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PAUL R. MYERS 
Box 117 
Greentown, Ohio 






BIBLE 
MONITOR 
Vel. 58 

1980 



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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LVIII 



JANUARY 1, 1980 



NO. 1 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



STANDING AT THE PORTAL 

Standing at the portal Of the op'ning year, 
Words of comfort meet us, Hushing ev'ry fear; 
Spoken thro' the silence By our Father's voice, 
Tender, strong and faithful, Making us rejoice. 

"I, the Lord, am with thee, Be thou not afraid; 
I will help and strengthen, Be thou not dismayed, 
Yea, I will uphold thee With my own right hand; 
Thou are called and chosen In my sight to stand.' 

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

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

— Frances R. Havergal 



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APATHY 

New Years is the traditional time to take account of our affairs. 
Our financial books are balanced to reveal whether there was 
profit or loss. It is also a good time to take stock of our Spiritual 
affairs. It offers an opportunity to review the activities of the old 
year and to compare these activities with the Bible's standard of 
righteousness. This time of examination and resolution may reveal 
many things about us as individuals and as a Church. 

We may find apathy in our Spiritual lives through this 
examination. This seems to be a common malady of being 
uncaring or indifferent toward Christ, the Bible and Christian 
living. A spirit of drowsiness has settled over individuals and in 
turn over the Church. This drowsiness allows many to leave this 
life without hearing the saving Gospel and it robs many Christians 
of the kind of life they should be living. This apathetic condition 
neglects Christ's command of watchfulness. 

The outward manifestations of this condition include a lack of 
spiritual socializing among the Brethren. Many opportunities for 
the Church to advance her witness are seemingly missed for want 
of action. Instead of a pushing forward into new areas, there is a 
retreat into a self-satisfied state. Instead of new and growing 
Congregations, we are becoming concentrated into fewer and 
fewer congregations. This condition is prevalent across 
professing Christiandom but it is most alarming when it affects the 
Plain Churches. 

Why is this condition in the last place it should ever be found on 
this earth? The reasons are many and complex, nevertheless this 

THE BIBLE MONITOR JANUARY 1, 1980 

Published semi-monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard 

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condition is very much with us and is damaging the cause of 
Christ. 

Some of the whys behind this condition may be found in 
Revelation 2 and 3. In these seven letters many conditions among 
the Churches, then and now, are revealed. Apathy may be a result 
of the loss of our first love. Christ grows less important to us as we 
become interested in the things of the world about us. These are 
not necessarily bad things but those things which rob our time and 
effort from our highest priority. If love is not constantly rekindled it 
will grow colder until it may even go out, whether in marriage or in 
our spiritual efforts. 

Another may be Laodicean in nature. Because we are 
prosperous we do not feel the immediate need of God's provision, 
therefore pride enters, for we feel able to make our own way. We 
become apathetic, believing these goods are the most important of 
all things, so we do not realize our Spiritual poverty. 

Satan is not adverse to fostering apathy in the Church. He 
cautions the Christian to not be too different from the world. He 
tells the Christian he must continue to have a good time. He tells 
him that he can win others through a social program. These 
satanic influences cause Christians to lose their fervor, for they 
want to be popular and to enjoy their own lives. 

In the past few decades there has been a great interest in 
prophecy. As the days around us grow darker and it seems that 
Christs return cannot be far off, the minds of some are turned to 
speculation concerning the future rather than the using of this time 
to prepare for that future. This lack of daily progress leads to 
apathy and perhaps even puts that future into doubt. 

With the widespread teaching of eternal security has come 
apathy. With belief in this teaching, each day is robbed of its value. 
If an unchangeable decision was made once and all other actions 
will have no effect upon that decision, then there is no reason to 
invest any great effort into any other day. 

The overwhelming evil of the present world tends to defeat many 
Christians. They feel forced to do nothing because they see little or 
no progress. They want instant results, when they fail to 
materialize, the Christian becomes apathetic and does nothing. 

The cures for apathy will not be found in any great program that 
can be legislated by General Conference. The cure for Church- 
wide apathy will be the cure for apathy within each individual 
Christian. Prayer, confession and a positive attitude are a part of 
the needed cure. According to Jude we are to "contend for the 
faith once delivered to the saints.'' Contending is a more positive 
attitude than merely defending the faith, which we so often do. If 
we do contend for the faith then we can carry out the Great 



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Commission, Christ has given His Church. If this is done there will 
be no room for apathy in our individual lives or in the Church. 
Will your examination and resolution this New Year's season 
cause you to rid this apathy from yourself and your Church? 

HPAYP WEN EYRA 

"Happy New Year," everyone says. But will your new year be a 
truly happy one? Or is your life all scrambled up and in a state of 
disorder, like the title above? Jesus came to this earth to give us 
peace, to bring order out of chaos. He wants to make us happy, 
within His will. Having a new year before us does not guarantee 
that we will have a good year, but with Jesus, any year will be a 
good year. 

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no 
man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6. Jesus has 
made a way for all our needs to be met, starting with peace with 
God and the gift of eternal life. If your life is all scrambled up and 
unhappy, come to Jesus and ask Him to give you peace in your 
soul. Without His peace, you can't have any other peace either. 
When life's problems bear down on you, you need Christ's peace 
to keep you stable and able to face your difficulties. 

"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the 
Father may be glorified in the Son." John 14:13. When you belong 
to Christ, a line of communication has been established — we call 
it prayer. We can ask for, and receive, help for our ordinary needs 
and also when we have a greater need. When we are confused and 
don't know which way to turn, prayer to God brings peace and a 
new sense of direction. Christ desires to glorify the Father, and by 
helping us get our lives in order, He does glorify God. 

Besides help through prayer, we have another source of help. 
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will 
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things 
to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." John 
14:26. We don't have to wonder about what will please God; the 
Holy Spirit will teach us those things. At times when pressure upon 
us is great and we can't think clearly, the Holy Spirit will bring the 
necessary things to our minds. No matter what the situation, help 
is available to us. 

Confused thinking will cause confused actions. Jesus wants us 
to have a happy life, not only on New Year's Day, but always, so He 
provided a special peace. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give 
unto you... Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." 
John 14:27. When we have His peace, there's no reason to be 



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troubled. A troubled heart is a fearful heart —one always afraid that 
things won't turn out right anyhow. Fear and confusion walk hand 
in hand, and Jesus wants us to be at peace instead. 

"As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in 
my love." John 15:9. Love brings peace, while hate breeds discord. 
Love calms troubled hearts and angry spirits; hate only stirs up 
more trouble. Having a loving spirit helps keep peace; it enables us 
to enjoy life and serving the Lord. An unkind spirit causes much 
distress and turns people away from God. It keeps us away from 
God, too, so let love fill your heart and keep you close to God. 

Where confusion is, there is also sadness, but where peace is, 
there is joy. Not only is there simply joy in the Lord, but there is lots 
of it! "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might 
remain in you, and that your joy might be full." John 15:11. Jesus 
wants us to have His joy within us. not just a little but an over- 
flowing joy. It is a fulness of joy which sees you through sorrow, 
through heartaches and trials. It is a joy which enables you to smile 
through your tears, and go on, because you know Jesus is with 
you. Such joy comes from the heart, not from the outside. 

"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have 
loved you." John 15:12. You can't have real peace and joy without 
loving others. Love gives and knits people together, but hate is 
only selfish and tears people apart. Hate picks and tries to stir up 
trouble, but love is a peacemaker. Hate not only destroys peace in 
the lives of others, but hate robs the one who hates of any peace. If 
your life is in an uproar, take a look at yourself first. Do you hate, or 
do you love? 

Another thing which increases our peace and contentment is 
freedom from anxiety. "Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by 
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be 
made known unto God." Phil. 4:6. Pray; don't worry! You can waste 
alot of energy just worrying about things that probably never will 
happen anyhow. When you worry, you're not trusting, and when 
you're not trusting, you won't be at peace. 

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall 
keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:7. "Thou 
wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: 
because he trusteth in thee." Isa. 26:3. When your mind is on the 
Lord, and you trust Him, He will certainly keep you. If your life is 
filled with confusion and chaos and you would like to have peace 
and a new sense of direction, come to Jesus. Start out the new year 
with Him, then you can have a truly Happy New Year. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

LEVI'S GREAT FEAST 

Luke 5:27-32 

Levi, who was also called Matthew, was a tax collector. He 
worked for the Roman government and collected taxes from the 
Jews. Many tax collectors were dishonest and charged more than 
they should and kept part of it for themselves. The Jews hated the 
tax collectors. There were many honest tax collectors and I'm sure 
that Matthew was. At least, Jesus wanted him to be a disciple. 
Matthew was at his place of collecting taxes when Jesus met him 
and said, "Follow me." What do you think Matthew did? The Bible 
says, "He left all, rose up and followed Jesus." 

After this Matthew made a great feast in his own house. Jesus 
was there and Matthew had invited a large number of people 
among whom were many tax collectors, men who were in the same 
occupation as Matthew. They were his friends and men he knew 
well. He may have invited them so that they, too, could know 
Jesus. 

The Pharisees and scribes heard about this feast of Matthew's 
and complained to the disciples of Jesus, saying, "Why do you eat 
and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" Jesus heard them and 
answered, "They that are whole need not a Physician, but they that 
are sick. I came not to call the righteous but sinners to 
repentance." 

The Pharisees and scribes thought they were too good to eat or 
associate with sinners or tax collectors. Aren't you glad that Jesus 
wasn't like that?* Jesus came to help us. He wants us to go to 
Heaven and He came to teach us how. The Apostle Paul says that 
all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Those 
Pharisees and scribes who wanted to appear so good were 
probably the worst sinners of the lot. Jesus called them hypocrites. 
A hypocrite is one who has a form of Godliness but denies the 
power thereof. These men were supposed to be the religious 
leaders of their day but they thought they were too good to accept 
Jesus as their Saviour. They wanted someone who was rich and 
could free them from the Romans. Jesus cared nothing for this. He 
came to save souls. 

Would you like to have been at Matthew's feast, to see Jesus and 
hear Him speak? I'm sure that if we had been there we would want 
to follow Jesus too. Jesus still speaks to us and says, "Come unto 
me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. 
Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in 
heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy 
and my burden is light." BrQther Rudy Cover 



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FILLED! WITH WHAT? 

In these days of the gas shortage, someone has said, "Happiness 
is a full gas tank." But that is not necessarily so. If you have a dead 
battery you won't go anywhere even if the gas tank is full. 

There is much more needed for happiness. Joy! Jesus says, 
"These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in 
you and that your joy might be full." John 15:11. 

What are we filled with? Even people who profess to be religious 
are filled with the wrong things sometimes. Peter asked Ananias, 
"... Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to 
keep back part of the price of the land?" Acts 5:3. The Sadducees 
were filled with envy and indignation (anger) and put Peter and 
other Apostles in prison. Acts 5:17-18. When Jesus taught in the 
Synagogue, the Jews, when they heard these things, were filled 
with wrath (anger). 

At the time Jesus healed the man with the palsy, He told him to, 
"Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house." the people 
were all amazed and glorified God, "and were filled with fear, 
saying, We have seen strange things today." Luke 5:24-26. 

The disciples were filled with fear, when they saw Jesus walking 
on the Sea. Matt. 14:26, "And when the disciples saw him walking 
on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried 
out for fear." 

The Jews did not want Paul and Barnabas to preach to the 
Gentiles. "But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled 
with envy (jealousy), and spake against those things which were 
spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming." Acts 13:45. 

Jesus tells of a man who had an unclean spirit in Matt. 12:43-45. 
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through 
dry places, seeking rest, and finding none. Then he saith, I will 
return into my house whence I came out; and when he is come, he 
findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh 
with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they 
enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than 
the first. Even so, shall it be also unto this wicked generation." One 
need not, indeed, must not, be empty. Jesus says, "Blessed are 
they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall 
be filled." Matt. 5:6. 

We need the filling of the Holy Spirit. Peter and all who were with 
him on the Day of Pentecost were filled with the Holy Ghost. Acts 
2:4, Acts 4:8. James tells us, "For where envying and strife is, there 
is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above 
is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of 
mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy " 



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James 3:16-17. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long- 
suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: 
against such there is no law." Gal. 5:22-23. 

We need to be filled with the Spirit; otherwise, we are like the car 
with the dead battery. We are not getting anywhere spiritually. 

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit 
searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man 
knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in 
him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of 
God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the 
spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely 
given to us of God." I Cor. 2:10-12. 

I do pray "... That he would grant you, according to the riches of 
his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner 
man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being 
rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all 
saints what is the breadth, and length, and height; and to know the 
love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be FILLED 
with all the fullness of God." Eph. 3:16-19. 

Sister Edyth Kline 

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS 

Since it is the beginning of the New Year, many may possibly 
have thought about New Year's Resolutions. Some of them may 
involve our homes and families. I thought I would invite you to 
think with me, "How to have a Happy Home." To have a happy, 
enduring and truly Christian home, Christ Jesus must have His 
rightful place in our home. One of the greatest failures in America 
today is the failure to have, retain and maintain homes which are 
truly Christian. We can do almost everything today, but have 
happy successful homes. A Christian Home is not measured by the 
kind of a house one lives in, the kind of furnishings within the 
house, success of its members or the amount of money in the 
bank. It is measured by the love for one another, how much time 
you spend READING the Bible and on your knees talking to the 
Saviour. Rather than thinking of how to pull a fast deal on mis- 
treating your fellow man, be honest, sober and willing to do the 
Master's will, at all times. 

Brother Alvin Silknitter 



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NEW YEAR 

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Gen. 
1:1. 

The Bible begins with God. The New Testament begins with 
Jesus Christ. Moses and John refer to "The beginning." Do you 
inquire what they mean by that phase? We discover the answer in 
Proverbs 8:23, where wisdom is personified. Among many rich and 
beautiful things which wisdom says about herself, she exclaims, "I 
was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or even the earth 
was." It is evident that "the beginning" means "from everlasting." 
Paul explains that "wisdom" refers to "Christ Jesus, who was made 
unto us wisdom from God, even righteousness and sanctification 
and redemption." I Cor. 1:30. God's infinite wisdom is unfolded 
and displayed in the redemption and salvation of mankind. 

Let us begin the year with God. Let us begin it with Christ, the 
wisdom of God. He redeemed us and washed away our sins. Be not 
annoyed by regrets, nor fooled by resolutions, "Forgetting those 
things which are behind." Profit by the mistakes of the past, by 
taking Christ for the immediate present; thus, step by step, take 
Him for the whole year. Is Christ in you? Have you received Him as 
your Savior? Does He dwell in your heart? What wiser thing can 
you do than to say, "It is no longer I that live, but Christ that liveth 
in me."? Not that old I tried to be good; not that old I that failed. 
NO! But "Christ that liveth in me", even in me, the weakest and 
poorest of all. Settle it forever and say it out loud, "The life which I 
now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved 
me, and gave himself for me." Gal. 2:20. For your first New year's 
"menu" read slowly PROVERBS EIGHT throughout. 

Brother C. L. Frost 
Kansas City, Missouri 

WHY I LOVE MY CHURCH 

I am a member of the "German Baptist Brethren" church, or 
Brethren, commonly called "Dunkards." I confess frankly my love 
for my church, and thus in part give answer to many who ask a 
reason of the hope that is within me. I Peter 3:15. 

1. I love my church because she believes in God. the Creator 
and Father of all; Jesus Christ, the Son and Savior, into whose 
hands has been given all power in heaven and on earth; the Holy 
Spirit, the Comforter and Sanctifier. dwelling in the hearts of his 
people in this present age. Matt. 28:18-20. 

2. I love my church because she believes in the past resur- 
rection of Jesus, and in the future general resurrection, and that 
the redeemed of all the ages shall dwell with him in glory through- 
out eternity. I Cor. 15:14-20; II Thess. 14:14-18. 



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3. I love my church because she takes absolutely safe ground 
with reference to coversion. Faith and repentance, considered as 
prerequisites, and the baptism of the believer, place him at once 
into full fellowship with the church, even as in the days of the 
apostles. Where restitution is needed it is required, but otherwise 
repentance may consume a very short time. Acts 2:38. 

4. I love my church because she believes in and invariably 
practices trine immersion, the baptism taught by Christ, practiced 
by the apostles, and sustained by profane history. In this the 
candidate while in a kneeling posture is immersed face forward 
three times, verily "into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and 
of the Holy Spirit." Matt. 28:19. 

5. I love my church because she interprets literally the Word of 
God, whenever common sense will permit such an interpretation. 
She believes that Jesus in person, and the Holy Spirit by 
inspiration, spoke to the people in such terms that they could 
clearly understand what was asked of them as believers. Mark 
10:15. 

6. I love my church because in the evening before the supper, 
even as Christ with his disciples on the night before the crucifixion, 
all engaged in the humble, simple services of washing one 
another's feet. John 13:14. 

7. I love my church because she continues to celebrate the 
apostolic "love-feast," the agape, or Lord's Supper. Jude 12, R. V. 
On evenings appointed for the purpose, all assemble, and, even as 
Christ with his disciples on the night before the crucifixion, eat 
together a common meal, looking forward to the time when the 
righteous of all ages shall be called to the marriage supper of the 
Lamb. Rev. 19:9. 

8. I love my church because in the evening after the supper, 
even as Christ taught his disciples on the night before the cruci- 
fixion, all partake of the holy Communion, breaking the bread and 
tasting the wine, representative emblems of the broken body and 
shed blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Luke 22:19-20. 

9. I love my church because she has not forgotten or neglected 
the oft-repeated apostolic injunction, "Salute one another with a 
holy kiss." And hence among us it is a very common thing that men 
greet men and women greet women with the kiss of charity. II Cor. 
13:12. 

10. I love my church because within her borders the common 
people find themselves at home. The principles of Gospel plain- 
ness (I Peter 3:3-4) are endeavored to be carried into effect, thus 
placing all on an equality in that respect, besides teaching some 
important lessons in personal economy from a Gospel standpoint. 
Mark 12:37. 



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11. I love my church because she believes in and practices 
anointing the sick with oil in the name of the Lord, as even the Holy 
Spirit hath directed, and the apostles often practiced. Mark 6:13. 
There are those within her borders who have taken strong hold 
upon the Lord, and have been healed physically. James 5:14. 

12. I love my church because brother goeth not to law with 
brother, and the divine is always preferred above the civil law. I 
Cor. 6:7. 

13. I love my church because she makes a practical application 
of the great truths taught by Christ in his sermon on the mount, 
and with her "Resist not evil" is neither theory nor dead letter. No 
loyal Dunkard was ever found in war, neither does he encourage 
the spirit thereof. I Thess. 5:15. 

14. I love my church because of her early position with respect 
to slavery. In 1782 this decision was adopted: "Concerning the 
unchristian negro slave trade, it has been unanimously considered 
that it cannot be permitted in any wise by the church, that a 
member should or could purchase negroes, or keep them as 
slaves." If all professing Christians had held our Gospel faith, 
slavery and war would never have disgraced our fair land. James 
2:9. 

15. I love my church because she is a great temperance society. 
In 1778 she first records her position on the question, and she has 
maintained it ever since. No Dunkard may deal in or manufacture 
intoxicants. Prov. 20:1. 

16. I love my church because she insists that her members keep 
themselves separate from the world, and encourages no 
compromise with it. No one is attracted to her fold except by her 
Gospel privileges. Rom. 12:2. 

17. I love my church because she stands in continual opposition 
to the secret, oath-bound society; 1804 first records that position. 
John 18:20; Matt. 5:33-37. 

18. I love my church because she loves her poor and takes care 
of them. Homes, not poorhouses, are sustained, and where there 
are no homes her poor are otherwise properly cared for. John 
13:35. 

19. I love my church because she spends no time in deciding 
whether or not a command of God is essential to salvation, it being 
sufficient that he has given it. Acts 24:14. 

20. I love my church because she is liberal in matters that are 
merely opinions, in which there is reason either to accept or reject, 
and which do not change the present manner of life or affect the 
eternal fitness of things. Eph. 4:2. 

21 . I love my church because she is strict in matters that pertain 
to salvation and grace, concerning which the Book plainly teaches, 



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"Thus shalt thou do." Rev. 22:19. 

22. I love my church because, though she would have all men 
saved, she believes that it is more fitting that the kingdom of 
heaven be clean than crowded. Matt. 5:13. 

23. I love my church because all applicants for church member- 
ship openly profess their willingness to adopt the heaven-given 
standard as the rule governing Christian life and conduct. Matt. 
18:15-17. 

24. I love my church because she does not boast of the men and 
the work of "our denomination," but because she speaks gladly of 
the men and the work of our faith. Eph. 4:5. 

25. I love my church because her ministers are preferred on the 
standpoint of spiritual enlightenment rather than intellectual 
attainments. Whatever preparation the sermon may receive, the 
preacher is reliant upon the Holy Spirit for his pulpit ministrations. 
Very little paper is taken with him there. I John 2:20. 

26. I love my church because so many of her homes have family 
worship, nearly all give thanks before partaking of a meal, kneeling 
in prayer is encouraged, and frequent use of the Lord's Prayer is 
made. I Thess. 5:18. 

27. I love my church because she protects her Communion 
table. Although "close Communion" is unpopular, she pays an 
annual church visit to all her members before Communion and 
asks if each one is in the full faith of the Gospel, if each is at peace 
with all people, and if each is willing to labor for increase of 
holiness. If any one cannot give affirmative answers, he is recom- 
mended not to commune until he can do so. Thus the Communion 
is restricted even among ourselves, and it is regarded as a very 
sacred thing. Rom. 14:23; Heb. 13:10. 

28. I love my church because she looks forward with faith and 
earnest effort to the time when missions shall encompass the 
earth. Matt. 24:14. 

29. I love my church because her government is co-operative. 
She has her elders and ministers and deacons, but all members, 
old and young, male and female, have equal right to speak and be 
heard in her councils, to frame any question, to vote on all questions 
of church polity, to vote in all elections for officers or delegates, to 
vote to retain or disfellowship any unruly member, etc. There 
are three conferences, the local or congregational, the district 
and the general or annual. The local conference consists of all the 
members of a congregation. The district conference is composed 
of delegates chosen at the local conferences. The Annual 
Conference consists of delegates, from the local conferences. Any 
paper becoming a decision of the church must arise in the local 
congregation and pass its council, then pass the district, and then 
both parts of the Annual Conference. Rom. 12:10. 



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30. I love my church because holy men of God, connected with 
the memorable pietist movement in Germany, not impelled by the 
heat of argument and enthusiasm to "break away" from the "old 
church" and all her ways of doing, whether good or not, after 
spending many days in fasting, in Bible study and historical re- 
search, arrived at the apostolic ways, and adopted them. The work 
began quietly and earnestly; it grew amid persecution; it flourishes 
today in the United States, Canada and parts of Europe; and the 
church which I love is what it is by the guidance and blessing of the 
Almighty Father. Matt. 18:20. 

Selected 

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Part 13 

We have shown that the Lord rent the throne from Saul, Israel's 
first king, and gave it unto David his son-in-law. David declared in 
the Psalms, a wonderful promise which God gave unto him con- 
cerning his Throne, which God would give to His beloved Son (of 
David's seed), Jesus Christ. Psa. 132:10-11. "For thy servant 
David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed. The Lord 
hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit 
of thy body (posterity) will I set upon thy throne." The next verse 
says that God's Covenant of this Throne will be everlasting. "If thy 
children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach 
them, their children (posterity) shall also sit upon thy throne for 
evermore." 

"For evermore." Does that mean they will sit upon that throne in 
the flesh? Will Christ's throne be a fleshly throne? Luke 1:68-74, 
"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and 
redeemed his people, and hath raised up an horn of salvation for 
us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of 
his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we 
should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that 
hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to 
remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our 
father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being 
delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without 
fear." We learn by these verses that there can be no doubt that 
Christ is the One to occupy the "everlasting Throne" of David. 

Luke 1:30-33, "And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for 
thou' hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive 
in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS 
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and 
the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 



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And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his 
kingdom there shall be no end." It is a Spiritual kingdom, not of the 
world, that will last forever. 

We shall bring two Scriptures which prove this fact. First, 
Christ's kingdom is not of this world. John 18:36, "Jesus answered, 
My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, 
then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the 
Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." Second, we note 
the nature of the children of the resurrection world (after Christ 
comes to occupy His Throne, they neither die, nor will they 
procreate). Luke 20:34-36, "And Jesus answering said unto them, 
The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But 
they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the 
resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in 
marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto 
the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the 
resurrection." 

— To be continued 
Brother William Root 

• •••••• 

Just do the next thing you know you should do, to carry out the 
will of the Lord. If there is sin in your life quit it. Put away lying, 
gossiping, dishonesty, or whatever your sin may be. Forsake 
worldly pleasures, extravagence in spending, vanity in dress, in 
your car, in your home. Get right with any person you may have 
wronged. Forgive everyone who may have wronged you. Begin to 
use your money to help the poor and to advance the cause of Christ. 
Take up the cross and live sacrif icially. Pray, give, attend the Lord's 
service. Witness for Christ, not only when it is convenient but when 
you know you should. Look to no cost, fear no consequences. 
Study the New Testament to learn the will of God, and then do that 
will as you see it. Start now by doing the next thing, and then go on 
from there. 

— A. W. Tozer 

• •••••• 

CONSCIENCE 

An Indian's Definition 

"Conscience is a little three-cornered thing inside of me. When I 
do wrong it turns around and hurts me very much. But if I keep on 
doing wrong, it will turn so much that the corners become worn off, 
and it does not hurt me any more." 



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MARRIAGE 

KEENEY - WEAVER 

Sister Donna Marie Keeney, daughter of Elder and Sister 
Laverne Keeney, Lititz, Pennsylvania and Bro. Elden Eugene 
Weaver, son of Bro. and Sis. Albert Weaver, Bernville, Pennsyl- 
vania were united in marriage, October 13, 1979 at the Lititz 
Dunkard Brethren Church by Elder Laverne Keeney. Bro. Jack 
Snyder conducted the opening devotions. They are now living at 
129 Jeanel Circle, Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543. 

NEWS ITEMS 

WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA 

The Winterhaven Congregation looks forward to a one week 
revival beginning February 10, 1980, the Lord willing. Elder Ray 
Reed of Dallas Center, Iowa will be our evangelist. Our Lovefeast 
will be held February 16 with all day meeting on Saturday and 
Sunday. All are welcome to come and enjoy this time of Spiritual 
refreshment. If you can not come, please pray for these meetings. 

Sister Emma Freed, Cor. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The West Fulton Congregation has enjoyed a two week's revival 
meeting from September 30 through October 14. Bro. Virgil 
Leatherman was our evangelist. He brought inspiring and Spirit- 
filled messages. Although there were no souls who accepted Jesus 
at this time, we trust that the good seed sown will bear fruit later. 

The attendance was very good throughout the meetings. We 
were glad to have Sister Leatherman with us. 

Our Harvest Meeting was November 18. The church was filled. 
Bro. Dennis St. John and Bro. Robert Carpenter preached for us. 
Their messages were enjoyed by all. 

Sister Leola Beck, Cor. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C. Smith. Treasurer 

McClave. Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Ind. 46919 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
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R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 

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BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Howard J. Surbey, Chairman 

749 W. King St. 

Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Dean St. John 

1040 Hillsdale Road, R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
Warren C. Smith 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter. Chairman 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci. Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Va. 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, Ca. 95351 

Charles Leatherman 
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Wauseon, Ohio 43567 



RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Sec. 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 N. Queen St 

Littlestown. Pa 17340 

717-359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 

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317-395-7879 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, N. Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4. Defiance, Ohio 43512 

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VOL. LVIII 



JANUARY 15, 1980 



NO. 2 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints' 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



PRECIOUS MOMENTS 

At ev'ry motion of our breath, 
Life trembles on the brink of death; 
A taper's flame that upward turns, 
While downward to the dust it burns. 

Moment by moment years are past, 
And one ere long will be our last, 
There is a point no eyes can see, 
Yet on it hangs eternity. 

This is that moment — who shall tell, 
Whether it leads to heav'n or hell 9 
This is that moment — as we choose, 
Th' immortal soul we save, or lose. 

Time past and time to come are not - 
Time present is our only lot; 
O God' hence-forth our hearts incline 
To seek no other love than thine. 

— James Montgomery 



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THE VALUE OF A DAY 

Our days sometimes become monotonous. All days seem to be 
alike so it may be hard to discern any value in an individual day. 

We have recently come through a holiday season which 
contained special days which heightened our interest in those 
days. But holidays only come once a year. There are other special 
days which remind us of certain historical events, such as the 
Fourth of July. There are individual days which are of special 
importance to each of us such as birthdays. Our wedding anni- 
versary is a reminder of the special day when that special one was 
united with us into one body. These special days are highlights 
each year and throughout our lives. 

There are special days that denote Spiritual events in our lives. 
That day we were converted^from a follower of Satan to a follower 
of the Good Shepherd, that 'day when we followed Christ through 
the baptismal stream, that day when we were born into the Family 
of God was a very special day and no matter how long ago it was, 
we can long remember it. That remains a very special day. As we 
continue along the Christian pathway of life there are other special 
days. We treasure Lovefeast occasions as a time of communion 
with our Lord and our dear Brothers and Sisters. We enjoy the few 
days that are devoted to General Conference when the business of 
the Church is conducted and the members are strengthened 
through study and fellowship. As special as these days are, there 
remains many ordinary days between these special days. 

Without these special days, our daily lives might seem 
monotonous. We might almost despise those days which seem so 

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unimportant. Yet these seemingly unimportant days shape our 
Christian lives. Our Christian lives consist of what we put into each 
day not just the special days. We often regard Sunday as a special 
day weekly, then live unprofitable lives the other six days. 
Christian living requires our dedication and devotion each day of 
the week and of the year. 

In II Corinthians 4, the Apostle Paul speaks of some of the needs 
of our daily lives. If these things have a place in our Christian lives 
each day will be valuable, for each day will be a stepping stone 
along the pathway leading to Heaven. 

In verse 1, Paul speaks of himself and, by extension, us in saying, 
"we faint not." We dare not faint or give up along the way. A person 
who faints, "blacks out" or goes into darkness without realizing it. 
Darkness speaks of sin and wickedness but the Christian is to seek 
light and to be a light. The Christian must not faint if he wishes that 
light daily. 

In verse 2, we are called to "manifestation of the truth." the 
Christian can not be truthful one day and dishonest another. 
Especially is Paul concerned with a truthful handling of the Word 
of God. Christians must not only believe the Bible but correctly 
teach and live it. Living the teachings of the Word of God require 
daily application. 

The monotony of our unspecial days reinforces the thought of 
Paul in verse 7. Truly, we have a great treasure — the gift of Eternal 
life, purchased for us by Jesus Christ — but it is in earthen vessels. 
We are very prone to sin and failure. We are prone to desert the 
God who has purchased us. We in weakness often stray from the 
Christian Pathway. Through impatience, fear or pride, we prove 
the weakness of our bodies and lives. But we must keep after our 
lives day by day. It is in the victories gained day by day that we are 
strengthened to continue on the upward journey. 

Our daily lives also serve as a testimony. Paul says in verse 13. 
"we also believe, and therefore speak." We must be believers to be 
Christians but do others know from our lives what the Bible 
teaches concerning our appearance and lives? Do others hear 
from our lips a reasoned explanation of our faith and practice? 
This is a needed, daily ingredient in our Christian lives. 

Verse 16 says, "yet the inward man is renewed day by day." We 
need that renewal not just weekly or occasionally but daily. 
Because of our humanity and our proneness to give up or "slack 
off", we need daily to pray for help and strength to live aright. The 
outward things may severely test or hinder us but we must seek the 
needs of the inward, spiritual man. We must remember that "the 
things which are not seen are eternal." 



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Although each day may seem monotonous and unimportant, we 
must see each day as a part of our Christian life. Each day is 
important as a time to prepare for Heaven. Are your days 
monotonous or are they stepping stones to Heaven? 



THE GREAT ASSESSOR 

This new year of 1980 is upon us. How will we account for our 
time that God has allotted to us? 

We are always busy, either with investments or seeking a way of 
life to meet our needs. How about the accounting of our Time to 
God? He does a perfect job of Bookkeeping. 

Do I minister to those in need? Jesus said, "...Inasmuch as ye 
have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have 
done it unto me." Matt. 25:40. There is so much we can do to help 
one another. A word of kindness, a smile, a cheery greeting does 
not cost anything, only thoughtfulness, love and concern: a 
compassion which reaches out and touches the life of another. 
This love and concern can be felt first in your own home, your 
neighborhood and the Church. This is where God starts His ac- 
counting. "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to 
God." Rom. 14:12. 

Let us see what the Tax Assessor found. He came one day to a 
poor minister of the Gospel, to determine the amount of taxes the 
minister would have to pay. (This was in the times when the 
assessor came to the home.) "What property do you have?" asked 
the assessor. 

"I am a very wealthy man," replied the minister. 

"List your possessions, please," the assessor said. 

"First, I have remission of my sins. 'If we confess our sins, he is 
faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all 
unrighteousness.' I John 1:19. Second, I have a mansion in 
Heaven. 'In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, 
I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.' John 14:2. 
Third, I have peace that passeth understanding. 'And the peace of 
God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and 
minds through Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:7. Fourth, I have joy un- 
speakable. 'Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now 
ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and 
full of glory.' I Peter 1:8. Fifth, I have divine love that never fails. 
'Charity never faileth.' I Cor. 13:8. Sixth, I have a faithful, godly 
wife. 'Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above 
rubies.' Prov. 31:10. Seventh, I have devoted children. 'Children, 
obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.' Eph. 6:1. Eighth, I 
have true, loyal friends. 'A man that hath friends must shew himself 



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friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.' 
Prov. 18:24. Ninth, I have songs in the night. 'Yet the Lord will 
command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his 
song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.' Psa. 
42:8. Tenth, I have a crown of life. 'Blessed is the man that 
endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the 
crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.' 
James 1:12. Eleventh, I have a Saviour, Jesus Christ, who supplies 
all of my needs freely. 'But my God shall supply all your need 
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:19." 

The tax assessor closed his book and said, "You are truly a 
wealthy man, but do you know I am not able to tax you on any of 
this. You have possessions that give one hundred per cent profit." 

It is always time to take a spiritual inventory. Are our accounts in 
order? Are we investing where we gain the most spiritual profit? 
Can we honestly let Christ, the Great Assessor, evaluate our 
possessions, investments and profits? 

Sister Sylvia E. Parker 
5290 W. St. Rte. 718, 
Troy, Ohio 45373 

TOO LATE 

A young man named Philip came to live with his Christian aunt 
and uncle. They prayed for his salvation and asked others to pray 
also. A minister came one time and talked at length with him about 
his soul's need. Philip, age nineteen, said, "I know I should do this, 
that I need Christ. But I'm young, — and still have plenty of time." 
He smiled and went on his way. 

About two months later in the Spring of 1979, the minister got a 
call in the middle of the night from Philip's aunt. She asked him to 
go to the hospital with her, as Philip had been in an accident. They 
prayed for him all the way there, hoping he would have another 
chance, but when they walked into the hospital, they were told that 
Philip had died. The aunt asked the minister to use this true story 
to warn others whenever he could, especially the young. Philip had 
been careless, now it was too late. 

John, a man in his thirties, seemed to realize he needed to be 
saved, but he never made a public confession of faith in Christ and 
was never baptized. He thought he wasn't good enough. Following 
heart surgery, he expressed his intention to take care of his soul's 
need as soon as he was able. Time passed, his health returned, but 
nothing came of his promises. After about three years, when one 
would think he was out of danger, John began having more 
problems and finally he died rather suddenly — time, the Fall, 



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1979. There was no evidence that he had ever made peace with 
God; now it was too late. 

Whether you are young or old or somewhere in between, the 
time of salvation is now. "Behold, now is the accepted time; 
behold, now is the day of salvation." II Cor. 6:2b. It's so easy to put 
it off as Philip did, but it isn't worth the risk. We have no guarantee 
of life, even for the next moment. "Whereas ye know not what shall 
be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that 
appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." James 4:14. If 
you have not accepted Christ, do so now. If you put it off, it may be 
too late for you also. 

John thought he wasn't good enough yet to be saved, so he 
waited. Salvation is not granted on our own merits; it is granted 
through faith in Christ and His merits. We aren't good enough now 
to be saved and never will be on our own. We are made acceptable 
to God when our hearts are transformed by His saving grace. 
Christ makes us what we should be, if you wait until you think 
you're good enough, you'll never be saved. 

"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 
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and re- 
covering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. 
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." Luke 4:18-19. Jesus 
read this scripture about Himself. No one else could bring us the 
gospel — the good news of salvation — and no one else can 
provide that salvation. Regardless of our circumstances, He is not 
hindered, but the time of salvation is now. Tomorrow may be too 
late. 

"Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such 
a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain." 
James 4:13. We can make lots of plans and think we will have a 
really great future, but it could be all gone in a flash. An accident or 
a fatal heart attack can come without warning; when death has 
come, it is too late. If we have left God out of our lives and our 
plans, we have omitted the most important part. We should have 
said, "If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that." James 
4:15.' 

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; 
and all these things shall be added unto you." Matt. 6:33. God's will 
for your life must come first, and if you put off accepting Christ for 
any reason — because you're having a good time, because you're 
not "good enough," because you're too busy — you're in trouble. 
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him 
it is sin." James 4:17. Once you have become aware of your need of 
Christ, you are more responsible than before. To continue in sin 



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when you know better is extremely foolish. It is careless, it is 
selfish to put off salvation so you can do as you please a little 
longer, but it is also very dangerous. 

"He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall 
suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." Prov. 29:1. 
Someone who has been reproved is no longer in ignorance. When 
God has made you aware of your soul's need and you turn away, 
what then? If death comes as it did to John? He possibly kept 
thinking that one of these days, he would take <?are of everything. 
But in a few short minutes, he became ill and then life was gone. 
"Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is." 
Mark 13:14. We have no lease on life; it can end anytime, so accept 
Christ now. Don't put it off, lest something happen and you 
discover that for you, it is now too late. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



BEING ONE IN CHRIST 

In Philippians 1:27 we read, "Only let your conversation be as it 
becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or 
else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one 
spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel." 

I would like to make some comments, hopefully led by the Holy 
Spirit, on the beginning and ending of this verse. In the first part of 
this verse we see Paul as saying, "Speak only in truth and this truth 
you receive from the teachings of Christ." Now some (perhaps 
many) may disagree with what I say next. I still love you and 
acknowledge that I might be wrong. It is my personal conviction 
that a person can be a truly born again Christian and even a 
preacher of the Gospel and still be influenced by Satan to teach 
doctrine that is not sound. To me a false prophet is a person (or 
group) that denies the deity of Jesus Christ and thus the Trinity. 
But there are certainly false teachings in groups that 
ACKNOWLEDGE the deity of Jesus Christ and the Trinity. I might 
add there is at least one group of "christians" (at least in name) 
that claims to believe in the deity of Jesus Christ yet offers OTHER 
WAYS TO REACH THE FATHER. In my mind, I am forced to call 
them false prophets. II Cor. 1 1:13-14 "For such are false apostles, 
deceitful workers, TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES INTO THE 
APOSTLES OF CHRIST. And no marvel; for Satan himself is trans- 
formed into an angel of light." St. John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, 
I am the way, the truth and the life: NO MAN cometh unto the 
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"That ye stand fast in one spirit." One of the dictionary 
definitions of "spirit" is enthusiastic loyalty. We believe this comes 
closest to what Paul is speaking of here. We are to stand loyal to 
Jesus Christ at all cost. It is on this issue that we stand with the 
Church universal. However, I believe that it is at this point that the 
two greatest errors of modern day Christendom appears. The first 
is exclusiveness (The teaching that "we" are the only true Church.) 
While it is true that Jesus Christ taught that only a few will find the 
way (Matt. 7:14) it seems absolutely preposterous to suggest that 
Heaven will be limited to a particular denomination, sect, or group. 
Rev. 19:1. "And after these things I heard a great voice of MUCH 
PEOPLE in heaven,...." To my understanding of scripture these are 
the same individuals spoken of in Rev. 7:9, "After this I beheld, and 
lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, OF ALL 
NATIONS, AND KINDREDS, AND PEOPLE, AND TONGUES, 
stood before the throne, and before the lamb, clothed with white 
robes, and palms in their hands;" According to the 14th verse of 
this chapter they are all those who "have washed their robes, and 
made them white in the blood of the Lamb." The second error is all 
inclusiveness (The teaching that anyone that names the name of 
Jesus Christ should be accepted as part of the Christian family, 
individuals or groups.). Mark 13:22, "For false Christs and false 
prophets shall rise,...." Galatians 1:6-7, "I marvel that ye are so 
soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ 
unto ANOTHER GOSPEL: Which is not another; but there be some 
that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ." If a 
person or "church" offers salvation any other way than through the 
shed blood of Jesus Christ or suggests any other way to reach the 
Father other than the Son, MARK THEM AS FALSE PROPHETS. 

"With one mind." It is essential that each of us is grounded in the 
Word and come to a place where we know what we believe and 
why we believe it. The modern day thought that "all beliefs are 
right" or "You understand scripture one way and I another, so we 
both are right" is not good logic nor scripturally sound. It is true 
that in some areas of doctrine we must agree to disagree in love. 
But only one point of view can be CORRECT. It is our duty to 
search the scriptures and pray about debatable Bible doctrines 
and be fully persuaded in our own minds. Contrary to popular 
thought it DOES MATTER if a person is immersed at the time of 
baptism or some other mode is used. It is important whether or no 
a sister should have long hair and be veiled and if a brother should 
follow the teaching of nonresistance or serve his country in the 
armed forces. While I prefer not to judge whether or not a person 
will be admitted to Heaven on issues of "church doctrine," I feel 
strongly that when a person has been given a truth by the Holy 



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Spirit that is upheld by Scripture it is his duty to uphold this truth 
and propagate it in love. While it is true that the Holy Spirit may 
lead different individuals to different decisions concerning 
personal matters, I do not believe He will give conflicting doctrines 
to individuals or groups. It is here that I believe a person can be 
deceived into believing and teaching a false doctrine, while, 
perhaps, a true child of God. 

"Striving together for the faith of the gospel." Not for personal 
glory, not to "prove we are right," not even for "the sake of our 
church," no, we are to work together to uphold the FAITH OF THE 
GOSPEL. "The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it" should 
be the foundation on which we stand. It should be our desire to 
work with the Church worldwide to lead souls into the glorious 
truth of the salvation of Jesus Christ. But there are issues where we 
have to strive together as a smaller group because the Church at 
large has forsaken or may even oppose the teachings of our Lord 
as given by Him or to the apostles. 

Let me summarize by saying there are some individuals and 
groups that we CAN NOT accept as part of the body of Christ. 
There are others we should leave in the hands of God. Above all 
else we should never compromise away the blessed truths God has 
given us in His Son, Jesus Christ. For a parting word. "Whatsoever 
we do in word or deed let it be dope in love." 

James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, Pa. 17078 



EATING MEAT 

When God gave Moses the law on Mount Sinai, the Israelites 
were forbidden to eat certain kinds of animals. They could eat 
animals that chewed the cud and parted the hoof. Hogs and other 
animals were forbidden. 

When Jesus came preaching the plan of salvation, He took the 
old law out of the way, nailing it to His cross. Col. 2:14. "Blotting 
out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was 
contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross." 
Jesus said, while here upon earth, Luke 16:16, "The law and the 
prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is 
preached and every man presseth into it." These and other 
passages teach us that the old law is not in force today. 

What is the law that we as Christians are to keep today? In Heb. 
2:3. Paul says, "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great 
salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and 



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was confirmed unto us by them that heard him." In Heb. 12:2a, 
again Paul says, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of 
our faith." So Jesus was the author and the finisher of our sal- 
vation, we know it was not authored by God and given to Moses on 
Mount Sinai. Paul says it was first "spoken by the Lord." 

Now what does the New Testament say about eating meat? I 
Tim. 4:1-5, "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter 
times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to suducing 
spirits, and doctrines of devils, Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having 
their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and 
commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be 
received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the 
truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, 
if it be received with thanksgiving. For it is santified by the word of 
God and prayer." 

We are told that there will be false teachers in the later times, the 
first thing they would do is to forbid to marry, and we know who 
that is. The other thing that they will forbid is to eat certain kinds of 
meat. And we know who that is. He not only gives us this in- 
struction, but tells us that every creature of God, which He created 
is good, if it be received with thanksgiving. Then today there is no 
creature that God has created that man cannot eat. 

Brother W. E. Bashor 



DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Continued from January 1, 1980 Issue 

Let us now follow the kingdom of Israel throughout their earthly 
reign from the time of David to the time when they lost their earthly 
kingdom and were carried away by King Nebuchanezzar into 
Babylon. 

The time came when the Lord delivered the kingdom to David's 
son Absalom, for a time, II Chron. 16:8. Later it was returned. It was 
given to Solomon, another son of David, after his death. I Kings 
2:10-12. The days of David in which he reigned over Israel were 
forty years, seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in 
Jerusalem. "Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; 
and his kingdom was established greatly." Here we give seven high 
points in the reign of Solomon. One, his sacrifices and his wise 
choice at Gibeon. Two, the building of the temples. Three, the 
glory of the Lord fills the house. Four, his prayer at the dedication 
of the temple. Five, Jehovah appears to Solomon again at night. 
Six, the prosperity and fame of Solomon. Seven, the visit of the 
queen of Sheba and his death. 



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We are told of the grandeur of his throne, that "there was not the 
like made in any kingdom." I Kings 19:20; II Chron. 9:10. As we 
follow the time of Solomon's reign, we find that the Lord became 
angry with him, "because his heart was turned from the Lord God 
of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, and had 
commanded him concerning this thing," that of going after other 
gods: and not keeping the Lord's commandments. Hence, God 
said, "I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to 
thy servant." I Kings 11:9-12. 

However, he did not rend all the kingdom away from Solomon. It 
was divided. He gave ten tribes to Jeroboam, but left one tribe to 
Solomon's house, for his servant David's sake, because David had 
kept his statues and commandments. 

Before we close our study of the kingdom of Israel, we call your 
attention to the fact, that David recognized that Israel, "went from 
nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people." I 
Chron. 16:20; Psa. 105:13. He also recognized that God's kingdom 
ruleth over all. I Chron. 29:10-11. Also Jerusalem is God's chosen 
city. It has been in the past and will ever be in the future, as a type 
of the Heavenly Jerusalem, The Holy City. 

"Abijah king of Judah succeeded Rehoboam and made war 
against Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, "Ought ye not to know 
that the Lord God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David 
for ever, even to him and his sons by a covenant of salt?", II Chron. 
13:5. Hence Judah remained Israel and Judah to the end of Israel's 
kingdom. After Abijah we read of Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash, 
Hezekiah, Josiah. Note: A brief summary of these kings. Asa 
removed his mother from being Queen, by a league with the 
Syrians he diverted Baasha from building of Ramah. In the days of 
Asa after his death, Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and 
strengthened himself against Israel. II Chron. 17:1. Jehoshaphat 
was joined by affinity with Ahab, king of Israel. Please read and 
study the account of this affinity. 

After the reign of Jehoshaphat, he was succeeded by Jehoram, 
who was a wicked king. There came a writing to him from Elijah the 
prophet, which writing told what would happen to him. He was 
smitten with a plague of the bowels and died. II Chron. 21:4-12. 

After this Ahaziah succeeded, reigned wickedly, and was slain 
by Jehu. II Chron. 22:8-9. So the house of Ahaziah had no power to 
keep the kingdom. Athaliah then comes on the scene, destroying 
all the seed royal, save Joash who usurped the kingdom. Jehoiada 
made Joash king and Athaliah was slain. 

Following this we have the account of the reign of the suc- 
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however after the death of Jehoiada fell to idolatry and was slain 
by his servants. After Amaziah came Uzziah, Jetham, Ahaz, 
Hezekiah and his good reign. II Chron. 29:20-21. 

Sennacherib invaded Judah, II Chron. 32:1-2. Space will not 
permit that we analyze all these accounts. See also, II Chron. 
32:14-15. We learn that the Assyrians were destroyed by an angel, 
verse 21. 

Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, 
"and to do worse than the heathen, whom the Lord had destroyed 
before the children of Israel." II Chron. 33:7-11. He was taken 
among thorns and bound with fetters, and carried to Babylon, 
where he humbled himself before God and was restored to his 
kingdom. 

Manasseh was succeeded by Amon, who was slain by his 
servants. Josiah's reign was good. He died and Jehoahaz suc- 
ceeded him, but was deposed by Pharaoh. II Chron. 36:3-4. "And 
the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned the 
land in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold. And the 
king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother, (that is the brother of 
Jehoahaz) king over Judah and Jerusalem, and turned his name to 
Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother, and carried him 
to Egypt." After this Jehoiakim was carried away to Babylon by 
Nebuchadnezzar and Jehoiachin succeeded him. 

We now come to Israel's last king, who was Zedekiah. His was an 
evil reign. II Chron. 36:11-21. We have the record of God's account 
of this wicked king. Please study carefully. This was Israel's last 
king before they were carried away to Babylon and the procla- 
mation of King Cyrus, king of Persia, a world-kingdom. 

The last chapter of the Chronicles records the final finish of their 
kingdom. From Babylon the Jews were scattered all over the 
world, when they refused to walk in the ways of God. That is, all of 
them except the two colonies, who returned to Jerusalem as 
recorded by Ezra and Nehemiah. 

Hence, Israel lost their right to their world kingdom and they lost 
their right to be called God's peculiar people and their election, as 
well, until they are grafted in again. However, God promised them 
at the mouth of His servant Daniel to set up for them an everlasting 
kingdom, which shall never be destroyed. The nature of that 
kingdom and its establishment will be discussed, when we come to 
the Sixth Dispensation of the world. Before we finish the Fifth 
Dispensation we must go with Israel through the days of the holy 
prophets of God and hear the conclusion of God's first chosen 
people to the time of Christ the Messiah of the world. 

Brother William Root 



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TRUST IN GOD 

The billows swell, the winds are high, 

Clouds overcast my wintry sky. 

Out of the depths to Thee I call; 

My fears are great, my strength is small. 

O Lord, the pilot's part perform, 
And guide and guard me through the storm; 
Defend me from each threatening ill; 
Control the waves; say, "Peace! be still!" 

Amidst the roaring of the sea, 
My soul still hangs her hope on Thee; 
Thy constant love, The constant care, 
Are all that save me from despair. 

Dangers of every shape and name 
Surround the followers of the Lamb 
Who leave the world's deceitful shore 
And leave it to return no more. 

Tho' tempest-tossed, and half a wreck, 
My Savior through the gloods J seek; 
Let neither winds nor stormy rain 
Force back my shattered bark again. 

Tis God that lifts our comforts high, 
Or sinks them in the grave; 
He gave, and if He takes away, 
He takes but what He gave. 

— Augustine S. Hempstead 
Selected 

THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

A DEAD GIRL LIVES AGAIN! 

Matt. 9:18-26; Mark 5:22-43; Luke 8:41-56 

A man named Jairus had a wonderful experience when Jesus 
was here. While Jesus was talking to the people and teaching 
them, Jairus came and fell down at Jesus' feet and worshipped 
Him. Jairus said to Jesus, "My little girl is so sick I'm afraid she may 
die; even now she may be already dead; but come and lay your 
hands on her and she shall live." 

The daughter of Jairus was twelve years old. She was an only 
daughter, possibly the only child that Jairus and his wife had. Luke 
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much. She was a good girl and was a joy to her father and mother. 
Now she was sick. Jairus thought that during the time it took him 
to find Jesus that she might have died. 

Jesus started out for the home of Jairus and His disciples went 
along. On the way Jesus was pressed on every side as He walked 
through the crowd of people. He even stopped and healed a 
woman on the way. Jairus was almost frantic. It was taking such a 
long time. Could his little girl still be alive? 

As they came near, a servant of Jairus said to him, "Your 
daughter is dead; trouble not the Master." This was bad news, 
indeed, for Jairus. He had been expecting it, but hoped that Jesus 
would arrive in time to heal his daughter. Now, it seemed that he 
had nothing to hope for. What would life be without his little girl? 
How could he ever get along without her? Jairus was a ruler of the 
Jews but he had no power to restore his daughter to life again. 

As soon as Jesus heard that the daughter was dead, He said unto 
Jairus, "Be not afraid, only believe." As they came to the ruler's 
house there were those who were mourning the death of the little 
girl, in those days the mourners were paid for weeping and wailing 
and carrying on when someone died. I suppose these people heard 
that the little girl was sick and about to die, so they were waiting for 
the chance to mourn and earn some money. When Jesus came into 
the house He said unto them, "Why make ye this ado, and weep? 
The little girl is not dead, but is asleep." The mourners just laughed 
at Jesus because they knew that the girl was dead for sure. 

Jesus made all the mourners stay out of the room where the 
dead girl lay. Then He took Jairus and his wife and Peter, James 
and John and went in. Jesus went to where the dead girl lay, took 
her by the hand and said, "Little girl, I say unto thee, arise." 
Immediately the girl sat up and got out of bed and walked. She was 
alive again! She wasn't sick anymore! Jesus said, "Give her 
something to eat." 

Can you imagine how happy Jairus and the girl's mother were? 
Could it be true that their lovely daughter that had died was 
walking and talking and in perfect health? Jesus had done what 
people thought was impossible. He had made a dead girl live 
again! 

Do you know that Jesus can do more than this? He can make 
you alive too — not just alive so that you will die again. If you truly 
believe in Jesus and live for him, after you die Jesus will give you a 
new body that will live forever. You will never grow old, or get tired, 
or get sick, or feel bad — never, never anymore. Living for Jesus is 
the greatest thing that can happen. He can make you live again! 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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NEWS ITEMS 

THANK YOU 

We wish to say "Thank You" for remembering us in your prayers, 
while our daughter, Dorothy, was in the hospital. Thanks to those 
who sent cards and gifts. May the Lord richly bless each. "...The 
effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much " James 
5:16. 

Sincerely In Christ, 

Brother and Sister Ronald Marks 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR FEBRUARY 

Feb. 3 — Jesus Casts Out Devils and Heals the Sick. - Luke 

4:33-44. 
Feb. 10 — Peter and the Draught of Fishes. - Luke 5:1-11. 
Feb. 17 — "Thy Sins Are Forgiven Thee." - Luke 5:12-26. 
Feb. 24 — Eating with Publicans and Sinners. - Luke 5:27-39. 
QUESTIONS: 

(1) What is an unclean spirit? Rev. 12:9. 

(2) Do you think the miracle of the draught of fishes was the 
reason for the disciples, Peter, James and John, to forsake 
all and follow Jesus? Matt. 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20. 

(3) In verse 7 we read that "they filled both ships, so that they 
began to sink." Did they? Luke 5:11. 

(4) Why did Jesus say, "Thy sins be forgiven thee," before he 
healed the man of the palsy? Luke 5:25. 

(5) Why do you suppose Levi (Matthew) invited so many 
publicans to his feast? Luke 5:27. 



• • • • • • • 

SWEARER IN GRAVEYARD 

"I will give you ten shillings," said a man to a profane swearer, "if 
you will go into the village graveyard at twelve o'clock tonight and 
swear the same oaths when alone with God." The offer was 
accepted. Midnight came. It was a night of great darkness. As he 
entered the cemetery not a sound was heard; all was still as death. 
The gentleman's words came to his mind: "Alone with God." rang 
in his ears. He did not dare utter an oath, but fled from the place 
crying: "God be merciful to me, a sinner.'' 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR FEBRUARY, 1980 



Memory Verse: Eze. 34:27 
And the tree of the field shall 
yield her fruit, and the earth shall 
yield her increase, and they shall 
be safe in their land, and shall 
know that I am the Lord, when I 
have broken the bands of their 
yoke, and delivered them out of 
the hand of those that served 
themselves of them. 

Fri. 1 - Eze. 34:1-16 

Sat. 2 - Eze. 34:17-31 



Memory Verse: Dan. 3:29 
Therefore I make a decree, That 
every people, nation, and 
language, which speak anything 
amiss against the God of 
Shadrach, Meshach, and 
Abednigo, shall be cut in pieces, 
and their houses shall be made a 
dunghill: because there is no 
other God that can deliver after 
this sort. 

Sun. 3 - Dan. 3:1-15 

Mon. 4 - Dan. 3:16-30 

Tues. 5 - Dan. 6:1-17 

Wed. 6 - Dan. 6:18-28 

Thur. 7 - Dan. 12:1-13 

Fri. 8 - Hos. 2:1-23 

Sat. 9 - Joel 2:1-17 



Memory Verse: Dan. 12:1 
And at that time shall Michael 
stand up, the great prince which 
standeth for the children of thy 
people: and there shall be a time 
of trouble, such as never was 
since there was a nation even to 
that same time: and at that time 
thy people shall be delivered, 
every one that shall be found 
written in the book. 

Sun. 10 - Joel 2:18-32 

Mon. 11 - Amos 1:1-15 

Tues. 12 - Amos 2:1-16 



Wed. 13 - Amos 6:1-14 
Thur. 14 - Amos 9:1-15 
Fri. 15 - Obad. 1-21 
Sat. 16 - Jon. 4:1-11 

Memory Verse: Joel 2:32 
And it shall come to pass, that 
whosoever shall call on the name 
of the Lord shall be delivered: for 
in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem 
shall be deliverance, as the Lord 
hath said, and in the remnant 
whom the Lord shall call. 

Sun. 17 - Mic. 4:1-13 

Mon. 18 - Mic. 5:1-15 

Tues. 19 - Mic. 6:1-16 

Wed. 20 - Hab. 2:1-20 

Thur. 21 - Zeph. 1:1-18 

Fri. 22 - Zee. 2:1-13 

Sat. 23 - Zee. 11:1-17 

Memory Verse: Obad. 17 
But upon Mount Zion shall be 
deliverance, and there shall be 
holiness; and the house of Jacob 
shall possess their possessions. 

Sun. 24 - Mai. 3:1-18 

Mon. 25 - Math. 5:13-26 

Tues. 26 - Math. 6:1-18 

Wed. 27 - Math. 10:1-20 

Thur. 28 - Math. 10:21-42 

Fri. 29 - Math. 11:1-30 

Memory Verses: Math. 6:13 
And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil: For thine 
is the kingdom, and the power, 
and the glory, forever. Amen. 

Math. 11:27 
All things are delivered unto me 
of my Father: and no man 
knoweth the Son, but the Father; 
neither knoweth any man the 
Father, save the Son, and he to 
whomsoever the Son will reveal 
him. 



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VOL. LVIII 



FEBRUARY 1, 1980 



NO. 3 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



ALAS! AND DID MY SAVIOR BLEED? 

Alas! and did my Savior bleed, 
And did my Sov'reign die? 
Would He devote that sacred head 
For such a worm as I? 

Was it for crimes that I had done 

He groaned upon the tree 9 

Amazing pity! Grace unknown! 

And love beyond degree! 

Well might the sun in darkness hide, 

And shut his glories in, 

When God's own Son was crucified 

For man the creature's sin. 

Thus might I hide my blushing face 

While His dear cross appears; 

Dissolve my heart in thankfulness, 

And melt mine eyes to tears. 

But drops of grief can ne'er repay 

The debt of love I owe; 

Here, Lord, I give myself away; 

Tis all that I can do. 

— Issac Watts 



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MORALITY'S PREDICAMENT 

There are many in this world who strive to live good, moral, 
honest lives. They are sympathetic and helpful to those who are in 
need. Although these people may be sympathetic and 
encouraging toward the Church and Christianity, they do not 
become Christians. They rely upon their moral lives to secure for 
them an eternal reward beyond this life. The lives of these people 
are exemplary. Often their lives are seemingly superior to the lives 
of many Christians. Many Christians are not as quick to help those 
in need nor as careful in their business dealings as these good, 
moral people. Their hope is that their goodness will persuade God 
to let down the bars to Heaven and to allow them an entrance into 
it's joys. They are depending upon the mythical scales of justice 
being tripped in their favor by their deeds. 

But will their good deeds have the desired effect? All will con- 
cede their deeds are good, that they strive to honest in their 
dealings, that they are good neighbors but will God allow them 
that privilege of establishing the way of salvation? The only way 
that Heaven can be gained and Eternal Bliss enjoyed is to follow 
the plan God has delivered to mankind through His Word. Those 
who depend upon their personal morality are attempting to make 
another way of entering Heaven. They are by their deeds and 
philosophy denying the need of Christ's life, death and resur- 
rection and the truthfulness of the Bible. 

Are these people in the favored place that they imagine 
themselves to be? They may boast of the good deeds that they 
have done, but will those deeds be sufficient? Their morality will be 

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classed by God as "filthy rags." Such rags must either be thrown 
away or cleaned up. The only agent of sufficient power to do the 
needed cleansing is the blood of Jesus Christ. The Jews in the time 
of Jesus were, at least outwardly, moral people. They even had a 
religious facade to cover the deadness that lurked within their 
whited sepulchres. But Jesus called these very people hypocrites. 
They boasted of their deeds and their law-keeping but they failed 
to have the proper spirit within. Their deeds for show were in vain, 
for the compliments they received from men for their apparent 
goodness would be the only reward they would receive. They 
valued men's reward above God's reward. The reward of the moral 
man will be the commendation he receives from his fellows. 

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Rom. 
3:23. This forthright statement defeats the hope of any who plan to 
enter Heaven upon their own righteousness. The righteousness 
that is needed for such an entrance is total. But since all are guilty 
of sin it is evident that no one can, by his own efforts, qualify for 
that goal. God gave the Jews a strict and righteous law. If any man 
could keep it in its entirety he would be qualified to enter Heaven. 
But there was none then nor are there any today, even among the 
best of the moral men of this world, who can perfectly keep that 
law. Even those who pride themselves on keeping the Ten 
Commandments must admit that somewhere along the way they 
have failed. "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet 
offend in one point, he is guilty of all." James 2:10. Sometimes a 
tiny seed of covetousness entered in, or the Lord's name was used 
in vain or adulterous lust arose in the heart. Somewhere that moral 
person failed to live up to the standard of perfection demanded. 

The moral man may protest that the Old Law has no effect upon 
him for Christ abolished it on His Cross. But he can not on one 
hand depend upon his own work (morality) and at the same time 
depend upon the Christ he rejects to remove the hindrance to his 
future bliss. Christ removed the law for the Christian. The Christian 
does not keep that law which is impossible to keep anyway. But 
those who have not accepted the work of Christ in making the way 
of salvation are still under obligation to keep that law. This they 
can not do. The Christian differs from the moral man because he 
recognizes his inability to do so and relies instead upon Jesus 
Christ as his Saviour. The moral man relies upon himself but he is 
never able to deliver himself. "...No man cometh unto the Father 
but by me." A person can never successfully depend upon anyone, 
but Jesus as his Saviour. The moral man can never be good 
enough to save himself or others for somewhere there will be an 
imperfection that will not pass the perfection test of God. 



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If you are depending upon yourself and your morals to deliver 
you from this sinful world into God's Eternal Home, awake before it 
is too late. You need a perfect Saviour. You need Jesus Christ. 



OBITUARIES 

FANNY DICKEY 

Sister Fanny Dickey, 86, passed away October 28, 1979 at the 
Leisure Hills Home in Pekin, Illinois following a lengthy illness. 
Funeral services were held October 31, 1979 at Endsly and Hines 
Funeral Home in Bartonville, Illinois with Rev. Donald Weber 
officiating. Burial was in Swan Lake Cemetery. 

Fanny Foreman Dickey was born August 5, 1893 in Ohio. 
February 3, 1916 she married Howard R. Dickey in Ohio. May 27, 
1933 both joined the Astoria, Illinois Dunkard Brethren Church. To 
this union six children were born. Surviving are Lowell of Texas; 
Gladys Blanden of Pekin, Illinois; Freida Bathe of Bloomington, 
Illinois and Ruth of California. Sister Fanny was preceded in death 
by her husband on December 23, 1960, and two sons Lloyd and 
Ralph. 



ELTA BLYTHE 

Sister Elta Katherine Blythe of Macomb, Illinois passed away 
November 25, 1979 in the McDonugh District Hospital following a 
lengthy illness. Elder Paul Blocher of Union, Ohio conducted 
private funeral services in the home of her invalid mother, Sister 
Mabel Harman on November 27. Elders George Replogle of 
Arcanum, Ohio and Harley Rush of Converse, Indiana conducted 
services in the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria at 1:00 p.m. 
Burial was in the South Fulton Cemetery near Astoria. Memorials 
should be made to the South Fulton Church where she remained a 
faithful member and worker until the Lord called her Home. 

Sister Elta was born November 2, 1920 near Astoria, daughter of 
Oscar Price and Mabel (Lind) Harman. She joined the South 
Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church, June 22, 1935. On September 
16. 1945 she married Herman Seymour Blythe. He passed away 
March 27, 1956. Her father preceded her in death on May 11, 1973. 
Surviving are her mother of Industry; three sisters, Sister Flora 
Myers of Peru, Indiana; Sister Alice Reed of LaHarpe, Illinois; 
Sister Martha I. Harman and one brother David Harman both of 
Industry, Illinois. Five nephews, three nieces and two great nieces. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

GENERAL CONFERENCE - 1980 

June 7-11, 1980 

The Lord willing, 1980 General Conference will be held at the 
United Christian Camp Meeting Grove approximately one mile 
north of Cleona, Pennsylvania. 

More detailed information as to directions, lodging and trans- 
portation will be furnished at a later date. 

We would appreciate having your reservations as soon as 
possible. Write to: 

Verling Wolfe 

R. D. #1482 

Bethel, Pennsylvania 19507 

or 
Edwin S. Stauffer 
Sinclair Road 
R. 1, Box 291 
Newmanstown, Pennsylvania 17073 

THANK YOU 

We take this opportunity to thank friends and relatives for the 
prayers, visits, calls, flowers, cards, every kind word and deed 
during the extended illness and passing of our daughter and sister, 
Sister Elta Blythe. May God bless you all. 

Her family 



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MINISTERIAL 
LIST 

BASHOR, W. E. (E) 
875 Lorna Drive 
Glen Ellen, California 95442 
707-996-0842 



BIRD, WALTER W. (E) 
R. 1, Box 93-A 
Converse, Indiana 46919 
317-395-3655 

BLOCHER, PAUL D. (E) 
R. 1, 11703 Haber Road 
Union, Ohio 45322 
513-836-3506 

BROADWATER, CARL (M) 
R. 6 

York, Pennsylvania 17404 
717-792-1803 

BYFIELD, PAUL (M) 
R. 7, Box 29-B 
Modesto, California 95351 
209-523-8412 

CARPENTER, ROBERT W. (M) 
R. 5 

Peru, Indiana 46970 
317-395-7879 

CARPENTER, WILLIAM (E) 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 
517-458-6535 

CHUPP, ALVIN (M) 
P.O. Box 188 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

COOK, MILTON (M) 
Apt. 3, 1309 W. Lynne 
Anaheim, California 92802 
714-635-4575 

COVER, RUDOLPH (M) 
2034 Roble Ave. 
Modesto, California 95354 
209-521-5074 



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EBERLY, ALLEN B. (E) 
R. 3 

Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522 
717-354-9285 

EBLING, DAVID (E) 
R. 1, Box 300A 
Bernville, Pennsylvania 19506 
215-488-7185 

FLORA, JOSEPH E. (E) 
R. 3 

Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-4382 

FLORY, HARLEY (E) 
R. 4 

Defiance, Ohio 43512 
419-497-3953 

GUNDERMAN, H. M. (E) 
22605 C.R. 118 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 

HARLACHER, GALEN (E) 
404 Columbia Dr., N.W. 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 
503-538-2033 

HARRIS, OTTO (E) 

Box 131, Antioch Route 
New Creek, W. Virginia 26743 

HARTZ, PAUL A. Jr. (M) 
157 North Lincoln St. 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078 

JAMISON, DALE E. (E) 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

JAMISON, HERMAN (M) 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

JOHNSON, H. EDWARD (E) 
5-1307-S.H. 108 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-335-9133 

KAUFFMAN, EUGENE (E) 
R 6, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
703-434-7824 



KEGERREIS, DAVID (M) 
R. 1 
Bethel, Pennsylvania 19507 

KEGERREIS. JAMES (E) 
R. 1, Box 92 

Richland, Pennsylvania 17087 
717-933-4665 

KEENEY, LAVERNE (E) 
R. 1, Box 233A 
Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543 
717-738-1566 

LEATHERMAN, CHARLES (E) 
1-18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-1176 

LEATHERMAN, VIRGIL (M) 
419 N. Queen Street 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-5753 

LITFIN, GALEN (E) 
1314 E. 7th St. 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 

MALLOW, ELDON (M) 
R. 4, Box 274A 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 

MYERS, HOWARD E. (E) 
R. 3 

York, Pennsylvania 17402 
717-755-9812 

MYERS, PAUL R. (E) 
Box 117 

Greentown, Ohio 44630 
216-499-6080 

NESS, JACOB C (E) 
136 Homeland Road 
York, Pennsylvania 17403 
717-741-1607 

PEASE, WALTER C. (M) 
R. 1, Box 173 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

PEFFER. JOHN (M) 
R. 10, Box 120 
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013 
717-243-8328 



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PIFER, FRED (M) 
R. 3 

Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-3187 

REED, D. PAUL (E) 
R. 3, Box 1 
Riner, Virginia 24149 

REED, HAYES (E) 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95350 
209-523-2753 

REED, RAY R. (E) 
Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3031 

REED, W. S. (E) 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3583 

REPLOGLE, GEORGE E. (E) 
9966 Pitsburg-Laura Road 
Arcanum, Ohio 45304 
513-947-1074 

RICE, JOSHUA (E) 
R. 3 

Frederick, Maryland 21701 
301-898-9741 

ROESCH, MELVIN C. (E) 
Box 58 

502 W. Rings St. 
West Unity, Ohio 43570 
419-924-5079 

ROOT, WM. (E) 

1612 Morphy Street 
Great Bend, Kansas 67530 
316-SW3-5284 

RUSH, HARLEY (E) 
R. 1 

Converse, Indiana 46919 
317-395-3751 

SCHULTZ, CLYDE E. (E) 
Box 105 
Turlock, California 95380 

SHAFFER, FRANK D. (E) 
R. 4 

Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 
717-597-7282 



SHANK, RAY S. (E) 

c/o Kraley's Senior Citizen Home 
213 West Main St. 
Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055 
717-697-9643 

SHELLY, EMMERT O. Jr. (M) 
California Road 
R. 2, Box 512 

Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-4975 

SHUMAKE, L. A. (E) 
R. 5, Box 223 
Louisa, Virginia 23093 
703-967-1993 

SKILES, DANIEL C. (M) 
6560 Sonoma Mt. Road 
Santa Rosa, California 95431 
707-544-1472 

SKILES, DAVID L. (E) 
P.O. Box 188 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

SKILES, ORA (E) 
3623 Toomes Rd. 
Modesto, California 95351 
209-545-0551 

SMITH, BERTON E. (M) 
R. 2 
Topeka, Indiana 46571 

SMITH, WARREN C. (E) 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
303-829-4521 

SNYDER, JACK L. (M) 
R.D. 1 

Stevens, Pennsylvania 17578 
215-267-3174 

ST. JOHN, DEAN (E) 
1040 Hillsdale Road 
R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
517-254-4338 

ST. JOHN, DENNIS 
R. 1 

Stryker, Ohio 43557 
419-682-3660 



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SURBEY, HOWARD J. (E) 
749 W. King St. 

Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-4272 

SWIHART, FLOYD T. (E) 
1903 W. Clinton St. 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 
219-KE-3357 

SWIHART, MERLE (M) 
R. 2, Box 137 
Topeka, Indiana 46571 

SWIHART, ROY J. (E) 
17421 C.R. 14 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 
219-825-2277 

UPLINGER, WILBUR L. (M) 
R. 1, Box 11 
Mt. Crawford, Virginia 22841 

WALKER, HENRY (M) 
12413 Delaware Road 
Hickman, California 95323 

WERTZ, EMERY (E) 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
303-829-4511 

WOLFE, KENNETH (M) 
R. 2, Box 112 
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17963 

DUNKARD BRETHREN 
DEACONS 

Armstrong, Ellis 
Beam, Willard 
Beeman, Oscar 
Beery, Ezra 
Brooks, Marion 
Burtner, Clair 
Carpenter. John 
Cease, John 
Diehl. Forest 
Eberly, Marvin 
Flory. Claude I 
Flory, Marvin 
Gehr, Clarence 
Gibbel, Jacob 
Gibbel, Levi 
Gilpin. Joseph 
Gunderman. Reinhold 
Heisey. Jan 
Heisey. William 



Jamison, Marian 
Jamison. Newton 
Jamison, Tom 
Kasza, Eugene 
Kegerreis, Harold 
Kline, Floyd 
Kreiner, Lowell 
Leatherman. Thomas 
Lilly, Eldon 
Litfin, Doyle 
Longnecker. George H. 
Longnecker, George T. 
Lorenz, Carl 
Lorenz. Pete 
Marks, Charles 
Marks, Paul 
Meyers, Martin 
Meyers, Roy 
Miller, Levi H. 
Musselman, Harold 
Myers, Nelson E. 
Myers, Paul B. 
Newman, Dale 
Pike, Lowell 
Pike, Wayne 
Pletcher. Albert 
Reed, Carl E. 
Reed, Harold W. 
Reed, Kyle 
Reed, Leonard 
Reed, Nelson R. 
Reed, Oty 
Rice, Lawrence 
Rice, S. P. 
Roedel, Daniel 
Royer, Nathan 
Ruff, Harvey 
Rupp, Denver 
Ruschaupt. John 
Sampson. George 
Silknitter. Alvm 
Sines. Virgil 
Smootz. Virgil 
Snyder. Dwight 
Sowers. Charles 
Stauffer, Edwin 
Stump. Delma 
Stump, Paul 
St John. Clifford 
St John. Samuel W 
Switzer. Charles 
Throne. George 
Throne. Harvey 
Welch. Chester 
Wertz. Ivon 
Wertz. Richard J 



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Wisler, John 
Wolfe, Verling 
Wyatt, Boyd 



AUDITING 
COMMITTEE 



Paul E. Heisey 
201 North Madison St. 
West Unity, Ohio 43570 
419-924-5192 

Rudy A. Shaffer 
R. 1, Box 193 

Manheim, Pennsylvania 17545 
717-665-7061 



GOSSIP, BOTH 

VERBAL AND 

BY MAIL 

A. Elders, other officials and all 
others are admonished that being 
busybodies in other men's matters, is 
contrary to the Scriptures and it should 
not be indulged in, as it causes com- 
plaint and interference with the 
spiritual life and work of those con- 
cerned. This applies especially where 
there may be trouble in the church, 
both to local members and those else- 
where, talking and writing about such 
matters. 

B. When advice is sought of an 
official in any church matter he (the 
official) should be exceedingly careful 
in giving advice, so as not to interfere in 
any way with proper care of difficulties, 
by officials whose business they are. 
Elders and all others should, in seeking 
advice, begin at home when at all 
possible and be careful to proceed reg- 
ularly and in brotherly love. 

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

D. Caucusing, that is, the taking 
over and planning by groups, what to 
do or how to move in any particular 



matter is unprofitable, causative of 
distress and trouble and should not be 
indulged in by officials or any oneelse. 

E. Talking or circulating of what was 
done in council, either to members 
who were not present or to outsiders, is 
irregular and unchristian and should 
not be indulged in. 

CIVILIAN 
SERVICE BOARD 

Ray R. Reed, Chairman 
Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3031 

Howard J. Surbey, Exec. Sec. 
749 West King St. 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-4272 

Charles Leatherman 
1-18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-1176 

Hayes Reed 
1433 Overholtzer Dr. 
Modesto, California 95350 
209-523-2753 

Allen B. Eberly 
R. 3 

Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522 
717-354- 9285 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Road 

Hughson, California 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 North Queen St. 

Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

717-359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 

Peru, Indiana 46970 

317-395-7879 



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LOCATION OF 
CHURCH HOUSES 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

Frystown House, located in 
Frystown, in northwestern Berks 
County, one mile south of Route 78 
and one mile west of Route 501. 

Milbach House, located halfway be- 
tween Kleinfeltersville and Newmans- 
town, in Lebanon County or halfway 
between Schafferstown and Womeis- 
dorf, Pennsylvania. 

BROADWATER CHAPEL, MD. 

From Cumberland, Maryland, travel 
west on National Freeway #48, 20 miles 
to Lower New Germany Road Exit. 
Turn left or south under freeway three- 
tenths mile, turn right on Lower New 
Germany Road 3.8 miles, left on 
Westernport Road 3.8 miles, right on 
Savaqe Road 3.9 miles to church on 
left. 

From Morgantown, W. Va. area, 
travel east on National Freeway #48 to 
Lower New Germany Road Exit. Turn 
right three-tenths mile, turn right on 
Lower New Germany Road and follow 
above directions. 

Traveling east or west on U.S. Route 
#50 take U.S. Route #220 north, take 
Maryland Route #135 at McCoole (just 
north of Keyser, W. Va.) seven miles to 
Bloomington, Maryland. Turn right on 
Savage River Road, 12 1 /2 miles to 
church on right. 

CLEARVILLE, PA. 

Wards Church, located 14 miles 
southwest of Everett, Pa., all improved 
roads. From Everett take Route 26 to 
Clearville, Pa. At Clearville straight 
ahead South, leaving Rt. 26, which 
turns right, one and one-half miles, 
then turn right at fork. Ward's Church 
is five miles on the left. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

Dallas Center is located on Route 44, 
twenty-four miles northwest of Des 
Moines. Turn south off of Route 44 on 
to Percival Ave. (first street west of R.R. 
tracks); the church is located 3 blocks 
south on the southeast corner of 
Percival and Ash Streets. 



DAYTON, VIRGINIA 

Turn west from Interstate 81 at 
Harrisonburg exit #63. Go to second 
stop light, Route 42, turn left to Dayton, 
(3 miles) right on Route 257 two 
blocks. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

Twelve miles north of Dayton, Rt. 
440 and Rt. 48 cross at the center of 
Englewood. Church house is located 
on the right of Rt. 48, one block north of 
this junction. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

Located on Green Road, one block 
north of County No. 130. Take U.S. 33 
or Indiana #15 to Goshen, turn west at 
Police booth. Four blocks beyond 
bridge, turn right on North Indiana 
Ave., one block turn left on W. Clinton 
St. One mile to Green Rd., right one 
block and church is located on east 
side of road. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview Church is located 
south of Grandview. Take the west 
access road of 71 Highway Vh miles 
south to 139th St., turn west, go to the 
second street and south one block. 
LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

Coming from the South on Route 
501, turn right at the fourth stoplight in 
Lititz, when coming from the North 
turn left at the first stoplight, which is 
East Lincoln St. Go to first crossroad, 
turn right, go to second crossroad, turn 
right to brick church on the right. 
MECHANICSBURG, PA. 
CUMBERLAND CO. 

Located between Routes 15 and 11. 
The town is bisected by Route 114 into 
East and West, and by Route 641 into 
North and South. The church is 
located on West Keller St.. or corner of 
Keller and Washington St., four blocks 
west of Market St. or Route 114. 
Leaving the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 
the Carlisle interchange, Route 11 will 
lead east to Route 114. Leaving the 
Turnpike at Gettysburg interchange. 
Route 16 will lead west to Route 114 
McCLAVE. COLORADO 

The Cloverleaf church is located one 
mile north of U.S. Highway #50, four 



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miles west of McClave junction, or two 
miles east of Hasty, Colo., on U.S. #50 
and then north one mile. 

MOUNTAINDALE, MD. 

Seven miles north of Frederick, in 
the little town of Mountaindale, Md., 
from east go through town to west on 
road from Lewistown to Yellow 
Springs, two miles from Lewistown 
and three miles from Yellow Springs. If 
traveling U.S. 15, this road crosses No. 
15, half mile west of Lewistown and six 
miles South of Thurmont. 

PLEASANT HOME, CA. 

Coming from the north on Rt. 99, to 
Ceres, go through underpass, turn 
right to stop sign on El CaminoSt., turn 
left on Park St. to 6th St., turn right one 
block to Roeding Ave., turn left and go 
IV2 miles to the Church on Roeding. 
Coming from the south, turn off high- 
way on El Caminotostopsign,turn left 
on Park St. and follow above 
directions. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

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

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

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

NEWBERG, OREGON 

Highway 99W enters Newberg in 
east-west direction. Those entering 
from the east on First St., go to third 
stoplight, turn right on North Main. Go 
four blocks to the church at corner of 
N. Main and Franklin Sts. Entering 
from the west, turn left at first stop light 
onto N. Main and go four blocks to the 
corner of Main and Franklin Sts. 
ORION, OHIO 

Located in northeastern Ohio, on 
Orion Road, one fourth mile west of 
State Rt. 8 at a point six miles north of 



Canton or one and one-half miles 
north of North Canton and 17 miles 
south of Akron. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

Located at the corner of Eighth 
Street and Main Street. 

S. FULTON, ILLINOIS 

Astoria, III., is located on Rt. 24, 
coming from east or west, turn south at 
the bank corner marked by the big 
clock. Two miles south andonthe right 
at top of hill. 

WAYNESBORO, PA. 

Church is located in west side of 
town, on corner of Ridge and Third 
Streets. Turn south of Route 16 on 
Fairview Ave., go two blocks and turn 
left on Third Street, church house is 
one block. 

SHREWSBURY, PA. 

Fourteen miles south of York on 
Route 1 1 1 , at the north end of the town 
of Shrewsbury. 

SHALLOW FALLS, MD. 

Traveling U.S. Rt. 50, turn north at 
Red house, half way between Clarks- 
burg and Winchester, follow Rt. 219to 
Oakland, there turn left on county road 
20. The church is on Rt. 20, about nine 
miles north of Oakland. Traveling U.S. 
Rt. 40, turn south onto Rt. 219, at 
Keyser Ridge, follow Route 219 about 
four miles past Deep Great Lake, turn 
right on county road 20 at a store. The 
church is one and one-half miles 
Swallow Falls Park. 

WALNUT GROVE, MD. 

About midway between Frederick, 

Md. and Hanover, Pa. One-fourth mile 

east of Route 194, at an intersection 

three miles north of Taneytown, Md. 

W. FULTON, OHIO 

Near Wauseon, Ohio, located on 
U.S. Route 20 alternate, three and one- 
half miles west of junction of Ohio 
Route 1 08 and U.S. Route 20 alternate. 
WINTERHAVEN, CA. 

Located in Cherry Valley. Go north 
of Beaumont on Beaumont Ave., go 
right on Brookside (marked with a 
Highland Springs sign) to Jonathan, 
left to Lincoln and right to the church. 



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MISSIONS 



CLEARVILLE, PA. - In South Central 
Pennsylvania, about half-way between 
Everett on Route 30 and Piney Grove 
on Route 40. About six miles south of 
Clearville, Pa., along hard road a little 
east of Route 26. Services second, 
fourth and fifth Sundays, 10:00 a.m. 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 
Located southwest of Cuba, New 
Mexico, 23 miles. Turn on State High- 
way 197 in Cuba. Follow Route 197 for 
19 miles when you will take an unpaved 



road to the left. A mission sign marks 
this junction. Proceed 3 miles to the 
mission. Present personnel includes 
David and Mildred Skiles and family; 
Alvin and Mary Ellen Chupp and 
family; Joyce Reed; Sarah Wilson; 
Christine Martin; Mary Alice Skiles; 
and Daniel and Esther Roedel. Visitors 
would be wise to notify mission in 
advance. Address: P.O. Box 188, 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013. Please 
contact for further information. 



FAILED TO CONQUER THEMSELVES 

Peter the Great made a law that if any nobleman beat or illtreated 
his slaves, he should be looked upon as insane, and a guardian 
appointed to take care of his person and estate. This great 
monarch once struck his gardener, who, being a man of keen 
sensibility, took to his bed, and died in a few days. Peter, hearing of 
this, exclaimed, with tears in his eyes, "Alas! I have civilized my 
own subjects, I have conquered other nations, yet I have not been 
able to conquer or civilize myself." Alexander could conquer 
Persia, but he could not conquer his passions. Caesar triumphed 
in a hundred battles; but he fell victim to the desire of being a king. 
Bonaparte the conqueror was no better. 



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SCATTERING FEATHERS 

A lady presented herself to Neri one day, accusing herself of 
being a slanderer. "Child," he said, "your fault is great, but the 
mercy of God is greater. Go to market, purchase a chicken just 
killed, but still covered with the feathers; you will then walk a 
certain distance, plucking as you go." This was done as directed, 
and on her return to Neri, telling how faithfully she had carried out 
his instructions, he said: "Retrace your steps and gather up one by 
one all the feathers you have scattered." "But father," exclaimed 
the poor woman, "I cast them carelessly on every side; the wind 
carried them in every direction!" 



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Quinter, Kansas 67752 
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McClave. Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Ind. 46919 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
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York, Pa. 17403 
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5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
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1040 Hillsdale Road, R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
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William Carpenter, Chairman 
8012 Cavender Street 
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Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Va. 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, Ca. 95351 

Charles Leatherman 
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Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Sec. 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 N. Queen St. 

Littlestown. Pa 17340 

717-359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 

Peru, Ind. 46970 

317-395-7879 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, N. Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

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VOL. LVIII 



FEBRUARY 15, 1980 



NO. 4 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



MY SOUL BE ON THY GUARD 

My soul, be on thy guard; 

Ten thousand foes arise; 

The hosts of sin are pressing hard 

To draw thee from the skies. 

O, watch, and fight, and pray; 
The battle ne'er give o'er; 
Renew it boldly ev'ry day, 
And help divine implore. 

Ne'er think the vict'ry won, 

Nor lay thine armor down; 

Thy arduous work will not be done 

Till thou obtain thy crown. 

Fight on, my soul, till death 
Shall bring thee to thy God; 
He'll take thee at thy parting breath 
To his divine abode. 

— George Heath 



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CONSISTENCY 

"Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a 
stinking savor: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for 
wisdom and honour." Eccles. 10:1. Great care is needed in the 
preparation of medications. If such care is not exercised, the oint- 
ment, or tablet or liquid may be contaminated. This contamination 
renders the product unusable and unsafe. So the one doing the 
manufacturing must use a consistent formula and consistent 
techniques to insure that his product is usuable. If his product is 
unfit to use, it will mean a financial loss to him and a waste of time, 
effort and material. 

Consistency is needed in every pursuit of life. Those who do not 
continue consistently at their task will fail to adequately fulfill their 
purpose. One who does above average work for a short time but 
then becomes slack will not in the long run be commended for his 
work. Many do not endure but lapse into inferior work. 

The wise man compares the contaminated ointment, which has a 
disagreeable odor, with the presence of folly in a man who is other- 
wise considered to be upright and wise. When he fails to be 
consistent in his style of life an offense is given to those who had 
held him in high esteem. His folly may not seem to be too great, yet 
because he lacks consistency, it will harm his influence. 

This consistency is needed in the Christian journey through life. 
For the Christian to receive the much-desired commendation of 
the Heavenly Father, he must be consistent. The Christian life 
cannot be lived by fits and starts but must be a life of total commit- 
ment. In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus indicated that there would 
be those who would not be consistent. Some would make a 

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beginning at b jing a Christian but would fail when persecution or 
temptation came upon them. They would soon turn back to the 
world rather than endure opposition. Others would not only begin 
the Christian life but would endure for a while. Opposition would 
not deter them from following Christ, but the cares of this life 
would prove their downfall. The Christian, like the runner, must 
keep on running although there are times of discouragement and 
opposition. The winner of the race may not be the early leader but 
the one who consistently kept running. He may not have garnered 
much attention early in the race but as the inconsistent ones 
dropped out he became the leader and eventually the winner. The 
Christian race is nobler than any foot race. The prize to be gained 
at the end is so great that each Christian should be laboring so he 
can receive that prize. The Christian must be consistent if he 
wishes that prize at the end. 

