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Vol. LXII, No. 1 January 6, 1940 

Bfethfen Evangelist 

What Is This Coming Year? 

by William OIney. London. England 

It is a door, . , 

By which we reach new fields 

Of sei-vice for our God and fellow man : 

A door by which we can 


Wide spheres of usefulness 

Our world to bless ; 

And reap the sheaves God's Word of witness yields. 

It is a task 

Set by the Master of our souls, 

A little part of our life's work below: 

And so we ask 

The holy wisdom, which alone controls 

Our labor, teaching what and where to sow: 

That the year, at its end. 
May show God's glory and man's pi-ofit blend. 

It is a book. 

With many pages and as yet all white, 

On which to write 

The history of thought, and deed, and word 

In this new group of days. 

We pray Thee, Lord, 

As Thou shalt look 

Upon the book, when written o'er, may all be to Thy praise. 

Annual Week of Prayer-January 6-14 

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The Family Alt 



"If any of you lack wnsdom, let him 
ask God, that giveth to all men liberal- 
ly, and ui)braideth not ; and it shall be 
given him." Read James 3:1-18. 

AVhat disposition shall we make of 
impulses which surge within us? Curb 
them? Suppress them? Or direct 
them? Where may we look for direct- 
ion in these matters? It is here that 
God waits without our lives for ojipor- 
tunity to entei' and direct them. The 
relation with God in prayer is as real 
as the connection of the car with the 
battery. We do not see, but we can 
test and feel. 
"We kneel, how weak; we rise, how full 

of power ! 
Why, therefore, should we do ourselves 

this wrong, 
Or others that we are not always 

That we are overborne with cai'e. 
That we should ever weak or heartless 

An-xious or troubled when with us is 

And joy and strength and courage are 

T^rith Thee!" 



"Now unto Him who is able to do ex- 
ceeding abundantly above all that we 

ask or think unto Him be glory." 

Read I Kings .3:10-15. 

The scale on the corner of the ma]) 
i-eads, "one inch — 10 miles." Something 
like this are our askings from God — 
the scale of the inch. His givings are 
on the scale of the mile. A little girl 
said, "If you wish for anything long 
enough and hard enough, you are 
pretty sure to get it." .Jesus taught 
the disciples ever, as one has phrased 
it, "Ask great things of God; expect 
great things from God." Jesus also 
said, "Ask and it shall be given you." 

"I know not what awaits me, 
God kindly veils my eyes. 

And o'er each step of my onward way 
He makes new scenes to rise. 

And every .ioy he sends me comes 
A sweet and glad suriirise." 



"In everything by prayer and sup- 
plication with thanksgiving, let your 
request be made known unto God." 
Read Phil. 4:0, 7. 

Too frequently we -imagine that it is 
only the great matters of our li^•es in 
which God is interested, but our verse 
bids us come to Him with all matters, 
great or small which have to do with 
our welfare and well-being, .\fter all, 
our lives are made u]) largely of small 
things, and an attemjit to stand in our 
own strength, under even small trials, 
will bring us to shame because our 

weakness shall be discovered and we 
shall have dishonored Him who bids us 
cast all our care on Him, for He as- 
sures us that He cares for us. So let 
us learn to bring everything to God in 


"He went out and departed into a 
solitary place and there prayed." Read 
Mark l:o3. 

Prayer at the best is always secret 
and at such times most real. When we 
pray before others, the temptation to 
unreality is most severe and oft times 
hard to overcome. This temptation is 
escaped when we are alone. Too, pray- 
er is deepest when it is secret. Christ 
tauffht the value of sustained praver. 
When intimate friends meet, their talk 
is not at once of that which is deepest 
in their lives. If the meeting be but 
for a few moments, their conversation 
will probablv be about the health of 
each or mayhap the weather. So, too, 
when they are longest together they 
unburden themselves and reveal their 
inmost souls. So, only when prayer is 
sustained are deepest joys tasted and 
then are its deepest glories revealed. 


"Abraham stood yet before the Lord 
in pra"'er." Read Gen. 18:16-22. 

Though the reading requires but a 
few minutes, the scene desci'ibed may 
have lasted for minutes. We can not 
climb the great heights of prayer in a 
dizzy rush. The ascent to the heights 
means pat'erce, toil, even prolonged en- 
deavoi' before the lower slopes are left 
and the hazy cloud in our life is past 
and the aspiring soul reaches the cleft 
in the mountain where Moses stood be- 
neath the shadow of the hand of the 
Almighty. There is no discount of 
God's ability to hear and answer all 
prayer, but we do not reach the natu- 
ralness of exclamatory prayer unless 
we cultivate the art of prolonged in- 
tercession. Too much we miss because 
we do not wait before God. 

"I want to scale the utmost height, 
.A.nd catch a gleam of g\ory bright; 
But still I'll pray till heav'n I've 

Lord, lead me on to higher ground." 



"And Asa cried unto the Lord God 
and said. Lord it is nothing with thee 
to help." Read II Chron. 14:11. 

Harken to the stricken monarch 
kneeling beneath the weight of king- 
dom's needs: "Lord, it is nothing with 
thee to help, whether with many or 
with them that have no power." We 
are reminded that in the lives of all of 
us emergencies arise in which our de- 
liverances denend on our realizing that 
God is independ"nt of the resources 
which influence human judgment. In 
our extreme hours of need very much 
may depend upon the depth of our 

faith in this proposition. Our power 
withiri ourselves will dejiend on this 
faith. Our power with others will de- 
pend upon it. Our power with God will 
depend upon it. "We need to feel that 
prayer may command improbable re- 
sults because it commands supernatural 
resources. Prayer never finds God 
overwhelmed by sui'iirise." 


"Watch unto prayer." Read I Peter 

Those who live without prayer or 
with little prayer, those who seldom 
read the Word, or seldom look up to 
heaven for a fresh infilling from on 
high — such will be the folk whose 
hearts will become dry and barren. 
P>ut he who calls in secret on his God, 
who spends much time in holy retire- 
ment, who delights to meditate on the 
words of his God, whose soul and life 
are given over to the Christ — such an 
one nin.'it have an overflowing heai't, 
and as is his heart such will be his life. 



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As the year 1940 opens its portals, the sun 
shines as brightly as ever. The birds sing, the flow- 
ers bloom and the seasons march on in their regular 
order. If that were all of the picture we might say 
with Browning, "God is in his heaven ; all's well with 
the world " 

But that is not all of the picture. The newspapers 
are not occupied so much with the onward march of 
the forces of peace as with the conduct of the "Dogs 
of War." Nature's ratorio is marred by the barking 
of cannon and the shrieks of the wounded in battle. 
But sadder still, are the echoes that come from the 
homes of men — the sobs of bereaved parents and 
widows and fatherless children. 

So dark are the clouds and so great the terror that 
many arc asking, "Is this the coming of the great 
tribulation which is prophesied to punish the world 
in the last da.vs?" The question is proper and right. 
The church is set as a light upon a hill and her 
watchmen are commissioned to sound the warning 
of impending danger. What can they say? 

They can say, for one thing, in the words of Sci'ip- 
ture, "The morning cometh and also the night." The 
Bible record of creation puts the darkness first and 
then the light. The Bible New Year comes in the 
autumn with the gathering of the harvest. The nat- 
ural year is not complete without the harvest. The 
world is preparing for its harvest. The tai'es have 
been allowed to grow with the good wheat until it is 
time to gather them together. There are great 
movements in the world which are sifting the wheat 
from among the tares. Government interference 
with private conscience, labor unions, social clubs 
and worldly fashions and customs, epoch-making in- 
ventions, are putting Christians to the test. They 
must soon like Paul bear the brand of the Lord Jesus 
or else the mark of the beast. 

But we have not been left unprepared for these 
things. Jesus warned his disciples saying, "I have 
told you these things before they come to pass, that 
when they come to pass ye may believe." 'WTiat did 
he tell them would come to pass? He told them that 
there should be wars and famines and pestilences; 
that there should be false teachers and false Christs ; 
that because iniquity should abound the love of 
many would wax cold. He told them that there 
would be persecutions and betrayals even in families 
and among brethren, and that some would be put to 
death. Through Paul he revealed that there shall be 
seducing spirits and apostates and that evil men 
shall wax worse and worse. Through Daniel it is re- 

vealed that "many shall be purified and made 

Thank God he has also revealed that the time of 
tribulation shall be shortened, and he has further 
promised that "he that endureth to the end the same 
shall be saved." Even those who suffer death for 
their faith have the assurance, "Not a hair of your 
head shall perish." And at the midnight hour will go 
forth the cry, "Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go 
ye out to meet him." 

Yes, the night is coming when no man can work 
and we must therefore now^ work the more eagerly 
to evangelize the world, for the time is short. 

Yes, the morning cometh. It always comes just af- 
ter the darkest hour of the night. And "joy cometh 
in the morning." It comes with the fourfold Alleluia 
of the hosts of heaven, as the marriage of the Lamb 
is come and the bride hath made herself I'eady. It 
comes from the hills of Judea as the faithful rem- 
nant of Israel are delivered and restored and shout 
together, "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of 
the Lord." It will come in the eager, spontaneous 
praises of the new multitudes that shall be filled 
with the Holy Spirit in the new Pentecost in that 
day. It will come in the peace and plenty that shall 
abound when men beat their swords into plow shares 
and tho desert shall blossom as the rose, the lion 


Cover page "What Is Thi.s Coming Year?" 

The Family Altar 2 

Editorial "Watchman, What of the Night?"— C. F. Yoder 3 

News and Notes 4 

'An Apostolic Church" — A. B. Cover 5 

'Prayer" — Poem 6 

'Local Church News"- — Selected fc' 

^'The Week of Prayer"— C. F. Yoder 8 

'Our Boys and Girls"— C. F. Yoder 8 

■'Questions and Comments" — C. F. Yoder 8 

'WTiere Faith Staggers" — J. L. Bowman 9 

And the Gospel Must First Be Published Among the 

Nations" — S. E. Christiansen 9 

'A Brand New Year" — Poem 11 

'A Boy"— Poem 11 

C. E. Topic 11 

S. Cal. Dist. Con. Organization 12 

'The Ever-Present Christ"— Poem 13 

'My Daily Prayer"— Poem IS 

'Before and After" : 13 

Into His Marvelous Light 14 

News from the Churches 14-16 

shall lie down with tlie lamb, and righteousness shall 
cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. 

With the vision of such a morning who can fail 
to be inspired to labor and endure and be faithful 
till the end? 

, "Watchman, tell us of the night, 
What its signs of promise are; 
Traveller, o'er j'on mountain's height. 

See that glory-beaming star I 
Watchman, docs its beauteous ray 

Aught of joy or hope foretell? 
Traveller, yes, it brings the day, 
Promised day of Israel." 

— C. F. Y. 


The cry of man's anguish went up unto Goil, 

"Lord, take awa 

y pain ! 

The shadow that darkens the world thou hast made; 

The close-coiling chain 
That strangles the heart; the burden that weighs 

On the wings that would soar — 
Lord, take away ))ain from the world thou hast made. 

That it love thee the more!'' 

Then answered the Lord to the cry of his world: 

"Shall I take away pain, 
Arid with it the power of the soul to endure. 

Made strong by the strain'? 
Shall I take away pity, that knits heart to heart. 

And sacrifice high? 
Will ye lose all your heroes that life from the fire 

White bi-ows to the sky? 
Shall I take away love, that redeems with a price. 

And smiles at its loss? 
Can ye spare from your lives that would climb unto mine 

The Christ on his cross?" 

Interesting Notes and News 

THE PRESENCE IN this number of the Southern Cali- 
fornia District Conference Organization is clearly accounted 
for by the explanation given by Dr, L. E. Lindower, secre- 
tary of National Conference. We are glad to concur with the 
secretary in presenting this information. 

REVIVAL SERVICES are in progress at the Loree, In- 
diana, Brethren Church, where brother S. iU. Whetstone is 
pastor. The meetings oi)ened on Dec. 24, and we are sure our 
readers will be remembeiing the Loree biethren and [jastov 
in prayer. Tel! us about your meeting, Brother Whetstone. 

WE WERE VERY SORRY to receive word from Brother 
G. E. Drushal, our superintendent at Lost Creek, Kentucky, 
of the burning of the boys' dormitory at that place on Dec. 
12. Fortunately no lives were lost nor personal injury re- 
ceived. However two of the teachers of the school lost their 
personal belongings in the conflagration. It has occuired to 
the Office Editor that maybe someone would like to make 
some gift toward the loss of these two t<;achers. If so, gifts 
sent either to the office of The iVIissionary Board of the 
Brethren Church, at Ashland, or to Rev. G. E. Drushal, Lost 
Creek, Kentucky, will be immediately transferred to the 

A copy of the neat little Church Bulletin isued by 
brother Fred Vanator, pastor at Fremont, 0., has come to 

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our desk. The perusal of the contents of the four-page leaf- 
let reveals a well-planned and well-arranged outline of work 
for the congregation, with due recognition of all the interests 
of the fraternity, both national and district, as well as local. 
These church Bulletins are a positive asset to every con- 
gregation which can afford their And sending a copy 
to this office increases the usefulness of the Bulletin many- 

APOLOGIES ARE an earthly necessity, because we are all 
so utterly human and liable to mistakes — sometimes in judg- 
ment, sometimes in lapse of memory, etc. This time the of- 
fice Editor must apologize to Brethren W. C. and W. S. Ben- 
shoff for failure to publish the news which they sent to the 
office ciuite some time ago. The matter was put into type 
in the form in which it appears in this issue but was miss- 
ed in making up the issue in which it should have appeared, 
and so foi-gotten until the "make-up" man called attention to 
the presence of the type. Our repeated apologies to these 
brethren. Read the articles on page 15. 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO has experienced three very fine Sun- 
days at the beginning of her Fall program. Promotion day — 
Sept. 24th with an unusually good service by the depart- 
ments of the Church School. Rally Day, Oct. 1st, with Prof. 
R. R. Haun of Ashland College giving a most practical ad- 
dress, with other good features in the service. October 8th, 
Holy Communion day. The Pastor E. M. Riddle at the morn- 
ing service spoke on the subject: "The Value of Church Or- 
dinances." The Communion service at the evening hour was 
beautiful, impressive and words of praise in form of testi- 
mony concluded the service. The very fine co-operative, 
liumble spirit that characterizes this church makes such a 
service of love and fellowship most impressive. Perhaps the 
most encouraging fact in the sei-vice was the many children 
and young people. We have suffered a big loss by death 
among our elderly folks the past few years. 

Saturday, Oct. 14th we e.\pect a big response in our Church 
Institute. (The report of this "Church Institute" we are 
sui-e will be interesting reading, which we are sure Brother 
Riddle will furnish us at a later date. — Acting editor.) 
.Also November the 12th will be the Annual Home 
Coming sei'vice. We look upon the past weeks with delight 
because success has attended our efforts; we look ahead with 
keen anticipation also. Yours in Him — E. M. Riddle. 

AN EVENT, of interest in at least some portions of the 
was the date chosen by Mrs. Nona Wagner, for years "House 
brotherhood, took place at Ashland on Thursday, Dec. 28. It 
Mother" at Allen Hall, for her marriage to Mr. Earl Gates 
Guise, of Lebanon, Kansas. The ceremony took place in the 
College Chapel, before a group of invited guests, and the ser- 
\ice was performed by Rev. A. E. Whitted, pastor at Gratis, 
Ohio, and a former pastor of the bride. Mrs. 
Guise has filled her position at Allen Hall most graciously 
and satisfactorily, and the girls at the Hall and her colabor- 
ers among the officials of the college will miss Mrs. Guise 
from their midst. She will also be missed at the Park street 
churcii, where she served as frequent substitute teacher in 
the Sunday School, and was a quite faithful attendant at the 
worship ser\ices. The sincere good wishes of her friends at 
Ashland go with her as she goes to take up her residence in 
her new home. Our congratulations are also extended to the 
groom upon winning the affections and companionship of so 
estimable a lady. 

"Love be true to her; life be dear to her; „ 

Health stay close to her; • 

Joy draw near to her; 1 

Fortune find what you can do for her; J 

Follow her footsteps the wide-world over, \ 

And keep her husband always her lover." 

—Office Editor. 

Jan. 6, 1940 

An Apostolic Church 

In this twentieth century, there is a paramount 
urge to get to basic fundamentals. The age, charac- 
teristicly materialistic, challenges the church to em- 
phasize spiritual values. It is an easy matter to drift 
with worldly influences and forget Him in whom 
there is Life. The book of Acts furnishes us with 
abundant material which is vital to hold us true to 
the tenets of the faith. Paul in reviewing his life 
found eternal satisfaction in the fact that, "he had 
kept the foith." We do well to remember that Paul 
was a "chosen vessel" to bear the Gospel message to 
the Gentiles. Today God needs messengers to bear 
the faith to an age of ease-loving, pleasure-seeking, 
people who are growing more and more indifferent 
to the Gospel claims upon them. For this reason, the 
writer loves to search out the teaching recorded in 
Acts to be applied to the building of God's church. 

When in Apostolic days, the Master needed a man 
to carry the message of salvation to the Gentiles, 
there was such a one in preparation. However, this 
persecutor of His church had to be apprehended. 
How niarvolously God accomplishes His purpose. In 
the thirty-first verse of the ninth chapter of Acts, 
there is set forth an ideal for the Church of all time. 
Moreover, these principles applied in congregations 
will accomplish results. W'e shall endeavor to set 
these forth very briefly. 

The first words of the text are significant : "So 
the church throughout all Judea, and Galilee and .Sa- 
maria had peace." There had already been persecu- 
tion of the church. Those who gathered in that up- 
pe)' room in Jerusalem and were baptised by the 
Holy Spirit went forth with the message of Li/c. 
Opposition met the empowered witnesses at every 
angle; and especially, the one who was to play an 
important part in the progress of Christianity, per- 
secuted the church even unto Damascus. It is impor- 
tant to pause and fathom, if possible, the motives 
and acts of this man. He was a Hebrew by birth ; a 
Roman citizen by nativity; and a man of firm con- 
viction. He was educated in the schools of the Gre- 
cian world, and likewise in the faith of his fathers. 
Thus a product of the synagogue under the great 
teacher, Gamaiel. and the schools of Tarsus of Greek 
culture, practically fitted him to become the great 
ambassador to the Gentiles. His career called for 
further enlightenment spiritually, which was divine- 
ly arranged. The primary reason herein stated, that 
the church had peace, was that Paul, or Saul as he 
was known by his Hebrew name, was apprehended 
by God. It is written of him and as a Hebrew of 
Hebrews, "he believed that Christianity was an en- 
croachment upon Hebrewism and that with all his 
power, he went about persecuting the church. Fin- 
ally, he secured letters of permission to persecute 

the Christians also at Damascus. Authoritatively 
equipped, he undertook the journey; on the way, he 
was appi'ehended by God. What happened was the 
beginning of his miraculous conversion. Instead of 
going to Damascus to execute the mission he felt he 
was called to do, he was led by others into the an- 
cient city, conquered rather than to conquer. His 
convei'sion is well known to Bible readers ; being 
three days without sight and when that spiritual 
darkness that was symbolized by physical darkness 
was dispelled, God's servant was sent to him to ad- 
minister those rites that sealed his conversion and 
apprehension. "So the church throughout all Judea 
and Galilee and Samaria had peace ;" blessed state 
was that, when for a time at least, the church could 
pursue and enjoy the things of the Spirit. 

That peaceful condition within the church brought 
upon them God's blessing. We read that the chuix'h 
was "edified." This word in the original means 
"building-up," that is exactly the task that confronts 
us today. The peculiar situation is that the "tares" 
sown by the enemy have come to an advanced state 
of maturity in our church life. Evidences are: too 
many \-acant pews ; the improverishment of our mid- 
week prayer-meetings; church members indifferent 
to the spiritual welfare of their children, and inter- 
ested in worldly affaii's. Perhaps, our profession of 
Christ has been too easy ; we are not harassed by the 
awful influences of evil about us; we do not realize 
the power of the Prince of the air, and we di'ift. May 
we be aroused to a new loyalty that will send us 
forth as the members of the early church — to build- 
up our local congregations. 

Then again we read, "and walking in the fear of 
the Lord" ; this does not mean a cringing fear that 
one would feel in the presence of a great danger to 
physical life, but rather a passionate desire to do 
God's will more perfectly. Nothing brings greater 
satisfaction, than knowledge that our duty has been 
performed. Let us apply that to every Christian and 
our churches would again go forth in spiritual con- 
quest. We would do His commandments. In reading 
Acts, we are made to marvel how men and women 
discharged every duty ;ind widened the sphere of 
influence of empowered witnesses. May our church- 
es walk in the fear of the Lord. 

Then again, there is the admonition, "and in the 
comfort of the Holy Spirit." First walk in the fear 
of the Lord and also walk in the comfort of the Holy 
Spirit. God certainly did make provision for His 
church ; could men and women but realize that He is 
so willing to help them. Again and again we are met 
with the remonstrance, I am not able to do this or 
that. No one is in his or her own strength, but even 
our weakness coupled with the Lord makes us strong 
to work in His will. We need to remind ourselves 
here of what it meant to the followers of Jesus when 
on the Day of Pentecost they were "filled with the 

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Spirit" ; from weakness they were transformed into 
pillars; throug-h their testimony the lame walked, 
lepers were cleansed, and souls were born anew. 
They were strengthened to endure later persecution 
and preached the unsearchable riches of Christ 
through the power of a Resui-rected Savior. In even 
this twentieth century, the arm of the Lord is not 
shortened if our faith is great enough to lay hold of 

Just a woi'd of what is taught concerning this 
church. The church "was multiplied." That is what 
the Lord desires in every congregation. What did 
Jesus commission the church to do? "Disciple the 
nations." Reaffirmed in Acts 1 :8 — beginning at 
Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts 
of the earth. The message still rings out, "The har- 
vest is plenteous but the laborers few." We are soon 
upon the threshold of a new year, will there be 
sheaves for His garner? God help us to lay hold of 
the teaching in this verse of Scripture, and go forth. 

"What does the Lord require of Thee?" asked the 
Old Testament writer. Of you and me, He asks it 
anew. May we, like Paul, be apprehended of God by 
a full and complete surrender. Then by a deeper 
consecration, let Him use us to build upon the sure 
foundation in Christ Jesus. May we do our utmost 
in building our church so that within there may be 
"peace"; and that the church may be "edified", and 
"walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort 
of the Holy Spirit" may oui- congregations "be mul- 
tiplied." ~A. B. Cover. 


We are all acquainted with the church on the cor- 
ner. There we meet for two or three services a 
week, and there we conduct the Sunday school. But 
the church is not the stone or brick or frame build- 
ing, except in the lesser sense. The church primarily 
is the people who make this their place of worship. 
However, both the building and the people are im- 
portant, and the influence of both reaches far. Some 
expect the church as an institution to do all the re- 
ligious work necessary. 

But Paul wrote to Philemon of "the church in thy 
house." Here, then, must have been worshipers and 
instruction in divine things. In some homes the 
family altar survives. Here the Book of God is read. 
Here there is prayer. Here is the presence of things 
which add to the influence for good. Here the op- 
posite and hindering things are out. The music and 
the reading and the conversation and the company 
which will conduce to spiritual things are in. 

The church in thy house, like the church on the 
corner, if it is all that it ought to be will point to- 
ward heaven. Happy are the children who have had 
upon them the strong, heavenward pull of such a 
home. — The Free Methodist. 

Local Church News 

Will everyone who is interested in this paper 
please read this and will everyone who wa^its to 
muke this paper more interesting please read it 

We believe that the vast majority of the readers 
of church papers and of other papers, are more in- 
terested in local and personal items than in other 

Histoiy is a record and interpretation of facts and 
when one has occasion to go through the files of 
periodicals to rescue from oblivion information of 
current meaning, the concrete accounts of happen- 
ings as they affect persons and institutions are most 
important. A paper which would preserve the 
story of its day must have much that is definite and 

Therefore in the production of a church paper 
which should be the medium of fellowship for the 
time it serves, and a record for all times, to be of in- 
terest and value should have a great deal of local 
news. The yatherino and arranging of the neivs of 
the churches is one of the most pleasant, and yet 
most difficult and pressing editorial tasks. 

The chief difficulties in printing chui'ch news are 
two, the first that we may not get enough and the 
second that we may get too much. Many weeks have 
seen us facing both difficulties at one time. It is 
possible to get too much news from too few places 
and while crowding our columns with details miss 
important events for lack of a repoi't. 

Editorially the easier situation is when we have 
too little stuff, for then there are the releases and 
exchanges to fill our columns with good material 
that present practically no problem in spacing or 

Fi-om an editorial standpoint our greatest diffi- 
culty comes when we have received more news than 
we can print for delay means disappointment to our 
correspondents and cutting and rewriting are the 
most painful and least acceptable tasks of any edi- 
tor. And yet, to have so much news that we feel we 
are covering our field is a gratification that makes 
us glad to render this service. We want more local 
church news. 

One obstacle in securing local news is reticence, or 
humilty falsely so called. Almost everybody is glad 
to see his name in the paper when honored by a re- 
porter's attention to his activity but many are not 
willing to write about themselves. This is a natural 
attitude but it is devasting to a paper which is un- 
able to employ or secure reporters. Ever since we 
have been in this office we have been trying to ar- 
range some reportorial system but so far have not 
been able to cover the entire church. We are think- 
ing and seeking advice leading to some new meth- 
ods to meet our new situation but for awhile we will 

Jan. 6, 1940 

be dependent upon pastors and leaders in local 
churches lieariiig witness for themselves as to the 
working of the grace of God in their midst. 

The most detrimental thing in religious journal- 
ism is the tendency of persons to say of one who 
writes for the paper, '0, he's blowing his own 
hoi-n." This criticism has silenced the typewriters 
of many good and modest men who really had 
something to say and the faith of the church has 
been poorer because of the silence. When one is 
tempted to refrain from reporting a good deed be- 
cause of such catty remarks he ought to think of an- 
other and more important saying from One whose 
words should have moi'e attention. 

Against the cynic's criticism of "blowing one's 
own horn," place the command of Christ: "Let your 
light so shine among men that they may see youi' 
good works and glorify your Father which is in 
heaven." We implore such tempted writers; ignore 
the cynic, obey the Christ, witness to the work of 
your pai'ish and you will do good to your church, 
glorify your God and help your church paper to 

(The above is a reprint from the Methodist-Prot- 
estant Recorder. The words in italics are ours as 
we changed the wording to suit our own denomina- 
tional situation. — D. B. 


f Prayer 

ower o 

■■Pray without ccasing^^ (I Thess. 5:17). 

"More things are wrought by prayer than this 
world dreams of." The power of prayer cannot be 
estimated, for when the wire of faith is connected 
with the electricity of God's power, it is then a ques- 
tion of His ability. 

Prayer has a saving power. The "Lord, save me" 
natural sequence of Nehemiah's prayer was the 
cleansing out of God's Temple. The same is true in 
the individual. 

Prayer has a saving power. The Lord, save me" 
of sinking Peter at once brought the saving power 
of the living Saviour. 

Pi-ayer has a solacing power. Sorrow filled the 
hearts of John's disciples after their leader was be- 
headed, but they were soothed and comforted after 
they had "told Jesus". 

Prayer has a strengthening power. Heaven's 
angel strengthened Christ in the Garden of Gethsem- 
ane after He had pleaded for His Father's direction. 

Prayer has a spoiling power. Jehoshaphat made 
has prayer to Jehovah when the Moabites and Am- 
monites invited him, and the consequence was'they 
were defeated and he gathered much spoil from 
those who came to spoil him. 

Prayer has a staying power. Paul would not have 

been the workei' he was had he not been the con- 
stant pleader he was. The two references to "night 
and day" in his Epistles to the Church at Thessa- 
lonica tell out the secret of his ministi-y. He was 
able to labor "night and day" because he was "night 
and day praying exceedingly." 

Prayer has a stirring power. Let the Church be- 
gin to pray, "Awake, awake, put on strength, arm 
of the Lord; awake", and the Lord will soon say, 
"Awake, awake; put on thy strength, Zion."— 
F. E. Marsh, in the Gospel Herald. 

Lord, Thy Martyrs Cry to Thee 

T. J. GoUghtly 

Again, oh Lord, thy martyrs cry to thee 
They cry from lands where once thy name was great, 
But now, by bigots changed to lands of hate 
Where Christian worship is no longer free. 
They keep their faith in spite of mad decree. 
And prison camps where tortures daily wait. 
By death, the way of Christ they vindicate; 
Their blood the seed of harvests yet to be. 

We v\ ould not ask upon those who oppress 
A quick revenge for blood which they have shed. 
But rather would we ask that God forgive 
Their sin, and aid those still in dire distress 
'i'o prove that faith can triumph over dread, 
And by their death teach all men how to live. 

— Christian Evangelist. 


As to lack of faith and practice in prayer, James 
uses a simile which is ludicrously striking — the 
wave, literally, "The surge of the sea, driven with 
the wind and tossed." There are two motions when 
the sea is tempestuous: undulation, up and down; 
fluctuation, to and fro. Both are referred to — 
"driven with the wind," fluctuation; "tossed," un- 
dulation. The peculiarity of the wave is that it 
stays nowhere ; and so the double-souled man is un- 
stable in all his ways. If he is impelled forward, he 
falls back; if he is lifted up, he sinks down again. 
If he believes one moment, he distrusts the next; if 
he gets a little ahead, he cannot hold on to any ad- 
vantage. Unstable as water he cannot excel. — A. T. 
Pierson in The Free Methodist. 

Oh, do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be strong- 
er men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. 
Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Every day you 
shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of fife 
which has come in you by the grace of God. — Phil- 
lips Brooks. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

The Contributing Editor's Page 


For many years there has been a call by The 
World League for Prayer, directed to the entire 
Christian world, and pleading for the observance of 
the second week of January as a week of prayer foi' 
universal needs. The call, though neglected by some, 
is observed in, perhaps, the greater part of the 
churches and is no doubt, a gi'eater factor in shap- 
ing world events than anyone realizes. 

It is wonderful that human beings, by simply ask- 
ing with childlike faith in God and according to his 
will, may obtain great things. This means that God 
is greater than our imagination can picture him, to 
have such perfect control of so vast a universe to be 
able to use it all for the good of each one, but that 
he is so great and so good the Bible clearly reveals, 
and the proof may be found in Nature as well. 

If ever tiaie prayer was needed it is needed now. 
The world is in peril. Not only is our civilization, 
the most brilliant in the history of the world, in 
danger of destruction, but the very foundations upon 
which it is builded are being undermined. The arm- 
ies and navies of the tyrants that are seeking world 


Some people love to adorn themselves 
with the Jevi'els that sparkle and shine. 

But give me the love of a child's pure heart 
as the ornament for mine. 

Some people love, with their beauty case, 

to make their faces fail-, 
But let me have the confiding smile 

of a child, on mine to wear. 

Some people love the honey which 

the bee from the flower sips, 
But sweeter far to me is the kiss 

of a lisping darling's lips. 

And some there are who love to grasp 

the k;iob of their palace grand, 
Ten thousand times do I prefer 

the clasp of a wee child's hand. 

Yes, sweeter than nectar, finer than silk, 

fairer than pearls of the sea; 
Brighter than jewels, more pi-ecious than gold, 

are the boys and the girls to me. 

Oh, some may aspire to be rich and great, 

but one thing is my plea ; 
— That I may be found as a little child 

when my Father calls for me. 

dominion, are not so much to be dreaded as the 
wave of atheism and moral degeneration which is the 
natural result of their teaching and policies. 

The wicked complicity of nearly all the Gentile 
nations is such as to make them to merit the judg- 
iiient that is coming upon them. But as the fire 
which hardens the clay will soften the wax, so the 
sufferings that are being caused will harden the 
wicked but bring multitudes to repentance. "Many 
shall be purified and made white", says Daniel. But 
this number will be the faithful who watch and pray 
as our Lord commanded. Let the readers of the 
Evangelist be found so doing. — C. F. Y. 

The following are the themes for prayer in pub- 
lic or private: 

Prayer for the Lordship of Christ: 
Mon., Jan. 8 — Over the Individual 
Tues., Jan. 9 — In the Home 
Wed., Jan. 10 — In the Church 
Thurs., Jan. 11 — Over the School 
Fri., Jan. 12 — Over our Secular Life 
Sat., Jan. 13 — In the Community 
Sun., Jan. 14 — Over the Nation. 


We have received a few questions to answer and 
will try to do so with the Word of God. 

1. In Matt. 10:28 we read, "Fear him who is able 
to destroy both soul and body in hell." Does this re- 
fer to Satan or to God"? And what is meant by 

Answer, We know of no Scripture which teaches 
that Satan is able to destroy both soul and body. On 
the contrary we read, "Resist the devil and he will 
flee from you" — James 4:7. We like to think of 
Chi'ist as coming to save men's lives and not to de- 
stroy them, yet he himself said, "He that blasphe- 
meth against the Holy Spirit hath never forgive- 
ness." Again we read in Rev. 22:19, "If any man 
shall take away from the words of the book of this 
prophecy, God will take away his part out of the 
book of life." This is the second death. Compare 
Rev. 20:14, 15 and 21:8. 

Hell, in these references, is twice defined as "the 
second death," wiiich we understand to be spiritual 
death. Moody wrote on the margin of his Bible, 
"Born once ; die twice : born twice ; die once." Paul 
explains the thought in Romans 8:6, "To be carnal- 
ly minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is 
life and peace." 

God's Unansivered Questians 

Here are seven questions that God asks of the sin- 
ner. See if you can find a sinner who can answer 

Jan. 6, 1940 

1. What iniquity have ye found in me, saith the 
Lord? Jer. 2:5. 

2. Will a man rob God? Mai. 3:8. 

3. Why will ye die? Ezek. 33:11. 

4. Can thine heart endure in the day that I shall 
deal with thee? Ezek. 22:14. 

5. Who art thou who repliest against God? Rom. 

6. If the righteous scarcely be saved where shall 
the ungodly and the sinner appear? I Pet. 4:18. 

7. Of how much sorer punishment shall he be 
counted worthy who has trodden under foot the Son 
of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant 
an unholy thing and hath done despite to the Spirit 
of grace? 

— C. F. Y. 


J. L. Boivntan 

The reader of the Bible, and the one who thinks 
as he reads frequently comes across statements that 
require a high exercise of faith to accept. "Greater 
works than these shall ye do because I go unto my 
Father." "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your 
Father which is in heaven is perfect." "Strive to en- 
ter in at the straight gate: for many I say unto you, 
will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." Instan- 
ces of like character might be multiplied but we 
think this sufficient for our purpose. Perhaps the 
greatest weakness of our religious life is that we so 
inadequately apprehend the greatness of God and 
as a consequence we are feeble in our religious life. 
We are feeble in hopes, feeble in prayers, feeble in 
our expectations, feeble in our faith, and as a result 
feeble in our efforts. We are so ungenerous, so 
petty, so jealous, so careless about the reputation of 
others. This has blinded our eyes, dwarfed our faith, 
and dimmed our outlook. He must necessarily re- 
main weak who never tries exertion. Christ certain- 
ly did many marvelous works and He would inspire 
His followers to follow His example not that we are 
insufficient for these things, but we are so apt to 
forget that He is our sufficiency. We are blind but 
He is our sight. Perhaps we are weak because we 
liave never tried spiritual exertion. It is not blas- 
phemous to rise to what God expects us to do and 
what He expects us to be. "He that believeth on me 
greater works shall he do." Try it and see if it is not 


The Law of L 


The law of love speaks thus : 

Whatever injures or weakens my body, or effects 
my mastery of it, must be ruled out, for it is the 
temple of my Lord. 

Mark 13:10. 

Bi/ Rev. S. E. Christiansen. Pastor Mt. Olivet 
Brethren. Church. Georgetovn. Delaware 

There are many who ask, "Well what is the gos- 
pel." The word of God says it is, "Glad tidings of 
good news." The Gospel is "the spell of God possess- 
ing a person." Paul says, "The love of God con- 
straineth us." When this power of God possesses 
us we can not help but move, talk, act for Him. It 
is the driving, dynamic Power of God which urges us 
and through our life constrains us to do these things 
because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. 
Peter says, "Men and Brethren, ye know how that a 
good while ago God made choice among us that the 
Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the 
Gospel and believe," Acts 15:7ff. 

In Mark 1, we find these sayings "the beginning 
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." In 
verse 14 of this same chapter he says "... .then Je- 
sus came into Galilee preaching the Gospel of the 
Kingdom of God" ; verse 15, "and saying. The time 
is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand : re- 
pent ye and believe the Gospel." 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the gospel of the 
kingdom of God. In Mark 8:34 35 fellowship with 
Christ and his Gospel means a denial of self (that 
is to set Christ first and myself after him; to fol- 
low him whither so ever he leads me). 

In Mark 16:15, there is a command of Jesus to 
his believing followers: "Go ye into all the world 
and preach the gospel to every creature" ; verse 16, 
"he that believeth and is baptised shall be saved ; but 
he that believeth not shall be damned." 

Paul counted everything — even his life — second 
to the Gospel of the grace of God, Acts 20:24. And 
now in the next verse we read, "And now behold I 
know that ye all among whom I have gone preach- 
ing the kingdom of God shall see my face no more." 
Then verse 27, "For I have not shunned to declare 
unto you all the counsel of God." It seems that the 
thought expressed in tliese verses is the same, but 
stated in different words. That is, the gospel of the 
grace of God is the same as Gospel of Jesus Christ 
and the preaching of the kingdom of God and the 
counsel of God. These four terms are the same and 
refer to the teaching of the whole Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. In Romans 1:1 we read "Paul, a servant 
of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle separated 
unto the Gospel of God." Here the Gospel of God 
stands for the Gospel of the grace of God, for the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of the king- 
dom of God. This was also the Gospel which Paul 
was ready to preach to the church at Rome, Romans 


The Brethren Evangelist 

1:15. Paul was sent to preach the Gospel, 1 Cor. 1 : 
17, 18. It is also called the Glorious Gospel, refer- 
ence here is II Cor. 4:3, 4; and in II Cor. 11 :4, Paul 
speaks of any gospel save the Gospel of Jesus Christ 
that it is "no gospel." This same thought is express- 
ed ill Ephesians 1 :13 in these words, "In .whom ye 
also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, 
the gospel of this salvation : in whom also after that 
ye believed ye wei-e sealed with that Holy Spirit of 

The angel said unto Peter and John, "Go stand 
and speak in the temple to the people all the words 
of life." The people took notice of the disciples that 
they "had been with Jesus and learned of Him." 
The disciples had learned of Jesus and they per- 
formed tlie works of the Christ. Bengal's "Method 
to the Students" was "Apply thyself wholly to the 
Scriptures and apnly the Scriptures wholly to thy- 
self." Even though there be four recorders, there 
is but One Gospel — the Gospel of the Lord Jesus 

It is said by some that the Gospel of Matthew was 
written for the Jews, the Gospel of Mark for the 
Romans, and the Gospel of Luke for the Greeks. 
Certainly God knew that all these people needed the 
Gospel and so he arranged for them ; but it was the 
same Gospel for the salvation of sinners, no matter 
if they were in Rome, Greece or Jerusalem. You see 
Jesus bade the apostles to "go and preach the Gos- 
pel to every creature," not a different gospel though 
the people were different. Jesus was the only all- 
sufficient Savior for any and all nations. For He 
said, "whosoever will let Him come." Paul said, "for 
1 am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ", Romans 
1 :16. Paul also said, "I have preached the Gospel of 
Christ from Jerusalem and round about unto Illyri- 
cum." I am sure that Paul did not preach a different 
gospel when he was in Jerusalem than he did in the 
other parts of the world. Read for instance I Thess. 
2:10-15. Here Paul is reasoning with the Thessa- 
lonians as to the behavior of the Apostles and the 
fellowship as followers of the church which is in 
Jerusalem. It says, "the churches of God which in 
Judaea are in Christ Jesus". 

Peter and Paul had the same helpers, Luke and 
Mark. If Peter had taught one doctrine and Paul a 
different one then there would surely have been no 
right hand of fellowship given to Paul and Barna- 
bas. This would have been a teaching of confusion 
instead of an instruction in the ways of salvation. 

The Gospel must first be published among all na- 
tions. Paul says, "The Gospel which was preached 
by me, is not after nor was it received from men, 
neither was I taught it by men, but by revelation of 
Jesus Christ." Did you ever think that this same 
Jesus revealed the only Gospel to be taught unto the 
apostles. Jesus told them that this Gospel should be 

published unto all nations, and taught to all nations, 
Matt. 28; 19, 20. 

This Jesus of Nazareth was despised and rejected 
by Paul. These believers were expelled and perse- 
cuted by Paul. And I .judge this was the reason for 
Jesus sending to Paul a special revelation. I do not 
think Jesus was double minded and gave one gospel 
to the first apostles and a second gospel to Paul and 

Saul of Tarsus had to be stricken down by Jesus 
in the way to Damascus, and Jesus of Nazareth 
showed to Saul that the Gospel taught by the apos- 
tles was the True Gc^spel. Jesus did not give unto 
Paul a different gospel, btit made it emphatic that 
the despised Nazarene was the Crucified and the 
Resui'rected Son of God and the Savior of man. 

Will the same be true today as it was in the days 
of the apostles? When the Gospel is believed — be- 
lieved and lived — it v.ill be as effective on men to- 
day as it was in the days of the apostles. The re- 
sults of such a life of prayer and unity in fellow- 
ship and service have been the same through the 
centuries and it can be had today if we really and 
eai'nestly fast, pray, and are obedient unto God. 
Prayer alone is not sufficient, but must be followed 
by obedience. 

This Gospel which was to be published unto all 
nations did not mean a part of the Gospel, but the 
Whole Gospel — the Gospel to the early disciples, all 
that Jesus taught was the essentials from God. With 
the disciples there was no salvation without the 
blood of Jesus Christ. But this salvation was for 
all who would. The equipment for service was the 
Holy Spirit, and he who wants to worship God must 
worship Him in Spirit and truth. "Thy word is 
truth", therefore both worship and service is by the 
Spirit of God and the Word. 

In the early church there was both power and 
unity. The early followers realized the great need 
to be united in faith and practice, and the endueing 
power of the Holy Spirit in delivering the Word as 
well as in living it out. They had a zeal and earnest 
faith foi- God, and God worked with and through 
them. God will do the same for us. 

My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle. 

—Job 7:6. 
. Not till the loom is silent, 

and the shuttles cease to fly, 
Will God unroll the canvas 

and explain the reason why 
The dark threads are as needful 

in the weaver's skilful hand 
As the threads of gold and silver, 
in the pattern he has planned. 

(The War Cry) . 

Jan. 6, 1940 



A brand new year's a splendid thing 

For one to use! 
A year to fill with all the things 

You wish to choose! 

Let's see how many kindnesses 

Will pack in here! 
Perhaps then at the end we'll find 

A well filled year! 

Let's put in smiles of folks we know 

And of our own, 
So this will be as bright a year 

As we have known ! 

Let's share our happiness and fun, 

Make folks less sad ! 
We'll find our year a bit more full. ■ 

A bit more glad! 

A new year is a sidendid gift — 

Now we begin it, 
Let's stop and think awhile and choose 

What we'll put in it! 

— Eleanor Hammond. 


Nobodys knows what a boy is worth 

A boy at his work or play, 
.\ boy who whistles around the place 

Or laughs in an artless way. 

Nobody knows what a boy is worth, 
And the world must wait to see, 

For every man in an honored place. 
Is a boy that used to be. 

Nobody knows what a boy is worth, 

A boy with his face aglow. 
For hid in his heart there are secrets deep 

Not even the wisest know. 

Nobody knows what a boy is worth, 
A boy with his bare, white feet; 

So have a smile and kindly word, 

For every boy you meet. — Unknown. 

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C. E. Topic for Young People 

By Geo. .S. Baer 



(lopic for Jan. 14, 1940) 

Scripture Lesson — Gal. 6:tj-10 

Daily Bible Readings 

Christ's Obedience Foretold, P.-^a. 10: 

Chri.-<t's Obedience Fj. filled Luke, 
•22:39-43. of Doing Hio Will. Acts 5:40-42. 

His Will Through Prayer, John i'' : 

Kequiie'.nents of Di-cipleship, Mi>U. 

\ Benediction, Hob. 13:20, 21. 
Leader's Talk 

There are three things that stand 
out in our lesson topic tonight, as Wl 
begin this second study of Christian 
Kndeavor principles, as found in our 
pledge. The first is stated in the last 
two words of the topic — "God <: Will," 
— we are concerned about God's will. 
The second outstanding thing is that 
we want to strive to do Goa's v.ill, — 
we are concerned about the striving 
to do. And third, we are concerned 
about the question as to what all this 
means. What is the will of God, and 
what does it mean to strive to do it? 

God's will is revealed to the indivd- 
ual thiough the written word of God, 
through the preaching and teaching of 
God's servants, through tho passing of 
events and the direct spea' 'ng of the 
.still, small voice of the Holy Spirit to 
the heart. What does it mean to strive 
to do the will of God ? It means that 
we make the will of God the desire of 
our hearts, that we desire and see.k to 
do it, and are not driven like slaves to 
the doing of it. The word "s'rive" 'ex- 
presses a voluntary action, growing 
out of the spirit of allegiance and 
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t/t/ HEN we come to consider the alcoholic beverage industry — the manufacture and distribution 
Ir Ir of alcoholic beverages — we enter the field of social or political action. With the repeal of the 

Eighteenth Amendment the business has become legal but not respectable. Its legal stand- 
ing has not changed its nature — it is still dangerous, destructive, anti-social. Its system is lawlessness 
and its finished product is a dixinkard. It is an outlaw measured by its practices and a criminal tested by 
its results. It is a parasite on the body politic, a crooked competitor of honest trade and a continuous des- 
troyer of constructive commerce." — Frank E. Gannett, in American Issue, Dec. 1935. 

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(Did to ail uverMght of the veir 
General Conference Secretary and the 
miss-ing of coiinectionf! between him 
and the Soiitltern California District, 
that Di.'ftrict organization icn-s u)U)iten- 
tiunallj! omitted from- the Bn thren 
Annual of lf)iO. We are sorri/ for thif: 
(imissiiin and present herewith the 
Sontheru California District Organiza- 
tion lyi'inted in the regular number of 
llie Evangelist. Tlie form in such that 
those who u'ish to do so, mail clip it 
out and paste it in the rear of the An- 
nual. We hope thii tcill help to make 
it as Iiandii as possible, in rieir of the 
error tliat was made.) 

Signed, L. E. LINDOWER, 

Secretary General Conference of the 

Brethren Church. 

Executive Committee: 

Moderator— Donald F. Carter, 24.51 E. 

Third St., La Verne. 
Vice-Moderator — George Richardson, 

1611 No. Highland Ave., Glendale. 
Secretai-y- — Alan S. Pearce, 56.'! Cherry 

Ave., Long Beach. 
Ass't. Secretary^Joseph L. Gingrich, 

.5517 Lewis Ave., Long Beach. 
Treasurer— B. D. Yarger, Bo.x 417, 

Members-at-Large — W. A. Ogden, 217 

East 4.3rd St., Los Angeles; Charles 

H. Ashman, 148 North Milton Ave., 

Pastor of Host Church — Louis S. Bau- 

man, 13.30 East Third St., Long 


Boards and Committees 
Conference Board of Trustees: 

1940— H. A. Kirhy, 3411 Ransom St., 

Long Beach. 
1041— Cecil Snyder, 207 East 10.5th St., 

Los Angeles. 
1942— Dwight E. Wallei', 2203 East 

20th St., Long Beach. Secretary. 

1943— T. J. Steves, 2432 Third St., La 

1944— B. W. Coon, 1017 Obispo Ave., 

Long Beach President. 

District Mission Board: 
Officers : 

President— N. C. Nielsen, 1819 Pine 

Ave., Long Beach. 
Chairman— J. R. IHinn, 1540 El Mir- 

adero,, Glendale. 

Secretary— liwight E. Waller, 2203 E. 

20th St., Long Beach. 
Treasurer— B. D. Yarger, Box 417, 

Financial Secretary — Ray Runyon, 

1427 East 59th St., Los Angeles. 
Member-at-Large — N. C. Nielsen. 
1940— Dwight E. Waller, 2203 E. 20th 

St., Long Beach. 
1940— Louis Rettig, 2555 E. 53rd St., 

Huntingtoji Park, Los Angeles. 
1940— Ray Runyon, 1427 East 59th St., 

Los Angeles. 
1940— Harry Kirby, 3411 Ransom St., 

Long Beach. 
1941 — James Strickland, Fillmore. 
1941— A. W. Keating, San Dimas. 
1941— Carl Coverdale, .521 W. 49th St., 

Los Angeles. 
1941— J. R. Punn, 1540 El Miradero, 

1942— J. Sam Quinton, Bellflower. 
1942— B. 1). Yarger, Box 417, Rivera. 
1942 — Irvin Moulton, 5715 via 'Corona, 

Los Angeles. 
1942— H. E. Lange, 4177 Cleveland 

Drive, San Diego. 

Ministerial E.xamining Board: 

Acting Pastors of the District. 

National C/Onference Executive Com- 

Louis S. Bauman — Charles H. Ash- 

District .Statistician: 

Albert Flor.v, 4037 First Ave., San 


(Name of church, location, membership 
and pastor.) 

Bellflower, Calif. — First Brethren 
Church, 250 Park 88. Jesse 
Hall, 541 Palm Ave. 

Compton, Calif. — First Brethren 
Church. Rose Avenue and Rosecrans 
Blvd. 133. Grant McDonald, 1723 
No. Spring St. 

Fillmore, Calif. — First Brethren 
Church, 422 Central Ave. 204. Ed- 
mund C. Wilson, 522 Central Ave. 

Glendale, Calif. — First Brethren 
Church, Stocker St. at Kenilworth 
Ave. 138. George M. Richardson, 
1611 No. Highland Ave 

La Verne, Calif. — First Brethren 
Church, Third and E. Sts. 221. Don- 
ald F. Carter, 2451 East Third St. 

Long Beach, Calif. — First Brethren 
Church, Fifth St., at Cherry Ave. 
1383. Louis S. Bauman, D. D., 1330 
East Third St. 

Long Beach, Calif. — Second Brethren 
Church, 60th St. at Orange Ave. 303. 
Joseph L. Gingrich, 5517 Lewis Ave. 

Los Angeles, Calif. — First Brethren 
Church, 43rd St. at San Pedro PI. 
213. W. A. Og-den, 217 East 43rd St. 

Los Angeles, Calif. — Second Brethren 
Church, 60th St. at Compton Ave. 
320. Paul R. Bauman, 7000 Mira- 
monte Blvd. 

Los Angeles, Calif. — East Los Angeles 
Brethren Church, 5839 Whittier 
Blvd. 18. J. Keith Altig, 722 Brad- 
shewe Ave. 

San Diego, Calif. — First Brethren 
Chui-ch, 1825 El Cajon Blvd. 70. Al- 
bert L. Flory, 4037 First Ave. 

South Gate, Calif. — First Brethren 
Church, Sequoia Dr. at Montara Ave. 
204. Ellas Doyle White, Acting Pas- 
tor, 2343 Sixth St., La Verne, Calif. 

Whittier, Calif. — First Brethren 
Church, Milton Ave. at Bailey St. 
475. Charles H. .A.shnian, 510 W. 
Orange Drive. 


.\ltig, J. Keith — (licensed) 722 Bred- 
shewe Ave. Los Angeles. East Los 
Angeles Brethren Church, 5839 Whit- 
tier Blvd., East Los Angeles, Calif. 

Ashman, Charles H. — 510 W. Orange 
Drive, Whittier, Calif. First Breth- 
ren Church, Milton Ave. at Bailey 
St., Whittier, Calif. 

Bauman, Louis S.— 1330 East Third 
St., Long Beach, Calif. First Breth- 
ren Church, Fifth St. at Cherry Ave., 
Long Beach, Calif. 

Bauman, Paul R. — 7000 Miramonte 
Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. First 
Bi-ethren Church, 60th St. at Comp- 
ton Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 

Carter, Donald F.— 2451 East Third St. 
La Verne, Cahf. 

Flory, Albert L.— 4037 First Ave., San 
Diego, Calif. First Brethren Church, 
1825 El Ca,jon Blvd., San Diego, 

Hall, Jesse — 541 Palm Ave. Bellflower, 
Calif. First Brethren Church, 250 
Park Ave. 

McDonald, Grant— 1723 No. Spring St., 
Compton, Calif. First Brethren 

Jan. 6, 1940 


Church, Rose Ave. at Kosecians 
Blvd., Compton, Calif. 

Ogden, VV. A.— 217 East 4;ird St., Los 
Angeles, Calif. First Bi-ethren 
Church, 4Srd .St. at San Pedro PI., 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

Pearce, Alan S. — .56." Cherry Ave., 
Long Beach, Calif. Associate Pastor, 
First Brethren Church, Long Beach, 

Reigart, Richard K. — Watts, Califor- 
nia, Methodist Church, Watts, Los 
Angeles, Calif. 

Richardson George M. — 1611 No. High- 
land Ave., Glendale, Calif. First 
Brethren Church, Stocker St. at 
Kenihvorth Ave., Glendale, Calif. 

Squires, John (licensed) — First Breth- 
ren Church, Whittier, Calif. 

White, Elias Doyle— 234a Sixth St., La 
Verne, Calif. Acting Pastor, First 
Brethren Church of South Gate, Se- 
quoia iJr. at Montara Ave., South 
Gate, Calif. 

Wilson, Edmund C. — (licensed) .322 
Central Ave., Fillmore, Calif. First 
Brethren Church, 422 Central Ave., 
Fillmore, Calif. 


Early, Mark — Lancaster, Calif. Second 
Brethren Church, Los Angeles, Calif. 

Johnson, Walfred — Denair, Calif., First 
Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 

Lucero, Rubel — Taos, New Mexico, 
First Brethren Church, San Diego, 

McClain, Alva J. — (President, Grace 
Theological Seminary), Winona 
Lake, Ind. 

McConnell, Chas. H.— 2o27 Peach St., 
Erie, Pa., First Brethren Churcli, 
Long Beach, Calif. 

Monroe, Kenneth M. — (Dean The Bi- 
ble Institute of Los Angeles, Inc.) 
.">.58 So. Hope St., Los Angeles, Calif. 

Pearson, Claude H. — (Supt. Pearson's 
Sailor Work, San Pedro, Calif.) 24.31 
Palm View Dr., Lomita, Calif. Fii-st 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Sandy, Conard K. — Winona Lake., Ind. 
First Brethren Church, South Gate, 

Shiery, Floyd— (Student, Dallas Theo- 
logrical Seminary, Dallas, Tex.) First 
Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 


// / can do so)n€ good todiiii. 
If I can serve along life's u-aij. 
If I can something heljiful sai'. 
Lord, show me how. 

If I ctin yiglit a hiimdii. wrong. 
If I can help to nuike one strong, 
If I ran cheer witli smile or song. 
Lord, show me lion'. 

Ill can aid one in dijitress. 
If I can make a harden, less. 
If I can spread more happiness. 
Lord, show me how. 

If I can do a ki)tdly deed. 
If I can help someone in tieed. 
If I can sow a frniffiil seed, 
Lord, show nie how. 

If I cnn feed «. hungrg heart. 
If I can. give a better start. 
If I can fill a nobler part. 
Lord, shoiv me how. 

-Grenville Kleiser, in The Watch- 



I rainiot put /i/.s pi-e)<ence hij. I meet him ereryivhere. 

I meet him in the country toicn, the huny market square: 

The manmon and the tenement attest his presence there. 

Upon the funnelled .ships at sea he sets his .<hining feet: 
The distant ends of empire not in rain hi.s name repeat: 
And Iik( the presence of a rose he makes the whole icorld sweet. 

He comes to bieak the barriers down raised up by barren creeds: 

About the globe from zone to zone like sunlight he proceeds: 

He comes to give the world's starred heart the perfect lore it needs. 

The Christ, wliose frioids hare plo.i/ed Iiim false, whom dogmas have 

Still speaking to the hearts of men though shamed and crucified, 
The Master of the centuries, who will not be denied! 

Harry Kemji. 

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By Julia Graydon 

Tlie world is full of advertisements and the \\ ords before and after 
have grown familiar to us all. We see them in the big magazines and 
in the little ones, but as a writer in a Sunday-school quarterly said the 
other day : "You never see any exhibit marked before and after to ad- 
vertise the liquor traffic." 

How true this statement is. Before a liquor victim touches the thing 
which changes him completely he seems just like his fellow temperate 
friends, but what a change after he has imbibed to the full extent! He 
totters and stumbles and speaks incoherently. People are afraid of 
him, especially the children. He is advertising drink before and after. 
— Gospel Messenger. 


(Continued from page 11) 

loyalty. The Christian is not like a 
galley-slave, compelled by brutality 
and force to do the will of his Master, 
but is moved by love and devotion. 
That is the actuating power in the do- 
ing of the will of God, as expressed in 
the Christian F)ndeavor pledge. 

How Know the Will of God 

1. The Christian who would know the 
will of God must have a receptive mind, 
and one that is responsive to divine 
influence. The mind that is closed, and 
set against any change of its stand- 
ards and ideals, or that is unwilling to 
receive new light and leading, will nev- 
er know the will of God. He is like 
those whom Jesus told about, who had 
eyes to see and saw now. and who ha-i 
ears to hear and heard not. But he 
who really wants to know the will of 
God, and has a heart that is hunge;- 
ing and thirsting after righteous, shall 
be filled with the knowledge of the 

2. Tlie Christian who wishes to know 
the will of God should put himself in 
the way of divine influence. He shoLild 
go to church and Sunday school, to 
prayer .sendees and Bible instruction 
classes, and mingle with people wlv 
have their minds and hear'ts set upon 
the doing of the will of God. He who 
absents himself from the house of Cod 
and fails to associate much with 
spiritually minded people is no ra ire 
likely to grow in the knowledge of <-7od 
and of his will, than is a man to in- 
crease in physical health and vigor 
without a proper amount of fresh air 
and sunshine. One's spiritual environ- 
ment counts for much. 

3. The Christian must actually iriid 


The Brethren Evangelist 

purposefully seek to know the will of 
God, and this he can do by piaycj anc' 
Bible study, and by seeking the con- 
sultation of wise and experienced 
Christian leaders. It is well to have an 
open, responsive mind, and a Chris- 
tian environment, but mere absorption 
is not enough to enable one to get f;2r 
in the knowledge of God and of liio 
will. There must he i dcfinit > seekhiR- 
after the will of God. The mind must 
be filled with the Word and the heart, 
must be poured out to God in prayer. 
He who seeks God will be found of 
Him, and his Spirit will guide the seek- 
ing soul into all truth. 

Doing God's Will 

1. Tlie doing of God's will shou.d be 
first of all a matter of conscious, per- 
sonal effort. We must "strive" to do 
or we will never succeed in doing. Wt> 
are not machines that may be wound 
up and set going in the doing of tht 
thing.s of God without conscious effori. 
God has endowed us with the power 1o 
choose what we shall do or not do. We 
must will to do the will of God, and 
must exercise that will strong', z 
enough to overcome all counter a''- 
peal.s. That means "striving" —ju.-.i 
what we promise to do in our plsd-^e. 

2. The striving to do God's will must 
be a constant effort; there must he no 
let-up in our striving. To strive today 
and relax our effort tomorrow will not 
get us very far. One young Christian 
Endeavorer complained against tlio 
rigors of the continued effort to live 
the Christian life and to avoid the 

weakening influence of worldiinsss 
and said, "But I must have some linie 
off." That is a wrong notion. Wi^ are 
engaged in a new and noble type of 
life, and there can be no time off in 
our living without serious conse- 
quences. Our striving must be con- 
stant, never-ending, persistent. 

3. The striving to do God's will inur.t 
be undertaken in the strength of God. 
The power of the flesh will fail, 'ut 
he who trusts implicitly and relies 
fully upon the guidance and power of 
God will be as certain to succeed as 
the sun is to rise. He can say as con- 
fidently as did Paul, "I can do all 
things through Christ who strengihen- 
eth me." The Lord Jesus can take our 
weakness and make it perfect in his 
sti-ength, therefore the divirely em- 
powered personality, who is constant in 
his dependence on God, cannot fail. 

"Earthly friends may prove untrue. 
Doubts and fears assail; 

One still loves and cares for ;. ou' 
Jesus never fails." 

Questions for Discussion 

Why is the Christian obligated to do 
the will of God? 

How can the Christian know what 
the will of God is for his life .' 

Is it always easy to do the will i.f 

What does it mean to strive to do 
God's will? 

How can we be sure of succeeding 
in doing God's will? 

Into His Marvelous Light 


FIKE — Solomon Fike, son of David 
and Elizabeth Snyder Fike, was born 
near Red House, Maryland, Oct. 2ri, 
18."i8, and departed "Into His Marvel- 
ous Light" November 22, 1939. Of the 
slightly more than 81 years of his 
earthly pilgrimage 45 were spent at 
Terra Alta, W. Va., or in that vicinity. 
Although Brother Fike was a member 
of the church of the Brethren, yet for 
more than twenty years he served as 
choir leader for, and worshipped with, 
the Brethren church at White Ilale, 
near Terra Alta, W. Va. 

Brother Fike had been ill for many 
weeks, but bore the suffering of his af- 
fliction with Christian fortitude. Fun- 
eral .services were conducted at the 
family home on Nov. 24, with Rev. Ez- 
ra Fike, of Eglon, W. Va. officiating. 
Brother Fike is survived by his wife, 
four daughters, one son, seven grand- 
children, and one great-grandchild. He 
will be missed most by those who knew 
the unassailable consistency of his 
Christian character and life. God rest 
the soul. The obituai'y prepared by re- 
quest by the Office Editor. 


The Tiosa Brethren have much to re- 
joice and be thankful for at this Christ- 
mas season. On November the 19th the 
Brethren requested that their jiastor 
who is now sening in his tenth year 
hold a revival service starting on De- 
cember ;3rd and closing the 17th. The 
meeting with the pastor as evangelist 
assisted by Harley Zumbaugh as song 
leader stai-ted as scheduled and a won- 
derful revival has been experienced. In 
spite of sickness in the community and 
among the Brethren, interest grew with 
each service. There were no off nights. 
Lai-ge numbers attended the sei-vices; 
at times filling the house. Sixteen re- 
sijonded to the invitation. Fifteen of 
these made the gi'eat confession for the 
first time. 

AVe are not only happy with those 
who have accepted the Saviour, but we 
rejoice in the manifested spiritual deep- 
ening among the Brethren. 

On Monday evening we held our 
Communion Service and fifty-one of us 
gathered about the tables to experience 
that wonderful blessing that comes 
from this seiwice. 

We pray that our Brethren every 
where may experience such blessings 
and joy that have been ours. 

0. 0. Lemert. 


A new land mark ! by the first 

Sunday in May, the new church "Neon" 
Bulletin Board has been completely in- 
stalled. This new addition was very 
graciously given to the church by the 
Sunday School. 

During the period of the Bible 
School we were privileged to have 
with us the "Students League of 
Many Nations." There were sixteen in 
this group representing the Practical 
Bible Training School. 

There were nine representatives from 
our Sunday School in "Camp Juniata," 
our Pennsylvania Brethren Sunday 
School camp. Five attended the Young 
People's camp and four attended the 
Junior camp. 

Morrelville Brethren, Johnstown 
Brethren and the Conemaugh Brethren 
Churches held a Brethren picnic in 
July at Idlewild. This was a grand 
Bi-ethren get-together. 

We have four C. E. societies. The 
Senior Endeavorers are working on the 
early 6 o'clock Christmas service. 
This group also held services for the 
Cambria County Children's Home. 

Missionary Clarence Sickle visited us 
Sept. 26. He showed pictures and gave 
an inspiring message. 

At the September Business meeting 
Brother and Sister, Mr. and Mrs., Earl 
J. Brallier were elected to the office of 
Deacon and Deaconess. 

Our Annual Rally Day attendance 
was 368. 

October 22 communion was observed 
with 203 in attendance. 

On the Lord's day morning of Octo- 
ber 15 two baby boys were jjresented 
to the Lord by their parents; Roger 
David Wertz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mel- 
vin Wertz, and William Lewis Schaf- 
fer, son of Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Schaf- 
fer. The service was conducted by the 
Rev. V. C. Kelford, visiting Bible Lec- 

Rev. V. C. Kelford lectured on the 
Precious Word each afternoon, except- 
ing Monday, and each evening of the 
week of Oct. 8-15. Such a feasting on 
the Word of God as those attending re- 
ceived ! 

A half hour song fest was tried Oct. 
29 after church sei-vices. Those who 
liked to sing stayed; others were 
privileged to leave. 

Nov. 1 after prayer meeting our Bi- 
ble Class (Teacher Training) was re- 
sumed after summer vacation. This is 
taught by the Pastor. We have an- 
other Teacher Training Course Sunday 
morning during the Sunday School per- 
iod. This is a Child Study course 
taught by Mrs. W. H. Schaffer. 

In October the Franklinboro Mission 
Committee at the request of the pastor, ; 
realizing the Mission could not be ; 
properly supervised and the jiersonal 
attention given it by our pastor, select- 
ed Roy Starr of the First Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, as the Director of 
the Mission. Regular services are Sun- 
day School and preaching each Sunday 

Jan. 6, 1^40 


afternoon. Also a week night. Bible 
class and afternoon Children's Classes. 

Concluding Dec. 10, a two weeks Re- 
vival Campaifrn was held at the Frank- 
lin Mission by Ray Starr. As a result 
of two weeks faithful preaching of the 
Word and much personal work, over 
fifty confessions were witnessed. "We 
can ])raise the Lord for these children 
who gave their lives to Him who died 
for sinners. 

"The Christmas King" was ap])ro|iri- 
ately rendered by the choir I'ec. 17. 
Clayton C. Apple directing the canta- 
ta and Mi's. George Pick at the piano. 

The Sunday School Progi-ani Com- 
mittee is in charge of the Children's 
Christmas program to be given Dec. 

The annual A\'atch Night Service 
Dec. 31 will begin at 9 o'clock and con- 
tinue until the new year. 

And .... may He whom we watch 
and wait for appear soon to take His 
3wn, for "In my Father's House are 

many mansions I go to prepare a 

|ilace for you. And if I go and pre- 
pare a place for you, I will come again 
find receive you unto myself; that 
where I am there ye may be also." 
Yours in the Faith, 

Mrs. Walter AA'ertz. 

Frc.m November 19th through De- 
cember 4th the writer had the privi- 
lege and pleasure of assisting brother 
C. A. Stewart, pastor of our Bryan, 0., 
:burch, in a two-weeks' evangelistic 
jffoit. It is not the first time we have 
lad the pleasure of being a voke-fel- 
ISvangelist— Galley 7 ' W.L.S. 

iow with Brother Stewart, although it 
s the first time we have had the 
orivilege of doing the preaching. Other 
:imes we have assisted in the capacity 
)f song director. 

Brother Stewart is a fine running 
nate in any campaign, and we did all 
n our power to make the meetings suc- 
■essful, both in revival and evangelism, 
rhc interest and attendance were 
jplendid, considering the many outside 
nterests which broke in upon us and 
vhich kept those who might have been 
ouched bv the Gospel from attending 
vith anj-thing like regularity. How- 
:ver, no meeting can be judged in re- 
mits by those which are visible to the 
ye. We know not how many souls un- 
lurdened themselves before the Lord, 
lor how many indifferent ones came 
o see their obligation before Him. 
rhose who did come, came at the close 
)f the meeting. Also several families 
vere touched and ga-s-e promise of ac- 
cepting the Lord in the near future. 

We appreciated the fine hospitality 
)f the Stewai-t home, where we were 
odged. Also the many kindnesses 
:hown by the various members of the 
church. We believe that every lady of 
he Bryan Church can cook to touch 
he appetite of men. At least Brother 
Stewart and myself can testify to much 
if their handiwork. I could not begin 
name those who showed special kind- 

ness to me, so I will not try, fearing 
that I might miss someone. I will just 
say a "Thank You" to the whole Bryan 

During my absence from the Fre- 
mont Church the sen'ices on November 
19th were taken over by our Young 
People who did a very fine piece of 
work. The services of November 2Gth 
and December 4th were in charge of 
two Men's Gosoel Teams from Ashland 
College and Seminary. We a|ipreciate 
the ser^•ices that they rendered. 

Fred C. Vanator. 


On Sept. ord, I concluded a student 
pastorate at the Mt. Zion Brethren 
Church, Logan. Ohio, having ser\ed 
this church for a year and four months, 
during my Senior year at Ashland Col- 

The Church at Logan, while not 
large in numbers, consists of a group 
of loyal Brethren, who are faithful to 
God and His Word, and love to hear 
the Word |)reached. 

My duties at Milledgeville began 
Sunday morning, Sept. 17th. I find in 
Milledgeville a fine group of Christian 
people v.'ho love the Lord and are will- 
ii'g to work for the Church. A well de- 
signed and well equipped new building 
replaces the one destroyed several 
years ago by fire. This chui-ch and 
congregation is in splendid condition 
because of the untiring efforts of their 
former pastor, Dr. W. S. Bell, and the 
cooperation he received from the mem- 
bers. Myself, and succeeding pastors in 
the year,s to come shall never cease to 
reap the fruits of the earnest labors of 
Dr. and Mrs. Bell in the Milledgeville 
Lrethren Church. 

There were three services on Home- 
coming Day, Sept. 17th. The new pas- 
tor brought the morning message. At 
noon, in the basement of the church a 
very delicious basket lunch was served. 
The afternoon service was given over 
to a "Fellowship Program." Sunday 
evening marked the opening of the 
Community Revival camiiaign, under 
the combined sponsorship of the Mill- 
edgeville Brethren Church and the 
Dutchtown Church of the Brethren. It 
has been the custom for a number of 
years for these two churches to cooper- 
ate in their evangelistic services. 

The Evangelist for the two weeks 
period was my father. Rev. W. C. Ben- 
shoff. Pastor of our Church in AVater- 
loo, Iowa. It was a blessed privilege to 
work with my father in this new re- 
lationship, and to hear again, soul-in- 
spiring messages from God's Word 
which have marked his ministry in the 
Brethren Church for more than thirty 

Because he knew the field well. Dr. 
Bell kindly assisted the new pastor and 
the Evangelist in the work of visita- 
tion and calling. Our home for the two 
weeks was with Dr. and Mrs. Bell. In 

their home, and in other homes, we 
were treated with the utmost kindness 
and hospitality. 

As a i-esult of the meeting, there 
were four who accepted Christ and 
were baptized into the Brethren 
Church. Also, there is a renewed spir- 
itual effort on the part of the member- 
ship of the two churches. The church- 
es, their members, and the community 
at laige have benefited greatly from 
Sunday School on Oct. 8 with an at- 
tendance of 208 at the S. S. hour. Our 
Fall Communion will be observed Sun- 
day evening, Nov. 19th. 

AVe aie looking forward to a great 
year with the people here under the 
blessing and guidance of our Lord. 

W. St. Claire Benshoff. 


Sunday morning, August 27, marked 
the time of the ordination of W. St. 
Claire Benshoff to the ministry. This 
service was held at the Park St. Breth- 
ren church, Ashland, Ohio. An appro- 
priate message was delivered by the 
pastor, W. E. Ronk. The ordination 
service followed and was in charge of 
the writer, assisted by Brother Ronk. 
St. Claire was graduated from Ashland 
College in June. 

MilledgeciUe. III. 

Foi- some years Dr. W. S. Bell ser\'ed 
as ]>astor of the Brethren church at 
Milledgeville, and in conjunction with 
this, served the Church of the Breth- 
ren in the same capacity. His resigna- 
tion as pastor of these churches was 
effective in September. The work of 
Dr. Bell is W(dl known and will be 
gratefully remembei-ed by the people of 
this community. The outstanding ma- 
terial accomplishment was the erection 
of the beautiful church in Milledge- 

On Sunday morning, September 17, 
eech of these two churches installed a 
new pastor. Brother Paul Miller was 
installed as pastor of the Church of 
the Brethren. He will serve this peo- 
|de as student pastor out of Chicago. 
St. Claire was in.stalled as pastor at 
Milledgeville. The evening of the same 
day these two churches began a union 
evangelistic meeting. Bj-other Bell had 
the general oversight. My son had 
charge of the services, assisted by 
Brother Miller ovsr week ends, the 
writer was the evangelist. 

It was a privilege to serve tliese peo- 
ple. Co-operation was marked. A deep 
-sense of personal responsibility was 
noted. There was participation in 
prayer, praise and personal work. Un- 
der the guiding hand of Dr. Bell, the 
pastor and evangelist found their way 
into many homes. We are loud in our 
praise of the hospitality. No house- 
wives ever served better meals. St. 
Claire and I had our home with broth- 
er and sister Bell. Here was found all 
the comforts of home, and ti-ue Chris- 
tian fellowship. The sojourn here will 
evei' be remembered. 

I cannot express the pleasure it gave 


The Brethren Evangelist 

me to be with my son during the initial 
days of his active ministry. He has en- 
tered this work at the definite call of 
the Lord. Our working together was 
not new. Over a number of years he 
had demonstrated his willingness, his 
faithfulness and ability to carry on. 

Though there are now two pastors on 
this charge, the spirit of brotherly love 
and good will continues. Under the 
hand of the Lord, divine blessing will 
come to these two young ministc?rs ami 
the churches they serve. A liberal of- 
fering was given the evangelist. I ac- 
knowledge with thanksgiving the kind- 
ness and hospitality shown me. 

W. C. Benshoff. 


We closed a meeting at Sidney, In- 
diana, with a communion service, Mon- 
day night, October 13. The first week 
we had medium crowds, fluctuating be- 
cause of bad weather and public school 
activities. The second week we had 
very much larger congregations and the 
interest became intense, — the incle- 
ment weather affected the crowds very 
little. One night a big basketball game 
kept away some of the young people, 
but the church was well filled in spite 
of the game. 

The neighboring churches helped us 
in the meeting. The Church of the 
Brethren has a much larger member- 
ship than we have. They were very 
kind to us and several of their preach- 
ers came to the sen'ices. The last Sun- 
day they dismissed their meeting and 
a large group came to our ser\ice. 

We discovered one very bad condition 
from the start of the meeting and the 
church tried hard to eliminate it. That 
was, we could not get the unsaved to 
come to the sen'ices. They were visit- 
ed and invited again and again, but 
they just would not come. The Chris- 
tian Church had just closed a meeting 
a week before we began ours. They 
had a good preacher and a hired sing- 
er, but sinners would not attend. As a 
rule, foi' more than fifty-five years, I 
found that additions to the church, were 
in proportion to the consecration and 
personal work of the laity. This meet- 
ing was one of the few exceptions to 
that rule. The major part of the laity 
was as pure, consecrated and active as 
any church that I preached in for sev- 
eral years. The field has been well 
gleaned, — the thi'ee churches work hard 
every year in their revivals. Both the 
Church of the Brethren and the Chris- 
tian Church cannot get the unsaved to 
come, I was told, and the Christian 
Church closed their meeting without a 
confession. I worked just as hard as I 
did at Nappanee, Corinth, and Gravel- 
ton, where at each meeting we had 
more confessions than we expected, but 
here we had no additions. 

The Sidney congregation is not large, 
but are good workers and have a splen- 
did gTowing Sunday School. (Thirty- 
one years ago we held a meeting here 

when brother George Kinzie was their 
liastor, and we had sixty-seven conver- 
sions). All of the children of the Sun- 
day School now are in the church. Two 
families are studying our doctrines and 
I believe they will come later. 

Sidney is only a few miles from 
Warsaw and North Manchester, and 
like many country towns, the members 
move to the cities to obtain work, and 
Sidney has been a feeder of our city 
churches for years. A few came from 

By Rev. J. Paul Foy 

(A sermon in short metre.) 
Believe It — Share It — Bear It- 
Declare It 

The tide is rising and I am hoping fori 
a better future for Sidney. My wifel 
and I wish to thank God for the royali 
treatment and hospitality which we re- 
ceived from the good people of the Sid- 
ney Church. 

Isaac D. Bowman.i; 


■fctiial (uiTvaiUiiR) 
an inaiK'tli iinicli." 

fLTlfllt IH-il>l.-I 

(.Taiiii-s .j:1i:). 

The singing may be fine. 

The preaching more than fair; 

But these can never save a soul 
Without prevailing prayer. 

Yes, Christ has died for all, 

To make us tnaly care; 
His death can never save the soul 

Without )n'evailing prayer. 

True, heaven is worth our all. 

No sin nor sorrow there; 
Such heritage cannot be ours 

Without prevailing prayer. 

The news of sinnei-s found. 

All heaven with joy declares; 

But joy like this could never be 
Without prevailing prayer. 

The burden for the lost 

Our hearts must constant bear; 
For we can never save their souls 

AA'ithout prevailing prayer. 

Our Christ in agony 

Was saved from death's despair, 
By holy angels strengthening 

Through great, jirevailing prayer. 

^^■hen Zion travaileth, 

Christ's agony to share. 
Lost sinners then are born again 

By real prevailing prayer. 

God, our hearts awake. 
That souls we may i)re))are 

To meet the final Judgment Day 
By great, pjevailing prayer. 

New Kensington, Pcnna. 

these towns and irom Winona Lake to 
our meetings. 

I think this is the best meeting I 
have held for years without additions 
being taken in for the church. While 
there are only a few young people at 
Sidney, they are loyal and love church 
work and about all of them attended 
the Communion service. I encouraged 
them to put forth some special program 
to reach those who do not go to church. 
Brother Tinkle of Wabash is their pas- 
tor and preaches twice each Sunday, 
and takes a vital interest in the church. 


Oct. 1st, the writer became pastor of' 
the Sidney Brethren Church. This isj 
27 miles from our home. Being a pub-' 
lie school teacher, we find plenty to do.l 
We have both morning and eveningi 
services each Sunday. 

Sidney has a rather small but ex-< 
ceptionally loyal and consecrated groupi 
who we believe want the old fashioned! 
full Gospel. We thank God for such 
Christians. Even though having beer 
with this people for so short a time we 
feel as if they were old acquaintances. 
The Spirit of God makes us one. The 
Holy Spirit never divides and causes 
dissensions. . 

Our Sunday School while small ir| 
number is growing and promises tcl 
continue to be a feeder of the church 
Bro. Bud Hunter is the able Superin- 

On Sunday, Nov. 19th, Rev. I. D 
Bowman, well known throughout the! 
Brotherhood, began a two week's evan- 
gelistic campaign. 78 years old and ar 
active pastor-evangelist for .57 years 
we found him still active and full o1 
the Spirit, with only one desire — 1( 
hold up a whole Christ that the crip 
pled, maimed and lost might find Hin 
and be saved. A keen interest wai 
shown by the church and others of th( 
community. While no confessions wern 
received during the two weeks, we fee 
definitely that the Spiritual tide ha: 
risen and that visible results will fol 

Some bad weather and sickness hin 
dered to some extent. One things wa;; 
noticable, — the unsaved we failed ti 
reach in any numbers. We believe ou 
efforts need to be doubled and tripled 
This is an age when we must take th 
Gospel to the lost if they're to b 
reached and sa^•ed. We believe the Sid 
ney Church will do that. While tW 
field has been well gleaned, there ar 
numbers on every hand who nee 

The closing climax to our service 
was the Love Feast held on Monda 
evening. Rev. Bowman officiated. Se\ 
eral remarked that it was the most uj 
lifting service of the kind they ha 
ever attended. One visitor testifier 
that she was so moved she expected t 
get back to God and enjoy the nei 
service with us. May the Lord in-eva' 
with her. We received such a rici 
spiritual interpretation to this servii. 
that it was truly a blessing to all. 

We are enthusiastic for the futui 
at Sidney but request an interest i 
the prayers of the Brotherhood. 

Arthur H. Tinkel, Wabash, Ind., ]» 
R. 2. 

Vol. LXII, No. 2 

January 13, 1940 






Brethren Evangelist 


Publication Day Number 

The Brethien Evangelist 

± The Family Altar j- 



"Where sliall wisdom be found? and 
where is the place of understanding '.' 
Job 28:12. Kead Job 28:12-28. 

Men searcli for gold, for power, for 
fame, for pleasure. Prospecting in 
■seemingly-promising locations, but alas, 
to find their search has brought them 
hut "Dead-Sea Ashes." And alack, how 
few — lamentably few — go prospecting 
for that which has real value, which is 
heavenly wisdom. 

If we but knew that wisdom lies in 
God; that with Him life is a glorious 
school in which is to be found the most 
astonding and abounding instruction. 
From such instruction His children 
would go on from understanding to 
larger understanding, and we should 
cease to weary in our efforts, and find 
joy in our attainments. 



"....and the Lord (shall) give thee 
pnderstanding in all things." II Tim. 
2:7b. Read II Tim. 2:1-7. 

Man's vaunted ijrofession of wisdom 
comes not from his own effort, neither 
is it bought with money of his own 
earning, for neither labor or money can 
acquire real wi.sdoni. 

The Maker of us all, knowing our 
capabilities, has promised to give us un- 
ilerstanding, and that without condi- 
tion. Neither does He stint us in the 
supply, promising to give us "under- 
standing in all things." And so we 
need not "go grubbing" or groping 
through the world for this blessing. He 
will "open our eyes that we may see," 
"... .our ears that we may hear," and 
our mind that we may comprehend. We 
may indeed "know the doctrine" and 
"understand the mysteries." We may 
all have wisdom in abundance if we 
will but ask. 



Be still and know that I am God." 
Ps. 46:10a. Read II Chron. 14:2-7. 

The Irishman who told the washer- 
woman, as she held her basket on her 
arm while sitting in the street car and 
ve.sting the weight upon her arm, that 
"the car would carry both her and her 
basket," proclaimed a sound spiritual 
truth. Too many of us try to carry our 
religion instead of allowing our religion 
to carry us. We carry it as a load in- 
stead of allowing it to help us carry 
our load. 

Most of us fail to give God a chance 
in our lives to do all for us that he 
would like to do. We should learn to 

test our experiences and see if He hsr^ 
ever failed us when we have trusted 
Him and done our best. "Trust in the 
Lord with all thine heart; and lean not 
unto thine own understanding." 



"For wisdom is better than rubies; 
and all the things that may be desired 
are not to be compared to it." Prov. 8 : 
11. Read Prov. 8:1-11. 

Not diamonds, but rubies are the 
most valuable of precious stones — 
large rubies; more costly and rare than 
large diamonds. That is why wisdom is 
compared to rubies. Wisdom is the 
condensation of value; the most desir- 
able of all desirable things. 

Wisdom brings power, therefore wis- 
dom is greater than power. Wisdom is 
the higliest learning, so learnijig is less 
than wisdom. Wisdom's loveliness but 
increases with the years; beauty fades 
with the years. Even love is less than 
wisdom, for unwise love is hardly love 
at all. And so the search for wisdom 
is the supreme search of all ages and 
climes. All efforts for else are trivial 
in comjiarison to being wise. "With all 
thy getting, get wisdom." 



"Guide me with thy counsel." Ps. Ti: 
24a. Read Ps. 7.3:lf;"-28. 

Professor Richard G. Moulton wise- 
ly said, "We have done almost every- 
thing that is possible with these writ- 
ings. We have overlaid them, clause by 
clause, with exhaustive commentaries; 
we have translated them, revised the 
translation, and quarreled over the re- 
visions; we have discussed authenticity 
and inspiration, and suggested textual 
history with the aid of colored type; we 
have mechanically divided the whole in- 
to chajiters and verses, and sought 

texts to memorize and quote There 

is yet one thing left to do with the 
Bible; simply to read it." 



"....The testimony of the Lord is 
sure making wise the simple." Ps. 19: 
7b. Read Prov. 3:1-18. 

The fable has it that the Sphinx 
propounded a riddle to be aciswered 
by every citizen. A fatal condition ac- 
companied the attempt to answer, and 
failure meant death. The riddl-j was, 
"What is life for?" 

Numberless answers to this riddle — 
for it is a riddle that puzzles all men, 
unless they have acquired heavenly wis- 
dom — have been given through the 
ages. And men are still seeking to find 
THE answer. Bunching all the ans- 
wers into one, the question still re- 
mains, "What is the wisest use to make 
of life?" Is it wisdom to spend life in 
useless selfishness that brings only re- 
gret? Our text asserts that "the testi- 

mony of the Lord is sure," but unless 
sought or already possessed, how can it 
assist us? It is in the heart that wis- 
dom is needed. "Ezra had prepared his 
heart to seek the law of the Lord, and 
to do it." Here lies the secret of wis- 



"....Rightly dividing the word of 
truth." II 'nin. 2:15b. Read II Tim. 

The Bible is a book to be known and 
used intelligently. There are those who 
have a fashion of opening the Bible at 
random for the answer to any question 
that arises in their experience, and for 
which they do not know the answer. 
The Bible is not a pack of cards, or a 
book of magic, or a dice box to be shak- 
en and emptied for chance. It is a book 
that may be known, and is intended for 
intelligent use. To be sure, to be able 
to use it intelligently it must be made 
familiar by study and use. 




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The last Sunday of January, the twenty-eighth, is 
he day set aside for the publication interests of the 
hurch. There is no cause or institution of the 
irethren Church asking for your interest, prayers, 
nd gifts during the current yeai\ moi'e worthy of 
upport than The Brethren Publishing Company; 
nd none will make greater returns on the in- 

■estment for the Lord and for the Church. That is 
I big claim, but I earnestly believe it is true. 

It may be argued that, it is natui'al for us to be 
nost interested in those causes and institutions with 
v'hich we are the mostly closely associated; but this 
s not true in this case. The writer has been and is 
till more closely associated with the Missionary 
5oard of the Biethren Church, and with the College 
.nd Seminary than with the publication interests, 
t is not my intention to draw comparisons with the 
arious institutions and Boards of the church, they 
re all important ; but may I insist that in the pres- 
nt ci'ises in the church, there is no greater cause, 
nd none that will pay larger dividends. 

A Brethren Literature, A Brethren People 

Yes, a Brethren Literature, a Brethren People, 
nd the reverse is true, no Brethren Literature, no 

Brethren Church. The church was bom, because a 
man with a cause printed a paper, and drew those of 
like minds together. One of the first moves of the 
Brethren Church was to organize the Brethren 
Publishing Company, and in spite of many changes, 
the organization has continued unbroken through 
the years of our history. She shall continue on, 
carrying forth the ideals and the teachings of the 
Brethren. We have a heritage, which shall be pre- 
served and passed on to others in our time, and in 
the years to come, if the Lord tarries. 

The Brethren Chuixh must print a Sunday School 
Literature, Booklets and Tracts, and a Church pa- 
per. The church must have a medium for the ex- 
change of her ideas and ideals, to promote unity of 
thought and of life. We again pledge her to the 
creed of the fathers, "The Bible, The Whole Bible 
and NOTHING but the Bible." This without contro- 
versy pledges her to a fundamental position, which 
accepts all the great doctrines of the Bible, as well as 
the least teaching, for all pai'ts of the Bible are the 
revealed Word of God. We shall "earnestly contend 
for the faith once and for all delivered to the saints" 
and the faith of the fathers as histoi-y teaches it. 

Our Needs 

We shall list first, the Evangelist. More subscrip- 
tions to the Evangelist. The regular list is much 
smaller than the Missionary number or of The Wo- 
man's Outlook or the Foreign Missionaiy Issues, all 
of which suggests that we can do better, much 


The Family Altar 2 

Publication Day— 'Editorial— W. E. Ronk 3 

"Ye.';, We Are Still In Business" 4 

Interesting News and Notes 4 

"The Contents of Our Church Paper" — 

Prof. A. L. DeLozier 5 

"The Contents of Our Church Paper" — 

Rev. Fred C. Vanator 5 

"Loyalty to the Brethren Publishing Company" — 

President Mason 6 

"Church Literature As A Unifying Medium" — 

Rev. J. G. Dodds 7 

The Contributing Editor's Page 8 

The Victorious Christ 9 

"Vaccinating for Character" 12 

C. E. Topics 13, 14 

News from the Field 15 

We Are In Entire Accord 16 

Into His Marvelous Light 16 

"Publication Day" 16 

The Brethren Evanpeiist', 

better. We are receiving man.\- new subscriptions, 
but we are also losing- some. Help u.s to get more. 

Tlie sale of the Sunday School Literature for the 
current quarter has been very good, in fact better 
than we dared to hope for. We thank you ! We ask 
for your continued cooperaiicn and support. 

An adequate offering. It is difficult to set The 
goal, but less than previous yeai/s. around a thous- 
and dollars would be inadequate. The amount should 
be fifteen hundred dollars, ard such a goal is not im- 
possible, it is possible. We need gifts large and 
small, but the number of larger gilts should be in- 

We need your prayei's. These are crises days in 
our beloved church, days so critical that none dares 
stand alone. We need your prayers, pray for us. 

We face the New Year and the futui'e with con- 
fidence, but we need you. and your help. Tlianks! 

— W. E. R. 


"Does the Brethren Publishing Company still 
exist?" asked a good sister in a recent communica- 
tion. We hastened to assure her that the Company 
is still "doing business at the old stand," despite ru- 
mors to tlie contrary. The Company has all the 
machiner>- and equipment that have been the prop- 
erty of the church through the years, and is using 
that equipment to further the interests of Tlie 
Brethren church. We are in position to do all kinds 
of printing, such as programs, letter-heads, en- 
velopes, calling and candidate cards, booklets, 
monthly magazines, in fact all kinds of commercial 
printing. We solicit printing from the entire 
brotherhood, of such character as is not readily ob- 
tainable in the local communities. Our prices are 
reasonable. Send us a copy of what you want done 
and state number of copies needed and we will give 
you an estimate of the cost. 

May we suggest also that we are in position to 
furnish an.\' book or Bible published at regular cata- 
logue prices. So send us your orders and we will en- 
deavor to give ,\ou prompt and satisfactory service, 
and at no increased or unreasonable cost. 

Copies of Dr. C. F. Yoder's book, "God's Means of 
Grace" may be had from our company at the regular 
price of $2.00. This is the most complete and finish- 
ed presentation of the teachings and practices of the 
Brethren church now in print, and remains what it 
has been since its first issue, the standard text-book 
of the Doctrines of the Fraternity. The number of 
copies still to be had is limited, and readers will do 
well to order their copy at once. 

Interesting Notes and News 

. OUR NEW EDITOR of C. E. Notes, Rev. Frank Gehman, 
asks for suggestions and constructive criticisms on the treat- 
ment of the C. E. Topics which he is providing. Address him) 
at Vandergrift, Penna., R. F. D. 1. 

THE ARTICLE ENTITLED "The Victorious Christ" jsi 
published without credit being given. We have already asked I 
the author to give us his name and have had no reply to the 
request. But no matter who may be the author he need have 
no regrets for having written the article, and we are sure 
our readers will profit by reading it. 

FROM HUNTINGTON, INDIANA, comes report of a veryi 
s))iritual revival, held recently at that place, and conducted 
by Brother H. M. Oberholtzer, the pastor. While there are noj 
accessions to report, yet a deeper spirit of consecration and j 
devotion seems to be evident among the membership as a re-' 
suit. ! 

WORD COMES of Evangelistic campaigns being conducted ij 
at the Highland Brethren church, near Marianna, Pa.. Dec. i 
31 to Jan. 14, and opening at Mt. Pleasant, Penna., on thei 
14th for an unannounced period of time. Dr. L. 0. McCart- 
neysraith is the evangelist, and we are looking forward to 
learning of showers of blessing falling upon these points. 

FROM NEW KENSINGTON, PENNA., comes news of a 
fine Christmas program presented by the Brethren of thei 
New Kensington Mission, in cooperation with a number of 
people of the surrounding community. The play, which was 
given, was rendered on Christmas eve. At the conclusion ofj 
the program a group of the young people of the congrega- 
tion went caroling, calling on members and friends of the 
Mission. The spirit of cooperation on the i)art of the com-ii 
munity speaks well for the workers in the church at thatj 

is anticipating a revival campaign, opening on January 15th| 
and continuing until January 28th. Dr. Wm. H. Beachler/ 
pastor of the Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Md., is ta 
serve as evangelist. Wi!h Brother W. S. Crick as pastor and. 
Brother Beacher as evangelist we are looking for some good 
news to come from their direction at the close of the meeting, 
.A. bulletin from the Third Church shows the work to be ini 
healthy condition wilh all departments organized for in-! 
tensive service. 

WFi NOTE with jileasure the fine cooperation being given 
the Brethren Publishing Company by the various pastors ir 
calling attention to our subscription campaign. Thanksi 
brethren, every boost for us is one also for your worki 
"United we stand," — and both go forv;ard. — Office Editor. . 

FROM THE "Jersey Circuit" at the Calvary and Ser. 
geantsviUe churches comes report of a very pleasing Christ! 
mas in-ogram rendered at the Sergeantsville church on Dec^ 
17. Several neighboring churches of different denomination; 
attended the service, and a fine fellowship seems to have prei 
vailed. Brother Elmer Keck is the pastor at this charge. 

■ From across the Atlantic comes the news tha' 
Russia is spending $6,000,000 to maintain th( 
woi-ld's largest print shop. The money was raisec 
by voluntary subscriptions and the presses will bi 
used to print anti-God literature in five languages. 

When will Christians wake up? This horrible 
unclean monster Atheism is I'ight at your door I 
What ai-e you going to do about it? 

—Moody Monthly 

Jan. 13, 1940 

The Contents of Our Churcli Paper 

(Bii Prof. A. L. DeLfjzier. professor Modern Languages, 
ishland College, anri n ineml>cr of The Brethren Pnhlishivg 
'^onrpang Board.) 

The caption of this article seems at first thought 
imply on the part of the writer a specialized 
cnowledge possessed only by editors. But we take 
;oLU'ag-e when we consider that one may discuss the 
lontents of a paper not only from the standpoint of 
;reation — that of the editor, but as well from the 
uigle of the reader. This is especially true of a 
'hurch papei'. 

The reader is for the most part the layman. There 
s such a thing as an old fashioned good sense which 
leeds to be coupled with divine revelation. The av- 
irage Christian layman of sound spiritual practices 
s a fairly reliable depository of this balanced judg- 
nent. I am trying to speak from the standpoint of 
;uch laymen although not at all discrediting the wis- 
lom of the ministry. 

I do not believe that the contents of a church pa- 
)er are properly controlled if they are determined 
vholly by the editor or individuals. Unless its con- 
ents are more widely, rather should 1 say moi'e con- 
jregationally or democratically determined than 
hat — we risk becoming an ISM. Of course we speak 
)f BrethrenISM, but we do not have in mind the 
larrow sense of the term. 

Perhaps I can speak for our while Publication pro- 
gram and say that we welcome conscientious individ- 
lal suggestions. 1 know that our editors will be glad 
lend an ear to wholesome and fair advice. They 
nay not follow all of it, but tliey \\'ill consider it. A 
Brethren paper therefore \\\\\ not represent any 
^articular group nor individual. It will try prayer- 
fully to avoid any tangent or lopsided emphasis. It 
vill earnestly attempt to represent fairly all the in- 
.erests and institutions of our own beloved Church 
IS well as those of Christianity as found outside our 
)articular denomination. As I look through the 
Brethren Evangelist of several issues back, I note 
vholesome reference to Christian ART. I do not 
hink the paper should become an art magazine, yet 

for one should welcome even a little more emphasis 
)n Christian Art. Our schools are liable to over- 
■raphasize pagan art. We owe it to our children to 
)alance the picture by showing that Christian Art is 
in a higher level at least from the standpoint of its 
nspiration and its subjects. 

I note a conspicuous place given to the BIBLE 
vhich is the text book, the creed of our own church. 

detect all along the line a note of CHALLENGE, 
>oth to the individual as regards higher levels of 
christian living and spiritual exercises and to the 
Church as to her great privileges and responsibili- 

I see the COLLEGE represented both from the 
standpoint of the challenge of Christian education 
and that of news of interest to the Brotherhood. 

DOCTRINE has not been neglected and that too 
is quite important. I see a prominent place allotted 
to EVANGELISM and certainly we Brethren must 
be evangelistic or decay. A wholesome concern is in 
evidence as to FINANCE — perhaps I should say 
Christian giving or stewardship. 

By reading these issues I am made to see that 
there is some import to our HISTORY as a denom- 
ination or rather as a people, I prefer to put it. 

No small measure of interest is shown in the 
HOME. A notable place is given to the LAYMEN 
of the Church. 

I detect an open and even an underlying stress up- 
on LOYALTY which means unity — a thing so much 
neded by us as Brethren. 

MISSIONS are by no means neglected. And 
what more shall I say, for the time would fail me to 
tell of the LORD'S SUPPER, of NEWS— both de- 
nominational and general, PROHIBITION in which 
I still believe and to which I contribute, the SOCIAL 
side of Christianity — although I am not a social 
gospelite, the SUNDAY SCHOOL, the note of 
UNITY as I have already said. Last, but not least, 
our YOUTH and the Y.P.S.C.E. Of course I should 
say that even though the WOMEN have their own 
paper yet they are not neglected in the Brethren 
Evangelist for a whole issue is given to the HOME 
and carries several articles by our good sisters. 

If I may sa,v a word on the negative side it is that 
I note the absence of any controversial note and I 
read a plea by the editor that we help him to avoid 
that destructive thing. So Mr. Editor you may use 
youi- blue pencil on me and I shall respect your judg- 
ment. May our dear Heavenly Father grant to lead 
all of us to the end that our Church Paper be OUR 
paper and HIS paper. 

We pray Thee, Oh Father, be pleased to bless our 
printed page with a great ministry of usefulness and 
may it be used to the edification of the saints and 
the winning of the unsaved — in Jesus' blessed name 
— Amen. 

The Content of Our Paper 

Bg Fred C. Vanator, pastor Brethren Church, Fremont, 0., 
and member the Brethren Publishing Company Board 

To be a paper that is worth while, the content 
must have certain values to the reader. It must be 
lotidable; it must hold interest for the reader; it 
must uplift the mind of the reader; it must carry 
convictions of its truthfulness; and last, but not 
least, in our own cast, it must carry a true Christian 

message, one built on sound doctrine, and one which 
will bring peace and quiet meditation to the hearts 
of God's people. 

When we remember that the Evangelist is meant 
to cover the needs of all the membership of the 
Brethren Church, from the youngest member to the 
oldest saint, it becomes a vital factor that each ar- 
ticle, editorial, or report be couched in language that 
is understandable to everyone. Theological discus- 
sions must be simplified to meet the demands of 
every reader. It is our purpose to make our church 
paper READABLE. 

No one bothers to read that which is not of inter- 
est to himself personally. They consider it a waste 
of time and effort. But the real progress of the 
church is of interest to every membei- of the church. 
They are not interested in the failures or discourage- 
ments, but in the advances that are made. Problems 
met and conquered cany more interest than situa- 
tions that ultimately spell defeat. In secular read- 
ing one glories in the winning team but quietly 
passes over the defeat of his favorite aggregation. 
During 1940 the Brethren Church will advance. Its 
paper should be full of its achievements. It must 
hold the INTEREST of the reader. That is our in- 
tent and purpose. 

No paper is worth the time it takes to read if it 
does not leave the mind and heart on a higher plane 
than when the I'eader began to scan its pages. It 
must carry us to God's Throne. It must make us feel 
"clean" in mind; it must purge our thoughts; it 
must open our eyes to the opportunities and obliga- 
tions that are ours. We should long for the next is- 
sue and feel that we can profitably set aside a time 

The Brethren Evangelist) 

when we can read "with pi'ofit" the writings of itsj 

There must be no question concerning the truth 
fulness of its statements. It must be builded upon || 
the tenets of true literature. It must not leave tocj 
much to the imagination of the reader. It must be i 
true, for truth needs no vindication — it is in itself ii 
its own best proof. Our church paper has no argue- i 
mentitive value. It must merely state the truths asj 
its writers see them. In this the integrity of the j 
Evangelist shall be preserved. It must carry the ! 
convictions of its truthfulness. 

We said, "It must carry the ti'ue Christian mes-i 
sage." In this statement we might have left out the i 
word "true", for the Christian message is always j 
true. When we sum it all up we must of necessityi 
find that Christ is the Christian message. And He I 
is not only true, but He is TRUTH, itself. The J 
Evangelist must exalt Christ. It must carry a sound i 
doctrinal message at all times. It must carry such a j 
message that it will bring joy to our hearts; peaceiji 
to our minds; harmony in our activities; co-opera- ij 
tion in our oi'ganizations ; and love to all men. Wei; 
must be able to rise from its reading to quiet medi-' 
tation and prayer, and lay it down with a feelingi] 
that we have had fellowship with the Lord. ! 

That, Brethren, must be our church paper, Thei 
Brethren Evangelist, in the days to come. Failure! 
to meet these qualifications will spell failure, not 
alone for the paper Itself, but for the aims and pur-; 
poses which it is set up to further. What that paper 
is and will be depends on you, the members of the 
Brethren Church, in whose loyalty and devotion toi 
the cause of our Master lies the answer. 

