the wolf who catches them in their folly. In 
others, such as the version to which I was first introduced, the 
first two little pigs just barely escape to the safety of their wise 
brother's house, and the story ends with the scene of a fireplace 
in which a wolfs tail and possibly his ears are sticking out from 
beneath the kettle lid. 

A few years ago, however, my wife found a version of the 
story that I had never seen before. In some ways, I wasn't 
particularly impressed with the book. The illustrations of the 
characters, for example, disappointed me. The wolf wasn't 
nearly as scary-looking as I remembered him to be in that first 
story my great- grandmother had read to me. Also, I missed the 
clever wit of the little pig in the apple tree and the butter churn 
incidents. However, this story did have something that none of 
the other versions ever had. Instead of the last scene being a 
wolf on the boil, there was a happy reunion of the three little 
pigs with their mother after the wolf had been vanquished. 
They were sitting around a table enjoying a great feast, and 


their mother was serving them. This observation gave me an 

It was about that time that we had three students graduating 
from our school, so I decided to use the story for their benefit in 
my end-of-the-year senior address. I told the graduates that 
they were the three little pigs, and as they graduated from high 
school, they would be going out into the world to seek their 
fortunes. They would decide how they would build their lives. 

I Corinthians 3: 10-15 has a remarkable Scriptural parallel to 
the story of the three little pigs. In those verses, Paul makes it 
clear that he had laid the foundation of Jesus Christ for his 
followers, but it was up to them how they built thereupon. He 
listed six types of building materials, three of them durable and 
lasting, but three of them of a fairly transient nature. Then in 
verse 13, he writes, "Every man's work shall be made manifest: 
for the day shall declare it because, it shall be revealed by fire; 
and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is." 

In the story of the three little pigs, their work was tried by 
the wolf who came to all three little pigs. He proved that the 
work of two little pigs was not of sufficient strength of 
character. The first two little pigs certainly suffered loss, but 
they were saved by the very breath that blew their houses 
down! However, when the wolf approached the solid house of 
the third little pig and tried to gain entry there, his tactics all 
failed, including his last bold attempt to come down the 

In the story of our fives, the wolf is the devil. We can be 
sure that the devil will come to try us wherever we are. We 
don't need to go looking for the devil; he will come looking for 
us. He overlooks none, howsoever wisely we may be building 
our spiritual house. He is out to get every one of us. God lets 
Satan try us, but He actually permits it for our good. Notice I 
Corinthians 3:15, "If any man's work shall be burned, he shall 
suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire." 


The way the third little pig had built his house gave him an 
obvious advantage in the trials of life. It cannot be denied that 
those who build their lives with wisdom will escape much 
trouble. However, there is something in the dealings of the 
third little pig with the wolf that is not true to life. Here's why I 
say that. The third little pig was able to outsmart the wolf at 
every turn. We humans aren't able to do that. No matter how 
thoroughly trained, how principled, how self- disciplined, how 
prudently we make all of our major or minor decisions, we are 
no match for the devil. We need someone bigger than ourselves 
to look out for us. 

For that reason, I found the conclusion of my most recently- 
discovered version of "The Three Little Pigs" refreshing. I see 
in that final picture of family reunion one source of strength for 
the young people among us who are graduating from formal 
education. Though flush with a measure of academic 
achievement and anxious to flex their wings of independence, 
they are stiU in need of the protection of their spiritual family 
because there is a wolf out there waiting for them in the world. 

By protection of their spiritual family, I am speaking of the 
security of the bond of the brotherhood. It is one of my 
greatest concerns that young Christians come to feel a deep 
heartfelt oneness with their local congregations. The mortar of 
a strong brick spiritual house is the love of the 
brotherhood. It is the intertwining of feelings that the old have 
for the spiritual welfare of the young and the appreciative 
consideration that the young have for the old in response. It is 
the conviction rooted in the young that they need the church. It 
is the realization that, if we know what is good for us, we will 
yield our rights to that of the brethren because what we get in 
return is something far more life-giving than what we get trying 
to fend for ourselves in spiritual isolation. 

This thing of spiritual isolation really concerns me. 
Obviously it affects those who do not surrender to the Lordship 


of Jesus Christ at all, and it affects those who, for whatever 
reason, hold themselves aloof from church membership. 
However, many times church members also live in spiritual 
isolation. They do not really share with the brethren in a 
broken, heartfelt way. They hold their true feelings in reserve 
while outwardly keeping the peace. For various selfish or 
fearful reasons, they do not feel at one with the brotherhood. 
Therefore, they do not put their hearts into the brotherhood and 
remain living instead in a straw house. 

But oh! God doesn't want us to live isolated in a flimsy 
straw house! He wants his children, including the young ones, 
to be together as a family serving one another in a feast of 
God's goodness in His strong brick house. There's no place for 
individualism in Christian community. The devil has us all in his 
sights, so we need each other to resist him Why stand aloof 
from sharing our hearts with our brethren when to do so 
exposes the devil and gives us the bond of brotherhood? We 
need God and we need the brethren. Oh yes, we want the 
devil to be defeated, but we will find that when we have God 
and are truly, deeply one with th e brethren we not only will 
defeat the devil, but we also will have rich fellowship one with 
another. After all, the Bible does not end with the scene of the 
devil boiling in the lake of fire; its last two chapters are a 
beautiful picture of God making His tabernacle with men. May 
we seek that heaven on earth. 

By Jason Burkholder in The Golden Chain 

Selected by Jean Martin 


1. Never be angry at the same time. 

2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire. 

3. If one of you has to win the argument, let it be the other 


4. If you have to criticize, do it lovingly. 

5. Never bring up mistakes of the past. 

6. Neglect the whole world rather than each other. 

7. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled. 

8. At least once every day, try to say one kind or 
complimentary thing to your partner. 

9. When you have done something wrong, be ready to admit it 
and ask for forgiveness. 

10. It takes two to make a quarrel, and the one in the wrong is 
usually the one who does the most talking. 

Selected from Scrapbook of Ideas #2 
By Vera Overholt 
Also, Pray together once every day, each one praying 
aloud. Husbands and wives who pray together will stay 


A child is like a bag. A child is naturally airy and light, 
especially in his mind. And. like an empty bag, a small gust of 
"wind" from any direction will topple him and tumble him 
along. Also, like an empty bag, his top needs to be consciously 
opened so that he can be filled. A child whose top is carefully 
opened and who is taught social skills, academics, and Bible 
facts gains some weight in his bag. But the most weight is 
gained by instilling the fear of God, the beginning of wisdom 
Such weight evidences itself in upright character- character that 
remains upright, even in a howling storm. Who questions 
whether howling storms exist in our world today? 

By Chester Weaver, Jr. 
In The Christian School Builder, June, 1991 



We thank Thee, Lord, for endless life, 
The greatest gift of all, 
And for the gift of newborn life, 
So innocent and small. 

We ask Thee, Lord, that we may learn 
The joy of innocence, 
The childlike trust and faith sincere, 
And love without pretense. 

And, too, dear Lord, help us to teach 
The lessons day by day 
Of sharing hearts and helping hands, 
And choosing Thy best way. 

So that at last when earthly life 

Is given back to Thee, 

In Heaven's happy home above, 

We'll join Thy family. 

By Martha Rohrer 
Selected by Sarah Martin 


J Cable - A son, Ivan David, born June 26 to Larry and Liana 
Cable of Dayton, Ohio. 

/ Meyers - A daughter, Tracy Nicole, born July 8 to Kevin and 
Heidi Meyers of Dallas Center, Iowa. 


}J Martin - A son, Silas Kenneth, born July 19 to Matthew and 
Sarah Martin of New Madison, Ohio. 

Martin - A daughter, Lilia. Belle, born July 20 to Andrew and 
Maria Martin of Hollansburg, Ohio. 


The Yellow Creek Old Brethren held an election in 
Palestine, Ohio, on July 18. Allen Hilty was chosen and 
installed in the first degree of ministry and is supported by his 
wife Carletta. Andrew Martin was chosen and installed in the 
office of deacon and serves with the support of his wife Maria. 
May God bless these couples as they serve in the office where 
they are called. 


Shane OberhoLzer 27510 C.K 42 

Wakarusa, IN 46573 


There is beauty all around, When there's love at home; 
There is joy in every sound, When there's love at home; 
Peace and plenty here abide, Smiling sweet on every side; 
Time doth softly, sweetly glide, When there's love at home. 

In the cottage there is joy, When there's love at home; 
Hate and envy ne'er annoy, When there's love at home; 
Roses blossom 'neath our feet, All the earth's a garden sweet; 
Making life a bliss complete, When there's love at home. 


Kindly heaven smiles above, When there's love at home; 
All the earth is filled with love, When there's love at home; 
Sweeter sings the brooklet by, Brighter beams the azure sky; 
Oh, there's One who smiles on high, When there's love at home. 

Jesus, show Thy mercy mine, Then there's love at home; 
Sweetly whisper, "I am thine," Then there's love at home; 
Source of love, Thy cheering light, Far exceeds the sun so 
Can dispel the gloom of night; Then there's love at home; 

Arranged by J. D. Brunk 
From Spiritual Songs and Hymns 


Habits of Safety 

Just listen to the man who had his finger amputated by an 
unshielded auger, or the careless driver who was reading while 
driving and injured innocent victims, or the girl who 
thoughtlessly left candles burning unattended in her bedroom, 
which started a fire. They agree that disregarding safety habits 
may have serious results! 

Being safety-conscious is a Christian expression. God's 
priceless esteem for the soul of man causes us to also have a 
high respect for life. Today's television violence and 
undisciplined, selfish pursuits of man result in many lives being 
snuffed out with unblinking callousness. Life is not cheap and 
temporal but precious and eternal. 

We as Christians are safety conscious because of God's love 
in our hearts (Romans 5:5). To cause pain and grief to another 
is a personal hurt to us as well. We treat others as we would 
like to be treated (Luke 6:31). By allowing this divine love to 


work in us, we can rise above our undisciplined and careless 
conduct to a pattern of life that is a blessing to others (Romans 

Following safety habits is a discipline that often requires 
extra time and cost. Take the time to get sufficient rest so that 
you are not a liability on the highway. Make it a habit to always 
look beyond your target before you shoot a firearm. At times 
the pressures of our work may cause us to do foolish things. 
Rather, let us establish habits of turning off power equipment 
before we unclog or service them Take the time to check for 
children playing around your vehicle before speeding off to 
town for parts. 

As humans, we can never rise above making mistakes. We 
will find ourselves responsible at times for causing hurt to 
others. We may simply fail to see the stop sign. But as divine 
love and respect for life fills our hearts, we will do all we can to 
correct our mistakes and to set disciplined patterns so that 
mistakes can be avoided in the future. 

By Brian L. Eberly 

In The Christian Example 


Ketchup Disobeys 

Ketchup barked mournfully. Usually she was inside by 
evening, but I had been painting faces for puppy pillows and did 
not want her chewing or shedding on them. I was feeling sorry 
for her though, and decided to bring her in on a leash and try to 
impress on her that she must not touch 

I showed them to her and said "no!" She tried to sniff or 
paw them, and again I said "no," I said "no" even when she 
sniffed in their direction. She looked rather mournful, but 
seemed to understand and lose interest. I let her off the leash 

and tried to keep an eye on her. I said "no" when she moved 
toward them, and soon she lay down in her favorite spot and 
watched me. 

I was a little puzzled, though. Every time I glanced at her, 
her ears drooped, and she looked quite apologetic. Had I 
convinced her I was angry? I tried to console her, but she just 
looked more guilty. 

Then I saw it: a badly crumpled puppy pillow, its face 
smudged and coated with dog hair. So. she was guilty! She had 
understood, yet disobeyed, and now she was miserable. 