The Christian must be consistent not only in his actions but also 
in the thoughts and teachings that he lives by. The Christian must 
have the Bible as his foundation. Without the Bible, he can not 
know God's will for his life. There he will find a consistent pattern 
which will lead him aright. The Bible is consistent throughout, so 
he will not be given contradictory instructions. God's will does not 
change, nor does His Word, so the Christian knows that the same 
consistent life is needed throughout to please God. 

The Christian's actions must be governed by his beliefs. The 
beliefs that he holds must be consistent with each other. He can 
not believe in Christian humility and plainness and still dress in the 
proud styles of the world. He can not believe in non-resistance and 
take his brother to court. The Christian can not believe in the plan 
of salvation as delivered in Christ's Gospel and yet expect his own 
good works to save him. There is a need for consistency or the 
Christian will be found to be opposing himself. 

The Christian's consistency is not only for his own benefit but 
for the good of those who view his life as an example of 
Christianity. If the Christian is inconsistent, it will be evident to the 
unbeliever who may lose confidence in his uprightness. The 
Christian's betrayal of the onlooker may prove vital in dissuading 
him from following Christ. So the Christian can not profess great 
piety and uprightness then live on a lower level to please his carnal 
desires. His walk must be in line with his profession or his in- 
consistency may prove fatal not only to the onlooker, who is put off 
by such inconsistency, but he himself may be in danger of failing 
to receive that Eternal prize. 

Just as medication needs to be made following a consistent 
formula and by a consistent technique so the Christian life must be 
consistent. Are you consistent in your total Christian life 9 Or has a 
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"AND HAVING DONE ALL, TO STAND" 

"The youth of today will be the Church of tomorrow," rings as 
true today as when the statement was first made. As the storm 
clouds of carnal warfare continue to gather, especially in the 
Middle East, and the probability of conscription of our youth, both 
men and women, becomes more and more eminent, we feel a real 
urgency to review our position against carnal warfare. 

Jesus told Peter, "Put up again thy sword into his place: for all 
they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." Matt. 26:52. 
The Apostle Paul says, "For the weapons of our warfare are not 
carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong- 
holds." 

Jesus presents His Church with a new doctrine that supercedes 
"an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." "Love your enemies, do 
good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray 
for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth 
thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh 
away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man 
that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask 
them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye 
also to them likewise." Luke 27-31. And again, "But love ye your 
enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and 
your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the 
Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye 
therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and 
ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be 
condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be 
given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken 
together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For 
with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to 
you again." Luke 6;35-38. Jesus came that we might have life! It is 
not God's will that any should perish, but that all should come to 
repentance, (see II Peter 3) God has hallowed human life and in 
His hands only is the power to give life, and the right to take away 
life. A person who would take another person's life denies that 
person the opportunity to eternal life, if the slain had not come to 
repentance. Jesus gave us a new commandment that we love one 
another as He has loved us. I John 3:14-15 tells us, "We know that 
we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. 
He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth 
his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath 
eternal life abiding in him." War generates hate; hate, murder; and 
murder, eternal death to the murderer. 

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international disregard for human life and gross disobedience of 
the law of God. Read Romans 13:8-10. For a Christian to be a 
member of our nation's armed forces places him under this 
condemnation. The Poet has said: 

If you should take a sword and draw it 

And go and stick a fellow through, 

The government isn't going to answer for it, 

God will send the bill to you. 
Modern warfare leaves thousands maimed, widowed and 
orphaned and creates starvation, heartbreak and destitution. Even 
now multitudes are fleeing for refuge from the horrors of war in the 
Far East. 

War is darkness; Christianity is light. War is death; Christianity is 
life. War is hate; Christianity is love and compassion. War is 
violence; Christianity is mercy. 

Dear fellow Christian, it is only the mercy of God to you and me 
that gives us deliverance from death, so we too must be merciful if 
we are to enjoy the bliss of Eternity at the Saviour's right hand. 
"I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and 
the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked 
one." I John 2:14b. The greatest service you can do for your 
country is being a living testimony of the Word of Life, which 
abides within you through the Holy Spirit. Pray for those in 
authority; obey the laws of the land so long as they are not 
contrary to the laws of God. Be a soldier of the cross! Put on the 
whole armor of God. Gird your loins with truth; wear the breast- 
plate of righteousness; shod your feet with the preparation of the 
gospel of peace; bear the shield of faith; take the helmet of 
salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit. So 
armed, you will be victorious over Satan. You will shine as a light in 
the world. You will be as salt to the earth. You will be able to 
Stand — for God, through faith, hope and charity — against the 
devil, quenching his fiery darts including death and the eternal fire 
of Hell. 

To our beloved young people, if you are not wearing the armor 
of God, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and give your heart to 
Him today, repent and be baptized for the remission of your sins 
and receive the infilling of the Holy Ghost. Then if you are called 
upon to register for the military draft, you will be able to "endure 
hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." II Tim. 2:3. You will be 
able to stand opposed to the training or participation in carnal 
warfare, and be able to register, in all good conscience, as being 
unable and unwilling to take part in the military program. 
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let us hold high the banner of the Cross. May our conversation and 
conduct testify to our standing for the Lord. Let us follow in the 
footsteps of Jesus that our youth may be led to that solid rock, that 
we all may be standing, watching and waiting when Jesus comes. 

Brother Ray R. Reed 
Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 

SMOTHERED IN LOVE 

"When someone knows the way, and we have told them how we 
feel, about all we can do then is smother them in love." A minister's 
wife said this to me while expressing concern for someone in her 
family. We all know that there are times when it is best to be silent 
about God, but just being silent is not enough. She knew the time 
had come to be silent, but she added the ingredient which draws 
people to us and to God — love in abundance. 

One meaning of smother is "to cover close up," or in my words, 
"to surround on every side so no part is left exposed." You can 
smother people in many ways, but only by loving them can you 
bring about anything good. The amount of love given must be 
above and beyond mere duty, not just a small portion. Love gives, 
love seeks what is best for the other, love is trustworthy. It is this 
kind of love which you must give to another or surround someone 
in love, for Jesus' sake. 

You need to show love and concern for others, minus any 
criticism, whether they respond to the Lord or not. If criticism is all 
you ever dish out, you won't get anywhere in the Lord's work. It 
brings encouragement when you show that you really care. The 
reverse is true when you pick and criticize. Love draws attention to 
the Lord; criticism and pressure draws attention to you. Love 
keeps the communication lines open — criticism cuts them off. 
Whether you talk or remain silent, it is your job to love. 

God is love, Christ is love, and as Christ's ambassadors (II Cor. 
5:20), we must love also. A loving, compassionate spirit is such that 
when you pray for someone, love will flow from your heart right 
along with your words. This loving spirit is there when you contact 
that person in any way, even when all you get is an angry glare. 
When you have loved someone so completely that love seeps into 
every nook and cranny of that person's life, then you have 
smothered that person in love. 

Whenever anyone rebels and becomes angry when the Word of 
God and their need of Christ is discussed, it is best to be silent. 
There are exceptions, depending on the person and his situation, 
but when someone already has known the way of salvation and 
turned away from it, you must be careful. If you continue pressing 
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rejection of the truth. Rather than talking so much, try just loving 
and praying for them and let the Spirit do the work. 

So you think that you have loved people, you have been con- 
cerned, and you have prayed, but it really hasn't done any good? 
How do you know it hasn't? And how do you know you've given all 
you can give? "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, 
unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch 
as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." I Cor. 15:58. 
The Lord has promised that your labor will not be in vain, so let 
Him decide when you've loved enough and given enough. 

"But God commandeth his love towards us, in that, while we 
were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8. If God could love us 
and prove it while we were yet sinners, then we ought to love 
others while they are sinners. Love cannot be reserved for just 
those who have accepted Christ. "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as 
thyself" (Matt. 22:39) means we are to love others, be they saints or 
sinners, as much as we love ourselves. It is true that many people 
aren't very lovable as they are, but then neither were we and God 
loved us anyhow. 

"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was; 
and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,... and took care 
of him." Luke 10:33-34. As soon as he saw the wounded man, the 
Samaritan had compassion on him. He saw the need and 
immediately did what he could to help the man. He didn't have to 
think about it a few days first to see if he wanted to get involved. He 
didn't preach to the man, he didn't give him any advice on how to 
stay out of such messes. He just loved him and helped him. 

If you are really going to help someone, you have to give what is 
needed at the moment. It means that physical needs may have to 
be met before you attempt to give spiritual guidance. It may mean 
that you'll have to be quiet about the Lord and just love and pray 
for someone until the Lord gives him a receptive heart. Whatever 
the present moment's need is, give your love in abundance and let 
it be "without dissimulation" or hypocrisy. Don't pretend to care if 
you really don't. 

You, too, may have someone that you are greatly concerned 
about. Your heart aches because of your concern, yet it seems that 
your help is not appreciated, your prayers not accomplishing any- 
thing. Keep right on smothering that person in love, avoid 
criticizing, and wait on the Lord to work in that person's heart. We 
have a promise in Psalms 126:5 — "They that sow in tears shall 
weep in joy", so claim it and look ahead to that joy. The tears are 
for now but the joy will be forever. 



Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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TRUSTING IN JESUS 

As of January 10, 1980 it was one year since I received the tragic 
news that my companion was killed while on the job. I'd like to 
share with you some of the experiences of living a life of widow- 
hood with four children. 

First was the shock to the mind, knowing you can never again 
speak to your loved one in this life. I give thanks for a praying 
mother whom I knew was home praying for me before I found it 
out. As I look back now I can't see how I lived through it all at once, 
but I could feel the powerful effects of all those praying before I 
ever knew it. 

Although I come from a family of ten children I feel God chose 
me because he felt I was the one who maybe had the least faith. I 
always put faith and trust in everything I did. But now when I'm all 
alone, I can only realize how small a person's faith is. Then you 
know, you cannot trust in your own strength for it is sure to fail. 
Then you know the Bible says, "in everything give thanks." At first 
it was kind of hard to say, "Thank you" for taking my companion 
away but now after all I've been through this past year I truly can 
say, "Thank you, Jesus, for renewed faith, hope and courage for 
walking this road alone." 

It's so easy when you have a companion, you want to share 
ideas, talk things over together, or just maybe spend an evening 
together with the family. But this suddenly came to an end for me. I 
often say to myself, "I must tell Jesus, I cannot bear these burdens 
alone." A person goes through many changes after a death. One 
cannot grasp the full meaning or feeling until it is your own. It 
seemed that I had such a tugging at my heart that I just felt like I 
couldn't go on at times. The Lord has always been there the times 
when I was so downcast and blue. First, it was the empty chair at 
the table, an empty place in the living room, an empty pew at 
church and so many other places. Wherever you go or whatever 
you want to do, you see some of their handywork. 

Then come the words from his dear little daughter, "When can I 
go to see Daddy? I loved my daddy, he always pushed me on the 
swing and would read books to me." Your heart begins to throb 
and wait for the right words to come forth. Just the night before it 
was one year, Kelly looked up at the calendar and said, "I loved my 
daddy. I guess daddy got tired of working and got killed. Then they 
put you in a big box and then Jesus took you to Heaven." I stood 
outside the bedroom door and just listened with tears in my eyes. 

Dear Ones, it's not an easy road when you are a widow. There 
are many awkward situations you get into. I realize many have 
gone through the valley of the shadow of death. I love to com- 
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experience. I also enjoy reading books or stories about death. So 
many times the words I said are spoken by someone else who 
went through the same trials. 

I trust and pray each member of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
might consider death more seriously than ever before. To die 
without knowing God must be a terrible situation. We all make 
mistakes and come short but we can be ever so thankful we have 
One interceding at the Right Hand in behalf of our problems. God 
has truly been wonderful to me this past year. There is only One I 
put my trust in and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever He has 
in store for me I feel and know he will supply my every need to see 
me through. 

I wish to take this opportunity to thank all the dear Sisters and 
Brothers of our Church, who remembered me with cards, letters of 
encouragement, love gifts, flowers but most of all the prayers on 
our behalf. Don't stop praying now, because I feel weaker than 
ever. The responsibility of raising four children is not easily done 
on my own. I need and continually ask God to lead, guide and 
direct us each day. All have been so kind and I can only thank you 
but I know God will bless you. Might we all strive harder each day 
to have a closer walk with God than ever before. Life is short, even 
at its longest. He is no respecter of persons. He calls the young and 
old, so may we be ready, waiting and watching for the return of our 
Lord. To me, as of now, it is going to be the greatest event ever to 
take place. So we can again be joined with our loved ones, who 
have gone on before. The following poem expresses my feelings 
so vividly and I would like to share it with you. 
It's hard to face the future when, 

God calls a loved one home. 
Back into the past you let your 
"Happy Memories" roam. 

But do not feed yourself too long, 

On Sorrows bitter bread. 
Life goes on and it demands, 

That you must look ahead. 

It's sad to walk the road alone, 

Instead of side by side. 
But to all there comes the 

Moments when the ways divide. 

Try then to remember that the 

Dear one who has gone 
Would have you turn towards the 
Sunshine, pushing bravely on. 
In Christian Love, 
Sister Wanda Hearn 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

SHE TOUCHED THE HEM OF HIS GARMENT 

Matt. 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-49 

Jesus can do anything. He is the greatest person who was ever 
born. He is the Son of God. He made the earth: every flower, every 
tree, every bird, every fish, all the animals — even the little bugs 
and butterflies. Jesus made them all. 

There was a woman who lived near the town of Capernaum who 
had a disease for twelve years. She couldn't stop bleeding. She had 
been to many doctors for help and had spent all her money but no 
one could heal her. In fact, she was getting worse and worse. She 
had nothing to hope for, so she became very discouraged. She 
would just keep getting weaker until she died. 

Somehow this woman heard about Jesus. Yes, Jesus had healed 
many sick people. There didn't seem to be anything He couldn't 
do. But where could she find Him? Everyday she hoped that 
sometime she would see Jesus. 

One wonderful day Jesus came to Capernaum. Maybe someone 
told the woman or maybe she just happened to be in town when 
Jesus came along. That day she saw a crowd of people. Jesus was 
coming down the street. But would He have time for her? There 
were so many people around Him, it looked impossible for her to 
ever get close. 

The woman was determined to see Jesus. As she worked her 
way through the crowd around Him, she finally saw the Master. He 
was walking and talking with those close to Him and the woman 
didn't see how she could ever get His attention. She knew Jesus 
could heal her. She said to herself, "If I but touch His clothes, I shall 
be whole." She pushed through the people and finally reaching 
ahead, was just able to touch the hem of His garment. Instantly she 
was healed of her disease! Twelve years she had been miserable, 
but now she was made completely whole. How good it was to be 
well again! 

As soon as she was healed of her plague, Jesus turned around 
and said, "Who touched me?" Peter said, "Master, the multitude 
throng thee and press thee and why do you say, 'Who touched 
me?' " Jesus said, "Somebody has touched me for I perceive that 
virtue is gone out of me." 

Jesus knew who had touched Him but He wanted the woman to 
tell what happened. When the woman saw that she was not hid, she 
came trembling and falling down before Him, she told all the 
people why she had touched Him and how she was healed 
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Jesus, the greatest, the highest, the holiest, the Son of God, said 
to her, "Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith has made you 
whole: Go in peace." 

Jesus can make you whole too. He can forgive you and take your 
sins away. If you put your trust in Him, Jesus can give you a new 
life. He can make you clean and pure. You can say, "I have been 
near to Jesus; I have touched the hem of His garment." 

Brother Rudy Cover 



THE SEED OF LIFE 

Luke 8:4-18 

"A sower went out to sow his seed..." 

In giving this parable, Jesus was deeply moved to cry, "He that 
hath ears to hear, let him hear." He, as sower of God's seed, knew 
well the heart-cry of each believing farmer for his scattered seed 
on his freshly plowed field. The lives of his family and of himself 
would depend on its harvest of living seeds of life. 

John the Baptist had been the plower of God's field, preparing 
the minds of God's ancient people to open their hearts to the seeds 
of truth which Jesus so faithfully sowed. 

Jesus, who knew the hearts of men, saw in them four kinds of 
heart soil — the wayside heart, the rocky heart, the heart of full of 
thorn seed and the good ground heart. We may test our own hearts 
with His words in verse 1 5. "But that on the good ground, are they, 
which, in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it 
and bring forth fruit with patience." 

Verse 18 contains a great warning to Christ's disciples of our 
modern age of much to see and much to hear. Just how precious is 
God's Word to us? "Take heed, therefore how ye hear: for whoso- 
ever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him 
shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have." 

Jesus' parable falls in line with Isa. 55:10-11. "For as the rain 
cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not 
thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, 
that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall 
my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return 
unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it 
shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." 

Isaiah's beautiful language falls in line with Gen. 1:11, "And God 
said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the 
fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon 
the earth: and it was so." 



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The basic truth of both natural and spiritual life was placed in 
seed by God Himself. Over the long centuries, the farmer's child 
early learned the preciousness and power of God's created seeds. 

The true account of God's creating all things is Divinely suited to 
the questioning mind of a child. On this, the young mind can rest 
and develop. The parent can early drip Jesus' words of Spirit and 
of life into this young mind field with full assurance that they will 
not return to God empty and void. God's blessing of His living 
word is upon those, "who bring up their children in the nuture and 
admonition of the Lord." 

Happy indeed is the child who learns at its first display of aware- 
ness small-sized lessons of God's sown Word of Truth. The small 
hand can soon hold a seed, the eyes examine, as the mind is 
instructed with the hidden life in the seed. Someone in my early 
youth put precious grain seed next to the inside of the glass of a jar 
filled with moist earth, where we could watch the life miracle of the 
sprouting seed. Its power and potential far surpasses its size and 
humble appearance. It first needs a seed bed, the necessary 
functions of moisture, of warm sunlight and precious unseen 
blessings of air. Only God could have planned and sustained such 
a miracle that took place before our eyes. 

Our prayers and praises to God for such mercies should arise as 
we study this parable and speak of it. Each sprouting seed is a 
witness of God's goodness and loving thought toward us. God 
even tempers the sun's rays to the right degree to awaken the life 
He placed in the seed of His Creation. 

The sprouting seed reaches downward to the good food 
qualities God placed in the soil. It also reaches up for light and air. 
As it does so, God gives to it an individual body of its kind. But the 
purpose of this planted seed is not realized until it heads out and 
develops many other seeds of its kind. 

"Seed for the sower and bread for the eater." "... The valleys also 
are covered over with corn, they shout for joy, they also sing." Ps. 
65:13. 

Many children today receive early impressions of food while 
perched in the grocery cart as Mother selects her purchases. The 
bright colors and pictures on the cartoons divert the young mind 
away from God and His goodness. The vital facts of seed-time and 
harvest are completely lost unless some one makes a special effort 
to sow seed thoughts of a kind Creator and sustainer of life in their 
growing consciousness. And, mark it well, a belief in God as 
Creator is a vital primary belief to lead heart and mind to believe in 
Jesus as Saviour and Lord. 



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Christian parents must see the need of this seed of faith in the 
heart and mind of the questioning child. Many avenues of learning 
have opened up in our day to cunningly divert the minds of small 
children away from Christ and His seed Words of Truth. Knowingly 
or unknowingly educators have sought to make "Humanism" the 
seed thought of a finished education. They start early in a child's 
life to dethrone God in a youthful mind and to place the self-man 
there instead. They parade their motto, "Questioning is the 
Answer." Their evolutionary teaching is not a progression upward, 
but a rapid descent on the broad road that leads to destruction. 
Away from the Truth, the youthful, ever-questioning mind reasons, 
it can only know the real facts of deep sin by experience. Take 
seeds of doubt and unbelief, cunningly placed in the youthful 
mind, have led many a soul to ruin and despair. 

The wisdom of God is clearly seen in the naming of His Beloved 
Son, "Jesus" for He shall save His people from their sins. He as the 
true Seed of Life had to die and be buried in the earth and then 
come forth anew in Resurrection and endless life. True Christians 
know no other name worthy of their trust and praise. Jesus is 
"above ... every name that is named, not only in this world but also 
in that which is to come." Eph. 1:21. Mothers and nurses can 
whisper this name in praise and prayer to the early consciousness 
of the newborn child in their arms. Songs of Jesus are songs of joy 
and ultimate victory. 

"Jesus loves me, this I know, 

For the Bible tells me so. 

Little ones to Him belong; 

They are weak, but He is strong." 

Your Brother in Him 
James D. Cover 

• •••••• 

EVIDENCE OF AN ARCHITECT— If you should visit a park 
containing beautiful lawns, flower-beds, stately trees, well- 
contrived watercourses, pretty waterfalls, and many other at- 
tractions and contrivances all tending to the convenience and 
pleasure of visitors, you would surely conclude that no sane man 
would dare say that all these came by chance, but rather that it was 
planned by a wise head, and executed by a skillful hand. So when 
you survey this earth, so well fitted as a dwelling place for man and 
other living creatures in it, when we see it stocked with light, air, 
water, food and fuel, with all the other manifold things which tend 
to man's need and comfort, what else can be concluded but that all 
was planned and made by an Almighty intelligent Being? 



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NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CORRECTION 

The correct telephone number of Bro. Floyd Swihart is: 219- 
533-3357. 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Bethel Congregation plans to hold a 
revival meeting, March 16 to 30, 1980. Bro. Dennis St. John, 
Stryker, Ohio is to be the evangelist. 

We invite all who can to come and enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview Congregation enjoyed another revival in 
September with Bro. Dennis St. John of Stryker, Ohio as our 
evangelist. His Spirit filled messages were enjoyed by all. 
Although at this time there were no additions to the Church, the 
Word has been sown. 

We were very happy to have Sis. St. John and baby with us. 

May Bro. St. John go forth in the work of the Lord, proclaiming 
God's wonderful Word. 

Sister Bertha Jarobe, Cor. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

Another year is upon us and we send a hearty invitation to each 
of you! 

Our two week Revival will be starting March 2 through 16 with 
Brother Fred Pifer of Adel, Iowa as our speaker. Services will be 
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Each week night starting at 7:45 
p.m. 

We trust that the Holy Spirit will lead in these two week meetings 
that the saints might be built up and that the sinners might feel the 
need of a Savior. 

If you cannot be in our midst, we trust you will be with us in 
thought and prayer. 

Sister Shirley Frick, Cor. 

THANKS 

I wish to thank the Brethren and Sisters and Friends for their 
prayers, cards and letters I received while in the hospital and since 
I am home. 

May God bless you all, in Christian Love. 

Sister Lela Beam 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MARCH 

March 2 — The Lord of the Sabbath. Luke 6:1-19. 

March 9 — Jesus Teaches the People: A New Concept Luke 

6:20-49. 
March 16 — The Great Faith of the Centurion, The Widow's Son 

Luke 7:1-18. 
March 23 — The Greatest Prophet. Luke 7:19-35. 
March 30 — Forgiveness. Luke 7:36-50. 
QUESTIONS: 

(1) Why do you think the Pharisees, who were the religious 
leaders of that time, considered the Sabbath day more 
important than the healing of a crippled man? Luke 6:9. 

(2) The Pharisees were the rich and educated class of the Jews. 
How do you think they felt when Jesus said, "Blessed be the 
poor for yours is the kingdom of heaven."? Luke 6:24-26. 

(3) Why could the centurion, who was not a Jew, have greater 
faith than anyone in Israel? Luke 7:5-8. 

(4) Jesus raised the widow's son. How did this affect those who 
witnessed this miracle? Luke 7:16-17. 

(5) Who was the greatest prophet? How could those who are 
least in the Kingdom of God be greater than he? Luke 7:28. 

(6) Why did Jesus say that the woman, who washed His feet 
with her tears, loved Him so much? Luke 7:42, 43, 47. 

• • • • • •• 

HE TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF 

I challenge you, young men and women, to go with Christ as He 
goes down into the midst of the problems that have to be met and 
solved, down where life is hard and men must toil, down into the 
thick of the battle with selfishness and greed, into the common 
places made gray by the deadly grind, into the midst of mad 
pleasures, where we see souls seeking relief. Into the homes where 
men and women struggle to be true and fail. Leave your careless 
round of self indulgence, your drifting days for self. Now you may 
draw down the shades and say your comfortable prayers when 
evening comes and then easily foreet. Let our prayers be for help 
from on High when the day's work is done, resolving we will go out 
and meet our problems in our offices, schools and city streets, let 
us go forth and meet life and all its burdens knowing that in the 
ultimate plan of the Eternal God you can have a part. 

Selected by Sister E. M. Alltus 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR MARCH, 1980 
DELIVERANCE 



Memory Verse: Math. 27:43 
He trusted in God; let him deliver 
him now, if he will have him: for he 
said, I am the son of God. 

Sat. 1 - Math. 20:1-19 



Memory Verse: Mark 13:9 
But take heed to yourselves: for 
they shall deliver you up to 
councils; and in the synagogues 
ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be 
brought before rulers and kings 
for my sake, for a testimony 
against them. 

Sun. 2- Math. 24:1-22 

Mon. 3 -Math. 26:1-25 

Tues. 4- Math. 27:1-18 

Wed. 5- Math. 27:19-38 

Thur. 6 - Math. 27:39-66 

Fri. 7- Mark 7:1-23 

Sat. 8 - Mark 9:30-50 

Memory Verse: Mark 13:11 
But when they shall lead you, and 
deliver you up, take no thought 
beforehand what ye shall speak, 
neither do ye premeditate: but 
whatsoever shall be given you in 
that hour, that speak ye: for it is 
not ye that speak, but the Holy 
Ghost. 

Sun. 9 -Mark 10:32-52 

Mon. 10- Mark 13:1-20 

Tues. 11 - Mark 15:1-28 

Wed. 12- Luke 1:57-80 

Thur. 13- Luke 7:1-23 

Fri. 14- Luke 9:37-62 

Sat. 15 - Luke 10:1-24 



Memory Verse: Mark 15:15 
And so Pilate, willing to content 
the people, released Barabbas 
unto them, and delivered Jesus, 
when he had scourged him, to be 
crucified. 



Sun. 16- Luke 11:1-26 
Mon. 17- Luke 12:32-59 
Tues. 18 - Luke 18:-43 
Wed. 19- Luke 20:1-26 
Thur. 20 - Luke 20:27-47 
Fri. 21 - Luke 21:1-24 
Sat. 22- Luke 23:1-25 



Memory Verse: Luke 1:74 & 75 
That he would grant unto us, that 
we being delivered out of the 
hand of our enemies might serve 
him without fear, In holiness and 
righteousness before him, all the 
days of our life. 

Sun. 23- Luke 24:1-24 

Mon. 24 - Luke 24:25-53 

Tues. 25- John 18:19-40 

Wed. 26- John 19:1-22 

Thur. 27- Acts 2:1-24 

Fri. 28 - Acts 2:25-47 

Sat. 29- Acts 3:1-26 



Memory Verse: Luke 9:44 
Let these sayings sink down into 
your ears: for the son of man shall 
be delivered into the hands of 
men. 

Sun. 30 - Acts 6:1-15 

Mon. 31 -Acts 7:1-20 



Memory Verses: Luke 23:25 
And he released unto them him 
that for sedition and murder was 
cast into prison, whom they had 
desired; but he delivered Jesus 
to their will. 

Acts: 2:23 
Him, being delivered by the 
determinate counsel and fore- 
knowledge of God, ye have taken, 
and by wicked hands have 
crucified and slain: 



Paul R. Myers 

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VOL. LVMI 



MARCH 1, 1980 



NO. 5 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



A REMINDER FOR 1980 

Nations are puzzled, laden with fear, 
All seems just darkness, year after year. 
Planning and scheming don't seem to bring 
Peace and contentment — joy bells that ring. 
Millions are asking what's it about? 
There is an answer — God is Left Out. 

Tempers are fraying, quarrels abound; 
Many are saying solutions they've found. 
Then like a bubble they burst in the air. 
Bringing depression, waves of despair. 
Courage is failing in hearts that are stout; 
Here is the answer — God is Left Out. 

Some lives are needing assurance and peace, 
Hearts that are broken daily increase. 
Some there are straying deep into sin; 
For some there is fighting and striving within, 
This is the answer, proclaim with a shout; 
There is your trouble — God is Left Out. 

— Eric Honour 

Selected by Sister Delores Stuber 



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MEN'S HEARTS FAILING THEM FOR FEAR 

The conditions in the world today are causing men to tremble 
and fear. The possibility of warfare looms very darkly over many 
areas of the earth. Our own nation is being drawn toward the re- 
establishment of military registration and draft. There are new 
efforts being made toward military preparedness. There is hunger 
and suffering in the world, much of it caused by the cruelty and 
greed of men. The economic conditions in the world are 
worrisome for many, not only in the poor, underdeveloped 
countries but even in our own land. A token of the fear men feel is 
the recently soaring prices commanded by gold and silver. Men 
feel these precious metals are a form of security in the midst of 
economic insecurity. Strikes and other disruptions by public 
employees have alarmed many. These and many other conditions 
have caused a great tearfulness in the hearts of many men. 

Jesus spoke of such a condition being in this world. He spoke of 
a time when the conditions of the world, politically, economically, 
socially and even physically, would cause men's hearts to fail them 
because of the fear these conditions would cause. Luke 21:25-26. 
"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the 
stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the 
sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and 
for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for 
the powers of heaven shall be shaken." 

Heart failure is a serious condition when it afflicts the body. The 
heart is unable to supply life-giving blood to the entire body. Even 
more serious is heart failure when it affects the spirit of man, when 
fear becomes so great that a man can not continue on. It is 

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expected that men of the world would have hearts filled with fear. 
They have no help nor hope. They have here only a life bereft of 
purpose and an eternity of endless punishment to look forward to. 
No wonder fear is their chief emotion. They have no one to sustain 
them in the midst of all the troubles that befall them. 

Fear's heart failure is a condition that should only be known by 
the world. The Christian should not be afflicted with it. While all 
around are fearful and worried, the Christian can have confidence. 
Although he may not know what future events may bring, he can 
have confidence in God. The Christian can daily go in peace 
knowing that God will order all events according to His purpose. 
When God is in control, all will be done right so the Christian need 
never fear. While all events may not be pleasant for the Christian to 
endure or to contemplate, they will be for his benefit. While all may 
not be rosy for the Christian, his lot is far superior to that of the 
non-Christian. Even if his dearest possessions and fondest hopes 
are taken from him, he has hope beyond this life. The unbeliever 
has only the things of this world to comfort him. When these things 
are threatened or taken from him, he has nothing left but fear to fill 
his heart. At the end of this life he has an unknown future, which 
will not be a blissful nor pleasant time, to fear. 

Mankind's fear is seen in men's quandry over keeping the peace, 
securing prosperity, providing health and safety and socializing 
men's behavior. Despite all their philosophies, plans and 
programs, they have failed. Men still are in fear. Men have 
depended upon these various programs to improve the world. 
They have at times even declared that the world is improving. Yet, 
in the midst of all their programs there is fear. This supposedly 
improving world is still approaching, warfare, nuclear destruction 
and poverty, in men's fearful minds. 

If an improving world is the cause of so much fear, there must be 
some doubt concerning that improvement. Despite men's improve- 
ments, the men of this world are moving closer to their eternal 
destiny. It is no wonder that fear is so prevalent, for they have built 
upon the ideas and works of the minds of men. They have nothing 
secure, so fear is their last response. 

Men have rejected the wisdom that has been available to them 
since the creation of this world. They have rejected God. If they 
would have found their programs for living in the Bible, they would 
not have to abide with fear. When men please God and follow His 
will, they need not fear, for they know He knows best and the plan 
He devises for their lives will be for their eternal good. 

Is your heart failing you for fear? Are you worried over the 
conditions, social, political, economic and physical, in the world 
today? Give over your fear and follow the wisdom of God so you 
need not fear the future. 



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SHOW AND TELL 

Christianity needs to be shared not kept to ourselves. We need 
to show people what it is — to be a good example — and we need 
to tell them about it, too. In school, the children have sometimes 
had a class activity called "show and tell" or a similar name. It is a 
time of sharing, a time when each child shows an object and tells 
what it means to him. Christianity needs to be shared in a similar 
way. 

"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Show 
me thy faith without thy works and I will show you my faith by my 
works." James 2:17-18b. We show our faith, or lack of it, by our 
works — the way we live from day to day. People need to be able to 
see a good example of Christian living, and it is very important that 
we have works which correspond to our faith. But, we must do 
more than just live a Christian life and stop with that. We must be 
able also to give a reason for what we do. 

Often it is easier to avoid situations where you must give a 
reason for what you believe. In order to do so, you have to think 
and study and there is the risk that you can't give a satisfactory 
answer. In accepting a challenge, there is also the risk that they 
(and you) may discover that your line of reasoning is not 
consistent with God's Word. It can be painful to be exposed to 
someone's questioning, but we cannot excuse ourselves by 
saying, "I live it, so I don't need to talk about it." 

Sometimes when people observe what you do, they only 
consider you an oddball. They are not impressed by your Christian 
living because they don't understand it and it is meaningless to 
them. You need to tell them what it's all about, to be able to say, "I 
live this way because I believe it pleases the Lord, and I really do 
want to please Him." If the only reason you can give is because 
you've "always done it that way," or because your minister says it's 
right, no one will be very impressed. 

We are living witnesses of Christ's love and mercy; we must also 
be talking or teaching witnesses. Some people are all talk and no 
action, while others are all action and no talk. It takes a happy, 
consistent balance between the two to make your witness really 
effective. "Whosoever shall DO and TEACH them (the command- 
ments), the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." 
Matt. 5:19b. The blessing comes when we live and teach what we 
believe in our hearts, that Jesus alone can save. 

"Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you 
a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear." I Pet. 
3:15b. When someone has seen how you live, he or she may ask 



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why. Questions like "what does Christ mean to you?" or "why don't 
you spend more time just enjoying life?" may come up. You need 
to give a worthwhile answer, one which will point them to Christ 
and you should give your answer with kindness and respect. Can 
you? 

In a filibuster, something which may be good can be talked to 
death. As witnesses for Christ, we need to limit what we say at any 
one time, lest we talk the good to death. Few people can absorb 
even the basic teachings of Christ in one session. If we say too 
much, they are overwhelmed and will lose interest. When people 
know they are welcome to ask questions, they will when they really 
want an answer. Then, if you will answer briefly, giving a scripture 
if possible, it will be sufficient. 

"That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to 
distribute, willing to communicate." I Tim. 6:18. It is important for 
us to be willing to share with others, not only of natural blessings 
but the spiritual ones as well. We can share much, if we will. After 
we have been a living witness of Christ's love, then we should talk 
about Him, too. What we do and what we say must correspond and 
agree to make an effective witness, but if Christ is really in our 
hearts, they will agree. 

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good 
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matt. 5:16. The 
only light you have to let shine is the Lord's light. You of yourself 
have absolutely nothing to offer anyone. What you have to offer is 
what Christ gives to those who love and trust Him. Letting your 
light shine does not mean making a spectacle of yourself, but the 
whole purpose of your life is to glorify God. A part of that purpose 
is to show Christ to others and tell them of Him. You must not keep 
Jesus to yourself. 

Show — and tell. By the time you've done this as you should, you 
won't need to worry about what to do in your free time. You won't 
have any! So many people are hungry for love, for someone to care 
and encourage them. They are hungry for Jesus and need you to 
help them. Take time to help, to tell someone about the One who 
really loves and cares for them. Show them what Jesus means to 
you, then tell them what He can mean to them as their Savior. Pray 
always for the Lord's direction so that what you show and what you 
tell will please Him and truly help those in need. 



Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer. Ohio 43554 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"AND HE SHALL CAUSE THE BLIND TO SEE" 

Matt. 9:27-34 

It was an exciting time. Jesus had just raised the dead daughter 
of Jairus to life. Everybody was talking about Jesus. His fame went 
throughout the land. Nothing seemed impossible for Him to do. 
The people followed Him wherever He went. Never had anyone 
seen a man like Jesus. 

As Jesus left the house of Jairus, two blind men followed Him 
crying and saying, "Thou Son of David have mercy on us." It had 
been prophesied that the Messiah would be of David's family. This 
prophecy was well known and those blind men were saying that 
Jesus was the Messiah. No one else could possibly do the miracles 
Jesus had done. The blind men had faith in Jesus and they wanted 
to see so bad. It's no joke to be blind. 

Jesus didn't seem to pay any attention to the blind men and went 
to a house where He was probably going to spend the night. The 
two blind men didn't give up. They followed Jesus right into the 
house. Jesus said to them, "Do you believe I am able to make you 
see?" The blind men said, "Yes Lord." Then Jesus touched their 
eyes and said, "According to your faith be it unto you." And their 
eyes were opened and they could see! I think they had a lot of faith 
in Jesus, don't you? How wonderful to see the people around 
them, the sky, the flowers, the green grass, the birds. There was so 
much to look at but best of all, they could see Jesus. 

Jesus told them not to tell anyone, but when they left they 
spread abroad His fame in all that country. They just couldn't keep 
still. The greatest thing in their lives had happened to them. They 
were blind but now they could see! 

Would you like to see Jesus? When we get to Heaven there will 
be many beautiful things to see: the New Jerusalem, the streets of 
gold, the tree of life, the river of water of life, the throne of God, 
the Holy Angels, but first of all I think we would want to see Jesus. 

Jesus can cause us to see too. Without Jesus we would be blind 
to the good things in life. We wouldn't know how to love, help or be 
concerned about others. Jesus can make a good person out of 
you, if you only believe in Him. He can make the blind to see! 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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NEGLECT 

Before we go into this thought of neglect, let's first see what it 
means: "to ignore or disregard, to fail to care for or attend to 
sufficiently or properly." The word "neglect" is only found four 
times in the whole Bible, "neglected" only once, "neglecting" once, 
and "negligent" twice. Just because the word is found but a few 
times does not mean we should just "neglect" it. 

The first place we find the word "neglect" is in Matthew 18:17. 
"And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if 
he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen 
man and a publican." Let us also take verses 15 and 16 so we know 
more what this verse is speaking of. "Moreover if thy brother shall 
trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and 
him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But 
if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in 
the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be 
established." This is very plain speaking. If your Brother should 
trespass against you, go tell him his fault, just you and him. Praise 
be to God, if he will hear you, "thou hast gained thy brother." But 
suppose he doesn't hear you. The Word tells us to take one or two 
witnesses along. Then if he shall still neglect to hear, take it to the 
Church. If he still neglects to hear, let him be a heathen man and a 
publican. How many so-called Christians do this in this manner? 
We neglect to do it the Bible way. Instead we tell everybody else 
first and get the Brother down in the mud. If we neglect to do it the 
right way, it is sin. Doing it the Bible way will pay. 

In the preceding verse we find our word "neglect" was used 
twice. The third place is in I Timothy 4:14. "Neglect not the gift that 
is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of 
hands of the presbytery." Let's look further into this verse by 
defining "presbytery" as "a body of elders or ministers." In Acts 
19:5-6 Paul laid his hands on those who were baptized and the 
Holy Ghost came on them. In James 5:14 we have the anointing 
service in which hands are laid on. Going back to I Tim. 4:14, the 
Elders in New Testament times placed their hands on the head of 
the person involved and offered prayer that he might give his 
whole heart and life to serving God. Also other scriptures are Acts 
13:3 and Acts 8:17. In Acts 6 we find when those deacons were 
chosen, they laid on hands. Is it necessary today or can we just 
neglect it? Surely it is necessary. 

The fourth place we find it is in Hebrews 2:3. "How shall we 
escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to 
be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that 
heard him." Shall we escape if we neglect the plan of Salvation'? 



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No, there is no escape outside of Jesus Christ. Jesus came into 
this world as a babe born of a virgin. He grew up and walked 
among men. He was human yet divine. Then the time came that He 
hung on the cross of Calvary and shed His precious blood for us 
that we might have life. No longer is the blood of bulls and goats 
necessary for a sacrifice offering. He gave His blood, now it's up to 
us to apply that blood to our hearts and lives. 

In John 19:30 Jesus said, "It is finished:" the plan of salvation is 
what He was speaking of. Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin 
is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our 
Lord." Salvation is a free gift of God, but we must accept it and not 
neglect it. It also says in this verse that the wages of sin is death — 
the second death. Hebrews 9:27 says, "And as it is appointed unto 
men once to die, but after this the judgment." It's appointed that 
man dies once, but all who neglect salvation also have the second 
death to face. Rev. 20:14 says, "And death and hell were cast into 
the lake of fire. This is the second death." Verse 15 says, "And 
whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into 
the lake of fire." Is your name written in the book of life? If not, you 
have neglected the most important step that any person can ever 
take in life, accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Jesus 
told Nicodemus, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the 
kingdom of God." The reward for neglecting is Hell and then the 
lake of fire — everlasting torment, weeping, gnashing of teeth, a 
place where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. The 
reward for accepting and living for Christ in full is John 14:2-3, "In 
my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would 
have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and 
prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto 
myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." 

It is also possible after we have received this gift of salvation to 
neglect and eventually fall from grace. Just one verse to back this 
up is II Peter 2:20, "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of 
the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter 
end is worse with them than the beginning." Let's not neglect our 
duties after we have accepted Jesus. Let's keep pressing onward 
and upward toward that mark. Salvation is a gift and cannot be 
bought or gotten by works. After we have accepted this plan of 
salvation into our hearts and lives, works will follow. Faith without 
works is dead. 

The first place we found the word "neglect" was in Matthew, but 
even before then Lucifer wanted to be greater than God. He 
neglected to be under God, therefore he fell and great was his fall. 
Eve neglected to take heed to what God had said, "But of the tree 



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of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it." We could 
go on and on and branch out into different avenues from this word 
"neglect." Jonah neglected to go to Nineveh when God told him to. 
Instead, he tried to run away. He could have prevented many 
troubles if he would not have neglected in the first place. John 
14:15 says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." Do we do 
them or do we neglect them? 

The word "neglected" is found in Acts 6:1, "And in those days, 
when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a 
murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their 
widows were neglected in the daily ministration." Here we find 
because the widows were being neglected, they appointed seven 
men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, to take 
care of this business. In this account we find Stephen was chosen 
as one of the deacons. The account of him is a beautiful picture. 
He surely didn't neglect his duty. James 1:27, "Pure religion and 
undefiled before God and the father is this, to visit the fatherless 
and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from 
the world." Stephen's outcome was being stoned, but remember 
what he saw. Acts 7:55, "But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, 
looked stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus 
standing on the right hand of God." In verse 60 he kneeled down 
and cried with a loud voice, "Lord lay not this sin to their charge." 
And when he had said this, he fell asleep. Yes, Brother Stephen did 
not neglect his duty. 

Sometimes we go down the road and see a house falling 
together, windows broken out, some boarded shut, grass grown 
up — this place surely is neglected. We can neglect our jobs, our 
homes, our families, the Church, our spiritual lives. It is sin. Many 
times it seems like we are too busy to take the time to teach our 
children things of God. If that's the case, we are neglecting and it is 
sin. The next time you think you are so busy and your child comes 
up to you and asks, "Daddy, will you help me put this puzzle 
together?", before you say "No, I'm too busy," stop and think of 
neglect and how it can ruin that child. If we love our children we 
also will correct them when needed. Proverbs 22:15, "Foolishness 
is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive 
it far from him." Proverbs 23:13-14, "Withhold not correction from 
the child: for if thou beatest him not with the rod, he shall not die. 
Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from 
hell." Those are pretty strong words, nevertheless they are 
scripture. If we just let the children go, give them everything they 
want, we are then giving them over to Satan and Hell is their 
destiny. Teach them right. Ephesians 6:4, "And ye fathers, provoke 
not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the admonition of 



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the Lord." In doing so we shall deliver their souls from Hell. We 
cannot neglect our children and just let them go, then expect 
someone else to teach them right. We must first do our duty of 
teaching them at home, and from there seeing they are provided 
the right education. I'm afraid the public schools, anymore, are 
only trying to unteach what we teach our children. I've heard of 
public school teachers being dismissed for mentioning God in the 
way He should be mentioned. We teach our children things of God, 
then send them off to school to be taught secular humanism. It just 
doesn't make sense to me. 

You know, I believe it's even possible to try and cover up our 
neglect by saying we have faith. First of all we as Christians need 
faith — we cannot please God without faith — but let's not cover up 
our neglect with it. There is a story of an individual who went to 
church with another person. As they got out of the car to go into 
the church the person said to the driver, "Don't you take your keys 
out?" The driver replied, "Oh, no, I have faith the Lord will take 
care of my car while I'm in church." The passenger said, "The thief 
doesn't care who you are, if he sees a good chance of getting a car 
he will surely try. Also you are tempting the thief." When they came 
out of the church, the car was gone. The driver said, "I was sure I 
had enough faith that my car would still be here." Later on, the car 
was recovered and the thief sent to jail, but just think if he, in the 
first place, would not have neglected taking out the keys, he would 
not have tempted the thief. I'm going to say again, we need faith 
and more of it, but don't neglect your part first, 

Due to neglect we can become sick — neglecting to take care of 
our bodies as we should. God made us and he expects us to take 
care of what he made. I Cor. 3:16-17, "Know ye not that ye are the 
temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any 
man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the 
temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." I Cor. 6:19. "What? 
know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which 
is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" Are we 
taking care of what God gave us? When we think of defiling our 
bodies, we think of smoking, drinking, drugs, and so forth and how 
true it is that they will defile. But what about overeating and 
worry — which can bring on a lot of sickness. Lying defiles our 
bodies. You could name a whole list of what defiles a person. So, 
let's not neglect our bodies, for they are God's, not our own. 

We must not neglect letting our light shine, telling others of 
God's plan of salvation. If we love God and His plan, we will want to 
share it with others. Do we desire to see souls saved or do we just 
care about ourselves and that's it? Self righteousness is a sin. 



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Matthew 25:42-46, "For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no 
meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and 
ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in 
prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, 
saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a 
stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto 
thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, 
Inasmuch a^ >«s did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to 
me. Anc those shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the 
righteous into life eternal." 

There we have the reward for those that neglect — everlasting 
punishment. By neglecting our duties we are neglecting God, but 
thanks be unto God, the reward for those who do not neglect is life 
eternal. 

Brother Ray Stuber 

RD 1 Box 233 

Lititz, Pa. 17543 

THE WISE AND THE FOOLISH 

We have the record in the saving Gospel of Christ of the ten 
virgins. Five were wise and five were foolish. Five were prepared to 
go to the marriage and five were unprepared. When it was too late 
the foolish pleaded to the wise for help and received none. We can 
be wise or foolish with the temporal things of life. The same is true 
with the Spiritual things of life. 

Through the wisdom of God's Word, we can be among the wise. 
The wise have accepted the plan of salvation which includes the 
renouncing of Satan with all his pernicious ways and the sinful 
pleasures of this world. Today, we have the prepared and un- 
prepared. "And that from a child thou has known the holy 
scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through 
faith which is in Christ Jesus." II Tim. 3:15. 

The wise are building on the solid rock, Christ Jesus. The foolish 
are building on sinking sand. The way of the foolish is right in their 
own eyes. "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of 
wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." 
Matt. 10:16. We need the knowledge of truth and righteousness 
and faithful service to the Lord. The fool layeth up his own folly 
and some go as if to say in their heart, "there is no God." We have 
the record of one who became very rich in this world's goods but 
had nothing laid up for eternity. 

We need wisdom from above. It will guide us into all truth and 
make certain we will not be among the foolish. "Understand, ye 
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Psalms 94:8. "...For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth 
speaketh." "The foolishness of man preverteth his way..." "See 
then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise." Eph. 
5:15. 

The Holy Spirit cannot dwell in hearts filled with foolishness. 
Time spent telling foolish jokes and stories should be used in 
doing good. 

Many have their own way and will not accept the way of truth 
and righteousness. "Be of the same mind one toward another. 
Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not 
wise in your own conceits." Rom. 12:16. Jesus told the ruler, "Ye 
must be born again." Without it you cannot enter the kingdom of 
Heaven. This includes a birth of water and of the Spirit and a walk 
in newness of life, the path of truth and righteousness. The wise 
shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the promotion of fools. It is 
foolish to judge and condemn people because of the evil deeds of 
others. "And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of 
the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." II Tim. 20:26. 

The day will come when many will be disappointed with their 
eternal reward. Today we have religious leaders who approve of 
almost all manner of evil. The Apostle Paul said, "O foolish 
Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the 
truth." The way of injustice is of sin and folly. Justice is of truth and 
righteousness. "To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ 
for ever. Amen." Rom. 16:27. 

When our forefathers founded this nation, the words of 
professing Christians were dependable. It is not so in our day, for 
many have chosen the way of not being true. This includes sin and 
folly. We are living in the latter times with false accusers and fierce 
despisers of those that are good. Many are so foolish as to engage 
in sinful lusts that are destructive to the health. Narrow is the way 
to eternal glory; broad is the way to destruction. Satan sometimes 
even appears as an angel of light. Foolish things are being done by 
some men who claim to be religious leaders. They place unjust 
hardships upon others, even going to the extent of claiming that 
suicide and murder are acts of righteousness. They turn the Word 
of God into laciviousness. We have the privilege of choosing the 
wise way of truth and righteousness or the foolish way of sin. 



Brother J. F. Marks 

Rt. 9, Box 860 

Plant City, Florida 33566 



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DOORS 

Doors can close you out or keep you in. When Noah and his 
family were all in the Ark, God closed the door. They were safe on 
the inside. Those on the outside were kept out and all perished in 
the great flood. Gen. 7:16. 

Jesus tells a parable about the five wise and five foolish virgins 
who were going to a wedding. The five foolish virgins took their 
lamps but no oil with them. The wise ones took oil in their vessels 
with their lamps. When the message was sent, "Behold, the bride- 
groom cometh; go ye out to meet him," they all trimmed their 
lamps. The foolish said unto the wise, "Give us of your oil, for our 
lamps are gone out." But they were told them to go buy oil for 
themselves. While they were gone the bridegroom came and they 
who were ready went in with him to the marriage. And the door was 
shut. When the five foolish virgins came back and called, "Lord, 
Lord, open to us," he answered, "Verily, I say unto you, I know you 
not." Jesus compared this to the kingdom of Heaven. "Watch 
therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the son 
of man cometh." Matt. 25:1-13. 

When prison doors clang shut, the prisoner is shut in. Have you 
ever been heading for an elevator with an open door? Just before 
you got there, the door went shut. How frustrating that is! 

There is an open door and no man can shut it. Rev. 3:8. Jesus is 
the door of salvation, our door of opportunity to be saved. He says, 
"I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and 
shall go in and out, and find pasture." John 10:9. 

I have a door that only I can open. You, also, have a door that 
only you can open. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at (your) door, and 
knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in 
to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Rev. 3:20. How 
wonderful! to have our best friend to live with us and guide us into 
all truth. 

There is another door that Jesus tells us to use. "But thou, when 
thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy 
door, pray to thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father which 
seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Matt. 6:16. 

From where I sit in Church, I can see an EXIT sign above the 
door. It is there to show the way out should a fire or other 
emergency happen. There is a time coming on this old earth that 
Jesus warned us about. Terrible times are coming. Men's hearts 
will be failing them for fear, and for looking after those things 
which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven shall be 
shaken. Luke 21:26. Also read Matt. 24. "So likewise ye, when ye 
shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors." 



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NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

Elder Ray S. Shank has a new telephone number, which is 717- 
697-3868. This is a private line. This change should also appear in 
the Directory of Information. 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

This past year we again had the privilege of enjoying another 
Revival Meeting. Our evangelist, Bro. Fred Pife his rife, Di ne, 
and daughter Rebecca from Iowa were with us '. ro. 

Fred gave us many inspiring and soul searching gssages We 
were happy for the many visitors from other congit b . .ind 

denominations each evening. May the Lord richly bless Bro. Fred 
in his labors for the Lord. 

Our Lovefeast in November was another Christian experience. 
We were blessed with a good attendance, but with not as many 
visiting ministers as usual. We were thankful for the day of good 
messages, meditation, and fellowship. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 
••••••• 



CHRIST OR THE BALL— A young lady became under conviction 
at a meeting, and felt that she should yield to Christ. But, if 
memory serves us right, she had promised a young man to 
accompany him to a ball to be held in the future. That night, before 
retiring, she wrote something like this: "One year from to-night I 
will become a Christian," then she lay down to rest, but sleep she 
could not. Then she arose and wrote: "Six months from to-night I 
will give my heart to God," and again lay down, but no rest to body 
or soul could she find. Thus, again and again, she arose and 
shortened the time, until at last she wrote: "Tomorrow I will 
become a Christian," but refused to settle it then and there. In the 
morning she did not appear, and friends, on going to her room, 
found her body cold and silent in the embrace of death, the spirit 
having departed to meet the realties beyond. 



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Matt. 24:33. We should know where our EXIT is. This same Jesus 
who is our door will also be our way of escape. "For the Lord 
himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of 
the archangel, and with the trump of God: And the dead in Christ 
shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught 
up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: And 
so shall we ever be with the Lord." I Thess. 4:16-17. 

Jesus is coming to earth again, 

Whal if it were today? 

Coming in power and love to reign, 

What if it were today? 

Coming to claim His chosen Bride, 

All the redeemed and purified, 

Over this whole earth scattered wide. 

What if it were today? 

Satan's dominion will then be o'er, 

O, that it were today! 

Sorrow and sighing shall be no more, 

O, that it were today! 

Then shall the dead in Christ arise, 

Caught up to meet Him in the skies 

When shall these glories meet our eyes? 

What if it were today? 

Faithful and true would He find us here, 

If He should come today? 

Watching in gladness and not in fear, 

If He should come today? 

Signs of His coming multiply, 

Morning light breaks in the eastern sky, 

Watch, for the time is drawing nigh, 

What if it were today? 

— Selected from Hymns for the Family of God 
Sister Edyth Kline 



NO PUZZLE 

An infidel who was trying to confuse a colored man, asked how it 
could be that a Christian could be in the Spirit and the Spirit in him. 
"Oh, there is no puzzle about that. It is like that poker. I put it into 
the fire until it become red-hot. Now, the poker is in the fire, and 
the fire is in the poker." 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



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R. 3, Adel, Iowa 50003 
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Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

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Rudolph Cover 

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Modesto, Ca. 95351 

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RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

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Hughson, Ca. 95326 

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Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
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Littlestown, Pa. 17340 

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R. 5 

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David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, N. Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
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R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
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Quinter, Kansas 67752 
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R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

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VOL. LVIII 



MARCH 15, 1980 



NO. 6 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



A THOUGHT FOR TODAY 

Is anybody happier because you passed this way? 
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today? 
This day is nearly over and its toiling time is through, 
Is there anyone to utter a kindly word of you? 
Did you give a friendly greeting to the friend who came along? 
Or a churlish sort of "Howdy" - then vanished in the throng? 
Were you selfish, pure and simple, as you rushed along your way, 
Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today? 
Can you say tonight in parting with the day that's slipping fast. 
That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed 9 
Is there a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said 9 
Does a man whose hopes are fading, now with courage look ahead 9 
Did you waste the day or lose it, Was it well or poorly spent 9 
Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent 9 
As you close youreyes in slumber, doyou think that God would say, 
You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today 9 

- Author Unknown 

Selected by Sister Martha Shaffer 



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JESUS WEPT 

The shortest verse in the Bible contains only two words which 
contain so much. There is a depth of feeling that goes beyond the 
immediate scene of the grave of Lazarus. The tears that Jesus 
shed were more than tears of grief for His dear friend who laid in 
that grave. 

His friends at Bethany were very dear to Him. This was one place 
where He could find fellowship and understanding. Here in 
Bethany, which was within walking distance of Jerusalem, He 
could find those who cared, while He was opposed by the 
Pharisees and others at Jerusalem. It touched Him deeply when 
His friend sickened and died. Jesus always demonstrated that 
"God is love." This was no exception. His concern for Mary and 
Martha, now berift of their brother, must have caused the tears to 
come even though the remedy was near. He could remember the 
times of fellowship with Lazarus. With these times apparently at an 
end He could weep with the others. He demonstrated His love for 
this family by the sympathizing tear. The human side of Jesus was 
affected by the human illnesses and death around Him. This 
season of compassion had a happier end than most, for Jesus was 
more than mortal man. Jesus is God and He is the Resurrection 
and the Life. 

His tears were shed for more than Lazarus. Lazarus would soon 
come forth from the grave. Jesus wept because death was a 
necessary part of the life of mankind. It was not the intention of 
God that death should be man's lot. But Adam and Eve listened to 
the beguiling words of Satan. As a result, they and their 
descendants now must face death. "The wages of sin is death..." 

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God in His mercy denied them access to the tree of life so they 
would not live eternally in their fallen condition but rather provided 
a bloody sacrifice to cover their nakedness and their sin. Jesus 
wept because this sentence of death had come upon mankind. It 
perhaps reminded Him that in a few months He, too, would have to 
taste death that mankind might have a perfect covering for their 
sin and have hope of an eternal life beyond the earth's grave. 

Adam and Eve's descendants have not chosen any more wisely 
than their foreparents. Men at the time of Jesus' earthly ministry 
and men today still choose to listen to Satan. They still must pay the 
same penalty — death. The graveyards are full in many places. But 
even sadder than the filling of the cemeteries is the filling of Hell. 
Jesus had ministered with His Father and through the Holy Spirit 
that man might have an eternal Home of bliss in Heaven. It must 
have been a burden on His heart to realize that the best that God 
had to offer would be rejected by the multitudes and would be 
chosen only by a remnant. His tears flowed for the masses who 
were and still are choosing the eternal agonies of Hell. 

The hard-heartedness and indifference of man toward the 
Gospel which was established at such a great price was a reason 
for tears to flow. Men yet remain hard-hearted and uncaring about 
their soul's eternal destiny. Others may care and desire to better 
their condition but delay. These perhaps are the cause of more 
tears than those who have completely rejected the way of life. For 
these to be so near yet unwilling to give up their will is like Martha 
who professed that there would be resurrection but yet shrank 
from the opening of Lazarus' tomb. How many tears did Jesus 
shed for those who are so close, yet they delay and eventually lose 
their opportunity for Heaven. 

But Jesus shed tears not only for unbelievers. They flowed also 
for those who would identify themselves with Him but who would 
stray. The Apostle Peter made wonderful professions of fidelity. He 
said that he would be willing to die for Jesus but yet he very soon 
would deny Jesus thrice. Was there a tear in Jesus' eye when He 
looked at Peter at the cock's crowing? Many are willing to profess 
themselves to be Christians but when there is opposition or when 
the Church asks them to lay aside the playthings and sins of the 
world they become offended. Many wish to enjoy the privileges 
and blessings both now and eternally that are for Christians, but 
they do not wish to invest their time, talent or effort in the Lord's 
work. How many tears have been shed because of Christians who 
found their joys with the wolves rather than with the sheep 9 

Christians are to have more than His name, they are to bear His 
image. If a Christian is fashioned in His image then it would be 
expected that there would be tears shed yet today for the same 



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conditions that prevailed when Jesus wept. Are you weeping for 
those who need compassion, for those who are indifferent to their 
soul's fate, for those who stray from the Christian pathway? "He 
that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall 
doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with 
him." Ps. 126:6. Jesus wept. Do you? 

TEENAGER, WHAT IS YOUR LIFE? 

In II Chronicles 21, we find the account of King Jehoram's evil 
reign. King Jehoram's father, King Jehoshaphat, did that which 
was right in the sight of the Lord. But we see that Jehoram did not 
follow the ways of his father. 

After King Jehosaphat died, his goods were divided among his 
sons. We find that Jehoram was given the kingdom and he blew 
everything. The first thing Jehoram did was kill all seven of his 
brothers. After that he picked a wife from the family of Ahab. Now 
we know that Ahab was a wicked man and an idol worshipper. 
After Jehoram took Ahab's daughter for a wife, he also took Ahab's 
religion and turned all the more against God. 

But we find that God will only let someone go so far before He 
steps in. When He steps in He makes every step count. After so 
long, the Lord started to turn the tables on Jehoram. He led the 
Phillistines and the Arabians against Jehoram. They destroyed 
everything that they found in Jehoram's house, even his wives and 
his children except for the youngest son. As if that wasn't enough, 
he was stricken with an incurable disease. He suffered two years 
with the disease then died. 

Teenager, what are you doing with your life? Your parents left 
you a Godly heritage and much to be thankful for. Are you going to 
blow it the same way Jehoram did? If you do, we know that God 
may pour out his wrath on you and you will have to pay the high 
price for disobedience. On the other hand, if you choose to serve 
God there are many blessings waiting for you. It's your life what 
will you do with it? 

Brother James Eberly 

SOMEONE TO CARE 

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for 
their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to 
him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help 
him up." Ecc. 4:9-10. We know Christ cares for us and we need to 
care for each other. If we, who say we love each other, don't under- 
stand and try to help, who will? Gal. 6:2 says, "Bear ye one 
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love and care about others, that means we should help each other. 

We all need someone to care so we can care about living, both 
the way we live and the amount of energy we put into it. Whether 
we are strong and stable, or weak and insecure, troubles and 
heartaches can cause us great distress. When our hearts are 
grieved and we can't help ourselves, then it takes God's love and 
the prayers of those who love us to lift us up. We can't do it alone. 
Help from another lifts up our hearts and encourages us to go on. 

We face relationships that are less than ideal, with personality 
clashes and disagreements of all sorts. Satan pressures us and 
causes heartache and trouble for us whenever he can. Illness may 
upset us. Whatever the problem, we aren't always able to reach out 
to God in faith for that particular need. That is when we need 
someone to care, to pray and share our burden. Having someone 
to talk to helps to clear our minds and keep our perspective. A 
close relationship with our fellow believers in Christ is needed so 
we will not be afraid to share our needs with them. 

Some people think that Christians should always be above their 
problems and never get upset or discouraged. If we just had 
enough faith, or enough love, or enough of some other Christian 
grace, we could take everything in stride — so we think. Being a 
Christian doesn't eliminate trouble and heartache. There can't be 
any victory over them without a battle first. We may be nearly over- 
whelmed, but through Christ we can obtain strength to face our 
difficulties. It helps, too, to have friends who care and pray and ask 
the Lord to give us the victory we need. 

"The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I 
should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary." 
Isa. 50:4a. People do get weary. That is the time for love, 
compassion and a few words of encouragement. When assurance 
of your love and concern is needed, why try to give anything less? 
Saying things like "I guess we all feel like that at times" is like 
telling a drowning man "It's okay, other people drown, too." 
Neither statement is helpful or consoling. It hardly makes sense 
either to talk about the weather and such like when someone's 
heart is breaking. 

A drowning man is not consoled by knowing that he's not the 
first to experience this. What he wants is to be rescued and he will 
cling to anything which gives him assurance that he is being 
rescued. Just muttering a few words to him is not enough. It takes 
action and contact to help him. Someone drowning in distress 
needs your assurance, too, that help is on the way. Take time to 
write or phone or make a personal visit and give assurance of your 
love and concern and prayers. A lack of contact causes more 
distress, but knowing that someone cares helps to bring peace and 
comfort, so reach out to the one who needs you. Do it now. 



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A person in trouble may have difficulty expressing his need and 
you may have to pay close attention to discover it. A drowning 
person never says, "Please get me out of this water." He merely 
cries, "Help!" If the situation is too desperate, he can't even do that. 
He just thrashes around helplessly. It takes time and effort to see 
the real need and to show that you care. The help that you give 
may not seem like much, but it is needed. There are times when we 
all just need someone to care, so do what you can. Be the one who 
cares. 

We are told to praise the Lord, to trust Him, to thank Him when 
we're down. This is fine, and it does help when we can thank the 
Lord, but can a drowning person praise the Lord right at that 
moment? When we are panic-stricken, reactions aren't normal and 
we can't do much of anything like we should. People disoriented 
by drugs have drowned in a shower, because they didn't know 
which way was up. Our heartaches can disorient us spiritually at 
times so we don't know which way is up. When we've lost our 
perspective, we need help; just being thankful that it's not worse 
won't rid us of our distress. 

Some people are so unused to having someone to care that they 
hide what's really bothering them. It will take extra time, patience 
and love from you to draw him or her out. Does your attitude 
convey to others that you really care, so they will be more comfort- 
able about expressing their needs? Once the need is expressed, 
give it special care, for special needs require your special prayer 
and attention, not just the "general maintenance" type. 

"I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man 
that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul." 
Psa. 142:4. That must have been the heart-breaking thoughts of the 
man who was beaten, robbed and left half dead on the road to 
Jericho. But someone did care. When the Samaritan saw the need, 
he did what he could to help. He couldn't do it all, so he got some- 
one else to help also. When you see someone in distress, be the 
one who cares. Don't pass by on the other side. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

DEAR DISCOURAGED FRIEND 

I thought I would choose a poem of Helen Steiner Rice to send 
your way today. 

WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK 

God's love endureth forever — 
What a wonderful thing to know 
When the tides of life run against you 



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And your spirit is downcast and low.... 
God's kindness is ever around you, 
Always ready to freely impart 
Strength to your faltering spirit, 
Cheer to your lonely heart.... 
God's presence is ever beside you, 
As near as the reach of your hand, 
You have but to tell Him your troubles, 
There is nothing He won't understand.... 
And knowing God's love is unfailing, 
And His mercy unending and great, 
You have but to trust in His promise— 
"God comes not too soon or too late".... 
So wait with a heart that is patient 
For the goodness of God to prevail— 
For never do prayers go unanswered, 
And His mercy and love never fail. 
I think of you often and pray that God will fulfill all your needs, 
heal your broken heart and lift your spirits so you can be yourself, 
happy and cheerful once more. 

I know thoughts go through your mind and questions too, so 
thought I would spend some time writing to you and helping you if 
I can. 

Question: "What is there to live for?" "Seems like I cannot do 
anything right, which ever way I step there are always cracks and 
gullies to cross!" Well, maybe there is, but there are lots of things I 
know you do, do right and yet, you do have something to live for. 
Live for God, for your family, for taking the correct stand in the 
Church. Philippians 1:21 says, "For me to live is Christ and to die is 
gain." 

Question: Why do I have to go to church? To read, study and 
hear God's Word. "Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of 
God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: 
for they consider not that they do evil." Eccl. 5:1. 

The Church is our foundation on which to build. When we go to 
church, God is there. Ephesians 5:24 tells us, "The church is 
subject unto Christ." Therefore I believe messages will be sent 
from God to the speaker. But I do not believe sermons are of God 
when the message is quoted word for word from what someone 
else has written such as in the backs of some Bibles and 
Commentaries. We should try to get a message out of what is 
being said, even if it is only one sentence that we take home to help 
us through our walk of life here on earth. 

Question: Why do so-called Christians always try to pick a 
person apart 9 Maybe something we heard is traveling fast, but 



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wait!.... Just because someone tells us of somebody's short- 
comings, we should keep it to ourselves, till we know for sure if it 
would be best to even publish it. James 1:19 says, "Wherefore my 
beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, 
slow to wrath. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness 
of God." 

Some want a perfect church, but I heard a beloved minister of 
the gospel preach at our revival several years ago, who said, "If 
there was a perfect church, I would not be in your midst." People 
should realize that we are humans just like themselves and forgive 
and forget. Build up the church instead of tearing it down. You 
know, dear friend, it is a puzzle to me how church members can 
put on happiness all year until the visit comes around then all the 
things come up that happened the first of the year or maybe a 
month ago, or maybe it only pertained to one member. Maybe 
God's spiritual checklist had better be gone over and maybe we 
had better read Matt. 18:15-20. The Word does not say to tell to the 
Church first. Well, what does it say? 

Question: Why do so-called Christians like to live by the letter 
and not know the law? What good is the letter if there is no law? 
Down through the years our forefathers have not done everything 
to the letter. If you read history, some things have changed and 
just because they change, does not mean the Church is headed for 
Hell. Changes can be made for the good of our Church and it still 
can prosper and grow. "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to 
think any thing of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who 
also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament, not of the 
letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." 
II Cor. 3:5-6. It is not worth our life to argue all the time about 
minor things that could, and maybe should, be settled elsewhere 
than in the house of God. "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but 
grevious words stir up anger." Prov. 15:1. "He that is slow to wrath 
is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth 
folly." Prov. 14:29. 

Question: Why then do some leave one denomination and move 
to another? Well, I really don't know for sure but I wonder; is it 
because there is no love shown Brother to Brother? Is it because 
no unity is felt as one? Why did the gap of division become bigger? 
Perhaps the light of the lighthouse has GONE OUT! 

God knows all things and the Bible says, God will judge all 
people whether their deeds be good or evil. Remember, just 
because a Christian dresses plain for outward appearances does 
not mean that his heart is right with God. "Faith without works is 
dead." 

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Word. If we check out with God's checklist then we can only pray 
that God will work through the other person. 

I know that it is hard to take when others talk behind our backs 
and call us names to our faces, but do not fear, God will not judge 
us by what others do to us. We will only answer for our walk of life 
and how we lived here on this earth. 

Lay all things aside a moment, ask God to carry you through, call 
a friend, write a letter, do something for a shut-in — sing and visit 
them. "God loveth a cheerful giver." It will uplift you spiritually and 
give you renewed strength and courage to face tomorrow. 

So, dear friend, don't become so discouraged, God is still on the 
throne and will not let your burden be more than you can bear. 
Look to Him; trust Him! 

I certainly hope, dear friend, that whoever reads this letter that I 
have written will benefit from it also, so they too can search their 
lives and make a few changes. 

May God bless you till we meet again. 

Sister Shirley Frick 

MARANATHA 

"If any many love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema 
Maranatha." I Corinthians 16:22. 

It was customary in the days of Paul for a secretary to do the 
letter writing. At the end of the letter, the writer took the pen and 
added a more personal note, ending it with the signing of his name. 
This verse, though just a part of his salutation, contains two very 
important words. The first, "Anathema," meant accursed. The 
second, the one we want to deal with, deals with the Lord. The 
meaning is three-fold, in other words, it can be stated three ways. 
First, it can be interpreted, "THE LORD HAS COME:" a truly 
wonderful way to greet a fellow believer. As a matter of fact, 
"maranatha" was the Christian greeting of those days. The second 
way it is interpreted is "THE LORD IS PRESENT," or "THE LORD 
IS WATCHING." This could be the interpretation in the context of 
the verse. If you don't love Christ, you are cursed because He is 
watching. It also proves to be a reminder of God's presence 
always. He knows all and He is in control of every situation. The 
last way to say "maranatha" in our language is "THE LORD IS 
COMING AGAIN." Praise God, He is coming to take His Bride 
Home to be with Him. He also is coming to judge the sinner. So 
Paul, in effect, is saying if you do not love Christ you are going to 
be judged at His return. May God help us to see the importance of 
"MARANATHA" and be able to greet our Christian friends with it, 
wherever we go. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

GIVING TO JESUS 

Matt. 14:13-21, Mark 26:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-14 

One time Jesus and His disciples went across the Sea of Galilee 
and a wonderful thing happened. Jesus had been so busy healing 
people and talking to them that He didn't have time to eat. Jesus 
and His disciples went by boat and when they came to land it was a 
desert place. The people saw them go and were determined to 
follow Jesus. I think most of them went by land around the north 
end of the Sea of Galilee. As they came to different villages and 
towns, others came along and soon there was a great multitude 
waiting to see Jesus. 

The day was nearly gone and the people had been so anxious to 
see Jesus that they had forgotten to bring anything along to eat. In 
all that crowd there was only one who had brought his lunch. He 
was a young boy who had five loaves of bread and two small fish. 
The loaves of bread they baked in that time were round and flat like 
a large cookie. The disciples asked Jesus to send the people away 
so that they could go into the towns around them to buy food to eat 
but Jesus said, "Give them something to eat!" Andrew, one of the 
disciples said, "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and 
two small fishes but what are they among so many." There were 
five thousand men besides women and children. How, indeed, 
could that boy's lunch feed so many people? Jesus said, "Make the 
people sit down." And they sat down by hundreds and fifties. 

I suppose the boy was glad to give Jesus his lunch. Maybe he 
thought that Jesus needed something to eat if anyone did. I think 
he was standing right beside Jesus. Jesus took the boy's lunch and 
gave thanks to His Heavenly Father for the food that had been so 
generously given Him. 

The boy looked up to see Jesus eat and what do you think Jesus 
did? He was breaking the bread and giving it and the fish to His 
disciples. The disciples were carrying bread and fish to the people 
and then coming back for more. It was unbelievable! Jesus didn't 
run out of bread and fish. He just kept giving and there was always 
some left. The boy got some too because the Bible says that they 
did all eat and were filled. Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Gather 
up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost." There weren't 
only five loaves and two fishes left but twelve basketsful! 

Where do you think Jesus got all that food? To feed so many 
people would have taken a big truck-load — maybe more. If Jesus 
could heal the sick and raise the dead, He could provide food for a 
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I wish I could have talked to that boy who gave Jesus his lunch. 
He gave Jesus all that he had and look what happened. What that 
boy gave Jesus was given back, besides helping many others. 
When we give to Jesus He will always bless us. How can we give to 
Jesus? Jesus says, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the 
least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." We can give 
to Jesus by helping others. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Part 14 
The Fifth Dispensation Continued 

Israel's condition, at the time of their last king, was very serious. 
Zedekiah was a very wicked king. All the chief priests and the 
people of Israel, "...transgressed very much after all the 
abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the Lord 
(built by Solomon) which he had hallowed in Jerusalem." 

Because of this, "...The Lord God of their fathers sent to them by 
messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had 
compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: But they 
mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and 
misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his 
people, till there was no remedy." II Chron. 36:15-16. This caused 
the Lord to bring destruction upon Israel. There was a great 
slaughter of them by the king of the Chaldees. He had no 
"...compassion upon young man, or maiden, old man or him that 
stooped for age..." verse 17. 

The king utterly spoiled Israel, taking the spoil to Babylon. He 
burnt also the house of God, brake down the walls of Jerusalem, 
burnt the palaces with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels 
thereof. All that "...escaped from the sword carried he away to 
Babylon; where they were servants, ...until the reign of the 
kingdom of Persia." "To fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of 
Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as 
she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten 
years." Verse 21. 

Jeremiah also speaks of this in Jer. 1:1-3. God had warned Israel, 
long before this, that they would be scattered. Levit. 26:33-34. "And 
I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword 
after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste. 
Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, 
and ye be in your enemies' land; even then shall the land rest, and 
enjoy her sabbaths." A comparison of this text with the one above 
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Israel was in Babylon, and does not refer to the future time, when 
they were scattered after the overthrow of Jerusalem by Titus in 70 
A.D. 

Hence, we find that the Jews were scattered among the nations. 
That is those who did not return with the two colonies to 
Jerusalem, with Zerubbabel and Ezra for the purpose of rebuilding 
the Temple and walls of Jerusalem. So, we see, that their 
regathering at that time, was not the time when God would set 
forth His hand the second time to bring them back. 

At this point, let us notice the condition of the children of Israel, 
while in Babylon. This condition is pictured in Jeremiah 25:8-11, 
"Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Because ye have not heard 
my words, Behold I will send and take all the families of the north, 
saith the Lord, and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my 
servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the 
inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and 
will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an 
hissing, and perpetual desolations. Moreover, I will take from them 
the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bride- 
groom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and 
the light of the candle. And this whole land shall be a desolation, 
and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of 
Babylon seventy years." 

Our God is a God of truth. His Word shall not fail, it is "settled in 
Heaven." Therefore if this above prophecy hasn't been fulfilled in 
the past, we can rest assured it will be fulfilled to the letter in the 
future. We learn from this that Israel served the king of Babylon 
seventy years. 

Daniel also speaks of this in Dan. 9:1-2, "In the first year of 
Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was 
made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his 
reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, 
whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that 
he would accomplish seventy years in the desolation of 
Jerusalem." However, it seems to have been God's purpose that 
the walls of Jerusalem should be built at the Reformation, so He 
speaks by the word of His prophet Isaiah, Isa. 44:28, "That saith of 
Cyrus, He is my shepherd and shall perform all my pleasure: even 
saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy 
foundation shall be laid." 

Now let us note the proclamation of King Cyrus. II Chron. 36:22- 
23, "Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of 
the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, 
the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a 
proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, 



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saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the 
earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me; and he hath charged 
me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah, Who is 
there among you of all his people? The Lord his God be with him, 
and let him go up." Jeremiah give his prophecy as we have quoted 
above and Daniel refers to it, in approximately 606 B.C. Seventy 
years later, Ezra's book with this proclamation was written, or in 
approximately 536 B.C., Ezra 1:1 

— To be continued 
Brother William Root 



THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD 

He guides my feet by day. 

He guards my bed at night. 
And when blindly faltering in my step, 

He is my lamp — my ever-lasting light. 

Oh, Christ — who was my Shepherd 

Even before my soul was saved. 
He searched me out and found me 

When from the flock I'd strayed. 

He listens to my every plea — 

And whether He says yes or no 
Just talking with Him 

Satisfies my wondering soul. 

When my strength is gone 

And I thru the valley walk 
I know He'll meet me on the other side 

And He will make me whole. 

He will still my Shepherd be 

And He will share in Eternity 
His wondrous glory with me. 

Won't you let my Shepherd 

Be your Shepherd too? 
We've been such friends here on earth. 

Heaven will the sweeter be 
If you too will be there 

To share the glory with me. 

- Ruth Spotts 

Brethren Home, Greenville, Ohio 



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NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation looks forward to a two weeks 
revival beginning March 16, the Lord willing. Bro. Jacob Ness, of 
York, Pennsylvania will be our evangelist. The meeting will close 
March 30 with Lovefeast services beginning March 29. Services 
Saturday, forenoon at 11 o'clock, afternoon, 2 o'clock and 
Communion Service Saturday evening. Services on Sunday. 

Come enjoy these meetings with us. 

Sister Ruth Kleinhen, Cor. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

And the angel answered and said unto the woman, "Fear not ye: 
for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: 
for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay." 
Matthew 28:5-6. 

Please come be with us at Dallas Center, Iowa as we celebrate 
the Resurrection of our Lord. We plan a Lovefeast at 7:30 P.M., 
April 5, 1980. The services of the day will begin at 10:45 A.M. We 
plan all day services on Easter Sunday, April 6, "the first day of the 
week." 

We invite you to worship with us at this blessed season! 

Sister Juanita Reed, Cor. 

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA 

Twenty-three members from Pennsylvania, Ohio and Mississippi 
gathered at the home of Bro. and Sis. Jacob Gibble, February 9, for 
a Lovefeast service. Elders Paul R. Myers and David Ebling 
ministered to those assembled. 

Brother J. F. Marks 

NOTICE 

The Bible Study Board is having new Bible Study books printed 
for use in Primary and Intermediate Sunday School classes. We 
will send books for the use of teachers and asst. teachers. 
Please send orders to: William Carpenter 

8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Mich. 49256 

EXPLANATION 

There have been questions concerning the author and source of 
the article "Why I Love My Church" which appeared in the January 
1, 1980 issue. This article was written as a tract before 1900 by 
Wilbur B. Stover. The beliefs and practices held forth by the writer 
are those of the Dunkard Brethren Church today. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR APRIL 

April 6 — THE RESURRECTION. Luke 24:1-35. 

April 13 — The Parable of the Sower. Luke 8:1-18. 

April 20 — Jesus Stills the Tempest; The Man in the Tombs. Luke 

8:19-40. 
April 27 — "Somebody Touched Me": The Daughter of Jairus. 

Luke 8:41-56. 

QUESTIONS: 

(1) Why do you think the Angel rolled the stone away from the 
sepulchre? Matt. 28:2-6. 

(2) Which was the best place for the seed (the word of God) to 
fall? What is the good ground? Luke 8:15. 

(3) Why did the disciples think it strange that Jesus could still 
the storm? Luke 8:25. 

(4) Would the woman have been healed if she had not touched 
the hem of His garment? Mark 5:28; Luke 8:47. 

(5) Why do you think Jesus said, "She is not dead, but 
sleepeth."? Luke 9:52-54, John 11:11-14. 



• • • 



The light of the Gospel illuminates a Christian. We don't need 
drugs or alcohol to light us up and make us happy. Believers are 
the children of light, not of darkness. Darkness blinds peopie, and 
is like a binding chain. If we don't accept the light of salvation, 
there is no escape from the darkness of sin. 

Selected by Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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Christ is to be in us, to have the preeminence (be first) in our 
lives. We are to be partakers of His divine nature, to be "filled with 
the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual under- 
standing;" Col. 1:9. Man is a living soul; we can give our souls away 
and the wise thing is to give it to Christ. When He is in us, then our 
treasure will be in Heaven. 

Selected by Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR APRIL, 1980 
DELIVERANCE 



Memory Verse: Acts 7:34 
I have seen, I have seen the af- 
fliction of my people which is in 
Egypt, and I have heard their 
groaning, and am come down to 
deliver them. And now come, I 
will send thee into Egypt. 

Tues. 1 - Acts 7:20-40 

Wed. 2 - Acts 7:41-60 

Thur. 3- Acts 12:1-25 

Fri. 4- Acts 15:22-41 

Sat. 5 - Acts 16:1-18 



Memory Verse: Math. 28:7 
And go quickly, and tell his 
disciples that he is risen from the 
dead; and, behold, he goeth be- 
fore you into Galilee; there shall 
ye see him: lo, I have told you. 

Sun. 6- Math. 28:1-20 

Mon. 7 -Acts 16:19-40 

Tues. 8- Acts 21:1-19 

Wed. 9- Acts 21:20-40 

Thur. 10- Acts 22:1-30 

Fri. 11 -Acts 23:1-15 

Sat. 12- Acts 23:16-35 



Memory Verse: Acts 16:4 
And as they went through the 
cities, they delivered them the 
decrees for to keep, that were 
ordained of the apostles and 
elders which were at Jerusalem. 

Sun. 13- Acts 25:1-27 

Mon. 14- Acts 26:1-18 

Tues. 15 -Acts 26:19-32 

Wed. 16- Acts 27:1-20 

Thur. 17- Acts 27:21-44 

Fri. 18 - Acts 28:1-16 

Sat. 19- Acts 28:17-31 



Memory Verse: Rom. 4:23-25 
Now it was not written for his sake 
alone, that it was imputed to him; 
But for us also, to whom it shall 
be imputed, if we believe on him 
that raised up Jesus our Lord 
from the dead; Who was delivered 
for our offenses, and was raised 
again for our justification. 

Sun. 20 - Rom. 4:1-25 

Mon. 21 - Rom. 6:1-23 

Tues. 22 - Rom. 7:1-25 

Wed. 23- Rom. 8:1-21 

Thur. 24 - Rom. 8:22-39 

Fri. 25- Rom. 11:1-18 

Sat. 26- Rom. 11:19-36 



Memory Verse: Rom. 6:17 
But God be thanked, that ye were 
the servants of sin, but ye have 
obeyed from the heart that form 
of doctrine which was delivered 
you. 

Sun. 27 - Rom. 15:13-33 

Mon. 28- I Cor. 5:1-13 

Tues. 29- I Cor. 11:1-16 

Wed. 30- I Cor. 11:17-34 



Memory Verses: Rom. 8:21 
Because the creature itself also 
shall be delivered from the bond- 
age of corruption into the 
glorious liberty of the children 
of God. 

Rom. 8:32 
He that spared not his own Son, 
but delivered him up for us all, 
how shall he not with him also 
freely give us all things? 



r-aul R. Myers 

Box 117 

Green town, OH 44630 



(USPS 054-780) 



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VOL. LVIII 



APRIL 1, 1980 



NO. 7 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



THE CROSS WAS HIS OWN 



They borrowed a bed to lay His head 

When Christ the Lord came down; 
They borrowed the ass in the mountain pass 

For Him to ride to town; 
But the crown that He wore 

and the cross that He bore 
Were His own — 

The cross was His own. 



He borrowed the ship in which to sit 

To teach the multitude; 
He borrowed a nest in which to rest; 

He had never a home so rude; 
But the crown that he wore 

and the cross that He bore 
Were His own — 

The cross was His own. 



He borrowed the bread when the crowd He fed He borrowed a room on His way to the tomb, 



On the grassy mountainside; 
He borrowed the dish of broken fish 

With which He satisfied; 
But the crown that He wore 

and the cross that He bore 
Were His own — 

The cross was His own. 



The Passover lamb to eat; 
They borrowed a cave for Him a grave, 

They borrowed a winding sheet; 
But the crown that He wore 

and the cross that He bore 
Were His own — 

The cross was His own. 



Selected by Sister Martha Shaffer 



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MYTHS AND REALITY 

At this season, we note the Resurrection of our Saviour. By this 
miraculous act, we know that the price paid for our redemption 
was accepted by God. Because He was victorious, we can have 
victory in this life and glory beyond. Because He resurrected, we 
can have a new life as the sons and daughters of God. 

Despite the power exhibited in His resurrection and the physical 
evidences of His resurrection, many speak of His resurrection as a 
myth. Because of the blindness of their Spiritual eyes and their 
inability to receive and believe the truth, they either ignore or deny 
it. Truth is not established by majority opinion, so the fact of His 
Resurrection is not refuted by those who disbelieve. At the time of 
His resurrection, the Pharisees were so intent on denying it that 
they bribed the soldiers who had guarded His grave and protected 
them from punishment by their superiors. The myth they invented 
to deny His resurrection was that His disciples came at night to 
steal away His body. This myth has been accepted by many since, 
although it was the invention of a small band of desperate, immoral 
and rejected religious leaders. They had done their utmost to be 
rid of this Jesus, but even that was not enough. This and many 
other myths concerning His resurrection can not stand the test of 
solid reasoning. 

At the time of Jesus' ministry, mythology was the religion of 
most nations. The Greeks and the Romans had a highly developed 
system of gods and goddesses. They had developed very detailed 
stories concerning the creation and sustaining of the world and 
the work of all these beings. Their gods offered no holy example of 
righteous living but rather exemplified the base passions and 

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sensualities of the men, who had developed the myths. The 
attributes of these gods were no higher than those of mankind. 
Jealousy, revenge and destruction were often these god's 
attributes. 

Although this mythology presented a form of religion with its 
sacrifices and festivals, it was far removed from the reality of the 
God of Heaven. The mythology of that day was as far removed 
from reality as the myth fabricated by the Pharisees to explain 
away His resurrection. 

The religion of the Greeks and Romans is today recognized as 
mythology. In our day of education, it is wondered how people 
could ever have believed such tales. Some have even grown so 
wise in their own understanding that they have classified the Bible 
and Christianity as mythology. 

While these "wise men" have laughed at the utter worthlessness 
of the mythology of old, have they not believed a modern version 
of that mythology? The myths of old were separated from the 
reality of the True and Living God. Today's myths are similiarly 
separated from that reality. Today's most prevalent myth is the 
philosophy called humanism. Humanism should never be 
confused with humanitarianism, which is doing good to a fellow 
human. Humanism is a philosophy that exalts man. Man has 
become his own god. He does as he pleases, he serves no one but 
self, he seeks pleasure and sensuality. This philosophy is a myth 
because it ignores the reality of God, His love for man and His 
perfect standard of righteousness. Humanism, like the myths of 
old, does not provide a righteous standard by which man may 
examine himself and improve himself by following its example. 
Humanism is relative, so right is only what feels good or seems 
right at that particular time but shifts with circumstances. Man by 
his training and senses takes the place of God in determining what 
is right. The rule of humanism is very strong today just as the old 
mythology ruled in its day. The effect of this philosophy can be 
seen in the teaching in the schools, in the laws drafted by the 
politicians and in the immorality that is rampant among all ages 
and classes of people. 