Loyalty to the Brethren Publishing Company 

Bii Prof. E. G. Manon, in-esident uf A.'ihland College, and 
n ineiiiber of the Brethren Publi.'ihmg Company Board 

Much has been said about loyalty and disloyalty in 
recent years and some of the i-eferences have been 
applied to the Publishing Company. Loyalty oi- dis- 
loyalty to any cause is a sort of two-edged sword de- 
pending upon the attitude one takes toward that 
cause. Most questions or causes have two sides. An 
individual may be either for a cause or against it. 
When for it and supporting it, we are said to be 
loyal, when against it and refusing to support it, we 
are said to be disloyal. On the basis of this type of 
reasoning we can uphold the claim that we are loyal 
to our beliefs when we oppose or refuse to support a 
cause or question in which we do not believe »r in 
which the policies employed seem to be i« opposition 
to our ideals. Therefore, one mav he loyal to a prin- 

ciple when he opposes and refuses to support aj 
cause. I 

Under the regime of the Publishing Company be-' 
fore 1934 certain individuals either refused to use or 
strongly criticized the Sunday School Literature and; 
the "Brethren Evangelist" on the grounds that the! 
"proper" emphasis and spiritual tone was lacking.' 
These individuals worked persistently to propagan 
dize the church on this point and in 1934 gained con 
trol of the Publishing Company and put their poll 
cies and ideas into practice. The result was the pub-: 
lication of a Sunday School Literature and a Chuichi 
paper that seemed to satisfy them and their follow- 
ers, but failed to satisfy the real needs of the Breth- 

Now t>!e tables have turned again and the present 
emp'iasis is distinctly Brethren and the spiritual 
tone of the publications has returned to its formeiij 
type. The existence of two factions within thej 
church does not make for harmony and pi'Ogress. Inij 
such a situation militant action is bound to follow! 

Jan. 13, 1940 

when one faction becomes too insistent upon the gen- 
eral acceptance of its ideas. Such seems to be the 
unfortunate situation in the Brethren Church at the 
present time. 

Now since the Publishing Company is again in 
the hands of those who believe that historic Breth- 
renism should be preserved through the BRETH- 
REN EVANGELIST and the Sunday School Liter- 
ature wherein the emphasis shall be distinctly 
Brethren and the spiritual tone kept upon a high 
plane, controversy must no longer be found on the 
pages of the EVANGELIST and real constructive 
materials must be published. 

It will take years to overcome tne harm that our 
unfortunate controversy has caused. The sooner we 
can concentrate our efforts upon the building of the 
church and its institutions the sooner repairs will be 

Loyalty maintained to the Word of God, as Breth- 
ren interpret it, and the growth and influence of the 
church and all its institutions will be developed and 
increased through our church literature. Therefore, 
it is exceedingly important that the Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company be properly and adequately sup- 

Support of the Publishing interests of the church 
includes the moral, spiritual, and material assistance 
that each member of the church can give. By moral 
support we mean that confidence and good will shall 
be given. Every loyal member of the church can 
give this. It costs nothing except an honest effort to 
ascertain from the proper source the truth about any 
rumors, and make whatever constructi\e critic- 
isms and suggestions that may improve the publica- 
tions. By spiritual support we mean the prayers of 
the friends of the Publishing interests for its suc- 
cess. This also costs nothing except the time and ef- 
fort required, but such support is very valuable. 

Finally material support can be given in three 
ways : First of all, every family in the church should 
subscribe for the BRETHPvEN EVANGELIST; 
Second, every Brethren Sunday School should use 
the Sunday School Literature now published and 
send in its orders for other literature. Bibles, and 
books, which we cannot publish. By sending orders 
for this literature the Publishing Company realizes 
a commission which constitutes a substantial pail of 
the company's income. The third way that material 
support can be given is through outright gifts to in- 
crease the working capital of the company. An op- 
portunity for gifts is given especially in connection 
with the Publication offering but gifts may be sent 
at any time and will be greatly appreciated. 

Loyalty is measured in terms of any one, two or 
all three forms that were mentioned above. Let us 
begin to repair and build at once and may God bless 
our efforts. 

Church Literature as a Unifyins Medium 

(Bii Rvr. J. (r. Uddils. jKixtor The Bretliren cliurcli, Sinitlt- 
iille, Ohio, nnil meniJier tJii- Brethren Piihliyliiiif/ Coiiipniii/ 

Church literature exerts a profound influence on 
human life and conduct. Whatever may be said on 
this subject concerning the church at large is also 
applicable to the Brethren Church. A clipping in my 
files commenting on the inestimable extent of 
Church literature says : 

"The precepts it inculcates, the lesson it ex- 
hibits the ideals of life and character 
which it portrays roots itself in the 
thoughts and imaginations of young and 
old. It seizes them with a force which in 
after years appears scai'cely possible." 
Church literature occupies an important place in 
the accumulated treasures of generations. If this 
unifying form of literature were subtracted from 
the libraries and homes in the world, man's life 
would be exceedingly blank, for this type of liter- 
ary endeavor is the world's memory and experi- 
ence — and it also expresses the world's failures and 
triumphs. Not only does it explain man's origin and 
the purpose of his creation, but, unlike other sys- 
tems of thought, its unifying influence is vividly re- 
^■ealed in the courageous attempt to promote "Peace 
on earth and good will to men." 

In the words of Carlyle: "All that men have de- 
sired, discovered, done, felt or imagined is recorded" 
in the literature of the Church. 

As a unifying medium Church literature intro- 
duces us to a vast human company and by meeting 
them we learn to appreciate their own contribution 
to progress. By its far-reaching effect we hold con- 
verse with the greatest minds of past ages and of 
the present time. We meet people of all classes, na- 
tionalities, races, creeds and tongues, — philanthrop- 
ists, philosophers, educators, theologians, travelers, 
rich and poor learned and unlearned, good and bad. 
We know theii' thoughts. We heai' them speak. We 
clasp their hands. In turn they, too, learn to under- 
stand '!S. They are favorably impressed by our 
warm demonstration of good will, and in conse- 

"We share each other's woes. 
Each other's burdens bear. 
And often for each other flows 
The sympathizing tear." 

In championing the cause of democracy. Church lit- 
erature brings good news to the masses, especially 
to the weary, heavy-laden and oppressed. Drawijig 
its inspiration from Him — 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

The Contributing Editor's Page 


The story is told of an Englishman on a journey, 
who wished to send a message to his wife. He had 
no paper and he had no postal convenience, so he 
wrote his message on a bit of birch bark and sent it 
by an Indian messenger. The Indian delivered the 
chip and was astonished beyond measure to see that 
the good wife could understand the message on the 
bark and delivered to him a package to take to her 
husband. He begged to keep the chip and preserved 
it as a wonderful relic, — a chip that could talk ! 

Uncle Sam offers to perform a greater miracle for 
us. He will for three cents give wings to our letters 
and cai-ry them in a few hours to any part of the 
country. The people have been responsive to his 
generous offer and countless thousands of greetings 
go flying from one friend to another in every part 
of the land. A perfect snow storm of Christmas 
greetings convey the angelic message of love and 
good will. New Year's greetings follow up with 
kindly wishes for a happy year. Birthday greetings 
of love and thoughtful remembrance go flying, rain 
or shine, every day of the year. Messages of sym- 
pathy in trouble, of comfort for the sick and affilict- 
ed, are truly white-winged doves from heaven. Val- 
entines, borrowing Cupid's wings go flying with 
beautiful expressions of love, and usually with more 
to be read between the lines than on the lines. God 
bless these myi'iads of angels that fly so swiftly with 
their messages of peace on earth and good will 
among men ! 

In the apostolic days the "good news" or Gospel 
message had to be carried by the human voice or by 
written epistles. Therefore the prophet described 
his vision of the publishers of peace by saj'ing, "How 
beautiful upon the mountains ai'e the feet of him 
that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; 
that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth 
salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth." 

Those first missionaries had no beautifully color- 
ed and embossed Christmas messages to send, but 
their letters were just as beautiful, for every page 
was resplendent with the love of God. It was no 
wonder that Paul exhorted the churches to exchange 
their letters that they might reach more people. He 
came as near to having a church publishing house as 
it was possible to do in that day. 

Now, with the perfected art of printing, we can 
quickly and cheaply exchange our Christian greet- 
ings in our news letters and our contributed articles, 
and the millions of copies of church papers go fly- 
ing around the world with their weekly tidings of 
the kingdom of God. How beautiful are these "Gos- 
pel Messengers" and "Bi'ethren Evangelists" and 

"Christian Heralds" and other winged messengers 
that fly like birds of Paradise to bless the readers 
of their messages in every land. They are truly har- 
bingers of the coming of the Prince of Peace in the 
spring time of love. 

It is true that there is a shadow to the picture for 
Satan is not slow to use man's inventions for his 
own ends, and the mails go loaded with pages that 
are foul with lying advertisements of liquor and 
tobacco, with corrupting pictures and erotic stories, 
with false teaching and malicious misrepresenta- 
tions, with lying propaganda for selfish ends with- 
out end. 

But the work of Satan has an end. The Lord Je- 
sus Christ came, among other things, "to destroy 
the works of the devil." The weakest Christian can 
escape his work because "We are not ignorant of his 
devices." Paul cites his own forgiveness of a believ- 
er who had sinned and repented, as doing it "in the 
person of Christ, lest Satan should get an advantage 
over us."— 2 Cor. 2:10, 11. 

Against these "fiery darts of the evil one" we 
need the shield of faith" — Eph. 6:16; we need the 
love that "beareth all things," and we need to have 
our hearts filled with such precious Gospel percepts 
as : "Pray for them which despitef ully use you .... 
Overcome evil with good .... "that they may be 
ashamed who accuse your good conversation in 

Then let us continually pi'ay that God may bless 
the publishing house that publisheth good tidings. It 
is our greatest missionary agency; let us prove our 
love for it and our loyalty to it by our patronage 
and cooperation. Every reader shares in its bless- 
ings, therefoi'e let every reader help to secure other 
readers. Let every member of the church i-ead the 
church paper and be supplied with the tracts and 
books that help to spread the Gospel message. That 
message is not a message of discord and division, but 
a messave of love and forgiveness and peace. Who 
will help to be wings to that message? — C. F. Y. 


The apostle Paul who "laboi'ed more abundantly 
than they all" was an humble man. He felt asham- 
ed of himself and called himself "the least of the 
apostles" because he had persecuted the church of 
Christ. But CJod had mercy on him because he did it 
ignorantly in unbelief, and when he saw his error 
he forgot those things which were behind and was 
ever pressing forward to the mark of the jn-ize of 
our high calling in Christ Jesus. 

To this end he was not ashamed to ask for the 

fan. 13, 1940 

irayers of the humble believers to whom he wrote 
lis letters. There may be sometimes, more power 
n the prayer of faith of a little child than of the 
irayers of a vain pope. Pastors need the prayers 
if their people as much as the people need the pray- 
rs of the pastors. 

And editors and publishers need the praj'ers of 
heir readers. It is not an easy task to select the 
hings which are most important foi- the spiritual 
lealth of the church. It is not possible to please all 
I'ho send in their suggestions. We cannot always 
)lease even ourselves. Nor do we need to do so. The 
me thing which we seek is to do the will of God, to 
write that "the word of God may have free eoui'se 
.nd be glorified." To that end brethren, pray for 
is.— C. F. Y. 

Boys, tell your troubles to your mother, and you 
vill never Imve to tell them to the policeman. — 
Christian Advocate. 


(Continued from Pai/e 7) 

"Whose increasing still shall spi'ead. 
Whose reign no end shall know, 
-Justice shall guard His throne above 
And peace abound below." 
rruly it is impossible to eliminate this invaluable 
nass of literatui-e from the annals of the Church, 
rhe Foreign Missionary enterprise would be at a 
itandstill without it. What would our theologians. 
;eachers, pastors and workers do without its aid? 
:t provides a dependable medium for the dissemina- 
tion of their knowledge and their experience in deal- 
ng with the international and racial barriers that 
livide men. It breaks downi the partition of hate. 
ealousy, superstition, ignorance — sinister forces 
hat provoke ill-will among mankind. 

The widespread propagation of the Gospel owes 
ts success to the unifying medium of church liter- 
iture. Contributing the most economical and, at the 
lame time, the most practical insrumentality for the 
'urtherance of the Gospel among its members, ad- 
lerents and readers generally, the literary program 
)f the Church has revealed a decided unifying influ- 
•nce. The warm spirit of friendliness and brotherly 
andness engendered by the pulpit reflects the dig- 
lity and efficacy of sacred literature. 

Church literature is a medium of expression by 
v'hich congregations and the world at large are kept 
n touch with the activities of the church. To this 
nd millions of dollars are spent annually. Workers 
f various tyiDes of culture are pressed into its ser- 
ice. Travel agencies receive their due reward and 

business on the whole is stimulated as a result of 
the marked unifying force of this specialized field. 
Writers are trained in the technique of a purpose- 
ful endeavor which reflects the highest degree of cul- 
ture and refinement. Chai'acter development, the 
practice of the Golden Rule, love for God and man 
ature of the Church. 

This enormous field of education and religious 
are among some of the striking policies of the liter- 
propaganda has done more for the unification of 
mankind than any other source outside of the pulpit 
and service clubs. 

The oneness of mankind is its goal. The general 
welfare of humanity is its di'eam. Universal peace, 
happiness and prosperity shall always be its theme. 
In the midst of a war-stricken world, this priceless 
hei'itage of the race re-echoes the Angelic refrain : 
"Glory to God in the highest and on earth 
peace and good will to men." 

As we enter the portals of a New Year, may the 
voice of the religious literature of the Brethren 
Church continue its noble work in defence of the 
Gospel ,and may it resound throughout the utter- 
most parts of the earth until all nations, races, kin- 
dred and peoples are taught in order that they be 
brought to the saving knowledge of Christ. 


"And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, all 
poiver is given nnto Me in heaven and in earth." 
iVIatt. 28-18. 

The most refreshing of all themes is that of the 
Lordship of our Lord and master. In a world where 
hands fail and fall short, where human sympathy 
and human effort avails but little in the last analy- 
sis — how the Lordship of Jesus makes music in the 
Soul ! We may forget Him at times, we may ignore 
Him at times but at last all knees bow gladly to ?Iis 
Divine presence. 

Tlie Secret Of His Control 

Is His Leadership intellectual? Is it the result of 
tremendous will-po\'.'er? Or does His sympathy for 
mankind explain His influence? Why do we instinct- 
ively respond to the touch of Christ? Our love re- 
fusses to be withheld, we revere and admire. Our 
whole being responds to the Lordship of Jesus. 
Why? Wherein lies the strength of Jesus? 

The Rule Of Reason 
The leaders of this class are the men who do the 
thinking for others. They fix the compass of reason 
and sail boldly out on unknown seas and discover 
new worlds of thought. They plunge into the tang- 
led wilderness, hew a path through its trackless 
waste, select a site, built a blockhouse, defend it 
against all foes, and a tardy civilization comes after 
and builds here a city. Here are a few names glean- 


The Brethren Evangelis^ll 

ed from a still greater list of this type of leadership : 
Plato. Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Luther, Cal- 
vin, Jefferson, Calhoun, X^'cbster, Tolstoi, Phillips, 

Thr Reign Of Luir 
Thk second class of leaclershijj possesses that driv- 
ing, dominating icill that kujs holds of the masses 
with a grip of steel a)>d drives them, on to tremen- 
dous goals, men who have been our great military 
leaders, statesmen, captains of linance and industry. 
Here we find names such as Moses, Alexander, the 
Great, Julius Caesar, Trajan, Constantine, Crom- 
well, Richelieu, Washington, Napoleon and Bis- 

The Call Of Loir 

hi the third class of control we find practicallij 
all the great religious kaders, those icho have felt 
the sufferings of the great overburdened world and 
have sought some means of assuaging this misery. 
Some of the outstanding men are Confucius, Bud- 
dha, Zoroaster, Socrates, Mohammed, etc. 

Where will we place Jesus in these lists? Can He 
be explained by any of the cha)'acteristics of these 
leaders of men? Can any combination of intellect, 
will-power, or sympathy explain His leadership? 
Can we explain Him and know Him as we have 
known these other great leaders of men? 

I ntellectual Leadership 

What have we in the field of intellectiud leader- 
ship? Solomon said, "There 'S }iothing new under 
the sun." Dean Sw^ft exclaimed, "Confound these 
ancients, they have stolen all our best ideas." 
But those who heard Jesus said, "Never man spake 
as he." Others said, "this man does not speak as 
the scribes, He speaks with authority." Thus at the 
very inception of our study we find ourselves thrust 
into the presence of the infinite. Jesus claims auth- 
ority in the superlative degree. "All authority in 
heaven and one earth hath been given unto Me." 

Was it intellectual leadership that Jesus held as 
He taught in the Temple? Did He slavishly follow 
the ideas of those that had preceeded Him? Did He 
but fulfil the old Jewish law? Some quote, "Not one 
jot or title of the law shall pass away." But they 
omit, "Till all be fulfilled." Rather should they 
follow with, "And I came not to destroy the law 
but to fulfil it." 

Jn thrilling terms He set forth His Lordship over 
the Old Testament, "Ye have heard it said by them 
of olden time But I sai/ unto you." 

His Lordship was heralded forth by many state- 
ments such as "The Son of Man is Lord even of the 
Sabbath." "Behold a greater than the temple is 
here." Statement after statement followed establish- 
ing originality and proclaiming Lordship. 

Christ's Lordship Over Truth. 

Here comes the most pronounced claim of Jesuij 
relative to truth. ■'/ am the truth." All systems oil 
philosophy and religion must bow in subjection tci 
His Gospel. Innumerable attempts have been madd 
to break down this claim by digging through the 
moi'al and religious teaching of all the world pre' 
ceding Him — attempting to make Him say whalii 
other religious leaders had said before Him — ^thua 
destroying His originality. All others were nega| 
five — Christ was positive. And as far apart as theJ 
poles is the teaching of Christ and the teaching oj- 
other religions. 

A second challenge came from the skeptical phi' 
losophy of the heathen world in the early centuries.] 
Celsus was the first great rationalistic opponent olij 
Christianity and the most brilliant critic it has 
known but this second attack collapsed with the con- 
version of Constantine. 

The third challange was offered by a group ol 
atheists who arose in the nineteenth century. Thej, 
were ably i-epresented in this country by Robert) 
Ingersol. But they, too, have disappeared from thf' 
earth and God's Truth goes marching on. 

Tho.'ic Who Doubt Him Today. 

There have always been those who have doubted 
the Christ. Usually those who have stood without' 
and refused to accept Him at all. Today our doubtf 
ers seem to be of those within. They claim to be Hist, 
friends and then doubt His authority. They claiir' 
to be His humble followers and they indicate thei 
path He is to follow. They disclaim His humblel; 
message and ridicule simple faith. For others theyi 
would originate a new brand of Christianity and 
then foist it upon the Son of God as His. The situ-'i 
ation would be wonderfully clarified were they likei 
Ingersol to take their place with out the fold and 
fight fairly. 

The Christian message is not merely permanent' 
but exhaustive. Who has ever added one jot or one 
tittle to the moral and religious teachings given usi 
by Jesus and His inspired apostles? Who has ever 
improved upon His message either in content on 
form? Is thcie no significance to the fact that 2000| 
years have been unable to improve the teachings oi' 
Him who calmly said, "I am the Truth"? 

Christ's Love For Humanity. 

Intense love and sympathy is seldom found oi 
united with great intellect or will. The phrase, "colci 
intellect" reveals the lack of feeling that is commor 
to most thinkers. Napoleon, building a vast Empin 
at the cost of enormous bloodshed and suffering,; 
shows how the driving type of leadership is usuallj:] 
a slave to selfish ambition. But the personality oi'! 
Jesus reveals perfect love as well as infinite intellec Ij 

Jan. 13. 1940 


and will. Love is the key to His personality. "God 
is Love." Love governed the exercise of His in- 
tellect and will, His teaching was not given to sat- 
isfy our curiousity or to rob us of the joy of the dis- 
covery of truth that lies within our reach, but to 
guide our steps in the way of nobility and peace. 
His miracles were never wrought for His own com- 
fort or to satisfy those who merely sought to see a 
sign, but they answered the call of suffering and re- 
placed doubt with faith. 

Our love is narrow and limited by our crudities 
and selfishness. But the perfect heart of Jesus loved 
all men. Not merely the afflicted and unfoi-tunate 
gained His sympathy, but those for whom the world 
had but scorn. While we were yet in our sins He 
loved us and came to save us. The most hardened 
and degraded sinner excited His pity. We sympa- 
thize with one class or another, according to our 
station in life. But Jesus sympathized with all class- 
es. Even a hardened old miser like Zacchaeus stir- 
red the Divine longing in the soul of Christ. The 
critic undertakes to find a flaw in the supreme sym- 
pathy of Jesus. They say that He did not love the 
Pharisees. For them He had the most bitter de- 
nunciations and threats. This criticism presupposes 
that a person cannot offer drastic criticism against 
one he loves ; that stern criticism indicates a lack of 
sympathy. The shallow character of this criticism 
of Jesus and the theory on which it rests is revealed 
by the following: 1. It was inevetable that Christ 
should champion the cause of the neglected and op- 
pressed. The Pharisee had kicked the publican and 
sinner out of the synagogue. His ministry to this 
neglected class naturally meant warfare to the 

2nd. It was necessary to break down the system 
of legalism before the Kingdom of God could be e.s- 

3rd. He was ever seeking, even by denunciation 
and terrific warnings, to break through the armor 
of the Pharisee, their self-righteousness, legalism, 
vanity, hypocrisy, cruelty, and pride. 

4th. Whenever one of the Pharisees gave Him the 
slightest opportunity, He was eager to save a Simon 
with whom He had dined, or an earnest seeker after 
truth who was "not far from the Kingdom of God." 

5th. The touching scene where Jesus wept the 
tears of anguish and despair over Jerusalem is based 
upon the unspeakable ingratitude of the Pharisees. 

6th. The gentle words, "Father forgive them for 
they know not what they do," show that His sym- 
pathy for the Pharisees moved Him even in the hour 
of death at their hands. 

7th. The salvation He offered did not exclude the 
Pharisee, but is for "all the nations" and "every 

A Measure Of His Love. 

We speak of the love of God and insist that "God 
is Love," but can we measure His love? We know of 
the love of mother and have experienced the sweet 
delights of the love of a child but how about the love 
of Christ? After once learning of His love we read- 
ily know that it is the "Love of God." The Cross was 
the supreme measure of His love. It was not mere- 
ly universal in its scope but it measured up to the 
test of intensity that I'equired His death on the 
Cross. "Greater love hath no man than this." We 
are not attempting to offer a mathametical demon- 
stration of the deity and Lordship of Jesus. Neither 
can we offer such a demonstration of the existence 
of God. But our testimony is such that to us we are 
convinced that only the fool can say in his heart, 
"There is no God" or that "Jesus is not the Son of 
God." And if we but tarry in the presence of Jesus, 
we can say with Thomas, "My Lord and My God!" 
He is the intellectual king of the earth ! He is Lord 
of our minds. The Modernist may spin his fantastic 
theories and rail at the teachings of Jesus and those 
who still believe and proclaim them. Let us build on 
the "Kock of Ages." 

He is Master as well as Teacher. He is our Leader 
and Commander. Let us bring our stubborn wills 
into subjection to Him. "Jesus Chi'ist who is the 
faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the 
Ruler of the kings of the earth — to Him be glory 
and dominion for ever and ever, — for it is "He that 
hath the Key of David, he hath opened and none 
shall shut, and that shutteth and none shall open." 
Arrogant sceptics may attempt to revoke His de- 
crees, but their puny rebellion shall collapse. Let us 
not merely call Him, "Lord, Lord " but do His will, 
live His life, and yield our souls to His guidance. Let 
us teach His commandments to the world until, 
"Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that 
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Fath- 

He is the Saviour of the world. "The King of Love 
my Shepherd is. His goodness never faileth." "0 
Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul 
in thee." "Love for all and can it be." Let us sit at 
His feet and breathe His Spirit of love. Clinging to 
the Cross shall we not stretch out our othei- hand to 
save lost men? With unfailing devotion let us dedi- 
cate our all to Hnn, and to the proclamation of His 
Gospel to a lost world. 

He is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the 
King of Glory. "Lift up your heads, you gates; 
and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors; and the 
King of Glory shall come in ... . Who is this King of 
Glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory." 
"And He shall reign for ever and ever." 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Vaccinating For Character 

By Rev. S. IJ. Schieb in 
The Evanselical- Messenger 


F. D. Ratcliff, in a recent issue of 
Modei'n Miracle Men, tells liow Dr. 
Manfred Sakel is producing miracles 
among seven out of ten patients who 
are victimized by that dreaded mental 
malady called dementia praecox, which 
claims 20,000 people annually in the 
United States alone — and most of them 
are youth. The cure from this torture 
is brought about by inserting large 
daily cjuantities of glucose into their 
bloodstream, and thus shocking "insane 
people back to sanity." Here is a mir- 
acle of vaccinating people with glucose 
to restore them to self-conscious in- 
dividuality — to their character. 

The report from the Reseai'ch Com- 
mittee of Convention of Journalists 
held last May says that "two Sunday 
supplements which are included in 
many newspapers jumped from .5,- 
500,000 to 12,300,000 between the years 
of 1932-1938. In those same years the 
circulation of comic strips increased 
260 per cent. Eight leading pulp mag- 
azines jumped from 3,800,000 circula- 
tion in 1932 to 8,700,000 in 1038." Add 
to this the Special Features in our 
movies visited by 80,000,000 Americans 
weekly and you will understand why 
the commercial radio advertising is 
written for the mental capacity of a 
thirteen year old. And this is in a 
country which has the largest per 
capita elementary-school graduates, 
the largest per capita high-school 
graduates, the largest per capita uni- 
versity graduates in the world. Do 
you think we need a vaccination fur 
character? If you think soberly you 
will agree witli me that we certa-nly 
need something else than newspapers, 
and magazines, and radio in our 
homes, and even our public schools if 
we want to have our children govern- 
ed by character in their decisions for 
life. For the FBI tells us that we are 
the greatest criminal country in civili- 
zation. We certainly need a vaccina- 
tion for character. 

On the front cover of Christian 
World Facts of recent date is a map of 
the world showing the relation of the 
Christian to the non-Christian reli- 
gions. The relationship is three Chris- 
tians to every four non-Christians, 
with 160,000,000 natives still unreach- 
ed by either group. The map is head- 
ed with three symbols — The Sickle and 
Hammer, The Cross, and The Swas- 
tika. To the left of these symbols is 
the legend, "The World Is Choosing." 
The seriousness of the moment lies in 
the fact that 4.50,000,000 of the total 
682,400,000 Christians in the world 
live in Europe. And who does not 
know the influence of the Swastika 
and the Sickle and Hammer on Europe 

today ? ? Four out of six Christians in 
the world today are threatened by vhe 
two most aggressive non-Christian 
political ideologies of modern times. 
Permit me to quote a representative 
statement of Communism's god, Lenin. 
"We repudiate all morality which pro- 
ceeds fi'om supernatural ideas, or 
ideas that are outside class concep- 
tions. In our opinion morality is en- 
tirely subservient to the interests of 
the class war; everything is moral vhat 
is necessary for the annihilation of the 
old exploiting order. We do not be- 
lieve in eternal principles of morality 
and we will oppose this deception. 
Communistic morality is identical 
with the fight for the consolidation of 
the dictatorship of the proletariat." 
That is the reason why I said above 
that we certainly need a vaccination 
for character. And when I say, "We, I 
mean we Americans. 

What is the cure that shall shock us 
out of our moral dementia praecox '.' 
If the type of reading consumed by 
America has helped to make us the 
greatest criminal nation in civilization, 
surely another kind of reading should 
help a great deal in converting us and 
making the driver of our habits 
change gear. Let me fasten what 1 
shall say to what I have said like a 
man fastens the flag to the flagpole. 
And let me say it in answers to the 
question: What should a Christian 
family read in order to become vaccin- 
ated for character? 

1. A Christian family, of course, 
should read the Bible. The fathers and 
mothers of Christianity will give their 
children the richest heritage when they 
follow the injunction of Moses to Is- 
rael: "....these words, which I com- 
mand thee this day, shall be upon thy 
heart; and thou shalt teach them dili- 
gently unto thy children, and shalt talk 
of them when thou sittest in thy house, 
and when thou walkest by the way, 
and when thou liest down, and when 
thou risest up." For it is still the tru- 
est saying ever uttered that the Bible 
is the greatest character creator and 
perfecter our world has yet had. Wliy 
not pay the price of learning how, if 
you don't know ? You are paying good 
money to acquaint your children with 
the arts and sciences for making a liv- 
ing; why not invest the same concern 
and money to make character attrac- 
tive to them through the Bible ? After 
all it will always be more honorable 
for yourself and for your children to 
be honest than to be well off. 

2. A Christian family should read a^ 
good hymnbook. Like the Bible, a 
good hymnbook tells the story of 
thousands, how they were raised byj 
the lifting hands of Jesus Christ from 

the mire of personal sin to the rare- 
fied air of sonship with God. It ac- 
quaints both parents and children with 
the inner and outer struggle of the 
saints of God and how they stretched 
for moral perfection while they lived 
in a world that is a slave to the power 
of spiritual darkness. What rich 
treasure a man or woman possesses 
whose Bible and whose hymnbook are 
the indestnictible assets which have 
become a part of his heart! Next to 
the Bible, a good hymnbook is the best 
vaccine for character. For it will be 
true for a long time to come that men 
will prefer inspiring righteous living 
to educated rascality. 

3. A Christian family should read a 
good religious journal. A recent radio 
program was introduced by a very ef- 
fective gospel hymn. The hymn was 
followed by a gospel preacher. The 
burden of his message was to convince 
himself and his radio audience that de- 
nominationalism was a terrible sin. 
yes, he quoted many Bible passages 
which were designed to lead to this 
conviction. A reliable religious journal 
in a Christian home saves the family 
from many religious confusions. A re- 
liable religious journal in the Christian 
home is like a gyroscopic compass 
which steadies the ship in foul weath- 
er, and encourages its speed in fair. A 
reliable religious journal in the Chris- 
tian home brings into that home the 
vaccine which makes rational the pres- 
ence of God in this very irrational 

Of course for a Brethren family the 
Brethren religious journal is the one 
it should read. It should be read be- 
cause it does for Brethren what a re- 
liable religious journal does for a 
Christian — it keeps him informed and 
well balanced. Statics concur in saying 
that where a large percentage of local 
congregation reads weekly our Breth- 
len Evangelist the minister has a com- 
paratively easy task to get the church 
to fall in line with the program of the 
denomination. The opposite is also 

Vaccinate yourself and your family 
for character in a bizarre and insane 
world. Certainly your Sunday paper 
supplements and cheap magazines, to- 
gether with our movies and radio, are 
doing everything in their power to un- 
do you and yours mentally and moral- 
ly. Why not inoculate yourself and 
yours against the moral maladies by 
taking into your soul bloodstream a 
strong healthy portion of the Bible, a 
good hymnbook and a reliable religious 
journal — The Brethren Evangelist. 

"Let the peace of God rule in your 
hearts. Let the word of God dwell in 
you richly; in all wisdom teaching and 
admonishing one another; in psalms ^ 
and hymns and spiritual songs. Sing- 
ing with grace in your hearts to the 
Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word 
or deed, do all in the name of the Lord 
Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father 
by him." (Col. 3:16ff.) 

Jan. 13, 1940 



Now we have a thousand excuses. It 
is too hot or too cold, too far or too 
wet, we are too tired or too sleepy, the 
preacher is too long or too dull, the 
music is too flat or too sharp. 

As to serving the Lord, well, "They 
didn't appreciate it when I tried to do 
right"; "My husband is hard to get 
along with"; "The children are cross"; 
"I did want to see that show'; "My 
friends don't go this way"; "I think 
the church asks too much"; "The peo- 
ple did not call on me when I was 
sick"; "I like a good smoke"; "Sunday 
is the best day for golf — I don't have 
many holidays"; "All the boys were 
playing cards." 

Yes, a thousand excuses now. Not 
one then. A thousand excuses now to 
men, but not one then before God. We 
are so comfortable while we fool our- 
selves! — The Free Methodist. 

"A\'ould you like to know the secret 
of the presence of the Lord? 

Go and hide beneath his shadow, this 
shall then be thy reward. 

But whene'er you leave the silence of 
that happy meeting ])lace. 

You must mind and bear the image 
of the Master in your face." 


A young man was trying to establish 
himself as a peach grower. He had 
worked for years, and invested his all 
in a peach orchard, which at last 
bloomed bounteously — and then came 
a frost. He didn't go to church the 
next Sunday, nor the next, nor the 
next. His minister went to hunt him 
up, and inquired the reason. The dis- 
couraged young fellow exclaimed: "No, 
and what is more, I'm not coming any 
more. Do you think I can worship God 
who loves me so little that He will let 
a frost kill all niy peaches?" 

The old minister looked at him a 
moment in silence, and then replied 
kindly: "Young man, God loves you 
better than He does your peaches. He 
knows that, while peaches do better 
without frosts, it is impossible to grow 
the best men without frosts. His ob- 
ject is to grow men, not peaches." — 

Cost of doing God's will, Acts 5:40- 

C. E. Topic for Young People 



Scripture Lesson: Gal. 6:6-10 
Dailji Readings 
Christ's Obedience foretold, Ps. 40:6- 

Christ's obedience fulfilled, Lk. 22: 


His will through prayer, Jn. 14:13- 

Requirement of discipleship. Matt. 

A benediction, Heb. 13:20-21. 


All life, to be true life, must have a 
definite objective and goal; the ob- 
jective to give it purpose along the 
way, and the goal to provide something 
toward which to work. A great amount 
of life goes to waste because of aim- 
lessness and lack of purpose. Young 
people especially need to have aims be- 
cause youth is a formative period of 
life, because the choices of youth are 
likely to have more farreaching effects 
and because youth has more opportun- 
ities to choose than has maturity. 
Young people need definite aims of the 
right sort to make their lives useful to 
others, rich to themselves and of ser- 
vice to God. 

The Christian finds his great pur- 
liose in life in doing the will of God. 
This is contrary to natural human 
philosophy. It sees development in 
terms of materialistic self-interest; 
Christianity sees it in terms of spirit- 
ual yieldedness. The fullest purpose of 
life is that of doing God's will. Chris- 
tian young people can find in that pur- 
pose the necessary objective and goal of 

dod'a ]\'ill Is The Most I iii}iortant 

A\'e must come to see the serious im- 
jiortance of His will for mankind, and. 
more i)articularily, for us personally. 
No one, counting the will of God light- 
ly, will trouble much about doing it. 
Ps. 40:6-10 is a prediction of the Mes- 
siah Who has to come. The dominant 
thought of the prediction is that Mes- 
siah will do God's will with joy. Chris- 
tian young people will be much blessed 
in striving to do God's will when they 
sense its importance in the ;j-ame of 
life, and learn the joy that attends it. 

Obedience Is A Part Of The Strivini/ 

A sodden drunk said of himself and 
his equally drunk companion, "Me and 
Chris' are havin' a turrible time a-sei- 
vin' the Lord." Any one openly dis- 
obeying the simplest instructions of 
God in righteousness will have no more 
success than the drunken cronies In 
setting out to do God's will, w3 must 
make up our minds to obey Him. One 
does His will simply by doing what He 
wants. Jesus prayed to escape the 
death from which the human nature 
and body shrank, and the burden and 
load of sin so utterly repugnant to His 
Divine nature, but obedience to God's 
will prevailed. "Not my will, but thine, 
be done," Lk. 22:42. 

It Costs Somethinij To Do His Will 

Sometimes we try to make Christian- 
ity look too easy. No good thing there 

is but has its price. While we cannot 
buy God's favor, doing His will takes 
its toll in the part of personal desires 
and fleshly tastes. It calls upon us for 
sacrifices we would prefer not to make 
did we not see something greater than 
our own comfort and pleasure. The dis- 
ciples suffered physical and intellectual 
bullying at the hands of the rulers. To 
be physically beaten is to have harsh 
treatment, but to be ridiculed, humil- 
iated and brow-beaten is doubly trying 
to noble minds. Yet the disciples re- 
joiced in their privilege of paying that 
price, Acts 5:41. Striving to do His 
will, wc may expect, will cost us some- 

Prayer Is Associated Witli Doing 
His Will 

Prayer is that intangible, yet power- 
ful thing that ties the daily activities 
and experiences of the child of God up 
with the Father. The Word reveals 
God's will to mankind, while prayer 
helps us to understand more complete- 
ly that will in our own personal af- 
fairs. Furthermore, in all the Chris- 
tian's striving to do what pleases God. 
prayer is very important, for it pro- 
vides things needful to doing His will. 
"If ye ask anything in ray name, that 
will I do," Jn. 14:14. One cannot do 
God's will without that association. 
Though the Son of God, Jesus prayed 
with great frequency, and His great 
purpose was to do God's will, Heb. 10: 

True Disciplcsliiii Pats God's Will First 

In following our Lord we also learn 
of Him. He puts God's will first for 
Himself; He would have us put it first. 
True life is found in denying one's own 
choices and preferring those of God, 
Matt. 16:24-26. To be like his master 
is the highest goal of any disciple. To 
be like Christ is the highest goal of the 
Christian. Choosing God's will in pre- 
ference to our own makes us like the 
Lord in that respect, and His choices 
in our lives cause us to become like 
Him. It is not enough to admire the 
|)urposes of God; we must order our 
lives by His choices. 

The Human Will Is The Arena 
Of Strife 

God's purposes are definite. The Bi- 
ble clearly states what He expects of 
every man. Often men don't find them- 
selves willing to do what He wants. 
Then they must choose (a) His will 
and reject their own, or (b) their own 
and reject His. As the gladiator met 
the fierce beast, or fiercer enemy, in 
the arena ".n bodily combat, so must we 
meet this conflict in the arena of our 
wills. AVith God's will set before us 
and witli uur human preferences so 
frequentiv contradicting it, we de- 
cide which choice shall reign. How- 
ever heated the strife, if we would walk 
the iiath our Saviour trod and would 
follow His teaching, we will make 
God's choice our own. 

Then i)atience awaits the fruit of 


The Brethren Evangelist 

that choice, "for ye have need of 
patience, that, having done the will of 
God, ye niav receive the promise," Heb. 
1 : :)(i 

Fur DiscHsniuii 

1. Is doing the ■will of God just one 
g'ood way of Christian peace and joy, 
or is it the only way? If the latter, 

2. In what ways does it cost one to do 
Ilis will? Is the effort worth the cost? 

.". How full an obedience ought wc 
he expected to render to God? 

4. In what way can prayer hel)i us 
to understand God's will foi' us? 

"i. Ought we be expected to give up 
all oui' own choices in order to serve 
God ? 

(i. What active part may our wills 
lune in doing God's will? 




Scripture lyesson: Ps. 119:11-16; 

I Jn. 5:13-1,5 

Daily Readings 

One of many answered prayers — 
Acts 12:.5-11. 

Listening to Jehovah — Ps. 85:7-9. 

Benefits of God's law — Ps. 19:7-11. 

Faith and hearing — Rom. 10:13-17. 

Assurance of ansvvev.vl prayer — 
Isa. 6.5:24. 

Enlightened and inspiied — I.k. 24: 


In prayer we speak to God. In the 
Bible He speaks to us. Prayer and Bi- 
ble reading are something like a high 
and holy conversation. In one the 
trusting child talks to the loving Fath- 
er. In the other the Father talks to 
the child. This full and free fellowship 
is a beautiful feature of the true 
Christian life. 

In prayer we are permitted, even in- 
vited, to express our most intense feel- 
ings and de-^ires to God. Bishop Quaylo 
iias said that "prayer is the intensity 
of souls becoming vocal." We know 
that God will understand, as in ovr 
i-liildhood our mothers understood and 
respected our tenderest feelings. V.'e 
know that God will help, also, and that 
He will bring into our lives the right 
answers to our needs. 

Our greatest needs are spiritual. Al- 
:'eady God has anticipated them. "And 
it shall come to pass that, before they 
call, I will answer; and while they are 
yet speaking, I will hear," Isa. 65:24. 
Many, if not most, of our spiritual 
needs are provided for directly n the 
Bible. In its pages we can often 
he very answers we need. So it is 
very important that when we pray to 
God, especially when our prayers con- 
cern spiritual needs, that we road the 
Bible, too. 

Prayer and Bible Reading Aie 
Commonly Called "Devotions" 

"Devotions" is a very good word to 
use. When expecting a letter from, or 

an hour of companionship with a dear 
friend there is a warm fluttery feeling 
within. Not every letter makes us feel 
that way. Nor does just any hour of 
companionship. It depends upon tiie 
ties that bind us to the friend. Be- 
cause we are devoted to tha'. one we 
have a tender expectancy in any com- 
munion with them. Prayer and Bible 
reading are true "devotions" when we 
are con.scious of God's love for ns and 
are "devoted" in love to Him. 

Prayer and Bible Reading Offer lis 
The Thrill Of Adventure 

Lately in a radio address the Illinois 
state director of National Youth Ad- 
ministration said that his official ex- 
perience convinced him that most 
youth were more interested in some- 
thing adventuresome than in a prom- 
ise of .security. He did not condemn it; 
nor do I. The venturesome spirit can 
be a good thing when used in the right 
way. Too many young people seek a 
"thrill" in the wrong way. Prayer and 
Bible reading offer the thrill of adven- 
ture in exploring realms of spiritual 
knowledge that are new to us person- 
ally. It is quite a spiritual adventure 
to find some new experience with God, 
or to discover in the treasures of His 
Word some great truth we never be- 
fore knew. Adventures did not end 
with the passing of Indians and griz- 
zly bears. 

Prayer and Bible Reading Flnlighteu 
and Inspire L's 

The disciples at Kmmaus said one to 
another, "Was not our heart burning 
within us, while he spake to us in the 
way, while he opened to us the scrip- 
ture?" Lk. 24:32. The Ri.sen Lord had 
informed them of many things out of 
their own Old Testament scriptures. 
They knew these things, but they had 
not rightly connected them with the 
events of the past days. He threw 
light upon the truth and lighted up 
their own understandings. And they 
were highly inspired. Prayer and Bi- 
ble reading will do .something like that 
for us; it will inform us and inspire us. 
One of the promised ministeries of the 
Holy Spirit is that He s'hould make the 
things of Christ clear to Christians, Jn. 
14:26; 16:13-14. In our devotions the 
Holy Spirit is right at hand to .shed 
light on what we read and to give light 
to our under.^tanding. Clear informa- 
tion and clear understanding enlighten 
and inspire to action. 

So Prayer And Bible Reading Send Us 
Forth To .Service 

I once saw in the Kentucky moun- 
tains a considerable number of fine 
black walnut logs rotting away. After 
they had been cut the price had gone 
down so much that the owner could not 
afford the expense of getting them to 
market. Many pieces of very beautiful 
furniture could have been made from 
tliem, and my thrifty Dutch ancestrj- 
rebelled at the waste. But think of the 
great waste of young life because it 
has not gone forth to serve! Last night 
I read the words of a leader in another 

denomination. He pictured the grow- 
ing American northwest and the 
Christian possibilities there, but be- 
moaned their lack of young men in the 
ministry to meet such a need. Of 
course, there are many ways and 
places for serving all about us, but why 
not send some young Brethren minis- 
ters out there ? 

Prayer and Bible Reading Will Help 
Us To See The Human Need And 

The Divine Supply 
Seeing the need is necessary. A 
friend needed a job badly, and got one. 
Before long his employer complained 
that the boy could never see anything 
about the establishment that needed 
attention unless he was told about it. 
Very shortly the boy, bitterly disap- 
pointed, was out of work. He did not 
know it was because he could not see 
what was to be done. How about the 
human needs about us; can we, do we 
see them ? or do we ignore them ? 
Close communion with God in the way 
He intends it will help us to see both 
the human need and the Divine supply. 
It does little actual good to see the 
need unless there is a way to meet it. 
Italy, with its crowded population, had 
some large marshes. The land was 
rich and the country needed it, but ex- 
cess water made it worthless. Many 
had seen the need for putting it to use 
but the need was not supplied until 
Mussolini found a way to drain it. 
While prayer and Bible reading help 
us to understand the depth of human 
needs, they also show us how great is 
the Divine supply. 

Thev Will Strengthen Us Personally 
For Lives of Faith And Service 
There must be inward strength and 
grace if we would be faithful. We can 
not go along on last year's supply. The 
supply must be renewed daily. Week 
before last I had some good gasoline 
in my auto tank, but today it is of no 
value to me. Why? Well, I used up 
what I had. No matter how fine a sup- 
ply of strength and grace we have had 
sometime in the past, we daily need a 
new supply. We will find it through 
prayer and Bible reading. They are 
keys to many riches of life and to a 
service profitable to God and useful to 
our fellow men. 

For Discussion 

1. Can the Christian young person 
get along without prayer and Bible 

2. Need prayer and Bible reading to 
be engaged in daily? 

3. Wliat are some of the human 
needs about us which prayer and Bi- 
ble reading will help us to understand ? 

4. If our greatest needs are spirit- 
ual, can praver and Bible reading help 
out in physical and material needs? 

5. Does the average young person 
pray and read the Bible as much as !ip 
or .she should? 

6. What do you think would help to 
create more interest in prayer and Bi- 
ble reading amongst Brethren young 
people ? 

— Frank Gehman. 

an. 13, 1940 


NEWS from the FIELD 


With the month of December I be- 
an work as pastor of the Brethren 
lurch of Ashland. It is understood 
lat the pastorate will be temporary 
1 I feel it my duty to return to 'ny 
imily in Argentina as soon as possi- 

During these first five weeks I have 
;en able to visit the homes of all 
embers living in Ashland and be- 
)me acquain'^ed with the various ac- 
vities of the church. Among the.'-e 
lere is the Sunday school with a doz- 
1 classes, well-organized and grow- 
,g. A Junior orche.stra is an attrac- 
ve feature. The primary department 
■esented a very interes'ing Christmas 
■ogram and another was prepared by 
udents of professor Dotson. Both 
ere much enjoyed by tlie congrega- 
on. The Women's Missionary Society 
IS a large membership and excellent 
onthly meetings. There i.s also a 
mior Society for a score or more of 
)unger rHembers who on account of 
hool duties cannot attend the Senior 
jciety meetings. It also is doing ox- 
llent work. The Sisterhood of Mary 
id Martha is also filling its own field 

a splendid way. 

There are two Christian Endeavor 
icieties with weekly meetings and 
)od programs of service. The Junior 
iciety especially, is effectively train- 
g the boys and girls to active parti- 
aption in the public meetings and the 
ork of the committees. 
There is a standing committee on 
cial service, which distributed many 
iskets of food to the poor as a part 
■ the White Gift offering of the 
lurch, in addition to the large cash 

The preaching services have been 
ell attended and the congregations 
jpreciative. One evening was given 

a peace meeting with a si:ver medal 
'Unty contest witli peace declama- 

The prayer meeting has a commend- 
)le regular attendance and participa- 
^n. If the prayer meeting, as has 
:en said, is the thermometer of the 
lurch, then this church is in good 
;alth spiritually. 

Indeed, it is a pleasure to testify 
at I have found a spirit of unity and 
llowship, of hospitality and coopera- 
5n, of eagerness to win souls and of 
liritual Christian living, which is 
)ove the average of churches I have 
^en permitted to know. Sunday school 
asses have visiting programs and 
embers have autos at the disposition 

those who cannot attend unless con- 
■yanee is supplied. 

There is also an extensive list of 
lends of the church who are not yet 
embers, new people in the district 
id parents whose children are in the 
Jnday school, which gives hope for 
■owth of membership. The congrega- 

tion will participate in the union meet- 
ings during the week of prayer and is 
planning for a revival meeting begin- 
ning the latter |)art of February. 

The students of the College and 
Seminary have their own religious ac- 
tivities, their daily chapel, and weekly 
devotional meetings, and Gospel Team 
programs which develop the spiritual 
life and talents of the students. A 
large number find time to attend the 
meetings in the church and help in its 
work. After having visited many col- 
leges of other denominations, I know- 
whereof I speak when I say that I 
have found none with a spiritual en- 
vironment for the students superior to 
that of Ashland College. My own chil- 
dren have all done their college work 
here and are very grateful for the 
spiritual inspiration as well as for the 
educational benefits received. I am 
therefore looking forward to a fev.- 
months of labor in this field in which 
labor has been made easier by the ef- 
ficient work of others who have pre- 
ceded me. 

C. F. Yoder, Pastor. 

Our two weeks of special revival and 
evangelistic meetings were concluded 
Dee. 10 with a love-feast. It seems 
that they were almost exclusively re- 
vival meetings rather than evangelistic 
meetings, but we believe that we fol- 
lowed the leading of the Holy Spirit 
and that the meetings were as God will- 
ed they should be. Very few unsaved 
jieople attended the meetings, although 
many had been invited and the meet- 
ings had been well advertised, yet the 
meetings were well attended by the 

membership of the church and other 
Christians of the vicinity. 

Some unsaved persons attended our 
meetings, but not regularly, which 
seems to be very needful if they are to 
be brought to repentence. Alas! to 
win souls to Christ today requires more 
faith, more prayer, more real love and 
passion for the lost and more dilligent 
effort than ordinary. The forces of sin 
seem to have been greatly strengthened 
and the attractions of evil to have be- 
come more plentiful and more enticing. 

Although we had no converts, which 
was very disappointing, it is quite 
generally agreed that the effort was 
very successful. For some weeks pre- 
ceding the meetings the services of the 
Lord's Day and of the mid-week pray- 
er and Bible study meetings were de- 
voted especially to preparation for the 
meetings. Consequently the revival had 
already begun in the church before the 
meetings began. A considerable per- 
centage of the membership of the 
church had become aroused and alert 
with expectancy and were assuVed that 
the blessing of God would be upon us. 

Because of the faithful co-operation 
of so many, and especially of the young 
people, we were able to carry out our 
plans previously made, which we be- 
lieve were directed of the Holy Spirit. 
This faithfulness made everybody hap- 
py and greatly strengthened those jjai- 
ticipating. We believe that our church 
is moi'o nearly genuinely and thorough- 
ly revived than it has been for a long 
time. Our love-feast was moi'e large- 
ly aittnaed than any other in many 
years. We accept the i-esults of our 
meetings as from the Lord and hope- 
fully press forward. — H. M. Ober- 

More About Publication Day 

Our Assets and Needs: — 

I. Assets: 

1. Printing equipment adequate for our needs, with customary 


2. Paper stock sufficient, with occasional small additions, to meet 
our needs for two years. 

3. $1,000.00 annunity which may not be legally spent. 

4. $1,000.00 in cash, which with the $2 000.00 invested in paper 
stock on hand, constitutes the residue of the assets from the 
sale of the building. 

5. Cash to meet immediate needs. 

II. Needs: 

1. 2500 new Evangelist subscribers, or 50""^ of the families in 

each church reading the church paper. (Figures based on 
probable lo.yal majorities.) 

2. A goal of 10c per member from each congregation. 

3. Loyalty to the S. S. publications of the Company. 

4. Your Prayers. 

Ashland, Ohio 


The Brethren Evangelisi 


Into His Marvelous Light 

Brother C. C. Grisso pastor at New Lebanon, 0., thinks that: 

SCRIPTURAL, As Opposed to Modernism, Teaching: 

1. The Inspiration, Genuiness, Authenticity, and Complete Au- 
thority of the Holy Bible. 

2. The Deity, Virgin-Birth, Blood-Atonement, and Lordship of 
Jesus Christ. 

SPIRITUAL, As opposed to Formalism, Teaching: 

1. An E\-angclistic Message for the Salvation of the unsaved. 

2. An edifying Message for the upbuilding of God's people. 

SOUND, As Opposed to Fanaticism Teaching: 

1. The yielded life — Spirit Filled for Service and Victory. 

2. The Blessed Hope — Watching and Praying for our Lord's re- 

ALCOHOL — today in any form is just what alcohol was yesterday, 
just what it always has been — a habit-forming, narcotic poison. Dr. 
Cabot says — "Medically and socially the case against alcohol is just as 
clear as the case against opium." — From Bulletin, the First Brethren 
Church, Louisville, 0. 

SWARTZ— Mr«. Fannie C. Swartzil 
wife of Brother Jacob S. Swartz, wail] 
born Feb. 28, 1878. She died Decembert 
29, 19.39, being aged 61 years, l(i| 
months and one day. Mrs. Swartz wan 
a well loved member of the Bethlehenii 
Brethren Church of near Harrison i 
burg, Virginia. She was also a faith ■ 
f ul member of the Women's Missionar; 
Society. She was one who loved th( 
Lord and trusted in him, one who wai 
kind and a good neighbor, one whi 
loved the beauty of the handiwork o 
God in Nature and who cultivated iiil 
her soul the enduring flowers of Peacej 
Faith, and Kindness even as she grev! 
their lovely flowers in her garden 
The sorrow caused by her untimel; 
death is thus alleviated by the remem 
brance of her Christian life of obedi 
ence to our Lord and Savior Jesu; 

The funeral services were conductecj 
by her pastor, John F. Locke, assiste( < 
by the Eev. Kessner of the Unite( 
Brethren Church and the Rev. Allen o; 
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January 20, 1940 

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Bfethfen SvangelisC 



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"I heard the voice of the Lord..." 6:8. Read Isa. 6:6-.^. 

Fire from the altar of (Jod will pur- 
ify and release — purify unclean lips: 
and unstop deaf ears. It is not enoupfh 
to merely hear God's voice, we must 
heed it. A soul that has once glimp.sed 
the glory of God and its own un- 
worthiness, and then experiences the 
healing with fire from the altar of 
God's mercy, is ready to hear the call 
for or to service, and will offer itself 
in words of the prophet, "here am I, 
send me." 



"Return to thine own house, and de- 
clare how great things God hath done 
for thee." Luke S:39. Read Luke S: 

In many cases of healing which 
Christ performed, the admonition to 
silence accompanied the bestowal of 
the blessing. If any question should 
occur to you why, may it not be be- 
cause He did not wish to emphasize 
the miracle worked above His teach- 
iiifl- In this case, however, the prohi- 
bition to silence was omitted, or rather 
changed to the opposite, bidding the 
demoniac to publish the facts of his 
healing to all hi.^; friends and neigh- 

This is what Christ would have us do 
now. He wants all whom he has bless- 
ed to praise Him before men, and to 
call men to the sharing of similar 


" . . . . And he said. Give unto the 
people, that they may live." 11 Kings 
4:42. Read II Kings 4:42-44. 

Dr. Wilfred Grenfell, of Labrador 
fame, used to speak of his work as 
"preaching the gospel of tinned milk" 
— supplying food for hungry babies as 
well as "the sincere milk of the 

Our text presents to us the 
prophet of God, Elisha, doing some- 
thing for somebody. Head of a school 
of prophets, his students ofttimes 
hungered. Came one, one day, with a 
gift for the teacher, a present of food. 
With typical Eli.shian thoughtfulness 
and love, he shared the gift, miracul- 
ously multiplied, with his hundred 
students. Shall we not learn from 
these two examples, ancient and 
modern, the lesson of sharing our 
good gifts with others. 


"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. Read John 3:16-21. 

Most enviable and blessed are those 
humans who have done something for 
their fellowmen as they passed along 
life's highway — who have served the 
whole world. Of our Heavenly Father 
it was said by our Elder Brother that 
He "loved the world" — the world of 
men and women, of little children and 
youth, men of all races and climes and 
conditions — all who have ever lived or 
will live. 

Only the mind of divinity could com- 
pose and encompass such sentiment. 
Because we are sons of God. each of 
us is under obligation to love mankind 
to the limit of our power; to love in 
ever enlarging measure; to love the 
unlovable as well as the lovable. 



"Ye are labourers together with 

God " I Cor. 3:9a. Read I Cor. 3: 


The representatives of great busi- 
ness concerns experience commendable 
satisfaction in their connections with 
the firm which they represent. The 
Christian has every right to a like 
commendable satisfaction in the knowl- 
edge that he is a "junior partner" in 
the great FIRM of all; he represents 
God and all the fine resources and pre- 
tiges of heaven itself. 

Calmness and confidence are given 
us by the consciousness that we are 
the accredited and commissioned re- 
presentatives of the Almighty. With- 
out any regard as to the lowliness of 
our possession, of the menialness of 
our tasks — still we are workers to- 
gether with Him. Such pledge raises 
daily living into the realm of exhiler- 
ating, joyous participation in the 
tasks of our eternal service. 



" Where the spirit of the Lord 

is, there is liberty." II Cor. 3:17b. 
Read II Cor. 3:8-17. 

The pupil as he enters school finds 
himself first of all learning rules. 
Once he has mastered the science of 
study, he forgets the rules. The music 
student forgets the .scales and exer- 
cises, the stops and intervals, in the 
freedom which is his in the possession 
of himself and the knowledge of his 

The Master Teacher has set him 
free, not fiee from the laws of har- 
mony but free in the mastery of those 
laws. And so. he can say with George 
Ma'heson, "....0 divine Spirit, Thy 
love is the music of my religion; it 
puts me in the spirit of it. 1 no longer 

need to learn the separate notes ofl 
duty; I can play by the ear; I can im- 
provise. I no longer count the number! 
of times I shall forgive; my every acti 
of forgiveness is for eternity. I no 
longer ask, 'Am I commanded to fol- 
low Thee?' I say, 'Lord, suffer me to, 
go. Thy will is my joy.' " 


"Be ye doers of the word, and noti 
hearers only...." James 1:22. Readi 
I Kings 11:37-40. 

A mistaken conception of the mean- 
ing of our existence is held by many, 
especially those who feel themselves 
born to be hearers only and not doers 
of the Word. The farmer engages his 
help for the volume of work which 
shall be done with the strength pro- 
vided by his employer. Someone has| 
said, "It is not the tongue, but the foot: 
that proves the reality of the creed.' 
Our Christian influeace hinges on the' 
doing of those things we know to be 
ours to do. 





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There is a wide-spread belief that in the last days 
there will be a great world-M'ide revival as a last 
chance for those who wish to repent and be saved. 
The scriptural basis for the belief is the promise in 
Hosea 6:3, — "He shall come unto us as the rain, as 
the latter rain and the fomier rain upon the earth." 
The spring and autumn rains are taken as types of 
the precursory outpouring of the Holy Spirit on 
Pentecost, and the final and greater outpouring on 
God's people after the return of the Lord. — Joel 2: 

But we need another enduement of power and an- 
other Pentecostal revival right now. It is stated 
that already, since the beginning of dictator aggres- 
sions in 1936, nearly forty millions, mainly Chinese, 
have lost their lives in defense of their country. 
Millions more are already under arms, with other 
millions ready to step out and rain death upon the 
cities of the woi-ld. 

• If all were prepared to die this would be a great 
home-going, but although all must die, only a few 
are ready to do so. Therefore there is need of a 
great revival. Such revivals have not been known in 
the apostolic days alone. There were mighty re- 
vivals a century ago under the preaching of Wesley 
and Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards. Later the 
preaching of Finney brought thousands to Christ 
and the ministry of Moody was equally blessed. In 
3ur own day we have had Chapman and Torey and 
Billy Sunday and others who have counted their 
converts by the thousands. 

But none of these have brought a world revival 
with a turning of the hearts of the fathers to the 
3h'ldren and the children to the fathers as the com- 
ng of Elijah will do. Who is the Elijah who is ful- 
filling this prophecy today? We need not wait for 
lis coming. The hai'vest is already ripe and the en- 
:ire church has the commission to witness for 
3hrist. We can all labor for the return of the an- 
nual winter revival which lasted for a month or 
noi-e and brought an abundant harvest of souls. 
5od has not changed, and, although conditions 
imong men are different, the Holy Spirit still has 
3ower to "convict the world of sin and of righteous- 
less and of judgment." 

Young men are being called and prepared to la- 
)or as pastors, but how many are being called and 
rained to be evangelists? Wliy not pray especially 
hat the Lord may lay his hand upon young men 
md thrust them out as he did Philip and Paul and 
3arnabas ? When Moody went to England he found 

that a little group had been praying daily for years 
that he might come. Surely a part of the credit for 
the multitude of converts there is due to this pray- 
ing band. When Torrey went to Australia on a 
world tour of evangelism, the call came in an all- 
night prayer meeting. Perhaps if we had, not less 
prayer meetings which close promptly on the hour, 
but more that continue on and on until the sought- 
for blessing comes, it would come. If there is to be 
a great revival in the present generation, it will not 
come through the multitude of luke-warm Chris- 
tians, but by the fervent prayers of the few who 
will take both hours and nights to pour out their 
souls unto God for the salvation of the lost. — C.F.Y. 


"What are you doing for the spiritual welfare of 
your people in these days of controversy?" asked a 
non-Brethren Christian lawyer from another city. 
The writer has asked himself that same heart- 
searching question many times since Brethren peo- 
ple everywhere should be asking the same question; 
and the answer — "nothing", "a little", or what? 
You answer for yourself. 

The time has arrived for Brethren to advance on 


The Family Altar 2 

"The Coming Revival"— Editorial— C. F. Y 3 

"Have You Forgotten" — Poem 4 

Interesting Notes and News 4 

"Art In Evangelism" 5 

"If I Was A Liar" 5 

"Advertising the Evangelistic Campaign" — 

L. 0. McCartneysmith 5 

"Preparing the Church for Evangelism"- — 

Wm. H. Beachler 7 

The Contributing Editor's Page 8 

"Evangelism and Doctrine" — C. A. Stewart 9 

"Evangelism and Bible Study"— W. S. Bell 10 

"The Holy Spirit in Evangelism" — I. D. Bowman 11 

Plans of Evangelists of Indiana Conference 12 

"My Creed" — Poem 12 

The Children's Column 13 

Some Evangelistic Suggestions — Copied from 

Gospel Messenger 14 

Christian Endeavor 15 

Pucker's Perplexities 15 

Church News 16 

Our Beloved Dead 16 

The Brethren Evangelist 

their knees as they have not for many years. Yes, 
yes, certainly, — you have prayed much, — and so 
have I; but I speak of prevaihng: prayer that the 
spiritual life of the church may be deepened and 
that men in large numbers shall be saved. 

There is a statement often made and overworked, 
— a statement which contains a great truth, and yet 
only a half-truth that, — "revivals are not worked 
up, but prayed down." 

This statement is, of course, given to emphasize 
the place and importance of prayer, and does us a 
real service here ; but the place and importance of 
witnessing to the truth is also important. 

Someone, has said that, we should go forth and 
witness as if all depended upon our going; and to 
pray realizing that all depends upon God. The 
Brethren should give more time (and more printed 
materials) in the interest of Evangelism, — more 
time given to prevailing prayer, for the unsaved at 
home and "to the uttermost parts of the earth." 

The need of the liour is "Evangelism." Are you 
doing your part? — W. E. R. 

In the glare of 
Earthly pleasure. 

In the fight for 
Earthly treasure, 

'Mid your blessings 
Without measure — 


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Have You 

Forgotten God? 


While His daily 
Grace receiving. 

Are you still His 
Spirit grieving 

By a heart 

That's unbelieving — 


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Have YoK 

F 1 

Forgotten- God? 


While His bounty 
You're accepting 

Are you His 

Commands neglecting 

And His call 

To you rejectiag — 

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Have You 

T I 

Forgotten God? 

T I 

Believe on (he Lord Jesus 
Christ and thou shalt be saved. 

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—Acts 16:.31 


Interestins Notes and News 

A CHRISTMAS GIFT of an increase of salary, a well- 
planned outline of service for the year 1940, new otficers for 
the church and S. S. to assist in attaining the goals proposed, 
and even a S. S. Basket Ball team that is winning its con- 
tests, should encourage any pastor to larger endeavor for 
his church. So thinks L. V. King, pastor at Oakville, Ind. 

A CHURCH NEWS SHEET from the church at Hagers- 
town, Md., congregation, tells of activity among the "En- 
deavorers" of the congregation, with bright prospects for 
further growth and activity in that field. The News Sheet 
tells also of splendid response by this congregation to the 
appeals for the Thanksgiving Offering to Home Missions, 
and the White Gift offering. Active interest in these mat- 
ters on the part of the pastor always means larger results. 

THE BULLETIN from the Brethren Church at Loree, In- 
diana, carries these suggestive lines: 

This can be the greatest year in the history of the Loree 
Church. It will take just two things to make it so: 1. Your 
fjarnest Prayers and 2. Your Best Cooperation. That is all 
we need. That will solve our every problem. What about 
it '.' The answer is up to you. Certainly, the day demands 
our very best. 

DR. MARTIN SHIVELY gives us a report of conditions 
prevailing, and progress made, in the work of the Brethren 
church at Mansfield, 0., where he has been serving as pastor 
for quite some time. Plans are being made to engage the 
.■services of a Gospel Team from Ashland College for an 
evangelistic campaign sometime later in the spring. Brother 
Shively tells of a pleasing Christmas program with a choir 
of children's voices to the number of fifty, and expresses 
real confidence in the future of the Mansfield work. 

THIS "NEW YEAR WISH" has appeared in a number of 
the Calendars and Bulletins coming to our office, and we 
pass it on to our larger constituency: 

"May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet; 

enough trials to keep you strong; enough sorrow to 

keep you human; enough hope to make your heart sing; 

enough labor to keep you from rust; enough leisure to 

make you broad; enough religion to make you value the 

best; and enough of the love of Christ in your heart to 

make you glad to serve." 

JAN. 7, was the first anniversary of the present pastorate 
of brother C. C. Grisso, at New Lebanon, 0. In the church 
Bulletin for that date Brother Grisso expresses quiet con- 
fidence in God's leading during the year, a belief that theie 
has been progress in the work, and rejoices in the unity and 
loyalty of the membership. This is as it should be in every 
Brethren congregation. And this is the attitude which spells 
success in all cases: "UNITY and LOYALTY" to all things 
Brethren, in so far a.s the objectives of the congregation aie 

ELSEWHERE IN THIS issue you will find a copy of the 
Program for the Golden Anniversary Celebration of The 
First Brethren church of Pittsburg, Penna. Fifty years is a 
long time, and many things have transpired in the history of 
a congregation that is that old. Many ministers have served 
the church through those years. All these facts will be 
brought to mind in a celebration of this kind. May the next 
50 years of this church's history far surpass the period just 
closing, in consecration to, and service for, the kingdom of 
i>ur God. The members of the church extend an invitation to 
the members of the Brethren fraternity in Western Pennsyl- 
vania or elsewhere to worship with them during the cele- 

Januaiy 20, 1940 


It occurs to the Office Editoi' to wonder if 
the use of the appeal of Art might play any 
appreciable part in the conducting of an 
Evangelistic campaign. Might not the use of 
the oc pictures of Religious (Christian) 
topics and characters be one way to attract 
interest? The giving of one picture to each 
child who would attend for a certain number 
of nights might bring some ciiildren to the 
services (and that would mean the ])resence 
of the parents many times). Such i-eproduc- 
tions as the accompanying would be excell- 
ent ones and offer opportunity for the 
teaching of great truths of our beloved 

If I Were A LIAR 


Advertising the Evangelistic Campaign 

Bi/ L. O. McCartiieysmith, Erangelis-t. 
Waterloo, loiva 

In the business world real advertising must ac- 
;ompetent and willing committee with some ener- 
ermed "waste". It must: (1) Arouse interest in the 
)roduct advertised. (2) Create a desire to possess 
t. (3) Crystallize this desire into the act of making 
i purchase. 

To produce these results a carefully planned pro- 
gram must be made and followed. In evangelism a 
■ompetent and willing committee with some ener- 
cetic business man at its head must be selected and 
nade responsible for the campaign publicity. This 
■ommittee must be impressed that this is God's bus- 
ness, the greatest in the world. Certain mediums 
nust be selected and used by the Committee. The 
ollowing are the most commonly depended upon, 
.nd are usually most effective: (a) The local news- 
)aper. (b) The telephone, (c) The U. S. Mail, (d) 
"ards and handbills, (e) Personal solicitation. The 
espective merits of these shall be separately con- 

THE NEWSPAPER, if used, is alwjiys glad to 
■ccept and print anything that is news. Therefore, 

your evangelistic items MUST BE NEWS! Pre- 
pai-e all publicity with care; be brief, and use direct, 
pointed phraseology without leaning toward sensa- 

In your first newspaper^ article, you should state 
the general plan of the campaign, giving dates and 
hours of service, with something interesting about 
the evangelist in charge, indicating why he will 
prove an interesting speaker. Plans for the meeting, 
such as the cottage prayer meetings, with names of 
the leaders, location of same, and any interesting or 
novel facts relating to these meetings. The object- 
ives to be gained in the meeting should be good 
news; the number of new family altars to be es- 
tablished, converts won, the benefit to the commun- 
ity in general, and other features may be stressed. 
Plan great things for God. Would it not be a most 
interesting news feature to give the total number 
of unconverted people, the numbar of church mem- 
bers, and backslidden in any community? This 
would be news of a different nature, and can and 
should be given. To do this, a rel'gious survey or 
census will be taken by volunteer workers going out 
in pairs from the church some Sunday afternoon 
after having been assigned to certain sti'eets by the 
leader or pastor. The name of every member of each 
home visited should be written on a separate card, 


The Brethren Evangelist 

with full infoi'mation as to church relationship, etc. 
Here is a splendid opportunity to advertise the com- 
ing evangelistic campaign and extend an invitation 
to attend. The cards from this survey will furnish 
splendid material with which to work during the 
meeting and should by all means be looked after. If 
we plan to lead people to Christ, we must know who 
and where they are, and then reach them by "going 
into the highways and hedges and compelling them 
to come in," that the Master's House may be filled 
(Luke 14:23). 

During the meeting, additional stories should be 
written, enumerating some of the results of the cam- 
paign, such as the number of converts, homes visit- 
ed, lives rededicated, etc. ; also we should not forget 
the finer points of the evangelistic sermons and es- 
pecially notices concerning future topics. The spec- 
ial music should have a prominent place: everyone 
likes good music. Invite the editor of the local paper 
to attend, and as many reporters as you can contact. 

USING THE TELEPHONE is a splendid means 
of advertising, if properly handled. The publicity 
committee should meet and select names from the 
local directory, or better yet, from the survey cards, 
and after assigning several names to different mem- 
bers, have them call. Use plain simple unaffected 
language; somewhat after the following is a good 
idea: "The purpose of this call is to invite you to 
attend the evangelistic meetings at the Brethren 
Church located at (here give address) conducted by 
(here give name of evangelist). Your presence tvill 
be appreciated. Thank you!" Further details are 
unnecessary unless asked for. 

HANDBILLS AND CARDS are excellent where 
newspr^per facilities are impractical or cannot be se- 
cured. Experience favors the printed card usually 
postal card size, on which the evangelist's picture 
may be used with an invitation to come and hear 
him ; giving the date and hours of service, and place. 
Handbills and window cards have been repeatedly 
tried, but not with much success: handbills are un- 
wieldly, and window cards are unwanted by most 
merchants. The same message printed on cards for 
handing out may also be placed on regulation U. S. 
Postal cards for mailing to people at some distance 
whom you cannot easily reach. 

THE RADIO offers a splendid avenue of adver- 
tising, and often the broadcasting company will do- 
nate a fifteen minute period for this purpose. Ap- 
propriate songs and short sermons of an undenomi- 
national nature are always acceptable. If this court- 
esy cannot be had, some Christian business man may 
be approached to sponsor a short broadcast in con- 
nection with his business. These programs must be 
most carefully planned and executed or they may 
prove more harmful than helpful. By all means pre- 
pare written script for radio presentation. Have a 
written program and follow it. But before you at- 

tempt to go before the microphone, rehearse your 
full program with a watch in your hand so that you 
will not either fall short of your allotted time, or run 
over it! God can be glorified over the radio! 

PERSONAL SOLICITATION or contact should 
be made among all the unsaved, indifferent and 
backslidden in the community. Business men claim 
that a satisfied customer is their best advertisement. | 
Is your church relation satisfactory to you ? Are you ' 
satisfied with your Saviour? If so, this should ap- 
ply to advertising the meeting ! Don't leave this ' 
business for your pastor and the evangelist to do. I 
You, too, are members of His Body, and He will hold ij 
you responsible for what you fail to do in leading j 
lost men to know Him. A special worker's commit- 
tee should make daily calls, using the prospect list 
secured in the survey or census. After calling and 
giving the invitation to the service, if the way pre- 
sent itself for you to do so, talk to the person about 
your Saviour. Always look for those you have in- 
vited to attend the services, and extend them a warm 
greeting. Many have attended once, and because no 
one recognized them, have come no more. 

Endless opportunity presents itself as a means of 
advertising the campaign, but space is not permitted 
for discussion. May I say that the public schools, 
luncheon clubs, such as Rotary, Kiwanis, etc., offeri 
excellent avenues of publicity, provided the proper 
approach is made. 

Above all : please remember that the work is thei; 
Lord's, and that He is able to accomplish through us-; 
that which we cannot of ourselves do. Do not for- 
get that the work of the Publicity Committee con- 
sists of arresting the attention of a sin-laden world 
from its busy cares and loves, and fixing their minds 
upon the sacredness of hearing the Gospel and re- 1 
acting thereto. Th's Committee has the Spiritual 
mission of causing lost men and women to come toi 
the house of their Lord and sit at the feet of their 
King and learn of Him, and should not permit their 
duties to become a matter of mere routine. Every 
line written, every phone call made, and every home 
visited should be prefaced with a fervent prayer foi 
the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Then, and then 
only, will the efforts of this committee prove fruit- 
ful to their Lord, and a blessing of the community 
which they serve. 

Wouldn't it look strange if 
this space were "' ■"■ '"" 

empty ? 

When you are 
from church, your 
looks just as empty! 



lanuary 20, 1940 

Preparing the Church for Evangelism 

iBii Dr. Win H. Beachler, pastor tin: Brctliri'n chitrcli. 
{agerxtoion, Md.). 

It would seem to us that, generally speaking, 
vangelism classes under two heads : First the type 
hat is represented by those who find the Lord in 
he congregation at any time during the year regard- 
3ss of special times or seasons. And then those who 
ind him at special seasons or during "protracted" 
ffoiis. It is not within the province of this article 
consider the relative merit of these two types of 
vangelism. We feel sure they both find precedent in 
he early church. In Acts 2 :47 it is recorded, "And 
he Lord added to the church daily such as should 
•e saved." We think of this text when we think of 
he first type of evangelism — the steady, unbroken, 
uiet ingathering throughout the year. And then, 
'hilip going down to Samaria and leading in a great, 
istoric meeting, we associate in our minds with the 
econd type of evangelism. And suffice it to say a.-^ 
.•e pass that it is a wise church that refuses to give 
p entirely the one type of evangelism for the other, 
t is a wise church that seeks to use each of these 
lethods in a due and proper manner. And what- 
ver else might be added, it is a fact that the church 
flat holds closest to the first type of evangelism will 
ave less need of the second type. 

Now if we get clearly the implication of our sub- 
set, there needs to be preparation for the evangel- 
5m that is carried out at special, stated periods. 
V^ith that idea I agree most heartily — the more pre- 
aration the better. My own limited observation has 
een that special evangelistic meetings that are 
umched "half cocked," usually end up with "half 
ocked" results. Out there on the fai-m some morn- 
ig, without any advance notice, Dad may say to the 
oys, "Today we will cut the wheat." But even so, I 
'ould have more confidence in Dad's leadership if 
e had said to the boys a day or two before, "On 
^''ednesday we will cut the wheat." That would 
ave given the boys time to make any necessary 
lental or social readjustments. And a pastor get- 
ing up in his pulpit some Sunday morning and an- 
ouncing out of the blue, "Brethren and Sisters, we 
egin our special meetings today." would, in my 
lind, class that pastor as superficial, whimsical, and 
ttle versed in the requirements of successful evan- 
elisni. There is great need that special seasons of 
vangelism in our churches shall be preceded by 
ise, prayerful, thorough preparation. The sanity 
nd soundness of this rests upon the extreme impoi'- 
uice of what is hoped to be gained in a season of 
Jecial evangelism. And when I say this I do not 
atter myself that I am saying something not gen- 
ially known among us. As thoroughly schooled as 

is our little denomination, and our preachers, in 
evangelism, I could say nothing in the treatment of 
this subject that is not generally known among us. 
And I will go still a step farther: Plenty of our pas- 
tors, with a richer experience than I have had, could 
write a far better paper on this subject that I am 
writing. Which means that this fine subject was 
placed in my hands and 1 was given my orders, and 
who am I that I should talk back? 

Now then, what we have before us, resolves itself, 
I consider, into one big, challenging question : What 
constitutes deserving, adequate, wise preparation 
for a special period of evangelism in a congregation? 

First, to have the congregation know well in ad- 
vance that such a meeting is on the church program, 
also the date, also if the pastor is to conduct the 
meetings or if outside help is to be brought in. I 
consider that much importance attaches to this. 

Again, to build up in the mind and heart of the 
congregation a very general desire and craving for 
such a meeting : A desire for a time of spiritual up- 
lift and reconsecration : A desire to see souls born in- 
to the Kingdom of our Lord. I cannot conceive of a 
true preparation that overlooks this. The more gen- 
eral is this craving and desire the more deep and 
vital in the preparation. 

In this process of preparation the mid-week ser- 
vice becomes indispensible. It affords the best op- 
portunity to have the people pray repeatedly and 
unitedly for the congregation in relation to the com- 
ing meetings. I am sure we all believe that great 
meetings are "prayed down." And again I say, the 
more people that are praying in advance, praying 
unitedly and earnestly for the coming meetings, the 
greater is the preparation. 

Again we are making real preparation when it be- 
comes more and more evident to the membership 
that unity is part of the cost of a great meeting. 
Therefore the congregation should be as a house set 
in order. Our wills should be placed in the back- 
ground in order that God's will might be supreme 
and that His leadership might be unhampered. The 
difference sometimes to be found between the mem- 
bers of a church, strife, discord, bickerings, cavil- 
lings — all of this should be put away, and must be 
put away if we are really making preparation for a 
meeting. Conditions must be right in the church if 
souls are to be born. 

Once more to be as conversant as possible with 
the field before the meetings start represents the 
difference between proceeding blindly or proceeding 
intelligently. And at this point there must be the en- 
listment with the pastor of Sunda\' School teachers, 
leaders of young people's groups, and the adult mem- 
bership generally of the church. This too is a vital 
angle in the matter of preparation. 

Now these I consider major objectives in pre- 

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The Omnipresence of God 

Daniel Webster once said that the only difficul- 
ty he had in his Christian faith, was to understand 
how it is possible for God to attend to the prayers 
of so many people at once. 

That has been the difficulty of thousands of other 
behevers, and especially since the large telescopes 
have revealed that there are not only countless mil- 
lions of stars, but also of universes each one com- 
posed of billions of stars. 

The ancient conception of God as being like a 
super-man, with white hair and flowing beard, sit- 
ting upon a throne and attending to the details of 
his domain, much as a judge attends to the cases 
that come to his couit, is utterly inadequate to ex- 
plain how such a judge can attend to the infinite de- 
tails of creation all at once and continuously. 

Fortunately, Jesus himself gives us the better 
conception of God. "God is a spirit" he says, "and 
they that worship him must worship him in spirit 
and in truth." As to the nature of spirit he says, "A 
spirit hath not flesh and bones." 

To imagine a being who can be everywhere pres- 
ent at once, able to act swiftly and accurately ; a be- 
ing that can observe all the laws of electricity, of 
life and of spirit; be they known or unknown to 
man; a being able to act intelligently and discern 
between right and wrong with absolute justice, — 
all this at any point in creation and at any time, to 
imagine this, we must imagine an intelligent, lov- 
ing pei'son and not a mere blind force. 

Electricity pervades all space, but it lacks the ele- 
ments of pei'sonality — reason, conscience and free 
will. The human spirit has these but it lacks univer- 
sality. Only God has all the attributes necessary 
for universal government. Our conception of Him 
must grow with the growth of our knowledge of the 
universe. Only an infinite God can create and gov- 
ern an infinite universe. That is the kind of a God 
that we have and worship, and we must learn to 
think of Him, not as localized in some point of crea- 
tion, but as pervading all of it as the life or the spir- 
it pervades the body. 

The electric energy, with which we are becoming 
more and more familiar, is shown by the spectro- 
scope to produce light and heat and force and all the 
chemical elements that are known to science, not 
only in this solar universe of ours, but also in the 
farthest galaxies that can be seen, whose light oc- 
cupies hundreds of millions of years in reaching us. 
Yet this mysterious electric force will pick up the 
tiniest pulsation and carry it any distance and de- 

liver it faithfully where desired. The law of gravi- j 
tation which holds the whole creation in place, will I 
take note of the tiniest speck of dust that floats in I 
the sunlight. If blind forces can do such things, ' 
why can not the Spirit of God manifest his intelli- i 
gence and benevolence with equal universality? 

The president of the United States rules over' 
130,000,000 of people with legislative, executive and i 
judicial departments of the government which dear 
with individual lives. One man cannot alone attend 
to so many people, but as head of an organization he 
may do so. And has not God entrusted missions to 
angels and archangels, and also to his servants in 
this world? Has he not given to the church the 
work of taking the Gospel to all the world ? 

Is he not expecting us individually to do personal 
work with other individuals whom we ma.\' I'each 
and bring to the Savior? Is it not through the co- 
operative work of individuals that the greater work 
of the organized kingdom of God is done ? Is it any 
the less God who provides for the poor if he does it 
through our charity ? Or is it any the less God who 
is giving the Gospel to the world if he uses oun 
voices to do it? 

When the Lord tells us that not even a cup of 
water given to a child shall lose its reward, let us 
beheve it. When he tells us that if we ask any- 
thing accoi'ding to his will he hears us, let us ask in, 
faith believing. When he tells us to cast our cares, 
upon him, let us do it with the simple confidence oil 
EL child who brings its tears to a loving father oi, 
mother, for our God is able and willing to take care 
of each and every one of his children. — C. F. Y. 


Carpenter of Nazareth 

Builder of life divine, 
Who shapest man to God's own law 

Thyself the fair design ; 
Build us a tower of Christlike height, 

That we the land may view ; 
And see, like Thee, our noblest work — 

Our Father's work to do! 

Thou who didst the vision send 

And gives to each his task. 
And with the task sufficient strength 

Show us Thy will, we ask. 
Give us a conscience bold and good. 

Give us a purpose true ; 
That it may be our highest joy — 

Our Fathers' work to do. 

— Jay T. Stocking. 

ranuary 20, 1940 





JANIFARY 23, 1940 


5iinday morning, January 21, 1940: 

Special Morning Service. 

Greetings from former Pastors. 

Basket Dinner for Members of the Churcli and our 
Guests. Church will provide Coffee and Cream. 
5unday afternoon, January 21, 1940: 

Greetings and Special Numbers from Brethren Churches 
of Western Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh Church of the 
Brethren; and our Neighborhood Churches. 

Sunday evening, January 21, 1940: 

Special Musical Numbers. 

Address by Rev. Mr. Melvin A. Stuckey, of Ashland The- 
ological Seminary of the Brethren Church. 
Tuesday evening, January 2.S, 1940: 
Musical Numbers. 
Informal Program. 
Social Hour and Refreshments. 
Wednesday evening, January 24, 1940: 

Thurssday evening, January 2.5, 1940: 

Addresses by Dr. C. F. Yoder, of Ashland, Ohio, pioneer 
Foreign Missionary of the Brethren Church (spent 
35 years in South .\merica). 

Evangelism and Doctrine 

(Bii Rev. C. A. 
liii/iut, Ohio). 

Steicnrt, ixintor The Brctliroi Cliiircli, 

The Brethren Church like all denominations has 
ler own peculiar and distinctive doctrines. These 
loctrines are the very soul of the church and 
hrough them she feels that she can best serve the 
-.ord. Take these distinctive doctrines away and 
here is no reason for her existance. She would 
cose her identity and be lost in the many other de- 
lominations. It was these peculiar and distinctive 
loctrines that pulled those eight souls out of the 
nany other denominations and sent them on that 
;ilent march to the river Eider in Germany where 
iiey were immersed three times in baptism and then 
fent them away to engage in the Lord's supper, 
i^'rom that day to this the Brethren church has be- 
ieved and practiced these doctrines, and upon them 
;he Brethren church was built and has grown. 

The Early church fathers used the doctrines as a 
neans of developing and organizing a Brethren 
:hurch. Every member of the church was indoctrln- 
ited and understood what the distinctive doctrines 
vere and what they meant. None of them ever 
;hought of holding a series of meetings without 
Dreaching several sermons on the doctrines of the 
;hurch, and in many cases the doctrines were 
Dreached to the exclusion of all other important doc- 
trines of the Word. But at least the people knew 
ffhen they went into the church what the church be- 
ieved and practiced. They did not practice them 
iust because they were members of the Church, but 
:hey went into the church because they could prac- 
;ice them thei-e. While we may feel that the preach- 
ng of doctrines of the church was over done in the 
;arly day, yet some of us feel that there is a woeful 
ack of it today. It is not a difficult thing to find 
nany members of the church that do not know what 
he doctrines are, but are familiar with many other 

doctrines which have been taught that have nothing 
to do with making us a distinctive church or keeping 
us upon the foundation of the Brethren church, but 
such doctrines which are taught and accepted by 
many other denominations. We cannot lay claim to 
being a Whole Gospel church unless we preach all of 
it, and among all other doctrines of the Word, there 
are the distinctive doctrines of the Church which are 
not preached by any other people. A revival is in 
progress in our to\\n where the pastor of the church 
is preaching every night from the Gospel of John. 
But the thirteenth chapter was never touched and 
his congregation was not asked to read it. In this 
chapter we find some of the distinctive doctrines of 
the Brethren church which ought to be preached as 
well as some other doctrines. 

We are aware of the fact that conditions have 
changed a lot in the last decade, but the Word of 
God has not. And perhaps some of these doctrines 
are not so readily accepted as in former days and 
for that reason they should be preached more. Had 
every pastor been as faithful as they should 
have been in preaching the doctrines of the church, 
protests from the members would be iew toda.v 
when the pastor or evangelist preached upon them. 
As to whether the evangelist should preach the doc- 
trines of the church depends upon the pastor of the 
church. If he is as strongly Brethren as he should 
be, those who hear him preach know what the 
church believes and stands for. It is a rare thing 
these days to get any one into the church or inter- 
ested in the church who has not been contacted by 
the pastor or members of the church. They know 
what the church believes and practices. If the pas- 
tor has not lived up to his privileges, or the unusual 
happens of having people attend the church who 

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know nothing about it, then the evangelist should 
preach some sermons on the doctrines. 

Some churches have their membership so indoc- 
trinated that it is next to impossible to get them to 
unite with any other church which does not practice 
the things which they believe. As long as we teach 
the Doctrines of the Word we ought not hesitate to 
teach them until every member is saturated with 
them, until it is next to impossible to get away from 
it. This I believe depends upon the pastor and con- 
ditions. This can be determined by the pastor or 
evangelist. The evangelist is there only a short time 
and has so many gi'eat and important teachings that 
unless conditions would grant doctrinal sermons, it 
is usually left to the pastoi-. But we must never for- 
get that the doctrines of the church are important, 
and if vre neglect them, then we cease to be a breth- 
ren chui'ch. 

C. A. Stewart. 

Evangelism and Bible Study 

(Bii Dr. WiUiniii Spencer Bell, pnntur The Bretlireti 
Cliiirch. Daifton. 0.) 

Evangelism has its authoi'ity and commission 
from our Lord. He carefully instructed His Dis- 
ciples as to the program and method through which 
He was to be made known to the world. "And Jesus 
came and spake unto them, saying, All power is 
given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye there- 
fore and teach all nations, baptizing them into the 
name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy 
Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatso- 
ever I have commanded you and lo, I am with you 
ahvay, even unto the end of the world." 

"Make Disciples of All the Nations" 

Jesus first declares his authority and power in 
giving this commission to His Disciples and their 
successors, the Churcli. It is well for us to consider 
what is back of "Go ye therefore and make dis- 
ciples." It is the omnipotent Son of God, with "All 
power in heaven and in earth." 

Every evangelist going forth to win souls, should 
be most conscious that omnipotent power and auth- 
ority is with him in declaring the Son of God as the 
Savior of men. Not human powei- of elociuence, pei'- 
sonality and learning, but the "All power" of the Son 
of God to the faithful, humble messenger of the Gos- 

Every revival that does not look higher than the 
evangelist for its success, cannot succeed. Let it be 
known that Christ stands with and behind every 
faithful effort in making disciples for Him. 

MAKE DISCIPLES is the business of the minis- 
try and the Church. This is the place given evan- 

gelism by our Lord. When we fail, we fail our Lord 
in His work among men. 

A spiritual and active church, you will invaribly 
find is a soul winning church. It is a church in which 
the Holy Spirit is given place and the life of God is 

There is nothing like evangelism in kindling the 
fire of God in a cold formal church and giving new 
life and zeal to a dead church. 

"Teaching Them" 

Evangelism and teaching are inseparable if the 
great commission as given by Jesus is carried out: 
His program. 

That which is very prominent in the Mission of 
our Lord is, He was a teacher. Nicodemus recog- 
nized Jesus, as "a teacher come from God." 

Very little is said about our Lord's preaching, but 
there are many references to His teaching. It is said 

of Him, "He sat down and taught the people" 

"He taught them as one having authority" 

"Jesus went up into the temple and taught". . . ."He 
opened his mouth and taught them" "He de- 
parted thence to teach and preach." 

This method was used by the Apostles, of whom 
it is said," they entered into the Temple and taught" 

"They ceased not to teach and preach Jesus" 

"Paul and Barnabas tarried in Antioch teach- 
ing and preaching the Word of the Lord." 

We have the example of Jesus and His Disciples ! 
combining teaching with evangelism. The advantage 
of this is evident. While it is important to get peo- 
ple to accept Christ, it is fully as important to in- 
sruct them in the way of Chi'ist and a knowledge of 
the Word. 

Concerts Need A)i Anchor To Hold Them 

Much in my judgment is lost in evangelism, if it 
fails to indoctrinate and give to the converts a 
knowledge of the Word of God. It is because of this 
(lack) that many converts who accept Christ, are 
baptized and unite with the church, we find later 
lose interest in the Church and drift back into the 
world. They have failed to receive the teaching and I 
knowledge of the Word, that is the anchor that holds 
us in the tides and storms of life. 

Method of Teaching 

I have frequently used five afternoons a week 
during the revival for BIBLE LECTURES taking 
Mondays and Saturdays off. I find the hour between 
two and three the most acceptable for the studies, 
and have as many people as will after the Bible 
study, follow with visitation and personal work, 
visiting people they desire to win for Christ. 

The evangelist should use his own judgment as to 
the subjects he uses. I have found the greatest needs 

Januaiy 20, 1940 


,re for the great fundamentals of the Christian 
aith and the doctrines that have made us a denom- 


The printed page is the only way that many can 
le reached and instructed in the Bible. If the evan- 
;elist carefully selects pamphlets and tracts, giving 
nstruction on the doctrines of Christ and helps to 
Christian living, a great good can be accomplished, 
"hese tracts and pamphlets should be cheap enough 
hat they would be available to all that desired them. 

W. S. Bell. 

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)aring for evangelism in a congregation. But in ad- 

lition to these, endless other things can be done and 
ire done. The pastor is the key man. Beginning at 
he proper time, he never misses an opportunity in 
lis weekly bulletin, in his pulpit prayers, in his pas- 
oral visitation, in the mid-week services, in the 
?unday School Cabinet meetings to keep bright in 
he minds of his people the coming meeting. And in 
lis preaching, too, he will be governed by what is 
ihead. Moreover, the evangelist said repeatedly, 
'Pentecosts are bending low. They will fall with old 
ime force upon any who will make the old-time con- 
;ecration." Will we do our part by way of prepara- 
ion and consecration? 

Wm. H. Beachler. 

The Holy Spirit in Evangelism 

(Bi/ Dr. Isaac D. Bowman, Evangetiat for the Indiana llirt- 
rict Conference of Brethren churches). 

One of the greatest needs of the orthodox church- 
!S is more reliance upon the Holy Spirit in all of 
heir activities. The Brethren Church, which claims 
IS its only creed the whole Bible, should place upecial 
■mphasis upon the Holy Spirit to fill every layman 
is well as all officers, making each member a self- 
lonstituted personal worker in the field of evangel- 
sm. In my fifty-five years in the evangelistic field, 
■uccess has been in proportion to the consecration 
md personal work of the laity, as a general rule. 

Every pastor should insist that each member of 
lis church be a regenerated and Spirit-filled person- 
il worker. Otherwise, complicated problems will 
irise in the church. It was Dale Carnegie who said, 
'When dealing with people, let us remember we are 
lot dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing 

with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with 
prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity." 
Many churches have members who have mistaken 
reformation for regeneration ; conviction for con- 
version. Even some ministers set a poor example to 
their laity because of conduct which was never in- 
spired b)' the Holy Spirit. These members and 
preachers make churches worldly, quarrelsome, in- 
active, and greatly hinder the saving of souls. It 
seems that they hinder the true saving of souls, and 
the progress of the church more than the non-church 
sinners, who are drunkards, harlots, and thieves. 
The Gift of the Holy Spirit will change this condi- 

Genuine repentance followed immediately with 
water baptism, after real heart faith, should be 
taught and practiced by every pastor. Acts 2:38; 
Romans 10:9, 10. Following this, before the individ- 
ual starts on to perfection (Heb. 6:1, 2), by faith, 
prayer, and the laying on of hands, he should receive 
the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 8:12 16, 17. Some 
preachers do not emphasize repentance and conver- 
sion. Many who do, fail to emphasize the reception 
of the Holy Spirit after baptism for service. It is 
this Gift of the Spirit which prepares them to evan- 
gelize and win others. Remember, the great doctrine 
of regeneration was taught and experienced, (.John 
3:3-5) before Pentecost. The disciples who were al- 
ready regenerated were to tarry until endued with 
power for evangelism. Acts 1 :8. 

Water baptism symbolizes salvation and is includ- 
ed in true repentance. Mark 1:1-4. It is, "the bap- 
tism of repentance for the remission of sins." It be- 
longs to salvation and its acceptation by heart faith 
is essential to salvation, as taught by the founder of 
our church, Alexander Mack. This was taught in the 
Dunkard Church for 230 years and in the Brethren 
Church for -50 years. By faith, prayer, and the lay- 
ing on of hands, we receive the Holy Spirit to wit- 
ness in evangelism. This is taught both by the gos- 
pel and by the Dunkard Church from the beginning, 
and is as essential to true evangelism as faith and 
repentance are for salvation. 

Lawson, in his remarkable book, "Deeper Experi- 
ences of Famous Christians," on p. 44 says, "Most 
of the great Bible scholars and commentators, and 
most of the great church historians are agreed upon 
the fact it was the custom of the early church to 
pray for all believers to be filled with the Spirit. The 
usual custom was to baptize the converts, and then 
the elders would laj' hands on them and pray for 
them to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost." On page 
12, he says, "However theories may differ, it is cer- 
tain that in the early Christian Church it was cus- 
tomary to lay hands on believers, and pray for them 
that they might receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost." 
This new way, new power, new faith, and more 


The Brethren Evangelist 

abundant life — all this is given by the Holy Spirit 
for successful evangelism. This gives every member 
a 'can't-help-it" movement and will compel every one 
to go out and as many as they find both good and 
bad, invite to the service, that, through the preach- 
ing of the gospel, souls will be saved. 

In summary, let us consider the following: 

1. The Pastor should have all of his latent powers 
set on fire by the Holy Spirit. 

2. His family should be set on fire by the Holy 
Spirit for service. 

3. The Evangelist, if employed, should be endued 
w ith power from on high. 

4. Every effort possible should be put forth to set 
the whole church on fire by the Holy Spirit to evan- 
gelize the entire community. 

5. This should spread until the neighboring 
churches and community will be swept with a re- 
vival wave that will truly save the unsaved. 

The above condition cannot be accomplished by 
simply willing it, nor by deploring the cold condition 
of the church. We must bow our knees before the 
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, that Jesus may 
dwell in our hearts by faith, and strengthen us by 
his Spirit in the inner man, that we may be rooted 
and grounded in love that surpasseth knowledge — 
but not experience— that we might be filled with all 
the fullness of God. Pray until He will do exceeding 
abundantly above all that ivc ask or think, by the 
power He will work in us. We should read on our 
knees Eph. 3:14-21. 

Cottage prayer meetings church prayer meetings, 
consecration meetings, and personal work organiza- 
tions are good, but nothing else helps so much as the 
secret closet — the holy of holies. In secret prayer, 
He will reward you openly by the conviction and con- 
version of souls. The Jerusalem church, persecuted, 
their homes taken away from them, families and 
friends separated, but the laity was Spirit-filled, and 
the gospel proclaimed. "They that were scattered 
abroad went everywhere preaching the word." Acts 

The Evangelists of the Indiana Conference have^ 
adopted the following suggestive plan: 

If We Are to Advance as A Church There 
Must Be Co-Operation With Leadership. 

1. Prayer and praise (Acts 16:13; Eph. 5:19) 

2. Preaching the Word (I Cor. 1:21). 
This should be each Lord's Day. 

3. Laying by for God, and giving (I Cor. 16:2)1 

1. Prayer and praise in all departments. 

2. Organized classes. 

3. Trained teachers through training classes. 

4. Graded lessons. 

5. The whole school in the preaching service. 


1. The duty enjoined upon all (I Cor. 11:24- 

2. The attendance a measure of spirituality 
(I Cor. 11:30). Less than 609^ is poor. 



1. In every service (Use tracts; urge decision) 

2. In special meetings (a revival annually). 

3. Our part in State Missions (Acts 1:8). 

4. Our part in other missions (Mt. 28:19,20). 


1. A strong prayer meeting. 

2. Missionary societies, and class meetings. 

3. Musical talent developed for God. 


1. Pastoral direction (Matt. 28:20). 

2. Elders (Acts 20:17); deacons (Acts 6:1-7). 

3. Supervising evangelists (Titus 1:5). 

4. Trustees legally constituted. 

5. Properly kept church records. 

6. Financial obligations met promptly. 

7. Regular meetings of the officials (I Cor. 14 ! 

33, 40). 
THINGS (2 Pt. 1:8)— Evangelists of the Indian 


This is my creed : To do some good, 

"ro bear my ills without complaining. 
To press on as a brave man should 

For honors that are worth the gaining; 
To seek no profits where 1 may. 

By winning them, bring grief to others ; 
To do some service day by day 

In helping on my toiling brothers. 

This is my creed : To close my eyes 
To little faults of those around me ; 

To strive to be when each day dies 

Some better than the morning found me; 

To ask for no unearned applause 

To cross no river until I reach it ; 

To see the merit of the cause 

Before I follow those who preach it. 

This is my creed : To try to shun 

The sloughs in which the foolish wallow ; 
To lead where I may be the one 

Whom weaker men should choose to follow. 
To keep my standards always high. 

To find my task and always do it ; 
This is my creed — I wish that I 

Could learn to shape my action to it. 

— S. E. Rise 

lanuary 20, 1940 



ren s 



Ye must come back to Days of Yore 
By open grate — "The Children's our." 
Jeiinctte Ritter Heller. 


The Childfcn'i, Hour 
t's tiresome and out of date 
'o gather by tJie open grate, 
"or Pa to read and Ma to mend 
Vhere heart meets heart and friend 
knoivs friend. 

■ an we afford always to nish 

[7ul never knoiv the old-time iiush^ 

'hall we our children so ignore 

'he children's livur observe no more? 

hear a still voice speak so clear 
n accenUi loud — my heart doth hear — 
Bring back, I pray, io the open grate 
"lie children's Iwur ere it be too late!" 

T'were better far for thee and thine 
"o worship at tliis holy shrine 
Than illy waste the hours so sweet 
Vnd dooiii thy children to tlie sti-eet. 

'hese greedy days for wealth and fun 
"or long with, zest their course have 
run ; 


Along time ago there lived a good 
man, known as St. Francis. When he 
wa.s a young man he left his home, 
where there was great wealth, and 
went caring for the sick. 

He worked among the poor, and soon 
he had given away his coat, his shoe.-^, 
and all that he had. But he went on 
joyfully teaching and preaching among 
the people he loved. He was happy 
because he was following in the steps 
of his Mastei'. 

Of course he had no home, so he 
shared the woods with the little ani- 
mals. The squirrels and the rabbits 
were his friends. One day, so it is 
said, only a donkey came to hear him 
preach. But St. Francis was not dis- 
couraged. He said, "How kind of you 
to stop, my friend." 

All the birds loved St. Francis, be- he was gentle and kind. Some- 
times, when St. Francis was teaching, 
liis only listeners would be the birds. 

So we decided to build a place in 
meniorv of this friend to the animals. 

We made a little platform on which to 
put the seeds and crumbs. Over all is 
a small gable roof. Here the birds — 
cardinals and blue jays, sparrows and 
startlings — come to feed. Often they 
perch on the front edge and look up 
while they eat, as though they w-ere 
thanking Him who watches over all. 

On Sunday we scatter the seeds 
which we know the birds like best. 
Sometimes we add raisins to their 
feast. This makes them very happy, 
and they come in large numbers from 
all over the garden. Then we smile, 
and say, "Our birds are going to 

St. Francis came from Assisi, a 
little town in Italy. Though he lived 
500 years ago he is still loved and 
remembered, because he was kind and 

The birds will be your friends if you 
vemember them — especially in the cold 
winter days when it is hard for them 
to find something to eat because of 
the snow-covering that hides .seeds 
and grasses. You can enjoy many 
pleasant minutes watching them as 
they find and eat your gifts to them. 

(Adapted from "Stories, for Prim- 
arv Children."! 