I scolded and punished. She cowered and made doggy 
apologies. And soon we were on good terms again. But the 
puppy pillow would never be the same again. 

This story makes me remember times when I also felt as she 
seemed to feel. I couldn't resist doing something wrong, but 
instead of enjoying it, I felt guilty and miserable. Maybe you 
have felt that way, too? We are always happier when we obey! 

Martha Wagner, Gettysburg, Ohio 














VOL. 57 SEPTEMBER. 2010 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) 


The Hands that took the loaves 

and broke and blessed; 
The Hands that hushed the sea 

and put it quietly to rest; 
The Hands that took the spittle and the clay, 

placed it on blinded eyes 

and made them see that day; 
The Hands that stooped and wrote on sandy floor; 

accusers fled; 

she went to sin no more; 
The Hands that raised to beckon 

Lazarus from his grave; 
Were those same Hands that bled, 

my soul to save. 

Juanita Jones-Grabigel 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
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Publishing editor: Leshe Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379-9605 


Back to school! God has blessed us with the privilege to 
teach our own children in our own school. We can present the 
facts of math, the principles of science, the value of social 
studies, but more: our teachers can model behavior and belief 
in our Savior. The Bible can be our finest textbook while it is 
not even allowed in our public school teaching. 

School is a project for all. Cooperation from parents, 
teachers, board members and church leaders will allow the 
school to operate at its best. Our goal is an extension of the 
ideals of the families: to educate and to prepare our children for 
a life of service in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Of course, our 
first and foremost teachers are our parents. 

Teachers are the ones God uses to determine the life and 
success of the Christian school. They have a ministry. They 
should be given a reasonable wage. But unless a teacher 
considers this an opportunity to serve God, higher wages won't 
really help. If all work together to support our teachers, they 
will be satisfied and rewarded abundantly. One teacher told of 
often finding oranges and apples and other thoughtftd gifts 
placed on his car seat. He discovered it was from one of the 
parents who probably could least afford it. 

School does not replace parental teachings. It should never 
contradict but rather support the good purposes of the parents. 
On the other hand, unless the home subscribes to the ideals and 
rules of the Christian school, the teacher is handicapped and 
cannot have the ultimate success. 

Our model for teaching is God the Father, Son, and Holy 
Spirit. Psalm 94:10: ".. . . He that teacheth knowledge, shall 
not he know?" And verse 12: "Blessed is the man whom thou 


chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law." 
Nicodeimis acknowledged Jesus as "Rabbi" and "a teacher 
come from God." The Comforter, who is the Holy Ghost, is 
also a teacher. John 14:26: ". . . he shall teach you all things, 
and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have 
said unto you." So, teachers, you are in good company and 
have a high calling and responsible profession. 

As we begin another school year, let us pray for our schools 
and our teachers. Let us support them with appreciation, 
respect, and even praise for doing well in a challenging position. 


Recently I spoke with a friend of mine. He asked me if I 
knew anything about restoring barns. He has a barn that is in 
basically good shape but needs some attention to preserve it. 
As we walked through the structure and looked at it, he 
mentioned that one of the problems is that it is severely buffeted 
by the wind every winter. The problem, he explained, is that in 
addition to not being airtight, the barn is almost empty. When a 
gust of wind hits the barn, the air pressure increases inside the 
barn and stresses the structure, similar to putting a quick puff of 
air into an empty paper bag. A barn that is full, even if it is not 
sealed well, does not have the same problem. 

Jesus used a similar example in Matthew 12:43-45. He 
compared the life of a man who had been delivered from an 
unclean spirit to an empty house. After the unclean spirit left, 
this man's "house" was cleansed, swept, and garnished. But it 
was left empty. The unclean spirit observed this, moved back in 
with seven of his fellow demons, and the last state of the man 
was far worse than the first. 


What about our lives? If we fail to actively fill our minds 
with God's Word, if we fail to spend time in prayer with God on 
a daily basis, if we do not respond to the Holy Spirit's 
prompting, our "houses" will become empty also. The winds of 
temptation and trial that come will not only buffet us from 
without, but doubt, condemnation, and anger will add pressure 
within. Satan and his minions desire to move in and take 
control. They are ready to seize every opportunity to 
discourage us and move in with doubts, fears, resentment, and 

When we fill our lives with God's Word, prayer, the fruit of 
the Spirit, and love for each other, our lives become strong 
against the winds of temptation and trial that buffet us from 
without. When we walk in the Spirit, we have confidence and 
assurance. When we walk after the flesh, we experience doubt 
and condemnation. Read Romans 8:1,2 and meditate on the 
truth it contains. Our lives will either be filled with the "Spirit 
of life in Christ Jesus" or be governed by the "law of sin and 
death." These two will not peacefully co-exist. One must leave 
and one must stay. 

What are you filling your life with? If what you read, 
watch, listen to, and do brings you closer to Jesus Christ and 
prepares you to weather the storms of life, keep it up. If what 
you are taking into your life brings only momentary pleasure, 
leaving you empty and no closer to Christ than when you 
started, you are setting yourself up to be blown away when a 
real storm appears. If this describes you, please take the advice 
of Peter in I Peter 1:13-16. Don't just drift. Actively direct 
your thoughts (gird up the loins of your mind) toward God. Be 
sober. Meditate often on heaven, the blessed hope of the 
Christian. Obey God's Word. Practice holy living. Allow the 
Holy Spirit to control your life. 

Don't be an empty barn, buffeted without and within by 
eveiy gust of wind that comes along. Allow God to fill you 


with His love, first for Himself and secondly for others. 

Remember that the storms will come and the winds will blow. 

That is certain. When they come, will you be prepared? 

Eddie Wagner 
Modesto, California 


If God has called you to be really like Jesus He will draw 
you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you 
such demands of obedience, that you will not be able to follow 
other people, or measure yourself by other Christians, and in 
many ways He will seem to let other people do things which He 
will not let you do. 

Other Christians and seemingly religious and useful men 
may push themselves forward, pull wires, and work schemes to 
carry out their plans, but you cannot do it, and if you attempt it, 
you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to 
make you sorely penitent. 

Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their 
successes, of their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow 
you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you 
into some deep mortification that will make you despise 
yourself and all your good works. 

Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may 
have a legacy left to them, but it is likely God will keep you 
poor because He wants you to have something far better than 
gold, namely a helpless dependence upon Him, that He may 
have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day out of an 
unseen treasury. 

The Lord may let others be honored and put forward, and 
keep you hidden in obscurity, because He wants to produce 
some choice fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only 


be produced in the shade. He may let others be great but keep 
you small. He may let others do a work for Him and get the 
credit for it, but He will make you work and toil on without 
knowing how much you are doing; and then to make your work 
still more precious He may let others get credit for the work 
which you have done, and thus make your reward ten times 
greater when Jesus comes. 

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you with jealous 
love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings, or for 
wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed 
over. So, make up your mind that God in an infinite Sovereign, 
and has a right to do as He pleases with His own. He may not 
explain to you a thousand things which puzzle your reason in 
His dealings with you, but if you absolutely sell yourself to be 
His love slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and 
bestow upon you many blessing which come only to those who 
are in the inner circle. 

Settle it forever, then, that you are to deal directly with the 
Holy Spirit, and that He is to have the privilege of tying your 
tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways 
that He does not seem to use with others. Now, when you are 
so possessed with the living God that you are, in your secret 
heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, 
private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit 
over your life, you will have found the vestibule of Heaven. 


When you are forgotten or neglected, or purposely set at 
naught, and you smile inwardly, glorying in the insult or the 
oversight, because thereby counted worthy to suffer with 
Christ—that is victoiy. 

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are 
crossed, your taste offended, your advice disregarded, your 
opinions ridiculed, and you take it all in patient, loving silence- 
that is victoiy. 


When you are content with any food, any raiment, any 
climate, any society, any solitude, any interruption by the will of 
God—that is victory. 

Lord Jesus, make Thyself tome 
A living, bright Reality; 
More present tofaith ! s vision keen 
Than any earthly object seen; 
More dear, more intimately nigh 
Than e f en the dearest earthly tie. 
"If ye then be risen with Christ,. . . Set your affection on 
things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and 
your life is hid with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:1-3) 

"And lest I should be exalted above measure. . . there was 
given to me a thorn in the flesh. . . For this thing I besought the 
Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, 
My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect 
in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my 
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (II 
Corinthians 12:7-9) 

-G. D. Watson, adapted (Available as a tract) 


Oh, the comfort-the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe 
with a person. 

Having neither to weigh thoughts, 
Nor measure words— but pouring them 
All right out-just as they are- 
Chaff and grain together- 
Certain that a faithful hand will 
Take and sift them— 
Keep what is worth keeping- 
And with the breath of kindness 
Blow the rest away. 

-Dinah Craik (Selected) 



Ruth Mildred Crawmer, daughter of Samuel and Anna 
(Morgan) Bowman, was born September 21, 1917, in Modesto, 
California and passed away August 14, 2010, at 92 years. At 
an early age her family moved to Rip on, California. She lived 
there until she was ready for the 8th grade, and they then 
moved back to Modesto where she attended the Hart-Ransom 

On June 26, 1934, she was baptized and became a member 
of the Old Brethren Church, 

On December 4, 1937, she was united in marriage to 
Marvin Crawmer in the home of Owen Cripe who officiated. 
They were blessed with 67 years together. 

To this union were born two daughters and two sons; Mary 
and Melvin Wheeler of Modesto, California; Erma and Fred 
Miller of Jasper, Arkansas; William and Carol Crawmer of 
Sonora, California; and Wayne and Linda Crawmer of Bend, 
Oregon, who survive. She is also survived by 1 1 grandchildren; 
24 great grandchildren; 1 great, great grandchild; her sister 
Mary Ellen and Harold Royer of Goshen, Indiana; and many 
relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; her 
parents; 2 brothers, James and Herman; 1 sister, Irene Bowman; 
1 infant grandson and infant twin great grandchildren. 

In 1946, Dad and Mom moved from Modesto to Long 
Barn, and after 39 years they moved down to the Twain Harte 
area. Due to declining health, in July, 2003, she entered into 
assisted living at Dale Commons. Then for 3 years, Mother was 
at Bethany Home until her passing. 

Funeral seivices were held August 18, 2010, in Wood 
Colony Hall by the home brethren. Burial was in nearby Wood 
Colony Cemeteiy. 


The family would like to thank each one for the loving 
support they had for Mother, and a special thanks to all the care 
givers at Bethany Home for the special love you had for Mother 
and family. The Family 

A few days before Sister Ruth left us, Willy and Carol 
observed something very precious to them. Ruth opened her 
eyes wide and seemed to see something out the window that 
evidently gave her joy. Willy said they didn't see what she saw, 
but they saw the Lord evidently giving one of His saints a 
glimpse into glory just before He called her home. Willy wrote 
this poem to describe this precious event. 


Looking through the window— 

"Lord will you come today?" 
Looking through the window— 

"Come take me by the hand." 
Looking through the window— 

"Yes, my eyes are dim, 

But my heart is ready for the glorious change. " 
Looking through the window— 

"Heaven's not far away; 

I can see my loved ones happy as can be. " 
Looking through the window— 

"Thoughts and fears all gone- 
Holding on to Jesus; life's work here is done." 
Looking up to Jesus— 

"Seeing His great love; yes, I can realize 

Eternal life has just begun." 

William Crawmer 



To our dear members and friends— 

When you saw our tears, you came and put your arms 
around us. 

When we asked for your help, you opened your arms and 
hearts to us. 

When we felt alone, you prayed for us. 

Truly we saw and felt the love of God. 

My God bless each one. 

With love and thanks, 
The Crawmer family 


Fay - A son, Teagan Douglas, born August 1 to Tyler and Anna 
Fay of Greenville, Ohio. 