The most alarming appearance of humanism is in the churches. 
This philosophy is taught in churches, though perhaps modified 
by lipservice paid to certain phrases or ideas. The view has come 
into the Church that all conditions and degrees of living must be 
accepted. It is today's myth that the Church must not exercise her 
disciplining power, that she must not set an absolute standard. 
While love is a necessary ingredient in the Church, true love does 
not let down the bars to allow her members to continue in the 
broad way that leads to destruction. Her love restrains, that they 



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might have eternal life. The Church of the Real God of Heaven dare 
not have a part in the mythology of this sinful world. 

Are you building upon reality or upon a myth? Remember, the 
reality you need most is God, His love, His Resurrected Son and 
His righteous standard. 



IT IS FINISHED 

"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is 
finished: and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost." John 
19:30. Jesus had finished the work He came to earth to do (see 
John 17:4). He came to fulfill the law. (Matt. 20:28), to seek and 
save the lost (Luke 19:10), and to give us abundant life (John 
10:10). Jesus had completed everything up to giving His life for us 
and now the time had come for Him to die on the Cross to redeem 
us. 

Why did Jesus have to die? He is God's Son; He is perfect. So, 
why Him, when He hadn't done anything wrong? We had to have a 
redeemer to reconcile us to God, "For all have sinned, and come 
short of the glory of God." Rom. 3:23. Without the shedding of 
blood, there is no remission of our sin (Heb. 9:22). Not only is the 
shedding of blood necessary, but the sacrifice had to be sinfree. 
Only Christ could meet that qualification. "In whom we have 
redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins." Col. 
1:14. The blood of animals can not take away sin, but Christ's 
blood can. 

Jesus is our only means of reconciliation to God. "And all things 
are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ." II 
Cor. 5:18a. It is only through Christ that we have access to God. In 
talking about Christ, Peter said, "Neither is there salvation in any 
other: for there is none other name under heaven given among 
men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12. Jesus said, "I am the 
door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved." John 10:9a. No 
matter what you may do, no matter how good you may be, you 
can't redeem yourself. 

"And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three 
sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures, Opening 
and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again 
from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is 
Christ." Acts 17:2-3. There is only one Messiah, this Jesus. So, 
everyone accepted Him right away; right? Wrong! "He came unto 
his own, and his own received him not." John 1:11. The Jews 
rejected Christ and His salvation. If you reject Him, you will be as 
lost as they, because there is no other way to be saved. 



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Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that 
believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." John 
1 1 :25. "Who (Jesus) was delivered for our offences, and was raised 
again for our justification." Rom. 4:25. Jesus died for us and 
resurrected, making it possible for us to live also. Jesus completed 
the plan of salvation; we need to accept it in whole-hearted faith. 
We don't work for our redemption. Believe in Him with all your 
heart if you want a new life in Christ. 

"But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the 
Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life 
through his name." John 20:31. "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my 
name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." 
John 14:13. We believe in Christ to have life, we pray in His name 
both to the Father's glory for our joy. "Ask, and ye shall receive, 
that your joy may be full." John 16:24b. Christ made our contract 
with God complete; He didn't leave anything unfinished. 

"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so 
must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him 
should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in 
him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not 
his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world 
through him might be saved." John 3:14-17. God's part of the plan 
of salvation has already been finished — have you done your part 
and believed that Jesus saves? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



WE CAN DO IT 

In Numbers 13 and 14, we have the account of the spying out of 
the land of Canaan, which the Lord had promised to the children of 
Israel. Israel's life to this point had been one of bondage in Egypt, 
hardships and disappointments in a barren desert. God had a 
better land for them and He wanted them to have it, but they would 
have to trust God and do their part to obtain this new land. 

As the spies came back from spying out the land (13:25) they 
reported that it was a good land (27) but that there were hardships 
involved in obtaining this land (28-29). Notice that looking at the 
obstacles takes two verses compared to only one for the benefits. 
Then in verse 30, faithful Caleb says, "We can do it." The ten 
doubters in verses 31-33, cry, "We can't, we are not strong enough, 
the enemy is too great, we will lose and be defeated, we don't want 
to try." As we read in chapter 14, we find that this attitude caused 



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much sorrow, confusion and disappointment. Many wanted to 
return to Egypt (14:4) and the old bondage, rather than press on. 
Then we find faithful Joshua (8-9) proclaiming that God will help 
them and that their enemies will be bread for them. "Only rebel ye 
not against the Lord." 

Now think of it this way. Your life has been a life of bondage. 
Drugs, alcohol and rock music have left you wandering in a desert 
of sorrow, disappointment, hardship, misery and discouragement. 
God says to you, "I have a better life for you, but I want you to see 
for yourself. So go ahead, search it out, see for yourself, judge for 
yourself, make up your own mind." You look at the Christian life, 
the Bible way, and you honestly say, "Yes, it is much better than 
what I have experienced, but there are many hard things to face to 
obtain this promise of God, like discipline, sacrifice, obedience 
and self denial." 

Right now is the time to cut off these words, as Caleb did, and 
say, "We be able." When doubting thoughts rush into the mind, we 
should look to Joshua and hear him say, "God delights in us, and 
wants us to have this new life, only rebel ye not against the Lord, 
for these doubting thoughts be bread for us." 

Now bread is for strengthening the body. Every time you meet 
one of these enemies of doubt and discipline yourself, face it head 
on, and whisper a little prayer to God to help you. You will be 
strengthened and better able to meet the next temptation. But if 
you turn and run away from what God has put before you to 
strengthen you, you will get weaker and weaker. Philippians 4:13, 
"I CAN DO all things THROUGH CHRIST WHICH strengtheneth 
me." In this verse, the word "which" rather than "who" refers to the 
exercise of doing. So we see that through Christ and exercising my 
will to conform with the will of God, I will be strengthened in faith 
to inherit the promise of God. 

"Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering 
into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." Hebrews 
4:1 . "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall 
after the same example of unbelief." Hebrews 4:11. 

In Christian Love, 
Brother Berton Smith 

• • • • • •• 

EMBLEMS OF THE RESURRECTION— God has filled all Nature 
with continual emblems of this doctrine. What is night but the 
death of day? What is morning but its resurrection from the shades 
of darkness? We see the insect-tribe give their evidence — some- 
times crawling, as a worm, then lying in apparent torpor; then 
bursting the shell, and, with wings of beauty and activity, skimming 
the atmosphere. 



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THE OPPOSED, SUFFERING AND 
RESURRECTED SAVIOR 

We are again approaching the time of the year, when we will 
commemorate the great victory of the Savior of the world over 
death and the grave. 

Soon after He came to earth He was opposed by a wicked king 
who wanted to destroy Him. Through God's plan He was protected 
to fulfill the plan of salvation for the redemption of fallen humanity 
from sin. Though doing the will of God, He was opposed by many. 
He brought goodwill to mankind, did many good deeds and 
performed many miracles. Yet, many people did not hesitate to 
raise words of opposition against Him. 

In spite of all the good He did, He had many enemies. His 
coming was prophesied long before it came into fulfillment. He 
foretold His death and resurrection. "He came unto his own, and 
his own received him not." We think of the opposition against our 
victorious Savior who suffered the cruel death on the cross for our 
redemption. It is a blessing for all who accept the plan of salvation. 

When Christ was here in person, He was a blessing to mankind, 
performing many miracles, healing the sick, bringing sight to the 
blind and life to the dead. His mission brought spiritual light and 
life to a world of sin and darkness. Through Him we can have 
spiritual life in abundance. He rebuked those who failed to accept 
the way of truth and righteousness. We must be grafted into the 
true vine for a glorious resurrection. We have the record of many of 
the true soldiers of the cross who met severe hardships and 
sufferings and were victorious over death and the grave. 

It was a dreadful scene. A perfect, innocent person as a captive 
prisoner had to go on trial because of their evil, hateful hearts. He 
stood trial and was found innocent with no fault in Him. The 
Record tells us they mocked Him, put a crown of thorns upon His 
head, blindfolded His eyes, spit upon Him and struck Him with 
their hands. After all this happened the terrible enemies of Christ 
persuaded the soldiers to deceive the people concerning the truth 
of the disappearance of Christ's body. He has risen from the grave 
and lives forever with His saints to reign. Through His glorious 
resurrection, we likewise can be resurrected unto glory. Christ's 
suffering was the just for the unjust to bring us unto God. 

Today many are suffering because of living in sin. It has its 
rewards. We should never become discouraged because of being 
opposed for yielding to truth and righteousness. Christ was with- 
out sin, yet He was accused of many defaming things, keeping bad 
company, breaking the Sabbath, gluttony, intemperance, insanity. 



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blasphemy, treason and classed with devils. All the evil spoken 
against Him did not hinder Him from the glorious resurrection. 

The Apostle Paul wept because some who claimed to be Christ's 
followers were in reality His enemies. Those who opposed the way 
of truth and righteousness are crucifying Christ afresh and putting 
Him to an open shame. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord 
Jesus Christ which according to his abundant mercy hath 
begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus 
Christ from the dead." I Pet. 1:3. Are we grateful enough that 
through Christ the way is open for us to be resurrected unto glory? 
There is no salvation without peace with God. The Apostle Paul 
says as far as possible to live at peace with all men. A great reward 
is promised to those who are persecuted for righteousness sake. 
"And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the 
resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resur- 
rection of damnation." John 5:29. 

The Apostle Paul was willing to suffer for the cause of Christ, 
spreading the gospel He looked forward to the great crown of 
righteousness laid up for the faithful. This may have given him a 
great determination to go forward through the hardships in his 
pathway. He said that we see through a glass darkly but some day 
we would see him face to face. 

There is a great difference between the Christian spirit and the 
evil spirit. When Christ came to earth there was no room for Him in 
the inn. Today, no room in lives filled with sin. The prince of justice 
and peace is coming to earth again "to execute judgment upon all, 
and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their 
ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all 
their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against 
him." Jude 15. 

Do we stand for truth and righteousness and oppose all false- 
hood and deceitfulness? Shortly before Christ made His last 
appearance, He gave His disciples the message, "Go ye therefore, 
and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe 
all things whatsoever I have commanded you." The promise comes 
with the teaching and observing of all the things that we are 
commanded to do. No sin will enter the Eternal City. Are we 
prepared for the place where the victorious Saviour is? 



Brother J. F. Marks 

Rt. 9 Box 860 

Plant City, Fla. 33566 



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THE HOLY KISS 

The Bible records various forms of salutation or greeting that 
mankind has used. From the most ancient times the kiss, a touch of 
the lips, has been a token of peace and love. It is a means by which 
the tender impulse or emotion of love can be interchanged. As 
Christ took the common juice of the vine and sanctified it to the 
sublime use as a symbol of His own blood shed for the remission of 
sins, He has also through His apostles sanctified the kiss to 
express the holy love which exists between the members of His 
body. See Rom. 16:16; I Cor. 16:20; II Cor. 13:12; I Thess. 5:26; I 
Pet. 5:14. 

No ordinance of God commanded to be observed in His church 
is stated in the New Testament in any plainer terms or with more 
authority than that of this christian greeting, termed an Holy Kiss 
or a Kiss of Charity. It is a greeting of love and fellowship distinctly 
commanded to be extended to one another and to all the brethren. 

All that is consecrated or commanded for the Lord's service is 
holy and this command is also given to "holy brethren" (I Thess. 
5:26-27), and for an holy purpose — that it might symbolize that 
fervent love that members of the body of Christ are to have for 
each other. (John 15:12-13; I John 4:11). Therefore it is a Holy Kiss. 
The attribute holy lifts it above mere human friendship or fellow- 
ship; it links it to that which is sacred and divine. It lifts it to the 
realm of eternal love and fellowship. As the kiss is a binding pledge 
in earthly ties, so the Holy Kiss is a binding pledge in heavenly ties, 
binding believers in Christ together with the cords of sweet and 
holy union, making them strong in brotherly love and christian 
affection; and is a visible mark of that city set upon an hill which 
cannot be hid. 

The Holy Kiss, a spontaneous christian greeting, was practiced 
in the apostolic church as evidenced by Acts 20:37. In his 
description of the worship service of the christians of the second 
century, Justin Martyr reported that the kiss was regularily used. 
The Apostolic Constitutions state: "Then let the men apart, and the 
women apart, salute each other with a kiss in the Lord." Cyprian 
reported that the one baptizing a convert, as well as the entire 
church, greeted the newly baptized with the holy kiss. The 
evidence is clear that the kiss was uniformly used at both baptism 
and communion in the early church. Dr. Schaff in his church 
history, Vol. 2, p. 237 says, "the kiss as a symbol of love and peace, 
was continued at love-feasts or communion services until the end 
of the thirteenth century." 

In seeking to translate the New Testament scriptures into daily 



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life, in harmony with apostolic church usage, the early brethren 
practiced the holy kiss within their fellowship as their mode of 
greeting, yet they denied it to those who because of sin had been 
excommunicated. 

Brethren greet the brethren and sisters the sisters with hand and 
kiss, the opposite sex is greeted with the right hand of fellowship. It 
is observed upon meeting and parting, in the home, when meeting 
at public worship, and so forth, newly baptized members are 
greeted by the church in this way when coming out of the water, 
deacons and ministers with their companions are received by the 
church in this way when installed into office, and fallen members 
who repent are thus restored. 

When a member washes and wipes another's feet he or she 
immediately gives the right hand accompanied with the salutation 
of the holy kiss. After the Lord's supper has been partaken of and 
before communion, every member is thus greeted with hand and 
kiss, binding all together in a holy union of love as members are in 
solemn contemplation of the suffering love of their crucified Lord. 
The holy kiss when thus observed signifies that their love and care 
for each other shall have no end — a type of the love and union the 
ransomed of the Lord will enjoy in the future kingdom. 

Since God has chosen the Holy Kiss as the form of greeting 
appropriate to His people, it becomes the duty of His children to 
use that salutation with the design and purpose for which it was 
given. When this is done, it not only expresses the love of holy 
brethren one for another, it also serves to increase that love. It dare 
never become a cold, indifferent, offensive or formal kiss; it is a 
sacred ordinance to be kept as the true expression of our 
unfeigned love of the brethren (I Pet. 1:22). 

From a Treatise by 
Herman Shuman, Pendleton, Ind. 
Prepared for inclusion in 
The Brethren Encyclopedia 

HOW BIG IS YOUR CHURCH? 

The church is as tall as its tallest people, 
No matter how high or expensive its steeple. 
Each church is as tall as the dreams it dreams, 
As the goal it accepts and the pledge it redeems. 
The church is as great as its greatest insight, 
As grand as its zeal to make the world right. 
Each church is as great as the thoughts it thinks, 
As deep as the fount from which it drinks. 

- Author Unknown 
Selected by 
Sister Delores Stuber 



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DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Continued from March 15, 1980 Issue 

Ezra was a Jewish exile in Babylon of priestly descent. Let us 
note the contents of the book of Ezra, briefly. The return of the first 
colony of the Jews from their captivity in Babylon, the rebuilding 
of the temple and the inauguration of social and religious reforms. 
The return of this first colony was under the leadership of 
Zerubbabel. Let us note their building enterprises. After the temple 
was finished, we read of the return of the second colony under 
Ezra, and of his literary and religious work. 

The book of Nehemiah gives the rebuilding of the walls of the 
city of Jerusalem. Israel's condition was sinful, yet God did not 
forsake them. Nehemiah gives the account of the Levites making 
confession of their wickedness. Neh. 9:28-29, "But after they had 
rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore leftest thou them in 
the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over 
them: yet when they returned, and cried unto thee, thou heardest 
them from heaven; and many times didst thou deliver them 
according to thy mercies; And testifiedst against them, that thou 
mightest bring them again unto thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and 
hearkened not unto thy commandments, but sinned against thy 
judgments; (which if a man do, he shall live in them;) and withdrew 
the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear." 

This is open confession of their sins. Let us read on to get their 
full confession and covenant. "Yet many years didst thou forbear 
them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet 
would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand 
of the people of the lands. Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake 
thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art 
a gracious and merciful God. Now therefore, our God, the great, 
the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepst covenant and mercy, 
let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon 
us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our 
prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time 
of the kings of Assyria unto this day. Howbeit thou art just in all 
that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done 
wickedly: Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our 
fathers, kept thy law. nor harkened unto thy commandments and 
thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them.' 1 Neh. 
9:30-34. 

Now let us notice their failure, in demanding a king to be like 
other Nations. Verses 35-38. "For they have not served thee in their 
kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in 



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the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither 
turned they from their wicked works. Behold, we are servants this 
day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the 
fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it: 
And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set 
over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our 
bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great 
distress. And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and 
write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it." 

We have brought the reader, in our discussion of the "Fifth 
Dispensation of man on the earth, to the time when the command- 
ment went forth to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem given by King 
Cyrus. This was revealed to Daniel in Dan. 9:23-25. 

At this point let us notice the Jews as a race or nationality of 
people. Jesus, said, to the women at the well of Samaria, 
concerning them, John 4:22, "Ye worship ye know not what: we 
know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews." What did 
Jesus mean by those words? We will discuss them in our next 
article. Brother William Root 

BLACK WIDOW SPIDER 

Monday morning, David took me to Torreon Clinic for medical 
help. I had an ugly, red, swollen spot on my leg which grew to be 
seven inches long. 

The doctor said it was from a black widow spider. I was very 
surprised as their bite has been known to kill people, but here I was 
on the examining table at the clinic. I had been spared! 

I did not see the spider but she found me. (The females do the 
biting.) I've never seen one on the loose here. Their habitat is in the 
southern United States and Pacific Coast. 

Everybody that looks at my bite are astonished. One little school 
girl returned to school saying, "Mildred bit a black widow spider!" 

How right for this insect to be black! We think of sin as black, 
darkness, destitute of light. 

If you see a black widow spider, kill it, run, burn it — depending 
on your age and circumstance. But whatever you do, get rid of it! 

If the devil in any of his forms comes after you, don't let him 
touch you! Why? He is death! Black, ugly, tricky, sneaky, deceiving 
Satan — give him no room, no space, no time. Don't let him get any 
webs in your heart house. Nothing! No connections! 

The encyclopedia says the black widow is one of the world's 
most dangerous spiders. Let me tell you — the devil IS the most 
dangerous thing in the world! 

In Jesus' love, 
Sister Mildred Skiles 



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THE CHRIST OF THE CALVARY ROAD 

Do you know the Christ of the Calvary road? 

He walked midst a jeering throng 

With weary feet and drooping head, 

For the Calvary road was long. 

He had healed the sick, the lame, the blind, 

With the touch of His gentle hand; 

He had cleansed the lepers and raised the dead 

Throughout His native land; 

He came to save mankind from sin, 

To lift their heavy load; 

Yet they lead Him forth to be crucified— 

The Christ of the Calvary road! 

So you love the Christ of the Calvary road? 

He pleads for your love today 

As He calls you out from the careless crowds 

That tread the worldly way. 

They care not for the martyred One 

Who longs their love to win; 

They scorn His gift of eternal life 

And choose the ways of sin. 

Oh! the weight of sin is a heavy weight, 

So let Him lift your load 

While you give your life and love to Him— 

The Christ of the Calvary road. 

Will you serve the Christ of the Calvary road? 

There are sorrowing hearts to cheer; 

When you help to soothe the stricken ones, 

The Christ of the cross is near; 

There are sinning souls on life's long trail 

That may to Him be led; 

And over this sweetest ministry 

His tenderest love is shed: 

So walk with Him the way of the cross 

While He helps to lift each load, 

And lovingly serve the thorn-crowned One— 

The Christ of the Calvary road. 

O ye that tread the Calvary road, 

In weariness and despair, 

Neath the stress of grinding poverty 

Or bowed with grief and care; 

When earthly burdens seem too great. 

When hope dies in your breast, 

The One who trod the same hard road 

Will give you peace and rest, 



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Your sorrows are His sorrows, too, 

He bears with you each load; 

You are loved with a love divine by Him— 

The Christ of the Calvary road. 

Selected by Sister E. M. Alltus 

THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

WALKING ON THE WATER 

Matt. 14:22-23; Mark 6:45-52; John 6:15-21 

Have you ever tried to walk on water? I mean deep water, like a 
river or a lake or the ocean. Water isn't solid. When you try to stand 
on water, you sink. We can get in a boat and not sink but walking 
on the water is altogether different. It just doesn't work. 

Jesus fed the multitudes with bread and fish and they wanted to 
make Him a king. Jesus sent the people away and told His 
disciples to get into a boat and go to the other side of the Sea of 
Galilee. The Sea of Galilee is a big lake seven miles wide and 
thirteen miles long. While His disciples were going across the lake, 
Jesus went up into a mountain to pray. 

The Sea of Galilee was a beautiful lake but sometimes the wind 
would blow causing big waves which made rowing a boat difficult. 
Such was the case with the disciples. The wind was blowing 
against them and they were rowing for all they were worth. It was 
early in the morning. They were about half way across the lake 
then they saw Jesus. He was walking on the water just as if He 
were on dry ground. The disciples couldn't believe their eyes. They 
were scared to death and cried out in fear. Then Jesus said to 
them, "Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid." Peter answered 
Jesus and said, "Lord, if it is you, bid me come unto you on the 
water." And Jesus said, "Come." 

It is hard to believe anyone would ask to walk on water, 
especially at night when the wind was blowing and the waves were 
crashing against the boat, but Peter was an unusual man. He 
stepped right down out of the ship into the water and started 
walking toward Jesus. Peter was doing just fine; he didn't sink; he 
was walking on the water! How wonderful it was to be a personal 
friend of Jesus — one who could feed five thousand people from 
five loaves and two fishes — could heal the sick and even cause 
one to walk on the water. Just then a huge wave crashed in front of 
Peter and he forgot about Jesus and started worrying how he 
could possibly walk over that wave. Peter was afraid and he began 
to sink — there wasn't a thing he could do to help himself. Then 
Peter remembered Jesus and cried out, "Lord save me!" 



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Immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him and 
said, "O, you of little faith, why did you doubt?" Jesus and Peter 
walked together on the water over to the boat. When Peter and 
Jesus got in the boat the wind quit blowing and the sea was peace- 
ful. Then the disciples who were in the boat came and worshipped 
Jesus, saying, "Of a truth you are the Son of God." 

What a wonderful Saviour we have! Jesus can make you do the 
impossible but you must keep your mind on Him. When we forget 
Jesus and depend on our own strength — we will fail. Jesus said, 
"With God all things are possible." We can say like Peter, "Lord 
save me," and Jesus will always be there to help. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

NEWS ITEM 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The District Meeting of Third District will be held at Grandview, 
April 12, 13 and 14. " 

We will also hold our Spring Lovefeast and Communion at this 
time, instead of our regular set date. There will be services April 12 
beginning at 11 o'clock, with Lovefeast and Communion services 
in the evening at 7:30. Also services all day on Sunday with District 
Meeting proper on Monday. 

Come worship with us. 

Sister Bertha Jarboe, Cor. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Congregation plans a Spring Lovefeast, April 26, 
1980. Services will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday with the Lovefeast 
at 7:30 p.m. Services on Sunday. 

We invite all, who can, to come and enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 

• ••#••• 

LOVING THE UNSEEN 

A mother had been talking to her little girl about loving God. The 
child replied: "Mother. I have never seen God; how can I love him?" 
Soon after she received a beautiful picture-book from a friend and 
exclaimed. "Oh. mother. I love the lady who sent me the book." 
"But, you never saw her." said the mother. "No." replied the child, 
"but I love her because she sent me this present." Let us look at the 
beautiful pictures in the book of nature all around us, and surely 
we will love God, the giver, though we have never seen Him. 



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VOL. LVIII 



APRIL 15, 1980 



NO. 8 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



A PRAYER OF SUBMISSION 

I do not ask to go; I do not ask to stay; 

I only ask that Thou, my Lord, shalt have Thy perfect way. 

I do not ask to live; I do not ask to die; 

I only ask to know Thy grace, and feel Thou art nigh. 

I do not ask to preach; I do not ask to sing; 

I only ask that I may know Thy will in everything. 

I do not ask for ease, for wealth, for love or fame; 

I only ask that I, my Lord, may breathe Thy sacred Name. 

I do not seek success, save that which Thou dost lend; 

I only seek to walk with Thee unto my journey's end. 

My heart shall not repine in sunshine or in storm; 

Thy presence turns my darkest hours from midnight into morn. 

My soul is set on Thee; my heart would do Thy will; 
So guide and lead me on, dear Lord, Thy purpose to fulfill. 
Then use me when Thou wilt, and how Thou wilt and where; 
And let me humbly serve Thee, Lord, and make my life a prayer. 

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GODS HELPS 

There are many pitfalls along the journey of life. The various 
adversities that affect us often discourage and dishearten us. 
Although it may be difficult at the time to see any benefit in these 
hardships, there is good to be found in these trials. 

During these difficult times, the value of friendship, prayer and 
comfort is proven. At these times there is an outpouring of aid from 
neighbors, friends and even strangers. These expressions of care 
and concern restore the feeling that there still are some who care, 
when they have the opportunity. It is easy to become discouraged 
like Elijah. But God's message to Elijah was that there was still a 
remnant. Today there remains a remnant who will do good. 

The journey of life involves more than the physical and financial 
areas of life. There is also a Spiritual part. Just as our natural life 
contains many pitfalls so does the Spiritual. As we need the help of 
our fellow journey-mates so we need the help of our fellow 
Christians. The Christian needs the help of God even more. 

The wonderful thing about our need for God's help is that God 
anticipated that need and made the necessary provisions for us. 
God's help is always available. The affairs of our natural life may 
improve or worsen but these things do not affect our eternal 
destiny. The Spiritual condition of our lives affects whether our 
journey toward Heaven is successful or not. It behooves us to 
make use of the helps God has provided. If we do not avail our- 
selves of His helps, it will be our own fault that we fail to enjoy the 
advantages that God has intended for us to possess. 

Among the helps designed for our good by God are those given 

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in John 14. Jesus, in speaking to His soon-to-be-berift disciples, 
speaks to us as well. First, He encourages us to press toward that 
Heavenly Mansion that He is preparing. He would not prepare a 
place if there was no one who would be coming to occupy it. Not 
only is the place to be prepared but He has provided helps for us 
that we might be able to secure that home. 

One help is love. Without God's love there would be no saving 
Gospel. But God does not stop there with love. He also gives us a 
way to demonstrate our love for Him, which is our obedience to His 
commandments. The commands He gives are for our benefit, that 
we might grow and prosper in the Christian life. Not only does He 
give us a way to display our love but He gives a blessing for our 
obedience. He promises that if a man will love Him and be obedient 
that He will abide with that man. 

His abiding is through the person of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had 
been a comforter to His disciples during His ministry. Now, it was 
expedient for Him to return to the Father, so another Comforter, 
the Holy Spirit, could minister to a wider group than those Jesus 
was with physically. The Holy Spirit could abide with each 
believer. His work within each was to glorify, not Himself, but 
Jesus. This He would do through teaching and reminding the 
believer of the words of Jesus. He brings to mind the doctrines of 
God's Word, that we might live a life that would be profitable and 
pleasing in God's sight. 

The work of the Spirit was beyond the knowledge and 
experience of the rejecting world. His work remains a mystery to 
the unbelieving world while His work is confirmed over and over in 
the mind and heart of the Christian. The Christian does not fully 
understand the work of the Holy Spirit but he accepts His 
guidance. While the Christian must be open to the helpful 
guidance of the Holy Spirit, he must also beware of other spirits 
which are not the Spirit of truth. Other spirits under the guise of 
religion and emotion would draw away the believer from the Father 
and Son. The Holy Spirit never teaches a doctrine contrary to the 
Bible. 

Another help that comes through acceptance of the work of the 
Holy Spirit is peace. In a world of turmoil, nerves, anger and 
impatience, peace of mind is a rare quality. The peace of God is 
available to the Christian so the external affairs around him do not 
destroy his reliance upon God. If we accept the Spirit's work of 
glorifying Jesus and bringing His words and commands to us then 
we can have this peace. We can rely upon God for Jesus has 
promised, as only He can promise and fulfill. 

Through love, the Holy Spirit, and peace, you can receive help in 
your journey toward Heaven. Are you willing to receive God's 
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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

BREAD FROM HEAVEN 

John 6:22-65 

Does your mother ever bake bread? I can remember when my 
mother did. It smells so good. Fresh bread out of the oven tastes 
good, too. Almost everybody eats bread. There are many foods 
that we eat but bread is one food that's always there. 

Jesus was teaching in Capernaum. The people had seen the 
disciples leave without Jesus. They didn't know that He had 
walked on the water. When they saw Jesus on the other side of the 
lake, they said, "Rabbi, (or teacher) when did you come here." 
Jesus said, "You seek me not because you saw the miracles but 
because you did eat of the loaves and were filled." 

People are still about the same as they were when Jesus was 
here nearly two thousand years ago. It seems hard for people to 
see beyond the natural life. We work for the food we eat, the 
clothes we wear, the houses we live in, the cars we drive and so 
forth. The people asked Jesus, "What shall we do that we might 
work the works of God?" Jesus said, "This is the work of God, that 
you believe on Him whom God has sent." 

The people said, "Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it 
is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat." Jesus said, "My 
Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. I am the bread of 
life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth 
on me shall never thirst... he that believeth on me hath everlasting 
life... ham that bread of life. This is the bread which came down 
from heaven; if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever." 

Then the Jews wanted to know how they could eat this bread 
which Jesus said was Himself. Jesus answered, "...he that eateth 
me, even he shall live by me." 

Jesus was teaching the people that there is something far more 
important than just the things that are for this life. He came that we 
might have life and have it more abundantly. If we do what Jesus 
says, He has promised us that we will live forever. Jesus says, "If 
you love me, keep my commandments." Jesus never gave us any- 
thing that we couldn't do or that He, Himself, didn't do. 

Whether we go to school, work at a job, or take care of the home, 
we can live for Jesus. It's the everyday life that really counts. Most 
of us can be good people on Sunday or at Church, but it is during 
the week when we are apt to fail. We should always ask ourselves 
the question, "Would Jesus approve?" Jesus is the bread from 
heaven. We need to live by Him and for Him. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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ANGRY? 

If you are angry, you may self-destruct! Take a moment and 
consider these examples. A businessman became so enraged 
when some boys messed up a flower bed at his business place, 
that he had a fatal heart attack. A young man became angry when 
refused service because he didn't observe the "shirt and shoes 
required" rule. He went out on the highway, drove like a maniac, 
finally crashing into a bridge and tree, thereby ending his life. Two 
other young men, both angry and one drunk also, were driving 
wildly and died when their cars hit trees. A golf course caretaker 
became very angry when someone tore up the greens with a car. 
His heart couldn't take it and he died also. 

These five men, all local residents, died following violent fits of 
anger. No matter what they had to be angry about, it wasn't worth 
losing their lives over. There is no indication that they were at 
peace with God, so they lost their souls, too. They all paid a very 
high price for venting their anger in such a senseless and 
destructive way. When anger is allowed to rage out of control, it 
only causes heartache and destruction, such as it did for these 
men. Irritations will come, but if we allow God to control our anger, 
it won't become a destructive force. 

Is your anger under control, more specifically under God's 
control? If it is not, you just might end up like these men did. It's 
not worth it to lose your head in senseless anger and maybe lose 
your life and soul, too. You say you don't let your anger go that far? 
That's fine, but do you let God control it? Sometimes we face big 
irritations with calmness and then explode over the little ones. Yet 
the Lord says, "Recompense to no man evil for evil." Rom. 12:17a. 
He wants us to give a blessing instead (I Pet. 3:9), or soothe away 
wrath with a soft answer (Prov. 15:1), whether the irritation is big or 
little. We can't do this without the Lord's help. 

The stages of anger range from very mild to violent — mild 
irritation, resentment (displeasure), anger (sudden displeasure 
with a desire to get even), indignation (anger with contempt), 
wrath (violent, uncontrolled anger). The term "mad" means "very 
angry or out of all patience." We become angry because we don't 
like what is happening right then. Anger is aroused most generally 
when we don't like the actions of others, but we can become angry 
with ourselves, our cars, machinery, animals, and so forth. Some 
people even dare to be angry with God, when they can't find 
anyone else to blame. 

At times we have due cause to be angry, but other times, it is a 
selfish reaction. We become angry because someone is infringing 
on our rights — so we think. Then we become displeased or we 
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less kindness and respect than we do our pets and furniture. Even 
slight irritations can make us say nasty things to others, if we're not 
careful. Anger can make us nag or find fault constantly. It will 
make us unkind and inconsiderate of others. An angry spirit is 
cross, quick-tempered, sour, hard to please. Such a spirit does not 
please God. 

Anger is not always physically destructive, but it is destructive in 
other ways. It destroys peace in families and among men; it seeks 
revenge. But God says, "Vengeance is mine." Whether it be out- 
bursts of senseless anger, or whether you are constantly irritated 
with others, both have a bad effect on others, while love has a good 
effect. Love is kind and longsuffering, not easily provoked or 
quick-tempered. Love brings peace because love cares about 
others (see I Cor. 13). With God's help, you can love, rather than be 
angry and destructive. 

"The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to 
pass over a transgression." Prov. 19:11. Sometimes we become 
angry before we even think and that is no mark of wisdom. The 
transgressions — the things we don't like — often are not that 
important and we ought to control ourselves. "He that is slow to 
anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he 
that taketh a city." Prov. 16:32. There is no reason to become angry 
over every little mistake made by others. God's control results in 
self-control; this makes irritability and anger take a back seat. 

"A friend loveth at all times." Prov. 17:17a. "By this shall all men 
know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 
13:35. Love for one another is proof of discipleship. A loving spirit 
does not leave room for petty complaining or angry outbursts. 
Love is considerate of others, but anger is not. This love is 
necessary in all our living, at home or away. It is not jut something 
to be displayed when certain people are around. Where does such 
love come from? We get it from the Lord! 

"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil 
speaking be put away from you, with all malice." Eph. 4:31. All of 
these are the traits of an angry spirit, a spirit not in God's control. A 
kind, loving spirit is just the opposite of an angry one. "And be ye 
kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as 
God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Eph. 4:32. When you have 
a kind disposition, one which seeks to make others happy, you 
don't have room for an angry, destructive spirit. Anger is not one of 
the Christian graces, but kindness, love and patience are. Ask the 
Lord to give you those. 



Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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WHY GOD'S CHILDREN SUFFER 

By Howard W. Pope 

Said a certain man to a friend of mine, "I have always supposed 
that if one became a Christian, he would escape many of the mis- 
fortunes which come to others, and would lead a life of peace and 
prosperity. Indeed, I believe there is some kind of a promise that all 
things shall work together for good to them that love God. Since 
you have started on this line, however, I have watched your career 
carefully, and it seems to me that you have fared worse then you 
did before you were a Christian. First you lost your property; next 
your wife had a long sickness; then a broken knee laid you on your 
back for six months, and when you got up you had a stiff leg for 
life. Now how do you account for all this trouble? If God is so good 
to His people as you say He is, why does He permit these disasters 
to come upon you?" 

"Well," said the man addressed, "I don't know that I can account 
for these things to your satisfaction, but I think I can to my own. 
You know I am a blacksmith. I often pick up a piece of steel, and if I 
think it will take a temper, I put it into the fire and bring it to a white 
heat. Next I plunge it into the water and suddenly change the 
temperature. Then I put it into the fire, and again into the water. 
This I repeat several times. Then I lay it on the anvil and hammer it 
and bend it, and make some useful article which I put into a 
carriage where it will do good service for twenty-five years. If, 
however, when I first strike it on the anvil I think it will not take a 
temper, I throw it into the scrap-heap and sell it for a quarter of a 
cent a pound. 

"Now I believe that my heavenly Father has been testing me to 
see if I will take a temper. He has put me into the fire and into the 
water; he has laid me on the anvil and hammered me and rasped 
me. I have tried to bear it just as patiently as I could, and my daily 
prayer has been, 'Lord, put me into the fire if you will; put me into 
the water if you think I need it; do anything you please, O Lord, 
only for Christ's sake, don't throw me into the scrap heap.' 

I wish I could describe to you the fine temper which this man has 
taken. He has come out of the fire which a shining face which is an 
inspiration to all who meet him. His worldly affairs have improved, 
and in his prosperity he does not forget God, but spends his 
money for Him with a willing hand. Though an untaught man in the 
schools, yet people of culture are glad to invite him to their homes, 
and sit at his feet and learn what God has taught him. His quaint 
illustrations and profound spiritual knowledge have shed light 
upon the pathway of many a perplexed soul, and have led many a 
wanderer into the path of peace. Yes, he has taken a keen temper, 
and God is using him to wield mighty blows in the world's great 
spiritual conflict. 



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Perhaps this story, which is strictly true, may bring comfort to 
some whose lives are full of disappointment. These trials may be 
simply God's way of testing you to see if you "will take a temper." 
He may have some special work for you to do which requires a 
special preparation. And if the testing-time seems long, remember 
that He who permits the trial knows just how hot the furnace is, and 
just how long you need to continue in it. 

Doubtless Paul felt that his years in prison were a weary waste of 
time; but those grand epistles which he wrote during his hours of 
confinement have caused millions to thank God that He permitted 
Paul to be imprisoned. Moses, wandering about for nearly forty 
years, feeding his sheep in the wilderness, may have wondered 
how God could treat him so, and apparently forget him — one who 
had been trained for a soldier and statesman, one who had 
renounced the riches of Egypt for God's sake — yet his life was a 
seeming failure. But Moses leading the nation out of Egypt, 
framing laws which were to govern the world, and talking face to 
face with the Almighty, could doubtless seem abundant reasons 
for those years of waiting. 

The gospel teaches that we are "saved to serve." "Herein is my 
Father glorified that ye bear much fruit." Oh, the pity of being a 
fruitless vine, a useless tool — so dull and clumsy that God cannot 
use us, so lacking in sympathy and discernment and knowledge of 
God that we cannot help the helpless nor comfort the sorrowing. 
Even Paul tells us that he kept his body under, lest after being so 
wondrously used of God, he might for some reason become less 
useful, and finally of no use — a castaway. Dr. F. B. Meyer of 
London recently said, "If no one for a few days writes to tell me of 
some help received, if no one seems to be influenced by my life, I 
sit down and say, 'O God, has the time come to me when for some 
reason I am to be of no use — a castaway?' " If then to be useless is 
such a misfortune, let us bravely meet adversity, knowing that if 
patiently borne it will make us more and more "meet for the 
Master's use." 

But what of the afflictions which come upon the aged, whose 
working days are almost over? What about the faithful Christians 
who are sorely puzzled to reconcile their long agonies with God's 
goodness? Perhaps God is giving them the finishing touches of 
grace and beauty, that they may the more fuly reflect his image 
through the endless ages of eternity. How little we realize what 
eternity means! 

"When I've been there ten thousand years, 

Bright shining as the sun, 
I've no less days to sing God's praise 
Than when I first begun." 



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And if by years of patient suffering God can take the harshness 
out of my voice, and make its tones more pleasing to him and more 
helpful to others, surely the time has been well spent. 

Doubtless God has other uses for adversity than that of training 
for service. Some of it may be for our good, and some for the good 
of others, but all for the glory of God. One thing is sure, that all the 
sorrow borne for Jesus' sake brings us into closer fellowship with 
Jesus. We understand His sufferings as never before. We so 
appreciate His sympathy that it seems even a sweet privilege to 
suffer with Him. 

Let us not count our afflictions as misfortunes, but as signal 
tokens of God's love. "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth." 

"Beloved, think it not strange concening the fiery trial which is to 
try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you; but 
rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that 
when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with 
exceeding joy." I Pet. 4:12-13. 

Dr. A. T. Pierson once said to a sick man, "I suppose you were 
such a busy man, and God had so many things to say to you, that 
He had to lay you on your back in order to get your attention." 

As he passed out the thought occurred to him, "I too, am a busy 
man, and God Almighty may have to put me on my back in order to 
tell me all He wishes." He resolved to spend some time each night 
in his study, not reading or writing, but reviewing his life for the 
day, and opening his heart to God. It proved a great blessing to 
him, and doubtless it would to any one, besides saving us, 
possibly, from many delays in our work. "Wait, I say, on the Lord." 

Selected by Sister Ruth Drake 

ONE REASON FOR BEING 

By William MacDonald 

In planning your career, you should remember this: the great 
goal of your life is to glorify God and to represent His interests on 
earth. Everything else is incidental. 

Christians have bigger business than to give their best to the 
unworthy world. We are born to soar on eagle's wings, not to crawl 
in muck. 

The believer has one great occupation — to serve the Lord 
Christ. The only possible justification for a "job" or a "profession" 
is to meet daily needs and to be able to give everything above that 
to the work of the Lord. 

The big problem today is how to keep "apostleship" and "tent- 
making" in proper balance. The "tent-making industry" wants an 
ever-increasing share of your time and your strength and your 
skill. The big moguls don't have any vision when it comes to 



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"apostleship." All they're interested in is more and bigger and finer 
tents. And they'll try to sap your very life in the process, if you'll let 
them. The big problem is to know when to say, "Thus far shall thy 
proud waves come and no farther." What you really have to decide 
is whether to give the best years of your life producing fire- 
resisting tents or fire-resisting souls. 

We must get this straight. Our calling in life is not glass-blowing 
or basket-weaving or fence-making. Neither is it law or medicine or 
business. Our calling in life is to witness for Christ. The other is a 
means of making ends meet. 

While the Bible does not tell us what we should do to earn our 
daily bread, it does lay down some principles to guide us in 
planning our future. 

First of all, there is the principle of redemption. We have been 
bought by Christ — body, soul and spirit. We are His — to do with 
as He pleases. It is downright dishonest for us to take what doesn't 
belong to us and use it for selfish ambitions. 

Then, there is the fact of an eternal Hell for those who die 
outside of Christ. If we really believe this, it will exert a profound 
influence on how we spend our lives. We have the answer. What 
are we going to do about it? 

Thirdly, there is the glorious vision that men and women around 
us have the tremendous potential of being conformed to the image 
of Christ. This demands that the main thrust of our lives be 
concerned with sharing our Savior with the world. 

Again, there is the plain command of Christ. He said, "Go into all 
the world and preach the Gospel to every creature..." We have not 
begun to think properly about the issues of life until we have faced 
this command squarely and honestly. 

There is also the principle of indispensability, Jesus said, "Let 
the dead bury the dead but go thou and preach the kingdom of 
God." In other words, don't spend the best part of your life doing 
what an unsaved person could do just as well. Anyone can bury a 
corpse, but it takes a true believer to preach the life-giving 
message. 

Finally, there is the principle of lasting value. All our plans and 
purposes should be subjected to this time test: What will really 
count one hundred years from today? Will it be important then that 
you rose to become President of Amalgamated Futility Company? 
Will it really matter that you developed atomic-powered tiddly- 
winks? 

The race is on. Many voices are cheering for you. Your relatives 
hope you'll make a name for yourself in the world. Your friends 
want you to become prosperous and comfortable. 

I don't. I hope you'll burn out for Christ. I hope you'll lay up 



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treasures in Heaven. I hope you'll go in for eternal values. 

And just in case no one else every says it to you, I'd like to 
suggest the work of the Lord as a respectable and desirable way to 
spend your life. 

Used by permission 

Selected by Sister Edith Moss 

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Part 15 

"Salvation is of the Jews." John 4:22. What did Jesus mean here? 
Did He mean that salvation of the world, must come or will come 
through a human race of people, or nationality, or a fleshly 
kingdom of this world? Or did He mean that out of the Jew's 
posterity would come the Saviour of the world? We believe the 
latter is what He meant. He, Jesus, is the Saviour of the world and 
no nationality or race of people can save. 

NOTE: Acts 4:10-12, "Be it known unto you all, and to all the 
people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, 
whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him 
doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which 
was set at nought of you builders (the Jews, Israel), which is 
become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any 
other: for there is none other name under heaven given among 
men, whereby we must be saved." 

The Scriptures repeatedly teach us that Christ is "the headstone 
of the corner," in the "foundation of the Church," or the kingdom 
of Heaven on earth, which He said, "I will build." Matt. 16:16-18; 
Psa. 118:19-22: Matt. 21:42-44; I Cor. 3:11; I Peter 2:4-10. 

What did Jesus mean, when He said "Ye are the salt of the 
earth"? Matt. 5:13. Did He mean that the Jews, as a race of people 
were the "salt of the earth."? Or did He mean His disciples, those 
whom He had chosen, to work in the kingdom, or the Church, 
which He came to set up (Dan. 2:44; Zech. 6:12-13), were the salt of 
the earth? We believe His chosen disciples and we of the Church, 
are the "salt of the earth." Also we are the "light of the world." Matt. 
5:14. Hence, we think, that the salvation of the whole world, is of 
and through the Lord Jesus Christ, a Jew or of the Jewish descent, 
of the nationality and race of Israel. 

Some Bible commentators, who have confused the minds of 
many people, have taught that, when Jesus said, "Ye are the salt of 
the earth," He meant that the Jews were to be the means of 
preventing the moral putrefaction of the world, and that they 
became extinct as a nation. They teach that God would destroy all 
mankind, from off the earth as He destroyed the Antediluvians, 



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when Noah and his family were safely shut in the Ark, or as He 
destroyed the cities of the plain, "Sodom and Gomorrah," when 
Lot escaped from them. 

We think that this doctrine is very fanciful and not at all 
scriptural. When Christ made the statement, "Ye are the salt of the 
earth: but if the salt have lost his saviour, wherewith shall it be 
salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to 
be trodden under foot of men.", He was speaking to those whom 
He had chosen to be His followers, pointing out to them the 
inferiority of the Law to the rules He had chosen to govern the 
kingdom of heaven on earth, those whom He had chosen for His 
Church, and not to the Jewish race as a nation. 

Although they were Jews and salvation was of Himself, a Jew, 
yet He was introducing them to the order and characteristics of the 
New Kingdom that He had come to set up for the salvation of the 
world. Matt. 3:2, 4:17, 10:5-7; Mark 1:14-15. Read also Matt. 5, all of 
it. This was the Jewish law, or promise, which had been previously 
given to Israel. However, Christ fulfilled that law. 

Christ the Messiah had come, Gal. 4:4, and was establishing a 
new Law, a new kingdom, and His followers were to be "the salt of 
the earth." Hence, we say those of the Kingdom of Heaven, the 
Church, believers in Christ, who have been "born again" are the 
"salt of the earth." 

The above mentioned commentators say that the Jews as a race 
of people are "the salt of the earth." They give the following 
references to try to prove their theory. Such references as refer to 
the reestablishment of the throne of David by Christ, Acts 15:13-18; 
Rom. 11:1-5, 11-12, 15, 17, 23, 27. What they seemingly have failed 
to understand is the nature of Christ's Throne and Kingdom, that it 
is spiritual and not physical, or fleshly, which is so clearly taught in 
the New Testament. 

Christ's disciples, for a time, as well as the Pharisees erred in 
this, as well as the people of our day. Perhaps they have stumbled 
at the word of David, in Psa. 132:11, "The Lord hath sworn in truth 
unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set 
upon thy throne." Do they think that Christ will be resurrected a 
second time — to set upon David's throne, in the flesh, or that 
David will be brought back to mortality to sit on an earthly throne? 
Why not admit that Christ can occupy David's throne sitting in His 
glorified body, and reign over His saints, Phil. 3:20-21? 

Men teach that the salvation of the nations, morally and 
physically, and the preservation of the human race depends upon 
the preservation and continuance of the Jews as a race. 

Friends, we say the salvation of the nations depends entirely 
upon their acceptance of His Word and their obedience to the 
same, by individual birth into the kingdom of God. John 3:3-5. Let 



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us get to the bottom of this erroneous teaching for out of it has 
come much controversy, concerning the "revelation." These com- 
mentators teach further that the present degenerate condition of 
the world is due to the Jews losing their savor, as the salt its 
saltness. Until they recover their savor, degeneration will continue 
to develop, until the time comes that the smell of decomposition of 
the decaying nationalities of the earth shall call for Divine 
intervention and the salt be resavored by the conversion of the 
Jews and the Jewish nation will again take its place among the 
nations of the earth. 

We say those conditions will exist until Christ comes to earth 
and the devil and Satan is bound, after which Christ will reign over 
the saved of the nations gloriously. The Jew's eyes, as we under- 
stand, will not be opened to their Messiah, until they look "upon 
Him whom they have pierced and they are redeemed from the 
earth, Zech. 12:10; Rev. 14:1-6. 

Reader, beware of the above doctrine. We admit that God has 
had a race for many years, because of His promises to them. We 
believe also that He will continue to preserve them, until they are 
again grafted into their "own olive tree" at their conversion to their 
Messiah, and that remnant will reign with Christ, in His Millennium, 
the thousand years mentioned in Rev. 20:6, after the first 
resurrection and translation of the saints. 

Some sects teach that the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke 
and John, are added to the Old Law, and not binding upon the 
Church, or New Testament Dispensation. They teach that they 
were written for the Jews and are binding upon the Jews only. 
Perhaps this is why so many teach the postponement of the 
kingdom. We say the four gospels are for the New Dispensation of 
"Grace," and are binding upon the Church of Jesus Christ, 
throughout the Church age. 

To be continued 
Brother William Root 

• ••#••• 

WEEDS IN ALMOST ANY SOIL 

There are weeds in almost every soil. If you dig up the soil there 
will be found the seeds from which they grow. These seeds, 
however, can germinate only under the conditions brought about 
by sunshine and ram. There may be the seed of weeds in our 
nature, deep down out of sight; but should they be thrown up by 
some change of circumstances, we shall find evil in ourselves we 
never dreamed of. The Devil has neither forgotten us. not lost our 
trail. If we resist him. he will flee. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MAY 

May 4 - The Disciples Sent Forth; Five Loaves and Two Fishes. 

Luke 9:1-17. 
May 11 - MOTHER'S DAY - II Kings 4:8-37. 
May 18 - The Christ of God; Transfiguration. Luke 9:18-36. 
May 25 - Who is the Greatest?. Luke 9:37-62. 
QUESTIONS: 

(1) What two things did Jesus send His disciples to do? Luke 
9:2. 

(2) What two instances in the Old Testament are similar to His 
breaking of bread to the five thousand? I Kings 17:14; II 
Kings 4:4. 

(3) Why do you think the mother said to Elisha, "As the Lord 
liveth and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee."? II Kings 
4:37. 

(4) Who did Peter say that Jesus was? Luke 9:20. 

(5) What proof have we, in the transfiguration of Jesus, of life 
after death? Luke 9:30. 

(6) The disciples were concerned about which of them should 
be the greatest. Who did Jesus say would be great? Luke 
9:48. 

• ••#••• 

WISE DEVIL— It is said that a preacher once had a dream in which 
he was shown the abode of the lost. Here a company of demons 
were discussing the best means for destroying the souls of men. 
One said, "I will go to earth and tell them that the Bible is a fable, 
and not of God." "No, that won't do," said another, "I will go and 
tell them that there is no Saviour, no Heaven, no Hell." At these 
words a fiendish smile lit up their faces. "No," continued another, 
"that will fail, you cannot make men believe that." At this the old 
Serpent arose himself, and remarked, "I will journey leisurely to 
the world of men. I will tell them that there is a God, a Saviour, a 
Heaven — yes, and a Hell, too, but I will tell them that there is no 
need of being in a hurry; take plenty of time": and all agreed that he 
should go. 

••••••• 

He who has not forgiven an enemy has never yet tasted one of 
the most sublime enjoyments of life. — Lavater. 



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NOTICE 

I would like to have all business for General Conference no 
later than April 25, 1980, if possible. 

Brother Hayes Reed 
1433 Overholtzer Ave. 
Modesto, California 95355 
Telephone number 1-209-523-2753 
Writing Clerk, General Conference 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new zip code for Brother Hayes Reed is 95355. 
WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Waynesboro Congregation plans to hold 
our Spring Lovefeast the first Sunday in May. All are invited to 
come and enjoy this all day service with us. 

Sister Wilma Eberly, Cor. 

NEWBERG, OREGON 

It has been our privilege recently to have a week of special 
meetings conducted by Elder Harley Flory of Ohio. We had looked 
forward for some time to this occasion and fell greatly 
strengthened and built-up in the faith from listening to the Gospel 
messages from night to night. We were glad also for the presence 
of Sis. Flory and daughter Linda. Sis. Flory assisted in song 
leading. Communion service was on Saturday night, the meetings 
coming to a close on Sunday night following. 

Lives have been touched. The results are with the Lord. We ask 
an interest in your prayers for us at this place. We pray that God 
will bless Bro. Flory for his earnest efforts here. 

Bro. and Sis. Dan Roedel returned from the Torreon Mission to 
be of help during the meetings. They have now returned to the 
Mission for the remainder of the year. 

Sister Elsie Harlacher, Cor. 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 

The Lord willing, the McClave, Colorado Congregation plans to 
hold their spring Lovefeast May 10 and 11, 1980. Services will start 
at eleven o'clock Saturday morning, May 10. Lovefeast at 7:30 p.m. 

Please, everyone who can, come and enjoy these wonderful 
blessings with us. 

Sister Aurelia Wertz, Cor. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR MAY, 1980 
DELIVERANCE AND DEATH 



Memory Verse: II Cor. 1:9-10 
But we had the sentence of death 
in ourselves, that we should not 
trust in ourselves, but in God 
which raiseth the dead; Who 
delivered us from so great a 
death, and doth deliver: in whom 
we trust that he will yet deliver us. 

Thur. 1 - I Cor. 15:1-20 

Fri. 2- I Cor. 15:21-38 

Sat. 3 - I Cor. 15:39-58 



Memory Verse: Gal. 1:3-4 
Grace be to you and peace from 
God the Father, and from our 
Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave 
himself for oursins, that he might 
deliver us from this present evil 
world, according to the will of 
God and our Father: 

Sun. 4- II Cor. 1:1-24 

Mon. 5 - II Cor. 4:1-18 

Tues. 6 - Gal. 1:1-24 

Wed. 7 - Col. 1:1-29 

Thur. 8- I Thess. 1:1-10 

Fri. 9- II Thess. 3:1-18 

Sat. 10- I Tim. 1:1-20 



Memory Verse: Col. 1:12-13 
Giving thanks unto the Father, 
which hath made us meet to be 
partakers of the inheritance of the 
saints in light: Who hath delivered 
us from the power of darkness, 
and hath translated us into the 
kingdom of his dear Son: 

Sun. 11 - II Tim. 3:1-17 

Mon. 12- II Tim. 4:1-22 

Tues. 13- Heb. 2:1-18 

Wed. 14- Heb. 11:1-20 

Thur. 15 - Heb. 11:21-40 

Fri. 16- II Pet. 2:1-22 

Sat. 17 - Jude 1-25 



Memory Verse: II Pet. 2:9 
The Lord knoweth how to deliver 
the godly out of temptations, and 
to reserve the unjust unto the day 
of judgment to be punished: 

Sun. 18- Rev. 20:1-15 

Mon. 19- Num. 12:1-16 

Tues. 20- Num. 16:1-23 

Wed. 21 - Num. 16:24-50 

Thur. 22- Isa. 14:1-23 

Fri. 23- Isa. 26:1-21 

Sat. 24- Matt. 9:10-26 

Memory Verse: Num. 16:47-48 
And Aaron took as Moses com- 
manded, and ran into the midst of 
the congregation; and, behold, 
the plague was begun among the 
people: and he put on incense, 
and made an atonement to the 
people. And he stood between the 
dead and the living; and the 
plague was stayed. 

Sun. 25- Matt. 22:15-33 

Mon. 26 - Matt. 27:45-66 

Tues. 27- Matt. 28:1-20 

Wed. 28 - Mark 9:1-29 

Thur. 29- Mark 12:13-34 

Fri. 30 - Luke 7:11-30 

Sat. 31 - Luke 8:41-56 

Memory Verse: Matt. 28:7 
And go quickly, and tell his 
disciples that he is risen from the 
dead; and, behold, he goeth 
before you into Galilee; there 
shall ye see him: lo, I have told 
you. 

Mark 12:26-27 
And as touching the dead, that 
they rise: have ye not read in the 
book of Moses, how in the bush 
God spake unto him, saying, I am 
the God of Abraham, and the God 
of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 
He is not the God of the dead, but 
the God of the living: ye there- 
fore do greatly err. 



Paul R. Myers 

Box 117 
Green town, 01 



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VOL. LVMI 



MAY 1, 1980 



NO. 9 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints' 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



THE WEAVER 

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 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. 



— Author Unknown 

Selected by Sister Ruth Snyder 



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UNPROFITABLE LEAVEN 

Can you imagine an unleavened loaf of bread? It would be like a 
small cake or muffin. As good as these baked goods are, they 
would be disappointing when a loaf of light, soft bread was 
expected. The leavening permeates the dough, changing its 
texture so it raises, lightens and makes a loaf larger than the 
original lump of dough. The working of the leaven is necessary and 
good in the production of bread. 

As good as the leaven's process is in the kitchen, it is a type of 
evil influence that permeates society and changes it. This leaven is 
always spoken of in uncomplimentary terms in the New 
Testament. In Matthew 16, Jesus warned of the doctrines of the 
Pharisees and Sadducees as being evil leaven. 

Lessons of warning are often hard to receive and to understand. 
The lesson concerning this leaven was a difficult one for the 
disciples to understand because they could not get their minds off 
the leavened bread they had forgotten to bring along. They were 
more troubled by the natural bread than the Spiritual hindrances 
along their way, just as most people today are more concerned 
with the natural than the Spiritual. 

Although the Pharisees and Sadducees were opposing sects 
within Judaism, Jesus condemned the teachings of both together. 
They were divided on a wide range of issues and beliefs, but they 
were united in their opposition to Jesus. The Sadducees were very 
progressive and modernistic in their teachings while the Pharisees 
were formal and legalistic, valuing their rules above the Word of 
God. But whatever their teaching, Jesus condemned both by com- 
paring their teachings to leaven. 

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Like the leaven in the bread dough, their doctrines permeated 
the minds of their fellow Jews. Whether it was the doctrine of the 
Sadducees, which denied that which was beyond human under- 
standing, or the doctrine of the Pharisees, which was centered in 
their efforts to keep forms, they had an influence beyond the 
members of those two sects. Today, there still are Pharisees and 
Sadducees. Today's Sadducees deny the inspiration of the Bible, 
the existance of angels, the reality of Heaven or Hell, the 
Substitionary death of Jesus or His Resurrection. Today's 
Pharisees, unlike the Sadducees, are very religious, at least out- 
wardly. They seek the praise and applause of men, often being 
involved in noteworthy events. These Pharisees seem to be quite 
orthodox in their belief, yet teach unbiblical doctrines. Often they 
accuse plain, Bible following Christians of being Pharisees, or 
legalists, but fail to realize that by their unbiblical teachings or by 
leaving off some of the Lord's commands that they are themselves 
guilty of being Pharisees. The Pharisees of old, while proclaiming 
themselves the champions of God's Word, set it aside by their 
teaching and living, denying it by refusing to follow some of its 
teachings concerning non-conformity to the world and separation 
from its political system. 

The doctrines of the Sadducees and the Pharisees were 
attractive to many in their day and still are today. Either extreme is 
seemingly more attractive than the Biblical way which does not 
attract attention but will in the end insure the blessing of God. 

The leaven within the bread dough works unseen, but later there 
will be visible results. The doctrines of the Sadducees and 
Pharisees work the same way, quietly, stealthily until they have 
permeated the lives of many people. The results may not be visible 
in this life but beyond the grave the eternal result will be made 
known. 

The Apostle Paul warned the Corinthians (I Cor. 5:6-8) about the 
destructiveness of this kind of leaven. He admonishes them to be 
rid of such leaven, whether the leaven of legalism or of malice and 
insincerity. As the Jews removed all leaven from their homes 
during the Passover season, so Christians should rid all leaven 
from their lives. 

It was after Jesus' warning concerning this pernicious leaven 
that we have Peter's confession of Jesus as the "Christ, the Son of 
the living God ." This is the antidote for this leaven. The love of God 
for us and our love for Him in return will rid us of this unprofitable 
leaven. His love provided a Saviour that our sin might be forgiven. 
Our responding love serves Him obediently so there is no occasion 
for that leaven to be found in our lives. 

Have you rejected the false leaven of Sadducees and the 
Pharisees'? Have you put the unprofitable leaven out of your life? 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE 

John 6:22-65 

Have you ever been discouraged? Have there been times in your 
life when someone you thought to be your friend, let you down? 
Jesus had many discouraging times, too. One time Jesus was 
talking to the people in a Jewish church in Capernaum. He told 
them He was the bread from heaven and if they would eat this 
bread they would live forever. Jesus meant they would have to live 
by the words He spoke unto them, but they murmured and didn't 
understand. Jesus, said, "What if you see me ascend up to heaven 
where I was before? The words that I speak unto you, they are 
spirit and they are life." Jesus also said that some of them didn't 
believe Him and someone would betray Him. From that time many 
of His disciples turned away and had nothing more to do with 
Jesus. 

It seems strange that people who had seen the miracles Jesus 
had done, would ever turn away from Him, but they did. Just 
because they couldn't understand what He was teaching them — 
just because He told them the truth — they turned Him down. I'm 
sure this was very discouraging to Jesus because He said unto the 
twelve disciples whom He had chosen to help Him, "Will you also 
go away?" 

Peter always answered first. Many times Peter didn't say the 
right thing but this time he had it just right. Peter knew what he was 
talking about and said, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the 
words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that you are the 
Christ, the Son of the living God." 

Surely, Jesus felt good that at least someone had received the 
message. To have the words of eternal life should mean every- 
thing to us. If we do what Jesus says, we will live forever! 

Jesus is the Son of the living God. He made this world and 
everything in it. "All things are made by Him and without Him was 
not anything made that was made." John 1:3. 

Everyone wants to live. To go to Heaven and live with Jesus 
forever is the greatest. In this world we live only a few years, then 
we die. Jesus came that we might have life and have it more 
abundantly. Jesus said, "He that believeth in me, though he were 
dead; yet shall he live and he that liveth and believeth in me shall 
never die." 

The words of eternal life are yours for the asking. Jesus brought 
them from Heaven. Take them, live by them and live forever. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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NO LEMONS IN HEAVEN 

It was a gloomy, rainy day when I went into a local business 
place. The receptionist was as cheerful as usual in spite of the 
dreary weather. I knew that she has arthritis, so asked if days like 
this bothered her. She said, "Yes, I hurt in so many places that I 
don't even want to talk about it." The pain was there, but her 
countenance didn't show it. She was going about her work as 
usual, even though she no doubt would have preferred staying 
home. If she, for the sake of business, could be pleasant instead of 
sour and grumpy, why can't we as Christian people be pleasant? 

Sometimes we see people scowling and frowning, looking as 
though they'd had a lemon for breakfast. When they look so 
miserable, they give the impression that the Christian life is a 
miserable one. Yet, we have every reason to be happy, and to look 
like it! Jesus said, "These things have I spoken unto you, that my 
joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." John 
15:11. When you have the fulness of joy that Jesus wants you to 
have, the joy that He alone can give you, it will show — even on 
your face. 

As you read in the Bible, you find instances where someone 
showed great distress by putting on sackcloth and sitting in ashes. 
Surely it was not a pleasant sight. Neither is a sour or forlorn 
expression. Things may disturb us, situations may distress us, but 
yet we ought to look like we appreciate God's care. "In everything 
give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning 
you." I Thess. 5:18. It never helps our problems by looking so 
intensely miserable that we make others miserable, too. 

"But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh 
slipped." Psa. 73:2. What if you greeted someone like this, one 
hardly able to go on, with a sour, unfriendly expression? Can't you 
see that one's spirits sinking all the way to the bottom? It might be 
like the straw that broke the camel's back, when you should be a 
lifeline of love and encouragement instead. "A merry heart doeth 
good like a medicine." Prov. 17:22a. A merry heart will manifest 
itself in a pleasant expression and attitude, and a desire to 
encourage. 

"Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy 
name; thou are mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will 
be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; 
when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; 
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." Isa. 43:1b-2. Does your 
countenance reveal that you have this assurance, or do you look as 
though you'd lost your last friend? There is no need for us to fret 
and worry, for whatever problem we have, God is able to help us. 

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righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." Rom. 14:17. 
"Ask, and ye shall receive, that you joy may be full." John 16:24b. If 
you don't have joy, ask the Lord for it. Trade your worries about 
things in this life for joy and peace in the Lord. If you let trivial 
matters, or major ones, spoil your joy, it will also spoil your 
countenance. Seek the Lord's joy, the kind which shows on your 
face. 

To the Lord's own, there is a promise: "They that sow in tears 
shall reap in joy." Psa. 126:5. Whatever your problem, look for His 
joy. The Lord knows we have problems, that sometimes we are not 
well, yet He wants us to have joy. It is always easy to concentrate 
our attention on what the Lord can do for us. Your face and your 
attitudes about yourself and others will soon reveal what your 
attention is focused upon. 

Our countenances reveal more than whether we have joy or a 
sour, grumpy disposition. We reveal on our faces much of what is 
in our hearts. If we are critical of others, it shows. If we are partial, 
it shows when we smile at one person and scowl at the next, or 
refuse to speak to them. If we have a holier-than-thou attitude, it 
shows. What should our faces reveal? A heart full of love, concern 
and compassion for others, and if your heart doesn't have it, your 
face can't reveal it. 

"Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with 
thy free spirit." Psa. 51:12. If you've lost the joy which should be 
yours in the Lord, ask Him to restore it. If you've never had this joy, 
ask the Lord to give it to you. A sour, glum disposition is not forthe 
Christian here and there won't be any "lemons" in Heaven either. 
We are in the Lord's presence right now, so let's have His joy right 
now. And — don't be afraid to let it show on your face! 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

PEACE AND UNION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS 

Among those where envy, jealously, back biting and sowing 
discord exist continually, there can be no peace. Referring to the 
unrighteous, they have made them crooked paths and whosoever 
goes therein will never know peace. "For to be carnally minded is 
death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." Rom. 8:6. We 
need to be separated from evil and united with truth and righteous- 
ness. "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, 
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive 
you." II Cor. 6:17. 

As we grow older in this life and have failing health, we realize it 
is important to avoid confusion and strife to maintain good health. 
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authorize confusion an carnal strife. "Endeavoring to keep the 
unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Eph. 4:3. We are 
commanded to live at peace as far as possible with all men. God is 
not the author of confusion but of peace. Christ said, "My peace I 
give unto you: not as the world giveth." 

Confusion and strife are destructive. True peace and union are 
constructive within the Church. True Christians are seeking peace 
that leads on to eternal peace. True Christians oppose sin and 
unite with truth and righteousness that they may have peace with 
God. "Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, 
charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." 
II Tim. 2:22. We need unity for the faith once delivered to the saints. 

True Christians are separated from evil. "Wherefore come out 
from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch 
not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father 
unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord 
almighty." II Cor. 6:17-18. The promise is to those who gather in 
His name, whether it be few or many. On the day of pentacost they 
were successful because there was peace and union and they were 
filled with the Holy Spirit. "For God is not the author of confusion, 
but of peace, as in all Churches of the saints." I Cor. 14:33. 

Are we separated from evil and rooted and grounded in the plan 
of salvation? A separation from evil is required to be at peace and 
in union with God. "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and 
every one members one of another." Rom. 12:5. "For we being 
many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that 
one bread." I Cor. 10:17. We need unity in truth and righteous- 
ness that meets the approval of God. "As they ministered to the 
Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and 
Saul for the work where unto I have called them." Acts 13:2. Christ 
is calling us to be separated from evil and united in truth and 
righteousness. We need to be separated from the forces of evil to 
be at peace and in union with God. 

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell 
together in unity." Ps. 133:1. It is an important matter that our unity 
is of truth and righteousness and continues, "Till we all come in the 
unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a 
perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of 
Christ." Eph. 4:13. Are we united with the family of God? 
Separation from evil and its forces are commanded to obtain peace 
and union of truth and righteousness. We must accept and be 
united with the saving Gospel here to share in the glorious reunion 
of eternity. 

Brother J. R Marks 
Rt. 9, Box 860 
Plant City, Florida 



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COMPLETENESS OF REVELATION 

Without the Bible, man would be engulfed in oppressive dark- 
ness! All that we know about God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Angels, 
Satan, Heaven, and Hell comes from one source: the Bible! From it 
we have the terse explanation of how the universe came into being: 
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Gen. 1:1. 
This first sentence written by Moses settles forever the origin of 
man, and the universe in which he dwells! All other theories are 
nebulous and mythological. This first Bible sentence gives the only 
plausible answer. It is with this sentence that the mind of God 
begins to be revealed unto man! 

There are other sources which bear testimony of God: but they 
do not reveal His will. God is revealed in nature. "The heavens 
declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handy- 
work. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth 
knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is 
not heard." Psa. 19:1-3. In nature the evidence of God is un- 
mistakable, and skeptics are without excuse. "For the invisible 
things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being 
understood by the things what are made, even his eternal power 
and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." Rom. 1:20. 
Irrefutable evidence must be ignored to say there is no God; and 
only the fool does, Psa. 14:1. "Lift up your eyes on high, and 
behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host 
by number: he calleth them by names by the greatness of his 
might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth." Isa. 49:26. 
Such evidence was shown forcefully in Paul's teaching. Acts 14:17, 
"Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did 
good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling 
our hearts with food and gladness." But despite this evidence that 
God is, nature still does not reveal the mind of God, nor show what 
we must do to please Him! 

The work of Old Testament prophets. Under the Patriarchal and 
Mosaic ages, God revealed His will through chosen prophets. Yet it 
was still God's own revelation! "Knowing this first, that no 
prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation, For the 
prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of 
God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." II Pet. 1:20-21. 
Thus it was that David said, "The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, 
and his word was in my tongue." II Sam. 23:2. This was also 
confirmed by Peter in Acts 1:16, "Men and brethren, this scripture 
must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth 
of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them 
that took Jesus." Those Old Testament prophets unlocked some of 
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the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who 
prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: searching 
what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them 
did signify, when it testified beforehand the suffering of Christ, and 
the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not 
unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which 
are not reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel 
unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which 
things the angels desire to look into." I Pet. 1:10-12. This should 
give us an appreciation of the revelation which we now have in that 
glorious gospel of Christ! 

Jesus accepted the revelation of the prophets, Jesus places His 
stamp of approval on all the Old Testament's Prophets revealed. 
"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto 
them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." Luke 
24:27. He pointedly stated "... that all things must be fulfilled, which 
were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the 
psalms, concerning me." Luke 24:44. On one occasion He 
upbraided the Jews: "For had ye believed Moses, ye would have 
believed me: for he wrote of me." John 5:46. Later Paul taught the 
exalted place of Old Testament revelation. "For whatsoever things 
were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we 
through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." 
Rom. 15:4. Don't be guilty of discounting or bemeaning those 
sacred writings. It was of them that it was said: "All Scripture is 
given by inspiration of God... That the man of God may be perfect, 
thoroughly furnished unto all good works." II Tim. 3:16-17. But 
still, a greater revelation was to come. 

To be continued 

Selected by Brother W. E. Bashor 

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Continued from April 15, 1980 Issue 

The time of Israel being carried away into captivity at Babylon 
and the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzer in B.C. 587 
ended a period of deadly tribal wars, which was made illustrious by 
the ministry of a noble succession of great prophets and began 
that long period, which still continues, known in the Scriptures as 
"The times of the Gentiles," which will now occupy our attention. 

What do we mean by the "Times of the Gentiles?" After the 
kingdom of God's first chosen people, whom He called out of the 
nations of the world, became extinct, it seems God recognized 
certain kings of the world nations, as His servants, until the time 
came for the fulfilling of His purpose in sending His Son into the 
world, as the world's Saviour, Gal. 4:4. God has ever in the past. 



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and we believe still does, recognize kings and rulers to govern the 
affairs of the world-kingdom. The main theme of the Book of the 
Prophet Daniel, shows the sovereignty of God over the affairs of 
men in all ages. The pagan kings' confessions of this fact 
constitute the key verses of his book, Dan. 2:47, 4:37, 6:26. 

Josephus, wrote of Daniel, (book 10, chapter 11), "All these 
things did this man leave in writing, as God had showed them to 
him, insomuch that such as read his prophesies, and see how they 
have been fulfilled, would wonder at the honour wherewith God 
honoured Daniel; and may thence discover how the Epicureans 
are in error, who cast Providence out of human life, and do not 
believe that God takes care of the affairs of the world, nor that the 
universe is governed and continued in being by that blessed and 
immortal nature, but say that the world is carried along of its own 
accord, without a ruler and a curator; which, were it destitute of a 
guide to conduct it, as they imagine, it would be like ships without 
pilots, which we see drowned by the winds, or like chariots without 
drivers, which are overturned; so would the world be dashed to 
pieces by its being carried without a Providence, and so perish, 
and come to nought." 

We are commanded to pray for kings, and rulers, those in 
authority, and to be "subject to the higher powers. For there is no 
power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God." Rom. 
13:1. The times of the Gentiles are fully outlined and described, by 
the prophets. They begin with Nebuchadnezzer and end, as we 
understand, at the battle of Armegeddon, where Christ comes to 
overthow and destroy the nations. 

The fifth period of Jewish History began in B.C. 536, after their 
seventy years of captivity ended, as prophesied by Jeremiah 25:1 1 . 
Some forty thousand of those in captivity returned to Jerusalem to 
rebuild the city and the Temple. The Temple was not finished and 
dedicated until twenty years later and the walls of the city were not 
rebuilt until seventy more years had passed by, B.C. 445. 

While the Jews were permitted to return to their own land, they 
never again secured supremacy. They remained subjects to the 
different conquerors of their land, though for the most part 
governed by rulers of their own race. 

The Jews, though chosen to be God's chosen people, fell into 
idolatry and were carried into captivity, they were supplanted by 
the Gentiles. The nations of Egypt, Assyria and Babylon were 
anxious to conquer and supplant Israel (the Jews), but God held 
them on an unseen leash until the iniquity of Israel was full, then 
He permitted the world power to pass into the hands of 
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Note: Jeremiah's account of this, Jer. 27:5-7, "I have made the 
earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great 
power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it 
seemed meet to me. And now have I given all these lands into the 
hand of Nebuchadnezzer the king of Bablyon, my servant; and the 
beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him. And all 
nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's son, until the 
very time of his land come: And then many nations and great kings 
shall serve themselves of him." 

This happened in approximately B.C. 606 and marked the 
beginning of the times of the Gentiles. Hence we see that God's 
chosen people, His saints are under the authority of the kings and 
nations, to this day, in the sense of being "subject to them." Rom. 
13:1. 

Brother William Root 



OBITUARIES 

CARRIE RICE 

Sis. Carrie Rice was born September 26, 1906 and died 
December 11, 1979 at the Frederick Memorial Hospital after an 
illness of eighteen months. She was a daughter of the late Samuel 
C. and Grace E. Eaton. She was born near Lewistown, Maryland 
where she spent her entire life. She was united in marriage to 
Joshua A. L. Rice, October 31, 1925. 

He survives, along with the following children, Mildred M. Davis, 
Frederick, Maryland; Madaline C. Hoofman, Huntingtown, 
Maryland; Elma M. Johnson, Mt. Airy, Maryland; Lawrence D. Rice, 
Lewistown, Maryland. Two sisters, Mrs. Mary Rice, Miss Ruth 
Eaton and four brothers, John J., Robert, Raymond S. and Henry, 
all of Lewistown, Maryland also survive, plus eight grandchildren 
and a number of nieces and nephews. 

She was a charter member of the Mt. Dale Congregation. 

Funeral services were held at the Mt. Dale Church. December 15, 
1979 conducted by Elders Jacob Ness and Frank Shaffer. 

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to all for their 
expressions of sympathy and help shown us during the illness of 
our dear wife and mother. May the Lord bless one and all is our 
prayer. Pray for us. 

Your Brother, Joshua A. L. Rice 



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ROY HEDDINGS 

Bro. Roy Auten Heddings, 96, died March 6, 1980 at his home at 
Catlett, Virginia. He was the last member of his family of brothers 
and sisters. He was born November 26, 1883 in Mecklenburg, 
Pennsylvania. His family came to Nokesville when he was a small 
child. They later lived at Calverton and Midland. 

He was a farmer and carried mail from the Catlett Post Office for 
forty years, retiring from mail service in 1953. 

After his marriage to the former Edna Pearl Andes, they made 
their home at Catlett. Five children were born to this union. Fred 
Heddings, who proceeded his father; William S. and Jesse A., 
Catlett; Margaret Jensen, Dade City, Florida and Jeanette 
Wampler, Grottoes, Virginia. Mrs. Heddings died in 1936. In 1938 
he married Sallie Miller of Midland. To this union was born Mary 
Catherine Ennis of Catlett. Mrs. Heddings died in 1969. 

Bro. Heddings was a member of the Midland Church of the 
Brethren which he served as clerk, Sunday School Superin- 
tendent, in the choir and as Bible study leader. 

He had been active until the last couple of years and had been ill 
only about a month before his death. For nearly five years he has 
lived with his son, Jesse. 

Besides his children, he leaves twenty-four grandchildren, 
twenty-nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. 
He also leaves nieces and nephews as well as many friends and 
relatives. 

Bro. Heddings' funeral was conducted March 9, at his home 
church by Rev. Emerson Fike and Rev. Thomas Stanton. Grand- 
sons were pallbearers. Interment was at the church cemetery. 

MARRIAGES 

NOECKER - LITFIN 
Sister Karen Noecker, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Daniel Noecker, 
Bethel, Pennsylvania and Bro. Arlyn Litfin, son of Bro. and Sis. 
Doyle Litfin, Oakdale, California were united in marriage January 
5, 1980 at the Frystown Dunkard Brethren Church by Elder David 
Ebling. Bro. Kenneth Wolfe conducted the opening devotions. The 
couple will make their home at 11736 Yosemite Boulevard, 
Waterford, California 95386. 

ANDREWS - MEYERS 
Sister Brenda Andrews, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Larry 
Andrews, Raymore, Missouri and Bro. Alan Meyers, son of Bro. 
and Sis. Martin Meyers, Adel, Iowa were united in marriage March 
8, 1980 at the Grandview Dunkard Brethren Church. The ceremony 
was performed by Bro. Dennis St. John of Stryker, Ohio. The 
couple will reside at R. 3, Adel, Iowa 50003. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

DIRECTIONS TO GENERAL CONFERENCE 

General Conference will be held June 7-11, 1980 at the Cleona 
United Christian Camp Meeting Grounds, Cleona, Pennsylvania 
17042. Telephone 717-867-4041. 

Those traveling by Pennsylvania Turnpike will get off at the 
Lancaster-Lebanon Exit and take 72 north to center of Lebanon 
which is 9th and Cumberland St. Cumberland St. is 422. Take 422 
west to Cleona, turn right on Center St. Go north approximately 
one mile to first road to left and follow to Camp Meeting Grove on 
left. 

Those traveling east on Interstate 80, exit at Bellefonte, 
Pennsylvania. Go south to Route 322 through Harrisburg to 
Hershey. At west end of Hershey go on Route 422, continue on 422 
to Cleona. At traffic light turn left on Center St. Go about one mile 
to first road left and follow to Camp Meeting Grove on left. 

Anyone coming by plane to Middietown Airport should call 
Cleona Camp Grounds 717-867-4041. Someone will come to pick 
you up. 

There is room for campers and trailers. Only electricity is avail- 
able for their use. 
Please bring sheets and pillow cases. 
Are your reservations made? 

The Lodging Committee 

Bro. Edwin Stauffer 

R. 1, Box 291 

Newmanstown, Pennsylvania 17073 

Bro. Verling Wolfe 

R. D. #1482 

Bethel, Pennsylvania 19507 

NEW CHURCH LOCATION 

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

Directions: From the South on Highway 99 take the Briggsmore 
Exit to the right and stay on Briggsmore Avenue to Claus Road 
(approximately six miles), turn left on Clause, one fourth mile to 
Sharon Avenue, left on Sharon Avenue, Church is on the left. 
Coming from the North on Highway 99 take the Briggsmore Exit, 
turn left and stay on Briggsmore and follow above directions. 

Sister Edyth Kline, Cor. 



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WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the West Fulton Congregation plans to have 
our Spring Lovefeast, May 17, 1980. Services will begin at 11 A.M. 
Saturday, with Lovefeast in the evening. 

A hearty invitation is extended to all who can come and share in 
the fellowship with us. 

Sister Elaine Leatherman, Cor. 
LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lititz Congregation plans to have their Lovefeast on Satur- 
day, May 17 starting at 2 o'clock with Lovefeast in the evening. 

A hearty invitation is extended to ministers and all who can 
come. 

Sister Susanna B. Johns, Cor. 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation enjoyed a revival meeting March 16-30 
with Bro. Dennis St. John as our evangelist. Bro. St. John brought 
to us stirring messages filled with the Spirit. Our hearts rejoiced for 
the twenty-three precious young souls who gave their hearts to the 
Lord. 

We were glad to have Sis. Donna and little Colleen with us 
during these meetings. May the Lord richly bless Bro. St. John in 
his labours for the Master. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

We were permitted once again to enjoy another Revival Meeting. 
Bro. Fred Pifer brought us many soul-stirring and uplifting 
messages. Surely we are filled and running over. We were glad to 
have Sis. Diane with us through the two week meeting. There were 
no converts at this time. We appreciate the visitors from other 
congregations who fellowshipped with us. We each have a 
stronger obligation and Christian duty to do. May we all stand for 
the right for, "Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the 
world." 

Sister Shirley Frick, Cor. 

CARD OF THANKS 
I want to thank each one who so kindly remembered me with 
flowers, gifts, letters, cards and visits during my stay in the hospital 
and Mt. Hope Home. I also thank God for the anointing service and 
the many prayers offered in my behalf. 

Sister Ruth Drake 



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THANK YOU 

May God bless those who remembered our mother, Sister Mabel 
Harman, during her surgery and seven weeks in the Rushville 
Culbertson Hospital with prayers, visits, calls and mail. She is at 
home again progressing well. Praying friends are God's blessing to 
the believer. May we never forget to look up, although the burdens 
are many. 

Her family 

IN APPRECIATION 

I take this means to thank all the good Brethren and Sisters who 
remembered me while in the Hospital and since returning home, 
for all the nice cards, letters, calls and prayers in my behalf. May 
God Bless you each one. 

Elder Harley Rush 

We would like to extend a thank you to the Brothers and Sisters 
of the Church for remembering me in my illness and conva- 
lescence with cards, visits, gifts and prayers in my behalf. 

We also thank you and appreciate the cards and gifts we 
received remembering us for our Fiftieth Anniversary. 

God bless you all for your kindnesses. 

Brother Levi and Sister Emma Gibbel 

• • • # ••• 

UNWORTHY RIGHT HAND 

In the days of martyrdom, Cranmer was sentenced to be burned 
at the stake. Overcome by fear, he signed a paper denying the 
religion he had preached. But he then became miserable, and 
boldly took up his former faith. For this he was burned at the stake. 
When brought to the fire he voluntarily stretched forth the hand 
that had signed the paper of recantation and held it in the fire till it 
was consumed; frequently exclaiming: "That unworthy right 
hand." 

••••••• 

BAXTER'S ASSURANCE 

Richard Baxter once said, in substance, something like this: "If 
the Bible should say Richard Baxter should have everlasting life by 
believing in Jesus, I could not be certain that I was meant, since 
there might be others named Richard Baxter, but it declares 
whosoever, and I know that means me." 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

Warren C. Smith. Treasurer 
McClave. Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Ind. 46919 
William Carpenter. Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Howard J. Surbey, Chairman 

749 W. King St. 

Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Dean St. John 

1040 Hillsdale Road, R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
Warren C. Smith 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Wilfiam Carpenter, Chairman 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci. Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Va. 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave 

Modesto, Ca. 95351 

Charles Leatherman 
1-18158-H 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Sec. 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 

Virgil Leatherman 

419 N. Queen St 

Littlestown. Pa 17340 

717-359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

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VOL. LVIII 



MAY 15, 1980 



NO. 10 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints' 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



I AM RESOLVED 

I am resolved no longer to linger, 
Charmed by the world's delight; 
Things that are higher, things that are nobler, 
These have allured my sight. 

I am resolved to go to the Savior, 
Leaving my sin and strife; 
He is the true One, He is the just One, 
He hath the words of life. 

I am resolved to follow the Savior, 
Faithful and true each day; 
Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth, 
He is the living way. 

I am resolved to enter the Kingdom, 
Leaving the paths of sin; 
Friends may oppose me, foes may beset me, 
Still will I enter in. 

- Palmer Hartsough 



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"DRAWING THE LINE" 

The phrase "drawing the line" means there is a limit, beyond 
which compromise, yielding and retreat are no longer possible. 

An illustration of the choice that "drawing the line" demands is 
found in the early history of the Brethren in this land. At the time of 
division between the Brethren and the followers of Conrad Beissel 
in the Conestoga Congregation in 1734, a rail was laid on the floor 
of the barn where the members met. Those who wished to identify 
with the Brethren were to step to the right side of the rail; those 
wishing to follow Beissel to the left. The loyalty of each was 
determined. Do we, today, have the courage to choose the right 
side of the rail? Are we willing to draw the line, signifying that we 
will retreat no further before the advances of Satan? 

The basis of our Christian belief is the fact that the Bible is the 
Word of God. Because it is God's Word we can receive it as a 
perfect standard by which to measure our beliefs and our living. 
Not only must our doctrine be in accord with the Bible, but our 
living must also meet that standard. We must be able to "draw the 
line" in our living. 

The world about us stresses freedom. Even many professing 
Christians stress their freedom to do as they please, yet remain 
followers of Jesus. The Christian's freedom lies not in his freedom 
to please self but in the privilege of serving God. God has not 
limited His servants to a chosen few, but all who come to Him 
through Jesus may not only be His servants but His children. God 
has established limits for His children. 



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Our Heavenly Father, like our earthly parents, finds it necessary 
to "draw the line" concerning certain activities. Earthly parents 
"draw the line" to protect their children either from physical 
danger or moral contamination. Children may resent these 
restrictions at the time but in the future will be thankful for their 
parent's concern and love. The children of God do not always 
realize why He has limited their activities. They do not always 
accept kindly or humbly the restrictions placed upon them, 
whether through His chastening or through the Church's 
discipline. 

God's desire is that each Christian would be able to "draw the 
line" for himself. It would be a joy if each one were able to conform 
to the limits God has given, but through weakness, temptation and 
pride this perfect state does not prevail. Therefore, it is necessary 
for the Church to establish guidelines to encourage each to remain 
within the limits God has given. As distasteful as "drawing the line" 
may be, it is nevertheless necessary so the members may truly 
serve God. 

When "drawing the line" has been neglected by a congregation, 
each member is left to decide his own course. His individual 
choices become more important than the choices of the whole 
body or even more important than the counsel of God's Word. 
While his course may seem right to him, it will only bring con- 
fusion into the Church by destroying the standard established for 
the benefit of each member. 