"I am an Empty Pew. I vote for the 
'orld as against God. I deny the Bi- 
le, I mock at the preached Word of 
lod. I rail at Christian bi'otherhood. 

laugh at prayer. I break the fourth 
ommandment. I am a witness to sol- 
mn vows broken. I advise men to eat, 
rink and be merry, for tomorrow we 
ie. I join my voice with every athe- 
3t and rebel against human and di- 
ine law. I am an Empty Pew. I am 

grave in the midst of the congrega- 
ion. Read my epitaph and be wise." — 

winning to Sunday school teachers and 
ministers, to all those whose business it 
is to save souls." Soul-winning is a 
business in which God wants us all to 
have a part. — Unknown. 

The devil is no niggardly paymaster. 
He jiays the same wage for the 
smallest sin performed as the greatest 
crime successfully executed in his 
Satanic service. "The wages of sin is 
death" — no more, no less! — A Black 
Smith, in The War Cry. 


The Lord has bought this world and 
all in it. He bought it for the sake of 
a treasure that lay in it, but He bought 
it; it belongs to Him on the ground of 
purchase. Even though you may be a 
disbeliever in the Gospel, still you are 
Hi.s — His by the right of creation, by 
the fact that you bear His image and 
likeness, and also by the fact that He 
bought you with a great price. He 
tasted death for every man: Do you 
admit the claim He has upon you, or 
do you "deny the Lord that bought 
you ? " — JaiTies Boyd. 


A thoughtful writer who has obser\'- 
d and studied closely the problems of 
he Christian Chui'ch says : 

"Eever since professional preaching 
ame into vogue, the church has been 
n this danger. It has trusted the 
ireaeher to propagate the gospel. It 
las said: 'He will present the case; he 
n\\ make the argument! But on act- 
al inquiry it has been found that, af- 
er all, few people are persuaded of the 
ruth of Christianity by argument. An 
nriched life, radiant, fragrant, abund- 
iit — it is that which persuades.' " 

If this be ti-ue, all Christians must 
hare equally in responsibility for the 
ropagation of the gospel. The man in 
ie pew cannot hide behind the man in 
ie pulpit and say, "If souls are not 
■on for Christ, the responsibility lies 
•holly at his door." Young folks who 
rofess to be followers of Jesus Christ 
.mnot say, "I am willing to leave soul- 


Disease — | 




MORBUS SUNDACITIS, or Sunday sickness. A Disease peculiar to 

Church People. 

Its Symptoms: — 

1. Vary, but never interfere with the appetite. 
'Z. Never lasts more than 24 hours. 

3. No physician is ever called. 

4. Always proves fatal in the end to the soul. 

0. It is becoming fearfully prevalent and destroys thousands every 

Attack — Comes on suddenly every Sunday, no symptoms are felt on 
Saturday night. Patients sleep well and eat a hearty breakfast. About 
church time, not so good. Afternoon, feels good, takes drive, etc. .\bout 
Church time, no good again. 


— Bulletin, 1st Church, Johnstown, Penna. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Things You Can Do to Promote This 

Be prayerful. 

Sing in tlie spirit. 

Always be on time at the service. 

Attend every meeting of your churcli. 

Pray earnestly for the burden of souls. 

Pray definitely for conversions. 

When God speaks don't hesitate to obey. 

Shake hands as though it were a pleasure. 

Quench not the Spirit in the fact of hard tasks. 

Make a special effort to attend service in un- 
pleasant weather. 

Don't find fault with the preacher, singing or 
church, but help. 

Use the same courtesy in the church that you 
would in your own home. 

Make it a part of your daily program to get Bome 
one interested in the meetings. 

Do not hesitate to speak to some one about his 
salvation when the Spirit directs. 

Locate yourself in the church service that you 
may be helpful to some one's life. 

Before coming to the service, spend a few min- 
utes with God for definite guidance. 

Year Round Personal 

in the 


issued by 

Council of Promotion 


My Covenant of Prayer 

With God's help, I will pray each day, 
alone or with others, for a great spirit- 
ual awakening in this church and com- 
munity. I shall especially remember the 
evangelist, the unsaved and all workers: 
This covenant to continue throughout 
this meeting from date. 


I Name . 

i Date . 

Iiagts is liL'tuwitli nroduoL'd witli jipciIogiL's to thLi 'Bn'thrcii I'liblihliiiifj Ilousi 

My Prayer List 

Write here the name of those for whom you 
will definitely pray and earnestly work. 



If you make a copy of the above and give to 
the pastor, he will be glad. He will help you. 
But souls under conviction are sensitive; be care- 
ful with names. Do not give Satan a chance to 
defeat you. 

Take hold of I John .3:21, 22; 5:14, 15 and 
you will not fail. 

Some Suggestions That Will Help You 

Make out your prayer list at once. 
Don't be afraid to undertake big things for God. 
Sign the covenant of prayer and begin now. 
To win souls you must have their confidence. 
The following sincerely done, will make friends: 

An invitation to your home. 

An occasional call at their home. 

Showing an interest in their children. 

To show sincere help in sickness and dis- 

By most kind and repeated invitations to the 

An occasional post card will help many to 
know you remember them. 

Watch and be sure to greet them at church 
and introduce to others. 

Don't try to win souls in your own strength, but 
sincerely seek God's help. 

Don't be over-anxious, but be sincerely eager to 
win souls for your Master. 

Don't give up. The Lord promises to an.swer 
those who sincerely importune in prayer. 

Sit with your prospects in church. Walk forward 
with them if necessary. Let the Lord use 
you any^vhere. 

January 20, 1940 


E. Topic for y 

oung reople 

/»// Ri r. Frank (rcltiun)i 


(Topic for January 28) 



(BeginiiiiiK of Christian Endeavor 

Week — Denominational Day). 
Scripture Lesson: Gen. 28:18-22; 
Luke 6:38. 
Daily Bible Readings; 
Financial support, Mai. 3:10. 
Charitable support, Acts ll;27-30. 
Social support, Acts 6:1-6. 
Hearty support. Col. 3:23, 24. 
Intelligent support, Col. 3:16, 17. 
Diversified support, I Cor. 12:4-11. 

It is assumed by those who prepare 
hese subjects that Endeavorers are 


"Filling Up" 

)ear Skinny: 

\A'haeker .Jonson's Teechur is a Fale- 
ire, and Mother says it's becaws she 
on't Fill Up. She never goes to Con- 
enshuns, nor reeds New Books on S. S. 
i-urk, nor studys the Bible. She don't 
ven stay to church to lern from the 
iurmans. She just asks the questions 
n the quarterly and tells things she 
3rned in S. S. wTien .she was a gurl. 
ler ideers of Religun mite fit boys whu 
ived in the Days of the Siveel War, but 
hey don't fit these Days of Pep and Zip, 
f Autos and Wireless, of Big Citys and 
Vurld Kneeds. Dad says she is like a 
:offy Pot that you never Fill Up. She's 
ot down to nuthing but grouns. 
Hiacker says the fellers only come now 
nd then, when they haf to. 

My Teechur ain't a bit like that. First 
lace she's a He. I wuldn't have a wo- 
lan Teechur. What wuld she kno about 
>ig Fellos like us? Our Teechur is a 
legular He Man. He gets out and 
loaches our Teem and talks to us about 
iusiness. When Fatty's wireless w-udn't 
■urk he fixed it for him swell. 

Then he studies. He has three difFer- 
nt books on the lessons. And he reeds 

lot of papers, like the Christian En- 
evur World, and tells us stories out of 
lem. He goes to all the Convenshuns, 
nd nevur misses a Surman. He says 

person that is giving out truth every 
unday must always be taking it in ,too, 
r he will run dry. The Preechur 
reeches lots out of whatever Bible 
ook the Lessens are in, just apurpose 
) help our Teechur Fill Up. Ain't that 

Skeme ? 

When he gets up to Teech the Lessen 
e is so full of Interesting Dope that he 
irely back fires. And he runs on High 
'I the time. He is certainly there with 
le Goods. Whacker would come over 
> our church all the time, only his Dad 
on't let him. 

Ain't it queer'? Yours, 


Christian young people. As Christians, 
they would have membership in some 
church. To that church they owe cer- 
ta:n things by way of support. 

THE CHURCH was founded by our 
Lord Jesus Christ, Matt. 16:13-20. In 
that .sense there is only one church. 
But through the centuries there have 
sprung up many sects and denomina- 
tions. Clearly, there are some groups 
w'hich can not belong to Christ's true 
church because they deny some impor- 
tant things He taught and for which 
His Person stands. .Also, it is true that 
there are some, even in churches that 
teach the gospel, who, because they are 
not united personally to Christ, are 
unsaved. Scripture states that "the 
Lord knoweth them that are his," 2 
Tim. 2:lfla. 

p]very Endeavor has a responsibility 
to support his or her church, assumini; 
that it teaches the gospel. We should 
acquaint ourselves with the nature of 
his obligation. 

If you are a member of a Brethren 
church, the minister probably asked 
you, when you became a member, these 
questions from the Brethren Pastor's 
Handbook: "Do you present yourself 
to be united with this Church In fel- 
lowship and service and do you prom- 
ise lo work for the upbuilding of the 
Church and to help in sustaining by 
ycmr personal efforts the worship isnd 
work of the congregation ? Do you 
promise to pray for the Church and to 
support her activities as you may be 
able with your money? Will yoj seek 
to live in peace and harmony with 
your brethren and sisters to the gloiy 
and praise of your Lord and Master?" 

VOWS. It means being true to those 
just read and to those taken at bap- 
tism. If they were true to the Biiile 
and to Jesus Christ, they should be 
k?pt. Nobody likes a "welcher." Is it 
any less wrong to "welch" on an 
agreement with Christ and the churcli 
than on one made with a friend ? 
Paul's advice to young Timothy is std! 
good; "Be diligent in these things, I 
Tim. 4:1.5a. 

is, if I support it as I ought to. 
Prayer, it is said, moves the hand that 
moves the world. I want that hand to 
move on behalf of my church. That 
gi'eat .sermon Pastor preached was the 
result of somebody's prayer. Was it 
mine? The great spiritual victories of 
the church, great missionary move- 
ments and great revivals follow faith- 
ful praying. Do young people take 
much part in it? Should they? Paul 
urges Christians to "pray without 
ceasing" (T Thes. 5:17) which includes 
praying at home, at church and in 
Christian Endeavor. 


or girl — likes a pup which follows 
everybody else but himself. Such a 
pup will never make a dog worth any- 
thing to his master (unless it grows 
up to be a blood-hound!) If I have no 
better loyalty to Christ and my church. 
I am not much good to either. "Not 
forsaking our own as.sembling togeth- 
er, as the custom of some is" the 
Scriptui-e exhorts us, Heb. 10:25. My 
loyal attendance at church will honor 
my Lord, inspire my pastor, encourage 
others and show to the world that I 
have faith in Christ and the church. 

ACTIVE PART. I will not be a silent 
"bump on a log" when there is some- 
thing to do, and a noisy nuisance the 
rest of the time. Christian young peo- 
ple ought to be well-mannered and 
courteous everywhere and reverent, 
worshipful and helpful in church. We 
can help w'hen and where we can, and 
the rest of the time take part in the 
worship or other activity of the con- 
gregation or other group. We can re- 
member in whatsoever we do. to 
"work heartily, as unto the Lord, and 
not unto men," Col. 3;23. 

be much, but I will give it cheerfully, 
glad that I can give something to the 
church which brought to me the mes- 
sage of salvation in Jesus Christ. Peo- 
ple support their government, with ail 
its many departments, for what bene- 
fits it gives them. The church brings 
them actually more and greater bene- 
fits, without some of which good 
government would be impossible, yet 
so many give complainingly, or not at 
all to it. I want to be square with God 
and the church and know that "God 
loveth a cheerful giver." 2 C'H. '.t:'. 

ING. Every wrong thing a church 
member does discredits the church and 
Christ. Unclean, impure and worldly 
living by professing Christians is di.-;- 
graceful and needless. I want my lifi> 
to be a credit to my church and to my 
Christ. Of course. Divine help is need- 
ed. With that help, I want "to talk 
worthily of the Lord unto all pleasing, 
bearing fruit in every good work, and 
increasing in the knowledge of God," 
Col. 1:10. 


I know that some of fhe things critics 
say about it are true. I know some 
things ought to be different from what 
they are. But still, for the sake of the 
good things in it and for the Lord 
who died to give it life, I will always 
speak a good word for it. If people 
said harsh things about my family, I 
certainly wouldn't join them in it, and 
then tell them still more things. Nor 
will I do that to my church. I will al- 
ways paint the best picture of it, I in 
all honesty can. That is a part of my 
suport of it. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

1. Can you name some other ways of 
supporting our church ? 

2. How much should young people 
copy the example of their elders in 
supporting the church? 

3. If I quit supporting my cKurch, 
how much would my help be missed? 

4. Ought not the older ones support 
the church and let the young people 
have their "good times?" 

5. Is it important at all that I center 
my support mainly in one church? 

6. Why does the church deserve our 
support ? 

NEWS from the FIELD 


The Brethren congregation at Mans- 
field is by no means one of the 
youngest of Brethren groups in the 
state of Ohio, for the work there was 
begun by Brother Oberholtzer while 
he was a student in Ashland Col- 
lege. As I recall the circumstances, 
there was only one family of Breth- 
ren in the city when Brother Harvey 
began his work there. Other student 
preachers followed him from time to 
time, and under their leadership the 
work prospered sufficiently so that a 
church building was erected, but the 
location was not thought to be the 
best, so the building was removed to 
its present location. Some e.xcellent 
men have served as full time pastors, 
among them Brethren E. H. Smith 
and R. D. Barnard. These were parti- 
ally supported by the Ohio Mission 
Board which contributed well with the 
hope that the congregation might the 
more quickly become self supporting. 
But in spite of its age, it has not yet 
reached that stage, and for a number 
of years past it has been served by 
men from the college, who have done 
all they could do under the conditions 
wliich their work in the college per- 
mits. The writer is now serving as 
pastor, and is well along in the sixth 
year of such service. With the com- 
paratively large number of children 
who are enrolled in the Sunday 
School, from homes only represented 
by them, it would seem that there is 
a great open field for work from 
which the congregation might be ex- 
pected to grow into a self supporting 
group in a short time, if the pastor 
could only give enough time to con- 
tact such homes with the hope of in- 
ducing the parents of these boys and 
girls to enlist as regulars in church 
attendance. During the term of my 
pastorate it has been my blessed 
privilege to administer the rite of 
Christian baptism to not less than 
thirty persons, twenty-two of them 
have come into the church as a result 
of a special meeting lasting only one 
week, within the last year. The Sun- 
day School is very fortunate in hav- 

ing one of the very best Superintend- 
ents it has been my privilege to know 
in my long ministry. This is our Bro. 
Clarence Beal. He loves children, and 
is greatly loved by them. We have a 
class of boys, ranging in age from ten 
to fourteen years, numbering 35 whose 
teacher is Bro. Fred Boss, and other 
classes of boys and girls with faithful 
teachers. At a mid-week Christmas 
program, there was a children's choir 
numbering close to fifty boys and 
girls, whose music was maiwelous, or 
so it seemed to me. We are hoping to 
have a gospel team from the semin- 
ary and college to lead us in an evan- 
gelistic meeting some time during the 
early spring, and I am hoping the 
team can make contact in the homes 
from which these boys and girls 
come, with the hope that their parents 
may become interested and come into 
the church. The writer can give little 
more time than is given on Sunday 
morning when he and his wife go over 
and become teachers in the Sunday 
School, after which there is a sermon, 
which closes the activity until the 
next Sunday comes round. Ours is the 
experience of many of our smaller 
groups, — if there were sufficient 
means to employ a full time pastor, 
or even to secure the services of a 
good man or woman to conduct at 
least a two week's evangelistic meet- 
ing, it would go far toward making 
the Mansfield Brethren church what, 
under God it could become. But hop- 
ing and praying that such help may 
come, we go on, and I am glad to say 
that even now, we have experienced 
the blessing of God and are going 
fonvai'd. Six years ago when 1 began 
my work there, Sunday School attend- 
ance was rarely above 60. Within the 
last few months we have had as high 
as 122 in attendance, and the average 
is well above 70. The future church is 
in the Sunday School, and in faith be- 
lieving that there are better days 
ahead we are going on, in the nam; of 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Martin Shively. 

PARSONS — Mrs. Anne Louise, 
wife of E. L. Parsons, passed to her 
eternal i-eward Jan. 8, 1940, aged 63 
years. Her maiden name was Springer 
and she becanie the wife of Bro. 
sons almost 43 years ago. She was 
born and reared near Nashville, Ohio, 
and there her body is interred. She 
and her husband came to Mansfield 

35 years ago, and not long thereafter 
they both united with the Brethren 
Church there, and have continued as 
loyal members of the church since 
their connection with it. In spite of 
her healthful appearance, she develop- 
ed heart trouble, and during the last 
several years she had not fully re- 
covered from the ailment, and six 
weeks prior to her death, she succumb- 
ed to another attack •v\'Tiich finally cul- 
minated in her death. She was ever 
as faithful to her church as her health 
permitted, and bore, a most enviable 
reputation as wife, mother and devot- 
ed Christian. The position she held in 
the hearts of her neighbors and 
Brethren, was splendidly attested by' 
the presence of the large concourse of 
people who attended the funeral ser- 
vices, both at the home and in the 
church at Nashville. She leaves tc 
mourn her departure from this life, hei 
husband and one son, Doyle, and his 
family, residing near New York City 
and many sincerely sorrowing churcl 
associates. Such lives as hers art : 
never lived in vain, but continue t( 
bless the church and the world long' 
after they have ended so far as thiii 
world is concerned. Funeral serviceii 
were conducted by Prof. DeLozier an(, 
the writer. May God grant that wii 
too may be faithful, until we an 
bound again into the sheaf of kindrei' 
hearts, is my prayer. 

Martin Sbivelyll 


The passing of Mrs. Edith Ma 
Smith of Waynesboro, Pa., on Deceni 
ber 27th, came as the result of compli 
cations, following a very serious opei 
ation. At first there seemed th 
brightest promise of recovery, henc 
the shock of her loved ones and man 
friends was all the greater. Siste 
Smith began the Christian life in 191' 
since which time her life has bee 
most exemplary, and her devotic 
and sen'ice to her Lord, and to tf 
First Brethren Church of Waj-nesbor 
of which she was a highly respecte 
member, has been most commendabl 
She is surv'ived by her hu.sband, Han, 
R. Smith, a son, Raymond, and h 
Avife and little son, and a daughti 
Miss Margaret, also one brother. of people that filled the u 
stairs and the main floor of the larj 
Smith home, gathered to give eviden, 
of their sympathy and of their lo' 
and high regard for Sister Smith. T! 
writer had charge of the service, a 
sisted by Brother Ankrum of Li 
wood, and Rev. Zeigler, pastor of t' 
Waynesboro Church of the Brethrei 

We covet for this grief .strick i 
husband and family the grace to be 
up under their terrific sen.=e of lo; 
and to be able to see through th( 
tears that, after all, our weeping ei 
dures but for a night. May God bit', 
and sustain them is our prayer. 

Wm. H. Beachl 

Vol. LXII, No. 4 

January 27, l'J40 


l^wwra ^^^"''T "'-^ 

Brethren Evangelist 

The Place to Serve 

Go forth and serve in fields that others shun, 
Serve fallen ones who wear the blight of sin, 
Serve broken hearts, made wrecks by selfish men. 

Having their conscience seared, their hopes undone. 

The foulest soul God's grace will never shun! 

Why then should you "all joy" not count it, when 
By kindness, you can bring one hope again. 

And see a life of happiness begun? 

The Son of God poured forth His ministries 
Wherever blighting evil left its stain 

And clothed the vilest souls in righteousness. 
Unselfish service fills with ecstasies 

The heart that gladly serves for love, not gain. 
And gives it joy that will not evanesce. 


The Brethren Evangelist 




The F 





"The Lord appointed other seventy, 
and sent them .... before his face." 
Luke 10:L Read Luke 10:1-12. 

The place of the layman in the work 
of the church is many times too light- 
ly considered by those same laymen. 
In our text we have the Master send- 
ing forth laymen to prepare the peo- 
ple for His coming. Wliat a rare op- 
portunity to be the forerunners of the 
Lord of Life in His itinerary through 
the land! One can imagine these men 
returning and recounting their experi- 
ences. How their friends must have 
thrilled to the account! 

How the hearts of men who do such 
advanced work for the Lord today 
thrill, too, to the tasks and message 
which are committed to them! How 
mightily would the fruits of their la- 
bors contribute to the growth of the 
church, if only men would consent to 
accept such service! Are you advertis- 
in Jesus Christ in your life and by 
your life ? 


"Carest thou not that we perish?" 
Mark 4:38. Read Mark 4:3.3-41. 

A certain edition of the Word puts 
this caption over the account which 
constitutes our scripture, "Christ and 
His disciples in a storm." Someone 
changed the meaning meaningfully 
when he wrote it, "Christ in a calm 
and His disciples in a storm." There 
is no storm or anxiety in the heart of 
our Lord. He knew that His Father 
always cared. He rebuked both the 
sea and His disciples, the sea for its 
turbulence, and the disciples for their 
lack of faith. 

How many times have we, in the 
face of the dark mysteries and trials 
of life, cried out, "Carest Thou not." 


"Take heed that ye do not your alms 
before men, to be seen of them . . . . " 
Matt. 6:1a. Read Matt. 6:lg-18. 

Among the Hebrews, fasting was a 
well unders*ood practice. We hear 
the bombastic Phari.see "thanking God 

that he was not as other men he 

fasted twice in the week." You will 
remember that he went far forward 
in the synagogue to worship. Too 
many times fa.sting — spiritual exer- 
cise — is engaged in to win Divine fa- 
vor. Men really fast when they are so 
absorbed in the matters pertaining to 
the soul that they forget they have a 

body which needs food. Charity has 
to do with the relationship between 
men primarily, fasting is an individual 
matter having its vital connection 
with prayer and meditation. 


"And he entered into one of the 
ships . . . and sat down . . . and taught." 
Luke 5:3. Read Luke 5:1-11. 

We may sometimes have the feeling 
that pulpits are the only places where 
sermons should be delivered. Our Lord 
delivered more sermons in "unortho- 
dox" pulpits than otherwise. In 
mountainside, in roadside, in a wee 
boat on Galilee was sufficient back- 
ground for Him to use as a place to 

The sermon in our scripture passage 
brought results — a surrender of two 
souls for service for our Lord. Wher- 
ever men are, there is an opportunity 
afforded to preach, and needs but the 


"These twelve Jesus sent forth...." 
Matt. 10:5. Read Matt. 10:1-15. 

"These twelve" were the Master's 
own choice, even with a traitor in the 
lot. They received no approbation 
from the dignitaries of the church, nor 
yet were they examined as to their 
fitness for the service to which they 
were called. 

In our day there may be too much 
of "recommending" and too little be- 
ing called of God. The human calling 
may be divinely directed, but the dir- 
ected word (spoken by the spirit to 
the soul of the one called) should not 
be lightly considered. The call to the 
service of the church is divine, and the 
service, if accepted and entered into, 
is glorious. 


"Pray the Lord to send forth labor- 
ers " Matt. 9:38. Read Matt. 9: 


It may sound a bit strange to read 
our text, and knowing that the Lord 
is able to reach out and lay hands on 
men whom He wishes to enter His ser- 
vice, that He should bid men pray that 
He would do this very thing. If He 
is able to do it without our prayers, 
why ask Him ? 

The answer is to be found in part in 
us. We ourselves need stirring and 
having our interest excited in the sal- 
vation of our fellows. May there be 
in it also the element of enlisting us 
in this service because our eyes have 
been opened by our own very pray- 
ing, and like Isaiah, instead of pray- 
ing, "Lord send them forth," we shall 
say, "Here am I .send me." 


"Though I bestow all my goods to 
feed the poor. . . .and have not love, I 
am nothing." I Cor. 13:3. Read Matt. 

To be hypocritical, as used by the 
church, implies an inner life which 
fails to correspond to a promising ex- 
terior. The sacred writer scores pre- 
tense; giving not from love, but from 
pride. "To be seen of men" is the key 
for a great many things that are done 
and said among men. Too many times i 
men are willing to miss the favor of 
the Almighty for the plaudits of hu- 

Not without meaning are we bidden 
to contribute our gifts without show 
or ostentation. Charity calls for two 
parties in the transaction, the one who 
gives and the one who receives. Dis- 
play of our alms-giving tends to 
shame the poor man, and puts us in. 
danger of seeming at least to bid for 











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The Christian rehgion differs from all others in 
its social aspects. The Godhead is revealed in 
three Persons agreeing as one. The early 
church is marked by apostolic unity. "These all con- 
tinued with one accord in prayer and supplication." 
(Acts 1:14) 

The Christian religion resolves itself into a series 
of individuals that know they are dependent and 
needy recipients of the grace of God, — a people like 
shipwrecked seamen who know no high or low but 
only that they need rescuing. The person that hugs 
a dogma to his breast and says, "This is my con- 
viction and no one can fellowship with me unless he 
too shares this same conviction" misses the heart of 
the Christian faith. My supreme need is the su- 
preme need of every soul in the whole wide world 
and it does not behoove me to separate myself in 
Pharisaical hypocricy from my fellows who are just 
as needy as I. 

The fellowship of prayer creates the sense of this 
fact that we are each needy and dependent children 
of a Gracious God Who willingly satisfies evei'y 
longing heart that comes to Him by faith in Christ. 
Prayer makes God's people forget the personal dif- 
ferences and recognize the common need of all man- 
kind for the Divine supply made available in 

Robert F. Porte. 


The Brethren church has declared herself at var- 
ious times as accepting the New Testament as her 
rule of faith and practice. She has persistently re- 
fused to adopt a written creed for the very good 
reason: that no man or group of men can make 
clearer or state more succinctly, the doctrines which 
iiave been put in words inspired by the Holy Spirit. 
Man's logic cannot improve one single item in God's 
word, the Bible. It is to stand forever. Any indi- 
vidual that claims superior spiritual insight and 
special revelation, by the same claim advertises his 
^ own unfitness as a teacher and preacher of the word. 

God has spoken for this age, "By his Son." This 
Son being the omniscient God has certainly given us 
the words we should have. It is for us to obey them. 
Any individual who says some of these words are 
for another dispensation and therefore do not vital- 
ly concern us, has little right to call himself Breth- 
ren, for he is oppos'ng the very foundation of our 
faith. If any individual can throv/ out some por- 

tions, others may eliminate what they choose and 
you have the same process repeated that would tear 
the New Testament to shreds. 

Brethren fundamentalism takes the New Testa- 
ment as it is given and obeys it. When it says in 
the words of Christ our Lord, "He that believeth and 
is baptized shall be saved," that is exactly what we 
teach. When Christ says, if we do certain things he 
will give us life and salvation, certainly it is not for 
us to seek another way. When Christ said to Peter, 
"If I wash thee not thou hast no part with me," he 
meant exactly what he said, Christ did not use 
words for naught and if Peter had not obeyed, the 
warning would have been effective and Peter would 
have lost his part with the Lord. In my opinion this 
is Brethren fundamentalism. Believing and obeying 
all the commands of our loving Lord. "If ye love me 
keep my commandments." — Claude Studebaker. 


Tlie days pass quickly, the months are gone and 
we enter a new year. We cannot stop the flight of 
time, but we are responsible for our attitudes and 
our actions as the days come and go. 

The Lord Jesus Christ gave us our example when 
he said — "The Son of man came not to be minister- 
ed unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ran- 
some for manv." His actions well carried out His 


Family Altar 2 

"The Fellowship of Prayer" — Editorial 3 

"The Brethren Church and Fundamentalism"— Editorial 3 

"Saved to Sei-ve"— Editorial 4 

News and Notes 4 

"Victory in 1940"— Dr. G. C. Carpenter 5 

"The Mid-West, A Challenge"— Dr. R. F. Porte 6 

"Missions at Home"' — Frank Gehman V 

"Peter's Loan" — Poem ^ 

Contributing Editor's Page 8 

"Orphan Annie" •' 

Children's Column '■* 

"How Much Doctrine Should Be Given in the 

Evangelist?" — Freeman Ankrum 10 

"A Missionary Dog" JO 

"The Haughty Dollar" H 

"A Message to the Unsaved" — H. J. Riner 11 

C. lE. Topic 1'- 

"The Alphabet of Scriptural Giving" 13 

A. T. Pierson on Giving 14 

"Last Words" -14 

"A Man's Prayer" 15 

The Tie That Binds 15 

Church News 15, 16 

The Brethren Evangelist 

program as lie liealed the sick, the lame, the blind, 
giving- physical aid and eternal life to those who 
really sought Him. After receiving Jesus as a guest 
into his home, Zacchaeus, a publican and tax-collec- 
tor, received Him into liis heart and changed his 
way of living by making restitution to those he had 
wronged and sharing what he had with those less 

One very definite avenue of service for us is in 
the missionary activities of the Brethren Church 
here in our homeland. 

The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church is 
endeavoring to carry out a program of service for 
others.. How may we share this service? 

By pi-aying- definitely for the members of this 
Board that God's will shall be done, first in their 
own lives, and then in affairs in which they minis- 
ter. Pray earnestly for those w^ho need aid from 
this Board. Pray that new fields may be opened 
unto them. Pray that all may be kept humble, 
meek, modest, submissive, for we know that those 
who are arrogant, boastful, haughty, proud, are not 
yoke-fellows with service. 

Now, follow your prayers with your gifts. 

Saved to Serve. This year shall we draw the folds 
of our cloak around us and be satisfied to serve only 
in our local congregations? Or shall we launch a 
broader program, — enlarging our borders, going 
about doing a constructive work, helping those from 
whom we expect nothing for ourselves in return? 

As we. His children, tarry with our Master, may 
we face the program He has for us without question- 
ing and with a zeal which will help us to minister 
unto others. 

We are Saved to Serve. — Mrs. U. J. Shively, Nap- 
panee, Indiana. 


LI<yr no church fail us in this appeal for a minimum 
offering of 10c pei' member. 

MANY "Loyal" churches can and will want to ex- 
ceed this minimum. 

ASHLAND Church has set $100.00 as her minimum 
goal. How many churches will join such a group? 

DO NOT fail us in this Crisis-Time. 

The Brethren Publishing Co. 
Ashland, Ohio 

Interesting Notes and News 

THE ARTICLE ENTITLED "How Much Doctrine Should 
be Given in the Evangelist?" was written for the issue of ( 
January 13, but came to the editor's hands too late for that 
issue. It "listens" just as good this week. 

THE ARTICLE entitled "The Victorious Christ," appear- 
ing in the Brethren Evangelist of January 13, should be 
credited to brother W. I. Duker, of Goshen, Indiana. We 
take pleasure in giving such credit. 

ELDER A. B. COVER gives us an account of the happen- 
ings in, and condition of, the congregation at Carleton, Ne- 
braska. A fine Christmas season, climaxed by eight con- 
fessions at the services on the day of the White Gift ser- 
vices, gladdens any pastor's heart. 

A FINE REPORT comes of the revival held recently by 
Dr. L. 0. McCartneysmith at the Highland Brethren church, 
near Marianna, Penna. Seventeen accessions to the church, 
and a general awakening of the entire congregation means 
new life for that field. 

A BULLETIN from the Brethren church of Washington, 
D. C. tells of a Roll Call Sunday on January 7, at which 292 
members gave response to the "Call." That is an excellent 
proportion of the membership answering. We wonder 
whether so large a proportion of us will respond to our 
names "when the Roll is Called Up Yonder." 

RECENTLY THERE came from the Children's Division 
of the Brethren Sunday School at N. Manchester, Indiana, a 1 1 
fine gift for the work of the Board at Lost Creek, Kentucky. 
Such gifts prove veritable "God-sends" to our workers many ; 
times. And it is also a very strategic method of increasing i 
interest in missionary enterprise among the children of the 

IN SEVERAL "Bulletins" we have noted appeals for the 
consecration of the musical abilities of the young people of 
the congregations concerned. Countless numbers give "audi- 
tions" before the microphone that they may have the plaudits , 
of men. Why cannot more young people consecrate their ,' 
musical talents — instrumental or vocal — to proclaiming the j 
glory of God ? There are no songs written that offer finer . 
opportunities for the exercise of fine musical talent than the 
hymns of the christian church. 

A VERY PRACTICAL form of Christian service is sug- 
gested in a Bulletin from the Brethren church of Elkhart, 
Ind. According to the Bulletin arrangements have been 
made to have the chui'ch clerk serve as manager of a plan 
whereby Brethren without work will be given assistance in 
securing work, and those who desire to secure assistance for 
some task may find such help. Brethren in need will be 
given first chance of course. Practical and Christian, We 
say. A Christian Employment Bureau. 

WE WOULD THANK brother A. E. Whitted for the fine 
"Boost" he gave the Brethren Evangelist, and the Publish- 
ing interests, in the issue of the Bulletin of the Gratis, Ohio, 
church for Jan. 14. The Brethren, quite generally, seem to 
be enjoying the "dress" and "content" of the church paper. 
"A fine weekly church paper, Official Organ of the Brethren 
church and should be in every Brethren home," says brother 
Claud Studebaker. "It is an invitation to spiritual starva- 
tion not to take your church paper," declares brother Chester 
Zimmerman in urging his people to subscribe. 

January 27, 1940 


ory in 


Bji Dr. G. C. Carpenter, Member of the Mixaionarii Board of 
the Brethren Church 

"Let us go up and possess the land." 

1940 is here! Our fathers sang with gusto: "The 
Year of Jubilee is come." We can well sing: "The 
Year of Stewardship is come." For 1940 has been 
designated for all Protestantism as the year of 
stewardship. And this means the stewardship of 
life, all that we have and are. There can be no gen- 
uine evangelistic and missionary revival in the 
church until there is a revival of genuine Christian 

America is tenned a Christian nation. Then some 
ask if home missions are really necessary. The :^act 
is that one half our population sustain no chui'ch 
relationship and 1.5,000,000 children and young peo- 
ple under 2.5 years of age are unrelated to any 
church. Even if America were Christian there 
would i-emain the duty of the more fortunate to 
share with the less fortunate. Home missions are 
very necessary. 

When stewardship comes in selfishness goes out, 
and every Christian declares, "I am my brother's 
keeper." When stewarship comes in church-mem- 
bers put mere things in the secondary place where 
God put them. When stewardship comes in every 
follower of Christ becomes a going or sending mis- 
sionary, seeing the giants of difficulty ahead but 
sounding the clarion call of Caleb and Joshua: "Let 
us go up and possess the land, for we are able." 
When stewardship comes in we will not see our- 
selves as grasshopijers but as "workers together 
with God" who "can do all things through Christ 
who strengtheneth us." Let stewardship come into 
the Brethren Church anew and 1940 will be indeed a 
Victory Year! 

Love will be manifest when stewardship comes in 
or vice versa. Some think of stewardship as a mon- 
ey getting device, but we think of it as the outward 
expression of indwelling Christlike love. Love is 
the only adequate explanation of Calvary. Love of 
Christ always manifests itself in love of men, in 
I missionary service. Christlike love and Christian 
I stewardship are twins inseparable. 

Pi"ayer is nevej- neglected when stewardship 
comes in. Stewardship based on love always leads 
to prayer, and the road to missionary service is al- 
jways paved with love and prayer. Without prayer 
for missions there is no earnest missionary service. 
; Jesus joined together in His own life the two eternal 
jprinciples of being and doing, and both are to be 
found in constant practice in every true follower of 
Christ. Such practice makes missionaries of us all. 
Stewardship always leads to prayer and vice versa. 

Men are needed to build the church in the home 
..and. When stewardship comes in men volunteer 

to go, or to send, to help evangelize the world. When 
stewardship comes in young men are not found 
seeking the soft places. Dr. J. Allen Miller, who for 
nearly fifty years was a devoted and consecrated 
teacher and leader of young men, often said to his 
students: "Find the most needy and difficult place 
of service and let God use you there." And that is 
the spirit of the teaching in our college and semin- 
ary and in many of our pulpits today. Building mis- 
sion churches in the home land in these trying times 
is not an easy task, and calls for men who are not 
afraid. Today we are used to ease. We dislike sac- 
rifice. Men sacrifice in order to own but refuse to 
pay God what He says they owe. Strong Christian 
men who will be faithful stewards are needed in pul- 
pit and pew. Yes, sacrificial service is needed. 

Money plso is needed. And money will overflow 
the church treasuries when stewardship comes in. 
No retrenchment in mission work will be necessary. 
All will give liberally for Christ's sake. Andrew 
Fuller was collecting funds for missions and solicit- 
ed an old acquaintance who said: "Well, Andiew, I 
will give you five pounds, seeing it is you." But Mr. 
Fuller handed the money back saying: "No, J can- 
not take anything for this cause, 'seeing it is for 
me.'" The friend, feeling justly reproved, said: 
"Andrew, you are right, here is ten pounds seeing 
it is for the Lord Jesus Christ." Two men, idle for 
months, were employed again at $25 per week. On 
)'eceiving the first week's pay the one kissed his 
clieck and said : "Thank God for this pay check." The 
other was quiet but as they cashed their checks the 
quiet man asked for some change and took out two 
one dollar bills and a silver half dollar, folded them 
together and said: "I am thankful this amoinit, how 
thankful are you?" 

The acid test of one's devotion, in many respects, 
is money, not the amount one brings, but the 
amount one brings in proportion to what he has. The 
tithe is the minimum of what we should return to 
God who is the owner of all and who made us stew- 
ards. Yes, God needs every pi'ofessed follower with 
all his gifts to help carry the Gospel message to lost 
men. The Protestant churches spent about $25,- 
000,000 in one year for home missions. Tobacco 
companies in one year spent $28,000,000 to adver- 
tise five bi-ands of cigarettes. Winter visitors to 
south Florida spent in one season $34,000,000 bet- 
ting on the horses in Miami. Our national income 
in one year was nearly $40,000,000,000. The small 
cost of home missions is quite insignificant when 
placed alongside other expenditures. The fact that 
every follower of Christ will have to give an ac- 
count of his stewardship to the great God who owns 
all and who appointed him as a steward and who 
trusted him to do his part and keep the agreement — 
this fact ought to make men stop and think and act 
accordingly. It pays to be honest with God ! 

Financial sacrifice is not objectionable to the 

The Brethren Evangelist 

church as long as it is made by the missionary or by 
a few of the saints, but how many of the lay mem- 
bers of the church are willing to make sacrifices in 
order to support the cause of home missions? How 
many are willing to pay the tithe which is no sacri- 
fice, but i-ather a privilege ? A constant program of 
missionary education should be carried on in every 
church. The preacher dare not cease preaching .-■nd 
practicing the principle of Christian stewardship. 
If he does, his church will soon be self -centered, rob- 
bing God and robbing itself, for selfishness closes 
the windows of heaven above churches and individ- 

Stewardship and Evangelism and Missions are 
blood brothers and live or die together. Yes, let 
Christian Stewardship come in and 1940 will be a 
Victoiy Year in the Brethren Church ! 

The Mid-West, A Challenge 

Robert F. Porte. Falls City, Nebraska 

There is a great empire just west of the Missouri 
river that stretches west 600 miles to the mighty 
Rocky mountains. In the days when rainfall was 
sufficient this great land teemed with fields of grain 
and great hei'ds of farm animals. This is attested 
by the fact that there are fine farm homes which 
indicate that once economic prosperity reigned but 
now the evidences of neglect show the results of 
economic failure. 

The west is by no means a desert. There are those 
who have contrived to overcome the physical and 
climatic conditions now existent here. The use of 
hybrid corn and private inigation systems have 
helped meet the condition prevailing in the west. 
Tlie people here are looking foi' a return of weather 
conditions which will change the productivity of the 

The west does not generally follow varied farm- 
ing. There is a reason for this. We are quite a dis- 
tance from sections whei'e thei'e is a large popula- 
tion of industrial people depending on the products 
of the fami. The western farmer is compelled to do 
things on a large scale in order to make the farm 
pay. Farming out here consists in wheat-raising 
and the raising of meat producing animals. Com 
failure limited the raising of meat animals and low 
prices on wheat together with a small yield limited 
the income of the mrdn industry in the west. Rail- 
roads are affected by small yields from the farms 
and business in general feels the loss of farm pros- 

How have these conditions affected the church? 
A young minister from the west after finishing his 
seminary work told his superintendent that he de- 
sired to transfer to another conference because he 
saw no economic future in the west. Wliat are these 

people to do without pastors? How has the condi- , 
tion of things affected the people ? In some respects | 
the people are overly conservative in their attitude 
toward advance in the work of the church. The 
people are courageous but they have a courage that 
tends to hold what they already have. New ad- 
vances would be difficult here at present. Tire peo- [ 
pie have tasted defeat so long that they need help j 
to encourage them to go on with the Lord. ■ 

The Brethren Church has two pastors in 
Nebraska. The same number in Kansas. There are 
only three full time ministers of the Church of the 
Brethi'en in Nebraska and five ministering elders : 
that earn their own living. I happen to know how 
heroically these pastors work on small salaries to 
keep their own pastorates progressing but also to 
encourage and help the pastoi'less churches. This 
writer could wish that our people would understand i 
that the Holy Bible does not specify foreign mis- ; 
sions but ALL THE WORLD. The Bible admon- i 
ishes us to "do good unto all men, especially those 
of the household of faith." Many points in the west 
must have a pastor supported from the outside. 
When prosperity returns they can and will take 
hold and support their own work. Moral conditions 
cannot become better in the west with church doors 
closed and no man of God to set forth God's Word 
to the people. 

Tlie Brethren Church at Fort Scott, Kansas fur- 
nishes a typical example of economic conditions in: 
the west. Fort Scott has a population of 12,000. 
One church there preaches a saving Gospel and 
holds up a liigh spiritual standard. A few years ago 
the railroad shops were discontinued at Fort Scott 
and the Brethren Church lost 30 families moving 
away to get employment. The little band at Fort 
Scott, encouraged and led by Sister Wood, maintains 
the Sunday School and keeps the church building in 
good repair. They cannot support a minister at 
this time, in fact, they cannot do much more than 
carry the local expenses. When economic conditions 
improve they can and will carry a larger share of J 
the financial load. Why should the Brethren peo- 
ple leave these good people alone without any help 
or pastoral care. How can our church or the Church 
of the Brethren consistently maintain a large for- 
eign mission program and do so little for the Breth- 
ren in the west ? Tliese people are doing their part j 
heroically. They call for the hand of help from 
their Brethren. What are we going to do with this! 
great empire in the west? Will we be turncoats orj 
brave Christians like Paul when he went to Mace- 
donia? Brethren, the west calls you. 


"The only things worth living for are the things wort! 
dying for." • — Brenton Thoburn Badley 

Januai-y 27, 1940 





(Bji Rev. Frank Gehinnn, meinber of The Missionary 
Board of the Brethren. Church and pastor of the Breth- 
ren Church, Vandergrift, Pa.) 

, There has been and is a high romance to Foreign 
missions. This is so because foreign missions ARE 
romantic. What we have missed is the romance to 
home missions. And we are continuing to miss it. 

A little boy was in an argument with his mother 
over a matter of discipline in the home. At last, 
seeing that his mother was getting the best of the 
situation, he pleaded, "Well, ilamma, don't make me 
do it; let me do it!" 

The difference between being "made" to do it, 
and being "let" do it is about the difference we have 
made between home and foreign missions. And 
thereby we have taken the edge off and the romance 
out of home missions. 

Probably our first mistake has been in making a 
difference at all between the two. Why should one 
missionary enterprise be penalized to give another 
missionary enterprise more benefits? The charac- 
terizations, home missions and foreign missions, are 
artifical in the first place. Properly, there are mis- 
sions, and that is the whole of the mattei'. 

I am not making any suggestion here at all con- 
cerning the administration of our own funds thru 
responsible agencies. That is a question of policy, 
pure and simple. I do not want to emphasize that 
we have permitted one phase of missions to harm 
our taste for another phase of missions. We have 
eaten the icing of the cake, and find the cake itself 
rather insipid beside it. A good and a growing bus- 
iness maintains two extra funds. One is a "sinking" 
fund for emergencies. The other is a fund for bus- 
iness expansion. It balances its enterprise. 

Now missions are the enterprise of the church. 
Not home missions alone. Not foreign missions 
but missions, the whole of the extension progi-am. 
We are not wise when we begin to break up the mis- 
sionary enterprise into different parts and portions. 
Let's not foi'get that home missions are as definite- 
ly missionary enterprise as foreign missions. Then, 
let's get to work on home missions, too. 

I once heard Dr. Gribble say that a missionary is 
one who goes joyously on his way to heaven, taking 
other folks with him. She didn't say anything, I 
noticed, about where that one started from, or who 
the folks were or where they were found who were 

being taken along. That is exactly right. Missions 
are missions, whether in the heart of America, or in 
the frozen wastes of Tierra Del Fuego. 

It's queer why we would rather see an African 
negro converted than an American negro. It's 
strange that we should spend large funds every year 
to reach the African variety, and, to the best of my 
knowledge, not a single attempt has ever been made 
by Brethren, in definite missionary enterprise, to 
reach the American variety. 

Again, why should we be more enthused over 
those who are reached for Christ in foreign lands 
than over those who are, or those who might be, 
reached in the homeland? For that is the point to 
which it comes. 

While living in Kentucky, the best "reach" of 
fishing waters in miles was in the river right back 
of our barn, yet I seldom felt that I had time to fish. 
Later, while living in another state, I took time to do 
some fishing, but had to drive some distance to do 
so. One day our eldest, then a boy about seven or 
eight, proposed this one. Said he, "Daddy, why did- 
n't you fisli more when you were in Kentucky,' ; was 
it too close home?" Now, forgetting the subtle slap 
at and the rather naive characterization of fishing 
and of fishermen in general, aren't our missionary 
tastes about the same? If he's a long ways off, 
there's a thrill to going after him, but if he's too 
close home, well — we at least OUGHT to go. 

So here we go merrily on our way. It's something 
of a thrill to push foreign missions. It's a sort of 
duty to suport home missions. 

Do I oppose foreign missions? No, indeed. I 
would, in fact, advocate enlarging our Bi-ethren pro- 
gram of foreign missions. One of the greatest de- 
sires I evei' had was to carry the gospel in Africa, 
and it was not possible. 


Bretliren, let's capture the romance of missions in 
the homeland, make it concrete and evident, and 
have it put a thrill in and give a spice to our giving 
and our program. Let's love missions for our Lord's 
sake, and for the sheer joy of it, and glory in the 
extension of His gospel whether it be in a quiet mid- 
western town, in a noisy, teeming industrial center, 
or in the fetid heat of some far-off Congo village. 


Lend me thy boat, the Master kindly said 
To Simon, wearied with unfruitful toil. 
He lent it gladly, asking but the smile 
Of Him who had not where to lay his head. 
But Jesus knows oui need of daily bread, 
And will be no man's debtor. If awhile 
He uses Simon's boat, in kingly style 

He will repay — a hundred-fold instead. 
And Peter's Lord, as yesterday the same 
Walking, though now unseen, among his own. 
Still condescends to ask from each a loan. 
0, humble toiler, when he calls thy name, 
Lend him thy all. The Master ne'er forgets - 
Discouraged fisherman or empty nets. 

— Selected. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Xhe Contributing Editor's Page 


The field for Gospel sowing is the world, and the 
home field is a part of the world. And if the Gos- 
pel is to be preached to the whole world it yet be- 
gins in Jerusalem. 

It is a mistake to think of foreign and home m's- 
sion work as distinct. The evangelization of the 
world is one work, it is THE ONE WORK which was 
given to the church to do in this dispensation. To 
do it we must proceed in order, like an experienced 
army which moves by stages and assures each new 
base before moving to the next, and which provides 
for its commissary supplies in the rear as well as 
the soldiers of its front ranks. 

World duties do not do away with home duties. 
"If any man provide not for his own he hath denied 
the faith and is worse than an infidel." If a man 
provide not for the food and clothing and training 
and education of his family he cannot present it to 
his country as an addition to its useful citizens. 

The church owes its first duty to the chui'ch it- 
self. It must see that the congregations alread\' es- 
tablished are nourished and trained so that they 
may be strong to do the work expected of them. 
That means that their number must also be in- 
creased in order that increasing support may come 
for the enlarging area of labor in foreign lands. 

The Brethren church still has an ample field in 
the United States. A large denomination, with con- 
gregations in almost every town, can recommend its 
moving members to some other congregation of like 
faith, but the Brethren church, being small, loses a 
large proportion of its members by their moving to 
localities where there is no Brethren church. In this 
way many of the other denominations have been en- 
riched by the addition of members with Brethren 
back ground. In not a few cases these have become 
prominent workers in their new fields. 

However, if there are towns and cities, and there 
are many of them, where sufficient Brethren peo- 
ple have moved, to gather them together as a 
nucleus for a new congregation, is the first work 
that should be done. For that purpose we have our 
district evangelists and boards of evangelists. These 
should feel very keenly the responsibility which 
rests upon them in extending the work of the Breth- 
ren into new places, and the most natural method of 
extension is to utilize the isolated members as "the 
children of the kingdom" which are the good seed 
sown in the great field. These should be encourag- 
ed to bring forth much fruit in the testimony they 
can give to others. In foreign lands nearly all our 
missions begin with some isolated family which is 

still loyal to Christ and the church. That is largely 
true also in the home land. What is being done for 
all the hundreds of isolated Brethren families 
throughout the United States? Let our evangelists 
answer. And what is being done for the evangel- 
ists? Let the Mission Board answer. 

When the home base is enlarged and strengthen- 
ed, then it will begin to send its offerings to the re- 
gions still beyond, and not only its offerings, but 
also its workers, and will thus repay many fold the 
sacrifices which have been made by the mother 
churches in behalf of these home bases. — C. F. Y. 


The apostle Jude addresses his letter to faithful 
believers, of whom he says that they are (1) san- 
ctified, (2) preserved and (3) called. 

He also gives them the apostolic blessing: "Mercy 
unto you, and peace and love, be multiplied." 

But he immediately proceeds to warn them of 
apostate brethren who had gotten among them "un- 
awares" and were trying to turn them away from 
"the faith once for all delivered unto the saints." 

He then gives a list of ten marks by which these 
hypocrites might be recognized. They are as fol- 

1. "Ungodly men, turning the grace of God into 
lasciviousness (vs. 4). 

2. "Denying the only Lord God and our Lord Je- 
sus Christ. Compare Titus 1:16, "They profess 
that they know God, but in works they deny him." 
They were therefore passing themselves as born- 
again people. 

But Jude compares them to God's people who 
were saved from Egypt and then destroyed in the 
desert on account of their unbelief; and to the ang- 
els who were cast out of heaven (vss. 5, 6). 

3. They despise dominion and speak evil of digni- 
taries" (vs. 8). Their sin is therefore likened to 
that of Sodom and Cain, and Balaam and Gore. 

4. "Spots in your love feasts" (vs. 12 R. V.) They 
were so well established in the church that they 
could partake of the love feasts without fear. 

5. They were "unstable", "Carried about of 
winds", that is, quick to take up with new doctrines, 
being blind to their dangers, yet with raging zeal 
proclaiming them. 

6. "Whose fruit withereth", like "the wood, hay 
and stubble" of I Cor. 3:13. Such evil teachers and 
workers shall see their work come to an end. 

7. "Wandering stars" (vs. 13), like the "blind 
guides leading the blind." 

January 27, 1940 

8. "Murmurers, complainers, walking after their 
)wn lusts." vs. 16. One who is constantly attack- 
ng others is pretty sure to be covering something 
n his own life. 

9. "Having men's persons in admiration because 
)f advantage." vs. 16. Compare Isa. 5:8, "Woe un- 
;o them that join liouse to house, that lay field to 
'ield, till there be no place, that they may be placed 
ilone in the midst of the earth." Compare also 3 
fohn 9, 10. 

10. "These be they which separate themselves, 
;ensual, not having the Spii'it." vs. 19. This Verse 
leserves meditation rather than comment. 

Seven Marks Of True Believers 

1. "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on 
wur most holy faith." It is evident that the apostle 
neant to teach the necessity of works as well as 

2. "Praying in the Holy Ghost." vs. 20. Tliat is 
)etter business than murmuiing and complaining, 
ind brings better results. 

3. "Keep yourselves in the love of God." vs. 21. 
Manifestly the keeping carries a responsibility on 

the paii of the believer, and is not wholly the work 
of God. 

4. "Looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus 
Christ unto eternal life." Something we are looking 
for is not yet completed. Believers must persevere 
in their trust and loyalty in the Lord. 

5. "Having compassion, making a difference." 
That is, noting that some are deceivers and others 
are deceived. The latter may repent and be restor- 
ed and should be treated with compassion, vs. 22. 

6. "And others save with fear, pulling them out of 
the fire" vs. 23. Although hating the sin, true be- 
lievers do not hate the sinner, but seek to save .all 
whose conscience is not utterly consumed by s'n. 

7. The letter closes, as it began, with a benedic- 
tion upon the faitliful. "Now unto him who is able 
to keep you from falling, and to present you fault- 
less before the presence of his glory with exceeding 
joy. To the only wise God, our Savior, be glory and 
majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever'. 

Since the promise is to the faithful, Jiow impor- 
tant it is to observe 2 Cor. 13:5, "Examine your- 
selves, whether ye be in the faith." — C. F. Y. 


ren s 




lay be you think that Orphan Annie 

Was a little lonely girl, 
Vith one little, lonely dimple, 

And one little lonely curl, 
iut the truth is. Orphan Annie 

Ib a little, lonely doll, 
lade of calico and cotton. 

And she cannot cry at all. 

)nce she had an only brother, 

And five sisters in her home, 
iut these six all broke to pieces, 

Leaving Annie all alone, 
lary loved her little Annie, 

And she kept her many a year, 
■ut, she's now called "mother Marv'' 

With her own dear children near. 

'hese dear children have their doilie=;. 

That can shut their eyes and sleep; 
ome of them can call for "manrnia" 

In a way to make you weep. 
Iut in a box up in the attic, 

Little Orphan Annie sleeps. 
Vhich of you would like to find iier, 

And to take her home for keeps .' 

will tell you what you can do,— 

You can buy another doll, — 
'ou can find a lonely girlie, 

Who hasn't any doll at all. 
ou can give to her the doUie, — 

Tell her that you love her too, 
'hat will make her life more happy. 

And she'll always love you too. 

— Uncle Charlie. 


Mary was having trouble with her 
arithmetic. She just could not seem 
to understand it. One evening, when 
she was getting ready for bed, her 
mother went upstairs to talk to her 
about it. After a few question.s, l.he 
mother said: 

"Did it ever occur to you to ask God 
to help you to understand your frac- 

"Why, no," answered Mary, some- 
what shocked. "God wouldn't pay any 
attention to my arithmetic. I am sup- 
posed to be able to understand it and 
work it out." 

"Let's read Ps. 46:1," answered 
Mother. "Now let's agree to pray 
about this arithmetic matter every 

So many of us read the Bible, but 
we do not think of it or God as a help 
in everyday matters. — 'Junior Life." 


"I cannot go with you, Rob," said 
Kdwin. "I promised Mother that I 
would come home right away." 

"Pshaw!" exclaimed Rob. "We 
would only be gone a very little while, 
and your mother would not ever miss 
you in that time." 

Although Rob continued to urge Ed- 
win to join his crowd of friends a short 
while, Edwin returned home to his 

"I am glad you are on time," she 
said when he arrived. "Your Uncle 
Hal is here with his car, and \'.i:i take 

us to the woods to pick some flowers. 
1 have everything ready, and Uncle 
Hal is waiting for you at (he back 
gate." — "Stoiyland." 


He stooped to pat a small dog's head- 

A tiny thing to do; 
.A.nd yet the dog, remembering, 

Was glad the whole day through. 

He gave a rose into the hand 

Of one who loved it much; 
'Twas just a rose — but, oh, the joy 

That lay in its soft touch! 

He spoke a word so tenderly — 
A word's a wee, small thing; 

And yet it stirred a weary heart 
To hope again and sing! 

—"Boy's Life.' 


By Beatrice McDonald 

I'm very glad that Jesus 
Was once a child like me. 

And that he played as 1 do. 
And knelt at Mary's knee 

To say his prayers at night 

That I say mine at close of day. 


1 like to talk with Jesus 

Before 1 get in bed. 
As if he stood beside me 

With his hand upon my head. 
It seems that I can hear him say, 
"I'm listening to you when you 
("Stories for Primary Children.) 


How Much Doctrine Should Be Given 

In the Evangelist 

(This article prepared for last week's issue of the 
Evangelist, but arrived too late for use therein. — 
Office Editor.) 

Perhaps the treatment of the above topic will dif- 
fer according to the writer. There ai'e those of us 
mindful of some of the trends of Doctrinal preach- 
ing in the Brethren church or among the Dunkard 
people. Apparently there has been a cycle of events. 
Our forefathers laid great stress upon particular 
doctrines, such as Baptism. Later generations 
touched upon these doctrines lightly and some not 
at all unless to minimize their importance. The 
writei' some ten yeai's ago happened to be an ear 
witness to two ministei's of othei- denominations 
talking at Winona Lake, Indiana, during one of our 
Conferences. The one apparently who did not know 
much about the Brethren people asked the other re- 
garding their beliefs and practices. Tlie other an- 
swered, "they are very contentious about non es- 
sentials." At the time we silently differed with the 
answer. However in latei' years it would appear 
that the man on the side lines may not have been so 
far wrong in his appraisal. The last decade has 
brought to light the fact, that we have indeed con- 
tended for things which wei'e of little essential val- 
ue to us over their value to other denominations. 
The things that have made us what we are, and have 
caused us to staiid out as a denomination, have ceas- 
ed to arouse much support among some. Instead 
we have to a large extent, or some have aligned 
themselves with those denominations which hold 
veiy lightly the peculiar doctrines which have made 
the Dunkard people I'espected over the space of two 
hundred years. I rather doubt if there has ever been 
too much doctrinal preaching, perhaps there has 
not been enough of other kinds of preaching. This 
would appear to make the doctrinal stand out above 
the rest. Now the Brethren Evangelist is the only 
Publication peculiarly PSrethren and the only one in 
which we can expect to find treated our Doctrines. 
In no other church jjaper except that of Dunkard 
origin may we look for treatises upon Feet Wash- 
ing, Triune Immersion or the Lord's Supper as we 
practice it. These things cannot be given up with- 
out losing that which has been our strength, even 
in division during the past centuries. Tlie trouble 
that has come to the Dunl<ard people in many i-e- 
spects came when there was neglect of the gi-eat 
doctiines, and an attempt to foi'ce conformity not 
to the scripture commands but to the ideas and in- 
terpretations of various would be Biblical special- 

Tlie Brethren Evangelist should be Brethren in 
more than the Title which appears upon the front 
page. It should be Brethren in content. Those con- 

The Brethren E^ angelist 

tents should not be unmindful of our peculiar doc-j 
trines. Peculiar in the eyes of the world but not so 
in plain Biblical statements. The writer has been 
puzzled and somewhat amused to follow certain 
Commentators who can take some obscure and hid- 
den passage and enlarge upon it, page after page its 
supposed meaning, prophetical, dispensational, the 
entire gamut of imagination and pass over the thir- 
tenth chapter of St. John with the blase statement 
that, "some well meaning people take this literal."] 
If the Brethren Evangelist canot be ascertained to ' 
be different from any other Church paper, it has no 
excuse or justification to wear the name Brethren. 
It has no right to wear the name Brethren and not 
have within its pages those things that are distinct-l 
ly Brethren and which cannot be found spread upon 
the pages of those magazines today which so blat- 
ently herald a certain kind of ISM. To answer the; 
topic of this article specifically would require con-' 
siderable wisdom. The writer lays no claim to this, i 
Personally we believe that the Brethren Evangelist 
should contain so much Doctrine and at such times j 
that any stranger could come into a home where the|i 
paper may be found and indiscriminately pick upj 
any copy of the paper and from its contents ascer-! 
tain that it is what it claims to be, BRETHREN. ' 
— Freeman Ankrum, Linwood, Maryland, Dec, 
28, 1939. 

"We believe in a Christ-lil<e world. 
We know nothing better; 
We can be content with nothing less. 
We cannot live without Christ, 
And we cannot bear to think of men 
Living without Him. 
Christ is our motive, 
And Christ is our end. 
We must give nothing less. 
And we can give nothing more." 


In an English reader a story is told of a little do^ 
who got a large thorn into his foot. He suffered s( 
much tliat he could scarcely walk. A kind man sav] 
him limping along and pitied him. He took the littld 
dog in his arms and carried him home and there 
carefully removed the thorn. Then he put on som( 
salve and bound up the wound and gave the doggie ; 
good dinner, for which he was grateful. 

After a few weeks he returned to the kind man'i 
home and scratched at the door. When the goo( 
man opened the door he was surprised, but please( 
to see his little friend. But he was even more sur 
prised to see that he had brought a big dog witl 
him. Then he found that the big dog also had . 
thom in his foot. The man cured this dog also ani 
both went away happy. 

Now tell me, boys and girls, do you think the lit 
tie dog would make a good missionary ? — C. F. Y. 

lanuai^ 27, 1940 



"Fresli and crisp in his new green attire, the dol- 
ar lay folded in the churchman's billfold. Jingling 
ibout with the pennies and nickles, a little dime 

"You'd better have a good time," the dollar spoke 
through the partition, hearing the noise." "How do 
you know?" The Uttle dime stopped frolicking, 
frightened at the idea. "Because you are going to 
Sunday School." "Do you go to Sunday School?" 
isked the dime of the dollar. "I?" exclaimed the 
laughty dollar in surprise. "Of course not ! I go to 
shows and gasoline stations and parks. Sunday is 
my big day, but I don't spend it in Sunday School, 
rhat's a place for small fry like you." — Oakdale 


The Curse and the Cure 

By H. J. Riner 

Through the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, 
sin was passed on to the whole human race. "As 
through one man sin entered into the world, and 
death by sin, so death has come to all men, because 
all have sinned." Romans 5:12. 

When God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden, 
more than six thousand years ago. He intended them 
to be as Angels, but through temptations and the 
fall they became like Satan. God sent his own Son 
into the woild as a propitiation or remedy for our 
sins. "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. The curse and the cure are both found in Ro- 
mans 6:23. 'The wages of sin is death, but the Gift 
of God is eternal life." 

Jesus said when here upon the earth, "Whosoever 
therefore, shall confess me before men, him will I 
confess before my Father which is in Heaven. But 
whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I al- 
so deny before my Father which is in Heaven." 

After the crucifixion and before His ascension un- 
to the Father, where He awaits His second coining 
Jesus said to His disciples, "Go ye therefore, and 
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the 
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." 
Matt. 28:19. 

When He said this to His disciples He included 
every born-again, saved man in the world, and in 
Ezek. 3:18 he gives us our commission and the pen- 
alty if we fail. Ezekiel, the prophet says, "When I 
say unto the wicked. Thou shalt surely die; and 
thou (meaning His disciples) giveth him not warn- 
ing nor speaketh to warn the wicked man from his 
way to save his life, the same wicked man shall die 

in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thy 
hand." Ezek. 3:18. 

"Now when God sent His son into the world, He 
sent Him not to condemn the world, but that the 
world through Him might be saved." John 3:17. 
God is always pleading with the sinner to come 
home to Him and be saved. He makes the way so 
easy if we could only see it. He says, "Come unto 
iMe, all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I 
will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and 
leam of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart; and 
you shall find rest for your souls; for my yoke is 
easy, and my burden is light." Matt. 11:28-30. 

John 5:24 says, "Verily, verily, I say unto .\ou, he 
that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that 
sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come 
into condemnation, but is passed from death unto 
life." The word says, we shall all receive a just re- 
compense or reward. The saved, born-again man to 
eternal life and joy in the world to come, and the 
sinner to everlasting punishment. 

John records the words of Jesus in the 14th chap- 
ter. "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in 
God, believe also in me. 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 
to prepare a place for you, I will come again to re- 
ceive you unto myself; that where I am there you 
may be also." 

Think of this promise, unsaved ones. In my 
Father's house are many mansions; I go to prepare 
a place for you. If Jesus went to prepare a place for 
you, all you need to do is to prepare yourself for 
that place. And after all the way is easy for one 
that is truly born again. After we once accept 
Christ we are a changed person, and we not only 
don't do the things we once did, but we get so that 
we don't want to go back to the old life of sin and 

Now think of this. A part of the second verse of 
the 14th chapter of John reads: "In my Father's 
house are many mansions." The latter part of the 
same verse reads, "I go to prepare a place foi' you." 
Now if we hire a carpenter to build us a house, it 
will be no better than the material we furnish him 
to build that house. Jesus says, I go to prepai'e a 
place for you, and that place will be just to suit the 
lives that we live while here on earth. If we live 
earnest, consistent. Christian lives, following the 
footsteps of the Master, we shall inherit a mansion 
in the sky prepared for us, for the second verse of 
John 14 says, "In my Father's house are many man- 
sions." Again He says "I go to prepare a place (a 
mansion) for you." 

This is the hope of every saved, born-again man 
and woman in the world. But what is the hope of 
the unsaved man or woman, those yet out in sin? 
The answer to the above question is found in He- 
brews 2:2 and 3. "For if the word spoken by the 


Angels was steadfast, and every transgression and 
disobedience received a just recompense of reward; 
iiow shall we escape if we neglect so great a salva- 
tion." This salvation was bought by the shed blood 
of Jesus Christ, shed on the Cross of Calvary for 
us, and remember that He died, went down into the 
grave and thi'ough the love of God, the Father, who 
gave Him, on the third day He rose again, and if 
we do His will, we too, shall be like Him in the 
Resurrection, but Oh ! what will the unsaved be like 
in that day. 

"At that time, when tlie Son of man shall come 
in all His glory and all the Holy Angels with him, 
then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory; and 
before him shall be gathered all nations; and He 
sliall separate them one from another, as a shep- 
iierd div.'deth his sheep from his goats; and he shall 
set his sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the 

"Tlien shall the King say unto them on his right 
hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the 
Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of 
the world." Matthew 2.5:31-34. 

In the words of the same chapter of Matthew, the 

The Brethren Evangelist| 

41st verse. He says, "Then shall He say also to them 
on the left hand, depart from me, ye cursed, into 
everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his 

Now unsaved one, what is your answer to this? 
Are you not tired of the old life of sin and shame? 
We are either for Him or against Him. There is no 
middle ground. Every time we hear a plea for a 
changed life, to repent and be baptized, and be saved 
and just sit still and do nothing, we reject Him just 
as much as the Israelites rejected Him two thous- 
and years ago when they rejected Him and cruci- 
fied Him. Why not stop serving the devil, the He- 
brew Satan, and the Satan and imps of this world 
and turn to the Savior, this Lamb of God that tak- 
eth away the sins of the world, this Lily of the Val- 
ley, the bright and morning Star, the Prince of this 
world, the fairest of ten thousand to my soul? The 
one who said, "Come unto Me all ye that are heavy 
laden and I will give you rest." "Take my yoke up- 
on 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- 

C.E. Topic for Young People 

(Topic for Feb. 4) 


(Christian Endeavor Day) 

Scripture Lesson: Matt. .'):14-l(i; 
Heb. (i:ll, 12 

Daily Bible Readings 

Endeavoring to be righttous, Titus 

Working out salvation, Pliil. 2:12-16. 

Sluggishness condemned, Prov. (1:6- 

Pressing toward the goal, Phil. •3:10- 

Advice to an "lEndeavorer", Josh. 1 : 

Advice to a minister, 1 Tim. 4:12-10. 


Christian (Endeavor ^ay is as good 
a time as any, and a bet'.er than many, 
to consider what it means to "En- 
deavor." Wo read about old-time 
mountain feuds where later genera- 
tions still feuded long after they had 
forgotten what the original trouble 
was. We think that is foolish and say 
so emphatically and wonder how any- 
one could make such a mistake. But, 
it's just what people — we, ourselves — 
do over and over again. Probably we 
have accepted Christian Endeavor 
with no more thought about its pur- 
pose and what it is intended to do for 

us than the mountaineers gave to their 
feud. It has been handed down to us 
and we have accepted it, many times 
with no more thought than that. To- 
night we are going to discuss what it 
means to "Endeavor." When the 
Founders gave that name to the young 
people's society it must have meant 
something very special to them. 

Christian Endeavor is intended to put 
young people to work for Christ and 
the church. It's purpose is to give 
them a special place in the church life, 
to provide them with activity, to give 
them training in service and to inspire 
t.'hem to better and more spiritual 
lives, all in a .seriously Christian sense. 
That calls for the cooperation of the 
young people themselves, which means 
that they must themselves make some 
endeavor to benefit from these oppor- 
tunities. "Look therefore carefully 
how ye walk, not as unwise, but as 
wise; redeeming the time (buying up 
the opportunity — RV niarg)," Eph. 5: 
15, 16. 

It does not mean that we "Endeavor" 
to be Christians. One becomes Chris- 
tian by living faith in Jesus Christ. No 
amount of "endeavor" creates faith; it 
is a gift of God. But always there is a 
human side to Christianity. That is 
where "endeavoring" enters in. We 
must "endeavor" in the matter of the 
choices, which control our lives, to 
"walk worthily of the calling where- 
with ye were called," Eph. 4:1. We do 
not forget the promise of our Lord that 

"My grace is sufficient for thee," 2 
Cor. 12:9. 

To "Endeavor" means to shed a 
Chris.tian light round about. Every true 
Christian is a "light of the world," 
Matt. 5:14a. He reflects the borrowed 
ray of the One Who said, "I am the 
light of the world," Jn. 8:12. If one 
has this light in his life, he cannot 
hide it as a city set on a hill cannot be 
hidden, Matt. 5:14b. Travelers can see 
the city long before they reach it. Peo- 
ple in the world can see the light of a 
true Christian character at long dis- 

It means, also, to poirposely show 
forth the light of Christian character. 
It would be foolish to light a lamp and 
then hide it. Instead we put it where 
it will do the most good. Matt. 5:15. 
lEven a small light may help much if 
used rightly. Shakespeare said, "How 
far that little candle throws his 
beams!" The Brethren Evangelist ad- 
vises us to "be a lamp on a table, if 
you cannot be a star in the sky." 

To "Endeavor" involves clearing 
everything away that might hinder the 
light. Where people burn kerosene for 
lights it is a daily task to wash lamp 
chimneys. The clean chimney does not ^ 
make more light, but it let* out what 
light there is. The Christian will en- 
deavor to keep the chimney clean. An 
English friend once misquoted Matt. 
5:16 this way: "Let your light so shine 
that men may see it burn." How far 
wrong was he ? 

"M/.s,s-/o//.s- are the footsteps; of the Alniiijliti/ 011 Hix way to final triumph." 

January 27, 1940 


The time measure of our Christian attainment is the degree of our capacity and willingness, even 
eagerness, to share our blessing with others. If you are rejoicing in God's blessing — and if you are a 
child of His, you should be — you will want to share it with othere. Supporting- the work of The Mission- 
iry Board of The Brethren Church offers you a worthy way of doing just that. And Home Missions are 
dtal to the life of the church. — Frank Gehman. 

To "Endeavor" means to put our- 
lelves to the task. Our task is Chris- 
ian living, and helping others. God 
;aves us by grace and kec^s us by 
;race, but that doesn't mean that we 
an live the Christian life without any 
ffort on our part. A young Christian 
sked a celebrated preacher about his 
labit of arising every morning at five 
or prayer and Bible study. "How do 
ou do it'.' Do you pray about it?" 
No," came the quick answer, "I get 
p!" The Bible, you know, condemns 
luggishness, Prov. 6:6-11. 

"Endeavoring" requires the use of 
ur will power. It takes more than 
rayer or an alami clock to get one 
ut early for the Quiet Hour. It takes 
lore than well-wishes and good inten- 
lons to "do whatever He would like 

to have me do." If our mother.s set 
t'he dinner table with well-wishes and 
served us good intentions, we probably 
would not be much satisfied with it. 
Our Lord wants us to do better than 
that, too. That means using our will 
power to cause us to do the things that 
please Him. 

To "Endeavor" means to keep stead- 
ily toward the goal. Paul pressed to- 
ward his goal, Phil. 3:10-14. His is an 
excellent example. When our Lord 
was near to the time of His offering 
up "he steadfastly set his face to go to 
Jerusalem," Lk. 9:51. He held fast 
His purpose and kept His goal in 
sig'ht. The athlete who, in the excite- 
ment of the game, runs to the wrong 
goal may look amusing to the specta- 
tors; but it is a serious thing to him. 

The Endeavorer has a Christian goal 
in sight and he must endeavor to keep 
moving toward it. There are obstacles 
in the way and difficulties to overcome, 
"And we desire that each one of you 
may show th", same diligence unto the 
fulness of hope even to t'he end: that 
ye be not sluggish, but imitators of 
them who through faith and patience 
inherit the promises," Heb. 6:11, 12. 

Questions For Discussion 

1. Are our own efforts necessary in 
Christian living? 

2. How can we please God through 
our "endeavor?" 

3. How can God direct our efforts ? 
i. Name some ways in which En- 

deavorers might be moi'e faithful in 
their "endeavoring." 


And they came, every one whose 
eart stirred him up, and every one 
.'horn his spirit made willing, and they 
rought the Lord's offering. 

Bring ye all the tithes into the store- 
ouse,....and prove me now herewith, 
aith the Lord of hosts, if I will not 
pen you t'he windows of heaven, and 
our you out a blessing. 

Cast thy bread upon the waters, for 
lou shalt find it after many days. 

Do good unto all men. 

Every man shall give as he is able, 
ccording to the blessing of the Lord 
ly God, which he hath given thee. 

Freely ye have received, freely give. 

Give, and it shall be given unto you; 
ood measure, pressed down, and shaK- 
n together, and running over. . .For 
ith the same measure that ye mete 
ithal, it shall be measured to you 

Honor the Lord with thy substance, 
nd with the first fruits of all thine 

If there be first a willing mind, it is 
?cepted according to that a man hath, 
nd not according to that he hafh not. 

Jesus said unto hira. If thou wilt be 
srfect, go and sell that thou hast, and 
ive to the poor, and thou shalt have 
easure in heaven. 

Knowing that whatsoever good thing 
ly man doeth, the same shall he re- 
vive of the Lord, whether he bo bond 
■ free. 

Let each man do according as he 
ith purposed in his heart, not grud- 
gly, or of necessity; for God loveth 
cheerful giver. 

My little children, let us not love in 


"Resting' when we need I'est is as good as working, because it is the 
only thing that makes more work and better work possible. This is 
one reason why every sensible person w-ill observe the Sabbath, .and 
never think that he is "getting ahead of the game" if he works on the 
Lord's Day. He is really, in so doing, falling behind in the game." 

word, neither in tongue; but in deed 
and in truth. 

Not looking, each of you, to 'his own 
things, but each of you also to the 
things of others. 

Of all that thou shalt give me, I will 
surely give the tenth unto thee. 

Provide yourself bags which wax not 
old, a treasure in the heavens that 
faileth not, wliere no thief approach- 
eth, neither moth corrupteth. 

Quench not the Spirit. 

Remember the words of the Lord 
Jesus, how he said. It is more blessed 
to give than to receive. 

Set your affection on things above, 
not on things on the earth. 

There is that scattereth, and yet in- 
creaseth; and there is that withholdeth 
more than is meet, but it tendeth to 
poverty. The liberal soul shall be made 
fat: and he that watereth shall be 
watered also himself. 

Upon the first day of t'he week let 
every one of you lay by him in store, 
as God hath prospered him. 

Vow and pay unto the Lord. 

Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry 
of the poor, he also shall cry himself, 
but shall not be heard. 

Xecute true judgment, and .show 
mercy and compassion every man to 
his brotlier. 

Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus 

Christ, that, though he was rich, yet 
for your sakes he became poor, that 
ye through his poverty might be rich. 
Zealous of good works. — The Evan- 
gelical Endeavorer. 

Bij Cnrroll Van Court 

If a friend does some good deed. 

Tell him so; 
If a friend helps you succeed. 

Tell hira so! 
It costs nothing to include 
Just a bit of gratitude 
In your friendship; don't be crude, 
Tell him so! 

If a friend is making good. 

Tell him so; 
He'd do better, if you would 

Tell him so! 
A bit of real appreciation 
Gives a friend more inspiration; 
Help him with your approbation; 

Tell him so! 

When your friend has reached his goal, 

Tell him so; 
Achievement elevates the soul; 

Tell him so! 
Some day YOU may need a hand 
From the ones who understand; 
Then a friend is truly grand — 

Tell him so! 


The Brethren Evangelist 


In 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, is the one discourse on 
giving that makes needless all other treatment of 
this great theme, and it is noticeable that the two 
chapters not only present every grand principle and 
motive of consecrated giving, but they present sev- 
en paradoxes that are very remarkable. 

These Macedonians seem to have furnished the 
most singular examples of Christian benevolence to 
be found anywhere in sacred Scripture; their giv- 
ing was a sort of reversal of all ordinary experi- 

1. They gave out of the abundance of their pover- 
ty, not out of the plentitude of their wealth. 

2. Theii' willingness exceeded their ability, instead 
of their ability exceeding their willingness. 

3. They were urgent to be allowed to give, rather 
than reluctant; while those who received the gift 
were reluctant to take it, knowing how deep was 
their poverty. 

4. They made the greater gift first (of them- 
selves), and the latter gift was the less (their mon- 
ey). Usually people give the least they can to begin 
with, and have to be .educated up to giving them- 
selves in the very last. 

5. In these chapters value of gift is reckoned not 
by the amount given, but by the degree of willing- 
ness and cheerfulness exhibited. 

6. We are here taught that increase comes not by 
keeping, but by giving ; that the way to get more is 
to give more and the way to lose is to keep. 

7. And the crowning lesson of all is that they re- 
garded giving not as a privation to be evaded and 
avoided, but as a blessing and a privilege to be 
courted and cultivated. 

Can we do better than follow such a glorious ex- 
ample? — Selected. 


By Martha Snell Nicholson 

The o)ie I love went home today, 

Went home to God. I cannot say 

Hoiv I can live the years until 

I see her face again, hoiu fill 

The empty days. I only knoiv 

Yes, KNOW, that some day I shall go 

To her, and hear her voice again, 

And touch her hand. Ah' Love! Till then. 

My chart wpon this lonely sea, 

Those last faint xvords she spoke to me, 

"Dear, keep the home together and 

The boys in school." Sacred command, 

My task until the prize is ivon, — 

Her smile, her ivords, "Belov'd, loell done!" 

The Lord I love went home one day, 

Went home to God. He did not say 

Hoiv long He would be gone, nor ivhen 

He would be coming back again. 

I only hnoiv that He has gone 

To make a place for me. Soyne dawn 

Or evening light He'll come for mel 

Till then there is a task thai He 

Has set for me ,His last command, — 

To preach the Word! heart and hand. 

Be consecrated to His cause. 

Spend strength and pivrse and store, nor pause 

Until that wondrous prize is won, — 

His tender words, "Belov'd, well done!" 


Whatever lessens in any way, even through pre- 
judice or misunderstandings, the results of my ser-( 
vice, must be ruled out, for to influence men for Hin' 
is to be the passion of my life. 


Teach me that 60 minutes make an hour — 16 
ounces one pound, and 100 cents a dollar. 

Help me to live so that I can lie down at night with 
a clear conscience, without a gun under my pillow, 
and unhaunted by the faces of those to whom I have 
brought pam. 

Grant that I may earn my me-1 ticket honestly, and 
that in earning it I may do unto others as I would 
have them do to me. 

Deaden me to the jingle of tainted safety, and to the 
rustle of unholy skirts. 

Blind me to the faults of the other fellow and re- 
veal my own to me. 

Guide me so that each night when I look across tht 
table to my wife, who has been a blessing to me, 
have nothing to conceal. 

Keep me young enough to laugh with the little chil 
dren and sympathetic enough to be considerate witl 
old age. 

And when comes the day of darkened shades, an 
the smell of flowers, — the tread of footsteps in thj 
front yard — 

JVIake the ceremony short 
And the epitaph simple: 

January 27, 1940 



A little girl nine years old greathj 
desired to unite ivith the church but 
was told, much to her distress, that she 
was too jioung. Soon afterward she 
was taken seriously ill and seemed to 
realize that she probably would not get 
well. Her pastor came to see her, and 
she, looking up with tear-filled eyes, 
said to him, "Jesus will understand, 
.von't he?" What do you mean, dear?" 
le asked. "Why, he'll know that I 
vanted to join the church and you 
.vouldn't let me, won't he?" The pas- 
or, overcome by the child's words, hur- 
■iedly called his elders together in 
inited prayer that the little girl's life 
night be spared. Their prayer was 
granted, and as soon as she was able 
:he was taken into the church and 
jroved her sincerity by her faithful 
Christian life. — From The Sunday 
School Times. 

Small PI 


'ake time to live; 

^he world has much to give, 

)f faith and hope and love : 

)f faith that life is good, 

'hat human brotherhood 

•hall no illusion prove; 

)f hope that future years 

Ihall bring the best, in spite 

)f those whose darkened sight 

Vould stir our doubts and fears; 

)f love, that makes of life 

Viih all its griefs, a song; 

u friend, of conquered wrong; 

,. sjTiiphony, of strife. 

'ake time to live, 

for to vain mammon give 

'our fruitful years. 

— T. C. C. in Gratis, 0., church 


At the Carleton, Nebraska, Brethren 
'hurch on December 24, 1939, Roma 
largaret Bryant became the bride of 
/endell Albert Pearson. The wedding 
3ok place at 4 P. M., in the presence 
f the immediate families and a few 
ivited guests. 

They were attended by the bride's 
:ster and brother-in-law, Mr. and 
Irs. Keith Sexton, of Fairburg. The 
ng bearer was a neice of the bride, 
he ring ceremony was used and the 
^remony was by the undersigned. 

The bride has been a school teacher 
nd one of our fine Carleton girls, 
he was active in church work when 
t home. 

The groom is employed at Horton 
ansas, where the happy young couple 
ill reside. The good wishes of their 
lany friends accompany them. 

A. B. Cover. 


"Father, where shall I work today?" 

And my love flowed warm and free. 
Then He pointed me out a tiny spot 

And said, "Tend that for me." 
I answered quickly, "Oh no, not there; 

Why no one would ever see, 
No matter how well my work was 

Not that little place for me!" 

And the word He spoke, it was not 
He answered me tenderly, 
"Ah, little one search that heart of 
thine ; 
Art thou working for them, or me? 
Nazareth was a little place. 

And so was Galilee." Anon. 

meetings closed with the observance 
of communion services. 

These few lines have been written 
that others may rejoice with us in our 

In His Service, 
Mrs. Mildred M. Dague, Sec. 
Highland Brethren Church. 

NEWS from the FIELD 


A two-weeks' revival at the High- 
land Brethren Church, near Marianna, 
Pa., closed Friday evening, Jan. 12th. 
With Dr. L. O. McCartneysmith, evan- 
gelist, and brother Louis Sorter, mus- 
ical director, both of Waterloo. Iowa, 
we had a victorious campaign. A fine 
spirit prevailed throughout the meet- 
ings and attendance was good in spite 
of the fact that we had some very se- 
vere winter weather accompanied by 
plenty of snow. 

On New Year's eve, the first night 
of the meeting, we had a sacred rede- 
dication service with many rededicat- 
ing their lives to the Lord. Later on 
during the meetings there were six- 
teen who made confession of faith and 
one who came to us from another de- 
nomination. This made a total of 
seventeen new members added to our 
church roll. 

Tlie Lord doeth all things well and 
we surely believe He did well in choos- 
ing such a fine specimen of manhood, 
spiritually as well as mentally and 
physically to expound His precious 
truths. We refer to our good Brother, 
Dr. McCartneysmith. We admire him 
for his firm stand in the Brethren 
faith and for his untiring efforts to 
win lost souls for the kingdom. 

The work of Brother Sortor as musi- 
cal director was greatly appreciated. 
He enjoyed working with our young 
people and they with him. 

Both Dr. McCartneysmith and 
Brother Sortor made a host of friends 
while here at Highland and we shall 
not soon forget them and the fine fel- 
lowship we had together. 

As a fitting climax to our meeting, 
baptismal services were conducted Fri- 
day afternoon, Jan. 12th, at the Mason- 
towm Brethren Church, with our pas- 
tor. Rev. G. L. Baker baptizing seven- 
teen applicants. That evening all 
were accepted into fellowship and the 


We with all the world have entered 
the portals of another New Year. It 
is a sobering fact that another year 
has been added to- the history of each 
and every life. What is true individ- 
ually is likewise true of churches. 
History has been made whether writ- 
ten or not in the annuals of time; eter- 
nally, the facts are recorded. And 
with the poet we say, "Our todays and 
yesterdays are the blocks with which 
we build." 

Another Christmas season with its 
opportunity to reemphasize the fact of 
our Savior's birth has come and gone. 
Has it left the impress of a deeper de- 
votion to our Lord and Christ, or was 
it but the passing of an opportunity 
unheeded We should ponder this 

tremendous truth. As a church, we 
are happy in reporting our holiday ac- 
tivities. Our new superintendent of 
the Bible School, Mrs. Jennie Lietsch, 
at one of our Cabinet Meetings pro- 
posed that instead of giving the usual 
treat to the school that we give a 
Christmas dinner. The suggestion 
was considered and consequently un- 
dertaken. It proved successful. There 
was a fine response in attendance, and 
a splendid spirit of cooperation by the 
entire school. So when the evening 
arrived the social room of the church 
was beautifully decorated and a happy 
people sat down to enjoy the occasion. 
It was arranged that the different 
classes and departments be seated to- 
gether. Also each class was given the 
task of their own decorating, and in 
the effort to excel artistic creations 
adorned the tables. There was ample 
provision of food and all present 
seemed to enjoy the occasion fully. 
After the festivities, a program of 
Christmas carols was given, again 
featuring the classes. The plan met 
the approval of all concerned and was 
voted a decided success. 

With this good spirit prevailing, we 
entered into the services of the Lord's 
day, or the day upon which the Christ- 
mas message was given by the pastor 
in the morning and the Cliristmas pro- 
gram in the evening. A beautiful play 
was given under the direction of Mrs. 
Ella Miller, one of our faithful teach- 
ers. After a very fine presentation of 
this play, The White Gift Offering was 
received, under direction of the pastor. 
Gifts of substance included food for 
the needy. The regular White Gift 
Offering of money was then received. 
(The report of this amount has not 
yet been given the writer). Follow- 
ing this an invitation was given for the 
gift of self. In response, five fine 


The Brethren Evangelisi 

girls presented themselves for confes- 
sion of Jesus as their personal Savior. 
At the morning service preceding this 
service, thrd fine girls also responied 
to the invitation and in beautiful sim- 
ple faith confessed Jesus as Savioi- 
Tlie preceding Lord's day, also another 
fine girl from one of our faithful fam- 
ilies made the great confession. Nat- 
urally, we rejoice in the salvation of 
precious souls, and your humble ser- 
vant, the writer, believes in just that 
kind of expression in celebration of 
our Savior's birth. Since Christmas, 
the pastor has been assured of other 
precious souls desirous of taking this 
great step in life. Pray for us that 
God may keep us humble and witness 
through our ministry to the salvation 
of souls and the buildin-i; of Christian 

A. B. Cover. 


We are continuing happy in the 
work of our Lord in this part of His 
earthly vineyard. There is a spirit of 
unity existing which tends to make for 
advancement, 'a house divided against 
itself cannot stand', for which we do 
not forget to thank our Heavenly 
Father daily. 

Our fall-winter effort was begun 
with our Rally-Day and Homecoming 
services combined. This proved to be 
a day of great blessing to a large re- 
presentation of our congregation alonT 
with many friends. For the morning 

service Brother John Kiracofe, one of 
rur efficient lay-men, was the speak- 
er. It warmed our hearts to sit in the 
audience and listen to his earnest in- 
spiring words. This service was fol- 
lowed with a fellowship dinner. There 
were some 135 who partook of this 
meal and again our spirits were knit 
more closely together in brotherly 
love. At the afternoon service Rev. 
C. C. Grisso, our neighboring pastor 
delivered a splendid and heart search- 
ing gospel message Our fall Com- 
munion was the next service oi inter- 
est and was quite well attended con- 
sidering the amount of sickness in the 

Tlie last Sunday in November we 
opened our revival and soul saving 
campaign. These services were con- 
ducted by Brother C. Y. Gilmer with 
iVIr. Cecil Stephenson a local man con- 
ducting the song service. These men 
made a good team, working together 
in peace and harmony, in a united ef- 
fort to tell the story of the Gospel in 
sermon and song to the lost. We 
found Rev. Gilmer a fearless gospel 
preacher untiring in his effort to serve 
the Lord with efficiency. He won 
many friends in this community. As 
is too often the case it was difficult to 
draw the unsaved into the services. We 
believe the gospel truth still holds, 
"Faith Cometh by hearing and hearing 
by the WORD of God." In spite of all 
hindrances the church body was reviv- 
ed and two precious souls were receiv- 

ed into the church. We entertainen 
the Evangelist in our home and learn) 
ed to know him better and to love him 
more. Thanks Brother Gilmer ani: 
Burlington for your labors. Some oi: 
our West Alexandria Brethren wern, 
present for nearly every service, i 
Brother Grisso and his New Lebanoi' 
people were in attendance two evemj 
ings. We will remember these kind;! 
nsses, brethren. Your presence madil] 
the work more pleasant. ] 

At the Christmas season our Sun i 
day School presented the beautifu , 
pageant, "Why The Chimes Rang" thcj 
climaxing scene of the service was tb! 
tableau of presenting gifts to thi'' 
New-Born babe. A very nice WHITE'; 
GIFT was brought to present to th(| 
National Sunday School board. 

Only recently, Olive succeeded in or 
ganizing a senior S. M. M. There hai! 
been no such organization for man; 
years. The girls are taking hold o 
the work with such zeal which will m.; 
doubt mean success to this newest adil 
venture. ' 

We are looking forward with assur- 
ance and faith, knowing that if we re' 
main true and faithful to our Lord, H', 
will not suffer us defeat. "This is th* 
victory that overcometh the world; 
even our faith." — "Be thou faithfu 
unto death and I vnll give you a crow!'l! 
of LIFE." Pray for our worli here a; 
we are praying for you. Our highes] 
desire is to please Him. 

A. E. Whittec, 


The Linwood people have just cause 
for rejoicing with the advent of the 
new year. They have wiped from the 
slate, the fourteen hundred dollar debt 
against the parsonage, in eighteen 
months. For the previous seven years 
before we came upon the field, just 
the interest had been kept up. This 
freeing of the parsonage of debt, is 
the result of a goal, and working to- 
ward that end. This building was 
purchased some fifteen years ago 
when the estate of a former Elevator 
operator was settled. The price paid, 
or agreed upon was $4, .500.00. The 
parsonage is located just across the 
parking lot from the church making a 
very complete plant, of which no 
church need be ashamed. The beauti- 
ful parsonage is modern in every de- 
tail. Heated by hot water, four rooms 
down stairs, four up, the attic finish- 
ed including a room up there. There 
is a full basement with plastered ceil- 
ing, with a fruit cave on a yet lower 
level from the basement. There are 
five out buildings, one which houses 
the well and pump which supplies the 
house with water from a deep well un- 
der pressure. The house is plentiful- 
ly supplied with closets, also a laun- 
dry chute accessible from both floors. 
The floors down stairs with the excep- 
tion of the .kitchen are hard wood and 
are of a beautiful parquetry. The 






building is practically furnished. Jua' 
a year ago the kitchen range was rei 
placed with a new one. The Churc 
and the parsonage are situated on , 
knoll overlooking the village of Lir 
wood, and beautiful Pipe Creek Va 
ley. This is one of the beauty spot 
of Carroll County, Maryland. Th 
Blue Ridge Mountains are visible som, 
ten miles to the West. The liquidatin. 
of the debt has been done with out th' 
neglect of any of the church work. A 
departments of the church are in goo 
shape, and all treasuries have a ba 
ance in them. The stopper has bee 
put back into the red ink bottle, fc 
good, we hope. 

New members have been added, tw> 
since the last report, as a result c 
Brother John Locke's meeting. Th 
church and parsonage are located on 
black top road, and the village upo 
the main line of the Western Marylan 
Railroad. There are plans for improvt 
ments, mainly up keep in the openin' 
of Spring to both church and parsoi 
age. From the church belfrey, th 
town of New Windsor, the home ( 
Blue Ridge College, can be seen twi 
and a half miles to the East. Unio 
Bridge, the same distance to the Wes 
may also be seen. The Linwooi! 
church merits the high esteem of th'! 
people of this part of the state, i j 
which it is held. 

Freeman Ankrum, Pasto<l 

Vol. LXII, No. 5 

February 3, 1940 

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Brethren Svangelist 

The C. E. Pledge 

Trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ for 
strength I promise Him that I will strive to 
do whatever He would like to have me do; 
that I will make it the rule of my life to pray 
and read the Bible every day, and to support 
my own Church in every way, especially by 
attending her regular Sunday and mid-week 
services, unless prevented by some reason 
that I can conscientiously give to my Savior, 
and that just as far as I know how, through- 
out my whole life, I will endeavor to lead a 
Christian life. 

As an active member. . . .1 promise to be 
true to all my duties, to be present at and to 
take some part, aside from singing, in every 
Christian Endeavor Prayer Meeting, unless 
hindered by some reason which I can give to 
my Lord and Master. If obliged to be ab- 
sent from the monthly consecration meeting 
of the society, I will, if possible, send at least 
a verse of Scripture to be read in response 
to mv name at the roll call. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


The F 




"As thy servant was busy here and 
there, he was gone." I Kings 20:40. 
Read Matthew 25:24-30. 

The most tragic example of our 
thought is that of the watchman, at a 
certain railroad bridge, who neglected 
to care for his lantern, and in an hour 
of dire need, waved an empty lantern 
in the darkness of the night to flag a 
passenger train from crossing a tot- 
tering bridge spanning a yawning riv- 
er chasm. In the years of unbalanced 
mentality which followed the one 
tragic cry which echoed from his lips 
was, "If I only had, oh, if I only had." 

Opportunity neglected is like that. 
Men may have excellent opportunities, 
but if they lack moral earnestness, it 
is all in vain. In almost every case, 
Jesus condemned not the doing of 
wrong, but the failing to do right. 
This is a biting charge, "in as much 
as ye did it not." First things first. 
Opportunity embraced means the en- 
joyment of peace and power. 


" Follow me " Mark 2:14. 

Read Mark 2:13-13. 

Christ is ever passing by, passing by 
the home, the office, the school, the 
shop, the store, the mill, the factory, 
the .iail, the hospital, the courts. He 
touches life on every side and mingles 
with the milling, jostling crowd. The 
opportunity to follow Him presents it- 
self today, and His call to discipleship 
and service is as patent today as in 
the days of His flesh. 

Men have always been willing lo 
.shout for and follow with leader's 
counselling violence and filled with 
hate. Christ calls men to be His dis- 
ciples in a holy and righteous calling. 
The essence of a cause is how willini^ 
those who espouse it follow their 


"....Give attendance to reading." 
I Tim. 4:13. Read 1 Tim. 4:1-16. 

Not without reason is the accusation 
that America has at least three types 
of mind: a comic-strip, a motion-pic- 
ture, and a gossip-column mind. Of 
course, these characterizations are 
not all-inclusive. Thank God for our 
untold thousands who read books and 
THE BOOK. These readers are ser- 
ious minded and serious in thought. It 
is a cause for congratulation that 

there is this vast host wlio still stand 
for the good taste, and high ideals, 
and personal honor which universally 
characterizes the sincere Christian. 

No higher honor can be accorded any 
individual than to find himself or her- 
self included in the list of those who 
compose the company of conservators 
of the best things of life. 



"My son, if sinners entice thee con- 
sent thou not." Proverbs 1:10. Read 
I Kings 12:6-11. 

We have often heard the phrase, 
"When in Rome, do as the Romans do." 
There is a tendency to yield to flat- 
tery, especially when the course sug- 
gested conforms to that which pleases 
our vanity. Too much we tend to ask 
ourselves, "what is the crowd doing, 
or what will others say." 

A grandson of Robert Bruce, being 
urged to do a dishonorable thing, said 
proudly, "I cannot do it, I bear the 
name of Bruce." What finer thing 
could be written of the Christian than 
that he bore with honor the name of 


"Grow in grace and in the knowl- 
edge of our Lord and Savior Jesus 
Christ." 11 Peter 3:18. Read II Peter 

"Growth" looks both forward and 
backward. Any attempt at measure- 
ment, be that in development of 
character, or otherwise, and character 
study requires retrospection — requires 
a point of starting, and goals to deter- 
mine our present status in character 
stature. We must at least start with 
the point at which we closed our last 

So shall we ask ourselves those ques- 
tions that shall enable us to determine 
liow far we have gone. Have we 
grown in place? Do we know Christ 
better? Have we gone forward and 
backward in our spiritual experiences? 


"...Love is of God; and every one 
that loveth is born of God. ..." I John 
4:7. Read 1 John 4:7-15. 

Is it possible for men to reach or 
realize the high standard of Christ- 
love which John here sets forth in his 
Epistle ? When faced with this ideal, a 
certain woman said, "It's just against 
human nature," which is true, but 
this is not a case of human nature, but 
one of the Divine. A Christian — real — 
ran not be else than "a partaker of 
the Divine nature, having escaped the 
corruption that is in the world." Only 
i'l yielded lives is Christ made perfect 
in love. 


"I delight to do thy will, my God: 
yea, thy law is within my heart." 
Psalm 40:8. Read John 15:9-14. 

There are many kinds of obedience 
beyond and apart from that which is 
prompted of love. There is obedience 
that follows argument, persuaded obe- 
dience; there is obedience after delay, 
delayed obedience; there is "sulky" 
obdience; "do not care" obedience. 
Obedience given in the fear of the re- 
sults of disobedience is a sort of slav- 
ery. Obedience given because of love 
is sonship. Christianity is not a life 
of obedience rendered by schedule. 
Christ in love is spontaneous — love 
rendered out of love for a Person, 
that Person, our Lord and Master, The 
Friend of friends. 

It requires will power to make a de- 
cision; more to live up to it. 



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Every great new movement in the world requires 
the training of a generation to bring it to pass. 
The Israelites who left Egypt all died in the wilder- 
ness, except two. The conquest of Canaan required 
a people inured to the hardships of the desert, mold- 
ed by common experiences into one organic body, 
and trained to obey leadership in conquest. The Re- 
formation required the translation, printing and dif- 
fusion of the Bible in preparation for the response 
of the masses to the slogan of heroic Luther, "The 
just shall live by faith." 

When, fifty years ago, Francis E. Clark, a wide- 
awake young pastor in Maine, considered the unused 
energy represented by the young people of the 
churchs, he prayed for light as to how best to utilize 
it, and light was given him. In the colonial church- 
es of America it was the custom for a good deacon 
to carry about during the meetings, a rod with a 
cats paw at one end and a hare's tail at the other. 
The hare's tail was to tickle the ears of the sleep- 
ing adults, and the cat's paw was to tap the heads 
of the mischievous youngsters. 

The i-eminding rod has passed with the old form 
of conducting church worship. If sermons fail to 
keep the adults awake they begin to seek a new pas- 
tor. If they fail to inspire young people to work 
there will soon be no young people. Modem life 
has brought so many and diverse activities to the 
young people that the appeal of the chuch must be 
very strong in order to attract and hold them. 

But the appeal of the church is strong. When 
properly presented there is nothing on earth to rival 
it. What comparison is there between running a 
race to gain a Marathon prize and running the race 
whose prize is eternal life? What glory can the 
foot-ball field offer that can rival the glory of the 
mansion of character that the church is helping to 
build? And what titles or degrees can lodges or 
colleges or armies give, that can hold a candle to the 
glory of being a son or daughter of the living God ? 

Tliere was a young man named Saul, who had 
wealth and learning and fame and power. He could 
have been a world leader in any line of his choosing. 
But one day there shone upon him a light out of 
heaven and he heard the voice of the Son of God 
calling him. From that day forward his only ques- 
tion was, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" 
He looked at his wealth and his learning and his 
fame and his power, and all the other things that 
the world had to offer, and he said firmly and final- 

ly, "None of these things move ME. . , .1 count all 
things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge 
of Christ Jesus my Lord." 

His foi-mer friends became his enemies. They 
covered him with libels ; they bound him with chains 
and lashed him with rods. In his far flung journeys 
he suffered hunger and thirst and cold and weari- 
ness, but still he toiled on and on, toward the mark 
of the price of the high calling in Christ Jesus, un- 
til at last he could cry in exultation, "I have fought 
a good fight. I have kept the faith. Henceforth 
there is laid up for me a crov^Ti of righteousness." 
That reward was worth more than all the world 
could offer, and that life has inspired the young 
people of all generations since, to look beyond the 
pleasures and gains of the moment to the eternal 
reward that awaits the faithful in the kingdom of 

Francis E. Clai'k organized the young people into 
societies with obligations and new methods of ser- 
vice, and these societies multiplied until all around 
the Christian World the churches took on new life 
because of the activities of the young people. Thir- 
ty years of training in Christian service prepai'ed 
the new generation to put its foot upon the hydra- 
headed monster of intemperance. Then came the 
world war and millions of young men were subjected 
to the brutalizing influences of wholesale murder. 
Many of them returned home with habits and ways 
of thinking that hindered spiritual living and active 
working in the church. 