Martin - A daughter, Paula Danette, born August 8 to Kevin 
and Ina Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 

Skiles - A son, Kip James, bom August 14 to Eric and Megan 
Skiles of New Paris, Indiana. 

Walker - A son, Justin Lee, bom August 15 to Jacob and Darcy 
Walker of Modesto, California. 

Heatwole - A son, Justin Lee, bom August 20 to Timothy and 
Sarah Heatwole of Nappanee, Indiana. 

Those who walk with God always reach then destination. 



St, John 5:36-40 

I have as my witness, things greater than John; 
The work assigned me by the Father, I've done. 
My miracles, works prove that He has sent Me. 
To the vision of Him, you're blind and don't see. 
To His voice you are deaf; His word circumvent, 
And you don't believe Me, whom the Father has sent. 
You diligently study the Scriptures; you think 
You have life eternal in them, but you shrink 
From coming to Me, of whom the Scriptures tell. 
I have life to give you, but still you rebel. 

O Jesus, what is my response to Your word? 

Do I truly believe the message I've heard? 

Yes, Jesus, I come, and You make Your word real; 

Your pardoning peace and Your presence I feel. 

Without You I'm dead in trespasses and sin, 

But living in You, I have true life within. 

Your word I believe, for Your life made it flesh, 

And only through You can its meaning refresh. 

So, open my heart to the Spirit, I pray; 

Thy words let me Hear; grant me grace to obey. 

Miriam J. (Sauder) Brechbill 

I am not tired of my work, neither am I tired of the world. 
Yet, when Christ calls me home, I shall go with the gladness of 
a schoolboy bounding away from school! 

Adoniram Judson 



The Red Sea Experience 

Let us imagine for a moment what it would be like to have 
been a thirteen year old boy when Israel was delivered from 
Egypt. We will call him Haniel. He is the oldest son of Hiram 
and Merab of the tribe of Benjamin. Haniel was glad that his 
parents weren't among the worst complainers that could see 
only evil ahead. Hiram and Merab doubted at times but wanted 
to believe. Surely the miracles that Moses and Aaron 
performed upon Pharaoh and all Egypt proved that God was 
delivering them. 

Hiram had followed exactly the directions of Moses about 
killing the passover lamb and smearing the blood on the door 
frame. Haniel had watched closely, knowing he was the 
firstborn and that this was to protect him, but hardly 
comprehending the reality of it all. 

Now they were out of Egypt headed for the promised land. 
To Haniel the sky had never seemed so blue or the landscape so 
beautiful. He had known suffering, hunger, and hardship as the 
taskmasters heaped upon his parents and friends more and more 
work. All the boys his age had to help make bricks and gather 
stubble to try to keep up production. Now they were free! The 
desert sand felt good to his bare feet, and the trail ahead seemed 
to hold adventure. 

They had enjoyed the camp at Succoth and Etham even 
though there was so much work to do, and they seemed ill 
prepared for travel. God was directing them from the cloud 
that moved just ahead of the long column of slow moving 
people, sheep, goats, and cattle. So far, the leaders were 
enthusiastic and even the complainers were changing their 


Haniel walked bravely along with a light heart carrying bis 
pack of bedding. It was hot, but already the head of the column 
had reached the shore of a vast sea. The pillar of cloud had 
stopped, and word had come back that they were to camp on 
the shore of this sea. Sea breeze would be welcome to weary 

Evening was approaching and a few of the stragglers were 
still aniving at camp when someone looked back at the trail 
over which they had come. A shout went up and travelled 
quickly through the camp. "Chariots, horses, Egyptians!" Now 
Haniel could see in the distance a fast-moving column of figures 
appearing over the rise and sweeping down the slope toward 
the helpless Israelites. What did it mean? Hadn't Pharaoh and 
his army driven them out? Hadn't God's plagues finally taught 
them their lesson and made them afraid to hann the Israelites? 
But here they were, descending on the defenseless host as an 
eagle on a wounded rabbit. 

Immediately the complaints began. Haniel could see angry 
men surrounding the tents of Moses and Aaron: 

"Were there no graves in Egypt for us?" 

"Why did you bring us out here?" 

"Didn't we tell you to let us alone to serve the Egyptians?" 

"It would have been better to work for the Egyptians than 
to die in the wilderness!" 

And then all was still for the Lord was giving directions to 
Moses. Haniel and his parents and all Israel saw a wonderful 
sight. The pillar of cloud began to move. Surely they were not 
to begin to travel again so soon. They could never outrun the 
swift horses at the snail's pace of this crowd. But no, the cloud 
moved around behind the camp and spread until it became a 
wall of protection between the helpless refugees and the array 
of Pharaoh. As darkness descended on the tense scene, this 
cloud glowed brilliantly and made light for Israel's camp, but it 


was dark on the Egyptians' side. All night the Israelites were 
protected by this cloud. 

The next morning Moses successfully quieted the fears of 
the people, saying, "Fear ye not, stand still, and see the 
salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the 
Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no 
more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold 
your peace." 

Hamel's heart was glad as he admired the confidence of 
Moses. But the Lord said to Moses, " Wherefore criest thou 
unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go 
forward. Lift up your rod and stretch out your hand over the 
sea and divide it. Thy children of Israel shall go over on dry 
ground, but the Egyptians shall follow, and I will get me honour 
upon Pharaoh and his host." 

As Haniel and his family watched, it happened. Moses 
stretched out his hand over the sea. And all that night God 
caused a strong east wind to divide the sea and dry the land. 
The water stood as walls on both sides as the Israelites crossed. 
But God troubled the Egyptians. They tried to cross, but 
their chariot wheels stuck in the mud of the sea that was no 
longer dry. They cried out as the waters returned upon them. 
Haniel and all the Israelites saw the Egyptians dead on the sea 
shore. Not one was spared. Haniel and his parents joined in 
singing the song of triumph and deliverance: 

"The Lord is my strength and song, 

And He is become my salvation: 
He is my God 

And I will prepare Him an habitation; 
My father's God, 

And I will exalt Him. " 

Read the whole song in Exodus 15. 


1. Think what lessons we cau learn from God's deliverance at 
the Red Sea. 

2. Would a boy like Haniel be encouraged to trust God more? 

3. Can we remember that God is in control when we are faced 
with problems we can't handle? 

4. Since Jesus came and gave us a New Testament, would we 
be glad to see our enemies destroyed like that? (Remember 
what Jesus taught about loving our enemies.) --L.C. 


It's Always Better 

"Larry," began Steven one afternoon, "could you teach me 
to ride your bicycle? I can't go very fast on my trike." 

"I think my bicycle is too big for you," answered Larry. 
"But I'll let you try if you want to. You can sit on the seat and 
put your feet on this bar. I'll push you and stay right behind so 
you don't fall." 

"This is much more fun than riding my tricycle," Steven 
laughed. "I hope we do it again soon." 

"We might," Larry agreed, "but I hope you don't ride it 
when I am not here to help you. You might fall and hurt 
yourself or ruin the bike. Now I think that is enough for 
today," he added as he stopped the bicycle and helped Steven 

"Do you think you could give me a ride today?" Steven 
asked Larry the next morning. 

"I'm sorry, Steven," Larry answered. "This is a busy time of 
the year. Brother John and his family went on a trip and we 
must look after then farm. I am afraid I might not have time to 
give you a ride for a while." 

"Larry hasn't given me a ride for a long time," Steven 
thought one day. "I think I could learn to ride Larry's bicycle 

without him. If only my feet would touch the pedals when I sit 
on the seat. " Slowly Steven walked to the shed and looked at 
the bike. "Larry didn't really tell me not to ride the bicycle." he 
thought. For a long time he looked at the bicycle. "I don't 
want to ruin Larry's bike." he decided at last. "I'll just have to 
ride my tricycle till Larry has more time. " 

Just then Larry came around the house. "Steven," he called, 
"Father said I may have the afternoon off How would you like 
a ride on my bicycle?" 

"I'd like that," Steven exclaimed. "What are you going to 
do with that spray?" 

"I forgot to tell you," Larry answered. "Some yellow 
jackets have made their nest beside the bicycle. Yesterday I 
went into the shed to get a tool for Father. I had a few stings 
before I left. But they weren't too bad," he added. 

"I'm glad I didn't ride Larry's bicycle today," Steven thought 
as he waited for Larry to spray the yellow jackets. "I probably 
would have gotten more stings than Larry. It always pays to do 
right/' he decided. --By Ernestine in Wee Lambs, June, 1981. 



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VOL, 57 OCTOBER, 2010 No. 10 

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


My life is but a weaving 
Between my Lord and me; 
I cannot choose the colors; 
He worketh steadily. 

Oftimes He weaveth sorrow, 
And I 3 in foolish pride 
Forget He sees the upper 
And I, the underside. 

Not till the loom is silent 
And the shuttles cease to fly 
Shall God unroll the canvas 
And explain the reason why. 

The dark threads are as needful 
In the Weaver's skillful hand 
As the threads of gold and silver 
In the pattern He has planned. 

-Grant Colfax 

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 PILGRJM, 19201 Cherokee Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379 


"Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will 
cause thee to hear my words. " (Jer. 18:2) 

A potter creates things out of clay— bowls, bottles, and pots. 
When Jeremiah arrived, the potter was making a work on the 
vvheels. The wheels spin the vessel of clay to make it uniformly 
round and either tall or short. With his fingers the potter shapes 
the vessel as it spins to give it a graceful appearance. 

As Jeremiah watched, "the vessel that he made of clay was 
maixed in the hand of the potter." Was the potter discouraged? 
No, he knew clay was not always the same. He simply started 
over and made another vessel "as seemed good to the potter to 
make it." The Lord wanted Jeremiah to see this (and record it) 
and know that He was not through with back-sliding Israel. 

The lesson of the potter is for us, too. At least two great 
principles or truths are demonstrated here. 

Fust, God is the heavenly Potter with a grand design to 
make something useful and beautiful. He is much more able 
and skilful than this potter. To observe a vessel take shape in 
the potter's hands seems almost miraculous. God is a worker of 
miracles; He is not discouraged and does not stop working 
when His materials don't cooperate. 

Second, we (nations or individuals) are in God's hands, in a 
sense helpless as clay is helpless. We cannot make ourselves. 
But as we are pliable like clay, God can transform us into 
something useful, and beautiful. 

To compare clay with the skillful potter helps us see 
ourselves in God's sight. We are insignificant and yet God loves 
us. Isaiah writes (55:8,9): "For my thoughts are not your 
thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord, For 


as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher 
than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." We are 
created in the image of God, but unless we are led by the Spirit 
of God, the similarities stop there. 

In short, it is our duty to be soft and pliable as clay in our 
Father's hands. Only He can make us good and useful. 

Some might then conclude that our choices don't matter- 
that God makes us how we are and we can do nothing to 
modify it. Oh, if we could only know how God loves us and 
invites us to yield to Him! It is our stubborn, lazy natures that 
suggest that we can do nothing. God calls us even in the Old 
Testament (Isaiah 55:7); "Let the wicked forsake his way, and 
the unrighteous man his thoughts and let him return unto the 
Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he 
will abundantly pardon." And under the New Covenant, Jesus 
calls (Matthew 11:28): "Come unto me, all ye that labour and 
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest," 

Some are now going through valleys of pain, 
disappointment, and despair. Some are battling depression. 
But let's never forget that God is still in control working with 
His people. We are only in the development of God's plan for 
us. The best lies ahead. We should not question God as He 
forms us. Isaiah 45:9: "Woe unto him that striveth with his 
Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. 
Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? 
or thy work, He hath no hands?" 