When the line has been left undrawn, it becomes very difficult to 
re-establish the former limit. The longer no line is drawn, the 
harder it becomes to do so. Great vigilance is demanded to guard 
against drift. It is easier to be vigilant than to restore former limits, 
when vigilance has not been kept up. 

There are many reasons why the line remains undrawn. One 
reason is the fear of offending. As Christians we must not be rude 
or repulsive in our dealings with others, even those who are 
opposed to right and righteousness. Although recognizing our 
duty of courtesy, we must not compromise the message of God's 
Word. To stand openly for the teachings of the Bible, whether 
concerning the need of salvation through Jesus Christ, the 
ordinances of the Church or the practice of Biblical Christianity, 
will stamp them more firmly upon the minds of those who hear and 
observe. 

Another reason for failing to "draw the line" is the fear of being 
considered narrow minded. We live in a very broadminded world 
that will accept almost anything, especially if it does not demand a 
limit on their activities. Jesus was narrow; Paul was narrow. They 
are far better company for today's Christian than the believe- 



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anything, do-anything world around us. Broadmindedness ac- 
companies the traveler on the broad way that leads to destruction. 
The narrow way, though scorned and lonely, will prove more 
profitable in the end. 

Are you willing to "draw the line" in your own life? Are you 
willing to "draw the line" as a congregation? 

THE WAY TO GET 

The way to get is to give — not grab! Giving is unselfishness in 
action and a way of saying "I love others best." Selfishness grabs 
for self, indulges every little whim and yet is never satisfied. 
Selfishness causes whining and complaining, but giving brings 
contentment and peace. Someone has said, "If you want to have 
your own way, put others first." This is a giving spirit, the kind that 
should be in the hearts of God's people. 

All negative emotions, including selfishness, are destructive and 
need to be gotten rid of. "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, 
and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all 
malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving 
one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." 
Eph. 4:31-32. Selfishness is the cause of much anger and unkind- 
ness. Until you get rid of it, you can't have the tender, forgiving 
spirit that Christ wants you to have. 

Christ ministered to large masses of people, but He also took 
time to help people individually, when such help was needed. He 
spent many hours helping others by healing them and teaching 
them about God. In short, His life was spent in giving and in His 
death, He gave all that He had for you and me. Christ loved us so 
much that He even gave His life for us. This is pure unselfishness 
and love in action. Christ's giving has gained Him the love of many, 
many people who have received forgiveness of sins through Him, 
plus the peace of knowing that He had done the Father's will. 

Love, kindness and concern for others should dominate our 
spirits, as it did Christ's. A pleasant spirit should be ours rather 
than a sour, complaining, critical disposition. We are to put off 
anger, malice, and so forth which draw attention to self. Then we 
are to put on kindness, meekness, love, peace, which make it 
possible to give to others. If we don't love, we won't give, except 
when we have a selfish motive and expect a favor in return. (Read 
Col. 3:8-17) Whatever we do, whatever we say should be done in 
the name of our Lord. We can't be selfish and still bring honor to 
Him. 

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thou shalt find it after many days." Jesus said, "Give to him that 
asketh thee." Matt. 5:42a. These verses don't leave room for 
grabbing for yourself. Instead, we are told to share, to give where 
needed. When we do, we don't need to worry about whether we will 
have enough, for we have a promise for us. "He which soweth 
bountifully shall reap also bountifully." II Cor. 9:6b. You'll never be 
sorry for being generous. 

"Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have 
give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and 
walk." Acts 3:6. Peter didn't have any money, but he gave healing 
in the name of Jesus. The Samaritan gave help to the wounded 
man. The father gave love and forgiveness to his prodigal son. 
Each one of these men gave what they could. You may think you 
don't have anything to give, but just do what you can. That's all the 
Lord asks of you and He will bless your efforts. 

Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 
20:35b. "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let 
him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful 
giver." II Cor. 9:7. It is more blessed to give, if you give cheerfully. 
But if you give unwillingly or just because it's the thing to do, the 
blessing is lost. If you give with a selfish motive in mind, God won't 
be there with a blessing then either. 

Jesus was blessed in His living, loving and giving. You can too. 
Jesus said that when our alms (or our giving) are done in secret, 
we shall be rewarded openly. The same promise applies to prayer 
and fasting. There are people who like public announcements to 
be made concerning their giving, but the blessing comes when we 
do things quietly, without drawing attention to ourselves. A gift 
given to gain attention for self really isn't a gift. Such an attitude 
spoils the whole thing. It also prevents the Lord from blessing us. 

"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed 
down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into 
your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall 
be measured to you again." Luke 6:38. Whatever you give out, 
you'll get back. Remember — your motive must be generous also, 
not just the deed. 

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be 
meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of 
hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you 
out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." 
Mai. 3:10. If you want to receive, give. Grabbing for yourself means 
the blessing goes to someone else. Give with love, without 
wondering what you blessing will be. No matter what you give or 
how much, you can't outgive God. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

CRUMBS FROM THE MASTER'S TABLE 

Matt. 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30 

Do you have a dog in your home? Many people do. Dogs like 
people — especially those who give them a home and feed them. 
Dogs don't sit at the table and eat like people, but many times they 
do lie on the floor when people are eating, hoping that some one 
will give them a piece of bread or meat; even if a crumb is dropped, 
they will eat it and appreciate it. Dogs seem to worship their 
masters and are ever ready to obey them. 

Jesus was teaching people in the northern part of Palestine and 
went into or towards the land of the cities of Tyre and Sidon which 
were along the Mediterranean Sea. Jesus was tired, so He went 
into a house hoping to rest. While Jesus was in this home, a 
woman who was a Greek heard of Him and came to Him. She fell at 
His feet and said, "Have mercy on me, O, Lord, thou Son of David, 
my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil." 

Jesus didn't answer her a word and His disciples came and said, 
"Send her away, for she crieth after us, she won't let us alone." 

Then Jesus said to her, "I am only sent unto the people of Israel." 

The woman came and worshipped Jesus and said, "Lord, help 
me." 

Jesus answered her, "It's not right to take the children's bread 
and cast it to dogs." The Jews called all other people, "dogs." 
Jesus had never been known to talk this way to anyone, but He was 
testing this woman and He knew what she would say. 

The woman said, "That is the truth, Lord, yet the dogs eat of the 
crumbs that fall from the Master's table." The woman was asking 
Jesus, who had helped so many and whose power and goodness 
knew no limit, to just give her a crumb. "Healing my daughter is 
nothing compared to all you have done for your people. I'm only 
asking for just a little." 

Jesus, who had pretended to refuse the woman's request, looked 
at her with a love that only Jesus could have and said, "O, woman, 
great is thy faith: be it unto you even as you desire." And her 
daughter was made whole from that very hour. 

We have a wonderful lesson here. The woman knew Jesus, 
alone, could heal her daughter. There was no other place to go. 
Even though Jesus pretended to insult and refuse her request, she 
still wouldn't give up. She kept asking Jesus even though she had 
to humiliate herself before those around her. She was willing to 
consider herself a dog, to have her daughter well again. If we have 
great faith and humility and never give up, like this good woman, 
we also can eat of the crumbs from the Master's table. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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GENERAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM 

of the 

DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 

To be held at 

CLEONA UNITED CHRISTIAN CAMP MEETING GROUNDS 

Cleona, Pennsylvania 

June 7 - 11, 1980 

PREACHING PROGRAM 



Time 


Speaker 


Subject 


Text 


Sat. 


P.M. 


Paul Hartz 


Faith of our Fathers for 
Dunkards of Today 


II Tim. 1 


Sat. 


P.M. 


Jack Snyder 


To Be Supplied 




Sat. 


Eve. 


Ray Reed 


The Doctrine of 
Non-Conformity 


Rom. 12:2 


Sun. 


A.M. 


Sunday School 


Children - Joseph, Hated 
of his Brothers 


Gen. 37:1-36 


Sun. 


A.M. 


Paul R. Myers 


What the Dunkard Church 
means to me. 


Matt. 16:13-20 


Sun. 


A.M. 


Howard Surbey 


What— Ought Ye to be? 


II Pet. 3:8-14 


Sun. 


P.M. 


Allen Eberly 


To Be Supplied 




Sun. 


P.M. 


Paul Reed 


The Beauty Lies Within 
the Motive 


Isa. 53:2 


Sun. 


Eve. 


Joseph Flora 


The Door is Opened 


I Cor. 16:9 


Sun. 


Eve. 


Kenneth Wolfe 


To the Young People 




Mon 


A.M. 


Bible Study 


Adults - Good Samaritan 
Children - Three Hebrew 
Children 


Luke 10:25-42 
Dan. 3:1-30 


Mon 


A.M. 


John Peffer 




Heb. 12:14 


Mon 


P.M. 


Fred Pifer 


For this Child I Prayed 


I Sam. 1:27 


Mon 


P.M. 


Eldon Mallow 


To Be Supplied 




Mon 


Eve. 


James Kegerreis 


Fountain of Life 


Zech. 13:1 


Mon 


Eve. 


Eugene Kauffman 


To Be Supplied 




Tues 


. A.M. 


Bible Study 


Adults - The Great 
Commission 


Matt 28:17-20 








Children - Daniel Cast into 








the Den of Lions 


Dan. 6:1-28 



Tues. A.M. Carl Broadwater 
Tues. P.M. Merle Swihart 
Tues. P.M. Virgil Leatherman 
Tues. Eve. Dale Jamison 



To Be Supplied 
To Be Supplied 
To Be Supplied 
Missionary Sermon 
Am I My Brothers Keeper'? 



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THE BOND OF PERFECTNESS 

There was a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, who was 
robbed, stripped, and severely beaten. The man laid in the road 
unattended by two passersby; a priest and a righteous man. A 
Samaritan saw and assisted this afflicted man with his time and 
money. This is a well known parable spoken by Jesus. Jesus said 
to go and do as the Samaritan did. 

The bond of perfectness is charity. Charity or a concern for 
others without thought of recompensation is greater than faith or 
hope, and only secondary to our love for God. Without charity, our 
service to God is null, for God is love. 

The charity you bestow onto others, you actually do unto Jesus. 
Read Matthew 25:31-46. In verse 40 Jesus said, "Inasmuch as ye 
have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have 
done it unto me." Do you show Jesus your love for Him by caring 
for others, not just the easy-to like people, but those who may be of 
a different religion, race, or morality? Can you see a sinner and not 
judge, but rather try to show them Jesus through you and your 
light? Who is the least of Jesus' brethren? The poor, the sick, the 
transgressor of God's and/or man's law, the children, the elderly, 
the lonely, and many more. Each of these persons will be helped 
by you. Let your light shine. Brighten your corner. Don't just give 
of your abundance, give your most valued possession... 
YOURSELF. 

Help others as you can. Everyone can smile, talk, and listen, help 
someone with their work, share a meal, write a letter, call them on 
the telephone, offer a prayer, hold their needing hand, make them 
feel loved — a sense of belonging, give encouragement, tell a joke, 
inspire hope and confidence and much more. Your time won't be 
lost, because a person who remembers the needy lends unto the 
Lord. You are blessed if you are able to help someone and will 
undoubtedly be more blessed, if, you use what talents God has 
given you. 

The reward of charity is one of the most beautiful experiences in 
life. Such as, when an agnostic, terminal patient confides his fears 
with you and after a while he is more ready to accept his fate. When 
leaving, this person holds your hand and says "God bless you." 
When a slow learner achieves a new reading level. When a mentally 
retarded woman says, "You're my friend. You don't treat me like a 
kid." When you hold the hand of someone who is dying, you tell 
her, "You're with people who love you." When death comes, 
somehow, it was good that you were there. Joy is what you 
experience when you are caring about someone else. Let's help 
one another and step closer to our bond of perfectness. 

Sister Beverly Frost 



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COMPLETENESS OF REVELATION 

Continued from May 1, 1980 Issue 

Christ's revelation of the Father. John said of Jesus, "No man 
hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son,... he hath 
declared him." John 1:18. Herein was to be the fullest revelation: 
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time 
past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken 
unto us by his Son..." Heb. 1:1-2. This revelation was to eclipse that 
of the prophets. "For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words 
of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him." John 
3:34. God was with the Son in all He revealed: "For I have not 
spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a 
commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak." John 
12:49. He could say to His disciples, "... for all things that I have 
heard of my Father I have made known unto you." John 15:15. It 
is no marvel that God declared, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I 
am well pleased; hear ye him." Matt. 17:5. 

God's revelation by the apostles. Before He left His disciples, 
Jesus promised them, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy 
Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you 
all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I 
have said unto you." John 14:26. He further stated they would bear 
witness by the Spirit. "And ye also shall bear witness, because ye 
have been with me from the beginning." John 15:27. God's 
revealed Will thus came through them. "But God hath revealed 
them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, 
the deep things of God." I Cor. 2:10. Paul affirms the mysteries of 
the gospel were revealed from God by the Spirit unto the apostles, 
who then revealed the gospel to all! "But before faith came, we 
were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should after- 
wards be revealed." Gal. 3:23. But God's full revelation was to be 
made known to the world! 

Paul explains to the Ephesian saints, "How that by revelation he 
made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 
Whereby when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the 
mystery of Christ." Eph. 3:3-4. Paul says God revealed to him the 
mystery of the plan of salvation and he wrote it that WE might 
understand! By this means the mind of God is opened unto man! 
This unlocks the door, and we learn what to do to please God! It 
was of God: not of man, "neither was I taught it, but by the 
revelation of Jesus Christ." Gal. 1:12. 

Keep in mind that, "... without faith it is impossible to please him; 
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a 
rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Heb. 11:6. But don't 
overlook how this faith comes, "So then faith cometh by hearing, 



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and hearing by the word of God." Rom. 10:17. "... And this was the 
word which by the gospel is preached unto you." I Pet. 1:25. Never 
discount the worth of God's revealed Word in saving your soul. 

Selected by Brother W. E. Bashor 

ABOUNDING IN HOPE 

Romans 15:13 

"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, 
that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy 
Ghost." 

The foregoing part of Romans was written for this expressed 
purpose. The Bible student today, young or old, who assimilates 
Paul's teaching in this epistle is ready for this heavenly blessing by 
the "God of hope." God deals with each believer by the power of 
the Holy Spirit. 

Today because of great controversies over the word "believe" we 
usually add "true" or "truly" to it as if to strengthen or qualify its 
meaning; and indeed, in searching our own hearts, we might well 
use such words. 

But let us remember that basically Truth is ever in our Blessed 
Lord Jesus and in His blessed words of Spirit and of life. John 14:6, 
"... I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the 
Father, but by me." Truth needs no supporting words. Matt. 5:37, 
"But let your communication by Yea, yea: Nay, nay: for whatso- 
ever is more than these cometh of evil." In believing in Jesus we 
have accepted Him and His words. As we allow the Holy Spirit to 
search the inner soul life, He brings the Truth to us, which we 
cannot do of ourselves. 

The Holy Spirit uses the word "believe" often in the New 
Testament Scriptures. It became a fully expressive word alike to 
the highly educated Nicodemus and also to the little children. Matt. 
18:6, 10. The Holy Spirit brings joy and peace in believing in Jesus 
as Saviour and Lord. Let us take the word as given and accept His 
blessing. 

The words "faith" and "believe" are beautifully intertwined in II 
Cor. 4:13. "We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is 
written, I believe, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe and 
therefore speak." 

The remaining three, faith, hope and love, I Cor. 13:13 are from 
Christ to us. The Written Word declares them; the Holy Spirit 
makes them strong forces of power in our lives. We are exhorted in 
I Cor. 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?" 



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In the first quoted verse, the God of hope fills the believer "with 
all joy and peace in believing." Then this "Abounding hope 
through the power of the Holy Spirit," and so are we led by Him 
into the realm of the perfect love of God in Jesus Christ, our 
Saviour and Lord. 

God's enemy, Satan, now attacks us on every step of faith, on 
every expression of hope, on every labor of love. With God's Word 
and Holy Spirit "... we are not ignorant of his devices." II Cor. 2:11. 
He has the advantage of being unseen. But God's Word well 
describes him, his wickedness, and his final doom. He is indeed 
powerful, but we are assured. I John 4:4, "Ye are of God, little 
children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in 
you, than he that is in the world." 

This abounding hope is given to us in the power of the Holy 
Spirit. It is founded on God's Word, reaching up to Him, where it is 
anchored in Jesus. It must not be confused with our own natural 
wishing. One may, and no doubt, many do wish for God and 
Heaven, but have no grounded and anchored hope of getting 
there. Such wishers may indeed be needing our help in pointing 
them to Jesus, "the lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the 
world." John 1:29. But first I must ask myself, "Do I have this 
abounding hope of which Paul wrote?" 

Hope brightens the daily paths of the Christian, reminding him 
or her, of the precious promises of God "... that shineth more and 
more unto the perfect day." Prov. 4:18. 

God's promises to Israel were of a good, long life in a good land, 
with a good government that ever honored God and His Law to 
them. But we read of no direct promises of Heaven, except of 
course, as it concerned the coming of the Messiah. As we note the 
blessings and curses outlined in Deut. 27 and 28, we may see to 
some extent, their now-many-centuries-long, heart hungerings for 
their promised Messiah and King. Only God knows how many 
spent lives of prayer and suffering yet received not the promise, 
although they "received a good report" through faith. "God having 
provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not 
be made perfect." Heb. 11:39-40. 

Our God-given hope, (Heb. 7:19), is a "better hope," with Jesus 
the Mediator of a better covenant, which is established upon better 
promises (Heb. 8:6). With the hymn writer we can say, "I'm 
standing on the promises of God." 

Those ancient faithful in Israel felt the need of a strong hope. 
David cried out to God. Ps. 71:5, "For thou are my hope, O Lord 
God.", and 119:116, "Let me not be ashamed of my hope.'' He 
exhorted his people, 130:7, 131:3, "Let Israel hope in the Lord." 

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radiate the joy of our hope. To those who either do not have a Bible 
or cannot read, the memory has indeed a vast potential for use. 
Great feats of memory are recorded, where some have memorized 
the entire Bible. Seeing the onsweep of atheistic communism in 
the world today, some are committing large portions of the Word 
to memory. And should we be like some are, thrown into a Godless 
jail or labor camp without a Bible, we would indeed search our 
memories for precious remembered passages of Scripture. 

Precious Promises of God stored up in the memory will give 
strength and victory in daily overcomings in times of testing and 
trial. In times of revival the remembered word will keep our hope 
centered on our loving Lord who richly feeds the soul with the 
Bread of eternal Life. 

It is ever a sure and expectant hope. Heb. 6:17-20, "Wherein 
God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise 
the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by 
two immutable things in which is was impossible for God to lie, we 
might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay 
hold upon the hope set before us. Which hope we have as an 
anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into 
that within the veil, Whether the forerunner is for us entered, even 
Jesus, made an priest for ever after the order of Melchisedek." 

Not only is it a sure hope, but also a lively hope. I Pet. 1:3-5, 
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which 
according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a 
lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To 
an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not 
away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of 
God, through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last 
time." 

Paul's sure, living hope was made radiant in his sufferings for 
Christ, as expressed in Rom. 5:1-5, "Therefore being justified by 
faith^ we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. By 
whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we 
stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but 
we glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh 
patience and patience, experience, and experience, hope: And 
hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad 
in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us." 

The Apostle John speaks of Christ's appearance and the fond 
hope of seeing and being like Him. I John 3:1-3, "Behold, what 
manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should 
be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, 
because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the (children) sons 
of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know 



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that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him: for we shall see 
him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth 
himself even as he is pure." 

This God-given, abounding hope has the knowledge of Christ's 
return in Glory, and of our own change when we shall see Him and 
be like Him. It ever calls us to purity of heart and a purifying of 
ourselves in word and deed before God and man. 
O, can we say we are ready, brother? 
Ready for the soul's bright home? 
Say, will he find ycu and me still watching, 
Waiting, waiting, when the Lord shall come? 
Your Brother in Christ, 
James D. Cover 

NEWS ITEMS 

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Mechanicsburg Congregation is again prayerfully looking 
forward to enjoying another Spirit-filled revival beginning June 13, 
1980 and to continue for ten days. Elder Paul Reed from Riner, 
Virginia is expecting to be with us at that time, the Lord willing. 
Please pray for him that his preaching will encourage the Saints 
and cause the lost to repent. Everyone is welcome to these 
services. 

Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JUNE 

June 1 — Jesus Sends Out the Seventy. Luke 10:1-24. 

June 8 — The Good Samaritan; That Good Part. Luke 10:25-42. 

June 15 — FATHER'S DAY. Mark 9:14-29. 

June 22 — "Teach Us to Pray." Luke 11:1-13. 

June 29 — TEMPERANCE. Daniel 5:1-31. 

QUESTIONS: 

(1) Why do you think Jesus gave His disciples power to heal 
the sick'? Luke 10:9. 

(2) The Good Samaritan helped a man in need. The priest and 
the Levite were too good to touch a Samaritan. What does 
Jesus tell us to do? Luke 10:37. 

(3) Honesty is a great virtue. What did the father of the son who 
had the dumb and deaf spirit say to Jesus that showed how 
honest he was 9 Mark 9:24. 

(4) We like to give good gifts to our children. What is necessary 
for us to do to receive the Holy Spirit? Luke 11:13; Acts 2:38. 

(5) Why was Belshazzar weighed in the balances and found 
wanting? Daniel 5:22-23. 



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GOING HOME 

Going home, a welcome thought, 
To one who's traveled far. 
For home is where real joy and peace, 
And all the treasures are... 

It's where the hands reach out to help, 
And word's ring out to bless. 
And where the smiles are always warm, 
With Love and Tenderness... 

But sweeter still is God's abode, 
Beyond the starry dome. 
Where spirits freed shall know indeed, 
The joy of — going home. 

The Family 



PUT GOD FIRST 

Don't wait until the house is all kept, 
The beds are made, the floors are swept: 
Put PRAYER first. 

Don't wait until the newspaper is read, 

Your books are balanced, and you are in bed: 

Put the BIBLE first. 

Don't wait until the cupboards are bare, 

There's nothing to depend on but God and prayer: 

Put FASTING first. 

Don't wait until the last bill is paid, 
The account is large, vacation is made: 
Put the CHURCH first. 

Don't wait until you've nothing to do, 

Until all is finished — for we never get through: 

Put GOD first. 

- selected by Sister Martha Shaffer 



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Want and sorrow are the wages that folly earns for itself, and 
they are generally paid. — Schubart. 



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OBITUARY 



EZRA BEERY 

Brother Ezra Levi Beery, the son of Harvey and Ida (Heisey) 
Beery was born near Fairfield, Ohio, December 2, 1896. He de- 
parted this life March 21, 1980. He attended the Salem Church of 
the Brethren and was baptized December 2, 1911. 

February 14, 1919 he married Dorothy Cassel. They lived happily 
together for fifty-seven years. To this union were born three 
children; a son deceased and two daughters, Sis. Esther Blocher 
and Sis. Mary Stump, both of R. 1, Union, Ohio. Eight grand- 
children: Joyce Moore of Dalmatia, Pennsylvania; Dale Blocher of 
Red Lion, Pennsylvania; Grace Reed of Myerstown, Pennsylvania; 
Shirley Frick of Lewisburg, Ohio; Anna, Ella, Marie and Laura 
Stump of Union, Ohio; two grandchildren deceased and five great- 
grandchildren. Two brothers: Lawrence of Homested, Florida and 
Cleo of LaVerne, California. Besides nieces and nephews, Ezra 
knew a host of friends and acquaintances. 

When the Englewood Dunkard Brethren Church was organized, 
they were charter members. They were installed into the Deacon's 
office in September 1930. Ezra remained faithful through the years 
to the Church and to God. 

Bro. Ezra will be remembered as one of the great choristers of 
the church. He enjoyed times of singing with church members, 
family and friends. His beautiful voice will certainly be missed at 
our annual conferences. 

In earlier years, he was a farmer and carpenter helping those 
who were in need. Ezra lived to be 83 years, 3 months and 1 9 days. 
Our loss is his gain! 

Funeral services were conducted at the Englewood Dunkard 
Brethren Church on March 24, 1980 at 2:00 p.m. with Elders 
Edward Johnson and David Ebling officiating. Burial was at 
Fairview Cemetery, Englewood, Ohio. 

The family wishes to express their deepest thanks to all the 
Brothers, Sisters and friends who offered their prayers, sympathy, 
cards, comfort and help in a time of need and during our sorrow in 
the loss of our father and grandfather. 

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Life that ever needs forgiveness has for its first duty to forgive. 

— Bulwer. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR JUNE, 1980 
DEATH 



Memory Verse: 
It was meet that we should make 
merry, and be glad: for this thy 
brother was dead, and is alive 
again; and was lost, and is found. 

Sun. 1 - Luke 9:1-22 

Mon. 2 - Luke 9:23-42 

Tues. 3 - Luke 9:43-62 

Wed. 4- Luke 15:1-32 

Thur. 5- Luke 16:14-31 

Fri. 6 - Luke 20:27-47 

Sat. 7- Luke 24:1-26 



Memory Verse: Luke 16:31 
And he said unto him, If they hear 
not Moses and the prophets, 
neither will they be persuaded, 
though one rose from the dead. 

Sun. 8- Luke 24:27-53 

Mon. 9- John 2:1-25 

Tues. 10- John 5:1-23 

Wed. 11 -John 5:24-47 

Thur. 12- John 6:1-21 

Fri. 13- John 6:22-46 

Sat. 14- John 6:47-71 



Memory Verse: Luke 20:37-38 
Now that the dead are raised, 
even Moses shewed at the bush, 
when he calleth the Lord the God 
of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, 
and the God of Jacob. For he is 
not a God of the dead, but of the 
living: for all live unto him. 

Sun. 15 - John 8:37-59 

Mon. 16- John 11:1-27 

Tues. 17 - John 11:28-54 

Wed. 18 - John 12:1-26 

Thur. 19- John 12:27-50 



Fri. 20 
Sat. 21 



John 20:1-31 
■John 21:1-25 



Memory Verse: Luke 24:5 
And as they were afraid, and 
bowed down their faces to the 
earth, they said unto them, Why 
seek ye the living among the 
dead? 

Sun. 22- Acts 2:1-24 

Mon. 23 - Acts 2:25-47 

Tues. 24- Acts 3:1-26 

Wed. 25- Acts 4:1-22 

Thur. 26- Acts 5:1-20 

Fri. 27 - Acts 5:21-42 

Sat. 28- Acts 7:1-19 



Memory Verse: John 5:25 
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The 
hour is coming, and now is, when 
the dead shall hear the voice of 
the Sonof God: and they that hear 
shall live. 

Sun. 29 - Acts 7:20-40 

Mon. 30 - Acts 7:41-60 



Memory Verses: John 11:25-26 
Jesus said unto her, I am the 
resurrection, and the life: he that 
believeth in me, though he were 
dead, yet shall he live: And who- 
soever liveth and believeth in me 
shall never die. Believest thou 
this? 

John 12:24 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, 
Except a corn of wheat fall into 
the ground and die, it abideth 
alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth 
much fruit. 



Paul R. Myers 

Box 117 

Greentown, OH 44630 



(USPS 054-780) 



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VOL. LVIII 



JUNE 1, 1980 



NO. 11 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



LOVE FOR THE CHURCH 

Dear church I love thee; yes, I do, 
And may I love thee more; 

To thee may I be ever true, 
Nor dare thy rules ignore. 

Tis here I find the feast is made 

Isaiah did foretell; 
And here is where the servants said 

The guests should come to dwell. 

Thou art the pilgrim's resting place 
His peaceful, quiet home; 

Tis here he humbly asks for grace 
Before the Father's throne. 

Dear church, I love thee; yes, I do - 
I'll hold to thine embrace; 

Here smiles and mercies ever new, 
Beam through-a Savior's face. 

And here it is I feel secure, 
Though storms may oft arise; 

And if I hold to thee, I'm sure 
To land beyond the skies. 



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ORGANIZATION 

It is again General Conference time when Brethren and Sisters 
from all parts of the Brotherhood gather. Their spiritual lives will be 
enriched by the fellowship, the Bible-centered preaching and the 
opportunity to participate in the business of the Church. The 
encouragement that comes to each who attends will make every 
effort extended toward the success of this meeting worthwhile. 

It is necessary to hold General Conference. The members need 
the fellowship of "those of like precious faith." They need the Word 
of God served to them by the ministering Brethren. Each may then 
know that his faith is not a product of his locality, but that it agrees 
with the faith and practice of the Brethren across the land. No less 
necessary, though perhaps not so enjoyable or entertaining, is the 
business session. Here the doctrines of the Bible are translated 
into practical application. Here the Church considers the 
questions and pleadings of her scattered members and unites 
them with a common answer. 

The Church is not only the mystical body of Christ but a flesh- 
and-blood organization here on earth. Organization has always 
been needed, even within the Church. The Apostle Paul 
admonished the Brethren at Corinth to do all things "decently and 
in order." The disorder at Corinth made a poor witness before un- 
believers and their partiality was robbing many members of 
blessings. These members, even at Lovefeast time, were not united 
as Brethren should be. They needed order and organization, such 
as Paul sought to introduce among them. The Church today needs 
the same order and organization. This comes to us through 
General Conference. 

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The members at Corinth were each going his own way. Each had 
his own belief or idea. They could not dwell together as Brethren 
very long in this condition. There had to be decency and order, 
which is needed today, so each member or each congregation 
does not pursue an individual course in belief or practice. If the 
Church is the Body of Christ, then like all bodies it must be agreed 
within itself. The various organs of the physical body can not rebel 
against the task each has been given, each is needed to make the 
body function properly. In the Church, each member and each 
congregation is important and necessary for the Body's welfare. 
All must function together, that the Church may fulfill her task. If 
one organ of the body is injured or diseased, the whole body 
suffers. The whole Church suffers when individuals rebel. We labor 
diligently to keep the physical body in good health. The Church 
also seeks health through the congregation's council and the 
General Conference. 

Jesus demonstrated organization. When He fed the multitude, 
He instructed the Apostles to seat the crowd by fifties. By seating 
them He removed the possibility of some mobbing the ones 
serving. By seating them in fifties, the throng was made to look like 
a more manageable group. As the Apostles ministered to each 
small group, it didn't seem like so great a task. By seating them in 
fifties, it is likely that families and neighbors were able to be 
together, so there was less opportunity for trouble among the 
people. Jesus further organized this so the fragments would be 
gathered for the Apostles' good. Jesus never favored wasteful- 
ness, but desired rather a conservation of the good. This 
organization was simple but effective. 

In line with her Master's example, the Church needs 
organization, which does not need to be comples. The leaders of 
the Church must be respected. There is no room in the Church for 
rebellion. Just as Jesus did not allow a potentially disorderly scene 
to develop, so the Church through her leaders and her councils 
must not allow disorderliness. Jesus did not permit the fragments 
to be wasted, neither can the Church afford to waste the teachings 
of the Bible. She must teach them; she must manifest them and she 
must be sure they are respected and implemented. If they are not 
carried out, they are wasted. 

Each person is valued highly by God, for He paid an awful price 
by giving His Son. He wants each to live to please Him, which is the 
most beneficial course for each person. God seeks the best for 
each one. To obtain that best, it is necessary to submit to His will. 
The organized Church translates His will into practical ap- 
plication. 

At this time of the year, may we seriously consider the purpose 
and work of General Conference. May we be willing to listen to her 
councils. 



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DO YOU APPRECIATE YOUR CHILDREN? 

Beautiful are the words of a song that I love to hear the children 
sing, 

"For God so loved the world, 

He gave His only Son, 

To die on Calvary's Tree 

From sin to set me free. 

Some day He's coming back, 

What glory that will be! 

O' Wonderful His love to me. 
Do you take time with your children? Are you too busy reading a 
newspaper to stop a moment and listen to what your child wants? 
Are you too busy taking in money that you cannot spend just one 
hour some time during the day with your family? They say from 
birth to four years of age are the molding years of our little one's 
lives. If we cannot teach them right from wrong and are only 
around when they have done wrong, we had better turn ourselves 
around and see where we've missed our path of training our 
children aright. We cannot wait till our children are three and one 
half years old to teach them to not talk back or to share their toys. 
A father brought home a surprise kitty in his truck one day. 
Mother told her daughter, "Daddy could bring in kitty, so she could 
see it after dinner." Well, dinner was over, mother patiently waited, 
while Daddy went into the room to read a paper. After a half hour 
had gone by, Daddy was up on his feet at the noise of a man's car 
that appeared in the driveway for business. Another hour went by 
and the little girl kept asking mother, "When is Daddy bringing in 
the kitty?" She was so happy to see the new kitty after waiting for 
such a long time. I believe children have more patience than we 
adults have at a certain time in their lives. Our childrens' lives are 
too precious to waste by sitting in our easy chair and hoping the 
children would go play, so we would have time to read. We should 
plan our hours to sit and read after our children are in bed or when 
we rise at the beginning of the day. 

I know there are days when we as parents are busy in the midst 
of something and cannot leave that very minute to read a book, 
play ball or set up dollies. We should then let them know that we 
will help them after we have finished our work. Don't forget what 
you have told them and stick to your promise! There have been a 
few times when I myself have forgotten and what an awful feeling it 
is. Saying "I'm sorry" to your child is only proper at this time and 
will strengthen you as well as teach your child forgiveness. 
"Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be dis- 
couraged." Col. 3:21. 



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Encourage your children in their development in life, seek to 
uncover their hidden talents, offer gentle guidance towards 
pathways of useful service. Take time to enjoy your children and to 
appreciate each one individually. Take a portion of your day to 
read a story, even if you have read it for the second time that day. 
Sing songs with them or to them. Tell them of Jesus. 

Teach them to pray. Don't laugh and giggle when they make a 
mistake. Be sincere and let them know you want to help them. We 
should never ignore our children's questions. When they ask, we 
should be prompt and give them a good answer as best as we know 
how. If we are slow at answering, or slow in coming when called, 
we can be sure our children will do the same. 

Teach your children LOVE. Teach them manners at home. 
Teach them the importance of keeping their toys in specified areas 
of the home, and to pick up their clothes. Neatness will not get us 
to Heaven, but it definitely goes with our everyday living. The Bible 
speaks of a home being swept and garnished. If we are sloppy in 
our personal matters, then we tend to be sloppy in spiritual 
matters. Certainly a child will rise up when he is older and thank 
his parents for teaching him right from wrong. Children are "... to 
shew piety at home and to requite their parents; for that is good 
and acceptable before God." I Tim. 5:4 

No matter who the child may be 
And no matter what his boast, 
An understanding parent 
Is what he needs the most. 

A child does not need wealth or toys 
Or mansions great and tall; 
Just give him your attention 
And a bit of love, that's all. 

When he comes to you for knowledge, 
Don't push him from your side; 
Have a little patience with him — 
Be pleased to be his guide. 

Listen to his troubles, 
His heartaches — trials at school; 
Be firm, but teach him gently 
To live by the Golden Rule. 

When years fly by, and he is grown, 
You'll surely be the one 
To hear these words sincerely said: 
"I'm glad to be your son/daughter." 

Give praise where praise is due. I came across an article I 
would like to share with you. 



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A WORD TO PARENTS 

"I got two A's," the small boy cried, 

His voice was filled with glee. 

His- father very bluntly asked, 

"Why didn't you get three?" 

"Mom, I've got the dishes done!" 

The girl called from the door. 

Her mother very calmly said, 

"And did you sweep the floor?" 

"I've mowed the grass," the tall boy said, 

"And put the mower away!" 

His father asked him, with a shrug, 

"Did you clean off the clay?" 

The children in the house next door 

Seemed happy and content 

The same things happened over there, 

But this is how it went: 

"I got two A's," the small boy cried, 

His voice was filled with glee. 

His father proudly said, "That is great! 

I'm glad you live with me!" 

"Mom, I've got the dishes done!" 

The girl called from the door. 

Her mother smiled and softly said, 

"Each day I love you more." 

"I've mowed the grass," the tall boy said, 

"And put the mower away!" 

His father answered with much joy, 

"You've made my happy day!" 

Children deserve a little praise 

For tasks they are asked to do. 

If they are to lead a happy life, 

So much depends on you. 
Family rearing is not for the mother or father alone. The work 
load should be balanced so both can raise these little ones 
together. Build your homes together; forgive and be forgiven. 
Smile and you will certainly receive a smile in return. 

"And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one 
toward another, and toward all men..." I Thess. 3:12. To abound in 
love is what keeps a home together. There are four things a united 
home must have: 1) Compassion, 2) Love, 3) Pity, 4) Courtesy to 
all members of the family. A home should be more than a house, 
fabric or bread. Our homes should be a place for the soul, a retreat 
from rush, conflict and hurt; a place warm with love, security and 
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Might we be united in our homes so that our children might 
profit by our examples. Might we be a true follower of Christ letting 
our light shine brightly each day we are permitted to live here on 
earth. God help us to not neglect our duty that God has given to us 
to raise up our children aright for God. We have a wonderful but 
serious responsibility! 

Sister Shirley Frick 

PERFECT PEACE 

Peace of heart, peace of mind, peace with those around us — 
these are some of the types of peace. We have peace when we've 
taken care of a matter, such as paying our taxes, then our minds 
can be at rest. We have peace with our neighbors and families 
when we get along well. When nations aren't fighting, they are at 
peace, at least on the surface. God's Word encourages us to live in 
peace, but peace with our fellow man is not enough. Perfect peace 
is available to God's own and until we have it, all other peace is 
superficial. 

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God 
through our Lord Jesus Christ." Rom. 5:11. There must first be 
peace with God in order to have true peace in other ways. This 
peaceful relationship with God is obtained through Christ, by faith 
in His redemptive power. Peace with God brings peace of heart, 
the kind of peace which many people seek for and never find 
because they leave Christ out. When our relationship with Him is 
not right, we can only have a disturbed heart and life. 

Once we have the peace of God in our hearts, it is to rule us. 
"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye 
are called in one body; and be ye thankful." Col. 3:15. Anger, 
selfishness and such like are not to rule our hearts and lives 
anymore, once we have chosen to follow Christ. We are to put off 
the sins listed in Col 3:5-9, then put on the Christian graces listed 
in verses 12-17, so peace can rule. A sinful life is a selfish life; 
peace cannot exist where sin reigns. 

Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: 
not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be 
troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27. Along with salvation 
(peace with God), Jesus gives us a very special peace, which 
enables us to face life without a troubled and distressed heart. We 
may have all sorts of troubles and trials, but whatever comes, we 
have the peace of Jesus to keep us from despair. 

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall 
keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:7. There 
is no way to explain to anyone how or why you are at peace when 



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you have many reasons to be greatly distressed. When you have 
God's peace, you can't understand it any better than you can 
explain it, but you know it's there — you can feel it. Others know 
it's there, because they see evidence of God's peace in your life. 
People desire peace and your inner peace helps to point people to 
Jesus, the Prince of Peace. 

Being peaceable is a Christian responsibility. "If it be possible, 
as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." Rom. 12:18. 
"Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another." Mark 
9:50b. We can't harbor a disagreeable and angry spirit, and still 
have peace with ourselves or anyone else. Peace and a loving, 
considerate spirit dwell together. God doesn't expect unbelievers 
to live peaceably, but He does expect His own to not only be 
peaceable but to also be peacemakers. 

"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, 
gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, 
without partiality, and without hyprocrisy." James 3:17. A 
peaceable spirit is evidence of Godly wisdom. This is the kind of 
wisdom we must have if we are to be peacemakers. If our own lives 
don't manifest Godly wisdom, how can we expect others to accept 
our help when they have a disagreement? 

Jesus said His peace is a gift which He leaves with us. It is given 
to keep both our hearts and minds from dispair. Once we have this 
peace, we certainly want to keep it. Yet there are times when be- 
lievers are not at peace as they should be. There is a key to being at 
peace, a way to retain that power within our lives. That key is trust. 
God has made promises to us, that He would take care of us, that 
He would answer our prayers both for ourselves and others. Our 
part is to trust Him to keep His promises. 

"Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall 
bring it to pass." "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him." 
(Read Psa. 37:3-7.) Trust and peace go together; looking to the 
Lord is the connecting link. When problems loom up before you, 
look beyond them to God and His power to work things out. Trust, 
commit, rest, wait — not in turmoil — but wait patiently. Then you 
will really know what it means to be kept in God's peace. "Thou wilt 
keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because 
he trusteth in thee." Isa. 26:3. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

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Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, 
or else forgiving another. — Richter. 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"I WANT TO HEAR: I WANT TO TALK" 

Matt. 15:29-31; Mark 7:31-37 

It was a beautiful day. The birds were singing and the sun 
shining. Lake Galilee was a blue expanse of water, pleasant to look 
upon. The breezes coming off the water were cool and soothing to 
a weary traveler. 

Jesus was near the Sea of Galilee in the land of Decapolis. He 
was teaching and healing people. Great multitudes came to Him to 
be cured of all manner of diseases. There were lame people, blind 
people, deaf people, mute people, lepers and many, many others. 
Jesus healed them all. No wonder people came to Him by the 
thousands. What would people do today if there were someone 
who could heal them of any malady. I'm sure they would go to that 
person just as they did when Jesus was here. Today we pay 
doctors a lot of money to get well when we are sick. Sometimes 
they help us and sometimes they don't, but we pay just the same. 
Jesus didn't charge a cent and He always made them well again. 
Everyone who came to Jesus was made perfectly whole. 

There was a man in the multitude who couldn't hear or talk right. 
He was tongue-tied. His tongue couldn't form words correctly and 
it was hard for him to make people understand. He couldn't hear 
the birds sing and he couldn't hear Jesus. The man looked on as 
Jesus healed others and thought to himself, "I want to hear. I want 
to talk like other people. Will Jesus heal me?" 

The man had friends who brought him to Jesus and begged 
Jesus to put His hand upon him. When Jesus touched people, they 
got well. Just a touch of the Master's hand was all that was needed. 
But this time Jesus did something different. He took the deaf and 
mute man and led him away from the crowd of people. Then Jesus 
put His fingers in the man's ears and spit and touched the man's 
tongue. Jesus looked up to Heaven and said, "Be opened." Do you 
know what happened? The man could hear Jesus just like anyone 
else and he could talk plainly too. It was a happy day for that man. 
He could hear the birds and tell others all about it. His friends 
didn't have to motion to him with their hands. He could hear and 
speak. 

If you can hear and talk, you should thank God for it. It is only 
because of God that we can live, move and have our being. He has 
given us eyes to see, ears to hear, a tongue to talk with, the senses 
of smell and touch. We cannot begin to understand how God 
created us to enjoy the blessings of life. God wants us to live for 
Him. Without God you are deaf and tongue-tied spiritually, but He 
can make you hear and speak. He will control your life, if you let 
Him. Brother Rudy Cover 



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THE REALITY OF RESTORATION 

In The Acts 3:20-21 we read, "And he shall send Jesus Christ, 
which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must 
receive UNTIL THE TIMES OF RESTITUTION OF ALL THINGS, 
which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since 
the world began." The dictionary definition of the word 
"restitution" is the "act of restoring." 

There has been many and varied interpretations of this verse of 
scripture and we feel that false teaching has resulted because of 
some of these interpretations. It is our hope that the Holy Spirit 
may guide our thinking as we think upon this subject. 

Our study must start at the very first verse of the Bible. "In the 
beginning God created the heaven and the earth." The Hebrew 
word for "God" that is used here is "Elohim." According to the 
"Pictorial Bible Dictionary," "Elohim" is plural in form but is 
singular in construction (used with a singular verb or adjective). It 
is also interesting to note that this word is the most frequent 
Hebrew word for "God" (over twenty-five hundred times in the Old 
Testament). Then in the first part of Genesis 1:26 we read, "And 
God said, Let us make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness:" 
then in verse 27, "So God created man in his own image, in the 
image of God created he him; male and female created he them." 
We believe the scriptures teach a triune (three in one) God. I John 
5:7, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the 
Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." (We are aware 
of the fact that some translations do not include this verse of 
scripture but we feel the Holy Spirit led the King James Version 
translators to include it.) As we study the first chapter of St. John 
we find, the "Word" is Jesus Christ. We believe that when God 
made man in His image He created him a triune being, body, soul 
(mind) and spirit. 

In Genesis 1:31 we read, "And God saw every thing that he had 
made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the 
morning were the sixth day." We feel that, "it was very good" could 
be translated, "it was perfect." Then in Genesis 3:17-19, we find 
that God cursed the ground and told man, he will return to dust. In 
Ecclesiastes 12:7 we read, "Then shall the dust return to the earth 
as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." Then in 
Matthew 10:28 we read, "And fear not them which kill the body, but 
are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to 
destroy both soul and body in hell." We find that both the soul and 
spirit are eternal parts of man but that the body returns to dust. 
Therefore death is a separation of body from soul and spirit. 



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God has promised throughout scripture that one day He will 
restore the earth to its perfect form as it was before the fall of man. 
Many Bible-believing Christians believe this will take place at the 
second coming of Jesus Christ. We believe that all nature 
including both animal and plant form will return to a perfect state. 
We feel that all mankind will be restored to their perfect form as at 
creation. That is man will again be body, soul, and spirit. Both the 
saved and unsaved will be given this "gift of restoration." However, 
we do not believe the scriptures teach that all mankind will be 
allowed to enter Heaven. The Bible teaches in many places that the 
unsaved will be in Hell forever. We will quote two references. St. 
Matthew 25:41, "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, 
Depart from me, ye cursed, into EVERLASTING fire, prepared for 
the devil and his angels:" Rev. 20:10, 15, "And the devil that 
deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where 
the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day 
and night for ever and ever." "And whosoever was not found 
written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." 

We do not profess to know or understand all the minute details 
of this restoration. But all the redeemed can look forward to that 
described in Rev. 21:1, "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: 
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there 
was no more sea." 

Let us affirm along with Job (19:26), "And though after my skin 
worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, Pa. 17078 

WHY ART THOU LEAN? 

"Why are thou, being the king's son, lean from day to day?" In II 
Samuel 13:4 we find this question being asked of Amnon, David's 
son. Amnon had a big problem — he loved his sister Tamar, but he 
thought it hard to do anything to her. Verses 3-4, "But Amnon had 
a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's 
brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man. And he said unto him, 
Why art thou, being the king's son, lean from day to day? wilt thou 
not tell me 9 And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, my brother 
Absalom's sister." So we find Amnon told his friend why he was 
lean and his friend came up with an answer for him. Jonadab didn't 
have a very good solution to the problem, nevertheless it satisfied 
Amnon's desire, so he accepted it. He told Amnon to pretent he 
was sick and lay on his bed. Then when David came to see him, he 
was to say to David that he wanted his sister Tamar to give him 



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meat and to dress it in his sight, and then eat it at her hand. So this 
is what Amnon did. Verse 8, "So Tamar went to her brother 
Amnon's house; and he was laid down. And she took flour, and 
kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes." 
Then we find she poured them out before him, but he refused to 
eat. Amnon told all the men to go out, which they did. He told his 
sister to bring the meat to him, which she did. What did he do, but 
grab hold of her and told her to lie with him. Verse 12, "And she 
answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing 
ought to be done in Israel; do not thou this folly." Did he take heed 
to what she said? No! Verse 14, "Howbeit he would not hearken 
unto her voice: but, being stronger than she, forced her, and lay 
with her." Here we see Amnon trying to fulfill that sinful desire 
which he had. But if we read on, we find that this caused him to 
hate her more than what he had loved her. Jonadab gave Amnon th 
wrong kind of encouragement. Amnon committed fornication. 
Amnon paid for it later with death. This account should be a great 
lesson to each and every one, especially the young folks. 
Fornication is one big reason for leanness. 

I Cor. 6:13, "Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God 
shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, 
but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body." This verse tells us that 
the body is for the Lord, not for fornication. Fornication should not 
be named among us as saints of God. Fornication is sinning 
against your own body. I Cor. 6:18-19, "Flee fornication. Every sin 
that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth 
fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that 
your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye 
have of God, and ye are not your own?" 

Dear young people, take this scripture to heart and realize what 
it is saying. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost which we 
have of God and we are not our own. Fornication is gross sin. 
Keeping pure is so much more valuable. I am afraid sometimes 
people get the idea, "Oh well, God will forgive us for it so let's 
enjoy it and then repent of it." Beware! That is very dangerous 
thinking. A pure wife will mean even more to you in the future than 
the fornication now. Be strong, young people, stand up for Jesus 
and you will never regret it. Don't do anything that would lead you 
into fornication, before you even realize what you did. The music 
of today encourages fornication. Have no part in the rock music 
and country-western songs. They are also reasons for leanness in 
the spiritual life. Going to movies, bowling alleys, and such places 
cause leanness of the spirit. In your courting days, do things of 
value so that in later years you can look back without being 
ashamed of your conduct. Study the Bible together, pray together; 



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you will be blessed for it. Going to carnivals, plays, farm-shows, 
and the like will increase leanness. Even going to so-called Gospel 
concerts, I believe, should not be named among us. 

Another thing that can cause leanness is the material we read. 
Do we read love stories, westerns, comics, and sex books, and all 
that garbage? If we do, it will be a means of causing leanness. I 
truly believe, we must even watch the so-called Christian books. 
Some of them are very deceiving. There are some good books, but 
let's keep away from the trash for our own good. 

Working can cause leanness in our spiritual life. We all know that 
we must work; it's our duty to make a living. I Tim. 5:8, "But if any 
provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, 
he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." But let's not 
get mixed up and think that's all we must do. I truly believe, we can 
get to the place where we work, work, work, and forget about the 
spiritual life. Sometimes it seems there is just a little bit too much 
love of money. That verse also means providing for the spiritual 
needs of our family and others. Let's not forget that part also. A lot 
of the time, I believe, we just want too much. We can.get too selfish 
and want for ourselves, but forget others. Therefore, it causes 
leanness. Along with the thought of working, we should not be a 
part of union shops. 

Jealousy is a cause of leanness. Being jealous of someone 
because they hold a certain office in the Church is bad business. 
We find Saul was jealous of David. In I Samuel 18:7 we read, "And 
the woman answered one another as they played, and said, Saul 
hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands." One thing 
plus another and another made Saul jealous to the point that he 
even wanted to kill David. Jealousy can cause hate which is also a 
cause of leanness. I John 3:15, "Whosoever hateth his brother is a 
murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding 
in him." We think it is terrible if someone kills another and rightly 
so, but if we hate our brother we are doing the same. That's pretty 
serious. If we have any hate among us, we had better get things in 
order or there will be some great disappointments. 

I John 4:20, "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he 
is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how 
can he love God whom he hath not seen?" This tells us that if we 
say we love God and hate our brother we are a liar. Lying is 
another cause of leanness. Rev. 21:8 says, "But the fearful, and 
unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whore- 
mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have 
their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which 
is the second death." Lying about our income tax, lying about 
someone else in order to get ourselves "off the hook," lying to get 
out of a situation, all will cause leanness. 



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Lack of communication with God will cause leanness. 
Neglecting to assemble ourselves together more often will cause 
leanness. It would be sad if there were a vote taken to see whether 
we wanted more services or not, and the majority didn't want more. 
I guess we're afraid church might interfere with our worldly 
pursuits. What is wrong with us. Are we so lean already that there 
is no more hope? Would to God we'd get into the bottle of spiritual 
vitamins and get back our strength to serve the God of Heaven, 
instead of the god of this world. We have time to go to ballgames, 
time to play volleyball, time for all things except time for the Lord. 
Shame on us if that is the case. 

We could go on and on naming things that cause leanness to the 
spiritual life, but let us each ask ourselves the question, "Am I 
lean?" "And if I am, what is the reason?" Then let's ask God to give 
us strength to overcome and go forth serving the Lord with all our 
might. Matt. 22:37, "... Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy 
heart, and with all my soul, and with all thy mind." 

Love in Christ, 
Brother Ray L. Stuber 



MARRIAGES 

STUMP - ST. JOHN 

Sister Anna Stump, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Paul Stump, Union, 
Ohio and Bro. Rick St. John, son of Bro. and Sis. Clifford St. John, 
Stryker, Ohio were united in marriage April 12, 1980 by Bro. 
Dennis St. John. The wedding was held at the Brookside 
Community Center, Brookville, Ohio, where Rick and Anna 
pledged their vows to God and to each other. The happy couple 
are making their home at Route #1, Stryker, Ohio 43557. 

KUTZ - NOECKER 

Sis. Marie Kutz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Kutz, Pine 
Grove, Pennsylvania and Bro. Daniel Noecker, son of Bro. and Sis. 
Daniel Noecker, Sr., were united in marriage April 19, 1980 at the 
Frystown Dunkard Brethren Church by Bro. Kenneth Wolfe. Bro. 
David Kegerreis conducted the opening services. The couple will 
reside at R. 1, Bethel, Pennsylvania 19507. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Bro. Alvin Chupp is R. 2, Dallas Center, Iowa 
50063. 

DIRECTORY OF INFORMATION CHANGE 

For information pertaining to Broadwater Chapel Congregation, 
please contact: Don Beeman, 1035 National Highway, LaVale, 
Maryland 21502. Telephone number: 301-729-2233. 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation enjoyed another lovefeast, April 27, 
with a good attendance. Visiting ministers throughout the day 
were: Jacob Ness, Laverne Keeney. Allen Eberly and Jack Snyder. 

Elder Laverne Keeney officiated at the evening services. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

We would like to thank all who have shown kindness toward us 
during a dark and difficult time. We received over three hundred 
cards and letters, many gifts, telephone calls and more thoughts 
and prayers than we can count. We feel very unworthy of so much 
consideration, but it certainly helps to know so many are willing to 
share our burden. 

We do not wish to complain but at times pain and despair drove 
us into a very dark corner, but some how we found the strength to 
face each new day. Now we know where that strength came from 
— your prayers, my friends! 

We feel deep regret that we have become something of a burden 
and we pray God will bless you many times over for all the help you 
have been to us. 

We ask that you may still remember us when you talk to God. We 
still desperately need His Hand upon us for I hope I can soon go 
back to work and fulfill my duties again. 

Bro. Leonard Wampler 
and family 






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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

Warren C Smith. Treasurer 
McClave. Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Ind. 46919 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci. Michigan 49256 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
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Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
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R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Howard J. Surbey, Chairman 

749 W. King St. 

Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Dean St. John 

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Camden, Michigan 49232 
Warren C. Smith 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Wilfiam Carpenter, Chairman 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci. Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Va. 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, Ca. 95351 

Charles Leatherman 
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Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Sec. 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 N Queen St 

Littlestown, Pa. 17340 

717-359-5753 
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R. 5 

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TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, N. Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LVIII 



JUNE 15, 1980 



NO. 12 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



AND THEN IT WILL BE TOO LATE 

There once was a sinner tossed on life's sea, 

Sinking in the depths of despair. 

An infidel, an atheist, a reprobate was he, 

With head held with so haughty an air. 

"I'll make it through life on my own," said he, 

"I have death only to fear." 

And so on and on through life went he, 

Without yielding to God a hair. 

Till one night in a ship on a stormy sea 

He realized that he must prepare. 

So he prayed to the Lord in that storm-tossed ship, 

And became a new man indeed. 

But, oh sinner, do not wait! 

Because it may become too late. 

For if you do, you might find yourself 

Outside the pearly gate.... 

...And then it will be too late. 

Paul David Skiles 
Torreon Navajo Mission 



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HISTORY 

The past is recorded for today and tomorrow in the pages of 
history. Here are recorded the events, dates, places and men which 
have affected our day. While history speaks of men and their 
works, it is really His Story. The events, that men assume that they 
have shaped, are really in the Hand of God. Thus, the history of 
this world is the story of His dealings with mankind in love, care, 
discipline and wrath. 

Recently there has been an awakened interest in history and for 
things that are old. For many this interest may be more financial 
than a real appreciation of their historical value. For others, this 
regard may more aptly be considered sentimentality or nostalgia. 
They look backward with a wistful eye, seeing a supposedly better 
time in which they would desire to have lived. For some, this 
interest is an appreciation of the relationship of the past to the 
present. Our today is a product of our yesterdays. We can 
appreciate history as a teacher and guardian. From history we 
learn of God's past dealings with man. We also learn of our 
Christian forefathers' efforts in establishing, spreading and pre- 
serving Christianity. In recent years, Brethren people have become 
interested in their heritage. This interest has spawned the research 
and writing necessary for the publication of the Brethren 
Encyclopedia. This historical and doctrinal account will provide a 
glimpse into the past labors of our forefathers and a chance to see 
where they erred and where they succeeded. Not only will we be 
able to get a glimpse of those long gone from the scene of action, 
but we will be able to see ourselves and compare how well we are 
continuing in the spreading and preserving of Christianity. 

THE BIBLE MONITOR JUNE 15, 1980 

Published semi-monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard 
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Wauseon, Ohio 43567. 

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Does history have value for you and me? Is it a help in the Spirit- 
ual warfare? Some have said that the past is past and is of no value 
to us. Yet we find in the New Testament many allusions to history. 
There are many allusions to the failures of the Jews as God's 
People. Jesus and others constantly speak of their failure to 
continue faithful, their lust for the things of the world and their 
abuse of God's true servants. Also the success of some of the 
faithful are pointed out as patterns and encouragements for the 
Christian to follow. God does not consider history to be valueless. 

Our interest in looking back must go beyond mere 
sentimentality. It must also go beyond facts and personalities. We 
must desire the lessons that are available for our Spiritual benefit. 
Therein lies the real value of history. If we, today, can be 
encouraged or warned by the events and lives of past decades and 
centuries, then history has fulfilled its mission as a help to our 
Spiritual lives. 

Not only in the plant and animal kingdom but also in the moral 
sphere, there is a law that has operated since the creation. This law 
states that like produces like. We expect apples on an apple tree. 
We expect wheat in the wheat field. We expect a calf to be born of 
the cow. So we can expect like conditions to produce like results in 
the Spiritual realm. God's law is: whatsoever a man soweth that 
shall he also reap. This is true spiritually. If sin brings a harvest of 
heartache and loss in one generation, the same sin will bring the 
same hurt in another generation. The nature of man has remained 
unchanged since the time of Adam and Eve. The Word of God is 
also unchangeable so it is unavoidable that the events of one age 
will be reproduced in another. Here is where history may prove to 
be our helper. If we can analyze the past, to see what conditions 
produced what results, then we can seek to reproduce favorable 
conditions and to avoid the unfavorable. 

If history tells us of unwise changes made in the past and we are 
on the verges of similar changes, we will be forewarned to make 
different choices so we will not suffer the same consequences. 
This behooves us to be vigilante. We must make sure that our hind- 
sight which can see the mistakes of past generations also 
produces foresight enough to avoid these same mistakes. History 
should awaken us to action that we do not idly sit by while the 
errors of the past are repeated. To merely recognize the sins of the 
past is not enough, we must use that knowledge to keep those 
errors in the past and not allow them into our present. 

The record of the past is available to us, it is for our benefit. May 
we as individuals, as congregations and as a Brotherhood look 
carefully at that record and take care that the failures of the past 
are not repeated in our present and future. 

There is value in history, as encouragement or as warning. Have 
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A LETTER 

Dear Friend, 

I just had to send a note to tell you how much I love you and care 
about you. I saw you yesterday as you were walking with your 
friends. I waited all day hoping you would want to talk with me 
also. As evening drew near, I gave you a sunset to close your day 
and a cool breeze to rest you. And I waited. But you never came. It 
hurt me, but I still love you because I am your friend. 

I saw you fall asleep last night and I longed to touch your brow. 
So, I spilled moonlight on your pillow and your face. Again I 
waited, wanting to rush down so that we could talk. I have so many 
gifts for you. But you awakened late the next day and rushed off to 
work. My tears were in the rain. 

Today you looked so sad, so all alone. It makes my heart ache 
because I understand. My friends let me down and hurt me so 
many times, too. But I love you. Oh, if you would only listen to me. I 
really love you. I try to tell you in the blue sky and in the quiet 
green grass. I whisper it in the leaves on the trees and breathe it in 
the colors-of the flowers. I shout it to you in the mountain streams 
and give the birds love songs to sing. I clothe you with warm sun- 
shine and perfume the air with nature's scents. My love for you is 
deeper than the oceans and bigger than the biggest want or need 
in your heart. 

If you only knew how much I want to help you. I want you to 
meet my Father. He wants to help you, too. My Father is that way, 
you know. Just call me, ask me, talk with me. Please, please, don't 
forget me. I have so much to share with you. But, I won't hassle you 
any further. You are free to call me. It's up to you. I'll wait because I 
love you. 

Your friend, 

Jesus Christ, Son of God 

— Selected 

A SORRY COMBINATION 

One Sunday during a worship service, I sat beside a rather 
unkempt girl. I first noticed her very black fingernails, then her 
dirty hands. Her sweater was soiled, her hose mud-spattered. Her 
dress and shoes were the only apparently clean items. She had 
made an attempt at making herself presentable, but had neglected 
the most basic part — personal cleanliness. A clean dress on a 
dirty body make a sorry combination. 

A pleasant, neat outward appearance over a sin-soiled heart is 
also a sorry combination. You may think you are all set with a good 
appearance, even one which indicates reverence for God, but what 



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you do for yourself is never enough. You can't clean your sinful 
self up, you can't cover your sinful self up with the right clothes, 
the right words or deeds. Spiritual cleanliness requires starting 
with the basics also. This is strictly a job for the Lord. 

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old 
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." II Cor. 
5:17. When Jesus comes into your heart, things happen from the 
inside out. He doesn't clean up your outside first, but He starts in 
your heart, where the real problem is. Jesus always starts with the 
basics. This means giving you a new heart. The new attitudes and 
desires He gives replace the old ones of self-righteousness and 
self-love. When Christ's love and mercy truly touch your heart, 
you'll never be the same again. 

Jesus said to Peter, "But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail 
not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." Luke 
22:32. Peter had a sorry combination of being in the Lord's 
presence, the right place to be, yet he was ignorant of his own 
weaknesses and need of the Lord. He was so sure of himself and 
thought he was even ready to die for the Lord, but he soon dis- 
covered that he couldn't help himself, let alone help anyone else. 
We cannot help anyone either until we've been helped ourselves. 

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like 
unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, 
but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. 
Even so ye outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are 
full of hypocrisy and iniquity." Matt. 23:27-28. Those sepulchres 
looked nice, but a peek inside told the real story. There was no life 
there, just a bunch of old bones. Looking righteous on the outside 
in appearance, actions and deeds doesn't always reveal your true 
character. The scribes and Pharisees were labeled hypocrites by 
Jesus, and if your righteousness doesn't exceed theirs, if your 
heart is a sorry mess like theirs, you're a hypocrite, too. 

Jesus expects something more than a good appearance; that's 
why He starts with our heart. This basic cleansing must come first, 
as our own efforts of reform would just look like the unkempt girl— 
a sorry combination. In I Sam. 16:7b, the Lord said, "For the Lord 
seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward ap- 
pearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." The Lord hasn't 
changed, neither have people. We still have a tendency to try to 
cover up our sinfulness, thinking maybe no one will know, but we 
can't hide it from God. 

"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous 
judgment." John 7:24. The Jews had been finding fault with some- 
thing good which Jesus had done. They were not consistent 
because they were looking on the surface, as well as judging 



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according to their own rules. To them, it didn't look good. When 
you observe someone, you must look beyond whatever you see on 
the outside to see what motivates that one. There is more to be 
considered than the externally visible things. This true character is 
in the person's heart. It is hard for us to judge righteously because 
we jump to conclusions while ignoring what's in someone's heart. 
It is wise to watch and think carefully, before you decide what's 
good and what's bad. 

We are to "Abstain from all appearance of evil" (I Thess. 5:22), 
but that does not save us. It is a sorry combination to have a good 
appearance and a Christless heart. "That ye may have somewhat to 
answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart." II Cor. 
5:12b. Too often we stress the appearance and think that if some- 
thing appears good, it is good clear to the heart. The truth is if the 
heart is not good, cleansed by the Lord, the appearance is not truly 
good either, and sooner or later, the true character will reveal itself. 
If you have asked the Lord to save you, ask Him to make you 
what He wants you to be. It is a sorry combination to change on the 
surface while holding on to your old ways. Trying to cover up a sin- 
soiled heart with a good appearance won't fool anyone except 
yourself. An unkind heart, an unloving heart is not a cleansed 
heart, so take what Jesus has for you; let Him cleanse your heart. 
Then you'll have a right combination — cleanliness inside and out. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

HOW MUCH CONTROL DOES THE DEVIL 
HAVE OVER US? 

He keeps us strapped in our chairs when it comes to visiting a 
sick person in the hospital or singing at the Old Folks Home, yet 
pops the springs right out from under us when there's a ballgame 
nearby or the farm show is in town. 

He ties our tongue when we should witness to the next-door 
neighbor or say an encouraging word to our Brother, yet we can 
say so much about someone whom we don't think very highly of. 

He makes it so hard to memorize Bible verses, yet we know all 
the words to the latest song on the radio after hearing it a few 
times. 

He gives us so little time to study the Bible and read the Monitor, 
yet we can read the newspaper through daily or read an "exciting" 
novel from cover to cover in one day. 

He makes us feel too tired to spend even fifteen minutes in family 
worship, yet we can play a game all evening without getting bored. 

He keeps our feet firmly planted when volunteers are needed at 



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church, but wer're quick to respond to a new business opportunity, 
especially if it means a raise in pay. 

He keeps us in bed so long on a Sunday morning that we are late 
for Church, yet through the week we start work two hours earlier 
and manage to get there on time. 

He ties our hands when the offering basket passes by, yet we 
have money for new cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles — just about 
anything we want. 

He makes it hard to concentrate on the sermon — by making our 
minds wander from events of last week to those upcoming; or even 
worse, by talking and laughing with the person beside us. 

He closes our eyes to all the good, pure, and true things within 
the Church, and makes us see faults, quarrels, and problems. 

He keeps our ears tuned to the radio, stereo, or 8-track most of 
the time, so we don't have time to meditate or have a chance of 
hearing if God does speak to us. 

Are we at ease in Zion? What are we giving priority? Luke 16:13 
says, "No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the 
one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise 
the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." So, who are we 
serving? It's time we say, as Jesus did, "Get thee behind me, Satan: 
for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only 
shalt thou serve." Luke 4:8. 

Love in Christ 
Sister Delores Stuber 



CAN THE PLAIN PEOPLE HAVE AN EFFECTIVE 
WITNESS TODAY? 

We as Christians, known as the plain people take seriously 
Rom. 12:2, "And be not conformed to this world: But be ye 
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what 
is that good and acceptable and perfect, will of God," and make it a 
part of our living. This is in part what Jesus meant in "denying 
ourself and following Him." We also call this the simple life, by not 
following the changeable, ungodly, fashions and fads of the world 
which do not honor God. Jesus came to set this example. We have 
a scripture that warns us not to lose the simplicity which is in 
Christ. II Cor. 11:3. Few people accept this doctrine of separation 
in II Cor. 6:17-18 ("Wherefore come out from among them, and be 
ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I 
will receive you, and will be a father unto you, and ye shall be my 
sons and daughters saith the Lord almighty."), choosing rather to 
look, act, and live like the crowd. 



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Some people think that the New Testament is a book of 
doctrines that are optional (take it or leave it), but this is not true. 
There is purpose in the New Testament doctrines for our lives and 
they can be effective for us and others, but only when we are 
willing to adhere to its commands and teachings. Jesus said in 
Matt. 7:24, "Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth 
them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a 
rock." Also in Matt. 28:20, "Teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever I command you", and we have the promise of His 
presence ever with us. Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my 
commandments." We surely want to love Jesus. Whether Paul, 
Peter, James or John wrote the scriptures, it is the same as if they 
were all written by Jesus Himself, as Paul says, "For I have 
received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you." Jesus 
said in John 13:20, "He that receiveth whomsoever I send, 
receiveth me." Inside the cover of each New Testament is written 
these words, "New Testament of our Lord and Saviour", and that 
means His last will and testament which came right after His death. 
Heb. 9:15-17. We read in James 1:22, "But be ye doers of the Word, 
and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." 

We believe our fathers were prompted by the Holy Spirit to set 
guidelines of dress. As long as the majority accepted and adhered 
to this unified way, the Church of the Brethren grew in numbers 
and they were people with strong convictions. We do not dress 
different than the world to be saved. Our salvation was taken care of 
at Calvary, Mark 16:16 says, "He that believeth and is baptized shall 
be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Also in Eph. 
2:8, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of 
yourselves; it is the gift of God." When Jesus gives a command, He 
also promises a blessing for keeping it -- John 13:17, "If ye know 
these things, happy are ye if ye do them." This can be applied to 
any of His doctrines, and who doesn't want to be happy? 

If we dress different than the world does, then our actions must 
also correspond. We do this by faith. All things should be done 
with charity and with the right attitude. The Sermon on the Mount 
gives us a good outline in Matt. 5:3-9 to be humble (but not proud 
of our humility), to always be sorry for sin and quickly make them 
right with God each day, to be meek, to always hunger and thirst 
after righteousness (right living), to be merciful (have compassion 
on others), to be pure in heart (honest and clean words), and also 
to be peaceable as much as we can. Then we will be effective, as 
salt, and will be lights in a dark and sinful world. No man lighteth a 
candle, and putteth it under a bushel, but on a candlestick. Matt. 
5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your 
good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven." 



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Since we do not wear plain clothes to be saved, the real purpose 
is that our life might be more effective for Christ and His Church. In 
doing this it will harmonize with the teachings of the whole New 
Testament: such as, II Cor. 3:2-3, "Ye are our epistle written in our 
hearts, known and read of all men." We believe our forefathers 
came to these conclusions by reading and studying the Gospel, so 
it really means, we can say that this is the Gospel showing outside. 
In II Cor. 4:3 it says, "But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that 
are lost;" and if we love the Lord, we should have concerns for 
others that they might be saved. 

Now that many reject this doctrine of separation, our 
denomination is steadily losing ground in numbers and in 
convictions. We are now living in a day when people will not 
"endure sound doctrine" II Tim. 4:3, and it becomes necessary to 
encourage the brethren and sisters to take a stand on these things, 
with real purpose. Rev. 3:2, "Be watchful, and strengthen the 
things which remain, that are ready to die." 

We have the scripture for women to have their hair long and 
covered in I Cor. 11:1-15. This gives them power with God and His 
blessing, and it is also a silent testimony to everyone who sees 
them. In our day there will be those who will laugh at keeping 
these things, but women can rejoice that they are counted worthy 
of this and God will help. We as men should be man enough not to 
let the women do all this alone, especially since the women are 
spoken of in the Bible as the "weaker vessels." This is why we too 
should carry a mark of separation; that, if they laugh at our wives 
for the way they dress, they can also laugh at us and we too can 
receive the blessing that comes from being put to shame. Acts 
5:41, "Rejoicing that they are counted worthy to suffer shame for 
his name." 

Our congregation . . . has a church ruling that women have 
long hair and have it properly covered. This will be power on her 
head because of the angels, (who watch over all of us) and also 
give power to the Church. Thank God for guarding angels, I Cor. 
11:10. We encourage men to wear the plain garb, ... We 
discourage men wearing the mustache, unless they wear the beard 
with it, and also that their hair be not too long according to God's 
Word, I Cor. 11:14 "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a 
man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?" We discourage 
women wearing slacks or short dresses, but rather they be dressed 
in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with 
braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array." We know that the 
Bible says that man looketh on the outward appearance and God 
looketh on the heart. Why, if our heart is right in God's sight, we 
will want to obey His commands as to our appearance, and 



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otherwise. If the world is not ashamed of their outlandish fads and 
fashions, why should we be ashamed to dress in a way that we 
know pleases God? Luke 9:26, "For whosoever shall be ashamed 
of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, 
when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the 
holy angels." We know God's blessing will be upon those who 
willingly respect and adhere to the wishes of the Church and the 
teachings of the Bible. 

Plain clothes are more expensive than the ordinary ones 
because they are not made on the production lines. We are told in 
God's Word that following Christ does not come easy or cheap, so 
it can be expected that there will be some sacrifice to be made for 
an effective witness. Our effectiveness in these matters may never 
be seen or realized by us, but if done by faith and love for 
humanity, God will take care of that part; for, in keeping the New 
Testament doctrines from the heart, and with real purpose, we will 
receive the "abundant life" which brings joy unspeakable. 'Being 
effective" in our silent witness by appearance, means the same to 
the church as, for example — the Goodyear sign that is put on the 
outside of their tire factories and printed on each tire for 
identification, is bound to promote sales, if the tires prove to be 
good! 

Since many of us are too timid to approach a person about their 
soul, and let them know of the saving power of Jesus Christ, we 
can at least be a silent witness of Christ by our appearance. When 
we see Jesus face to face, we will realize as never before that it 
paid to live a life devoted to Him and His Word. After all, it will be 
His Word that will judge us in that day. John 12:48, "He that 
rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth 
him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the 
last day. 

Yes, we do believe that the plain people can have an effective 
witness today. Rom. 12:9 . . . "Abhor that which is evil;'cleave to 
that which is good." 

Selected by Sister Ruth Drake 



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If any young man expects without faith, without thought, with- 
out study, without patient, preserving labor, in the midst of and in 
spite of discouragement, to attain anything in this world that is 
worth attaining, he will simply wake up, by-and-by, and find that he 
has been playing the part of a fool. — M. J. Savage. 



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NO NEED TO FEAR 

In Isaiah 41:10 we read, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not 
dismayed; for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help 
thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteous- 
ness." 

God has a strong reserve with which to discharge this 
engagement; for He is able to do all things. Believer, till you can 
drain dry the ocean of omnipotence, till you can break into pieces 
the towering mountains of almighty strength, you never need to 
fear. 

Think not that the strength of man shall ever be able to overcome 
the power of God. While the earth's huge pillars stand, you have 
enough reason to abide firm in your faith. The same God who 
directs the earth in its orbit, who feeds the burning furnace of the 
sun, and trims the lamps of heaven, has promised to supply you 
with daily strength. While He is able to uphold the universe, dream 
not that He will prove unable to fulfill His own promises. 

Remember what He did in the days of old, in the former 
generations. Remember how He spoke and how it was done; how 
He commanded, and it stood fast. Shall He that created the world 
grow weary? He hangs the world upon nothing; shall He who does 
this be unable to support His children? Shall He be unfaithful to 
His word for want of power? 

Who is it that restrains the tempest? Does not He ride upon the 
wings of the wind, and make the clouds His chariots, and hold the 
ocean in the hollow of His hand? How can He fail you? When He 
has put such a faithful promise as this on record, will you for a 
moment indulge the thought that He has outpromised Himself, and 
gone beyond His power to fulfill? Ah, no! You can doubt no 
longer. 

"Oh, You who are my God and my strength, I can believe that 
this promise shall be fulfilled, for the boundless reservoir of Your 
grace can never be exhausted, and the overflowing storehouse of 
Your strength can never be emptied by Your friends or rified by 
Your enemies." — C. H. Spurgeon. 

Selected by Brother Willard Beam 



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Happy those who knowing they are subject to uncertain 
changes, are prepared and armed for either fortune; a rare 
principle, and with much labor learned in wisdom's school. 

— Massinger. 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THE WILDERNESS 

Matt. 15:32-39; Mark 8:1-10 

The desert is a place where there is very little to eat. In our 
country the desert is a course, rocky soil where cactus and plants 
that can grow without water are abundant. Cacti have thorns and 
stickers on them and if you touch them you wish you hadn't. The 
desert is usually hot and dry. I suppose the deserts in Palestine 
were very much like those in California. If it were near a lake of 
water it wouldn't be so bad. 

Jesus was in a desert or wilderness near the Sea of Galilee. 
People followed wherever He went. They didn't care where. They 
wanted to be with Jesus — to hear Him speak the wonderful words 
of life and to see Him heal the sick. Sometimes Jesus was so busy 
healing people that He didn't have time to eat. Jesus may have 
been trying to go into the desert to get away from the people, so He 
and His disciples could eat and rest. They went for three days and 
still they followed. I suppose nearly everyone had taken some 
lunch along but after three days the food was gone and the people 
were hungry. Walking in the desert takes a lot of energy so the 
people were beginning to get weak. If they had to return for food, it 
would have taken three days more. Many would have fainted. 

Jesus said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they 
continue with me three days and have nothing to eat; and I will not 
send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way." 

The disciples said, "Where could we get so much bread in the 
wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?" Jesus said, "How many 
loaves have you?" And they said, "Seven, and a few fishes." 

That doesn't sound like much food for four thousand people, 
does it? Jesus commanded the people to sit down on the ground. 
Then He took the seven loaves and fishes and gave thanks and 
broke the loaves and the fishes and gave to the disciples and the 
disciples to the multitude. Jesus just kept handing out bread and 
fish till all those people had all they could hold. The disciples 
gathered seven basketfuls that was left of the food, the people 
didn't eat. Where did all that food come from? How did Jesus do it? 
Some things we can't understand, but one thing we should know 
and believe is that Jesus did feed all that multitude from seven 
loaves and a few little fishes. 

Compared to heaven, we are living in a desert land. We are 
dependent upon Jesus for our very life. Jesus can do anything. He 
can feed you, clothe you and heal you. If you really and truly 
believe in Him and choose Him for your Master — Jesus will make 
you a different person. He will feed you on the words of eternal life, 
which is the Bible, and you will grow in the grace and knowledge of 
the truth. Living for Jesus is the greatest! Brother Rudy Cover 



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DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Part 16 

THE FIFTH DISPENSATION OF MAN ON THE EARTH 
CONTINUED — THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES 

King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a dream, or had a vision, 
concerning his worldwide dominion, but he could not understand 
the dream. God's servant Daniel interpreted the dream for him. In 
this dream it was revealed to him, when interpreted by Daniel, the 
beginning as well as the end of Gentile supremacy. 

Bible readers are acquainted with the story of the great image 
which he saw, which represented four great world-empires, 
beginning with Nebuchadnezzar and ending with the coming of 
Christ. Dan. 2:31-45; 4:1-37. Because of the importance of what 
this dream meant to the world and to God's chosen, we deem it 
important, to make note of it in these writings. 

THE DREAM 

Dan. 2:31-35, "Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. 
This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before 
thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of 
fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs 
of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou 
sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the 
image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and break them to 
pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the 
gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the 
summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no 
place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image 
became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." 

Before we give the interpretation by Daniel, let us note: It was in 
the second year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign, that he had this 
dream, which troubled him greatly, but when he awoke, it was 
gone from him. So, he called his magicians and astrologers and 
demanded that they reproduce his dream. They were unable to 
reproduce it, or interpret it. This they could not do, so the king 
ordered their destruction, but the penalty was stayed, because of 
Daniel's petition for them. Both Daniel and his companions 
prayed. In the night vision to Daniel, the dream and its meaning 
were made known to him. 

This image symbolizes Gentile world empires, in their unity and 
historical succession, from the days of Babylon down through the 
centuries, to the destruction of Spiritual Babylon, by Christ. Hence 
we believe, Gentile dominion is represented in Scripture by a huge 
"Metallic Man." This spans four empires, beginning in the fifth 
dispensation of man and ending at the close of the sixth dispen- 
sation. 



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THE INTERPRETATION OF THE DREAM OR IMAGE 

Dan. 2:36-38, "This is the dream; and we will tell the 
interpretation thereof before the king. Thou, O king, art a king of 
kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power 
and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men 
dwell, the beasts of the field and fowls of the heaven hath he given 
into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art 
this head of gold." 

It is very interesting to read Daniel 4 and observe the sovereignty 
of God over the affairs of men and to see how Nebuchadnezzar 
was established in his kingdom, or empire. It is fully described in 
verses 36-37. "At the same time my reason returned unto me (he 
had lived with the beasts of the earth, eating grass like an ox); and 
for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned 
unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I 
was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added 
unto me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the 
King of heaven, all those works are truth, and his ways judgment: 
and those that walk in pride he is able to abase." 

Going on with the interpretation. Dan. 2:39-43, "And after thee 
shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third 
kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the 
fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron 
breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that 
breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas 
thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, 
the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength 
of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry 
clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, 
so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And 
whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle 
themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to 
another, even as iron is not mixed with clay." 

We have learned that the head of this image, which was of gold, 
represents Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. He was a king of 
kings, with a kingdom set up by the God of Heaven. He represents 
the first kingdom, or empire, of the Gentile dominion. 

To Be Continued 
Brother William Root 

• •••••• 

Cultivate forbearance till your heart yields a fine crop of it. Pray 
for a short memory as to all unkindness. — Spurgeon. 



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NEWS ITEM 

RIDGE, WEST VIRGINIA 

The Ridge Congregation looks forward to a one week revival 
beginning June 29, 1980. The Lord willing, Bro. Virgil Leatherman 
of Littlestown, Pennsylvania will be our evangelist. Our Lovefeast 
will be July 5. All are welcome to come and enjoy these meetings. 

Sister Irene Harris, Cor. 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JULY 

July 6 — Pharisees and Lawyers Reproved - Luke 11:14-54. 
July 13 — Fear God; Beware of Covetousness - Luke 12:1-21. 
July 20 — What Is Your Treasure? - Luke 12:22-40. 
July 27 — Responsibility; Signs of the Times - Luke 12:41-59. 

QUESTIONS: 

(1) Why will the queen of Sheba rise up in judgment against those 
whom Jesus came to save? - Luke 11:31. 

(2) Why did Jesus criticize the Pharisees and lawyers? - Luke 
11:39-52. 

(3) The law said, "Thou shalt not covet" but Paul says to covet 
earnestly the best gifts. What kind of things is Jesus talking 
about when He says, "Beware of covetousness"? - Luke 12:15. 

(4) What kind of treasure must we have to get into Heaven? - Luke 
12:33. 

(5) What kind of a reward will the servant of the Lord get who 
accepts the responsibility of being a Christian? - Luke 12:43. 

What about an irresponsible servant? - Luke 12:46. 

(6) What kind of baptism is Jesus speaking of in Luke 12:50? - I 
Peter 4:1. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR JULY 1980 



DEATH 



Memory Verse: Acts 17:31 
Because he hath appointed a day, 
in the which he will judge the 
world in righteousness by that 
man whom he hath ordained; 
whereof he hath given assurance 
unto all men, in that he hath 
raised him from the dead. 

Tues. 1 —Acts 10:1-24 

Wed. 2 — Acts 10:25-48 

Thur. 3 — Acts 13:1-25 

Fri. 4 — Acts 13:26-52 

Sat. 5 — Acts 17:1-15 

Memory Verse: Acts 26:23 
That Christ should suffer, and 
that he should be the first that 
should rise from the dead, and 
should shew light unto the 
people, and to the gentiles. 

Sun. 6 — Acts 17:16-34 

Mon. 7 — Acts 23:1-15 

Tues. 8 — Acts 24:1-21 

Wed. 9 — Acts 25:1-27 

Thurs. 10- Acts 26:1-23 

Fri. 11 — Rom. 1:1-16 

Sat. 12 — Rom. 1:17-32 

Memory Verse: Rom. 5:15 
But not as the offence, so also 
is the free gift. For if through 
the offence of one many be dead, 
much more the grace of God, 
and the gift by grace, which is 
by one man, Jesus Christ, hath 
abounded unto many. 

Sun. 13 — Rom. 4:1-25 

Mon. 14 — Rom. 5:1-21 

Tues. 15 — Rom. 6:1-23 

Wed. 16 — Rom. 7:1-25 

Thur. 17 — Rom. 8:1-17 

Fri. 18 — Rom. 8:18-39 

Sat. 19 — Rom. 10:1-21 



Memory Verse: Rom. 6:4 
Therefore we are buried with him 
by baptism into death: that like 
as Christ was raised up from the 
dead by the glory of the Father, 
even so we also should walk in 
newness of life. 

Sun. 20 — Rom. 11:1-18 

Mon. 21 — Rom. 11:19-36 

Tues. 22 — Rom. 14:1-23 

Wed. 23 — 1 Cor. 15:1-28 

Thur. 24 — 1 Cor. 15:29-58 

Fri. 25 — 2 Cor. 1:1-24 

Sat. 26 — 2 Cor. 5:1-21 

Memory Verse: Rom. 8:11 
But if the Spirit of him that raised 
up Jesus from the dead dwell in 
you, he that raised up Christ from 
the dead shall also quicken your 
mortal bodies by his Spirit that 
dwelleth in you. 

Sun. 27 — Gal. 2:1-21 

Mon. 28 — Eph. 1:1-23 

Tues. 29 — Eph. 2:1-22 

Wed. 30 — Eph. 5:1-21 

Thur. 31 — Phil. 3:1-21 

Memory Verses: 1 Cor. 15:20-22 
But now is Christ risen from the 
dead, and become the firstfruits 
of them that slept. For since by 
man came death, by man came 
also the resurrection of the dead. 
For as in Adam all die, even so 
in Christ shall all be made alive. 

2 Cor. 5:14 & 15 
For the love of Christ constrain- 
eth us; because we thus judge, 
that if one died for all, then were 
all dead: And that he died for all, 
that they which live should not 
henceforth live unto themselves, 
but unto him which died forthem, 
and rose again. 



Paul R. Myers 

Box 117 

Greerrcown, OH 44630 



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VOL. LVMI 



JULY 1, 1980 



No. 13 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



COUNTING ON ME 

I'm humble, unlearned; I'm one of the least, 

But I know God is counting on me 

To do my share of the work He has given me to do, 

This special task He has given to me. 

Our Savior has work for you too, my friend, 
Something no one else can do. 
Some task for you and for you alone, 
Remember, our Lord is counting on you. 

Humbly I bow at my precious Lord's feet, 
I am unfit, weary, weak, and afraid. 
Oh, what can I do, one so helpless as I, 
Then I hear my blessed Lord say. 

Go out by the highways, the byways, the lanes, 
Gather sheaves for the Master's need. 
Don't say there is nothing I can do, 
Trust, believe, and His word carefully read. 

Soon we find every day in some special way, 
Brings some special work, some task we may do. 
Perhaps a kind word to say, to a sin sick soul, 
Remember God is counting on you. 

—Mary Langham 

Selected by Sister Blanche Eberly 



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BETTER THINGS 

We live in a time of scientific advancement. We expect our labors 
to be lessened and our products to be safer, stronger and more 
efficient. Computers and lasers accomplish quickly the tasks that 
were hard and time-consuming a few years ago. There are many 
labor-saving devices today which were unknown even a few 
decades ago. If time continues, there will be even greater advances, 
so the wonderful things of today will be obsolete in a few years. 
While progress may not be an unmixed blessing, yet we use the 
inventions and advances of the past few years to lessen our labors. 

While our physical lives may be improved by these new methods 
and materials, we must also be aware that there are eternal Spiritual 
values which cannot be improved upon. The values of the Word of 
God cannot be improved upon no matter how advanced the 
physical life may become. Only through the message of the Bible 
can a soul be warned, saved and blessed. 

We depend on these better things for the ease of our physical life. 
When Jesus came to Earth, He represented the better things that 
God had in store for its inhabitants. The Book of Hebrews shows the 
various ways in which Jesus was better. The superiority of Jesus is 
established, for men are prone to depend upon these other things 
for their soul's salvation. When we realize the superiority of Jesus, 
we know these other things will fail us and He is our only hope. He 
truly is better things to us than all other things. 

God's messengers, the angels, have been given power and a task 
to do. We can never fully realize the good the angels do for us. Their 
ministrations are often hidden from us, but become evident later. 
Some might try to worship these Heavenly beings. But it must be 

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remembered that they are subject to God. They are not greater than 
Jesus, though He appeared on Earth in the form of man. Never did 
God address an angel as His son, nor did He speak of Himself as 
their Father. The angels worshiped Jesus, which shows who is the 
greater. Jesus is better than the angels. 