The work of reform has therefore gone backward. 
But it is not dead. Faith has not perished from the 
earth. The high and heroic cause of righteousness 


The Family Altar 2 

"The Call of Christian Endeavor"— Editorial S 

"Endeavoring" 4 

Interesting Notes and News 4 

"Christ Calls" 5, (> 

"Christian Endeavor Reminders" — Mildred Furry 7 

Contributing Editor's Page 8 

"Remember Now Thy Creator" — Delbert B. Flora 9 

Perfidy of the Liquor Business 10 

"Moving Out" — Selected 10 

"Endeavorers, Are You There?" — Frank Gehman 11 

"For Christ and the Church" — Venion D. Grisso 12 

"More of the False Than of the Trae"— Grant Mahan . . 13 

C. E. Topic 14 

News from the Field 15, 10 

Our Beloved Dead 16 

The Brethren Evang^elist 

has not lost its appeal to youth. The church of the 
present generation finds itself in the surging tides 
of a transition period. It must hold high its stand- 
ards that they may be the beacon lights of the 
promised land. The church may have its back to 
the wall, but it is not surrendering. It is mobilizing 
its foi'ces. It is calling its youth to the front ranks 
of Cliristian Endeavor. Their arms are not carnal, 
but mighty to the pulling down of strong holds, and 
another fifty years will see the standards of the 
cross planted over the citadels of a new and better 

Well may the old veterans say, "Would God that I 
were a youth once moi'e, that I might join in the 
mighty conquest of an organized world, and help to 
make Christian its laws and customs, its industries 
and schools, its individuals and its governments." 
Blessed are those young people, who, in the ranks 
of Christian Endeavor, see the vision and hear the 
call of the King of kings. — C. F. Y. 


In this number of the Evangelist we are 'Endeav- 
oring" to give credit to, evaluate and encourage, 
that auxiliary of the chui'ch comprehended under 
the name of Christian Endeavor. The organization 
may as properly be known under the appelation of 
Luther League, Epworth League, or any other name 
which comprehends the enlisting and encouraging 
of the youth of the church in active participation in 
the work of the denomination. 

In a day when we are told that there are no con- 
quests to be made, no lands left to conquer, no bat- 
tlements to scale to rescue a fair lady, — just noth- 
ing challenging the chivalry and prowess of the 
youth of today — we wish to remark that not all 
prowess is jihysical, and that the realms of the men- 
tal and spiritual offer as large oppoilunity for the 
display of real courage and the exei'cise of physical 
prowess as in any previous days. The antagonists 
of humanity's welfare may come in different guise, 
but they are just as subtle and as certainly destruc- 
tive of soul and body as when they wore coats of 
mail and attacked upon mighty chargei's. Not the 
opportunity is lacking, for the testing of courage, 
but the willingness to meet the test, to suffer and 
be strong." We must be of "sterner stuff." "For 
Christ and the church." 

The Law oF Love 

Whatever affects hurtfully the earnestness and 
clearness of my witness to Jesus Christ before oth- 
ers must be ruled out for it was His parting wish 
that I be a witness for Him to all men. 

Interesting Notes and News 

A BULLETIN from our church at Fremont, Ohio, tells of 
the organization of a Laymen's Group. The men and boys i 
of the group will meet on the same nights as the W. M. S. 
Let us hear more of this new organization. Brother Vanator. 

FROM THE pages of one of our church Bulletins we glean i 
the information that the Annual Spring tour of the Ashland 
College, A Capella Choir is already arranged. We shall be 
looking forward to the pleasure of publishing the choir's | 
itinerary sometime in the near future. 

FROM THE BULLETIN of the Elkhart, Indiana Breth- 
ren church come echoes of a building program in the offing. 
It is always a proof of growth when a congregation begins ! 
to talk new church building. We shall be looking for further j 
and encouraging reports on this project from time to time. i 

FROM A BULLETIN of a neighboring congregation, we \ 
learn that brother Charles Johnson, formerly of California, ' 
has begun his work at Mexico, Indiana, as pastor. Brother , 
Johnson takes up the work formerly cared for by brother J. 
G. Dodds, now pastor at Smithville, Ohio. We also noted in 
recent correspondence that brother H. E. Eppley has taken 
the pastoral care of the Brethren church at Cambria, Ind. 

A SUBSTANTIAL and tangible evidence of their appre- 
ciation of their pastor's ministry was given brother Claud 
Studebaker at the quarterly business meeting of the Goshen 
congregation. Steps to help the congregation to eliminate 
the church debt systematically and easily were also adopted . 
at the quarterly meeting. 

WORD COMES of the gradual recovery being experienced I 
by brother S. M. Whetstone, from the recent attack of arth- 
ritis which compelled him to relinquish his active ministerial I 
services for a few weeks. The prayers of the brotherhood ij 
are for a speedy and complete recovery and restoration to ■• 
the service which characterizes Brother Whetstone's work .j 
in the ministry. 

THE ARTICLE appearing on page 5 of this issue is taken 
from a folder issued by the International Society of C. E., 41 
Mt. Vernon St., Boston, Massachusetts. These folders sold 
at 25c each, and have an accompanying Program Guide, 
which serves as a work book for the society. The Program 
Guide gives detailed suggestions as to how the committees 
and officers of the society should proceed in carrying out 
the Program of Activities. 

The following from the Church Bulletin from : 
Nappanee, Indiana, where J. Milton Bowman is pas- 
tor, needs no comment but this acknowledgement! 
of its authorship: 

"PASTOR'S MESSAGE: Someone has said, "You cam 
give without loving but you cannot love without giving." 
This was true of God especially, for He loved ihe world — 
which means you — so much, that He could not help but 
give what He loved most dearly, His only Son, in loving 
sacrifice to bewildered humanity. Since Americans gen- 
erally have not learned to say, "Thank you," why not •: 
show your appreciation to God by coming to His church to . 
learn more of Him ? Why not give a liberal HOME MIS- 
SION OFFERING to help build His church? For .^f ter ; 
all, out of the heart come the issues of life, and when the 
heart is right we want to do our part to give the Gospel 
to others." 

i'ebiuary 3, 1940 

A Program of Activities 


Christian Endeavor Societies and 





Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the 
International Society of Christian Eiideavor 

and released at the biennial 

International Convention at Cleveland, Ohio 

July 6-11. 1939 

Inteimational Society of Christian Endeavor 

41 Mt. Vernon Street Boston, Massachusetts 

Christ Calls to Personal Christian Experience 
and Growth. 

A. Every active Endeavorer definitely ac- 
knowledging his open commitment to Jesus 
Christ as Saviour and Lord. 

Strive continually to maintain personal Christian 

experience as the basis for members'hip in the 


Reach young people who ai'e not Christians with 

a view to winning them to the acceptance of Je- 

.sus Christ and His way of life. 

B. Every active Endeavorer striving for per- 
sonal growth in Christian living. 

Make a habit of Bible study. 
Read the best leligious literature. 
Establish private devotional practices. 
Participate frequently in public worship. 
Cultivate Christian friendships. 
Lay the foundations for happy and successful 
home life. 

Recognize always the supreme authority of 
Christ in all matters of personal and social con- 

C. Encourage the personal growth of all mem- 
bers in the society. 

Enroll every reachable person as a Comrade of 
the Quiet Hour. 

Promote regular attendance at the worship ser- 
vices of the church. 

Enlist Endeavorers and other Christians as tith- 
ers, and enroll them as members of the Tenth 

Set every Endeavorer actively at work in the so- 
ciety and church, each having one or more speci- 
fic tasks and responsibilities. 
Give frequent opportunity to young people to 
speak in testimony of their Christian experience. 
Encourage all members to influence others to 
commit their lives to Christ, using such means as 

prayer groups, 

personal workers' bands, 

pre-Easter meetings, 

decision services, 

pastors' study classes. 
Promote participation in active enterprises of Ihe 

D. Use the Christian Endeavor covenant as 
a basis of membership, relating the indi- 
vidual to Christ, to the organized group, 
and, indii'ectly, to the larger program for 
young people in the church and in the 

E. Establish some plan of personal counseling 
on the problems of young people, such as 
(1) choosing vocations in terms of first 
and second preferences, (2) finding Cliris- 
tian values in one's work, (3) using recrea- 
tion as a means of character growth. 

Use pastoral interviews, 

question-and-answer periods, 
guided discussion, 
and other methods. 

Christ Calls to Church Loyalty and Fellowship. 

A. Encourage .young people to be loyal, thor- 
ough, and effective, in church membership, 
church attendance, church financial sup- 

B. Enrich public and private worship by study 
and adaptation of methods and elements of 

(Examples: art, hymns, prayers, responses, sym- 
bols, improved meeting place.) 

C. Share actively in the total educational ]iro- 
gram of the church, through 

Representation of each society in the church's 

committee on young people's work (or Christian 

education ) ; 

Leadership training classes and courses; 

Graded Christian Endeavor (one society, or iiiore, 

for each definite age group) ; 

An adult counselor for each High School an<l 

Young People's society; 

Cooperation with church school activities, as in 

recruiting youth for teaching and leading classes. 

D. Dedicate individuals and the group to de- 
finite forward steps in helping the churcli 
to grow and to discharge its responsibil- 

(E.xamples: evangelistic campaign sponsored or 
aided; united Christian program in the com- 
munity promoted; youth enrolled in definite 

The Brethren Evangelist 

training program for society and church leader- 
E. Emphasize through study and example the 
principle that every Christian is a steward 
of his time, talents, money, and life, all of 
which belong to God. 

III. Christ Calls to Christian Action in the Com- 

A. Unite with other Christian forces to evan- 
gelize the community. 

(Examples: community vacation Bible schools; 
visits to homes in a given area; reaching new- 
comers as they enter the community; public 
meetings; cooperation with local missions.) 

B. Promote and improve local cooperation and 
unity among Christian groups. 

Support the local union of Christian Endeavor. 
Encourage fellowship with other youth groups, 
interdenominational activities, missionary groups, 
peace groups, good citizenship and temperance 
groups, etc., which have kindred ideals and pur- 
poses in the development of a Christian commun- 

C. Sponsor and conduct recreational pro- 
grams that will improve the use of leisure 

Christian Endeavor recreational events bettered, 
given more variety, and opened on occasion .o 
larger numbers of the youth of the community. 
Cooperate with other agencies (sucii as schools 
and colleges. Christian associations. Allied Youth, 
and athletic leagues ) to raise the standards for 
youth's good times. 

Locate specialists in the various constructive 
hobbies and cultural interests, helping young 
people to know these men and women and to 
learn new skills and interests from them. 

D. Join with other constructive forces for 
civic betterment. 

Promote law observance and enforcement. 
Remedy prejudice and injustice. 
Protect Sunday, the Lord's Day, from commer- 
cialism and irreligious uses. 

Deal with the issues of gambling, unwholesome 
moving-pictures, harmful reading-matter, habit- 
forming drugs, the use of alcohol, and any other 
forces detrimental to the Christian development 
of youth. 

Strengthen organizations and programs which 
aid interracial goodwill and the preservation of 
minority rights. 

E. Seek facts and form Christian attitudes on 
economic justice and the protection of pro- 
ducers, workers, and consumers. 

Study and utilize the principle of cooperatives, 
including credit unions. 

Interest labor union groups, employers, and the 
churches in knowing and understanding one an- 

By study groups, demonstrations, and exhibits 
aid Christian youth to become intelligently Chris- 
tian in the use of buying power, personal budget- 
ing, and contributions to religion and social ser- 

IV. Christ Calls to Christian Citizenship in Nation 
and World. 

A. Support Christian missions around the 
world .... for Chiist calls all men unto i 

Promote missions by prayer, special meetings, 
circulation and study of mission books and maga- 
zines, drama, films, and guest speakers. 
Contribute to denominational and interdenomin- 
ational missionary activities, the latter to include 
the influential work of the World's Christian En- 
deavor Union in mission lands. 

B. Bring together Christian youth around the 
world in fellowship and understanding. 

Study the history and culture of other peoples 
and their contributions to mankind. 
Read, circulate, and discuss books and pamphlets 
on peace and ways to attain it. 
Participate in in'emational travel and in widely 
representative gatherings, such as the Internat- 
ional and World's Christian Endeavor Conven- 

C. Promote the World Peace Fellowship of 
Christian Endeavor, and other steps to- 
ward peace. 

The World Peace Fellowship is an enrollment 
of Christian lEndeavorers and all friends of peace ■ 
for the study of and concerted action on current 
strategic points in the cause of peace. Its faitli 
is that mankind is one great brotherhood, in- 
divisible alike by social position, religion, nat- 
ionality or color, God being Father of all. Its aim i 
is to destroy those barriers which separate man - 
from man, to substitute for them a Christian 
comradeship, and to foster "the spirit that does 
away with the occasion of wars." It seeks to i 
unite believers in peace in fellowship and devo- 
tion to an ideal rather than to singleness of meth- 
od in attaining it. 

D. Attack national and world problems of mal- 
adjustment, suffering, and oppression. 

Know the facts behind narrow prejudices that ' 

affect minority races and groups. 

Encourage friendly relations with other races. 

Study the causes of crime, and arrive at ideals 

and practices that seek to off.set these causes 

and to set high examples. 

Strengthen goodwill among Catholics, Jews, and 


E. Educate concerning the harmful effects of 
alcohol and other narcotics, including to- 
bacco, with particular reference to effects 
wrought among adolescent boys and among 
girls and women. 

Campaign against advertising for liquor and 
cigarettes, in whatever medium used: magazine, 
billboards, newspapers, moving pictures, radio. 
Inform the public of alcohol's menaces to public 
health and to public safety (as in automobile ac- 

Plan education against narcotics, utilizing meet- 
ings, addresses, books, charts, laboratory demon- 
strations, quiz programs, radio presentations, etc. 
Support local, and larger, campaigns for strict 
regulation of the liquor trade, including restric- 
tion of hours of sale, looking toward elimination 
of the sale of alcoholic be\erages. 

Febi-uai-y 3, 1940 

Christian Endeavor Reminders 
Mildred Furry, JohListown, Pa. 

Every year between Christmas and New Years 
stationery departments prominently display desk 
calendars, Daily Reminders, and appointment books 
and often friends who are aware of our shortcom- 
ings, not too subtly, present us with a Daily Remind- 
er for Christmas. All of which leads us to the ixjint 
that Qiristian Endeavorers, like most the world, 
need to be reminded of certain essentials. The cel- 
ebration of Christian Endeavor week is an excell- 
ent time to call special attention to the history of 
Christian Endeavor, its progress locally and in the 
county, state, and nation, and to have personal tes- 
timonies of its influence in the lives of individuals. 
All of this is good, but we too often overlook the :'"act 
that Christian Endeavorers need to be reminded 
again and again of the pledge, the purpose, and the 
principles of Christian Endeavor. Christian En- 
deavor is more than a place to go, more than just 
another organization to join casually and just as 
casually neglect. There is definitness in its purpose, 
a solemn challenge in its pledge, and glorious spirit- 
ual experience and opportunities for Christian grow- 
th in the acceptance and living out of its pledge and 

The purpose "For Christ and the Church" briefly 
bounds the program. It is an organized effort to 
lead young people to Christ, so evangelism, of neces- 
sity, becomes an important feature of the progi-am. 
It is also an effort to establish them in the faith. 
This necessitates the emphasis of personal devo- 
tions, definite Bible study, and use of the Word in 
devotional meetings. Studies of heroes of faith in 
the Bible and within or without one's own denomin- 
ation serve toward this end also. Finally, the pur- 
pose "For Clirist and the Church" means that it ;s 
an organized effort for training for service in one's 
own church, for service in the community through 
emphasis of good citizenship, and service through- 
out the world in the emphasis of missions and right 
thinking toward those of other nations. Dr. Francis 
E. Clark expressed the purpose of Christian En- 
deavor briefly in these words "It's object shall be to 
promote an earnest Christian life among its mem- 
bers, to increase their mutual acquaintance, to train 
them foi' work in the church, and in every way to 
make them more useful in the service of Christ." 
To lead young people to Christ and into the Church ; 
to establish them in the faith; to train them xor 
service; to stimulate good fellowship: certainly 
Christian Endeavor has a far reaching and a worthy 
3Ui-pose. Let us remind ourselves of the purpose of 
)ur organization often and not stray from that pur- 

Many young people, even those who have belong- 
ed to Christian Endeavor for a long time, have a 

great discovery to make yet concerning the pledge, 
a copy of which hangs, neglected, upon the walls of 
most meetings rooms. Tlie pledge is a mutual 
agi-eement between God and the individual, a holy 
covenant which calls for a very definite commit- 
ment on the part of the Endeavor. Kept earnest- 
ly, it becomes a source of blessing to our Christian 
lives and our inspiration in Christian laboi-s. The 
very genius of the pledge lies in the sentence with 
which all of the different forms of the Active Mem- 
bers Pledge open, "Trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ 
for strength, I promise Him that I will strive to do 
whatever He would have me do. . . ." There scarce- 
ly needs to be more written for that is the peak of 
all the worthy aims which we hope to attain. That 
ambition alone, were it the ONLY goal in the coven- 
ant, would be quite enough. The additional factors, 
the reading of the Bible and daily prayer are the 
natural acts of a Christian. They serve in the 
pledge as a reminder. The support of the local 
church is the most vital part of our pledge outside 
of our devotional life promises. Our church needs 
us. It needs our loyal and enthusiastic support. 
Truly "Christ Calls" to service in the church and we 
must respond. Then we come to the close of the 
first paragraph of the pledge and pause to ask for 
the guidance of the Holy Spirit in this, for the prom- 
ise "I will endeavor to lead a Christian life" could 
not be done otherwise. Sincerity in the first part 
of the pledge leads to a desire to fulfill the second 
part of the pledge, our duty to the society. It's :aot 
reasonable to expect that we would want to be act- 
ive members unless we honestly sti-ive to keep the 
first part of the pledge. As leaders, let us give 
every one an opportunity to participate in the meet- 
ing so that each can judge for himself whether he 
meets the qualifications laid down in the last para- 
graph and can honestly consider himself an active 
member. Maybe we who have thought of ourselves 
as active members just belong! 

It is well that many societies and unions conduct 
courses in "Christian Endeavor Essentials" at reg- 
ular intervals or at least emphasize the purpose and 
principles of Christian Endeavor. Othenvise, there 
would be even fewer Christian Endeavorers who ai-e 
able to repeat the principles of the organization to 
which he belongs. For those who need to be re- 
minded of them, here they are: 

1. Confession of Christ. 

Rom. 10:9-10 "If thou shalt confess with thy 
mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in 
thine heart that God hath raised Him from the 
dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart 
man believeth unto righteousness; and with the 
mouth confession is made unto salvation." 

2. Service for Christ: 

Rom. 12:1 — "I beseech you therefore, brethren, 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

Xhe Contributing Editor's Page 


The language of a living people must grow with 
the people. That is why words become obsolete or 
acquire new meanings. The word "let", for ex- 
ample, formerly meant to hinder, but now means to 
permit. Charity as used in I Cor. 13 should be trans- 
lated "love." Pages might be given to illustrations 
in the Bible alone, and they are just as common in 
other literature, and in common speech. 

In our South American mission work we use the 
term "evangelical Christians" instead of the word 
"Protestant" because the priests have so besmirch- 
ed the word "Protestant" that it is hard for the peo- 
ple to understand it in its proper meaning. 

The sect which was formerly known as "Russel- 
ites" from the founder of it, became known as "Mil- 
lenialists" on account of their making a hobby of 
date setting for the millennium. These titles becom- 
ing a hobby of date setting for the millennium. 
These titles becoming unsavory for them, they 
adopted the new name of "Bible Students", and 
more recently, to escape discovery, they have taken 
the name of "Jehovah's Witnesses." However, their 
doctrines and methods are the same as from the 
first, and their slanders against all churches and 
preachers are well known. 

"Christian Science" is another misnomer, be- 
cause the sect which goes by that name is neither 
Christian nor scientific. "Divine science" is no bet- 
ter for it is notably human. 

The "Higher Critics" of generation ago made so 
many mistakes with all their pretended learning in 
their scientific study of the Bible, that the name 
has almost passed away with their books. The 
name "modernists" has come to be applied to their 
successors who limit the inspiration of the Bible so 
much as to destroy its divine authority. The word 
"modernist," however, when applied to artists or 
builders carries a good meaning rather than bad. 

On the other hand the term "Fundamentalist" be- 
gan with a good meaning and, because of extremists, 
has become almost synonomous with modernist. 
Modernists discredit certain portions of the Bible as 
being uninspired, but fundamentalist extremists 
push dispensationalism until only the prison epist- 
les (Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colos- 
sians )are left for the church, all the rest of the Bi- 
ble being for the Jews. There are othei's who do not 
follow the theory to its logical conclusion and elim- 
inate only the "kingdom at hand" teachings as not 
for this age, — the sermon on the mount, including 
the Lord's prayer being rejected as not being a part 
of the Gospel. 

The name "Nazarene" anciently meant a person 
with a vow of total abstinence. In Jesus day it 
meant a native of the despised town of Nazareth. 
In our own day it is the name of a Christian sect of 
the holiness type, which has merged with another 
called "The Church of God." 

In the same way the "anointing of oil for healing" 
has been a Bible doctrine, accepted and practised by 
the Brethren both past and present, but certain sects 
have made a hobby of it to the extreme of discredit- 
ing the teaching. Such was the work of the "Dow- 
ieites" and that of Mrs. Woodworth and more re- 
cently of Mrs. McPherson. To reject these healing 
cults is not to reject the Gospel practice as com- 
manded in James the fifth chapter. 

Many other instances might be given. The Cath- 
olic church is not "catholic" in the original use of 
the word. The "United Brethren" are not always 
united. The Congregationalists are not always con- 
gregational, and the Brethren are not always breth- 
ren. Professors are not always possessors, and the 
hypocrites and quacks and pretenders in any line 
bring opprobrium upon names which have been sa- 
cred or at least respected. 

In a world with confusion of languages and a 
varied use of words and names, it especially be- 
hooves Christians to "take a Dutchman as he means, 
and not as he says." A certain missionary, on be- 
ginning his work, cairied a little dictionary, which 
he searched constantly to find the words he wished 
to use. But he found in most cases several words as 
rendei'ings of the same English word, and as often 
as not he selected the wrong meaning, and made 
some very amusing blunders. Courteous people, 
however, respected him and helped him to find the 
right words. That is the Christian spirit. 

To attiibute to a writer bad meanings when none 
are intended, and especially when other interpreta- 
tions are possible, is hard to reconcile with the 
Golden Rule, which, we are simple enough to believe, 
is meant for all the world to follow. To be sure, it 
is hard to always obey it, but in a prison epistle 
(Phil. 4:13) we read, "I can do all things through 
Christ who strengtheneth me." 

Among our New Year's resolutions it might be 
well to include one like this: "I hereby resolve that 
this yeai' I will try hard to understand others, and 
find their good motives in what they do." Then, 
when we find the "Giver of the every good and per- 
fect gift" represented as Santa Claus with a pipe in 
his mouth, let us try to correct the error without 
ceasing to be Christians on that account. And if we 
someimes fail let us try again. Even an editor isf 
sometimes tempted to rap the railer. 

Febmary 3, 1940 


(Continued from Page 7) 

by the mercies of God, that ye present your 
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto 
God, which is your reasonable service." 

3. Loyalty to Christ's Church: 

Luke 4:16 — "And He came to Nazareth, where 
He had been brought up: and, as His custom 
was, He went into the Synagogue on the Sab- 
bath day ,and stood up for to read." 

4. Fellowship with Christ's People: 

Acts 10:34-35 "Then Peter opened his mouth 

and said. Of a truth I preceive that God is no 

respecter of persons; But in every nation he 

that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, 

is accepted with Him." 

During the next year we shall probably hear much 

ibout political platforms. Tliese piinciples are the 

)latform of Christian Endeavor: Confession of 

^hiist, the fundamental beginning; Sei-vice for 

;;hrist, the necessary corallary; Loyalty to dirist's 

Church, the profound obligation; and Fellowship 

vith All of Christ's People, the essential unity. 

Cnow these planks of our platform; meditate upon 

hem; and pi-actice them, for Christian Endeavor 

iter all is "the outliving of the inliving Christ." 

"Remember Now Thy Creator in the Days 

of Thy Youth" 

By Delbert B. Floia, Masontown, Pa. 

"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy 
■outh, while the evil days come not, nor the years 
Taw nigh, when they shall say, I have no pleasure 
n them; while the sun, or the light, or the moon, or 
he stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds retum 
iter the rain: in the day when the keepers of the 
ouse shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow 
hemselves, and the grinders cease because they are 
ew, and those that look out of the windows be dark- 
ned, and the doors shall be shut in the streets, 
.'hen the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall 
ise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters 
f music shall be brought low ; also when they shall 
e afraid of that which is high, and the fears shall 
e in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, 
nd the grasshopper shall be a burden and desire 
hall fail : because man goeth to his long home, and 
le mourners go about the streets: or ever the sil- 
er cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or 
le pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel 
e broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust re- 
im to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall re- 
irn unto God who gave it" (Eccl. 12:1-7). 

If the spring puts forth no blossoms, in summer 

there will be no beauty, and in autumn no fruit. So 
if youth be trifled away without improvement, man- 
hood will be contemptible, and old age miserable. 

Caesarius of Heisterboch relates that Philip, a 
great necromancer, took a company of Swabian and 
Bavarian youths to a lonely place, and entertained 
them at their request, with his incantations. He 
drew a circle round them with his sword and warned 
them not to leave it on any account. By his first 
incantation he surrounded them with armed men 
who dared them to conflict, but none were lured 
forth. By his second enchantment he surrounded 
them with a company of beautiful dancing damsels 
who tried every power of attraction upon them. A 
nymph, whose beauty exceeded all others, advanced 
to one of the young men and wrought such effect 
upon him, that he forgot the restriction and stretch- 
ed forth his finger be\'ond the circle to receive the 
ring which she proffered. She at once seized him 
and drew him after her. It was not till after much 
trouble that the necromancer was able to recover 
him. This circle is the rule of right and virtue. 
The armed men are pride, ambition, passion. Tlie 
charmers are intemperance, voluptuousness and 
sensuality. The only safety is within the circle. 
The first finger over the line and the whole body 
vdll follow to shame and ruin. 

Once there was a boy whose father gave him a 
little tree that had just been grafted. One day, in 
his father's absence, he let the colt into the garden, 
and the young animal broke off the graft. It was 
mended, however, on the following day, and con- 
tinued to grow very well. Years passed, and the boy 
became a man, and a great minister. Some time af- 
ter he became a pastor he made a visit to the old 
homestead where he spent his boyhood. His little 
sapling had become a large tree, and was loaded 
with apples. During the night after his arrival, 
there was a violent thunder-storm, and the wind 
blew very hard. He rose early in the morning, and 
on going out found his tree lying prostrate on the 
ground. The wind had twisted it off just where the 
colt had broken it when it was a sapling. Probably 
the stomi would not have broken it at all, if it had 
not been broken when it was small. It will usually 
be found that those who are vicious in manhood 
dropped a seed of vice in the moiTiing of life ; that 
the fallen youth, who was religiously trained, and 
has become corrupt, broke off his connection with 
virtuous ways just where he did a wicked thing :n 
boyhood. Here is a fact to be pondered. 

"Sow a thought, reap an act; 

Sow an act, reap a habit; 

Sow a habit, reap a character; 

Sow a character, reap a destiny." 

In young minds there is commonly a strong pro- 
pensity to particu-ar intimacies and associations. 
Youth is the seaso' i when friendships and habits are 


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formed which continue, in the main, through suc- 
ceeding hfe. This propensity is not to be discour- 
aged. It must be regulated with much circumspec- 
tion and care. This is the work and purpose of the 
Christian Endeavor Society. This is an exceeding- 
ly great task of the Church — of the Brethren 
Church. If the Church would reorganize its finan- 
cial expenditure so that this great work would re- 
ceive its proper share of finance, if the Church 
would reorganize its thinking and doing so this 
great work would receive its proper share of moral 
support, its future would be brighter. The young 
people and children must be given cleaner associa- 
tion than public schools, secular clubs, and common 
places of amusement provide or our future as nation 
and church holds little that is attractive. They 
must be made attractive to them. The Church 
must help them solve their daily problems. 

Young people, seek Chi-ist now, because this is 
the molding age. Seek Him now, because this is the 

freest part of your life's time. Now, because yourj 
life is immediately uncertain; you are not certain 
that you shall attain the years of your fathers; 
there ai-e graves in the cemetery of your length, and 
skulls of all sorts and sizes in Golgotha, as a Jew- 
ish proverb is. Now, because God will not spare 
you on account of your youth, if you die without 
Christ. Now, because your life will be more useful 
and serviceable to God when you know Him early 
and early begin His service. Now, because your- 
whole life will be happier, if the morning of it is 
dedicated to the Lord. This will have a sweet influ- 
ence upon all your days, whatever changes, straits, 
or troubles you may meet. 

Christ calls thi-ough the Chiistian Endeavor So-^ 
ciety. He calls to personal Christian experience: 
and growth. He calls to Church loyalty and fellow- 
ship. He calls to Christian action in the commun-! 
ity. He calls to Christian citizenship in nation andi 
world. Do you hear the call ? How do you answer?' 

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2 Cor. 5:1 

By Arthur T. Allen, Pastor Jackson 
Hill Baptist Church, Atlanta 

For we know that if our earthly 
house of this tabernacle were dis- 
solved." Paul is here talking of the 
soul moving out of the body, of our 
moving out of this world into the next. 
This is something that every person is 
going to do. Some people never move 
out down here. They live entire lives 
in one i)lace. They live and die in the 
house in which they were born, but this 
is one move that they are going to 
make. Moving day is coming for every 
person on the earth. The word "if" 
conveys the sense of "when," so Paul 
doesn't say, "If we have to move out," 
but, "When we do." God said to Heze- 
kiah through the prophet Isaiah, "Set 
thine house in order, for thou shalt die 
and not live." In other words, he said, 
"The time has come for you to move 
out." It comes to us all. There are no 
e.xceptions. There is a moving day 
ahead — the moving day of the soul. 

We don't know when we will have to 
move out, but only that we will have 
to do so. Paul says, "When our earthly 
house is dissolved," but he doesn't say 
when that is, doesn't name any date. 
He didn't know, neither do we. We re- 
fer here to September 1st as moving- 
day. Most of the people who are going 
to move, move then, but whether we 
move on that day or what day, we 
know it and prepare for it beforehand. 
We don't wait until the day comes to 
start to getting ready. However, we 
don't know what day nor what time in 
the day we will have to move out of 
this world. God said to the rich fool, 
"This night thy soul shall be required 
of thee." He had to move out at night. 
Some go at night and some in the day- 

"It ma'i be at midflaii, it man be at 

It may be perchance that the blackness 

of midnight 
Will burst into light in a blaze of his 

When Jesus receives his oum." 

The imjjortant thing is not the time, 
but the fact and being ready when the 
time comes. 

When we move out, we do not move 
out of existence. We only move out oil 
one house into another and out of one 
world into another. When the sou 
goes out of the body, it doesn't go oul 
of existence. When we see a "for rent' 
sign on a house, that is not a sign thai 
the people who formerly lived then 
have ceased to live, but only that thej 
have ceased to live there, not that they 
have been moved out of the world, bu1 
only out of that house. When we set 
an empty eggshell it is not a sign thai, 
the chick that was in it no longer lives 
anywhere, but only that he no longei 
lives there. So when a person leaves 
this world it is no sign that that per- 
son no longer lives, but that he n< 
longer lives in the same house, aT 
earthly. Paul doesn't say that we knov 
when this earthly house falls that i: 
the last of us, but that we have anothe: 
house, a heavenly house awaiting u; 
and that when we move out of this one 
we move into that one. The house wi 
live in down here and that we are go 
ing to move out of is earthly, physica 
and temporal and we will see next weel i 
something about the house we are go ; 
ing to move into under the head o 
"Moving In." 

Pebi-uary 3, 1940 


Endeavorers Are You There? 
By Frank Gehjnan 

One feels very foolish trying to talk over a tele- 
phone when the other party to the call has hung up, 
ir proves to not be there. Now I would feel just as 
oolish were I to ti-y to talk about Christian En- 
leavor with no Endeavorers on the line, or if they 
vere to all hang up before I got through talking. So 

am wondering, Endeavoi-ers, if you are there! 

I like very much to fish when I can find time — 
,nd the fisli ! When I am fishing, I can tell either 
)y the "bobber" or by the feel of the line when 
here is something after the bait. It won't be quite 
easy to tell if you are after the bait I am hoping 
intrigue you with, but I at least hope you are bet- 
er at rising to the bait than a lot of fish I have 
nown. So Endeavorers, are you there? 

If you have read this far, I take it that you are 
libbling. Now get set for a deeper bite. 

Endeavorers, are there when it comes to attend- 
nce? Now don't go to comparing you attendance 
tfith that of the older folks at other services, for — 
uietly — sometimes I am not so proud of them, 
low does your attendance stack up in view of your 
pportunities, your small responsibilities elsewhere 
with most of you), your youth ,vigor and health? 
Vhat I mean is. Do you really go to Christian En- 
eavor, or do you just happen in once in a while? 
Ceep a close check on yourself for a while and see. 
i lot of people are startled when they see their own 
ecord in black and white. 

Are you there when it comes to Endeavor itself? 
iast night I watched an average (or were they?) 
roup of Endeavorers. Four of the girls were very 
iusy with conversations that seemed to amuse them 
reatly. (Tliey didn't tell me what was so press- 
tigly funny.) So were some of the boys, and two of 
he boys were so occupied with examining the mer- 
ts of their Christmas-gift harmonicas they couldn't 
lake music with their voices. So far as Endeavor 
^as concerned, and their contributions to it, they 
ust "weren't there." 

Endeavorers, are j'ou there when it comes to tak- 
ig active part? I know a high school boy who, be- 
ore he is aware of it, is going to be a leader. What 
appens is that others back out of things and leave 
he responsibility for him to bear. Some day they 
'ill discover that they lightly threw their oppor- 
unities to him, but probably they'll insist on saying 
e's just a lucky fellow. Every week they are train- 
ig him to assume responsibility and be a leader, 
nd are doing it with their own opportunities. I 
xpect — if it please the Lord — that boy will one day 
e useful in the Brethren church in a larger way. 
e on the job when there is a part to be taken in 
hristian Endeavor. 

Well, are you there when it comes to having a vis- 

ion? Do you see beyond the mere present and the 
immediate circumstance? In the matter of Chris- 
tian things there is always possibility of our im- 
provement. Young people spend years getting edu- 
cation and training for position because they expect 
to sometime find a larger place in life and they want 
to be ready for it. Bright young folks look to the 
future. Endeavor-ing is full of possibilities. Do you 
see them, or do you leave the vision to some one 

Are you there where spiritual activity is in- 
volved? One can be an active "worker" and yet fall 
down miserably on spiritual things. Some folks are 
perfectly wonderful at working up a program or 
stirring activity, but when called upon to pray or 
give a really spiritual talk they mumble some kind 
of unintelligible hash that is an embarrassment to 
them and a bore to their hearers. They just "are- 
n't there" spiritually, and that's too terribly sad. 

Endeavorers, are you there when it comes to put- 
ting into practice what you learn in Christian En- 
deavor? When I was a farm boy not so many years 
ago one of our neighbors was a leader in up-to-date 
scientific farming methods — when he talked about 
them, but, boys, you should have seen him farm ! He 
was so busy telling what he knew — he really knew 
it, too — that he never got around to practicing it. 
Since he often got paid for the talking, maybe it 
wasn't such a bad lay-out for him. But, Endeavor- 
ers, whatever "pay" you draw will be for what you 
put into practice, so go after it. 

Are you there in using your leadei'ship training 
for the good of the whole cause of Christ? Chris- 
tian Endeavor is preparing you for a bigger place of 
service. Put your preparation into action at once. 
Use your leadership in your own group to help out 
the work of our Lord. Reach out to your school 
mates and to others with a good word for Chiist 
and the church. Be a leader in bringing them in. 
Don't forget to use your leadership and influence 
in supporting your pastor. He will appi'eciate it, 
and it will help the church. 

Are you there, Endeavorers, with a telling per- 
sonal testimony? I don't mean alone nicely round- 
ed phrases that tell of Christian things, though tell- 
ing forth the glories of Christ is a part of our life 
as Christians. I mean, as well. Does your life "tell 
for Jesus?" Words won't accomphsh anything last- 
ingly good if one's life denies them. Often they 
don't want to be "told" what to do half as much as 
they need to be "shown." Often they know what 
they should do ;they want and need the encourag- 
ing example. Are you there on the job? If you are 
not, why not? 

In other words, Endeavorers, I am asking you. 
Are you there with the goods? It was so formerly 
that prospective employers were duly impi'essed bj' 
a nice diploma from some institution of higher leam- 


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ing. Not so today. Diplomas are as thick about 
the country as the proverbial hair on a dog's back. 
The question today with every potential employer 
is, Do you have the goods ? can you deliver them ? 
It's a perfectly logical and practical test, all will ad- 
mit. So I'm asking it of you Endeavorers. Don't 
put off answering that question one day longer-, or 
you're liable to forget it and not get around to doing 
anything about it until I'm a gray haired grand- 
daddy too rheumatic to write it out again for you. 

Are you there, Endeavorers? I hope you have 
lasted down to the very last line of type and that 
you are now ready to take stock in the way of be- 
coming more useful to your Lord, to your church 
and to your pastor. The Lord guide you. 

"For Christ and the Church" 
By Vernon D. Grisso 

are hearing in our churches today and the cry that 
has- been echoed through the Christian chui'ch for 

"Christ Calls" every Christian Endeavorer that 
has answered the challenge to the C. E. pledge to be 
true to that pledge. Trust in the Lord .Jesus Christ 
for strength and promise Him to support and at- 
tend his church and the mid-week sei-vic?s. The C. 
E. Motto flaunts at us, "For Christ and the Church." 
The mission of the church is the saving of men's 
souls. To bring this aim to practical results the 
church has developed in her program worship, pray- 
er, teaching, fellowship and activity of various sorts. 
Such a program necessitates leadei"ship. Such a 
program issues over and over again an increasing 
call for leaders. If the next generation is to hear 
the "good news" the present generation must pro- 
vide a way. If the church is to continue to exist, it 
must recruit continually from the young people in 
its field. The very life of the church depends, not 
only on the present leaders and members, but on the 
future leaders and members. 

"For Christ and the Church" — What a great com- 
mission we find in those words. We come to C. E., 
pledge ourselves to Christ, and immediately after 
the service we escape to some more enticing sur- 
roundings. We hate to face the facts but it is uni- 
versally true that Christian Endeavorers every 
where are forgetting Christ and THE CHURCH. 
Christian Endeavorers are becoming so involved in 
the machinery and organization of the Society that 
they are losing sight of the supreme purpose foi' 
which the soc.ety was organized. 

We know of those who have become so "cumbei- 
ed with much serving," in National C. E. Councils 
that they have lost the vision of their duty in their 

own chui'ch to the extent of deserting their ownj 
Sunday School and church services entirely. i 

The greatest work that a C. E. can accomplish! 
in the church during the present period is to ac-| 
centuate the church program by training and sup- 
plying leaders from her ranks for the various or- 
gans of the church. If endeavorers cannot be equal- i 
ly yoked together with other workers of the church, 
if their society cannot offer some aid to the Sunday i 
School, The Sunday School superintendent, the Sis- 
terhood, the Brotherhood, the pastor, then theyi 
haven't yet truly heard "Christ Call" unto them. ! 

The World Calls Youth today to march against; 
each other. Dictators in Europe are calling all 
youth to their support. Thank God that we, the 
youth of America, still have a free-will choice tO' 
select for whom we will endeavor. 

The World Calls Youth to higher education. It: 
makes gi'eat demands upon the time and energy of 
youth. "Follow me or sink into oblivion" says 
higher-Education. Young people forget their du- 
ties to the church in the clamoring for an education-^ 
al background which promises them success and 
happiness. But greater than the call of dictators, 
greater than the call of education is the call of 

"Christ Calls" youth to personal Christian ex- 
perience and growth, to an open commitment of 
heart and hand to Christian tasks. He calls toi 
church loyalty and fellowship, to Christian action; 
in the community. 

"Christ Calls" youth to action in the Bretlireni, 
Church. Since we are endeavoring for Christ andi 
THE CHURCH, WE should be the first to answer 
his call. The Brethren Church has need, more than 
ever before, for young lives dedicated to service for 
Christ. We are certain that every C. E. Society is 
organized on the basis of one hundred percent 
Christian Endeavoi-ment. But, salvation is of a per- 
son, not a group, not a society, not a church, but a; 
single soul, and even as Christ spoke to your owni 
soul personally and definitely so will you be called.! 
sooner or later, to personally give your services un- 
to Him. Yes, the embodiment of great numbers art 
inspiring and protecting, but the greatest measure- 
ment of the C. E. is the counting of those stepping 
out of the ranks and taking up their posts in the 
organizations of the church. We hope that thf 
coming yeai' will find many loyal Brethren younji 
men and women stepping out of the ranks and en-i 
listing for active service. 

The Church must continue! How many endeav^ 
orers this year can we count on to enlarge the pi'ayi 
er meetings of our churches? How many can wt: 
depend on to strengthen the ranks of Sunday Schooa 
teachers? Churches are calling for ministers, thw 
home and foreign fields are crying for missionaries 
Can we as individuals continue to repeat, "trustin} 

-February 3, 1940 


1 the Lord Jesus Christ for strength" and go on re- 
using Him our whole trust? Are we giving our 
^hole support to Christ and his church is the ques- 
ion? Prayerfully, go to your knees, asking Jesus 
[lat you might be so loosed from the bonds of sin 
Kat you might be freed to really do whatever He 
'ould have you do. 

To Christian Endeavorers, "Christ Calls," — "let 
us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so 
easily beset us, and let us run with patience the 
race that is set before us, looking unto JESUS, the 
author and finisher of our faith." Heb. 12:1, 2. — 

More of the False Than of the True 
By Grant Mahan 

(Comparison of Modem Beliefs and Christianity) 

(The foJloivhig is the fimt of a .■<enes of three articles ap- 
ewrin-g serialUi in recent numbers of the Gospel Messenger, 
lie author. Grant Mahan. comes of "Brethren" forbears of 
•ore than, three generations. Brother Malum has himself, 
•rved the church in ediicational, editorial, bi(siness manager 
nd missionarii capacities. He also confesses to connection 
ith his chiirch as a deacon. His modesty prompts him to 
ly thnt there is not much in his life worthy of mention, but 
\e list of things he adinits having been connected with in 
le church's activities indicates his to have been a busy life. 
. We wish to take this opportunity of thanking Brother Ma- 
•in for his very gracious permission to reproduce his articles 
I our columns. — Office Editor.) 

Some years ago I secured a chart "showing what 
od has said on seven fundamentals and what men 
re now saying." It is good to know these things, 
)r in these days it has become difficult sometimes 
)r the average person to know where the truth is 
) be found, since there are so many and widely 
iverging views on the subject of God and what it 

necessary for man to do in order to be happy here 
id have the assurance that he is also taking the 
3st course to procure his happiness in the great 
sreafter to which all are traveling — the inescap- 
3le destiny of all men. Space is wanting to give 
1 that is quoted in the chart, but enough is given 
) make it clear. 

Number One 

First «.s' to the Godhead. The Bible says : "God 

a Spii-it, and they that worship him must wor- 
lip him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). 

"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and 
■ the Holy Ghost" (iVIatt. 28:19). 

Christian Science says: "What is God? God is 
icorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, 
ml, Principle." 

"God is not a Person. Principle and its idea are 
le and this one is God." 

Spiritualism says: "God is impersonal. He is 
eator and sustainer." 

"To assert that God inspired the writers of the 
ible to make known his divine will is a gross out- 

ge on and misleading to the public." 

Russellism says: The doctrine of the trinity of 

e Godhead well suited the dark ages which it 
■Iped to produce." 

Theosophy says : "An eternal existence beyond 
Jman cognition, existence." 

"To be a theosophist one need only worship the 
spirit of living nature and try to identify himself 
with it." 

Mormonisni says: "Adam is our father and our 
God and the only one with whom we have to do. 
God was once as we are now and is an exalted man. 
God is not spirit, but a man like Brigham Young." 

Seventh Day Adventism, "Asserts the personali- 
ty of God and Trinity of the Godhead." 

Modern Theology says: "The Absolute." 

"God, infinite and eternal energy — not a per- 

"God — the first cause." 

"God has no existence apart from the universe 
and never had. The latter is eternal. There nev- 
er has been a creation." 

"It is only as we read God in the universe that 
we can know anything about him. The whole 
cosmic process is one uprising of the being of God, 
from itself to itself." 

"From matter and force comes intelligence, .and 
from these come morality and religion." 

The next fundamental is Jesus Christ. We who 
place our hope of salvation in him, and believe 
that there is no other name under heaven given 
among men, whereby we must be saved, should 
note with care what is said by these who differ so 
much from us. 

The Bible says of Jesus Christ : "The Word was 
made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld 
his glory, the glory as of the onl\' begotten of tlie 
Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). 

"God manifest in the flesh" (I Tim. 3:16). 

"Declared to be the Son of God by the resurrec- 
tion from the dead" (Rom. 1:4). 

Christian Science says: "The virgin mother con- 
ceived this idea of God and gave to her ideal the 
name Jesus. Jesus was the offspring of Mary's 
self-conscious communion with God." 

"Christ is the impersonal savior." 

"Jesus Christ is not God as he is said to have de- 
clared. Christ is a divine ideal." 

"Jesus as material manhood was not Christ." 

Spiritualism says: "Christ himself was nothing 
more than a medium of high ordei-." 

"The teaching of spirits supersedes and is an ad- 
vance upon the teachings of Christian'ty." 

"Jesus Christ was not divine. He is now an ad- 
vanced spirit in the sixth sphere." 


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"Jesus did not claim more for himself than he 
held out to others." 

Russellisni saj^s: "The man Jesus is dead — for- 
ever dead." 

"Jesus Christ was a man — neither more nor less." 

"Before our Lord came into the world he was a 
created angel and none other than the archangel 

"The man Christ Jesus never rose from the dead." 

"Jesus was not a combination of two natures, hu- 
man and divine." 

Theosophy says : "Jesus Christ gave to the 
world fragments of teaching of value as the basis 
for world religion, as did men like Buddha, Con- 
fucius, Plato, Pythagoras, etc." 

Morniouism says: "Jesus, the son of Adam-God 
and Mary." 

"The Father has begotten him in his own like- 

"Jesus was married at Cana to the Marys and 

"Joseph Smith is a descendant of Christ. Jesus 
was not begotten by the Holy Ghost." 

Seventh Day Adventism "Asserts the Divine 
sonship of Christ. Christ returned in 1844, not to 
earth but to the sanctuary (somewhere in heaven). 
He is engaged in examining the sins committed by 
his people." 

Modern Theoloyi/ says : "An idyllic figure." 

"The flower of humanity." 

"The world's greatest ethical teacher." 

"A man so good iiis deluded followers took him 

for a god." 

"A virgin birth and a literal resurrection are no 

essential part of Christian faith." 

"Christ was a master product of evolution." 

The next fundamental is the Holy Spirit, and 

the Bible says of him: "When the Comforter is 

come, whom I will send unto you from the Fathej' 
he shall testify of me" (John 15:26). 

"When he is come, he will convict the world c 
sin, and righteousness, and of judgment" (John 16l 

"When he, the Spirit of truth is come, he wi 
guide you into all truth" (John 16:13). 

Christian Science says: "In the words of S' 
John, he shall send you another Comforter, that h 
may abide with you forever. This Comforter I uiif 
derstand to be Divine Science." 

"Our Master said, 'But the Comforter shall teaci 
you all things' — when the Science of Christianitt 
appears it will lead you into all truth." i 

Spiritualism "Denies the personality of the Hoi] 

RusselUstn says : "An influence of power exei 
cised by the one God." 

"Denies the Personality of the Holy Spirit." 

Theosophy : "No statements made concernim 
the Holy Spirit." 

Mormonism says: "Ethereal substance diffusei 
through space." 

"The purest, most refined of substances." 

"There is only one mode by which the Holy Ghoii 
is conferred on mankind — the laying on of thij 
hands of men who have themselves received it am 
are called and ordained to adminster it (Mormo^ 

Seventh Day Adventism "Asserts the Divinit 
and Personality of the Spirit." 

Modern. Theology says: "The impulses of righ 
eousness that come to men." 

"Influences emanating from God." 

In a second article it is hoped to give very briei 
ly what these same groups have to say about swi 
redemption, salvation and 7'etribution. 

Rehobeth, Md. 

C. E. Topic for Vouns People 

(Topic for Feb. 11) 



Scripture Lesson: Matt. 7:12; 25:34-36 

Daily Bible Readings 

Liberty in God's law, Psalms 119: 

Freedom by the Spirit, 11 Cor. 3:17- 

Continuing in Christian Liberty, Gal. 

Not-forgetful hearers, James 1 :25- 

Liberty and .judgment, James 2:12- 

Exemplary freedom, I Peter 2:15-17. 


Our topic would seem at first per- 
haps to be a somewhat largely mani- 

fest political or governmental one. 
However, it would seem from the fol- 
lowing definitions given in Cruden's 
Concordance on the topic of "liberty" 
(with accompanying Scriptural refer- 
ences) that the Bible has considerable 
to say on the topic of "liberty", of 
course, meaning Christian liberty. 
This is the type of liberty in which all 
Christians are primarily interested. 

"Liberty signifies (1) A power 
which a person has to do or forebear 
any particular action. I Cor. 7:39. (2) 
Freedom from any servitude or bond- 
age, Lev. 25:10; Heb. 13:23. (3) 
Freedom from the curse of the moral 
law, Gal. 5:1. (4) Full and perfect de- 
liverence from all miseries whatsoever, 
Rom. 8:21. (5) A power or freedom 
in using things indifferent, 1 Cor. 8: 
9; 10:29. (6) Freedom from the veil 
of ignorance and spiritual blindness, 
the yoke of the law and the slavery of 
sin, 2 Cor. 3:17. 


Points for Prayers. 

Ask God: 

(1) To guide the statesmen of oi 

(2) Bless the principles of democr 
tic government in our nation. 

(3) To guide the church in its ui 
of its opportunities for service. 

Thank God: 

( 1 ) For courage to stand for t 

(2) For the Christian statesm 
whom we already have in offii 

(3) For the opportunity of spreadii 
the teachings of liberty and ji 
tice through the church. 

A Suggestive Program. 

1. Quieting music. (Special numbf 

2. Hymn. "Onward Christian So 

3. Reading of Scripture Lesson. 

4. Prayer Hymn. "If I Have Wour 

ed Any Soul Today." 

i'ebruaiy 3, 1940 


5. Prayers — Suggesting things to 
Thank God For. 

6. Hymn. "The Son of God Goes 
Forth to War." 

7. Leader's Talk. 

8. General Participation. 

9. Special number — music (instru- 
mental or vocal), or guest speak- 
er, etc. 

10. Opportunity for suggestions as 
to things your society can do for 
church or community betterment, 
(consult pastor). 

11. Closing Hymn. Chosen by some 

12. "Mizpah." 

Suggestions for Leader's Talk 

Emphasize today as "Race Relations 

To stress amicable relations between 
ices today takes courage. 

If ever, we need today the message 
f the Gospel proclaimed by all Chris- 
ans to every portion of the world. 

If ever, again, men needed to think 
iearly and with Christian emphasis, 

is today. 

Why urge the "Golden Rule" upon 
le world if Christian men and women 
ill not or do not practice it. 

Youth today can find inspiration for 
igh resolve and determined example 
1 the world conditions and national 
jnditions of our day. 

Our children should be taught the 
leaning (Christian) of that clause of 
le pledge to the flag which reads. 
Liberty and justice for all." 

We shall have about as much liberty 
nd justice in our country as the 
hristian people of the land support 
nd foster. 

The strongest pronouncement of the 
hristian interpretation of liberty and 
istice is to be found in Christ's state- 
lent, "All things therefore whatsoever 
s would that men should do unto you, 
/en so do ye also unto them: for this 

the law and the prophets" (Matt. 7: 

Lastly, will we dare to accept a chal- 

For Use in Participation 

Democracy as we .know it in its 
orst or best form in the outgrowth of 
le Christian principles to or in law 
aking. Christianity is based on the 
idividual and the individual becomes 
le center of the Christian concept of 
fe and all its relations. 

The worth of an individual in the 
ght of God is proven by the price 
vid to redeem man. One soul is 
orth more than the whole world, and 
lod so loved the world that He gave 
is only begotten Son." 

Sin put emnity between man and 
id, necessitating the plan of redemp- 
3n instituted by God, and the fact of 

is plan being instituted gives war- 

nt for the conclusion that every in- 
vidual has the right and equal meas- 

e of obligation to maintain and 
I'ive for the liberty of the race. Be- 

use one soul is as valuable in God's 

<ht as ano'her and one soul is worth 
are than the whole world, no man 

has the right to dominate the life of 
another. The principles of true democ- 
racy guarantee the rights of the in- 

Democracy claims that each person 
has the right to life. Through the 
sending of Christ into the world, death 
was abolished and life and immortality 
were brought to human beings. 
"Christ came that we might have life 
through the acceptance of the Gospel, 
and His Son, Jesus Christ. 

Another quality of democracy is that 
of permitting individual liberties. 
Turning to John 8:36 we find the cor- 
relating Scriptural principle which 
says, "If therefore the Son shall make 
you free, ye shall be free indeed." He 
gives power to overcome the evil of the 
world and power to do the right. 

God also makes it possible for in- 
dividuals to find happiness through 
the acceptance of His precepts. Do- 
ing right brings more joy and quiet 
satisfaction than doing wrong at any 
time. The early church found neces- 
sity for the application of the princi- 
ples of justice exemplified in the 
choosing of deacons. These men were 
to maintain relations between the 
members of the church and so we gath- 
er that the concept of democracy and 
justice is really Scriptural. 

our community presented a Christmas 
pageant Christmas eve and the S. S. 
Orchestra accompanied with Rev. Geh- 
man from the Vandergrift church met 
with us recently and we feel grateful 
for all their kindnesses. We cordially 
invite any nearby Brethren to visit 
with us from time to time for who can 
tell what inspiration this may be to 
those among us to 'go and do likewise.' 
New Kensington Brethren Church. 
Mrs. Carl Carlson, Sec'v. 


(Obaervationx after one yeiir iv thvi 
district an jjastor of tlie GoKhen 

The challenge of a new field is al- 
ways stimulating. The leaving of a 
field, wherein lives have become knit 
very closely, is a hard experience. We 
seek to drop completely out of the pic- 
ture, so far as any pastoral relation is 
concerned, but such strong friendships 
can never be severed, and thus it 
should be. Pittsburgh has some of as 
fine saints and faithful workers as will 
be found anywhere under the sun. The 
field is a difficult one and if great 
strides are not made the pastor should 

— D. L. Moody. 

Prayer only means something- to God when it means everything to 
the man who offers it. Prayer only i^eaches the heights when coming 
from the depths." — Bulletin Williamstown, 0., Brethren church. 

NEWS from the FIELD 


The New Kensington Brethren 
church sends New Year's Greetings to 
all faithful readers of the Evangelists 
and its editors and hope the year of 
1940 will be one of spiritual growth for 
all who read it. We are glad to report 
an average attendance of 65 at our 
unified services and have recently or- 
ganized a Christian Endeavor Society 
with an average attendance of 26. 
Our Women's Missionary Society is do- 
ing a fine work and we are trusting 
that before long to enroll others work- 
ers with us. Mrs. Sibert has been 
meeting with us and with her help our 
Family Altars and Bible Study to- 
gether with her cooperation has en- 
abled us to become more spiritually 
minded. The friends and workers in 

not be censured. Rev. Sibert and his 
good wife are doing a splendid work 
there, and may God richly bless and 
give greater victories. 

It has been a singular delight to la- 
bor in this field. The first Protestant 
minister in (his county was Elder Dan- 
iel Cripe, who carae here in 1829. A 
Brethren minister, he organized the 
first Brethren church and the work 
was soon too great for his strength and 
two elders were ordained, Martin Wey- 
bright and Jacob Studebaker, the lat- 
ter being my great grandfather. He 
became quite a prominent preacher and 
poet, but he labored with his hands to 
support his family as was the custom 
and conviction of the Brethren people 
and also a necessity in a pioneer's life. 
He built the first court house at Gosh- 
en for a contract price of $4,500., also 
the first business house. I have met a' 
few people who knew him, for it is 
only 60 years since he died. A rela- 
tive with whom he lived the last few 


The Brethren EvangeHsi 

years of his life, told me he could not 
read because of failing eyesight but 
could quote most of the New Testa- 
ment and much of the Old from mem- 
ory. Well, this is not a record of 
genealogy, but to be the. fourth gener- 
ation of Brethren preachers that start- 
ed here, and all lived here part of their 
lives, and to come back to this land, 
which I knew but slightly, and meet 
first cousins of my father and various 
others that I knew not, and hear the 
words of praise to my godly forbears, 
somehow stirs up the very best that is 
in me. If some may question my inte- 
grity, it is a rather gratifyiiig tliought 
to know you have a noble ancestry. 
Probably this is one of the most con- 
ser\'ative communities to be found. A 
very substantial part of the population 
is Brethren and Mennonite. In this 
little city of 12,000 there are .3 Men- 
nonite and 3 Brethren churches of the 
various divisions totaling a large , mem- 
bership. Coming from a field where 
probably one in 2000 is Brethren and 
find so many people who are Brethren 
or are quite familiar with our distinc- 
tive teaching, makes a difference in 
reaching folks for the church. I am 
convinced that no communion of peo- 
ple has left a better record of godly 
living than have tlie Brethren. Their 
emphasis on Obedience to the com- 
mands of our Lord is the explanation. 
Their distinctive teaching made distinc- 
tive living essential. Call it legalism 
if you want, it is the law of spiritual 

The Indiana mission board paid the 
full salary of the first pastor here. He 
was our highly esteemed Dr. G. W. 
Rench, who came to this city less than 
40 years ago, rented a hall to hold ser- 
vices and in ten years had received 
more than 600 members into the 
church, built a splendid church, out- 
grew it, rebuilt it and though a larger 
church was needed it was not built un- 
til a fire made a new building neces- 
sary. This was built dui'ing the pas- 
torate of Rev. H. F. Stuckman, who 
spent a 9 year pastorate here. The 
building was completed just before the 
depression. The burden of debt was 
quite heavy for those difficult days, 
but has been cared for in an honorable 
way and reduced until the interest load 
is only about one third of its former 
amount. A few years more and the 
entire amount will be liquidated and 
the Goshen church will give much moi'e 
generously to outside interests. 

There is a fine spirit of harmony 
prevalent in this large body of people 
and why should it not always be so. 
They have been extremely nice to us 
and gave tangible evidence of it in our 
last business meeting. The various or- 
ganizations within the church are do- 
ing their special work in a very com- 
mendable way. The W.M.S. does a 
great work. The S. M. M. is very act- 
ive. Our C. E. is coming along quite 
encouragingly. We are to entertam 
the state C. E. convention here in June. 

We hope to have an active brotherhood 
in our own congregation before long. 
The fellowship with so many fine 
Brethren ministers so nearby is very 
delightful. Brethren Klingensmith, 
Bame, Bowman, Duker, Rench, Pon- 
tius, Gibson, and <^ ' — "i' 
within a few m'" 

The year h' . y mem- 

bers and heads of 

families, joth man and 

wife. A of new families. 

This shoi . oe the beginning of 

many more we hope to reach. We feel 
encouraged as we begin another year 
of labor and believe our people will do 
greater work this coming year. We 
solicit your prayers and shall remem- 
ber you at the throne of grace. 

Claud Studebaker, 213 West 
Clinton St. 

A prominent woman in the work of 
The Brethren Church is called to her 
reward. The funeral services were 
conducted in the Brethren Church, of 
Dayton, Ohio, by her pastor, W. S. 
Bell, assisted by the National Presi- 
dent of the Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety, Mrs. U. J. Shively, of Nappanee, 

WENGER — Our Sister, Mary C. 
Wenger, was the daughter of William 
and Elizabeth Klepinger, and was born 
at Ft. McKinley, April 18, 1866, where 
she lived until her marriage to James 
F. Wenger, Jan. 1, 1887. They estab- 
lished their home in Dayton, on West- 
ern Ave., not far from the pre-ent 
home where they lived over a period of 
53 years. 

Mrs. Wenger had been in failing 
health for the past three years. Her 
final illness was of short duration and 

she was called from this life on Tuesj 
day, Jan. 16, 1940. She would havi 
been 74 years old in April. 

,ie was raised in a Christian houK 
her father being a minister, and he 
entire life was spent in the work of th 
'..-•-■oh. Early in life she embrace 
the Christian faith and united with th' 
Church of the Brethren of which he 
father was a minister. 

She and her husband were charte 
members of the College Street Chure 
of the Brethren, in Dayton, Ohio, an 
in 1908 they transfered their membei; 
ship to the Brethren Church, which £ 
that time was located on Conovc! 
Street, and had a prominent part J! 
the locating and building of the pre;; 
ent house of worship on West Thii: 
and Grosvenor Streets. She gave he! 
time and life in a devoted and eff icier! 
service to The Brethren Church c 
which she was an esteemed membti 
at the time of death. Mrs. Wengii 
was a gifted Bible teacher and ha' 
taught Bible classes over a period c ' 
fifty years. She helped organize "TI- 
Home Builders Class" of the loc^ 
Brethren Church, which she taught f( 
many years. 

Her work was not confined to h( 
local church alone, as she served : 
National Treasurer for the "Women 
Missionary Society" of the Brethrt 
Church for twenty years, and had pa. 
in the organization of the Society. SI 
also served for several years as 
member of the Missionary Board ■ 
the Brethren denomination. I knc 
of no woman in the church that h;i 
given a longer period of service, di 
votion and constructive labor; for th 
and her life the church is indebted ar 
feels keenly the inspiration of h 
presence and the loss of her departure 

She loved her home and family, ha 
ing lived congenially and devoted i 
with her husband for over 53 years- 
a great disappointment came to the 
in the loss of their only child in i 
fancy. She was one of a family 
nine children of whom only one is nc- 
living, her brother, Albert M. Klepi 
ger. The immediate remaining mei 
hers of the family are, her husbar 
James F. Wenger, one brother, Albe 
M. Klepinger, five nephews, HerscI 
and Harold Klepinger and Robert We 
ger, of Dayton, Ohio. Dayton a: 
Lloyd Klepinger, of pansas City, W 
Four nieces, Charlotte Wiens and M 
dred Brandt, of Dayton, Ohio, Ru 
Martin, of Charleston, W. Va., Nao 
Myers, of Indianapolis, Ind., besid( 
other relatives and a host of friendil 

"Servant of God, well done! 
Rest from thy loved employ: 
The battle fought, the victory woii 
Enter thy Master's joy. 

The pains of death are past. 

Labors and sorrow cease. 

And life's long warfare closed 

Thy soul is found in peace." 

Vol. LXII, No. G 

Februai-y 10, 1940 

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Brethren Evangelist 

WHICH WAS SICK " Ezekiel 34:16a. 


The Brethren Evangelist 



The Family Altar 




"When thou passeth through the 
waters, I will be with thee; and 
through the rivers, they shall not over- 
flow thee." Isa. 43:2. Read Psalm 

It has been remarked that the wis- 
dom of the Psalmist is evidenced by 
his faith that his needs can and will 
be met alone by God. Tliis remark has 
been supplemented by another and "in 
his putting that faith to the test of 
experience." Another says that oft- 
times man's melancoly is the ache of 
an unused faculty. Dare we presume 
to suggest that this unused faculty 
may be the faculty of faith. These 
"rich and precious promises" are con- 
tained in God's Word, and to have the 
blessing they must be made a part of 
us by faith. 


"He that loveth his brother abideth 
in the light.... Be he that 'hateth 
his brother is in darkness." I John 
2:10, 11. Read 1 John 2:3-11. 

The writer has cared for several 
hot-water heating plants. In all cas- 
es the boilers have tlie same glass 
tube attached to the side of the boiler 
whereby the caretaker may determine 
the amount of water contained in the 
boiler. If the gauge be half full of 
water then the boiler likewise is half 
full. The gauge does not deteniiine 
the amount of water in the boiler, but 
only indicates it. The Christian has 
a gauge whereby he may test his life. 
That gauge is set forth in the text for 
this meditation. If any man think he 
may cherish unholy or unloving no- 
tions concerning or toward his brother 
and cherish loving thoughts toward 
God, he is imagining vain things. Our 
outreaching toward man must equal 
our upreaching toward God. 


"And when Elisha was come .... 
behold the child was dead, and laid up- 
on his bed.... he went in therefore, 
and shut the door.... and prayed un- 
to the Lord." II Kings 4:32, 33. Read 
II Kings 4:32-37. 

The desired and beloved of a great 
woman lay lifeless. All that a moth- 
er's heart could bestow 'had availed 
nothing. Then in her helplessness, she 
sought the prophet, and he came, to 
become the channel of blessing to that 
stricken heart. 

Entrusted with his mas'er's staff, 

the sei-\'ant of the prophet was unable 
to bring the blessing and help a bleed- 
ing wounded heart. Possessing the 
emblem of helpfulness is not enough. 
If we would be helpful we must have 
the reality of power to help; we must 
do more than wear the name of Chris- 
tian, we must bear Christ-like love in 
our hearts. 


"Though a host should encamp 
against me, my heart shall not fear; 
though war should rise against me, in 
this will I be confident." Psalm 27:3. 
Read Psalm 27:1-5. 

David's experience in later life con- 
vinced him that physical prowess is 
not all of strength, and life taught 
him that the finest strength emanates 
from simple trust in God's promises. 
Physical courage is many times 
prompted by the feeling that the hu- 
man machine will react as desired; 
whereas spiritual courage results 
from an experimental knowledge of 
God's faithfulness. No vain effort is 
necessary on the part of man in the 
home, the shop, the store, the factory, 
anj-vvhere, to convince him that he 
"may dwell in the house of the Lord 
all the days of (his) life." 


"If any man will come after me, let 
him deny himself, and take up his 
cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9: 
23. Read II Chron. 17:1-6. 

WTiat cons'"itutes the cross of this 
text is a question in the minds of 
many. Some think it is the trouble or 
troubles fhey meet in life, but non- 
Christians experience troubles as well 
as Christians, and neither "take these 
up" — they come without any effort on 
our part. 

Jesus liad "steadfastly set His face 
to go to Jerusalem" long before it is 
recorded of Him as having done so. 
The Christian's determination to do al- 
ways the will of God will bring ulti- 
mate joy, though accompanied by fre- 
quent pain. Walking with the King 
in the sunshine can be best evaluated 
after walking with Him in the storm. 


"And Enoch walked with God, and 
he was not; for God took him." Gen. 
5:24. Phil. 2:.5-ll. 

Marion Lawrence, of Ohio Sunday 
School fame, had a simple motto which 
read like this, "to do the simple duty 
of the hour, and be ready when the 
Master c<!lls." Not whether we have 
been rich and comfortable, but how 
well have we met life's duties and how 
nearly have we completed our task, 
will be the test of our life. Someone 

tells the story of a physician in a fron- 
tier community who, away, poor but 
beloved. Upon his tombstone, the fol- 
lowing laconic epigram was placed, 
"Doctor — Office Upstairs." Men grant 
their fellows the right of an eternity 
with God as the reward of a life of 
faithful, self-forgetful sen'ice. 


"As we have therefore opportunity, 
let us do good unto all men, especially 
unto them who are of the household of 
faith." Gal. 5:10. Read Gal. 6:1-10. 

To carry out the Apostle's injunc- 
tion in this text requires neither rich- 
es, nor greatness, nor extraordinary . 
wisdom. Perhaps two things are most 
needed in this connection. First, "to i 
do the simple duty of the hour; and 
second, to share another's load." 

"I'd rather see a sermon than hear i 

one any day; j 

I'd rather one should walk with me^ 

than merely tell the way. i 












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The Larger Vision for Home Missions 


We need this larger vision. Everybody needs it. 
We will never be able to achieve without that vision 
which will enable us to see what seems to us some- 
times the improbable. We need the vision of larg- 
ir and better churches throughout our brotherhood, 
Tiore efficient Sunday schools, and with the vision 
A'ill come the reality. It has always been so; it is 
low, and, in all probability, will continue to be so. 
5ome have had a vision for a larger Publishing 
louse, and how we wish we had it, with all the latest 
jquipment; others have had a far seeing eye for a 
arger College, with better buildings, and a million 
iollars endowment, and we wish we had that; still 
)thers have had a vision for larger foreign mission 
■ields with more funds to suppert them. What 
ibout the Home Mission interest. Have we had it ? 
Me need it, we need it more than we need some 
>ther things, a vision of Home Missions and their 

If we are to achieve, our vision must take in more 
han "just holding our own." The secret of Paul's 
uccess was the vision on the Damascus road, — not 
ixactly either, for that vision would have died and 
leen forgotten in a very short time if he had not 
leen obedient to the "heavenly vision." The key to 
'aul's career in the kingdom of God lies in Acts 26: 
9. Paul was NOT disobedient to the heavenly vis- 
on, — are we? Have we followed our visions? Cer- 
ainly we have all had them,— and what did Ave DO 
nth them? That is the important question. 
Cvery seiTnon the man or woman in the pew has 
istened to, if it was a Gospel sermon, — every such 
ermon has given you a vision ; but, unless it gripped 
nd you determined with Paul that you would fol- 
3W the Christ, the chances are the vision passed 
/ithin a very few minutes. 

We need a greater vision for more churches and 
len to lead them. The responsibility of our present 
hurches lies not so much in what is inside of them 
s that which is yet outside. We need to learn the 
isson Jesus taught us nineteen hundred years ago 
■hen he first saw Matthew, for whom the Jews had 
good word, and in -whom they saw naught but a 
espised tax-collector. Matthew himself says, "And 
3 Jesus passed by from thence, HE SAW A MAN." 
ome one has said, "The Jews saw a tax-gatherer. 
jhe Romans saw an official. The people saw a pub- 
can and sinner. Jesus saw a man." Until M'e get 
•om Jesus the power to see the man in the outcast, 
le woman in the profligate, we will have no vision 
>r missions. 

We think it only fair to all those concerned, to 
explain the position and work of the various par- 
ties now having part in the work of preparation of 
the Brethren Evangelist. 

The legal representative and acting business 
spokesman of the Brethren Publishing Company is 
Dean W. E. Ronk, of Ashland College, who has su- 
pervision of all matters pertaining to the business 
transactions of the company. (Dean Ronk also ser- 
ves in advisory capacity with the two editors.) 

The editorial staff is composed of two persons. 
Dr. C. F. Yoder, veteran South American Mission- 
ary, at present pastor of the Ashland Brethren 
church, and who serves as "Contributing Editor." 
In this latter capacity Dr. Yoder provides an editor- 
ial appearing on page 3 of the Evangelist each week, 
in addition to his personal page (page 8) where he 
writes on such topics and problems as he deems im- 
portant and timely from week to week. His edi- 
torials on page 3 usually pertain to the general 
theme of the particular issue. Dr. Yoder also pre- 
pares material for the Children's Column. 

The other party connected to the editorial end of 
the work of our Publishing Company is the Office 
Editor. The incumbent of this office has little to do 
about the work of the office except to take the 
"copy as it comes from the various writers of "ar- 
ticles" and news, etc., and mix them up and send 


The Family Altar 2 

"The Larger Vision for Home Missions" — 

Rev. Gilbert L. Maus 3 

Word from Our Workers 4 

"Church Extension and Conservation" — 

Rev. S. M. Whetstone 5 

"Woman's Work in the Home Land" — Mrs. D. C. Wliite . 6 
"Building New Brethren Churches" — 

Rev. Claud Studebaker 6 

Contributing Editor's Page 8 

All Things to All Men 9 

We Agree 9 

"What C. E. Means to My Church"— Rev. L. V. King 10 

Children's Column 11 

"More of the False Than the True"— Elder Grant Mahan 12 

"Missions" 13 

"Back to the Bible" 14 

C. E. Topic 14 

"Think It Over" 1.5 

"Into His Mai-velous Light" 16 

News From the Field 16 

The Brethren Evangelist i 

them out to be put into type. Tlien of course the 
"proofs" must be read, and returned for correction 
before the material is "made up" for the press. 
That it may expedite matters a bit he must make up 
a "dummy" of the paper for the "make-up" boy so 
the various articles and departments will be ar- 
ranged as he wishes them to appear. 

Tlien again lie "proof-reads" the "press-proofs" 
before a final 0. K. is put upon the proceeding. (And 
then after the paper is printed — all done — he picks 
up a copy to view with some satisfaction the pro- 
duct of his few brief contacts with the transaction 
of printing an issue of the paper, only to be stared 
in the face by some perfectly obvious error that he 
has overlooked. And perhaps before this paper, 
just finished, has been mailed out to the subscrib- 
ers, some good friend writes to tell how badly he, the 
editor, missed making his last contribution say 
what the writer intended it to say.) Well that 
drives this editor to peruse the pages of some of the 
"exchange" periodicals a while and mark some of 
the errors he can find in their columns. His pride 
having been duly and properly humbled, he takes 
up his editorial tools and starts preparing the mat- 
ter for the next issue, happy in the midst of it all 
that, in collaboration with the acting business man- 
ager and the contributing editor, they are able to 
produce a publication that is elicting an occasional 
plaudit of approval along with some "to-be-expect- 
ed" knocks. All this goes "in the day's work" of 
an Office Editor. 

The Office Editor. 

The Rev. Henry Churchill King, D.D., LL.D., in 
an article in the Christian Endeavor World, entitled, 
"Count Your Blessings," has these appropriate and 
pungent words : 

There are few meaner sins than the sin of ingrati- 
tude, whether shown in relation to God or to our 
fellow men. We are not carelessly to take for grant- 
ed God's numberless mercies in the common round 
of daily life, nor the thoughtful courtesies and multi- 
plied kindnesses of our fellows. Our common daily 
relations with our fellow men need the softening in- 
fluences of thoughtful thanksgiving. Above all, we 
are not to forget the priceless gifts of the friend- 
ships God has opened to us. I have found it a help- 
ful habit through many years to take time every 
Thanksgiving Day to write down with thoughtful 
care in a review of the year the many reasons for 
thanksgiving that have come to me during the year, 
I'ccalling both the smaller and the larger mercies. 
Such a I'ecalling of causes for thanksgiving has the 
power to make our relations both to God and to our 
friends warmer and more intimate. 

Word From Our Workers 

WE HAVE noted an instance in one church Bulletin of the 
placing of the name of the "Evangelist Agent" among the 
Officiary of the congregation. Why not have a recognized 
representative of each of the various National auxiliaries of 
the denomination ? The Publishing Company deems it an 
honor to be thus recognized by a local congregation, and We 
are sure other congregations could safely follow this 

ONE PASTOR has a scheme to save on the cost of mail- 
ing his Bulletins to absentees from the worship services. 
Slips are handed to all attendants on which to write their 
name. These are gathered and thus the pastor can easily 
check the non-attendants, and mail them a copy of the Bul- 
letin. The plan sounds good, and we take pleasure in circu- 
lating the idea, for we are sure Bi'other Zimmerman has no 
copyright on it. 

BROTHER L. V. KING dedicates one of his Bulletins to 
the Non-Resident members of his church, suggesting 5 
things they can do for the church. These 5 things are: 

1. Pray for the Church, daily. 

2. Support the Church financially. 

3. Receive Church Calendars thus keeping in touch with 


4. Write occasionally to Pastor or Church clerk. 

5. Attend Church when in Oakville on vacation. 

We hope you are attending Church somewhere in youri 
community. (Good advice, we say.). 

LATE. i 


— Gratis, Ohio, Brethren Bulletin. | 

IN ONE of the numerous Bulletins, which come to ourj 
desk each week, we notice an announcement of a twenty | 
minute program of organ music, preceding the opening ser-i, 
vice, featuring the well-loved hymns of the church; the pro- 1 
grams sponsored by two families of the congregation in 
memory of a beloved mother recently deceased. We would ' 
commend this type of memorial service to a wide and fre- 1 
quent repetition in other congregations. 

THE BULLETIN from the Brethren church at Hagers- 
town tells of a campaign on to increase the attendance at 
the Sunday School services. Committees have been ap- 1 
pointed and the pastor gives the project a "Boost" that is 
characteristic of so enthusiastic a Sunday School worker as 
Brother Beachler. Tell us how it worked, Brother Will. The 
Bulletin also mentions the presence of Dr. W. D. Furry in 
the Hagerstown pulpit on January 21, and we venture to 
guess that Dr. Beachler was right when he prophesied that ! 
his people would "dine on king's food" that day. 

OUR CORRESPONDENT at Dutchtown, Indiana tells us 
of a meeting held at that place by Elder I. D. Bowman, dis- 
trict Evangelist for the Brethren churches of Indiana. The 
writer makes mention of some severe and inclement weather 
during the series, but rejoices in one soul saved as a direct 
result of the campaign, with others "almost persuaded." The 
correspondent also informs us that by an agreement, prop-i 
erly ratified, brother Louis D. Engle, formerly pastor at' 
Akron, Indiana, becomes full-time pastor at Dutchtown, In-> 
diana, and the churches at Corin', h and Akron have engaged' 
the services of Rev. Wm. E. Overholtzer as pastor for tlif' 
coming year. 

February 10, 1940 

Church Extension and Conservation 

(By Rev. S. M. Whetstone, pastor College Comer Brethren 
Church, Bunker Hill, Indii^va.) 

It appears to the wTiter that this subject is one 
that should receive much more consideration than 
it has heretofore. Perhaps we have been guilty of 
"pushing" the one phase of it, while we have been 
guilty of neglecting the other, and equally as im- 
portant too. In other words, thei'e has been a grow- 
ing tendency to "begin a number of new churches," 
but at the same time to allow as many or more "old 
ones" to close their doors. In our opinion there 
liave been few Brethren Churches which have clos- 
ed, but that could have been kept going had we been 
interested in church conservation. We believe that 
both, church extension and church consei'vation, 
are definitely and equally missionary. 

Tliis writer has been interested foi' a good many 
years in this matter of keeping our established con- 
gregations going, even though it did I'equire some 
encouragement now and then. We hardly think it 
proper to take the position that because a certain 
congregation, which was one time strong and going, 
but today is not able to carry on, should be neglect- 
ed and allowed to close its doors. During the past 
summer we planted some beans in our gai'den. They 
came up and grew as fine as any beans we had ever 
seen. Tliey bloomed and little bean pods set on. 
Then one day, we noticed the leaves began to turn 
yellow. Upon investigation we noticed underneath 
the leaves a lot of little things which we were told 
were bean-beetles. Now, what did we do about it? 
Leave that plot, and go on down in the field and 
plant another plot? No! That would not have sol- 
jved our problem. We began to administer aid to 
the needy plants. That is what any good gardener 
would have done. The same truth holds in conserv- 
ing our congregations. Peiliaps, for financial I'ea- 
sons, crop failui'es, oi' it may be a bad lot of leadei- 
ship, some congregation suffers loss until it is un- 
able to carry on. What aie we going to do about 
it? Just let it alone? By no means! We have tak- 
en that attitude too long now. 

For fear that someone might accuse us of oppos- 
ing "aggi'essive" missionary work in building new 
churches, we would have it known that such is not 
the case. Others have, and we will at some future 
time, write of that phase of missions. Just now we 
are pleading for the neglected and all but forgotten 
congregations, which in our humble opinion would 
show new church life if some encouragement was 
given them. This neglected field is one of the aims 
of the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 
right now, and will receive the proper consideration 
as rapidly as possible. Pray that we may be guided 
by the Lord. Pray that we may more effectively 
serve the Lord. 


There are so many helpful things to do 

Along life's way 
(Helps to the helper, if we did but know). 

From day to day. 
So many troubled hearts to soothe. 
So many pathways rough to smooth. 
So many comforting words to say, 
To the hearts that falter along the way. 

Here is a lamp of hope gone out 

Along the way. 
Some one troubled and fell, no doubt — 

But, brother, stay! 
Out of the store of oil refill ; 
Kindle the courage that smoulders still ; 
Think what Jesus would do to-day 
For one who had fallen beside the way. 

How many lifted hands still plead 

Along life's way! 
The old, sad story of human need 

Reads on for aye. 
But let us follow the Savioui''s \A&n- — ■ 
Love unstinted to every man; 
Content if, at most, the world should say: 
"He helped his brother along the way !" 

— The Methodist Protestant Recorder. 

It was my privilege to talk with a man who knows 
something about the Art of Worship in the Church 
service. He said there is a difference between an 
auditorium and a place of worship. An auditorium 
may be in a school building or a store room where 
some folks may meet to worship, while a Church is 
so constructed as to lend a worshipful surrounding 
to the people as they enter the sanctuary. He men- 
tioned that the inside of the Church and its appear- 
ance had more to do with worship than the outside. 
In some instances the preacher had to create most 
of the atmosphere of worship himself due to poor 
surroundings and the uninviting interior of the 
building. The people themselves have a good bit to 
do with this as well as the pastor. Their attitude 
toward God and the Church Worship helps to create 
a wholesome atmosphere. 

We should enter the Church building as though it 
was truly God's Sanctuary and keep in the proper 
attitude of heart and mind while present. Let us 
continue to do our best to promote a better atmos- 
phere of worship as we come into the house of God. 
The least confusion will bring the best results.^- 
From the Bulletin of the Main St. Evangelical 
church, Mansfield, Ohio. 

Woman's Work in the Home Land 

(Bii Mrti. D. C. White. W. M. S. Representative on the Mis- 
sionmij Board of the Brethren Church.) 

We are definitely commanded by our Saviour in 
Acts 1:8 — "to be witnesses unto Him both in Jeru- 
salem and in all Judea, and in Samaria and unto the 
uttermost parts of the earth." Our challenge is not 
to service in non-Christian lands alone, but in Amer- 
ica as well, for there is no message which God bids 
us carry on to the ends of the earth that does not 
need telling at home. 

Let us consider what the Gospel has done for wo- 
man and then we will not fail to go and tell what 
great things the Lord has done for us. 

Wherever the truths of Christianity are recogniz- 
ed, woman is honored, protected and pemiitted to 
exercise her independent will in a degree that other 
nations neither practice nor allow. 

From the first, the church gave woman a place of 
dignity and honor. The Saviour admitted women to 
His discipleship. He took time, even went thirsty 
and tii'ed, to teach a woman, and a Samaritan at 
that, the nature of His spiritual Kingdom. A wo- 
man was the first Clii'istian convert in Europe. 

It may be that Jesus spoke no direct word in be- 
half of the liberation of women; nevertheless, the 
effect of His example, and that of His apostles in 
their attitude toward woman was both immediate 
and immense. This is why I say wherever the 
truths of Christianity are recognized, woman is 
honored. . 

The Brethren Evangelisij 

Knowing that there is a great need in the churcli 
today for the work of women, and believing thai 
the W. M. S. opens a great avenue of service, we art 
striving in our efforts to be of service to Him. Wt 
believe that those of us who are members of tht 
W. M. S. will all agree that we are drawn into closei j 
fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ by the asso! 
elation we have with other Christians who forget 
their individual needs in their efforts to carry out! 
their missionary impulses by taking part in the miS' 
sionary program of the church. 

We also gain trustworthy knowledge about thcij 
working of God's purposes in the world today. W( 
unite our dollars and hours we have to give with 
thousands of other dollars and hours, which to-ij 
gether acomplish what to one is the impossible. 

Our work in the home land has largely been dir- 
ected to the education of young men to the ministry, 
that they might witness for Him, as well as helping 
as many home mission churches as possible. Hom 
we wish every member of the W. M. S. could havt 
been with us at Winona and have heard the words 
of appreciation as they fell from the lips of those 
receiving help. 

Many of the churches could not have done the 
work they did if it had not been for the help of the 
W. M. S. so willingly and prayerfully given. "Dd 
Whatever He tells you," was the admonition of the 
Mother of Jesus when perplexity arose at the wed-lj 
ding in Canan. The voice of the Mother of Jesua 
can still be heard across the centuries. "Do What 
ever He tells you." 

Building New Brethren Churches 

By Claud Studebaker 

The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 
was ci'eated and chai'tered by the general confer- 
ence of the Brethren church rather eai'ly in her 
history to carr\' on both home and foreign mis- 
sions. Of course the first step was to establish our- 
selves and extend our borders in the home land. 
There are many small churches organized. Some 
with only 6, 7, 10, 12, 13 charter members, the Pitts- 
burgh church had 13 membei's when it was organ- 
ized. Many of these small groups, with a minister 
available, grew into strong churches, others with 
only a few members and no house of worship, never 
grew into a self-supporting church. The Missionary 
Board of the Brethren church has had quite a siz- 
able task to assist these groups in securing pastors 
and places of worship and to establish new church- 
es in the cities, for our churches were largely in the 
country and had been accustomed to an unpaid min- 

Two of our early missionary projects were in 

Washington, D. C, and Chicago, 111., one developecj 
into a splendid church, the other was discontinued; 
The answer is no doubt, one of leadership. Eldeif 
W. H. Lyon was a missionary pastor in the natji 
ional capitol under the German Baptist church, bul^' 
turned to our church because of dissatisfaction withi 
an effort to enforce the order. He was a most wor-i 
thy leader and our fine church there is the resulll 
of his faithful labor and assistance of the Missior 
Board. The pioneer preachers of our denominatioi 
had some very aggressive evangelists among them 
Rev. J. H. Swihart, whom I knew quite well, for hd 
twice held meetings for us in southern Illinois, on 
ganized at least a dozen churches. Some are thriv\ 
ing churches today while others have disbanded. Ai 
the beginning of the century the district of Indian; 
had 44 churches reporting after almost 20 years o 
history but only 2 of these had as many as 200 mem 
bers and only 9 of the I'emaining number had an 
many as 100, several under 30 members. The tota? 
for the 44 churches being 3309 or an average of 1' 
members. The Goshen church had not been started 
and Elkhart had only 50 members. Now, these twi 

Febi-uary 10, 1940 


churches have half as many members as were in 
the entire district and properties valued at twice 
the values of the entire district at that time. The 
Mission Board of the Indiana district was aggressive 
in establishing these churches. In the Ohio district 
there were 23 churches at the beginning of the cen- 
tury with a reported membership of less than 2000, 
they had given nearly $600. for district missions be- 
sides contributing $1000. to pay on the Dayton 
church property wliich was bought after the district 
conference. Dr. J. A. Miller signed the report as 
secretary. This shows the activity of these dis- 
tricts in establishing new churches. Many of our 
substantial churches were thus begun and nurtured 
by the Mission Board until they could function 

Churches were built by those preachers who 
preached our distinctive belief on baptism and the 
communion and emphasized obedience as the only 
ti-ue evidence of faith. In the beginning of our 
church this was the procedure and it seems quite 
clear to me, that the process is the same today if 
we are to build new Brethren churches. If we teach 
baptism as not essential to salvation and obedience 
in Christian life as only desii'able but not essential, 
then disobedience to God does not jeopardize our 
salvation, only lessens our rewards, then there is 
no reason that I can see that we should build new 
Brethren churches. However, if we have the con- 
viction of those who gave us our church, and preach 
her doctrines with the same zeal, and sacrifice with 
the same degree of our ability, we shall find oppoi'- 
tunities in abundance to build many new Brethren 
churches that have for their only reason, ,n distinc- 
tive emphasis on obedience to the whole Bible as the 
message this troubled world needs. 

However our field has changed greatly in .50 
years. Dr. Stamm, in an article in the Readei-s Di- 
gest (from Country Home, "Millions of Back- 
sliders") says, "there are 1000 country churches be- 
ing closed every year" and therein deals with the 
seriousness of the problem and offers some sugges- 
tions for solution. Probably there is no denomina- 
tion that has had a greater proportion of churches 
in the rural districts than has the Brethren church. 
Therefore in the shift that has come, our denomina- 
tion has been one of the heaviest losers in church- 
es. We no longer can go out to a school house in the 
country and hold an evangelistic meeting and then 
organize a Bretlu'en church with a very few mem- 
bers. Some of these churches thus begun are 
among our most substantial congregations. More- 
over even the population and the wealth has decreas- 
ed greatly in many of these rural communities. The 
children are taken to central schools which become 
social centers for various community interests. The 
little one room church many times left without lead- 
ership becomes a losing proposition instead of a 

growing concern. What shall we do? Shall we al- 
low our people to drift? and resign ourselves to a 
worldy age with a drift to cities and large centers. 
Tliat would only publicise our unworthiness to car- 
ry on such a precious heiitage. It is our task to 
face the difficulties which confront us, and under- 
take in a really adequate way to provide for our j)eo- 
ple to whom the Brethren faith is precious. There 
are many places with a number of good families 
which will make a nucleus for a strong Brethren 
church, these are the opportunities to build new 
Brethren churches. Seems to me the need is very 
great for the type of Christians our parents were. 
Not moved by the excitement of the noisy groups 
around them, or the radical preacher who was ever 
discovering something new, but those who will read 
the Bible and do what it says. Certainly the world 
needs doers today. They will build new Brethren 


"If you were God and God were you. 
And He were given a holiday 
To go to Church to praise and pray, 
And then He feasted and stayed away 
Without a thought of God and prayer, 
Or thanks for all your loving care — 
If you were God and God were you 
Say — what would you do? 

If you were God and God were you, 


For the information of our readers, we are glad 
to repeat the personnel of the National Christian 
Endeavor Board, as constituted by the General Con- 
ference of the Bi'ethren Church, and appeai-ing on 
page 39 of the 1940 Conference Annual, and also on 
the minutes of the Conference on page 13. 
Terms expiring in 1940 

H. A. Kent, Long Beach, Calif. 

Norman Uphouse, Winchester, Va. 

Miriam Gilbert, Washington, D. C. 

Lena Kortmeier, Mabton, Wash. 
Terms expiring in 1941 

Grace AUshouse, Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Miles Taber, Leon, la. 

Paul Guittar, Canton, Ohio 

Robert Ashman, Peru, Ind. 
Terms expiring in 1942. 

Frank Gehman, Vandergrift, Pa. 

D. B. Flora, Masontown, Pa. 

Vernon Grisso, Ashland, Ohio 

Mildred Furry, Johnstown, Pa. 

Mildred Deitz, Berlin, Penna. 

L. E. Lindower, Secretari/ of the National Con- 
■ ference of the Brethren Chti/rch. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Xhe Contributing Editor's Page 


In all creation there is an evergrowing movement 
from the simple to the complex. It is only in line 
with this divine law that the work of the church 
each succeeding year is also greater and more com- 
plex. The problems that arise with growth are 
more serious and more numerous. 

To meet these problems we have the various in- 
stitutions of the church and the auxiliary organiza- 
tions. The deveolpment and proper direction of 
these institutions is in itself a major problem, which 
calls for the prayers of all and the constructive skill 
of the best minds that can be brot to the Lord's ser- 
vice. The gift of "helps and governments" are not 
among the least of the gifts of our Lord to his 

But while there are a hundred things that are 
knocking at the door for attention, there is nothing 
which demands any greatei' attention than the work 
of missions. The evangelization of the world is the 
one great goal of the church and it should turn 
neithei' to the right nor to the left until it is accom- 

This being true the work of preparing the wit- 
nesses, that is, the preachers who are to witness in 
Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria and to the ut- 
teiTTiost parts of the earth, is the greatest problem 
of all. The world will not prepare the missionaries 
for the church, nor can the church prepare them 
without the help of the teaching agencies, beginning 
in the home and going on through the Sunday 
School, the Normal classes, the auxiliary societies, 
summer camps, Bible conferences and church 
schools and up to the Seminary. 

To use the Gospel figure of the Church as a body, 
these various institutions are the different systems 
of the body, each with its own function, and each 
vital to all the rest. If the Sunday School is the 
strong right arm which reaches out to gather in the 
children, the Christian Endeavor societies are the 
left arm with reserve force for the work. If the 
right foot is foreign missions to take the advance 
step toward the ends of the earth, the left foot is 
home missions on which the church must stand 
while moving the right. If the pulpit and the press 
and the radio are, or may be, the voice of the 
church, conveying its message, then the schools and 
seminary are the spinal column from which bi-anch 
the liei'ves which are the channels through which 
the head trains and controls all the parts of the 
body. From these come the trained workers who in 
turn give their attention to others. 

If therefore the training school for teachers is 
corrupt, it is like the well of water which poisons 

the entire family. The Lord spent more time train- 
ing his future preachers than in preaching to the 
multitudes Himself. The work of missions, bothi 
home and foreign begins with the proper teaching 
of the children and young people in their prepara- 
tion to be workers. 

This means that as a church we should walk with 
the Lord, and learn of him as the disciples learned 
of him, in all the work that he did and in all the 
teaching that he gave, as he went from village to i 
village with the Gospel. 

It is well to know history and science and philo- ] 
sophy, but after all, these are not the agencies that i 
cause conversion. Only the Gospel story transforms ' 
the life. A certain author speaks of "the pure and 
noble influence of skepticism". Skepticism, yes, of „ 
some things, and especially of skeptics who teanji 
down the good work that others have built up. But 
the hope of the world is in faith rather than in , 
skepticism. The man who invents the electric light ij 
will not need to go about denouncing candles. i: 

It is well to know the history and teachings of the 'i 
pagan religions of the world, and to give them credit ! 
for all the truth that they may contain and all the ■ 
good they have done ; but when this is done the fact ■ 
remains that not one of them has any power to save! 
the sinner from his sins. \: 

The ancient faiths attributed carnal passions to 
their gods and left their devotees grovelling in the^ 
mire of sensuality. Confucianism tied men to the 
dead past and threw a dam across the current of 
progress. Bhuddism offers at best only Nirvana,i 
which is a state of oblivion to all feeling. Moham-i 
medanism used the sword to gain converts, and af- 
ter gaining them has left them more hopeless than 

The unevangelized portions of the world are the- 
pestilential back alleys which spread their contagion 
to all mankind. Only from Christ comes the heal- 
ing stream for the open sore of the world, the heart 
of sin. Only from the church can go the messengers 
and the message which mean life and hope for the' 
lost world. 

Law is effective in a measure in binding the crim- 
inal with chains, but it is ineffective in changing tht' 
criminal heart. Christ first regenerates the hearl 
and then the fetters for the hands and stocks for the 
feet are no longer needed. The man who stands! 
clothed and in his right mind is no longer a terroji 
to his neighbors. 

Where lives the Christ, there grows the tree Oj' 
life, bearing the precious fruits of the Spirit, mani 
fested on the branches of the Christian life. Thert 
flows the river of the water of life, in the midst o; 

February 10, 1940 

the Paradise of God. And Christ lives in the hearts 
3f those who are his witnesses in all the world. 

In arctic cold and tropical heat, in the mountain 
lighland and the level plain, in the fertile valley and 
;he sandy desert, where ever man is found, there the 
vhite angel of the world, the Church, which is the 
3ride of Christ, goes with the message of hope, 
)reaches the Gospel of Grace, calls to repentance 
Tom sin and to a life of love and obedience to God, 
ind men are saved. 

This is the work of missions and this is the hope 
if the world. 

— C. F. Y. 


A Los Angeles daily quotes the Oiief of Police of 
hat city as making the following statement : 
(Continued on Page 10) 




Two Good People 

A certain good woman and a good man not quite 
so certain were very much pleased with something 
they found in the Messenger and very much dis- 
pleased with something else they found in it. They 
think the thing that displeased them should not 
have been in the paper. They might be right, even 
though several thousand other readers think they 
are wrong. 

But whether they are right or wrong about this 
particular thing, it is such a comfort to know that 
they both love righteousness and hate sin. Life is 
kind after all, isn't it, in furnishing us so many op- 
portunities for checking up on each other, and our- 
selves. — Gospel Messenger. 

"A good home never loses its power 
reproduce goodness." — Dr. Edward 
'. Westphal, Director of Adult Edu- 
ation and Men's Work.— The Presby- 



Christ was a home mission- 
ary, in the house of Lazarus. 

Christ was a foreign mis- 
sionary, when the Greeks 
came to Him. 

Christ was a city mission- 
ary, when He taught in Sa- 

Christ was a Sunday 
school missionary, when He 
opened up the Sciiptures and 
sent men to studying the 
Word of God. 

Christ was a children's 
missionary, when He took 
them in His arms and blessed 

Christ was a missionary to 
the poor, when He opened the 
eyes of the blind beggar. 

Christ was a missionary to 
the rich when he opened the 
spiritual eyes of Zaccheus. 

Even on the cross, Christ 
was a missionary to the rob- 
bers, and His last command 
was the missionary commis- 
sion.— Amos R. Wells. 



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TITLE. Christian Education and the Alcohol Problem. 

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The Brethren Evangelisli 

(Contimied from page 9) 

no prude, but the fact is that there were 400 traffic 
accidents on the Saturday evening preceding Christ- 
mas. Officers found that nearly all of these acci- 
dents were caused by drivers that had been drink- 

Los Angeles is neither the largest nor the worst 
city in America, and the four hundred accidents in 
that city in one night nearly all caused by drinkers, 
is just a glimpse of the ten-ible conditions to which 
drink is bringing our country. Good people cannot 
venture out with their cars without being in con- 
stant danger of meeting death before returning, be- 
cause of drinking drivers. Wliat can be done about 

Experience has shown that it is difficult to stop 
the supply of intoxicating liquor because of the ease 
with which alcohol can be produced in private, and 
because drinkers and sellers alike have too little pa- 
triotism to obey the laws, or to help to enforce them. 
What, then can be done about it ? 

There is one thing that can be done. There is one 
kind of prohibition that can be enfoi'ced. There is 
one law that cannot be evaded. 

That is the law prohibiting drinkers from driving 
cars. There are tests which accurately indicate the 
quantity of alcohol that any person examined actu- 
ally has in his system. Submit a suspected driver 
to this test and, though he deny that he has been 
drinking till he is blue in the face, his breath will 
still reveal his condition. He cannot evade the evi- 
dence and can therefore be held responsible for his 
infraction of the law. 

The plea that a drunken man should be excused 
for the crime he commits because he does not know 
what he is doing, is stupid; it is imbecile. All the 
world knows that drink causes this irresponsible 
condition, and therefore the man who deliberately 
drinks knows very well that he is preparing himself 
to cause an accident which will maim and kill others 
as well as endanger himself. To put one's self into 
that condition is a crime, and the one who does :'t 
must be held responsible if the drink tragedy is to 
be stopped. 

After all, if there are no drinkers there will be no 
sellers, and the entire business will be gone. Of 
course both seller and maker are partners in the 
criminal business and should be held responsible for 
the results of their traffic, the same as the venders 
of marijuana or other deadly drugs. 

The best remedy for this and all sin is the Gospel, 
but as long as there are people sold to sin, who will 
not hear nor heed the Gospel message, so long there 
must be other remedies applied. The law is for the 
lawless, and it is for a free people to take their full 
share of the responsibility in the making and en- 
forcing of laws that shall make it easy to do good 
and hard to do evil. — C. F. Y. 

What C. E. Means to My Church 

(Bi/ Rev. L. V. Kincj, pastor of First Brethren Church, Oak 
ville, Indiana) '> 

I am happy to write on the above topic because ij 
gives me an opportunity to express publicly my apj 
preciation of an organization of the church that ha;i 
been a real blessing to its life. During my ministr 
of 18 years, I have served four different pastorates^ 
These pastorates included 6 different churches, 
have not had success in C. E. work in all of thesif 
congregations. I have found that local condition 
have much to do with the success or failure of an,' 
organization. Therefore the testimony I shall giv\ 
will be peculiarly true only of the present pastorate 
This article, therefore, shall not deal with the idea 
but the reality. I shall not endeavor to write o 
what the C. E. should or might do for a Church, bu 
of what C. E. has done and is doing today at Oak 

We have here in our local Church three C. E. sc 
cieties, one for the adults, one for the young peopl) 
and one for the juniors. Each society meets eaci 
Sunday evening an hour before the evening servic> 
in its own room. The average attendance of the 
groups has been about 30 for the year. This i 
not a large number, and yet a fair gi'oup for a smaij 
community of 200 people. Any organization tha 
touches an average of 30 lives for the year is toucfcl 
ing, at least at times, a great many more individ' 
als. Of course it is nearly always true that thoi 
who attend quite regularly RECEIVE and GIVSj 
more than those who attend only at times. B 
nevertheless, lives are touched. 



I am sure that I voice the sentiment of the menij 
bership of the Oakville Church when I say that C. Ij 
has meant something of great value to our pec; 
Some of these are outward and clearly seen in 
present. Others may never be outwardly expresses 
but are nevertheless lasting. 

We must keep in mind that C. E. is one organiz; 
tion of the church in which its members have i\ 
opportunity to express publicly their Christian live 
It is a place where Chi'istians endeavor to live ar 
express the Christian life, where Christianity ma 
be expressed definitely in action. And it is an o^ 
ganization where the responsibility rests definite' 
upon each of its members. There is no teacher wl 
stands before them revealing the lesson. There 
no superintendent that directs its activities. Tl 
responsibility rests upon each member and each 
given opportunity to express himself before a groii 
of his own age. 

C. E. at Oakville has been a means of developii 
leadership for the church. And it is interesting 
watch this development as it trains young lives 

Februaiy 10, 1940 

think and act for themselves in public. And it is 
surprising to see how soon a timid person takes hold 
of, and expresses himself in church work. 

For example, quite often in our Sunday evening- 
worship service we ask foi- volunteer prayers from 
among the young people and children. And it is 
surprising to see how they respond and how young 
they ai'e Avhen they pray publicly. It is also sur- 
prising what simple and yet wonderful prayers they 
offer. One thing I like about these prayers is that 
they seem to come from the heart. And even 
though spoken to God, the audience is usually help- 

Where did these young people and children learn 
to pray publically? In C. E. I recall taking our 
young people to a joint C. E. meeting in another 
Ehurch. The Pastor asked for volunteer prayers 
from the young people. Only one responded from 
that organization while most of our group expressed 
a prayer. The pastor afterwards told me that he did 
this because he wanted to shame his own young 
people. He knew that our group were always free 
in expressing praise publicly. 