Whether our lives be with many favors or with trials, let us 
remember our heavenly Father has a design in mind. He knows 
how to shape us as we interact with "vessels" around us. Our 
attitudes, whether submissive or rebellious, will influence 
others. If we are pliable clay in our Master's hands, He will 
make us a vessel to honour. May we be encouragement to our 
friends and a glory to our Maker. -L.C. 


The Time Capsule is soon to be exposed! The young folks 
of 2000 assembled this collection of letters, pictures, 
newspapers, clippings, etc. Lord willing, it will be dug up after 
Council Meeting by the young folk boys. All who contributed, 
anyone interested, and all young folks of 2010 are invited to the 
school on November 13 at 7:30 to share in this time. It is 
expected that all whose names are on the signature paper sign 
then names on their 2010 blank. 

This Time Capsule collection will still be on display on 
Sunday afternoon at the school for anyone interested. 

Tom Royer 

And are we yet alive 
And see each other's face? 
Glory and praise to Jesus give, 
For His redeeming grace. 

Preserved by power divine 
To full salvation here, 
Again in Jesus' praise we join, 
And in His sight appear. 

What troubles have we seen! 
What conflicts have we passed, 
Fightings without and fears within, 
Since ten years have been cast. 

But out of all the Lord 
Hath brought us by His love, 
And still He doth His help afford 
And hides our life above. 

Charles Wesley, 1749 




...Is restriction, channeled force 
Guiding us in useful course. 
Like a stream reduced to trickle 
Follows path that wanders fickle. 
That same stream, confined by walls 
Will produce a roaring falls, 
When restrained by concrete jam 
And controlled, released from dam 
Spinning turbines, making light, 
Awing us with noisy might. 


...Is restriction, channeled force 
Like a harness on a horse; 
Makes us rise from out of bed 
When we'd rather sleep instead; 
Makes us push from food away; 
We can eat another day. 
Makes us concentrate on work 
When we feel we'd rather shirk. 
Helps us think constructive thought, 
Helps us say the things we ought. 


...Is restriction, channeled force 
This idea few endorse. 
I will do just as I please; 
m accept no boundaries. 
Give it to me if it's nice, 
Chocolate milk and pop on ice. 
Matters not if times are hard, 


Put it on the credit card. 
Modem culture like the trickle 
Wends a wavering course and fickle. 


...Is restriction, channeled force 

Heeding thus brings no remorse. 

Jesus said the path is straight 

Leading from the narrow gate, 

And the vine that bears much fruit 

Must be pruned to strengthen root. 

Let's accept Christ's burden light, 

For His easy yoke is right. 

Of much fruit will be the source, 

Of restriction, channeled force. 

Gary Miller 

Pantego, North Carolina 


Happiness is something we create in our mind; 
It's not something you search for and so seldom find. 
It's just waking up and beginning the day 
By counting our blessings and kneeling to pray. 
It's giving tip thoughts that breed discontent, 
And accepting what comes as a "gift heaven-sent." 
It's giving up wishing for things we have not, 
And making the best of whatever we've got. 
It's knowing that life's a responsibility for us, 
And pursuing our tasks without fret, fixme, or fuss. 
For it's by completing what God gives us to do 
That we find real contentment and happiness, too. 



Who does God's work will get God's pay, 
However long may be the day. 
He does not pay as others pay 
In gold or lands or raiment gay; 
Li goods that perish or decay; 
But God's high wisdom knows the way, 
And this is sure, let come what may 
Who does God's work will get God's pay. 

Author unknown From Gems of Truth 

Cultivating Neatness and Order in Our Children 

A significant part of God's Law as recorded in Leviticus 
relates directly to outward cleanliness. In fact, some of these 
statutes would be considered extreme today. One who merely 
touched the flesh of an unclean person, for example, was to 
wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening 
(Lev, 15:7). It is therefore quite clear that God is interested in 
cleanliness and order. 

Where should parents begin in teaching neatness and order 
to their children? As with most other things, these virtues must 
be taught from infancy. Parents who consistently maintain 
order, neatness, and cleanliness while their children are very 
young are setting the stage for their children to adopt similar 
practices when they become older. The order or disorder that a 
child closes his eyes upon every evening and awakens to every 
morning will finally become what he accepts as normal. 

This little verse by the English poet Robert Louis Stevenson 
is revealing: 

Little Indian, Sioux and Crow, 


Little fiosty Eskimo, 

Little Turk aiid Japanee-- 

Don't you wish that you were me? 

Such a life is very fine, 

But it's not so nice as mine. 

You have curious things to eat; 

I am fed on proper meat. 

You must dwell beyond the foam, 

But I am safe and live at home. 
While not directly referring to orderliness, this poem 
nevertheless illustrates the point that a child thinks of his 
environment as being the norm. 

It should be clear then that a child who sleeps in an orderly 
room, wears clean, pressed clothes, and eats from a neat, 
attractive table, will be inclined to be neat and orderly himself 
And the opposite is just as true. In fact, it is poor practice for a 
parent to leave a wet diaper on a toddler with the hope that 
"maybe he'll get tired of it" Children do not get tired of dirt 
and disorder; they get used to it. 

Having established a well-ordered system of neatness 
themselves, parents are now in an excellent position to teach 
order in practical ways. This includes seeing that hands and 
faces are washed, hair is combed, clothes are changed regularly, 
and beds are made. Ideally, the home should have such an 
atmosphere that rumpled hair and shirt tails hanging out are 
simply not acceptable. 

The same atmosphere should peivade the schoolroom. 
There should be such a pattern of system and order that 
anything otherwise seems to be out of place. Books should be 
neatly arranged on the shelves, desks should be kept orderly, 
supplies in then places, and homework papers uncluttered. The 
teacher should not tolerate less, either in himself or in his pupils. 

And let us not forget the saying that cleanliness is next to 
godliness. An Indian once came to a service held at a Christian 


mission; and to speak charitable, he was not clean. But he did 
respond to the Gospel, and the minister was able to lead him to 
the Lord that night. No sooner had they risen from prayer than 
the Indian looked down over himself, made a wry face, and 
said, ''Beaver fat." His outward filth had never been mentioned; 
but when the Indian received a clean heart, he wanted a clean 
body as well. 

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray 
God your whole sphit and soul and body be preserved 
blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (I 
Thessalonians 5:23). 

By Marvin Eicher in 
The Christian School Builder, June, 1990 

Dirk Willems, A.D. 1569 

In the year 1569 a pious, faithful brother and follower of 
Jesus Christ named Dirk Willems, was apprehended at Asperen, 
in Holland, and had to endure severe tyranny from the papists. 
But as he had founded his faith not upon the drifting sand of 
human commandments, but upon the firni foundation stone 
Christ Jesus, he, notwithstanding all evil winds of human 
doctrine and heavy showers of tyrannical and severe 
persecution, remained immovable and steadfast unto the end; 
wherefore, when the chief Shepherd shall appear in the clouds 
of heaven and gather together His elect from all the ends of the 
earth, he shall also through grace hear the words: "Well done, 
good and faithful seivant; thou hast been faithful over a few 
things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into 
the joy of thy Lord." (Matthew 25:23) 

Concerning his apprehension, it is stated by trustworthy 
persons, that when he fled he was hotly pursued by a thief- 


catcher, and as there had been some frost, said Dirk Willems ran 
before over the ice, getting across with considerable peril. The 
thief- catcher following him broke through, when Dirk Willems, 
perceiving that the former was in danger of his life, quickly 
returned and aided him in getting out, and thus saved his life. 
The thief-catcher wanted to let him go, but the burgomaster, 
very sternly called to him to consider his oath, and thus he was 
again seized by the thief-catcher, and, at said place, after severe 
imprisonment and great trials proceeding from the deceitful 
papists, put to death at a lingering fire by these bloodthirsty, 
ravening wolves, enduring it with great steadfastness, and 
confirming the genuine faith of the truth with his death and 
blood, as an instructive example to all pious Christians of this 
time, and to the everlasting disgrace of the tyrannous papists. 

Note: In this connection, it is related as true from the 
trustworthy memoirs of those who were present at the death of 
this pious witness of Jesus Christ, that the place where this 
offering occurred was without Asperen, on the side of Leerdam, 
and that, a strong east wind blowing that day, the kindled fire 
was much driven away from the upper part of his body, as he 
stood at the stake; in consequence of which this good man 
suffered a lingering death, insomuch that in the town of 
Leerdam, towards which the wind was blowing, he was heard 
to exclaim over seventy times: "O my Lord; my God," etc., for 
which cause the judge or bailiff, who was present on horseback, 
filled with sorrow and regret at the man's sufferings, wheeled 
about his horse, turning his back toward the place of execution, 
and said to the executioner: "Dispatch the man with a quick 
death." But how or in what manner the executioner then dealt 
with this pious witness of Jesus., I have not been able to learn, 
except only, that Ms life was consumed by the fire, and that he 
passed through the conflict with great steadfastness, having 
commended his soul into the hands of God. 


As we have come into possession of the sentence which 
these rulers of darkness passed upon this friend of God, we 
have deemed it well, to add it here for the benefit of the readers, 
in order that reading the same, they may be able to perceive the 
truth of this matter. 

Copy: Whereas, Dirk Willems, born at Asperen, at present 
a prisoner, has, without torture and iron bonds (or otherwise) 
before the bailiff and us judges, confessed, that at the age of 
fifteen, eighteen, or twenty years he was rebaptized in 
Rotterdam, at the house of one Pieter Willems, and that he, 
further, in Asperen at his house at divers hours, harbored and 
admitted secret conventicles and prohibited doctrines, and that 
he also has permitted several persons to be rebaptized in his 
aforesaid house; all of which is contrary to our holy Christian 
faith, and to the decrees of his royal majesty, and ought not to 
be tolerated, but severely punished, for an example to others; 
therefore, we the aforesaid judges, having, with mature 
deliberation of council, examined and considered all that was to 
be considered in this matter, have condemned and do condemn 
by these presents in the name, and in the behalf of his royal 
majesty, as Count of Holland, the aforesaid Dirk Willems, 
prisoner, persisting obstinately in his opinion, that he shall be 
executed with fire until death ensues; and declare all his 
property confiscated for the benefit of his royal majesty. So 
done this 16th of May, in presence of the judges, Cornells 
Goverts, Jan van Stege Jans, Adriaen Gerritts, Adriaen Jans, 
Lucas Rutgers, Jan Jans, and Jan Roefelofs, A.D. 1569. 

Extracted from the records of the town of Asperen, and 
after collation, this copy was found to agree (with the original) 
the 15th of October, 1606. Acknowledged by me, the town 
clerk of Asperen. Martyr's Mirror (Pages 74 1,742) 

If we constantly watch our brethren, how can we watch Christ? 
— Seth Denlinger in Beside the Still Waters. 


FLORY - A son, Caleb Duane, bom September 29 to Duane 
and Gayle Flory of Jasper, Arkansas. 

COVER - BRANDT Tyler Cover and Emily Brandt were 
married August 28 at West Lebanon, Indiana. 
New address: 21191 Longeway, 
Sonora, CA 95370 
Phones: Tyler's (209)402-4090 Emily's (217)918-3566 


Have you ever wanted to be a missionary to some far-off 
land? It sounds so exciting, doesn't it?! The head-hunting, 
cannibalistic savages, the huge lions, the dark jungles, the 
newness, the wonder of it all! 

For my family, it was nothing like that. Sure, we had our 
exciting times, but I disliked doing my schoolwork just as much 
as any healthy child. My dad could tell you stories about the 
times he'd want to grade my math. I'm ashamed of it now, but 
it used to be so much fun to play outside that I'd skip my work. 
When grading day came, and Daddy*d tell me he wanted to see 
my books, I'd get a sudden "stomach-ache," and have to go sit 
in the out house for hours till Daddy'd go make me come out. 
One lady joked that I'd still be doing my fourth grade math 
when I was forty! 