Man has done many wonderful things. God has blessed man far 
above the rest of His Creation. Man has not always appreciated the 
gifts God has given him. In fact, man has come to view himself as 
being self-sufficient and as the most important thing in the world. 
Man has forgotten God and His part in man's promotion. As great as 
God's promotion of man is, Jesus is still greater. Jesus is greater 
than the angels, but man was created a little lower than the angels. 
Jesus, in the form of man, lived, suffered and died that He might be 
able to succour all mankind. He was not only man but God. He was 
qualified to serve as the propitiation for man's sins. Jesus is better 
than man. 

Moses was a great man. He was a great prophet and leader 
appointed and empowered by God. While we may realize the poor 
condition of mankind in general, we also may overestimate the 
goodness and ability of certain individuals. Moses was a man who 
had proven faithful at a great crossroads in history. But Moses was 
human. He sinned. Because of his disobedience he failed to enter 
the Promised Land. Jesus was perfect, without spot or blemish. 
Although Moses offered himself in exchange for his people, it was 
only Jesus' sacrifice of Himself that was acceptable. Jesus is better 
than Moses. 

Moses was not only a great man but he was representative of the 
Law he had received from God. The Old Law could only foreshadow 
the true Redeemer, Jesus Christ. It was symbolic; He was reality. 
Jesus was better than the law represented by Moses. His sacrifice 
was made once for all. The sacrifices of the Law were repeated 
yearly. Jesus was the believer's direct connection with God, the 
priests of the Law were themselves man so had to make an 
atonement for themselves as well as for their people. The Law 
served as a means to awaken the people toward God, but Jesus was 
the source of life. Jesus is better than the Law. 

The Jews could look forward to a rest each Sabbath. But that rest 
was physical. The Christian can look forward not only to a day of 
rest each week, but a continuing rest or peace in the midst of 
temporal crises and an eternal rest at the clost of this life. This better 
rest is the result of the work of Jesus Christ. Because He lived and 
died and lives again, we can put our dependence upon something 
better than the feeble objects of this world's dependence. Jesus is 
better than all the world can offer. 

We desire the better things of this world for our bodies' comfort. 
Do we likewise desire the better things for our souls? Do you want 
Jesus - the better things? 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES 

In Israel, bread was often called "leaven." Jesus had fed four 
thousand people from seven loaves and two small fishes. Many 
from all parts of the country came to see Jesus and to hear Him 
speak. He had healed so many that everywhere they were talking 
about Jesus. Many thought Jesus was the Messiah whom the 
prophets had prophesied would come to save the nation of Israel. 
He would be their King and all other nations would be subject to His 
rule. 

The Pharisees were a sect of Jews who became the religious 
leaders of the people. Jesus criticized the Pharisees because they 
did not have compassion and love for others. They lived very strict 
religious lives, making it hard for themselves and bitter for others. 
They taught the law of Moses to the people but changed many 
things to suit themselves. Jesus said that by their traditions they 
had made the law of none effect. They were like some of our lawyers 
today. They were not always honest and truthful but twisted the law 
to suit themselves. The Pharisees did not like Jesus. He was 
becoming too popular to suit them. They would tempt Jesus with 
hard questions and try to get Him to say or do something that they 
might accuse Him or arrest Him. Jesus always told the truth and 
sometimes the truth hurts -- especially when He told about some of 
the things they had done wrong. One time Jesus said, "Woe unto 
you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited 
sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within 
full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness." He also called them 
serpents, a generation of vipers. Jesus didn't mince words so they 
planned to kill Him. The Sadducees were another sect of the Jews. 
They didn't believe that people who died would live again. 

Jesus said to His disciples, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees 
and Sadducees." The disciples thought that He said this because 
they had forgotten to bring bread along. Jesus said, "O ye of little 
faith, why do ye reason among yourselves because you have 
brought no bread?" Jesus could give them bread to eat as He did 
the four thousand, but He wasn't talking about that kind of bread. 
Jesus was teaching them something more important. He was 
warning the disciples about the doctrine or teaching of the 
Pharisees. He called it "leaven" or "bread" but it was a kind of bread 
they should leave alone. It was something that would lead them in 
the wrong way and poison their minds. 

Jesus wants us to know the truth. The truth is the Word of God. He 
wants us to be loving and kind and willing to help others. Today we 
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truth. They are not from XBod but are some man's idea. Many people 
fall for these false teachings. We must study God's Word so that we 
know the truth and the truth will make us free. Then we will know 
what the leaven of the Pharisees is and we can refuse the false 
teachings that others would force upon us. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

THE POWER OF PRAYER 

Prayer is our only means of communication with God. A person 
who has never prayed to God could not be expected to know of God 
any more than he could a stranger he had never seen or spoken to. 
Jesus was very explicit when He told us how to pray. In the Sermon 
on the Mount, Jesus says we should not pray as the hypocrites, for 
they love to be SEEN OF MEN, not to pray as the heathen do, for 
they use vain repetitions and think they shall be heard for their 
MUCH SPEAKING. Jesus says when we pray we should enter our 
closet and when we have shut the door, pray to the Father which 
seeth in secret and He shall reward thee openly. Concerning the 
Lord's Prayer, in Matthew He says, "After this manner therefore pray 
ye" and Luke records, "When ye pray say, Our Father which art in 
heaven," and so forth. 

In individual prayer, it is evident that we must pray to God alone in 
a simple, direct manner. We should know what we desire of God, 
and have faith that God will answer. ". . . Ask and it shall be given 
you; seek, and he shall find; knock and it shall beopened untoyou." 
It is unreasonable to assume that God, the Father, who so loved the 
world, that He gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross for the 
sins of men, would not care enough for His children to give them 
what is needful. 

"For your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye 
ask him." We might ask, "Then why ask foranything?" Because the 
Father wants us to become acquainted with Him. He wants a close 
relationship with His children. He wants us to recognize the power 
for good that only God has; that we are helpless without Him; that 
we couldn't even exist without His life-giving power. "If ye shall ask 
anything in my name I will do it." With all these promises and 
without a careful analysis, we might think, "I'll ask the Lord to make 
me rich." And then when the Lord wouldn't grant such a request, 
say to ourselves, "Just as I thought, what's the use to pray anyway?" 
No! This is not good reasoning. Jesus says to ask in His name and 
He doesn't mean just to close our prayers with the formality, "In 
Jesus' name." When we think of a person's name, we think of that 
particular person. The likes and dislikes of that person and all the 
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Jesus' name, we should recognize what Christ would approve of. If 
we pray for selfish desires and they are answered, it would only 
harm our Christian life. Anything that would make us feel superior 
to someone else would only be a hindrance to us. We should only 
ask for those things which are needful. Let us not be discouraged 
and give up praying, because if we do, we lose the contact; we sever 
the very lifeline which connects us to the greatest power of the 
universe. We can do nothing of ourselves. Do we realize what this 
means? Can it be true that we are powerless to do anything of 
ourselves? Yes, it is only too true, for "In him we live, and move, and 
have our being." Jesus says, "Without me ye can do nothing." If we 
refuse the greatest help which is so freely offered, we only ask for 
tragedy. 

We must not only petition the Lord in pryer once, but we should 
continue to do so. When we ask a worthy cause of the Lord, we 
should never doubt that in due time the Lord will giveusourdesire. 
The fault of unanswered prayer is always with us. James says, "Ye 
ask and receive not because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it 
upon your lusts." In the parable of the unjust judge: "That men 
ought always to pray and not faint." Unanswered prayer can only 
mean that we need to get rid of self and selfish desires. John says, 
"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask 
anything according to his will, heheareth us, whatsoever we ask, we 
know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." 

The one sure way to be unselfish in prayer is to pray for someone 
else. What a privilege this is and what a benefit could be gained if we 
could only pray for one another. There is no limit to the good that 
could be done through unselfish prayer! Am I afraid that the Lord 
will bless my brother above me? If not, why not pray for him? It 
would not hurt me if my brother is blessed. If I can pray for the good 
of my brother I cannot hold him in enmity. It would nottake long till 
he would notice a different attitude from me. "Confess your faults 
one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. 
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." 
James 5:16. Jesus says, ". . . pray for them which despitefully use 
you and persecute you. . ." What a different world we would have if 
the power of prayer were fully used! 

Jesus wants us to have the very best in this life and He knows His 
Father's way is best. He came to do the Father's will and made 
Himself of no reputation. It is possible to ask the Lord for things that 
wouldn't be good for us and might even cause us to lose an eternal 
life with Him. It is a wonderful blessing that the Lord will only do for 
His children what would be for their good, even though at times it 
means chastisement. "If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with 
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As Jesus has promised much to the prayer of the individual, he 
also promises much to the united prayer of a group or company 
together. "Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on 
earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for 
them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are 
gathered together in MY NAME, there am I in the midst of them." We 
notice again that it is in Jesus' name." This is very important as it 
puts qualifications to our prayers. We must have the mind of Christ 
before we can successfully ask for anything and expect to receive it. 
It is important in united prayer that we are agreed on what to pray 
for. I do not think we need to have long prayers and many words, but 
we should know what it is that we ask and have faith to believe the 
Lord will perform it. United prayer is one thing the Church fails to 
make full use of. The promise is so bold that we fail to grasp the 
importance of its meaning. God is willing to do anything thatwould 
be to the betterment of us if we only agree together and ask Him for 
it. It is just that simple. Jesus wants us to trust implicitly in Him and 
He has the greatest power there is to help us. Through Jesus' name 
all things are possible to him that believeth. Do you believe? Why 
not? If we gather together in the name of Jesus He has promised to 
be in our midst. Think of it! Christ is the Head and the Church is the 
body. It is through agreed prayer in the name of Jesus that the Spirit 
can perform most effectively in answer to our prayers. 

Prayer should not be a formality. The power of prayer is a reality. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

THE "WANT TO" 

"I want to do it myself" is a phrase familiar to parents at various 
stages of a child's growth. This desire to be independent often 
surfaces at some very inconvenient times, like when one must hurry 
to keep an appointment. Mother can do it more quickly, but Junior 
wants to do it himself, whether he has the ability or not. At such 
times, the child's will must be brought into submission to the 
parent's will in order to get things done properly. "I want to do it 
myself" doesn't always please a parent, and this sort of spirit cannot 
please God. 

Our will must be brought into submission to God's will before we 
can please Him. We can't be at our best as long as we are fighting 
God, but when we submit to Him and are truly willing, then He can 
bless and use us. A man said he told God he'd go anywhere and 
sever Him anywhere — except Alaska. God hadn't asked him to go 
there. He just didn't like the place and was afraid God would make 
him go there, so he didn't make an unconditional surrender. He was 
without peace until the moment came when he said, "Lord, I'll even 
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This man never went to Alaska. What the Lord wanted was this 
man's complete and unconditional surrender of his will. The Lord 
then used him right where he was. This man was like a child, 
wanting to do his own thing. Quite often we are just like him. We 
want to do the work God wants done, but we want to do it our own 
way, and only when we are ready, not when God is ready. "I want to 
do it myself" limits our willingness, which in turn limits God. James 
4:7a says, "Submit yourselves therefore to God", and when we do, 
God's work gets done. 

"And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, 
saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: 
nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." Matt. 26:39. Jesus prayed 
This way three times because of the great distress in His heart. Even 
so, this cup did not pass from Jesus and He did drink it, because it 
was the Father's will. Jesus said, "I seek not mine own will, but the 
will of the Father which hath sent me." John 5:30. He desired to 
please His Father, so Jesus gave all that He had to give, including 
His life. 

Jesus had a very bitter cup to drink -physical suffering for crimes 
He hadn't committed, mental anguish from the countless verbal 
abuses, and most of all, the anguish of heart and soul because He 
had to become sin for us. We are not asked to die for others, or bear 
their sins, but sometimes we, too, must drink a bitter cup. We suffer 
because of things others do and we wish the Lord would take our 
cup away. Yet our submission to God's will is necessary in the 
painful matters as well as in the more pleasnt ones. 

What is gained by our submission? What purpose does it serve? 
First of all, Jesus gave His life for us, so it is reasonable that we give 
our lives to Him. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies 
of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, 
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Rom. 12:1 . 
Second, God's wisdom far exceeds ours, so we have every reason to 
be sure that He knows what's best in our lives. We lose nothing by 
submitting to Him. 

Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15. 
He also said, "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is 
in Heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." Matt. 
12:50. Keeping the commandments, submitting to the Father's will 
indicates that we are in the family of God. Submitting to God makes 
us eligible for all the blessings and benefits reserved for His 
children, just as a submissive child is eligible for what his natural 
parents can provide. A rebellious child will not have the same 
privileges and benefits as a submissive one. It is the same in our 
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When we submit to God and completely place our lives in His 
hands, He doesn't give us order to carry out. He takes care of us; the 
responsibility for our welfare is His. We don't need to fuss and fret 
and worry about how we're going to take care of ourselves, for God 
will do that. "When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even 
his enemies to be at peace with him." Prov. 16:7. When we please 
God, there is no area of our lives left untouched by His care. 

"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, 
his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of 
obedience unto righteousness?" Rom. 9:16. The one we serve and 
obey is the one we belong to. Serving sin brings death, but to obey 
the Lord is to have peace and life. Give your "want to" to the Lord - 
this means giving Him your whole heart and life - and His blessing 
will be yours. "Blessed are they that do His commandments." 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



A FATHERS GOOD ADVICE 

A young girl came home in anger one day and told her parents 
that a young man had spoken to her in a disrespectful way. Her 
mother was as much angered as the girl when she heard the story, 
and both thought that the father should take up the matter. 

But the father said, "Daughter, you are not an immoral girl: but let 
me tell you a few things that may help you to look differently at this 
matter. You are young and attractive, and your dress is such that it 
displays all your charms of face and figure. Your arms are bare 
almost to the shoulders, your waist is cut so low that a good portion 
of your shoulders and chest are exposed to view; your skirt is scant 
and narrow, and the slit in the front, with your bright, short petticoat 
and your thin silk hose display your limbs almost to the knees; your 
dress is so cut that every line of your figure is seen in bold relief. You 
went out on the street with your companions and saw this young 
man and knew that he was a stranger; but you laughed and tossed 
your head as you passed him, and perhaps made some light remark 
that he overheard. 

"He is a stranger here and did not know that you were a moral girl, 
for he would not think so by your appearance. I'm sorry that this has 
occurred, but, daughter, you are as much to blame as he." 

Truly this father gave his daughter the much-needed advice. He 
was a bit late, though. He should have set up the Gospel standard in 
the home so his daughter would have been dressed properly all 
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supervision. Would to God we had more such fathers. Oh, that 
fathers and mothers and ministers would lift up the Bible standard 
of how Christians and their children should dress. Every child of 
God should adorn his body in neat, plain, modest attire. It is 
impossible to please God and follow the abominable, ungodly 
fashions of the world. Jesus said of His people, "They are not of the 
world, even as I am not of the world." (John 17:16). James declares, 
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To 
visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself 
unspotted from the world." John says, "Love not the world, neither 
the things that are inthe world. If any man love the world, the love of 
the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the 
flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the 
Father, but is of the world." (I John 2:15-16). 

Paul in I Tim. 2:9-10 plainly teaches women how to adorn 
themselves. "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in 
modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with 
braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which 
becometh women professing godliness) with good works." Peter 
said, "For after this manner intheold time theholy women also, who 
trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their 
own husbands." (I Pet. 3:5). 

God has not changed. His Wordhas not changed. Therefore the 
holy women of today adorn themselves in the same manner. Those 
who dress according to the Bible standard are accused by those 
who have a form of godliness of being too radical, fanatical and 
going too far. The compromising, worldly professors tell us if the 
inside is right, it does not matter about the outside. But Jesus said, 
"Cleanse that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside 
may be clean also." 

Superfluous or immodest adornment denotes inward corruption 
— carnality, pride! Solomon the wise man said, "Everyone that is 
proud in heart is abomination to the Lord." In Rev. 21 :8 we read that 
the "ABOMINABLE shall have their part in the lake which burneth 
with fire and brimstone." 

Oh, that ministers would cry aloud against this soul-killing, health 
and moral wrecking fashion current which is at high tide; it is 
overflowing its banks; it is everywhere outside and inside the 
church. No marvel that the unsaved follow the fashions. They are of 
the world. But Christians follow Jesus, "for they know his voice." 
They do not follow the world. 



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CHURCH BABIES 

R. W. Densberger 

It is astonishing how many people there are in the churches who 
have to be nursed. Instead of being spiritually strong men and 
women, they are mere babes and have to be cared for. 

Through their infirmity, the Church, instead of being a work 
shop becomes a nursery — a hospital. Paul said, "When I was a 
child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a 
child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (I Cor. 
13:11) But many who profess to be mature believers are still 
playing with spiritual rag-dolls. 

Spiritual babes, instead of doing work, make work for others. 
The difference between a child and a man is that a man works and 
a child makes work for others. Most churches of today are full of 
babies. They do not help; they hinder. Many have not learned to 
walk, but they have learned to talk. Some of these church babies 
are a whining set, and the church finds itself under constraint for 
running a nursery for many of them. The preacher must spend 
much of his time cradle-rocking to keep them from whining. 

Some of these babies are thirty, and forty and fifty years old. Did 
you ever see a grey-headed baby? I have. Many of them. They 
never get out of spiritual babyhood. They have never cut their first 
teeth. Permanently dwarfed in spiritual infancy! What a pity! 
Instead of eating meat, they must in mid-life and beyond, be 
nursed from a bottle. 

The reason why so many of them are not strong men and women 
in Christ Jesus is because they do not eat the proper food. We are 
to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour 
Jesus Christ. We cannot grow in grace by feasting on sinful 
pleasures. We must have God's Word. Many are drinking milk who 
ought to be eating meat. 

It is no disgrace to be a baby. But we must not remain babies. 
Religion or Christianity is a growing in holiness; a development 
into the image of Christ Jesus. 

Selected from International Tract Bulletin 
by Brother Ray Stuber 

• »•••«• 

There is no greater fool than he that says, "There is no God," 
unless it be the one who says he does not know whether there is 
one or not. — Bismarck. 



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DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Continued from June 15, 1980 Issue 

In our further study of the interpretation of this image, let us 
harmonize it with Daniel's vision in Daniel 7. We believe they are 
parallel one with the other. "In the first year of Belshazzar king of 
Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: 
then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters." Dan. 
7:1. 

Daniel proceeds to interpret what he saw in his dream. The next 
seven verses record the four kingdoms, which Nebuchadnezzar 
saw. In his dream he gives the likeness of those kings or kingdoms. 
Dan. 7:2, "Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, 
behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea." 
We believe the sea of humanity, many peoples, are meant here, 
although some have thought it perhaps means the Mediterranean 
Sea. It matters not. "And four great beasts came up from the sea, 
diverse one from another." That is each one different from the 
other, one following the other, as we understand. It may well be, 
possibly is true, that these four beasts rose up from region of the 
"Great Sea," as pictured by the image. 

NOTE: The nature of these beasts. Verse four, "The first was like 
a lion, and had eagles wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were 
plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon 
the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it." Surely this 
refers to king Nebuchadnezzar, as illustrated in Dan. 4, "A man's 
heart was given to it." Note the pecularity of this beast. Daniel saw 
him as an "eagle with wings." The eagle is considered the king of 
birds. This corresponded to the royalty of the "head of gold," of the 
image, and typified the eagle-like swiftness of the armies of 
Nebuchadnezzar. "Like a lion," the lion symbolizes power; he is 
king of beasts. 

Dear Reader, let us get the full harmony and similarity of this 
vision of Daniel in chapter 7 to Nebuchadnezzar's dream, con- 
cerning himself, as recorded in chapter 4. 

For our consideration let us notice some of the verses of the 
fourth chapter. The first beast of Daniel 7 which was like a lion, 
which had eagle's wings and was lifted up from the earth, and 
made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart given to it, 
was Nebuchadnezzar, as revealed in his own dream. He saw in his 
dream and heard. Dan. 4:16, "let his heart be changed from man's 
and let a beast's heart be given unto him; and let seven times 
(seven years) pass over him." He saw himself as "the tree that thou 
sawest, which grew, and was strong, and bear much fruit..." It is 



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thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness 
is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end 
of the earth." Dan. 4:20-31. 

Daniel saw in his first beast in chapter 7, the same, "and it was 
lifted up from the earth." The "plucking of his wings," may refer to 
the loss of his reason, at the beginning of the "seven times" or 
years, that would pass over him. Again, the lifting up, and causing 
to stand upon his feet as a man, may refer to his restoration to his 
reason. Dan. 4:34-36. The power of Nebuchadnezzar was absolute, 
Dan. 5:17-21. 

Before we discuss the second beast of Daniel's vision, chapter 7, 
let us note verse 17, "These great beasts, which are four are four 
kings, which shall arise out of the earth." In verse 24 of chapter 7, 
the Word implies that kings and kingdoms are closely related. 
"And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall 
arise: and another shall arise after them; and he shall be diverse 
from the first, and he shall subdue three kings." This shows then 
that "beasts" represent kings and kingdoms. So, these four beasts 
of Daniel's vision represent four coming kingdoms, after the days 
of Daniel. 

Long before the days of Daniel the prophet, the Lord God, in 
pronouncing blessing and cursing upon Israel, warned them of 
their persecution in days to come, in Babylon, by this "lion beast," 
the power of Nimrod and out of which power proceeded the power 
of the Roman Empire. This was to befall Israel, because of their 
disobedience. In Deut. 28:49-51, we have this record, "The Lord 
shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth; 
as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not 
understand; A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard 
the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young: And he shall 
eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be 
destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil 
or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have 
destroyed thee." 

Coming back to the image of Nebuchadnezzar. Dan. 2:39, "And 
after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another 
third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth." 
This second kingdom was the Kingdom or Empire of Medo-Persia. 

This Empire, or kingdom, is the same, we understand, as the 
second "beast" which Daniel saw in his vision of the seventh 
chapter. "The Bear Kingdom." Dan. 7:5, "And behold another 
beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, 
and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and 
they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh." 



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Let us note how God stirred up the Medes and Persians. We note 
that the bear is the strongest beast after the lion, and is 
distinguished for its voracity. He has none of the agility and 
majesty of the lion; but is awkward in his movements. He effects 
his purpose with comparative slowness and by brute force and 
sheer strength he must conquer. These were the characteristics of 
the Medo-Persian Empire. It was ponderous in its movement. It did 
not win its victories by bravery or skill, but overwhelmed its 
enemies by hurling vast masses of troops upon them. 

For all this, it seems to have been God's purpose that Old 
Babylon was to fall. Jer. 50:21-25. "Go up against the land of 
Merathaim, even against it, and against the inhabitants of Pekod: 
waste and utterly destroy after them, saith the Lord, and do 
according to all that I have commanded thee. A sound of battle is 
in the land, and of great destruction. How is the hammer of the 
whole earth cut asunder and broken? How is Babylon become a 
desolation among the nations! I have laid a snare for thee, and thou 
art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, 
and also caught, because thou hast striven against the Lord. The 
Lord hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the 
weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord God of 
hosts in the land of the Chaldeans." 

At this point, Please read and study carefully this fiftieth chapter 
of Jeremiah, from verses 25-38, for a full account of the fall of this 
"Lion Kingdom" Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon. Then note God's 
eternal word, concerning her, verses 39-40. "Therefore the wild 
beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell 
there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more 
inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to 
generation." As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the 
neighbour cities thereof, saith the Lord; so shall no man abide 
there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein." 

In these verses we have the doom and the fall of 
Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon, the Lion Beast. Also Ancient Babylon 
is a type, or symbol of spiritual "mystery" Babylon, at the end time, 
of the book of the Revelation, as we understand. 

Brother William Root 

• •••••• 

"For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be 
despised are not to be compared to it." Prov. 8:11. There are two 
voices, the voice of wisdom and the voice of folly. Which one are 
you listening to? "Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. 
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the 
Lord." Prov. 8:33 and 35. 

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CHRISTIAN LIVING 

A true Christian living in the world is like a ship sailing on the 
ocean. It is not the ship being in the water that will sink it but the 
water getting into the ship. So in like manner, the Christian is not 
ruined by living in the world, which he must needs do while he 
remains in the body, but by the world living in him. The world in the 
heart has ruined millions of immortal souls. 

How careful is the mariner to guard against leakage lest the 
water entering into the vessel by imperceptible degrees, cause the 
vessel to sink; and ought not the Christian to watch and pray, lest 
Satan and the world should find some unguarded inlet to his 
heart? 

Selected by Sister Ruth Drake 

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• •••••• 

ANYBODY COULD BUT NOBODY DID! 

Fred Somebody, Thomas Everybody, Pete Anybody and Joe 
Nobody were neighbors, but they were not like you and me. They 
were odd people and most difficult to understand. The way they 
lived was a shame. All four belonged to the same church, but you 
couldn't have enjoyed worshiping with them. 

EVERYBODY went fishing on Sunday or stayed home to visit with 
friends. ANYBODY wanted to worship but was afraid SOMEBODY 
wouldn't speak to him, so NOBODY went to Church. Really 
NOBODY was the only decent one of the four. NOBODY did the 
visitation. NOBODY worked on the Church building. Once they 
needed a Sunday School teacher. EVERYBODY thought 
ANYBODY would do it. SOMEBODY thought EVERYBODY 
would do it. Guess who did it finally? That's right, NOBODY! It 
happened that a fifth neighbor (an unbeliever) came to live among 
them. EVERYBODY thought that SOMEBODY should try to win 
him. ANYBODY could have at least made an effort. But guess who 
finally won him to Christ? That's right . . . NOBODY. 

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VOL. LVIII 



JULY 15, 1980 



NO. 14 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints' 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



NOW I RESOLVE WITH ALL MY HEART 

Now I resolve with all my heart, 
With all my pow'rs to serve the Lord: 

Nor from his precepts e'er depart, 
Whose service is a rich reward. 

Oh, be his service all my joy! 

Around let my example shine, 
Till others love the blest employ, 

And join in labors so divine. 

Be this the purpose of my soul, 
My solemn, my determin'd choice, 

To yield to his supreme control, 
And in his great commands rejoice. 

Oh, may I never faint nor tire, 

Nor wand'ring, leave his sacred ways; 

Great God, accept my soul's desire, 
And give me strength to live thy praise. 
— Anne Steele 



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COMMITMENT 

A good businessman must be committed to the product or 
service he is selling. He must believe that his product is worth the 
price he asks. In fact he should be committed enough to use his 
own product. He must be willing to give good service to his 
customers even when it is inconvenient for him. His commitment 
will mean more than perhaps even the quality of the product. 
Businessmen are willing to do many things to sell their products. If 
men of the world can be so totally dedicated in these temporal, 
fleeting things, can we, as Christians, be any less committed to the 
cause of Jesus Christ? 

Are we as willing as the businessman to be helpful, polite and 
knowledgeable. We are dealing with eternal souls who are going to 
spend an eternity either in the fires of Hell or the glories of Heaven. 
Their value far exceeds the value of all products the businessman 
sells. 

Jesus left us an example of total commitment. He gave Himself 
for a world that was lost and dying in sin. He came to do His 
Father's Will and His commitment was total. He was willing to go to 
Calvary and to drink of the cup of suffering. But this was not all. 
His commitment brought Him from the glories of Heaven down to 
Earth. He came not as a King but as a babe. He was committed to 
helping mankind to the extent that He took man's form. He knew 
man's worries, pains, weariness and poverty. His commitment 
made Him heal the sick. He was willing to give up what was right- 
fully His, that He might help us. 

What a pattern of commitment for us to follow! Can we give up 

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our time, talent and will to help others? We can, but will we? It is 
not only the example of His commitment that enables us to be 
committed but the fact of His commitment. Without His commit- 
ment, we could never do the least thing that would be acceptable 
to God. Jesus went through the necessary agony of the cross and 
the glory of the resurrection, that we might have the ability to serve 
God acceptably. Our commitment must always rest upon His, not 
upon our good works born out of human aspirations and plans. 

As the businessman must believe in his product, so we must 
know that our faith and practices are worthy of our commitment. 
The New Testament's teachings must be so real and so necessary 
to us that we feel they are needed by all. We live in a world 
governed by compromise and tolerance of all beliefs. While we can 
never force another to accept the Bible's way, neither can we mold 
that way to fit the beliefs of all men. We must be committed to the 
Truth. It is the truth that will free men spiritually. We must be 
committed to the preservation of that way, that it not be cheapened 
or compromised. Our commitment would be less than total if it 
were a commitment to a belief less than the whole truth. 

There are many committed people in this world. They are 
committed to various political, economic and religious causes. 
Their lives are often as unjust as the evils they are supposedly 
warring against. Our commitment must be a commitment to 
righteousness. Although there are a multitude of evils ever lurking 
to overcome us, we must be so dedicated to righteousness that 
good would overcome evil. Commitment must be continuous even 
in the face of the discouragements of opposition and hatred. Dis- 
couragement proves the mettle of the commitment. 

Commitment requires a vision. When all is dark and all are 
opposed, a commitment is needed to continue on. There must be 
something better beckoning ahead, like a distant light in a dark 
tunnel. This world is a tunnel of darkness, but when there is a 
glimmer of light ahead, even if it is seen only by faith, the journey 
becomes bearable and has purpose. The victory at the end of 
commitment will be bright when compared to the past darkness. It 
is a magnificent victory when even one soul is rescued from that 
darkness, that will ever deepen and never lighten. Commitment, 
daily and continual, is needed to secure victory. 

If men can be committed to every sort of financial and social 
goal in this world, the Christian should have an even greater 
commitment to Eternal, Spiritual goals. There is no cause worthy 
of any greater commitment than ours. 

We each must be committed for our own soul's good and the 
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CONFERENCE MUSINGS 

What wonderful memories the Conference of 1980 has left 
behind. I heard the remark many times, "This is the best 
Conference we have ever had." The Christian fellowship was won- 
derful. I am wondering if the nearing of Christ's coming is not 
drawing His followers closer together. The cool weather and the 
rain caused some discomfort but maybe God permitted it in order 
to help us realize His greatness. Satan also likes to tempt God's 
people and I am sure he was not too far from the Conference 
grounds at any time. In fact, I think some of his imps hover around 
each of us every hour of the day. Let us give the Holy Spirit, who is 
greater than any of Satan's helpers, the full control of our hearts 
and lives. 

I am thankful God made it possible for me to attend part of the 
services. I was not able to take many notes but I am hoping your 
Editor will surprise you with at least a few full sermons and I am 
sure he will have some notes on the rest. 

I was able to jot down just a few thoughts from the various 
speakers and I am going to give you a few highlight thoughts that 
will give you an inspiration for a closer every day walk with God. 

Man failed, God never fails. A sheep lost can not find its way 
back to the fold. We are like sheep we cannot save ourselves. 
Christ is our shepherd. We have been born sinners. God hates sin 
but He loves us. God asked Adam, "Where art thou?" Adam 
replied, "I was afraid and hid myself." Our conscience tells us right 
from wrong if we do not allow it to become seared. Peter's 
conscience condemned him when he denied Christ. Judas' 
conscience caused him to hand himself. Let the Holy Spirit rule 
your conscience and you will not sin, but pray that Satan does not 
sear it against the rule of the Holy Spirit. 

Our physical and mental activities make up our personality. A 
healthy body has all organs working together in harmony. The 
church is the body of Christ and each member must fill his God- 
appointed place. We can't forsee how much a totally consecrated 
man, woman, boy or girl can accomplish for God. A plane can sit 
down safely in heavy fog by listening to the orders from the tower. 
Our souls will land safe with God if we follow His orders. 

A little boy made a boat and went to the river to sail it. The water 
swept it away from him and he was unable to get it. A few days later 
he saw it in the window of a second hand store for sale. He saved 
his money and bought it back. He said he paid for it twice. He made 
it and then bought it back. Christ did the same for us. We were 
created by Him according to John 1:3 and yet He had to die and 
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Cain asked God if he was his brother's keeper and we know by 
the punishment God gave him that he should not have killed his 
brother. 

One mother who had a large family always chose to eat the 
backs and necks of chicken when they had it, so the children could 
have the better pieces. Is that our attitude in the church or do we 
think of self first. Can our church love the unlovable. Maybe a few 
more tears and a little more compassion would help people to 
come into the church. Remember your soul is not for sale and we 
are so apt to be more interested in ourselves than in others. 

Sister Ruth Drake 
Editor's Note 

For the past several years, Sister Drake has provided notes on 
the sermons at General Conference. Because of physical 
infirmities this year, she was unable to do this. But she did make 
arrangements to have these sermons taped. From her tapes, the 
Editor will provide notes on these sermons for Bible Monitor 
readers. 

1980 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Saturday P.M. 

Moderator: Bro. Fred Pifer 

Chorister: Bro. John Meyers 

Opening: Bro. Virgil Leatherman. Psalms 1. 

The man who worships God and keeps His commands is 
blessed. He likes to look down upon our service for Him. Our way 
will prosper if we follow Him while those who don't in the world will 
suffer. God's prosperity is spiritual prosperity. Do we delight in His 
Word? The ungodly have nothing to look forward to like the chaff. 

First Speaker: Bro. Paul Hartz. Faith of Our Fathers for Dunkards 
of Today. II Timothy 1. 

Verse 5. Timothy shared a faith with forefathers. Faith on two 
levels. The First, abstract - a belief that is necessary. The Second, 
the faith of the Gospel - steadfastness in doctrine, the opposite of 
change. Are we the same or have we changed? The faith of the 
Gospel is applicable to all that we do. Verse 15 makes it apparent 
that there were "wishy-washy" Christians in Paul's time and they 
are still evident today. Verse 9. A solid conversion experience is 
enemy of modernism, worldliness and departing from the faith. 
When converted a person is satisfied to walk in His way. Our good 
works and observing of ordinances not to be saved but because we 
are saved. The faith of the gospel is a historic faith, handed down 
generation to generation. Good home training has a part in historic 
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changed and without blushing. We do not need to apologize for 
our faith but to joy in it. It is sound and solid, forever settled so can 
not be changed. The Bible and two hundred years of minutes of 
Annual Meeting guide us in application of the faith of the gospel in 
our practices. Verse 13. The faith may be lost, so hold fast. We 
must never bend or compromise. When the faith has slipped away 
it can never be recovered. Verse 8. Some are ashamed of the faith. 
When the life doesn't match appearance then should be ashamed 
of appearance. The faith must go deeper than the appearance. Are 
you glad to be a Dunkard, today? Should not be embarrassed by 
the Gospel. What do we have to be ashamed of? What will we do 
when it is illegal to be a Christian, to hold meetings or to have a 
Bible? How deep is our faith? How strongly do we feel for the 
faith? Do we have the grace to die for the faith? We can't die for it, 
if we can't live for it. If more earnest in contention for the faith we 
would be stronger. 

Second Speaker: Bro. Jack Snyder. A Mountaintop Experience. 
Matt. 17:1-13. 

The Transfiguration was a mountaintop experience. It was a 
wonderful time when Jesus was revealed as being more than man. 
The greatest of the Old Testament saints added their assent to His 
message. We seek mountaintop experiences at General 
Conference and other spiritual activities. To reach the mountain- 
top we must go through the valley of decision. The first decision 
we must make is to take Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. 
There are many other decisions that we must make as Christians. 

The Transfiguration was not the first mountaintop experience in 
the Bible. The Apostles had been with Him during the Sermon on 
the Mount. Noah had a mountaintop experience on Mt. Ararat. The 
Devil tempted Christ on an exceeding high mountain so we have to 
be careful about our mountaintop experiences. 

We must depend on the Lord to reach the mountaintop. We must 
take the upward way. The Apostles almost lost their experience by 
wanting to build tabernacles for Moses and Elijah. God ended their 
plan by speaking out on behalf of Christ. Peter had been sincere in 
his plan but it would only have been for show and God hates that 
done only for show. Our show will not gain the mountaintop for us. 
There are rules to follow to have a true experience. We need to 
reach a higher plain of living. Preparation is necessary to receive 
spiritual lessons at the House of God. This preparation puts us in 
tune with God so we can have the true experience. Preparation is a 
part of the Spiritual armor. Peace is needed with God, within and 
with others. It is dangerous to climb mountains but that makes the 
mountaintop more worthwhile. We need determination because 
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apart from the crowd to reach the goal. We must be a separated 
people. Jesus must be there for us to have that experience. 
Without Him we could get no higher than this world. Today even 
those who have committed greater sins than Moses have the 
opportunity to reach the mountaintop, if it is Mt. Calvary. If we 
follow these rules we can have a mountaintop experience. 

Closing: Bro. David Kegerreis. 

Our faith today should be the faith given by Jesus Christ and 
followed with our whole heart. We live in changing times but there 
must be no changes in our faith. We must be prepared in heart to 
have a mountaintop experience. Have you had the experience of 
Calvary? 

Saturday Evening 

Moderator: Elder Edward Johnson 

Chorister: Bro. Martin Meyers 

Opening: Elder Clyde Schultz. Revelation 1 

We see many pictures of Christ as various artists suppose Him to 
have looked, but here is the true picture of Jesus. 

Speaker: Elder Ray Reed. The Doctrine of Non-conformity. Rom. 
12:1-2; I John 2. 

If we are to be partakers of Holiness of God and His Eternal 
Reward, we must bear the fruit of righteousness. We must follow 
the direction of the Holy Spirit. We need transformation, for in the 
natural we are not usable by God. If we are to be on the Lord's side, 
we must have our minds renewed and be filled with Holy Spirit. 
Satan brings fear and frustration on every hand, but the Christian 
can have better things if separated from the world. We must bring 
forth fruit to His honor and glory. 

Jesus wills that each of us would put off carnality and put on 
spirituality. We live in a day when men please self and fulfill lusts of 
flesh. We live in a selfish day. We have put our roots down deeply 
in this old world. 

In John 17, Jesus prayed for His Apostles and for us. Jesus was 
concerned for the Church and for you and me. He wants us to be 
separated from this world that the lost might see in us the reality of 
serving the true and living God. He desires that His people be 
sanctified. Let us look to Jesus. He is coming to receive His 
Church. The Devil works hard to discourage us. He wants us to be 
discouraged so we won't put forth the necessary effort and sacri- 
fice. We are to be a holy sacrifice. 

Nonconformity covers every area of our lives. One of those areas 
is our speech. We pick up and use the language and stories of the 
world. We remember foolish stories and jokes better than the Word 
of God. Matt. 12:34-37. There will be many words that must be 



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accounted before God. Our words should be with grace, seasoned 
with salt that we might know how to answer every man. What do 
our words reflect? Many words used, even by Christians, are but 
polite swearing. Our yes should be yes and our no, no. 

Nonresistance is another area where nonconformity has a part. 
This doctrine needs to be emphasized. The Church must lead the 
young in the right way. Matt. 5:38-44. The transforming law of 
Jesus Christ changes the old law of revenge and hatred. It is easy to 
pick at other people, but we are to have love, patience, 
compassion, returning good for evil. 

God has given us the breath of life and it is for Him to take it from 
us. Man should not take it. We should respect the beings of all men 
that they might come to the knowledge of the Truth and Eternal 
life. Although we are to love our enemies, yet it is often on the lips 
and in the hearts of even professing Christians to get even. We 
need to go back to love, gentleness, mercy and compassion. Rom. 
12:14-21 reemphasizes the words of Jesus. If the draft is reinstated, 
we must stand for Jesus Christ and let the government know that 
we can not take up arms to take any man's life. Our citizenship is 
not here but in another world. We are but strangers and pilgrims 
here. We are thankful we were born in America and we should 
honor our rulers, but we must not love this world so much that we 
would not stand for God. At the best we are here only a little while 
then we must meet Him. If we are so involved in this world that we 
would disobey God's Word, there will be no admission to Heaven. 

Another area of our nonconformity is our dress. I Pet. 3:3-4. 
Madam Fashion is a powerful disciple of the devil, working even in 
thje Church. The Church has wisely given us an attire that speaks 
of our pecularity. Not that we are odd but that we possess the 
peculiar characteristics of Christianity. We need to heed what the 
Church has taught us, that we be not conformed to the world. The 
devil wants us to pretty ourselves up. Pride is very dangerous. Let 
us not rebel against the standards set forth by the councils of the 
Church. 

Show is a great evil and it becomes even more so in the Church. 
We should be satisfied with the lowly and inexpensive clothing 
necessary that we might be covered modestly. I Tim. 2:9-10, 
similar to Peter's words, is Paul's words showing the union on this 
subject among the Apostles. That which is simple has less to go 
wrong with it, but the more complicated, the more trouble. This 
applies to the Christian's living. We should put worldly things out 
in the world and bring the things of the Church up to what they 
should be, that we might be holy. 

We have a wonderful calling and opportunity as children of God. 
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have a responsibility to mankind, first, to our Brethren and Sisters 
and then to others. The closer we walk in the steps of Jesus, the 
better position we will be in to help our fellow man toward the 
Saviour. Eph. 3:14-21, Paul's words of encouragement, that we 
might abide eternally with Him. 

Closing: Elder Frank Shaffer. 

God has in His Word given us a standard to live by. We are in the 
world but we are not of the world. Therefore we are to be trans- 
formed, not just reformed like world tries to do. Jesus did His 
Father's will, let us do His Will. 

To be continued. 

THE CLOSED DOOR 

It is so easy to talk, and we think once we've stated our position, 
that we've done all there is to do. Whatever the subject, whoever 
the listener, it is easier to talk than to try to get the message across 
in some other way. When talking about Jesus, it doesn't seem to 
take much effort. But what can you do when someone says, "No 
more talk about Jesus; I've had enough"? You are now facing a 
closed door. So, how do you get it open? Pray! 

When the usual means of communication are closed and you 
know you can no longer talk openly about Jesus, it may look hope- 
less. There is still an avenue open (it always is) whereby you can 
reach that person's heart for Christ, and that is through 
intercessory prayer. So often we think that when there's no good 
done by talking that we might as well quit trying, but such is not 
the case. There is more power in prayer than in all the words we 
can ever utter. 

"I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, 
INTERCESSIONS, and giving of thanks, be made for all men. Who 
(God) will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the 
knowledge of the truth." I Tim. 2:1, 4. Our will and God's wiil unite 
in intercessory prayer. God wants people to be saved and if we 
want people to be saved, we will pray for them. It takes a deep, 
heartfelt desire for someone to be saved to keep us praying as we 
should, to intercede for them as God would have us to. 

It takes much less effort to talk to someone about Jesus, than to 
put our energy into the best way, and sometimes the only way, of 
reaching someone's heart — prayer. To give ourselves wholly to 
prayer requires effort and time. It requires more energy than 
muttering a few half-hearted words which we call a prayer. It 
requires that we turn the need entirely over to God, so that we are 
out of the picture. It means that when the person is saved, God 
gets all the glory. Prayer is admitting to God that what we can say 
is not sufficient, that He alone can touch a heart. 



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When we pray as we should, it will not be known publicly. "But 
thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast 
shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father 
which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Matt. 6:6. No one 
will praise us for holding on in secret prayer for someone, but God 
will bless us. In private prayer, you need not worry that you will 
offend someone by your requests for only God hears you. 

Praying takes time. It takes giving of ourselves when we are 
getting nothing in return, only a complete dedication and concern 
will keep us praying when there's no response. At times we are 
simply too busy, running here and there, too busy with our daily 
duties to really pray. True praying requires that we have love and 
compassion, that we will pray as we would want someone to pray 
for us. Remember the Golden Rule when you pray for others. 

Jude 22, 23 says in part "of some have compassion; others save 
with fear." People respond differently to the message of salvation. 
The same approach will not work in every circumstance and life, so 
be careful what you say and how you pray. You should not ask for 
someone to receive a rude awakening if you wouldn't like one 
yourself. Rather than ask for a tragedy to happen to someone, ask 
for Jesus to happen to them. Ask for your loved ones to be saved to 
serve Jesus, but let God choose the way to awaken them to their 
need. 

Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all 
men unto me." John 12:32. He also said, "No man can come to me, 
except the Father which hath sent me draw him." John 6:44a. We 
are drawn unto Jesus, not driven to Him. It takes more than a 
tragedy or misfortune to awaken sinners to their soul's need, they 
must hear and believe the message of salvation. "The Spirit and the 
bride say, Come." (Rev. 22:17) This is the invitation which sinners 
must accept. The Father in love draws them unto Jesus, the only 
one who can meet our soul's need. 

"And I sought for a man among them, that should stand in the 
gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found 
none." Ezek. 22:30. Moses stood in the breach (gap) before God, or 
He would have destroyed Israel (Psa. 106:23). Jesus interceded for 
those who participated in the Crucifixion (Luke 23:34). The Holy 
Spirit intercedes for us "according to the will of God." (Rom. 8:27) 
Intercession means to plead on behalf of another. Will you be the 
one to stand in the gap, to plead with God on behalf of another? 
God can touch that heart that is like a closed door and make it 
open to Jesus. He wants to save — it's now up to you to pray. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN 

Matt. 11:1-9; Mark 9:2-10; Luke 9:28-36 

There is something about a mountain that makes you feel good. I 
lived in the mountains for a good many years and I liked to climb to 
the tops of mountains. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to ciimb a 
high mountain. You may have to walk for several hours over steep 
trails, rocks and water, but when you reach the top, how inspiring it 
is! From the top of a high mountain you can see for miles. It makes 
one feel very small but it makes God seem very big. To see the 
trees, waterfalls and range upon range of other mountains, brings 
God very close. It helps you to know that God made the earth and 
all that is therein. God created the little wild flowers, the birds, the 
insects, tiny ants and bugs, then we realize that He also made the 
mountains and the whole earth! When we gaze out across the 
valleys and see all this, it can only cause God to become real to us. 

One time Jesus took Peter, James and John up into a high 
mountain to pray. As Jesus prayed the disciples noticed that He 
began to change His appearance. Jesus was transfigured before 
them and His face did shine like the sun and His clothes became 
white and glistening. Peter, James and John were amazed at that 
they saw, but all of a sudden there appeared two other men, Moses 
and Elijah. Moses had died nearly fifteen hundred years before and 
Elijah had been taken up in a chariot of fire nearly nine hundred 
years before. They were talking with Jesus. How could this be? 
They knew Jesus and talked about how He would die at Jerusalem. 

Jesus came into this world to die. Because man had sinned 
Jesus was willing to die and pay the debt of sin. Because Jesus 
died, you and I have the opportunity to choose to live for Jesus. If 
we live for Him Jesus has promised us that after we die we will live 
again — for ever! Peter, James and John really had a mountain top 
experience. Would you like to have been there? To see Jesus and 
Moses and Elijah in glory — that would have been wonderful. It 
would be worth climbing the highest mountain to see what Peter, 
James and John say that day. 

Someday, if we are faithful to Jesus, we will see Him. John says 
that when He shall appear we shall be like Him; for we shall see 
Him as He is. Will there be mountains in heaven? John says, (Rev. 
21:10), "And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high 
mountain and showed me that great city, the new Jerusalem, 
descending out of heaven from God." 

We have to get up on top to see. We must get above — we must 
strive for the good things in life — we must live for Christ! Like 



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Mary, the sister of Lazarus, Jesus said, "Mary hath chosen that 
good part which shall not be taken away from her." The top of the 
mountains can be ours if we are willing to climb. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



REST 

In a former issue of the Bible Monitor, I have brought to our 
attention the importance of obtaining peace and union of 
righteousness, the way to the Eternal Home of peace and rest. Are 
we letting our lights shine that men may see our good works and 
God be glorified? 

As we grow older in life we feel the need of more rest. True 
Christians will not take part in a violence that destroys the peace 
and rest of others. Rest is an important necessity of life and 
appears many times in God's Word. To sustain life and maintain 
health, a certain amount of rest is needed. I think most of us have 
experienced that after a day's labor we expect to get a good night's 
sleep and rest. Often it has been destroyed by someone calling for 
help or by other disturbances. This will not be our experience in 
the Great Beyond. 

We notice in the day in which we live that many people are 
indulging in sin to the extent that it appears they are depriving 
themselves of much needed rest. We know of some who through 
their sins have destroyed the night's rest of others. Some day they 
will reap from the seed they have sown. "And I said, Oh that I had 
wings like a dove! for then would I fly away and be at rest." Psa. 
55:6. In this scripture we see a man after God's own heart, who 
desires and looks forward to a place of undisturbed rest. We find 
others in God's Word who were looking forward toward the great 
rest. "Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne and the earth is 
my footstool; where is the house that ye build unto me? and where 
is the place of my rest?" Isa. 66:1. "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in 
the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good 
way, and walk therein and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they 
said, We will not walk therein." Jer. 6:16. It is manifest in our day 
that many will not walk in the path of righteousness. The way of sin 
does not lead to an undisturbed rest. In our day there is no respect 
for the aged nor visits to the sick, rather there is a placing of hard- 
ships upon hardships. 

The laws of the land are opposed to violence and disturbing the 
peace and rest. Strife and violence should never appear at places 
of worship. Before God flooded the earth with water it was filled 
with violence. If we look into the record of Christ's life we see a 



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man without sin who was often disturbed from his earthly rest. He 
said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heaven laden, and I 
will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am 
meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." 
Matt. 11:28-29. As we look into the life of Paul and other great 
leaders, their earthly lives were often disturbed from rest and great 
suffering was their experience. I believe Christ was awake praying 
to God spending much time in prayer at night, when He really felt 
He needed rest. I believe He was tired when taken to the cruel 
death on the Cross. I believe the Apostle Paul felt he needed rest as 
he was punished for his labor for the Lord. I believe also that other 
faithful apostles needed rest as they suffered for their work in 
Christ Jesus. 

When an unclean spirit is gone out of a man he walketh through 
dry places seeking rest and findeth none. Matt. 12:43. True 
Christians do not take part in carnal strife, violence or vandalism. 
These are not the fruits of the spirit. They are the works of 
darkness. We cannot be a light to the world and take part in the 
works of darkness. Often those who have no respect for others 
have none for self. Carnal strife, violence and vandalism are a 
disturbance to peace and rest. Satan is the author of such. 

We can think of many faithful ones who are resting from the 
tears and sufferings of earth, who were here in this world. Many 
times our much needed rest is destroyed. By the help of God, we 
can stand the storms of life's pathway. Carnal strife, violence, 
vandalism and all evil are destructive and lead on to eternal 
destruction. If we are true to the saving Gospel of Christ, we will 
enjoy the eternal place of peace and rest. 

Brother J. F. Marks 

R.D. 3 Box 509 

York, Pennsylvania 17402 

* NEWS FLASH * 

WHAT SHALL I DO? 

Government Regulations: 

All men born in 1960, to register in the week of July 21, at the 
nearest Post Office. 

All men born in 1961, to register in the week of July 28 at the 
nearest Post Office. 

All men born in 1962, to register at the nearest Post Office, 
beginning January 1, 1981. 

What does the Bible say: Christ is the prince of peace. Isa. 9:6. 

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 
for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal". 2 Cor. 10:3-4. "But I 



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say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do 
good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully 
use you, and persecute you," Matt. 5:44. "Be not overcome of evil, 
but overcome evil with good," Rom. 12:21. 

What does the church say: Learning the art of war and partici- 
pating in carnal warfare or service in any branch of military 
establishment, at any time, is forbidden by the Scripture. Working 
in defense plants is inconsistent with Christianity. 

What do former Conscientious Objectors say: 

1. Study the Bible and make your personal conclusions. 

2. Be careful and definite in every statement that you sign. 

3. Determine to suffer for Christ, if necessary, financially or 
otherwise. 

4. Live a consistent Christian life in word, in actions, in every 
way of life. 

5. Whatever else you may do, never put on a military uniform. 

6. Be law abiding in every word and action, as far as you feel you 
are able. 

Howard J. Surbey, Exec. Sec. 
Civilian Service Board 

NEWS ITEMS 

NOTICE 

The new secretary of the General Mission Board is Elder Hayes 
Reed. Please send all donations for the Board to him at 1433 
Overholtzer Drive, Modesto, California 95355 for his records. 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Shrewsbury Congregation is looking forward to Revival 
Meetings for two weeks from August 3 to August 17. The Lord 
willing Bro. Dennis St. John of Stryker, Ohio will be our evangelist. 

We urge your prayerful support of these services and we 
welcome your attendance. Come and enjoy these meetings with 
us. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 
DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

The Lord willing, the Dallas Center, Iowa Dunkard Brethren 
Church plans to hold revival meetings from August 3 to August 17. 
Elder H. Edward Johnson of Wauseon, Ohio is to be the evangelist. 

We plan to have all day meetings August 16 and 17, with a 
Lovefeast the evening of the 16th. 

You are invited to come and be with us at these meetings. 

Sister Juanita Reed, Cor. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR AUGUST 

August 3 — Repentance; Healing on the Sabbath. Luke 13:1-17. 
August 10 — The Kingdom of God; The Strait Gate. Luke 13:18-35. 
August 17 — Jesus Teaches Humility; The Great Supper. Luke 

14:1-24. 
August 24 — Forsaking All for Christ. Luke 14:25-35. 
August 31 — The Lost Sheep; The Prodigal Son. Luke 15:1-32. 
QUESTIONS: 

(1) Why is repentance so essential? Luke 13:3, 5. 

(2) Jesus healed a woman on the Sabbath. What proved the 
ruler of the synagogue to be a hypocrite? Luke 13:15, 16. 

(3) Why is the Kingdom of God likened unto leaven? Luke 
13:21. 

(4) Why did many who sought to enter the strait gate, fail to do 
so? Luke 13:24, 27. 

(5) Why is it better to be humble? Luke 14:11. 

(6) What do you think was the reason that the wedding guests 
made excuses to not attend the supper they were invited to? 
Luke 14:18-20. 

(7) How can salt lose its savor? 

(8) Jesus said that there is more joy over one sinner that repents 
than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. 
Which of the following would you say was the most im- 
portant reason: 

(1) The person was a sinner. (2) He repented. (3) He was 
victorious over sin. 

(9) Why did the father give the prodigal son such a royal 
welcome? Luke 15:32. 

• ••#••• 

PARDON FROM KING 

A man was being tried for a crime, the punishment of which was 
death. The witnesses came in one by one and testified to his guilt. 
But there he stood, calm and unmoved. The judge and jury were 
surprised at his indifference, and did not understand how he could 
take such a serious matter so calmly. When the jury returned the 
verdict was "guilty." and when the judge passed sentence upon 
him, he told the criminal how surprised he was that he could be so 
unmoved in the prospect of death. When the judge had finished. 
the man drew a document from his bosom and walked out of the 
dock, a free man. The document was a pardon from the king and 
the prisoner was a free man. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR AUGUST, 1980 
DEATH 



Memory Verse: Col. 1:18 
And he is the head of the body, 
the church; who is the beginning, 
the firstborn from the dead; that 
in all things he might have the 
preeminence. 

Fri. 1 -Col. 1:1-29 

Sat. 2- Col. 2:1-23 



Memory Verse: Col. 2:13 
And you being dead in your sins 
and the uncircumcision of your 
flesh, hath he quickened together 
with him, having forgiven you all 
trespasses. 

Sun. 3- Col. 3:1-25 

Mon. 4- I Thess. 1:1-10 

Tues. 5 - I Thess. 4:1-18 

Wed. 6- I Tim. 5:1-25 

Thurs. 7- 2 Tim. 2:1-25 

Fri. 8- 2 Tim. 4:1-22 

Sat. 9- Heb. 6:1-20 



Memory Verse: I Thess. 4:16 
For the Lord himself shall 
descend from heaven with a 
shout, with the voice of the 
archangle, and with the trump of 
God: and the dead in Christ shall 
rise first: 

Sun. 10- Heb. 9:1-28 

Mon. 11 - Heb. 11:1-19 

Tues. 12- Heb. 11:20-40 

Wed. 13- Heb. 13:1-25 

Thurs. 14 - James 2:1-26 

Fri. 15- I Pet. 1:1-25 

Sat. 16-1 Pet. 2:1-25 



Memory Verse: Heb. 11:4 
By faith Abel offered unto God 
a more excellent sacrifice than 
Cain, by which he obtained 
witness that he was righteous 
God testifying of his gifts: and 
by it he being dead yet speaketh. 



Sun. 17- I Pet. 4:1-19 
Mon. 18- Jude 1-25 
Tues. 19- Rev. 1:1-20 
Wed. 20- Rev. 2:1-29 
Thurs. 21 - Rev. 3:1-22 
Fri. 22- Rev. 11:1-19 
Sat. 23- Rev. 14:1-20 



Memory Verse: James 2:26 
For as the body without the spirit 
is dead, so faith without works is 
dead also. 

Sun. 24- Rev. 20:1-15 

Mon. 25- Num. 23:1-24 

Tues. 26- Deut. 19:1-21 

Wed. 27 - Deut. 24:6-22 

Thurs. 28- Deut. 30:1-20 

Fri. 29- Jos. 2:1-24 

Sat. 30- Ruth 1:1-22 

Memory Verse: Rev. 14:13 
And I heard a voice from heaven 
saying unto me, Write, Blessed 
are the dead which die in the Lord 
from henceforth: Yea, saith the 
Spirit, that they may rest from 
their labours; and their works do 
follow them. 

Sun. 31 - I Sam. 20:1-23 



Memory Verses: Rev. 20:12 
And I saw the dead, small and 
great, stand before God; and the 
books were opened; and another 
book was opened, which is the 
book of life: and the dead were 
judged out of those things which 
were written in the books, ac- 
cording to their works. 

Deut. 30:19 
I call heaven and earth to record 
this day against you, that I have 
set before you life and death, 
blessing and cursing: therefore 
choose life, that both thou and 
thy seed may live. 



Paul R. Myers 

Box 117 

Qreentown, Oil 44630 



(USPS 054-780) 



BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LVIII 



AUGUST 1, 1980 



NO. 15 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



COME, HOLY SPIRlt, DOVE DIVINE 

Come, Holy Spirit, Dove divine, 
On these baptismal waters shine, 
And teach our hearts, in highest strain, 
To praise the Lamb, for sinners slain. 

We love Thy name, we love Thy laws, 
And joyfully embrace Thy cause; 
We love Thy cross, the shame, the pain, 
O Lamb of God, for sinners slain. 

We sink beneath Thy mystic flood; 
O bathe us in Thy cleansing blood; 
We die to sin, and seek a grave, 
With Thee, beneath the yielding wave. 

And as we rise, with Thee to live, 
O let the Holy Spirit give 
The sealing unction from above, 
The breath of life, the fire of love. 

— Adoniram Judson 



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LIVING WATER 

Some things are necessities in this life. Others are very j 
important and are nearly necessities. Other things are for our 
convenience. They save time and effort. Lastly, there are things 
which are merely for ornamentation or pleasure. They do not have 
a serious purpose. There is much time and money wasted upon | 
these unnecessary things. 

One of the necessities of life is water which is useful in many 
different ways. The human body needs water to quench thirst. 
Water is needed for washing the body and its clothes. It is 
necessary not only for humans but also for the livestock that 
provide food and raiment. Rain is needed to water the crops and 
provide our drinking water. 

Water is not only a necessity in the physical life, but also in the 
Spiritual life. When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at Jacob's 
Well, He revealed to her that she had a greater need for the water 
He had to give, than He had for the water she drew from the well. 
She could draw the water for a drink but that drink would not 
continually satisfy. But He offered water that was continually 
available. He offered her living water. 

The water in Jacob's Well was far below ground level. A vessel 
had to be lowered to get the water, then it had to be raised again 
and carried home. The water He offered was springing up. It is little 
wonder that she was so eager to be rid of such a task. But He was 
not offering physical water but the water of Spiritual life. Though 
she might thirst again for common water, she no longer needed to 
thirst for Spiritual water. 

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Today many are like the woman at the well, dry and dead, 
spiritually. They need the living water she received. Although this 
interview occurred many centuries ago, the same living water is 
still available today. Jesus could supply her and He can supply you 
and I today. 

This springing well of water is available to each who will avail 
himself of it. We may not fully understand the dynamics of this 
living water, yet we can put it to good use. We do not fully under- 
stand everything about physical water, yet we do not refuse it 
because of our ignorance. Likewise we should not refuse the water 
of eternal life. 

A good spring will send forth its waters during all seasons of the 
year. The coldest winter will not freeze it and the hottest summer 
will not dry it up. Likewise this fountain of living water will continue 
to issue forth no matter what adverse circumstances may come in 
the Christian life. Adversity will be a part of the Christian life, there 
will be struggles and heartaches. At those times the living water is 
very important. There is joy and newness at the beginning of the 
Christian life and there is joy at the end when the Christian's hope 
is fulfilled. In between there will be many occasions when the 
vibrant, living water will be needed. The living waters flow when we 
acknowledge that we need help that is greater than what we can 
provide for ourselves. When we rely upon the Spirit of God, which 
is pictured here as living water, we can overcome the hindrances 
along the way. The Spirit will lead us aright throughout the journey 
of life and will constantly refresh us like a cup of cold water. 

Water is necessary not only to quench the thirst but to cleanse 
the body. Water is also needed for spiritual cleansing. It is through 
the baptismal waters that we symbolically come in contact with the 
blood of Christ. It is not the physical cleansing properties of the 
water that is effective in cleansing away sins. It is the faith, 
obedience and repentant nature of the one being baptized that is 
effective. Even though the physical water is not the cleansing 
agent, it is still necessary. Without the application of the physical 
water, there will be no springing forth of the living water. In the 
washing of the water and the renewal of the Spirit a person is 
reborn. That spiritual water is ready to change that man from 
within. 

Water is important in every life. In the Christian's life, it not only 
has a part in the new birth, but it is from time to time used to clean 
away the dirt stains that hamper him. He needs his feet washed to 
be every whit clean and to continue to have a part with his Saviour. 
Again the physical water, though its presence is needed, is not the 
real cleansing agent. It is an examined, repentant, loving heart that 
must be there. 

Living water is as necessary to the Spiritual life as physical water 
is to the natural life Do you have that living water within you? 



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HOW MUCH DO YOU CARE? 

There are times when people suffer very serious injuries which 
cannot be repaired. As a result, a hand, foot or other part of the 
body must be amputated. Even though the injured part is gone, the 
body still "feels" its presence. A hand still gets cold, a leg aches — 
this is called "phantom pain or sensation." It is the body's way of 
still caring even for the missing parts. As part of the body of Christ, 
you should care for all the other parts (persons), whether present 
or absent, sick or healthy spiritually. 

People get very upset when even a small part of their body must 
be removed. They recognize that each part has a purpose, is useful 
and needed, and will not hastily consent to its removal. When 
someone backslides from God and spiritual death could occur, we 
should be even more concerned. Each person in the body of Christ 
has a purpose, is useful and needed in some way. We should not 
hastily consent to their removal from us, but should care for others 
as we care for ourselves. 

Does it really matter to you when a member of the body of Christ 
becomes "injured?" Maybe you think you don't need him or her, 
that you'd be just as well off without his fellowship. What do you 
think Christ's feelings are when someone is not strong enough to 
in faith? Does it concern only Christ, or do you suffer for your 
brother's sake also? "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, 
and every one members one of another." Rom. 12:5. If you are part 
of Christ's body, you are a part of every other member. All have 
been joined together in Christ, and if anyone is spiritually 
wounded or leaves the body, all should feel the loss. 

"Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given 
to us." Rom. 12:6a. We don't all have the same functions in Christ's 
body, anymore than all parts of our physical bodies have the same 
ones. Yet each is needed. "Nay, much more those members of the 
body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary." I Cor. 12:22. 
Someone in the body may not seem very important to you, in fact, 
they may not measure up at all to what you think they should be. 
But how much of your own body are you willing to get rid of, just 
because you or someone else doesn't think it is important? 

"That there should be no schism in the body; but that the 
members should have the same care one for another. And whether 
one member suffer, all the members suffer with it." I Cor. 12:25- 
26a. A schism is a division or separation. If your physical body 
becomes divided, some part will die, so you try to be sure that 
doesn't happen. In the body of Christ, we are to be united also, not 
divided or cut apart. This doesn't mean we will all be alike or 



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function in exactly the same way, but it does mean we have a 
common purpose — to serve God. It means that we care about 
each other and if one member suffers an injury, we all rally in 
support. 

Your little toe is a very small part of your body. It may not seem 
very important, and you are probably not aware of its function as 
part of your foot. However, if you bang that little toe into a chair or 
drop a brick on it, you will soon realize how important it is. You will 
make everyone around you aware of your suffering, because of 
your reaction. You will receive sympathy, not laughter, from those 
who know how you feel. When Satan "drops a brick" on that 
person who seems unimportant or useless, as compared to your 
little toe, do you care? Do you suffer also, and desire to help? 

"We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the 
weak, and not to please ourselves." Rom. 15:1. When we have 
surgery or an accidental injury, our whole body is aware of it. 
When we have a broken leg, we help it by using crutches and the 
strong leg until the break has healed. When we have surgery, we 
rest and restrict our activities so the wound can heal. We don't just 
ignore the injured part and do as we please, because we know that 
such carelessness would cause more problems. The members of 
Christ's body should care for each other likewise. We who are 
strong need to be a leaning post for one who is weak. We ought to 
provide support when someone is afflicted or when his faith is 
being tried. We are never so strong that we don't need to help each 
other. 

"And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for 
whom Christ died?" I Cor. 8:1 1. It is a sin against Christ when you 
wound the weak conscience of a brother. You have no right to do 
as you please or say what you please, regardless of who it hurts. 
Even the truth can be used as a club which will only wound 
someone. The truth must be spoken in love, in a way which will be 
understood and accepted. Christ died for the weak and helpless, 
as well as for those who are stronger. Your care should reach out 
to them also. Does it? How much do YOU care? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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It has been a maxim with me to admit of easy reconciliation with 
a person whose offense proceeded from no depravity of heart; but 
where I was convinced it did so, to forego, for my own sake, all 
opportunities of revenge. I have derived no small share of 
happiness from this principle. — Shenstone. 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD" 

Matt. 16:13-20; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-21 

Do you ever forget people's names? Do you ever wonder just 
who a person is and where you have seen him before? I think we all 
experience this. Even when we think we know a person and can 
remember his name, how much do we really know about them? 
Jesus was a man who was seen of many people. He preached to 
thousands and healed the sick or afflicted. Nothing was too hard 
for Him. He healed them all and they were made perfectly whole. 
You would think that everyone would know who Jesus was, but 
many people didn't. 

One day Jesus came near a town called Cesarea Philippi. It was 
a town in the northern part of Palestine. It is located in the beauti- 
ful hill country on the southern slopes of Mt. Hermon. It is near one 
of four streams of water that flow into the Jordan River. Jesus 
asked His disciples, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 

His disciples said, "Some say you are John the Baptist, some 
Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." John, the 
Baptist, had recently been killed by King Herod; Elijah had been 
dead nine hundred years; Jeremiah, six hundred years and the 
other prophets had been dead for a long time. Why did people 
think Jesus could be one of these men? I suppose, because He did 
so many miracles, that they thought He must be one of the 
prophets who had come to life again. Elijah had done many 
miracles by the power of God. Then Jesus asked His disciples, 
"But whom do you say that I am?" 

The disciples wondered about what they should say, but Peter 
who was always quick to answer said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son 
of the living God." This was one time Peter had it just right. Jesus 
was the Christ whom the prophets had said would come and heal 
the sick, cause the blind to see and the deaf to hear. He was the 
Son of God; "For God so loved the world that He gave His only 
begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish 
but have everlasting life." 

Jesus told Peter no man had revealed this unto him but his 
Father in Heaven. Peter was just a man, but God can put into a 
person's heart the right thing to say, if they really trust in Him. 
Jesus said that upon this answer, "Jesus was the Christ, the Son of 
the living God," He would build His Church. Jesus is the rock. He is 
a sure foundation. "There is none other name in heaven, given 
among men, whereby we must be saved." 



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Jesus is the Christ who was prophesied to come into the world. 
He taught people about God and Heaven and how to live. He died 
on a cruel, rugged cross so we could have our sins forgiven. He is 
the Son of the living God. He arose from the grave and lives forever 
more. If we believe His Word and do what He says, we, too, can 
have eternal life. 

Brother Rudy Cover 
■Continued from Page IS 

I want to enumerate a few of the New Testament teachings 
which are to be observed in the Church which Jesus Christ says, "I 
will build." We teach and practice trine immersion baptism, why? 
That is what the Bible teaches. John baptized Jesus in the River 
Jordan. We see Jesus in the water, the Holy Spirit descending on 
Him in the form of a dove and the voice of God saying "This is my 
beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." We believe that is the way 
Jesus was baptized. When Philip met up with the Eunuch and 
preached to him he must have been preaching baptism, because 
as they came to water the Eunuch said, "Here is water what doth 
hinder me to be baptized?" Philip said, "If thou believest thou 
may." He said, "I believe." Philip took him down into the water and 
baptized him and they came up out of the water. That's Bible 
baptism. I wouldn't be satisfied with any other form of baptism. 
That is what the Dunkard Brethren Church means to me. Also 
Jesus told Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again." Nicodemus said, 
"How could that be? Could I re-enter my mother's womb and be 
born again." "No," Jesus said, "Be born of water and of the Spirit." 
The water's first, remember. The trend is you don't need to be 
baptized. How are you going to be born into the family of God if 
you don't experience a re-birth? I'll go along with the Dunkard 
Brethren Church. 

Jesus went into the Temple one day, where he saw the money 
changers making His house a house of merchandise. What did He 
do? He cleansed that temple, did he not? I appreciate that the 
Dunkard Brethren Church does not have suppers and bazaars, ice 
cream socials and so forth, because I believe Jesus Christ would 
cleanse us if He were here. He said you make My house a den of 
thieves. You make it a house of merchandise. What do we have 
today over Christiandom? I'll let you answer that. The Church of 
Jesus Christ is not a style show, it is not a house of merchandise. I 
thank God that we take our stand. 

Five times in the Word of God we are commanded to greet one 
another with an holy kiss. We as a Church observe that. I said there 
are things related to the Word of God and how God worked this 
out. I want to just show you here. We are not to be users of tobacco 



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and liquor and dope and all that the world is using today. We are to 
greet one another with an holy kiss. We as a Church believe that 
and we stay away from these unholy things. How can I greet my 
brother with an holy kiss with tobacco juice on my mouth or the 
taint of cigarettes on my tongue. See how God worked this out? 
Come out from the world and be ye separate. Don't do what the 
world does. And I'm thankful the Church doesn't. 

We read in the Word of God if there be any sick among you let 
him call for the elders of the Church and be anointed with oil in the 
name of the Lord for the healing of the body, for the forgiveness of 
sins, and for the strengthening of the faith. You know that's a 
wonderful ordinance. There have been miracles come out of the 
anointing. You know there's a lot of denominations that don't 
practice it. We have in the Word of God those things which 
accommodate salvation and the anointing is one. Thanks be to God 
that we have that service. God knows the blessings that He'll 
bestow to those who carry out that ordinance. 

It reminds me of fifty-seven years ago when Conference was at 
Calgary, Canada. I got on the train going to that Conference. After 
that Conference our group went on to California. We went into a 
restaurant one day, where the sign said, "All Meals Served Family 
Style - 35$. " When we were about finished with our meal, they 
came around with big trays of pie. Anyone who wanted a piece 
could have one. One man in our group could easily have had a 
piece, but he was very close with his money. He turned it down. 
When we went up to the register we all paid 35$ including this man. 
He regretted he hadn't eaten that piece of pie. Every time after- 
wards when we went into a restaurant and they asked if he wanted 
pie, he asked, "Does it go with the meal?" My point is, there's a lot 
of things that go with Salvation that are ours if we obey the Word. 

The prayer veil and long hair on the sisters. Not many 
denominations observe this anymore. The hair that is cut off of the 
women becomes a shame to Almighty God. The Word says a sister 
is to be covered. The hair is not a covering. She is to be covered in 
time of praying and prophesying. And I question that there is any 
time that a sister isn't doing one or the other. I think she should be 
covered because of the angels. I have seen Churches which at one 
time observed that and have lost it. May we never give up these 
wonderful, beautiful ordinances. 

Non-conformity in dress. You know it is just about to the point 
you have to be ashamed to go to the grocery store. Even 
professing women are not ashamed to bare their bodies. In 
California there is a large painting of the crucifixion of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. As a recording gives the message and the scripture, 



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there is an electric hand that points to each thing it refers to. Very 
few people can go in there and see that but what shed tears. You 
have to buy a ticket to go in there. Ahead of me was a man, a 
woman and their daughter, perhaps twenty years old. She had on 
shorts and a bikini. The ticket seller sold the parents a ticket but 
when she came and put her money in the window he said, "I'm 
sorry, no admittance, dressed like you're dressed." She said, "Well, 
I came from North Dakota and I want to see that picture." "Well," 
he said, "you can't go in the way you are. Don't you have some 
dresses with you." She said, "No." He said, "Do you mean to tell me 
you came from North Dakota and didn't bring any dresses with 
you." She said, "No." "You can't go in then." Her father spoke up, 
"She can go in. She dresses like that and sits in our choir." The 
man said, "I don't care where she sits in your choir, she's not going 
in here." She didn't. In the Holy Land is a large stone Church with a 
great big stone over the door. Engraved in that stone centuries 
ago, "No one admitted immodestly clothed." And they didn't get in. 
Doesn't that put us to shame in this generation. I believe in the 
Dunkard Brethren Church because we don't believe in a thing like 
that. We believe that's the world and not the Church. 

I am thankful to God that we maintain our stand on divorce and 
re-marriage. It's happening in modern Christiandom. I'm in the 
Dunkard Brethren Church because we don't do that — we don't 
believe in that. The Bible teaches against that. We're living in a day 
when men and women are living together who have been married 
and aren't married, and that's contrary to scripture. I've read of a 
certain General Conference in which they decided that they would 
install homosexuals in the ministry. Do you remember when He 
chose the seventy what the instructions were, what the 
qualifications were? It surely doesn't include homosexuals. That's 
how the world is contaminating the Church. The Church is to make 
an impression on the world and not the world on the Church. 

I'm thinking of the feet washing. I know denominations that 
practiced that but they don't anymore. But Jesus said, "If I wash 
thee not thou hast no part with me." I don't believe Jesus ever used 
a double standard. I believe we are to do, as Jesus gave us the 
example. That is one of the ordinances of God's House, that's New 
Testament teaching and I believe it's observed in the Church of 
Jesus Christ. 

Non-swearing, non-lying, conscienous objectorship. Oh, there's 
many more. I believe Christiandom has failed in her job. And I 
believe that is one of the reasons that we are experiencing 
devastating floods, volcanic eruptions, tornadoes, earthquakes, 
robbery, rapes, unemployment, devaluation of the dollar, the 



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holding of the hostages. I believe it's because America has gotten 
too far off the Rock. The children of Israel when they had a king 
that obeyed God, God fought their battles for them. When they had 
a king that knew not God, the children of Israel lost. Jesus said, 
"Will I find faith on earth when I come again?" I can answer that. 
The Church of Jesus Christ will maintain faith, although the Bible 
teaches there will be few. 

Some years ago I held a revival in California. I spent a day with a 
Deacon who showed me nineteen churches and pointed out the 
teaching of each one. Now he said we have one more to go to. He 
drove over to our own little church. He said I'm in this Church 
because I don't need to go to the other nineteen. I can get it all 
here. And my prayer is that we maintain that position, especially as 
we see His Coming drawing nigh. I believe in the Dunkard 
Brethren Church because I believe she is trying to carry out the 
will of God. This is exactly what the Dunkard Church means to me. 

I want to feel like Paul when it comes down to the end of time for 
me. Paul said, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished the 
course, I have kept the faith." That is my prayer for all of you. Let 
us keep the faith that was once delivered unto the saints. If we do 
nothing we are not a part of the Church that Jesus is coming for. 
Maintain the faith, don't let these ordinances and these doctrines 
pass as we have seen so many places. Let us earnestly contend for 
the faith. 

To be continued 

1980 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from July 15, 1980 Issue 

Sunday Morning 

Moderator: Elder Edward Johnson 

Chorister: Elder James Kegerreis 

Speaker: Elder Warren Smith. Phil. 3. 

Why do we make great efforts to attend Conference? We need to 
conform to something. We feel the need to be with Christians. Are 
we walking by one rule? We must conform to the teaching of God's 
Word. Even businessmen want their employees to dress alike, why 
should not the Church demand the same? Of all the beliefs in the 
world, which can we believe? We must believe the Word of God. 
We must have a zeal in our service for Christ. We are living for the 
future not the past. 

Sunday A.M. 

Moderator: Elder Jacob Ness. 

Chorister: Brother Larry Andrews. 

Opening: Elder David Ebling. John 15. 



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The figure of the vineyard was used by Jesus to picture the need 
for both the vine and the branch to produce fruit. We need to have 
a close relationship with Jesus so we can bear fruit. Gal. 5 contains 
the fruit of the Spirit. The first three picture our relationship with 
God. The second three our relationship with our fellowman and 
the last three are those within us. 

First Speaker: Elder Paul R. Myers. What the Dunkard Brethren 
Church Means to Me. Matt. 16:13-20. 

I believe the Dunkard Brethren Church is built upon the Rock, so 
I have chosen this subject. I am not here to criticize other 
denominations but to testify of the Lord Jesus Christ, the hope that 
lieth within me. 

I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who purchased the 
Church with His own blood. He said, "I will build my Church." He 
did not say "churches." We believe according to the Scriptures that 
the Church which Jesus Christ built is in full conformity with the 
teachings of the New Testament. I do not believe Jesus built a 
Church contrary to the Word of God. I believe the New Testament 
is the blueprint for the Church wherein we can save our souls, 
wherein we can gain Heaven. That is the Church I believe that I am 
in. It is the Church that Jesus built, that He is going to come for. 
We must obey the teachings of Christ to be in that Church. He left 
Heaven, to come to this sin-cursed earth, where he shed His blood 
on the cross of Calvary to pay for the full atonement of your sins 
and mine. That is the kind of Church that Jesus gave His life for. 

I am firmly of the faith that we have to be in the Church that 
Jesus built, it we want to be saved, if we're going to gain entrance 
into that Beautiful City over yonder. 

Jesus taught a wonderful lesson about builders. Some built 
upon the rocks, the storms and floods came but that building 
stood. Some built on the sand, the floods and storms came and 
that building was destroyed. I would compare that to the Church. 
The true Church of Jesus Christ will stand. The gates of hell shall 
not prevail against it. You have to be on the right foundation in 
order to build a Christian life that is acceptable to God. We have to 
be on that Rock because Satan is out to destroy us. He is creating 
terrific storms today. I am thankful though He is powerful, the 
Rock, the Lord Jesus Christ, is all powerful. 

I have not chosen this subject to belittle anyone's faith. If I can 
bring some comparison, something from the Word of God that can 
cause each of us to be drawn a little nearer to God, live a little 
closer, obey the Scriptures just a little more, that's my motive. I 
have heard from this pulpit, nearly every speaker believes the time 
is short till Jesus comes for His Church. And I believe that. And I 
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I want to encourage us all. True, faithful members of the Church, 
don't give up. The prize is not given at the beginning nor in the 
middle but at the end of the race. Those who are pillars in the 
Church remain pillars, even grow stronger. To those who are in the 
Church and are a little indifferent about their soul's salvation 
maybe not as strong for the Church as they once were, maybe they 
have weakened a little bit, I encourage you to reassess your life. 
Whatever it takes get back, get right with God. The Church of 
Jesus Christ is the only means whereby we can go to Heaven. To 
the young converts who have recently come into the Church, I 
encourage you to take up the work of the Church. Just resign 
yourself to the work of the Church, just do what the Church asks 
you. If you're faithful as you go along through life, God may have a 
special calling for you. I can assure you, Brothers and Sisters, that 
when you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ you made the best and 
most serious decision of your life. It is not only for time but it goes 
on through eternity. To those who are on the outside, who have 
never considered the worth of their souls, who have never 
accepted the Lord Jesus Christ, I warn you to enter the ark before 
the door is shut. The five foolish virgins thought that they would 
make it at the last minute, but when they came back from trying to 
get oil, what happened? The door was closed. I can almost hear 
them, "Lord, Lord open up unto us." The Lord didn't. The door was 
shut. When Christ comes there will be no second chance. 

I believe that the Dunkard Brethren Church conforms to Jesus 
and the New Testament teachings regarding ordinances and 
commandments. I believe the Dunkard Brethren Church is a 
called-out people and I have every right to believe that we can win 
salvation and Heaven if we obey our doctrine and creed. 

This is not a new way of life. In 1708 Bro. Alexander Mack and 
seven other souls, after prayer, meditation and fasting, received 
from God the direction of the Holy Spirit. When those eight souls 
were taken down into the Eder River, they separated themselves 
from the world and the state church. I feel more safe in the 
Dunkard Brethren Church than in any other denomination I know 
of. That's my feelings. I realize scattered over Christendom, there 
are individual, independent congregations that are living close to 
the Word, but as for me and my house, I am well pleased where we 
are at. 

What the Dunkard Brethren Church means to me is an assembly 
of believers and doers. We are to be not only hearers but doers of 
the Word. I like where I am working, the love one for another, the 
fellowship we're enjoying. This is a little bit of Heaven. What will it 
be like when the redeemed of all ages are garnered in and there we 



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meet together with Christ and the Saints of God? It is worth every 
sacrifice we make here. If we miss Heaven we have missed it all. 

I feel sorry for those who worship Mohammed or Buddha or 
Confusius or others. Again I am not condemning their position but 
we are taught to worship God. I am thankful that is the position of 
the Dunkard Brethren Church. "Work out your own salvation with 
fear and trembling." Not that we should be afraid of God but we 
should be very careful about keeping all of His commandments 
and His ordinances. I am in the Dunkard Brethren Church because 
I believe we carry them out as close as any body of believers. 

I believe the Dunkard Brethren Church is a shelter from the 
world. Our dress, our manner of speech, our conduct before the 
world places us in a situation wherein is protection. We don't go to 
the dance halls and beer parlors and the worldly places of amuse- 
ment. Yet, I know with some denominations that is no factor. You 
go to Church and any place else you want to go. My Bible says, 
"Come ye out from among them and be ye a separate people saith 
the Lord." And I believe that. We can not claim to do the work of 
the Holy Spirit and be affiliated with the world. 

I want to try to emphasize just how God made provision that we 
might be a separate people. And how all things work together like a 
jigsaw puzzle. You leave one piece out and you don't have a 
complete puzzle. You leave one commandment out and you don't 
have the Church of Jesus Christ. You leave one ordinance out and 
what do you have? It is like that unfinished puzzle. The Brethren 
fully uphold separation from the world, which is almost unique 
today among the various denominations. 

I believe in the Dunkard Brethren Church because she believes 
in the King James Version. There's many advanced versions today 
which we don't believe in. One of the reasons is, we are 
commanded not to add to or to take from the Word of God. Many 
of the revised versions come along to accomodate those who do 
not want to carry out the full gospel. 

I firmly believe that Jesus Christ brought from Heaven a saving 
Gospel and there is none other. I believe in the mission of the Holy 
Spirit and I'm sure the Holy Spirit will not lead anybody contrary to 
the Word of God. I believe the Holy Spirit will properly interpret the 
Gospel that Jesus brought and will aid us in obeying that Gospel, if 
we are seeking to be a part of that Church which Jesus said, "I will 
build." I'm thankful on the front page of our Bible Monitor we read 
this motto: "Spiritual in life and Scriptural in practice." That covers 
a lot of territory but that is one of the reasons I'm in the Dunkard 
Brethren Church. 

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AND THE SNAKE HAD NO INVITATION.... 

Last Sunday as we were singing in the Ant Hill Church, Mae and 
Peggy Toledo came in. Right away Mae spied something behind 
me and up. Then everybody was looking and I had to find out also. 

Very nicely, hurting nobody, and lying on the sill (the church is a 
shell) was a snake — harmless, but nonetheless, a snake. 

Bro. David tried to continue the service, thinking we would leave 
each other alone, but it began to crawl. We knew we would have to 
get the snake out or nobody would pay attention to the service. He 
asked me to sing and he would get the snake out which he 
proceeded to do after finding a box and a stick. 

Needless to say, few were helping to sing, so after the first verse I 
sat down and we all watched. The snake did not want to leave! His 
trail went along half of the church, behind some insulation and 
eventually out the door. During this time the unpredictable Mr. 
Snake alarmed the audience. One lady got up on her chair, others 
swiftly moved whenever the snake seemed to be coming in their 
direction and utterances came although subdued. 

We encourage all people to come to church, but the snake was 
not invited nor wanted. Furthermore, he did not want to leave. The 
snake provided Bro. David with good subject matter as he went 
into his sermon and we had a good message. 

As I have had many thoughts about this snake since then, I had 
to compare him to the confusion that seemingly harmless "snakes" 
are causing in our churches. These "snakes" appear harmless but 
if they are allowed to remain in the church they become as 
poisonous as rattlers, causing divisions, confusion, misunder- 
standings, discord, unrest and the list goes on. 

Cannot we all use our "sticks" (swords) and get rid of these 
snakes? 

Sister Mildred Skiles 
Cuba, New Mexico 

• •••••• 

UNLIMITED EFFICACY 

Let us think of the innumerable stars — millions and millions. Let 
us suppose them all to be densely inhabited for countless ages by 
racesof fallen beings. We have nofigurestoshowthe number of the 
individual souls, still less to represent the multiplied actsof sin of all 
those single souls or spirits. But we know this, that the blood of 
Jesus would have been more than sufficient to cleanse all those 
countless fallen creatures, and to absolve every separate sinner 
from every one of his manifold sins. 



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MARRIAGE 

REED - MYERS 

Sister Donna Marie Reed, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Carl Reed, 
Grandview, Missouri and Bro. David Dale Myers, son of Bro. and 
Sis. Nelson Myers, Manheim, Pennsylvania were united in 
marriage May 24, 1980 at the Grandview Dunkard Brethren 
Church. 

The ceremony was performed by Bro. Fred Pifer, of Adel, Iowa. 

The couple will be at home at Box 6, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063. 

NEWS ITEMS 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

The Swallow Falls Congregation announces their upcoming 
revival services. They will begin August 15 and close on August 24, 
with the morning services. Lovefeast will begin on August 23 at 
2:00. Evening services at 7:30 each evening. Bro. John Peffer will 
be our evangelist. Come and worship with us. 

Sister Carolyn Mellott, Cor. 



WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Waynesboro Congregation is again looking forward in 
prayer to another Spirit-filled revival, beginning Monday, 
September 1, 1980 and continuing fortwo weeks. The Lord willing, 
Elder Allen Eberly from Ephrata, Pennsylvania plans to be with us 
at that time. We beg an interest in your prayers and extend a hearty 
invitation for all to come and enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Wilma Eberly, Cor. 



THANKS 

I wish to thank each of you dear ones for remembering me while 
in the hospital; with your prayers, hospitality, cards and love. 
May God bless each of you for the same. 

Yours in Christian love, 
Brother D. Paul Reed 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

Warren C. Smith. Treasurer 
McClave. Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Ind. 46919 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Howard J. Surbey, Chairman 

749 W. King St. 

Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Dean St. John 

1040 Hillsdale Road, R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
Warren C. Smith 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Wiltiam Carpenter, Chairman 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Va. 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto. Ca. 95351 

Charles Leatherman 
1-18158-H 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Sec. 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 N. Queen St. 

Littlestown. Pa. 17340 

717-359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 

Peru, Ind. 46970 

317-395-7879 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, N. Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his records. 