Occasionally we have a testimony meeting at our 
evening worship service. It is surprising to know 
what group is freest in speaking for the Lord. The 
adults usually have to wait until the youngsters 
liave given their testimon\- and this makes them 
ashamed, and so they respond readily. Where did 
;hey learn to think and express themselves public- 
ly? In C. E. 

There is a tendency in manv churches for the 

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young people and children to leave Sunday School 
at its close, not remaining for the preaching service. 
So far our C. E. has been able to hold the C. E. mem- 
bers for the evening worship. In fact, were it not 
for this group, the evening attendance would often 
be rather small. So C. E. has been a blessing to our 
evening worship service. 

The C. E. here, especially our young people's 
group, have been a means of leading, at least, some 
of the young people of the community to Christ. 
They hold pre-prayer services each Sunday eve be- 
fore the regular program in a separate room, and 
Christian. And they have found joy in the fact that 
it is here they remember in a very definite way 
their chums and the young people who are not 
the Lord has answered their prayers. The young 
people and children of the C. E. have taken a very 
definite part in each of the revivals we have held 
in the church. 

On evenings when the young people complete the 
discussion of the topic before closing time, we give 
them Bible questions, Bible false and true contests 
and various Bible drills. All this has helped them 
to understand and know the Bible better. 

So these, and other unnamed results have proven 
to us that C. E. can be made a wonderful blessing to 
the life and spii-it of the church. Our prayer is that 
C. E. may continue to hold a large place in the work 
of the church here. And what we pray for our own 
group we would pray for all faithful Brethren C. E. 
societies over our beloved denomination. 


ren s 




A'hen little boys kneel by their beds 
Vnd fold their hands and bow their 

Vnd shut their eyes and start to pray 
don't think God is far away, 
think he listens with intent 
Co any message that is sent 
iy little boys who kneel at night; 
think God tr'es with all His might 
,'o answer prayers that small boys 


n His Son's name, for His Son's sake. 
— Gates Hebbard 


When someone gives you something, 
hat do you say? It is the nice thing. 
your teacher has told you, or your 
lother, to say, "Thank you," for the 
iiings that you receive. It makes the 
erson who was kind to you feel so 
luch better when you say "Thank 
ou" and they cannot help but think 
lat you appreciated the gift. 
It is not enough to say our "Thank 

yous" just to our friends, parents, and 
teachers, here. We receive so many 
many things from our Father in heav- 
en, and do we remember to thank Him 
for His gifts? Who sends the beauti- 
ful snow? Who provides the warmth 
to .keep you warm these cold winter 
days ? Who provides the food and 
clothing so that your parents may 
keep you warm and healthy? Surely, 
it is God, your Father in heaven. 

The next time that you sit down to 
the table to eat your meal won't you 
remember to say "Thank you" to the 
Giver for His gift of food? The fol- 
lowing is not necessarily the prayer 
you can use to thank Him, but if you 
can think of none other, why not use 
it until you can utter your own 
"Thanks" ? 

"Thank you for the flowers so sweet, 
Thank you for the foot we eat, 
Thank you for the birds that sing. 
Thank you, God, for everything." 


By Laura Emily Mau 

I love to light a candle 

And see it burning bright; 
It makes me feel most happy 

To see its shining liglit. 

It makes me think of God, 

And of His world of light; 

And I am wondering how far 
It sends it rays so bright 

To scatter gladness where 
There's need for light. 

"What to Do." 


It isn't far to Bethlehem town, 

It's anywhere that Christ comes down 

And finds in people's friendly face 

A welcome and abiding-place. 

The road to Bethlehem luns right 

The hom.e of folks like me and you. 

— Madeline Sweeney Miller. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

More of the False Than of the True 
By Grant Mahan 

Nnmber Two 

After quoting last week to show what the Bible 
says about God, about Jesus Christ, and about the 
Holy Ghost, and then quoting from seven other 
groups of people to show what they think of the 
three Persons of the Godhead, we wish now to 
quote the Bible and from the same seven groups to 
show what each has to say about shi, redemption, 
salvation and retribution. 

The Bible says of sin : "Sin is the transgression 
of the law" (I John 3:4). 

'.''Whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Rom. 14: 

"Of sin, because they believe not on me" (John 

"If we say that we have no sin we deceive our- 
selves, and the trutli is not in us" (I John 1:8). 

Christian Science says: "Man is incapable of 

"Whatever indicates the fall of man is the Adam 
dream. Sin, sickness and death are not ideas but 

"So long as we believe that a soul can sin, we 
can never understand the science of being." 

Spirihialism says: "Man never had a fall." 

"Whatever is, is right. Evil does not exist. Evil 
is good. No matter what man's path may be, good 
or bad, it is the path of divine ordination and des- 

RusselUsm says: "Death, extinction of being, 

is the wages of sin. Duiing the millennium the 
spirit will be resurrected and given a second chance 
or trial for everlasting life." 

Theosophy says : "All thought, good or bad, 
leaves its traces on the thought body and reappears 
as tendencies in future incarnations. No escape 
from this sequence of cause and effect is possible. 
Our past must work itself out." 

"The only freedom from sin is to become entirely 
lost in meditative contemplation." 

Monnonism says: "It was necessary for Adam 
to partake of the forbidden fruit or he would not 
have known good or evil here, neither could he have 
had mortal posterity." 

Seventh Day Adventism says: "Jesus is now 
examining the sins of believers and prevails upon 
the Father to blot them out. When he is finished 
investigating, he takes these pardoned sins and 
puts them on Satan." 

"Satan will bear all our sins as a scapegoat into 
oblivion, where he will be annihilated with them 
still upon him." 

Modern Theology says: "Man is under a pro- 

'The blood of 
from all sin" 

cess of evolution which has neither beginning norj 
end. He is a passing form of universal energy with-, 
out free will." 

"If a man ever had a fall, it was a fall upward 
rather than downward." ' 

"Man's present moral condition is due to his fail-j 
ure to rise out of animalism." 

The Bible says of redeynption: 
Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us 
(I John 1:7). 

"Redemption through his blood" (Eph. 1:7). 

"My blood which was shed for the remission of 
sins" (Matt. 26:28). 

Christian Science says: "The blood of Jesus 
Christ was of no more avail, when it was shed upon 
the cursed tree, than when it was flowing throughi 
his veins in daily life." 

"One sacrifice, however great, is insufficient tci 
pay the debt of sin." 

"Tlie atonement I'equires constant self-immola-i 
tion on the sinners' part." 

Spiritualism says: "There is no atoning value^ 
in the death of Jesus Christ." 

"Jesus was a Jewish religious enthusiast ano 
came to an untimely end." 

Salvation by a vicarious atonement is a wickec 
and soul-destroying delusion." 

RusselUsm says: "The ransom given by Jesuii 
Christ does not guarantee everlasting life or bless 
ing to any man, but it does guarantee to every maHi 
a second trial for everlasting life." j 

"One unforfeited life could redeem one forfeiteolj 
life and no more." 

"The atonement was for the first Adam.' 

Theosophy says: "An ordinary being must pas; 
through some eight hundred incarnations before h' 
can complete his purification from sin." i 

Mormonism. says: "Christ's atonement has tl 
do only with the sins of Adam." 1 

"Christ's atonement was not sufficient for pei 
sonal sins, from which man can be redeemed onl 
by obedience to Mormon ceremonies. All ar 
damned who do not avail themselves of these cert 

Seventh Day Adventism: "A substitute was a< 
cepted in the sinner's stead, but the sin was not car 
celed by the blood of the victim. By the offerin 
of blood, the sinner simply acknowledges the autl 
ority of the law and expresses his desire for pardoi 
Christ, at his ascension, began pleading his blood bi 
fore the Father in behalf of believers, but their sir 
remained upon the record until 1844 (the end of tl 
2,300 days of Daniel) ." 

They "dissent from the view that atonement wi 
made on the cross." 

Modern Theology says: "Every man must ator 
for his own soul." 

February 10, 1940 


"The 'slaug-hterhouse religion' belongs to the dark 

The Bible says of salvation: "As many as re- 
ceived him, to them gave he power to become the 
sons of God, even to them that believe on his name" 
(John 1:12). 

"He that believeth on him is not condemned, but 
lie that believeth not is condemned already" (John 

"This is the work of God, that ye believe on him 
whom he hath sent" (John 6:29). 

Christian Science says: "Final deliverance from 
srror is not reached by pinning one's faith, without 
ivorks, to another's vicarious effort. 

"God created all through mind, and made all per- 
fect and eternal. Where, then, is the necessity :cor 

Spiritualism says: "In the spirit world souls 
io wrong as they did here. Tliey reap what they 
iow, but are gradually purified and blessed." 

"Man becomes his own savior." 

"Man is made better in this life by intercourse 
A'ith spirits." 

Rnssellis7n says: "Man, by ^__^_^__-^-_ 
reason of his present experience 
ivith sin, and its bitter penalty, 
ivill be fully forewarned, and 
ivhen, as a result of the ransom, 
le is granted another trial, we 
nay be sure that only the will- 
fully disobedient will receive the 
aenalty of the second trial." =^^^^^^=^= 

Theosophi/ says: "Throughout each incarna- 
tion the spirit labors to evolve in the body it in- 
labits the capacity to respond to its impulses, but 
t is through the molding of successive bodies that 
t accomplishes its task of human elevation." 

Morvtonism says: "To get rid of our sins we 
nust work out our own salvation through the teach- 
ngs and forms of the Mormon church." 

"You must learn to be gods yourselves, tlie same 
IS all gods have done before you." 

Seventh Day Adventisni says: "The keeping of 
;he law is absolutely necessary to salvation. The 
aw of Moses was never abrogated." 

"Believers who fail in observing the Sabbath 
(Saturday) are lost." 

"When Christ finally comes to earth, only 144,- 
)00 will be saved, and these will be Sabbath-Keep- 

Modern. Theosophi/ says: "The incarnation of 
jod is not limited to one life only. All are sons of 
Jod, and will eventually be saved." 

What the Bible soys of retribution?, "Them that 
leep in the dust shall awake, some to everlasting 
ife and some to everlasting shame and contempt" 
Dan. 12:2). 


More tithes and fewer drives. 
More action and less faction. 
More workers and fewer shirkers. 
More backers and fewer slackers. 
More praying and less straying. 
More of God's plans and less of man's. 
— Gospel Messenger. 

"I saw the dead, small and great, stand before 
God — judged according to their works" (Rev. 20: 

Christian Science says: "No final judgment 
awaits mortals." 

"The judgment day comes hourly and continual- 

Spiritualism says: "Hell does not exist and never 

"No resurrection — no judgment." 

Rusellism. says: "All who died without Christ 
will have another chance." 

"The 'second death' is extinction." 

"It is absui-d to suppose that God would perpe- 
tuate existence forever in torment." 

Theosophy says: "The spirit enters on a period 
of repose, a state of consciousness apart from the 
physical body, in which the intelligence is free from 
physical limitation. This stage endures for a per- 
iod proportionate to the stage of evolution reached 
on earth. 

"After seventy million years of successive incar- 
nations, the spirit may lose consciousness." 
---^^^^^^,= Mormonisyn says: "All will be 

damned who are not Latter-Day 

Seventh Day Adventisni says: 
"All who worship on Sunday 
have the mark of the best and 
will be eternally damned." 

"It is unreasonable that God 
- sliould allow sinners always to 
exist as a blot on his creation. Tliey will be annihi- 
lated after 1,000 years." 

Modern Theology says: "God is too loving and 
merciful to send any of his own creatures to eternal 

"There is no far-off judgment day and no judge 
external to ourselves." 

In a third article some comments will be added. 

Rehobeth. Md. 


Why should the cause of missions be subjected 
to the necessity of constant appeal? There can be 
only_one limitation to missions and that is the lim- 
itation that each one places upon himself. How 
can anyone say, I believe in Jesus Christ, but I do 
not believe in missions? And why does anyone, 
who calls himself a Christian, fail to share in ex- 
tending Christ's cause? To say I believe in Chris- 
tianity but I do not believe in missions, is only an- 
other form of unbelief in Christ himself. One might 
as well say, I believe in morality but I never live it, 
I believe in honesty but I never practice it, as to say 
I believe in Jesus Christ but I am not identified 
with Him. The degree in which Christ is known to 
us is limited by the extent that we make Him known 
to others. — Bishop Woodcock, in Living Church. 


The Brethren Evangelisb 


Am I a signpost on the road 
That points the way to God ? 

Am I another stepping-stone, 
Or Satan's stumbling rod ? 

Each move I make, each word I say, 

I know, should be a sign 
That leads the wand'ring one along 

Into Thy grace Divine. 

A shining light, a signpost true, 

I pi'ay that I might be. 
Not to hinder, but to guide 

The ones that seek for Thee. 

— John Caldwell Craig. 


If God can take a broken heart. 
And teach it to be strong. 

Replacing all the discord with 
Sincere rejoicing song. 

If He can take the frozen earth 
Which lay in cold despair. 

Transforming it to verdant fields, 
Then God can answer prayer. 

Clara Bernhardt. 


(Race Relations Sunday, February ll)i 

Scripture Lesson: Matt. 7:12; 25:34-46j 

Daily Readings 

Liberty for an Ethopian, Acts 8:35-i 

Christ's great mission, Isa. 61:1-3. . 

Proper use of liberty, Gal. 5:1, 6.j 
13, 14. 

(See next page) 


— From Brethren Calendar, College Corner, Ind.l 


Peter lent a boat, 

To save Him from the press; 
Martha lent her home. 

With busy kindliness. 

One man lent a colt, 

Another lent a room; 
Some threw down their garments. 

And Joseph lent a tomb. 

Simon lent his strength. 

The cruel cross to bear; 
Many brought their spices, 

His body to prepare. 

What have I to lend? 

No boat, no house, no lands; 
Dwell, Lord, within my heart. 

I put it in Thy hands. 

— Christ Life. 


A big silver dollar, and a little brown 

Rolling along together they went 
Rolling along the smooth sidewalk 
When the dollar remarked — for the 

dollar can talk; 
You poor little cent, you cheap little 

I'm bigger and more than twice as 

I'm worth more than you a hundred- 
And written on me in letters bold, 
Is the motto drawn from the pious 

"In God we trust," which all can read. 
Yes, I know; said the cent, 
I'm a cheap little mite, and I know 
I'm not big, nor good, nor bright. 
And yet, said the cent, with a meek 

little sigh — 
Y'ou don't go to church as often as I. 
— Wall Street Journal. 

By O. P. Thomas 

The age in which we live moves on, 
Urged by an unseen power; 
The busy mart and hurrying throng 
Employ each passing hour. 


O 'how the Christian is inclined 
To work and struggle on. 
Without a pause to listen to 
The voice from the great throne. 

"Be still and know that I am God," 
On his Word meditate; 
Ask him to cleanse and purify, 
His love casts out all hate. 

Today where war is fierce and strong 
On land, on sea, in air, 
The greatest need is the command: 
"Be still, 'tis time for prayer." 

Be still, be still, give God a chance 
To speak peace to the soul, 
And in his holy presence yield 
Y'our heart to his control. 

— Gospel Messenger 

Back to the Bible 

The Bible is tlie Word of God. It must be accept- 
ed in its entirety as our one and all-sufficient guide. 
We dare not take from it, nor add to it. We cannot 
accept a part liere and reject a part there. "All 
Scripture is given by inspiration of God." 

When the writer was ordained to the Gospel min- 
istry, he was given this commission, "Preach the 
Word. As a minister of Jesus Christ you will look 
to God's Word as your sufficient guide in all things. 
This is the only rule of FAITH AND PRACTICE OF 
THE BRETHREN CHURCH." That position has 
never changed. It always was and still remains that 
of loyalty to God's eternal Word. 

Today we are passing through a time of testing. 
A time, I believe, that shall prove as a refiners fire. 
And, if in this time, we are among those who are 
loyal in word and in life to the Great Head of the 
church ; if we proclaim the unerring Infallible Word ; 

this that may now seem a dark hour for the church 
will but be the dawn of a new and better day. Thosci 
who in othei's years labored foi' the cause we I'epre- 
sent had a cause, that to them was dearer than lift 
itself. Shall we of our generation stand by and all 
low that for which they gave their lives to be mad« 
a hissing and a fable? God forbid. The fires oj^ 
devotion and loyalty to the faith have been smothen 
ed by much mis-applied learning. But our God ha; 
ever had His true witnesses in the world, and Hf 
ever will have. If we prove faithless, He will raist 
up another that will honor and obey His Word. 

Thus in a time like this, when so many are turning 
away from God's Word, and others refusing to obey 
its teachings and its commandments, and still man: 
more raising questions concerning the Authority o 
Our Lord ; may we be accounted worthy to be amonj - 
those who are calling the world "Back To The Bi 
ble." — From the Bulletin of the Brethren church 
New Lebanon, Ohio. 

'ebi-uaiy 10, 1940 


Justice promised, Jer. 23:5, 6. 
Kindness to enemies, II Kings 6:18- 
A foreigner healed, Mark 7:24-30. 


We Americans pride ourselves on 
le democratic spirit of our country, 
emocracy i.'^ something of which to 
2 proud in a humble way, and for 
hich to thank God where it exists, 
ew people who enjoy the blessings of 
emocracy ever pause to think that the 
lurch is the greatest defense of dem- 
^racy. The church teaches that all 
len are free and that there is a 
orth to every man. This opposes 
hat many governments preach and 
ractice today, for the only value they 
m see to the individual is in what he 
m be made to do for the state. There 
mot be "liberty and justice for all" 
itil it is recognized that every man 
free and that everyone has rights of 
is own which others need to respect, 
h church still has much to do in 
laching this truth. An example is in 
le matter of race relations where 
uch teaching is yet necessary. 
"Race Relations" means the negro 
iiestion to our eastern United .States 
inds. Volumes have been written on 
lis perple.xing problem. It is per- 
lexing to the thoughtful of both rac- 
;. How can two races with so many 
idical differences as those of the 
hite and black live together in the 
ime cities and localities in harmony? 
hat has never been fully answered, 
he church has a big field right at 
ame in that one issue. 
To far western United States minds 
Jace Relations" means the yellow 
ice. We occasionally hear this stress- 
i as a serious problem. It, also, is 
erplexing. Emigration laws are en- 
;ted to help the American. They can 
ot wholly solve it. Selfish employ- 
rs, with shortsightedness, have been 
illing to import cheap, or as in our 
irly days, slave labor without any ap- 
arent thought of the social problems 
ley were creating. A little more so- 
al righteousness would avoid as well 
s help solve some of these distressing 

What "Race Relations" means to 
ne depends upom who he is and where 
e lives. In Germany and Russia es- 
ecially the Jew is made out a racial 
roblem. But, both Germans and Rus- 
ians are a serious problem to other 
European peoples right now. In Eas- 
3m Asia they do not talk about a 
yellow peril," but about the "white 
eril." They doubt if they can trust 
ie white man and his purposes in the 
irient. In an early day in America 
le red man and the white clashed 
avagely. The question of race rela- 
ions is neither new nor settled. 

National prides make much trouble. 
ince the world war we have seen 
luch of this. The English feel that 
ley are the world's best rulers. The 
rrench, that they are the best fight- 

ers. The Germans proudly declare 
that they are a super race and are 
meant to dominate, and it will be good 
for the world when people admit it. 
The Russians boast that they are the 
liberators of the common people. The 
Japanese, that they are the real power 
in the East and the saviour of the yel- 
low race. The Chinese feel that they 
only are the true sons of heaven and 
that no one can ever either fully con- 
quer or rise above them. And Ameri- 
cans — well, how- do they feel ? All 
such feelings cause much trouble. 

The Church knows the answer. 
Christ is the answer, and the practice 
of what He taught, the solution. Paul 
says of God that "he made of one 
every nation of men to dwell on all the 
face of the earth," Acts 17:26. All 
men are brothers in the sense that all 
have been created by God. But the 
brotherhood that solves the problem 
of race relations is that brotherhood 
which belongs to believers in Christ. 
WTien men believe in Him and do His 
will, they get along together. Jn. 17: 
22, 23. 

"Liberty and Justice For AH" re- 
quires that men shall practice the 
Golden Rule. Matt. 7:12. That is, if 
we are to have liberty and justice in 
its fullest sense. When criminals 
have others at their mercy they may 
be very cioiel, often taking life with 
hardened unconcern. When at last 
justice catches up with them and they 
face the supreme penalty of society, 
many of them show they are craven 
cowards. One such begged piteously 
to be saved from the electric chair, be- 
cause, he said, "It is such a crude 
thing." But when he was free and had 
a gun he did not seem to think it was 
such a "crude" thing to i-uthlessly take 
the lives of others. "Liberty and jus- 
' tice for all" includes those with whom 
we deal, and not just ourselves. 

All of us must recognize the rights 
and liberties of all the rest of us. 
The Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights 
and the constitutions of the various 
democracies have sought to establish 
this politically. Men can, however, 
obey the letter of the law without abid- 
ing by the spirit of it. A tormenting 
bov mav be told to leave his little 

brother alone, and may do so by not 
touching him or coming near him. Yet 
from across the room he can make- 
teasing faces, or whisper tormenting, 
little things which are just as bad toi 
the smaller boy as rough treatment. 
So must we, to establish "liberty and 
justice for all," go beyond the letter of 
democratic law and practice the Chris- 
tian spirit. 

Christian brotherhood is the only 
solution to the present problem of 
"Race Relations." It does not ignore 
racial differences, but rises above 
them. Here "there cannot be Greek 
and Jew, circumcision and uncireum- 
cision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, 
freeman: but Christ is all, and in all." 
Col. 3:11. In the true Christian 
brotherhood "ye are all one in Christ 
Jesus," Gal. 3:28. Unselfish Christian 
love removes those things that separ- 
ate peoples and solves (he attendant 
difficulties. It provides liberty and 
justice for all by doing unto others 
"whatsoever ye would that men should 
do unto you," Matt. 7:12. 
For Discussion 

1. What causes the problem of race 

2. Is the church's influence in the 
world strong enough to do much about 
establishing liberty and justice for all? 

3. Do Christians themselves take the 
right attitude toward the people of 
different races ? 

4. Is the Brethren church doing any- 
thing definite toward bettering race 
relations in America ? 


One night a Negro was walking 
along Forty-second street in New 
York, from the railway to the hotel, 
carrying a heavy suitcase and a heav- 
ier valise. Suddenly a hand took hold 
of the valise and a pleasant voice said: 
"Pretty heavy, brother! Suppose you 
let nie take one, "I'm going your way." 
The Negro resisted, but finally allow- 
ed the young white man to assist him 
in carrying his burden, and for several 
blocks they walked along chatting to- 
gether like cronies. 

"And that," said Booker T. Washing- 
ton, years afterwards, "was the first 
time 1 ever saw Theodore Roosevelt." 
— Frank Gehman. 


(The Ohio Independent Baptist) 

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor the child of 
God without adversity. 

God tells us to burden Him with what burdens us. 
TuiTi care into prayer. 

A puff of wind sets a shallow pond in wavelets. 
SoiTow is only one of the lower notes in the oratorio of blessed- 

Tlie devil often grinds the tools with which God works. 
The man who cannot be angry at evil, lacks enthusiasm for .good. 
What no gentleman would sav, no gentleman need aswer. 

—The Cream Book (Keith Brooks) 
4747 Townsend Avenue, Los Angeles. 


Into His Marvelous Light 

LIVENGOOD— Helen Livengood was 
the daughter of William and Elizabeth 
Harrison. She was bom near Sterling 
on March 24, 1895, and was called to 
be with her Lord on Sunday, January 
21, 1940. She would have been 45 
years of age her next birthday. She 
was united in maiTiage to Fred T. 
Livengood, Nov. 19, 1913. To them 
two children were born, a son, Fred 
Thomas, who died at the age of two 
years, and one daughter, Helen Irene, 
who survives her mother. 

Mrs. Livengood's death was unex- 
pected, being caused by a complica- 
tion of diseases, and came as a shock 
to the family and community. 

She lived the greater share of her 
life in Milledgeville and had a large 
circle of friends and was held in high 
estem. Among numerous other com- 
munity activities, she was also prom- 
inent in the work of the Milledgeville 
Brethren Church, of which she was an 
esteemed member. She was an active 
worker in the Sunday School Class, the 
Choir and the Woman's Missionary So- 

She was devoted to her family and 
home, taking pleasure in extending 
kindness to others in the community. 
A good woman has been called from 
our midst and the fullest sympathy of 
the church and community is extend- 
ed to the bereaved family. 

The immediate surviving members 
of the family are her husband Fred T., 
one daughter Helen Irene, her parents, 
two sisters, one nephew, and her fath- 
er-in-law, Samuel Livengood, besides 
other relatives and a host of friends. 

The funeral services were conduct- 
ed Tuesday afternoon, short services 
being held from the home and at 2 
P. M. from the Milledgeville Brethren 
Church. Interment was at Bethel 

There was a large attendance of 
friends at the sei-vice in the Church, 
and the floral tributes were many and 
beautiful. The undersigned was in 
charge of the services, assisted by Dr. 
W. S. Bell, former pastor of the Breth- 
ren Church at Milledgeville. 
W. St. Claire Benshoff, 
Milledgeville Brethren Church. 
(January 27, 1940 
Milledgeville, Illinois). 

NEWS from the FIELD 


We started an Evangelistic service 
in Cameron, W. Va., Jan. 7th. The 
roads and weather condition did not 
favor such a meeting, but the time had 
been set by the Brethi-en there and in 
spite of the prevailing conditions, we 
lived in hopes for better weather, and 
tried to be thankful as well as faithful 
with things as we had them. 

The few first nights we had rather 
good congregations, I judge in round 
numbers about a hundred. May I say 
our hopes were great for a real reviv- 
al, however, on the top of the six to 
eight inches of snow we did have, a 
good deal more fell and severe cold 
weather set in. Traveling became very 
difficult, but the members were very 
faithful in their attendance, coming to 
the services when most people would 
have sat by the stove. 

Some of the Quite Dell Brethren 
visited several times during the two 
weks service, it was a pleasure to the 
evangelist to see them again with 
whom two weeks had been spent in 
service some weeks before. Their loyal- 
ty will be long remembered. 

During our stay at Cameron we had 
our home with brother and sister G. E. 
Todd, and these dear people spared 
nothing to make me most comfortable 
in every respect. I must also mention 
their daughter Wanda Todd, a young 
school teacher, who drove several miles 
to and from school each day and then 
took the family and the writer to 
church each night, even when the roads 
were very bad and dangerous she got 
us to the church. May I say that, she 
was also our pianist for the services. 
I am sure that vei-y few would do 
what she did and without a murmur. 
She did what she could. Thank you. I 
am also thankful to Brethren M. White 
and H. Risor with family and Sister 
Antell for the sacrifices they made to 
make the seri'ice possible. 

We came to Cameron with the 
thought to hold them a three week's 
service, but due to the weather and 
road conditions this was changed. 

The Mt. Carmel Church of God came 
over one night with sixteen people who 
sang for us some beautiful songs; 
these singers brought with them oth- 
ers, numbering nearly thirty, making 
our attendance that night more than 
one hundred and twenty-five. 

Though the membership at Cameron 
is small, the Brethren there are a no- 
ble and fine people to work vdth, as 
well as very appreciative for whatever 
is done in the church. I do hope and 
pray, that the day may not be so far 
hence when the Cameron Brethren can 
finish their church building, as this 
will be a great incentive to outsiders 
to go to church in a nice building. 

In our last service, January 21st, one 
young lady came forward and confess- 
ed Christ as her Saviour. Her hus- 
band came up to sit beside her later 
and said, "I became so happy to see 
my wife came foreward, and I thought 
that I had to come too, to rejoice with 
her. I have been a member of the 
Brethren church some years, but my 
membership is not here, but I will 
place it here with my wife. 

Let us praise the Lord for the one 
Confession, as it is written, "There is 
great Joy in heaven" Why should we 
not rejoice? The Sunday School, un- 
der Brother Issenminger, and the 

The Brethren Evangelif 

Christian Endeavor under the leade 
sihp of Miss Wanda Todd are both di. 
ing fine, and good results should be tl 
seen from both. May God bless tli 
work of this circuit and maie it veil 
fruitful for His glory. 

S. E. Christiansen, 
Georgetovjrn, Dei 


Dear Brethren: 

In the name of our Blessed Saviou 
the Lord Jesus Christ, we greet yoi 
No doubt you are wondering if we ai 
still on the map. Yes, very much S' 
although you haven't heard from i 
for a long time. The "Little Whil 
Church" is still at the cross roads ( 
Dutchtown, continuing to give out tl 
Blessed Gospel Message week afte 
week. It is Dutchtown's spiritui 
lighthouse, pointing "The Way Home! 
for lost souls. 

During the past year the churc 
building has been given a new whil 
dress, in plainer words, painted, an 
many new things have been added i 
the way of improvement on the insid 

In June of last year, brother I. I 
Bowman was with us for three nighi 
of Bible study. We might add that w> 
liked Brother Bowman's messages e 
well, and also his sweet Christian spii 
it, that he was called back to be th 
evangelist for our revival meetinj: 
which closed on last Sunday eveninji 
January 21. The weather was a littlt 
against the meeting — we had sno' 
storms, drifts, and zero weather, on 
night it was 15 below zero. One prec 
ious soul was saved during the meei 
ings, and many more "almost persuac. 
ed." We continue to pray for thes 
that they shall yet come to Christ b( 
fore it is too late. Brother Bowma 
faithfully preached the Word of Go 
each night, assisted in the pre-servic 
by Rev. Engle and Rev. William Ove) 

Brother Bowman was asked to sta 
with us for a special business meetin. 
on Monday evening, following th 
evangelistc meeting, and was aske 
to act as moderator. At this specii 
meeting. Rev. Overholser presented hi 
resignation from the Dutchtow 
church, of wliich he has been paste 
for seven and one-half years. He goe 
immediately to Corinth, where he wi 
serve as pastor, going to Akron, Ind; 
ana, every other Sunday to preach i 
Rev. Louis Engle's place. Brothe 
Engle, being called by the Dutchtow 
church, wall serve there as full-tin)' 
pastor. This was arranged betwee' 
the Akron and Dutchtown congregE 

Space does not permit writing mor< 
so we say good-by for now, and th- 
Lord bless you one and all is the sir 
cere prayer of us here, as we go on i 
faithful service for our Lord. 

Sincerely yours in Christ, 

Audry Randall, Cor. Sec'j 

Vol. LXII, No. 7 

February 17, 1940 

(«) lIiepDH; f u,[y 

Brethren Evangelist 

§3. HOME 
1 /A^D 

"Pure religiijii and uiuiefiled before (.iod and the Father is 
this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, 
and to keep himself unspotted from the world." — James 1 :27. 

"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."— I Tim. .5:8. 




The F 






"The Eternal God is thy refuge, and 
underneath are the everlasting arms..." 
Deut. 33:27. Read Deut. 33:26-29. 

For some earth has no home, and 
those of us who possess one rejoice in 
it ; but there is no need for homeless- 
ness for those who love the Lord. 
Christians are "in Christ". 

Home means first of all rest and 
companionship. Jesus' invitation is to 
come unto Him and He will give us 
rest. Home also means protection. 
This protection is assured to the 
Christian, for we are told that "in the 
secret of his tabernacle shall he hide 
me." And then, home means compan- 
ionship, intimate fellowship with those 
of the household. And that fellowship 
is with the Father and with Christ 
Jesus, His Son, our Elder Brother. 



"Bear ve one another's burdens, and so 
fulfill the law of Christ." Gal. 6:2. 
Read Gal. 6:1-10. 

Christ's law is this, that he who 
loveth God love his brother also. This 
means burden bearing and suggests an 
obligation resting upon all Christians. 
The care of the sick, poor, needy, the 
outcast, the sinful — what is the key 
which will open the hearts and lives of 
such to us? Is it not friendship and 
understanding sympathy? We must 
learn to know people before we can try 
to help them. What are the burdens 
and what can we do toward alleviating 
the distressed? Sharing a burden is 
almost always a relief and sharing 
burdens brings new hope and faith — 
these new hopes and faith have a 
mighty medicinal value. 



"Be ve kind...." Eph. 4:32. Read Eph. 

Let us be kind; 
The way is long and lonely. 
And human hearts are asking for this 
blessing only — 

That we be kind. 
We cannot know the grief that men 

may borrow. 
We cannot see the souls storm-swept 

by sorrow, 
But love can shine upon the way today, 
tomori'ow — 

Let us be kind 

Let us be kind; 
This is a wealth that has no measure. 

This is of heaven and earth the highest 
treasure — 

A tender word, a smile of love in meet- 

A song of hope and victory to those 

A glimpse of God and brotherhood 
while life is fleeting — 
Let us be kind. 



"The loving kingness of Jehovah...." 
Isa. 63:7. Read Isa 63:7-9. 

Friends of a good man who had fal- 
len ill came to comfort him and one 
offered a prayer saying, "Lord thou 
knowest how he loves thee." The sick 
man corrected his friend by saying, 
"When Martha and Mai-y sought Jesus 
in behalf of their brother who had died 
they said," 'Lord whom thou lovest.' " 
It is not man's imperfect love for God, 
but God's perfect love for him that 
gives the comfort to a man's faith. 

In suffering be Thy love my peace; 

In weakness be Thy love my power. 

And when the storms of life shall 

Jesus, in that eventful hour. 

In death as life be Guide and Friend, 

That love may have no end. 



"Like as a father pitieth his children, 
so the Lord pitieth them that fear 
him." Ps. 103:13. Read Ps. 103:1-14. 

"Our Father who art in heaven" is 
the recognition of a love beyond com- 
pare, a love which protects, plans, pro- 
vides for its own. Not all fathers are 
good, but "Our Father" is beneficient. 
There are men who are fathers in the 
flesh, but otherwise do not desen-e that 

But it is ours to call to mind the best 
father we ever knew, or knew about, or 
l)erchance tried to be, and then remem- 
ber God is all of that and more. 



"Then said Jesus unto him. Go, and do 
thou likewise." Luke 10:37. Read 
Luke 10:30-37. 

The test of our Christianity is 
whether we can be kind, and thought- 
ful, and helpful outside the circle of 
our family and our friends. It is easy 
enough to be generous, and kind, and 
thoughtful, and considerate to those 
whom we love, but to have warm sym- 
pathy in the heart for all those in 
need, and to exercise a generous shar- 
ing of what we have with other less- 
fortunate ones than ourselves, are 
marks of the real Christian. Many 
times our neighbor needs understand- 

The Brethren EvangelisH 

ing and sympathy, and uplift and cour-| 
age, and comfort, and an invitation to) 
Christ. ; 



"Blessed is the man that maketh the 

Lord his trust." Ps. 40:4. Read Ps.^ 


"God holds the key of all unknown, 

And I am glad; 
If other hands should hold the key. 
Or if He trusted it to me, 

I might be sad. 

What if tomorrow's cares were here 

Without its rest? 
I'd rather He unlock the day, 
And, as the hours swing open, say. 

"■Thy will is best." 

Enough; this covers all my want. 

And so I rest; 
For what I can not. He can see, 
And in His care I sure shall be 

Forever blest." 












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The Kingdom of God is a social kingdom in wliich 
the members are bound together in brotherly love 
md mutual service. 

The Chui'ch of Christ is an organic body, of which 
Christ is the Head and the members are the body. 
All the members should therefore have the same 
3are for one another that the different members of 
the body have for each other. 

The recognition of this social relation and conse- 
quent duties is not the least of the Christian duties 
taught in the Gospel, for the Scripture says : "If any 
M'ovide not for his own, and specially for those of 
lis own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse 
than an infidel." — I Tim. 5:8. Again we read (vs. 
1) "If any widow have children or nephews, let 
them learn first to show piety at home, and to re- 
quite their parents, for that is good and acceptable 
aefore God." 

However, there are many old people who have no 
:hildren or nephews who are able to care for them 
properly. Besides, each age of life loves best the 
companionship of those of the same age. Aged peo- 
ple cannot keep pace with their energetic children 
md grand children and therefore need, and deserve, 
i home where they can have quiet and rest. 

Such a home the Brethren Church has provided, 
by accepting an original gift of brother Henry 
Rhinehart and adding to it as necessary. By this 
Tieans a beautiful home was built at Flora, Indiana, 
and there a number of aged brethren and sisters are 
anjoying the peace and comfort of home and friends, 
vvith nothing to worry about. 

The writer has had the pleasure of visiting this 
lome a number of times and has always found the 
)ccupants contented and happy in it. Indeed the 
tnly criticism heard from any of them was that the 
'cod provided was too good and plentiful and some 
vere tempted to eat too much. 

Tlie home is located on the edge of the town, thus 
ecuring the advantages of both the town and the 
ountry. The inmates can view the beautiful groves 
'f trees and listen to tlie songs of birds. They can 
i'alk among the animals of the farm yard and com- 
mune with natare in all her forms. 

On the other hand they are near to the church 
nd post office and other conveniences of the town. 
Tiey have a commodious home, protected by fire 
scapes and kept comfortable at all times. There 
; plenty of good reading matter for those who love 
') read and plenty of good company for the pleasant 

hours of conversation. It is a real home, and the 
directors in charge have been fortunate in having 
persons in charge who have been well adapted to 
their work and have been loved by the inmates. 

Those who live there turn over to the institution 
such property as they have in retui'n for the home 
that is offered. But offerings are needed to sup- 
plement this income and the brotherhood as a whole 
may share in the blessings of the home by sharing 
liberally in the contributions for its support. — 
C. F. Y. 


(Bii Rev. Fred C. Vnnator, Pastor Brethren Church, Fre- 
mont, Ohio, and President of the Benevolent Board of the 
Brethren Church.) 

It is not too soon to begin thinking about the an- 
nual Benevolent Offering, and, at the request of the 
Publicity Director of the Brethren Home and Bene- 
volent Board, Brother John Eck, I am submitting a 
few suggestions in preparation for that "event." 

It is appropriate that we think especially in tei-ms 
of "Good Will" at this time of year. For when Je- 
sus was born the angels chanted a message of 
"good will" to men. 

Now "good will" means more than merely good 
feelings toward one another. It means mutual help- 
fulness. It has all the elements of sacrifice. It 


The Faniilv .\lt?.r 2 

"The Bretliren Home"— Editorial— C. F. Y 3 

"Benevolence and Good Will" — F. C. Vanator 3 

Interesting News and Notes 4 

Report cf Supt. and Matron Brethren Home 5 

"The Brethren Home"— John C. Eck 6 

"We Must Carry On" — Chas. A. Bame 6 

"The Bi-ethren Home"— C. H. Rohrer 7 

The Ciintributing Editor's Page 8 

"I Bplio\c In the Mission of the Bi-ethren Home" 9 

"One Sowetli — Another Reapeth" — C. C. Grisso 10 

"An Opjjortunity for Sendee" — Martin Shively 11 

"Facing the FhcI.-^"- Wm. H, Beachler 11 

"Two Offerings in ijne" — L. V. King 12 

"Economic Security" — C. G. Mason 12 

Children's Column 13 

The Board's Beneficiaries Testify 14 

"Am I A Neighbor" — Exchange 15 

"The Coming Easter Offering" IG 

C. E. Topics 16, 17 

"Into His Marvelous Ligiit" 17 

The Tie That Binds 17 

News From tlvj Field IS. 20 

The Brethren Evangelist 

means SELF-forgetfulness. It culminates in a de- 
sire to give rather than receive. 

Mutual Helpfulness. That is the earnest desire 
that others have the same oppoi-tunities as we. Not 
alone desiring it, but helping them to attain it. 
Wishing for another the same advantages you have, 
and wishing hard enough to become a medium 
through which the,\- are helped to obtain it. 

Sacrifice. Giving up. The outstanding example 
is God giving up His only Son. What are we giving 
up for others? 

SELF-forgetfulness. This does not mean that 
one should entirely ignore self. But it does mean 
that self must not be the center of all things. It 
means that others must have a place in our think- 
ing and acting. 

Desire to Give. We read, "It is more blessed to 
give than to receive." Have you learned the lesson 
of the blessedness of giving? James says, "Ye ask, 
and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may 
consume it upon your own lusts." Why should not 
God's children begin to ask, not for self, but that 
they might give to help others ? 

Mutual Helpfulness; Sacrifice; SELF-forgetful- 
ness and Liberal Giving these are the elements 

found in a life that speaks of "good will" to man. 
And this has a bearing on the Lord's "good will to 
men." For, if we have the Spirit of the Lord in us, 
we must have the spirit of Good Will. We cannot 
experience the love of God in our hearts without 
likewise experiencing love for our fellow-man. And 
love issues in more than mere words — LOVE RE- 

Won't you begin NOW to lay aside some of your 
DOLLARS for the Benevolent Offering? Thus you 
can let your thoughts issue in deeds. 

Then when the time comes for the receiving of 
that offering you will be able to put more into it 
than mere dollars and cents — You may put into it 
"GOOD WILL" through Mutual Helpfulness; Sacri- 
fice; SELF-forgetfulness and Liberalit.\-. 

Word From Our Workers 

THIS NUMBER of the Evangelist is given over largely vo 
the presentation of the history, accomplishments and needs 
of the Brethren Home and Benevolent Board. We believe 
the merit of the cause to be such as to Warrant the giving 
of so much space to the information herewith presented. 

lin, Penna., comes copies of a Midget-sized Bulletin, that is 
at once attractive and handy. Printed on light-weight card- 
board, and sized 3 by 4',2 inches, it fits the pocI<et or "reti- 
cule" and can be kept handy for reference and future use. 
From the copy of the Bulletin reaching our desk we note 
that Prof. M. A. Stuckey is to open a series of Pre-Easter 
addresses with the Berlin congregation on March 17. 

A FOLDER, from the Men's Bible Class and Laymen's Or- 
ganization of the Berlin Brethren church, sets forth a quite 
elaborate organization, with very practical and attainable 

objectives set forth for the class. The membership of thj 
class is divided up into "Commissions." Among thes* 
"Commissions" we note a Missionary Commission, and . 
Publication Commission. Each of these has suggestive dutie 
in line with the furthering of the interests of Missions an-: 
Church Publications. We are sure Brother Leatherma, 
would be glad to release any further information any of ou' 
ministering Brethren might desire concerning this organiza: 
tion and its plans and ideals. 

FROM ELDER G. L. BAKER, at present Church of -.hi 
Brethren pastor for the Highland, Penna., Brethren churcJ 
we have a very happy report of the evangelistic campaig: 
conducted in that congregation by Dr. L. 0. McCartney- 
smith. Brother Baker expresses a hearty approval of '.h 
work of Dr. L. 0. McCartneysmith, the evangelist, and de 
clares the content of the evangelist's messages to have bee 
biblical and scholarly, and the presentation of the trut 
thorough and convincing. Brother Baker gives Dr. McCart 
neysmith an unqualified recommendation as an expounder o 
the truths of the Gospel. Thanks, Brother Baker, and w 
shall look for an occasional news report of the progress o 
the work at Highland. 

THE BULLETIN of the 3rd Brethren church, .Johnstown 
Penna., for Sunday, Feb. 4, records the close of the twi 
week's evangelistic campaign conducted by Dr. Wm. E! 
Beachler, Jan. 15-28. The visible results of the meeting Wer 

This issue of the Evangelist carries an excerpt o. 
an announcement for Foreign Missions by Rev. L. ii 
Bauman. Turn to page 16 and read it. j 

We are glad to join our voices with that of Dii' 
Bauman in behalf of a liberal offering for Foreigv 
Missions. The controversy in the church must noi 
be allowed to kill the splendid missionaiy spiri| 
which has been built during a period of more tha' 
30 years. 

Let every church emphasize the importance of ; 
Foreign Missionaiy Offering and receive the sami 

on Easter Sundav.— W. E. R. I 


eleven baptized and received into the membership of th 
church. Dr. Beachler closed his campaign with a fine rpir: 
of brotherliness existing among the membership of the cor- 
gregation. The congregation gave tangible proof of its ap 
preciation of the evangelist's labors while among them by 
liberal offering given him. (We are sure the friends of D: 
Beachler everywhere will be grieved to hear of his bein 
compelled to take to his bed upon arriving home from th 
Johnstown meeting. We shall be praying that his afflictio 
may be light and of short duration). Shall we not all uet | 
tion the throne of Grace for our afflicted brother? 

FROM PERSONAL communications to the Office Editc 
comes the knowledge of an Arthritic affliction of the spin 
that has kept brother W. S. Baker on his feet, night and da 
for weeks, unable to lie or sit for but a brief period. H 
has been continuing his pastoral duties, even in the face ( 
this handicap. Brother Baker admits his "barrel" has bee- 
rather severely strained to provide him with material fc 
sermonizing, but we are sure God can bless the Brother' 
"Barrel", even as he did the widow's cruse in the days ( 
old, and multiply its power for service and ministry : 
Brother Baker continues his consecrated service in the jiiii 
istry of the church. For this Servant of God we also bi 
speak the prayers of the Brotherhood for complete .ir 
speedy recovery. Brother Baker shepherds the Brethrc 
flock at Lydia, Md. 

i'ebi-uary 17, 1940 

Ir. Edward Suman, Superinten- 
dent of the Brethren Home, 
Flora, Ind. 

Report of the Superintendent 

and Matron of 

The Brethren Home 

We want that the members of the 
Brethren Church know that your 
Brethren Home is doing some things 
in the way of improving and beauti- 
fying, as well as taking care of the 
members here. We are going to 
try and give you some of the needed 
improvements that we have made 
since beginning oui- work March 1, 
1939. The superintendent and mat- 
ron's living quarters were re-arrang- 
ed and redecorated, there being no 
office for the superintendent we 
made use of a room that could not be 
used for any thing other than for 

Mrs. Edward Suman, Matron of 
the Brethren Home, Flora, Ind. 

;orage, and you would agree with us if you could 
ie that this makes a very fine and attractive office 
) interview folks, as well as take care of all busi- 
sss that such a place as this has. The equipment is 
Iso adequate and attractive. 

The kitchen, dining room and front entrance were 
so painted, with new linoleum for the kitchen. Al- 
) a Magic Chef range with Pyrofax gas was in- 
:alled, making the kitchen very sanitary and ser- 

The demand for regular heat twenty-four hours 
;r day, was realized by the purchase of an auto- 
atic stoker by the Board. We reahze these cold 
iys the gi-eat value and the folks here enjoy this 
nprovement very much. 

We might say right here that we have had very 
ttle sickness since we came, and are sure that very 
uch can be accredited to the even temperature in 
le building. Thanks to the Board and all who had 
ly part in this improvement. Two persons were 
illed to their eternal reward; Mr. Eyman age 91 
id Lizzie Speck age 90 years. 
During the summer we were kept quite busy can- 
ng; with the beginning of strawberries 84 qts., 
lerries 13.5 qts., apples 65 qts., green beans 100 
s., tomatoes 90 qts., pork 98 qts., and 25 qts. mince 
eat. We are not experts on potato raising, but we 
id 35 bushels Irish, and 13 bushels sweet, to put in 
r this year's use. Five hogs were butchered, and 
le quarter of beef purchased for home use. We are 
ving each one of you an invitation to come and 
ive the pleasure of partaking some of this food 
th us. We wish that as far as possible each 
urcii would set a d?y and make a trip to Flora and 
e Home, and we shall do all we can to make your 
'it a pleasant one. 

You may think that the superintendent didn't get 
much accomplished on the farm end, but we were 
kept quite busy. First of all we rearranged the 
fields to make the crop rotation more practical. 
This necessitated removing all the fences in the in- 
terior and making 150 rd. of new fence, however 
some of the former fence was used, which makes 
this part quite well fenced. Eleven acres of oats 
were raised which yielded 304 bu., 12 acres corn with 
800 bu., 9 loads of alfalfa hay, and 6 loads of bean 
hay were stored in the new barn, all of this feed is 
used on the farm. 22 hogs and 1 veal calf were sold 
this year. 6 head of cattle, 5 brood sows, and two 
heifer calves, and' 26 shoats in the stock at present. 
We expect to have the 26 shoats ready for market 
April 1st. We have a very fine team of chestnut 
sorrel horses with which to do the farming, and 
they are very adequate. However, there are some 
much needed equij^ment that must be purchased be- 
fore long, a corn plow, and mower. If any one wish- 
es to help in making this possible, send your part 
to the Supt. Brethren Home. 150 white rock chicks 
were pui-chased, and in order that they be taken 
care of properly, an electric brooder \\as purchased, 
which proved to be a fine investment, for only 5 
chicks died. So we feel that this first year has been 
one of activity and hard work, but with the many 
new friends, and the fine co-operation we have had 
during this jear from the Board, and the many 
gifts from Churches and individuals we are happy, 
and want to thank each one who had an.\' part in 
making our work here more pleasant and the du- 
ties seem lighter. Again we want to give to each 
one a most cordial invitation to visit us here at the 
Home. Wishing you one and all a happy and pros-- 
perous year. 

Mr. and Mrs. Suman, Supt. and Matron. 

The Brethren EvangeJis 

The Brethren Home 

(Bji John C. Eck, Publicity Director, Brethren Home and 
Benevolent Board) 

In order that the Brethren Church at large may 
know, the beginning of tlie Brethren Home, the fol- 
lowing is a brief history. The Board of trustees was 
organized March 23, 1912, at New Lebanon, Ohio. 
The Board consisted of the following, J. Allen Mil- 
ler, President; Elmer Wombold, Sec'y; Dr. E. J. 
Worst, Treas. ; Ira Fudge and Jesse A. Gai-ver. The 
amount of money that had been received for the 
purpose of a Home up to this time was $8401.40. 
Four thousand dollars was given by Lydia Fox of 
the Brethren Church, Miamisburg, Ohio. As time 
went on other men were elected to the board; Orion 
E. Bowman was a very valuable man on this board 
sei-ving from 1915 to 1927, when the Lord saw fit 
to call him home. He served as Secretary for 6 
years, as well as in other positions on the Board. 

In 1919 there was a committee of the following 
men, 0. E. Bowman, J. L. Kimmel, Henry Rinehai't 
and H. F. E. O'Neill appointed by general conference 
to investigate the building of a Home and report at 
next conference. This committee made their re- 
port in 1921 and a very urgent call went forth to all 
the Brotherhood to give gifts and bequests to make 
possible the building of the Brethren Home at the 
earliest possible date. 

In the early part of 1921 brother Henry Rinehart 
and wife bequeathed their entire estate to the 
Brethren Home: which the Board accepted. This 
fine gift added to what had alreay been acquired, 
made more responsibility for the Board, so the num- 
ber was increased to nine (9) members. The ad- 
ditional men were elected: Henry Rinehart Life 
Member ; Walter V. Pearson ; E. M. Cobb and Melvin 
Kerr. On the 10th of Sept., 1921, the present site 
of the home was purchased ; 44 acres for the sum of 
!i;i2,000. Tlie Home was formally opened May 1, 
1923; with Mr. Monroe Landis as Superintendent, 
Mrs. Landis, Matron. The Dedicatory service was 
held in the First Brethren Church, Flora, Ind., May 
29th, 1923, with a fine service. Dr. J. Allen Miller 
presiding. Dr. Charles A. Bame gave the Dedica- 
tory Sermon. Those serving as members of the 
Board from time to time were George Eaton; Dr. 
Martin Shively: John Brickler; Ephraim Culp; G. 
W. Brumbaugh; C. G. Wolf; C. A. Hendrix; L. V. 
King; F. C. Vanator; John C. Eck; Charlie Kern; 
and E. M. Riddle. The Board at present time is: 
Martin Shively; Fred Vanator; C. G. Wolf; L. V. 
King; Henry Rinehart; A. V. Kmmell; G. W. 
Brumbaugh ; Charlie Kern; E. M. Riddle and John C. 
Eck. During the time the Home has been operating 
the following served as superintendent and matron : 
Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Landis ; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob W. 
Myers; Mi-, and Mrs. John Briggs; Mr. and Mrs. 

Cyrus Meyers and at present Mr. and Mrs. Edwarij 
Suman. Many improvements have been made dui 
ing the past years, the largest being the fine barrj 
which was very much in need. You will find tha 
the Superintendent in his report elsewhere in thi 
issue gives a detailed report of the needed improv& 
ments that have been made recently. 

We hope that this information may be of interes! 
to all the readers of the Evangelist, and that yo j 
will read very carefully each article that is found i I 
this special issue, prepared for the Benevolencl 
Board; which includes the Brethren Home and Sii 
perannuated Ministers Fund. We are hoping thai 
this may be sufficient evidence for you that you wi ^ 
want to do your part in giving of your money 
prayers and moral support, to this part of the Lord' ^ 

The Brethren Home is your home and belongs ti 
the Brethren Church, and certain-Brethren peopl, 
should support and maintain this fine institution 
Not only the Home but the aged Ministers and thei 
widows deserve your support. You only need t' 
look this issue over from cover to cover to see thj 
words of appreciation from the folk that are recei>, 
ing aid from this fund. Much more could be saicj 
but this certainly is sufficient to cause you to asj 
what can I do? or better still, how much can I give; 
that those who are depending on you may not t 
disappointed, who have served their time and give 
the Brethren Church their best. Praying that th; 
Lord may lay upon your heart the responsibility ('; 
doing your best as He has prospered you. Your o:' 
fering and gifts should be sent to the Ti-easure; 
L. V. King, Oakville, Ind. Publicity Director, J. (! 

We Must Carry on j 

(Btl Dr. Charles A. Bnine, Pastor tlie Brethren Church 
South Bevd, hidiava) 

Who would not love to live in a Brethren Homei 
Only those who do not know what a Brethren Hon j 
is like. It was my good fortune to have had such i 
home: a place where the parents lived so that thti 
could demand and command respect and admirj 
tion ; a place where the children loved to honor ar 
respect them; where neighbors loved to visit ar 
hospitality was generous, unreserved and graciou 

It was some such idea, I conceive, the donors He 
in mind when they laid the financial foundation f( 
the Brethren Home. Brethren homes had the a 
of simplicity, reverence and respect and sustaint 
that record for many years — two centuries. Th( 
were religious, comforting and solacing. No wond' 
that out of them came some of the great leaders ai 
donors for a home like that for the homeless, unfo' 
tunate and indigent. 

February 17, 1940 

It was my good pleasure to preach the Dedication 
Sei"mon entitled "The Family of God" for the Breth- 
ren Home at Flora. How well it comes to my mind 
— the happy events of that day to which the Broth- 
erhood had looked forward for many years. Small 
amounts had been reserved through wills for such a 
home for several years. But it was the generosity 
of Brother Rinehart of Flora which brought the 
matter to a crux and encoui'aged the leaders to forge 
forward in the building of one of the nicest, and 
best equipped building of its kind to be found. I 
lave often said: "It is as nice as any home." 

Dr. J. Allen Miller who had held the money in 
trust for several years was there. And I rejoice in 
;he memory of every event in which we togethei' 
lad a part. Humble, gracious, devoted, sincere man 
;hat he was, he mellowed and softened every assem- 
)ly with a graciousness and dignity that reminded 
)ne of the Lord and Master he loved and so faitli- 
'ully served to the end. 

Orion E. Bowman whom I had had the pleasure 
)f leading to the Lord, was there. Gracious, young, 
agorous, he was yet to rise higher and higher in the 
ssteem of the world and in the places of honor to be 
)estowed on him by the denomination he so much 
oved and served so diligently. I believe he was 
'resident of the Board and perhaps, directed the 
ervices. He donated much legal service and ad- 

Elder Henry C. Early of the Church of the Breth- 

ren was present. One of the brainiest men and best 
leaders of the Brethren peoples who ever lived. 

Of course, many friends were present whom I can 
not now recall, but it was a climactic day for our 
people. It was a new milestone we had set up. No 
longer possible to keep all the indigent Brethren 
(as the custom was, in the families), these homes 
became a necessity. That necessity has become 
more and more apparent as the days speed into his- 
tory and eternity. We need a Brethren Home for 
Brethren people. Some of us still believe that the 
day must soon arrive when retired preachers, mis- 
sionaries and laymen will find the Bretliren Home 
a blessed haven for the day of retirement and age. 

It is to be hoped that it will become increasingly 
so. If it is thus to serve those who have "lived to 
serve others", it must be supported and kept in good 
condition. The "fatherless and the widows" and 
the "overseers of tl\e flock" became the object of 
special conmiandments by our Lord, the Apostle 
Paul and the early church. We dare not forsake 
that obligation. We must carry on. 

For the sake of a property which has much in- 
trinsic and sentimental value to our people, we need 
to keep alive one of the finest of practices of the 
historic Brethren church : to take good care of those 
who need the spirit of brotlierhood and that godly 
fraternal heritage which is one of the most widely 
heralded of the good customs handed down to us 
from tlie Fathers. 

The Brethren Home 

It was my privilege and pleasui-e to make my first 
isit to the Brethren Home, Flora, Indiana, in Sept- 
mber, 1939. I was greatly impressed with the 
lome in general. The substantial building sur- 
ounded by spacious grounds, improved with beauti- 
ul shrubbery, makes an ideal setting for a Home. 

Upon touring the buildings, I found that they 
vere neat and clean and well adapted to the com- 
orts of the residents. It was my observation that 
everal of the rooms were in need of paint, which in 
(ly opinion, would be a worthwhile project for some 
lass or organization of the church to sponsor. 

There was every evidence of the capable and eco- 
lomic supervision under the direction of the pres- 
nt manager. The new barn, at the time of my 
isit, was well filled with an adequate winter sup- 
ly, for the stock, of grain and feed grown and hai- 
ested on the farm. 

I left the Home with the feeling that the objective 
f the Brethren Church in providing a home for the 
ged, was being carried out in a capable and Chris- 
ianlike manner, and that it was one of the BENE- 
VOLENCES of the Church worthy of hearty sup- 
ort. — C. H. Rohrer, Hagerstown, Md. 

Mrs. S 
Penna. See 
page 14. 


Wilt, Juniata, 
testimonial on 

Mrs. B. H. Flora, N. Lib- 
erty, Ind. See testimonial 
on page 14. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Xhe Contributing Editor's Page 


Have you entered into the treasures of the snow? 
Have you known that when the white-winged 

breezes blow 
They are bringing blessings on the world below? 

Have you known? 
Countless crystal flakes have purified the air; 
Now they spread their blankets o'er the fields with 

care ; 
Thus the joys of winter and spring they help 
Have you known? 

Have you seen the beauties of the crystal snow? 
Multitudes of airplanes, all with lights aglow ; 
Messengers of love to us, preaching as they go, 

Have you seen? 
Have you seen the structure of the feathery flakes? 
Marvellous designs which God the Artist makes? 
Autographs eternal, written for your sakes, 

Have you seen? 

Have you heard the message of the silent snow ? 
Not the boisterous howling of the winds that blow. 
But the still small voice a child of God may know, 

Have you heard? 
Voice of love expanding, as the flakes expand. 
Voice of love protecting, covering the land. 
Voice of resurrection of the white-robed band. 

Have you heard? 

Have you entered into the treasures of the snow ? 
God's transforming power that made it, do you 

know ? 
Purity so perfect do you always show ? 

Have you entered in? 
Would you be a snow-flake, faithful to the Lord? 
Would you be made pure by trusting in his Word ? 
Would you have the treasures yet to be outpoured? 

Will you enter in? 

— C. F. Y. 


A reader asks, "Is is proper to say that God died 
on the cross? I have heard a minister say that it is." 

We, too, have heard ministers use this expression, 
but they have been Roman Catholic priests, and have 
consistently followed the error a step further and 
have said that since Jesus was God and Mary was 
the mother of Jesus, therefore Mary was the mother 


of God, and consequently superior to God, for 
child is subject to the parent. 

The error comes from not distinguishing between 
the human and divine natures which were both pres- 
ent in Jesus. According to the flesh he was the son 
of Mary, but according to the Spirit he was the Sonj 
of God. His carnal nature ceased to function and hiS] 
body died on the cross, but the last words of Jesus 
on the cross were, "Father into thy hands I com-! 
mend my spirit." His spirit did not die. 

Jesus is his name as the son of man, but Christ 
(meaning "the Anointed One") is his title as Son of 
God. "Christ" from the Greek,"Messiah" from thej 
Hebrew mean the same thing. God is a Spirit and' 
"a spirit hath not flesh and bones." — Luke 24:39. 

In I Tim. 1 :17 God is called the immortal (liter-* 
ally "deathless One") and it is absurd to think of] 
him as ever dying. When Jesus said of his life "I! 
have power to lay it down and I have power to take| 
it again" he was simply referring to his human na-j 
ture which he voluntarily assumed when "he took; 
upon him the form of a servant and was made in' 
the likeness of men." This form of being he assum- 
ed for the purpose of revelation and redemption and. 
therefore it is only this could die, and it is not pro- 
per to say that God died upon the cross. Jesus him- 
self made this distinction in such expressions as, 
"My Father is greater than I." The Bible itself nev-; 
er uses the expression, "God died upon the cross,"! 
nor any like it, and it is always safe to follow the; 
language of the Scriptures themselves where thei 
translation is true. — C. F. Y. 


Intelligent citizens of America have been interest^ 
ed in following the investigation and exposure of un 
American ideas that are being covertly taught in ou) 
public schools, and colleges, and in societies witl 
patriotic names, and- periodicals with high preten- 

This sort of propaganda of foreign doctrines thai 
are incompatible with our American ideas of liberty 
and righteousness, is far more wide spread than has 
been believed. It is aimed in large part at the youti 
of the nation and it is having its effect. 

In some places it has been found, teachers witl' 
communistic tendencies have taught their schoo 
children that the World War was fought in behall 
of the bankers and a war is coming which will bring 
the blessings (!) of communism. In Argentina whei 
an inspector asked children of a German school 

Febi-uaiy 17, 1940 

"Who is president of our country?" they shouted 
the reply, "Hitler!" 

Christian parents should be true to their respon- 
sibility for their children by following them up in 
their reading and companionship and in the teach- 
ing they are receiving from others. They are not 
yet sufficiently informed to know the truth or fal- 
sity of all the things that they hear, and therefore 
need the guiding care of those who are responsible 
for them. 

Pastors of today, like the prophets of old, should 
have no uncertain message concerning public right- 
eousness as well as private faith. The "children of 
the kingdom" are the good seed that is to be sown 
throughout the great field, the world; and as good 
seed, they should bring forth good fruit, and thus 
extend into all spheres of life the same type of 
righteousness which they have received by faith in 
Jesus Christ. 

If the United States as a nation is true to the 
motto it has engi'aved on its dollar, — "In God we 
trust" — then it will truly be a leader of nations and 
will bring its honor and its glory into the beautiful 
city of God.— C.F.Y. 

Mr. Henry Rinehart, of Flora, Indiana, 
who, together with his wife, through their 
generosity, made possible the completion of 
the plans whereby the Brethren church 
came into possession of the fine plant at 
Flora, Indiana. A picture of the Home ap- 
pears on the front cover page. 

I Believe in the Mission of the 
Brethren Home 

(Rev. E. M. Ruldle, imstor of Firat Brethren Church, Lonix- 
ville, Ohio, Member of Brethren Home and Benevolent Board) 

My word of appeal in behalf of the Brethren 
Home may be more of a testimony than anything 
else. After all, the things that we know may be 
worth far more than a number of glittering general- 

Some years ago, it was my privilege to make ar- 
rangements and convey an aged sister in the church 
to the Brethren Home. Time after time she wrote 
back to her Pastor and members of her church, tell- 
ing of her deep appreciation of the Home, and once 
at least and likely many times, she said, "I have 
never had such a home as this." By the way, that 
church did a noble service in assisting with her ex- 
penses there for a number of years. 

Now the question that arises in my mind is this, 
why does it require so much urging to have this 
beautiful Home, maintained and supported as it 
should be? Does our religion find and enjoy sei-v- 
ing in such cases, near at home, or does it respond 
much more effectively, when our gifts or service 
ai'e required a thousand or five thousand miles dis- 
tant? Personally I feel these two questions are 
something for us to think about. Some folks are 
greatly interested in our Home at Flora, Ind., others 
however are not. 

Pastors and Church leaders, have we talked the 
Brethren Home to our aged and infii'm folks? Do 
they know sufficiently of it? We dare not allow 
our zealousness for this place to wane. 

The Brethren Home is a beautiful place. It is 
well located. I never saw it appear so attractiveh^ 
as last Summer when I was there. It is a credit to 
one of the finest rural sections of Indiana. The fel- 
lowship of such an institution, the environment, 
with all the comforts and advantages, ought to ap- 
peal to more Brethren folks. 

Brethren and friends! It is folly to erect such a 
beautiful place, and provide wonderful people to 
manage it, and give care to the occupants, then fail 
to give it our prayers and support. 

Our Home needs — First, more people. 

Second, financial assistances, all 

churches helping some. 

Third, the pi-ayers of her friends. 

Brethi'en Home Day in our churches is soon at 
hand. What will we do about it? Tliis moral obli- 
gation rests upon the Brethren church. Will our 
Christian Religion give us the urge to serve at 
HOME, as well as far away ? 


The Brethren Evangelist 

"One Soweth--Anotlier Reapeth 

By C. C. Grisso, Member Missionary Board, 
New Lebanon, Ohio 

Again the hour has arrived in the program of our 
cliurch's interests when our attention is being turn- 
ed toward The Brethren Home and the care of our 
aged ministers as well as of the companions of those 
who labored in other years. It would indeed be a 
privilege of mine to say some things concerning the 
"Home" for our aged ones. It was a pleasure to 
visit this home recently and to find everything to 
the last detail in such a most wonderful commend- 
able condition. Others of the Brethren will no 
doubt be led to write at length concerning it, and 
we shall turn aside to say a few things in connection 
with that part of the work that has to do with our 
Super- Annuated Ministry. 

We would be ungrateful, to say the least, if we 
would accept all the blessings of the church as it 
has been handed down to us without stopping to 
consider the cost of such a heritage. Indeed, at 
what a tremenduous cost it has come to us! This 
movement for the restoration of primitive Chris- 
tianity; this movement to restore again "the Faith 
of our Fathers" ; this movement with which we are 
identified, came to us out of some heroic sacrifice. 
Those who have gone before us; those who stepped 
out of sectarian bigotry and pi'ejudice, had a cause 
at heart ; a cause that was dearer ' to them than 
fi'iends and home, yea, dearer than life itself. They 
found themselves poor in this worlds goods; with- 
out a church building or an educational institution to 
their credit. But, they were rich in faith, they had 
a cause at heart. They saw beyond the time in 
which they lived, and from their untiring zeal and 
sacrificial living, churches were established and or- 
ganized. The days in which they labored and their 
calling required sacrifice. No one ever pioneered a 
great cause, especially such as the purification and 
restoiation of piimitive Christianity, without experi- 
encing sacrifice in a large way. And they knew 
well what it meant. They considered not the things 
of this world as things to be prized, in order that 
the.\- might preach the gospel and turn men from 
sin and ignorance. Tliey gave their time freely, not 
even claiming the hire of v."hich the scriptures de- 
clared them worthy, that the Word might be 
preached and new chuixhes established. Some even 
parted with their homes in those crucial days. There 
was apparently no sacrifice too great for them, they 
did not seek to avoid it; they made it cheerfully; it 
was to them the measure of their devotion. Truly, 
"Other men labored, and ye (we) are entered into 
their labors." John 4:38. Some of these have pass- 
ed on to their reward. Some of their faithful com- 
panions remain with us. Others of that older group 
remain with us, broken in health. What better time 

or better way could we show our appreciation of the 
faithful ministry of those who have gone before, or j 
of those who remain, than to begin to sei've after ; 
the pattern of love and service by which they 
served ? : 

Certainly none of us would chose to strike one dis- ' 
cordant note against the support of those men who 
went to battle for their country. They fought for ; 
noble ideals. Since their return, whether in home t 
or hospital, our nation has tried to give them every 
comfort possible. Our great nation shall see to it 
that they shall never want in all the years to come. 
Will we as a church be less considerate for the 
"soldiers of the Cross?" 

The Brethren church in our day is providing for 
its active pastors in a commendable fashion. There 
are no just complaints to offer here. We believe in 
the Brethren church to the extent that she will ever 
provide for those of her ministry that are true to 
those things that gave her her beginning, that have 
made her history, and that shall determine all her 
future glory. But, the question we raise is, "Are 
we doing our very best for those who fought our 
battles, and blazed the way, and built the very 
churches in which we preach, in other years?" 
Many, perhaps of us, would not have a place to 
preach, but for them. Brethren, let us rejoice in 
the fact that they did have the courage to stand for 
their convictions in a day when it would have been 
easier to have compromised. 

Now, finally, those few who remain of the pion- 
eers of our faith are unable to earn a living. They 
are dependent upon us. The present mere pittance 
promised by our Benevolent Board cannot be met 
unless there is a generous response from the whole 
church; unless we come to their rescue and help 
make good their promise to them. The cause is 
ours. Tlie brethren named by our General Confer- 
ence to distribute these funds cannot distribute 
them until they are placed in their hands. And out 
of the memories of past blessings, and out of appre- 
ciation of the heritage that has been given to us, 
and out of a sense of duty to all who have labored 
in other years, and out of a heart of love and loyalty 
to our own Blessed Lord, and for the multitudinous 
blessings of His Church, may we bring our gifts and 
lay them at His feet. "And herein is the saying 
true, One soweth, and another reapeth . . . other men 
labored and ve are entered into their labors." 

Someone has well written: "Whether your church 
is doing a good work or not will depend largely on 
what you Endeavorers are to your church. Each 
one of you may be either a brake to hold your church 
back, or a spoke in its wheels to help it go forward. 
Your church will be what you and all the rest make 

'ebruary 17, 1940 


An Opportunity for Service 

Of course I realize that opportunities 
or service are to be found eveiT 
(fhere, and that most of the good peo- 
)le in this world are taking advantage 
if many of them, for in spite of the 
act that many of the people in the 
Torld are deeply self centered, that 
)ractically all have at least one soft 
pot in their hearts, and in the aggre- 
;ate much good is being done. Many of 
hem, and especially those who have 
ledicated their lives to the service of 
heir Lord, are sharing their blessings 
vith their less favored fellow men in 
I surprisingly large way. I know we 
vould all be greatly surprised if we 
:new just how much in money is being 
ontributed by the Christian world in 
upport of the enterprises which are 
hampioned by the church, and other 
irganizations whose aim is the greater 
yell-being of men. Causes which are 
hus helped are almost beyond number, 
md they touch every possible field of 
mman need. However, it is not the 
)urpose of this brief article to mention 
nore than one whose hands are out- 
itretched for the help which we can 
ixtend, — I mean now The Brethren 

Old age is too often a tragic event, 
or frequently it brings with it diffi- 
ulty to adapt its victim to the chang- 
ng behavior of the world into which 
t has brought the individual, so that 
le is far from happy, and the more so 
lecause he finds it impossible to pro- 
ide himself with the comforts which 
le desires, and which he deserves. It 
I'as to satisfy this need that The 

Brethren Home was built and dedica- 
ted. Christian bodies have established 
hundreds of such homes, many of them 
being heavily endowed, and in them are 
homed literally thousands of men and 
women, who find in them a refuge 
where they live in comfort awaiting the 
call which will bring them to their 
heavenly Home. Such a Home is ours, 
located at Flora, Ind., in which many 
of the aged of our own church group 
have found a safe refuge, with every 
legitimate need lovingly supplied, and 
from which not a few have gone to that 
haven which Christian faith accepts as 
the goal of the faithful. Others will 
seek its comforts and its care as time 
goes on, and perhaps some of them 
may be reading these lines. Its doors 
will be open to you if you come, and 
loving hands will minister to your 
needs until you, too, pass hence. 

What do I mean about its furnish- 
ing an opportunity for service? Just 
this, — We covet an interest in your 
prayers, for we know when you carry 
us to God's throne of grace, you will 
do more. We need both your prayers 
and the material support which such 
prayers will bring. We cordially invite 
your inspection of The Home, and feel 
sure you will be pleased with what you 
find there, and with the courtesy 
which will be extended to you by the 
superintendent and matron and all 
those to whom it has become home. 
May God bless and direct all who read, 
is the prayer of 

Martin Shively, 
President Emeritus. 


Go forth, go forth, ambassadors; 

Your worthy Lord make known! 
You represent a loftly cause — 

God's grace at Calvary shown. 
Bright angels fain would sweep 

through time 
To do your work — 'tis so sublime. 

Go forth, go forth, ye workers. 

Ye heralds of the Lord! 
And spread through all creation 

God's mighty saving word; 
-With lavish hands cast forth the seed; 
The time is short, and great the need. 

— Selected. 


The best visits are not necessarily 
the longest visits or the visits with 
most conversation. The story is told 
of two famous scientists who had a 
vLsit. They sat before the fire-place, 
looking at the burning wood and think- 
ing of their special problems in science. 
After an hour the visitor arose and 
said, "Well it is getting la e and I 
must be going. Come and visit me 
too, some time." 

"Thank you," said the other, "We 
have had a good visit and I hope you 
will come again soon.'' 

It is a sign of deep friendship if we 
can enjoy our friends in mere com- 
panionship without the usual accom- 
paniments of ice-cream or entertain- 
ments together. When visiting the 
sick, especially, a silent hand clasp, or 
at most a few words of comfort and 
good cheer and a silent visit, is often 
better, especially for fever patients, 
than an hour of tiring conversation. — 
C. F. Y. 

Facing the Facts 

This brief article aims to have bearing, more or 
3SS, on the offering to be taken in our denomination 
I'eb. 2.5th. If the article contributes nothing help- 
ul, it is certainly in the mind of the writer that it 
hall contain nothing hurtful. 

As we think of this proposed offering three facts 
tand out before us. Fii'st, we have what is known 
s a Brethren Home at Flora, Indiana. The writer 
new several devout, loyal Brethren who fondly 
reamed that our denomination might establish 
Lich a home, long before it became a reality. He 
Iso knows that those same devout, loyal Brethren 
'ere among the first to give very substantial gifts 
3 create a fund for the later building of such a 
ome. It is a fact now that we have that home, 
econd, it is a fact that that home has been, in "the 
)urse of its history, a great source of blessing and 
omfort to various deserving people of our faith. 

And the third fact is, no matter into how compet- 
ent and faithful hands the denomination may place 
the management of this home, its continuance and 
maintenance requires money. Tliese are not new 
facts. They are old. We all know them. 

But if we frankly face these facts, and allow them 
to press down upon our minds and hearts as we ap- 
proach the date of this offering, it will show plain- 
ly in the results. 

The Brethren Home at Flora is a legitimate cliild 
and interest of the Brethren Church. It has done 
some splendid service in the past and is doing splen- 
did service in the present. We owe it our continued 
support as a denomination. Therefore the urgent 
call that goes forth from our Benevolence Board for 
a generous offering on February 2.5th, should be 
construed by all of our churches as a distant chal- 
lenge to our denominational loyalty. Let us face 
the facts and then act in the line of privilege and 

— Wm. H. Beachler. 


The Brethren Evangelist! 


(Bi/ Rer.L. V. King, Pastor Oakville Brethren Church, Oak- 
ville, Indiana, and Treasurer of Superannuated Minhters 

Perhaps, the one big reason why the Benevolent 
Offering in the past few years have not been large 
enough to meet the needs is because too many peo- 
ple forget that this is a double offering, an offering 
for two causes, namely the Brethren Home and the 
Superannuated Ministers Fund. In some instances 
the offering is not stressed, and then when the 
funds are divided it becomes very small. 

So Pastors, remind your people that this offering 
goes for two causes in the Church, namely, the 
Brethren Home with its aged, and the Aged Minis- 
ters and their wives who remain in their own 

If the Boai'd could have it their way they might 
insist that there be but one fund. That all the aged 
Ministers and their wives or widows make their 
home at the Brethren Home itself, thus diverting 
all the Superannuated Minister's Fund to the Home 
Fund. We did give those receiving Ministerial aid 
this opportunity but all choose to receive the aid 
remaining in their own homes. 

It might be well for us to consider what we would 
do if placed under the same circumstances. It isn't 
an easy thing for an aged person to give up their 
own home and go to another. Older people cannot 
adjust themselves to new changes as the youth. So 
even though we would like to reach the ideal, this 
is not always possible. We cannot force them to go 
to the Home in order to receive aid. At least most 
of us are not ready to go that fai'. 

So, let us make this offering large enough to care 
for both those who come into the Home at Flora 
and those who receive aid in their own homes 
through the Superannuated fund. 

If there are any who are withholding their gifts 
because of some criticism, remember, your Board 
would only be too glad for any helpful advice in 
carrying on this work to greater success than at 
present. Your gifts, along with your criticism, will 
assure us that it is a constructive criticism. .And 
for the sake of the old folks let us give them a lib- 
eral offering. 


(Bji E. G. Ma.fon. President of Ashland College, Ashland, 0.) 

It is true that we live in the present. If we live 
in the present, as we should live, some say that the 
future will take care of itself. But we cannot be 
too sure that our future shall be economically se- 
cure. Too many factors beyond our control may in- 
terfere with our best laid plans. 

Every individual should be interested in security 
as far as the future is concerned. Security may 

The Dining Room, The Brethren Home, 

take several forms, but the one in which most of us 
are greatly interested in our life on earth, is eco-, 
nomic security. Bv economic security we mear, i 
that we shall be able to live during the declinmgi 
years in peace and comfort without the worry thal^ 
we may be a burden upon the state or upon rela-j 
tives. One may be thrifty and save enough to take 
care of himself and dependents during his declining 
years, but a poor investment, or an accident, or ca 
lamity of some kind, may wipe out the savings anc; . 
leave him dependent upon others. Such things an 
largely beyond our control and should not be ex- 
pected. Yet, each and every individual should fee 
the responsibility for providing for economic secur 
ity in old age. It is assumed that we, who do th:: 
are substantial citizens, but many times this is im 
possible. Many individuals are limited in ability 
and opportunity, therefore, some provision must bi 
made to provide some facilities for caring for tht 
aged, the orphans and the unfortunate. Tlie stat( 
has tardily assumed some responsibility which ha; 
materially increased the cost of government. Bu 
the state is hmited because of the demands madi 
upon it. The interest of the people in general ii 
some definite provis-on for old age security is cleari 
ly shown in the proposal of and activity for sucl 
plans as the Townsend Plan and other independen 

Interest in economic security is natural and is api 
plicable to every individual. The outlook for th ' 
future should be rendered more hopeful if we ar^ 
to have peace of mind for our work in the pi'esentj 
The absence of that necessary peace of mind make! 
one fearful, restless and consequently worried. I 
such a mental condition no one can work effective 
ly. Poor and ineffective work hinders progress j 
weakens earning power and decreases one's chance: 
to save. 

As stated above, the state has long made som > 
effort to relieve the anxiety of its citizens foi' ecc 
nomic security, but the extensive program now i 

February 17, 1940 


use was made necessary by the by-products of the 
economic depression thi-ough which rehef measures 
and social security were established. All forms of 
relief were at first looked upon as temporary or 
emergency measures, but as time goes on they take 
more permanent form. 

On its unfavorable side permanent state relief en- 
courages the less ambitious to depend upon the state 
for livelihood and an undesirable condition develops 
wherein a persistent body of dependents is estab- 
hshed. It is indeed questionable how far the state 
may go in safety w'ith such a permanent program. 

Many i-eligious groups have felt that each should 
be responsible for its aged, orphans, and unfortun- 
ate dependents. Consequently, homes and organi- 
zations have been established to house and provide 
for the needs of the dependents within the denom- 
ination. During the late depression the Mormons 
set up a program which kept all Mormons off the .re- 
lief roles. The Brethren Church has also made such 
an effort toward the permanent care of its aged and 
orphans. Some years ago Brother Henry Rinehart 
of Flora, Indiana, gave a farm and some money foi' 
the Brethren Home and orphanage. The National 
Conference set up a Board of Ti-ustees to administer 

the Home, and its work is evidenced by the growing 
of the Home to its present commodious and com- 
fortable quarters. Thus the Brethren fraternity 
has risen to its responsibility and its need. Under 
careful management, continual improvements are 
being made and the outlook for the home is very 
bright. Tlie income from the home itself is not suf- 
ficient to meet its needs so additional funds through 
gifts are necessary. Therefore, the Brethren people 
should support it with contributions of money. 
Moreover, a visit to the Home by any member of 
the Brethren Church is welcomed and is indeed .grat- 

In addition to the Home, the Church has assum- 
ed some responsibility for aged ministers and their 
wives. Since most of the Brethren Churches have 
never paid high salaries to their ministers and since 
the ministers have been more concerned with the 
promotion of the cause of Jesus Christ than with 
the future, the older ministers and their wives need 
financial assistance during their declining years. 
So, in addition to our support of the Home we must 
support our Benevolences for superannuated min- 
isters. May we give of our means for a worthy 
cause ! 

I Children s Column j 


As Alice skipped down the steps of 
her home one morning on her way to 
visit her chum, May, her mother said, 
"Alice, do not stay more then two 

"All right, mother," answered Alice. 

Alice and her friend always could 
find so many things to do when they 
were together. Both lived on farms 
and they loved to roam over the 
orchard and fields and through the 
buildings. This particular day they 
went to the barn first to look at a 
little new calf, then May showed her 
friend the four black and white kit- 
tens that were hidden in a barrel 
where the mother cat watched over 

After playing for a while and hunt- 
ing eggs, May's mother was heard call- 
ing them, and the girls were so sur- 
prised to find that it was dinner time. 

"I ought to go," said Alice. "It is 
long past the two hours that mother 
said I could stay." 

"Oh, mothers just say things like 
that, and they don't really mean it," 
said May. "My mother never notices 
it when I do not come on time. Why 
not come in and eat dinner with me 
and then we can play some more after- 

Alice did stay for dinner and until 
'ate in the afternoon. As she was on*' 

her way home, her steps lagged more 
and more the nearer she approached 
hr home and mother. 

"What kept you, daughter?" asked 
her mother. 

"I was having such a good time with 
May," mother." 

"But you knew you were disobeying 

"May says mothers don't mean all 
they say, and I thought you would not 
care if I stayed." 

"Have I ever given you reason to 
think I do not mean what I say to 

"No, mother." 

"We always find that for doing 
.••omething wrong, we have to suffer, 
Alice, and this time there is a great 
disappointment for you." 

"What is it, mother?" asked Alice, 
almost in tears. 

"Your Uncle Bob came for you to 
take you home with him today; and he 
cannot come again. Your Cousin Jane 
is having a birthday party and wish- 
ed you to be there. If you had obey- 
ed me, you would have had plenty of 
time, but your uncle had to go back on 
the train at noon time." 

Before her mother finished, Alice 
was crying. Above all the pleasures 
she had, she loved to visit her Uncle 
and Aunt who lived in the city. 

"Oh, dear, I am so sorry!" she cried, 
I'll never do it again." 

"I hope that you are truly sorry for 

your disobedience, dear. See, I had 

your pretty clothes all ready and 

packed, and it hurt me that your uncle 

'■should know that I was disappointed 

in you and that you disobeyed me by 
failing to be here at the time I ex- 
pected you." — Adapted. 


We've traveled together, my Bible and 

Thro' all kinds of weather with smile 

or with sigh; 
In sorrow or sunshine, in tempest or 

Thy friendship unchanging, my lamp 

and my psalm. 

We've traveled together, mv Bible and 


AVhen life had grown weary and death 

e'en was night; 
But all thro' the darkness of mist, 

or of wrong, 
I found there a solace, a prayer or a 


So now who shall part us — my Bible 

and I, 
Shall "isms" or "schisms" or "new 

lights" who try? 
Shall shadow for substance or stone for 

good bread 
Supply thy sound vision — give folly in- 
' stead? 

Ah no! precious Bible — exponent of 

Thou sword of the Spirit, put error to 

flight ; 
And still thro' life's journey until my 

last sigh. 
We'll travel together, my Bible and I. 
— Rose Been, in "Bible Record." 


The Brethren Evangelist 

The Board s BeneFi 


To the Superannuated Minister's 
Fund of the Brethren Church. I want 
to write you a few words of apprecia- 
tion for help that has been given me, 
and certainly am very thankful to all 
that have made it possible for me to 
receive this help. 

Yours in "His" Name, 
Mrs. S. W. Wilt, Juniata, Pa. 

A Word Of Appreciation 

Words can not tell how much I ap- 
preciate what has been done for me 
through the Superannuated Minister's 

I wish to thank all who have a part 
in making this fund possible. I am 
eighty (80) years old and have been a 
member of the Brethren Church for 
fifty-five (55) years. My husband 
was a Minister for more than fifty 
(50) years. We have tried to cast 
some bread upon the water, and now 
it is coming back again. 

' Thanking you for what you have 
done for me, and may the Lord's rich- 
est blessing be with you all. 

Mrs. B. H. Flora, 
North Liberty, Ind. 

Words of Appreciation 

I am so glad for the Superannuated 
Minister's Fund. I want to thank the 
Board for the check that comes each 
month. Rev. Kimmel was pastor of 
the Ft. Wayne Church in 1926. This 
little church was built by Bosserman. 
We moved to New Paris, Ind. Rev. 
Kimmel became ill and it was neces- 
sary to remove him to the Elkhart 
hospital where he stayed for two 
weeks, but he never recovered. I 
have been a widow for eight and one 
half years now. I am very thankful 
for this fund, w'hich helps bear my 

May the Lord bless each one of you. 
Mrs. Florence Kimmel, 

New Paris, Ind. 


Word of Appreciation 


To the members of the Benevolence 
Board, and fhe Brethren Church at 
large. Words fail me in trying to ex- 
press my gratitude to you, for making 
possible the gift that I am receiving, 
and that I am considered worthy of 
this Benevolence. 

To me it is a gift of love from the 
Brethren Church to those who have 
fought the good fight of faith, and 
have been instruments in the 'hands of 
God for bringing many precious souls 
into HIS Kingdom, also in establish- 
ing and building BRETHREN 

I am sure those who GIVE to this 
"WORTHY CAUSE" will receive rich 
blessings as well as those who receive. 
aear to me, having been a pastor's wife 
for more than thirty-nine (39) years. 

your servant and can dispense benevo- 
lence only as you give to them. My 
prayer is that you may make them 
happy by making this year's gifts the 
largest ever. 

I am sure they are anxious to help 
make others happy. May the "LORD" 
of all find you faithful when HE 

Mrs. L. G. Wood, Ft. Scott, Kans. 

An Appreciation 

I have been thinking for some time 
of writing to the Board of Benevo- 
lence, to tell them of my deep appreci- 
ation of the gift sent by them each 
month. And now comes the opportun- 
ity to not only tell the Board, but all 
of the Evangelist readers. 

It is hard for many who give to this 
cause to realize how much these checks 
mean and how grateful we are who re- 
ceive them. Some of my friends have 
told me that when they give to the 
Superannuated Offering they always 
think of me as receiving some of it. 

One man who was a bartender and 
was converted under my husband's 
ministry told me, "I will never be able 
to pay back what Brother Teeter did 

for me." I am sure this instance could 
be multiplied many times over in the 
lives of those who are receiving help i 
from this fund. 

May GOD bless each one who is so 
fortunate as to be able to give when 
this offering is to be taken on Feb. 

Mrs. D. A. C. Teeter. 

A Testimony 

We have always thought that the 
Superannuated fund was a very wor- 
thy cause. We 'had a deep apprecia- 
tion of the sacrifice and work of our 
older Ministers. They gave of them- 
selves unsparingly that we might have 
a rich hei-itage of spiritual things to 
enjoy. We are therefore glad that 'i 
there was a fund to help care for them i 
in there declining days when they ' 
could no longer continue in fhe active . 
Ministry. | 

We appreciate this fund now more | 
than ever, since we have been receiv- j' 
ing help from it. When our health ^ 
broke down the Board very kindly . 
came to our aid, and every month I 
sends us a check to care for our physi- : 
cal needs. These checks are made pos- 
sible by the generous giving of the 

We trust that the gifts this year will 
be larger and more numerous. In Eu- 
rope there is a Church that has a 
Bronze Statue of Christ in the vesti- ' 
bule; there is an opening in one of the : 
hands and attached to this hand is an 1 
offering box; all offerings going into ; 
this box go through the liand of the i 
Lord. We trust that the givers to this ^ 
splendid fund will feel that they are 
giving to our Lord and Savior Jesus ' 

We thank every one that has a part 
in giving to this worthy cause, and 
may the Lord bless one and all. 

"In as much as ye do it unto the 
least of these my Brethren ye have 
done it unto me," Matt. 25-40. 

Rev. and Mrs. M. L. Sands, Denver, 

Right — LYDIA FOX, whose 
initial gift set in motion the 
establishment of the Brethren 

Left — Reception Room, Breth- 
ren Home, Flora, Ind. 

February 17, 1940 


Am I A Neighbor 
(L. L. Wightman in The Gospel Herald) 

The lawyei- who came to Jesus was ready to talk 
about theology. "Master, what shall I do to inherit 
eternal life"? Jesus turned him to the Law with 
which the man was familiar. "What is written in 
the Law?" And the lawyer knew the answer. 
"Tliou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy 
heait, and with all thy soul, and with all thy 
strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor 
as thyself." Jesus replied, "Thou hast answered 
right: this do, and thou shalt live." 

But this neighbor business bothered the lawyej-. 
This matter of loving thy neighbor as thyself de- 
pended on the identity of the neighbor. He wanted 
to be sure about his neighbor. "And who is my 
neighbor ?" 

Jesus answered by the parable of the good Samar- 
itan, telling of the man who fell among thieves who 
stripped him and left him wounded by the way. The 
priest and the Levite came that way, saw the man, 
and passed by on the other side, but the Samaritan 
went to his aid, binding his wounds and taking him 
to an inn. 

As Jesus concluded the parable. He asked the law- 
yer, "Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was 
neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?" 
The lawyer replied, "He that shewed mercy on him." 
And he heard Jesus command him, "Go, and do thou 

Who is your neighbor? From this parable it is 
readily seen that the wounded man was not the 
neighbor. The Samaritan was the neighbor. Often- 
times we hear the expression that neighbors sur- 
round us, that every man who needs our help is our 
neighbor. That is contrary to the teaching of the 
parable. The neighbor is the man who goes about 
in readiness to render aid to the needy. 

The priest was not a neighbor, neither was tlae 
Levite. But the Samaritan was neighbor to the 
wounded man, for he showed mercy upon him. 

Can a man love God and not love fellow men? 
Can a man love God without being a neighbor to 
men? Can a man love God and yet select those to 
whom he will be neighbor? The priest and Levite 
answered in the affinnative as far as profession 
goes. They were men of God in profession, but 
when the opportunity came in which the love of 
God could manifest itself, these men failed to be 
neighbors. They drew the line beyond which they 
would go, they set the bounds wherein they would 

Did God set any bounds ? "God so loved the world, 
that He gave His only begotten Son, that who- 
soever believeth in Him should not perish, but have 

everlasting life." Jesus did not draw the line any 
place. "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are 
heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Tlie Chris- 
tian man and woman is neighbor to whomsoever 
may be in need. Heart filled with the love of God, 
who knows not race nor color, the Christian is ready 
to minister to the wounded along life's road. 

This incident happened on a lonely road where in- 
dividuals could act according to the inner impulse 
of the heart. No one was forced to minister to the 
wounded man. The priest and Levite, possibly 
fresh from Temple services, where they served God 
in public profession, had the opportunity to serve 
in another capacity. No eyes were upon them now, 
so they ignore the wounded man, and leave him to 
his fate. The tine test of a heart's condition is in 
the secret life of the individual. Away from the 
world where others cannot see you, the inner prin- 
ciple of life will reveal itself. 

The Samaritan went along the road as the neigh- 
bor of the wounded man, but he was as much a 
neighbor when he left home as when he found the 
man beside the road. His heart was right each step 
of the way. If there were five wounded men along 
the road, he would have stopped five times. He 
would have knelt beside the man in the streets of 
Jerusalem or wherever he might be found. 

The wounded about you are not your neighbors. 
You are the neighbor, provided that it lies within 
your heart. If you pi'ofess to be a man of God, and 
yet draw the bounds wherein you will minister to 
others, then you are not possessed with the love of 
God, but are filled with the spirit of priest and Le- 
vite, who circumscribed themselves in a circle which 
God never recognized. 

Love of God involves love of fellow men. "He that 
saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, is in 
darkness even until now. He that loveth his broth- 
er abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of 
stumbling in him." "But w-hoso hath this world's 
good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth 
up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth 
the love of God in him?" 

The love of Christ in the heart of man will cause 
that man to look upon men through the eyes of 
Christ. Wounded along life's road, needing the 
Christ in their lives, are multitudes whom the devil 
has robbed and left to die. It is our duty and privi- 
lege to minster to them in the Name of Christ, and 
present to them the Great Physician who can give 
them spiritual life. Are you neighbor to these folk ? 
When you leave home on a morning, is your heart 
prepai-ed to render this aid to the first man you en- 
counter? Friend, you are the neighbor if you have 
a neighbor's heart. You can find the wounded with 
ease. The love of Christ in the heai-t will be the 
motive of action. Without that love you can follow 
the priest and Levite. 


Picture of the Barn at the Brethren Home, Flora, Ind. 


Easter Sunday— March 24th, 1940— 
Foreign Missionary Sunday in all 
Brethren Churches — is just (five) 
weeks away from the date of this mag- 
azine! Are we all getting ready for 

As the very last moment of our 
Lord's days upon the earth drew to a 
close. He gathered His own about Him 
on old Olivet's brow, and made His last 
request : 

"Go ye therefore, and teach all na- 
tions, 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." 
And then. He gave unto them His last 
precious promise: 

"And, lo. I am with you alway. 
even unto the end of the world." 
Dare we — dare any one of us — go over 
into His presence without first having 
done as much as in us is, lo tell the 
story of His redeeming love to every 
human being in all the world for whom 
Christ died? 

The Brethrer.i Church has as fine a 
band of missionaries as any Church 
can boast. They are out there NOW, 
on the firing line for Christ, facing 
foes that we in the homeland know not 
of. Is there a Brethren Church with 
soul so dead that it will not answer 
to their Macedonian call: "Come over 
yourself and help us; or, send one in 
your stead to help us!. Either way, 
only help us! The story MUST be 

Every pastor will soon be receiving 
the usual pre-Easfer material to be 
used in getting his people into readi- 
ness for the Easter Offering, which 
offering enables ns to carry on the 
great work for another year — or, "un- 

til He come." This, when received, 
should be given first attention. 
Yours for Christ and His Church, 

Louis .S. Bauman, Secretary- 
Treasurer of The Foreign Missionary 
Society of The Brethren Church. 


Hebrews 12:1 
Of course sins are weights, but all 
weights are not sins. A sin necessarily 
impairs or destroys all corronunion with 
God and all spiritual life, but a weight 
is something which is not necessarily a 
sin, but which is a hindrance. The 
author of this epistle says, "Seeing- the 
race which is set before us, let us not 
only lay aside the sin which makes all 
holy i-unnlng impossible, but let us lay 
aside every weight which prevents all 
rapid racing." — Arthur J. Pierson. 

C. E. Topic for Young People 

Feb. 18 


Scripture Lesson: Col. 3:9-17 

Daily Readings 

Service, a criterion of brotherhood, 
Matt. 23:8-11. 

Having all things in common. Acts 

"No respecter of persons," Acts 10; 

Jesus and the Samaritans, Jn. 4:39- 

All things to all men, I Cor. 9:19-22. 

Jesus' intercession for all, Jn. 17; 


In Christ there is neither Jew nor 
Greek; Christianity wipes out all such 
distinctions. There are physical and 
worldly distinctions. Becoming Chris- 
tian does not destroy such physical dis- 
tinctions which one may possess, but 
it altogether alters and reduces the 
significance of them. Christianity puts 

The Brethren Evangelist 

a different complexion upon every part 
of life, and it touches life at every 
point. Many of the things that men 
count important Christianity would do 
away with. One of these is this matter 
of needless emphasis upon physical 
aid purely human distinctions. In 
Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek. 
The truly important thing is that men 
shall be in Christ. 

God deals with men in spiritual mat- 
ters and in spiritual terms. Natural 
man and God think of life in widely j 
differing terms. Much that is count- i 
ed important by man is but trash with 
God. Paul learned this and wrote of 
it to the Phillipians, 3:7,8. So long 
as men continue to think in their natu- 
ral ways they will emphasize many 
matters which are of far less impor- 
tance in the sight of God. Only when • 
men come to have the mind of Christ ■ 
(Phil. 2:5) do they learn to think in 
tnily spiritual terms. 

In Christian things union with 
Christ in what counts. Any one who 
is willing to meet the conditions laid . 
down by God can have this union. The 
important thing is the union between , 
Christ and the believer. Whether the ■ 
believer be Jew or Gentile is wholly un- 
important. Once united with Christ, 
we are His and henceforth the distinc- 
tion "Christian" rises above all other 
distinctions. In God's work we must 
learn to value what is important with 
Him. And it is vastly important with 
Him that we have union with His Son 
regardless of our earthly connections. 

All true Christians have put off the. 
old man with His doings. Col. 3:9. 
Tliat is the old sinful nature which 
Scripture calls the "old man." All un- 
regenerate human nature is sinful, 
whether it be Jew or Gentile. Therein 
there is no distinction no matter who 
these unregenerate may be. But all 
true Christians have turned away from 
this lost condition. They have put off 
the old man of sin. Whether one be 
Jew or Gentile, he must come by this 

Likewise, all true Christians have 
put on the new man. Just as the old 
man was the same no matter what the ! 
nationality of the one possessing him, ■ 
so is the "new man" the same in all 
who possess him. This is so because 
the new man comes about through our| 
union with Christ, and Christ is the; 
same in every instance. It is so be- 1 
cause Christ is the important One in 
this union and He is always the same, 
Heb. 13:8. The new man "after God 
hath been created in righteousness and 
holiness of truth," Eph. 4:24. 

All believers are created after one 
image. That is "after the image of 
him that created" the new man. Col. 3: 
10. Rom. 8:29 tells us that whom 
God "foreknew, he also foreordained 
to be conformed to the image of hip 
Son." Since all believers have this 
image of the Son as their common pat-, 
tern, former distinctions fade away. 
Clothing tailored over the same pat- 
tern and from the same stock is iden- 

^'ebruary 17, 1940 


ifel. Cliildren of the same parentage 
re much alike. Believers have a com- 
iion parentage and many former dis- 
inctionL are lost to sight. 

In this pew order of life Christ is 
verything. If He is not, there is no 
lew order. In the new order He is 
irst and foremost, "all and in all," 
;ol. 3:11. Our very Christianity de- 
ends upon our granting Him this pre- 
minent position. When He has first 
ilace in our lives and love for Him 
ontrols every action, we do not see 
ew-and-Greek distinctions amongst 
ellow-believers; we see Christ in 

Our Lord's desire is that we might 
e one in Him, Jn. 17:11, 12. What- 
ver tends to keep believers apart and 
destroy this union in Christ is 
gainst His will. The making of per- 
onal distinctions does just that. The 
arly disciples were mostly Jews and 
liey had to be shown that "God is no 
especter of persons," Acts 10:34. 
'hey had a national pride that it took 
lie forces of Christianity to battle 
own. We often want to call them bi- 
oted, yet often today the church is 
rawing similar lines. Christ wishes 
hat we all might be one in Him. Then 
'he'her we are Jew or Gentile is for- 
otten in the greater truth that we are 

For Di.scussion 

1. When and why did the distinction 
etween Jew and Greek (Gentile) 

2. Is it a question of any importance 
3 the church today ? 

3. What unchristian distinctions are 
requently made by church people to- 

4. What is Christ's desire for the 
tiurch in this regard ? 

When the Prince of Wales visited 
ndia, there were a number of high 
aste people who were waiting to shake 
ands with him, and there was a big 
arrier separating them from the 
las.^ies of the people. The prince ar- 
ived, .shook hands with those that 
'ere presented to him, and then, look- 
ig over their heads to the crowds be- 

yond, said, "Take those barriers 
down." They were taken down, and 
anyone who liked had free access and 
a welcome from the son of the Emper- 
or of India. The next time the prince 
came that way, ten thousand outcastes 
were gathered under the banner in- 
scribed: "The Prince of the Outcastes." 
We have a greater Prince, who said, 
"Take the barriers down." God's love 
and favor are for every one who be- 
lieves in the Lord Jesus. — The Chris- 
tian Herald. 

Frank Gehman. 


Feb. 2.5. 1940 


Scripture Lesson: 1 Thes. 4:11, 12 

Daily Readings 

Learning from experience, Phil. 4:8- 

Godly wisdom profitable, Prov. 4:7- 

Law of the Lord taught, Neh. 8:5-8. 

Study for Divine approval, II Ti'^i. 

Learning God's law, Ps. 119:97-100. 

Learning by growing, II Peter 1:4- 


A newspaper columnist deplores a 
failure of education in the United 
States. Instead of much of our higher 
learning proving practical and helpful 
and making life happier and more con- 
tented he feels that it has often done 
the opposite. He opines that our 
trouble is that we have a bad case of 
the "smarts." Consequently, educa- 
tion — as such — hasn't gotten us all the 
benefits we had once expected. 

Proverbs advises that "wisdom is 
the principal thing;; therefore get wis- 
dom; yea, with all thy getting get un- 
derstanding," (4:7). 