I have so many memories of experiences in Mexico that I 
don't know where to start! I hope you'll bear with me as I try to 
jot down my thoughts and memories in a logical way. 

For almost two- and- a-half years we lived in a two-room log 
cabin with a ceiling so low a cat could knock its head on the 


rafters! (O.K., maybe not that low!) When my poor, six-foot- 
some-odd uncle came to visit, he had to walk around with his 
head perpetually bent so he wouldn't cut his scalp on the nails 
sticking through the ceiling. 

Really, though, it was a comfortable little place, and easy to 
clean; but it did have its drawbacks. One night I woke up and 
decided to get up and get a drink or something. I was walking 
across the cold cement floor, groping through the dark, when 
suddenly, under one of *my feet, I felt a cold, slimy, wet, 
disgusting, oozing something! Ugh! I bounded to the nearest 
nig and stood there crying and scrubbing my foot with all my 
might. I had known we had a slug problem, but I didn't know 
they'd go across the floor in the middle of the night\ 

In SarnacMque, the village where we lived, everyone pretty 
much knew eveiyone else! Now, there was one man who was 
so old no one remembered his name, or if they did, they didn't 
use it. Everyone simply called him "the Uncle." Everyone, that 
is, except my siblings and me. Whenever he came to our house, 
(which was quite often) he'd cup his hands around his eyes, peer 
in the window and call out in his shrill voice. "Hello. Hello. . 
.Hello. Hello. . ," Because of this peculiar habit, we nicknamed 
him the "Hi! Guy." As I look back now, I wish we hadn't made 
iiui of him. I know he laughed with us when we laughed at him, 
but I can picture the pain in his old grey eyes. Oh, how I wish 
we had been more respectful to the poor old man! 

There is one more person I would like to tell you about 
before I lay my pen down. Her name is Maria Chepa. I don't 
know the end of her story; I don't know that anyone does. But 
I will tell you what I know. Nine or ten years ago, one of the 
young missionaries used to regularly go out walking through 
the mountains and canyons in our area, taking medicine to 
people, learning the language, getting to know the terrain, 
befriending the people, and telling them about Jesus. On one 
cold February day, he came across a little girl standing all alone, 


shivering with fear at the sight of this big, white person, her 
matted hair falling into her face. Her dad and brothers were 
gone to a drinking party, and her mother was dead. She was 
left at home— an eleven-year-old— to take care of the family and 
run the house; and that, with no running water but the liver, no 
electricity, and no stores within several hours' walk. Daddy and 
some of the other missionaries took a liking to her and kept 
going back. I don't know why; I can't explain it, but for some 
reason I have always felt a special attraction to her. Perhaps it 
is because we were both the same age— both are the same age. 

I have met her only once, but I can't forget her. Daddy, the 
missionary who found her, and a wonderful older couple 
wanted to go out and see her one day, and they wanted to take 
me along. So we got toys together, piled into the pickup, and 
bounced along on the rough road as far as we could go. About 
two or three hours later, when we got to the end of the passable 
"road' we got out and hiked on down into the little valley where 
the "village" of about three shacks lay. We didn't spend a lot of 
time down there, and I don't remember all we did, but I do 
remember singing "Jesus Loves Me" or some song like that in 
her language. She and I played with some bubbles for a little bit 
and had a good time. Before we left, the older lady gave her a 
bar of soap and a comb so she could keep herself clean and feel 
like a "real lady"! I'm so glad I went that day! I've not seen 
her since, but she has had an impact on the rest of my life. 

Maria, I don't know where life has taken yon, I don't know 
if you have a family of your own yet or not. I don't know if you 
remember any of what the missionary showed you about true 
love, about God's love. But if you coidd read this, I'd want you 
to know that I pray for you. And I'd want you to know that 
because of you, I want to do my best to be a friend to other 
motherless girls like you. I'd want to tell you that Jesus loves 
you more than you coidd ever imagine. 

Esther Taylor, Tuolumne, California 


God Wants Us to Be Humble 

"What does humble mean?" Clan asked Mama as he took 
another plate from the dish drainer to dry. He had heard Papa 
and Mama talking about how then bishop was a humble man. 

Mama thought for a few moments and then began 
answering Clair. "Well, a humble person is not proud of the 
things that he can do or say, even if he can do them better than 
most other people can. A humble person will not do or say 
things just so that other people will look at him and think of 
what a nice, good person he is. His heart is not proud. 

"I remember a boy named Cletus who was humble. Cletus 
was a good student. He tried to do his work neatly and well in 
school He kept from bothering the other pupils who sat near 
him. Often if Cletus had some extra time, he would draw a 
picture and color it. 

"One day Joanna saw a picture that Cletus had just finished 
as she went past his desk. She stopped and looked more closely 
at his picture. At recess time she came to my desk. 

'"Sister Vera,' she began eagerly, 'y° u ought to look at the 
picture that Cletus drew. It's really pretty.' 

"I asked Cletus if I could see his picture. The other children 
who heard me ask to see his picture gathered around my desk 
because they, too, wanted to see what he had done. The 
picture he had drawn was very nice. 

"Cletus smiled a little as the others looked at his work and 
talked about how nice it was. He did not say anything. 

"Joanna told him, 'You can draw better than anyone else in 
our room, even if you are a first grader.' 

"Instead of saying something proud about his picture, Cletus 
told us, 'My brother John drew a picture like this last night, only 
his picture is better than mine. Someday I hope I can draw 
really good pictures like John can.' 

"Then Cletus took his picture, folded it, and put it away in 
his desk. Soon he was outside playing with the other children. " 

"He was a humble boy, wasn't he?" Clair asked. 

"Yes, Cletus was truly humble. He taught the children and 
me a lesson that day, although he may not have known it. The 
lesson was to be humble even though we have done very good 
work," Mama answered. 

"Is Cletus still humble?" Melvin wanted to know. 

"I don't know whether he is or not. I have not seen Cletus 
for a long time," Mama told him. "But I'm sure that God knows 
whether he is humble or not, because God can see right into our 
hearts. He can see if we have proud hearts or humble ones." 

"I want to have a humble heart," Clan decided. 

"So do I," Melvin added, "because God does not want to 
see any proud hearts, does He, Mama?" 

"No, not ever," Mama agreed. "The Bible says that God 
hates a proud look." 

By Alice In Wee Lambs, January 15, 1978 



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


When all Thy mercies, O my God, 
My rising soul surveys, 
Transported with the view, I'm lost 
In wonder, love, and praise. 

Unnumbered comforts on my soul 
Thy tender care bestowed, 
Before my infant heart conceived 
From whom these comforts flowed. 

Ten thousand thousand precious gifts 
My daily thanks employ; 
Nor is the least a cheerful heart 
That tastes those gifts with joy. 

Through all eternity to Thee 
A grateful song I'll raise; 
But oh, eternity's too short 
To utter all Thy praise! 

Joseph Addison 

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 


Imagine, if you can, a culture without thanksgiving. I don't 
mean one without a special day set aside as Thanksgiving Day, 
but a people without gratitude. You will see a culture without 
God, without joy, and without peace. Thanksgiving is certainly 
that important. 

As positive as the apostle Paul usually was, he still knew it 
was necessary to speak negatively sometimes. In II Timothy 3 
he lists some of the characteristics of ungodly men in the 
perilous "last days." "Unthankful" is one of those. I'm sure this 
term refers to a condition of the heart and not just an occasional 
omission of the words "Thank you." 

Just consider that even many non-Christians recognize the 
need for expressing thanks for favors. Responsible parents 
teach their children early to say "Thank you" for small things. 
When we are unthankful and neglect to express appreciation, 
we are classed with the neglectful and untutored. A culture or a 
person without thankfulness would be undesirable in every way. 

Luke 17:12-19 tells often men, lepers, who came to Jesus 
asking for healing. They all cried out, "Jesus, Master, have 
mercy on us." Jesus simply told them, "Go shew yourselves 
unto the priests." As they obeyed Jesus, they were cleansed. 
One of the ten who was a Samaritan "turned back, and with a 
loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his 
(Jesus') feet, giving him thanks. . ." Jesus' reply shows His 
disappointment in unthankful humanity: "Were there not ten 
cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that 
returned to give glory to God, save this stranger." Probably the 
nine were of Israel, but none of them thanked Jesus for this 


gracious gift of healing their leprous bodies. I hope this is not 
our response when we have received cleansing from sin. 

The Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth in 1620 were thankful 
for God f s providence. The Indians under Chief Massasoit had 
helped them survive in the new land. William Bradford, the 
Pilgrim leader, invited them to celebrate three days of 
thanksgiving for the good harvest at the end of their first 
summer in the New World. 

What have we to be especially thankful for in this fall of 
2010? Our abundance of food and clothing, warm homes, kind 
friends, and comfortable transportation are only a beginning of a 
list that could go on and on. Toward the end of Paul's 
instructions to those who are risen with Christ, he writes, "... 
and be ye thankful." How simple a command and yet so 
profound! If we are not thankful, what else are we not? We 
are not Christian— not God's people. 

Giving thanks from our hearts means that we are aware of 
our place before God. He is the Giver; we are the receivers. 
The human tendency is to look at our works, like 
Nebuchadnezzar, and puff up a little and think, "Is not this great 
Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the 
might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?" Paul 
reminds us in I Corinthians 4:7, "For who maketh thee to differ 
from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? 
now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou 
hadst not received it?" 

Thanksgiving, then, is only the reasonable response by those 
who have been favored, to the One who favored them. And 
unthankfiilness is like stealing food from a wedding feast—like 
taking something that is already free but pretending we did not 
receive it. 

May we truly give thanks as we contemplate God's greatest 
gift to the world: our Redeemer and Lord Jesus. -L.C. 



Unthankful? When God has done so much for me? 
Ungrateful to the One who died on Calvary's tree? 
How can it be for one who owes such love 
To Him who saw my need and came down from above? 

Unthankful? As I eat my share of daily food, 

And live in such a nation blessed with good; 

Enjoy the good and perfect gifts He's given, 

And call my own the house, the land, the home in Heaven. 

Thanksgiving Day is set but once a year, 

But every day should see our thanks appear, 

Not only on our lips where words are free, 

But also in our hearts where none but God can see. 

I see the handiwork of God on every side; 
I sense His love that calls me from my pride; 
I feel His care each day I live and breathe, 
And know I owe Him thanks for all I do receive. 

By our thanks to God may all men know 
That we acknowledge Him to whom we owe 
Our very life and all our friends so dear 
And every sense and wish and word of cheer. 

Lord, melt my heart today in thankful praise; 
May I serve in gratitude throughout my days; 
And let me in humility be as a child, 
Thankful for Thy mercy and Thy Son so meek and mild. 




Loaves and fishes 
The withered hand 
Walking on water 
Calming the wind and sea 
Raising Lazarus and others 
Casting out devils 
Giving sight and hearing 
Healing lepers 
Wilting /cursing the fig tree 
Raising the palsied man 
Changing water to wine 
The draught offish . 
Healing at a distance 
Knowing thoughts of men 

His power to create 
His power over growth 
His power over gravity 
His power over weather 
His power to give life 
His power over Satan 
His power to restore 
His power over diseases 
His power over plant life 
His power to forgive sins 
His power over compounds 
His power over sea creatures 
His omnipresence 
His omniscience 


There are two ways of beginning the day- with prayer, or 
without it. You began today in one of these two ways. Which? 

There are two ways of spending the Lord's Day-idly or 
devotionally. You spend the Lord's Day in one of these two 
ways. Which? 

There are two classes of people in the world— the saved and 
the unsaved. You belong to one of these two great classes. 

There are two masters of man in the universe— God and 
Satan. You are serving under one of these two masters. 