Paul R. Myers 

Box 117 

Green town, Oil 44630 



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VOL. LVIII 



AUGUST 15, 1980 



NO. 16 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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

WHAT SHALL IT BE? 

Out of this life I shall never take 

Things of silver and gold I make. 
All that I cherish and hord away, 

After I leave, on this earth must stay. 

Though I have toiled for a painting rare 
To hang on the wall, I must leave it there. 

Though I call it mine, and boast its worth, 
I must give it up when I leave this earth. 

All that I gather, and all that I keep, 

I must leave behind when I fall asleep. 
And I often wonder what I shall own 

In that other life when I pass alone. 

What shall they find, and what shall they see, 
In the soul that answers the call for me? 

Shall the Great Judge learn, when my task is through. 
That my spirit has gathered some riches, too? 

Or shall at last it be mine to find 
That all I'd worked for I'd left behind'? 

— Sunshine Magazine — 

Selected by Sister Ruthanna Sauerwein 



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A SURE THING 

Men are always looking for a sure thing. Often they will make 
unwise decisions as they pursue that elusive thing. Men want 
something sure in this unsure world. 

Deep down, men realize that the things of this world will lastonly 
a short time. Man has proof daily of the decay and destruction of 
the human body and the objects of this world. The body grows 
weaker as it becomes afflicted with various diseases and 
conditions. The objects of the world are destroyed by wind, fire or 
water. So the world and man are very impermanent. Although 
these visible things (houses, buildings and scenery) seem so 
permanent, they are only temporary. 

As a man realizes that he has but a short lifespan, he may react in 
various ways. He may try to ignore his mortality by using his time 
for pleasure and lust, trying to persuade himself that he has 
nothing to worry about. Or he may wisely conclude that since life 
is short and eternity is long, he should use his time to prepare for 
that eternity he must face. The preparations made in this short, 
impermanent life will be the basis of his condition throughout 
eternity. 

Eternity is an idea foreign to the finite mind of man. He is 
accustomed to finite limits — birth, death, hours and minutes. The 
human mind is boggled by beginingless and endless eternity. But 
eternity can not be denied simply because it is not understood. 
Man's denial will not cause it to cease. There are many things in 
this life that we do not understand yet we accept them. We do not 
know all concerning the tree bearing her fruit or the conception 
and birth of a child but we accept and depend upon these things. 

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The only fear we need to have concerning eternity is how it will 
be spent. We need not fear death for it is our entrance into eternity. 
But what will that eternity hold? There are but two eternal destinies 
available to man. His destiny will be either Heaven or Hell. These 
two eternal destinations stand as extreme opposites. 

Eternity is so near to mankind. An illness, an accident or an 
incident can usher man through the portals of death into eternity. 
Man has no promise of the morrow let alone of his future. It 
behooves him to make the necessary preparations, so if the 
unforeseen occurs, he will be ushered into an eternity that will be 
as he desired. God has an unbreakable law. Though man may try 
to circumvent that law, in the end he will find that he can not. The 
price for ignoring and disobeying God's law is terrible. That price 
is eternal separation from God. The law of God is "for whatsoever a 
man soweth, that shall he also reap." This law is a sure thing. 

It is not only this law but all of God's Word that is sure. It is the 
whole Word of God that is needed by a man if he is going to sow 
wisely so he will reap a profitable eternity. The man who desires to 
reap well must have the Bible to tell him how to live. The Bible is 
sure because it is not man's production but God's. God knows the 
eternal needs of the human heart far better than the best of men. 

The origin of the Word guarantees that it is sure. The Bible is not 
the product of men's minds not even of holy men's minds. Holy 
men were activated by the Holy Spirit to give us the will of God. 
Considering the source of this Word, it is good for us to pay heed 
to it. In the darkness of the sins and philosophies of this world, the 
Bible stands forth as light. The mind of God is superior to any plan, 
program or scheme put forward by man. It leads us from that 
darkness that surrounds us to the eternal light of Heaven. 

Peter says, "We have a more sure word of prophecy." (II Pet. 
1:19-21) He not only tells us that we have a sure thing but to 
emphasize it he adds the comparative word "more." There is no 
doubt about the sureness of this word. There may be doubt about 
the promises of men but never concerning God's Word. 

The "sure things" of this world often turn out to be frauds and 
disappointments. God's Word is sure and forever settled in 
Heaven. Thereby we can sow the proper seed that will grow up into 
a bountiful, spiritual harvest. To have that harvest, we must be 
willing to hear, accept and follow what God has given us in the 
Bible. If we can accept this sure thing, and make it a reality in our 
lives then we can look forward to an eternity that is a sure thing. 

Do you have a sure thing in this life? Are you sure? Only through 
God's Word can you be sure. 



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1980 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from August 1, 1980 Issue 

Sunday A.M. 

Second Speaker: Elder Howard Surbey. What Manner of 
Persons Ought Ye to Be. II Pet. 3:11-18. 

We spent 1979 in our Sunday School studying the Book of 
Isaiah. What did we learn? We refer to Isaiah to bring some things 
to you. Isaiah 19:16-25. 

To get the layout of this scripture, picture Egypt to the south and 
west, Assyria to the east and north, and Israel is in the middle. 
Assyria is now Iraq and Iran. Energy is the great interest of the 
world today. The Middle East is the center of energy and mineral 
wealth. Is it possible that Egypt, Assyria and Israel may be brought 
together through the power of God. I am not a prophet but I would 
like to picture some things for us to look forward to as warnings. 

Think of the riches of energy that lie in this area. Then consider 
the possibility of Russia moving south with five million men and 
China moving west with twenty-five million men to get this energy. 
Would this not be the Battle of Armegeddon? Peter warns us to pay 
attention to the old prophets. 

II Pet. 3:11-18. Are we too particular about the things of God's 
Word? We are to be mindful of words of prophets and command- 
ments of Apostles. We have something to do in this current life. 
How serious is our mission? How much time do we spend in it? 
How interested are we in it? How much are we willing to sacrifice 
for it? We have a great concern for the recent developments 
concerning the draft and registration. Our greatest help in being 
sure we do not have to bear arms in the manner of our living. 

There is a lack of holy conversation and godliness. If we're 
careful about that, there's nothing to fear, everything will turn out 
okay. God will take care of His own but we must be His own. We 
must serve Him. We ought to be dearer to our Lord and Saviour, 
nearer to one another, nearer to salvation of the lost. We need to be 
a good influence in speech and action. We need love for one 
another and the Church. We need an interest in the salvation of 
souls. There is nothing that will make a happier, more joyful 
Christian life than this. 

We find sometimes in our Christian lives and service that there 
are problems. There are some things hard to do. Some things that 
we have been interested in seem difficult. Why? 

Do we appreciate the blessings we have in this nation? We ought 
to, that we might be the manner of persons that we should be. 

Closing: Elder Harley Flory. 

"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have 
love one to another." 



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Sunday P.M. 

Moderator: Elder Edward Johnson. 

Chorister: Bro. Merle Swihart. 

Opening: Elder Charles Leatherman. Phil. 2:5-16. 

Jesus Christ has a name above every name. Unless He helps us 
build our lives, our labor will be in vain. 

First Speaker: Elder Allen Eberly. Ye are... a Peculiar People. I 
Peter 2:9. 

What does "peculiar" mean? Here is does not mean that we are 
hard to get along with or have exclusive views. But the meaning 
here, concerning the People of God, is someone who belongs to 
one person or truth or has the characteristics of only one. That is 
something worth striving for, for that person is Jesus Christ. 

To be a peculiar people we must be wholly committed to God. 
We can not be two-faced. If we are ashamed of Him, He will be 
ashamed of us. We do not need to be ashamed of being a peculiar 
people. Matt. 6:24. We cannot serve two masters. 

Ex. 19:5. A peculiar people is an obedient people. We see in the 
Old Testament examples of disobedience like Jonah and we see 
the consequences. Today we are mindful of the standards of the 
Church and our obedience to them if we are a peculiar people. We 
need a new heart. We must have God's heart transplant. We must 
repent of our old wickedness to have this new heart of obedience. 
God can work through our lives. 

Titus 2:14. A peculiar people is a purified people. We must be 
pure in the sight of God. There are so many ways we need to purify 
ourselves. Ps. 135:4. The Church is a precious treasure in God's 
sight becaue we come by the Cross. 

A peculiar people are known by the people of the world. What 
are the things that distinguish us from the world? They desire to be 
ring leaders. They often do this by their words, which are often 
filthy and foolish words. As a peculiar people the Bible should be 
as familiar as their stories and jokes are to them. What is our 
reaction to their words? As a pure people we should turn away 
from such. 

A peculiar people is a helping people. They become involved in 
helping people through hard times. They think of others before 
themselves. Are you this kind of person? 

Eccles. 12:1. The young should give their hearts to the Lord at 
the age of accountability. Do not wait until old or on deathbed to 
turn to God and waste all those years when you could have served 
Him. 

The Bible speaks to each of us. It covers many areas of 
information. It speaks with the authority of God. As a peculiar 
people we believe its message, whether of Heaven or Hell or of our 
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Some people try to be popular while others try to be holy. Jesus 
did not advertise His deeds but rather said, "to tell no man." There 
is a difference between being popular and peculiar. 

A peculiar people must not have the secondary things of this 
world as their primary interest. We must come out and be separate 
from the material and political things. The peculiar born-again 
child of God will not be a slave to the material things of this life. 

A peculiar people are an old-fashioned people. They are not a 
part of the latest fashions. They are the people who go to Church 
instead of following pleasures. We should be thankful for the 
standard of dress upheld by the Church. The styles and fads of the 
world are not for a peculiar people. God will honor a modest 
people. 

A peculiar people is a people who respects authority. God 
speaks to us through the New Testament and through the manual 
and polity, which give the standards for the Church. Before the 
authority of the Church can be respected, the authority in the 
home must be respected. It would be easier for the Church officials 
to keep order in the Church, if the parents did in the home. A 
peculiar people are a thankful people at all times. This is a great 
bond in the Christian home. 

The people of this world are given to impure thoughts, words, 
and deeds. They ignore Christian training. Their homes are not 
Christian homes but the parents condon all kinds of activities. 
Peculiar people must be faithful until death unto God and in 
marriage. We must teach our children Christianity. We must be a 
peculiar people whom God can bless. 

To be continued. 

YOU CANT PLEASE THE PHARISEES 

"Critical Chris" is like a modern-day Pharisee. She is very 
careful about how everything looks. In her house, she keeps 
everything in just the right places and gets angry if things are 
disturbed. She expects others to be just as perfect as she thinks 
she is. At her neighbor's, "Critical Chris" points out the spider web 
in the corner and the lint on the floor. She is too busy criticizing 
and picking to notice her own spider webs and to remember when 
she swept dirt under the rug. If you will look carefully, you will 
probably see some "spider webs" and "dirt" in her heart also. 

The Pharisees were very critical of others, thinking they were the 
only ones who knew and did what was right. Such criticism cannot 
be justified, whether it comes from the Pharisees, "Critical Chris" 
or from you. Yet so often people are just as critical of others as the 
Pharisees were, not only spiritually but in every aspect of life. 



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Criticism can have a positive side, but most often, it doesn't. 
People pick about things they don't like, or does not conform to 
their way of thinking, without having just cause for doing so. 

Jesus could not please the Pharisees and you can't either. 
Whenever anyone has a critical spirit instead of a loving one, you 
can never please that person. No matter how hard you try, nothing 
you ever do will be right in that person's eyes. Either you can't do it 
fast enough, or you can't do it good enough, or it should have been 
done yesterday. A critical spirit looks for something bad in 
everything; the good goes unnoticed and unappreciated. 

The Pharisees continually found fault with Christ. They wanted 
to know why He ate with publicans and sinners (Matt. 9:11), the 
scum of society in their estimation. Jesus told them the sick are the 
ones who need a physician. The Pharisees were sick (with sin) also 
but they didn't know it, so Jesus couldn't help them. He told them 
they should learn what this means, "I will have mercy, and not 
sacrifice." So should we. Whether it's just that someone's ways are 
different than ours, or there's a deep spiritual disagreement, 
understanding and mercy can help solve the problem. Fault- 
finding just makes it worse. 

In Matthew 12, the Pharisees found fault with Jesus' Sabbath 
Day activities. Again, He tells them they don't know what this 
means "I will have mercy, and not sacrifice." If they had known 
what it meant to be kind, forgiving, ready to help others, they 
wouldn't have had a condemning spirit. They spent time watching 
Jesus, hoping to be able to trap Him in something, so they could 
stir up trouble. Do you ever do that? If you do, there is no way 
anyone could please you. 

The Pharisees wondered why the disciples didn't wash before 
they ate. They had a tradition about washing and anyone who 
didn't observe it was highly condemned. Jesus asked, "Why do ye 
also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" Matt. 
15:3. The Pharisees considered it more important to wash before a 
meal than to keep God's commandments. If you have a custom 
which means alot to you, be sure you don't allow it to push God's 
commands aside. Don't condemn those who differ with you, but 
encourage them instead to please God. 

Criticism is unfavorable comment. A critical person tends to find 
fault or criticize harshly. To criticize is to snap at, or to pick and 
find fault without reason. A person who criticizes books and art 
must be capable of judging with accuracy. The Pharisees were not 
capable of accurate judgment and neither are we. Jesus said, "Or 
how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of 
thine eye; and behold, a beam is in thine own eye?" Matt. 7:4. We 
can't see our own faults, even when they are bigger than the faults 
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If you have a tendency to criticize and pick, or make unkind 
remarks ask yourself where your critical spirit comes from. It is not 
good, it doesn't make anyone happy, it ruins your Christian life and 
testimony. A critical spirit is discouraging; it is the opposite of a 
loving, caring spirit, and it does not glorify God. Jesus did not have 
such a spirit. He did not tear people apart with nasty remarks, but 
manifested a loving, compassionate spirit to them. 

How can you avoid being like the Pharisees? Let love take over! 
"And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for 
charity shall cover the multitude of sins." I Pet. 4:8. "Love worketh 
no ill to his neighbor." Rom. 13:10a. If you have been like "Critical 
Chris", ask the Lord to have His way in your heart, and give you a 
new spirit — the spirit of love. If you are being criticized, keep the 
spirit of love. Remember — you can't please the Pharisees, but you 
can please Jesus. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



WANTED: DEAD 

KNOWN CRIMINAL: Attacks without warning, usually very coy 
and subtle. 

KILLER: Can kill body and soul. 

DESTROYER: Known to destroy the esteemed value of life itself. 
Will destroy all that is good and holy. 

HOME BREAKER: Will turn wives against their husbands and 
husbands against their wives. Parents are turned against their 
children and children against their parents. 

CHURCH SPLITTER: He has been known to split churches 
causing ministers to turn away in sorrow with their characters 
slandered. By breaking hearts of the saints he has destroyed 
christian standards and influence. 

NATIONAL HATE: He has brought nation against nation and 
kingdom against kingdom, causing hate and distrust to grow. 

ROBBER: He has turned riches into rags and kindness into 
bitterness. 

TURNS good health into illness. 

If he is not conquered, he will continue on his road of 
destruction leaving scenes of ruin, rivers of tears and souls 
suffering and tired, left with battle scars. (Read Matt. 12:35-37) 

When you see evidence of his whereabouts, approach him 
boldly in the name of Jesus, taking the sword of faith — Word of 
God. 

He can be caught and stopped! USE Matthew 18:18. 

Anytime he isn't brought under control, he can weaken the 
strength of others who are working. 



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His aliases are: TEMPER, GOSSIP, ENVY, LIAR, JEALOUSY. 

His true name is THE TONGUE! (Read James 3) 

by Ethel Buttram 

Are we busybodies and talebearers? Or in today's terms, do we 
enjoy gossip — both hearing it and repeating it? How true is the 
saying, "Wind a gossip up and they'll run somebody down." As 
children of God, young and old alike, we must refrain from evil 
speaking and slander. It comes from an evil heart (Luke 6:45) and 
often arises from hatred. (Psalm 109:3). Many times it is a product 
of idleness. (I Tim. 5:13). The time would be so much better spent if 
we prayed for that person. They who indulge in it are fools (Prov. 
10:18), wicked (Psalms 50:20), deceitful (Psalms 52:4), hypocrites 
(Prov. 11:9), and it is a characteristic of the devil (Rev. 12:10). 

The effects are many: it separates friends (Prov. 16:28), causes 
deadly wounds (Prov. 18:8), causes strife (Prov. 26:20), creates 
discord among brethren (Prov. 6:19), and even murder (Ps. 31:13; 
Ezek. 22:9). 

Because of slander, (1) by Potiphar's wife, Joseph was cast into 
prison (Gen. 39:14-18), (2) by the spies sent by Moses, the land of 
Canaan was misrepresented (Num. 14:36), (3) by Jezebel, Naboth 
was stoned to death (I Kings 21:9-14), (4) by the Jews, Jesus was 
crucified. 

Psalm 52:2-3: "Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, 
working deceitfully, thou lovest evil more than good; and lying 
rather than to speak righteousness." Are we guilty of this evil? 
When we hear something about another, do we stop and ask 
ourselves if it is true? If we repeat an untruth, even unknowingly, 
we are lying. And if it is true, what benefit does it bring forth by 
repeating it? Prov. 11:13 says "A talebearer revealeth secrets, but 
he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter." Is our desire to 
conceal or to reveal, to help or to hurt? Would to God we'd have a 
heart of love. Prov. 17:9 says, "He that covereth a transgression 
seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very 
friends." It would be helpful to all to frequently review the guide- 
lines on gossip which are listed in each February 1st Bible Monitor. 

"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil 
speaking, be put away from you, with all malice." (Eph. 4:31). "If 
any man among you seem to be religious and bridleth not his 
tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain." 
(James 1:26). 

Gossip may seem like such a small thing, but we will be held 
accountable. I Peter 4:15 lists it along with thievery and murder. 
"But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an 
evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters." Matt. 12:36, 
"But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they 
shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." 



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Let our prayer be Eph. 4:29, "Let no corrupt communications 
proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of 
edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." 

Here's an old song which is very appropriate: 

TATTLER'S WAGON 
Once I had a tattler's wagon 
Which behind me I did pull, 
Just as fast as I could empty it, 
Some friend would fill it full. 
By-and-by I got so busy 
There was little else to do; 
But still I'd meet the saints and sing — 
"I'm going thru Jesus, I'm going thru." 

Oh, we'd sing I want to seem Him — 

I think somehow we lied, 

For we would load our wagons up 

With tattler junk inside. 

And we would tattle as we went, 

Over the back fence too. 

Then we'd go to church and sing — 

"When we all see Jesus, we'll sing and shout the victory." 

We'd back our wagons up 

And get another load, 

And just as soon as we could go 

We'd start on tattler's road. 

And when we'd meet a passerby 

We'd stop and fret and stew 

Then dump some poison out and sing — 

"Makes me love everybody, makes me love everybody, 

Makes me love everybody, it's good enough for me." 

Folks, the thing that we should do 

Is smash those wagons now 

And each one bridle his own tongue 

And stop this thing somehow. 

Let's stop this awful tattling 

Let's bring it to an end, 

And we can go to church and sing — 

"In the sweet bye and bye, 

We shall meet on that beautiful shore. 

In the sweet bye and bye, 

We shall meet on that beautiful shore." 

Sister Delores Stuber 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"I'M GOING TO SUFFER; I'M GOING TO DIE" 

Matt. 16:21-28; Mark 8:31-38; Luke 9:22-27 

Jesus came into this world as a baby boy. He was born to die that 
you and I might live. Why was such a terrible thing necessary? Man 
had sinned by disobeying God. God is pure and holy. God cannot 
sin, neither can He be tempted but man can and is. 

We have an enemy; his name is Satan. He is the devil. He is 
jealous of God and wants you and I to turn away from Him. Satan is 
a spiritual being. We cannot see him but he can get into our minds 
and suggest things that are not right for us to do. Because he is 
invisible, we may think that the evil things that we think of are our 
own ideas, but they are not. By reading the Bible, which is the 
Word of God, we can learn what is right and what is wrong. Sin is 
disobeying God. 

Man had sinned and could in no way help himself. Jesus told His 
disciples, "I'm going to suffer; I'm going to die and be crucified on 
a cross so that God will forgive your sins." Jesus was tempted in 
every way that we are — yet without sin. He was the Holy One of 
God. He was pure and undefiled. God could accept a sacrifice that 
was without sin. Jesus was the only one who could pay that debt 
and satisfy the righeousness of God. 

We should never forget how difficult it was for Christ to give His 
life for the sins of the world. To be crucified on a cross was the 
punishment for the worst of crimes. Jesus had to be made to look 
like a criminal so we could have our sins forgiven. This was what 
was so hard for Jesus to do. He had neve sinned. To be made to 
look like the worst of sinners was repulsive to Him. He prayed in 
the garden of Gethsemane, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this 
cup from me, nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done." His 
sweat became as great drops of blood falling to the ground. It 
wasn't easy but Jesus did win the victory over sin. He was willing to 
suffer and die for you and me. 

It was not so much what He did but Who He was. Many wicked 
men have died on a cross but Jesus was pure, holy, without sin. He 
died that we might have life and have it more abundantly. 

The disciples didn't seem to understand until after Jesus came 
back to life. Then they knew what He had done for all mankind. 
Whosoever will may come to Him. Some day He will come again — 
not to suffer and die but to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The 
greatest that we can do is to live for Jesus, the one who suffered 
and died for us. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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"CHRISTIAN" POLITICS 

We would like to look at two scriptures at this time. Luke 20:25, 
"And he (Jesus) said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the 
things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be 
God's." Romans 13:1, (It would be well to read the entire chapter | 
for yourself.) "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. 
For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained 
of God." 

During this time, there is much being said concerning the duties 
and privileges of American citizens. Many ministers stress the fact 
that Christians living in America are also citizens and share the 
duties of being citizens, such as voting and defending "good 
legislation." We realize that Christians differ on the extent of 
political involvement they should participate in. We feel only 
Christian love for those who disagree with our line of thinking. 

We would like to look at this "issue" in just a little different way 
than is generally done. First of all, let us think of what the work of 
the Church is to be. Is it not to teach that Jesus Christ is the ONLY 
way to Heaven? Are we not to denounce and expose false 
teachings? Galatians 1:8, "But though we, or an angel from 
heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have 
preached unto you, let him be accursed." The Church, which is 
made up of born-again Christians, must be very narrow minded on 
this point. We cannot accept those who teach a false Christ, much 
less those who do not accept Jesus Christ at all in their theology. 
In line with this, we oppose Communism, because in reality it is a 
false religion, not primarily because it is a bad form of govern- 
ment. 

Now let us contrast this with the Constitution of the United 
States and the government established thereby. The Constitution 
and our government guarantees freedom of religion. This means 
that it recognizes all religions as being on "equal ground." This is 
illustrated by the prayers that open Senate and House meetings. 
They are offered by Mormans, Jews, and any other religious 
persuasion that is represented. We are not saying that it is wrong 
to allow this in government. We are only trying to show the 
difference between secular politics and the Church. 

As we stated before Communism is actually a religion. It is 
closely related to the "religion" of atheism, which in reality makes 
self "god." It would seem then that the Constitution guarantees the 
right of a communist government. However, we recognize that 
communism is also a political movement. While the Church 
opposes it on "religious grounds" we feel it is right and good if the 



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government opposes it on political grounds. But again we find a 
difference. The government may find it necessary to use force to 
oppose this evil. (Rom. 13:4) but the Church is never allowed to do 
so. (Rom. 12:14-21). 

We feel there may be a real danger in "Christian" politics. We are 
aware of past history when "Christian" groups forced all those 
living in their territory to become "christians." We feel very few of 
those who were forced into the faith ever received Jesus Christ as 
their personal Saviour and Lord. May it not be just as dangerous to 
try to force Christian ideals on the American public? 

This of course, leaves some unanswered questions such as, "Is it 
better to leave government up to the godless who might destroy all 
Christian principles?" We feel this is no more difficult question, 
however, than why God allows godless tyrants to rule over nations. 
We feel that Romans 13 includes all nations on earth. 

In summary, the government of the United States is to protect all 
the faiths represented in the nation. The Church is to adhere only 
to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to OPPOSE all other "faiths." We 
do not feel we could, as some preachers advise, die to save another 
faith, although we should be gladly willing to die for the faith of 
Jesus Christ, but not to take another life in the process, however. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, Pa. 17078 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR SEPTEMBER 

Sept. 7 — The Unjust Steward; Divorce. Luke 16:1-18. 
Sept. 14 — The Rich Man and Lazarus. Luke 16:19-31. 
Sept. 21 — Offenses; Forgiveness; Faith. Luke 17:1-10. 
Sept. 28 — "Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole"; The Kingdom of 

God. Luke 17:11-21. 
QUESTIONS: 

(1) Why did the one who was cheated by his steward say that 
he had done wisely when he had discounted the debts of 
his lord's debtors? Luke 16:9. 

(2) Do you think God would accept the unjust steward? Luke 
16:2, 12, 13. 

(3) The rich man died and was buried. What part of him was in 
hell and in torment? 

(4) What is necessary to be forgiven? Luke 17:3-4. 

(5) What do you think the leper, that returned to give thanks to 
God, received that the others didn't? Luke 17:19. 



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MARRIAGE 

KEENEY - STUMP 

Sister Sueann Keeney, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Norman 
Keeney, Jr., Red Lion, Pennsylvania and Bro. Jeffrey Stump, son of 
Bro. and Sis. Russel Stump, Myerstown, Pennsylvania were united 
in marriage May 31, 1980 at the home of the bride's parents by 
Elder David Ebling. The couple will make their home at R. 1, 
Felton, Pennsylvania 17322. 



NEWS ITEMS 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 
Change of Dates 
Our Revival Meeting will be held September 7-14 by Bro. Allen 
Eberly. 

Sister Wilma Eberly, Cor. 



PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 
The Pleasant Ridge Congregation, the Lord willing, plans for 
their Harvest Meeting to be held August 24. 
Come and enjoy this service with us. 

Sister Ruth Kleinhen, Cor. 



PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Congregation has planned a revival, August 31 
through September 14. The evangelist will be Bro. Virgil 
Leatherman of Littlestown, Pennsylvania. Services will begin at 
7:30 nightly with a Lovefeast on Saturday, September 13. Services 
begin at 10:00 A.M. and the Communion service at 7:30 P.M. 

Our Harvest Meeting is set for September 28. All day services are 
planned. 

You are cordially invited to all these meetings. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 
The Goshen Congregation will hold a Harvest Meeting on 
September 7, 1980. Bro. William Carpenter will be our speaker. 
Please come and worship with us. 

Sister Carolyn Peffer, Cor. 



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QUINTER, KANSAS 
The Lord willing, the Quinter, Kansas Dunkard Brethren Church 
plans to hold revival meetings from September 7 through 
September 14, 1980. Brother Dennis St. John of Stryker, Ohio will 
bring our messages. 

We ask that your prayers and thoughts be with us in these 
services. We welcome one and all to attend and be filled with 
Spiritual Food. 

Sister DeeAnn Root, Cor. 



SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 
The Swallow Falls Congregation will be opening an extension to 
their Sunday School. It will be a Monday through Friday school, for 
kindergarden through twelfth grade. We are in need of a Principal. 
Compensation will be negotiable. If interested please contact Bro. 
Paul H. Mellottat (301) 387-4759. Pray for us while we undertake to 
do the Lord's will. 

Sister Carolyn Mellott, Cor. 



THANK YOU 

We want to thank all who sent cards and letters for our 50th 
Anniversary. They were really appreciated and may God bless you 
for remembering us. 

Newton and Elma Jamison 

• •••••• 

A MISSING KXY 

Xvxn though my typxwritxr is an old midxl it works quitx wxll 
xxcxpt for onx of thx kxys. I havx wishxd at timxs that it workxd 
pxrfxctly. It is trux that thxrx arx forty-six kxys that function wxll 
xnough but just onx kxy not working makxs the diffxrxncx. 

Somxtimxs it sxxmsto mxthatachurch oranyothxr organization 
is somxwhat likx my typxwritxr- not all thx pxoplx working propxrly. 

You may say to yoursxlf, "I am only onx. I won't makx or brxak thx 
church." But it doxs makx a diffxrxncx bxcausx an organization to 
bx xffxctivx nxxds thx activx participation of xvxry mxmbxr. 

So, thx nxxt timx you think you arx only onx and that your xfforts 
arx not nxxdxd. rxmxmbxr my typxwritxr and say to yoursxlf, "I am a 
kxy mxmbxr in my church, and I am nxxdxd vxry much." 

Selected from Young Companion 
by Brother Allen Eberly 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER, 1980 

Memory Verse: Psa. 13:3 



Memory Verse: 2 Kings 14:6 
But the children of the murderers 
he slew not: according unto that 
which is written in the book of 
the law of Moses, wherein the 
Lord commanded, saying, The 
fathers shall not be put to death 
for the children, nor the children 
be put to death for the fathers; 
but every man shall be put to 
death for his own sin. 
Mon. 1 - 2 Sam. 22:1-25 
Tues. 2 - 2 Sam. 22:26-51 
Wed. 3 - 2 Kings 14:1-20 
Thurs. 4 - 2 Kings 20:1-21 
Fri. 5 - 2 Chron. 15:1-19 
Sat. 6 - 2 Chron. 32:24-33 



Memory Verse: Job 12:22 
He discovereth deep things out 
of darkness, and bringeth out to 
light the shadow of death. 

Sun. 7 - Job 3:1-26 

Mon. 8 - Job 5:1-27 

Tues. 9 - Job 7:1-21 

Wed. 10 - Job 10:1-22 

Thurs. 11 - Job 12:1-25 

Fri. 12 - Job 16:1-22 

Sat. 13 - Job 18:1-21 



Memory Verse: Psa. 9:13 
Have mercy upon me, O Lord; 
consider my trouble which I 
suffer of them that hate me, thou 
that liftest me up from the gates 
of death: 

Sun. 14 - Job 24:1-25 

Mon. 15 - Job 27:1-25 

Tues. 16 - Job 28:1-28 

Wed. 17 - Job 30:1-31 

Thurs. 18 - Job 34:1-37 

Fri. 19 - Job 38:1-20 

Sat. 20 - Job 38:21-41 



Consider and hear me, O Lord 
my God: lighten mine eyes, lest 
I sleep the sleep of death; 

Sun. 21 - Psa. 6:1-10 

Mon. 22 - Psa. 7:1-17 

Tues. 23 - Psa. 9:1-20 

Wed. 24 - Psa. 13:1-6 

Thurs. 25 - Psa. 18:1-24 

Fri. 26 - Psa. 18:25-50 

Sat. 27 - Psa. 22:1-15 



Memory Verse: Psa. 23:4 
Yea, though I walk through the 
valley of the shadow of death, 
I will fear no evil: for thou art 
with me; thy rod and thy staff 
they comfort me. 

Sun. 28 - Psa. 22:16-31 

Mon. 29 - Psa. 23:1-6 

Tues. 30 - Psa. 33:1-22 



Memory Verse: Psa. 18:3-6 
I will call upon the Lord, who is 
worthy to be praised: so shall I 
be saved from mine enemies. The 
sorrows of death compassed me, 
and the floods of ungodly men 
made me afraid. The sorrows of 
hell compassed me about: the 
snares of death prevented me. 
In my distress I called upon the 
Lord, and cried unto my God: 
he heard my voice out of his 
temple, and my cry came before 
him, even into his ears. 

Psa. 33:18 & 19 
Behold, the eye of the Lord is 
upon them that fear him, upon 
them that hope in his mercy; To 
deliver their soul from death, and 
to keep them alive in famine. 



Paul R. Myers 

Box 117 

Greentown, OH 44630 



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VOL. LVIII 



SEPTEMBER 1, 1980 



NO. 17 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



IF YOU KEEP HIM IN YOUR HEART 

Do you feel that life for you is not worth living? 

Does it seem that you can't make a worthy start? 

Jesus knows just what to do, 

Let Him work it out for you, 

He will keep you if you keep Him in your heart. 

Do you often find it hard to live for Jesus? 

Do the sacred vows you make seem hard to keep? 

Trust in Him to keep you true, 

He has grace enough for you, 

Just remember He is strong when you are weak. 

Do you pray to God and read the holy Bible? 
Do you seek to know His will in all you do? 
When you wait on Him in pray'r 
Heaven's best with you He'll share, 
Ev'rything you'll ever need He has for you. 

— C. S. Grogan 



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SECURITY 

Men seek many forms of security in the very insecure world in 
which they live. Even our national leaders have little ability to cope 
with the constantly changing conditions in the world. They can not 
bring calm and order to a very desperate and unruly world. Those 
who have trusted in political and governmental programs have 
seen that method fail to produce security. 

For others economics have not proven to be secure. Although 
they have invested in "securities" they have often been unprofit- 
able. Inflation and mismanagement have made once-solid 
industries, insecure. The financial world is as insecure as the 
political world. 

The world of pleasure, sport and lust is even more insecure. It 
has never been secure for it has ever been under the censure of 
God. From the earliest history of mankind God has dealt with 
man's folly of following after the flesh rather than His will. He dealt 
very dramatically with Noah's generation because of their lack of 
righteousness. Although God has not thus far dealt so dramatic- 
ally with mankind's pursuit of fleshly pleasure since, there is a 
coming judgment that will be even more severe. Pleasure is 
insecure not only in respect to its future recompense but also in 
the natural life. Pleasure is short-lived for it is shallow. What is so 
much fun for a short time will cease to entertain unless some 
greater sensuality can be added to it. Often violence and lewdness 
become a part of sports and pleasure to insure a good time. The 
old lusts will no longer bring pleasure. The physical drain of all 
these activities will soon harm the body and the mind. Pleasures 
prove insecure. 

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With everything in the world that men hold to failing them, what 
is left that is secure? The thing that most scorn and belittle is the 
very thing that they most need. They can not find security in the 
perishable and fleeting things of the world but they can find it in a 
continuous, right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The 
thought of God, Christianity, Church and righteousness is so far 
from their insecure minds because they have trusted only in them- 
selves, their talents and the world's allurements. 

They associate the things of God with weakness rather than with 
strength. They look at their lifestyle often full of pleasure and the 
status symbols of the world as being secure enough, yet one mis- 
judgment, one bad investment, one accident or illness will often 
bring their supposedly secure world crashing down around them. 
The security of God's realm is in the fact that in the midst of these 
various misfortunes He will prove Himself well able to secure the 
one who will trust Him. 

Because God is on the Throne of Heaven and is Eternal, He is 
secure and able to provide security for His followers. Man's 
greatest efforts turn out for nought because he lacks ability and 
knowledge. There is no lack with God. He is all-knowing and all 
powerful. He knows the beginning from the end and He is able to 
do what needs to be done. There are no programs with Him as with 
the government that begin with fanfare and high hopes but end in 
disrespect and failure. 

Insecurity even effects Christians sometimes. Because of the 
surrounding world's great burden of insecurity, the Christian may 
be tainted with its fears and alarms. He will begin to depend upon 
the government or finances or even pleasures to help him through 
this life rather than his Heavenly Father. They forget that He has 
promised to never leave nor forsake them. They forget the 
testimony of David that throughout his long life he had never seen 
God's seed begging bread. When conditions are the harshest, they 
can find their greatest security through their total, faithful 
dependence upon Him. 

Some in the religious world have been so affected by the in- 
security around them that they have over reacted in the opposite 
way. Their insecurity has prompted them to devise the so-called 
doctrine of eternal security. Knowing their lives did not measure 
up to God's standard they chose rather to believe that all would be 
well with them, if they had believed at some time upon Him. They 
could not feel secure in their relationship with Him so they have 
taken His perogative of declaring themselves safe and secure. 
While God will go a long way with a person who attempts to follow, 
however, faltering, He does not give to man the right of self- 
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of security is like the security to be found in the plans, finances and 
objects of this world. It may fail in this life and certainly will before 
the judgment bar of God. 

Security is a real problem in an insecure world. Upon whom or 
what are you depending for security? Depend on God, for there in 
your faithful obedience and service you will find true security. 



1980 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from August 15, 1980 Issue 

Second Speaker: Elder James Kegerreis. The Fountain of Life. 
Zech. 13:1. 

God created man from the dust of the earth. God made man a 
living soul by breathing the breath of life into him. We have a 
natural life and a spiritual life. The natural body came from the dust 
and will return to the dust but the spiritual life is eternal. The Spirit 
leads us in our spiritual activities of this life. 

The Old Testament speaks of a future day "In that day..." when 
the Christ would come. I John 3:8-9. Rom. 7:19-20. 

Isaiah 53 gives a prophetic picture of Jesus. Verse 10 shows 
Jesus as a suffering servant. He came to die for the sins of the 
world. After His ascension His disciples went forth into the whole 
world. His work was for the hearts and souls of mankind. There 
was no physical comeliness about Him in His suffering but this was 
the necessary price to redeem us from our sins. 

We need, today, to come to that fountain filled with blood. That 
is our only way to enter the pearly gates. We must come in faith, 
repentance and obedience. 

Closing: Elder Paul Blocher. 

We have been reminded that we are a peculiar people — a 
special people. There are many ways in which we are known as a 
peculiar people. We know the value of water as a cleansing agent. 
The greatest cleansing agent is the blood of Jesus which cleanses 
from sin. This is in real need in this world. Man could not save 
himself, but the love of God provided for his need. 

Sunday Evening 

Moderator: Elder Edward Johnson. 

Chorister: Bro. Dale Blocher. 

Opening: Elder William Carpenter. Psalms 90. 

God is from everlasting to everlasting. He is God. He will not be 
mocked. Time is only temporary. "Teach me to number our days." 
What we do for ourselves in this world will pass away. What we do 
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First Speaker: Elder Joseph Flora. The Open Door. I Cor. 16:9. 

May the words of my mouth, the meditations of my heart be 
acceptable in thy sight, O Lord. God knows all about each one, 
even the thoughts and intents of the heart. God has treasure for 
each one here. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd, He shall 
gather the lambs in His arms and carry them in His bosom. 

There was a great opportunity before Paul to spread the Gospel. 
The same opportunity exists for each of us. There is a door of 
opportunity that has been opened in our day. God has a time and a 
way of opening doors when He sees fit and when He sees the need. 
Christian Education is that door which has been opened in our 
day. This Conference has brought before us various aspects of the 
Word of God. We have been instructed in many areas of life. 

Sometimes we are not aware of a need. We are often blind to 
needs such as Christian education. The reason for this need is that 
America has forgotten God. If that were not so, the need would not 
exist today. 

The devil has a way of making changes slowly, if he made them 
all at once we would become alarmed. We are lulled asleep when 
the changes are made gradually. What made America such a great 
nation? There are many parallels between the history of America 
and the history of Israel in the Old Testament. They were great 
when they worshipped and served God and the opposite happened 
when they didn't. 

Our historical documents contain the name of God. The 
Mayflower Pact signed in 1620 was for establishment of the 
Christian faith. The Quakers established Pennsylvania as a haven 
for religious freedom. Public education began among a Bible- 
believing, Bible-reading people. The first schoolhouses were often 
used as Churchhouses in frontier areas. The first teachers were 
often ministers and the first textbooks were the Bible. 

By looking back we can often get a clearer picture of where we 
are now. The philosophy of the schools is far different than in the 
past. Every school has a philosophy, so what it has to present will 
be presented as the Truth. The philosophy of the public schools is 
self. Serving self instead of God is today's philosophy. This is 
humanism. They leave God out. Instead of truth they present lies. 

The Bible is truth. Any other philosophy is a lie. How much Bible 
do you think is being taught in the public schools today? The text- 
books of today do not extol the moral basis that the nation was 
built on. 

The Christian school is an education in the Truth. The Word of 
God is quick and powerful. Paul warned about being spoiled by 
philosophy and deception. If we could see our young people being 
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Wake up! The filthiness in the schools rubs off on our children. 
Those educated in the public schools some years ago could not 
believe the present conditions. There will be no improvement in 
the coming years. 

What is our most precious possession? Your children and grand- 
children. What does the devil want most from you besides your 
own soul? Your children and grandchildren. 

God has given us institutions for the furtherance of His Word. He 
established first the Home, then the Church. Deut. 6:4-12. These 
laws have never been repealed. America has become full and 
affluent. Americans have forfeited their responsibilities to the 
government. It is time for us to take back our God-given responsi- 
bilities and privileges. Show me any passage of scripture that tells 
you to give up your responsibilities and privileges of your child's 
education to the government. The Bible says to bring them up in 
the fear and admonition of the Lord. Is that the way we are doing 
it? We like to take the easy way out. Let some one else take the 
responsibility. 

You may say that it costs a lot of money and makes a lot of 
problems with the government. Is it worth it? The easy way is to 
continue in the way we have been going. Would the great men of 
the Bible have been great if they had taken the easy way out? Job, 
Moses, Daniel and many others could have taken the easy way out 
but stood for God instead. 

The door is open in America for Christian education. Will we 
enter that open door? 

To be continued. 



COME UNTO ME 

Part 1 

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will 
give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am 
meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For 
my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matt. 11:28-30. 

Christ has given the invitation, but it's not effective until it is 
accepted. When someone tells you about Christ, just listening is 
not enough. Jesus said, "Come... and I will give you rest." This 
requires some action on your part; you must leave whatever you 
have now and come to Jesus for what He can give you — rest for 
your soul. The entire plan of salvation becomes effective only 
through faith — that moment when you believe in Him with all your 
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Christ's invitation will create a hunger in your heart if you will 
allow it to, a hunger for fellowship with Him. Life at its best has 
many heartaches, so we need the rest which Christ alone can 
provide. We need close fellowship with Him. We need His help so 
we can have a worthwhile life, but we especially need fellowship 
with Him for our soul's sake. When His invitation comes to us, it 
also is an invitation to fellowship with Him. 

His invitation is given to those who labor and are heavy laden. 
Labor is work or a struggle. When you are a sinner, life is a 
struggle. There is much heartache and disappointment which you 
must bear all alone. Sin is a burden which weights you down and 
causes you to have other distressing burdens. With Jesus, there is 
rest and someone to help us. The burdens we have will be His if we 
will rest in Him. 

Christ's yoke indicates work, but it also means a team pulling 
together. A team cannot go separate ways or fight with each other, 
but must pull together to move the load, or nothing will ever get 
done. A team is no longer a team when it does not function as a 
single unit. We need to become one with Christ and seek to do His 
will and work with Him without resisting His commands. 

There is much to learn about Christ and His will for your life. He 
has promised us rest, but that doesn't mean we can sit on the stool- 
of-do-nothing. Rest means being undisturbed and at peace. There 
is quietness and trust within the heart of a person at rest in the 
Lord. There is a meek and gentle spirit within, not a crude, rude, 
harsh, unloving spirit. Rest or turmoil — which do you have? 

Jesus said, "Ye shall find rest unto your souls," if you come to 
Him. He didn't say maybe you'll find rest or maybe you'll find 
enough strength to get by. He said, "Ye shall", if you will come 
when He calls you. Rest will not come because you have learned to 
meditate or through some other philsosphy. It is a gift to you from 
Christ when you accept His salvation. 

"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that 
hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and 
milk without money and without price." Isa. 55:1. If your soul is 
hungry and thirsty, there is food and water already provided. There 
is no price tag on salvation because Jesus already paid the price of 
our redemption. If we come to Him, we can receive salvation free of 
charge. If money were needed to buy it, many would be left out. 

"Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are 
bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and fatlings 
are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage." Matt. 
22:4. If someone fixes you a meal with the best of food and lots of 
it, it does you no good until you eat it. God hr, . 'ready provided 
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come and partake of it. Salvation is through Christ, God's gift of 
love to us. He couldn't have provided a better way. 

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my 
voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with 
him, and he with me." Rev. 3:20. Jesus will come in if we will open 
our heart's door to Him. He will not force His way in, but will wait 
until He is welcome. If you want Christ in your life, He will be there 
to share with you in every way. Any invitation requires an 
answer — acceptance or refusal. Jesus has already given His 
invitation. Now the rest is up to you. 

"For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for 
the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him." Rom. 
10:12. Whether you are black, white, red, yellow or somewhere in 
between, Jesus loves you and He died for you. Your race or color 
does not determine whether you can receive salvation or not, but 
your acceptance or rejection of Christ does. Salvation and the 
blessings which follow are available to all who will call on the Lord. 
Salvation is complete for all who will receive it. Will you come? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

YO-YO, DUNE-BUGGY, FANNY AND TIGER 

A year ago last fall our mother cat had her baby kittens in the 
rock pile beside the house-trailer. The mother disappeared when 
they were about a week old. The kittens were not "regular" babies 
so we decided to bottle feed them. 

We would hold them on their backs, paws in the air, and give 
them a baby bottle at feeding time. They soon slept through the 
night and were good. 

Each of our "babies" had their own appetities and personalities 
and I would like to tell you about each of them. Yo-Yo, thus named 
because when he grew older he would climb up on our back, then 
down, and up again. Yo-Yo and Fanny (Yo-Yo and Fanny both 
have about an inch of tail. Fanny got her name because when you 
feel her stub it is in the shape of a fan) were very much alike in their 
personalities. They were neither hard nor easy to feed, but normal 
and would take their milk as good kittens should. 

Dune-Buggy (has no tail and acquired her name because of her 
appearance) was very hard to feed. I had Jo force feed her and give 
her more time, therefore I became quite attached to her. 

Tiger was just like his name. He was very easy to feed and in no 
time at all he was finished. Tiger was the only one with a tail. 

In thinking over my kitty nursery and their reaction to their milk I 
have had to compare it to people. We know that as babes in Christ 
we should desire the sincere milk of the Word. If we are like Dune- 



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Buggy our desire is there but we need help in getting the nourish- 
ment and we must have it to stay alive. Loving hands have to force- 
feed and give much help in order for that babe to grow. If we are 
like Tiger we eagerly go after our "milk" and are soon finished and 
begin growing. If we are like Yo-Yo and Fanny we will not have to 
be forced, we'll take our food normally and thereby grow. 

Over the brotherhood we hear of those coming to the Lord. 
Many are young in years. When we hear of new Christians, we are 
all happy and rejoice. 

Does everything stop after the tears are dried at the riverbank? 
Or do we take this as a challenge to help the new ones in Christ to 
grow? 

Each of the new ones has their own personality, their own 
appetite and their own capability to digest. Although different in 
these ways, spiritually they all need to eat and grow. 

The kittens all received the same food, the same love — but in 
the approach and measure of patience, it had to be individualized. 
The end result was they all grew up and took their place at 
Torreon. 

Each of us have different needs, cares and problems. We have a 
loving Maker (holder) who will gently fulfill our needs. As 
Christians, let each of us take it upon ourselves to do what we can 
to encourage, feed and help the new Christians to grow that they 
may take their place in the Lord's fields. 

Sister Mildren Skiles 

Box 188, Cuba, New Mexico 

A MODEL HOME 

We think of a model as a copy or representation of an existing or 
planned object, a standard of excellence to be imitated. 

I had the pleasure of being in a home that was so different from 
most homes that I know, that I cannot forget it. This place was a 
pleasant place, the very atmosphere was love. You would feel like 
staying there always. It was a large family. They had company. 
One boy came in quietly, sat by his mother, took her by the hand, 
not a word from him. His look to her sounded like, "I love you 
mother!" "Please" and "thank you" were words most often heard. 
Every child had an interest in the home, not a chair or book out of 
place. Strangers were like a part of the family. The Church and 
Bible teachings were the center of this model home. 

Home, what a hallowed name! How full of enchantment and how 
dear to the heart! Home is the magic circle within which the weary 
spirit finds refuge. It is the sacred asylum to which the care worn 
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Ask the lone wanderer as he plods his tedious way, beat with the 
weight of age and the white of years, ask him what is home? He will 
tell you "it is a green spot in memory, an oasis in the desert; a 
center about which the fondest recollections of his grief- 
oppressed heart cling with all the tenacity of youth's first love. It 
was once a happy reality, but now it rests as only an image of the 
mind. 

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he 
will not depart from it." Children should be taught to work, be 
truthful, say grace at mealtime and take part in the daily devotions. 
Where the Bible is taught and obeyed you will find a Model Home. 
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God 
created he him; male and female created he them, And God 
blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, 
and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the 
fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living 
thing that moveth upon the earth." Gen. 1:27-28. 

Home, God's first institution for the preservation of the human 
race and the enjoyment of its inhabitants. Some one has said that 
Mother, Home and Heaven are the sweetest words in the English 
language. Home is the central word. Is it not true, that much of 
man's energy and success, as well as happiness, depends upon the 
character of his home? The thought of a dear wife shortens the 
distance of a journey, and alleviates the harrassing of business. It 
is a reserve power to fall back upon. Home and Friends! how dear 
they are to all of us! 

Remember, the Church is our earthly home. We are one Family 
in Christ Jesus. It is a Model Home. God the Father and ruler of the 
universe hath given all power to His Son Jesus for our example and 
pattern for our every need. And He has promised us a Home in 
Heaven if we prove faithful. O! how beautiful the thought that we 
will see our loved ones again! It is beyond description. "... Eye hath 
not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, 
the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." I Cor. 
2:9. Are You Ready? 

Brother L. A. Shumake 

• ••#••• 

Accuston yourself to submit on every occasion to a small 
present evil, to obtain a greater distant good. This will give 
decision, tone, and energy to the mind, which, thus disciplined, 
will often reap victory from defeat, and honor from repulse. 

— Colton. 



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OUR LORD'S RETURN 

Mark 13:24-37 

"But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the 
angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take 
ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is." Mark 
13:32-33. 

Watchful servants of Christ, love to read once more the further 
promises of Christ to return. A very positive, heart-warming 
portion is in John 14:2-3, "In my Father's house are many 
mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a 
place for you, And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come 
again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may 
be also." 

The Apostle Paul, speaking by the Word of the Lord, gives us 
more details in I Thess. 4:13-18. A high point of Rapture is reached 
in verses 16-18, "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven 
with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of 
God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive 
and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to 
meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 
Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 

With this happy prospect before us, we look again at the Master's 
parable in Mark 13:34, "For the Son of man is as a man taking a far 
journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and 
to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch." Each 
word is precious. Jesus who was "Son of God" chooses to use the 
humbler title "Son of Man" in referring to Himself. He says He is like 
a man making ready for a "far journey." His words grip the mind. 
How far indeed did He go when He ascended in a glory cloud 
before the eyes of His astonished disciples? Some six or seven 
miles above the earth we gazed off into the infinite space about us. 
Into this blue vault of Heaven our Lord ascended on a straight 
course to the Father. His words are a love portion to every 
believing heart. John 20:17, "... I ascend unto my Father, and your 
Father; and to my God, and your God." 

"Who left His house." The only house Jesus had here was in the 
hearts of those who loved and followed Him. Those precious, 
favored souls who watch Him ascend were His own. These are 
some of those of whom Jesus said, (Matt. 16:18) "I will build my 
Church." Peter declares in I Pet. 2:5, "Ye also, as lively stones, are 
built up a spiritual house..." Paul uses the same figure of speech, 
declaring that Christians "Are built upon the foundation of the 
apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner 
stone. In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto 



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an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together 
for an habitation of God through the Spirit." Eph. 2:20-22. 

"And gave authority to His servants." Quite evidently this 
authority is given to all servants. All have the authority from Jesus 
to petition God in Jesus' Name. "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in 
my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." John 
16:24. "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that 
the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in 
my name, I will do it." John 14:13-14. "And this is the confidence 
that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, 
he heareth us." I John 5:14. 

Authority brings responsibility in its use. The one who uses a 
signed check, must also sign his name, and be prepared to give an 
account in the future. 

Prayer is a very personal and responsible privilege as we 
approach our Father's throne with the Name of Jesus. Our best 
prayers may be tinged with self and selfish desires. It is to the glory 
of Christ that we are to make prayer to God. But it seems our 
humanness of body, still under sentence of death, presents a 
problem for our faltering lips. The incompleteness of our best 
efforts in our service to Christ is rebuked at the Holy Throne of 
God. "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know 
not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself 
maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be 
uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind 
of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints 
according to the will of God." Rom. 8:26-27. 

"And to every man his work." It is here our Lord indeed shows 
Himself a Master. He knows the nature of the work, the skill 
required, the necessary strength needed to finish the task. He 
distributes the tasks, "... To every man according to his ability." 
Matt. 25:15. This ability lies first in our being placed by God in His 
Spiritual body. Then in the Spiritual gifts divided by the Holy Spirit 
to each one. (I Cor. 12:18-21). All are included here. None are 
indeed too lowly to be missed. Humble toil becomes sanctified 
action for God. A little child could give a cup of water to a disciple 
for Jesus' sake. One brother witnessed he had "shoveled" all his 
life, caring for the needs of the family in this way. A beloved sister 
in the Lord said that she felt her assignment was to wash dishes. 
Let no one of Christ be afraid to soil and callous his hands. The 
Apostle Paul did not hesitate to toil as need required. "For the gifts 
and callings of God are without repentance." Rom. 11:29. 

"And He commanded the porter to watch." This porter is 
mentioned again by Jesus in John 10:2-3, "But he that entereth in 
by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter 
openeth; and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them 



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out." This faithful porter is both watchman and door-keeper. It is a 
good description of the Holy Spirit's control in the body of Christ. 
His is the mystic power of the Father to draw souls to Christ. Jesus 
said, "No man can come to me, except the Father... draw him: and I 
will raise him up at the last day." John 6:44. Jesus is speaking to us 
as He did to Nicodemus, "Marvel not that I said unto thee: Ye must 
be born again: The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest 
the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and 
whether it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." John 
3:7-8. 

Ah! dear aged Brother and Sister in Christ; you, whose hair has 
grown grey in His service. Let your heart speak of your first 
decision for Christ. Were you not indeed wooed and won with true 
words and many kind influences in your former days? And when 
you opened your heart's door to Jesus, was it not by this same 
Holy Spirit gate-keeper? Was not also John 14:23 fulfilled in your 
life, "If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will 
love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with 
him."? Life's greatest miracle was yours. 

"Fullness of joy and depths of bliss, unseen, unfathomed, un- 
conceived." The Holy Spirit is also the ever watchful porter of the 
house of He who "took a far journey," and promised to return. No 
human porter could ever do the work of this faithful watchman. 

Through the many long centuries, the Holy Spirit of God has 
been drawing men and women, boys and girls to Christ. Often 
unknown to man, but well known to God, a line of faithful souls 
has, by the Holy Spirit, brought the Words of Christ down to our 
day. Well meaning writers of the history of the Christian Church 
can not and do not tell a full history of the Holy Spirit's workings. 
Though unseen as the wind, we praise the Lord. He still "abides" 
and watches over those He has "drawn" to Jesus. His Blessed 
Invitation to "come" is ours to give to the "needy" of the earth. In 
Luke 14:12-24, we may well notice those whom Jesus named as 
being heavy on His heart of love. The poor, the maimed, the lame, 
the blind, (mentioned twice), also those in the highways and 
hedges" of life. James 1:27, by the Holy Spirit adds the care of the 
"fatherless" and the "widows in their affliction" to this list. In doing 
so the Christian must avoid the sin "spots" of the world, by keeping 
his/her love life centered on Christ. As the Holy Spirit started this 
new life from above in us by the Word of God, even so would He 
end it at this life's end, for us. Jesus said, "... the words that I speak 
unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63. Again in 
Matt. 24:35, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall 
not pass away." 

Your Brother in Christ, 
James D. Cover 



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GOD CALLS FOR US TO DO JUSTICE 

In this evil day many are suffering because of injustice. True 
Christians do not place unjust hardships upon others. Justice can 
only exist in the lives of those who practice it in their living. If we 
have become victims and practice injustice, we cannot be an 
example of justice. Christians respect the laws of our land that are 
for our protection and based upon the Bible. By practicing in- 
justice, we become a hindrance to the growth of God's Kingdom. 

"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the 
Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to 
walk humbly with thy God." Micah 6:8. To do justice is a response 
to God's call. What we need is truth and righteousness then we will 
always oppose injustice. No religious exercise can please the Lord 
unless it is based upon righteousness and justice. Justice is 
righteousness and injustice, unrighteousness. Today much in- 
justice is taking place through professing Christians. 

It is sad to think how often people are quick to blame and pass 
judgment on others unjustly because of untrue reports. "He that is 
faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is 
unjust in the least is unjust also in much." Luke 16:10. How true 
God's Word is, but step after step in different directions people are 
framing their own qualifications. Will we be faithful and true to 
God's call? 

The Apostle Paul says we are to be obedient to the higher 
powers. We can not be a Christian light and be an example of 
injustice. "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and 
my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will 
of the Father which hath sent me." John 5:30. 

Justice is a matter of great importance and highly recom- 
mended in the life of the true Christian. We need to love mercy, be 
true, honest and fair in all our dealings with all and to abide by the 
Golden Rule. "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed 
from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith for the 
wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and 
unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness." 
Rom. 1:17-18. By standing for truth and righteousness we are 
oppressed by those who seemingly cannot see the Way of Truth. 

It is a sad condition when religious leaders are overcome by 
untrue reports and spread them thereby becoming stumbling- 
blocks to others. The rising generation will never see the light of 
the Gospel through the works of darkness. We are commanded not 
to fellowship the unfruitful works of darkness but rather to reprove 
them. To please the Lord, our actions must be based upon justice. 
We cannot walk with the great evils of the world and condemn 
them. Today many are enjoying the ways of sin and folly not 



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realizing as a man sows so shall he reap. 

Many are placing unjust hardships upon others and do not seem 
to realize what the end will be. AS we look in the Gospel of Christ, 
we must conclude it is far better to suffer wrong than to do 
injustice to anyone. Are we true and faithful? Does our life tell for 
Jesus? Light will not commune with darkness. All must appear at 
the judgment seat of Christ where the judgment will be just. The 
true and faithful will be permitted to enter the place of eternal 
justice. Are we on the straight and narrow way that leads to glory? 
Christ, our Saviour rebuked the unrighteous. Have we made Him 
our pattern so we may be with Him in an eternal place of peace and 
justice? 

Brother J. F. Marks 

R.D. 3 Box 509 

York, Pa. 17402 

NEWS ITEMS 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the Englewood Congregation plans to have 
their Fall Harvest Meeting on September 7, 1980. Bro. Edward 
Johnson has consented to bring us the message from God's Holy 
Word. Services start at 2:00 p.m. Come and enjoy these services 
with us. 

Sister Shirley Frick, Cor. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The West Fulton Congregation is looking forward to Revival 
Meetings from September 21 to October 5. The Lord willing, Bro. 
Jack Snyder of Stevens, Pennsylvania will be our evangelist. We 
plan to have our Harvest Meeting at the start of these meetings on 
September 21. 

We urge your prayerful support of these services and invite your 
attendance. Come and fellowship with us. 

Sister Elaine Leatherman, Cor. 

WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 

The Lord willing, beginning Sunday, September 28, 1980, the 
Walnut Grove Congregation is anticipating a Revival Meeting with 
Elder Eugene Kauffman of Harrisonburg, Virginia. This series of 
efforts will close with the annual all-day Communion Services the 
first Sunday of October. 

All are welcome to come and enjoy this time of Spiritual refresh- 
ment. 

Sister Betty Shelly, Cor. 



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VOL. LVM 



SEPTEMBER 15, 1980 



NO. 18 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



O FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD 

O for a closer walk with God, 
A calm and heav'nly frame, 
A light to shine upon the road 
That leads me to the Lamb! 

Where is the blessedness I knew 
When first I saw the Lord? 
Where is the soul refreshing view 
Of Jesus and His word? 

The dearest idol I have known 
Whate'er that idol be, 
Help me to tear it from Thy throne, 
And worship only Thee. 

So shall my walk be close with God, 
Calm and serene my frame; 
So purer light shall mark the road 
That leads me to the Lamb. 

- William Cowper 



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HEZEKIAH'S REVIVAL 

Hezekiah is best remembered for the fifteen year extension to 
his life. But his life had a greater importance than this one 
miraculous event. Read of Hezekiah's life and reign in II Chronicles 
29-32. There you will read of the part Hezekiah played in a great 
revival among God's people. Considering the low morality of today 
and the evident need of revival in our land, it is beneficial to 
consider the revival in Hezekiah's time. 

At the beginning of his reign he urged the Priests and Levites to 
clean and repair the Temple which had fallen into disrepair and 
had become filthy from disuse and misuse. Revivals need leaders 
like Hezekiah but a leader can not do everything. Hezekiah could 
not have accomplished his purpose without the help of those who 
physically cleaned the Temple as well as those who performed the 
spiritual services. God must be the ultimate leader of any under- 
taking of the Church. 

Revival is a regaining of beliefs and blessings that have been 
lost. The Jews, like Christians today, although the recipients of 
many blessings from God, oft times forsook Him. Consequently, 
they lost the blessings. In His mercy, God would in due time bring 
a revival. Under faithful leaders, the Jews would again serve God 
and enjoy His blessings. 

Although our nation as a whole stands in need of a revival, it can 
not be led by politicians or the government. Revival must begin in 
the Church. Hezekiah sent the Levites to clean out the filthiness in 
the Temple. "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the 
house of God: and if it first begin at us what shall the end be of 
them that obey not the gospel of God?" I Pet. 4:17. Until the 

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Church is willing to get back to New Testament doctrines and 
practices, there is no hope for revival in the land. When a variant 
gospel goes out that ignores the teachings of simplicity and sub- 
missiveness, when the truth of God's Word is denied or ignored, 
there will be little in the Church that will inspire the population in 
general to live moral lives. Without Jesus Christ and His saving 
Gospel there can be no revival, no matter how well-intentioned 
men may be about reviving the nation's morals. 

Revival is not an institutional but a personal affair. Revival must 
touch the hearts and lives of individuals. There must be a cleaning 
out of sin in each life. There may be a need to restore some things 
as well, just as the Levites replaced the vessels that Abaz had 
discarded. The prayer covering, modest attire and other doctrines 
and practices of the Church must be restored by individual 
members. Individuals need to get right with God, with the Church 
and with each other. 

After the house had been cleansed, worship services were 
reinstituted. The various rituals of Moses' Law were again 
practiced. The revived soul has a desire to worship the God who 
has been merciful to him. This is an expression of love toward the 
soul's Saviour and those who have likewise been recipients of 
God's mercy. Christianity is not individualistic but a group or body, 
joining together in praise and service. 

After the re-establishment of worship in the Temple, Hezekiah 
sent messengers to invite the scattered Jews to a Passover, which 
had fallen into disregard and disuse. Hezekiah called his people to 
re-establish this service, that not only looked back to their national 
deliverance from Egypt but looked forward prophetically to Christ. 
The ordinances of the Church have slipped away in many places. 
They need to be re-established. These ordinances picture in a 
visible way, spiritual lessons that aid Christians in their lives. 
"Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things 
which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip." 
Heb. 2:1. These ordinances include the Lovefeast - Feetwashing, 
the Lord's Supper and Communion; baptism by trine immersion 
for the remission of sins; the holy kiss and the anointing. These 
ordinances are a necessary part of the Church's ministry. If they 
are allowed to slip away that ministry will be incomplete and the 
revival will have been in vain. 

With the revival of the religious and moral life of the Jews came a 
new power — the power of God. When Sennacherib invaded their 
land, he was sorely defeated by God's power. The Christian will 
have enemies within and without to contend with, but by the power 
of God he will be able to overcome them. 

Do not expect a revival in the nation until there is a revival in the 
Church. Do not expect a revival within the Church until there is a 
revival within you. Have you been revived? 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

FISHING FOR MONEY! 

Matt. 17:24-27 

Peter went fishing one time and a very strange thing happened. 
A tax-collector had come to Peter and asked, "Doesn't your Master 
pay taxes?" Peter, always quick to answer, said, "Yes." 

I don't suppose Peter had ever seen Jesus pay taxes. Jesus 
didn't have any property. He didn't own a house or a camel or a 
donkey or anything. One time Jesus said, "The foxes have holes 
and the birds of the air have nests but the Son of man hath not 
where to lay his head." Jesus was the poorest of men and yet He 
had created the earth and all that we see around us. John says, "He 
was in the world and the world was made by Him, and the world 
received Him not." Why did Peter say that Jesus paid taxes? Maybe 
Peter was a little embarassed and maybe a little ashamed of Jesus. 
Maybe he answered before he thought. 

Jesus was in a house. It could have been Peter's or He may have 
been just visiting someone. Anyway, Peter went in the house and 
Jesus said to Peter, "What do you think, Peter? of whom do the 
kings of the earth take taxes; of their own children or of 
strangers?" Peter said unto Him, "Strangers." Jesus said, "Then 
are the children free." 

I suppose this was the temple tax that everyone was to pay. It 
was called "an atonement for the soul." Jesus was the King of the 
temple and He had never sinned. If anyone was to be free from tax, 
Jesus certainly was. Nevertheless, Jesus didn't want to offend 
anyone and He especially didn't want Peter to get in trouble. I don't 
think Peter had any money with him or Jesus either. Jesus hadn't 
been with Peter when he was asked about paying taxes, but Jesus 
knew what the tax-collector said to Peter and He knew what Peter 
answered. Jesus knows what you and I say, too. He even knows 
what we think. So Jesus told Peter what to do. He said, "Go down 
to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish you catch. When 
you open its-mouth you will find a piece of money. Take it and give 
to the tax collectors for me and thee." 

Do you think Peter did what Jesus told him? I'm sure he did. Do 
you think Peter caught a fish and when he opened the fish's mouth, 
he found a piece of money in it? I know he did. How did Jesus 
know that the first fish Peter caught would have a piece of money 
in it's mouth? Jesus knows everything. He knows the number of 
hairs on your head. There isn't a sparrow that falls to the earth but 
what Jesus knows. 

Jesus is the greatest person who ever lived in this world. He is 
your best friend. He died on that old rugged cross for you and me. 
You'll never be sorry to live for Jesus. He will bless you abundantly 
in everything you do for Him. „ „ 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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1980 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from September 1, 1980 Issue 

Second Speaker: Bro. Kenneth Wglfe. The Young People's 
Sermon. Members of the Body. I Cor. 12:12-31. 

As Bible readers we recognize King David as a man after God's 
own heart. He wrote (Ps. 139:14) "I will praise thee; for I am fear- 
fully and wonderfully made." He recognized that God did a 
marvelous work in the creation and composition of the human 
body, making it one body with many parts which work together. 
This is a picture of the Christian's relationship to Christ and to 
each other. The young people are a part of the Body of Christ yet 
made up of individual members. Just as all parts of the body must 
work together so must all in the Church work together. As 
members of the body each should have a desire to know the Truth 
and have an understanding of what it means to be a member. Then 
you must be an efficient member, who is busy for Christ. 

What must each do to be an efficient member of the body. 
Because of apostacy in the last times, which can be almost any- 
thing or organization, the members have to know what these 
conditions are and how they can affect the Church. There is the 
danger that the Church may become a social organization lacking 
the Hoiy Spirit and prayer. Because of the modern view of 
Christianity which is popular, we must be busy in the true way. The 
young people have a great opportunity because of their strength 
and zeal. The old folks are needed for their counsel and wisdom 
and dependability. But now you need to know as members the 
truth of the Bible and the forces working against it. 

The work of each one in the Church is important no matter how 
lowly a job it is. Each part is needed to carry out the work. So each 
one must be an efficient member whatever his task. What is needed 
to be efficient? 

First we need a personality that is consecrated. We all have a 
personality which is expressed by physical and mental activities. 
Consecrated activities are needed to serve God. We must be born 
again then set aside our lives. Must be alive and raised up through 
Jesus Christ. Must set affections on things above, then have 
activities accordingly. Our behavior must reflect the fact of God's 
lordship over us. 

Second — crucified carnality. Crucified means to put to death. 
We have to die to the worldly things. Fornication is one of the 
worldly things that is so common today. It should not be among 
Christians. Immodesty in attire is another snare of the world today. 
We must mortify these things or they will get us. Inordinate 
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carnalities that are out of order. We must be free of these things. 
We must serve Him with all of our heart or we will be guilty of 
spiritual adultery. We must put all these things to death in our lives. 

Third — put on Christ. There are many things that we need to put 
off but we need also to put on the new man. Must put on Christ and 
the mind of Christ. We must be His reflection in this present world. 
The spiritual body must be sustained by Jesus Christ. We must 
grow and mature in Christ. We must get into the Word and feed on 
it to grow. We must have compassion to be like Jesus. 

Fourth — Peace lovers. There must be peace of God reigning 
within the heart, which is beyond human understanding. There 
must be peace among the members of the body. Christians can 
have peace in the midst of trouble. 

Fifth — Truth. Jesus is the Truth. The Word is truth. The Word 
must dwell in us richly. He wants us to do His will from the heart. 
We must follow the Word even in the midst of ridicule. Buy the 
truth but don't sell it. Keep the Truth in mind at all times. 

Sixth — Concern for souls of others. God was concerned for our 
souls. Jesus was concerned for our souls, we must in turn be con- 
cerned for other souls. We must work for Jesus by visibily showing 
Him through our lives. This kind of living speaks of peace within 
yourself and holds out the hope of peace to the lost. 

These are all needful things to be an efficient member. Do you 
think you have attained all these? The Apostle Paul didn't feel he 
had. He realized the imperfection of mankind. It is needful to follow 
after Christ to have these things and to become the member you 
should be. To follow after means to lay hold on. He first got ahold 
of us now we must get ahold of Him. There is an effort demanded. 
It is a high calling. 

Closing: Elder Dale Jamison. 

Some are going to fall by the wayside because they are not living 
for the Saviour. 

Monday Morning Worship 

Moderator: Elder Edward Johnson. 

Speaker: Elder Harley Flory. 

It is not what we do during this Conference that is going to count 
but it is what we allow the Lord to do through us. Bro. Hostetler 
used to say that the torch of Jesus Christ is lit in the Church 
service but it does its burning in the highways and shops. A 
warning has gone forth concerning the shortness of the time and 
the work yet to be done from this Conference. 

We have the ordinances, principles, doctrines and the plan of 
salvation but we need application of these things. Do we as a 
people have a lack of concern for lost souls? 



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Matt. 9:35-38. We have a great responsibility to one another. 
There is a need of compassion as Jesus demonstrated it. May we 
pray for the Lord to send the needed workers into the harvest 
including ourselves. 

To be continued. 

"AND ALSO TO THE GENTILE" 

Come Unto Me - Part 2 

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the 
gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15. 

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power 
of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, 
and also to the Greek." Rom. 1:16. 

Jesus said, "Come unto me." He gave the initial invitation. The 
responsibility of telling the world about Him was given to us, His 
followers. There are two groups of people to be told, the Jews and 
the Gentiles. Regardless of what color you are, if you aren't 
Jewish, you're Gentile. Whichever you are, salvation is available to 
you. You are familiar with God's work among white Gentiles. Let's 
think together now about another Gentile group, the Navajo 
people, and what it means to invite them to Christ. 

Torreon Mission is in New Mexico. Several members of the 
Pleasant Ridge Congregation (where I attend) have served as 
missionaries at Torreon, as Bible school teachers, evangelists, 
families on staff, volunteers. They have helped to give the in- 
vitation to the Navajos. Some have accepted it and come to Christ; 
some have fallen by the wayside, but others have remained faith- 
ful. To help you better understand the agonies and joys of this 
ministry, following are some personal experiences as related to 
me. 

Sis. Martha (Throne) Heer lived with her parents at Torreon. She 
was frightened when the time came to begin school there among 
strangers, but she was well-received. She was a freshman, a 
difficult age to make new friends, but once adjustments were 
made, she liked the school there better than the one she had 
attended in Ohio. 

There were times of joy, like the singing on the routes when the 
Navajos were picked up for services. "There'll Be No Dark Valley" 
was a favorite song then. Another joy was when the young people 
from the Quinter, Kansas Methodist Church came and helped 
build an outdoor worship area. A dedication service was held in it 
the day before they returned home. Support from home, the 
visitors — especially at holiday times, a Communion service held 
in Skiles' basement are all cherished memories. 



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Sis. Martha then related the story of Sadie, age ten months, who 
lived with Thrones briefly. When she came, she had been strapped 
to her cradleboard for days with severe diarrhea. Everything had to 
be burned. She only weighed ten pounds, and her cry was so weak 
that she sounded like a little lamb. Sadie had to be fed tiny 
amounts frequently until her body would accept food. She gained 
rapidly. Then came the heartbreaking moment when her alcoholic 
mother came to get her. Sis. Martha said, "You can't let her take 
Sadie!" and then went to her room to cry her heart out. 

Sad? Certainly! But worth it? Yes! Jesus said, "And whosoever 
shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water 
only in the name of a disciple verily I say unto you, he shall in no 
wise lose his reward." Matt. 10:42. The cup of cold water has 
already been given to Sadie; now she needs Jesus in her heart. Not 
much is known about her present life, but God knows. Will you ask 
Him to save her soul as He did her life — before it's too late? 

Sis. Lucille Throne told about little Samuel who died on his 
cradleboard. His mother brought him in, washed and dressed his 
body for burial. The preparation for burial as well as the actual 
burial is all taken care of by the family. No one ever forgets the 
haunting sound of the dirt clods hitting the wooden coffin as the 
grave is filled. 

Violet, age three, was picked up on the route in such a condition 
that she was unfit to attend services. Her mother, an alcoholic, had 
made no attempt to clean Violet up. She was filthy and her hair full 
of lice. Sis. Lucille bathed her and put clean clothes on her. Violet 
was as happy as could be about being bathed; she didn't resist 
being cleansed. Being clean for public worship is important, but 
we also need to be clean inside. God said, "For the Lord seeth not 
as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the 
Lord looketh on the heart." I Sam. 16:7b. Does He see a clean heart 
in you? 

Grandma (Juanita) Trujillo used to come to visit Sis. Lucille. 
They couldn't talk much with each other except a few words like 
coffee, sugar or bread, but she'd stay an hour or more, just sitting 
at the table. Grandma had said at various times that she wanted to 
be "stood in the water," her expression for baptism, but no one was 
sure she understood the plan of salvation. A few weeks before she 
died, she received Christian baptism. 

Bro. Dennis St. John was the evangelist at Torreon in December, 
1978. It was at this time that Grandma responded to the invitation 
and was baptized. (She used both Toledo and Trujillo as her last 
name.) A seed of love which drew her to Christ was no doubt 
planted during the times she spent in silent fellowship with Sis. 
Lucille. You may think that the little things you do for others don't 



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matter, but you can't know for sure. Just do what you can, give of 
your time and your love to someone, and leave the results with the 
Lord. 

To be continued 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



WHAT DOES GOD THINK . . .? 

When after He created man in His own image and pronounced 
His creation good, then He has to continuously look down on this 
earth and see people filthy drunk, acting like wild animals. 

When He sees elderly people being abused by their own children 
and by operators of rest homes. 

When He sees little children being beaten, tortured and disabled 
by fathers and mothers, to whom God entrusted them. He sees 
millions of unborn babies murdered by their mothers who are 
carrying them. He sees other thousands of babies abandoned by 
their mothers after bringing them into this world. WHAT DOES 
GOD THINK? 

The Bible says that no fornicator or adulterer shall enter the 
Kingdom of Heaven. What does God think when He sees over fifty 
percent of the married people living in adultery, or thousands of 
couples, unmarried, living together as man and wife, or 
homosexuals being installed into the ministry? The Apostle Paul, 
writing to Timothy in I Timothy 3 gives the qualifications of 
officials in the Church. For certain a homosexual does not qualify. 
God surely must be displeased with such installations. 

What does God think of the many who break into homes and 
rape women? Who rob and steal and commit murder, oftentimes 
for a few pennies? The Bible plainly teaches that we are not to rob 
or steal or commit murder. 

As God looks down from His Throne above with His all-seeing 
eye, what does He think when He sees cults and groups by the 
hundreds changing the Bible, writing new versions to satisfy their 
own whims, when God's Word says we are not to add to or take 
away from? 

We are taught by God in His Word that we are to provide all 
things honest in His sight. What does He think when He beholds 
and watches all the gambling going on today? Lotteries, betting 
houses, roulette wheels, casinos, all in violation to His Holy Word. 
HOW IT MUST GRIEVE HIM! 

He sees all the lustful acts committed by women with women, 
men with men and women with men as an abomination and He will 
certainly punish on the day of Judgment. 



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What does God think of those entered into a covenanted re- 
lationship with Him by Baptism, who promised Him to remain 
faithful until death, but since have given up their avowed faith? 

God sees each one who denies His Son, Jesus, refusing to 
accept Him. What must He think of such who prefer eternal 
punishment, rather than accept that great GIFT that God 
provided? 

What does God think, when mothers, who are commanded in 
God's Word "to be keepers at home," leave their children under the 
care of a baby sitter, in order to seek office, make a worldly career, 
or to gain fame and name? 

When God created humans, He created them male and female. 
What does He think when He sees man going through operations 
to be changed into a female? And women going through 
operations to be changed into a male? He must assume that man 
thinks God made a mistake in creation. 

And what about women dressing and acting like a man? What 
does God think about women who cut off their long hair and 
become a shame to themselves and a shame to God? Is God 
pleased with men with hippy hair? 

When God sees religions uniting, getting away from God's Word 
and writing their own Bible to accommodate their belief, what does 
He think? And especially what does He think of Church leaders 
who advance such a movement? 

What does God think of the movement called THE CHURCH OF 
SATAN which is spreading rapidly. The last figures I read were 
increasing in membership by ten thousand a year. Christ, sacri- 
ficed by God, established the CHURCH. Satan has his. What must 
God think, when people, His Creation, choose to follow Satan, 
rather than Christ and God? HE MUST SURELY BE DISPLEASED. 

The world, governed by worldly leaders, is fast taking us into a 
one world religion, a one world government and a single mone- 
tary system. According to Scripture this does not please God as He 
looks down on the human family today. 

^ THE CHURCH is definitely separated from the world. What does 
God think, when He sees so-called churches conducting dances, 
bazaars, bake sales, style shows, and so forth in the Church? We 
know what He thinks. Jesus cleansed the Temple two thousand 
years ago because they were making of it a house of merchandise 
and a den of thieves. 

God asks His followers to dress in modest apparel. To be clothed 
in decency. What does He think when He sees men and women in 
the nude? Does He approve of naked swimming, nude beach 
clubs, nudist colonies, nude and raw sex scenes in theaters and 
over television? HE DOES NOT. 



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The list of prominent sins is endless. I could refer to more. In the 
beginning, when man disobeyed God, His Word says, "It grieved 
God that He made man." I do not see how God can take it much 
longer. 

In light of Scripture which teaches us that there shall be a falling 
away, that things shall wax worse and worse, I see the fulfilling of 
the prophecies and the coming of Christ as very near at hand. 

Brother Paul R. Myers 

THE COPPER KETTLE 

by Elder J. H. Moore 

When I was about seventeen years old, my parents moved onto a 
farm in Adams County, this State, located about fifteen miles from 
where the main body of the Brethren lived. In course of time, ar- 
rangements were made to have preaching at a schoolhouse in our 
neighborhood, every eight weeks. The appointments were usually 
filled by Bro. David Wolf, son of Eld. Geo. Wolf, or Bro. Wm. Lirely. 
Both were good preachers, and usually drew large congregations. 

In the fall, when the apples began to ripen, my parents, Virginia- 
like, concluded that we ought to make some apple-butter, hence 
made inquiry for a copper kettle, but none was to be found, as the 
people in that part of the country knew nothing about making 
apple-butter. Our meeting-day came, — we all attended of course, 
— and Bro. David Wolf preached. After meeting, one of the 
neighbors told my father that there was a Pennsylvanian living 
among the hills, about ten miles to the south, who had a large 
copper kettle that might possibly be had if he would send for it. 

Early on Monday morning I was started out with a team, in 
search of the copper kettle. The route was not only rough, but diffi- 
cult to follow. Finally I drove up to the well-improved little farm that 
had been pointed out as the place where the Pennsylvanian lived. 
Walking into the neatly-kept yard, I met a pleasant-looking gentle- 
man, and asked if his name was , He replied in the 

affirmative. I then told him where I lived, and what I had come for, 
assuring him we would take good care of the kettle, and pay him 
for the use of it. He said that he had a large copper kettle, but 
would neither lend nor hire it out, as such a vessel cost a good 
deal, and was very easily spoiled. He stated that his had been 
injured a time or two, and he had concluded not to let it go any 
more. 

Feeling the disappointment keenly, I apologized as best I could 
for troubling him, at the same time tejling him that while at meeting 
the day before, one of our neighbors had told my father of the 
kettle, and that was the way we came to know of it. He asked me 



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where we attended meeting. I told him at the Bush schoolhouse, 
three miles east of Payson. "Who preached?" says he. I answered, 
"David Wolf." "To what church does he belong?" he eagerly 
inquired. "The Dunkard church," says I. "Is your father a member 
of the Dunkard church?" he asked. I told him he was. "All right," 
says he, "he can have the kettle, and is perfectly welcome to it. i 
used to know these fine people back in Pennsylvania, where I 
came from, and they were always honest, and would take good 
care of things." I was soon on my way home with the large copper 
kettle in the wagon, feeling wonderfully elated over the result of my 
trip. 

On reaching home I told the whole story to my parents, and they 
felt not only a little proud of the good name the church had, but 
showed a decided appreciation for the way I had approached the 
Pennsylvanian and obtained the use of his kettle. The reader may 
rest assured that my parents did their best to preserve the good 
name of the Brethren church, and the kettle was returned in fine 
condition, with a sample of the kind of apple-butter we know how 
to make. 

It is encouraging to note what a good impression honesty and 
uprightness had made on the mind of the man, who had moved 
from Pennsylvania twenty years before. He had not forgotten the 
Brethren and their honesty. That is the kind of religion that takes 
with thinking people. The borrowing of a copper kettle was a small 
affair, yet it brought to light the effects of honest living upon the 
part of others. That man had confidence in the very name 
"Dunkard". He thought that every one who belonged to the church 
was all right, and could be trusted. We trust he never had occasion 
to change his opinion. 

- Selected from Our Saturday Night 

OBITUARY 

VIRGIL SMOOTZ 

Brother Virgil T. Smootz of Route 1, Mt. Sidney, Virginia, son of 
Elmer and Blanche (Harris) Smootz was born near Antioch, West 
Virginia on January 18, 1920. He departed this life April 26, 1980. 
He was a member of the Dayton Dunkard Brethren Church, having 
united with the church at Ridge, West Virginia, October 20, 1934. 
He was ordained as a deacon on May 19, 1974. 

On November 13, 1945, he married the former LaVerne Early, 
who survives. To this union, two children were born. One 
daughter, Connie, deceased; one son, Carroll, surviving and three 
grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Russell Smootz, of 
Antioch, West Virginia and one sister, Cletus Kauffman of 
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The service was held at the Henry Funeral Home, Staunton, 
Virginia, on April 29, 1980 by Brother Virgil Leatherman and 
Brother Paul Reed. 

DEATH OPENS THE DOOR TO LIFE EVERMORE 
We live a short while on earth below, 
Reluctant to die for we do not know 
Just what "dark death" is all about 
And so we view it with fear and doubt 
Not certain of what is around the bend 
We look on death as the final end 
To all that made us a mortal being 
And yet there lies just beyond our seeing 
A beautiful life so full and complete 
That we should leave with hurrying feet 
To walk with God by sacred streams 
Amid beauty and peace beyond our dreams — 
For all who believe in the RISEN LORD 
Have been assured of this reward 
And death for them is just "graduation" 
To a higher realm of wide elevation — 
For life on earth is a transient affair, 
Just a few brief years in which to prepare 
For a life that is free from pain and tears 
Where time is not counted by hours or years — 
For death is only the method God chose 
To colonize heaven with the souls of those 
Who by their apprenticeship on earth 
Proved worthy to dwell in the land of new birth — 
So death is not sad... it's a time for elation, 
A joyous transition ... the soul's emigration 
Into a place where the soul's SAFE and FREE 
To live with God through ETERNITY! 
The family wishes to thank the Brethren, Sisters and many 
friends for the cards of sympathy, prayers and support during their 
bereavement. 

MARRIAGE 

DORSEY - SAYLOR 

Sister Bertha R. Dorsey, Salisbury, Pennsylvania and Bro. Rufus 
W. Saylor, Manheim, Pennsylvania were united in marriage on 
March 29, 1980 at the Dunkard Brethren Church, Frystown, 
Pennsylvania by Elder James Kegerreis. Elder David Ebling gave 
the opening devotions. The couple are at home at R. 3, Box 619, 
Manheim, Pennsylvania. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 

The Lord willing, the McClave, Colorado Congregation plans to 
hold their Fall Lovefeast services September 27 and 28, 1980. 

Services will start at eleven o'clock Saturday morning. Love- 
feast at 7:30 p.m. 

We invite all who can, to come enjoy these meetings with us. 

Sister Aurelia Wertz, Cor. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Waynesboro Congregation is again looking forward to 
another Lovefeast on Sunday, October 12, 1980. Services begin at 
9:30 A.M. and continue throughout the day with Lovefeast proper 
in the evening. Come and worship with us. 

Sister Wiima Eberly, Cor. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Lord willing, the Grandview Congregation will hold a one 
week revival from October 5 through October 12, 1980. 

Bro. David Ebling of Bernville, Pennsylvania will bring our 
messages. 

On Saturday, October 11 there will be services beginning at 11 
A.M. with our Lovefeast Service in the evening. There will also be 
services throughout Sunday. 

Come enjoy these meetings with us. We ask an interest in your 
prayers for us here at this place. 

Sister Bertha Jarboe, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Pleasant Home Congregation of Modesto, California held 
dedication services for their new church building July 27, 1980 at 
3:30 in the afternoon. The church house was filled with members 
and friends. 

The services were conducted by Bro. Rudy Cover and Bro. 
Hayes Reed of Modesto, California and Bro. Galen Litfin of 
Newberg, Oregon. 

We are truly thankful for our new church that the Lord has 
provided. A hearty welcome is extended to come and worship with 
us anytime. 

Sister Edyth Kline, Cor. 



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GOSHEN, INDIANA 

The Goshen Congregation will have revival meetings from 
October 3 to 12, 1980. Bro. Warren Smith of McClave, Colorado 
will be the evangelist. 

Lovefeast will be on October 1 1 at 7:30 with Examination Service 
at 2:00 P.M. Please pray for these meetings. 

Sister Carolyn Peffer, Cor. 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR OCTOBER 



October 5 — The Lord's Coming. Luke 17:22-37. 

October 12 — The Persistent Widow; The Pharisee and the 

Publican. Luke 18:1-17. 
October 19 — Total Commitment; "Follow Me." Luke 18:18-30. 
October 26 — Jesus Foretells His Death; Healing a Blind Man. 

Luke 18:31-43. 

Note: There is a mistake in the scripture reference on your Adult 
Sunday School leaflet. 

Oct. 12 — change to Luke 18:1-17. 
Nov. 16 — change to Luke 20:1-26. 

QUESTIONS: 

(1) How do world conditions today compare with those that 
were just before the flood and in the days of Lot? Luke 
17:26-28. 

(2) Though the unjust judge did not fear God nor regard man, 
why did he avenge the widow? Luke 18:4, 5. 

(3) Why was the publican, though a sinner, justified before 
God? Luke 18:14. 

(4) Why do you suppose Jesus asked the rich ruler to sell all that 
he had and give to the poor? Luke 18:22. 

(5) Why did not the disciples understand when Jesus said 
plainly that He would be put to death? Luke 18:34. 

(6) What did the blind man receive besides his sight? What did 
Jesus say was the reason for it? Luke 18:12. 