Christian things are something at 
which one may go on learning as long 
as one lives. They are different from 
the subject matter of the classrooms of 
education. One learns the riches of 
life in learning Christian things. 
There is no danger of this learning 
giving a sincere learner any case of 

the "smarts." Christians keep on 
learning and what they learn in 
Christ's service is always profitable. 

The Bible is the text book. Class- 
rooms use text books. The Christian 
has his. It is the Bible. From its 
pages alone one can glean a rich 
knowledge of life. One can not in a 
life time exhaust the treasures of this 
Book from which we can always be 
learning. Aside from the spiritual 
knowledge, there are other riches. A 
modern psychologist — Dr. George W. 
Crane — advises: "Don't complain be- 
cause you don't have a chance to go to 
college, when you have a Bible in your 
home. Wear it out with reading and 
you'll become an educated man or wo- 

The Holy .Spirit is the instructor. 

Classrooms make use of an instructor. 
His task is to help the learner over 
difficult places, to explain where ex- 
planations are necessary, to direct the 
learner's course, to encourage him in 
his work and then to see that he has 
mastered what he set out to learn. 
The Holy Spirit is all that to us. Our 
Lord said of Him: "He shall teach you 
all things, and bring to your remem- 
brance all that I have said unto you," 
Jn. 14:26. What a marvelous thin^ to 
have a Teacher Who will bring what 
you have learned to your remembrance 
— especially on examination day! 
Christians have a good opportunity tc^ 
keep on learning because they have the 
world's very best Instnjctor. 

The true Christian desires to keep 
on learning. The desire to leani keeps 
learning from becoming a drudge. The 
man who likes his work finds pleasure 
in doing it. To another it might be 
irksome. One having tasted of the 
pleasures of learning of God desires to 
know more, so he — for one thing — 
searches the Word which tells of Hi.n. 
Not even in a long life time will we 
come to the end of learning about God. 
Live Christians are learners to the end 
of their earthly days. Then on the 
other side of the grave there will be a 
whole new "world" of things to learn. 

Much learning comes from experi- 
ence. Inevitably we are taught by 

Into His Marvelous Light 

KEIM: — Henry D. son of David and 
fancy Keim, was born in 1857, and de- 
arted this life January 7, 1940, at 
is home in Deedsville, Indiana. His 
ext birthday he would have been 83. 
le lived most of his life in Miami 
ounty. Funeral sei'vices were in 
tiarge of the undersigned, assisted by 
liss Dukes, at the Enterprise Church 
f God. W. R. Deeter 

ALBER:— Ruth Marie Alber, eldest 
iughter of Paul and Marie Alber, died 
I the Wabash Hospital, Sunday, Janu- 
'•y 28, after a major operation. She 
as 17, and a senior in the Chippewa 

high school, well liked and loved by all. 
Services were held in the Hoover Fun- 
eral Home in Wabash, in charge of the 
writer. There were 242 present at the 
service. Burial in Roann Cemetery. 
W. R. Deeter. 

FOWLER:— John Stewart, son of 
Ernest and Mildred Fowler, died at his 
home west of Roann, Indiana, Decem- 
ber 20, 1939. His death resulted from 
a fall causing internal injuries. He 
was a member of the First Brethren 
Church, and prominent in school and 
other auxiliaries. The whole commun- 
ity mourned with the family. Burial 
in Roann Cemetery, 

Services in charge of the writer. 
W. R. Deeter 


Danielson-Black. At the Brethren 
Manse, in Roann, Indiana, on Satur- 
day evening, at 7 o'clock, occurred the 
marriage of Thelma Danielson, of 
Wabash, and DeVere Black, of near 
Roann. The groom is a member of the 
Brethren Church. The couple will 
make their home in Wabash, where he 
is employed. 

Only two witnesses were present at 
the ceremony. 

W. R. Deeter 


those things which we experience. 
Horses have their greatest value only 
after they have been broken to har- 
ness or saddle. Unbroken colts are 
slowly put to the tasks for which they 
are designated by their owner. 
Gradually, through experience at the 
hand of the trainer, they learn what he 
wants of them. Also whether they are 
to love or fear him. We come into the 
hands of the Lord as unbroken colts. 
Our experience under His hand teach- 
es us many useful and needful things 
in fulfilling His purpose for us. 
Through our experiences in His serv- 
ice we are always learning more about 
His will for us personally. What we 
learn through experience tempers our 
thinking and mellows our lives. 

Christians keep on learning about 
mankind. Understanding people is one 
of the most important things in the 
Christian life. Because they love 
Christ, Christians love people. Kindly 
dealing with them makes one wise in 
the ways of human nature. Besides 
this, the Bible tells us more about peo- 
ple than all the books ever printed on 
the subject. When one buys a new 
automobile or sewing machine, or oth- 
er machine, an instruction book conies 
with it to tell about the machine, how 
it works and what to do if it goes 
wrong. The Bible, some one has said, 
is the instruction book that comes with 
man. The Christian, through it, is al- 
ways learning about himself and his 
fellow men. It tells him what he needs 
to know about man, about his greatest 
needs and how to meet them. This 
learning is invaluable. 

Christians keep on learning about 
life with God. Called to life with God 
in Christ, we live that life daily. Edu- 
cation has been defined as preparing to 
live. Others object to that definition 
and say it IS living. That grain of 
truth is very applicable to Christianity. 
We don't have to wait for the other 
side of the grave to have life with 
God; He wants us to have it here and 
now, and we may in His Son. And as 
the student lives while learning, the 
Christian learns while living. We can 
possess life in Christ without knowing 
many things about it, but as we year 
by year experience the living of this 
life we learn many lovely and desire- 
able things. It makes learning a de- 
lightful process in spite of frequent 
hard lessons. 

We keep on learning what is expect- 
ed of us. Not as much is expected of 
a beginner in school or industry as of 
a teacher or of a master workman. 
Scripture calls the Christian beginner 
a "novice" (I Tim. 3:6), a "babe" (I 
Cor. 3:1). But he is not to always re- 
main as such. Time and experience 
with Christ add re.sponsibility, Heb. .5: 
12-14. Our Scripture lesson emphasiz- 
es some of what is expected of us. 
Our lives must be lived in a way be- 
coming to sons of God. IVIore and more 
as we journey along life's way we 

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learn what those things are. We are 
constant learners. It is pleasant to 
learn about them, for it enables us to 
better please Him Who has bought us 
with His own precious Blood. 
For Discussion 

1. What are the advantages to a 
Christian of taking the attitude of a 

2. If the Christian must always be 
learning, is he never able to please 

3. In liis experiences and through 
the Bible the Christian learns. Which 
of the two is more valuable to him in 
his learning? 

A Sidelight 

The learning attitude of Christian- 
ity in general has always manifested 
itself. Its best expression is found in 
the lives of its adherents who seek a 
fuller and more complete understand- 
ing of spiritual things. But it has al- 


so branched out from there. It 
enquired into the universe created b 
its God. It has sought out physics 
truths. These it has felt a -^esponsi 
bility to pass on to others. Thus th 
learning attitude of the church cause 
it to become a leader in educatiorj 
Education became widespread becaus| 
the church took it with her whereve 
she went. Much modem education ha 
forgotten its benefactress and want I 
to go its own way. It would exalt phji 
ical knowledge above spiritual. ]j 
likes to explore the realm of the fanci' 
f ul at times and often rests upon shak j 
foundations. True Christians are a' 
ways seeking to learn, but they rf 
member that spiritual traths are bot 
more lasting and valuable than psysi 
cal. The learning attitude of Chris 
tianity needs now to imbue men wit' 
desire to learn of God. 

Frank Gehmai 




Dear Evangelist Readers: 

The Dutchtown Brethren were eager- 
ly looking forward to the date for the 
revival, and on January 7th, Dr. I. D. 
Bowman came to assist the church in 
a two-weeks campaign. 

The meeting took on the air of a 
succesful revival from the start. The 
membership was ready to work and in 
many ways showed as usual what the 
laity is capable of doing in the Lord's 

Dr. Bowman seemingly remained in 
good health and we know enjoyed 
preaching the "Unsearchable Riches" 
that was received by the good audience 
with gratitude. Dr. Bowman's mental 
alertness has not abated with the years 
and I trust he may be used by the 
Lord for some years yet. 

I think I need not speak of the sev- 
ere weather between January 7th and 
21st only to say if the unsaved will not 
brave the weather the saved are faith- 
ful in the face of any test, for which 
we praise Him. 

Wife and I have seri'ed the Dutch- 
town Church for the past seven and 
one-half years and have had the great 
pleasure of seeing the church develop 
into a real spiritual church. It is 
however a feeder church. About fifty 
have been added to the church yet the 
membership remains about the same. 
The young people, when they marry, 
usually find homes and employment in 
its near towns. 

We are now leaving the work in the 

care of Bro. Lewis D. Engle and ar 
taking the work at Akron and Corintll 
Rev. Wm. E. Overholser 
Warsaw, Indian 


We have some good news to repoP 
for which we praise the Lord. We ha 
the usual busy fall season, observin. 
all the special days and regular ac 
tivities. One group gave a very beau 
tiful and touching drama on Tuesdal 
before Christmas, and another groui 
with the assistance of a member froT 
the Church of the Brethren, gave 
Cantata on Sunday evening the 24tl' 
Many favorable comments were ofFere 
from obser\'ers. 

Our Revival Campaign is now hi; 
tory. At the beginning of the Ne- 
Year, Rev. and Mrs. Hari-y E. Richte 
came and had charge of a two weel< 
service with us. The average attenc 
ance at all services was 12.5. Of cours' 
during some of the coldest weathe 
with snows and blizzards, the attenc 
ance was low, yet on the closing da I 
and night, we had 200 in church schooi 
and 130 in the evening amidst snov 
and extreme cold. The offerings du 
ing the meetings took care of the rui 
ning expenses, and the free will offe" 
ing to the Evangelists was the large; ; 
ever. We are also glad to report th;^ 
the church finances are in the clea 
and the stopper put into the red ir 
bottle again. 

ebruary 17, 1940 


On Monday evening we baptized 
jven, and received them into the 
[Urch. On Tuesday evening at the 
urch business meeting one young 
an was received by letter. About ten 
t of the thirteen auxiliaries which 
; have in the church gave reports, all 
which were commendable in tone and 

We have much to praise the Lord 
V. Sunday evening, February 11, we 
e planning a special service in music 
d song's — all by local talent. We 
,ve been called for a number of 
lointings outside our own people, to 
spitals and homes, friends and breth- 
n. We are happy in His service. 

W. R. Deeter 

Fire Escape on Brethren Home 
lilding, Flora, Indiana. 


lar Evangelist Readers: 
I came to Dutchtown and began a 
weeks meeting January 7. We had 
ite bad weather the first week, but 
^ interest and the congregations in- 
Based until on Tuesday night of the 
;ond week we had the largest crowd 
the entire meeting. The next day a 
Id wave cut our crowds about two- 
irds. For three days the thermome- 
• registered from sixteen to eighteen 
grees below zero, and continued bad 
til the close of the service Sunday 
?ht the 21st. We thought seriously 
closing on account of the cold but 
hoped against hope that it would 
prove. The meeting in a measure 
IS disappointing to us all. 
■\t the end of the first week we had 
i addition. A splendid woman raised 
rather taught in the Catholic faith, 
e was baptized by Brother Overvol- 
■ in the Warsaw Church on the last 
aday in the afternoon. 
Brother Engle and Overholser and 

many of the laymen said they were 
greatly benefited by the meeting. 

If we would have had good weather 
we could not have hoped to have many 
additions for two reasons: — the field 
has been well worked, and being a 
country church it is a limited field. 

I found here a very faithful and in- 
telligent membership. Brother Over- 
holser has preached for them for seven 
and a half years. He is a faithful and 
strong preacher and well liked, but has 
resigTied to take up the work at Cor- 
inth and Akron, and Brother Engle, 
who lives at the church was called for 
full time service. He was given almost 
a unanimous call. He is a fine con- 
secrated young man and will give them 
fine service. 

W'hile being almost stormed out I 
promised them the Lord willing late in 
the spring or summer I will be glad to 
give them a week of Bible lectures. 

For several years I have been stay- 
ing in during the coldest winter 
months, but until the holidays this year 
we had such nice weather that I 
thought we might have a mild winter 
but I have been disappointed. I will 
rest a few weeks, and then enter the 
field again. 

Isaac D. Bownnan, 
cVr Bessie Grove, 
Route -3, Howe, Ind. 


Greetings from Smithv-ille Brethren 
Church. We arrived in Smithville, 0., 
Saturday, November 4, 1939. The 
good people here, and the man who 
ti-ucked our household goods, had the 
truck almost unloaded when we drove 
up to the parsonage at about two o'- 
clock Saturday afternoon. We ate our 
dinner in Ashland where we had stop- 
ped to see our son, Gilbert, at the Col- 


We were pa.stor of these two church- 
es for about two and a half years, and 
had been called to the pastorate for 
another year. We enjoyed the Chris- 
tian fellowship in the Lord's work with 
these fine people, whom we learned to 
love in the bonds of Christian friend- 

During our pastorate at Mexico two 
revival meetings were held. The pas- 
tor was evangelist in one of these 
meetings and Brother Floyd Seibert 
was the Evangelist in the other. These 
meetings have previously been report- 
ed. During our stay in Mexico, 
twenty-one names were added to the 
membership roll — all of them by bap- 
tism. On our last Sunday, three fine 
young ladies — Joyce Leslie, Patricia 
Hood, and Adelene Scott, made the 
good confession and were baptised in 
the afternoon, and confimied at the 

.Mrs. L. G. Wood, widow of Rev. L. 
G. Wood and a beneficiary of the Ben- 
evolence Board. 

evening service. Our last service with 
the Mexico Church was the Commun- 
ion Service on Monday night, October 

During our pastorate at the Corinth 
Church (Twelve Jlile), three Revival 
Meetings were held and one four-night 
Bible Conference. The pastor held the 
Bible Conference which preceded a 
Communion Service, and two of the 
revival meetings. Brother I. D. Bow- 
man held the other revival meeting 
which closed the week before we left 
the field. AH of these meetings have . 
been previously reported. Brother 
Bowman reported the meeting he held. 
It is my opinion that all of our church- 
es should hear more preaching by these 
mighty men of God who know the doc- 
trine and history of the Brethren 
Church so well. Thirty-seven names 
were added to the membership roll of 
the Corinth Church during this period 
of time. The Corinth people are good 
personal workers and zealous at all 
times in the work of the Church. 

Wm. lE. Overholser is now pastor of 
the Corinth Church, and C. E. Johnson 
is now pastor of the Mexico Church. 
We know that these men will enjoy the 
fellowship and cooperation as they la- 
bor in these fields. Three of our min- 
isters received their early training in 
the Corinth Church: G. L. Maus, 
Frank Gehman, and also Ord Gehman 
— all of these are graduates of Ash- 
land College. At present. James Ault 
from the Mexico Church, is at Ash- 
land .studying for the ministry in the 
Brethren Church. 


Having been on the field for only 
three months, it is too early for me to- 
give a completely comprehensive re- 
port of the working field here. Suf- 
fice it to say that it is our impression 


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AsFiland Seminary Men s Gospel Team 

The Ashland College and Theological Seminary are pleased to present to the Brethren Church 
this year this fine group of young men. These men are very devoted to the Gospel Team work. Dur- 
ing the first semester Gospel Teams have gone to Fairhaven and Fremont, Ohio. They have calls to 
Oakville, Indiana, and one to Lost Creek, Kentucky, over the Easter Vacation, and for one week's Re- 
vival in Mansfield, Ohio. During the second semester they will be at the disposal of the church for 
Sunday and week-end services. The officers are: 

Pres., James Ault, Mexico, Indiana 
Vice Pres., Fred Haag, Mansfield, Ohio 

Sec'y., Faye Coleman, Milledgeville, Illinois 
Treas., Robert Robbins, Warsaw, Ind. 

Address all correspondence to: 

Gospel Team of Ashland College 

Faye Coleman, Sec'y 

Ashland, Ohio 

(The young ladies of the College also maintain a Girls' Gospel Team, which accepts and fills dates 
for services. Address correspondence to 

The Girl's Gospel Team 

Ashland, Ohio) 

that this is one of the most faithful 
and loyal churches in the Brotherhood. 
Thif speaks well for my predecessoi' 
pastors. After a five-year pastorate, 
C. C. Grisso closed his work here on 
Jan. 8, 1939. Then Rev. M. A. Stuck- 
ey served as pastor during the interim 
until I was ready to come on the field. 
The evidence all points to the fact that 
these men did splendid work. Vernon 
Grisso, pastor our cliurch at Williams- 
town, Ohio, is one of our members. 
David King, Rev. Lester King's fath- 
er, is one of the deacons. 

One evening during our second week 
here, we were invited to the church 
basement. The church membership, 
and also the pastors of the other 
Smithville churches, were present to 

welcome the Dodds family into the 
community. This reception was a joy 
to us for the fine spirit of fellowship 
manifested, and also because of the 
substantial way in which we were 

A Father and Son Banquet was held 
in the church basement January 24th. 
Seventy-six men and boys ate of the 
bounteous feast that was served by the 
women of the church. (Turkey was 
the principal item in the menu.) Ward 
Metsgar, of Orrville, was Toastmaster. 
Dr. R. R. Haun, of Ashland College, 
gave the principal address, spoke on 
the subject: "Our Philosophy of Life." 
This was an inspiring and challenging 
message. Rev. M. A. Stuekey also had 
an encouraging word to say, then in- 

troduced his book on the life and wr 
ings of Alexander Mack. Mr. Beegh 
a layman from the Ashland Churt 
spoke a word for the Layman's Orga 
ization. It was a great evening n 
only because of the banquet and t 
messages, but also because of the i 
spiring fellowship that was manife: 
We look forward to other gatherin 
like this in the future. 

Thursday, March 7th, is the date £ 
to begin a special series of protract 
meetings. Two, who have alrear 
made the good confession, will be ba 
tized next Sunday. We ask an inte 
est in your prayers. We shall be ha 
py to welcome delegations from neig 
boring churches. 

J. G. Dodds, Fasti 

Vol. LXII, No. 8 

February 24, 1940 



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Brethren Evangelist 


"Pray? Why pray? Wliat can qjiuying do? 
Praying really changes things, arranges life anetv. 
It's good for your digestion, gives peacefid sleep at 

And fills the grayest, gloomiest days tvith rays of 

glowing light. 
It puts a smile upon your face, the love-note in your 

Makes you fit to live with others, and fit to live 

Pray? Why pray? What can praying do? 
It brings God down from Heaven to live and work 

with you." 

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^i^•^^"i^^i••^•I•^i^^4^^^^■ : ■■ : ■■:■■ ! ■■ ^ ■ I ■■ ! ■■ ! "i-4^^^i^^^•^ closet, aucl wheii tliou liast shut thy 

. jl door, pray to thy Father which is in 

i* The Fdmily Altar •!• secret; and thy Father which seeth in 

X X secret shall reward thee openly." 

•^••!"M••^•^•^^-i~M■^^^•^•h•h•^•^•^•^•^^•^•^•^•^ Matt. 6:6. Read Matt. 6:5-15. 

Monday Smoked glasses are used to weaken 

the brilliance of surrounding light, 

UNANSWERED PRAYER sunlight or artificial. But when the 

"If ye do not forgive, neither will spurgeon grasps his scalpel for the de- 
your Father which is in heaven forgive licate operation there are no smoked 
your trespasses." Mark 11:26. Read glasses for him, nothing but the clear- 
Mark 11:20-26. est of clear light. A "clouded" life 

The question of unanswered praver =^""0* ^''^^"^^^ the beauty and the love 
is a perennial one. The reason of un- °^ God. Power in prayer connotes pur- 
answered praver has puzzled many a ^^^ '" ^'^^- , Absence of observers does 
good man. Why do men agonize and "«* m^^" t^^* ^"'^ does not know our 
labor in prayer and seem to receive no ''^^ ^^'^en we approach Hnn m prayer, 
answer? We may find the answer to ^^ ^'^^ Master, m the dignity, the con- 
our question or some of our questions secration, the beauty, the purity of 
in the reading for this day, verse 23, ^is life needed new and frequent in- 
24. Until we have made peace with spiration (suiTounded as He was by 
both God and man, we shall find hin- ^^^ consciousness of His own mteg- 
drances in the way of prayer, but once ^"'ty'; ^°^ ™"'^'^ ™°='^ "i" '^^ need to 
peace is made, our prayers shall be as- pray. 
surod of reply. Friday 



,, . ii • 1. J " . . . . Men ought always to pray, and 

. ..In every thing by prayer and _^^^ ^^ ^^.^^„ ^^ke 18:1. Read Luke 

supplication with thanksgiving let 

vour requests be made known unto ^ ' • ■ ^ 
'r^ A X Si.-^ A r D J T>u-i ^ .1 n '■° persevere m prayer is not con- 
God. Phil. 4:6. Read Phil. 4:4-9. , f 4.1, -n t r^ j ..t< -^i 
„, „ ^, , , .^. ■ i ,, ^ trary to the will of God. Fray with- 
Ihe fathers admonition is to cast . ■ ,. ■ ... ■ 4.1. ut j 
,, ,.. . ,T ii out ceasing is written in the Word, 
all your care upon Hun, for He careth j^ j^ indicative of at least a lack of 
tor vou. Humanity is characteristic- 4. j: -iu 1 

,, . , 1 4. ■;„ X J commensurate taith when we are so 

ally independent. We meet and con- -i j- j j j ^.u -^ • 

,..., , . , J J ^, ^ easily dissuaded from the pursuit 01 

quer little trials and dream that we io. ^i,- i.- u 1 j • 

^ J ^ J . tTr those things which our soul desires, 

are great, and strong, and wise. We c i, 4. -4. 4.1. 1 n a 1 

, i 4.1 4. , J Someone has put it thuslv. Ask great 

remember not that we have an advo- ,,■ ^ r- j 4. 4. i?- 

4. -tv 4.1, T-. 4.1, J 1 4.1 4. • things of God, expect great things 

cate with the Father, and also that m , r^ j >. nu 4. u -4, ■ 

, J 4.1 . from God. Oh, to be sure, it is un- 

ourselves we can do nothing. , 4. . 4.1, 4. t. ,, 1 4. 1 

,,r J. i .i J jT i i derstood that we shall seek to know 

We lorget the word of our text r^ j, ■^, 4.1. 4. , . ,_ n t, 

, . , 4. 4.. j-4.. J, 4^^ 4. , Gods will so that our asking shall be 

which sets the conditions for affectual • i- 4,1 4. rr,, i.- 4. 4-^1 

„ ,• 4.- -4., 4.1 , m line thereto. The history of the 

prayer. . . . "supplication with thanks- , , ■ ,4. -4.1. 4. ■ 4. 

„• . „ -iir, , , J J 1,4. /-. J! church IS replete with stories of saints 

giving.' Why should we doubt God s , , , , , . , ^ 

f -ir „ 4. T, 4- Ti- ui ■ I "no have been powerful in praver, but 

willingness to bestow His blessing and 4, 1. u 1 , 

4. , 4. ■ -ui 4. 1. TT they nave been men and women who 

to grant permissible requests, when He , j c 4., j t. ,. 

proved His love by the supreme be- 1^^^:*= persevered. Scotland - Presby- 

stowal of His Son? */"^",~ f^'"'^" ^^ .^ monument to 

John Knox s persevering prayer, give 

Wednesday me Scotland or I die." 


"Praying always with all prayer and prayfr TTNTlVPrwsiciARV 

supplication in the Spirt." Eph. 6:18. PRAYER UNNECESSARY 

Read Eph. 6:13-19. "Wherefore criest thou unto me? 

We doubtless think too little of the speak unto the children of Israel, that 

place of the Holy Spirit in prayer. they go forward." Exodus 14:15. 

Christ reminded His disciples that the Read Exodus 14-13-18 
Father would send another comforter ^ ;/ ^^j^ ^^\^^ ■ ^^ ^j^,^^ 

who should bring all things to your ciark, the commentator, that he was 

remembrance. This is the work of „ „i„ 1 j 4. j 4.1 

4., c ■ -4- ■ 4. - J t 3 slow worker, and to produce the 

the Spirit m prayer — to remind us of „,. 4. ui, 47 1-4. j 4. i_. ,. 

4., . t 4.1. Tir J J ^ Z ,4 great wealth of literary products which 

the promise of the Word and the full- ^ i.- , j .4, , . 

t r^u ■ ^ ■ J -ii- '^3™e from his pen. he made it his cus- 

ness of Christ in power and willingness 4.„,„ * •„ 1 • , 

4. 4. J A 1 TT 1 tom to rise early every morning. A 

to meet our needs. Always He awak- 4. j 4. • "4. ,1 ? x, 

„„ ■ ., ,. , -J, ^, <*™«^'^ young student, anxious to walk m the 

ens m us the confidence of the place ri„4.ij-4.4. iji.- 1 1 

, I,- I, 4-u IT 4.1, T. • J , Doctor's footsteps, asked him how he 

which the Father has promised and re- j-j -4. <.t-. u 4. •4.o>i 1 

„„„, , 4.1. u J 4_ ■ Old it, "Do you pray about it?" he in- 

veals to us anew the abundant provis- quired 
ion of our Father's house. 

... .The Spirit will always teach us ",^°"' ^^'"^ ^^'^ Doctor quietly, "I get 

when to cease praying and to trans- "P' 

form our petitions into thanksgiving. Another story is told concerning 

Thursday Dwight L. Moody and a group of 

Christians who were praying for the 

THE SECRET PRAYER removal of a small debt on their church 

"When thou, enter into thy building. Urging Moody to join them 

in the prayers, he said in his charal 
teristicly incisive way, "I don't thinl 
if I were you, I should trouble tli 
Lord in this matter." I 


"The effectual fervent prayer of 
righteous man availeth much." Jamej 
5:16. Read James 5:13-18. 

Have you a heart desire that onl 
God can grant? If it is one that Hi 
character and being permits, then Hf 
too, desires it. Prayer is the link bf) 
tween you and God, and on the wingj 
of prayer the world may be reache 
and the lawful desires of the heart ac 
complished. As an individual on on 
side of the continent may touch an 
other by setting machinery in motioi 
on the opposite shore, so we may con 
nect the power that is latent in bound 
less love and start changes in (h 
lives of men at home and abroad. T 
serve better we should pray moi-e. 







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Some prayers fail because they are selfish. They 
e I'ke the proverbial "Me and my wife, son John 
id his wife; us four and no more." Such prayers 
e seldom answered, or if answered it will be in a 
ly that will punish the selfishness. Tlie petition 
the mother of James and John was not granted, 
least at the time, and it was better for all con- 
rned that it was not. Hezekiah prayed for re- 
very when he had done his work, but in the fif- 
en years that were added to his life he acted so 
ol'-shly as to bring ruin to his kingdom later on. 
he could have forseen the results of these fifteen 
ars of life he probably would have prefen-ed to 
3. But none of us can forsee the future and there- 
re should always pray with the provision that Je- 
s used, "Nevertheless, not my will but thine be 
ne." Perhaps the best thing for many of us to 
when beginning to pray would be to ask for a 
iristlike, unselfish spirit, and for guidance so as 
leave unuttered any selfish petition that we may 
ve had in mind. 

5ome prayers fail because they are not in harmony 
th what God has revealed. For example, in Dan. 
27 it is revealed that the Jewish people shall suf- 
r desolations until the "full end" shall come, which 
11 be at the time of their repentance. It would be 
eless therefore to pray for their deliverance from 
ese desolations before they have repented of their 


It is not God's will that any should perish, or that 
yone should needlessly suffer; nevertheless on ac- 
unt of the wickedness of the world it is announced 
at it shall be scourged by wars until the end of the 
spensation. Therefore, when we pray for peace 
! should remember that "there is no peace, saith 
S God, for the wicked." This world is ripening 
r judgment and nothing can save it from the hor- 
rs of the great tribulation except its own repen- 
nce from sin and its turning to God. When we 
ay for the conversion of the nations, and at the 
me time send out evangelists to give them the 
lole Gospel message, we are following the short- 
t road to peace. 

Prayers for the peace of Zion are sometimes a 
ilure because they are not accompanied by 
I'orks". Judas went up to his Lord in Gethsemane 
id piously said, "Hail, Master", and kissed him, but 
e Roman soldiers were at his heels. What act of 
■pocrisy could be greater than to use the symbol 
holy love to betray the loving Savior into the 

hands of sinners to be crucified? We instinctively 
feel like crying out, "Betrayest thou the Son of man 
with a kiss?" 

Let us beware lest an inner voice should say, 
"Thou art the man!" The writer once had a man 
who made pastoral visits in his home a heavy bur- 
den. He wanted to do all the talking. And he 
would invariabl.y begin his discurse by saying, "Now 
I don't hold any grudge against anyone, but I think 

you ought to know" and then he would launch 

an interminable tirade against the other members 
of the church, and excused his o-wn inactivity by 
their supposed misdoings. One day we asked him 
to let us have Bible reading and prayer first. Then 
we read I Cor. 6:9, 10 and asked him to notice that 
here is a list of ten classes of sinners who shall not 
inherit the kingdom of God, and that the "railers" 
are there among them, right next to the drunkards. 
Then we asked him to pray that we might be able 
to keep our church free from all these ten classes 
of sinners, but he was angi\v and would not pray, 
nor would he return to church. But as a result, the 
church went on growing in grace and in numbers, 
while he continued to sulk, and finally died out in 


The Family Altar 2 

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem — Editorial 3 

Word from Our Workers 4 

"Unanswered Prayer" — L. A. Myers 5 

"What Is Prayer" — Poem o 

"The Family Altar"— H. IVI. Oberholtzer 6 

"Intercessory Prayer" — H. E. Eppley V 

"Importunity In Prayer" — Elmer Keck 8 

"The Power of Prayer" — S. C. Henderson 9 

Contributing Editor's Page 10 

"Power of Prayer" — Continued 11 

"Teach Us to Pray"— Poem 12 

"Offer a Prayer" — Poem 13 

"Our Changing Morals" — Selected 13 

"The Practicality of Prayer"— W. S. Crick 14 

"Keep In Touch With Jesus" — Poem 15 

"Secret IVayer"— E. L. Miller 15 

"A Literary Curosity" — Poem 16 

"Into His Marvelous Light" 17 

Our Book Corner I'J' 

C. E. Topic 17-18 

News From the Field 18-20 

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the world. It often happens that when the prodigal 
comes home the elder brother leaves. 

Prayer for the peace of Zion sometimes fails also 
because of neglecting the God-given means of pre- 
serving peace. When Paul and Barnabas went from 
town to town preaching the Gospel there were cer- 
tain men who followed them about to rob them of 
the fruits of their toil by teaching contrary doc- 
trines. When the apostles saw that these trouble 
makers were not open to the truth, and it was there- 
fore useless to argue with them, they decided to 
appeal to the central authority in Jerusalem. The 
conference there considered the evidence and sought 
the mind of the Spirit, and then sent their decree to 
all the churches and the missionaries departed in 
peace. Acts 15:1-33. 

In a church with congregational govei'nment, 
questions concerning purely local matters can be 
settled by respecting the majority vote of the con- 
gregation, if given in a free and fair and intelligent 
way. But if a congregation falls into the hands of 
an erratic pastor and is tyranized over by him, then 
the matter becomes of interest to the Board of 
Evangelists or even the district conference, and if a 
matter becomes of interest to the entire brother- 
hood, then the highest tribunal of the church is the 
General Conference, and its decisions should be ac- 
cepted in peace. 

If any should feel that this tribunal has made a 
mistake, the way is still open to appeal to the Head 
of the Chui'ch, the Loi'd himself, but the method of 
appeal is prayer, and nevei' contention and division. 

So clear and emphatic are the Scriptures on this 
point that we read, "Now I beseech you, brethren, 
mark them which cause divisions and offences con- 
trary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and 
avoid them." Rom. 16:17. This is quite in line 
with the teaching of Jesus in Matt. 18:15-17. "Let 
him (the one who will not obey the church) be as 
a heathen and a publican unto thee." To those who 
would argue that the majority group of the church 
is corrupt, Jesus would say, "The scribes and the 
Pharisees sit in Moses' seat; all therefore that they 
bid you observe, that observe and do ; but do not ye 
after their works, for they say and do not." Matt. 

There can be no question but that the Lord fer- 
vently desires the peace of Jerusalem (that is the 
church, Heb. 12:22), for his last prayer before the 
crucifixion was that all his disciples might be one 
even as he and the Father are one. There is no doc- 
trine more fundamental or more frequently taught 
in the Gospel than the doctrine of peace and unity. 
It is shown in forebearance and brotherly love. It is 
accompanied by sympathy and kindness. It is all 
a hollow pretence without forgiveness, yet it is not 
the work of man, but of God, because: "Being justi- 
fied by faith we have peace with God througJi our 

Word From Our Work 


WE ACKNOWLEDGE receipt from Mrs. H. W. Wolfe, oli 
Lathrop, California, of a little leaflet, in poetic form, en-; 
titled "The Church Walking With the World." The lessons; 
of the leaflet are much needed by us all, and perhaps a biti 
later we shall be able to reproduce the tract in the pages ol| 
the Evangelist. The tract may be secured from The Men-i 
nonite Publishing House, Scottdale, Penna. 

FROM lELDER C. E. JOHNSON, the new pastor at Mexi-j 
CO, Indiana, comes word of an evangelistic campaign open- 1 
ing on Feb. 18. Brother Johnson is conducting the meeting! 
himself, and asks for the prayers of the brotherhood, and. 
extends an invitation to neighboring congregations to en-i 
courage the effort by friendly visits at the services. 


FROM ELDER W. R. DElETER, pastor at Roann, comesi 
word of fine spirit and interest in all the services of the con-i 
gregation, as well as among all the auxiliaries. At a recenti 
Sunday School session 100% of the teachers were present.ii 
A fine record, and one which those (and all) Sunday Schooli 
teachers should seek to maintain. When pupils see that| 
their teacher has enough concern in the work of the school i 
to endeavor to be present every Sunday, they will have add- 1 
ed faith in the worth of the School, as well as in the sincer- { 
ity of their teacher. 

ONE STEADY STREAM of Bulletins from the various 
charges continues to flow to the editorial desk. In these 
publications we perceive a fine spirit of enterprise in the 
various congregations. Echoes come of new church build- 
ings being planned, of Bulletin Boai'ds being installed to 
better advertise the church and its activities. We also :aote 
improvement in the appearance of a number of the Bulletins, 
because new equipment has been purchased for the pastor's 
use in preparing the Bulletins. All these things spell pro- 
gress. And we would not fail to mention the fine spirit of 
cooperation with the plans of those who are responsible for 
the denominational projects. Every Bulletin urges upon its 
constituency the obligation to cooperate with and support 
these loyal auxiliaries. 


Men pile up words, strong words; they try ia vain 
To show the world that War is gain and glory: 
While slowly down the street this blind man's cane 
Is bravely tapping out the truthful story. 

Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by 
faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice 
in the 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 Spirit who 
is given unto us, Rom. 5:1-5. — C. F. Y 

February 24, 1940 

Unanswered Prayer 

(By Rev. L. A. Myers, Pastor of the Brethren Church, Oak 
Hill, W. Virginia.) 

Since we seek to consider the nature of unanswer- 
ed prayer, the question arises, What is Prayer ? Ac- 
cording to the Standard Dictionary, prayer is the act 
of offering- reverent petition specifically to God. It 
is generally accompanied with thanksgiving, confes- 
sion, adoration and praise. It is the act of beseech- 
ing God earnestly. 

Some one has said, "Prayer is the sincere, earnest 
desire of the soul." Alexander Hodge of the Univer- 
sity of London says, "Prayer is the utterance of the 
liuman spirit, based upon the consciousness of di- 
^'ine relationship. There is always one necessary 
thing to constitute prayer and that is consciousness 
5f God's presence which presents him to us as the 
jod Father of man. The second necessary element 
s earnestness and sincerity on the part of the one 
n\io prays. He must be earnest in his petition and 
sincere in his faith and purpose. His soul's need 
should rise to God in an unfaltering faith, which to 
lim portrays God as one who never fails him. There 
ire also the elements of reverence, praise, thanks- 
giving which should be the very nature of his pray- 
erful attitude. Back of these are the feelings of 
Jod's ability to grant all that he could ever ask or 
-hink and his willingness to do so. But he must al- 
io consider God's conception of human need and hu- 
nan good." 

In view of these facts, the question arises. Does 
jod ever refuse to answer any disciple's prayer? 
Does He ever ignore the petition of any sincere soul? 
f we refer to God's all-seeing eye, why not conceive 
if His all-hearing ear. It is reasonable to believe 
hat God hears all of our prayers, which are prayers. 

rhe following poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox express- 
es what some may term, unanswered prayer: 
"Like some school master, kind in being stern. 
Who hears the children crying over their slates 
And calling, "Help me, master" yet helps not. 
Since in his silence and refusal lies 
Their self-development, so God abides 
Unheeding many prayers. He is not deaf 
To any cry sent up from earnest hearts ; 
He hears and strengthens when he must deny. 
He sees us weeping. O'er life's hard sums; 
But should he give the key and dry our tears. 
What would it profit us when school were done 
And not one lesson mastered? 

What a world 
Were this if all our prayers were answered, not 
In famed Pandora's boxes were such vast ills 
As lie in human hearts. Should our desires. 
Voiced one by one in prayer, ascend to God 

And come back as events shaped to our wish, 

What chaos would result!" 

Sometimes we think God ignores our prayers, 
when we do not experience the answer as we 
thought it should be ; but that is not true. We have 
asked amiss and He has said no. The answer is ne- 
gative. The prayer is not an unanswered prayer, but 
a refusal to grant what the petition sought. In its 
place something came that was better but possibly 
not so satisfying for the time being. 

Tlie real unanswered prayer is that request which 
has not been prayer in either spirit or purpose. It 
has been that formal disinterested, insincere execu- 
tion of energy, spent through effort of the use of 
words, for some other purpose but placed under the 
head of prayer. The fact is, it was not prayer to be- 
gin with. It was void of faith. It is the kind of 
prayer which the Old Lady prayed, when she saw 


Pi-ayer is not just the spoken word 
Our fellows hear us say; 
Until the inmost soul is stirred, 
We do not really pray. 

Prayer is a coiisciousness of need 
Of something that is higher. 
Of something deeper than our creed — 
The soul's sincere desire. 

Where'er men plead with upstretched hands, 
Though tongues be mute or cinide, 
There is a God who understands, 
For prayer's an attitude. 

To walk with God so close each day 
That we can feel him near; 
.Just asking him to show the way 
And trusting — that is Prayer. 

— The Christian Index, 

the mountain God was supposed to remove as the 
result of her prayer was still there. "Just as I ex- 
pected." Some do not expect God to hear when they 
pray. There are those who pray for the sake of 
using words to merely effect him who may be listen- 
ing. The one who is praying may be more conscious 
of the necessity of effective words and their effect 
upon the human ear than the real quality of God's 
presence. These are not prayer. 

Then when we pray, seek wliat we need but leave 
the answer with God. The number of unanswer- 
ed prays will be small. God will answer all our 
prayei's in his own good time and his own good way. 

The Brethren Evangelistil 


(Bji Rer. H. M. Oberholtzer, Pastor of the Brethren Church, 
Huntington, Indiaiva.) 

It has been said that the home is the oldest and 
greatest institution in the world. Its influence is 
indeed most potent and far reaching, affecting, for 
either good or bad, every phase of human life. As 
our homes are, so is society and the nation. The 
home is a divine institution, having been orda'ned 
by God in the beginning of the human race. 

Let us consider briefly that original home. The 
Scripture says, "God created man in his own image 
.... 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." Note that Gotl created them. They were the 
creatures of His divine wisdom and love. Note also 
that God created them "male and female." He 
united them in sacred unity, which He ordained 
should be perpetuated fi'om generation to genera- 
tion. "God blessed them." That is. He endowed 
them with wonderful possibilities. He determined 
their puriwse, and gave them their task. He also 
set their bounds and limitations. They were subject 
to divine supremacy and dependent upon divine aid 
and direction. Alas! when they ignored that su- 
premacy and trusted in themselves, they failed. 

God is still sovereign over all. Without Him we 
fail. Sin, with all its baneful influences, abounds 
on every hand. Satan, with many deceptive devices, 
continues to tempt all mankind. He seems to still 
consider the home a special vantage ground. In- 
sidiously he has wrought his deadly havoc, using 
many methods. In many homes that were once de- 
voutly Christian he has lowered the spiritual stand- 
ards to almost the vanishing point. He has torn 
down the family altars. He has made the Bible a 

closed book. He has destroyed the love for God, the^ 
Bible and the church, and filled the people's heartsi 
with worldliness and carnality. Children gi'ow up 
Godless and Christless, the victims of the sin in 
which they revel. The bonds of matrimony liave 
become very loose. The increase in divorce has be- 
come alarming. Domestic irregularities, severed' 
matrimonial ties and unscriptural marriages have 
become a disgrace to society and the church and a 
menace to the progress of the Gospel. The terrible 
results cannot be enumerated here. The one and 
only remedy is Christ in the hearts and in the 

It is therefore of paramount importance that fam-; 
ily worship be established in every Christian home.! 
The need is extremely urgent and extends far be- 
.\'ond the home itself. The home needs it, even toi 
the least child, not only as a defense against thej 
subtle and hostile ravages of sin, but as an effective j 
means of spiritual growth and development and fori 
the maintenance of domestic tranquillity and thei 
production of the blessed fruits of righteousness.! 
The weakness and limitations of human nature' 
make it impossible for anyone to adequately main-j 
tain and operate a home without all possible divine 
aid. The home needs the counsel, inspiration and 
comfort of God's Word. It needs the uplifting and 
strengthening influence and power of prayer. It 
needs the constant guidance of the Holy Spirit. Tlie 
pubh'c worship of the church is not entirely suffi- 
cient for these needs. The re-enforcement of the. 
Family Altar is also required. 

The Family Altar is very vitally related to the I 
church. In fact it is an institution of the church oti 

February 24, 1940 

3ven more impoi'tance than the mid-week prayer 
neeting. Family worship is the church operating in 
;he home. Each supports the other, and each suf- 
fers loss without the other. Those whose souls are 
lourished and strengthened by family worship have 
1 more vital interest in all the activities of the 
;hurch. They are constant in attendance, they par- 
;icipate heartily and cheerfully, support loyally with 
;heir prayers and money and are active and depend- 
ible in service. They are the "joy and crown" of 
:he pastor, fruitful branches of the True Vine and 
'living epistles," known and read by the neighbors, 
rhey are I'ejuvinated and invigorated by drinking 
;onstantly at the fountain of living water. 

Consider then the importance and value of the 
^amily Altar even aside from the benefits derived 
:y the family itself. From these altars prayers as- 
;end daily for pastors, for evangelists, for missions, 
nissionaries and mission boards, for church officials, 
'or church members, both faithful and unfaithful, 
'or the sick and the poor, and for many othei' per- 
sons and interests. What a marvelous force are the 
'ew family altars that are scattered here and there, 
low greatly that force would be increased if a Fam- 
ly Altar were established in every Christian home, 
rhe Family Altar also provides training for service, 
rhe homes that maintain family worship usually 
'urnish the best recruits for the places of service 
md leadership in the church, especially for the min- 
stry, and even for the places of responsibility in so- 
;ial and civic life. 

Why, then, do we not have family worship in 

every Christian home? Why have the operations 
of the Holy Spirit been thus frustrated and the 
church unable to wholly occupy this vantage 
ground? Have the pastors been unfaithful in their 
teaching or their leadership, or are the laity at 
fault? I find that Satan, the old deceiver, has been 
able to make some believe that they cannot pray. 
Remember that he is a liar. It is just as natural foi- 
a Cliristian to pray as for a baby to cry when it is 
hungry. "Submit yourself to God, resist the devil, 
and he will flee from you," and the Holy Spirit will 
help you to pray. The husband is the head of the 
home. Originally he was considered the priest of 
the household. Alas! in many homes he is not a 
Christian, and therefore not qualified to fill the 
place of leadership in woi'ship. Then the wife, if a 
Christian, should assume the responsibility. Re- 
member that the faith of Timothy was tracable to 
the "unfeigned faith" of his mother and his grand- 
mother. Some claim it is impossible to assemble 
the family at any one time. Usually "where there 
is a will there is a way," and we can do what we 
want to do, if we are anxious enough to do it. Pray, 
and you will find some way to surmount your diffi- 
culties and defeat the devil. If the most appropriate 
time or way is not convenient, then try to find some 
other time or way. If it is impossible to have daily 
family worship, then have weekly family worship. 
Or, if it is impossible to assemble the entire family, 
assemble as many as you can. Trusting in the Lord, 
make the attempt and do the best you can, and your 
home will be richly blessed and will also be a great 

Intercessory Prayer 

'Bii Rev. H. E. Eppley, Pastor of the Brethren Church, Cam- 
bria, Indiana.) 

To intercede is to plead for or in behalf of others, 
intercessory Prayer, therefore, may be defined as 
that prayer which pleads for others or that is made 
in behalf of others. 

Early in his first letter to Timothy, a young min- 
ister, Paul wrote: "I exhort, therefore, that, first 
if all, supplications, prayers, INTERCESSIONS, 
and giving of thanks, be made for all men." I Tim. 
2:1. If the teaching of Paul in II Tim. 3:16 is ac- 
cepted then we may say Intercessory prayer is com- 
manded of God. "All scripture is given by inspira- 
tion of God" and is good for the one who reads and 
follows. The writer has heard public prayers criti- 
cised after this fashion: "he prayed around the 
world and got no where." Ignorantly or othei-wise, 
in praying around the world, he obeyed the com- 
mand of God "that intercessions be made for 

■ill men." 

In the American Revision I Peter 1:21 reads: 
"For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: But 
men spake FROM GOD, being MOVED by the 
HOLY SPIRIT." To those who accept the teaching 
of this verse, and others of like character, how much 
more precious are the Scriptures and especially 
many of its precious promises. Among these are 
those attached to the Intercessory prayer of the 
anointing service of James 5:14-16. Reader, have 
you ever needed these promises and claimed them? 
Listen. "Let them PRAY over him, (Intercessory 
Prayer) anointing him with oil in the name of the 
Lord: and the PRAYER OF FAITH (the Interces- 
sory Prayer of invited elders) shall save the sick, 
and the Lord shall raise him up ; and if he have com- 
mitted sins, they shall be forgiven him." What 
Brethren minister has not seen the Lord work mir- 
acles through this service? 

Let us now look at the example of Jesus in Inter- 
cessory Prayer while in His hlimiliation. Luke 22: 
31, 32. One of the twelve is about to have an ex- 
perience with Satan. It is possible he is not aware 
of it until Jesus said, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan 


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hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as 
wheat; But I HAVE PRAYED FOR THEE, that thy 
faith fail not." This is the Interceding Prayer of 
Jesus for one of His children wlio is soon to be 
tempted, tested, by Satan. What He did for His 
children in His humiliation He is now doing for 
them in heaven. "Who is even at the right hand of 
Gk)d, who also maketh intercession for us." Rom. 
8:34. Again, He offered Intercessory prayer for 
His enemies. They have treated Him in the worst 
possible manner according to the standards of their 
day and law. They have heaped insult upon insult. 
Finally they have ci'ucified Him on a cross between 
two thieves. There He hangs and knows better 
than they what they have done. He speaks. What 
is He saying? "Father, forgive them: for they 
know not what they do." Lu. 23:34. The Son of 
God intercedes for His enemies. 

For the benefit of the one who may ask, whom 
should I pray for, a few references follow. For 
kings and all in authority, I Tim. 2:2; for ministers, 
II Cor. 1:11 and Phil. 1:19; for all saints, Eph. 6: 
18; for all men, I Tim. 2:1; for servants, Lu. 7:2, 3; 
for persecutors, Matt. 5:44; for those who forsake 
us, II Tim. 4:16 and others easily found. 

What a privilege, obligation, and blessing await 
the child of God at the altar of intercession. Do we 
visit this altar and practice this grace as frequently 
as we should? May God use you and bless you in 
this priceless service. 

Importunity in Prayer 

(By Rev. Elmer M. Keck, Pastor of the Brethren Churchy 
Sergentsville. N. J.) 

"And he said unto them. Which of you shall have 
a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say 
unto him. Friend, lend me three loaves; 

For a friend of mine in his journey is come to .me, 
and I have nothing to set before him? 

And he from within shall answer and say. Trouble 
me not: the door is now shut, and my children are 
with me in bed ; I cannot rise and give thee. 

I say unto you. Though he will not rise and give 
him, because he is his friend, yet because of his im- 
portunity he will rise and give him as many as he 
needeth" (Lk. 11:5-8). 


The Psalmist says, "I give myself unto prayer" 
(109:4). What a wonderful privilege it is to be 
able to come to God in prayer. We praise God that 
godly men of old sought him in prayer. Daniel was 
not afraid to pray though he knew that in doing 
this, he would soon be' cast into the lion's den. How 
can we be faithful to God and spend no time with 
him in prayer? 

Our Lord spent much time in prayer with the 

heavenly Father. If prayer has no value why dk 
Jesus spend whole nights in prayer? Jesus heale<!J 
Simon's wife's mother of a fever. That eveninji 
there were brought to Him those that were sick an(| 
possessed with devils, and He healed them. Therj 
in the morning, "rising up a great while before day! 
he went out and departed into a solitary place, and 
there prayed" (Mk. 1:35). Later the discipleij 
found Him at this sacred place of prayer because 
they knew He came here often to pray. We reac 
in Luke that "he went out into a mountain to prayj 
and continued all night in prayer to God" (6:12) i 
Early in His ministry Jesus showed by His examplfij 
that a ministry of prayer is necessary to a close fel- 
lowship with the heavenly Father. Prayer is i 
most blessed privilege of the believer in Christ Je- 
sus. God lives and listens to every petition and eacl: 
time we pray the Infinite Godhead is there to hear 

Importunity in Prayer 

Our Lord showed us by His example that mer 
should pray. Then He gives exhortations to persis- 
tency in pi'ayer (Lk. 11:5-8). Earnestness in con- 
stancy in prayer is more important than the parti- 
cular form of words used. In this parable, there is 
a knock at the door at midnight. The friend whcl 
knocked has a guest but no bread. And because the' 
friend is persistent in asking for bread, the bread is 
given to him. 

Jesus did not mean that God is like a selfish 
neighbor. We could not plague God into complais- 
ance. It is a warning against listlessness and lialf-, 
heartedness. Prayer is talking with God and our 
conversation with him should be sacred and hallow- 
ed to us. 

Let us come to God in prayer and may we too have 
little thought of personal need and happiness. May 
we pray earnestly at all times for others. Pray, 
earnestly for those who may perish unless the bread 
of life is given to them. Yes, we have the Bread of 
Life, but what about the Christless souls going down 
into outer darkness ? There is bread enough and to \ 
spare but some one must give the bread or many 
will die without hope in Clirist Jesus. Let us not 
live a sickly, feeble and fruitless life for Christ, but 
may we pray in such a manner that God will hear 
us and answer our humble requests. 

All that we have may be as "nothing" like the 
friend who came at midnight and said "I have noth- 
ing to set before him." God is the source of all 
spiritual and temporal blessings and he is willing to 
give to those who ask him. Let us not be discourag- 
ed if God does not answer our prayer as soon as we 
have uttered it. Blessed is the man who is not stag- 
gered by God's delay, or apparent refusal. 

There are various elements that enter into impor- 
tunity in prayer. We pray earnestly and spare no i 
time or trouble till an answer comes. Our whole 

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being is given to God in supplication and we pray 
until God answers our prayer. 

As we continue to bring our requests before the 
throne of grace, we should pray for God to answer 
our prayer in accordance with his will. This should 
always be remembered in importunity in prayer. 
Supose we prayed earnestly for something, and God 
answered our prayer, knowing that it was not good 
for us, then this would give us endless trouble. Let 
us always pray that God will answer our pi-ayer ac- 
cording to his infinite wisdom. 

Later in his ministry, our Lord gave us many fine 
verses which state that our prayers would be an- 
swered. Here are some of those fine passages : 

"And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given 
you;" (Lk. 11:9). 

"Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will 
I do. If ye shall ask me anything in my name, I 
will do it" (Jn. 14:13, 14). 

Then again in John we read, "If ye abide in me, 
and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, 
and it shall be done unto you" (l.'S:?). 

Our Lord spent much time in prayer with the 
heavenly Father. Then he gave us the assurance 
that what we ask of God in His name will be given 
to us. Expect unexpected things above all that we 
may ask or think. Think of what He can do and of 
the riches we have in Christ Jesus and expect great 
things. Let us persevere, take our petitions boldly 
to the throne of grace, ask them in His name and 
claim acceptance on the ground of His infinite sacri- 


ower of Prayer 

(Bji S. C. Henderson, Pastor of the Bretltren Church, 
Roanoke, Indiana.) 

"And to Seth, to him there also was bom a son ; 

and he called his name, Enos; then began men 

to call upon the name of the Lord." — Gen. 4 :26. 

Genesis is the "book of Beginnings." It is the 
sacred account of the Creation of the world, the first 
man and the first woman, the first sin, the first 
children, the first murder, and the beginnings of 
dvilized arts. We may call it the book of "Firsts." 
Jubel was the first tent dweller and herdsman; Ju- 
bal was the first musician; Tubalcain was the first 
smith in brass and iron ; Lamech was the first war- 
rior. All these men were the descendents of Cain 
who killed his brother. 

After- the sad tragedy in Adam's home, another 
son was born. He was called Seth, and he had a son 
by the name of Enos. After the birth of Enos, men 
began to call upon the name of the Lord. They be- 
gan to pray. This is a significent statement. It 
is the first record of men praying. In Eden, Adam 
and Eve had close contact with God, but after their 
sin there is no record of their prayer for forgiveness. 
Cain and Abel had their altars, but their sacrifices 
may have been offered without a deep communion 
with the Eternal. 

The line of Cain opened the way for material pro- 
gress. They were the inventors and discoverers of 
many things that have contributed to the material 
well-being of mankind. We can pay our thanks to 
them in the words of Tennyson: — 

"Men, my brothers, men the workers, ever reap- 
ing something new; 

That which they have done is but the earnest of 
the things that they still will do." 
Yes, this old earth would be poor without the inven- 
tors, discoverers, the scientists, and industrialists. 
They have a memorial of praise due them. How 

many burdens they have lifted off human backs, 
they have made all earth a neighborhood. They 
have controlled pain and have lengthened out the 
span of life. 

Yet, we must be cautious lest, we become human- 
ists in our philosophy, and materialists in religion. 
Man does not do all. He only cooperates with the 
Almighty. He is something besides flesh and blood. 
He is a "living soul." He was created but a little 
lower than the angels, and crowned with power and 
honor. It was when Enos was bom that men began 
to pray. It was a great discovery. A new race of 
men and women were bom upon the earth. A new 
source of power was I'ealized, when weak man was 
able to ally himself with the Almighty. 

Perhaps Cain's delinquency may be traced back 
to the lack of God in the home life of Adam and 
Eve. They may have been embittered at the loss of 
Eden, and the necessity of earning their own food 
by labor. Many of the 25,000 youthful criminals in 
the prisons and reformatories in our land came from 
homes where God and the church were neglected. 

When Enos was bom, "then men began to call up- 
on the name of the Lord," and we can note a change 
taking place in the infant world. Fiom that far day 
down to the present, there have been praying peo- 
ple, who have sought for strength, comfort and foi'- 
giveness through Divine Aid. In the line of Enos, 
we discover two names. There was Enoch, a man 
of prayer, of whom it was said "Enoch walked with 
God and was not for God took him." The other was 
Noah, a righteous man, whom God commissioned 
to build the Ark to save the human race from utter 
destruction. Art, science, government, wealth and 
education, all have their legitimate place, but they 
must be counterbalanced by religion. "Righteous- 
ness exhalteth a nation but sin is a I'eproach to any 

When good men pray, something happens. When 
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My soul, can it be true? 
Is that my image in that friend of my age ? 
Do I see wrinkles and gray hair on him? 
Is that the reason that he puffed today 
While climbing to the top of yonder hill? 
And must I too sit down and wait for death 
As the dumb ox awaits in peace the butcher's ax? 

No, I was not born an ox. 

I would be young. 
I, who have so much for which to live; 
So much to learn, so much to do. My soul! 
I will arise, renew my strength ; and like the 

That rides the upward cui-rent of the great ship, 
I too will ride the up-gushing fountain of perpetual 

That bears creation on to its eternal destiny. 

I must and will go on. 

I will keep young. 
And therefore I will guard my precious life 
From things that only poison can desti'oy. 
The deadening di'ugs. The alcohol and nicotine 
Tliat dig the early graves, shall not dig mine. 
The spark that burns in me is life divine; 

I can and will keep young. 

I must keep young. 
I must maintain that purity of heart 
That genders peace of mind; gives precious rest. 
I can and will forgive as I have been forgiven. 
For why should I destroy myself with cruel hate? 
Yea, I will love both friend and foe in such a way 
That friend and foe alike will yet love me. 
And for the life of love that's worth the living 

I will keep young. 

And I will work. 
My work on earth is not yet done. 
My every power and faculty shall be employed 
To meet the challenge of a suffering world. 
Is any sick ? let me be there to help. 
Is any fallen? let me extend a helping hand. 
Is any lost; let me guide that one home. 

Let service keep me young. 

And I will be a child. 
My childhood spirit lives, and shall not die. 
Tlie while I live, the prattling child 
Shall sit upon my knee and listen to my tales. 

The boys and girls shall ever love to play with me 
Their kisses shall be nectar to my soul. 
And in the heaven of their love 
Will I keep young. 

And evermore 
Will I recall the words of Him who dared to say: 
"He that liveth and believeth on me shall never die 
And from that fountain from which he drank 
I too will drink. 

That I may share with him the abundant life 
Which springs forever in the soul of him 

Who has found God. 

— C. F. Yi 


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Unbar the closed — latched door! 
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To bless you evermore! 

— Meth. Prot.-Recorder. 

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Abraham prayed, Lot was delivei'ed from Sodom. 
When Hagar prayed, a well-spring was opened in the 
iessert. ' When Elijah prayed the heavens became 
jrass, and neither dew nor rain fell in Israel. When 
Daniel prayed, the mouths of lions were sealed. 
iVhen Nehemiah prayed the walls of old Jerusalem 
vere rebuilt. For ten days, the disciples prayed in 
;he upper room and Pentecost came. The place was 
ihaken and they received the Holy Spirit, and there 
vas unity and generosity, among them and they be- 
?an to preach the Word to all men. Again the 
;hurch prayed, and Peter was delivered from the 
leath cell in Herod's prison. The centurion prayed, 
ind Peter is sent with the Gospel, to his house, 
i'aul and Silas prayed in jail, and an earthquake 
•Qcked the prison, and the jailor was converted. 

A Christian poet wrote, "There are more things 
vrought by prayer than the world dreams of." 
^rayer did not cease in the church, with the passing 
)f the Apostles. The earth has had many mighty 
nen of valor ; many mighty men of intellect ; many 
nighty men of wealth ; and it has had many men 
nighty in prayer. We cannot minimize the power 
md usefulness of prayer, in a doubting world. Who 
:an deny that prayer has often changed the destiny 
if nations? We can not know the availing power 
if Washington's prayer at Valley Forge, or Lincoln's 
)rayer at the crucial days of the Civil War. Per- 
laps the prayers of Gen. Foch in the little church 
lear his headquarters had something that turned 
)ack the forces of the enemy. When the news that 
he German's were beaten back at the first battle 
if the Mame, reached London, Lord Kitchner said. 
This is not a victory. It is a miracle. God is in it. 
Jomeone has been praying." 

But the real vital prayers are those that seek 
piritual ends. Like Moneca, praying for her way- 
I'ard son, or old John Knox praying, "Oh God save 
Scotland or I die." Their marks have been left by 
juther, John Wesley, The Pilgrim Fathers, Living- 
tone, Judson, Moody and Finney, all were men of 

irayer The great Revival of 18.57, grew out of 

. prayer meeting and spread life a prairie-fire from 
ity to city, from town to town thi'oughout the East- 
rn states. 

But many of the far reaching praters have been 
rom the humble and unnamed souls. Enos and 
^noch lived simple lives, but they were mighty men 
f prayer. Henry Ward Beecher, found a revival 
n in his church, and was at a loss to know from 
'hence its source, until he found an old invalid, who 
as unable to attend church, yet was praying for 
er minister and those whom she knew. 

When Enos was bom, men began to pray. Pray- 
■ was not an invention ; it was a discovery. Jubel, 

Jubal, Tubalcain were inventors. They used the 
materials they had at hand. But when men began 
to pray, it was a discovery wrought within their 
soul's experience. It brought them peace, compan- 
ionship and forgiveness. It lifted them above the 
animal and the clod. They were better than the 
sheep and goats. Men prayed, because they could 
not help it. It was natural and spontaneous, and 
they found God. Bruce Barton tells of a physician 
of foreign birth, who had a practice on the Lower 
East Side in New York. He said that almost every- 
body prays before they die, and no matter how long 
they may have been in America, or how well they 
know the Eniglish language, they always pray in 
the tongue wherein they were born. Prayer is the 
homing instinct of the soul. It is the seeking after 

When men in Enos's day began to pray they had a 
spiritual awakening. The Hebrews saw Jehovah 
unfold himself through successive revelations, but 
nevertheless he was hidden from them. It was 
when Jesus came as the Incarnate Word that he re- 
vealed God as Love, and as a Father, who delighted 
to give good things to his children. Tlie old ethnic 
reUgions thought of the gods, as monarchs who are 
to be feared and worshipped, but Jesus made pray- 
er as a ti-usting consersation, between a child and 
his father. Jesus gave the simple model in the "Our 
Father" as containing the true elements of prayer. 

The disciples said "Lord Teach us to pray." 
Again it is said, "We do not know how to pray as we 
ought." Many regard prayer as a mere polite jes- 
ture towards the Almighty like curtsying to the 
queen or standing as the band plays, "The Star 
Spangled Banner". Old Voltaire once was asked 
about prayer and he replied, "The Almighty and I 
salute but never speak." But the Christian is on 
speaking terms with God. God is Imminent as well 
as Transcendent. 

Too many folks consider prayer as an Aladdin 
Lamp in the old story. You get the reward of your 
wish if you rub it a certain way. Some have an idea 
of prayer as a sort of "penny-in-a-slot-machine." 
You have a want. You put in a prayer and you get 
what you want. But many folks' prayers are "Make 
me rich," "make me happy," "give me what I want." 
This class often stumble over their unanswered 

Another group are those who think of prayer as 
fellowship with the Father and comradship with 
Christ. In that we seek the Heavenly Will, to make 
it ours. E. Stanley Jones tells that up in the foot- 
hills of the Himalayan mountain in north India, that 
one can hear the Christian natives praying: "0 
Lord, we know not what is good for us, Thou know- 
est what it is. For it we pray." That is a prayer in 
the right spirit. A prayer for rain in the time of 
drought is superfluous when we pray, "Give us this 


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day our daily bread." — Abraham Lincoln once told 
a group of ministers that, he was not so much con- 
cerned whether God was on our side as he was 
whether he was on God's side. To pray to be rich 
is a pagan prayer, but to pray to do some Christian 
service is Christlike. 

Another requii'ement of a powerful prayer is that, 
it be in "Christ's name." If ye ask anything in my 
name I will do it." Now what do we mean by the 
phrase, "In the name of Jesus'?" Does it mean that 
we shall be granted an unqualified answer. I think 
not. The phrase "In Jesus' name means with his 
blessing or according to his will. If this be true 
there are somethings we dare not ask in the name 
of Jesus. We need the spiritual power of discern- 
ment for what we pi'ay for. 

Again, prayer must be a prayer of faith. Faith, 
not a mere philosophy of belief, but a trust. A cer- 
tain individual once prayed Jesus, "Lord I believe, 
help mine unbelief." We often find ourselves in 
that state. But faith, though small like a grain of 
mustard seed, has a surprising power for growth. 
Faith is the essense of power in prayer, like it is in 
many lines of human achievement. 

Then a power of pi'ayer depends ujwn right liv- 
ing. James says, "The fervent effectual prayer of 
a righteous man availeth much." A good man's 
prayer has deep roots in the throne of grace. Not 
the rheotric, not the oratory but the life from which 
it flows. Prayer is more than words. The poet's 
idea of prayer is expressed in the lines : 
"Prayer is the burden of a sigh. 

The falling of a tear 
The upward glancing of the eye 
When none but God is near. 

thou by whom we come to God 

The Life, the Truth, the Way, 
The path of prayer thyself has trod ; 

Lord teach us how to Pray." 



"I know not by what methods rare. 

But this I know, God answers prayer, 

I know that he has given His Word 

Which tells me, prayer is always heard, 

And will be answered soon or late. 

And so I pray and calmly wait. 

I know not if the blessings sought 

Will come in just the way I thought. 

But leave my prayers with him alone 

Whose will is wiser than my own ; 

Assured that he will grant my quest. 

Or send some answer far more blessed." — Sel. 


(These lines, written by the Editor of The Evan-l 
geUcal-Messenger during the World War, may agairil 
voice the cry of the Christian heart in these, difficidt 
and- dangerous days.) 

Teach us to pray — 'Tis dai'k o'er all the world. 
And over land and sea the mists close down; 
Out in the darkness hopelessly ice stray, 
And search, and cannot find again Thy ivay — 

O God, teach us to pray! 

Teach us to pray — We are not ivorthy, Lord; 
For ive Imve dwelt long years in sin and shame; 
We closed our eyes and would not see the way ; 
And now 'tis night, and helplessly ive stray — 

O God, teach us to pray! 

Teach us to pray — For ev'ryivhere is gloom, 

And sudden terror seizes on our hearts; 

A bitter ynsesage comes to us today; 

The icorld's at ivar, and brothers bend to slay — 

O God, teach us to pray! 

Teach us to pray — For this cannot be pray'r, li 

Tliat comes but as the cry of hearts of fear; ' 

We are poor, trembling mortals far astray; 

If it be 7iot too late find Thy ivay — 

, O God, teach us to pray! 

Help as to pray — We would but speak ivith Thee: 
Our hearts are fidl of ivhat but Thou canst see 
And we are tired ivand'rers on life's ivay, 
Yearning to see the light of Thy netv day — 

O God, teach us to pray! 

Tench us to pray — Yet this itself is pray'r. 
From hearts of troubled pilgrims learning peace, 
Grant us Thy grace to tvalk faith's shining way. 
We are Thy little children who did .^tray — 

O God, teach us to pray! 

— Paul S. Leinbach. 

The marching orders of the Great Commander t<' 
His Church is, "Go ye into all the world, and preacl 
the Gospel to every creature." To "suport nv 
church" means nothing less than self and all its pos 
sessions consecrated to the one purpose of makinj 
Qirist known. 

Febi-uary 24, 1940 


By CaiTie Lee Bowyer 

Offer a prayer in the morning, 

At the dawning of the day; 
Ask the Fatlier's guidance 

And help through all the way; 
Ask for faith and courage. 

And be a soldier true: 
Trust each hour His promise. 

And blessing will come to you. 

Offer a praj-er at the noon liour 
For strength temptation to meet; 

Ask his hand to lead you 

To paths that are sure and sweet; 

Ask that His Spirit direct you 

To some service, though lowly it be; 

That your light may shine for the Master, 
And others its gleam may see. 

Offer a prayer at evening, 

When the toil of the day is done ; 
Thank the Father for his blessings, 

For His love and each victory won ; 
Ask Him to safely guide you 

Till the storms of life are past; 
Through the valley of the shadow 

He will lead you home at last. 
Morristown, Tenn. — The Christian Advocate. 





Bei?Tg extracts from an article in The Christian 
Century, by Rev. Wm. J. Dawson, widely known 
astor-evangelist of England and the United States: 

"Our school children today know more about the 
exual instincts and their perversion than our grand- 
arents knew at eighty. Are they the better for the 
nowledge'' I cannot pretend to think that they are. 
would not venture to say that they are less moral ; 
ossibly in knowing more of evil they are better 
uarded against it; but it is not a good thing to be 
jphisticated at sixteen, and there is tragic truth in 
andor's lines — 

'And modesty, who, when she goes, 
Is gone forevr.' 

"The position, as I see it then, is this: for large 
actions of society the ancient sanctions of conduct 
ave disappeared. Marriage for many persons is 
if.rely a system of consecutive polygamy. In any 
ishionable hotel women, well-born and not ill-edu- 
Ud, can be seen, who in dress and behavior ape the 
lanners of courtesans. Parental restraint has been 
;laxed, and indeed all forms of restraint. The idea 
" having a good time is the one gospel that is popu- 
r, and if it leads to gross license there is no public 
linion to rebuke it. The church, not only in great 
ties, but even in small-town communities, plays an 
significant part in shaping public sentiment. Pur- 
an ethics are despised as antiquated. Puritan vir- 
les are stodgy. The one passion is to be be emanci- 
ited, and in the process not only are many unjust 
tters justly flung aside, but also the nobler re- 
raints which made for plain living and high think- 

ing, for balance and sobriety of thought, for dignity 
and equipoise of character. Nor can we dismiss 
these things as a passing phase of human conduct; 
it has gone on too long and is indicative of a deliber- 
ate revolution. 

"Will the tide run its course and turn back, flow- 
ing as far as it has ebbed? No man can answer that 
question. But one thing is certain; unless all past 
history deceives us, the dissolution of moral bonds 
has always been the precursor of those castastrophes 
which have destroyed empires, plunged mankind 
back into barbarism, and overthrown the civiliza- 
tion built by the immortal sacrifices of patriots, 
saints and martyrs." 


"Look up, lift up and lend a hand," is sound Chris- 
tian philosophy, and a steady influence anytime and 
at all times. It not only gives you a satisfactory view- 
point, but you develop new abilities, and courage to 
think things through. You stimulate honorable com- 
petition, and have a keen desire to excel, perhaps do- 
ing better than you've ever done before. 

If you're different, don't be afraid; the world 
wants originality. It adds interesting and colorful 
touches to the everydayness of our world. 

So, look up, lift up and lend a hand. It will help 
definitely to cultivate that mental ability and effec- 
tive personality that is so eagerly sought, demon- 
straing service and fellowship which counts heavily 

toward happiness and worthwhile achievement. 

Clyde S. Creel, in The Watchiuord. 


The Practicality of Prayer 

(Bji W. S. Crick, Pastor of the Third Brethren Church 
Johnstown, Penna.) 

"More things are wrought by prayer 
Than this world dreams of." — Tennyson. 
Is prayer a kind of glorified begging? Is prayer 
a cheap attempt to 'get something for nothing'? 
Is prayer only spiritual calisthenics, or a type of 
pious psycho-analysis ? 

By no means ! Prayer is the exercise of the high- 
est prerogative of the human soul — that of com- 
munion with the Heavenly Father. "Humanity at 
its best prays; humanity is at its best when it 

But, while prayer is an intimately personal act, a 
supernatural exploit, it is at once extremely practi- 
cal — it 'works', for 

"Prayer changes 'things'; 
No matter how heavy the burden you bear, 
If you cast it on Jesus, He'll carry your care, 
And nothing will hinder the soul that will dare— 
For prayer changes things!" 

— Mary Agnes Stephens. 

1. Pi-ayeil Changes 'Things' 

Prayer effected the opening of the doors of the 
Jerusalem prison, not once but twice (Acts .5:19; 
12:10). Prayer resulted in the shaking of the place 
where the Jerusalem disciples were assembled pray- 
ing (Acts 4:.31). Prayer operated in the opening of 
the Philippian prison's doors and loosing of the pris- 
oners' bands (Acts 16:26). In the days of the 
Prophet Elijah, "he prayed earnestly that it might 
not rain, and it rained not on the earth for the space 
of three yeai's and six months. And he prayed 
again, and the heaven gave rain." (Jas. .5:17, 18). 
Prayer, coupled with faith and obedience, divided 
the Red Sea and the Jordan River, quenched the 
violence of fire, stopped the mouths of lions. Pray- 
er stays the hand of death, and removes the scourge 
of sickness. This writer can testify that prevailing 
prayer in his behalf just four years ago resulted in 
his being snatched from the brink, and rescued 
f I'om death ! 

2. Prayer Changes 'People' 

Prayer changes the praj^-er. While Peter prayed 
on the housetop in Joppa, a vision was vouchsafed 
to him which wholly changed his attitude toward 
the Gentiles, from one of racial antipathy and sec- 
tarian aloofness, to one of brotherhood through a 
common acceptance in Christ. He went directly to 
the home of Cornelius and exercised his authority 
as 'keeper of the keys', and admitted the first Gen- 
tiles into the Christian Church (Acts 10). 

Many a stony heart has been soft?ned and caused 
to open to God's love and forgiveness because of 
specific and unceasing prayer by spiritually-minded 
soul-winners. Are you availing yourself of this 

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high privilege of praying the unsaved into a saving 
relationship with the Saviour from heaven? 
3. Prayer Changes God! 

Do we believe that the mind of tiie eternal maj, 
be swayed by the prayer of His finite beings? Dio 
not Abraham, 'the friend of God', succeed in getting 
God to scale down the required number of rigiiteousi 
persons necessary to spare the wicked city of Sodon^ 
from destruction? (Gen. 18:23ff). 

Did not Moses, the 'meekest of men', effecLivelj 
intercede for the healing of his sister, Miriam's lep- 
rosy, which leprosy, by the way, was a visitatioij 
from God because of her murmuring against Mosesj 
(Num. 12). These are examples of supremely un 
selfish prayers! 


But — effective, prevailing, practical prayer costs ' 
It is only because it 'costs' that it 'works' ! Prayei 
is no mechanical coin-in-the-slot affair, by whicl 
one need only spasmodically to ask to receive. God's 
ability and right to answer our prayer was securec 
to us by the death of His Son upon the Cross 
What a tremendous cost! Then there is the condi 
tion 'IF ye abide in Me and My words abide in you 
you shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done untc 
you (John 15:7)." 

This 'abiding' must call for some conscious effor: 
on the part of the one seeking answer to prayer. H(* 
must 'pay the price'; his motive must be right, hi; 
heart must be right, his request must be right 'ac 
cording to the will of God' (Rom. 8:26, 27) ; it mus 
be a 'prayer of faith' (Jas. 5:15). 

Truly, God "maketh the sun to rise on the evi 
and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just ami 
on the unjust (Matt. 5:45)." The sinner as well a; 
the saint, the rodent as well as the lamb may benCj 
fit by the sunshine and the rain! But, only to thosi 
'in Him' is prevailing prayer a possibility — and ; 
practical asset. For them it 'works'! 

"Wherefore, let thy voice 

Rise like a fountain for me night and day. 

For what are men better than sheep or goats 

If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer— 

Both for themselves and those who call then 
friend ? 

For so the whole round earth is every way 

Bound by golden chains about the feet of God!'" 

— Tennyson 
Johnstown, Pa. 


HE helped me. 

I'll praise His name 
Because I know 
TOMORROW— He'll help me just the same. 

— Louisville, Ohio, Brethren Bulletir 

February 24, 1940 



Vould you be a victor over ev'ry foe 
jonquer ev'ry trial in this world below; 
)vereome temptations that each day you meet? 
Ceep in touch with Jesus, He will keep you sweet. 

ilany hearts are broken — oft an aching breast 
Vaits the message spoken that will give it rest; 
fou perhaps can bring them joy and peace complete, 
Ceep in touch with Jesus, He will keep you sweet. 

Vould you be a blessing all along the way, 
Vould you be pos.^essing perfect love each day, 
jet the Holy Spirit overcome defeat, 
Ceep in touch with Jesus, He will keep you sweet. 

Vould you have communion with your Lord each day, 
lave a blessed union with Him all the way; 
'raying without ceasing, learning at His feet, 
Ceep in touch with Jesus, He will keep you sweet. 

Ceep in touch with Jesus, tho' the path be dim; 
jet no cloud or shadow sever you from Him. 
oy or sorrow greet you, friend or foe you meet, 
Ceep in touch with Jesus, He will keep you sweet. 

Secret Prayer 

Bn E. L. Miller, Piistor of tlte Mauretuwn, Va., Brethren 

Prayer has been variously defined, but to the 
vriter it is still an adjusting ourselves to the mind 
ind will of God. There are various ways and atti- 
;udes in prayer, among which are public or open 
)rayer and what is commonly known as secret 
)rayer. At present we address ourselves to the lat- 
;er and vote strongly in favor of it. We would not 
)ppose any method of real and genuine prayer, but 
ret the secret approach to the Father of us all 
nakes its appeal to us. So "To the secret place I 
?o." And from the Master Himself we have the 
example, for at different times He went apart to 
5ray and in more or less secret manner. The prayer 
n the garden before His betrayal and capture was 
luite of the secret order, even though not long be- 
fore He had also dehvered Himself of a more or less 
jublic prayer. 

So even though we do not oppose such rather 
5ublic prayers as in regular worship services, fam- 
ly worship, prayer meetings, etc., we do feel that 
he secret prayer is the more normal type of pray- 
er. There is no need of window di'essing which so 
iften seems to accompany the public utterance, 
'ublic prayers may, and do at times, savor of self- 
■steem and self praise. We have at least one ex- 
imple of a public prayer and the one making the 
irayer being held up to scorn. But I have never 
ound where secret approach has been scorned at. 
7he Pharisee in the temple only too openly was 

showing himself off to God and his fellows, and we 
know with what results. But that publican who 
afar off, apart from the rest, and rather secretly 
smote his breast and opened his heart to God, was 
approved by the Master. 

Tlien getting the terminology con-ect has often 
left public prayer a mere studied effort on the part 
of the petitioner to show his fellows how nicely he 
can say a prayer, which may cause him altogether 
to miss the- point in addressing his God. Secret 
prayer calls for no special effort in how we may say 
what we say, but it does conduce to saying the right 
thing. In our secret prayers, when we realize that 
God alone sees us, we will very likely pour out our 
innermost heart more freely, and very likely get rid 
of the "gimmies" for the nonce. Rather will we be 
more likely to ask God to MAKE us something than 
to GIVE us something. How nice it is to draw the 
cui-tains on all things that tend to distract and then 
have a "heart to heart" with God. Friend, even the 
habit of closing the eyes when public prayer is be- 
ing made, a custom taught us as children, is a sort 
of effort at secret prayer. 

Then again, some public prayers like some public 
testimonies, had better be left unsaid. Tlrey hurt 
both the one making the prayer and the one hear- 
ing. A secret prayer might be wrong in content, 
but it would hurt only the one so praying. Some 
of the testimonies to which I have referred, and of 
w-hich I have heard only too many, are a mere pull- 
ing the coverings off old sores, and if forgiven and 
blood-covered why bring them up in detail? So 
some prayers are means of public castigation of en- 
emies, and are about as uplifting as the sermons of 
some preachers who use their pulpits for slurring 
and slamming those not in perfect agreement with 

I maintain that secret prayer would be free of 
about all such unchristian elements, and even 
though wei'e some such elements present, they 
would hurt no one but the unkind petitioner. All in 
all it is very apparent that not only does secret pray- 
er bring one in closer communion with his Lord, )jut 
it brings more people in such communion. We know 
that the great majority of Qiristians do not i-eadily 
offer public prayers. They are not so adjusted as 
to do that. But I would hate to think that they do 
not pray. In fact I know^ that many of them do, for 
I have come across the results of their secret pray- 
ers. And some of the finest Christian souls I have 
ever met have never been known to utter an open 
or public prayer, while at the same time their lives 
speak of the close fellowship with God they have 
had in secret talks. These quiet, unostentatious 
folks who pray in secret are in accordance Mith the 
promises of Holy Writ, rewarded openly. And the 
encouraging thing of it all is that all can pray in 


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The following beautiful composition was found on the bat- 
tlefield at Charleston, South Carolina, during the war. It 
was written by a wounded comrade who never lived to get 

Thou to the mercy seat our souls must gathei'. 
To do our duty unto Thee Our Father 

To whom all praise, all honor should be given; 
For Thou art the great God who art in heaven 

Thou, by Thy wisdom, rul'st the world's whole fame 
Forever, therefore, hallowed be Thij name; 

Let never more delay divide us from 

Thy glorious face, but let Thy kingdom come; 

Let Thy commands opposed be by none, 

But Thy good pleasure and Thii will be done 

And let our promptness to obey be even 

The very same in earth as it is in heaven 

Then for our souls, Lord, we also pray, 
Thou would'st be pleased to give us this day 

The food of life wherewith our souls are fed. 
Sufficient raiment, and our daily bread; 

M'ith each needful thing do Thou relieve us, 
And of Thy mercy, pity and forgive us 

All our misdeeds for him whom Thou did'st please 

To make an offering for our trespfsif 

And forasmuch, Lord, as we believe 

That Thou will pardon us as we forgiv 

Let that love teach, wherewith Thou acquaint'st us. 

To pardon those who tres2}ass against u\ 

And though sometimes Thou find'st we have forgot 

This love for Thee, yet help aTid lead us not 

Through soul or body's want to desperation 

Nor let earth's gain drive us 

Let not the soul of any true believer 

Fail in the time of trial, 

Yea, save them from the malice of the devil. 

And both in life and death, keep 

Thus we pray, Lord, for that of Thee, from whom 

This may be had for Thine is the kingdom 

This world is Thy works, its wondrous story, 

To Thee belongs tiie power and the glorij 

And all Thy wondrous works have ended never. 

But lemain, forever and forev&K 

Thus we, poor creatures, would confess again. 

And thus, would say eternally Amen, 

— Pentecostal Herald. 

into tenvptatioi 

but deliver 

us from evil 


Our School: My School: I'll help 

it all I can. 
Here's a slogan strong and true 

for every loyal "fan". 
Our School : My School : We'll all 

to it be true. 
Gladly doing with our might 

What'er we find to do." 

— Bulletin — Oakville, Ind., Brethren Church. 


"Alcohol gives strength." If so, why do athletes abstain while 
training for a contest which requires all their strength to win? 

"Alcohol gives endurance." If so, why do employers always require 
absolute abstinence from those who are engaged in long and difficult 
tasks ? 

"Alcohol gives heat." If so, why do travelers in the arctic and 
antarctic regions abstain from it? 

"Alcohol steadies the 7ierves." If so, why do marksmen, surgeons 
and men whose living depends upon a keen eye and a steady hand let 
alcohol severly alone? 

"Alcohol sustains health.' 
ness than drinkers? 

If so, why do abstainers have less sick- 

" Alcohol lengthens life." If so, why do many insurance compan- 
ies charge a lower premium to total abstainers? 

"Alcohol brightens life." If so, why are the darkest and dirtiest 
places always those where drink shops are the most numerous? And 
why are the woi'st crimes, the most brutal assaults, and the most ter- 
rible murders always mixed up with drinking? 

thing and giving another, and v/hosoever is deceived by it is not wise. 

— In Brethren Bulletin, Louisville, Ohio. 


"Blessed is that man that maketh the 
Lord his trust." Ps. 40:4. Read 40: 
God holds the key of all unknown, 

And I am glad; 
If other hands should hold the key, 
Or if He trusted it to me, 

I might be sad. 

What if tomorrow's cares wei-e here 

Without its rest? 
I'd rather He unlock the day. 
And, as the hours swing open, say, 
"Thy will is best." 

I can not read His future plan, 

But this I know — 
I have the smilling of His face. 
And all the refuge of His grace, 

While here below. 

Enough; this covers all my want. 

And so I rest; 
For what I can not He can see, 
For in His care I sure shall be 

Forever blest. 

Into His Marvelous Light 

GROVE — Mrs. Jennie Grove passed 
to her eternal home at the age of 76 
in the home of her daughter in Los 
Angeles, Cal., where she had gone for 
her health during the winter. How- 
ever her early years were spent in 
Louisville, where she became a mem- 
ber of the Brethren Church. Later 
she moved her membership to the Can- 
ton church. She was a lovely .soul and 

Febi-uary 24, 1940 


lived a devout Christian life. Slie 
leaves four daugliters, one son and one 
sister and one brother. An appropri- 
ite service was conducted at the Sees- 
loltz Memorial Parlors in Canton, Jan. 
!Oth, by Rev. E. M. Riddle, pastor at 
Louisville, assisted by the Rev. H. L. 
Packman, pastor of the family, where 
Sister Grove lived. 

E. M. Riddle. 


KIRKBRIDE — Mrs. Dessie Kirk- 
)ride, 47 years of age, departed this 
ife at her home in Canton, following 
I serious operation. Several years ago 
;he became a member of the Brethren 
jhurch in Louisville, with her family. 
;he is survived by her husband, three 
ons and three daughters. Sf.e has 
leen greatly handicapped by ill 
or several years, yet her faith in the 
jord .was a constant solace to her 
■"uneral services were conducted Jan. 
:2nd in Canton from the Earl Jack 
f^ineral Home, by her Pastor, the un- 

E. M. Riddle. 

WERTZ — Mrs. Anna Wertz answered 
he last summons to the flesh Nov. 18, 
939, at Pendleton, Ore. In girlhood 
he became a member of the First 
irethren Church of Louisville, 0., and 
lefore her passing, made the request 
f her husband that her funeral ser- 
ices be conducted from this same 
hurch. The request was met in de- 
ail, services were conducted Decem- 
er 4th at Louisville, 0., by the pastor. 
Ihe leaves a son, two brothers, and 
our sisters, one of whom is known to 
lany of the Brethren, Mrs. Rose By- 
rs, now of Canton. 

'E. M. Riddle. 

GEIDLINGER— Mrs. Mary Bram- 
laugh Geidlinger, a life resident of 
itark Co., Ohio, passed to Glory at her 
ate home in North Canton after a 
hort illness at the age of 85 years. 
Ihe became a Christian early in life, 
eing first a member of the Brethren 
jhurch at Louisville, then later in Can- 
on. She was a faithful witness for 
ler Lord and most loyal to tlie ordin- 
,nces of the church. A quiet, beauti- 
ul service in her memory was held at 
he home in North Canton, Jan. 26th, 
ly the undersigned, pastor at Louis- 
ille, assisted by the Rev. C. A. Casa- 

E. M. Riddle. 

SNYDER— George Robert Snyder, 
8 months old child of Mr. and Mr.^. 
lerrian Snyder, of Louisville, 0., was 

victim of pneumonia for only a few 
lOurs and was called. Jesus' beayti- 
ul words concerning little children 
'ere emphasized in the service, Sun. 
'. M. Jan. 29th. May the Lord Jesus 
omfort all the sorrowing. 

E. M. Riddle. 

LIVELSBERGER— Bertha B. Livels- 
berger was born on Apri! 17, 186!), and 
departed this life on January 18, 1940, 
making her age 70 years, 9 months c nd 
1 day. 

On Sept. 27, 1887 she was joined m 
Holy Matrimony to Harley C. Livels- 
berger. To this union were born two 
daughters. Miss Bessie Livelsberger of 
the home and Mrs. Frank £. Clafiper 
of Canton. 

Surviving her are her husband, the 
two daughters, two grand-sons. Har- 
land and Jack Clapper and one great- 
grand-daughter, Sandra Ruth Clapper, 
who with many other relatives and a 
host of friends are left to mourn her 

During the period of her residence 
in Louisville, Mrs. Livelsberger was a 
faithful attendant at the services of 

worship in The First Brethren Church 
at that place. In the later years, 
since locating in Canton, she found her 
place in the service of worship in the 
Lord's House, as her health permitted, 
where most convenient to her. 

Mrs, Livelsberger was a lovable 
Christian character, and a devoted 
wife and mother. She will bo remem- 
bered by those who knew her best by 
her many deeds of kindness and her 
constant interest in the comfort and 
welfare of others. 

A simple, comforting service was 
conducted in Canton at the Whitticar 
Funeral Parlors before a large group 
of friends and the few relatives, Jan. 
22nd by the undersigned Pastor and 
friend of the family. 

E. M. Riddle. 


Tito Schipa, leading tenor of the Metiopolltan Opera Company, 
en route to California, when asked what message he would send to 
high school students, replied, "Tell them for me to leave liquor alone 
in all its forms '■' '•' if they expect to sing and be successful." 

— Georgia Bulletin. 

C. E. Topic for Young People 

March 3 


Scripture Lesson: Jn. 3:1-17 

Daily Readings 

"Dead unto sin; alive unto God," 
Rom. 6:11-13. 

Godly admonitions, I Thes. 5:12-23. 

The walk of the believer, Eph. 4:21- 

A new creature, II Cor. 5:14-17. 

Walking in the Spirit, Gal. 5:16-24. 

Fruit-bearing Christian, Jn. 15:5-11. 

As maturity of thought comes to the 
growing youth he comes to the realiza- 
tion that there are things in every life, 
his own included, that do not seem 
just right. With passing years and a 
stronger emphasis upon the sense of 
moral and spiritual responsibility, 
there is a frequent feeling of failure. 
What is more natural, then, than that 
he should feel that all would be fine 
if only he could start life over anew. 
The desire to have life made new can 
become a consuming passion, yet is on- 
ly met by the harsh fact that life, as 
we know it, does not provide for such a 
thing. But God has provided what 
natural life has left out, and there is 
a way in which life can be made new. 
That way is the way of the gospel. Life 
can be made new and our Lord came 
to make it possible. That was the sub- 
ject that concerned the conversation of 

Jesus and the ruler Nicodemus who 
came to Him by night. Our Scriptur-e 
lesson tells that story, and assures us, 
on the word of Jesus Christ, that life 
can be made new. 

1. The Approach, Jn. 3:1, 2a. John 
is the only one who mentions Nicode- 
mus, who was a Pharisee and ruler of 
the Jews. He had been won to belief 
in the Divine mission of Christ, though 
he probably looked upon Christ inuch 
as he would have an Old Testament 
prophet. Timidity was a trait of his 
character, although later he did de- 
fend Jesus before the Sanhedrin. (Jn. 
7:50-52), and assisted at His burial 
(Jn. 19:39-42). Tradition says that he 
gave evidence in favor of Christ at the 
trial before Pilate and for this was de- 
prived of his office and banished from 
Jeirusalem by the hostile Jews. 

His early faint-hearted faith brought 
him to Jesus by night lest he offend 
the Jews who were enemies to Christ. 
Caution is sometimes adviseable, but 
when caution submerges conviction it 
destroys testimony. lEndeavorers will 
want to take care that befitting dig- 
nity attends their Christian testimony, 
but not to be so concerned lest their 
testimony offend the cool-hearted and 
skeptical that they fail altogether to 
witness for their Lord. 

2. The proposition, 2b. His approach 
to the matter on his heart is remark- 
able for its clever failure to commit 
himself. He did not directly ask a 
question. He merely made a state- 


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ment that implied a veiled question. 
That question had to do with Christ's 
complete identity and the authority 
with which He taught. Though he 
said, "We know that thou art a teach- 
er come from God," Nicodemus wanted 
Jesus to enlarge upon the matter and 
settle it beyond any further doubt. He 
probably expected this unusual Teach- 
er to seize upon the opening and talk 
freely about Himself. He had yet to 
learn that Jesus never talked about 
Himself in self-interest; always when 
He spoke of Himself or His Person it 
was in connection with His great re- 
demptive and mediatorial work on be- 
half of sinning mankind. The prop- 
osition of Nicodemus was: "We know 
you are from God, for we have seen 
your miracles, and we know that you 
have been sent by Him. What more 
have you to say for yourself and your 

3. The counter proposition, .3. If Ni- 
codemus showed his political schooling 
in his clever non-committing approach, 
our Lord as fully revealed His Divine 
ability to read men's hearts and to 
know the needs of their lives. Then 
with the directness of a skilled physi- 
cian in probing the seat of a trouble, 
and the shrewd insight and strategy 
of an experienced teacher He met the 
proposition of Nicodemus with a coun- 
ter proposition. "Except one be born 
anew, he cannot see the kingdom of 
God." Jesus of Nazareth and His mis- 
sion were no longer the subject of con- 
versation. Nicodemus of Jerusalem 
and his great soul need (and in this 
he represents all mankind) were under 
inves^^igation, and Nicodemus did not 
yet realize it. The important thing 
for this Jewish iTiler was not to sat- 
isfy his curiousity about One to Whom 
he was attracted but to have a need 
met which he did not yet realize exist- 
ed. Time to learn more about Christ 
after we have been saved by Him. 
Many times we are mistaken about 
what is most important, but the Lord 
always knows. 

4. The obiection, 4. As ponderou.sly 
as a slow wit fails to see the point to 
a joke, this materially minded seeker 
failed to see the quick shift, not only 
in the direction of the conversation, 
but also to a spiritual emphasis. 
Thinking always of the physical and 
material things of life makes the mind 
and spirit slow or altogether unable to 
see spiritual things. Nicodemus 
thought of a physical birth and said, 
in effect, "It can't be done!" Are we 
saying that some things can't be done? 
Is the church saying it? Are Endeav- 
orers saying it ? Let's not say it can't 
be done imtil we understand what is 
involved and take into consideration 
the power and willingness of God. 

5. The explanation, 5-8. These words 
of Jesus, for true significance, are 
equalled by none that any other ever 
spoke and are equalled only by others 
of His own. They set the New Birth 
before the eyes of an astonished and 

puzzled Jewish enquirer. It may have 
been considerable time before Nico- 
demus realized what he had been told. 
For centui-ies the fact of the New 
Birth has stood on this page of the Bi- 
ble and thousands of hungry souls 
have come to it. They have brought 
that troubled cry of hearts and know 
failure in life's most serious things: 
"If only I could begin again'" And 
here they have found their need met 
in the throbbing hope of the New 
Birth. You can be bom anew, and 
you must be bom anew if you would 
enter the kingdom, said Jesus. Like 
made new was the eternal truth He 
pointed out to a heart that sensed, but 
could not define its own need. Such a 
new life is a spiritual thing and owes 
its very existence to the Holy Spirit. 
Though unseen — as the wind — His 
power is felt and known. 

6. The puzzlement of Nicodemus, 9. 
Astounded Nicodemus could only man- 
age an unbelieving question. His mind 
was set on material things. He was 
religious, but not spiritual; so are 
many today. Before one lets his doubt 
and unbelief run away with him, he 
ought to seek out the authority and 
the facts back of the matter in ques- 
tion. Many come to the Bible careful- 
ly nurturing the doubts of their own 
limited logic and actually giving more 
weight to these than to the authority 
of and the witness to the truths of 
God's Word. As well might I, whose 
higliest capacity as a surgical opera- 
tor is to separate the (rare) Sunday 
chicken from its head on Saturday, tell 
a skilled surgeon that, because I could- 
n't, neither could he remove a delicate 
eyeball from the socket, make repairs, 
and safely return it to a continued 
usefulness. If I did, he would want 
to examine my head! Yet many treat 
the precious truths of God that very 
way. Nicodemus said, "How can it 
be?" Jesus said, "We speak that 
which we know." 

7. The fact, 10-1.5. There is much 
rich truth here that must now be has- 
tily passed over. Study these verses. 
No amount of ignorance about these 
things, either on the part of one who 
posed as a religious teacher or by 
others, could change the facts. There 
surely must be a lot of things in this 
old world your limited topic editor 
doesn't know about — seeing there are 
so few things he does know about — 
but they just keep on "being" anyhow 
even if he doesn't know. He never 
knew there was such a person as the 
lady who later became his wife until 
one bright college day. How fortunate 
for him that she has gone on getting 
readv for college all those years when 
he didn't even know she existed. What 
I want you to see is that no matter 
how many people are ignorant of ov 
how many refuse to believe this fact 
of the new life and its attendant 
truths, it's true anyhow. It's in the 
Bible. Jesus taught it. And everyone 
who experiences it knows it is true. 


Enos K. Cox. Author of "Where Isl 
the God of Elijah?" Bible Institub 
Colportage Association, Chicago, 111.] 
178 pages, $1.00. 
Here is a pungent, dynamic presen-ij 
tation of some of the practical truths!' 
which are needed to be brought to the< 
minds of men and women of our day. i 
These messages are built around the 
lives of twenty distinctive Old Testa- 1 : 
ment characters. To any and all whoi i 
peruse the chapters of this book these i - 
twenty outstanding men and women 
will ever after have new and added at- 
traction; and they will speak through 
the years the approval or condemna- 
tion of those characteristics which 
have made them distinctive. An ex- 1 : 
cellent book for young or old. We ; 
heartily commend this book to our ! 
readers. — D. B. 

Brenda Cannon. For inspiration and 
wholesome reading this story is sub- : 
mitted as one to interest young peo- 
ple of today, and also, parents and ; 
teachers of youth. How a college 
girl triumphed over temptations and 
the scorns of her companions by con- 
stantly remembering herself as a 
daughter of The King, is simply, yet ' 
realistically and effectively, told. 
story, by the same author as the ' 
above, is of an entirely different set- 
ting. Despite the loss of both par- 
ents, their home, and belongings in 
a western cyclone, two brothers and 
a younger sister tried to fit their 
lives into God's pattern and plan for 
them, though it was accompanied by 

The power of setting forth example 
by right living and good works is a bit 
abrupt in its development, but the out- 
standing merit shines out in the por- 
trayal of the constant, day after day, ; 
faith of these children in their Friend ; 
and Master who meets all needs. — R.H. 
(Both of these books may be pur- 
chased from The Bible Institute Col- 
portage Association, 843-845 N. Wells 
Street, Chicago, Illinois. 126 pages. 
Price, paper, 20 cents.) 

8. The reason why, 16, 17. God's 
love for the world is the reason why. 
It's the very best reason why there 
could be. Others reasons God might 
have had for providing new life, but 
none of them, or all of them, could 
could be. Other reasons God might 
have some valued little trinket that has 
no actual worth save that >'ou value it 
because it was a gift with some tender 

'ebi-uaiy 24, 1940 


lotive back of it. Consider: Of all 
easons that might have been God of- 
5red new life to men through His Son, 
ecause He loved the world. He has 
ffered to everyone new life because 
[e loved everyone. He takes no pleas- 
re in the death of the wicked. Every 
3nse of failure can be wiped out by 
laking life new. 

For Discussion 

1. How many need the New Birth? 

2. What is the source of the New 

3. What is the nature of the new life 
lat the New Birth gives to one? 


"What the lost man needs, therefore, 

some power which will interject him 
ito the person of Christ. 

This power he has in the person of 
le Holy Spirit, who baptised all be- 
evers int othe body of Christ (I Cor. 

It was this of which Jesus spoke to 
icodemus, indicating that all men 
=ed a second birth (Jn. 3:1-19). 

We may not understand all the pro- 
>ss connected with the second birth. 

But this need not distress us, for we 
D not understand all of the processes 
)nnected with the first one though we 
now it is a fact. 

Our part is to believe on the Life- 
iver. Doing this, God is prepared to 
ttend to everj-fhing else." — Dr. Henry 
1. Frost. 

Frank Gehman. 

NEWS from the FIELD 


It is not quite three months since 
ist we sent in word regarding our do- 
igs at Maurertown. Things have hap- 
ened right along since that time. The 
rst big event was the first thing of 
s kind for our church, and it was big. 
ne hundred three men from a dozen 
' the churches of the northern part of 
jr district, and one car load was from 
/aynesboro. Pa., met here for a get- 
igether. The ladies of the local W. 
[. S. served one of the finest roast 
eef banquets it has ever been our 
rivilege to partake of. Fellowship 
m rife during the evening, and that 
roup of loyal laymen along with six 
" eight preachers surely made the 
ost of it all. After the banquet the 
en met in the main auditorium of the 
lurch for a program and business ses- 
on. Dr. Beachler of the Hagers- 
iwn church brought the main mes- 
ige of the evening and it was well 
^ceived. Piano and vocal selections 
ere rendered by several and after 
ime open forum discussion the busi- 
ess session. Dr. Beachler of the 
agerstowTi church brought the main 
essage of the evening and it was well 
ceived. Piano and vocal selections 


were rendered by several and after 
some open form discussion the busi- 
ness meeting was held with the presi- 
dent of the group, Mr. Braden Riden- 
our of Hagerstown, in charge. After 
transaction of the business of the ses- 
sion and election of officers, the men 
greeted each other as real Brethren 
should and departed for their homes 
hoping the next meeting mny be even 
more enjoyable than this one. This 
was the second of such meetings in 
this region, the first being held at 
Hagerstown a year ago. 

Then came Thanksgiving time, and 
we made a real attempt to help the 
General Mission Board of the church 
in its work. We are only a small rural 
church, yet this church is the mother 
church of the Southeastern District. 
Our offering was better than the one 
last year. 

The Sunday school presented their 
Christmas program on Christmas eve- 
ning to a packed house. The White 
Gift Offering for the work of the Nat- 
ional Sunday School Board was also 
larger by some dollars than that of 
last year. We celebrated New Year's 
advent with Watch Night services on 
New Year's eve and had the lai-gest 
attendance that has ever assembled for 
that event, some sixty folks being on 
hand for the 11:15-12:10 period that 
night. It is a fitting way to greet the 
advent of a new year. 

And the cold wave was on. It cer- 
tainly got cold and stayed that way for 
a long while, and it was accompanied 
with lots of snow. I mention this be- 
cause it did have effect on our services. 
Being rural, as we said, such weather 
makes bad roads and brings on stress- 
es that are hard to overcome. The at- 
tendance at services slumped a little, 
but we are already on the way back 
to normal. And that bad weather spell 
was also accompanied with one of the 
worst waves of sickness that has ever 
struck this section. And that wasn't 
much of a help to big crowds. So we 
are at it and expect to keep at it until 
we are called away from this field of 
action or the good Lord comes to claim 
His owTi. 