There are two roads which lead through time and to 
eternity— the broad road and the narrow road. You are walking 
on one of these two roads. Which? 

There are two deaths which people die—some "die in the 
Lord," others "die in their sins." You will die one of these two 
deaths. Which? 

There are two places to which people go— heaven or hell. 
You will go to one of these two places. Which? 

Ponder these questions! Read John 3, Romans 3, and 
Ephesians3. Pray! —Selected 

HARRIS - A daughter, Rebekah Emmi, born October 27 to 
Michael and Wanda Harris of Casstown, Ohio. 

ZIMMERMAN - STALTER Aden Zimmerman and Martha 
Stalter were married October 23 near Marble Falls, Arkansas. 
New address: Rt. 1, Box 96D 

Western Grove, AR 72685 

SAUDER - WILLIAMS Robert Sauder and Hannah Williams 
were married October 30 at Sonora, California. 
New address: 19198 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Susanna Tate: (574) 322-0668 

Scott Argo: 22662 So. Fork Rd. Twain Harte 

P.O.Box 420 Soulsbyville, CA 95372 
(209) 586-5808 Danette's cell: (209) 768-0966 



Martyrs: Jacob Dircks, with His Two Sons, 
Andries Jacobs and Jan Jacobs, A.D. 1568 

In this bloody and perilous time of persecution, also pious 
Jacob Dircks and his two sons, Andries Jacobs and Jan Jacobs 
fell into the hands of the tyrants. This Jacob Dircks, a tailor by 
trade, resided with his family at Utrecht, and as he was spied 
out there as one belonging to the persuasion of the Mennists, 
and as the lords wanted to apprehend him, he from fear of the 
tyrants fled to Antwerp. His wife, who did not hold these 
views, still remaining there for some time, the thief-catchers 
seized their property, and took about half of it. While Jacob 
Dircks resided with his family at Antwerp, his wife died there, 
and he and his aforementioned two sons, though having escaped 
the hands of the tyrants at Utrecht, subsequently fell in the 
claws of the wolves at Antwerp, where the trial of their faith 
was found much more precious than of gold that perisheth, 
though it be tried with fire (I Pet. 1:7); so that they were 
together condemned to be burnt, each at a stake, only for the 
divine truth, and living according to it, and not on account of 
any crime committed. On their way to death, Jacob Dircks' 
youngest son, named Pieter Jacobs, met them, who, as he in his 
great sadness and sorrow, put his arms around his father's neck, 
was instantly most cruelly seized by the thief- catchers, and 
thrown under the feet of the people following. With what 
soitow the father and the brothers beheld this is easily imagined. 
When the father and his two sons had each been placed at a 
stake, he said: "How is it my dear sons?" Each replied: "Very 
well, my dear father." Andries Jacobs being betrothed at the 
time, his bride and his sister viewed from a distance with 
sorrowful hearts and weeping eyes this offering, how their 


bridegroom and brother, forsaking a temporal bride, and 
temporal relationship, chose the eternal Bridegroom Christ 
Jesus above all visible things. Thus these heroes were 
strangled, each at a stake and then burnt, sealing the truth with 
their death and blood on the 17th of March, 1568. Therefore 
they shall also, for their severe travail, hear the sweet and 
welcome voice of Christ: "Ye good and faithful servants, ye 
have been faithful over a few things, I will make you rulers over 
many things; enter ye into the joy of your Lord." And, again, 
the king will say: "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the 
kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the 
world. "(Matt. 25:23,24) 

This narrative is recorded from the accounts of trustworthy 
persons, who witnessed this offering themselves. 

From Martyr's Mirror page 724,725 


When I consider how my light is spent 

Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide 

And that one talent, which is death to hide, 

Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent 

To serve therewith my Maker, and present 

My true account, lest He, returning, chide: 

"Doth God exact day labor, light denied?" 

I fondly ask; but Patience, to prevent 

That murmur, soon replies, "God doth not need 

Either man's work, or His own gifts; who best 

Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. His state 

Is kingly. Thousands at His bidding speed. 

And post o'er land and ocean without rest; 

They also serve who only stand and wait." 

lohn Milton (1608-1674) 



Today upon a bus I saw 

A lovely maid with golden hair; 

I envied her— she seemed so gay— 

And oh, I wished I were so fair, 

When suddenly she rose to leave, 

I saw her hobble down the aisle; 

She had one foot and wore a crutch, 

But as she passed, a smile. 

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine, 

I have two feet— the world is mine. 

And when I stopped to buy some sweets, 
The lad who served me had such charm, 
He seemed to radiate good cheer, 
His manner was so kind and warm. 
I said, "It's nice to deal with you, 
Such courtesy I seldom find;" 
He turned and said, "Oh, thank you, sir!" 
And then I saw that he was blind. 
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine, 
I have two eyes— the world is mine. 

Then when walking down the street, 
I saw a child with eyes of blue, 
He stood and watched the others play; 
It seemed he knew not what to do; 
I stopped a moment, then I said, 
"Why don't you join the others, dear?" 
He looked ahead without a word, 
And then I knew: he could not hear. 
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine, 
I have two ears, the world is mine. 


With feet to take ine where I'd go, 
With eyes to see the sunset's glow, 
With ears to hear what I would know, 
I'm blessed indeed; the world is mine; 
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. 

Selected from Scrapbook of Ideas 
by Vera Overholt 


"We will not influence our children in making choices and 
decisions in matters of religion! " But why not? 

The ads will! 

The press will! 

The movies will! 

The neighbors will! 

The forces of sin will! 

The politicians will! 
We use our influence over flowers, vegetables, cattle, etc. 
Shall we ignore our own children? May God forgive us if we 
do. —Selected 


The myriad colors which splash the eastern sky 

the awe they inspire 
Beginning the day in quiet time with the Creator 

Acclaiming His sovereignty 

Acknowledging my dependency 

Deploring my guilt 

Accepting His mercy. 
Food in abundance 


A voice of love wishing me a good day 
as I leave for the duties awaiting 
The trilling melody of birds which greets me 
A stately tree silhouetted against the blue sky 
Flowers to brighten the way 
Work to do 

Problems to solve 

Challenges to meet 
Strength to accomplish my tasks 
Returning home 

Feeling loved 

Fellowshiping around a food-laden table 
Inspiration from reading the writings of others 

especially the Bible 
Friendship and fellowship 

Being understood when the heart's depths are shared 
Disappointments, heartaches 

Trials to refine my character 
Failures and weakness to increase my awareness 

of an all-powerful God 

Battles won 

Proving the ultimate authority of God 
Freedom to worship 

A place to worship 

A brotherhood with which to worship 
An almighty God to worship 
A place of shelter at day's end 

The comfort of a quiet resting place 
The blessing of repose 
For what shall I give thanks? 

Miriam J. (Sauder) Brechbill 
From The Golden Chain, December, 1971 


Happiness on Thanksgiving Day 

Said Grandfather Gray, "On a Thanksgiving Day, 
If you want to be happy, give something away." 
So he gave a fat turkey to Shoemaker Price, 

And the shoemaker said, "What a fine bird! How nice! 

And since such a good dinner's before me, I ought 

To give Widow Lee the small chicken I bought." 

"This fine chicken! Oh, see!" said the pleased Widow Lee, 

"And the kindness that sent it— how precious to me! 

I would like to make someone as happy as I. 

I'll give Washwoman Biddy my big pumpkin pie." 

And, "Oh, sure!" Biddy said. "It's the queen of all pies; 

Just to look at its yellow face gladdens my eyes. 

Now it's my turn, I think, and a sweet ginger cake 

For the motherless Finnegan children I'll make." 

"A sweet cake all our own! Tis too good to be true!" 
Said the Finnegan children-Rose, Benny, and Hugh- 
"It smells sweet of spice, and we'll cany a slice 
To little lame Jake, who has nothing that's nice." 

"Oh, I thank you and thank you," said little lame Jake. 
"What a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful cake! 
And, oh, such a big slice; I will save all the crumbs 
And give some to each little sparrow that comes." 

And the sparrows, they twittered as if they would say 
Like Grandfather Gray, "On Thanksgiving Day, 
If you want to be happy, give something away." 
From Poems For Memorization 


Will You Throw It Away? 

It was one of those unusual November days when it was still 
warm enough to eat outside at lunchtime. Sister Ruth and her 
students were sitting on benches by the fence at the edge of the 
school yard, enjoying their lunches and the beautiful weather. 
Absent-mindedly, Sister Ruth watched Jerry peeling his banana. 
The next moment, she saw him toss the whole banana over the 
fence into the roadside ditch! "Jerry," Sister Ruth called, "why 
did you throw your banana away?" 

"It had a brown spot," explained Jerry. 

"I want you to jump over the fence, get that banana, and 
bring it to me," instructed Sister Ruth. 

Jerry quickly obeyed and was soon back with the banana, 
which, of course, by now was speckled here and there with bits 
of dirt and pieces of grass. But a small, brown bruise mark still 
showed on the one side of the banana. "You could easily have 
eaten this banana anyway," stated Sister Ruth. "This little 
brown spot wouldn't have hurt you. Besides, you could have 
eaten around the brown spot. Most of the banana was good, 
right? asked Sister Ruth. 

"Yes," Jerry replied with downcast eyes. 

"I do not want you to ever do this again, Jerry," stated 
Sister Ruth. "It is wasteful to throw away food like this. " 

This incident made Sister Ruth reflect on other recent 
happenings when her students seemed waste&l and unthankful 
for the food they had. One day she had seen Joyce take a small 
bite of her granola bar and then throw the rest away. "I don't 
like granola bars with raisins," she had commented. When 
another girl reminded her, "My mother says, 'There are many 
hungry children in the world who would be glad for the food we 


throw away."' Joyce had quipped, "I wish I could throw it over 
the ocean to them." And just the other day as Carl finished his 
lunch early, Sister Ruth had asked, "Are you finished already?" 
He had replied, "I ate everything but my sandwich. Mother put 
mayonnaise on it, and I don't like mayonnaise." Was there 
anything Sister Ruth could do to help her students in this 
matter? She breathed a prayer to God for wisdom. 

One Wednesday morning, a couple of weeks later, as the 
students arrived at school, they noticed ten large stick figures 
drawn on the blackboard. Each figure had arms outstretched 
holding a round, flat object. "Why did you draw those people 
on the board?" asked Dorcas. 

"For devotions," replied Sister Ruth with a twinkle in her 

"Maybe it's Joseph's ten brothers," guessed Lucille. 

"I wonder why the first four have happy faces, and some of 
the rest look sad." said Carol. 

Sister Ruth started devotions that morning with several 
questions. "How many of you had breakfast this morning? 
Were you thankful for it? How many of you have a lunch 
along? Are you thankful for the food in it? Do you sometimes 
complain about what is in your lunch? Have you ever thrown 
away food you didn't like? 

"Now let's turn in our Bibles to Genesis 41." Sister Ruth 
proceeded to read and discuss verses 15-36, the account of the 
years of plenty in Egypt and Joseph's instructions to carefully 
gather the extra grain and store it for the years of famine. After 
that she read from John 6 about Jesus feeding the five thousand 
and how He instmcted the disciples to gather up the fragments 
"that nothing be lost." 

Sister Ruth closed her Bible and continued, "Many of you 
have noticed the ten stick figures drawn on the blackboard. 
You will see that each of them is holding a plate. Recently I 


read some statistics that represented the world population with 
ten people. These ten people were lining up for the world's 
food supply. As you know, some people in the world have 
more food than they can eat while others are very hungry. So 
let's think of these stick figures as ten children, and this is the 
way the world's food would be divided. The first two children 
would get a full course meal with many leftovers. " Sister Ruth 
quickly sketched a heap of food on the first two plates, with 
some extra food falling off the edges. On the next two plates, 
she drew enough food to cover the plate, but the food was not 
piled high. "These two children would get a plate of food that 
satisfies, but nothing extra. 