• ••#••• 

To be a man's own fool is bad enough; but the vain man is every- 
body's. — Penn. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR OCTOBER, 1980 
DEATH 



Memory Verse: P9a. 56:13 
For thou hast delivered my soul 
from death: wilt not thou deliver 
my feet from falling, that I may 
walk before God in the light of the 
living? 

Wed. 1 - Psa. 44:1-26 

Thur. 2- Psa. 48:1-14 

Fri. 3- Psa. 49:1-20 

Sat. 4- Psa. 55:1-23 



Memory Verse: Psa. 89:48 
What man is he that liveth, and 
shall not see death? shall he 
deliver his soul from the hand of 
the grave? 

Sun. 5- Psa. 56:1-13 

Mon. 6- Psa. 68:1-18 

Tues. 7- Psa. 68:19-35 

Wed. 8- Psa. 73:1-28 

Thurs. 9 - Psa. 78:1-24 

Fri. 10 - Psa. 78:25-48 

Sat. 11 - Psa. 78:49-72 



Memory Verse: Psa. 116:15 
Precious in the sight of the Lord 
is the death of his saints. 

Sun. 12 - Psa. 89:1-27 

Mon. 13 - Psa. 89:28-52 

Tues. 14 - Psa. 102:1-28 

Wed. 15 - Psa. 107:1-21 

Thurs. 16 - Psa. 107:22-43 

Fri. 17 - Psa. 116:1-19 

Sat. 18 - Psa. 118:1-29 



Memory Verse: Prov. 10:2 
Treasures of wickedness profit 
nothing: but righteousness de- 
livered from death. 

Sun. 19 - Prov. 2:1-22 

Mon. 20- Prov. 5:1-23 

Tues. 21 - Prov. 8:1-36 

Wed. 22- Prov. 10:1-32 

Thurs. 23- Prov. 11:1-31 



Fri. 24 ■ 
Sat. 25 



Prov. 12:1-28 
Prov. 13:1-25 



Memory Verse: Prov. 11:19 
As righteousness tendeth to life: 
so he that pursueth evil pursueth 
it to his own death. 

Sun. 26 - Prov. 14:1-35 

Mon. 27 - Prov. 16:1-33 

Tues. 28 - Prov. 18:1-24 

Wed. 29- Prov. 21:1-31 

Thurs. 30 - Prov. 24:1-34 

Fri. 31 - Prov. 26:1-28 



Memory Verses: Prov. 14:12 
There is a way that seemeth right 
unto a man, but the end thereof 
are the ways of death. 

Prov. 18:21 
Death and life are in the power of 
the tongue: and they that love it 
shall eat the fruit thereof. 



Paul R. Myers 

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VOL. LVIII 



OCTOBER 1, 1980 



NO. 19 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



FAITH OF OUR FATHERS 

Faith of our fathers! living still 
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword: 
O how our hearts beat high with joy 
Whene'er we hear that glorious word! 
Faith of our fathers! holy faith! 
We will be true to thee till death! 

Our fathers, chained in prisons dark, 
Were still in heart and conscience free: 
How sweet would be their children's fate, 
If they, like them, could die for thee! 
Faith of our fathers! holy faith! 
We will be true to thee till death! 

Faith of our fathers! we will love 

Both friend and foe in all our strife: 

And preach thee, too, as love knows how, 

By kindly words and virtuous life: 

Faith of our fathers! holy faith! 

We will be true to thee till death. 

- Frederick W. Faber 



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OOR HERITAGE 

The heritage of a family or a people is an inheritance, whether 
sacred or secular, that is passed down from generation to 
generation. An heritage may be intangible. There may not be any 
keepsakes but the beliefs, history and practices that have been 
handed down from generation to generation constitute the 
heritage. 

The Church has a wonderful heritage. This heritage belongs to 
each member, whether he is the first of his family to be a part of her 
or he is but one of a long line of members. Many families can trace 
their lineage to ancestors who came from Europe to obtain 
religious freedom. Others can trace back only a few generations 
and still others have only the record of their own lives. Yet each 
one is a part of and a contributor to the Church's heritage. 

What is the value of this heritage? Whether one descends from a 
long line of Dunkard people or he is the first, the salvation of his 
soul does not depend upon his ancestors but upon Jesus Christ. It 
is the privilege and responsibility of each to make the necessary 
choice of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Ancestors can not 
make that choice for you nor can they live your life. However, there 
is encouragement and experience in that line of ancestors who 
have faithfully served God. In these dedicated lives and the 
practices, carried forward by the family, there is a leaning toward 
that way which is passed on to each generation. 

It is obvious that even this great heritage is no substitute for the 
blood of Jesus Christ. Many who have received this heritage have 
spurned it like Esau. For a mess of pottage (worldly fame, fortune 
and fun) they have sold their birthright. They have turned from the 

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way of their forefathers to follow a more self-pleasing way. As 
inspiring as the ministers and elders, who populate the family tree, 
are, the ministers and elders of today are of more value towards the 
salvation of our souls. 

We have a wonderful inheritance from our Dunkard forefathers 
when we consider the work they accomplished. The histories that 
have been and will be written will never tell all these pioneers did, 
whether officials or lay members, whether Brethren or Sisters. 
They were willing to be separate from the world which brought upn 
them varying degrees of persecution, ranging from ridicule to 
imprisonment. The persecutions of Europe drove many to the New 
World. As they moved westward, often in colonies, they 
established their Church in their new communities. 

From these people came their ministers and leaders. These 
leaders were on the same level as their congregations. It was a free 
ministry, untrained in a school of theology. Their sermons were 
studied out while working in the fields or by the lamp of the log 
cabin. Their teacher was the Holy Spirit, who could lead them into 
the truths of the Bible and could direct their speaking so their 
friends and neighbors were edified by the message. These 
ministers were willing to go wherever needed, often risking their 
lives and suffering financially for their efforts. To look back at 
these saints of old should prod us, as we lounge in our easy-chairs, 
to greater efforts in seeking the lost and in encouraging the 
isolated. 

This should be an inspiring heritage for each of us, whatever our 
personal ancestry may be. Whether they were officials or not, they 
were willing to follow the Bibles teachings even when those 
teachings were not popular. In times of warfare and national 
turmoil they were often opposed by their peers and ill treated by 
the civil authorities because they were non-resistant. By their 
willingness to stand on Biblical principles they have left us a more 
inspiring heritage than those who were glorified for their milita- 
ristic attitudes. 

These Dunkards of old were distinguishable not only by their 
beliefs but also by their appearance. While their appearance in the 
rural, pioneer areas may not have been radically different from the 
most of their neighbors, in the cities and especially as the 
industrial revolution intensified the production of cheap, fashion- 
able clothing, their appearance became more at variance with their 
neighbors. This difference in appearance made it necessary for 
them to redouble their efforts to live up to the Bible's teachings for 
they were very visible. This willingness to be and to look different, 
although it brought ridicule, has also left us an heritage of a 
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Whether you are the first or you are a descendant of a family that 
has long served God, you have a wonderful heritage. Are you 
doing your best to insure that this heritage will be passed on to the 
next generation untarnished? You have a great heritage, keep it 
that way! 

1980 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from September 15, 1980 Issue 

Monday A.M. 

Moderator: Bro. Kenneth Wolfe. 

Chorister: Bro. Tom St. John. 

Opening: Bro. Alvin Chupp. Phil. 2:16. 

We need to labor earnestly. Are we just trying to save ourselves? 
We must have an outreach. Do we uphold the Dunkard Brethren 
Church? We must uphold the Bible. Do we have a preference or a 
conviction concerning the Church. We have a great work to do and 
there are only a few of us. We need each other. The labor can not 
all be left up to the ministry. 

Bible Study: Bro. Paul Stump. The Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25- 
42. 

The Lawyer came to tempt Jesus. How can we tempt God? By 
questioning God's Word. By not believing His ability to care for us. 
The lawyer gave a good answer to Jesus' question but tempted 
Jesus by justifying himself. He knew the law but didn't live it. Do 
we love God with our whole being. How do we show it? Just by 
speech? Love connected with keeping commandments. Must seek 
Kingdom of Heaven first. Do we apply commandments to our- 
selves? We have a responsibility to use the knowledge we have. 

Must love our neighbors as ourselves. How much do we love 
ourselves? Who is your neighbor? Are we to love those who do not 
do as they should? Do we hold things against people? We are to 
love our enemies. 

The Priest and the Levite passed by but the despised Samaritan 
took care of the wounded man. This was a total stranger yet he 
cared for him. Are we like the Samaritan or the Priest and Levite? 
Do we justify ourselves like this lawyer, the rich young ruler or the 
Pharisee? When we realize that when we have done all we could, it 
still is so little. The right attitude is necessary to make the giving 
blessed. We must overcome the carnal man's attitude within us. 
Should we help those who waste the help given to them? Do we 
give up too quickly? People not only need physical help but 
Spiritual too. Love demands action. The Priest and Levite just 
looked but did nothing. Faith needs works to be demonstrated. We 
should apply the Golden Rule to the situation. How would we want 
to be treated in a similar situation? 



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Mary was found at the feet of Jesus. Jesus rebuked Martha for 
her too great care for temporai things. These things can get in the 
road of our Spirituality. Even our thoughts can be cumbersome 
and limit our Spiritual intake. We must chose the good part like 
Mary. 

Speaker: Bro. John Peffer. Heb. 12:14. 

There are several reasons why we should live holy lives. First, 
Heaven is a Holy Place prepared for a holy people. Without 
holiness we can not see the Lord. How much holiness do we have? 
God wants a holy people and there are several reasons why He 
wants a holy people. 

Holiness is the Word of God. It is more than being baptized. All 
of Israel came through the Red Sea, ate the Spiritual food and 
drank Spiritual drink, but most fell afterwards through dis- 
obedience. I Cor. 10:1-12. They fell not because the journey was so 
long but because of sin. They neared the Promised Land on 
occasion but had to journey further. Isa. 6:1-8. Jude said to 
"earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints." 
Isaiah saw the holy place of God, he saw God everywhere. Today 
we have a world filled with wickedness so we are about like Isaiah 
having unclean lips. Even though we have been Christians for 
many years are we as mature as we should be. Even John the 
Revelator, though old in years, had to be set straight on the 
occasion of worshipping the angel. 

God wants' a holy people. Is time one of our problems in ful- 
filling the call to serve Him? Once Isaiah's lips were cleansed he 
was willing to go. Have we had a soul in our heart's concern, have 
we thought to speak to that soul, have we actually spoken to the 
soul concerning their salvation. 

Titus 2:1-3. Holiness is not a feeling, not a tingling spine. The 
duty of each type of person is to teach holy living to others. The 
various duties of holy living are listed here. Women working out 
may be a reason for high divorce because more time is spent with 
other men at work. Mothers are not at home with their daughters to 
teach them how to be homemakers or morals. 

God wants holy people because He wants the first place in your 
Temple or body as a dwelling place for His Spirit. Also so we can 
be a light, a witness, in the community. God loves the unloved and 
unwanted. One soul is worth more than the whole world to Him, so 
we should be a witness to these, whether one or many. 

Ruth points out what is needed to serve God. "Thy God shall be 
my God, thy people shall be my people." This identification is 
needed in witnessing to lost souls. The quality of friendship put in 
our hearts by God. Must show ourselves to be friends to have 
friends. This is in our immediate community. God used Ruth and 
Naomi to preserve the Promised Seed. God will in all times have a 



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people to carry forth His message through friendship. When 
troubles come to the lost, they will call upon the Christian to help 
them. We should have a desire to be usable. Sometimes we see 
opportunities but we do not use them. Ruth gleaned in the field 
after the reapers. She worked all day long. She was humble. 
Humility is a grace of God. After the Devil has reaped a soul for 
years, the Lord can still glean the good. Christ gleaned the thief on 
the cross. 

May we have a desire to be a holy people for God. May we be 
friendly and humble that souls may be won. 

Closing: Bro. Carl Broadwater. Rom. 1:3-4. 

There must be a spirit of holiness within us if we have been 
resurrected to a new life through Jesus Christ. 

To be continued. 

THE RISING GENERATION AND PRECIOUS 
MEMORIES OF THE PAST 

As I undertake this subject, I think of my boyhood days when 
Father and Mother were young. They made great sacrifices for the 
good of their children. They believed in the plain, simple life and 
the wearing of modest apparel. They labored earnestly to set a 
good example for their children and others. I know most of us who 
are old in this life have noticed there has been a falling away, a 
departing, from the faith of the Gospel of Christ. I have precious 
memories of many years ago and of many faithful Christians and 
their labors and great sacrifices for good. 

We realize in our day many professing Christians are not true 
Christian examples. Many years ago being true and honest was 
more highly regarded among people than it is today. We know of 
many that have suffered because of not taking good advice from 
their faithful fore-parents. There is a departing from the way of 
truth and righteousness and an increase of all manner of evil and 
wickedness. We are living in perilous times. It appears according 
to the Gospel prophecies we are nearing the end of time on earth. 
Have we put on the whole armour of God and become bright and 
shining lights to those who are living in darkness? 

It is a precious memory to know our parents and grandparents 
believed and exemplified the way of truth and righteousness. No 
one can be faithful and true and disrespect or dishonor their 
faithful fore-parents. If many would have prized their blessed 
Christian heritage more, today professing Christendom would be 
much closer to the saving Gospel of Christ. We need the plain and 
simple life to meet the holy and divine will of God. No one can be 
faithful to the saving Gospel of Christ and disrespect it. It is 
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fear and admonition of the Lord, and children are to honor father 
and mother that it might be well with them. 

In our time we have often seen where sin has brought suffering 
in this life but it is not much compared to that in store in Eternity. 
My father said that the aged people said the evil fashions of the 
world is a sign that shows there is a spiritual death inside. Have we 
renounced Satan with all the sinful pleasures of this world? We 
cannot serve two masters. 

Many of our fore-parents came to this country for freedom of 
worship. Our country was called a Christian nation. I do not 
believe we can truly call it that now. 

I have this record through the deeds to the farm I am living on. In 
1724, back eight generations, the one that bought it came from 
Europe. I have some of the benches that I was told were used when 
they had Church services in the home. I remember when I was a 
boy when Church services were held in the school building that 
was built on the farm. On the farm is a cemetery where the most of 
my ancestors who held this farm are laid to rest. The tombstones 
cite Scripture verses speaking of the better life to come. They 
cannot be seen in this life but I believe we'll see them in a Better 
Place. 

We respect and honor those who have done so much for our 
good in all things. Be thankful for that which the Lord has 
entrusted into our care. Referring to Christians, He said, "Ye are 
the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 
Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel." We are to 
be living epistles known and read of all men. 

There was a day when Bible reading and prayer was the first 
thing in the morning before classes at school. This was through 
our God fearing fore-parents. If we are to have God's blessings and 
protection, we need to turn to Him for guidance. He will help us 
through this wilderness of sin. What can we do, so many will turn 
to the path of truth and righteousness? It is a precious memory to 
think of the old country school named Markses' School, where the 
children were all decent and resepectly dressed. Religious services 
were held at times in this building. 

Our aim should be to make our calling and election sure. Let us 
not be among them that represent the good seed which has fallen 
on stoney ground. Failing health makes us feel at times we may not 
be long in this world. It may be later than we think. Our life is as a 
vapor. It appears for a season then vanishes away. What is in store 
for the rising generation in this day of great wickedness? Perilous 
times have come. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
R.D. 3 Box 509 
York, Pa. 17402 



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"AND ALSO TO THE GENTILE" 

Come Unto Me - Part 2 
Continued from September 15, 1980 Issue 

In the December 15, 1977 issue of the Bible Monitor, you read 
about Steven Trujillo in "White Man's God." An older Navajo with 
Parkinson's disease, Steven's outlook was not good. He had not 
accepted Christ and because of his poor health, he lacked the 
incentive to take care of his soul's need. If Steven were able to, I'm 
sure he would say, "thank you," to all who prayed for him. He 
accepted Christ and was baptized early in 1979. His testimony, 
somewhat broken because of difficulty in speaking, was this: "I 
happy. Jesus in here (pointing to his heart). I feel so happy I could 
run a mile. No more afraid to die." 

Steven's physical condition certainly would not allow him to run, 
but joy was there because his spirit was free. Bro. Rick St. John 
said of Steven, "His health was never good, but he showed alot of 
enthusiasm for the services at Torreon and Anthill. He was always 
ready and waiting to be picked up. It is very difficult for Steven to 
speak. He can sing more easily, but can barely carry on a conver- 
sation now. At one time he was fluent in both Navajo and English, 
but uses mostly English now." 

Bro. Rick also talked of Juanita Trujillo (as he knew her — at 
times she went by Toledo). She had attended services for many 
years, but drank most of her life and was really in the gutter. 
Finally, in her eighties, she accepted Christ. (This was several 
months before she died, not several weeks as previously stated.) 
She couldn't speak English, but Bro. Frank explained the Christian 
way to her. When she participated in a Communion service, her 
face just glowed, she was so happy. Juanita was handicapped by 
the language barrier, but she was still able to grasp the plan of 
salvation. 

Bro. Ed St. John taught a teenage boys' Bible Schooi class one 
summer. He told of a simple incident which contains a lesson for 
us. "It was a hot day and during class time, one Navajo boy asked if 
he could get a drink of water. Permission was granted, the boy left, 
but did not return. He was over playing basketball. The reason he 
didn't return was he was more interested in basketball than in the 
class. We Christians are often like that. Our interest is not in the 
Church services or the work. Even though we are present, our 
thoughts are elsewhere. I had to say 'No, I can't trust you' to others 
who asked to get a drink. If one of us is not trustworthy in the 
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Concerning the work at Torreon, Bro. Ed said, "There is no way 
to know how much we may help someone by the little things we 
say and do. Helping in the work changes attitudes and encourages 
Christian growth in the worker. It also helps draw family members 
to Christ whose lives are touched by the missionary's life." 

Bro. Dennis St. John was at Torreon several days to hold 
evangelistic services. He was much impressed with Bro. Frank's 
interpreting and his desire to share Christ with his people. He puts 
alot of expression in his interpreting. Bro. Rick said Frank had 
been a heavy drinker and would spend two or three weeks at a time 
in a bar, then go home for awhile. His wife eventually left him. 
Frank feels that he is paying now "for his past sins in his health 
problems. He has trouble getting around and must have help at 
times. 

Bro. Harley Flory related that Frank gave a talk to the staff and 
directors one year. When he had finished, there wasn't a dry eye in 
the place. Frank's life had certainly been a wild one before he 
found Christ, but now there was a meaning and purpose for his life. 
Bro. Harley spoke also of Rose Trujillo, a Baptist, who interpreted 
for him. He expressed joy because there is now a Church at Anthill, 
about fifteen miles from Torreon, with services there on a regular 
basis. They have a Bible School session there also. 

It may seem like alot of work and running to pick up the Navajos 
for services, but they need the gospel of Christ, too. We have no 
right to just present the gospel when or where it's convenient and 
then forget the rest. In the Great Commission, Jesus said, "Go... 
and teach all." If you can't go, you can support those who do with 
your prayers and love-gifts. Having someone else go does not 
eliminate your share of the responsibility. 

I can't give you the total of the Navajos who have accepted 
Christ in the last twenty-four years at Torreon, but even one makes 
it all worthwhile. Because of the prayers, teaching and money 
invested in the labor of love at Torreon, ones like Steven, Frank 
and Juanita can know the joy of having their sins forgiven and the 
peace of Christ in their hearts. Would you want to deny them that? 
"Likewise I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels 
of God over one sinner that repenteth." Luke 15:10. Many have 
caused the angels to rejoice. Is there joy in your heart also 9 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 

• ••#••• 

He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he 
himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for every one has 
need to be forgiven. — Herbert. 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

WHO IS THE GREATEST? 

Matt. 18:1-3; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48 

Jesus talked much about the Kingdom of Heaven to His 
disciples. They didn't understand what kind of kingdom Jesus was 
talking about. They hoped that Jesus, who could do miracles like 
healing the sick and making the blind see, would surely be a great 
King over all the world and He would rule over all the kingdoms of 
the earth. Israel, God's people, were in bondage to the great 
Roman Empire. They had to pay taxes and obey the laws of the 
Emperor of Rome. They were hoping that soon God would send a 
great King for them that would overcome and subdue all their 
enemies. The disciples were convinced that Jesus was the one and 
very soon great things were going to happen. 

Of course, they reasoned among themselves, if Jesus were King, 
then those who were near Him would have very important places in 
this new Kingdom. Jesus had even chosen them to be His 
disciples. 

They came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the 
Kingdom of Heaven?" Jesus sat down and called the twelve 
disciples to Him and said, "If a man desires to be first, the same 
shall be last of all, and servant of all." 

What do you suppose the disciples thought? Each would have 
desired to be first in the kingdom and have the most honorable 
position. Doesn't everyone like to be great? Jesus was telling them 
if they had such a desire they would be last. How could this be? 
This was very confusing, to say the least. And Jesus said such a 
one would be a servant of all! This was just too much! 

Then Jesus took a little child and set him in the midst of the 
disciples and said unto them, "Except you be converted and 
become as little children, you can not enter the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little 
child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And whoso 
shall receive one such little one in my name, receiveth me." This 
was straight talk, indeed. Jesus says we must be humble as a little 
child. Children forgive easily. They don't hold a grudge. Grown-up 
people are inclined to be independent and have their own way with 
little consideration for others. A little child is dependent on his 
parents. He knows that he needs help. When a child gets hurt or in 
trouble, what does he do? Why, he runs to mother or father for help 
and sympathy. That's the way Jesus wants us to be. He wants us to 
depend on Him when we have trouble or problems. Jesus wants us 
to come to Him and talk it over. Jesus says, "Humble yourselves in 
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Jesus was humble. He made himself of no reputation. He was 
always praying to His Heavenly Father and depending upon Him 
for strength and help. Jesus did not come to establish an earthly 
kingdom but a heavenly kingdom. The rules of the Kingdom of 
Heaven are not the same as the kingdom of this world. Who is the 
greatest? God is the greatest. Jesus said, "My Father is greater 
than I." When we have the mind of Christ, then we can humble our- 
selves as a little child and Jesus will bless. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



"THERE IS NONE ELSE'' 

"There is none else" — Isaiah 45:18, 22. 
"There is no other Name" — Acts 4:12. 

Not in any earthly prospect, 
How ever fair it be; 
Not in what your hands are holding, 
Not in what your eyes can see — 
Faith demands a surer footing 
Than such fleeting things afford; 
Faith can find it in no other 
Save in Jesus Christ, the Lord. 

Plans that promise rich fruition, 
Hopes are rosy as the dawn, 
Dreams of fancied good awaiting — 
None are safe to build upon. 
Even friends the dearest, truest, 
Too may fail for lack of power 
To provide the needed succor 
In some dark and crucial hour. 

Vain are all the world's proposals, 
Systems, creeds, philosophies, 
Fleshly struggles and endeavors — 
Futile, worthless, all of these; 
They are only sheer illusion, 
Arts of Satan to deceive; 
Only One in earth or Heaven 
Sin's distempers can relieve. 

Only One and He the "Highest", 
God's exalted, mighty Son, 
Of your confidence is worthy — 
Trust in Him, in Him alone' 
Things of time and sense will vanish; 



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Nothing here for long abides; 
"Rock of Ages" He remaineth, 
And "there is none else" besides. 

- Selected by Brother L. A. Shumake 

ETERNAL SECURITY 

Is it possible to be eternally lost, after having been truly con- 
verted? When once born into the family of God, can we be unborn? 
These much disputed questions can rightly be settled, only by the 
infallible Word of GOD. May the Holy Spirit help us to see the 
fallacy of trusting our ETERNAL DESTINY on the shifting opinions 
of "pigmy men." 

All we finite creatures show our audacity when we criticise the 
infinite, and vainly endeavor to set aside his decrees. Let us see 
what GOD HIMSELF says. 

"When the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and 
committeth iniquity, ... SHALL HE LIVE? All his righteousness that 
he hath done SHALL NOT BE MENTIONED:... in his sin that he 
hath sinned, IN THEM SHALL HE DIE. Yet ye say, The way of the 
Lord is not equal. Hear now, ... is not my way equal? When a 
righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and 
committeth iniquity and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath 
done shall HE DIE." Ezek. 18:24-26. 

"And if some of the BRANCHES be B-R-O-K-E-N O-F-F,... Boast 
not against the branches... Thou wilt say then, The branches were 
BROKEN OFF, that I might be grafted in. Well, because of 
UNBELIEF they were broken off, and thou stand by faith. Be not 
highminded, BUT FEAR; for if GOD SPARED NOT THE NATURAL 
BRANCHES, take heed lest he also SPARE NOT THEE. Behold 
therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which F-E-L-L, 
severity; but toward thee, goodness, IF THOU C-O-N-T-l-N-U-E 
in his goodness; OTHERWISE thou A-L-S-0 shalt be 
C-U-T-O-F-F." Rom. 11:17-22. 

Let us examine two bible characters, both born into the Kingdom 
of God, faithful to their Lord for a time, then failed to keep His 
commands, went into sin, forfeited their birthright and were 
L-O-S-T. 

"And Kish had a son, whose name was Saul, A CHOICE YOUNG 
MAN, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel 
a goodlier person than he:" I Sam. 9:2a. He was God's choice for 
Israel's first king. "When Saul had turned... to go from Samuel, 
GOD GAVE HIM ANOTHER HEART:" Here is a record of his 
SPIRITUAL BIRTH. Then comes the evidence and fruit of that 
BIRTH. 



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"A company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of GOD CAME 
UPON HIM, and he prophesied among them." I Sam. 10:9-10. His 
new birth and the baptism of the Holy Spirit fully prepares him to 
be king. This God-given experience humbles him greatly and 
makes him feel unworthy, so he hides in order to keep from being 
anointed king. I Sam. 10:22-24. 

After being placed into office under these favorable circum- 
stances, he proves to be a righteous ruler for some time. Later on, 
however he depends less upon God and uses his kingly powers to 
usurp priestly authority, an office that God had not given him. 
"Samuel said to Saul, Thou has not kept the commandment of the 
Lord thy God." I Sam. 12:8-14. 

Poor man, he should have acknowledged his sin, repented, and 
made a plea for pardon. God would then have shown mercy, and 
lifted him from his sad fall. Bible readers will remember David's 
heinous sin, and how he repented and prayed until God restored 
him. King Saul took another course, however, going from bad to 
worse until "The Spirit of the Lord DEPARTED from him, and an 
evil spirit troubled him." I Sam. 16:14. 

"Saul answered, I am sore distressed;... God is DEPARTED from 
me, and ANSWERETH ME NO MORE." The good prophet Samuel 
is dead, and God refuses to help Saul any longer, so he hunts up a 
fortune teller, and the Witch of Endor gives him some startling 
news. He now learns that "GOD HAS BECOME HIS ENEMY." Still 
he refuses to repent of his wickedness, and is rapidly going 
beyond all hope of recovery. The Philistines are defeating his army 
in battle, and he is about to be captured. He commands his 
armour-bearer to thrust him through with his sword. The soldier 
refuses to perform this frightful deed. So this FALLEN king, after 
having had ample opportunity to get back to God, proceeds to end 
his own life by committing suicide, and is ETERNALLY LOST. I 
Sam. chapters 13 to 31. 

The following scriptures force us to believe that JUDAS 
ISCARIOT was also really saved at one time in his life. His name 
was WRITTEN IN HEAVEN. Luke 10:17-20. He was also numbered 
as one of the first disciples of Jesus, and Jesus after an all-night 
of prayer, chose his TWELVE APOSTLES, and Judas was 
promoted by his Lord as a suitable person to fill this high office. 
Luke 6:12-16. 

He must have been a FAITHFUL and RELIABLE APOSTLE since 
having the distinction of holding the important office of treasurer. 
He was also commissioned by our Lord to preach the everlasting 
gospel, to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out 
devils, and so forth. Matt. 10:1-8. Can we imagine that Jesus would 
bestow His high and holy calling on a sinner? He, along with the 
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See Mark 6:12-13, Luke 10:17-20. 

While Judas was fulfilling his divine calling, the record of his life 
is very pleasing. We rejoice at his devotion and faithfulness to his 
God. From the time of his fall, however, we are horrified at what we 
find recorded. He goes into sin, betrays his Lord, loses the favor of 
God, commits suicide, and is LOST. Luke 22:3-6, Matt. 27:3-5. 

It seems almost impossible to believe these things, but God's 
infallible word records the facts and we are driven to this dismal 
conclusion "After the sop Satan ENTERED into Judas." John 13:2, 
27, 30. He now loses the Divine power to cast out devils by 
admitting one into his own heart. He also gives up his holy calling 
of preaching the gospel, and goes on another mission, that of 
selling his Lord. Acts 1 :25 tells us that Judas by TRANSGRESSION 
F-E-L-L, and went to his own place. 

These two examples — King Saul in the Old Testament and 
Judas Iscariot in the New — should be sufficient proof to show that 
the man-made theory of "once saved never lost" is a treacherous 
foundation upon which to build. 

Yet, in the face of these bible facts, some still cling to their 
human notions; and in order to justify themselves declare that 
these men were predestined to do as they did. Does not this theory 
make God a tyrant, to punish a man for doing what he was pre- 
destined to do? Let us beware lest we charge God with sin. 

"IF LUCIFER, SON OF THE MORNING," and a third of the holy 
angels could lose their place in HEAVEN, and be cast down to 
HELL, then should not we earthly mortals who occupy a lower 
sphere than they, take heed lest we fall and be lost with them? 
Isaiah 14:12; I Cor. 10:12; II Peter 2:4. 

The great apostle Paul must have felt that he could fall from his 
high state of grace, for he says: "Lest that by any means, when I 
have preached to others, I myself should be a CASTAWAY." I Cor. 
9:27. 

Timothy writes about some that "DEPART from the FAITH, 
giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils." I Tim. 4:1. 

Peter tells of some "Who have FORSAKEN the right way, and are 
gone astray." He also says, "If after they have ESCAPED the 
pollutions of the world... they are AGAIN entangled therein, and 
overcome, the LATTER end is worse with them than the beginning. 
For it had been better for them not to have KNOWN THE WAY OF 
RIGHTEOUSNESS than, after they have known it, TO TURN from 
the holy commandment delivered unto them." II Peter 2:15-22. 

God says, "He that overcometh... I will not BLOT OUT his name 
out of the BOOK OF LIFE." Rev. 3:5. This and the following 
passage, plainly show that our names may be BLOTTED OUT OF 
THE BOOK OF LIFE, after having been WRITTEN IN, and though 



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we cannot be UNBORN after birth, yet it is possible to FORFEIT 
and LOSE our birthright. "God shall T-A-K-E A-W-A-Y his part 
O-U-T of the BOOK OF LIFE, and OUT of the HOLY CITY " Rev 
22:19. 

Selected by Brother Ray Stuber 



STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP 

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VOL. LVIII 



OCTOBER 15, 1980 



NO. 20 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints' 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



COME, YE THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME 

Come, ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of harvest-home: 
All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin; 
God, our Maker, doth provide For our wants to be supplied: 
Come to God's own temple, come, Raise the song of harvest-home. 

All the world is God's own field, Fruit unto His praise to yield; 
Wheat and tares together sown, Unto joy or sorrow grown; 
First the blade, and then the ear, Then the full corn shall appear; 
Lord of harvest, grant that we Wholesome grain and pure may be. 

For the Lord our God shall come, And shall take His harvest home; 
From His field shall in that day All offenses purge away; 
Give His angels charge at last In the fire the tares to cast, 
But the fruitful ears to store In His garner evermore. 

Even so, Lord, quickly come To Thy final harvest home; 

Gather Thou Thy people in, Free from sorrow, free from sin; 

There forever purified, In Thy presence to abide: 

Come, with all Thine angels, come, Raise the glorious harvest-home. 

— Henry Alford 



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HELP 

Today's world is full of independent, self-sufficient people. At 
least in their own estimation, they are well able to care for 
themselves. They do not need any help from anybody, including 
God. They are proud of what they have accomplished. 

While this attitude might be associated with the rich, who have 
gained their riches by astute business management, it may just as 
easily be found among those who are not rich. Those having this 
attitude do not want to accept help from anyone. This self- 
sufficiency may not only involve temporal things but Spiritual as 
well. Many have Spiritual needs, but are too independent to receive 
the help they need. 

Can anyone truly claim that he has, by himself, provided for all of 
his needs? Even the most independent must admit that they do not 
have control over their own life and health, for God is the giver and 
preserver of life. He has created the earth and its surrounding 
atmosphere so life can be sustained. Certainly the God, who was 
able to give life to our bodies of clay and who knew the exact 
conditions needed to sustain that life, is well able to help us day by 
day. We should be thankful for life and for His every provision for 
each day. 

God often uses indirect means to accomplish His ends. Often He 
uses us to help others. As He has helped all, we have the 
opportunity to help those we are in contact with, This help may be 
financial, physical, advisory or Spiritual. But whatever form this 
help takes, it will not be of any value unless it is accepted. 

There is more danger in refusing help than in receiving too much 
help. Refusing needed help is a form of pride. It marks oneas being, 

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in his own mind, self-sufficient when in reality he does not 
understand his own true condition. The refusal of temporal aid may 
increase the problems of this life but the refusal of Spiritual aid will 
have eternal consequences. A man by dogged persistance and self- 
sufficient pride may be able to make his way in this world, however 
unkindly or self-defeating it may be. But he will not be able to save 
his own soul or another's. 

The plan of salvation was drawn through God's love, mercy and 
grace. Without it salvation would not be available to anyone. While 
its provisions demand a response in faith and action upon the 
believer's part, ignoring it will mean facing eternity unprepared. 
Man's spiritual condition is dependant upon help from others. The 
most important help of course is God's, but through the Church 
others also have a part. 

The Church offers help through the preaching of the Gospel 
which the Holy Spirit uses to convict, convince and judge sinners. 
The Church provides the way of the salvation, since it is there the 
sinner demonstrates his faith and repentance and is baptized into 
the Body. The Church provides the fellowship necessary for each 
soul. The Church provides for the temporal needs of her members 
when that is necessary. The Church also sets the guidelines for 
Christian living through the application of the Bible's principles to 
everyday living. In many ways the Church is a help to her members. 
She stands as a potential help to all, who will hear and heed the 
Gospel she proclaims. 

Help is good not only forthe recipient but also forthegiver. When 
offered help is refused, the potential giver may feel slighted and his 
desire to help others may be lessened. The one who helps and the 
one who is helped should be drawn closer together, for they 
together are sharing the same problem. The one who is in need may 
in turn give help to one who wishes to help him by receiving that 
help. 

Help, whether temporal or Spiritual, is a necessary thing for each 
of us. It is impossible to go through life without receiving help of 
some kind. We receive help first of all from God, from our fellowmen 
and from the Church. 

If you have a need, receive the -help that is available. If your 
eternal soul's destiny is important to you, then please accept that 
help that is so readily available. Do not allow a false pride to deter 
you from receiving that help. Then you will be in the place you can 
truly help others. 



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It is in vain for you to expect, it is impudent for you to ask of God 
forgiveness for yourself if you refuse to exercise this forgiving 
temper as to others. — Hoadly. 



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1980 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from October 1, 1980 Issue 

Monday P.M. 
Moderator: Bro. David Kegerreis. 

Opening: Bro. Berton Smith. II Kings 17:27-28. 

The children of Israel had disobeyed the Lord to the extent that He 
allowed the Assyrians to overrun the land. Lions were sent among 
the people so the Assyrians sent for priests of the Lord to deliver 
them. Isa. 29:13-14, II Pet. 2:19. As we today have the privilege of 
studying God's Word do we think that sometimes it is strange. 

First Speaker: Bro. Fred Pifer. For This Child I Prayed. I Sam. 
1:27. 

Samuel was a remarkable man. Before he was a man, he was a 
child. Before he was a child there was a remarkable mother. 
Although Eli misunderstood her, she had a very great desire for a 
child to give to the Lord. Are we as faithful as Hannah in fulfilling 
vows made in our prayers to God? 

Children must be prayed form, even before conception and birth. 
It is a great responsibility to bring another soul into this world. 
Hannah knew where to find her help when she wanted the child. 
Prayer must continue as the child grows. Hannah took Samuel to 
the House of the Lord. There are many places for families to go 
other than to Church. She went back to Eli not to his sinful sons. 
Youth is no excuse for evil living. I Sam. 2:18. Samuel served in the 
house of the Lord. Hannah continued to care for her son. Still 
important for mothers to pray for their children. 

Parents should pray for and with them. We should pray for each 
other that each might have the wisdom needed from God to raise 
our children. You will never go wrong praying for and with your 
child. 

There are many things we can give and many things we can do for 
our child. At the end of life, things will seem small but the 
opportunities for prayer will seem large. Some parents provide 
thousands of dollars or a farm for each child, but these material 
things are not as great as teaching the child to pray. Hannah knew 
the power of prayer. Power is something other than the car's 
engine, it is the power of God which is realized through prayer. 
Sometimes the little children can teach the parents how to pray. 

Answered prayer is real. Although He does not always answer as 
we would desire. Prayer is often answered by the labor of our hands 
and hearts. God depends on us sometimes to answer our prayers. 
Building an ark or raising a child for God requires many years of 
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When we pray with and for our children weareshowing them that 
we depend on God. It shows that our strength comes from God. 
Children realize that we fail many times. If weconsider ourselves to 
be self-sufficient we are fooling ourselves and no one else. Then 
when the child has trouble he will know to seek God's help. 

Our example of prayer will teach them how to pray. They won't be 
ashamed to pray even in public. Never be ashamed to ask the 
Heavenly Father. 

The child will also see in our praying that we care enough for him 
to entreat the Lord for help. Trouble that comes later in children's 
lives might have been avoided if the parents had spent time with 
their children. 

Our prayers should be accompanied by greater efforts on our part 
to help our child. Sacrifices are needful in the education of thechild 
to protect the child from the world's influences that we pray for 
protection from. 

The only thing you can take with you out of this world is your 
child. If you have accepted the responsibility that goes with the 
birth of the child and pray, that child can also be prepared for that 
Heavenly Home. The greatest thing you can do is pray for your 
child. 

Second Speaker: Bro. Eldon Mallow. Heaven. Matt. 6:19-21. 

There are many treasures here on earth. The Bible tells us also of 
treasures in Heaven. We need to be deeply concerned about the 
treasures we have that will survive this life. What steps are we taking 
toward Heaven? Are we headed upward or downward? These 
scriptures should be one of our greatest lessons. The treasures of 
this life will only lastforawhile. God has prepared a wonderful place 
for all of us. We have a right to that treasure. 

This earth's treasures can be taken from you. The Heavenly 
treasure cannot be taken by any man. The corruptible treasures of 
this earth will not be found in Heaven. Our hearts will be centered 
upon our treasures. They should be centered upon Heavenly 
things. If risen with Christ we should seek the things above. Why 
not seek those Heavenly things that are awaiting us? 

It is sad to consider those who are seeking the treasures of this 
world. They will only last for awhile. We should be thankful to God 
that we have a right to that Heavenly treasure, which we should be 
laying up for. If we could see what some of those treasures are we 
could be more inspired in our living here. It is a great challenge. 

Rev. 21 :3-5. We can see how much God loves us and what great 
treasure He has for us. John heard that great voice, which is still 
speaking to you and me. What is Heaven like? Heaven is the place 
of God's abode. John 14:2. Jesus spoke of the mansions prepared 
for us. These great treasures Above give us a great responsibility in 
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turn we are to be a light, to do our part in this life. It is wonderful to 
have God in our midst. Are you working for the treasures or have 
you forgotten what these treasures are? God did His part for each 
one of us, He expects us to do our part in return. 

God will there wipe away all tears from our eyes. That will make it 
all worthwhile. There will be no death there. That should thrill us. 
There will be no sorrow there unlike here, nor will there be pain. The 
former things are passed away. We think of the great things and 
people in this world when we should be thinking of the betterthings 
Above. We can be hindered by the things of this world. 

Heaven is real because God's Word says so. Stephen was 
encouraged by the opening Heavens which revealed Jesus at God's 
right hand. If we could get such aglimpseof Heaven therewould be 
a difference in each of our lives. God has prepared Heaven for us. 
But we must be willing to follow His terms. Heaven is for a prepared 
people. Prepared people do not allowthethings of the world to turn 
them aside. If we are not careful in our preparations we will end up 
in the other place instead of Heaven. When we get to Heaven we will 
see how real it really is. 

I trust that each one here has his name written over there. I hope 
each has something to be thankful for. Luke 10:20. Our hearts will 
be where our names are. There is room there forall believers. Jesus 
will be there. We need to be concerned about the treasures we lay 
up. God will not allow anything that He has not prepared to be there. 
Rev. 21:27. Would not be Heaven if the corrupt things of this earth 
were allowed in. That is why we are preparing here. We have a solid 
Rock to build upon. We have to be very careful in this life, especially 
with our tongues. Do we believe the promises of God? If so, we are 
preparing for that Home Above. We must be thankful for what God 
has given us. We must be prepared. There will be rejoicing on the 
Other Side if we are successful here in laying up treasures over 
there. 

Closing: Bro. Merle Swihart. 

Our hearts have been lifted upward. Parents and grandparents 
should never give up praying for the children. 

Monday Evening 

Moderator: Elder Jacob Ness. 

Chorister: Bro. Leonard Wertz. 

Opening: Elder L. A. Shumake. Psalms 19. 

The Psalmist David praises God for His wonderful works. We 
have the perfect Word of God. It is perfect seed but seed if not sown 
is no good. 



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First Speaker: Elder Laverne Keeney. Power. Zech. 4:6b. 

While we do not understand everything in the Word of God yet as 
Christians we do have an understanding that is beyond that of the 
world. The plan of salvation is plain and simple but kept from the 
wise but revealed to the lowly and believing. 

The world presses upon us with her power. The devil is called the 
prince of the power of the air. The devil is present to snatch away 
the good things. II Tim. 3:1. The adversary is more brazen today 
than ever. The world is power crazy. There are many powers in the 
world. These are perilous times. Men want to control the whole 
universe yet cannot control their own minds. 

Power is connected with the Holy Spirit. The Church has power. 
Jesus has all power. The World of God is powerful — more so than 
the two edged sword. Parents have the power to mold their families. 
Elijah saw the power of the world's opposition but his prayer 
brought a greater demonstration of God's power. God not in the 
great wind or earthquake or fire, but in a still small voice. It was 
powerful enough to renew Elijah's faith and courage. James 5 
demonstrates the power of God. The inner power is greater than 
outer demonstration. 

Christians are so named as those who act like Jesus acted. There- 
fore Christians have power. Too many fall in with the world's use 
and idea of power rather than holding to the power of Christian 
living. We must believe that the Church has power. Remember the 
little maid's testimony of Elisha's power to Naaman. It was not in 
words or actions but in obedience to the necessary commands. 
There is so much power made available to the Church in the 
ordinances and especially through the plan of salvation. It takes 
power to be separate from the world but it is available. 

The view of Jesus as presented in Isaiah 53 does not show worldly 
power but He demonstrated a greater power. There was more 
power in God's still small voice than in the world's wind, earthquake 
and fire. The power is in the blood of Jesus. Theonethief crucified 
with Jesus saw that power. That blood shows the power of His love. 

This world is going to pass away but the power of God will endure. 
The world goes after the power of Satan because it is physical and 
visible but the blood of the Lamb will overcome him. 

The people of God should be comforted and strengthened by the 
fact of His power. Therefore we cannot compromise the teachings 
of the Bible. We need the power of God to overcome the power of 
this world. 

To be continued 

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NOT ENOUGH 

It's not enough to just say you love Jesus. You must live like it 
also. "If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15. It 
certainly makes sense to give your life in service to the One who 
loved you and redeemed you. This one is Jesus, the Christ, the Son 
of God. If you have no desire to serve Him, how can you say that you 
love Him and appreciate what He has done for you? You are to 
publicly confess Christ, but lip service alone is not enough. 

It is not enough to just tell someone about Christ and expect him 
or her to take it from there. You must love and pray for him also, and 
by your own life, lived in love, show what Christ has done for you. 
The world hates -but Christians love, notonly in word but indeed. If 
your life does not show that you love, that you really care about 
others, then you are no different than those who know not Christ. 
No one will want what you have if it's no better than what they 
already have. 

It's not enough just to have a working knowledge of God's Word, 
from which you can give all the right answers. The truth must be 
presented in love, so it is a stepping stone to faith in Christ, rather 
than wielded as a club of destruction. The Holy Spirit must go 
before you to prepare a person's heart and make it receptive to the 
truth. Until a person's heart is receptive, nearly everything you say 
will be wrong. You must be careful both how and when you talk with 
an unsaved person or backslider, lest you do more harm than good. 

Prayer - loving, intercessory prayer - helps to open the door of 
another's heart. Prayer is a time of pleading to God for someone 
else's need, not a time for, "Lord, show him how wrong he is, and 
how right I am." If you don't love enough, you won't pray enough, 
and if you don't pray enough, you won't help enough. So often we 
think we don't talk enough, when in reality we talktoo much. Saying 
the right thing, but at the wrong time is saying too much. Pray first, 
then talk later when the Lord opens the way. 

Christian witnessing is important. It is not limited to talking, nor 
to just living a quiet Christian life. After all the talking is done and all 
the living is done, it still is not enough. Our witnessing must be done 
in love, the kind which makes us sensitive to another's needs. It is 
love which causes us to be concerned about others in the first place. 
If we don't really love people, both at home and away, we won't care 
whether any of them accept Christ or not. Love is needed, a sincere 
witness is needed, but a loving witness alone is not enough. 

Wisdom - Godly wisdom, that is - is needed also to make our 
witnessing effective. Wisdom enables us to present the truth in 
kindness; it causes us to stop when we've said enough. Wisdom 
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time to speak. If we don't allow the Holy Spirit to direct each move 
we make, and just let the chips fall where they may, the chips are 
about all we'll have left when we have finished hacking away. 

"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, 
gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy, and good fruits, 
without partiality, and without hypocrisy." James 3:17. Godly 
wisdom is peace-loving, considerate and will listen to reason. It is 
full of mercy and compassion, impartial and sincere. The Apostle 
Paul taught all men in this kind of wisdom (see Col. 1 :28). What was 
His purpose? To present every man perfect (orcomplete) in Christ. 
Paul loved those he ministered to, and he knew he should not hack 
away at them. Wise and loving instruction was needed instead. 

"Thou shalt love thy neighborasthyself. Love worketh no ill to his 
neighbor: therefore love is the fulfil ling of the law." (from Rom. 13:9- 
10). Whether you witness, or do an act of kindness, it should be 
because you love, freely and without strings attached. You 
shouldn't try to use love like a bait, to "catch" another soul to your 
credit, or so you can chalk up another "plus" on your blackboard of 
good deeds. God loves us, He gave us Christ because of that love. 
Not a one of us deserves His love or the mercy He gives. "Freely ye 
have received, freely give." Matt. 10:8b. 

When we share Christ with others, weshould followGod's pattern 
of loving, and giving with mercy. It is not enough to just "dish out" 
the truth that all are sinners; we need to "serve" the truth in love. 
Love, genuine compassion, concern for souls which can be felt, 
plus a clear Christian witness will help bring souls to Christ. When 
you have loved the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, 
and your neighbor as yourself, then and only then have you loved 
enough. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



HEY PASTOR, HOW BIG IS YOUR CHURCH? 

by Robert W. Baker 

God must love small churches; there are so many of them. 

God had better love small churches, for it seems very few others 
do. 

As I understand it, many viewthesmall church as a way station on 
the road to becoming a great church. Everyone knows God loves 
great churches. In a day when church growth is the watchword, if a 
small church doesn't grow (given sufficient time) it may be judged a 
"goner". 



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Let me reveal my bias, if I haven't done so already. I'm the pastor 
of a small church and I come from a short line of small churches. I 
have never been a member of nor served a large church. That's not 
sour grapes, just some sweet and sour reality. 

I'd hate to have to count how many times I've been asked, "How 
big is your church?" I hate having to listen, when I've answered, to 
the stock response (pastor of small churches can supply thetoneof 
voice): "Oh!?" I find myself trying to defend what I believe is the 
truth - that size is not what churches are all about. Size - small, that 
is - is often considered weakness. But is it? 

Granted, the small church finds it nearly impossible to involve 
itself in multiple ministries. It can't offer the wide opportunities, the 
diversified functions, the super-programming of a large church. 
But, it can do one thing as well as, maybe better than, a larger 
church. In line with John 17, it can serve as a visual display of the 
love of God on a scale people can get hold of. Jesus said that when 
the world saw that believers were one (a great description of love 
lived), two things would happen. One, unbelievers would knowthat 
God sent Jesus. Two, these same folk would believethatGod loved 
them. 

Bigness, success, greatness won't of necessity show this. In fact, 
they could change the focus of the beholder from visible love to 
visible success. People begin to comprehend love when they see it 
worked out in the intimacy of people relationships. This is where 
the small church should excel. This is where it can be a test tube 
that people can hold up to view. 

Does this mean that large churches can't do the same? Of course 
not! All any church has todo to catch thegloryofthesmall church is 
to hold onto the intimacy of right people relationships. 

One more thing about small churches. Some recruiters of 
missionaries like to use the illustration of ten men carrying a log - 
nine men on one end and one on the other. Nine Christians staying 
at home; only one going overseas where the needs are so great. But 
does that only apply overseas? It must. I don't see people rushing 
down to help on our end of the log. What I do see is a lot of people 
drifting to the end where the nine are already hefting the weight. 

What pastor of a small church has not been told by a departee, 
"We're leaving because you're just too small"? Too small to do 
what? To entertain, to be a provider of programs, to serve as a 
hiding place from action or commitment? Too small to live out 
God's love so people can see? Of course, if any church fails there, 
fails to live out God's love, its very existence ought to be questioned. 
Meanwhile, I'm left asking (often silently), "How does your leaving 
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In such a mood, I salute all the great small churches. And all their 
pastors. May they never be satisfied being small. May they never be 
ground down still smaller by the guilt of unrealized size. May they 
never stop loving. 

Selected from World Vision 
by Sister Edith Moss 

"FOLLOW ME" 

These were the words of our Master when He called or chose the 
twelve Apostles, "Follow Me." In order to follow Jesus we must 
deny self and be willing to forsake all. If we are willing then, and 
then alone, can we become His followers and soul winners for 
Christ. 

Jesus faced the cross and endured the suffering. None of us ever 
can comprehend the great suffering He endured to save my soul 
and yours. I am many times made to wonder if any of us would be 
willing to go through that suffering to save even one soul for 
Christ. It took alot of suffering to redeem our souls. Are we willing 
to suffer for Him? We, today, should be ever so willing to live for 
Him. 

Let us every one come daily to the Throne of Grace to get 
renewed strength so we won't fall along the way. Day by day we 
need to draw closer to His bleeding side. He is always ready and 
willing to hear from His dear ones. Do we daily commune with him 
or only when we find a need? Let us each search our lives and try 
day by day to come closer to Him, for He is a true and honest 
Friend. How many can we trust in this world, we are living in? We 
know if we put our trust in Him every day, He will see us through all 
the trials and cares of our daily life. 

We are told to seek and we would find, knock and it would be 
opened unto us. "For every one that asketh receiveth, If ye then, 
being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much 
more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them 
that ask him." If you are His child you'll need that strength from 
Above each day. Let us seek the Lord while He may be found. 
There will come a time in each of our lives, when we won't have any 
time left. That will be a very sad day. 

Job went through a lot of suffering for the Lord. If he did not 
know something he wanted to know, he searched till he found it. 
Jesus loved the poor. Do we love the poor around us? If we find 
they are in need, do we help them? Many of us may be poor but if 
we are followers of Christ we will be rich Over There. So many 
today don't love the Lord. Are we a stumbling block? Do we stand 



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in the way or are we willing to see that they too have a Home in 
Heaven? 

The "Stairway" rises Heaven High. 

The steps are dark and steep. 

In weariness we climb them 

As we stumble, fall and weep, 

And many times we falter 

Along the path of prayer 

Wondering if You hear us 

And if you really care. 

Oh, give us some assurance 

Restore our faith anew 

So we can keep climbing 

The Stairs of Prayer to you — 

For we are weak and wavering 

Uncertain and unsure, 

And only meeting you in prayer 

Can help us to endure, 

All life's trials and trouble 

Its sickness, pain and sorrow, 

And give us Lord the strength and courage 

To face all our needs and tomorrow. 
Sister E. M. Alltus 



PRAYER AND THE COMING ELECTION 

That nation which loses its sense of values and sets its focus on 
gold, silver, stocks, bonds, houses, lands, property and pleasure 
needs prayer. 

That nation in which laws are flagrantly broken, crime is winked 
at, justice is scorned, riots, drunkenness, pornography, dope and 
immorality are tolerated needs prayer. And to pray is exactly what 
every Christian is exhorted to do. Supplication, prayers and inter- 
cession are to be made for all in authority (I Tim. 2:1-2). It is 
doubtful that America has ever stood in more need of prayer for 
those in places of political leadership than today. 

Let us not be like Israel of old. She prayerlessly chose Saul to be 
her first king on the basis of externals. He looked good. He 
appeared to have the qualifications. But he failed miserably. He 
was not God's choice. The child of God ought to seek the mind of 
Him whose choices are not made on the low level of outward 
appearance, but on the rightness of heart. 

There is plenty of evidence in the Bible that God responds to the 
earnest prayers of His People with regard to national interests. He 



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has His own sovereign ways of raising up and setting aside rulers. 

God was quite ready to hear Abraham's prayers for wicked 
Sodom and Gomorrah. He is no less ready to hear our prayers for 
America. 

Consider the impact of Daniel's prayer life on the godless rulers 
of the great Babylonian Empire. God's man of prayer was the 
instrument through which Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar 
learned that God rules in the kingdom of men and "giveth it to 
whomsoever He wills" (Daniel 4:25). 

Think of the effectiveness of Nehemiah's prayers in the restoring 
of a defeated, scattered and decadent nation. Basic to Nehemiah's 
courageous leadership and hard work was continual prayer. 

Take a second look at Mordecai and Queen Esther. The doom of 
Israel had been sealed by Haman's plot and signed by the king. But 
prayer reversed the whole situation (Esther 4:15-17). Surely God is 
ready to hear the desperate cries of His children for America today. 

And how do you pray for the coming election? Ask God to put in 
authority men who will allow us to live peaceable, godly and 
honest lives. Ask God for rulers who will in no way hinder the 
proclamation of the Gospel in this country or other countries. 

Pray for America. Pray in the assurance that He will answer. "If 
my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, 
and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then 
will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal 
their land." (I Chron. 7:14). 

Selected by Brother Ray L. Stuber 



NEWS ITEMS 

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Mechanicsburg Congregation enjoyed another revival from 
June 13 to 22, 1980. Many of us entered the meetings with mixed 
emotions for we were disappointed to hear that our evangelist, 
Brother D. Paul Reed had been stricken ill and could not be with 
us. But on the other hand our hearts were warmed by the willing- 
ness and efforts that were put forth by Brethren Kenneth Wolfe, 
David Kegerreis, Virgil Leatherman, Joseph Flora and Jack 
Snyder. We praise God for the Lord's presence in these services 
and for new spiritual ground gained. Please join us in prayer for 
those who should have yielded to the Lord but who refused. May 
we keep faithful until Jesus comes. 

Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 



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QUINTER, KANSAS 

We have just finished a week of meetings with Bro. Dennis St. 
John as our evangelist. Though young in years, he preached with 
sincerity the Gospel messages we needed. 

We were grateful for all the visitors and especially for the 
ministerial help during Love Feast services. 

We feel encouraged to press on with a greater determination to 
live such lives as please our Lord. May we all continue faithful until 
Jesus comes. 

Our hearts were saddened as the Lord saw fit to remove one 
from our midst to be with Him. 

Sister Ethel Whitmer, Cor. 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 
CUBA, NEW MEXICO 

The evening of August 30 we had a warm experience at the 
Mission. We surrounded the Lord's tables — Navajos and Anglos 
— and had a Lovefeast Service. 

There were ten Sisters and seven Brethren at the tables. Bro. 
Herbert interpreted the examination service and Bro. Frank the 
communion service. This was the first time Bro. Steven Trujillo 
communed and it was a blessing to have him there. 

Bro. David Skiies officiated. The onlookers were quiet and 
observant. We left the tables rejoicing. My thought at this time 
was — how many more times will we, as Christians, get to 
participate in a Lovefeast Service. "... then look up, and lift up your 
heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." 

Sister Mildred Skiies 



OBITUARY 

DEEANN ROOT 

DeeAnn Yvonne Root was born October 16, 1942 and departed 
this life for her eternal home August 22, 1980, near Leoti, Kansas, 
from fatal injuries received in an automobile accident, at the age of 
37 years. 

DeeAnn is survived by her parents, Don and Esther Root, 
McClave, Colorado, one brother and nephews and nieces and a 
host of other relatives and friends. 

In 1975 DeeAnn moved to Quinter, Kansas and worked for Flex- 
King Corporation until her death. 

She was baptized into the Cloverleaf Dunkard Brethren Church 
at the age of seventeen years and faithfully served her Lord until 
her death. 



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She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. 
We wish to express our heartfelt thanks, and deep appreciation, 
for all the sympathy cards and letters of love and prayers for us 
shown over the Brotherhood at the loss of our beloved daughter 
and sister, DeeAnn. 
May God bless each one of you. 

Don and Sister Esther Root, 
Gary and Sue Root, Tim, Tracie, 
Tonya and Shane 



THE GREATEST OF ALL 

My greatest loss — to lose my soul. 

My greatest object — to glorify God. 

My greatest prize — a crown of glory. 

My greatest gain — Christ my Saviour. 

My greatest work — to win souls for Christ. 

My greatest joy — the joy of God's salvation. 

My greatest inheritance — heaven and its glories. 

My greatest victory — victory over death through Christ. 

My greatest neglect — to neglect "so great salvation." 

The greatest crime — to reject Christ, the only Saviour. 

My greatest privilege — power to become a son of God. 

The greatest bargain — the loss of all things that I might win Christ. 

The greatest profit — godliness inthis lifeandthatwhich istocome. 

My greatest peace — the peace that passes understanding. 

The greatest knowledge — to know God in Jesus Christ, 

whom He has sent. 

— Selected from Gospel Herald 
by Sister Ruthanna Sauerwein 



• •••••• 

AN OPPORTUNITY LOST 

It is said that an artist once gained permission to paint a portrait 
of the Queen. This was a great opportunity and would probably 
have made the man's fortune. A place was fixed and a time was set, 
and promptly the Queen appeared, but the artist was not there — 
he was not ready yet. When he did arrive, he was informed that her 
Majesty had departed and would not return. So, because he was 
not ready, he missed the opportunity of his lifetime. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR NOVEMBER, 1980 

DEATH 



Memory Verse: Ecc. 7:1 
A good name is better than 
precious ointment; and the day of 
death than the day of one's birth. 

Sat. 1 - Ecc. 7:1-29 



Memory Verse: Ecc. 8:8 
There is no man that hath power 
over the spirit to retain the spirit; 
neither hath he power in the day 
of death: and there is no dis- 
charge in that war; neither shall 
wickedness deliver those that are 
given to it. 

Sun. 2- Ecc. 8:1-17 

Mon. 3- Isa. 9:1-21 

Tues. 4- Isa. 25:1-12 

Wed. 5- Isa. 28:1-29 

Thur. 6- Isa. 38:1-22 

Fri. 7- Isa. 53:1-12 

Sat. 8- Jer. 2:1-18 



Memory Verse: Isa. 9:2 
The people that walked in dark- 
ness have seen a great light: they 
that dwell in the land of the 
shadow of death, upon them hath 
the light shined. 

Sun. 9- Jer. 2:19-37 

Mon. 10- Jer. 8:1-22 

Tues. 11 - Jer. 9:1-26 

Wed. 12- Jer. 13:1-27 

Thur. 13- Jer. 15:1-21 

Fri. 14- Jer. 18:1-23 

Sat. 15- Jer. 21:1-14 



Memory Verse: Isa. 25:8 
He will swallow up death in 
victory; and the Lord God will 
wipe away tears from off all faces; 
and the rebuke of his people shall 
he take away from off all the earth: 



for the Lord hath spoken it. 
Sun. 16- Jer. 43:1-13 
Mon. 17 - Lam. 1:1-22 
Tues. 18- Eze. 18:1-18 
Wed. 19- Eze. 18:19-32 
Thur. 20- Eze. 33:1-16 
Fri. 21 - Eze. 33:17-33 
Sat. 22 - Hosea 13:1-16 



Memory Verse: Deut. 8:10 
When thou hast eaten and art full, 
then thou shalt bless the Lord thy 
God for the good land which he 
hath given thee. 

Sun. 23 - Amos 5:1-27 

Mon. 24 - Jonah 4:1-11 

Tues. 25 - Math. 4:1-25 

Wed. 26- Math. 10:1-20 

Thur. 27- Deut. 8:1-20 

Fri. 28- Math. 10:21-42 

Sat. 29- Math. 20:1-19 



Memory Verse: Isa. 38:1 
In those days was Hezekiah sick 
unto death. And Isaiah the 
prophet the son of Amoz came 
unto him, and said unto him, Thus 
saith the Lord, Set thine house in 
order: for thou shalt die, and not 
live. 

Sun. 30- Math. 26:1-19 



Memory Verse: Jer. 21:8 
And unto this people thou shalt 
say, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, 
I set before you the way of life, 
and the way of death. 

Eze. 18:32 
For I have no pleasure in the death 
of him that dieth, saith the Lord 
God: wherefore turn yourselves, 
and live ye. 



Paul R. Myers 

Box I [7 

Greentown, OH 4463') 



(USPS 054-780) 



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VOL. LVIM 



NOVEMBER 1, 1980 



NO. 21 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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

I WILL FOLLOW THEE 

I will follow thee, my Saviour, 
Where so e'er my lot may be; 
Where thou goest I will follow, 
Yes, my Lord, I'll follow thee. 

Tho' the road be rough and thorny, 
Trackless as the foaming sea. 
Thou hast trod this way before me, 
And I gladly follow thee. 

Tho' 'tis lone, and dark, and dreary, 
Cheerless tho' my path may be 
If thy voice I hear before me, 
Fearlessly I'll follow thee. 

Tho' I meet with tribulation. 
Sorely tempted tho' I be. 
I remember thou wast tempted, 
And rejoice to follow thee. 

Tho' thou leadest thro' afflictions, 

Poor, forsaken tho' I be. 

Thou wast destitude, afflicted, 

And I only follow thee. 

- James Lawson 



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STUMBLING 

It is easy for us to stumble unless we are very wary. A raised 
place in the sidewalk, a misplaced object, or an unseen obstacle 
can cause us to fall down. A stumble can cause injury or it even 
could be fatal. 

Various conditions can cause us to stumble and fall. Darkness is 
one common cause. Although we may be familiar with an area in 
the daylight, when that area is dark, there is a great danger we will 
stumble over some unseen object. What is so plain in the light can 
be a danger in the dark. Others are made to stumble by drunken- 
ness. When the senses have been dulled or altered by alcohol or 
drugs, the feet do not follow the pathway. Because the perception 
is changed, a fall may happen very easily. The sober person will 
not stumble over the objects that will so easily cause the drunken 
to fall. Others may be tripped by another. An enemy may intention- 
ally trip another. The one doing the tripping may not always be an 
enemy but a friend who unintentionally may cause another to fall. 

Stumbling is not only a danger in our natural lives but also in the 
Spiritual. While we journey along the Christian pathway, there is 
an ever present danger of stumbling and falling. A fall is very 
dangerous in our eternal Spiritual life. The danger of stumbling 
Spiritually is of much greater importance than our natural falls. 

Spiritual stumbling can take many forms. The cause of the 
stumble can vary from person to person. One person may stumble 
becaue of physical lusts, another may stumble because of pride — 
even pride of righteous living — another may stumble because of 
discouragement, yet another may stumble because he does not 
see the wisdom of submitting to the Church. These and many 

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other causes are ever lurking to catch the Christian in a weak 
moment and make him stumble. 

Although the Christian has been forgiven of his sins, the old man 
of darkness will rear up and cause him to stumble. Some pleasure 
of the past will become a draw to the old life of sin. The sights and 
temptations ever present in the world about us may allure and 
cause us to stumble if we are not prayerfully careful. Although the 
Christian is not tempted by the drinks and drugs that ruin rational 
thought and behaviour, there is a danger that an over- 
emotionalsim and mysticism may also lead to a kind of Spiritual 
drunkenness. 

Of course, the Christian has an enemy who is doing all that he 
can to trip him. Satan wants the Christian to stumble. He wants the 
Christian to doubt God and His Word and to return to the 
pleasures of the old man of sin. Satan and his followers in the 
world will use many devices, both open and subtle, to bring the 
Christian down. He truly is an enemy, for though he would promise 
much, he will give nothing but misery and hatred to the one he 
succeeds in tripping. 

The unkindest stumble is the unexpected and unnecessary one 
caused by a fellow Christian, because of carelessness. Each 
Christian is his Brother's keeper. The strong are especially 
responsible for the weaker members. When the weaker see the 
stronger members do those things that are wrong, they are 
emboldened to do the same things. The stronger may be able to 
handle these things without being harmed but the weaker may be 
hurt. They stumble. Their souls may hang in the balance because a 
friend tripped them along the way. 

Chrisitans may also trip those who are outside the Church. Their 
activities or attitudes may be a barrier that causes the one in the 
world to remain in the world rather than come to Jesus. This is a 
very dangerous stumble because that soul may be lost forever 
because of a Christian's carelessness. 

One cause for stumbling among Christians is the desire for an 
individualism in their Christian walk of life. They do not want to be 
told by anyone how they should live. They do not want the Church 
to lay down any rules to restrict their lives, for they feel able to care 
for themselves. This individualism leads to many stumbles and 
even fatal falls, since the collective wisdom and experience of the 
Church is ignored in favor of personal feelings. Each Christian 
needs all the help available to avoid and overcome the stumbles 
that are ever lurking along his pathway. 

Other helps in avoiding stumbles are prayer, Bible reading and 
study, frequent fellowship with fellow Christians, helping others 
and a determination to avoid all the stumbles possible. 



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There will be stumbles; especially for the new Christian. But they 
need not be serious, prolonged or fatal. Let us each walk so we will 
cause no other to stumble, then we too will not stumble. 

1980 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from October 15, 1980 Issue 

Second Speaker: Elder Eugene Kauffman. Christ and the 
Church. Ephesians 5:25-33. 

We all have had dreams about what we wanted out of life. But 
there is not room in our lives for these materialistic things and the 
things Christ would have us do for Him and His Church. Our 
dreams should be of what we would want our Church to be. If 
these dreams come true, the world would take note of our Church 
as being a great Church. 

The Church is more than bricks and stone. They are just a 
meeting place for the Church. Churches are made of human 
beings. Jesus Christ should be the cornerstone and foundation. 
Each building was first conceived in someone's heart. If the 
Church we dream of is foremost in our minds it will come to pass. 

The dream comes first but hard work comes next. It needs the 
united effort of all. We should have a personal concern for our 
Church. What is our answer when confronted with questions re- 
garding our practices? Is it because we love our Church, rather 
than just because the Church requires it? 

A necessity for a growing Church is a united Church. A divided 
house can not stand, Jesus said. We must stand as one. A sports 
team depends upon the players all working together. An army 
must be united to win over the enemy. 

If the Church were united, new areas would be conquered for 
Christ. There would be more won into the Church if there were 
greater union in the Church. We must be united in following the 
commands of Jesus Christ. No one wants to join a Church that 
demonstrates division within. The united purpose of the Church is 
to make Jesus Christ known in the world around us. All of our 
efforts should be to this end. Let us attempt to put aside the 
prejudice, the indifferences and the jealousy among us that 
hinders the power of God. As a united body we should be under 
the leadership of the Holy Spirit. 

The Church should be well-attended. God knew that we were 
going to need a place to meet for inspiration and fellowship to help 
us in our Spiritual needs. God always meets man's needs, so He 
planned the Church. We must avail ourselves of the privilege. No 
one has ever been hurt by going to Church but millions have been 



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helped. If not at Church you will miss out on several things. The 
Church has the highest of ideals. We will miss out on things in the 
Bible if not at Church. We must attend to know the progress made 
in God's Kingdom. The place to hear the Gospel is in the Church. 
The Church is a service department for our souls. Service 
necessary for vehicles and needed by souls as well. Our souls need 
the regular service provided by regular Church attendance. There 
are joys and blessings in serving in the work of the Church. 

How hard do we try to attend Church. Couples who attend 
Church services regularly are seldom separated by the devil. The 
Church is the place for people to find answers to their problems in 
life. 

The Church should be the place where the ministry is helpful. It 
should be a friendly Church. This attracts the people. This gives us 
the opportunity to help those who will be lost otherwise. 

The Church should be a loving Church. Love was the dis- 
tinguishing feature of the New Testament Church. Is love always 
evident amongst the members of our congregations? Do we have 
the same love as Jesus had for us. One reason we don't love each 
other is that we don't love each other as we should. Close 
association is one of the necessary ingredients for love. There 
should be a love for the lost. There needs to be demonstration of 
love first. We must love for His sake. Also need a love for the fallen. 
Should be a love that prompts us to help that one. 

To be continued 



OUR CREED: THE NEW TESTAMENT 

Various religious groups and denominations throughout the 
eras of time up until the present day have put much emphasis on 
the need of a creed. The word "creed" comes from the Latin 
"credo" and means "I believe." The more popular creeds used have 
the names; the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, the 
Chalcedonian Creed, the Athanasian Creed, the Augsburg 
Confession, the Swiss or Zwinglian Confession, and the West- 
minster Confession. 

In contrast to these groups, the "Brethren" from their inception 
have declared that "We have no creed but the New Testament." 
This did not mean, however, as some would have you to believe, 
that the "Brethren" had no set convictions. What it did mean was 
that anything they practiced could be found in the New Testa- 
ment. Such cardinal doctrines as the virgin birth, salvation through 
the blood of Jesus Christ, the humanity and deity of Jesus Christ, 
and the Trinity were not open for discussion. They also recognized 
the whole Bible as the Word of God. They correctly taught that the 



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Old Testament must be understood in light of the New and not vice 
versa. We feel the same "rule" should apply today. 

They accepted without qualification the bodily resurrection, the 
ascension, and the literal return of Jesus Christ. But to the 
"Brethren" these beliefs were MORE than a creed. These were 
more than statements you mouthed on Sunday morning. They 
were deeply seated personal convictions. Because of their deep 
loyalty to the teachings of the New Testament they also adopted 
such teachings as nonresistance, nonconformity to the "world", 
the prayer veil, washing of the Saints' feet, and the love feast. We 
feel that those "Brethren" groups who have given up some of these 
practices have forsaken "no creed but the New Testament" and 
have adopted a "creed type" of worship in its place. 

We feel it is important that we take heed to Paul's admonition in 
Ephesians 4:14 "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to 
and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the 
sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to 
deceive." The creeds of themselves, for the most part, contain 
scriptural truths. But if these truths are only spoken by the mouth 
and not felt by the heart they are worthless. Also where creeds are 
used, unscriptural practices are most times taught by the leaders. 
The "creed mentality" is also expressed in such ways as group 
prayers of confession. We feel the only acceptable group prayer is 
"the Lord's Prayer." All other prayers of confession should be 
prayed from the heart by individuals. 

It is our conviction that a conviction can only be worthwhile if it 
is a personal thing. To try to convince government or an un- 
regenerate society to accept such teachings as nonresistance is to 
make it nothing more than a creed. The New Testament practices 
peculiar to the "Brethren" and a few other groups must become 
more than a creed to those who practice them. They must become 
personal convictions. 

May it be our desire to follow Jesus Christ and His teachings as 
given throughout the New Testament and to truly love God with all 
our heart, soul, and mind, as we love our neighbor as ourselves. 
May we follow His teachings not because "the church says so," but 
because we wish to be obedient in all areas of our lives. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, Pa. 17078 

"I can forgive, but I cannot forget," is only another way of saying, 
"I will not forgive." — Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled 
note — torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown 
against one. — H. W. Beecher. 



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THE UNTOUCHABLES 

A minister was talking about the gap between the ministers and 
laity. At one home, he had been greeted by three sparkling clean 
children, obviously ready for bed. One little boy greeted him with 
these words, "I just washed my hands so I could shake hands with 
you tonight." The ministers heart went out to the boy, because he 
wasn't an untouchable. Yet the boy apparently had the impression 
that if he had a speck of dirt anywhere, he couldn't touch the 
minister. Such a feeling makes a barrier, one that prevents mutual 
love and help. 

Are you touchable? Or do you give people the impression that 
you are "too good" to be touched, too good to stoop to help 
another? Sometimes we must get our hands dirty in order to help 
someone. Are you willing to get involved, even though it includes 
some unpleasant tasks? The lepers had to keep their distance and 
cry out, "Unclean, unclean" so no one would touch them. How 
often do you treat those around you as though they had leprosy? 

Ministers sometimes act as though they are the elite — untouch- 
able, a little more holy than other people. Church members in 
general sometimes act as though they are better than others, 
especially unbelievers. The reality is, whatever we are, if we belong 
to Christ, He made us thus. We are all human, subject to error and 
in need of much. To think otherwise is to think as the Pharisees 
did. They were perfect, they thought, and wouldn't stoop to help 
anyone. Will you? 

"For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his 
house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his 
work, and commanded the porter to watch." Mark 13:34. All of us 
have a job to do. It's not for just a select few. All of us should be 
available, first to the Lord, and second, to those around us who 
may need us. Ministers should do what they can to help the laity 
and unbelievers, and the laity should help also where needed. The 
little boy had a poor impression of what a minister is, and people 
often have a poor impression of what a Christian is. We are all 
servants, fellow-brethren in Christ. 

Jesus was available to those who needed Him. And He touched 
people, some of them of very questionable character. His touch 
always brought healing of mind, body or spirit, whatever the need 
was. Lepers had to live alone; to touch one was unthinkable, but 
Jesus did (see Matt. 8:3). When multitudes followed Him, people 
sought to at least touch His garments to receive healing (Matt. 
14:35-36). Apparently Jesus believed that personal contact was 
vital, even if it meant getting His hands dirty. (See healing of blind 
man, John 9:6). 

"But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with 
compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered 
abroad, as sheep having no shepherd." Matt. 9:36. Jesus' heart was 
touched also, not just His garments. He really cared about the 
needs of all these people. We can't care for the multitudes as Jesus 



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did, but He does expect us to be moved with compassion and do 
what we can to help others. 

"For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and 
ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and 
ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye 
erne unto me." Matt. 25:35-36. In order to help someone, you must 
care enough to do something about it. You can't be an untouch- 
able, as the priest and Levite were (see Luke 10:23-37), and help 
anyone. Passing by on the other side is unkind and a sure sign that 
you are not moved with any compassion. 

Jesus said, "Whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be 
servant of all." Mark 10:44. Paul called himself a servant of others 
for Jesus' sake (II Cor. 4:5). Whether you are a minister, a teacher, 
or someone with more limited talent, Jesus expects you to get 
involved and be a servant. There is something you can do, if you 
will and if you care. Be a touchable — let your heart get involved 
too! "With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men." 
Eph. 6:7. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 



DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE 

I have been challenged by a question asked recently. The 
question, "I married a divorced woman and did not know it was 
wrong. When I realized I should not have married her, I divorced 
her. Now, I wonder if I can marry a widow or a young maiden? I 
want a Biblical answer." 

The Pharisees asked Jesus, "Is it lawful for a man to put away his 
wife?" Jesus answered, "What did Moses command you? and they 
said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her 
away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness 
of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of 
the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall 
a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they 
twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one 
flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put 
asunder. And in the house his disciples asked Him again of the 
same matter and he saith to them, Whosoever shall put away his 
wife, and marry another, committeth adultry against her. And if a 
woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she 
committeth adultry." Mark 10:2-12. 

I turned in the Old Testament to Deuteronomy 24 to see what 
Moses commanded. "When a man hath taken a wife, and married 
her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, 
because he hath found some uncleaness in her: let him write her a 
bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his 
house. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and 



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be another man's wife. Now if the latter husband hate her, and 
write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand and 
sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which 
took her to be his wife; her former husband, which sent her away 
may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for 
that is abomination before the Lord..." Deut. 24:1-4. 

In the New Testament, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, 
"It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give 
her a writing of divorcement: but I say unto you, That whosoever 
shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth 
her to commit adultry: and whosoever shall marry her that is 
divorced committeth adultery." Matt. 5:31-32. 

This does give a reason for divorce, but it does not give a right to 
marry again. Romans 7:2-3 says, "For the woman which hath an 
husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he liveth; 
but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her 
husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to 
another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband 
be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, 
though she be married to another man." 

When the woman, taken in adultery, was brought to Jesus he 
told her accusers that he who was without sin among them was to 
cast the first stone at her. They were convicted by their own 
conscience, and went out one by one, till Jesus was left alone with 
the woman. Jesus asked her, Woman, where are thine accusers? 
Hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus 
said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee, Go and sin no more. 
John 8:3-11. 

The questioner at the beginning asked, "Can I be forgiven for the 
sin of adultery?" Yes, you can be forgiven for that sin, but the 
complete answer is, "Go and sin no more." 

We read in I Thess. 4:3-5, "For this is the will of God, even your 
sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication: that every one of 
you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and 
honour; not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles 
which know not God." "What shall we say then? Shall we continue 
in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid, How shall we, that are 
dead to sin, live any longer therein?" Rom. 6:1-2. 

In I Cor. 7:10-11, The Apostle Paul says, "And unto the married I 
command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her 
husband: But, and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be 
reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his 
wife." 

This is the Biblical answer to the question of divorce and 
remarriage. 

Sister Edyth Kline 



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FASTING 

Fasting is a Bible teaching that is minimally understood by many 
conservative Christians today. We should understand it as self- 
denial and wholly spiritual, which it is. The saints of the Old 
Testament fasted regularly, as did the Apostles and Jesus Himself. 

In Matthew 6:1-18, Jesus talks of three aspects of Christian 
behaviour. Almsgiving is a requirement, as is prayer. The third area 
is fasting. Jesus said, "When you fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of 
a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may 
appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their 
reward." We fast when we abstain from food on religious grounds. 
This is not a hunger strike or an attention attracting act. 

In Leviticus we read: "and this shall be a statute for ever unto 
you, that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you 
shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all." Here the word "fast" 
was not used, instead the phrase "afflict your souls" was used. If 
we do this we humble ourselves in the presence of God and are 
abased. In James 4:8-10 we are instructed to "Draw nigh to God 
and He will draw nigh to you... be afflicted, and mourn and weep: 
let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you 
up." 

David communicates that he fasted in Psalm 109:24 and Esther 
and Mordecai fasted as recorded in Esther 4:16. Jesus fasted just 
before His ministry began. 

Self denial is important to us because it is a Christian character 
building act. As we deny ourselves we become less important in 
our own eyes and we grow in the awareness of the glorious 
sovereignty of God. No Christian can become victorious and 
useful if he ignores personal discipline. 

Usually, a fast will mean missing three meals in a day. Although 
we find fasting by Moses on Mount Sinai without water and the 
same with Ezra, Esther, Mordecai, and Paul (Acts 9:9), fluids may 
be taken during a fasting if necessary. 

Why do we fast? The Children of Israel did it to avert God's 
wrath. Similarly, fasting is done by a person after falling in sin — in 
order to re-discover God's pardon. Penitence is an important 
ingredient of Biblical fasting, so it is natural for Christians to seek 
God in self-denial if they become aware of the real need of divine 
pardon. When fasting takes its proper place in our lives, it aids in 
the mortification of the old man and is invigorating to the New Man 
in Christ Jesus. 

Another reason for fasting is the desire for special help from 
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ourselves for His special blessing. We are promised reward for 
obedience. 

We need to remember that any blessing bestowed by the Father 
upon His undeserving children is an act of grace. We fail to 
appreciate the mercy of the Lord when we think that by our fasting 
we have coerced God into granting the blessing for which we have 
asked. 

When the early people fasted they clothed themselves in sack- 
cloth. Today we are to have no outward appearance of the activity. 

In any crisis, personal or in the Body of Christ (Church), fasting 
and special prayer are important ingredients in handling the 
problem. 

Remember, this is a private communication with the Lord and 
becoming proud of the act will make it hypocritical. It should not 
become ritualistic or routine in nature. 

Let us consider this often neglected discipline in our Christian 
life. We must ever walk closer to the Lord in these last days before 
His return and present our bodies a living sacrifice acceptable for 
His service. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 

DOES JESUS PLAN OUR LIVES? 

I am sure that when each of us comes into this world Jesus has a 
plan for our life. It is up to each one to find that plan and follow it. 
As we grow up and attend Church each Lord's Day, we learn about 
Jesus, who was willing to give His life for everyone so he could 
come to Him and be willing to serve and work for Him. It is up to 
each one how he lives and if he is willing to find the plan He has for 
his life while living here. If we are willing, we will accept the Lord 
and be baptized and start on that road that leads from Earth to 
Heaven. The Bible says, "Remember thy Creator in the days of thy 
youth." If we are willing to do this, Satan won't have such a hold on 
us. When Christ calls you, don't put it off from day to day. Let us be 
willing to come out on the Lord's side and live the rest of our days 
in His service, bringing others into the fold of Jesus Christ. 

I am sure this will be a rewarding life not just here below but will 
give us a Home with all the redeemed in Heaven when our life's 
work here has closed. Dear ones, don't you feel this is worth all the 
trials and temptations we go through here 9 Some days wont be 
easy. We will meet with lots of trials and hardships, but we can 
come to Him in prayer and ask Him for help and He will help us 
bear all our burdens. He has promised never to leave or forsake us. 
What a wonderful Saviour we have. He is always near to protect 
and guide us. 



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We read in Proverbs 3:6, "In all ways acknowledge him, and he 
shall direct thy paths." But we must be living for Him and serving 
Him with our whole heart. God had a plan for Jesus' life and Jesus 
followed that plan all the way. Are we willing to follow the plan for 
our lives unto the end? If not, why not? Every one has a work to do. 
Christ needs workers. The harvest is ripe ready to harvest. Are we 
willing to do our part to harvest the golden sheaves for His! 
kingdom? Dear ones, who have not started on this new life, won't 
you start today? 

Every one of us has a work to do. No one can take your place 
with Jesus. When the Apostle Paul found Jesus and the plan He 
had for his life, he started at once on that mission and followed the 
plan the Lord had for him until the end. What a wonderful life of 
service to the Master. He glorified Him here on earth. When his 
pilgrim journey here came to a close, he was ready to go. The time 
of his departure was at hand. "I have fought a good fight, I have 
finished my course, I have kept the Faith: Henceforth there is laid 
up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous 
judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all 
them also that love his appearing." 

Paul was never idle. He was always working to help others to find 
the joy he received daily in the service of the Master. To Paul, I 
believe, the Christian life was a race and the prize, the crown of 
everlasting life. He was in a spirit of great earnestness not only for 
himself but for others. Through him and thousands who have been 
influenced by him, Christianity grew. We read where many came to 
know Jesus as their Saviour and Lord through his wonderful 
works. I think we truly can say, with the exception of our Lord and 
our Saviour, no one has done so much good in the world as Paul. 
He was earnest. He loved every one and above all the Lord and 
Saviour. He was a patient man, self-sacrificing, and always stead- 
fast in the true faith. 

We all must be submissive to His will and the plan He has for us 
to follow. Christ came not to do His own will but the will of Him that 
sent Him. We must not want to do our will but Christ's will. Put your 
life in Christ's hands and He will direct you in all you do and say, 
while you are here. When we come to the end, He will take us to 
our Home above. If you are worried and don't know what to do, talk 
it over with Jesus. There is only one place and Friend to go to and 
that is Jesus. He is never too busy; He will always be there, when 
you seek Him at the Altar of Prayer. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

••••••• 

The narrow soul knows not the godlike glory of forgiving. 

— Rowe. 



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THE LARGE CUP 

I lifted up my Cup Lord, 
I held it very high. 
You didn't fill my Cup Lord, 
I knew that you were nigh. 
Please Lord, Tell my why. 

My child, I did not see your cup 
As you held it high. 
But you need a lesson, Dear! 
I knew you felt Me very near 
But I had to pass you by. 

My child you must be greedy, 
Why was your cup so large? 
Why did you want so much 
When others are so needy? 

Do you not know about the manna? 
How I fed my children at dawn of each day, 
Enough to help them travel 
All along the wilderness way. 

One glance into the cup you held — 

Told you weren't ready for an over-running cup. 

I saw within so much that gave me pain. 

It was not really empty, tho it seemeth so to you. 

There was some envy there — some ego 

And some careless, ugly habits too. 

So go upon your knees, my child 

And pray and rid yourself of these. 

Let your heart be cleansed and full of love, 

Then you will be ready for my blessing 

And have my peace from Above. 

Oh Lord! I did as thus you said 

And I felt your annointing upon my head. 

Once more I held my cup up high 

Oh, Thank you Lord! You did not pass me by. 

My cup was full and running over 
It held forgiveness, love, peace and joy 
It seemed enough to last for evermore. 
But Lord, so much I care 
This cup, with all I meet I'll share. 
When it's empty, I know to You I can return. 
Oh! What a lesson I had to learn. 
Thank you, Lord, for helping me see 
The blessings you put in the cup for me. 
- Ruth Spotts 
Brethren Home, Greenville, Ohio 



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OBITUARY 

VIOLA MOSS 

Viola Hazel Moss died September 24, 1980 at the Rest Haven 
Nursing Home, Greenville, Ohio, where she had been a patient! 
since August 30. She had been in failing health for the past year. 

A native of Kansas, she was born February 28, 1891, the: 
daughter of the late James and Nora (Baker) Miller. She was 
preceded in death by her first husband, Henry Weaver in 1933 and 
her late husband Loring Moss in 1963, whom she married in 1945. 
Prior to moving to Darke County, Ohio, she had lived in Missouri 
and Colorado. She was a member of the Conservative German 
Baptist Brethren Church, New Madison. 

Survivors include twin sons, Delbert Weaver, New Madison, 
Ohio and Albert Weaver, Bernville, Pennsylvania; four daughters, 
Hazel Weaver, Greenville, Ohio; Mrs. George (Charlotte) Frick, 
New Madison, Ohio; Mrs. Lloyd (Ida) Keeny, and Mrs. Ray (Arvilla) 
Keeny, New Freedom, Pennsylvania; two step sons, Aaron Moss, 
Springfield, Missouri and David Moss, West Covina, California; 
three step daughters, Mrs. Reuben (Mable) Rupp, Bryan, Ohio; 
Mrs. Charlie (Mary) Jamison, Arcanum, Ohio and Elma Moss, 
Greenville, Ohio; twenty-five grandchildren, twenty-eight step- 
grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; fifty-eight step-grand- 
children and one brother, Guy Miller, Fort Lyons, Colorado. 

Services were held September 27, 1980 at the Storch-Braund 
Funeral Home at New Madison with Brethren Dale Keeny, Owen 
Stout and Kenneth Martin officiating. Burial was in Wares Chapel 
Cemetery at West Manchester. 

Texts used were Psalms 116, II Corinthians 5 and II Timothy 4:6- 
8. Hymns were "Walking with Jesus," "Meet Me In Heaven," "There 
is a Rest for the Faithful and Pure," and at the grave "It Is Not Death 
to Die." 