Our auxiliaries are all doing real 
work. The Sunday school is a credit 
to a church in such a small commun- 
ity. The W. M. S. is going strong 
and lively. The Mary and Martha so- 
ciety meets regularly and only recent- 
ly had a bandage rolling which will 
supply means for tying up the wounds 
of the physically injured in central 
Africa. So with all societies and mem- 
bers working together harmoniously 
we move along, not with any great 
"hurrah", but as one must in a re- 
stricted area, that is an area with 

small population. We earnestly pray 
that the Brethren will remain true and 
faithful to the cause they have espous- 
ed and that they will rally enthusiasti- 
cally to the support of the church and 
its auxiliaries in no mean manner. 
May God biess us as we strive to show 
ourselves workmen after His own 
heart. The Maurertown church prays 
for and asks an interest in prayer on 
the part of all the Brethren. 

E. L. Miller, pastor. 


The "Ashland Times Gazette" of 
Jan. 19th contained an interesting lit- 
tle mention of a gathering which may 
be of wider interest than its local char- 

Elder .Aaron L. Garber 

acter might suggest. The occasion 
was that of the family dinner held in 
the assembly room of the A. L. Garber 
Printing Plant at Ashland. 

The assembly was called upon the 
occasion of the S7th birthday anniver- 
sary of lElder Aaron L. Garber, the 
founder of the Garber Printing Com- 
pany of Ashland, and the senior Elder 
in the Brethren Church of Ashland, 
where Elders are numerous. Brother 
Garber is a member of the Brethren 
Church at Ashland and has missed but 
few of the communion services of the 
congregation gathered for the celebra- 
tion including the son, Mr. O. M. Gar- 
ber, and two daughters, Mrs. B. F. 
Zercher, Jr. and Mrs. L. L. Burns, five 
grandchildren, and one great-great- 

Some ten years ago Brother Garber 
retired from the active management of 
the business which he had established 


The Brethren EvangelisI 

in 1879, giving way to his son, Mr. (J. 
M. Garber, and a nepjiew, Mr. C. F. 
Grain. The business is now grown un- 
til it is one of the largest printing 
plants between New York and Chicago, 
eniploving around 4.50 people regular- 

The Office Editor has known Elder 
Garber for a great many years and it 
was his sad duty during his pastorate 
of the Ashland church to officiate at 
the requiem services for El■^thpr Gar- 
ber's beloved wife. Believing that 
many of our readers may not be fa- 
miliar with Brother Garber's counten- 
ance, we accompany this article witu 
a very excellent likeness of thi.-; our 
esteemed brother. Not many of us, 
perhaps, will be privileged to attain 
to the ripe old-age to which Brother 
Garber has come, but we can hope that 
it may be granted to us, as it has to 
him, to retain our faculties in as keen 
a condition. While Brother Garber 
has long since given up the manage- 
ment of the great plant of which he 
was manager, he still finds time to vis- 
it the plant each day and keeps fit by 
writing the vouchers for all the vast 
list of employees. In addition, Brother 
Garber edits a publication known as 
the "Prophetic Age", a monthly maga- 
zine of prophecy dealing with prophe- 
tic topics. 

Echoing his own words which ap- 
peared in his own magazine for Febru- 
ary we would pray that we "may all so 
live that we will meet in the assembly 
of the redeemed and abide in the de- 
lights together forever and ever, to 
the glory of our Heavenly Father and 
Jesus." — Dvoll Belote. 


Our pastor has asked for another 
report — I am not sure whether these 
reports will be very interesting com- 
ing so often. Due to inclement weath- 
er, bad roads and sickness our attend- 
ance has not been so good. 

However those who were permitted 
to attend have heard some real spirit- 
ual sermons. Brother Zimmerman 
feeds his flock upon the Word of God 
^I know his Alma Mater will be pleas- 
ed to hear he is doing fine. He is cer- 
tainly doing all he can to promote the 
welfare of the church and the young 
people are rallying to his help. The 
boys and men had a get-together meet- 
ing, January 30. The different class- 
es and all organizations are active and 
a general feeling of fellowship pre- 
v-ails. We are hoping and praying for 
a great revival in the near future. 

Isabel Puterbaugh. 

church of Pittsburg, Penna. The ar- 
ticle reads thus; 

"Buffeted by the chill winds and pen- 
etrating cold, a man halted his drag- 
ging footsteps before the First Breth- 
ren Church, 5000 Dearborn street, last 
Sunday evening. He peered up at the 
Neon sign which flashed the message, 
'Jesus Saves,' hesitated momentarily, 
and then walked in. He took a seat in 
a rear pew and listened attentively to 
the sermon. When the minister, the 
Reverend Floyd Sibert, finished his dis- 
course, he asked, as is customery, for 

The unknown man was last to be 
heard. But his words astounded and 
shocked the preacher. He said, 'You 
don't know it but before I dropped in 
here, I was on my way to the river to 
commit suicide. But now I think I'll 
postpone my death and stick it out a 
while longer.' 

Reverend Sibert and the elders of the 


Coming to the morning prayer, 
Come, let us kneel and pray; 

Prayer is the Chris '.ian pilgrim's staff 
To walk with God all day. 

At noon, beneath the Rock 

Of ages rest and pray; 
Sweet is the shadow from the heat 

WTien the sun smites by day. 

At eve, shut to the door, 
Round the home altar pray; 

And finding there the house of God 
At "heaven's gate" close the day. 

When midnight seals our eyes, 

Let each in spirit say, 
"I sleep, but my heart waketh. Lord, 

With thee to watch and pray." 

— James Montgomery. 

church took up a collection for the 
homeless and jobless man, arranged for 
shelter and food and, at last reports, 
he had a job in prospect." 

Thus again was demonstrated the 
sa\ing power of the Gospel of the Son 
of God.— Editor. 

"Chamce Visit to Church Saves Man 
from Suicide" 

The abo\-e heading appeared on an 
article appearing in the East Liberty 
Tribune, and concerns the Brethren 


A copy of the booklet issued by the 
Brethren Church, of Pittsburg, in con- 
nection with the celebration of the Gol- 
den Anniversary of the founding of the 
church, has reached our desk. Bound 
in a rich, golden-covered cover, the 
booklet shows pictures of the present 
church building, as well as of the first 
home of the congregation, besides those 
of Elder D. K. Bole, the founder, Elder 
Henry Wise who had much to do with 
the final establishment of the church. 

and Elder Floyd Sibert, the preser 
pastor. In addition to the pictures th 
pamphlet contains facts and figures re 
lative to the membership of the churcl 
the list of the pastors who have serve 
the congregation, as well as some locj 
eldei's who have dwelt within the cor 
fines of the church, and sets forth th 
statement of faith accepted by the cor 
gregation. The services, commemorai 
ing the anniversary were held on Sur 
day, January 21. The pastor spoke a 
the morning worship hour, at 2:. 'JO 
Fellowship and Worship sei-vice wa 
conducted, and the day's celebratio 
was brought to its close with an ac 
dress by Prof. M. A. Stuckey at th 
evening worship gathering. 

We are reproducing herewith th 
pastor's message in the anniversar 
pamphlet, and recommend it as goo 
advice to any congregation: 

"Fifty years of service and test 
mony in a great city, and still thi 
church survives, to glorify God! 

"Fifty years ago some one had a vis 
ion, saw a need and began to worl 
The vision grew swiftly into a realit 
'for the people had a mind to work 
Into the mortar that holds the brick c 
the walls was mixed a love and fellovs 
ship that is hard to find in cit 
churches of today. People loved th^ 
church and flocked to it because of th 
reality of its Spiritual warmth. It ha; 
the vital essence of Christian life. 1 
prospered in the Lord. 

"Many milestones have passed sine 
the first corner stone was laid. Toml 
stones in many graveyards mark th 
place where those who once labored e 
faithfully, and built so well, now res: 
Only a few of those who were here i 
the beginning are here today to rejoic 
with us and to thank God for fift 
years of opportunity. Our hearts a: 
strangely moved as we honor the dea 
who died in the Lord as they labore 
in this church. 

"Half a century! It doesn't seei 
long. Yet is was long enough for thoi 
who had a vision to see it grow in1 
something tangible and useful in tl 
work of the Lord. 'For the people hs 
a mind to work.' They had faith, an 

"But what of tomorrow? What sha 
it bring forth? The answer rests witl" 
in the minds and hearts of this gener: 
tion. 'Where there is no vision the p& 
pie perish.' The past fifty years is I 
challenge to active, progressive, Chri^ 
ian service that only the dead can i 
nore. The future is an open gate , 
opportunity in nowise limited by tl 
past. Greater faith, and greater won 
will produce greater success for t! 
cause of Christ. 

'May we at this fiftieth milestone u( 
cover our heads, accept the challeng 
and carry on! 

"Whether we live, therefore, or d 
as a church, depends entirely upon o 
vision of Christ, and a MIND I 

Vol. LXII, No. ;» 

Maixli t, UMO 

Brethren Evangelist 

The Sinners Despairing Cry 




The Family Altar 



" He that doeth the will of the 

Lord abideth for ever." I John 2:17. 
Read I John 2:15-17. 

The biography of our Lord is includ- 
ed in that phrase "doing the will of 
God." He, Himself, said, "I do always 
those things which are pleasing unto 
my heavenly Father." In the midst of 
the agony of Gethsemane, His resigna- 
tion to the Father's will was voiced in 
the concluding words of His prayer, 
"nevertheless, not my will, Oh God, but 
thine be done." This, "the will of 
God," was the thing for which He liv- 
ed, by which he lived. And it is the 
will of God that insures men's abiding 
for ever. 



"My strength is made perfect in 
weakness." II Cor. 12:9. Read 1) 
Cor. 12:9-12. 

George Whitefield's prayer, "Oh 
Lord, I am never weary of thy work, 
but I am often weary in it", voices the 
feelings and experiences of many a 
weary worker in God's vineyard. 

Many folks do not appreciate the 
meaning of mental and spiritual fa- 
tigue, but be that as it may, these 
forms of weariness are far more criti- 
cal. Perhaps many nervous break- 
downs might be prevented if the be- 
liever had learned, or could learn, the 
secret of soul rest. God is able to 
make all grace abound unto us even 
when the mind is exhausted and the 
spirit fatigued. Shall we learn the 
real meaning of His promise, "My 
grace is sufficient for thee?" 



"Pray ye therefore the Lord of the 
harvest, that he will send forth labour- 
ers into his harvest." Matt. 9:38. 
Read Matt. 9:35-38. 

A peculiar suggestion and one that 
tends to set one wondering. Why pray 
about the thing which the Lord, Him- 
self, wants done, which needs to be 
done, and which He, Himself, is able 
to do ? We read "that God so loved 
the world...." and if so, w*y should 
men be bidden to plead with Him for 
that which He, Himself, wants and pro- 
poses doing? May the answer be 
here: first, to excite our interest in the 
salvation of others; secondly, to spur 
us to offer ourselves for the task. 
That which we pray for, we are more 
earnest in seeing accomplished. Our 
praying does not change God's mind, 
but it does help to change ours, and it 
is only thus that we shall become effi- 
cient helpers. 



"Let down your nets at thy word 

I will let down the net." Luke 5:4, 5. 
Read Luke 5:1-11. 

Musing upon the words of our text, 
one is reminded of the antithesis be- 
tween this occasion and that of the 
visit of the Rich Young Ruler. Peter, 
Andrew, James, and John — just four 
humble fishermen — and Christ asks for 
the dedication of their nets to a pur- 
pose, and without question "they left 
all and followed Him." There was no 
falling of the countenance, no evidence 
of unwillingness, simply whole heart- 
ed consecration. 

One's response to the invitation for 
dedication of life and possession to the 
service of God depends upon the evalu- 
ation we place on life. If it is mater- 
ialistic, w-e shall doubtless, like the 
Y'oung Ruler, turn away sorrowful; but 
if spiritual things have eternal mean- 
ing for us, then our consecration will 
be complete and sincere. 



"And I looked, and rose up, and said 
unto the nobles, and to the lulers, and 
to the rest of the people. Be not ye 
afraid of them: remember the Lord, 
which is great and terrible, and fight 
for your brethren, your sons, and your 
daughters, your wives, and your hous- 
es." Neh. '4:14. Read Neh. 4:14-15. 

Not all the fighting in the world is 
done vvith weapons of war. Not all 
the work for the Lord is supposed to 
be done by ministers, missionaries, and 
social workers. Nehemiah and his 
people felt themselves to be doing 
God's work when they were rebuilding 
the broken walls of Jerusalem. In 
building this wall they were working 
for the protection of their families. 

Parents who by the work of their 
hands or their brains are honestly pro- 
viding for the necessities of life for 
their families are doing work which 
God wants done. 



"And whosoever will be chief among 
you, let him be your servant:. .. .and 
give his life a ransom for many." 
Matt. 20:27, 28b. Read Matt. 20:17- 

There is no collective bargaining 
with men by God. At the end of the 
day He pays the wages pi'omised, but 
keeps the thrones which are at His be- 
stowal in his own hand, and they who 
are placed upon the throne come there 
in the in'erest of the kingdom, and not 
to satisfy a personal vanity. The dan- 
ger is that men may accept the Divine 
method without the Divine spirit. We 
may submit to being servants in the 
thought that we shall become sover- 
eigns. The sincere Cliristian serves 
not to become a king, but because he 
is a potential king. 

The Brethren Evangelism 


"For Demas hath forsaken me, havj 
ing loved this present world." II Timi| 
4:10. Read Luke 14:16-20. 

In the collapse of the floor of a 
and 10 cent store in New York numi 
hers of people in the basement bel 
neath were nearly smothered in a mas| 
of things. There is a parallel dang| 
which threatens the spiritual life 
men in this busy age, the danger 
being smothered by things. A city pai 
per recently announced that a man! 
who was held up and was robbed, had 
just deposited his wages in the banll 
and "lost nothing but his life." Sucll 
a statement mirrors the thought 01 
many of our day. It is a distortecil 
view of values. Today men do not sc; 
much oppose Christ as neglect Him 
and the things we ought to do for II in 
and others. 






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We commonly think of the church as being pro- 
oted by pastors and evangehsts and missionaries, 
ho dedicate themselves to propaganda of the faith. 
nd they are the chief factors in the building and 
ctension of the church, worthy of all the honor 
lat is given them. The world does not realize how 
uch it owes to the men who have la'd deep and 
"oad its foundations of moral life. But God knows, 
id gives due honor to their labors in the beautiful 
cture of the New Jerusalem, with its twelve foun- 
itions, all precious stones, and on each one a name 
ritten, "the names of the twelve apostles of the 

We believe that in the symbolism of this picture 
18 honor that is given to the apostles is meant to be 
dended to all those who in any way labored with 
lem in the Gospel. The kingdom of God has been 
irnished by many bright and shining examples of 
y members who, like Gideon and Jephtha and De- 
)rah of old, have stepped into the breach and 
rought valiantly in the defense of the people of 

The apostles themselves were in the first place, 
ynien who were called to be disciples because of 
erling qualities which the Lord saw to be in them, 
ccepting the one whom he foresaw to be the trai- 
•r. These men were successful in their business 
fe, and their experiences as la.\men served them 
ell as preachers of the Gospel. 

Then there were others who did not become 
"eachers but yet were eminent helpers in their own 
)hei'e. There was Nicodemus who defended Jesus 
jfore the Sanhedrin and brought a hundred pounds 
- ointment to anoint his body for burial. If we 
new all that he did perhaps we would not empha- 
ze so much his caution in coming to Jesus by night. 
; is not said that he did so because of fear, and it 
as a gi-eat thing that in the face of the opposition 
' the other rulers, he should take as bold a stand 
5 he did. 

Then there was Gamaliel, one of the most emin- 
it scholars of his day, teacher of the apostle Paul, 
hose wise counsel to the rulers caused them to give 
bei'ty to the apostles. It is worth much to the 
lurch to have the confidence and support of rulers 
I state and the educators of the world. 

Theophilus is not usually classed among the pil- 
rs of the church, but let us consider what a fine 
irt he played in using of his riches to i)ay the cost 
° publishing the Gospel of Luke and the books of 

Acts for his friend Luke, who dedicated these books 
to him. What a gap there would be in our New Tes- 
tament without these books. 

Luke himself was a physician and not a preacher. 
He was not exactly a medical missionary, but un- 
doubtedly was called of the Lord to accompany the 
great apostle to the Gentiles, whose physical pres- 
ence was weak, and who needed the advice and care 
of a man like Luke. Paul was fiery and impetuous, 
but Luke was poised and methodical. Perhaps, un- 
der God, we owe it to Luke that Paul was able to 
endure so many years the heavy work of preacliing 
and travelling and writing his wonderful epistles. 

With Luke we should think of Mark, who began 
\oung and got homesick on his first trip, but later 
became the companion of Peter and the author of 
the Gospel of Mark. He was such an excellent "min- 
ister" that although he does not seem to have been 
a preacher, he was sought for as a helper by even 
Paul in his old age. 

And with him we should remember Barnabas, 
uncle of John Mark, and one of the first disciples, 
who having a possession, sold it and laid the pro- 
ceeds at the apostles' feet. He did not even ask that 
the gift be repaid to defray his expenses as a mis- 
sionary with Paul, for he is mentioned as working 
his way even as Paul did. 

What an inspiration it should Ije to all laymen to 


The Family Altar ^ 

"Apostolic Laymen" — Editorial 3 

Word From Our Workers 4 

Some Challenging- Fig-ures 5 

"The Siudent Aid Fund"' — George F. Kem, Nat. Treas.. . 5 
The National Laymen's Organization, Past, Present and 

Future— Dr. R. R. Haun 6, 7 

Contributing Editor's Page 8 

Publication Plans of Our Laymen 8 

"Majoring in Minors" — Dr. L. G. Locke 9, 10, 11 

Laymen Working In the Local Church 11, 12, 13 

Laymen's Organizations 12 

Program Suggestions for Laymen's Day 13 

Parental Influence; Seven Suggestions for Christian Liv- 
ing; What of These Things? 14 

Christian Endeavor Topic 14, 15 

News from the Field 15, 16 

"Translated" 16 

The Brethren Evangelist 

I'ead the tribute which was given to Barnabas by 
the Holy Spirit who caused it to be written tliat "He 
was a good man, full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, 
and much people were added unto the Lord." That 
is the kind of people we need, whether laymen or 

But, while many more laymen might be mention- 
ed in the apostolic church, we should not forget the 
lay women who also did their part. There was that 
group of women which ministered unto Jesus and 
the disciples. It is not said in what ways, more than 
that it was "of their substance", but we can imag- 
ine how many things would be needed in their trav- 

Among other things, we have the example of 
Mary and Martha in the hospitable home of Lazar- 
us, which Jesus was wont to visit, and to which the 
disciples also sometimes went. There was the home 
of Mary the mother of John Mark, where the dis- 
ciples wei'e having a prayer meeting when Peter 
was delivered from prison. There was the home of 
Lydia, a seller of purple, who, when converted, at 
once became hostess to the missionaries. There 
wei'e Aquila and his wife Priscilla, who were 
tentmakers and labored with Paul in Corinth, and 
whose home was a place of meetings. \\Tiat a high 
honor it must be in God's sight, to have reference 
made to a group of believers as "the church that is 
in thy house." 

Dorcas was only a laboring woman, a seamstress, 
who made many garments for the poor, and by her 
example has inspired the charity of multitudes of 
women in all generations since her day. 

There wei'e Eunice and Lois, mother and grand- 
mothei' of Timothy, of whom we only know that 
they transmitted theii- faith to this noble man of 
God. They are worthy of honor as representatives 
of that vast host of women of whom the world does' 
not hear, except through the fame of theii' illustri- 
ous children. But they are jewels that garnish the 
Iiall of fame in the house of God. Let their kind en- 
dure forever. The world may lionor its warriors 
and statesmen, but tlie church too has its heroes 
who are building the eternal kingdom. Let their 
names and their deeds be our inspiration. — C. F. Y. 

It should fill the memory, rule the heart and giaide the feet. 
Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. 

It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, a river of judg- 

It is given you in life, and will be opened at the judgment 

and be remembered forever. 
It involves the highest responsibility. It will reward the 
greatest labor, and condemn all who trifle with its 
sacred contents. — Fbj-leaf of Moodi/'s Bible. 

(071 the Bulletin from Gratis, Ohio, in which the above ap- 
peared, Brother Wkitted, the jjostor had written, "We think 
this good." SO DO WE) 

Word From Our Workers 

BUY GOOD LITERATURE. Get the Brethren Church | 
paper. Give your subscription to your local agent. (If youj 
do not have one, brother pastor, then appoint one.) Reading! 
the church paper will be uplifting to mind and spirit. Good 
literature makes clean minds and pure hearts.' — With apolo- 
gies to Elder Floyd Sibert. 

TO BE SURE that the material for making the appeal fori 
the Benevolence Day Offering reached his people, brother P 
Floyd Sibert clipped a set of the pamphlets and an envelope 
to each of his church Bulletins for Feb. 18. A good BUg- 
gestion in connection with the lifting of any local or national 

WE NOTE AN INNOVATION in local church publications. 
It is "The Glad News", issued for the young people of his 
church, by Elder Floyd Sibert, of Pittsburgh. The publica- 
tion is a mimeographed letter-head sheet, and contains news 
for and mention of, the young people of the congregation. 
Tell us, later, Brother Sibert, how the plan works. 

FROM LETTERS received here at the office, we learn 
that brother Wm. H. Beachler, pastor at Hagerstown, Md., 
is now on the road to recovery, after a three-weeks "rassel" 
with an attack of Influenza. Brother Beachler gives us come- 
items, in our news columns, ament his meeting with brother' 
W. S. Crick, at the Third Brethren church, in Johnstown, 

FROM A LETTER received received recently from Dr. 
L. 0. McCartneysmith, we learn that he is at home again 
after an eight-day sojourn in the hospital while suffering 
from pneumonia. The physician has ordered warmer climate 
and sunshine for Brother McCartneysmith, and so he is leav- 
ing for California on Feb. 2fi, for a series of evangelistic en- 
gagements with some of the churches of northern Califor- 
nia. We shall be praying that God will grant him full res- 
toration of health, and an abundant hai'vest of souls as he 
labors with the California Brethren. 

"YOUR OPIONION IS SOUGHT by your friends. It is a 
thing of power. You often remark: "I saw a good game 
last night." Why not advertise your church in the same 
manner? Why not remark casually to a friend: "We had a 
great service yesterday!" This is the kind of advertising 
that counts. It has that personal appeal. TRY IT! The 
above is taken from the College Corner, Brethren Calendar 
of Feb. 11. The advice is excellent and warrants wider dis- 
semination, so we reproduce it here. 

Miss Anne Catherine Lindower has come to make her 
home with Prof, and Mrs. L. E. Lindower. The young lady 
seems likely to become as popular a member of the younger 
set of young people as is her sister. Miss Jean. We join in 
felicitations to the happy parents. 

Another young lady has also joined the group of new ar- 
rivals among the Brethren. This little "sister" is Miss Caro- 
lyn Dotson, daughter of Prof, and Mrs. Harry Dotson. The 
little miss is a grand-daughter of Elder R. R. Teeter, 

A blessing belongs to those who hear and under- 
stands the Word of the Lord : yet it is a far greater 
blessing to be actually obedient to it, and to carry 
out in our walk and conversation what we learn in 
our searching of the Scripture. — C. H. Spurgeon — 
In Brethren Calendar, Vandergrift, Penna. 

March 2, 1940 


Relative Number of Hours a Year Provided for 
Religious Education by tlie Jews, Catholics and 
Protestant Churches : 

Jewish — 325 hours 

Catholic— 200 hours 

Protestant — 17 hours 
Before you cliallenge these figures remember that 
two-thirds of the Protestant constituency are not in 
Sunday School, and that the remaining third do not 
receive the full equivalency of 52 hours of work. 
Untrained teachers, ungraded lessons and irregular 
attendance reduce these 32 hours a year to an aver- 
age of not more than S-E-V-E-N-T-E-E-N ! 

During the time a child is in the Sunday School he 
will receive 12,000 hours in the public school under 
the most favorable conditions for learning. Sunday 
School training for an equal ten year period will 
equal only 170 hours. Only 170 hours to prepare for 


(Bii Geo. F. Keiii. A'nt. Treas. of tlie La mien's Organizatiox 
of the Brethren Church) 

Early in the organization the Laymen's group, 
which was organized about the year 1920 by a group 
of loyal laymen, felt they should do something for 
the Church and they felt they could better do this 
if they were organized. They immediately turned 
over a number of projects which they felt would be 
worthy for them to support and it was finally decid- 
ed by the Executive Committee at that time, that if 
they could raise a fund to be loaned to worthy stu- 
dents to help them complete their course at Ashland 
Seminary and prepare for the ministry or mission- 
ary work in the Brethren Church, that would be one 
of the most worthy projects they could undertake. 

The annual dues to the Student Aid Fund for 
membership were fixed at $1.00 and a careful plan 
providing for the making and repayment of loans 
was worked-out, the essential principles of which 
are as follows: 

1. Loans would be available to only those students 
that were preparing for the ministry oi- missionary 
work in the Brethren Chui'ch. 

2. That no loans should be available until students 
had completed at least one year in the Seminary. 

3. That no repayment would be required on these 
loans until one year after they completed their Sem- 
inary work and secured a remunerative position. 

4. The repa\ment to be amortized over a period of 
four years after completion of Seminary work. 

5. In the event that the student discontinued his 
or her Seminary work or discontinued work in be- 

half of the Church, the full amount of the loan plus 
intei-est would be immediately payable. 

6. The repayment of said loans to be guaranteed 
by a local Church and in addition to this guarantee 
each loan was to have a personal guarantee of some 
responsible member of the Church. 

At an early date a special La.vmen's day was set 
off by the General Conference to be observed by all 
Churches, at which time an offering was to be made 
to augment this fund. This Laymen's day was not 
universally recognized by the Churches and the col- 
lections that came in therefrom were rather small. 

The first efforts to accumulate funds for this pur- 
pose were made about the year 1923 and through 
the efforts of T. C. Leslie by September, 1925 there 
was a total fund of $435.31, at which time the first 
loan was made. The fund continued to accumulate 
by collections, dues and personal donations until in 
1927 there was a total of approximately $1500.00 in 
the fund, which was from that date to November, 
1932; when the last of the loans that are now in 
default was made in the amount of $200.00. 

Tlie undersigned was elected treasurer of this 
fund in August, 1938, and owing to the unfortunate 
Church controversy together with the fact that lit- 
tle effort had been made to endeavor to secure re- 
payment of these loans, I found in the treasury at 
that time only one loan that was current and up-to- 
date. All the others were in default. The writer 
immediately set forth a very vigorous effort to col- 
lect these defaulted loans. Three of these contracts 
have been fully liquidated within the last year, two 
of them by repayment on the part of the maker and 
one of them partially by the Church which guaran- 
teed same and partially by the maker himself. 
There yet remains in the account three defaulted 

One on which there is a balance of principal and 
interest owing in the amount of $297.71, guaran- 
teed b\' a Brethren Church and a personal endorsor. 

One on which there is a balance of principal and 
interest owing in the amount of $204.96, guaran- 
teed by three personal endorsors. 

One on which there is a balance of principal and 
interest ow'ing in the amount of $124.05, guaranteed 
by a Brethren Church and seven or eight personal 

One loan which is not in default and on which all 
payments have been made promptly thereon by the 

We have made thi-ee new loans during the past 
year of $100.00 each to present students in the Sem- 

In the case of the defaulted loans, the writer, in 
order to encourage pa\'ment thereof, offei'ed to con- 
tribute liberally towards repayment of these obliga- 
tions, providing the makers would make prompt and 
regular monthly payments without additional cor- 


lespondence. This offer has been availed of by only 
three of the obhgors on these defaulted contracts 
but to a very small degree. I have corresponded 
with the guarantors on all these defaulted contracts 
and it is hopeful that within a reasonable time these 
old loans may be liquidated. 

The status of the Student Aid Fund account is as 
follows : 

Principal amounts of old notes $ .577.00 

Principal amounts of new notes 300.00 

Accrued interest on old and new notes 201.83 
Cash in bank account 728.60 

Total assets 


The Brethren Evangelist 

It is impossible to stimulate contributions to this 
fund unless the old loans are liquidated or proper 
efforts made to make repayment of same in accord- 
ance with the contracts of the new loans. 

We hope that within the next eighteen months 
we can again put this fund into a current condition 
and at that time we trust sufficient confidence can 
be established so that we will again receive contri- 

A great deal of the credit for the origination of 
this fund and for the up-building of the corpus 
thereof, should go to Brother T. C. Leslie of Nap- 
pannee, Indiana, and Brother Henry Rinehart, of 
Floia, Indiana. 


(B.I Dr. R. R. Hdiiii, Pre.s. Nat. La}ime>i't> Orjiiniizatimi of 
the Brethren Church) 


R. R. Haiin 

AshLind Collcqi- 

Ashland. Oliiu 

Joliii Eck 

New Li'hnniin. Oliio 

A. Glenn Carqrnljr 

R. D. 3, Soufll Bend. Iiidiann 

I. Quinlon Jones 

515 Eleventh Street. S. E. 

W.nsliincit{.n. D. C. 

Geortje F. K<;m 

401-404 Gas & Electric BIdq. 

Dayton. Ohio 


Roy Patterson 
6118 Yale Ave. 
Dayton. Ohio 
U. J. Shivcly 
Naopaneir. Indiana 
Cecil Johnson 
Udell. Iowa 
D. F. Benshoff 
152 Wilson Street 
Jotinstown, Pennsylva 
Harry L. Berkshire 
Masontown. Pennsylv; 
C. L. Anspacii 
Mt. Pleasant. Michii 
C. A. Shally 
South Bend. Indiana 

The laymen's organization of the Brethren 
Church will "become of age" this year. According 
to the secretary's book it was born at National Con- 
ference in 1919. Like most babies it received a 
great amount of attention in its early years, but 
like a good child it hrs been seen but not very much 
heard during its ch'Idhood. As it comes into its 
majorit\' it faces the future with a willingness and 
a determination to do its part in the work of the 
church and its Master, Jesus Christ. 

While the writer is not familiar with all of the 
early events in the life of this organization, there 
was at least one achievement that was so outstand- 
ing that it has left itself as a memorial to the en- 
deavors of the laymen of that day. That memorial 
is found in the Students' Loan Fund, and Brother 
George Kem, one of its early promoters as well .as 
the present administrator and also national treasur- 
er of the La,\'men's Organization, has been asked to 
write about it in an article which will be found else- 
whei'e in this paper. 

Other evidences of the existence of the organiza- 
tion a)-e to be found in numei'ous local laymen's or- 
ganizations in the various churches throughout tiie 

brotherhood, which have rendered their service in 
the work of the local church and in the continued 
laymen's sessions at national and many district con- 
ferences. Some one has said, "that there was a 
time when about all that w-as accomplished was to 
give the laymen at National Conference something 
else to do besides watch the swans while the various 
other groups were having their individual ses- 
sions." However, one never knows the inspiration 
that ma,\' be derived from such small meetings as 
were held during the past nor evaluate the impor- 
tance of keeping the fire of the organization burn- 
ing through the years. 

With the gradual increase of attendance of the 
laymen at the Winona Conference during the past 
ten years has come an increasing attendance at the 
laymen's sessions and an enlarging of the pi-ogram 
and activities of the laymen while there as well as 
a desire to make the work of the laymen more effec- 
tive throughout the entire brotherhood. The in- 
creased interest may be observed in a number of 
ways. The laymen's sessions at Conference have 
become meetings of fine fellowship and inspiration. 
During the past few yeai's many have expi'essed the 
idea that they have received their greatest inspii'a- 
tion in these sessions. In part, this has been due 
to the contrast with the fiascos that were witnessed 
on the conference floor. Everyone agreed to keep 
the issue out of the laymen's sessions, so that it was 
possible to have a better feeling of fellowship and 

The enthusiasm was carried home and new lay- 
men's groups have been organized in many places. 
The work of these gi-oups has consisted of caring i 
for the local needs whatever these may be. So far, 
the national organization has refrained from try- 
ing to impose any set program upon the local organ- 
izations. The national organization stands willing 
to recognize any local group whether it is organized 
as a laymen's organization, a iMen's Bible Class, a i 
Fisherman's Club or any other organization that isj 
seeking to be of Christian service to the local church 

March 2, 1940 

The work of the laj-Tnen in the districts has taken 
on new life, and in particular, a new movement has 
arisen which is proving to be of great inspiration to 
men everywhere. Beginning in northern Indiana 
iider the leadership of brother Charles Gill, of Gos- 
hen, and others, there has been instigated a series 
of fellowship meetings, the value of which can not 
be measured. A more detailed report of these meet- 
ings will be given later by one of their own number 
but their plan is very simple. A group of churches 
have gone together and once every quarter the men 
of one church entertain the other churches with a 
fellowship supper and program of entertainment 
and inspiration. The movement is spreading 
throughout our churches and is proving invaluable 
to our denomination. In these times when we have 
been having so much strife and commotion, these 
fellowship meetings are doing more than any thing 
to develop a spirit of unity, understanding, and good 
old Dunker fiaternity among our men of the 
Brethren Church. At least this is the humble opin- 
ion of the writer and it is my sincere hope that the 
meetings will continue to grow in numbeis and in- 
fluence throughout the coming year. 

The increased interest of the laymen is also to be 
found in the expressions of laymen everywhere who 
are saying that they feel it is time for them to get 
busy in the work of the church and the kingdom. 
They are ashamed to let the women step ahead of 
them in so many ways. They also regret that they 
have not assumed a gi-eater lesponsibility in these 
times of stress. The men feel that they should be 
organized and active in the work of their local 
churches and in the activities of the denomination. 

The immediate need is for more effective organ- 
zaition of the laymen. It is impossible to promote a 
unified front or a national program unless there are 
local organizations united in a district organization 
and these un'ted with a national organization. We 
have told the story many times of our efforts to 
carry out some national projects during the past 
few years. At Winona, we became very enthusias- 
tic to do something for Home Missions, for the 
Brethren Home, Benevolences, or some other needy 
work of the denomination yet we find that we have 
no organization thiough which these can be pro- 
moted in the entire brotherhood. Thei'e must be 
an organization if we are to agree upon any definite 
program foi' the laymen and if we are to promote 
that program when it is set up. 

In the meantime, objectives have been set up 
yearly by the men at Winona and have been duly an- 
nounced and printed in the Evangelist from time to 
time. The objectives for this year are to be found 
in the minutes of the secretary, brother Glenn Car- 
penter but they deserve additional emphasis here. 
Tliey were set up along four lines as follows: 

For the Laymen as Individuals: 

The New Testament should we read through 
within the year. 
For the Local Organizations: 

The organization should consider its objective 
to be that of serving the church in whatever 
way the local needs demand and in particular 
of assisting the pastor in evangelism. 
For the Districts: 

A genei'al promotion of fellowship should be 
made throughout the districts, and in particu- 
lar, that fellowship meetings be held during the 
year by at least ten different groups of church- 
es throughout the biotherhood. 
For the National Organization: 

Articles by laymen and news items about the 
laymen's work should be published monthly. 
During the yeai- there should be developed a 
study outline of the duties and responsibilities 
of laymen. Dr. M. P. Puterbaugh was named 
as editor to manage and supervise tliis work. 
A budget was adoi)ted to include one hundred 
dollars for puljlishing tlie above, one hundred dol- 
lars for some specific items for the Brethren liome 
and fifty doUai's for general jjromotion purposes. 

The pi-omotion of the Student Aid fund should be 

All of these projects are in progress. The first is 
entirel\' up to the individual laymen. Reports have 
been made of the formation of new local oi'ganiza- 
tions and a number of the fellowship meetings have 
already been held. Some of these will be reported in 
this issue and others being definitely planned will 
be reported later. Dr. Putei'baugh begins his edi- 
torial work with tliis issue and will be anxious to 
have news items as well as other articles from time 
to time. The editor of tlie Evangelist has expressed 
a willingness to give us space for a laymen's column 
and has very graciously given us this issue with 
which to begin our work. Contributions have been 
received toward the national budget and others are 
planned and will soon be on the way. 

All of this is very gratifying to the national of- 
ficers and to laymen everywhere. It encourages us 
in our belief and hope that the laymen are ready to 
act. There are many things ahead for us to do. In 
closing, may I suggest one or two possibilities. We 
need to further promote the training of laymen in 
their church duties by institutes such as have been 
started in Indiana and Ohio. We should look to the 
future by enlarging our training of young people in 
the lay responsibilities in the church. We should 
develop a promotional program and in particular, 
promote some field work. Other opportunities for 
expansion will be found as we unite our minds and 
our hearts in the service of the church and of the 
Lord she seeks to serve. May we all be found faith- 
ful in our duties and our responsibilities. 

The Breihien Evangelist 

The Contributing Editor's Page 

(Questions and Comments) 

Is it necessary for the church to keep the law of the 
ten commandments? 

This question has troubled many conscientious 
Christians and therefore deserves a careful answer. 

First let us note that Christ was " a minister of 
the circumcision", that is, he came "not to destroy, 
but to fulfill" the law. He therefore obeyed, not 
only the laws of the rites and feasts, but also the 
moral precepts, for all were included in the Old Tes- 
tament, which means the old covenant, which was a 
covenant to obey, not only the ten commandments, 
but the entire law. Ex. 19:.5-8. 

When, however, Jesus had fulfilled the moral law, 
and also the prophecies which were imbedded in the 
rites and sacrifices and feasts of the Old Testament 
(except those which relate to his future coming) 
then he ascended into heaven and is now our great 
high priest. However, as we are told in Heb. 7:11, 
12, that Jesus is not a priest after the order of Levi, 
but after the order of Melchizadeck, which is great- 
er; and that this change of priesthood means that 
there was also a change of the law. 

What this change was is explained by Paul in 2 
Cor. 3:6. He says, "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 spir- 
it giveth life." 

The law of the letter was given under the old cov- 
enant, made in the blood of birds and of beasts, 
which made nothing perfect ; but the law of the spir- 
it was given under the new covenant, made in the 
blood of Christ, "Then said he, Lo, I come, to do thy 
will, God. He taketh away the first, that he may 
establish the second. By the which will we are 
sanctified through the offering of the body of Je- 
sus Christ once for all." Heb. 10:10. 

Now in some things the law of the letter requires 
more than the law of the spirit, as in the observance 
of all the details of rites and ceremonies of the law 
of Moses: and in some things the spirit requires 
more than the letter, as explained by Jesus in the 
sermon on the mount. Inasmuch as Jesus in giving 
the Lord's Supper to the church said of the cup, 
"This is the blood of the new covenant in my blood 
which is shed for you." Lk. 22:20. Every time, 
therefore, that we celebrate the Lord's Supper we 
renew our covenant to keep the spirit of the law, 
which spirit we have expressed and explained in the 
Gospel, which, in turn, is not intended to be observ- 
ed superficially "in the letter", but sincerely "in the 

Paul even explains how the church is to interpret 
the entire law in the spiritual sense. He takes the 
example of the law, "Thou shalt not muzzle the ox 
that treadeth out the grain" and explains that this 
was not written just for the oxen, but for our 
sakes," that he that ploweth should plow in hope." 
Deut. 25:4; 1 Cor. 9:9. That is to say, the letter of 
the law is based on principles of justice and judg- 
ment and mercy, and these principles are for all dis- 
pensations in so far as people are able to compre- 
hend them. 

Thus the Old Testament is not abolished, but is 
enriched by the New Testament, and the New Test- 
ament can only be fully understood by comparison 
with the Old Testament. The New Testament 
writers are cont'nually quoting the Old Testament 
as of authority for the church, but always according 
to the spirit and not according to the letter. It is 
to the Old Testament Scriptures to which Paul re- 
fers when he says to Timothy, "From a child thou 
hast known the holy scriptures which are able to 
make thee wise unto salvation through faith which 
is in Christ Jesus," 2 Tim. 3:15, 16. 

In Hebrews 4:2 we also read, "For unto us was 
the Gospel preached as well as unto them: but the 
word preached did not profit them, not being mixed 
with faith in them that heard it." The Gospel is 
prefigured in the Old Testament in the types and 
symbols and prophecies which must be understood 
and believed to be of value. The Old Testament is | 
the bud and the New is the open flower and both 
have their place in the edifying of the spiritual life 
in Christ Jesus.— C. F. Y. 


With this issue of the Brethren Evangelist 
the Laymen's Organization of the Brethren 
Church takes a new step forward in the work 
of our Brotherhood. 

Our Organization showed renewed vigor a 
few years ago and many will recall occasional 
short articles in the Evangelist. There follow- 
ed sevei-al years of efforts to r-ally the men of 
the Church through Laymen's Bulletins. 

Now, however, the time seems right for a 
happy combination of renewed enthusiasm of 
our men, an unprecedented number of success- 
ful laymen's groups established in many of our 
districts, and the realization of many of our 
church leaders that our laymen's work is vast- 
ly impoi'tant and must be presented widely. 
The result is this Laymen's Number. 

At our last National Conference a special 

February 24, 1940 


committee of laymen considered our publishing 
IM'oblenis and decided to do at least two things. 
First, to have as many articles, news leports, 
and promotion material published in the Evan- 
gelist as possible. Second, to develop some- 
thing in the nature of a Laymen's Handbook or 

The first phase of our publishing objectives 
is now nicely launched. Many of the fine 
things enjoyed by our Laymen at National 
Conference and in sectional meetings are now 
made available to all. This sample of good 
things we hope will stimulate our readers and 
bring an immediate response. 

Will you drop us a line and tell us how you 
liked this sample ? Will you write us about the 
activities of the laymen of your church? Will 
you ask us for information about how you may 
help along our National Laymen's Work ? Will 
you give us suggestions and news for a regular 
Laymen's column in the Evangelist each week ? 

The response of our laymen will determine 
how our program and plans move foiward. All 
articles intended for publication should be sent 
to M. P. Puterbaugh, Ashland, Ohio. 


(Bjj Prof L. G. Locke, Prof, of Eyiglish, Mari/ Washint/tori 
College, Fredericksburg, Va.) 

An address delivered at a meeting of The Nation- 
al Laymens' Association. 

"Ye blind guides, whicli strain at a gnat and 
swallow a camel." St. Matthew 23:24. 

There are people who balk at swallowing a gnat 
and then proceed to gulp down a whole camel — 
hair, hump, hoofs, and ugly head. Now of course 
no one enjoys drinking a beverage seasoned chiefly 
with gnats, but, on the other hand, why are we so 
careful about some of the trivialities of life when, at 
the same time, we pay so little attention to things of 
infinitely grater magnitude? Many people today 
are majoring in minor things, or, as it would very 
likely be put at Harvard, they are concentrating in 
non-required subjects. They are worried about the 
little microscopic gnats of life, while they are giving 
practically no attention to the important things. 
Theirs is a life of misplaced emphasis because they 
fail to follow the Bibical admonition and promise. 
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his right- 
eousness; and all these thing's shall be added unto 

There are many ways in which people are major- 
ing in minors nowadays, but the unfortunate prac- 
tice is nowhere more evident than in their vocations. 
Money and pi-ofit are apparently the most import- 
ant things in the world to the majority of people. 

Now profit is all right, and 1 believe most heartily 
in the profit motive, yet it is not the highest or 
greatest good attainable here on this earth. As a 
motive, it ought to be subordinate. Some men, nev- 
ertheless, burn up their lives and wear out their 
spirits in their ceaseless struggle to become ever 

After all, we should remember, there are really 
two kinds of wealth in the world — the higher wealth 
and the lower wealth. The lower wealth is, of 
course, money and property. And it is with this 
lower wealth that business and commerce are chief- 
ly concerned. This is the realm of competition and 
of the philosophy of "dog eat dog." Competition 
here is not only inevitable; it is highly desirable, as 
well. If you are inclined to doubt the desirability of 
competition in the realm of the lower wealth, go for 
a while to some place where there is no competition; 
for example, to one of the national parks, where all 
business within the park area is monopolized by one 
company. You will find there what an editorial in 
the Chicago Tribune called "the greatest clii>-joint 
west of Broadway." There must be competition in 
the lower wealth ; it cannot be escaped. Every bus- 
iness man knows the necessity for beating his com- 
petitor in order to prevent his competition from 
beating him. Every salaried man knows that he 
must fight each day to hold his job; someone else is 
always after it and, if vigilance is ever relaxed, 
someone else will get it, too. The competitive strug- 
gle for success in this lower wealth must, then, in- 
evitably continue. 

But emphasizing the lower wealth is just major- 
ing in a very minor subject. "What shall it profit 
a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own 
soul?" Fortunately there is a higher wealth also, 
and in it there is no competition — only cooperation 
and sharing. This higher wealth is composed of all 
the elemental parts of Christianity and it is increas- 
ed by giving it away. The principle which governs 
its multiplication applies likewise to virtues not 
even Christian; it applies, for example, to the ele- 
ments in the good life as Plato knew it: truth, 
beauty, and goodness. All these things are increas- 
ed, not by hoarding, but by sharing them. Every- 
one is richer when a scientist publishes the findings 
of his research. The world contains more beauty 
when a lovely poem or an exquisite picture becomes 
well enough known to be a part of the general her- 
itage of culture. Sharing, likewise, is the funda- 
mental basis upon which all scholarship is advanced. 
This higher wealth, then, is multiplied when it is 
given away. Paradoxically but truly, it accumulates 
when it is disbursed. Indeed, the higher wealth is 
very like the oil which Elisha multiplied for the dis- 
tressed widow. The more she poured out the more 
there was, until "it came to pass, when the vessels 
were full, that she said unto her son, 'Bring me yet 


The Brethren Evangelist ; 

a vessel.' And he said unto her, 'There is not a ves- 
sel more.' " 

Do not make the mistake of majoring in a minor 
subject by focusing your interest on the lower 
wealth to the extent that you exclude your partici- 
pation in the higher. "Seek ye first the kingdom 
of Heaven": that is the chief woi'k tliat any man 
has to do. This is the task which should be our 
most zealousl\-prosecuted occupation. Archbishop 
Tillotson, the greatest preacher ever produced by 
the Anglican church, about two hundred and fifty 
years ago made this statement to his congregation 
at St. Lawrence Jewry, near Guildhall in the old 
City of London: "I am firmly convinced that any 
man who works half as diligently to attain salva- 
tion as he does in his daily calling cannot fail to at- 
tain it." If we were honest with ourselves, most of 
us would have to admit, I fear, that during the 
greater portion of our time we are far more intei'- 
ested in our professional and business advancement 
than we are in gaining the Kingdom of God. Theie 
is, therefore, an urgent necessity for us to begin 
concentrating on tlu' great major considei-ation of 
our lives. 

In religion, also, we often unhappily major in min- 
ors. It is almost astounding to observe how very 
little are the things wiiich turn some people away 
fi'om the Church. One i)erson tui'ns away fi'om the 
major consideration of his life simply because some- 
one said something lie didn't like. Another, discrim- 
inating in taste but weak in the Spirit, forsakes the 
House of God because he cannot endure the jazzy 
hymns that the parson persists in announcing. Yet 
another is offended because he feels that someone 
shook hands with him a bit too limply. (Incidental- 
ly, all of us should remember to avoid the so-called 
'Vet-towel" handshake). All of these easily of- 
fended brethren are most assuredly majoring in 
minors, but anyone who has ever been intimately 
connected with a church has known one of them or 
one of their kindred. 

In almost all phases of life, if we take the trouble 
to look, we can find examples of the mistaken policy 
of majoring in minors, of stressing the ti-ivial rather 
than the essential. Why do all of us, at one time or 
another, make this mistake which is bound to I'esult 
in calamity? Let us consider the sources of our 

In the first place, we make the mistake of major- 
ing in minors because, essentially, we are small peo- 
ple and, as a consequence, have a small way of look- 
ing at things. Our worries are little worries; in 
other words, they are our own, private, self-center- 
ed worries. We are bothered and vexed by the most 
minute of problems: personal appearance, recrea- 
tion, food, party politics, and ecclesiastical squabbles 
are our chief concerns, even though the whole world 

is plunged into a disastei' too awful to contemplate, ; 
a disaster from which only Christianity can redeem i 
it. Our prayers, too, are small prayers, and we have 
a habit of praying them to a God who is in oui' eyes, , 
I fear, small and weak. By no means the least 
among our sins is this sin of pettiness, for what 
greatei' affi'ont can any man offer to his God than i 
the affront of underestimation? 

A small way of looking at things, then, is the first 
cause of the eiTor which leads to majoring in min- 
ors. The second, and greatest, cause is closely akin 
to it. Our Lord himself tells us, in St. Matthew 22 : 
29, why mistakes are made: "Ye do err, not know- 
ing the scriptures or the power of God." Thus, we 
have the supreme authority of God himself for say- 
ing that the greatest cause of eiTor is dual : lack of 
knowledge of the Bible and failuie to realize the 
power of God. When we examine our lives by these 
two standards, we ai'e no longer in ignoi'ance con- 
cerning the exact cause of our blunders, mistakes, 
;uid sins; the reason why we majoi' in minors be- 
comes apparent. 

Ignorance of the Bible and a failure to idealize the 
|)ower of God in the world today are responsible for 
all of our faltering, mistaken ways of life. We do 
not know our Bible nowadays, as our pious ances- 
tors knew theirs; neither do we give evidence that 
we inherit their complete trust in, and unswerving 
devotion to. Almighty God. 

People simply do not know their Bibles very well 
today. Aside from the more important moi-al and 
religious significance of this fact, their knowledge 
of the Scripture is insufficient to entitle them to be 
considered as cultivated people. They lack that 
fundamental knowledge of the Bible which is one of 
the lequisites of common culture. Tliey are unable 
to understand the greatest masterpieces of English 
literature because they do not know enough about 
the Bible to understand the Biblical allusions in se- 
culai' poetry. Young people who make some pre- 
tension to education blandly confess, when confront- 
ed by the allusions in poetry, that they have never 
heard of the Burning Bush or the Parting of the 
Red Sea. John Di'yden's great political satire, 
Ahsolom and Achitophel, offers few beauties for the 
appreciation of college students who do know who 
Absolom was. And it is a fact that between one- 
half and three-quarters of the members of a college 
class recently admitted to me that they were total- 
ly unacquainted with the intensely interesting and 
tragic story of the ambitious prince. While all of 
us are, of course, somewhat more familiar with the 
Scriptures, we have hardly sampled the gi-eat wealth 
the Bible offers us. 

If we knew the Bible better, if we were saturated; 
with it, we would not fall into most of oui- eiroi's. 
How many temptations would we not overcome ifl 

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we knew the precious words that would apply un- 
mistakably to them. Our Lord answered every one 
of the temptations in the wilderness with a quota- 
tion from the Holy Scriptures ; to be exact, from the 
Old Testament, which was the only Bible he knew. 
Constantly he quoted from it and used it to resolve 
the most perplexing and artfully-schemed questions 
ever propounded by the diabolical minds of men and 
of Satan himself. Christ knew his Bible and quoted 
it in the hour of trial. His replies to the tempta- 
tions in the wilderness are quotations from the book 
of Deuteronomy — how many men today, either lay 
or ministerial, can quote a single verse from Deuter- 
onomy? Even when he suffered on the cross. Our 
Lord remembered the Scriptures; even in the last 
awful hour of his anguished passion he quoted from 
the twenty-second psalm when he cried out, "My 
God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Our 
Lord did, indeed, know his Bible. We should emulate 
Him and knows ours, too. Because we do not really 
know the Bible, we have an erroneous conception of 
the world; we disregard the most fundamental and 
.basic truths. The time is here to begin again a sei- 
ious study of the Bible. We laymen need to read it 
oftener and longei', it is true, and so do the clergy. 
One reason for the teiTible aridity of so much pies- 
ent-day preaching is that there is not enough of the 
Bible in it; in fact, sometimes almost everything but 
the Bible is preached on — or rather against — while 
the precious words are disregarded. Knowing the 
words of the Bible is a safeguard against error. 
There are no other words in all the world like these 
words. Let us study them, learn them, and use 

The other great source of error which causes us 
to make, among others, the mistake of majoring in 
minors is our failure to believe that the power of 
God is actually working at the present time in this 
world of ours. One who reads a metropolitan news- 
paper in this time of one soul-wracking world crisis 
after another would think, judging from the ab- 
sence of reference to Him, that God were dead. How 
often do our national leaders ever consider the pow- 
er of God? Do you think that the Chancelloi'ies of 
Europe ever consider God or his wishes? Without 
a doubt this is the reason why we muddle, eii-, and 
slaughtei- each other. 

We must believe in the power of God in our per- 
sonal lives. We pray, it is true, but do we really 
expect an answer? Few people today try to solve 
their problems by means of prayer; and that is the 
reason for our lamentable plight. 

Let us all remember that God is still our God; 
that he is our Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord 
of lords; and that with Him the impossible is very 


The Johnstown city districts of the Cambi-ia 
County Sunday School Association are sponsoring a 
city wide "Go to Sunday School" campaign. The at- 
tendance figures for Feb. 11 have been published in 
comparison with the figures for the corresponding 
Sunday a year ago. Only two out of a total of 45 
schools listed showed an increase and altogether a 
decrease of 16 percent was shown. We presume 
that figures for the entire country, including Breth- 
ren Schools, would show a similar trend. Here is a 
situation that is a challenge to every Christian. 

Preachers, Educators, Statesmen, Businessmen, 
Newspaper men and other wide awake observers are 
much concerned about the marked decline in religi- 
ous activities, and many are convinced that a great 
spiritual revival is the only hope of our civilization. 

Wliat if anything, can the laymen of the Breth- 
ren Church do about such a situation? 

The Brethren Church has a National Laymen's 
Association with capable officers, ready and willing 
to cooperate with local organizations in doing 
worthwhile work for the Master. 

We believe that every congregation should have 
a men's organization, depending of course, on condi- 
tions as to how elaborate this should be. It may be 
that the Men's Bible Class of the Sunday School, 
well organized, can function for all inuijoses. In 
other places a separate organization may be more 
effective. For efficient denominational work, tliese 
local bodies should be tied up with tiie national 
work, a small contribution of i)erhaps 250 per mem- 
ber sent to the national organization would hel]) in 
financing the work and would bring, in i-etuni, as- 
sistance in the preparation of programs and sug- 
gestions foi- local activities. 

The success of any congregation depends very 
largely on how the men accept their responsibility. 
Men as a rule being the mone.v-getters of the family, 
must assume to a very large extent, the responsi- 
bility of financing the Church. Many men evade 
this responsibility and here is where an organiza- 
tion with leaders who are tactful can present the 
matter in a way that will induce others to assume 
their share of this work. 

Loyalty in the way of attendance at Church and 
Sunday School should be an objective of the men's 
organization. Empty pews are a sad indication of 
the light manner in which Christian people regard 
their privileges and duties. We in America should 
appreciate the fact that we have the pi'ivilege to 
worship God freely and without hindrance when so 
many in other lands are denied the right to assemble 
for worship. 

A men's organization should be able to assume 
and I think should have the privilege of taking com- 
plete charge of a regular Church service occasional- 


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ly. While the talks given by the laymen may lack 
the polish and depth of a sermon by the pastor, yet 
the interest shown by the congregation in programs 
of this kind given in our church indicate that they 
are woithwhile besides being of much value to the 
men participating. 

Another matter in which the men should be inter- 
ested is the civic and moral conditions of the com- 
munity. While it is true that Christ's Kingdom is 
sp'rtual and that a social gospel alone will not save 
a single soul, yet the Master himself, by precept and 
example, indicated his deep concern about the physi- 
cal and social needs of those with whom he came in 
contact. By helping to eliminate vice and crime 
from our community we are doing a service to hu- 

My belief is that public officials would be much 
more active in performing their duties if more pres- 
sure wei'e brought to bear on them by church 
groups. In fact a good many of them would be glad 
to know that they had the backing of these folks. 
Just a little illustration of what can be done some- 
times by even a small group. Last summer a so- 
ciety with a foreign name planned a state conven- 
tion in our city. The plans called for a four day 
convention to close with a mammoth parade on Sun- 
day, with band contests and a general big time. At 

the regular meeting of the Third Brethren men's 
group one of the men spoke about it and thought we 
ought to protest the matter. After some discussion 
a resolution directed to the mayor and city council 
was drawn up and was duly presented to the offi- 
cials. An invitation was extended to the Minister- 
ial association to join us in this protest, which they 
did. Granting of a permit was delayed by the of- 
ficials. The society planning the parade was at 
first vei-y indignant and threatened to take the en- 
tire convention to another city. However, after 
some discussion they thought better of the matter 
and finally consented to have their parade on Sat- 
urday, which was more satisfactory to all as it did 
not interfere with church activities. 

A Father and Son banquet once a year is an event 
which is looked foi-ward to by those who have at- 
tended previous affairs of this kind. Rightly con- 
ducted, it can be an instrument of much benefit to 
both men and boys. 

Many opportunities for service will present them- 
selves to a wide awake laymen's organization of any 

I think it would be a source of gi'eat satisfaction 
to any pastor to have back of him a group of loyal 
laymen to support him in his work. 

D. F. Benshoff. 



(By Paul A. Burkett, Student in Anh- 
land College Pre- Seminar!/) 

The annual Father and Son Banquet 
was held here on August 11th. The 
g"uest speakers were Dr. Puterbaugh 
and Dr. Haun. Dr. Puterbaugh spoke 
on father and son relationships and Dr. 
Haun spoke in regard to the work of 
the laymen. He emphasized the need 
and importance of laymen's work in 
aiding the work of the pastor and the 

This banquet was the starting point 
of the organizating of the Fremont 
Laymen. The organization was started 
on January 11th, and completed its or- 
ganization in the next meeting on Feb- 
ruarj 8th. The following officers were 
elected: Robert Shatter, jiresident; 
Carl Mohler, vice president; Chester 
Mohat, secretary; George Hague, 
ti'easurer. The group meets on the 
second Thursday of each month. 

The aims of the Fremont Laymen 

1. To help the church in every way 
possible by work that may be done at 
the church in the ui)keep of the pro- 

2. To have programs which will be 

uplifting, educational, and spiritual, 
and which are designed to lead to a 
richer and deeper fellowship among the 
men of the church and community. 

S. To reach out into the community 
and touch the lives of men who do not 
attend church, with the purpose of 
bringing them ultimately into the 

To carry out these aims the group 
will work through various committees 
working together with the pastor. The 
next meeting will be held on March 
14th, and is planned as an effort to 
reach many of the unchurched of the 

Congratulations to this new organi- 
zation. We wish to express our well 
wishes to the Fremont Laymen and to 
their aims. We hope that this will be 
but one step toward the work of the 
Five Year "See Christ" Program of the 
Ohio Conference in the Fremont 
church. The need of active laymen in 
the work of the pastor and the various 
organizations of the church has long 
been felt and it is with satisfaction that 
we see efforts made toward meeting 
that need. The success of this organi- 
zation and others formed throughout 
the denomination can lead to but one 
result — new successes for Chi'ist. 

—P. A. B. 


Hagerstown, Md., Feb. 19th, 1940 

On the evening of November 9th, 
19.39, some 110 laymen from churches 
in the northern end of our Southeast- 
ern District met in the church at 
Maurertown, Va. There were invita- 
tions issued to some fifteen churches 
and eleven were represented. How- 
ever, just a few days prior to the meet- 
ing this valley had one of the worst 
snow storms in years, so that several 
of the nearby churches in rural sections 
were not able to attend, due to side 
roads being closed. 

Our lajmien were most hospitably re- 
ceived by the host church of which our 
good Brother Ed. Miller is pastor. 
The ladies of Maurertown Church 
sei'ved an excellent dinner in the social 
room of the church. 

It would not have been possible to 
find a finer Christian spirit than that 
displayed among this group of lay- 
men. All those attending left with the 
feeling that it was good for them to 
have been there and that the future of 
our Beloved Brethi-en Church was safe 
so long as we layrnen discharged our 
Christian obligations. 

Dr. Wm. H. Beachler, pastor of the 
First Brethren Church in Hagerstown, 

March 2, 1940 


was the principal speaker of the even- 
ing. His address centered around 
"Laymen and their responsibilities to 
their local congi'egations." Appro- 
priate remarks and greetings were 
brought to the meeting by Rev. John 
Lock, Rev. Freeman Ankrum and Rev. 
Ed. Miller. 

During the business session an or- 
ganization was effected as follows: 

M. B. Ridenour, Hagerstown, Presi- 

Hugh Logan, Harrisonburg, Secre- 

Romeo Fink, Woodstock, Treasurer. 

It was voted to affiliate with the Na- 
tional Organization and an offering 
was received to be forwarded to the 
National Treasurer. 

Our next meeting will most likely be 
held in our church at Lindwood. 

M. B. Ridenour. 

Note ; 

The following program is simply a 
suggestion. It likely is too long to 
be followed in all its details. Sec- 
tions of the "responsive service" 
may not appeal. It is to be hoped, 
however, that it will serve as a 
suggestion to many groups who 
will resolve to plan an interesting, 
instructive, worshij) service which 
will result in the men and boys of 
the church catching a new glimpse 
of their task. M. P. P. 

PRELUDE— (Let the men and boys 
who have gathered in the rear of 
the church march together to re- 
served seats at the front.) 


"Brethren, whatsoever things are 
true, whatsoever things are honor- 
able, whatsoever things are just, 
whatsoever things are pure, what- 
soever things are lovely, whatso- 
ever things are of good report ; if 
there be any virtue, and if there 
be any praise, think on these 
things'." Phil. 4:8. 


HYMN— "Faith of Our Fathers". 


Leader: Speak History! Who are 

life's victors? 

Unroll thy long annals and say, 

Are they those whom the world 
call the victors. 
Who won the success of a day? 
The martyr or Nero? The Spara- 
Who fell at Thermopylae's tryst. 
Or the Persians or Xerxes? 
His judges or Socrates, 
Pilate or Christ? 
Boys and Girls: "We have com- 
mitted the Golden Rule to heart; 
now let us commit it to life.'" (Ed- 
ward Markham) 
Women : 

"Pass on the torch, pass on the 
Remember whence the glory 
And eyes are on you as you run. 
Beyond the shining of the sun." 
(Allen Eastman Cross) 


"Ye are the light of the world. A 
city that is set on a hill cannot be 
hid. Neither do men light a can- 
dle, and put it under a bushel, but 
on a candlestick ; and it giveth 
light unto all that are in the house. 
Let your light so shine before men 
that they may see your good 
works, and glorify your Father 
which is in heaven." 
(A reader might read the follow- 
ing hymn) 
"Let not thy hands be slack, live 

not in vain ; 
Out of life's track, men toil in 

Play thou a brother's jiart, 
strength, love and hope impart; 
Bid thou the fainting heart, look 
up again. 

"Let not thy hands be slack, grip 
thou thy sword ! 

Why should'st thou courage lack? 
Think of thy Lord. 

Did he not fight for thee? Strong- 
er than all is He, 

And He thy strength will be, rest 
on His Word. 

"Let not thy hands be slack, haste 

to the fray! 
Dream not of turning back, life is 

not play! 
Gird thou thy armor on, fight till 

the battle's won. 

Then shall thy Lord's "Well done," 
more than repay! 

"Let not thy hands be slack, "Fear 

not! be strong!" 
Cease not to attack on ev'ry 

Press on for Truth and Right, 

hold high the Gospel light. 
Expel the dirge of night with 

heaven's song! 

"Let not thy hands be slack, the 

days fly past. 
Lost moments come not back from 

the dark past. 
Then be not slack of hand! Help 

thou the weak to stand! 
To God and Fatherland, Give all 

thou hast!" 
"Lord Christ, we take the torch 

from thee; 

We must be true, we will be free. 
And clean of heart and strong of 


To bear the glory to its goal. 


"0 Lord of life, to thee we kneel: 

Maker of men, our purpose seal: 

We will, for honor of thy name. 

Pass on the torch, pass on the 


(Allen Eastman Cross) 

All: "Let the words of my mouth 
and the meditations of my heart 
be acceptable in thy sight, I Lord, 
my strength and my Redeeemer." 

HYMN: "Where Cross the Crowded 
Ways of Life." 


SCRIPTURE: The Eighth Psalm. 

TALK : "The Laymen of the Bible." 

SPECIAL MUSIC: (A men's quar- 
tet is preferable) 

TALK: "The Laymen's Task in the 
Word of the Church." 

TALK : "The National Laymen's Or- 
ganization of the Brethren 
Chui-ch; Its Program and Pro- 

OFFERING: (To be devoted to spec- 
ial laymen's project) 


HYMN: "0 Jesus I Have Promised". 




"There are strange ways of serving 

You sweep a room or turn a sod. 
And suddenly, to your surprise. 
You hear the whir of seraphim. 
And find you're under God's own 

And building palaces for him." 


Is my church a friendly church? 
Are strangers welcomed there? 
Does each and every member 
Such duties gladly share. 

Do we shake the hand of poor folks 
Or just the ones with wealth. 
Pick out the sick and weary 
Or just the ones in health. 


Through which Christ Thinks 

Through which Christ Loves 

Through which Christ Speaks 

Through which Christ Helps 

— F. A. Noble, Peloubet's 
Notes, 1940. 


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Parental Influence 

In the family of Andrew Murry of South Africa, eleven children 
grew to adult life. Five of the six sons became ministers and four of 
the daughters became minister's wives. The next generation had a 
still more striking record in that ten grandchildren became ministers 
and thirteen became missionaries. The secret of this was the Chris- 
tian Home. — John Mott. 

"LOVERS of the Gospel, cleansed by the LAYERS of the Gospel, 
known to be true LIVERS of the Gospel, are real LEVERS of the 
Gospel." — The Brethren Bulletin, Louisville, O. 


1. Be present as far as pos- 
sible, at every service of the 
church. The benefit will be to 
others as well as to yourself. 

2. Read the Scriptures regu- 
larly anil meditate upon what 
you read. Too many treat the 
Bible as a book of the past. 

3. Pray until prayer becomes 
a habit, turning to God at all 
times as naturally as the flow- 
er turns to the sun. 

4. Keep a strict watch over 
the door of your lips. If you 
cannot spea.k well of others, 
say nothing. 

.5. Deny yourself some lu.xury 
and add the cost of it to your 
offering. The cost of self-de- 
nial should be given not saved. 

(i. Let self-examination be a 
daily duty. It is not a ques- 
tion of where you stand, but 
whither you are moving. 

7. Make your life positive not 
merely negative. Undertake 
some practical work for good, 
and carry it through. 

The gospel in all its doctrines and 
duties appears infinitely superior to 
any human composition. It has no 
mark of human ignorance, imper- 
fection, or sinfulness, but bears the 
signature of divine wisdom, authority 
and importance, and is most worthy of 
he supreme attention and regard of 
all intelligent creatures. — Emmons. 

"There are a good many people who 
want to be Christians who do not know 
what Jesus Christ expects of them. 
They seldom take the trouble to read 
the Bible for themselves and some of 
them do not even go to church regu- 
larly to hear Jesus' teachings read and 
explained there. How can they obey 
Him if they have only a vague, uncer- 
tain knowledge of His commands ? 
(Prov. 3:13-26)." —"The Evangelist- 


Is it fair to invite a man to become 
the pastor of a church and lay upon 
him the duty of preaching every Sun- 
day and then stay away from the ser- 
vices you require him to lead? 

Is it fair to leave that pastor to 
preach to empty pews because it is a 
little too cold for comfort and you pre- 
fer to stay home ? 

Is it fair to profess to love Jesus 
Christ and to consider his faith of su- 
preme importance and then desert the 
house of his worship and thereby bring 
pain to his heart and reproach upon 
his dear name ? 

Is it fair to grant to yourself those 
liberties which, if practised by all, 
would paralyze the church and destroy 
not only its u.-^efulness, but its exis- 
tence ? 

Think! Think! Think!— Selected. 

March 10, 1940 


Scripture Lesson: I Kings 19:9-J2; 

Ps. 46:10 

Daily Readings 

A boy who heard, I Sam. 3:1-10. 
Wait' upon the Lord, Ps. 27:11-14. 
An unexpected hearing, Jn. 12:27- 
A prophet's urge to listen, Isa. 51:1- 

Private devotions. Matt. (i:.5, 6. 
Jesus' all-night communion, Lk. fi: 




Our Scripture lesson relates for us 
an unusual incident. It suggests the 
subject given, and the subject sug- 
gests, in turn, the important mat'er of 
personal, very personal communion 
with God. This one instance alone 
would be enough to refute the notion 
of the old Deists that God created the 
world, set it a-going, and then went 
off and left it to run dowm as a clock, 
without further concern as to what 
happened to it or its inhabitants. Tlie 

whole Bible emphasis is on the care 
and concern of God for His people, and 
His desire that all might forsake 
worldiiness and follow after Him. 
The "still, small voice" is a part of His 
concern for us that we might know 
His love and His will for us personal- 
ly. Elijah's experience was unique, 
but each of us may hear that "still, 
small voice." 

The "Still, .Small Voice" is from 
(Jod. Elijah had been called to a rig- 
orous mission, but in sudden fear and 
di.seouragement he was in Horeb, far 
from the scene of his ministry. The 
petulant mood of his mind unfitted 
him for imediate service, just as any 


Does my life please God? 

Am I studying my Bible 

Am I enjoying my Christian 

Have I ever won a soul to 

How much time do I spend in 
prayer ? 

Do I practice daily Matthew 

Am I in fellowship with the 
Holy Spirit? 

Am I trying to bring my 
friends to Christ? 

Is there anything I cannot 
give up for Christ? 

How does my life look to 
those who are not Christians ? 

How many things do I put 
before my religious duties? 

Do I care whether the mid- 
week prayer-meeting is a dead 
or a live service? 

Have I ever tried giving one- 
tenth of mv income to the 

Am I doing anything I 
would condemn in others? 

Is my lamp well trimmed and 
burning? — Origin Unknown. 

such unbecoming emotions will unfit 
us for service. He needed such an 
evidence as God gave him to bring him 
out of his mood of self-pity. Before 
the awe-sti'icken prophet God gave 
witness to His majesty and power in 
great manifestations of the elements, 
yet He was not in these. Then came 
the "still, small voice," and Elijah 
knew that in it he would find God. An- 
other reading says it was "a sound of 
gentle stillness" and out of it God 
spoke to His servant. 

The God-imposed quiet helps us to 
hear.. After stirring and sound-filled 
events a silence or quiet period can be 
"heard," cf. Rev. 8:1. God speaks to 
us in the silences of life. Sometimes 
He has to still us that we may hear. In 
the silence which He imposes He can 

March 2, 1940 



John 3:1(; 

By Barbara Cornet Ryberg 

For God, the Lord of earth and Heaven 
5o Loved, and longed to see forgiven, 
rhe World in sin and pleasure mad, 
rhat He Gave the greatest gift He 

fiis Only Son — to take our place, 
rhat Whosoever — Oh, what grace! — 
Believeth, placing simple trust 
!n Him, the righteous and the just, 
■ihould Not Perish, lost in sin. 
But Have Eternal Life in Him. 

— From Sunday School Times. 

;xpect us to hear, for our hearing will 
lot (ought not) be turned to other 
hings. Sometimes in industrial plants 
Tie power supply may be suddenly cut 
>ff and all the noise of machinery be 
stopped at once. For a bit the ensu- 
ng silence is almost painful by con- 
rast. The same thing may happen to 
I lesser degree and in a more pleas- 
ng manner when a large orchestra in 
'ull volume conies abruptly to a com- 
)lete stop. The composer is only us- 
ng in his human way what God used 
it Horeb; it is to pi'epare us for .some 
lew vista of human harmon.v in the 
me case and of Divine harmony in the 
)ther — the voice of God. 

It is up to us to hear the Voice. 
)ut of the stillness came the voice of 
jod to the prophet. Out of our God- 
ilanned silences His voices will come 
o us. It is up to us to hear. But how 
iften we clutter up His silences. So 
iften when He would have us quiet be- 
'ore Him, we fail to fall in line with 
lis plan. We are a generation of 
loise-makers. We can't celebrate any- 
hing without noise and lots of it. All 
lur fun is noisy. Our daily lives are 
loisy. If noise and bluster made a 
leople great, ours would be a great 
leople today. We can't "enjoy" the 
adio unless it is going full blast. All 
his makes us nervous, impatient, rest- 
ess thrill-hounds who find it hard, if 
lot impossible, to pause in these God- 
niposed silences to hear Him speak to 
IS. Our state is as bad, or worse, than 
hat of Elijah. God's word is needed: 
'Be still, and know that I am God," 
's. 46:10. 

The "S,till, Small Voice" reminds us 
hat God still is. One morning when 
li-scourageiiient pressed him close, 
ilartin Luther awakened to find his 
vife moving about the house dressed 
n the clothing and the gloom of deep 
nourning. In astonishment he asked, 
'Why, who's dead?" His wife .solemn- 
y answered, "God is dead." When the 
istounded refonner insisted that God 
ould not be dead, she reminded him 
hat he had been ACTING as though 
Jod were dead. We may often, truly 
■nough, act like God is dead, but when 
ve hear that "still, small voice" it as- 
ures that He is not dead. When faith 
3 tempted to waver, we need to listen 
or that voice. 

It will help us keep our eyes upon 

the goal. Unless we keep our eyes up- 
on our spiritual goal, we are liable to 
meander in the way. (The word 
"meander" came from a river by that 
name in Asia Minor which had a very 
crooked course). Looking at too many 
things around us interferes with keep- 
ing the goal in sight. It hampers our 
spiritual usefiilness. An organization 
of thousands of American farm youth 
has for its motto the ideal to "plow a 
straight furrow.' Every farm boy, 
who has ever "laid out a land" in 
breaking ground for crops, knows that 
he can't plow a straight fuiTow unless 
he knows where he is to come out at 
the other end of the field and that he 
must keep his eye strictl.v upon that 
point all the way across the field. 
When Peter took his eyes off the Lord, 
he saw the waves and promptly sank. 
At Mt. Carmel Elijah won a great vic- 
tory with the Lord. He withstood an 
unfriendly king and four hundred false 
prophets, and then ran in dismay from 
an angry woman. I guess that was 
the "let-down" afterward, but at 
Horeb God helped him get his eyes up- 
on the goal again. 

'J'he "Still, Small Voice" will set us 
right about many things. Elijah was 
over-whelmed by human emotions. He 
despaired of the whole cause of God in 
Israel, and began to pity himself. Now 
God will take care of His own cause, 
and self-pity is spiritual suicide for 
the servants of God. Elijah had lost 
his spiritual perspective. When that 
happens, there is no remedy but for us 
to get alone with God. The prophet 
soon learned that he was not alone in 
Israel, but seven thousand worshippers 
of the true God remained. Moral con- 
ditions are never so bad, spiritual con- 
ditions never at so low an ebb but that 
God has His own faithful witness. 

There is always a true remnant. We, 
too, may have many wrong notions, but 
when we hear the voice of God we are 
set right. 

That voice sends us out into living, 
loving service. God gave Elijah a 
three-fold mission to carry out. Elijah 
said he wanted to die, but God liad 
work for him. There is no need of idle 
hands for lack of some place to seiTe 
in Christ's kingdom. Christian iEn- 
deavorers ai'e pledged to lives of ser- 
vice. God would have you serve. 
Brethren young people can find places 
to serve in their own churches and 
communities. Then some will — we 
pray God — find larger places. As a 
church we ought to greatl.y advance 
mission work abroad. And we ought 
to rapidly — and at once — expand our 
work at home. That doesn't only call 
for money; it requires, also, consecrat- 
ed young lives. You Brethren Eri- 
deavorers can furnish part of the mon- 
ey needed, but you will have to furnish 
mos,t, of the needed young life. Listen 
to the "still, small voice" that, like 
P^llijah, you may know your mission. 
F"or Discussion 

1. God <loes — does not — speak to 
men today as to Elijah '.' 

2. What are some of the reasons why 
we need to listen for the "still, small 

3. Did God speak to Elijah in Mt. 
Horeb just to comfort Elijah ? 2 Cor. 

4 God gave Elijah three things 
which he should do yet before he left 
this world. What are some of the 
things to which God might call us? 
The daily readings for this week are 
especially helpful in the discussion of 
this lesson. Make use of them. 

Frank Gehman. 





" 'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just 
to take Him at His word." Thus we 
sing, but how many of us really just 
take Jesus at His word ? We fear that 
onl.v too often this song is sung more 
as a lip service than real worship. Oh. 
just to know better how to really trust 
Him, and never complain about what 
He permits us to pass through. Only 
when we really and fully trust God 
and never ask the "why" of things, do 
we find something of the sweetness of 
trust, in the Lord. "Oh for Grace to 
trust Him more." 

Some of our local church folks saw- 
that we needed a cooking range very 
much in our kitchen. Unknown to us 
they got busy, and the morning of the 

20th of November there came in a con- 
siderable group of our local people, 
told us to get out of the kitchen, and 
we did stand back, and then they pro- 
ceeded to set up a very good cast cook 
stove, started the fire in it, and told 
us to go ahead with it. Also quite a 
shower of eatables, accompanied the 
same. Easy to trust under such cir- 

But on the morning of Dec. 12th, 
just as we had completed our break- 
fast, the cry was heard that the boy's 
dormitory was on fire, and looking out 
we saw that it was only too time. Two 
of the teachers were in it at the time, 
i.e. were rooming there, and we were 
planning on doing some work in the 
building before putting the boys there. 
In some way it caught from the heat- 


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er apparatus, and must have done so 
about when the teachers left for 
breakfast, for when the boys got back 
there the building was all ablaze on 
the inside, so much that practically 
nothing could be gotten out. We had 
just looked the heating appartus over 
a few days before that. Not so easy 
to trust God for that, and that He will 
enable that the building be replaced. 
But we are tnasting Him for that very 

We had our usual Christmas pro- 
gram on Christmas day, with a good 
attendance considering that that morn- 
ing we had our first dip of weather be- 
low zero. The attendance at services 
has been very gratifying considering 
the kind of weather we have had, and 
the sickness that has been on due 
somewhat to it. The South was hit 
the hardest this time that it ever has 
been since records have been available, 
i.e. sections of it, and of course there 
was suffering. Again it took more 
faith to just trust when all our water 
for dormitory and home use had to be 
carried quite a distance for about ten 
days due to frozen water pipes. 

Then some time after the holidays 
there came a check from the 
Board, which consisted of funds that 
friends had sent to the Board for the 
work of the Lord here, and which they 
forwarded on to the work. Since we 
do not know the names of these don- 
ors we cannot thank them directly by 
letter as we usually do. But we do 
thank the Home Mission Board for 
their part in it, and we do thank those 
who sent the money in to the Board. 
This check came just at a time when 
we had a special bill to meet, and more 
than we can tell you, it did mean so 
much to the work. GOD BLESS 
course He will reward you. Our Sa- 
vior said, "It is more blessed to give 
than to receive." While it did seem a 
most blessed thing here for the funds, 
yet according to His word, which is 
final in all matters, yours is the great- 
est blessing. Num. 6:24-26. 

There has been much prayer that 
Krypton might have some worker 
there to help in the work of the Lord, 
since Brother and Sister Walters left. 
Entirely unknown to us about their 
coming, there came to our home three 
young men, who had been in Bible 
school together, and now were out to 
work for the Lord wherever He might 
lead them. They asked us if we knew 
of any place where they might work. 
We at once thought of Kryton, and 
since there was a building there practi- 
cally furnished, and since the people 
there were very anxious for them to 
come, we sent them there. They have 
now been there some four weeks, and 
seem to be getting along fine, doing 
their own cooking and housekeeping 
generally. The people recently gave 
them a shower, which helped very 
much. They have gone there just 

trusting the Lord that He will supply 
their needs, and they report that He 
is doing it for them. One of them is 
a member of the Brethren Church, and 
the other two are members of the 
Church of the Brethren. Floyd Pur- 
singer is from the Rich Patch section 
of Va., Joe Magush and MeUfin Cro- 
man are from Quakertown, Pa. 

There has been possibly the greatest 
demand for the used clothing this 
winter that we have ever had. I do 
not remember any time when the peo- 
ple locally seemed so anxious for it, 
and also when there was as much to 
be put out as there has been this win- 
ter. God bless and reward everyone 
of you who have been a helper in this 
very worthy phase of the work. That 
clothing helps both ways here. It is a 
great help to the people who get it to 
use, and then also brings in some help 
for the dormitory and the work. Then 
still another phase of it is your reward 
for sending it to the work. Thus there 
is a three-fold blessing in this service. 

We do appreciate so much your 
prayers for the work. WE NEED IT 
SO MUCH, as we only desire, only 
choose to do what our Lord would have 
us do. We are ready to make any bend 
in the work, as we may know it is the 
will of the Lord for us to do that. WE 
and need prayer that we may not be 
mistaken even in the smaller things 
that come along. 

G. E. Drushal. 


For a long time I had known that I 
was to spend two weeks with the Mor- 
rellville people in special meetings. 
But I did not know how successful they 
would be in picking two of the worst 
weeks of the entire winter for those 
meetings. There is no doubt they are 
good pickers of bad weather. Natural- 
ly I looked forward with pleasure to 
this opportunity to work and visit with 
the Cricks and Benshoffs and Links 
and others whom I had learned to 
know there in other years. I had not 
been in the Morrellville church since 
my work for the college. Since that 
time they had provided for themselves 
a splendid, creditable new church 
structure. I found this people still a 
stalwart Brethren congregation, with 
the firm determination on the part of 
both pastor and people to remain so. 

In spite of more snow almost every 
night, and uniformily low temperature, 
and much sickness in the homes the 
second week, the attendance held up 
remarkably well and a fine interest 
prevailed. We had plenty of good 
singing under the direction of Floyd 
Benshoff, and we gave large promin- 
ence to the study of the Bible, in ad- 
dition to our humble endeavor to 
preach sound gospel every night. And 
we are glad to report God saw fit to 
bless the services with His Holy pres- 
ence and to use them to His glory. 

We found Brother Crick a ti'reioss 
and an agreeable pastor with whom to 
work. And we found his congregation 
in a splendid state of cultivation. It 
was evident that he keeps in closest 
touch with his parish. As a local pas- 
tor in special meetings he measured up 
fully and did his part well; and if 
weather and health conditions had been 
more favorable we are sure we would 
have had more sheaves for our hire. 

My stay in the Crick home during 
the meetings was very pleasant and 
agreeable, Mrs. Crick, and Genevieve, 
and Donald making their full contri- 
bution to the happiness of our stay. 
We entertain sincerest gratitude to-i 
ward the Cricks and the many good, 
people in the Third church who extend-, 
ed kindnesses to us and to all who ten-j 
dered to us a very generous free willj 
offering. We continue to covet for 
this pastor and people the blessing of 
God, and peace, and unity. 

Wm. H. Beachler.' 



BROWN— Frank C. Brown was bom 
Dec. 6, 1870, in Columbus, Ohio, one of 
a family of eleven children. He wasj 
the son of John and Harriett Brown 
who moved to Indiana shortly after his 
birth. He was united in marriage to 
Lenna Sellers, Feb. 16, 1898. The wid- 
ow and four children, — Eula M., Minal 
L., PeiTy J., and Lester L. survive.; 
Two sisters Mrs. Bertha Myrick of Lo£i 
Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Rose McNa-; 
mara of Pierceton, Ind., also nine 
grandchildren and a host of friend.' 

He had been a faithful member of 
the Sidney Brethren Church for betteij 
than 40 years, serving it as a trustee! 
at the time of death. A more genial 
chai-acter would be hard to find. Ever) 
through his affliction, a severe case ol 
cancer of the face which literally ate' 
away a large part of the jaw, he wasi 
cheerful and uncomplaining. He en- 
joyed his visiting friends which were; 
counted in the hundreds. On his 69tli, 
birthday anniversary he received betj 
ter than 150 cards in remembrance. He] 
died Jan. 6, 1!)40, at his home Nort?! 
of Sidney at the age of 69 years anci 
1 month. 

The writer enjoyed many visits wit? 
him and always the request for prayei 
was made. While not able to get intc 
the services since our coming we fee 
an absence. 

The funeral services were held froir 
the church on Monday afternoon, Jan 
Sth. The building was crowded witT 
friends. The undersigned was ii 
charge of the services assisted by th( 
Rev. Louis lEngle, former pastor an( 
I. D. Bowman, an old acquaintance oi 
the family. 

Arthur H. Tinkel, Wabash, Ind., 
Pastor Sidney Brethren Chui'ch 


Vol. LXII, No. 10 

March t), 1940 

<») U!»ODW f BAIV 

Brethren Evangelist 

Holy Spirit, Lest I Grieve Thee 

Holy Spirit, lest I grieve Thee, 

Take mil heart beneath. Thii sivay! 

With Thji hallowed Presence fill me, 
Guide me, keep nte, day by day. 

Holy Spirit, lest I grieve Thee, 

Let mil will be lost in Thine! 
I would have no purpose in me 

But Thy will, to make it mine. 

Holy Spirit, lest I grieve Thee, 
Shed Thy light upon my way; 

"When I ivalk in da7-kness, cheer me. 
Lead, lead me, lest I stray. 

Holy Spirit, lest I grieve Thee, 

All my sin on Thee I lay; 
With Thy loving grace vqihold me. 

For Thy holiness I pray. 

— George H, Lorah, Litt. D. 

A G U I D^E -^=5sfea.ia£^M£a^gbg^- TH E TEACH E R 


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"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, 
and ye shall find; knock, and it shall 
be opened unto you." Matt. 7:7. Read 
Matt. 7:7-12. 

God's bestowal of gifts is undeniably 
connected with man's asking. This es- 
pecially is true with the gift of the 
Holy Spirit. The Word declares that 
as surely as a Father gives bread to 
his hungry child, so God gives the 
Holy Spirit to them that ask Him. The 
whole ministry of the Holy Spirit in a 
human life is governed by one great 
law: man must ask, God must give. 
The inflow of the Spirit into the be- 
liever's heart and His subsequent out- 
flow in rivers of living water ever de- 
pend upon the one law; "ask and it 
shall be given." 


"But truly I am full of power by the 
spirit of tlie Lord, and of judgment, 
and of might...." Micah 3:8a. Read 
Micah 3:5-8. 

Micah was God's prophet and what 
was true of him may be true of every 
Christian. Micah's power came from 
God, and we are assured that, if earth- 
ly parents bestow good gifts on their 
children, the Heavenly Father will 
give good gifts to them that ask Him. 
The false prophets of Micah's day 
were weak and frail, they were unwise 
and foolish, they were inefficient and 

Micah's statement of the text may 
seem full of braggadocio, but Micah 
knew because he felt himself endued 
by the Spirit. He who keeps himself 
within the Spirit's leading may safely 
claim the Spirit's power. 


"Know ye not that your body is the 

temple of the Holy Ghost "? 1 Cor. 

6:19. Read I Cor. 6:1.5-20. 

It was the Holy Spirit who brooded 
over the abyss of pre-creation dura- 
tion and brought order out of chaos. 
It was He to whom was given the 
exercise of divine power in creation, 
of the divine wisdom of the thought, 
of the beauty and wonder of the physi- 
cal world about us. He it was who im- 
planted in the minds and hearts of the 
prophets and bards the words of wis- 
dom and beauty which have lived in 
and upon the hearts of men, begetting 
in them a new spirit akin to The Spir- 
it, and revealed unto humanity divin- 
ity. He is well called the Spirit of 
cleansing, of santification, of revela- 

tion, and He it is whom Christ has 
promised as the Comforter to His scr- 
ewing Apostles. 

"Fill me, Holy Spirit, fill me. 
All Thy filling I would know; 
I am smallest of Thy vessels. 
Yet I much can overflow." 


"And grieve not the holy Spirit of 
God, whereby ye are sealed unto the 
day of redemption." Eph. 4:30. Read 
Ep'h. 4:24-32. 

Perhaps too many folks misunder- 
stand the possibility of grieving the 
Spirit. We must first understand tlie 
Spirit's work before we shall fully un- 
derstand the possibilities of grieving 
Him. We are told the Spirit's work is 
to honor and exalt the Christ. It is, 
therefore, the Spirit's first business 
and highest honor to glorify the Mas- 

It follows very naturally that when 
we do that which dishonors the 
Christ, we grieve the Holy Spirit. No 
attache or one who holds a place of 
honor can see his chief defamed or 
criticised unjustly or luiwisely dishon- 
ored without being grieved. If in any 
way, therefore, we dishonor the Lord 
Jesus, we grieve the Holy Spirit. 


"....But be filled with the Spirit." 
lEph. 5:18. Read Eph. 5:18-21. 

This commandment is not an isolat- 
ed one. It stands in the midst of 
many of the practical suggestions 
which, when carried out in life, con- 
note the complying with this com- 
mandment to be filled with the Spirit. 

This line is written large on every 
page of the Bible, that not alone on 
revelations or emotional experiences, 
but upon the moral and spiritual life 
as controlled by the Spirit turns the 
approval of God. Where men are 
strong in the Lord and are careful to 
wear His armour, there it may be ac- 
cepted humbly and hopefully that the 
Holy Spirit is the pervading, guiding 
power of the life. 


"If we live in the Spirit, let us also 
walk in the Spirit." Gal. 5:25. Read 
Gal. 5:22-26. 

The Moslem, the Hindu, the Jew, 
each order their lives by the ceremon- 
ial law of their faith. Jesus, however, 
taught that true morality is a thing of 
the Spirit, not mere ceremonial regu- 
lations. Morality does not consist 
merely in repression, but in full ex- 
pression and happy surrender of the 
will to the leading of the Spirit. "The 
fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, 
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, 
faith, meekness, temperance." 


"He shall glorify me: for he shall 
receive of mine, and shall shew it un- j 
to you." John 16:14. Read John 16: 

Christian astronomers tell us that 
the telescopic view of the planet Sa- | 
turn is one of the most wonderful in | 
the world. When viewed by the 
naked eye, it appears to be nothing 
more than a star, but the telescope re- 
veals that star to be surrounded by 
glittering streaks of light which awe 
and thrill with their- beauty and won- 

What the telescope does for our hu- 
man vision in matters like this, that 
the Holy Spirit does for us in relation 
to Christ. It glorifies Him to us as 
the One who claims to be our King. 
As w-e see the Lord Jesus in his love, 
and power, and beauty our hearts re- 
spond to the sight and our souls are 
thrilled and pay homage to the Lord. 

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In bringing this article on the Holy Spirit, my 
P'eatest task will be to adapt the teachings of the 
scriptures to the enlightning and needs of my read- 
ers. Out of the mass of Bible material, what can I 
set forth that will build one up in that "most holy 
'aith", (Jude 20). What would God have me say? 

I. To Know God Is Vitally Important For 
The Christian. 

In that great parable of John 10, Jesus is saying, 
'I know my sheep and am known of mine." "And 
I stranger will they not follow." Someone has said, 
'and that is true, unless the sheep is sick." Is the 
Jood Shepherd first with you? Do you ever meas- 
ure human leaders, or do you just follow along? 
Paul wrote to a mighty good man: "But continue 
;hou in the things which thou hast learned and hast 
jeen assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learn- 
ed them ; and that from a child thou hast known the 
loly scriptures, which are able to make thee wise 
into salvation through faith which is in Christ Je- 
ms." 2 Tim. 3:14, 1.5. Now, don't overlook "faith 
ivhich is in Christ Jesus." 

2. The Holy Spirit Is A Part Of The Godhead. 

And "Godhead" is a scriptural term. Read Acts 
17:29, and Rom. 1:20. Col. 2:9 says, "For in him 
iwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." A 
Bible dictionary says, "There is but one God, but he 
makes himself known to man as Father, Son, and 
Holy Ghost." In these scriptures are the Father, 
Son, and Holy Spirit brought together. 2 Cor. 13: 
14, Matt. 28:19, and Heb. 9:14. Men may try to be- 
little the rite of baptism, and join the crowd in mak- 
ing out of what little consequence it is, but God saw 
fit to link up the trinity of divine personages in plac- 
ing it across man's pathway! In fact, the triune 
God is so interwoven in the Scriptures, that in the 
salvation of the soul, neither Father, Son, nor Holy 
Spirit can be excluded. 

3. Where The Word Of God Is Respected As Such, 

The Father Will Permit Neither To Be 

Dishonored or Ignored. 

In 2 Cor. 1:3; I Pet. 1:3; Eph. 1:3, (the three 1: 
3rs) I use this: "Blessed be the God and Father of 
our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all 
spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" — 
Eph. 1:3. Honor both Father and Son, or dishonor 
the purpose and plan of God. How can I leave out 

Rom. 14:17, 18. "For the kingdom of God is not 
meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and 
joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things 
serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of 
men." See how Father, Son and Holy Spirit are in- 
tertwined in the thought of God? 
4. In The Wisdom Of God (from which His grace 
emanated) Our Father Decreed That A Lost 

World Needed More Than a Savior — 
Even Jesus. 

Disappointment in the apostles knew no bounds 
when Jesus announced soon after his last Supper 
"Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient 
for >'ou that I go away: for if I go not away, the 
Comforter will not come unto you ; but if I depart, I 
will send him unto you." Jno. 16:7. "Comforter"— 
how consoling that blessed assurance! In the mar- 
gin of the Revised Version we have, "Or, Advocate. 
Or, Helper. Or, Paraclete." No, after Jesus had ac- 
complished his mission, his followers needed a 
"Comforter"; an "Advocate"; a "Helper"; "that he 
may abide with you for ever" — Jno. 14:16. 

But the word "parakletos" is used also of Jesus. 
The scholars say that the word which is used of the 
Holy Spirit in John 14, 15, 16, is also used of Jesus 
in I John 2:1. "And if any man sin, we have an 
advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the right- 
eous." "An advocate, or paraclete, with the Fath- 
er." See how the Son of God and the Holy Spirit 
are equally entrusted to the great work of saving a 


"In the Secret of His Presence" - 

"The Holy Spirit In the Godhead"— Editorial— 

Dr. G. W. Rench ^ 

Publication Day Offerings ^ 

Word From Our Workers ^ 

"The Holy Spirit"— Dr. I. D. Bowman 5 

"Spirit Manifestations"— Rev. N. V. Leatherman 6 

Concerning the Foreign Mission Offering— W. E. R 8 

Unified Brethren Mission Work— C. F. Y 8 

"An Hour Apart" — Poem ^ 

"Speaking Against the Spirit"— Dr. W. I. Duker 10 

What My Absence from Church Did H 

"The Single Eye" ^ 

"The Two Bottles" H 

"It Seems to Me"— The Mentor 12 

"The Holy Spirit In the 0. T."— Rev. Floyd Sibert . . 12, 13 

The Children's Column 13 

The C. E. Topic 13, 14 

Pucker's Perplexities 15 

That Readers and Isolated Members Number 16 

News from the Field 16 


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ruined and wrecked world from its sins? "Parac- 
lete"- — to beckon to come alongside. And the word 
"advocate" is the Latin for "I call to my side." In 
our word "Comforter" we have "com," together, 
and "fortis," strong; He is the one person by whose 
presence I am made strong. "And I will pray the 
Father, and he shall give you another Comforter." 
Jno. 14:16. Then put with that statement of Jesus 
this: Acts 2:33 — Peter's words, "Having received 
of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he 
hath shed forth this, which ye now see and ear." 
Oh, yes I see; One paraclete. Helper", even Jesus, 
went up ; another paraclete, "Helper", the Holy Spir- 
it, came down. "I will not leave you comfortless, I 
will come unto you." what an effort! Man, re- 
deemed man, must be worth much to God! In a 
world of turmoil, man must not be left alone for a 
single moment. 

"Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave 

the God I love ; 
Here's my heart, Loi'd, take and seal it. Seal it 

for thy courts above." 

Word From Our Workers 

WORD COMES of a Men's Brotherhood (Laymen's) 
meeting of the Northern Indiana churclies which was sched- 
uled to convene at Milford on December 4. We shall be look- 
ing forward to a report from this gathering. 

WE NOTE in a Bulletin from Oal<ville, Indiana, the 
promise of the services of a Gospel Team from Ashland Col- 
lege for the Easter vacation. We predict a very helpful and 
inspiring season of services for the worshippers at Oakviile. 

As we go to press Professor A. L. DeLozier, of the Ash- 
land College faculty, lies critically ill in the Mayo Brothers 
hospital at Rochester, Minnesota. LThe prayers of the 
brotherhood are urged for his recovery, if God so wills. 

THERE IS A constantly recurring call upon God to send a 
spirit of old-time revival upon the churches. We wonder if 
the reviving of the old-time family altar in every Christian 
home might not contribute at least somewhat to this end? 
The editors are trying to contribute their bit toward this pur- 
pose by the material they are providing on page 2 of the 
Evangelist. Do you find the "Helps" "helpful"? Is then; 
any change you would like to see in make-up or content of 
the Family Altar page? 

FROM ELDER J. Milton Bowman, pastor at Naiijianee, 
Ind., comes word of an evangelistic cami)aign which opens 
in that church on March 10 and is scheduled to close on 
March 24. Dr. Isaac 1). Bowman, State Evangelist for the 
Indiana Conference of the Brethren Church, and father of 
the pastor, is to be the evangelist. Brother Bowman announ- 
ces an interesting list of subjects for discussion during the 
campaign. The pastor extends a cordial invitation to neigh- 
boring churches to share in the fellov?shi|) of these gather- 
ings. Dr. Bowman's topics (subject to rearrangement or 
change) will be as follows: 

"The True Church of Jesus Christ." 

"Gospel Examples of What to Do to Be Saved." 

"Essentials and Non-essentials." 

"The Sin of Doing -Nothing." 

"Degeneracy or God's Toboggan-slide to Hell." 

"The Blood of the Cross." 

"The Fall of Jerusalem and the Overlapping of the Ages." 

"Almost Persuaded." 

"Hew the Anxious Sinner May Find Christ." 

"Naaman the Leper." 

"Signs Proving the Near Coming of Christ." 

"Wars in Prophecy; Past, Present ,and Future." 

"The Apostolic Mode of Baptism." 

"The Apostolic Communion Service." 

Easter Subject — "Christ's Sou! in Hell." 





ALREADY PLANS are being formulated in a number of 
our congTegations for the conducting of Daily Vacation Bible 
Schools. Some of the plans are for a school in the individual 
church, while others are for Community Schools. In either 
case the work is most commendable, and oifers large oppor- 
tunity for the inculcation of Christian teaching and the pre- 
sentation of Christian practice by the teachers. Almost as 
much, or more, time is afforded in a two-weeks D. V. B. S. 
enterprise for influencing and shaping the lives of the child- j 
ren who attend these schools, as is possible in the Sunday j 
School for a whole year. 


We are presenting a partial list of Churches and 
their contributions for the Publication Day Offer- 
ing. A more extended list will appear soon. 

Ashland, Ohio $124.92 

Bryan, Ohio 18.75 

Dayton, Ohio 32.75 

Elkhart, Ind 75.00 

Gratis, Ohio 12.00 

Hagerstown, Md 55.75 

Kokomo, Ind 10.00 

Lathrop, Calif 16.26 

Louisville, Ohio 19.00 

Mineral Point, Pa 15.00 

North Manchester, Ind 12.75 

Smithville, Ohio 97.00 

South Bend, Ind. 13.00 

Warsaw, Ind 17.00 

Total to date $549.68 

We thank you Brethren for this splendid re- 
sponse and assure you that these gifts have met a 
real need. If you have not sent in your gifts do so 
at once. 


Willis E. Ronk. 

March 9, 1940 

The Holy Spirit 

(Bji Rev. I. D. Bowman, V. V., State Evangelist, DistrU-t 
Conference of the Brethren Church for Induma) 

Some General Statements 

A. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are a Triple 
Unity of Three Interrelated, Interacting, Personal- 
ities, existing from all eternity, equal in every way, 
and without physical bodies, until the Son took up- 
an Himself a body of flesh. 

B. All Three Persons are timeless. They have 
always existed and always will, as One Absolute 
Priune Being. 

C. The Three Persons interact in personal rela- 
tionships. There is perfect love, perfect harmony, 
perfect agreement, perfect fullfillment, and in this 
Dersonal relationship they are the same yesterday, 
;oday, and forever. Yet each Person of the God- 
lead has definite functions or offices, through 
vhich His activities take place. 

D. In order for the Godhead to redeem the 
vorld, God the Father, who has no physical body, 
nade one for the Son. Heb. 10:.5. 

1. The Son "emptied Himself," Phil. 2:8 R.V. 
3y His own power. He put His faith in the Father, 
;hrew Himself into unconsciousness and became in- 
lumanized, or incarnated, into the body that the 
^'ather made for Him. 

2. He was begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born 
)f the Virgin Mary, with a body of weakness, of 
lesh, blood, and bones. 

3. Christ was baptized in the river Jordan and 
he Holy Spirit took an inferioi- position and in per- 
lon entered the weak body of Jesus, who too had 
;aken an inferior position to do His part in the 
freat plan of redemption for humanity. This was 
he first that the Holy Spirit ever entered in person 
nto a body of flesh and blood. The Holy Spirit had 
entered personally into the burning bush, Mt. Sinai, 
he Tabernacle, and Solomon's Temple, but Christ's 
vas the fii'st physical body which became the tem- 
)le of the Holy Spirit. From the time of Moses un- 
il Christ's baptism, the Holy Spirit was with ]3er- 
;ons but not in them. He was with Moses but in 
he bush. He dwelt in the tabernacle and Solomon's 
eniple. He was in Christ after His baptism, but 
vas with the disciples. The Person of the Holy 
ipirit dwelt in Christ, and Christ was with the dis- 
iples, hence, the Holy Spirit only dwelt with them, 
md not in them in person. Jno. 14:17. 