"Now, did you notice that the rest of the children have sad 
faces? that's because the next three would get just a little food," 
said Sister Ruth as she added a little spot on each plate, "but 
they would still be hungry." There were three left. "These 
three children would get nothing. The would merely watch as 
the others eat, and would go away hungry, starving, and dying." 

The students' faces were sober as they watched and listened. 
"Where in this world would children like the last thxee live?" 
questioned Sister Ruth. 

"Africa?" suggested John. 

"That's right. In countries like Ethiopia and South Africa. 

"Which of the ten children would stand for children like you 
here in the United States?" The students all raised their hands 
to answer this question. "Yes, it would be one of the first two," 
agreed Sister Ruth. "Boys and girls, when we think of these 
facts, don't you think we should be much more thankful to God 
for our food? I don't think we would throw food away if all we 
had was a little in our lunch box, and we were veiy hungry. 
Let's remember this illustration when we are tempted to 
complain about our food or be wasteful with it." 

James raised his hand. "I'm sure I'll think of this when I eat 
my lunch today." 



"I think many of us will," concluded Sister Ruth, "and I 
hope we'll think of it tomorrow, too, when we eat our 
Thanksgiving dinners. Let's stand now and sing the song 'God 
Is Great. 1 Although we often sing this song as a mealtime 
prayer, let's sing it now and think of the words as we sing." 

God is great, and God is Good, 

And we thank Him for our food; 

By His hand we all are fed; 

Give us, Lord, our daily bread. 

Let us watch our attitudes. Some say they are more 
important than facts. At this season may we have an "attitude 
of gratitude." 














VOL. 57 DECEMBER, 2010 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) 


Out of eternity, 

Out of His love, 
God gave His best gift- 
Jesus came from above! 

Hie King as a servant, 

The Shepherd, a lamb, 

The Potter as clay, 

Son of God, Son of Man. 

He came as a baby, 

Homeless and poor, 

And centuries later, 

Still knocks at the door. 

He's God's gift of Life, 
As He f s been from the start, 

With no need for an inn— 
If there's room in your heart! 

Author unknown to us 

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This season called Christmas is special to millions of people 
around the world. Work stops and men celebrate. Even many 
of those who do not believe the Bible as God's Word still 
decorate their houses and put on a feast for family. (We are not 
writing to judge motives, but only to explore the event that 
affects so many.) It speaks of peace and goodwill. 

Paul in Romans 14 comments on holidays: "One man 
esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every 
day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. " 
In all our regarding days or our eating, it is important that we 
give God thanks. For, as in verse 10, ' 'we shall all stand before 
the judgment seat of Christ " Not only that, but he quotes 
Isaiah 45:23: "As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to 
me, and every tongue shall confess to God. " 

We should not judge one another, but as we consider things 
of God or try to represent Him in any way, it is serious 
business— not something to take lightly. 

Everyone knows this last season of the year is important to 
merchants who handle gifts. Gift-giving is enjoyable to all, 
especially to children. Some like to remember that the wise 
men brought gifts to Joseph and Mary at the birth of the King. 
They came from "the east to Jerusalem" enquiring "Where is he 
that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the 
east, and are come to worship him. " Their rich gifts were no 
doubt needed and used as the angel directed Joseph to flee to 
Egypt to protect the Baby Jesus from Herod. 

We love to read the accounts surrounding this birth of the 
Saviour. We understand that He did not order the 
remembrance of His birth but of His death. Nevertheless, all 


the events of our Saviour's life here are precious, and the many 
details are told so faithfully. Jesus said that the Holy Ghost, the 
Comforter, shall teach you "and bring all things to your 
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. " This explains 
how the writers of the Gospels could recount the story for us. 

What is the best way to consider the birth of our Lord and 
Saviour? (Most conservative Christians don't put up lights on 
their houses or set up a "Christmas tree.") Many give gifts and 
enjoy family gatherings. Some churches have special services 
honoring this blessed One who came to save us. Most of all, let 
us be thankful and worship our Heavenly Father who could 
send His only Son to die in atonement for our sins. 

The miraculous birth of Jesus when Mary was chosen to be 
the virgin mother, was only the beginning of the wonderful 
things He did here on earth. He fulfilled the many prophesies 
God gave to inspire hope that someday a Redeemer would 
come and bear in His body the sins of us all: 

Luke records a prophecy by Isaiah (61:1,2): "The Spirit of 
the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach 
the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken- 
hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering 
of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To 
preach the acceptable year of the Lord. " Jesus told the people 
of Nazareth that He was fulfilling this prophecy. They did not 
accept it, and tried to kill him. It wasn't the only time the Jews 
wanted to get rid of Him, for He told them of their sins and 
called them to repentance. 

Eventually they did crucify Jesus as He called on the Father to 
forgive them "for they know not what they do. " This is our 
peaceful Saviour whose birth we remember in 2010. The 
account goes on and tells of His resurrection and return to the 
Father having accomplished the salvation of all who will come 
to Him believing, worshipping, and obeying. 


As we become involved in gifts and gatherings, may we 
never forget how He loved us and suffered for us. Let us 
believe the record and know Him better and serve Him more 
faithfully. He promised to come again, this time not as a baby 
laid in a manger but as a conquering King of Kings and Lord of 
Lords. "Oh, come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord." —L.C. 


Christians, awake, salute the happy morn. 
Whereon the Saviour of the world was born; 
Rise to adore the mystery of love, 
Which hosts of angels chanted from above; 
With them the joyful tidings first begun 
Of God Incarnate and Virgin's Son 

Then to the watchful shepherds it was told, 
Who heard the angelic herald's voice, "Behold, 
I bring good tidings of a Saviour's birth; 
To you and all the nations upon earth: 
This day hath God fulfilled His promised word, 
This day is born a Saviour, Christ the Lord." 

He spake; and straightway the celestial choir 
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire: 
The praises of redeeming love they sang, 
And heaven's whole orb with alleluias rang: 
God's highest glory was their anthem still, 
Peace upon earth, and unto men good will. 

To Bethlehem straight the enlightened shepherds ran, 
To see the wonder God had wrought for man, 
And found, with Joseph and the blessed Maid, 
Her Son, the Saviour, in a manger laid: 


Then to their flocks, still praising God, return, 
And their glad hearts with holy rapture burn. 

O may we keep and ponder in our mind 
God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind; 
Trace we the Babe, who has retrieved our loss, 
From His poor manger to His bitter Cross; 
Tread in His steps assisted by His grace, 
Till man's first heavenly state again takes place. 

Then may we hope, the angelic hosts among, 
To sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song: 
He that was born upon this joyful day 
Around us all His glory shall display: 
Saved by His love, incessant we shall sing 
Eternal praise to Heaven's Almighty King. Amen. 

JohnByrom, 1750 

"Peace, perfect peace — our future all unknown? 
Jesus we know, and He is on the throne," 
— Edward Henry Bickersteth, 1875 

This brings a prayer that you have been inspired as youVe 
passed through the pages of The Pilgrim each month. We 
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May the new year be filled with His joy and peace because 
of Jesus. Leslie & Martha Cover 



After he was martyred for his faith in Jesus, this letter was 
found in his desk Written by a young pastor in Zimbabwe. 

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have the 
Holy Spirit's power. The die is cast. I have stepped over the 
line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of His. I will 
not look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still My 
past is redeemed; my present makes sense; my future is secure. 
I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small 
planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, 
mundane talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer 
need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, 
or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, 
praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His 
presence, walk with patience, live by prayer, and labor with 
power. My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my 
road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my 
Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, 
compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or 
delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the 
presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, 
ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of 
mediocrity. I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have 
stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, spoken up for the 
cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go 'til 
He comes, give 'til I drop, preach 'til all know, and work 'til He 
stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no 
trouble recognizing me. My banner is clear: I am part of the 
fellowship of the unashamed! 

HILTY - A son, Henry George, born December 16 to Allan and 
Carletta Hilty of New Madison, Ohio. 



A Godly Home -L. C. j un 

A New Year -L . C . Jan 

Approximate dates of Bible History -Ina Martin Mar 

Are We Joyful Christians? -M. Nolt in The Budget Jul 

Behold Thy Mother -L.C. May 

Christian School Views -L.C. Sep 

Disasters -L.C. Feb 

God Needs Men -Denny Kenaston Mar 

How to Use the Bible -Sel by Martha Cover Apr 

Indiana Time Capsule Opening -Tom Royer Oct 

Is Your Barn Empty -Eddie Wagner Sep 

It Is Hard for an Empty Bag -Chester Weaver Jr. Aug 

Jeremiah at the Potter's House -L.C. Oct 

Jesus' Miracles -L.C. Nov 

Let Jesus into Your Heart -Nancy Oyler Jun 

Letter from a Reader -Norman and Alice Sauder May 

Others May; You Cannot -G. D. Watson Sep 

Pride -Nancy Beidler Jan 

Pride and Church Splits -Mark Brown Mar 

Reading -L.C. Mar 

Rules for a Happy Marriage -Vera's Scrapbook #2 Aug 

Sermon Notes -Samuel and Rosanna Royer Feb 

Some Parents Say -Selected Nov 

Ten Years Ago -Kenneth Martin Dec 

The Future 2000-20 1 -Elma Moss Dec 

Thanksgiving -L.C. Nov 

The Best or the Worst -Joseph E. Wagner Aug 

The Best of Times -Keith Robinson Jan 

The Christian's Altar -James D. Cover Jul 

The Cross -L.C. Apr 

The Door Was Shut -L.C. Aug 

The Fellowship of the Unashamed Dec 

The Herod Syndrome -Eddie Wagner Feb 
The Lord's Prayer -Peter Cover Jan and Feb 

The Saviour is Born -L.C. Dec 
Uncle Ernest's Meditations -Ernest Wagner Jan and Feb 

Where Shall We Go? -L.C. Jul 

Where the Three Little Pigs -Jason Burkholder Aug 

Which? -Selected Nov 

Why Men Cannot Be Equal -Elmo Stoll May 

Worship -Joseph E. Wagner Apr 


A Parent's Prayer -Martha Rohrer Aug 

A Special Thank You -Sharon Pletcher Jan 

A Sure Way to a Happy Day -Selected Oct 

Behold I Bring You Good Tidings -John Byrom 1750 Dec 

Christ, the Word of Life -Miriam J. (Sauder) Brechbill Sep 

Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown -Charles Wesley Jun 

Cross of Christ -Daniel T. Taylor Apr 

Discipline -Gary Miller Oct 

Father, Forgive Them Apr 

Forgive Me When I Whine -Vera's Scrapbook Nov 
For What Shall I Give Thanks? -Miriam. J. (Sauder) Brechbill Nov 

Friendship -Dinah Craik Sep 

Go Labor On -Horatius Bonar Aug 

God's Gift of Life -Author unknown Dec 

God's Pay -Gems of Truth Oct 

Happy New Year -Frances Ridley Havergal Jan 

He Abides -Herbert Buffiim May 

Head of the Home -Miriam J. (Sauder) Brechbill Jun 

His Foundation Is in the Holy Mountains -Sarah Martin Jul 

Humility -Selected from Pilgrim's Progress Feb 

I'm Free -Selected Apr 

In His Dad's Steps -Scrapbook # 3 Vera Overholt Jun 

I Know Something Good -Sel. by Larry & Liana Cable Jul 

Just Suppose -Poems for Memorization Mar 

Love at Home -Arranged by J. D. Brunk Aug 

Love -from Apples of Gold May 

O Holy Saviour -Charlotte Elliott Feb 

On His Blindness -John Milton Nov 

Our Mother's Love for Jesus -William Crawmer Sep 

People of the Living God -James Montgomery Jul 

Prayer -Selected by Melvin and Marilyn Coning Feb 
Profit or Loss -Grace E, Troy in The Pearl of Great Price Jan 

The Anvil -John Clifford Mar 

The Bridge Builder -Selected Mar 

The Difference -Selected Feb 

The Hands of Jesus -Juanita Jones- Grabigel Sep 

The New Year -Heidi Moser 

The Weaver -Grant Colfax 

Tongue Trouble -Selected 

Trials -Selected by Norman Sauder 

Unthankful? -L.C. 