DEATH OF A MOTHER 
The bosom where I oft have lain 
And slept my infant hours away 
Will never beat for me again; 
Tis still in death! Tis lifeless clay! 

How many were the silent prayers 
My mother offered up for me! 
How many were the bitter cares 
She felt when none but God could see! 

Oft let me think of all she said 
And all the kind advice she gave, 



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And let me do it, now she's dead 
And sleeping in her lowly grave. 

And let me choose the path she chose, 
And her I soon again may see 
Beyond this world of sin and woes, 
With Jesus in eternity. 



MARRIAGE 

GUNDERMAN - ST. JOHN 

Sister Susan Gunderman, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Reinhold 
Gunderman, Goshen, Indiana and Bro. Thomas St. John, son of 
Bro. and Sis. Edwin St. John, Alvordton, Ohio were united in 
marriage September 20, 1980 at the Goshen Dunkard Brethren 
Church. Bro. Dennis St. John performed the marriage ceremony. 
The couple are at home at Rt. 1, Box 51, Alvordton, Ohio. 



NEWS ITEM 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation (the Lord willing) will hold 
their Lovefeast services November 29 and 30. 

Services begin at 11 o'clock Saturday forenoon and 2 o'clock 
Saturday afternoon with the Communion service Saturday 
evening. 

Come enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Ruth Kleinhen, Cor. 

••• • ••• 

JUST A MINUTE 

I have only just a minute, 
And sixty seconds in it, 
Forced upon me, 
Can't refuse it, 
Didn't seek it, 
Didn't choose it, 
I must suffer if I lose it, 
Just a tiny little minute, 
But Eternity is in it. 



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VOL. LVMI 



NOVEMBER 15, 1980 



NO. 22 



For the faith once delivered unto the saints' 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



FACE TO FACE 

Face to face with Christ, my Savior, 
Face to face — what will it be? 
When with rapture I behold Him, 
Jesus Christ who died for me. 

Only faintly now, I see Him, 
With the darkling veil between, 
But a blessed day is coming, 
When His glory shall be seen. 

What rejoicing in His presence, 
When are banished grief and pain; 
When the crooked ways are straightened, 
And the dark things shall be plain. 

Face to face' O blissful moment 1 
Face to face — to see and know; 
Face to face with my Redeemer, 
Jesus Christ who loves me so. 

- Mrs. Frank A. Breck 



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THANKSGIVING IN HEAVEN 

Each year we set aside a special day to give thanks for God's 
benefits to us. While it is fitting to have such a day as a special re- 
minder of God's goodness to us, it is better to give thanks every 
day. If His blessings were meted out to us according to our degree 
of thankfulness, would we be as well favored as we are? 

It would be impossible to count all the blessings He has given us. 
As many and as great as these gifts from Above are, they will pale 
into insignificance compared to the blessings of Heaven. There we 
will continuously worship God, which will include thanksgiving. 

There are many things that we do not understand here, but in 
Heaven our minds will be perfect. There we can understand the 
purpose and will of God, which will cause us to be thankful for 
what God has provided for us in Heaven and on the Earth. Over 
There, there will be many tremendous things for us to thank God 
for, that today are not reality for us. 

In Heaven, we will be thankful for our victory over death. Today, 
death holds many fears for us, because of its many unknown 
qualities. But in Heaven victory will be ours. Death will have been 
overcome. The fearsome vale will have been penetrated. Its 
supposed horrors will have been vanquished. The unbeliever's 
concept of death as a dark and foreboding entrance into 
something even worse for him is very true, but the Christian can 
look upon death as an entrance into the land of Glory. In looking 
back, the Christian will be thankful that he, through Christ, could 
overcome such a fearful enemy that turned out to be a doorway to 
real living. 

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Another victory that will increase our thankfulness in Heaven will 
be our victory over Satan. This victory goes hand-in-hand with the 
victory over death. Death is Satan's greatest weapon. Satan is 
powerful but the Christian has, through Christ, more power. Satan 
is ever deceiving and tempting to sin but in Heaven there will be no 
sin. It will be a place far different than this present world, where 
nothing is perfect and even God's children slip and fall. Satan's 
power will be broken. There, those, whom he could not deceive 
and lead astray, will be joined in thankfulness for their victory, 
individual and collective, over this enemy of each soul. 

A recognized part of life in this world is sickness and sorrow. In 
Heaven these will be vanquished. There we can be thankful not 
only for their absence from Heaven but also our victory over them 
in this life. The ailments of the body and the sorrows of the Spirit 
are here connected with death, but without death there will be no 
sickness nor sorrow in Heaven. The human body that fails and 
gradually decays will be replaced by a new body. In Heaven there 
will be many thanks offered for the lack of sickness and pain and 
suffering. The tears of sorrow will be replaced by the joys of 
thankfulness in Heaven. 

There are innumerable divisions in this world. There are 
differences between nations. Families, friends and even spouses 
are divided. There are many different organizations which seek our 
allegiance. Even Churches and congregations are divided. Jesus 
said that His demands would bring division within families. In 
Heaven we can be thankful for the lack of division. There are 
hindrances to perfect fellowship here, but Over There it will be 
perfect. 

Not only will we have perfect fellowship with one another in 
Heaven, but we will have perfect fellowship with God. There our 
knowledge of God will no longer be through faith. We will know the 
will of God in all things. We can be thankful that when we are no 
longer in total darkness of sin nor the relative darkness of faith, we 
will be in the full light of perfect knowledge and fellowsnip. 

In looking back from Heaven to this life, we can be thankful for 
the effort that we put forth and for every help and encouragement 
that we received along the way. We will then be thankful that we 
were willing to strive to overcome the problems of this life in order 
to achieve the better life Beyond. We will recognize then that with- 
out the help of many other fellow Christians we could not have 
been successful. Our greatest helper will have been God, Himself. 
There will be much to be thankful for in Heaven when we look back 
to the Christian life we are living now. 

With these few glimpses of what Heaven will mean to us in the 
future, we should be thankful for what we have available now so we 
can have this great thanksgiving in Heaven. 



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TRUE THANKSGIVING 

"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with 
praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name." Psa. 100:4. True 
thanksgiving begins before God. Thanking Him should be your 
first thought in worship, in prayer, in everything. When you come 
before God, publicly or privately, He already knows whether you 
are thankful or not. Mere words will not impress God, so be sure 
your expressions of thanksgiving are sincere. 

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in 
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Eph. 5:20. This verse says it 
all — the who, what and when of true thanksgiving. First, we are to 
give thanks. Thanks for what? All things! When are we to give 
thanks? Always, not just now and then. To whom do we give 
thanks? To God through Christ. Having a continually thankful 
heart may seem impossible, but thankfulness is a must in a 
Christian's life. 

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and suppli- 
cation with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto 
God." Phil. 4:6. We need to make thanksgiving a part of our 
prayers. A thankful attitude makes everything look brighter and go 
more smoothly. Worry and anxiety are a negative approach to 
whatever is bothering us, but being thankful changes that. Worry 
expects everything to go wrong; thankfulness expects everything 
to come out alright — because God is in control. 

"Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou 
hast heard me." John 11:41b. Jesus thanked God for hearing His 
prayer, and we should also. God has given us the privilege of 
praying to Him. We are to come boldly to the throne of grace (see 
Heb. 4:16), to seek for the help we need. The reason we have this 
privilege is because Christ is our High Priest. Jesus said if we ask 
in His name, He will do it. See John 14:13-14; 15:7, 16. Prayer is a 
privilege, but not without responsibility. Let us be very thankful for 
it and not take it for granted. 

"But thanks be unto God, which giveth us the victory through 
our Lord Jesus Christ." I Cor. 15:57. There should be gratitude in 
our hearts first and foremost for Christ and the victory He gives us. 
It is only through Him that sin's power is broken and we are able 
then to serve God. If you are not thankful for Christ, then you do 
not know what He can do in your life. 

"First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your 
faith is spoken of throughout the whole world." Rom. 1:8. Paul 
evidently was inspired by the faith of these Christians and he 
thanked God for it. A faithful Christian inspires others to have 
greater faith, and is a testimony to the unsaved of what Christ can 



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do for us. Our personal faith in Christ makes many blessings 
possible and we are certainly thankful for that. But let's be thankful 
also for the outstanding faith in others which reaches God and 
inspires our hearts. 

"I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God 
which is given you by Jesus Christ." I Cor. 1:4. Grace is unmerited 
favor. God is not required to give us anything, but He gave (and 
still gives) because He loves us. We are thankful for our own 
salvation through Christ and we should be thankful for this grace 
given to others as well. We should be very thankful that God offers 
salvation to all who will receive it. If He had reserved it for just a 
select few, we might be the ones who were left out. 

"And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to 
meet us... whom when Paul saw, thanked God and took courage." 
Acts 28:15. Paul was thankful for his Christian friends and for their 
coming to him at a time when his need was very great. They 
brought encouragement to him. and our Christian friends can 
encourage us also if we will share our needs with them. We should 
be thankful for our friends and our fellowship with them. 

'The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself. God I thank 
thee, that I am not as other men are..." Luke 18:11a. This is not a 
prayer of thanksgiving; it is instead the expression of a very 
ungrateful heart. This man considered himself worthy of all he 
owned, as well as his social position. He had no need, he thought: 
he didn't want what God could give him and he certainly was not 
grateful for anything. A truly grateful heart recognizes God in all 
things. Are you grateful? 

"He took the seven loaves, and gave thanks." Mark 8:6. Jesus 
expressed thanks for the food before feeding the multitude. This 
should remind us to give thanks, not only for our daily bread, but 
for everything. It can become a habit to say "thank you", so be 
careful. God supplies our spiritual and emotional needs as well as 
our physical ones. Don't take these supplies for granted. Instead, 
be truly thankful. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer. Ohio 

OUR THANKFUL FOREFATHERS AND MOTHERS 

Many years ago. far from our land, many were hindered from 
religious worship, which they believed to be of truth and righteous- 
ness. They came to this American continent of freedom. After they 
came here, many suffered with severe hardships. They were not 
prepared for the cold winter and lacked food. Many of them 
suffered with sickness and death in this life. When spring came, the 
survivors labored and prepared for the future, the necessary things 



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of life. Through their labor, at the end of the summer they were 
blessed with a bountiful harvest. Through their thankful hearts a 
special day was proclaimed for thanksgiving to the Lord for their 
many blessings. 

Are we as thankful as we should be for the many blessings the 
Lord has extended to us. We hear that in some countries they are 
lacking food and the other necessities of life. We have many things 
to be thankful for. Do we show by our words and deeds that we are 
thankful? Do we appreciate the greatest blessing of God, the 
words of eternal life. Are we following in the path of truth and 
righteousness that will prove we appreciate and are thankful for 
the great blessings of God? 

The Psalmist David was filled with thanksgiving and praise to 
God. "Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the 
most high." Ps. 50:14. That is what we need to spread the good 
news of God's Word unto others. "That I might publish with the 
voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works." Ps. 26:7. 
"I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon 
the name of the Lord." Ps. 116:17. "And let them sacrifice the 
sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing." 
Ps. 107:22. 

Christ, our great example, gave thanks for the blessings of God 
to humanity. He gave thanks for the few small loaves and fishes 
and received enough to feed many thousand people. He gave 
thanks and blessed at the communion, the bread and the cup. 

We are taught by example what is required of us. "Giving thanks 
unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the 
inheritance of the saints in light." Col. 1:12. We have many true 
examples in His Word. "In every thing give thanks: for this is the 
will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." I Thess. 5:18. "Pray 
without ceasing." Be thankful always. "Continue in prayer, and 
watch in the same with thanksgiving." Col. 4:2. We need to be 
prepared always. "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by 
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be 
made known unto God." Depend upon him who will lead you into 
all truth. 

Proof of being thankful to the Lord is manifested through words 
and deeds that are true unto Him. Those who do not accept the 
saving Gospel of Christ are not proving themselves unto Him, for 
the greatest blessings extended to us. May our lives be bright and 
shining lights in this dark and sinful world. Are we thankful for 
those who are throwing out the life line across the dark way of life? 

True thanksgiving originates and lives in the minds and hearts of 
God fearing people. A falling away and departing from the path of 
truth and righteousness is contributing to the downfall of our 



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nation. As our true strength and shield is in the power of God we 
need to seek God's help and guidance to be strong in the Lord. We 
are told in His Word what happened to nations that turned away 
from and forgot God. Through evil and wickedness, cities met with 
desolation. Recently I have heard some people say this country is a 
in a worse condition than it ever was. We, as professing Christians, 
should turn to the high standard of Christianity exemplified by our 
faithful foreparents. We need the true Christian way of life. That 
will contribute to the good and strength of our nation. 

We need to prove ourselves thankful for all blessings always. 
"Praise God from whom all blessings flow." Today we have the 
privilege of showing that we appreciate and are thankful for all the 
blessings of God including the words of life that will lead and guide 
us into the Great City of eternal life. 

Brother J. F. Marks 

Rt. 9 Box 860 

Plant City, Fla. 33566 

FAULTS 

Genesis 1 1 :9, "Then spake the chief butler unto Pharoah, saying, 
I do remember my faults this day." Psalms 19:12, "Who can under- 
stand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults." 

I am sure we would not be human if we did not have some fault? 
We often have heard it said, "There is so much good in the worst of 
us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it little behooves any of 
us, to say anything about the rest of us." Jesus, our pattern of life, 
has commanded us to love our enemies and to pray for them. In 
Matthew, we read "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and 
persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, 
for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your 
reward in Heaven..." 

Matthew 7:1-3, "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what 
judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye 
mete, it shall be measured to you again, And why beholdest thou 
the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considereth not the beam 
that is in thine own eye?" Luke 6:41-42, "And why beholdest thou 
the mote that is in thy brothers eye, but perceivest not the beam 
that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, 
Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou 
thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou 
hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then 
thou shalt see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's 
eye." 



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Let us stop and think how they treated our blessed Lord. But He 
was willing to go to the old rugged cross and die for all of us. Are 
we, His followers, as willing to give our lives for the ones that find 
fault or say all kings of gossip about us? If we are, we have been 
born again and have gone with him all the way. Then I am sure the 
Dear Lord has a place for us in that Home above. 

Sometimes this fault finding and gossiping is very destructive. 
Many times it drives some poor soul away from the Church and the 
Lord. I have never seen any good come from ruining someone's 
character. If you see someone with a fault, go to him alone. Don't 
tell him in front of others. Let us stop and see what fruit we are 
bearing. 

Let each of us strive to see the good in people. Help pick up the 
weak and fallen. Let us show to everyone we truly are trying to live 
the Christ life. Then we will become a blessing to everyone. Let us 
each pray to God for His help and strength, so we will be able to 
stand when someone finds fault or gossips about us. Let us pray 
each day that we will grow into more useful lives for Christ and His 
Kingdom. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

1980 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from November 1, 1980 Issue 

Tuesday Morning Worship 

Moderator: Elder Edward Johnson. 

Chorister: Bro. Leonard Wertz. 

Speaker: Elder David Ebling. I Samuel 15. 

Saul was used by God when he was humble. But when pride 
entered in, he was no longer usable. He began to listen to the voice 
of the people rather than the Word of God. These failures on Saul's 
part are still dangers for us today. God prefers obedience to 
sacrifice. May we be usable by God. 

Tuesday A.M. 

Moderator: Bro. Eldon Mallow. 

Chorister: Bro. John Meyers. 

Opening: Bro. Alvin Chupp. Psalms 40:8. 

In order to put into our lives the good teaching we have received 
we must apply it. We must delight in the Word of God. Prov. 16:3. 
We must commit our works and thoughts to God. Prov. 3:5. We 
must trust the Lord and His way rather than our own way. Phil. 
3:14. We must press toward the goal individually. Rom. 10:4. The 
purpose of this is that people will be saved. I Tim. 2:4. Salvation not 



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only for ourselves but for others. 

Adult Bible Study: Bro. John Carpenter. The Great Commission. 
Matt. 28:19-20. 

Who is the "ye" in the commission? It was the Apostles then and 
us today. All nations includes missionary work near home as well 
as in far away places. Some must stay home to support those who 
do go. While all are not authorized to baptize, all can tell others 
that it is necessary. All can follow Jesus and be a missionary. "Go" 
is a commandment. The first priority is to teach the plan of 
salvation then to teach other things. Our teaching is not only in 
word but in our living. 

Speaker: Bro. Carl Broadwater. What Time is it? 

Men know and understand many things of science but God is the 
one who made the whole earth. His highest creation was man 
because he was created in His image. Of all His creation, it was 
only man into whom He breathed the breath of life. He gave Adam 
a help meet. When they listened to Satan they were driven from the 
Garden. Cain and Abel were born to them. Abel worked for God 
but Cain wanted to do it his own way, like many today. Seth later 
was born to work for God. 

Noah preached to the people as he built the ark. They would not 
listen. Today most are the same way, they do not believe the Word 
of God. Rom. 13:12-14. 

As the time becomes shorter, we can either blunder through life 
or follow the One who made it all. I Tim. 3:1-7. We should be pre- 
paring for the perilous times. It is high time to awake out of sleep. 
There is so much unholiness in the Church today. The Christian 
must turn away from the evils. These things tell us something 
about what time it is for the world. 

Only through Christ can we have life and happiness. Will He find 
faith on the earth when He returns? 

Closing: Bro. David Kegerreis. 

The thought of the beginning of time is today a subject of 
controversary because even in the schools evolution is taught as 
a fact not a theory. We must stand firm upon the teaching of God's 
creation of the earth, man and time. Even the computers of today 
vouch for the truth of God's Word's description of the past. 
Because of the seriousness of the times we do not have promise 
of such a meeting next year. World events are rapidly moving 
toward the end. We must be sure to be faithful. 



Tuesday P.M. 
Moderator: Bro. Paul Hartz. 
Chorister: Bro. Russel Berkenstock. 



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Opening: Bro. John Peffer. I Corinthians 13. 

This chapter can be used as an examination of our love. This 
love goes beyond the call of duty. This was exemplified by 
Jonathan. The idols of the old life have to be torn from the heart so 
this love can abide there. Hatred cannot exist if this love is present. 
Are we willing to give our all because of our love? Are we willing to 
forgive and forget? 

First Speaker: Bro. Merle Swihart. The "Lord". 

What does the word, "Lord", mean. It means divine. We must 
believe "In the beginning, God..." or else forget the whole Bible. 
We must accept it all or none. God made the universe so He is the 
ruler. There is a recognized need to restrain man and his passions 
ever since Adam sinned. Cain murdered his brother. By Noah's 
time God saw the need of a cleansing of the earth. Even after the 
flood, depravity continued downward so God had to further 
restrain man. God wants all men to carry out His commands. God 
has used nations and rulers for His purpose. Conscience is not a 
safe guide for man to follow. Man's imagination was evil 
continually. 

God put His stamp of authority on His Son at His baptism and 
the Transfiguration. The age of conscience and the age of law is 
past. We are now in the age of Grace, which was manifested by 
Jesus, especially at Calvary. His authority is absolute in Heaven 
and Earth. Romans 1 contains a description of modern man. 
Because we have received more in this age of Grace we have 
greater responsibility. It has been said that America is living like 
decadent Ancient Rome. It appears that America will do one of two 
things, either she will repent and get right with God or she will 
become even worse than Rome. 

Men are today not only seeking wealth but they are following the 
occult, listening to strange voices. The child of God does not 
follow these things. He will follow the law of God. We are to live 
exemplary lives. 

II Tim. 3:1-5. This pictures the rebellion of so-called Christian 
America. Rom. 3:9-1 1 . No group is any better or worse than others. 
The public schools are teaching disrespect for parents and right- 
ful authority. Delinquent parents produce delinquent children. 
Murder, rape, sedition, prostitution, drunkenness, drugs are some 
of the sins of this nation. I Tim. 1:9-10. Rom. 13:1-5 speaks of God's 
establishment of civil power. Civil law must be followed unless it is 
in conflict with the law of God. Just as the civil law demands a 
penalty for disobedience so sin brings God's penalty. We should 
be thankful for the yet continuing freedoms of this nation but we 
do not know how long they will continue. We have a material 



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prosperity unknown in most nations. Are we being'lulled asleep by 
this plenty? 

Where do we fit in this picture as individuals. We are to be lights. 
A small light shows up in the darkness. We must pray for our 
leaders in the Church. We need to pray for the lost. We need to 
carry out the Great Commission even in unpleasant places. 

Let us be willing to have God as the Lord of our lives. 

To be continued. 



I PRAYED - HE ANSWERED 

I prayed for relief from my burden 
I asked the Lord to take it away. 
But I grew unsettled and doubtful, 
For the burden grew harder each day. 
Then I changed the note of my praying, 
And asked for the Master alone. 
Then turned to take up my burden - 
But lo! My burden was gone. 

I prayed for more power to witness 
The story of Christ's wondrous love, 
But no message of might ever came, 
Though I prayed to our Father above. 
So I changed the note of my praying 
Asked Jesus to come in and dwell, 
And found to my great satisfaction, 
That I the story could tell. 

So now if I'm burdened or doubtful, 
Or weary with overmuch care 
I go at once to my Saviour, 
Ask Him the burden to share. 
And I find Him ever so willing, 
For He walks by my side on the road 
Now wonder of wonders I'm telling 
He takes from my heart all the load. 

Sister Ollie M. Mallow 

R.D. 1 Box 45 

Clearville, Pennsylvania 15535 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE LOST SHEEP 

Matthew 18:10-14 



Jesus liked little children and I'm sure that children liked Jesus. 
Jesus said, "Except ye be converted and become as little children, 
ye shall not enter the kingdom of heaven." Children are humble 
and they know they are dependent on their parents. Jesus wants 
us to be dependent upon Him. Children are wonderful, but they do 
grow up and then they are not children anymore. 

We used to raise sheep. The mother sheep would care for her 
lambs. The lambs would follow their mothers wherever they went. 
But sometimes a lamb would get separated from its mother. Then it 
would cry out and would not stop until it had found her again. Its 
very life depended on the milk from its mother. Sometimes a 
mother sheep would die and the lamb would be an orphan. This 
happened one time and our daughter took the little lamb and fed it 
from a bottle. The lamb grew and grew and finally it was big 
enough to go with the other sheep and eat grass. When we turned 
the bottle-fed lamb in with the herd of sheep, what do you think it 
did? It just wandered off by itself. It didn't want to be with the 
others and one day a coyote killed it. The lamb was so tame that it 
wasn't afraid and when the other sheep ran away, it just stayed and 
lost its life. A mother sheep would have taught the lamb to stay 
with the others. 

I believe there is a lesson here for us. Jesus talked about the 
ninety and nine and the one which went astray. A good shepherd 
will watch the sheep. If one goes off by itself, he will go after it and 
bring it back. Children need to have good parents who will teach 
them how to live. They will teach them about Jesus and take them 
to Church and Sunday School. Children who have good teaching 
will make good Christians. They will know the dangers of doing 
only as they please. Many children today are like the little orphan 
lamb. Their parents do not think enough of them to teach them what 
is right and they are left to themselves. They are often taught by 
others who have no real love for them. They may never know the 
love of God and get lost like the little lamb the coyote killed. 

As Christian people we should be interested in those who are 
lost. "It is not the will of our heavenly Father that one of these little 
ones should perish." We know today that there are many lost souls 
who are wandering away from God. Jesus said, "Let your light so 
shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify 
your Father which is in heaven." 



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I hope we can be like Jesus and have a love for those who are 
lost — for the one who left the fold and wandered away. It is not 
easy to hunt a lost sheep in the dark and away in the mountains. 
Neither is it easy to bring back to the fold a lost soul, who is 
wandering out in the fields of sin. It takes an effort and one who 
won't quit until the lost are safe once more. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



TOMORROW.... NEVER COMES 

by Helen Hammond 

Have you ever heard the saying — tomorrow never comes. 

One day there was a little girl, and she had been promised by her 
mother that her request would be granted tomorrow. But she said, 
"Mommy, when is tomorrow?" The mother outlined it as coming. 
"After dinner you will play for a while, then you will go to bed and 
sleep for a while, and when you wake up it will be tomorrow." "No," 
said the girl, "when I wake up it is always today." 

And so it is. Today is the only day that we have. For we cannot 
re-live yesterday and we can not pre-live tomorrow. 

It is so easy for us to dwell in the past, rummaging through the 
good memories and mulling over the bad ones. Have you ever 
gotten out an old photo album and started looking through the 
pictures? One memory will come after another memory. 

On the other hand we are prone to perfact our joys, our 
opportunities, even our living in the future. So many times I, and I 
am sure you, have said these things too. "After I get my business 
established I'll spend more time with my family," or have you heard 
this one? "Next semester I'll get with it and study." Or especially 
the children, will say "I wish it were Summer!" 

Today, often becomes something to be endured rather than to 
be used. To be wished away rather than to be enjoyed. 

We need the Psalmist attitude — "this is the day the Lord hath 
made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." This is the day to live: to 
cultivate the fruits of the spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, 
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

This is the day to be strong — we need to face one thing at a 
time. And how precious the Bible, as it says to us — "As thy days, 
so shall thy strength be." 

And you know this is the day to decide. So many times it is so 
easy to say, "Well, let me think about it a little longer, let me have a 
little more time." The Bible says, "Today is the day of salvation. We 
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In one familiar tale, the author describes a strategy session in 
which the devils discuss the best ways to thwart Christ's cause on 
earth. After they had talked for a long time, the winning idea came 
up, "Tell the people to decide tomorrow. Tomorrow will be soon 
enough." So many times as we have talked to people, especially in 
the orient, they will say, "I just don't have time today, I have to work 
today, I just don't have the time — maybe tomorrow there will be 
more time." But you know Joshua's words still echo. "Choose you 
this day whom you will serve." 

Today is the day to give thanks. Thanksgiving forces us to take 
stock of the situations and the inventory invariable obliges us to 
conclude that we have many things to be grateful for. Everyday 
should be thanks giving day. Just take time to stop and think of the 
many, many things that we should be thankful for. 



Selected by Sister Ruth Drake 



NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 
The new address of Elder Frank D. Shaffer is 13062 Grant Shook 
Road, Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

We were privileged to have another Harvest Meeting this year on 
September 7. Visiting Brethren were David Ebling, Edward 
Johnson and Dean St. John. The messages of the day were 
centered around the 5th chapter of Galatians; telling us of the 
differences between the works of the flesh which spells... sin and 
the fruit of the spirit which spells... Christian. Even though Harvest 
Meeting is but once a year, we should always, day by day, thank 
God for our blessings. We are blessed indeed far above many in 
this world. 

Again, on October 25 we experienced another Lovefeast with 
Brethren Harley Rush and Edward Johnson as visiting ministers. 
Thirty-three surrounded the table of the Lord. Thoughts of the day 
were centered around "God's Love for us," "Our choosing of Christ 
or of the World," and "Jesus on the Cross." What love He had, to 
die for you and me! 

Sister Shirley Frick, Cor. 



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BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

The Bible Study Board is preparing books for use in primary 
classes for 1981. 
There will be a picture to color with each Bible study. 
Please send your order, stating number you need to: 

William Carpenter 
8012 Cavender St. 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR DECEMBER 

Dec. 7 - The Angel, Gabriel, Talks to Mary. Luke 1:26-56. 
Dec. 14 - The Birth of John. Luke 1:57-80. 
Dec. 21 - The BIRTH OF CHRIST. Luke 2:1-20. 
Dec. 28 - Jesus in the Temple. Luke 2:21-52. 

QUESTIONS: 

(1) Why do you suppose Mary found favor with God as the 
angel, Gabriel, said in Luke 1:30? Luke 1:46, 47. 

(2) Is there anything impossible with God? Luke 1:46, 47. 

(3) What did Zacharias, the father of John, prophesy when he 
was filled with the Holy Ghost? Luke 1:68-79. 

(4) What did the shepherds do after they had seen the baby 
Jesus in the manger? Luke 2:17-18. 

(5) At twelve years of age Jesus was in the temple sitting in 
the midst of the doctors of the law, both hearing them and 
asking them questions. What answer did Jesus give His 
mother when she found Him? Luke 2:49. 



• ••#••• 

Sweet deeds of love and service 

Still learn to multiply; 
There is so much that you can do, 

If you will only try. 
For little hands small tasks are set 

That men could never do. 
And you may speak so many words 

That helpful are and true. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR DECEMBER, 1980 

DEATH 



Memory Verse: Mark 10:33 & 34 
Saying, Behold, we go up to 
Jerusalem; and the Son of man 
shall be delivered unto the chief 
priests, and unto the scribes; and 
they shall condemn him to death, 
and shall deliver him to the 
gentiles: And they shall mock 
him, and shall scourge him, and 
shall kill him: and the third day 
he shall rise again. 

Mon. 1 - Matt. 26:20-46 

Tues. 2 - Matt. 26:47-75 

Wed. 3- Matt. 27:1-22 

Thur. 4 - Matt. 27:23-44 

Fri. 5 - Matt. 27:45-66 

Sat. 6- Mark 5:21-43 



Memory Verse: 
And the chief priests and all the 
council sought for witness 
against Jesus to put him to death; 
and found none. 

Sun. 7 - Mark 7:1-23 

Mon. 8- Mark 10:32-52 

Tues. 9- Mark 13:1-20 

Wed. 10- Mark 14:1-25 

Thur. 11 - Mark 14:26-50 

Fri. 12 - Mark 14:51-72 

Sat. 13 - Luke 1:5-25 



Memory Verse: Luke 1:79 
To give light to them that sit in 
darkness and in the shadow of 
death, to guide our feet into the 
way of peace. 

Sun. 14 - Luke 1:26-56 

Mon. 15 - Luke 1:57-80 

Tues. 16- Luke 2:21-40 



Wed. 17 - Luke 9:12-36 
Thur. 18- Luke 18:18-43 
Fri. 19- Luke 21:1-24 
Sat. 20- Luke 22:1-23 



Memory Verse: Luke 2:10 & 11 
And the angel said unto them, 
Fear not; for, behold, I bring you 
good tidings of great joy, which 
shall be to all people. For unto 
you is born this day in the city 
of David a Saviour, which is 
Christ the Lord. 

Sun. 21 - Luke 22:24-46 

Mon. 22 - Luke 22:47-71 

Tues. 23 - Luke 23:1-26 

Wed. 24 - Luke 23:27-56 

Thur. 25 - Luke 2:1-20 

Fri. 26- Luke 24:1-26 

Sat. 27 - Luke 24:27-53 



Memory Verse: 
But I tell you of a truth, there be 
some standing here, which shall 
not taste of death, till they see 
the kingdom of God. 

Sun. 28 - John 4:43-54 

Mon. 29 - John 5:1-24 

Tues. 30 - John 5:25-47 

Wed. 31 - John 8:39-59 



Memory Verses: John 5:24 
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He 
that heareth my word, and be- 
lieveth on him that sent me, hath 
everiasting life, and shall not 
come into condemnation; but is 
passed from death unto life. 

John 8:51 
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If 
a man keep my sayings, he shall 
never see death. 



•au] R. Myers 

Box 117 

Greentown, OH 44630 



(USPS 054-780) 



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VOL. LVIII 



DECEMBER 1, 1980 



NO. 23 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



JESUS, I'LL GO THROUGH WITH THEE 

I have made my choice forever, I will walk with Christ my Lord; 
Naught from Him my soul can sever, While I'm trusting in His word; 
I the lonely way have taken, Rough and toilsome though it be, 
And although despised, forsaken, "Jesus, I'll go thro' with Thee." 

Tho' the garden lies before me, And the scornful judgment hall, 
Tho' the gloom of deepest midnight Settles round me like a pall; 
Darkness can affright me never, From Thy presence shadows flee, 
And if Thou wilt guide me ever, "Jesus, I'll go thro' with Thee." 

Tho' the earth may rock and tremble, Tho' the sun may hide its face, 
Tho' my foes be strong and ruthless, Still I dare to trust Thy grace, 
Tho' the cross my path o'er-shadow, Thou didst bear it once for me, 
And whate'er the pain or peril, "Jesus, I'll go thro' with Thee." 

When the conflict here is ended, And the weary journey done, 
When the last grim foe is conquered, And the final vict'ry won: 
When the pearly gates swing open, And an entrance full and free 
Shall be granted to the victors, "Jesus, I'll go thro' with Thee." 

- Mrs. E. E. Williams 



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RELUCTANT SERVANTS 

Servants often do their masters' bidding very reluctantly. This 
reluctance is not only the attitude of servants but also of children. 

Jesus spoke of a father who had two sons. He bid each of them 
to go work in his field. Each was reluctant. The first refused to go, 
although he later repented. The second feigned going but never 
went. This reluctance is found not only in natural iabors but even 
in the work of the Lord. Jonah was like the first son. He did all he 
could to avoid being a missionary to Ninevah. He went after God 
used extraordinary means to change his mind. There have also 
been many who resembled the second son. They have professed a 
willingness to go and to serve but their reluctance overcame their 
good intentions. 

Peter made many bold declarations concerning his love and de- 
votion to Jesus. He boasted of his willingness to die for Jesus but 
in a few hours he would be found asleep when he should have 
been praying and a little later he thrice denied the Lord whom he 
had promised to die for. Peter made many bold professions but his 
reluctance in the hour of trial was greater. Have we ever been in 
Peter's place? Have we boasted of the devoted service we would 
render to our God, only to realize in a few hours that our courage 
had been overcome by reluctance. Have we enjoyed Spiritual 
mountaintop experiences, such as General Conference or a Love- 
feast, yet within a few days we find ourselves back in the same 
valley? We often are more like Peter than we would like to admit. 
Our reluctance overcomes our boasts and our desire to serve. We 
would do better to follow Peter after the Resurrection when he 
became a tried and true servant no longer ruled by reluctance. 

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With the Holy Spirit's help we too can become devoted servants of 
our Lord. 

Another reluctant servant of the Bible is Lot. Because of God's 
Grace and the pleadings of his uncle, Abraham, he was rescued 
from the impending doom of Sodom and Gomorrah. He was 
reluctant to leave behind the binding cords of this world's goods 
and pleasures. Not only did the angels warn Lot of the soon 
destruction of the wicked cities but they urged him to warn his 
family and to flee before it was too late. Finally it was necessary for 
these messengers to take Lot and his family by the hand and lead 
them out of the city. Once they were out of the city, we would think 
their thankfulness would be so abundant that there would be no 
reluctance to do as God would bid them. But reluctance was still a 
part of Lot's life style. His wife's reluctance to part with the loved 
ones and possessions of her former home may well have reflected 
Lot's own feelings. His prior association with Abraham may have 
strengthened him so he could overcome the world's binding cords 
better than his wife. Since husband and wife are to be of one mind 
we can imagine that they had similiar interests and ties to their 
home, family and friends in Sodom. 

Even this dramatic warning to Lot, through the change of his 
wife into a pillar of salt when her reluctance to leave became too 
great, did not drive reluctance entirely from his heart. He was 
bidden to flee to the mountain to find safety but he desired rather 
to flee to Zoar. His excuse for this reluctance was that he feared 
the wild beasts of the mountain. He had so soon forgotten the God 
who had delivered him from hell fire and brimstone. He failed to 
believe that this almighty God could just as easily deliver him from 
the wild animals of the wilderness. The love of the world's goods, 
positions and pleasures had put a reluctance within him. He could 
not fully yield himself to the counsel of God. The carnal man's 
attitudes constrained him from the hearty service that he should 
have rendered to God. 

The reluctance that characterized Lot's escape from Sodom is 
still a part of the attitude of many people. For many the escape 
from the destruction promised to the world is made very re- 
luctantly. They must be pulled from their destruction much like 
Lot. There is a great reactance on the part of many to claim the 
salvation of their souls provided by God. Some who have made 
their escape continue to be reluctant to serve God who rescued 
them. They do not listen to the counsel of the Church when that 
counsel is contrary to their desire. 

Just as reluctant children need love and discipline that their 
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Christians need the same love and discipline. Christians may 
boldly profess their love and devoted service but reluctance may 
hinder the actual fulfillment of their profession. 

Are you reluctant to serve God? Surely you will not be hindered 
like Jonah and Peter and Lot. Surely you will not be reluctant when 
He calls upon you to be obedient. He wants your willing service. 

1980 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from November 15, 1980 Issue 

Tuesday P.M. 

Second Speaker: Bro. Virgil Leatherman. Conscience. I Thess. 
5:24. 

All have received a calling of some kind. The conscience is a 
great evangelist for each one unless it is seared. It tugs at the heart 
strings. There is a homing instinct within each one much like the 
salmon of the Northwestern United States. If God put this instinct 
in animals, could He not put a similar instinct within mankind. The 
conscience is a good guide if it has been properly trained in child- 
hood. 

Just as God called Adam in the Garden, so He still calls to us. 
Belshazzar's feast was interrupted by the handwriting on the wall. 
His conscience began to bother even though he could not under- 
stand it. He was reminded of Nebuchadnezzar's experiences that 
should have changed his life. Peter's conscience convicted him 
after he denied Jesus thrice. He wept. The conscience of Judas 
bothered him so he couldn't live with himself. He committed 
suicide instead of repenting. 

We often wound our conscience with careless words and deeds. 
Rest is taken away until the wrong is made right. The control tower 
at the airport can lead in a plane that is unable to land because of 
weather conditions. We can not get to Heaven on our own, we 
need the voice that is leading us on. God will guide us in safely in 
love and kindness God's will is that all would come to repentance. 
He wants each to head home rather than toward Hell. We need to 
turn our lives over to Him. He has made all things possible that we 
might be saved. Pay heed to your conscience and head Home. 
There is no excuse when one is lost for eternity because he has a 
built-in witness. 

Closing: Bro. Eldon Mallow. 

We must give free course to what we have heard. We have heard 
of Divine Love, Divine Authority and Divine Call. 



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Tuesday Evening 

Moderator: Elder Edward Johnson. 

Chorister: Bro. Merle Swihart. 

Opening: Elder Jacob Ness. John 10:14. 

There is a responsibility to occupy until He returns. Part of that 
responsibility is to seek the other sheep who are not in the fold. 
Those in the control tower at the airport have a great responsi- 
bility — so do we. Each of us have a work to do. 

Speaker: Elder Dale Jamison. Am I My Brothers Keeper? Gal 
6:1-10. 

We often think of a missionary as one who goes across the sea, 
but a missionary can work right in his own Church. Although we 
pray, go to church and read our Bibles, do we really care? 

Parents are their children's keepers. They preserve and protect 
them. Here we are concerned about a brother's keeper. This is a 
concern for each other's welfare. There are two aspects of our 
living, the world and the Church. 

We are responsible to be salt and light in the world. We do not 
take part in the political or social world. We need to have lives that 
show forth our faith in God. The world needs to see what God 
would have them to do. But too many church members can not 
give witness of their faith because they do not have a genuine faith. 

We are each responsible for our own soul yet there is a 
responsibility to not offend another and/or harm his spiritual life. 
We should have a desire like Paul for his people however wrong 
they might have been. Do we have such a love for others? Do we 
live so close to the Lord that we lose ourselves in Him? 

We need first to pray for one another. We need to seek God's 
help that we have the right attitude in His Service. We need our 
Brother and he needs us. We need to learn to feel what he feels. We 
don't take time to help one another and understand each other's 
need. One of the best things that a father can do for his children is 
to love mother. That kind of love should be in the Church. The 
world's society often provides a place and a love for people that 
the Church does not. Can our Church love the unlovable? Most 
people are not unlovable but are normal people who need you. 
Care is a very important factor in everyone's life. Jesus had 
compassion. 

Until we learn to be our brother's brother we will not treat him 
very good. Each Christian is a Christian because somebody cared. 
One soul is worth more than the whole world. Perhaps we all need 
to rearrange our priorities. 

We need to persuade the lost of their condition and need. They 
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people who rise above themselves. What will you do with Jesus. 

Closing: Elder Joseph Flora. 

Did this message burn in our hearts a little? "Arise and let us go 
hence." We need to do the work that is undone. We don't know 
what is before us but we know we can go forward with Jesus. 
Wednesday Morning Worship 

Moderator: Elder Edward Johnson. 

Chorister: Bro. Merle Swihart. 

Speaker: Elder Charles Leatherman. Luke 19:29-44. 

The Children of Israel had the opportunity to know who this 
Jesus was. We also have that opportunity. But do we praise Him 
like He deserves? Do we often look back and see missed op- 
portunities? We need to apply what we have heard that we do not 
waste the opportunity given us, like the children of Israel did. 

The End. 

Editors Note: This concludes the record of the sermons heard at 
the 1980 General Conference. Again we thank Sister Ruth Drake 
for making tapes of these messages available for the benefit of 
each one. May these messages be a help to those who have read 
these notes as well as those who were privileged to hear them in 
person. 

THE WEEDS OF LIFE 

As I was weeding in our garden the other evening, I noticed that 
the big weeds pulled harder, and even then they broke off before I 
got the root out. I thought, "How much that is like our lives!" The 
little weeds — people don't worry about them. "We'll wait until they 
are bigger, then get it out." How very true. We wait until they are so 
big that they WONT come out. When we do try, they break off and 
leave the root deep in our heart. 

Let us pray that God will help us get the "little" things out of our 
lives before they get any bigger. "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, 
that spoil the vines: for our vine have tender grapes." Song of 
Solomon 2:15. 

Sister Rebecca Blocher 



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STARVED IN THE END— It is said that Duke d'Alva starved his 
prisoners after he had given them quarters, saying, "Though I 
promised your lives, I promised not to find you meat." Thus, in 
much the same manner, do the world and the Devil deceive their 
votaries in the end. 



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THE MISSING BLESSING 

Does something seem to be missing in your life? You've done 
much for the Lord, you think, and there should be much joy, but 
there isn't always. At times, it seems that the blessing of God is 
missing and you are wondering what's wrong. There is an answer 
as to why we don't feel blessed, or are not blessed. For every 
blessing promised, there's a responsibility or qualification. 
Blessings are missed whenever we fail to meet these requirements. 

Blessings can be missed when we don't claim promises or when 
we aren't ready for a blessing. We can miss a blessing when we 
have a set idea of how it should come, or when we don't open our 
hearts to receive one. Sometimes our minds are closed and we 
don't recognize our blessings. We spoil a blessing when we are not 
contented with what is received. We also miss many blessings by 
simply quitting too soon. Jacob said, "I will not let thee go, except 
thou bless me." Gen. 32:26b. He held on for a blessing; so must we. 

"Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to 
bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." 
Acts 3:26. Holding on to sin deprives us of the blessing of 
salvation. This also deprives us of other blessings, both spiritual 
and natural ones. Matt. 6:33 says "Seek ye first the kingdom of 
God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added 
unto you." There are many blessings which God gives to His own, 
and we only cheat ourselves when we go our own way and leave 
God out of our lives. 

"Blessed are all they that wait for him." Isa. 30:18b. A blessing is 
missed when we don't wait on the Lord. Sometimes we get in a 
hurry for things to be done and in our haste, we spoil what God has 
for us. We don't wait because we don't trust God as we should. Psa. 
34:8b says "Blessed is the man that trusteth in him." It does pay to 
wait on the Lord with a trusting heart, then "he shall bring it to 
pass." (Psa. 37:5) 

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be 
meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of 
hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you 
out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." 
Mai. 3:10. "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35b. 
Whether we are giving in the Lord's work or to help someone in 
need, there is a blessing in giving. On the other hand, if we with- 
hold that which we should give, God will also withhold His 
blessing. 

"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the council of the 
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of the scornful." Psa. 1:1. There is a lot of ungodly advice available 
in every area of life, so be careful whose advice you follow. Other- 
wise you might find yourself doing just the opposite of what God 
wants you to do. Our blessing comes in following Godly counsel, 
not the philosophies of men. 

"Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and 
teachest him out of thy law." Psa. 94:12. God does the chastening 
and teaching; we are to do the learning. If we refuse to respond to 
God's correction, again we cheat ourselves. There is no blessing in 
going on in our old ways and habits. The blessing comes when we 
have learned new ways and new habits — those which please the 
Lord. "Blessed are they which keep his testimonies, and that seek 
him with the whole heart." Psa. 119:2. 

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse 
you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which 
despitefully use you, and persecute you." Matt. 5:44. "Blessed is 
every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways." Psa. 
128:1. If we react according to human nature and fight back, we 
just add to our misery and lose a blessing besides. Walking in the 
Lord's way and serving Him brings the blessing. Returning love for 
hate is God's way. 

"Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing." See 
James 3:9-10. An inconsistent life will not be a blessed life. 
Blessings are missed because we don't ask. Anywhere you find in 
the Bible, Blessed is...", doing the opposite of what is stated means 
you miss a blessing. How then do we get blessed? "Blessed is the 
man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive 
the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love 
him." James 1:12. A blessing comes now while we endure and 
serve the Lord, but the greatest blessing is yet to come. It is the 
crown of life. Stay faithful to the Lord so you don't miss any of the 
blessings God has for you. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 

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BURIAL OF MOSES 

A Welsh preacher, speaking of the burial of Moses, said: "In that 
burial not only was the body buried, but also the grave and grave- 
yard. This is an illustration of the way in which God's mercy buries 
sins. No one is in the funeral with Mercy ( just as it is understood 
that no one was at the funeral of Moses but God), and if any should 
meet Mercy on returning from the burial of sin and ask her: "Mercy, 
where didst thou bury our sins?" her answer would be. "I do not 
remember." 



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THE DEVIL IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING 

There are so many translations of the Bible in the world today 
that Christians are being led away from the True Word of God. 
Therefore I see a need to be very cautious about using other 
versions, even when used as references. I believe God saw a need 
for the English translation of the King James Version. It is my belief 
He actually rewrote the Bible through the hands and minds of 
those men in 1611, who dedicated their time to such a work. It is 
also my belief there are no errors in it. Perhaps sometimes we don't 
understand it and thus think there are. We should pray for under- 
standing of God's Word and as our need arises we will gain 
wisdom in such. 

I ran across a leaflet that tells the Bibles and Manuscripts used to 
translate and compile the King James Version of 1611. They were 
as follows, the Original New Testament Manuscripts: Greek 
Vulgate - Traditional or Byzantine Manuscripts; Pershitta - 150 
A.D. - Syriac Version; Old Latin Vulgate 157; ninety five percent of 
all Manuscripts (which have become known as the Textus 
Receptus or the Received Text); Erasmus' Greek Bible - 1516; 
Luther's Bible - 1522; Tyndale's English Bible - 1525; Stephen's 
New Testament - 1550; the Geneva Bible - 1560. From these was 
the material taken that is found in the King James Version. No 
where was the Catholic Bible included, in which many would have 
us believe. 

The Catholic Bible is listed in the other stream which is titled, 
Corrupted Manuscripts on this leaflet. They are: Alexandrine Type 
Manuscripts (Origen, 185-254, the greatest exponent); 
Constantine Bibles - 312 (fifty ecumenenical Bibles patterned after 
Origen's Bible); Sinaitus and Vaticanus Manuscripts (about 350 
A.D. Basic Manuscripts behind all modern versions); Latin 
Vulgate - 380 (By Jerome. Included seven Apocryphal books. Still 
Official Roman Catholic Bible); Douay - 1582 (Roman Catholic); 
Westcott and Hort Greek New Testament - 1870; Revised Version - 
1881 (which differs in 36,000 places from King James Version); 
American Standard Version - 1901; New World Translation - 1950 
(Jehovah's Witness Bible); New American Standard Version - 1960; 
Today's English Version or Good News for Modern Man; New 
English Bible; Amplified Bible; Living Bible and all modern 
versions; Jerusalem Bible (R.C.) - 1966; Common Bible - 1973; and 
the New International Version - 1973. 

No matter how many thousands of words of explanation you 
read concerning how wonderful the American Standard Version, 
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Scofield are, they NEVER tell you that these "wonderful" versions 
which "CONTAIN" the Word of God come from the SAME 
CORRUPTED MANUSCRIPTS which produced the Russelite 
version, and the "Good" News version! DON'T FORGET THIS. It 
will pay you to MEMORIZE this! Putting poison water in a gold cup 
doesn't sweeten the water! 99.44 percent of those who "love" the 
above mentioned versions wouldn't spit on the "Jehovah's Witness 
Bible" and the "Good" News for Modern Man and the Revised 
Standard Version, if they were on fire. But these translations come 
from the corrupt Roman Catholic Vaticanus and Sinaiticus Manu- 
scripts which contain fairy tale books (called APOCRYPHAL 
BOOKS). II Cor. 2:17, "For we are not as many, which corrupt the 
Word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God 
speak we in Christ. 

The above material is found in a leaflet by Rolland C. Starr. 

This leaflet set me to thinking that these modern versions can be 
very misleading and are probably the work of Satan himself. We 
are to beware of wolves in sheep's clothing. In Matt. 7:15 we read 
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, 
but inwardly they are ravening wolves." Cannot this be the case to 
sidetrack Christian believers. 

Satan's worse enemy is God fearing Christians. He tries to 
persuade the weaker Christians and perhaps even the stronger by 
this means. 

If we do not have an inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God to 
rest our souls upon for Time and Eternity, then we are of all men 
most miserable, our salvation is worthless. You and I need an 
Anchor for our souls. The storm in its fury is breaking fast. We 
need a Road Map, a Light for our way. The road ahead is black as 
midnight without it. Do not be alarmed at these malicious attacks 
by men whose minds are mastered by a hatred for God and His 
Holy Word, but pray for guidance. 

If God caused the originals to be written WITHOUT ERROR 
what good would that do, if He didn't or couldn't KEEP His Word 
without error all through the centuries? 

Give the Devil his due he has done a splendid job of spreading 
confusion in the minds of Christians the past one hundred years 
since the publication of the Revised Version of 1881 where all this 
mischief began. 

Out of a vast mass of sacred manuscripts which they had, they 
chose twenty seven. How do we know that? We have them right 
here in the New Testament. I am confident God was in the 
choosing of those manuscripts, guiding them to choose the ones 
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One thing is certain God has great concern for His Holy Word. 
You cannot tamper with God's Holy Word and get away with it! 
God won't let you! 

Just how jealous are you for God's Word the Bible? If I can cause 
you and myself also, to have more reverence and devotion and 
faith in this Blessed Book, God's True Word, I will not have spoken 
in vain. God's Word shouldn't be kicked around like a football. 

There came the Reformation and when this people heard of what 
was happening across the Alps in Geneva and Germany they sent 
their scholars with their manuscripts. They compared them with 
those of Calvin and Luther and found them practically identical. 
Where was God all this time? I say He was RIGHT THERE, as He 
always is. 

WHERE IS THE PURE WORD OF GOD? When all the volumes of 
facts are in, there is only one answer found in the King James 
Version of the Bible which God in His Sovereignty has kept intact 
and pure and without error all through these three hundred and 
fifty years or more. 

Isa. 40:8, "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the Word of 
God shall stand forever." Psa. 1 19:89, "Forever, O Lord, thy Word is 
settled in heaven." (If God's Word is settled in Heaven how dare we 
change it on earth.) Matt. 24:35, "Heaven and earth shall pass 
away, but my words shall not pass away." The great rapid rush to 
find a new Bible is a dangerous movement indeed. 

We contend for every word of the Bible and believe in the verbal, 
literal inspiration of Holy Scripture. If the words are taken from us, 
the exact meaning is of itself lost. When Paul told Timothy. "All 
scripture is given by inspiration of God." He was talking of a Greek 
translation that Timothy possessed as being the inspired Word of 
God. We contend that God has preserved an inerrant Word is not 
only able to preserve it but to enlighten men to understand it. 

Satan began his war against God underneath the tree of 
knowledge - and he has camped there ever since. Christians 
Beware! Psa. 12:6, 7; 118:8; Matt. 24:35. 

Sister Mary Alice Carlin 

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FAG END— An aged man who had served the world, the flesh and 
the Devil, during a long life, came down to the chilly waves of 
death. A Christian by his bedside strove to point him to Jesus, but 
the dying man exclaimed in substance: "No. I have neglected a 
kind and merciful God all my life, served the Devil faithfully, and 
now I will not insult God by throwing the wasted end of my sinful 
life in His face." 






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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T FORGIVE 

Matt. 18:21-35 

One time Jesus told about a king who had many servants. The 
servants worked for the king and took care of his property and his 
business. This king loaned money to some of his servants and at 
certain times would take an account of how much was owed to 
him. One servant was brought to him which owed the king ten 
thousand talents or about fifteen million dollars. How one servant 
could get in debt to the king for that much, I don't know, but he had 
because Jesus said so. I suppose he was an overseer of the king's 
business and it would have been easy for him to borrow money. He 
may have gambled, hoping for a big return which never came. 

As the servant had nothing to pay the debt, the king com- 
manded him and his wife and children to be sold and payment to 
be made. We don't know what it would be like to be sold into 
slavery. People who owed money and couldn't pay were put up for 
auction and men would bid for them just like animals are sold 
today. They would then become slaves for life to the one who paid 
the highest price. Often the wife and children would be sold to 
different buyers and they might never see one another again. 
Aren't you glad that you live in a country that doesn't allow anyone 
to be a slave? 

The servant fell down before the king and begged for mercy and 
said, "Lord have patience with me, and I will pay thee all." The king 
knew the servant would never be able to pay the debt and how 
terrible it would be for the man and his family to be sold, so he had 
compassion on him and let him go, and forgave him the debt. I 
think that king was a good man, don't you? 

The rest of the story is real sad. This same servant who had been 
forgiven so much, went out and found one of his fellow servants 
who owed him a hundred pence. He laid hands on him, grabbed 
him by the throat and said, "Pay me what you owe." Then the 
fellow servant fell down at his feet and said, "Have patience with 
me and I will pay you all." But the man would not but went and cast 
him into prison till he should pay the debt. How he expected a man 
in prison to pay him, I'll never know! 

The man who was put in prison had friends. It's always good to 
have friends who will help in a time of need. These friends were 
also servants of the king and told him what had happened. The 
king immediately sent for the servant to whom he had forgiven so 
much and said to him, "O, thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all 



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that debt because you desired mercy of me: shouldn't you also have 
had compassion on your fellow servant, even as I had on you?" We 
don't read that the unmerciful servant had one word to say. Then 
the king became very angry and delivered him to the jailers till he 
should pay all that was due him. 

The lesson we should learn is that Jesus said, "So likewise shall 
my heavenly Father do also unto you, if you from your hearts 
forgive not every one his brother their trespasses." Peter said to 
Jesus, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I 
forgive him? till seven times?" Jesus said, "I say not unto thee, until 
seven times; but until seventy times seven. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

THE CLOSED DOOR 

Luke 13:25, "When once the master of the house is risen up, and 
hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock 
at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer 
and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are." Here we see a 
closed door. If on the day God calls you home and you have 
never been born again and had your sins washed away in the blood 
of the Lamb, this door will be closed to you. There is no one that 
can open it. You are lost. That will be a sad day for you. Today is 
the day of Salvation. 

We read in the Bible that Noah preached for years and was only 
able to save his family — his wife, his three sons and their wives. 
They all went into the ark, God closed the door and all the rest of 
the earth perished. I wonder if we are preparing for that Home Over 
There, which the Lord has promised to all the faithful. 

Many years ago I read about a door that went closed. It seemed a 
mother had a baby, nine months old. She decided to go for a walk 
with a buggy for the baby. She was living on the upper flat of the 
apartment. She decided to leave the baby on the floor and take the 
buggy downstairs. Pulling the door nearly closed, she went down 
with the buggy, never thinking the child would crawl up to the door 
and close it. But this is what happened. When she hurried back up 
to the apartment, she found the door closed and her purse inside 
with the key in it. She ran as fast as she could down to where her 
husband could be reached by phone. She asked him to come with 
the house key. She went back and talked to the baby but it kept 
crying. The husband arrived and opened the door. They took the 
child in their arms and was so thankful to the Dear Lord for His 
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Those of you out in the world of sin and folly, do you ever stop to 
think what it would mean to you, if the door of Salvation were 
closed to you? When Noah obeyed the Lord and took his family 
into the Ark, God closed the door. We are told only a remnant will 
be saved. Will we be among those He will call to a Home Beyond? I 
am sure when the rains started many came to the door of the ark 
trying to get in, but when Noah preached they did not heed the 
words of eternal life. I am sure dear ones you too have heard the 
call many times. Don't put it off till tomorrow. It may never come 
and the door to your home in Heaven will be shut. 

Many dear souls are so near but yet so far. Some have enjoyed 
the pleasures of a Christian life, but let Satan take them back into a 
world of sin. Dear ones, what is wrong? Do you love the pleasures 
here more than you love your Heavenly Father, who died that you 
might have a home Above? Some day you are going to have to 
stand before the Judgment bar of God and give an account, so 
now is the time to come back into fellowship with the Lord. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



CLOSING THE DOOR BEHIND HIM 

By Elder J. H. Moore 

It was the first and only love feast Judas ever attended. He had 
been with the Master for more than three years. He was the trusted 
treasurer and steward of the little band of selected believers. He 
had heard Jesus preach hundreds of times, and such wonderful 
preaching no man ever heard before. Even the learned and gifted 
said, "Never man spake like this man." He had seen him perform 
scores of miracles, to the wonder and amazement of every 
beholder. He could not, it seems, help believing that his Master, as 
his disciples called him, was a supernatural being. 

At the end of three years the little group of disciples, twelve in 
number, assembled with their leader in an upper room in 
Jerusalem. It was probably on Thursday evening, in the early part 
of April. A memorial meal had been spread upon the table, around 
which the thirteen had gathered. The curtains were down and the 
door was closed. The Master, to the amazement of his disciples, 
girded himself with a towel, poured water into a basin, and washed 
and wiped the feet of each of them. This was a religious service 
which they could not at that time understand. It was the first love 
feast for all of them. Then followed the Lord's supper, a meal that 
had been prepared for this special evening. It was the last meal that 
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Near the close of this sacred meal Jesus astonished his disciples 
by what he said to Judas. Judas understood it, but the others did 
not. He arose, turned his back upon the Lord's table, walked out of 
the room, closed the door after him and disappeared. The 
Christian world knows the fate of that man. His actions threw a 
shadow over the quiet little meeting. Each of the remaining 
disciples wondered what it meant. Why should Judas leave the 
room in the midst of the feast? Why should he walk out and close 
the door after him? That door was closed, nevermore to be opened 
by the man who had turned his back on the Lord's table. In vain 
they looked for the door to swing on its hinges, but the man never 
returned. Satan had entered into him, and he went to his doom. 

A few minutes later Jesus blessed the bread representing his 
broken body, and gave it to his disciples to eat. They ate it with sad 
forebodings of some mysterious fate awaiting their Master. The 
cup was passed in like manner. But Judas was not there. He alone 
of the twelve had been captured by Satan and led to his de- 
struction. During the night he betrayed his holy Master, and before 
the ending of another day he closed his unfortunate life at the end 
of a rope. Such was the fate of the man who dared to turn his back 
on the Lord's table. Such was the end of the man who left the 
society of the saints, walked out of the room and closed the door 
behind him. Such was the doom of the man who permitted Satan to 
enter his heart and lead him astray. Better for that man had he 
never been born. 

And so it was with those who do not keep their hearts bolted 
against Satan. If Satan once enters the heart of the believer, as he 
entered the heart of Judas, his doom is sealed. He will be induced 
to leave the society of holy people, to leave the heavenly places in 
Christ Jesus, to turn his back upon the Lord's table and all the 
sacred institutions belonging to the house of God, to walk out of 
the church, close the door behind him, and disappear in the sinful 
world. Sad indeed is the fate of such a man. 

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BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation enjoyed a lovefeast October 26, 1980. 
Visiting ministers throughout the day were: Frank Shaffer, Laverne 
Keeney, Allen Eberly, Jack Snyder with Bro. Shaffer officiating in 
the evening. 

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VOL. LVMI 



DECEMBER 15, 1980 



NO. 24 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



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



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



I LOVE TO HEAR THE STORY 

I love to hear the story Which angel voices tell, 

How once the King of Glory came down on earth to dwell. 

I am both weak and sinful, But this I surely know: 

The Lord came down to save me Because He loved me so. 

I'm glad my blessed Savior Was once a child like me, 
To show how pure and holy His little ones might be; 
And if I try to follow His footsteps here below, 
He never will forget me Because He loves me so. 

To sing His love and mercy My sweetest song I'll raise; 
And tho' I cannot see Him, I know He hears my praise; 
For He has kindly promised That I shall surely go 
To sing among His angels, Because He loves me so. 

- Emily H. Miller 



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THE VIRGIN BIRTH 

Parents often stretch their imaginations and use many methods 
to make a novel announcement of their baby's arrival. But no other 
baby's birth was ever heralded as this one. The sky above the 
shepherds could hardly contain the Heavenly host that made this 
announcement. By word and by song, the birth of the Good 
Shepherd and the Lamb of God was made known to the shepherds 
in the country near Bethlehem. 

Certainly human imagination was dwarfed by the awesome 
heavenly display of God's favor toward man. Praise and worship 
were the main ingredients of this message. The magnificence of 
this Heavenly host far outshone any production that man could 
undertake. No tinsel or glitter could ever capture the glory of the 
birth of the Saviour of mankind. 

Although His birthplace was lowly, there was nothing lowly 
about His purpose or His origin. There might be questions about 
one being born in so humble circumstances, yet being heralded 
abroad by God's messengers. But here was a truly unique situ- 
ation. The Son of God had taken human form and had come to 
dwell among men. This unique situation certainly demanded a 
unique announcement. 

The philosophers, the professors, and the educated deny that 
such a thing could happen. A virgin birth is beyond the realm of 
reality for men. It had never happened before and would never 
happen again, but this time was that special time. The announce- 
ment of this birth was made to the simple shepherds of the fields. 
They did not doubt but went quickly to offer their worship to this 
newborn king. Their reaction was unhindered by the philosophies 

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and education of men. They could receive and believe the news 
that was given them. 

They could receive the news of His birth like Mary received the 
news of His conception. She was fully resigned to the will of God. 
She was willing to lend her body as the bearer of this most 
precious of all Gifts. Mary had many things to ponder as she 
considered the past months and as she witnessed the worship of 
these shepherds. There would be other things for her to ponder 
throughout the life of this Son, but she never doubted. 

She had been visited by the Angel Gabriel in her faraway home 
of Nazareth. He had announced to her that she had received the 
favor of God by being the one who would bring this special Child 
into the world. Because this child would be the sin bearer of the 
world, it was necessary that, though He would take upon Himself 
human form and experience the common situations of mankind, 
He not be born through the common union of man and woman. He 
was the Son of God. His seed was implanted within Mary that the 
inherited sins of mankind might be foreign to Him. He was born 
without sin and lived a life free of sin. This would have been 
impossible had His entrance into this world been by any other 
means than the virgin birth. Even in small children we find 
deception and sin, though they are not accountable for it. To be 
the sinbearing Lamb of God it was necessary that He be without 
sin even in His birth and childhood. 

Men man by their own devices and strength attempt to live a 
good life. But even the best will fail to live a perfect life. Jesus was 
tempted in all the same points as other men. He knew what 
temptations were so alluring to you and I, but He overcame them 
all, so He could die as the perfect sacrifice. His sacrifice was not 
for Himself, for He was perfect, but for imperfect mankind. This 
substituationary sacrifice would not have been possible without 
the virgin birth. Otherwise He would have been dying for His own 
inherited sins even if He had lived perfectly, which under those 
circumstances would have been impossible. 

The great and the noble of this world may deny the wonderful 
fact of the virgin birth but you and I can know that it is so. It is 
prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New. If it were 
not so, our hope of eternal life would be crushed. This is not a 
minor doctrine that Christians can believe or deny as they please. 
Without it there is no salvation, for without it there is no perfect 
sacrifice for our sins. 

The angels who appeared to the shepherds that night certainly 
had every reason to hail the birth of Jesus. The shepherds were 
wise enough to receive their message and to haste to worship Him 



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and to witness of their experiences. You and I need the same 
simple wisdom that we might accept the Good News of the virgin 
birth of our Saviour. This is the true message of Christ's birth. He 
came to die for you and me. 

ONE SOLITARY LIFE 

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a 
peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village. He worked 
in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He 
was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an 
office. He never owned a home. He never had a family, He never 
went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never 
traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He 
never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He 
had no credentials but Himself. 

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned 
against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He 
was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a 
trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. His ex- 
ecutioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth 
while He was dying — and that was His coat. When He was dead 
He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity 
of a friend. 

Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone and today He is 
the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of the column of 
progress. 

It is far within the mark to say that all the armies that ever 
marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parlia- 
ments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put 
together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as power- 
fully as has that ONE SOLITARY LIFE. 

Selected from The Star 

"JESUS PASSETH BY" 

Wherever Jesus went, people knew about Him and hearts were 
touched, from the time of His birth at Bethlehem until He was 
crucified. When Jesus was born, His arrival on earth caused quite a 
stir. Later in life, wherever He traveled, many were intensely aware 
of His presence and followed Him. No doubt the cry was heard 
more than once, "Jesus of Nazareth passeth by." (Luke 18:37) Not 
only did Jesus pass by, but He made people aware of their need of 
a Savior. Because of this, some in the crowds were very irritated by 
Jesus, while the others accepted Him readily. 



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On the night of Christ's birth, the innkeeper turned Mary and 
Joseph away. He was not aware of how special they were when he 
turned them away. If he had known the Son of God was to be born 
there, he might have made other arrangements for Mary and 
Joseph. Perhaps later on, the innkeeper became aware of Jesus' 
birth, who He is and why He came to this earth. Hopefully, he made 
room in his heart for Jesus. If he didn't, Jesus surely passed him 
by, a far different matter than not having Him as guest in the inn. 

At the time of Christ's birth, people were so busy paying taxes 
that few noticed anything unusual. The angel made the announce- 
ment of His birth to some simple folk, the shepherds, who were not 
too busy to rejoice. The local dignitaries were probably among the 
last to know a Savior was born. The shepherds left their sheep and 
went immediately to Bethlehem where Jesus was, and found 
everything exactly as the angel said it would be. Then they spread 
the news — Jesus had come! 

Those who were not interested in the birth of our Savior, in 
effect, passed Him by. But the ones who heard the shepherds' 
report wondered at the news. See Luke 2:1-21. They probably 
didn't understand but they were interested. They no doubt 
pondered these things in their hearts just as Mary did. As Jesus 
moved about in His ministry many years later, only then did they 
begin to understand. The knowledge of a promised Messiah was 
not enough to provide understanding then, and it's not now. It 
must be accepted by faith. 

Herod was among those who wished Jesus would have passed 
him by. He apparently was not aware of Jesus' birth until the wise 
men came looking for the "King of the Jews." See Matt. 2:1-12. 
They came to worship, but Herod thought of Jesus only as a rival, 
not as a King or Savior. Again things were found to be as God's 
Word revealed, this time His written Word. The chief priests and 
scribes said Christ was to be born in Bethlehem of Judea, so the 
wise men went there. After seeing Jesus, they "passed by" Herod 
and went home. 

Herod showed his rejection of Christ when he realized the wise 
men would not return to reveal where Christ was. He was 
"exceeding wroth" and ordered all the children, age two and 
under, to be slain in Bethlehem and the surrounding area. He tried 
to make sure he got rid of this "King of the Jews," but it didn't work. 
Jesus was to die for us in God's time, not because of some man's 
whim. Herod's life had been touched by Christ's presence, but his 
only response was rebellion. 

Years passed and everthing in Jesus' life was as the Scriptures 
revealed. When He was to begin His ministry, He began choosing 
disciples. Of Levi, Mark 2:14 says, "And as he passed by, he saw 



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Levi, the son of Alpheus, sitting at the receipt of custom, and said 
unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him." Whenever 
Jesus passes by us, our response should also be to arise and 
follow Him, as Levi (Matthew) did. The Scriptures reveal what will 
happen when we follow Him. It also reveals what will happen if we 
just allow Jesus to pass by unnoticed. 

"And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary 
unto them; and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto 
them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them." 
Mark 6:48; read 49-53 also. Many times contrary winds come in our 
lives, and Jesus might pass us by also, except for one thing. The 
disciples were troubled and had cried out in fear; Jesus im- 
mediately comforted them. When He sees our troubled hearts, He 
has compassion on us and stops to help us also. 

In Luke 18, the multitude was following Jesus as they passed by 
the blind man. There was no doubt alot of noise and confusion, 
and the blind man asked what it all meant. Some may have joined 
the group more out of curiosity than of faith, but the blind man 
knew who Jesus was. He cried out for mercy which was granted. 
Jesus said, "Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee." This man 
had taken notice of Jesus and his life was touched, never to be the 
same again. You, too, can be touched, never to be the same again. 
You, too, can be touched. Just ask for mercy when Jesus passes 
by. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
R. 1, Pioneer, Ohio 



NO ROOM FOR THE GREATEST AND MOST 
PRECIOUS GIFT OF GOD 

It had been prophesied long before the event took place. The 
Savior of fallen humanity would be rejected by many. "He came 
unto his own and his own received him not." 

The greatest and most precious gift was given to earth and, to a 
large extent, it was rejected. The great sacrifice by our Heavenly 
Father and His Son was not appreciated. "And she brought forth 
her first born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid 
him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn." 
Luke 2:7 

Is the greatest and most precious gift of God as precious to us as 
it should be in our day? As we approach the celebration of another 
Christmas day, we have great reason to rejoice, and to thank and 
praise God for what He has done and is doing for us. His coming 
brought light into a world of darkness. His coming greatly troubled 



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King Herod. He sent out men to destroy the Christ Child. He failed 
because of God's protecting hand over Him. Today the wonderful 
gift of Christ to the world is not appreciated as it should be, nor is 
it manifested in the lives of many. 

"Joy to the world, the Lord has come." Through Christ we can 
have rest, the keys of the kingdom, power over evil spirits, living 
water, bread of heaven, and eternal life. The blessed gift of God 
was given. The long-ago prophesied event was to bring joy to the 
world. 

What manner of love God has bestowed upon us that He gave 
His only begotten Son to be sacrificed for our redemption and 
Christ was willing to lay down His life for sinful humanity. Do we 
realize how great a gift our Heavenly Father has bestowed upon 
us? "Be not overcome by evil but overcome evil with good." Rom. 
12:21. Today many like to receive gifts but the greatest and most 
precious gift is not acceptable to them. "Let this mind be in you 
which was also in Christ Jesus." Phil. 2:5. We owe a life of praise 
and gratitude to God for the Christ who was given to the world for 
the redemption of lost humanity. "For God so loved the world that 
he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him 
should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16. 

Christ's spirit is manifested in the lives of true Christians. When 
Christ was here, many followed Him only for the loaves and fishes 
and would never receive His Spiritual blessings. Also many 
honored Him with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him. We 
have this condition now. Many seek only for the earthly gain, that 
is perishable. We are to put our affectation upon things above and 
not put earthly things above the eternal things of God. "That ye are 
not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell 
in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of 
his." Rom. 8:9. Jesus will only enter into hearts cleansed from sin. 
Jesus commanded that sin must be put away. We see some who are 
trying to serve two Masters. Jesus cannot enter or live within lives 
that are overflowing with sin. Those who have not cleansed their 
lives from iniquity will meet with disappointment in the day of 
judgment. He gave us an example of renouncing Satan, with all his 
pernicious ways and the sinful pleasures of the world and possess 
the fruits of the spirit. His blood avails cleansing power for the 
obedient. In our day many do not realize the value of a Savior, who 
is more precious than all the silver and gold in this world. 

His grace is sufficient for us. They have no room for His Spirit to 
dwell in their lives. "And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's 
sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." Matt. 10:22. 
He said, "My peace I give unto you", this peace is not as the world 
gives, but that which passes all understanding and joy which the 



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world can not give. We sometimes sing, "Let the dear Savior come 
in 

"Let the dear Savior come in, 

He'll cleanse the heart from sin; 

O, keep him no more, out at the door, 

But let the dear Savior come in." 

He is calling to hearts filled with sin for admission. If we let Him 
in He will go with us through life and through the valley of the 
shadow of death. To have him with us is a foretaste of Glory Divine. 
When He was here in person, many experienced His precious 
healing power from the infirmities of the flesh. His power avails to 
cleanse and heal from the infirmities of sin. "The spirit itself 
beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." 
Rom. 8:16. 

Blessed are those who are resting in Christ Jesus, their works do 
follow them. He brought joy to the world and He will bring joy and 
peace into the lives of all true Christians. Our lives are overflowing 
with truth and righteousness if we are true and faithful to Christ. 

He was opposed, because He opposed the evil way of life. When 
Christ fed the five thousand, He told them to gather up the 
fragments that nothing be lost. He was hated because He opposed 
sinful lives. Hearts that are occupied by Jesus develop lives that 
become like fountains of living water. In the Christian's life, old 
things have passed away and all things have become new. He said, 
"When I come again, shall I find faith on earth?" 

Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness sake for 
theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Are we among the faithful in 
Christ Jesus? Are we living epistles read and known of all men? Is 
He our pattern? Many people are keeping the Savior out of their 
hearts. Are we among those who profess and do not possess? Are 
we among the faithful in Christ Jesus? Are we letting Him bear the 
cross alone? As our Savior brought joy to the world at His coming, 
we need to rejoice, praise and thank God for the greatest and most 
precious gift of all our redemption. 

Man's redemption is made available only through accepting the 
blood of Christ. We have great reason to praise and thank God, 
that a way has been prepared that our sins can be washed away. 
Are we prepared for the way of the Lord who made the paths 
straight for us? The Holy Spirit should be in our lives. 

No room in the inn; no room in hearts filled with sin; no room for 
sinners in Heaven. 

Brother J. F. Marks 

Rt. 9 Box 860 

Plant City, Fla. 53566 



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GOD HAS COME TO MAN 

By Hart Armstrong 

"Unto us a child is born... unto us a son is given!" 

In all the Word of God there is no more complete expression of 
God's Gift at Christmas to the world of sinful men. 

Here in two simple phrases God depicts the two-fold nature of 
the love Gift which He gave that first Christmas morning. 

"Unto us a child is born." 

Our Lord was born of a virgin woman — the Son of humanity. 
True, His Father was the glorious God by the miracle of the Holy 
Spirit, but the life was cradled those many months in a human 
womb, nurtured and brought to birth by the sustenance which 
came from the Mother. 

This was God identifying Himself with man; God laying aside the 
splendors of the heavenly realm to submit to the poverty and 
weakness of earth; God turning from the adoration of angels to 
endure the abuse of men; God being born even in a stable for there 
was no room for Him in the Inn. 

Look down and see a babe in the manger. This is the humanity of 
the Saviour. This child must grow to human manhood, must know 
the temptations and infirmities of the flesh. He must feel hunger 
and thirst, pain and sorrow, loneliness and tears, toil and sweat, 
heartbreak and death. 

"Unto us a son is given." 

Here is the magnificent truth which staggers human under- 
standing. In this tiny baby frame there is compacted God, the 
supreme Being, the Creator of all, the Lord of the universe. God 
was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself! 

This is the greatest thought ever to enter the human mind — the 
truth of the deity of Jesus Christ. 

Look up and see the star. Listen to the song of the angels which 
floats down from the heights above. God has come down to man. 
The eternal is tabernacled with the finite. God has come to visit us! 

Look down and see in a manger a child. Mary gave birth to her 
child! 

Look up and see in a star the Son. God gave His only begotten 
Son! 

The child IS born, the Son IS given! Not alone was it an event 
two thousand years ago: it is a new event again this Christmas. 

The child... the Son IS yours! Receive Him, the God-man, who 
came for your sake. This is the message today of Christmas. 

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CHRISTIAN WORK 

Every child of God is called to be a witness for his Blessed Lord. 
Acts. 1:8. The Lord wants each of us to tell others what the Lord 
has done for him. He loved us and He gave His only begotten Son 
who died on the cross so we could inherit eternal life. If we receive 
of the Lord, we should be willing to share with others. We can do 
this by speaking to lost souls, helping those who are in need and 
those who are sick. We are commanded to go into ail the world and 
spread the news of the Gospel, trying to win those who are outside 
the fold and those dear ones who have wandered away. The 
Heavenly Father does not want any to miss that Home He has gone 
to prepare. It is up to us, as Christian workers, to spread the glad 
tidings of the good news of salvation. This is a call to every 
consecrated child of God. When Jesus called the disciples, He told 
them to take up the cross and follow Him. Every one of us can 
become fishers of men and women. 

Let us feed His precious lambs. We want also to feed the sheep. 
We must not only feed the babes in Christ, there are many who 
have been in His service for years who still need food. We are told 
that the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any 
two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and 
Spirit. 

If we are willing to ask, we will receive, seek and we shall find. 
Are we willing to ask the Lord for help and guidance? If we knock, 
it shall be opened unto us. He has promised never to leave us. We 
don't have many friends that will stay by when we are in need. 
Jesus will give us power, and he will guide us and protect us, if we 
are willing to witness for Him. We must be faithful and sincere. Let 
us teach the whole Gospel and labour faithfully for the Lord. 

We are helpless without Faith. We can do nothing. Let us put on 
the whole armour of God and go out and labour in His vineyard. 
The fields are white, ready for harvest. Are we, each one, ready to 
do our part to bring in the harvest of the many lost ones into the 
Fold? 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



THE GIFT FOR HIM 

I was weary with the planning 
For the coming Christmastide, 

With the hurry of the shopping 
And a dozen things beside; 



BIBLE MONITOR 11 



And I stopped to rest a moment 

In the comfy, old armchair, 
And I closed my eyes in slumber 

All before I was aware. 
But the thoughts and plans for Christmas 

Could not let me rest, 'twould seem, 
For I found them still before me, 

Although woven in a dream; 
This would be the gift for mother, 

This would please another friend, 
Each would bring sincere devotion, 

Or a loving wish would send. 
In the midst of all these fancies, 

Lo, a voice I seemed to hear! 
Twas a voice of wondrous sweetness, 

And my Lord was standing near, 
With His eyes so full of longing, 

And His smile I still can see, 
As He whispered, very softly, 

"What will be your gift to Me?" 
"Lord, my heart to Thee I've given, 

All I have is freely Thine, 
What beside couldst Thou desire 

At this helpless hand of mine?" 
Then it seemed the Master faded 

Slowly back beyond my view, 
And instead, I saw the millions 

Who of Jesus never knew; 
Millions, lost without a Saviour, 

Waiting still to hear the Word 
That would tell them of redemption, 

That would point them to the Lord. 
"Inasmuch as ye should do it 

Unto one of these," He said, 
"I would count the service rendered 

As a gift to Me instead; 
Give them knowledge of a Saviour, 

Give them hope and joy and peace, 
That their hearts to Me be given; 

This I ask you, give Me these." 

- Mrs. H. S. Lehman 
Selected by Sister Ruth Drake 



12 BIBLE MONITOR 



THE STRANGER OF CHRISTMAS 

The night was clear and very cold, 
All diamond set, the sky of blue; 
The earth was mantled all in white 
Beneath the moon's bright golden hue. 

Folks were rushing to and fro, 
Their hearts were gay with mirth and song; 
For Christmas time had come again 
Full well they knew — this busy throng. 

The shops were filled with gifts galore; 
The homes all glowed with warmth and light, 
The Christmas tree were tinsel-trimmed. 
For Santa Claus would come tonite. 

Into the rushing laughing throng 
A stranger came, and looked about; 
Alone, unnoticed and unheard, 
Amid the noise, the din, the shout. 

Slowly down the street he came, 
And paused beside a mansion door; 
He was just a stranger come to town; 
And he was tired — and he was poor. 

He lifted tiny baby hands 
And rang the bell, all soft and low; 
A woman opened wide the door; 
And baby Jesus said, "Hello — 

I came to help you celebrate; 
To share your home awhile, 
Would you mind if I came in?" 
And baby Jesus seemed to smile. 

"O Baby Jesus, I'm surprised 

I scarce know what to say or do, 

I'm very, very tired tonight 

For I have worked the whole day through. 

Santa's coming very soon — 
His pack is full and running o'er 
The children are expecting him 
Each year they seem to love him more. 



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You're just a stranger, don't you see? 
They've scarcely heard of you I know; 
I'd most forgotten you myself 
I'd heard so very long ago. 

My house is crowded full of guests 
Much like the inn of long ago; 
I'm sorry that there isn't room; 
I'm sorry I must bid you go. 

There is a cottage down the street 
With battered roof and broken stair, 
The folks are poor, but this I know 
They often shelter strangers there. 

The manger bed is very good; 

'Twas chosen long ago for thee. 

The warmth, the light, the pleasant things 

These are for mine — and me. 

I hear the shepherds used to come; 
Perhaps they'll come again, 
And wise men from the east may know 
About the stable near the inn." 

And so the Babe of Bethlehem, 
Unloved, unwanted, could not stay; 
The greatest gift God ever gave, 
In thoughtlessness she threw away. 

One night, outside of Heaven's door 
She stood alone in darkest gloom; 
And heard the Master sadly say, 
"I'm sorry, but there isn't room." 

O, may we open wide the door 
Nor turn this Holy Child away; 
But graciously invite the Christ 
To come into our hearts — to stay! 



Selected by Brother Lester Flora 



14 BIBLE MONITOR 



A CHRISTMAS CONFESSION 

By Michael Cassidy 

(... A manger... because there was no room... Luke 2:7) 
"Lord, things haven't changed much. Room for you was tight 
from the start. I suppose you expected that. I mean, the inn was 
full, and I'm sure you didn't really want anyone to move. Just think 
of the inconvenience. And the innkeeper's reputation. Besides, all 
their minds were on important things — like their families, and 
local politics, and religion. Surely, you didn't want to intrude on all 
that. And, Lord, if they'd let you in and given you the best room, 
who would have paid? After all, you didn't want people to run 
themselves short, did you, Lord? Not at Christmas time, anyway. 
But that manger, Lord. That's the thing that really bothers me. You 
see, Lord, I think... I... mean maybe I have put you in a manger too." 

Selected by Sister Ruth Drake 



OBITUARY 

SAMUEL ST. JOHN 

Bro. Samuel Ward St. John, son of William and Elizabeth 
(Landis) St. John, was born April 23, 1886, near Bryan, Ohio. He 
passed away on October 6, 1980, at the age of 94 years, 5 months 
and 13 days, at the farm home where he had resided for sixty years. 
At an early age he gave his heart to the Lord and joined the Silver 
Creek Church of the Brethren. 

On October 23, 1920, he was united in marriage to Nellie 
Clapper. To this union was born two daughters, Mrs. Harold (Ruth) 
Kleinhen, Bryan, Ohio and Mrs. Harley (Marjorie) Flory, Defiance, 
Ohio, and three sons, Clifford, Stryker, Ohio; Edwin, Pioneer, Ohio 
and Dean, Camden, Michigan. Also surviving are sixteen grand- 
children, eight great-grandchildren, one brother, Victor, and one 
sister Mrs. C. E. (Marie) Kintner, both of Bryan, Ohio. 

In 1926 he and his companion became charter members of the 
Pleasant Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church and on September 16, 
1939, the Church called them to the Deacon's office, to which 
calling he remained faithful to the end of life. His one great joy was 
attendance at the house of the Lord as long as health permitted. He 
was confined to his home for the last two years. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie, on September 30, 
1967, also three brothers and one sister. 



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Gone is the soul that we have loved, 

And father is at rest — 
His work is done; he sleeps in peace 

Among the Master's best. 

His work is finished on the earth, 

And his rewards are won — 
Nor would we weep or shed a tear 

Because his work is done. 

But rather we should face the world, 

As fathers always do — 
With eyes upturned to face the light 

Of each kind day anew. 

NEWS ITEM 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lititz Congregation enjoyed another Lovefeast on Saturday, 
October 18 with a good attendance. Ministers present were Elders, 
David Ebling, Frank Shaffer; Ministers, Paul Hartz, John Peffer, 
David Kegerreis, Eldon Mallow. In the evening Elder Frank Shaffer 
officiated. We were glad to have Bro. Frank Shaffer and Bro. David 
Kegerreis here on Sunday morning. 

On November 3, Elder Dale Jamison came here for a two week 
revival. He brought us many soul stirring messages. We were glad 
for two precious souls who gave their hearts to the Lord. 

We were glad to have Sister Jamison with us the two weeks. May 
the Lord richly bless Bro. Jamison in his labor for the Master. We 
were glad for the good attendance that we had throughout the 
meetings. 

Sister Susanna B. Johns, Cor. 

NOTICE 

Please inform the Editor of any changes that need to be made in 
the material for the February 1 issue by January 1. Thank you. 

The Editor 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Pleasant Home Congregation had a time of refreshing with 
Bro. Allen Eberly of Pennsylvania during our recent Revival. 

Bro. Eberly preached the Word with Power. We had many 
visitors and our Communion Service was a blessing to all of us. 

May God richly bless Bro. Eberly and his companion as they 
labor for the Lord. 

Sister Edyth Kline, Cor. 



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BIBLE MONITOR 



DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR JANUARY, 

DEATH 



1981 



Memory Verse: Rev. 21:5 
And he that sat upon the throne 
said, Behold, I make all things 
new. And he said unto me, Write: 
for these words are true and 
faithful. 

Thur. 1 - Rev. 21:1-27 

Fri. 2 - John 11:1-16 

Sat. 3 - John 11:17-37 



Memory Verse: John 11:25 
Jesus said unto her, I am the 
resurrection, and the life: he that 
believeth in me, though he were 
dead, yet shall he live: 

Sun. 4 - John 11:38-57 

Mon. 5 - John 12:1-26 

Tues. 6 - John 12:27-50 

Wed. 7 - John 18:1-18 

Thur. 8 - John 18:19-40 

Fri. 9 - John 19:1-22 

Sat. 10 - John 19:23-42 



Memory Verse: Acts 2:24 
Whom God hath raised up, 
having loosed the pains of death: 
because it was not possible that 
he should be holden of it. 

Sun. 11 - John 20:1-18 

Mon. 12 - John 20:19-31 

Tues. 13 - John 21:1-25 

Wed. 14 - Acts 2:1-24 

Thur. 15 - Acts 2:25-47 

Fri. 16 - Acts 3:1-26 

Sat. 17 - Acts 4:1-20 



Memory Verse: Acts 4:10 
Be it known unto you all, and to 
all the people of Israel, that by 
the name of Jesus Christ of 
Nazareth, whom ye crucified, 
whom God raised from the dead, 



even by him doth this man stand 

here before you whole. 
Sun. 18 - Acts 4:21-37 
Mon. 19 - Acts 10:1-24 
Tues. 20 - Acts 10:24-48 
Wed. 21 - Acts 12:1-25 
Thur. 22 - Acts 13:1-26 
Fri. 23 - Acts 13:27-52 
Sat. 24 - Acts 14:1-28 



Memory Verse: Acts 10:42 
And he commanded us to preach 
unto the people, and to testify 
that it is he which was ordained 
of God to be the judge of quick 
and dead. 

Sun. 25 - Acts 17:1-15 

Mon. 26 - Acts 17:16-34 

Tues. 27 - Acts 22:1-30 

Wed. 28 - Acts 23:1-17 

Thur. 29 - Acts 23:18-35 

Fri. 30 - Acts 24:1-27 

Sat. 31 - Acts 25:1-27 



Memory Verse: Acts 17:31 
Because he hath appointed a 
day, in which he will judge the 
world in righteousness by that 
man whom he hath ordained; 
whereof he hath given assurance 
unto all men, in that he hath 
raised him from the dead. 

Acts 24:15 
And have hope toward God, 
which they themselves also 
allow, that there shall be a resur- 
rection of the dead, both of the 
just and unjust.