What a Mighty God We Serve -Clara M. Brooks 

What Is a Mother? -Author unknown 

When All Thy Mercies, O My God -Joseph Addison 

Reuben Cover Jan 3 1 

Jenna Crawnier Jan 3 1 

David Taylor Apr 10 

Jason Crawnier Apr 1 


Teresa Miller 
Aden Zimmerman 
Hannah Albers 









May 16 
May 21 
May 30 


Kellyn Paige Martin Oct 10, 09 

Jenna Elizabeth Royer Dec 15, 09 

Kirsten Joelle Savage Dec 19, 09 

Drew Brenton Royer Dec 28, 09 
Josephine Janelle Rhoades Jan 1 8 

Janessa Brooke Hilty Mar 6 

Vincent Jared Martin Mar 3 1 

Ethan Daniel Cover May 4 

Declan Niall Kreider Jun 9 

Ivan Daniel Cable Jun 26 

Tracy Nicole Meyers Jul 8 

Silas Kenneth Martin Jul 19 

Lilia Belle Martin Jul 20 

Teagan Douglas Fay Aug 1 

Paula Danette Martin Aug 8 

Kip James Skiles Aug 14 

Justin Lee Walker Aug 15 

Justin Lee Heatwole Aug 20 

Caleb Duane Flory Sep 29 

Emmi Rebekah Harris Oct 27 

Henry George Hilty Dec 1 6 


Charlotte Emma Frick 
Andrew Loren Lavy 
Lulu Carrie Mohler 
Ruth Mildred Crawnier 

April 1 0, 1 922 - March 2,2010 Apr 

February 6, 1 929 - May 26, 20 1 Jul 

August 21, 1917 - May 27, 2010 Jul 

September 21, 1917 - August 14, 2010 Sep 


Tyler Cover and Emily Brandt August 28 Oct 

Aden Zimmerman and Martha Stalter October 23 Nov 

Robert Sauder and Hannah Williams October 30 Nov 

ELECTIONS Yellow Creek Old Brethren, Palestine, Ohio 
Allen Hilty First degree of Ministry July 1 8 Aug 

Andrew Martin Office of Deacon July 1 8 Aug 


Bible Quiz -L.C. Mar 

Dear Princess -Selected by Sarah Martin Jun 

Duties of Young Men to Register -Robert Lehigh Dec 

Habits of Safety -Brian L. Eberly Aug 

Happiness on Thanksgiving Day Nov 

Keep It Up -Susanna Tate Feb 

Reflections -Esther Taylor Oct 

Splash of Life -Peter Cover Jul 

The Bible Is the Word of God May 

The Christian and Technology -Eddie Wagner Apr 

The Red Sea Experience -L.C. Sep 
Twenty-four Hours a Day -John Holland's Scrap Book Jun 

Your Place -John Oxenham May 


Bristle-Pig -Martha Wagner Dec 

Bruce Makes Supper -Rachel Showalter in Wee Lambs Jan 

God Wants Us to Be Humble -Alice in Wee Lambs Oct 

Helping Hands -Author Unknown May 

It's Always Better -Ernestine in Wee Lambs Sep 

Ketchup Disobeys -Martha Wagner Aug 

Manners -Florence A. Richardson Mar 

Muscles Like Samson's -Linda Frick Jun 

The Best Library in the World -Marion Brillinger Feb 

Weeds and Deeds - Vera Overholt's Scrapbook # 2 Apr 

When He Comes -Mattie I. Boteler Mar 

Which Loved Best -Joy Allison Jul 

Will You Throw It Away? Nov 


Dirk Willems -Martyr's Mirror Oct 

Jacob Dirks, with his two sons -Martyr's Mirror Nov 


Cultivating Neatness and Order -Marvin Eicher Oct 
Normal or Above Normal -Edwin N. Martin Mar 



The following two articles were written ten years ago and 
sealed with others in a "time capsule" in Indiana. Recently the 
capsule was opened and the articles read. What a difference 
ten years has made! And yet our faith should not change as 
the years pass. —L. C. 

November 27, 2000 

We are thankful for our youth. From our observation your 
activities are wholesome, and you enjoy one another's 

Your behavior is respectful and an honor to God in truth. 
This is a result of parental training and teaching. Our prayer is 
that you would personally experience the power of the Holy 
Spirit in your life, as only in this can you face adulthood in 
honor to God. 

Personal struggles are a reality of all people. This is a result 
of sin entering in to the heart of man. The balm for this is in 
true fellowship with the faithful followers of Christ. 

The choices we make in youth are what we become in adult 
life. Look at soberly and observe the truth of this. Our physical 
drives develop before our mental powers to control them. 
Therefore God has provided means that we can be guided 
through this stage of life in purity in honor of godly parents. 

The secret power of holiness is only preserved in the love of 
truth. The comfort to know that God is in control of the future 
is the joy of every soul that believes in His promises-that He 
will never leave us not forsake us even until the end of the 

Kenneth Martin 


THE FUTURE 2000-2010 

"Be sure our past will be part of our future." 

This is being written to be read in ten years. To look ten 
years in the future, one almost needs to look back over the past 
ten years. History can teach us much if we study it to learn. 

From my viewpoint I think of the present young folks. I've 
watched them from birth. I've watched them grow and mature, 
as also I welcomed their parents at birth, watched them grow, 
marry, and start up new homes. 

History tells me that in the last ten years there were around 
thirty- five marriages. All established new homes. All are Old 
Brethren homes with the exception of six of which one spouse 
of each of them grew up in an Old Brethren home. 

Think of that many Christian homes established. In that ten 
years there were approximately 135 children born. Think of the 
responsibility of bringing them up in "the nurture and 
admonition of the Lord." 

Will the ten years ahead show the same growth? Will the 
present young folks marry in the Lord and establish Christian 
homes? Old Brethren homes? Will the present young folks 
face more temptations from the world? 

What other changes occurred the past ten years? Modern 
technology of the last ten years will all be obsolete by then. 
Will we be caught up in trying to keep up with the world? 

Will the taffy pull continue for ten years? When Mary and I 
started it with ten persons in 1973 in our home, we had no idea 
it would grow as it did. It has stayed about the same except for 
older ones leaving and young ones starting. We had new names 
and new faces to remember, yet the same enthusiasm and 
excitement each time. We saw the shy ones and first time ones 
standing back watching and yet getting drawn into the activity. 


I could always tell who were first timers because of the 
problems they had to pull. Some would say it wasn't cooked 
right, yet others got along fine. 

How many baptizings have there been the last ten years? 
How many have made that most important step in life? It's so 
good to "remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth." 

I am now seventy-five years old. I've watched many grow 
up, marry, become parents and now grandparents. My life has 
been enriched through the years by this. 

I don't know how many more years I will have here, but it's 
in God's hands. He has been so good to me and blessed me 
with many friendships. 

My prayer is, if God wills it so, the next ten years will be 
also years of growth for all in the Christian walk. 

Wishing God's blessings on all. 

Elrna Moss 



1. Young men, within a period of 30 days before to 30 days 
after their 18th birthday, must register with the Selective 
Service on the Internet, or at any Post Office, American 
Embassy, or U. S. Consulate. We suggest registering on a form 
that may be obtained at any U.S. Post Office, and printing on 
that form, just above the signature, "I am a Conscientious 
Objector." If you fail to register within the above time period, 
you may register anytime prior to your 26th birthday. (It is only 
reasonable to register at the time suggested if we expect fair 
treatment from our government. -L. C.) 

2. Make a photocopy of all forms and correspondence with 
Selective Service for your own records before sending them in. 


3. Keep the registration acknowledgment you receive from 
Selective Service. 

4. Report any changes in registration information as they 
occur (ie., legal name or current mailing address.) 

5. Prepare a statement of your beliefs. The Civilian Service 
Board of the Dunkard Brethren Church has a "Registration 
Packet" available upon request. Be sure the statement of your 
beliefs is signed and dated, and have a copy of your statement 
placed on file with your church or person designated to 
maintain these statements. Such a statement could be helpful in 
being recognized as a Conscientious Objector in the event that a 
military draft were reenacted. It is vitally important that you 
live your life in a manner that is consistent with what you say 
you believe. 

If you have any questions regarding your registration 
record, you may call the Registrant Information Office at 1- 
847-688-6888, or 1-888-655-1825 toll free, or contact 
Selective Service on the Web at 

In times of registration only, Selective Service does not 
classify registrants. The registration acknowledgment will 
contain no reference to your statement that you are a 
Conscientious Objector. They will not enter this information 
into their database. However, if you keep a photocopy of your 
registration card with your statement including your signature 
and date, it will demonstrate that you held this belief at the time 
you registered. If you registered on-line or were registered by 
the Department of Motor Vehicles when you applied for a 
drivers license, you can write and send a letter to Selective 
Service at any time stating you are a Conscientious Objector. 
Be sure to keep a copy of such a letter in your file, or have it 
placed with your statement that is mentioned above. If you 
send this letter by certified mail, return receipt requested, you 
will have proof with a date that you attempted to get your 


beliefs on record with Selective Service long before they 
attempt to draft you. 

The Selective Service System cannot reinstate the military 
draft. In order for a military draft to be enacted, a crisis would 
need to occur which would require more troops than the 
volunteer military could supply. Congress would then need to 
pass legislation which would start a draft. In order to be 
effective, the President of the United States would than need to 
sign the legislation. The purpose of the Selective Service 
System is to provide "human capital" to the military as 
requested by the Secretary of Defense in the event of a draft 
and to hear appeals from those who seek exemption from 
military service. 

These are excerpts taken from the October, 2010, booklet 
Alternative Service Program Update by Robert Lehigh, 
executive Secretary of the Civilian Service Board of the 
Dunkard Brethren Church. For more information or to order 
this booklet write: Robert Lehigh 

P.O. Box 391 

Hanover, PA 17331 

We invite and urge any of you to send a statement of your 
convictions for publishing in The Pilgrim. It could be titled 
"Why I Am a Conscientious Objector" or "My Objection to 
Christians Participating in War." (Possibly 50 to 100 words or 

You who in the past have been assigned to alternative 
seivice might consider sharing some of your experiences for the 
benefit of the younger ones. 

Suggested reading: Report for Duty, The Call of the SSS, 
The Whirlwind Cometh 


Bristle-Pig. That is a name for a porcupine. And it fits 
well, I think. But if you knew the porcupine without his quills, 
you would find him to be a docile, "common, friendly sort," ~~ 
though rather timid. In fact porkies, as they are also called, -£ 
have made good pets even with their quills. . . unless they feel J! 
threatened. Then they live up to the name bristle-pig. So watch js 
out! -i 

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which is not at all Christ-like, and tends to make enemies out of ^ 
friends. Those of us who are like the bristle-pig need to ~z 
remember that by hurting people who have hurt us, we increase a s 
our own pain. "You cannot beat them by joining them." Rather = 
we should, like Christ, turn the other cheek. Then maybe we Ji 
will make a friend. 

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expects to be heard. Surprise him! Maybe you can help him - 
overcome his fear. Maybe you will make a new friend. And if " 
not, at least you have not been a "bristle-pig" yourself 

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