Since Christ's birth, when the Second Person of 
he Godhead became inhumanized. He has dwelt in 
L human body and will through all eternity. Since 
Tie Holy Spirit's descent at the baptism of Jesus, 
le entered into Christ's body and He too has dwelt 
1 human bodies since and will through all eternity. 

After Pentecost He dwells in believers and not with 
them as He did before. The Holy Spirit, since Pen- 
tecost, dwells just as literally in person in Chris- 
tians, in their bodies of flesh and blood, as the Son 
dwelt personally in His body of flesh and blood af- 
ter the incarnation. The Holy Spirit left heaven to 
dwell in the bodies of believers. 

The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Progressive 
Plan of Redemption 

A. The Holy Spirit saved Adam and Eve after 
their fall. 

B. The Holy Spirit convicted and regenerated 
all who were saved from Adam to Moses. For 
twenty-five hundred years. He wrote God's law in 
the hearts of all who were saved. From Adam to 
Moses, we have the law of conscience and nature. 
In addition to this, from Moses to Qirist was added, 
a written law, and a visible sign of the invisible 
Spirit, the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of 
fire by night. God also revealed a new name for 
Himself, JEHOVAH. Ex. 6:3. 

C. When Jesus appeared to Israel and was bap- 
tized, he manifested Himself as greater than Moses. 
His body became the Temple of the Holy Spirit, 
greater than the Temple of Solomon. He received 
the Holy Spirit without measure. This was the be- 
ginning of the greater salvation, which began with 
the Lord. Heb. 2:3. A still greater salvation began 
at Pentecost, and a still greater, when our bodies 
will be redeemed at tlie resurrection of the just. 

D. Since the body of the believer became the 
temple of the Holy Spirit after Pentecost, he can 
now do the same works that Christ did and greater 
works. He came to dwell in this world in the heart 
of the believer in person forever. Jno. 14:12, 16, 
17. Rivers of living water shall flow from our in- 
most parts, after Christ was glorified. John 7:87- 
39. He opened up "a new and living way," when He 
rent the vail of His flesh. Heb. 10:20. He will now, 
b.\' His Spirit, do exceedingly and abundantly above 
our asking or thinking. Eph. 3:14-20. Since the 
Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, we approach God by 
"a new and living way in His name." The Holy 
Spirit produces a new vision, new hearing, new love 
in us. I Cor. 2:9, 10; Jno. 13:14; I Cor. 13. Now 
we have two Intercessors, 1. Christ in the Holy of 
Holies in heaven and 2. The Holy Spirit in the Chiis- 
tian's body, the Holy of Holies on earth. Rom. 8: 
26, 27, 34; 2 Cor. 6:16. 

E. As long as the Cliristian abides in Him, he 
does not sin. I Jno. 3:6. As long as we walk in the 
light as He is in the light. His blood constantly 
cleanses us from all sin, from in-bred sin, and from 
the nature and principle of sin. Every Cliristian 
occasionally steps aside and commits acts of sin. He 
also occasionally steps aside and does not walk in 

The Brethren Evangelist 

the light. The Normal condition is to abide in Him 
and walk in the light. The Holy Spirit is our Guide 
and applies the cleansing blood all through the 
Chi'istian's life. 

F. The Christian has been born of the Spirit; 
his Spirit and soul are saved now. This is a new 
creation dwelling in the unsaved body, which is still 
the old creation, the old man. It is still the unre- 
deemed body, in which the new creation dwells. This 
is why we groan, waiting for the redemption of the 
body. Rom. 8:23. 

1. When first saved and regenerated, the mys- 
tery of the incarnation is repeated. Christ was the 
Only Begotten Son. He was God-man and was thus 
different from any other man. He never committed 
sin. The Christian is a begotten son. Born again ; 
born from above. Both births are great mysteries. 
Both are miracles. 

2. When Christ comes again, the Christian will be 
born from the dead, which is more than a resui- 
rection. Christ was the first Person ever bom from 
the dead, although not the first to be raised from 
the dead. It was more than being raised; it was a 
birth. Col. 1 :18. Through the Eternal Spirit Christ 
offered Himself without spot to God, and entered 
into heaven by His own blood, called the blood of the 
everlasting covenant. Heb. 13:20; 9:12. We see 
that God, by the Holy Spirit, raised Christ by His 
own blood and thus by His own blood was born from 
the dead. Our bodies, now unredeemed, shall be 
fashioned with His glorified body. So we groan in 
our unredeemed bodies while waiting for its re- 
demption by the blood of Christ. We must daily 
crucify the deeds of the body, keep crucified, keep 
under subjection the desires of the flesh, until the 
same blood that saved the spirit and soul, and 
cleanses moment by moment the nature of inbred 
sin, will be used to raise us from the dead. We shall 

be bom then from the dead by this same blood of 
the everlasting covenant. Then our whole Spirit, 
Soul, and Body will be foi-ever redeemed, and we 

shall be like Christ, when we shall see Him as He is. 
Everything was made by Christ, through Christ, 
and for Him, as Agent, and all that is Christ's shall 
be ours. He will be the Bridegroom, the redeemed 
church will be the bride. God the Father will per- 
form the marriage in the city of the Bride, the City 
of Gold. The angels will be the witnesses and the 
Lord's Supper will be fulfilled, the mamage supper 
of the Lamb. We cannot know fully what we shall 
be, but we shall be like Him, and that will be enough 
to know. 


After the Millennium, the second resurrection and 
the final judgment day, the world will be burned, 
the wicked will be cast into everlasting fire. Then 
shall be created the new heavens as the capitol city 
of the new earth. Tlie redemptive work of God will 
then be completed. The Triune God will then be 
"all in all." I Cor. 1.5:24, 27, 28. Then there will be 
no sun nor moon, but God and the Lamb will be the 
Light of the Eternal City. 

God the Father in person will sit upon the throne, 
in the city of God forever, without a physical body. 
And the Son will sit forever with the Father upon 
the throne in a body of flesh and bones, spiritualized 
and inmiortalized. He will be the Husband of the 
redeemed church forever, equal to the Father in 
power and glory. 

God the Holy Spirit, equal to the Father and Son 
in every way, will dwell in the body of flesh and 
bones of the redeemed church ; the spiritual body, 
the bride, the wife of the Son of God. The redeem- 
ed church is also God's house, the temple (naos), 
the Holy of Holies in which the Holy Spirit shall 
dwell forever and ever. Hallelujah! 

Spirit Manifestations 

(Bii Rvi'. iV. V. Leatlii'r}i'ati, pastor Brethren Church. Berlin, 

We understand this subject assigned is an en- 
couragement to write about the fact, and the man- 
ner of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. 

First the fact: A great horde of church people 
live and act as if the Holy Spirit was an historical 
thing, influence or myth, and not at all like He was 
a present personal director and power of their lives. 
This by theologians who can tell all about Him in 
consistent sequences, as well as by the garrulous 
without concern. With facts like these staring us 
in the face evei'ywhei'e it will be a pi'etty difficult 

task to convince those, who do not already agreei 
with us, that there is reality in the present work off 
tlie Holy Spirit. We simply affirm there is such 
reality, and assume it is not our responsibility to 
create the experience of others in relationship with 
it, however much we may desire others to know it. 
Only God in His yielded servants and subjects can 
do that. Faith will take the Holy Spirit for grant- 
ed, not to dismiss Him as an unrelated influence; 
but to solicit His guidance, comfort, wisdom and 
power as a personal, spiritual Friend and God: One 

March 9, 1940 

in the Trinity. We propose to our readers, that 
there are Christians, and many of them, who do so 
yield to God, who do have such faith in Christ, that 
the Holy Spirit can and does manifest Himself 
through them today. Once this cannot be said, 
there will no longer be saints on earth, and the true 
church will have departed to be with her Lord in 
glory. Inasmuch as thei'e are diffei'ent degrees of 
yielding to the Holy Spirit, He manifests Himself 
proportionately. According to our faith His man- 
ifestation is made through us. However there is a 
sin which will not be forgiven us ever. Nothing 
should impell us to fear and love the Lord more 
than this warning of so dreadful a consequence. 
That sin is the one against the Holy Spirit, that puts 
Him out of life's experience forever and forever, and 
man discovers himself a cold dead clod of earth 
walking around in human flesh. Until that experi- 
ence of living death, we must know the Holy Spirit 
is continuing His striving with men by manfesta- 
tions of the grace and goodness of the Lord. 

Let us consider then the manner of the Spirit's 
manifestations. Negatively He never manifests 
Himself by disorder and confusion, unless it be to 
execute the mind and will of God in judgment of 
those who are in rebellion against Him. After the 
flood the decendants of Noah observing the trend of 
the people to drift westward and separate, deter- 
mined to build the tower, that would enable them to 
defy God who might bring another flood, by build- 
ing their own way to heaven. Thus they would 
unite the people by one effort and by keeping one 
language and one objective. The world needs to 
learn again that all human efforts at union and 
unity cannot but fail when God is left out or defied. 
This truth is so marvelous in our sight right now. 
Read the judgment of God in Genesis 11:7, 8 "Go 
to, let us go down, and there confound their langu- 
age, that they may not understand one anothers 
speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad fi-om 
thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left 
off to build the city." Does not the Spirit of God 
lead us to conclude that the word "us" must refer 
to the Trinity in consultation and concurrence in 
this judgment? Then the Holy Spirit had part and 
jjarcel in it. 

But turn to the great manifestation of the Holy 
Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Again the people, 
"were all with one accord in one place." This time 
their interests in union and unity were not in open 
rebellion against God; but they were tarrying "in 
the city of Jerusalem until" they "be endued with 
power from on high." What happened? Acts 2:3 
"And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like 
as of fire, and it sat upon each of them." Acts 2 :7, 8 
"And they were all amazed and marveled, saying, 
one to another, Behold are not all these which speak 
Galilaeans? And how hear we everv man in our 

own tongue, whei'ein we were bom?" Here the 
Spirit manifests Himself exactly opposite from that 
of judgment at Babel. There it was confusion and 
separation. Here it was understanding and union. 
There it was judgment for rebellion. Here it was 
grace for the love which the disciples had for theii' 
crucified, resuirected Lord and Saviour, Jesus 

In I Cor. 14:33 we are plainly instructed, "For 
God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as 
in all the churches of the saints." This might still 
be said of the churches of the saints had they con- 
tinued to yield to the leadership of the Holy Spirit 
and allowed His full manifestation. 

There are other ways the Spirit manifests Him- 
self today. He helps the saints of God make their 
interpretations. We are all interpreters, eveiy 
waking hour and moment. We interpret everj-thing 
we see, handle and read. The Holy Spirit guides us 
in this when we allow and obey. John 16:13 "How- 
beit, when He the Spirit of truth, is come, He will 
guide you into all truth: For He shall not speak of 
Himself: but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall 
He speak; and He will show you things to come." 

Again the Holy Spirit manifests Himself in pro- 
ducing the kind of fruits in the lives of the saints 
consistent witli His person. Gal. 5:22, 23 "But the 
fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering. 
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: 
against such there is no law." 

He also manifests Himself as our comforter. "It 
is expedient foi- you that I go away?" said Jesus, 
"For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come." 
He is comforting His people today in this world of 
perplexity, confusion, disturbance and unrest. This 
experience of comfort by the Spirit is far more solid 
in fundamental Christian experience, than all the 
worked up human emotion expressed in pandemon- 
ium, obscenity and delusion under the guise of re- 
ligion. In John 14:26 we read, "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." 

He does manifest Himself in Power. The dis- 
ciples were to wait in Jerusalem until they, "be en- 
dued with power from on high." This power means 
Spirit guided emotion as well as intelligence. There 
are too many world leadei's, in the church and out, 
who have turned awaj' fi'om the power. The power 
of the church today, in the laity and the ministry 
alike, is the Holy Spirit. If this power is hindered 
in His manifestation, the lukewarm church will in- 
deed become cold, and Christ from glory will not 
even need to spue the nauseous thing out of His 

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Xhe Contributing Editor's Page 


Inasmuch as many inquiries have reached our 
hands from pastors and local congregations con- 
cerning the Easter Offering; and inasmuch as a 
number of churches have indicated that they will 
not make their gifts to the Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety ; and since we are interested in conserving and 
promoting the missionary intei'ests and spirit of the 
Brethren Church; we feel therefoi'e, constrained to 
make the statements which appear in the columns 
of this Evangelist suggesting ways and means for 
the conserving of the missionary spirit, and the 
gathering of funds for Foreign Missions. 

While we await a further clarification of the 
whole situation by General Conference, let everyone 
give a liberal offering for foreign missions. — W.E.R. 

should be helpers, but it was the Lord himself who 
sent Peter to the Jews and Paul to the Gentiles, al- 
though neither one was hmited to his special field. 
In fact Paul always sought the Jews first, and Peter 
had as helper John Mark who formerly was helper 
to Paul and Barnabas. They all preached the same 
Gospel and the same kingdom, practised the same 
baptism, and looked for the coming of the same 

The question of legalism that threatened to di- 
vide the church, was settled by refeii'ing the matter 
to the central authority at Jerusalem, the first Gen- 
eral Conference of the church. The time of this 
simplicity of organization and unity of spirit was 
the time of greatest spiritual fervor and missionary 
extension. ■ 


Inventors of machinery always aim to make theii' 
machines as simple as possible, because the more 
parts there are, the more friction and breakage and 
trouble of all kinds there will be. 

The organization of a church is like that. The 
simpler the organization to be effective the better, 
ijecause over-organization brings friction and 

Jesus himself could hardly have left the organi- 
zation any more simple than he did. Considered as 
a missionary agency, we have the field as the world, 
the Lord of the harvest is Jesus himself, made uni- 
versal with the church by the Holy Spirit, and the 
church is composed of true believers from whom the 
Lord of the harvest sends forth laborers into his 

In practice, we find that when believers received 
the Holy Spirit they became witnesses and helped to 
spread the Gospel wherever they went. 

Some of these independent witnesses moved about 
until they came to distant places and formed the 
nucleus of congregations of believers (as in Rome) 
long before any apostle or evangelist reached the 

Again, congregations were led by the Holy Spirit 
to send out their sui'plus workers to carry the Gos- 
pel elsewhere. But whether the workers were sup- 
ported wholly or in part, or depended upon their 
own laboi- oi' resources, this one thing they had in 
common, — they were all chosen and guided by the 
Holy Spirit, as representative of Jesus Christ. 

They had conferences between themselves by 
which they made working agreements as to who 

The Brethren Church came into existence because 
of abuses by which church authorities, acting on 
man-made rules, expelled those who believed in a 
certain libeily of conscience. By adopting the Bi- 
ble only as its creed, the church has preserved both 
loyalty where the Bible speaks, and liberty where 
it is silent. It stands for one Gospel and not for two 
or half a dozen. 

In regard to missions it wisely provided for one 
mission boaid. The Missionary Board of The Breth- 
ren Church, chartered to do both home and foreign 
work, for, after all, it is one work. ' 

The whole future of the missionary work of the 
church must await the action of the coming General 
Conference, but as that is not far distant, there are 
two things that loyal churches, and individuals can 
do. First they can lay as'de the offerings as usual 
(and even more than usual, for more will be needed) 
and hold them until Conference, oi' since the Mis- 
sionary Board of the Brethren Church is chartered 
to do both home and foreign work, offerings may be 
sent directly to this Board, being made payable to 
Dyoll Belote, Office Secretary, 225 W. Liberty St., 
Ashland, Ohio. If designated to be used for any 
special work, offerings will be so used, and if not so 
designated, they will be held subject to the will of 
the coming General Conference. This matter must 
be left in the hands of each congregation, (or in- 
dividual) which after prayer and full consideration 
of the matter must do as led of the Lord. 

There is no simpler solution for the unification of 
our mission work. With one Board there will be 
more perfect relations between home and foreign 
work and less expense of administration. The sys- 
I tem has long been successful in the Church of the 
I Brethren and requires no new machineiy whatever 
to be applied in the Brethren Church. — C. F. Y. 



March 9, 1940 


I Am the Bible 

I am the Bible. 
I am God's library. 

I am a strong staff to the weary traveler. 
I am a great light to one who is in darkness. 
I am sweet rest to those who carry heavy loads, 
I am a safe guide to him who does not know the 
I am a glad message of hope to the discouraged. 
I am a friend to the lonely. 
USE ilE. 

No chui-ch has a right to claim from its members 
anything for which a "Thus saith the Lord" cannot 
be given. Every Christian owes first allegiance to 
Christ. To suport His program, as outlined in the 
Bible, is far more important than any claims any in- 
dividual or any body of people may make. Tliis is 
one of the fundamental principles of the Christian 
Endeavor Society, and no Endeavorer is true to his 
pledge who does not recognize the fact and act ac- 


"The bread that biingeth strength I 
want to give, 

The water pure that bids the thirsty 

I want to help the fainting day by 

I'm sure I shall not pass again this 

"Consecrate me now to Thy service. 

By the pow'r of grace divine; 

Let my soul look up with a stead- 
fast hope, 

And my will be lost in Thine." 
'The smallest bark on life's tumultu- 
ous ocean 

Will leave a track behind forever- 
more : 
fhe lightest wave of influence, set in 

Extends and widens to the eternal 
iVe .should be wary, then, who go be- 

A myriad yet to be, and we should 
)ur bearing carefully, when break- 
ers roar 

And fearful tempests gather; one 
/[ay wTeck umiumbevod barks that fol- 
low in our wake." 


"God's livery is a very plain one; but 
ts weai'ers have good reason to be eon- 
ent. If it hath not so much gold lace 
.bout it as Satan's it keeps out foul 
reather better and is, besides, a great 
leal cheaper." — James Russell Lowell. 
-A Black Smith, in The War Cry. 




"Let us put by some hour of evevij daij 
For holy things — niiethcr it be ivhen dawn 
Peers through the tvindowpane, or the noon 
Flames, like a burnished, topaz, in the vault, 
Or when the thrush pours in the ear of ece 
Its plaintive monody; some little hovr 
WJierein to hold rapt conreise with the soul, 
From sordiness and self a sanctuary , 
Sivept by the icinnowing of unseen wings. 
A7id touched by the White Liglit ineffable!" 

— Clinton Sralko'd 


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louth. There can be no revival of the church until 
his POWER is allowed free course to perform His 
peration upon us and manifestations through us. A 
eap of repentance is necessary today to bring tb.e 
iiurch in more definite contact with the Spirit for 
[is manifestations. He is willing. Are we? 

"Let us give thanks unto God for that preacher 
who is brave enough to tell us of our faults ; for the 
sermon that makes us un-comfortable because of 
our spii'itual failures; for the ])reach:ng that reveals 
to us how great our need is." — S. ]\L Whetstone, in 
College Corner Brethren calendar. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Speaking Against the Spirit 

(Bii Dr. W. I. Ditker, paator Brethren Church, Milford, hid.) 


Listening recently to the address of Cliamberlain 
and then later in the same day to Hitler, I was amaz- 
ed as they spoke with confidence with respect to 
the guiding force of their lives in its relation to 
World events today. Each had no doubt at all but 
that the Spirit of God was guiding him and direct- 
ing his activities. If this be true then God is a God 
of war and not the "Prince of Peace." However, I, 
personally, have nothing to do with the problems of 
these two gentlemen. It is easy to see that some- 
thing is wrong with tlieir position i-elative to the 
Spii'it of God guiding them. Since I can do nothing 
aljout their trouble I can best let it alone. 

However, closei' home, I find men insisting with 
equal positiveness that God is the controlling factor 
in their lives and yet their lives are certainly very 
definitely opposed. This is just as impossible as is 
the case of Chamberlain and Hitler. After all we 
believe and after all we say relative to our positions 
with reference to our Christian faith, the matter of 
our speech and how beautiful it is when the Spirit 
rules in the life that tells the story. 

Now it would be a rather simple matter to gather 
about us a number of books written by scholarly 
men and arrange a treatise upon the subject of 
"Speaking against the Spirit." We might take a 
certain jjleasure in our ability to speak in a learned 
manner relative to this question. When all of this 
were done, when all material were searched to add 
one well turned phrase ; then the matter of how we 
were actually led in our every day activities would 
tell the question of our sincerity. 

There is a certain Scripture that speaks of ascrib- 
ing power, attitudes and positions to the wrong 
source. There is the strongest of all curses prom- 
ised to the party who gets twisted in sources of 
power. It is altogether possible that some people 
will be terribly surprised to learn that while they 
seemed to be able to use "split infinitives" with per- 
fect ease in respect to "Dividing the Word of God" 
they are entirely at fault in their ability of not 
"Speaking against the Spirit." There should be but 
little trouble in understanding the strange thing 
that happened when men began to "Speak in ton- 
gues." Many men have written relative to this gift 
to men. Groups have been formed who claim to be 
able to speak in "Tongues", and when they do, it 
becomes something that only arouses the pity of 

men who listen. When we do not "speak against the t 
Spirit" we need, all, to use another tongue. How 
our tongues change their speech when the Spirit 
leads! What a sweet tone suddenly characterizes 
our speech and how beautiful it is when the Spirit 

F5ut to speak against the Spirit! Does this inij 
your mind mean that you are openly opposing the 
truth and the veracity of the Spirit's teaching? 
Does it mean to you that you become an infidel and 
a heretic? Do we remember Robert Ingersol and 
Tom Paine in this relationship. Are we in open op- 
position to infidelity? I think not. We have but 
little in our daily lives to do with this sort of sin. 
Again we could spend much time and ink in dis- 
claiming the positions of men who do not believe in 
tlie Deity of Jesus Chiist. We could give several ii 
names to our Saviour and by the use of each, deter- j 
mine in the minds of some men the position they 
are supposed to hold in reference to their under- 
standing of Christ. But after we had gone in this 
as far as our pride or enthusiasm would carry us, 
then we would inevitably come back to our own posi- 
tion with reference to how we were being led. How 
our voices would be stilled, how our bombastic posi- - 
tions would be humbled; all falling before the lead- j 
ing of the Spirit. When we often say, "This One 
Thing I do," we fail to remember that when these 
words were originally given the "one thing" was to 
follow the leading of the Spirit of Christ. God, the 
God of justice; Christ the God of mercy, and the 
SPIRIT the God of guidance. It would be a terrible 
sin to not allow Christ to perform His work of mercy 
in our lives. Is it a sin less in its importance to fail 
to allow the Spirit to have His way with us ? When j 
we rant and rave about the sin of refusing to ac- 
cept Christ and then fail to accept the Spirit, it 
seems to me that our theology is suffering a terrible , 
jolt. Consistency in Christianity is a virtue of 
prime importance. 

But some one may say, "How can we allow the 
Spirit to guide us ? How can we avoid speaking j 
against the Spirit. Surely this can not be done by | 
the power of the will. This is not a matter for a j 
New Year's resolution. As highly commendable as | 
are good resolutions, they all fall flat before the ! 
task of bowing our will and spirit before the "SPIR- \ 
IT OF GOD." The only conclusion that we can 
]'each in this maze of conflicting thinking is that 
we are either, "led by the Spirit or we are not." We 
should all go back to first things in our relation to 
Christ. Our acceptance of Him may have been an 
emotional or a mental acceptance. Tlrere are sev- 
eral ways in which we may accept Christ. Without 
doubt many sincere people have accepted Him but 
liave not "Been Born Again." The New Biilh alone 
will settle the question of "leadership." Unquestion- 
ably the first outward sign of this "birth" is found 

March 9, 1940 


The Two BottI 




France — Dr. M. Mrignan : 
alcohols are dangerous. 

Scotland — Dr. Wiliiam Robert- 
son: Athletes who drink alcohol 
in any form never last long. 

United States — Dr. Haven Em- 
f9-.s-oH: Alcohol even in moderation 
lessens self-control, judgment, 
reason and exercise of the will. 

dermani/ — German Assyi. of 
Nenrologints and Psychia.trist.-< : 
The drinking of liquor lessens per- 
sonal resistance to all kinds of dis- 
ease, shortens life, and produces 
crime and accidents. 

England — Sir James Crichton 
Browne: It blurs the moral 

British Medical A.-^sn: Alcohol 
is from first to last a narcotic 


Dr. Clius. H. Ma.i/o: Milk is one 
of the most important things in the 

Children's Bureau: Fat and 
sugar for warmth and energy ; 
protein for body building; minerals 
for blood, bone, and teeth; vita- 
mins for health and growth. 

Hiigeia (Am. Med. A.s.s'H.j : The 
best food is milk. It is protective 
in the highest sense of the word. 

]]'hite House Conf. on Child 
Health: Milk is one of the foods 
for which there is no effective sub- 

Tlie late Senator Royal S. Cope- 
'and: Pure milk is just as essen- 
tial to successful medical practice 
as are drugs. 

Bureau of Economics: Children 
need one quart of milk daily. 


1. Made some question the 
reality of my religion. 

2. Made some think I was a 

3. Made many think that I 
regarded my spiritual welfare 
and that of others a matter of 
small concern. 

4. Weakened the effect of the 
church service. 

5. Made it harder for the 
preacher to preach. 

6. Discouraged the brethren, 
and therefore robbed them of a 

7. Caused others to stay 
away from church. 

8. Made it harder for me to 
meet the temptations of the 

9. It gave the Devil more 
power over lost souls. 

10. Encouraged the habit of 
non-church going. 

in the refusal of the one newly born to question the 
birth of another. When we are so constantly busy 
inquiring relative to the certainty of the "New 
Birth" in another there is reason to wonder about 
the "New Birth" in tlie inquirer. The very habit 
and speech will change with the "New Birth." 
When we become a New Creature in Christ old 
things are passed away. Tlie nature of a Christian 
led by the Spirit becomes so beautiful that even the 
people with unclean hearts will admire and love, 
while they revile. 

The sober thought to conclude this discussion of 
"Speaking against the Spirit" is found in an intense 
desire to be so led. When our whole being longs to 
be Spirit-led the task becomes increasingly easy. 
This constant struggle between the Spiiit of good 
and the Spirit of evil will soon break down the joy 
of life and make the life of the straggler one of con- 
stant despair. "MY Spirit will not always strive 
with men" should come as a warning to many self- 
satisfied professoi's. May our dail.\' lives show more 
and more, that The Holy Ghost leads and guides our 
every act. May we have less and less of high sound- 
ing phrases, of well turned sentences in which we 
say more and more about God, and find ourselves 
being led along the sweet and wholesome road 
marked by the feet of Jesus. May sweetness and 
kindness be found in every thing we say and do un- 
til we come into the very presence of the King of 
kings. Until that day, may we "Be led by the 

Fletcher Duncan 

Pleasing God is the ambition of the Christian. 
He prays, not that men may call him pious, but to 
talk to God, liear from God, and receive from God. 
He disciplines himself, not from fear of man's criti- 
cism, but to emulate the Christ he loves. He loves 
men everywhere, not to be popular, but because 
Christ loved men. He gives money, time and talent, 
not to receive the praise of men, but as a love offer- 
ing to Christ. His every act is an exercise of love, 
asking no return but the Master's smile of approval 
and the warmth of His fellowship. His motive is 
pure love. 

Thus the Christian is as constant at his work as 
at church ; he is as Godly at home as at the prayer 
meeting; he is as Christian in a strange city as in 
his home town ; he is as liberal with a free-will of- 
fering as with a public offering. He cannot be 
ignored nor abused into despondency, and he cannot 
be flattered into false pride. His pure motive is to 
please God. 

Jesus said, "If therefore thine eye be single, thy 
whole bod:- shall be full of light."— The Free Meth- 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Some men are so busy with ci'iticism of 
others that they teach truth critically also. 
The letter of truth becomes more important 
to them than the spirit of ti-uth. But when 
they have lost the spii'it of ti'uth, they are 
as devoid of truth as though they had also 
lost the letter of truth. No spiritual thing 
can be Divine truth that is not tempered by 
Christian love. Or so it seems to me. 

The Mentor. 


(Bji Rev. Floyd Sibcrt, pastor Brethren Cltiirch, Pittsburg, 

Pentecost was not the birthday of the Holy Spii'- 
it. He is from everlasting. With awe inspiring sim- 
plicity God introduces Him to the readers of His 
Holy Word. "And the Sprit of God moved upon the 
face of the waters" Gen. 1 :2 And the oceans, seas, 
rivers and lakes came into being. This simplicity 
becomes even more sublime when we note how long 
it takes liumanity with the aid of modem machinei'.\' 
to form one small lake or dig one short canal. God 
spake. The Spirit moved, and it was done. Thus 
in the beginning we see the Holy Spirit sharing in 
the work of creation. "By His Spirit He hath garn- 
ished the heavens: His hand hath formed the crook- 
ed serpent." Job 26:13. No ai'tist has ever equal- 
ed this master stroke of the Holy Spirit. When you 
look into the glorious heavens some night, thing of 
the Garnisher and thank Him. He is a person and 
will appreciate being remembered. "Tlie Spirit of 
God hath made me, and the breath of the almighty 
hath given me life." Job 33:4. All the sculptors 
and scientists combined have tried in vain to copy 
this creative act of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testa- 
ment. He is omnipotent. Before Him human pow- 
er must bow in humble submission. 

The Psalmist knew Him to be omnipresent. 
"Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit and whither 
shall I flee from Thy presence ?" Psalm 139:7. Da- 
vid found Him everywhere. His work was manifold. 

In the beginning- of the Old Testament The Holy 
Spirit is represented as striving with man. "My 
Spirit shall not always strive with man." Gen. 6: 
3. He was, and still is, the chief stumbling block of 

The secret of Old Testament wisdom and under- 
standing was found in the presence of the Holy Spir- 
it. He gave understanding. Job 32:8. 

He gave constructive skill to the workers who 

made Aaron's priestly garments Exodus 28:3, and 
skill in ALL kinds of workmanship, Ex. 31:3. 

He endued men with physical strength. A young 
lion roared at Samson, "And the Spirit of the Lord 
came mightily upon him and he rent him as he 
would a kid." Judges 14:6. At the petition of Sam- 
son the Holy Spirit once more came upon him and 
he pulled down the pillars of the temple. 

The Holy Spirit likewise gave executive ability 
and power to judge. When the children of Israel 
cried out to God for a deliver "The Spirit of the 
Lord came upon 'Othniel' and he judged Israel," and 
Israel went out to war and the Lord gave them the 
victory over the king of Mesopotamia and they had 
rest forty yeai's. 

He gave the prophets power to receive and utter 
divine revelation. When Moses had gathered the 
seventy elders together around the tabei'nacle "The 
Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and 
took the Spirit that was upon him, and gave it to 
the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that when 
the Spirit i-ested upon them, they prophesied and 
did not cease." Numbers 11:25. 

God's servants of the Old Testament were em- 
powered by the Holy Spirit. Micah claimed such 
power. "But truly I am full of power by the spirit 
of the Lord, and of Judgment, and might, to declare 
unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin." 
Micah 3:8. When Zerubable was troubled at the 
thought of restoring the temple the Lord said, "Not 
by might nor by power but by my spirit saith the 

The Holy Spirit erected standards of protection. 
No nation ever had greater security or protection 
than that afforded by Him, "For when the enemy 
shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord 
shall lift up a standard against him." No human 
army ever passed that standard. If ever we needed 
to pray foi- that standard to be set up for our na- 
tion, we need to pray for it today. The ungodly 
can't pray, so the Christian must. 

As a free sovereign the Holy Spirit in the Old 
Testament days came and went as he willed. He 
rested upon, not in, man and in one instance came 
upon a dumb beast that suddenly turned and spoke 
to its master. 

In many instances the woi'k of the Holy Spirit in 
former times was quite the same as that of the New 
Testament days. Most certainlj- He was not differ- 
ent with refei'ence to his power, wisdom and holy 
attributes. He was constantly superintending the 
affaiis of men and nations. He was a heavenly am- 
bassador. He was a Godly statesman. 

Israel found that it was possible to sin against the ^ 
Holy Spirit. Punishment was as sudden as when 
Annanias lied to God. Immediately the standard 
raised up against their enemies by God's Spirit was 

March 9, 1940 


lowered and they found God fighting against them. 
"They rebelled and vexed His Holy Spirit: There- 
fore He was turned to be their enemy." Isa. 63:10. 

Furthermore in those days God withdrew His 
Holy Spirit fiom incorrigible sinners. He gave 
warning of this very thing in Genesis 6:3 "My Spir- 
it shall not always strive with man.'" In Proverbs, 
He puts it more graphically. "Because I have call- 
ed, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand 
and no man regarded: but you have set at naught 
all my counsels, and would have none of m\' reproof, 
I will also laugh at your calamity ; I will mock when 
your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction 
cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish 
cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon Me, but 
I will not answer, they shall seek me early but they 
shall not find me." "They shrdl go with their flocks 
and herds to seek the Lord; but they shall not find 
Him; He hath withdrawn Himself from them." 

God withdraws His Spirit when man rebels, dis- 
obeys repeatedly, or ignores the presence of God oi- 
the pleading of His Spirit. It is a terrible tiling to 
know that God has withdrawn His Spirit from men 
or nations. It means first of all that His standard 
of protection and security no longer remains be- 
tween us and the enemy. It means also that God 
will no longer fight for us. In short, it means death 
and destruction. Adam and Eve first experienced 
this tragedy. Noah saw it descend upon a whole 
race of people. "And God saw that the wickedness 

of man was great in the earth, and that every im- 
agination of the thoughts of the heart was only evil 
continually. And it repented the Lord that He had 
made man on the earth, and it grieved Him in His 
heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom 
I have created from the face of the earth, both man 
and beast and creeping things and fowls of the air, 
for it repenteth Me that I have made them." Gen. 
6:5-7. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the 

Lot heard the warning of God's Spirit. He like- 
wise saw the calamity that followed the withdrawal 
of God's Spirit from a great city. "Whatsoever 
thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place; 
for we will destroy this place, because the cry of 
them is waxed gi'eat before the face of the Lord; 
and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it." Gen. 19; 
12, 13. "Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and 
Gomorrah fire and brimstone from the Lord out of 
heaven." Gen. 19:24. 

Likewise Samson, who rent a young lion and pull- 
ed down the pillars of the temple, became disobe- 
dient unto the Lord, and wist not that the Lord had 
withdrawn from him until he discovered that his 
strength was gone, and his eyes were gouged out. 

If the Lord, in the Old Testament days, withdrew 
his Spirit because of indifference, unholy affection 
for the things of the world, and just plain, ordinary 
disobedience; what must be the decree that He is 
writing for the world of today? 

I ^ j 

j Children s Column I 

I i 

By Cora Adams, Chambersburg, Pa. 

When the patter of busy feet 
Caresses my humble floor. 
It's winsome Susanne come to play 
In a gay little pinafore. 

Petite lassie of sunshine, 
With eyes of bluest blue. 
Tell me, little mischief, 
Are you really true? 

Sometimes I think you a fairy 
Dancing to pipes o'Pan, 
Sometimes you sound a learned note. 
You tiny Minervan. 

In your world of make believe. 
Through which I cannot see, 
Live your innocent wisdom. 
Please, whisper it to me. 

— Gospel Messenger. 



In the breaking of the bread 

May thy presence be made known. 

By thy hand may we be fed, 

In this place thy grace be shown. 

At our table be the guest, 

May we all by thee be blest. Amen. 


(Lines writtem to friends who had 
just lost a dear little boy of five) 

I never know just how to start 
To say the things within my heart. 

Each word seems useless, out of place; 
Until I seek the Master's face. 

And when I speak to Him in prayer 
About the friends for whom I care, 

Before I know what I can do, 

He takes the task — and I am through. 

So while He's speaking now with you. 
May you find help, and courage too! 

— Marjorie Haveman Jung. 


There was a little boy — Tom, who 
would give his last marble, iiin errands 
all day and never grumble, give the 
best place to somebody else no matter 
who, and felt so glad in seeing other 
folks have a good time that he forgot 
himself. Evei-ybody liked Tom. Grand- 
mother smiled all over when she saw 
him coming. Aunt Laura, who was a 
busy woman, smiled at him, and said: 
"Just in time, Tom; run and.." When 
mother or Aunt Laura, the folks at 
home, would miss him, one would say: 
"Where is Tom ? I wish he were at 
home." And another: "If Tom were 
only here!" Tom was one of the un- 
selfish helpers. Are there any Toms 
living at your house ? Would you be 
missed vi'hen away from home, as Tom 
was? — E.xcliange. The Lutheran. 

"Originally, man was made in the 
image and likeness of God, but today 
we are asked to believe in a God made 
in the image and likeness of man." — 
Arthur Pink. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Brother C. Y. Gilmer, pastor of the Burlington and Denver, Indiana, Brethren 
churches, had this suggestive paragraph in his Bulletin for January 21, 1940: We 
quote it without comment: 

"Ever think of it? Where would you and I be without the printed word? No 
Bibles, no church papers, no Sunday School quarterlies! Where would our chil- 
dren be? Yes, some one sacrificed to give us Christian literature and now's a 
good time to show our appreciation. Do this next Sunday, Jan. 28. This is 
PUBLICATION DAY. An offering will be taken to further the publishing in- 
terests of your denomination. TAKE THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST! 

The W.C.T.U. I'esera-ch department tells us that the liquor 
business since repeal has cost the U. S. over 25 billion dollars. 
Deducting the revenue I'eceived, and the net cost to maintain 
the accursed traffic in drink, is still over 21 billion dollars, 
which is near one-half of our national debt. It appears that 
the only way back to national prosperity again is by way of 
repeal. — From the Brethren Calendar, New Lebanon, Ohio. 


By B. H. Pearson. Published by 

Light and Life Press, Winona Lake, 

Indiana. 186 pages. 

This tale of South America offers a 
new missionary story for general read- 
ing or study of the conditions in South 
and Central America. It is a spirit- 
ual biography of "Fray Luis" who, 
within the walls of a monastery of 
Santa Domingo, experienced the lib- 
crating power of Christ and who forth- 
with went out to preach the message of 
the redeeming love of Christ. As the 
author suggests on many a page, this 
former monk was another "St. Paul" 
who, once having escaped over his 
"Damascus Wall", became a powerful 
evangel to the people of Latin America, 
proclaiming the liberty and light to 
those in captivity and darkness. R. H. 

C.E. Topic for y 

oung reople 

March 17 


Scrii)ture Lesson: Jn. 1:35-4(5 

Dailij Readings 

A transformed servant, Phile. 1:8-21. 
Christ's mission to save. Matt. 18:11- 


Blessing of soul winning, Jas. 5:19,- 

A tragic condition, Ps. 142:1-4. 

A heathen won by kindness, II Kings 
5 : 14-19. 

One whom Christ won, Jn. 8:1-11. 


There are some spiritual activities 
from which many Christians shrink be- 
cause they think of them in the wrong 
way. Because Christian Endeavorers 
are young and often not much experi- 
enced in Christian things this may be 
mors true of them than of older Christ- 
ians. When one talks about soul win- 
ning we all recognize a Christian re- 
sponsibility and duty, but one from 
which many shrink. Much of that may 
be due to the fact that we have built 
up the wrong psychological approach 
to it. We think of it as of some stern 
spiritual operation in which a Christ- 
ian tries to break down the arguments 
and resistance of the unbelievers and 
by sheer will power and argument 
wring a "confession" from a more or 
less unwilling person right on the spot. 
This has made the "soul winner" about 
as popular as the small pox amongst 
unprofessing people. Christians with 
delicate feelings have shrunk back 
from soul winning under this illusion, 
and lazy and indifferent Christians 
have found in it a fine (to them) ex- 
cuse for doing nothing at all about 
their greatest single responsibility to 

their fellowmen. If Brethren Christ- 
ian Endeavorers will forget the false 
ideas that have grown up and will look 
upon soul winning in the right light, 
a happy day will dawn for our church. 
Soul winning is really a happy social 
and spiritual event in which we intro- 
duce those whom we meet and whose 
acquaintance we make to our dearly 
loved Friend and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Jesus Christ Came Into the World 
Upon a Great Mission.. His mission 
was the most important the world has 
ever seen. The angel said to Mary: 
"It is he that shall save his people from 
their sins," Matt. 1:21. John the Bap- 
tist said: "Behold the Lamb of God, 
that taketh away the sins of the 
world!" Jn. 1:29. The Father said of 
Him: "Thou art my beloved Son, in 
thee I am well pleased," Mk. 1:11. Our 
Lord said of Himself: "The Son of 
man came to seek and to save that 
which was lost," Lk. 19:10. His was a 
mission to save men from sin and its 

He is the Onli/ One Who is Able to 
Save Men From Their Sins. The Scrip- 
ture says, "In none other is there sal- 
vation," Acts 4:12. All men's search 
for escape from the guilt of sin has 
been unsuccessful. God's provision in 
Jesus Christ is the only way. "I am 
the way, and the truth, and tlie life; 
no one cometh unto the Father, but by 
me," Jn. 14:6. There have been many 
who have made great sacrifices to help 
their fellowmen, and who have been un- 
selfish in their service, but there hasn't 
been a one who ever was able to save 
another from his sin, except Jesus 

He Came to Offer Life to All. The 
"whosoever" passages of the Bible, as 
Jn. :3:16, clearly reveal that God would 
have all receive life through His Son. 
I Tim. 2:4 declares that God "would 
have all men to be saved, and come to 
the knowledge of the truth." The good 
choice of God is that every person 
should be saved from his sin and come 

to life in Jesus Christ. Every person 
who is lost is so against the choice of 
God; it is the person's own choice. 

Men Mtist Come to Him to Receive 
lids Life. Always He invites men to 
Him. "Come unto me, all ye that labor 
and are heavy laden, and I will give 
you rest," Matt. 11:28. John said that 
"as many as received him, to them 
gave he the right to become the child- 
ren of God," 1:12. And that is truly 
life, to be a child of God. Against the 
Jews Jesus charged: "Ye will not 
come to me, that ye may have life," Jn. 
5:40. Life is there for all who will 
come, but only those who come shall 
have that life. 

Our Part is to Bring Others to Him. 
Once we have Jesus Christ for our 
Friend and Savior we need to help 
others leain of Him. Since most un- 
believers neither read the Bible nor go 
to church, they have little opportunity 
to learn about Christ unless we who 
know Him tell them. When a person 
has a stubborn malady that will not 
easily cure, every other friend has a 
pet remedy or a favorite doctor they 
would like to have one try. And we 
may be amongst those who tell afflicted 
persons just what to do in their par- 
ticular case. Why not as readily and as 
unaffectedly recommend Jesus Christ to 
those we see are sick with sin? 

We Like to Acquaint Our Friends 
Witli One Another. When two of our 
friends unacquainted with each other 
meet, we recognize what is expected of 
us and so we "do the honors" and 
"make them acquainted" or "introduce" 
them to each other. It is a natural and 
very common process. Some do it more 
gracefully than others, but all, some 
time, or other, take their turn at it. 
The greater personage our friend is the 
more pleasure we take in presenting 
him to others. In Jesus Christ we have I 
the best Friend any one can ever have | 
and the most truly great Person in all [ 
the wide universe ("world" isn't a big: 
enough word there!) Yet we shrinks 

March 9, 1940 


from introducing our friends to Him! 
See how much we have gotten our 
thinking mixed about such things. 

It Is Expected That We Introduce 
Our Unacquainted Friends. Were you 
ever in the presence of a stranger 
along with a third party who was 
known to each of you — and you knew 
him to be — yet he neglected introduc- 
ing you to the stranger? Remember 
how awkward the situation was? Then 
and there you probably vowed that 
you would be careful to never be guilty 
3f the same thing. But do you always 
introduce your earthly friends to the 
Friend Who "sticketh closer than a 
jrother?" How must He feel to be left 
3Ut of your .social contacts with your 
Friends? How do your friends them- 
selves feel if they know that the Lord 
s your Friend, yet you never make 
my attempt to make them accjuainted 
vith Him? 

Introducing Our Frienda to Chnxt 
ilnkes One a Worthii Friend. If a 
rue friend, we are interested in the 
rther's well-being. If we have found 
lome special wholesome pleasure, we 
ike for our friends to share it. If a 
;ood book, we want them to read it, 
00. If some particular beauty, we 
vant them also to enjoy it. Such con- 
em is what makes us friends and 
:eeps us friends. But it is deeply 
ragic if we have been all that to others 
■et they can say: "No man careth for 
iiy soul," Ps. 142:4b. When we fail to 
ntroduce our friends to Jesus Christ, 
.'e have fallen short of being a true 

Let H.s- he More Natural About Our 
^riendf! to Chrixt. The stilted, arti- 
cial way in which it is so often at- 
smpted is what has made attempts at 
3ul winning so frequently unpleasant 
) unbelievers and unsatisfactory to 
'hristians. What could be more nat- 
ral than for a Christian boy to say 
arnestlv to an unchristian friend : 
Bill, I'd like for you to meet a Friend 
f mine, the best Friend a boy ever 
ad. He'll help you out with every 
roblem of life, and if you'll follow His 
dvice you're bound to be a success. 
!e's everything a boy can desire in the 
ay of a friend, and more. I want you 
I meet my Friend and Savior, Jesus 


Name some reasons why you think 
hristian young people neglect soul 
inning effort? 

i How can our Endeavor group be- 
I'me more active in bringing our 
■lends to Christ? 

Should even a few awkward at- 
mpts at introducing friends to Christ 
scourage us? 

When should an Endeavor begin in- 
oducing friends to Christ? 


A beautiful story is told of Dr. 

■oadus. In his younger days, in the 
wn of which he lived, he was convert- 
to Christ. He had been attending 
me meetings, and next day he went to 

one of his school mates, Sandy Jones — 
a red-haired, awkward chap, and said 
to him, "I wish you would be a Christ- 
ian. Won't you?" And Sandy said "I 
don't know. Perhaps I will.' And sure 
enough, after a little, one night in the 
little church Sandy Jones accepted 
Christ. Straightway he walked across 
that little meeting house, held out his 
hand and said, "I thank you, John; I 
thank you John.' 

Dr. Broadus went forth from that 
little town, and became a great scholar 
and theological president. Every sum- 
mer when he went home to that little 
town this awkward red-haired old 
farmer in his plain clothes, with red 


Lots of second-best things can be 
bought with money. Fine houses and 
estates, yachts and airplanes, magnifi- 
cent clothes and jewels, can be priced 
and bought by the millionaire. He can 
thus set himset apart fi-ora his fellow 
men. But in the first best things of 
life, all men are brothers, and on the 
same level. When it comes to health, 
friendship, righteousness and love there 
is no possibility of buying any of them. 
Counterfeits can be had, in plenty, but 
not the originals. 

"I do not know whether I have any 
friends," said a very rich man, "and I 
never can know unless I lose all my 
money. One thing I am sure about, and 
that is that several people whom I have 
v/anted as intimates, who are not 
wealthy, have avoided me for fear of be- 
ing thought toadies to my money." 
Health is not found in palaces, for the 
most part God gives the first best things 
to all, without price, but we must follow 
his rules if we are to enjoy these bless- 
ings. — Girl's World. 

"Blest hour of prayer, unmarked in 
fleeting time 
By any period like the day or year: 
God sets no star, nor tide, nor outward 
To wait and watch for, e'er we ven- 
ture near 
To ask for pardon at His gracious 
Now is the appointed time, no need to 

Pray now, man; tonight mav be too 

When Christ, His church was starting 
He welcomed one and all. 
The poor, the lame, the lowly 
Yes every one who'd call. 

Each soul is very precious 
And whether rich or poor 
Let's welcome every stranger 
And make their pathway sure. 

By Luella Fitch Perrin, 

Medina, Ohio. 

— In The Ohio Independent Baptist. 

sand on his boots, would come up, stick 
out his great bony hand and say, 
"Howdy, John. I thank you, John; 
thank you, John; thank you, John. I 
never forget, John." 

When Dr. Broadus lay dying and his 
family was about him, he said, "I 
rather think the sound sweetest to my 
ears in heaven, ne.xt to the welcome of 
Him, whom having not seen I have 
ti'ied to love and sei-ve, will be the wel- 
come of Sandy Jones as he will thrust 
out his great hand and say, "Howdy, 
John. Thank you, John; thank you, 

— Selected. 
Frank Gehman 


Bi/ Rev. William Osgood Rogers 

Deer Skinny, 

Mr. Adams is in Hard circumstances. 
His bisniss doesn't make him a living. 
He has to pinch down to Bear Bones, 
and can't give to the church what he 
used to give in Prosperous days. 

So he has quit coming. He says he 
isn't going to come and enjoy the bene- 
fits of the Sanckchewary unless he can 
Pay his Way. 

"My deer brother," said our Preech- 
ur to him, "this church isn't a Hotel 
where you pay by the day. It is a par- 
dnership of Wurkers for the Kingdom 
of God. If you cannot put in much 
Capital you can make your investment 
in the form of Extra Survis. Your 
Regular Presence and Help in every 
church activity will balance the dol- 
lars of sum Skirkers who do Nuthing 
but Pay." 

But Mr. Adams was too Blind to see 
it. He said he might not be Good for 
Mutch, but he didn't intend to Spunge 
off of the church, anyway. 

Old Mrs. Bailey understands it all 
right. She goes out scrubbing for a 
living, and is as Poor as Job's Turkey. 
She only gives five cents a weak to the 
church. But what she can't give in 
money slie tries to make up in Faithful 
Attendance and a Loyal Spirit. If 
there is sum Hard bit of church work 
to be done she says: "Let me do that, 
to make up for what I can't give in 

So she Works her Way, and our 
Preechur says she gives Moar than 
they All. 

Ain't it queer? Yours, 


When love comes in at the door, hate 
flies out the window. 

Remember the epitah: "She hath 
done what she couldn't." 

He who is true to his best today will 
be better tomorrow. 


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Washington and Lincoln believed in 
the Bible, 

Be fair; then you need fear neither 
God nor man. 

The wise preacher aims his semions 
at himself. 


If we print jokes, people say 
we are silly, 

If we don't, they say we are too 

If we clip things from other 
papers, we are too lazy to write 
them ourselves. 

" If we don't, we are stuck on 
our own stuff. 

If we stick to the job all day, 
we ought to be out hunting news. 

If we get out and try to hustle, 
we ought to be on the job in the 

If we don't print contributions, 
we do not appi'eciate true genius; 
and if we print them, the paper 
is filled with junk. 

If we make a change in the 
other fellow's copy, we are too 

If we don't, we are asleep. 

Now, like as not, some 
will say we swiped this from 
some other paper. 

And we did, and we are, and 
we will. 

—The Editor. 

NEWS from the FIELD 



WilliamstoviTi, Ohio 

Venioii D. Grisso, Ashland Theological 

Seminary, Ashland, Ohio 

We write you again rejoicing in the 
wonderful way in which our Lord Jesus 
Christ reveals himself in our midst 
through His matchless works. 

On February 18, we closed a two 
week's revival meeting with bro- 
ther C. A. Stewart as our evangelist. 
The attendance throughout the meet- 
ings was excellent considering the cold, 
icy weather which was prevalent in the 
fore part of the meetings. The church 
v/as well filled each evening, the aver- 
age attendance for the two weeks hav- 
ing been seventy-five. 

We spent a considerable amount of 
time in prayer and deliberation in pre- 
paration for the meetings and in select- 
ing our evangelist. It is wonderful the 
mighty way the Lord can lead in such 
matters when you leave it all up to 
Him. We were led to call Brother 
Stewart from Byran, 0., and I am cer- 
tain there is no evangelist in the Breth- 
ren Churcii that could have filled our 
needs in a greater way. Brother Stew- 
art fit into the situation from the very 
first to the last service. Our fellow- 
ship was rich and inspiring. He 
brought us Spirit-Filled messages each 
evening in a most convincing and con- 
victing manner, truly proclaiming the 
Word of God v.-ithout doubt or reserva- 
tio. We know tbat such zealous evan- 
gelism cannot pass without many turn- 

ing to the ■\\'ord. God blesses his ser- 
vants when thus laboring for Him 
Brother Stewart is a powerful evangel-i 
ist and a sincere soul-winner. We hop* 
we may again be privileged to work 
with him ere our labors are ended oi 
this earth. 

The church here is moving aheac 
because it is founded in one Faith am 
one Salvation, that which is Jesus^ 
Christ. We agreed unanimously ii 
calling the evangelist and also were ii 
one agreement thi'oughout his preach 
ing to us. The congregation showec 
their love and appreciation for Brothe: 
Stewart in their untiring work througli 
prayer, in^-iting otl.ers to the meetings! 
soul-winning, favorably and audibbj 
thanking him for the gTeat message j 
from the W'oi-d, and very gracious!; 
and liberally supporting the meeting 
with their giving. 

We praise God that those in our com 
munity without Christ continue to at 
tend each of our services and hear th 
Gospel preached. One by one we ar 
gleaning the field. As long as Christ 
ians are doing their part in a commun 
ity, living as Christians should live, i 
love and honesty one to another, th 
Inst are compelled to come to the hous 
of prayer and investigate the powe 
back of those Christian lives. Christ' 
Gospel is for the lost and it is to th 
lost that we are presenting it. Ma 
He continue to bless His work in thi 
place by the constant saving of souls. 

The results of the meeting, as is a'. 
ways true after concentrated preaci 
ing of the Word, are evident through 
out the church. A number have bee 
inspired to gi-eater interest and moi 
faithful attendance to God's house. W 
are eei'tain that some, who have m 
yet taken the step, are under convii 
tion. There were nine confessions du: 
ing the meeting, seven young peop 
and two adults. We praise God ft 

We greatly rejoice as we are wr 
ing this article that only yesterds 
morning, in our Gretna Brethre 
Church where we are also ministerin 
when presenting the Word and upc 
offering the invitation five young pe 
pie came giving themselves to Chris 
We are glad to report that Gretna t< 
is not going backward but ahead. "V 
brought the new converts along to W: 
liamstown where we were baptising ( 
Sunday evening after the regular eve- 
ing worship service. 

At the close of the evening servi 
upon offering the invitation two mo 
young men came forward also confes 
ing Christ for the first time. Mo 
than one-hundred people witnessed t 
baptism of fifteen souls by triune ii 
mersion who were received into chur 
membership, ten at Williamstown, a:' 
five at Gretna. 

Ps. 118:23, 24. "This is the Lore 
doing; it is marvelous in our eye 
This is the day which the Lord ha 
made; we will rejoice and be glad 


V„l. LXII, No. 11 

March 16, 1940 


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Brethren Evangelist 

"Praise Him! praise Him! Jestis our blessed Redeemer! 
Si7tg, Earth, His woiulerful love proclaim! 
Hail Him! hail Him! highest arch-ayigels in glory; 
Strength ajtd honor give to Hvi holii naine!" 

— Fanny Crosby, 


The Brethren Evangelist 




Family Altar t 


"As ye go, preach. ..." Matt. 10:7a. 
Read Matt. 10:1-16. 

Some time ago a National Preaching 
Mission was inaugurated wliich had 
for its project the conducting of ser- 
vices in strategic centers of America. 
Great preachers in teams were sent to 
address the crowds who might gather 
to hear them. Where local preparation 
had been made, and expectation stim- 
ulated, lasting results will doubtless 
accrue. It was the hope and thought 
of the originators of the plan that 
these Missions might be a "match" to 
start revival fires. 

Much is being said these days of the 
need for prayer, and thought and plan- 
ning for a great religious awakening. 
The success of all of these plans will 
rest on the attitude and activities of 
each individual Christian. 



"... .Thou shalt love thy neighbour 
as thyself." Matt. 22:39. Read Matt. 
"Who is thy neighbor? He whom thou 

Hast power to aid or bless; 
Whose aching heart or burning brow 

Thy soothing hand may press." 

There is a universal recognition of a 
neighbor's right to own his owti pro- 
perty, to plant his garden as he pleas- 
es, to wear the style of clothing he pre- 
fers, and to go to church where it suits 
him. There is, however, another right 
of which many of us are forgetful — 
the right of our neighbor to our good 
will. By the word of our text we are 
to be as thoughtful of our neighbor's 
welfare and interest as our own. The 
divine law requires this love and at- 
titude of good will whether or not we 
agree with him politically, personally, 
or socially. "The world is all one 
neighborhood, the stars are the for- 
eign lands." 



" . . . . The 'King's' business requires 
haste." I Sam. 21:8b. Read I Sam. 

There is but one "work" in the world 
and that is the business of The King. 
One supreme enterprise alone merits 
the finest enterprise of men, and that 
is the work of the church of Christ. 
One over-mastering task faces every 
church of God and that is to further 
the aims of Christ's kingdom. Des- 
perate activity about other work than 
that which is directed of God is labor 
lost. Cobbling shoes, or scrubbing 
floors engaged in for the glory of the 
King will be happy work, and success- 

ful. Let it not be forgotten, however, 
that any and all work done for Him 
calls for all our strength, time, 
thought and interest. 'Twere folly to 
waste years in trumpery endeavors 
which do not further His kingdom. 


"....The kingdom of heaven is like 

unto leaven " Matt. 13:33. Read 

Matt. 13:31-35. 

"How great a flame a little fire 
kindleth"; likewise how great a flame 
aspires wiien kindled by a spark of 
grace. It has ever been thus — a seed, 
a bit of leaven, a spark, one individual 
wholly captured for the Lord, and then 
has come the miracle. From the con- 
version of Venkayga, a robber-chief- 
tain of India, which sent him away 
from the missionary's home crying, 
"This is my God, my Saviour, I have 
long been seeking; now I have found 
Him and will serve Him", came the 
Telugu mass-movement which has 
swept the country-side of India and 
brought into being hundreds of thous- 
ands of new Christian communities. 
What was the secret? Christ lighted 
an undying flame in the heart. 


"....Preach the gospel to every 
creature." Mark 16:15b. Read Mark 

The command, "Go ye into all the 
world," is obviously the undeniable ex- 
pression of Christ's own life. His 
earthly life had been spent in an area 
circumscribed by the outline of the 
land of Palestine. His gospel was for 
the whole world. Christ died to save 
the world "and if I be lifted up from 
the earth will draw all men unto me." 
Jesus inaugurated a process in history 
that cannot find fulfillment short of a 
world-wide community. 

"Thou art coming to a king, 

Large petitions with thee bring." 


"....Son, go work to day in my 
vineyard." Matt. 21:28. Read Matt. 

One fact primarily must be consider- 
ed in this parable, that is, that both 
the parties addressed in the parable 
were sons. God does not call those 
who are not members of His family in- 
to His service. Men must be His chil- 
dren before they can be His servants. 
But once brought by grace into the 
family of God we are automatically 
sent abroad unto service. The call, 
"Son, go work to day," demands in- 
stant obedience. No question of wor- 
thiness or personal ability is to enter 
into the matter of the determining of 
our obedience. If the call is from God, 
He provides for all our needs and de- 
ficiencies. God wants both the words 
of our mouths and the obedience of our 
hearts when He calls us to the privi- 
lege of serving Him. 



" .... I have put my spirit upon him : 
" Isaiah 42:1. Read Isa. 42:1-9. ' 

The prophet asserts the delight of j 
the Lord to be that His servant shall i 
carry The News of the Gospel to all , 
nations, that the people may be res- j 
cued, that light may be brought to the 
needy, that blind eyes may be opened, 
and those in bondage may have their | 
shackles stricken from them, while the 
prisoners are to be released from the 
darkness of their dungeon prisons in- 
to the light of a life of freedom. 

This, declared Christ, was His mis- 
sion as He answered the emissaries of 
John the Baptist who sent them to in- 
quire as to Jesvis' mission and author- 
ity. To all who see the supreme goal 
of life to be the doing of His will, 
God's infinite desire to reveal Him- 
self unto men constitutes a call to 
share in missionary enterprise. 

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The Work of the Holy Spirit 

(Bij Rev. L. V. Kiiiff, pastor the Brethren Church, Oakville, 

(This article was originally prepared for use in the issue 
of the Brethren Evangelisl for March 9, hut because of the 
abundance of material for that number was crowded out. 
We give it place here because of its real tnerit and timeli- 
ness. — Office Editor.) 

I shall immediately go into the discus- 
sion of the Work of the Holy Spirit. I am sure that 
His work will also give to us a testimony of His Na- 
ture. It will at least reveal to us that the Holy Spir- 
it is a Personality just as truely as is the Father 
-nd the Son. 

The Bible clearly teaches that each person of the 
Trinity has a distinct work to accomplish. And yet 
each works in perfect harmony so as to accomplish 
perfectly the will of God in the world. 

If space permitted we would deal with this sub- 
ject from 3 angles. First, the work of the Holy 
Spirit in the world at large. Suffice to say that the 
Holy Spirit is the restraining power in the world to 
hold back sin and Satan. Were it not for this re- 
straining power conditions, as bad as they are, 
would be unbearable for the Christian. 

Second, the work of the Holy Spirit with the sin- 
ner. Suffice to quote here one verse from John's 
Gospel which reads, "And when He is come, He will 
reprove tlie world of sin, and of righteousness, and 
of judgment". The word 'world' in this verse means 
the world of men as indicated in the next verse 
whicli reads, "Of sin because THEY believe not on 
me." It is therefore the work of the Christian to 
testify of Christ. It is the Holy Spirit's work to 
convict of sin. 

Third, the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of 
the believer. And it is my purpose to dwell upon 
this third work of the Spirit. I am doing so largely 
becruse this concerns us as Brethren. And since 
the majority of readers of this paper are Chiistian 
people, I would bring a message of help and com- 
fort to them. 

So we find that the work of the Holy Spirit is 
boundless and endless, not only an agency in the 
creation of the world and man but especially in the 
life of the believer. Even with this phase of the 
subject we shall discover in the space alloted that 
we must leave out many works of the Holy Spirit. 
We shall therefore endeavor to mention only the 
most outstanding. 

Now, the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit in- 
dwells the life of the Believer. Therefore, what He 
accomplishes in the believer is a work of grace from 
within. So we mention the following as Works of 
the Holy Spirit. 

1st. The Holy Spirit imparts life. Job 33:4 reads, 
"The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of 
the Almighty hath given me life." The Holy Spirit 
both gives life and sustains life. And we cannot 
have spiritual life apart from the indwelling of the 
Holy Spirit. John 6:63a "It is the Spirit that quick- 
eneth." Just as the sap flows from the root to the 
limb and bears leaves and fruit, so the Holy Spirit 
flows from the Father in and through us imparting 
spiritual life. 

2nd. According to Romans 1-5:13, the Holy Spirit 
implants hope in the life of the believer. In fact 
Paul says it is an abounding hope. It is this hope 
that inspires us wlien things seems to go against 
us. The Holy Spi)it keeps hope alive, keeps it burn- 
ing, enables the Christian to continually fight on. 
And how often we need to have hope rekindled in 
our lieaits ! 

3rd. John 15:26 teaches us that the Holy Spirit 
reveals to us the Christ. He bears witness to the 
truth regarding Jesus Christ. And as the Holy 
Spirit reveals Christ to us, we are in turn to tell 
others of His wonderful love. And as we endeavor 
to present Him, the Holy Spirit bears witness with 
our spirit. 

4th. In John 16:13 we are told that the Holy Spir- 
it will guide us into all truth. Tliei'e is no truth we 


The Family Altar 2 

"The Work of the Holy Spirit"— L. V. King 3 

Word from Our Workers 4 

"Missions and Unity" — Claud Studebaker 5 

"Definitions" — Waterloo, Iowa Bulletin 5 

Charter Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 6 

■'The Who and When of Missions" — Freeman Ankrum . . 7 

"The Work of the Holy Spirit"— C. F. Y 8 

"Why Mission Work" — Gospel Messenger 9 

"The Why of Foreign Missions" — The Messenger 10 

"Scattered — Everywhere — Preaching the Word" — 

J. Wesley Piatt 10 

"The Mentor" 11 

Some South American Information 12, 13 

"Foreign Missions — An Appeal" — W. E. Ronk J4 

C. E. Topic 14,15 

News from the Field 16 

The Brethren Evangelist 

ought to know but that the Holy Spirit will reveal 
to us IF we are Spirit-guided and Spirit-lead. And 
how we need in these dark days this guiding ! How 
often we have thought that we knew the truth only 
to find afterward we were in error. 

John 14:26 reveals tliat the Holy Spirit will teach 
us all things. The "all things", of course, has refei-- 
ence to truth. The "Spirit searcheth all things, yea, 
the deep things of God." So the deep things He de- 
sires we shall know and will be revealed to us as 
we yield to Him, and that yielding must be in all 

5th. In the fifth place the Holy Spirit is a Com- 
forter to the Believer. This is clearly indicated in 
many passages, especially in John 14:16. This is 
the word "paraclete" which means to beckon to come 
along side of, or to call to one's side. In the Latin 
it comes from two words, 'com' meaning along side 
of or together and 'fortis' meaning strong. Hence, 
He is the one by whose presence I am made strong. 
And how we need this Comforter in the time of sor- 
row and death. And it is at the time of death we 
can judge if the sorrowing have the indwelling of 
the Holy Spirit. 

If space permitted, we could go on and show that 
the Holy Spirit communicates joy to the saints, edi- 
fies the Church, imparts the love of God, imparts 
gifts, directs the decisions of the Church, helps our 
infirmities, etc. Perhaps these and many more 
might all be included in the statement 'that He re- 
veals all things to us." These should at least show 
that the Holy Spirit ma.\' become a real power and 
blessing to the child of God who yields unto His 

May we be first of all sui'e that we are indwelt. 
Then let us yield to Him who indwells us that He 
might lead and direct our lives to His glory. 


(The Gospel Herald) 

When falsehood comes in a soiled array 
Most of us shrink from its presence away. 
When clothed in dirty rags it appears 
Then we despise it and give it a sneer. 

When falsehood appears in the robe of light, 
Ever so often it dazzles our sight; 
When it comes clothed in fashion and style 
Most of us give it a wink and a smile. 

Yet falsehood — dresses it ever so smart — 
Always is dirty and unclean at heart, 
And only can bring in whatever dress. 
To those whom it touches, dirt and distress. 

— The Evangelist. 

Word From Our Workers 

IT MAY BE of interest to our readers to know that Dr 
Yoder has been answering questions (non controversial am 
sincere) from any of our readers. These replies appear or 
page 8 or page 9 each week, if questions have been received 

WE NOTE an announcement in the Bulletin of the Breth 
ren Church at Dayton, of the organizing of a Home Depart- 
ment in the Bible School of that group. A most creditabh 
and profitable undertaking for any Bible School. 

DR. W. S. BELL reports an Evangelist subscription lis 
of 30 in the Brethren Church of Dayton. He says he Wouh 
like to see a church paper in every one of the homes of th' 
church. So would we. We will furnish the sample copies o 
the paper to help you do it, Dr. Bell. 

ELDER C. A. STEWART opens an evangelistic campaigj 
in the Fremont church on March 24. Elder F. C. Vanatoij 
pastor of the Brethren church, at Fremont, conducted a cam 
paign in Brother Stewart's church, at Bryan, Ohio, somj 
weeks ago. The brotherhood will be remembering these tw| 
brethren as they labor together in a soul-saving campaign. 

REVIVAL SERVICES are scheduled to open in the Bret? 
ren Church at New Lebanon, Ohio, on March 10, with ReA 
C. C. Grisso, the pastor as the evangelist. The pastor call 
on his membership to be daily in prayer for the Lord's bless 
ing upon the services. We are sure Brother Grisso woul 
appreciate an interest in the prayers of the brotherhood :i 
behalf of the campaign. He will be assisted for the firs 
week by his son, elder Vernon C. Grisso. 

A BULLiETIN from the Chestnut Grove Church of th 
Brethren in Christ, near Ashland, contains this suggesti\ 
statement: "If God gets the possesor. He gets the posse; 
sions too." Absolutely true. Another suggestive statemei 
is that "Doctrines are the rails on which we (Christians 
run. People run wild because they don't respect the do( 

FROM THE Bulletin of the Berlin, Pa., Brethren Churcl 
we learn that the membership of that congregation are ' 
enjoy a series of lectures during the Lenten season. Theit 
lectures are to be given by Prof. M. A. Stuckey, of Ashlar; 
College. The lectures will be given as a Teacher Trainir 
course for the teachers of the church school, and credit w- 
be given to all who wish to take advantage of the opportu 
ity to better fit themselves for service in their Bible Scho( 

A NEWS-LETTER, in this issue of the Evangelist, gives 
report by brother C. A. Stewart, of the meeting recently he 
by him in the Brethren congregation at Williamstowm, Oh 
where Vernon Grisso, of Ashland College, holds a stude 
pastorate. Pastor and evangelist labored together, and 
loyal membership cooperated with the ministers, with t 
result that a nice group of converts were added to the niei 
bership of the congregation. Brother Stewart speaks high 
of the fellowship of the Williarastown congregation. 

IN THE BULLETIN of the First Church of the Brethrc 
at Dayton, Ohio, for March 3, we note that Dr. C. F. Yoc: 
was the speaker for the evening service. The pastor of 1 
Dayton church of the Brethren is Rev. J. Perry Prather, :"< 
mer pastor of the Third St. Church of the Brethren, at As 
land, and a warm friend of Ashland College. The Off 
Editor counts Rev. Prather as among his warm persoi 
friends. We rejoice in the fine fraternal spirit manifest 
and by such occasions as that of Dr. Yoder's visit to R 
Prather's congregation. 

March 16, 1940 

Missions and Unity 

Certainly one of the vital objectives of the church 
rf Jesus Christ is UNITY: "That they all may be 
Dne; as thou Father, art in me, and I in Thee, that 
they also may be one in us : that the world may be- 
ieve that thou hast sent me." Endeavoring to "keep 
;he unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" ; "That 
;hey be of the same mind in the Lord"; "Let noth- 
ing be done through strife or vain glory." The Mis- 
sion projects of the church sliould unify the church 
n a tremendous missionary expenditure of life and 
Tioney which is consistent with the strength and 
Afealth of the church. In the early church describ- 
3d in the Acts, most of the money raised was for the 
'Poor Saints." The Missionary interests were well 
Aforked by certain missionaries sent out by the 
'Church, who evidently largely supported them- 
selves in their missionary labors, but i'eix)rted back 
;o the church. In the history of Missions now, 
Tiuch of the Foreign Missionary work is carried on 
jy Societies or Boards under no church. The S. S. 
rimes magazine carried a list of almost 100 active 
Tiissionary societies, and I presume there are others 
lot named, that are carrying on missionary work 
jutside the church, of course making their appeal to 
ill Christians for support. Tlie Christian and Mis- 
sionary Alliance "was such an organization in its in- 
jeption, and you are still told that you may belong 
;o your church and be a member of theii' group also, 
3ut the group has resolved itself into a church and 
idds one more denomination to the long list. Such 
!s the eventual result of most independent move- 
ments however worthy may be their objectives. 
Should the church send out missionaries or should it 
je left to aggressive missionary-minded individuals 
md groups to shape their own policies. I know it is 
1 day of "Independent Movements" in govern- 
ments, churches, homes, etc. For one rather limit- 
ed locality reported in our paper, there is the, 
'Highway Gospel Tabernacle," "The Full Gospel 
Mission," "Everybody's Gospel Mission, etc., etc. 
rhese groups of people are mostly from other 
:hurches that are seeking to establish themselves 
without any restraint or admonition of a denomina- 
tion. These projects always have their dangers as 
well as advantages. We would not hinder the gospel 
and missionary work, but many times division is de- 
trimental rather than beneficial. The Bi'ethren 
Church early in hei- history elected and chartered, 
'The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church" to 
sngage in both Home and Foreign Mission work un- 
ier the counsel of the Church. The Foreign Mis- 
sion work has been largely accomplished by a so- 
liety that was not sponsored by the Brethren 
3hurch though carried on by members of the church 
ind in the name of the Church, yet being controlled 

by those who were interested enough to contribute 
$5, or more regai-dless of whether they were mem- 
bers of the Brethren Church or any church. My 
question in this article is whether or not these out- 
side and more or less independent of the church or- 
ganizations with the best of motives will not make 
for confusion and division in the various churches 
and GUI'S in particular, because of the smallness of 
our denomination and our distinctive ordinances. If 
God has given us a world mission as a Brethren 
Church (and I believe he has) should we not seek to 
unify our various activities of service, missionary 
and othei'wise, rather than to divide into competing 
interests that may confuse and hinder and cause 
multilation of the body of the church itself. "There 
is one body and one Spirit, even as ye are called in 
one hope of your calling." — Claud Studebaker. 

"Come, Holy Spirit, Heav'nly Dove, 
With all Thy quick'ning pow'rs; 

Kindly a flame of sacred love 

In these cold hearts of ours. 

"Come, Holy Spirit, Heav'nly Dove, 
With all Thy quick'ning powers ; 

Come, shed abroad a Savior's love. 
And that shall kindle ours." 

The following list of "Definitions" is taken from 
the Bulletin of the First Brethren Church, of Water- 
loo, Iowa, where brother W. C. Benshoff is pastor. 
We commend them to the cai'eful attention of our 
readers. — D. B. 

MODERNISM— Anything of recent date or practice. 

The Atheism of past ages in modern dress. " has 

come to include all l<inds of false teaching and worldly 
practices which are considered as departure from the 
example of the ApostoUc Church." — Dr. C. F. Yoder. 

ORTHODOXY— Sound in Religious Doctrine. Ortho- 
doxy is opposed to heterodoxy or heresy. Thinkers who 
oppose the liberalists and contend for the integrity and 
divine authority of the whole Bible and all its doctrines 
are known as orthodox. 

THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION— is man's relation to 
God tlircugh the mediation of Jesus Christ, according 
to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. 

Can we defend the Christian faith? I Peter 3:15. 
"If Chrisf'ans do not defend their religion, skeptics will 
be likely to think they cannot. Will not this encourage 
them to continue in their unbelief?" 

FUNDAMENTALISM— A principle or rule which 
serves as the ground work of a system, as, the funda- 
mentals of the Christian faith. The things, without 
which, Christianity would not be Christian. Belief in the 
Bible as God's Word. 

APOSTASY — An abandonment of what one has vol- 
untarily professed. A total desertion or departure from 
one's faith. A professed believer who "walks out" on 
Christ and the Church is apostate. Apostasy is the' 
church's gi-eatest problem in these modern times. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

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affixed, the great Seal of State. 
Done at the City of Spri-ngfield. 
this 17th day of November //( the 
(SEAL) ' year of our Lord one thoii.'^and 
eight hundred and 92 and of the 
Independence of the United States 
the one hundred and 17th. 

I. N. Pearson, 
Secretary of S*^ate 

Seci'etary of State: 
WE THE UNDERSIGNED, Jonas E. Roop, David 
Augustine and J. S. Snively, citizens of the United 
States, propose to form a corporation, under an act 
of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois, en- 
titled "An Act Concerning Corporation," approved 
April 18, 1872, and all acts amendatory thereof, and 
that for the purpose of such organization we here- 
by state as follows, to-wit: 

1. The name of such corporation is the 


2. The object for which it is formed is to receive 
by way of gift, devise or bequest, any and all kinds 
of property and estate, including money, to convert: 
into money such property and estate and under the 
direction of the General Conference of the Brethren 
Church to pay out and expend such money, and the 
proceeds of such pi'operty and estate, for the gener- 
al missionary purposes, both foreign and domestic, 
of such Church. 

3. The management of the aforesaid Missionary 
Board shall be vested in a Board of three (3) Dir- 
ectors, who are to be selected by the General Con- 
ference of said. The Brethren Church, for such per- 
iod, in such manner, and at such time and times, as 
said Conference may determine. 

4. The following persons are hereby selected asi 
the Directoi-s to control and manage said Corpoi'a- 
tion for the first yeai' of its corporate ex'stence, or 
until their successors are elected by the General 
Conference of said, The Brethren Church, viz: Jon- 
as E. Ropp, David Augustine, and J. S. Snively. 

5. The location is in Chicago, in the County of 
Cook, State of Illinois. 

Jonas E. Ropp, 
David Augustine, 
J. S. Snively. 


I, Charles Lane, a Notary Public, in and for the 
City of Chicago, County and State aforesrdd, DC 
HEREBY CERTIFY that on the 11th day of No- 
vember, A. D. 1892, pei'sonally appeared before me, 
Jonas E. Ropp, David Augustine and J. S. Snively 
who are to me pei'sonally known to be the same per- 
sons, who executed the foregoing instrument, anc' 
severally acknowledged that they had executed the 
same for the purposes therein set forth. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereuntc 
set my hand and seal, the day and year above 

Charles Lane, 

Notary Public 

March 16, 1940 

The Who and When of Missions 

(Bj/ Rev. Freeman Ankruin^ imstur uf the Brethren Church, 
Linwood, Mil.) 

The mail who has fallen overboard from a vessel, 
may not scrutinize with a ciitical eye, the trade- 
mark to be found upon the life preserver, before he 
has been brought to safety. The offices of the man 
who had so obligingly accommodate him with the 
life .saving measure will be kindly received, at least 
until the person who has been rescued from an un- 
timely death is certain that the danger no longer ex- 
ists. Tlie nationality, or the ancestry of the indiv- 
idual who is instrumental in taking the saving Gos- 
pel of Jesus Christ to a lost man, is of secondary im- 
portance to the man who was lost. Tlie present fact 
of his acceptance of the saving Christ is the most 
essential. If Heaven would only be peopled by in- 
dividuals that were saved by any of us, or even the 
Brethren church as a whole, there would be space 
to let. 

Yet there comes at times to some the apparent 
thought that they alone are the ones to have custody 
of handing out the cup containing the water of life, 
to the gpiritually dying. There is an uncancelled 
commission in God's word, "Go ye therefore, teach 
all nations, baptizing, (yes, baptizing them) in the 
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost." I do not find that there are special creden- 
tials needed for this job, other than being first, a 
follower of Christ. However, I do learn from Luke 
24:49, that it is necessary to tarry in Jerusalem un- 
til ye be endued with power from on high. Then 
when this was done and the power had been forth- 
coming the task was to go out and that repentance 
and remission of sins should be preached in His 
name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 
Wait fii-st in Jerusalem, then when the power comes, 
begin the job right there. 

We have come to the time of the year in the 
Brethren Church when our minds naturally go 
across the seas to those who dwell in darkness. We 
have been led in times past to think that thijs task 
of evangelizing should be designated alone to one 
particular organization within the church. The 
matter has been brought to mind by other writers 
that there is an organization of the church, controll- 
ed by the church, its membership not determined by 
any specific sum paid into it, and incorporated with 
a charter not limiting its work to any locality or to 
the home states, and that is the Missionary Board 
of the Brethren Church. 

It occurs to the writer that the Brethren Church 
has lost to a certain extent by making a class of 
specialists out of the ones who comprise the mem- 
bership of the Church. Thus we say to one, "I must 

do this," "you must do that." "You stay in your 
place and I will stay in mine, perhaps." The theory 
that was so common in the early church and contri- 
buted so much to its growth was, "each one win 
one." No church is a healthy church that is an 
over-organized church. Machinery at times seems 
to be the end and not the means to an end. The onl.\' 
standard of measure that some seem to understand 
is that of MONEY. To them the progress of the 
church is measured by the financial yardstick. The 
funds contributed id the time of the year when we 
give special thoughts to Home and Foreign Missions 
will in themselves be meaningless unless they are 
used to the glory of God and not to contribute to the 
ease of a few individuals. They must be used to 
contribute to His glory in the saving of our fellow 
men. So as to the WHO of Missions, the uncan- 
celled commission should once and for all answer 
that jjart of this article. 

The WHEN part would not limit to any specific 
time, but would be according to the time of the need 
of the individual. It would appear at times to the 
writer that we are too far sighted for our own good. 
Over sympathy causes us to pour out tears of grief 
and sympathy for those who live far beyond the 
seas, and in the meantime deal unjustly with those 
within the confines of our own congregation. What 
must God think of those who have thrown out of the 
fold great numbers, who are guilty of nothing, ex- 
cept thinking and following God's word as the 
Brethren people have done for years ? I do not read 
that God has promised His blessing upon one who 
is careless of the Jerusalem needs. 

The great trees which we admire when they have 
donned their garments of green in the Springtime, 
must be as great under the ground as they are in 
the air. Otherwise the top would not have suffi- 
cient life couising up through the various capillaries 
to bring the life-giving fluid. Tlierefore, the same 
is just as true in the history of a church. God is 
the one who is back of both. They must not be over- 
developed in parts but must be in full proportion. 

God had only one Son to give to the world. This 
Son has only one Gospel. The things in God's Word 
that are clear and beyond the criticism of the most 
rabid Atheist are the things that hurt the one who 
is trying to hide behind imaginary uncertainties. 
The growth that the Dunkard church has enjoyed 
for over two hundred years, has been made possible 
by non-conformity to anything othei' than the plain 
Word of God. Conformities, the introducing of in- 
novations, the misreading of God's plain statements, 
have been the things that have caused the difficul- 
ties that were to be found in the church. What we 
need at this Easter time is to get back to the simple 
fundamentals of the Gospel. Nothing is fundamen- 
tal which is contrary to the book, nor is any leader 

(Continued on jjaye 11) 

The Brethren Evangelist 

The Contributing Editor's Page 


The greatest undiscovered power in the world is 
the Holy Spirit. Not altogether undiscovered, be- 
cause His power was revealed in Jesus Christ and, 
to a lesser degree, in the apostolic church; but in 
the modem church the Spirit cannot do many 
mighty works because of unbelief. Not complete 
unbelief, because the church still professes faith in 
the Holy Spirit, but it does not seem to expect more 
of Him than a quiet growth in Christian character. 

Granted that this is the most important manifes- 
tation of the Spirit, it does not follow that special 
manifestations are to be excluded. The signs that 
were to follow them that believe, according to Mark 
16:16, did follow the preaching of the Spirit filled 
apostles. Peter, in his Pentecostal sermon, pointed 
out that Jesus was approved by God by means of 
miracles and signs. Acts 2:22. The apostles pray- 
ed that their ministry might also be approved by 
signs. Acts 4:29, 30. Then the place where they 
were gathered was shaken and "with great power 
gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the 
Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all." 
"Stephen, full of faith and power, did great won- 
ders and miracles among the people. . . .and they 
were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by 
which he spake." "Philip went down to Samaria 
and preached Christ unto them. And the people 
with one accord gave heed unto those things wliich 
Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which 
he did." Paul, writing to the Corinthians, says, 
"My preaching was not with enticing words of man's 
wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of 

Every Kiiigdom in its own Power 

Many more quotations might be given to show 
that the work of the Holy Spirit in the apostolic 
church was more than a growth in the virtues 
known as "the fruit of the Spirit." This is precise- 
ly what we should expect. Every kingdom has its 
own sphere and its own power which distinguishes 
it from others. The vegetable kingdom produces 
the phenomena of growth and reproduction because 
it has life, and what would be a miracle for the min- 
eral kingdom is natural to plants. 

Likewise, because animals have conscious life in- 
stead of unconscious life, they can feel and move, 
can run or fly, as natural things in their kingdom, 
but which would be miracles for plants. The hu- 
man kingdom with free will, reason and conscience, 
is capable of reasoning, and inventing, and building 
up science and civilization far beyond the power of 
animals to conceive. 

What then, should we expect from a new king- 
dom, which is declared to be "righteousness and joy 
and peace in the Holy Spirit"? What have we a 
right to expect from people who have been "born 
of the Spirit" and made "partakers of the divine 

This glorious kingdom of God takes all the en- 
dowment of power that we have in common with the 
lower kingdoms and adds to it the power of the 
Holy Spirit, to the end that we may do the will of 

A Pei'son, not a Force 

But the Holy Spirit is not a force only. He is a 
person. He is God, for "God is a Spirit". A bad 
man may turn the electric key and the current flows 
for him as well as for a good man. Not so with the 
Holy Spirit. A bad man may, like Simon Magus, 
try to control the Holy Spii'it, but there is no re- 
sponse. His power is manifested, not through ma- 
terial instruments, but through the more subtle or- 
gan of the human spirit, the conscience, illuminated 
by faith and love and obedience to God. 

Men of science may experiment with forces like 
electricity by means of their ingenious instruments, 
but when it comes to gathering scientific data about 
the power of the Holy Spirit we must use the means 
of information that belong to the Kingdom of God. 
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see 
God." "He that willeth to do his will shall know 
of the teaching." "We are witnesses of these 
things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom 
God hath given to them that obey him." Some 
scientists ridicule the fanatical woman who denied 
the existence of Jupiter's moons and yet refused to 
look through a telescope to see them ; yet they deny 
the I'eality of the powei' of the Chi'istian life, and 
at the same time refuse to humble themselves as a 
little child in order that they may enter into the 
kingdom of God whei'e they may prove for them- 
selves the reality of the power of Christ in the life. 

The Holy Spirit and Christ 

For the power of the Holy Spirit in the life is the 
power of Jesus Christ. When he was about to leave 
this world he said to the disciples, "It is expedient 
for you that I go away, for if I go not away the Holy 
Spirit will not come unto you, but if I go away I will 
send him unto you." That means that it is by the 
Holy Spirit that Christ is universally and constant- 
ly present with his people. In his bodily form he 
could be at one place only at one time. Now his help 
is available anywhere and at any time to anyone 
who has faith to call upon h:m. 

Mark well the wonderful words, "That Christ Tuay 

March 16, 1940 

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 length and breadth and 
depth and height; and to know the love of Christ 
which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled 
with all the fullness of God." 

Surely, if we pause to grasp the significance of 
this we will join with Paul in his rapturous bene- 
diction, "Now unto him who is able to do exceeding 
abundantly, above all that we are able to ask or 
think, according to the power that worketh in us, 
unto him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus, 
throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." 
Eph. 3:14-21. 

Why then, do we not see more of this glorious 
manifestation of the power of Christ in his church ? 
We must remember that a kingdom is far greater 
than any individual in it. There ai'e hundreds of 
thousands of different species of animals, and some 
of them so low down in the scale of animal life that 
it is difficult to say whether they are plants or ani- 
mals, but the kingdom as a whole exhibits the char- 
acters and performs functions of animals. 

So in the kingdom of God there are those who ai'e 
the "least" and there are those who are the "great- 
est." There are those who can scarcely be distin- 
guished from the unconverted world, and there are 
those whose lives are an unceasing benediction be- 
cause they are filled with the Holy Spirit. Miracles 
have not ceased. Books can be filled, have been 

filled, with veridical accounts of marvelous answers 
to prayer, and power in witnessing for Chiist by 
modern saints who have fullfilled the conditions of 
enduement with power. 

The kingdom as a whole cometh not by observa- 
tion. It keeps growing, a little here and a little 
there, as the springtime grows, with a songbird 
here and a wild flower there, until sky is bright with 
summer and the ground is carpeted with bloom. 

If we find ourselves among the many who have 
not attained as yet to the fullness of the abundant 
life which Jesus came to give, let us remember that 
eternity is a long time, and the life we have enter- 
ed will need eternity for its full development, "to 
the fullness of the stature of manhood in Christ Je- 
sus." But, let us also remember that what has been 
possible for others should be possible for us. Let 
us therefore examine ourselves to see if we be lack- 
ing in faith, or in love or in obedience, or if we fail 
to take the time to pray and to feed on the Word, 
that we need ; or if, perchance, we are neglecting our 
attendance at the meetings of the church which are 
for our spiritual growth. 

Let us remember also that in all these things we 
may have the help of the Holy Spirit. Faith itself 
is a gift of the Spirit. Prevailing prayer is possible 
only by praying in the Spirit. He will lead us into 
all truth. He will strengthen us with might in the 
inner man, and he will make us fruitful in every 
good word and work. — C. F. Y. 

Why Mission Work 

With what new urgency comes the call today to 
make the nations into disciples of Jesus Christ. 
And then to go on indoctrinating them with the 
meaning of that discipleship, until they have fully 
learned his way. Nothing has happened to weak- 
en this demand of the Great Commission. Much is 
happening every day to I'e-enforce it. 

Evangelism and education, whether in Africa or 
Asia or Europe or America, are still the two halves 
of the whole business of the church. Both words 
need enrichment; their world-wide, life-wide impli- 
cations are too little understood, but they cover 
everything. Persuading people to choose Christ and 
helping them to do this in all human relationships — 
that will finish war and settle all domestic prob- 
lems also. 

No doubt we have much to learn yet about meth- 
ods. We do not know how to do this very well, and 
30 some are saying that we are working at the 
wrong objective. The Christian way is too heavenly 
^or such an earthly world. It is too idealistic for 

the practical necessities of imperfect men. Poems 
about love are beautiful but the language of torpe- 
does and bombs is more effective. 

For certain immediate results, yes, but not for ef- 
fects that last. The one thing they do make sure is 
the coming of more bombs and torpedoes. They 
have been tried long enough. Their failure is be- 
yond all doubt and utterly complete. The world 
waits in anguish and impending ruin for the better 
way, the only way. Let's not be ashamed of the gos- 
pel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salva- 
tion, but only for the Jews, Greeks, Germans, Brit- 
ish, French and Americans who believe it. 

The Christian Evangel is the answer to the terror 
of today and the threating chaos of tomorrow. Am- 
bassadors for Christ must not grow weary whether 
they labor in heathen lands so-called or in heathen 
lands falsely called civilized. Theu's is the key that 
will unlock the secret of life and happiness in this 
world and in any world. Let them guard this prec- 
ious treasure, not hoarding it but using it at every 
possible opportunity, while they wait in patient 
trust for greater opportunities sure to come. — Gos- 
pel Messenger. 


The Brethren Evatigelist 

The "Why" of Foreign Missions 

Again we are in the midst of tlie season in whicli 
the emphasis is on that phase of Kingdom work 
which extends to lands across the sea. In these 
days when materiahstic forces are in the saddle men 
may be questioning anew whether it is oi any use 
to try to evangelize the world. So v/e ought to be 
able to set forth reasons why we persist in this 

1. God wiUs it. God sent His own Son into the 
world to redeem men. That Son gave a command 
and commission to make disciples of all the nations. 
The Gospel is to be proclaimed in the atteimost 
parts of the earth. With Jerusalem as a center wit- 
ness is to be given until men have had an opportun- 
ity to hear the wonderful words of life. ■ 

2. Men call for help. It is true, that the call may 
not be as clear as was the Macedonian call, but it is 
just as cogent. The needs of men for the Gospel 
and its blessings are a challenge from which we dare 
not turn away. Millions are still groping in dark- 
ness. These too are to be fashioned in the likeness 
of the Man of Galilee. Can we be so selfish as to 
withhold from them the I'egenerating power that 
alone can make them the sons of God? 

3. Our own spiritual growth demands a world in- 
terest. The Dead Sea is dead because it takes in but 
does not give out — and so are many Church mem- 
bers. The heart is impeded in sending the blood 
throughout its own area if it cannot send it through- 
out the body which is its reason for existence. Well 
may we recall two slogans we read and heard dur- 
ing the days of the Inter-Chui'ch World Movement 
a score of years ago: "The light that shines the far- 
thest shines the brightest nearest home," and "The 
Christ we will not share we may not keep." 

4. The civiUzation of the world can be preserved 
oaly by the spiritualization of mankind.. Our politi- 
cal and economic and social security can not be gain- 
ed or guaranteed by mere materialistic means. 
Hate, cruelty, and war can be overcome only when 
men have a new heart created within them. Hence 
it behooves us not only as good Christians but also 
as loyal Americans to long and labor for the redemp- 
tion of all men. — "The Messenger." 

A hundred thousand souls a day 
Are passing one by one away, 

In Christless guilt and gloom; 
Without one ray of hope or light, 
With future dark as endless night. 

They're passing to their doom. 
Church of Christ, what wilt thou say 
When, in the awful judgment day. 

They charge thee with their doom? 


Scattered --- Everywhere 
The Word 



(By Rev. J. Wesley Piatt, patstm- Brethren Church, Manteca, 
Cat., and member The Missionarii Board of the Brethren 

When Luke recorded the words in Acts 8:4 of 
happenings in the early Church, he at the same 
time gave us some very important principles that 
deserve serious reflection and consideration: 
"Thei'efore they that were scattered abroad went 
everj'where preaching the word." One of these 
principles will engage us in this article. Christians 
become known in their new communities first by 
and on account of their Christianity. 

While we I'ecognize the difference in method and 
type of "Preaching the Word" by which preachers 
preach it, we are brought face to face in this verse 
with a preaching of the word that is more universal \ 
and far reaching in its practice and influence. 

We can't help but be impressed with the evident 
liveliness of the faith of the saints. Their living 
was first of all a testimony to their Saviour and i 
Lord. As the disciples said earlier in their experi- 
ences, "We cannot but speak the things which we 
have seen and heard," so making Christ known in 
the preaching of the Word was their method of 
adapting themselves to their new environment. 
This certainly demonstrates Christ's own word. 
Matt. 6:33 "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and 
His righteousness, and all these things shall be add- 
ed unto you." 

My earliest conceptions persist with me that 
every Christian, no matter who he is or where he 
may live and work, is an incipient and potential 
church. By his consistent testimony Jesus Christ 
is represented in the life of every believer to the 
people among whom he may dwell. 

This making Christ known is the first thing men- 
tioned of the scattered Christians. It is the best 
thing that can be said of them first or last. In mak- 
ing his first acquaintances, let the Christian per- 
mit his light to shine for the Lord Jesus and it will 
become increasingly easier to maintain his position 
in that community. Let the first impressions exalt 
the Lord Jesus, drive the stakes, claim the grouna 
in the name of the Lord; move in and out for God 
and the joy of right influence increases as the vic- 
tory of faith is won. Neither yield or surrender a 
single Christian gain, but possess the land for Christ 
and His Church. 

What a different missionary history we could be 
reading, and enjoying the results thereof instead of 
the drab realities we are forced to recognize, IF 
ONLY the apostolic practice of the preaching of the 
word by every Christian, everywhere the Christian 
went under the directing hand of God, had been con- 

March 16, 1940 


sciously carried out. Imagine, if you can, the com- 
bined influences of every Christian of every town 
and city and countryside going only as God directed, 
and his Christian banner over him and his at all 
times. Nowhere and nothing without Christ! 
What a transforming agency. Think if even all our 
Brethren members, laity and clergy alike, had ever 
held the name of Christ, and the life His name as- 
sures, had been considered of primary importance. 
Tliink of the happy Brethren groups and the active 
Brethren pastors who would now be carrying out 

His blessed work instead of . 

I always appi'eciate any Christian who as one of 
his very first acts in a new town seeks those who 
love the Lord and joins himself to the workers for 
the Lord "preaching the word." It is very sad to 
come across people, who hang their heads in shame 
and say, 'I once was active in this big church and 
took a leading part in such and such evangelistic 
campaigns. You can easily discern the loss tliey 
have experienced; their Christian identity has been 
sadly marred and concealed: 

My suggestion to every member of the Brethren 
Church is: wherever you go from your churcli, keep 
in touch with \'our church and pastor. Let your 
home be a center where Christ is Lord. 

Let your light shine for Him. Invite your neigh- 
bors in and study God's word with them. Let them 
know you are a constructive Biblical Christian with 
a protest against every evil. The spiritual benefits 
to you and yours will increase, and as you continue 
your faithful meetings around God's word it will 
soon be an easy step to the formation of another 
congregation of believing, active, testifying Breth- 
ren with the only remedy for sin and sinners. The 
song of every Christian surely should be, "Any- 
where with Jesus I can safely go." 

The story of the growth and development of the 
church leads us to many small beginnings numeri- 
cally. Concentrations become scattered and with 
! the scattering under God the word is preached by 
the children of God. So He is with us, that is ma- 
jor. He promises (and His promises are yea and 
amen to them that believe), that "where two or 
three are gathered together, there am I in the midst 
of them." There is no limit to the possible expan- 
sion and growth of the smallest groups of faithful 
Brethi-en who going or scattering, preach the word 
in every way it can be preached. 

Nothing is more important to any Christian than 
earnest, faithful testimony for Christ under all re- 
lationships and in all places. 

The question of place and who is of no impor- 
tance. Sinners everywhere He commands to repent. 
He is not willing that any should perish. They that 
were scattered, (I find no list of names as to who 
they were) , but the task is clearly set forth ; every- 
one in God's way preached the word everywhere. 


The modern church "liberal" has a philos- 
ophic system based upon human reasoning 
to which he forcibly adjusts all Scripture. 
The modern church "radical" has a philoso- 
phic system built upon Scriptural proof texts 
to which he makes all remaining Scripture 
conform. At the hands of these two the Bi- 
ble has suffered shamefully in modern 
times. As in her origin, the Brethren 
Church finds her mission in avoiding ex- 
tremes of interpretation, and in teaching the 
pure and simple Word of God. Or so it 
seems to me. 

The Mentor. 

No time need be spent in human appraisals whether 
here or there a church should be built. Are there 
Chiistians fully persuaded of the world's need of 
their Christ and His church, then "the chui'ch in 
thy house" becomes the starting point and God by 
His Holy Spirit gives the increase. 

In these days of apostacy and indifference, may 
there be an awakening of all Brethren everywhere 
to contend eai'nestly for the Faith that was once de- 
livered to the saints. Fully persuaded of the vital- 
ity of oiu- message let us commit ourselves to the 
furthering of our testimony. The Bible; the Whole 
Bible, to the entire world. "Thy Word is a lamp to 
my feet and a light to my path." 

Appreciating our liberty under the folds of the 
Stars and Stripes, let us go everywhere as His re- 
l)resentatives preaching the Word, while we look 
for His return. 


(Continued front page seven) 

worthy of the name when he sets his limited knowl- 
edge up against the infinite knowledge of God who 
gave us the Book. Too many sermons and too many 
courses of the chui'ch have been charted b\' what 
some MAN wrote in the margin and not what GOD 
put in the text. One does not need be much of a 
student of history of the time of Christ to know- 
that this was the cause to a large extent of the fall 
of the religious leaders of His day. Pvabbi, so and 
so said so, and quoted another Rabbi. He in turn 
likewise quoted some one of like ignorance. 

So then the WHO is unlimited, when it comes to 
taking a saving Gospel to those in darkness, either 
at home or abroad. The WHEN is when they liaye 
received their power, which must first be received 
while tarrying at home or in Jerusalem. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Some South American Information 


The capital of the Argentine Repub- 
lic is a large and beautiful city with 
nearly two million and a half of in- 
habitants. Thus, while there are quite 
a number of missions in the city there 
are about thirty thousand inhabitants 
for every one of them and there is 
room for many more without overlap- 

The work of the Brethren began with 
the efforts of Jose Anton, the first 
Sunday school boy in Rio Cuarto. He 
was helped some by ray girls while 
they were in school in Buenos Aires, 
and baptized over thirty converts. 
For financial reasons the location of 
the mission had to be changed several 
times, but each time Brother Anton 
was able to build up the work in the 
new place. Finally, in my absence on 
furlough, he was called to the interior 
and did splendid work in the town of 
Deheza. Then he felt called to go to 
the Chaco in Northern Argentina, 
where he had a sister living, and 
where he held a meeting and organized 
a church with over forty members. 
The Foreign Missionary Society did 
not accept this work because it was 
outside of our district, and as Anton 
and wife had to go to Buenos Aires on 
account of the illness of his wife's 
mother, the work in the Chaco was 
taken over by the Baptists, who still 
have it. 

Anton again built up a flourishing 
work in Buenos Aires, supporting him- 
self by selling Bibles for the American 
Bible Society. Meanwhile his mother- 
in-law died and his wife also died. 
With a girl of fourteen and a boy of 
ten he has struggled along, always loy- 
al to the Brethren church, although 
he could accept work with other de- 
nominations. A recent letter from 
him says he is about to marry a young 
school teacher and that they would 
like to rent a house suitable for a mis- 
sion and private school, a kindergar- 
ten, and need some help to get started. 
He surely deserves it for he has been 
faithful for thirty years, much of the 
time with no encouragement from the 
Board. His present address is Jose 
Anton, Col. Molinedo 2465, Villa Al- 
sina, Buenos Aires, Argentina. His 
daughter would like to go to school to 
prepare for missionary work, but she 
had to quit school when her mother be- 
came ill. Her teacher sent a note to 
me pleading that something be done 
to keep her in school on account of her 
being such an intelligent and indus- 
trious student. 

Anton's father was French and his 
mother was German. He speaks these 
two languages besides Spanish and 

some English. I have always advocated 
missions in large cities, and especially 
in this port city of the country. 

— C. F. Y. 



Cordoba is the capital of the pro- 
vidence of the same name. It is the 
third city of the republic in size, hav- 
ing a population of nearly three hun- 
dred thousand. It is one of the oldest 
cities in South America and its Uni- 
versity is older than either Harvard or 
Yale. It is now being modernized and 
is the center of the tourist attractions 
in Argentina, being surrounded by the 
beautiful mountains with their innum- 
erable summer resorts. 

There are several denominations 
that have missions here, the Method- 
ists, Baptists and English or Plymouth 
Brethren, but, as the city is growing 
rapidly, there is plenty of room for 

When we first went to Argentina 
we intended to locate in Cordoba, but 
stopped in Rio Cuarto because there 
was no mission at all in that district. 
Now, the work of my family has taken 
us all to Cordoba, and we have in all 
about twenty members of the Breth- 
ren church in that city. Having no 
mission, we have no opportunity to ob- 
serve the Lord's Supper as Brethren 
ovserve it. In Argentina, as everywhere 
else, the drift of the population is from 
the country to the cities, and unless we 
have missions in the cities there will 
be a steady loss of members who move 
to the cities. 

Besides, in the city of Cordoba we 
have over six thousand Jew-s, and the 
number is constantly increasing as 
refugees come from Europe. Some of 
these are already interested in the 
Gospel and there is a great field here 
for a Jewish mission. 

Th principles of missionary comity 
allow all denominations to work to- 
gether in the cities, so that there is 
nothing of this kind to prevent our 
working Buenos Aires, Rosario and 
Cordoba, which, on the other hand, are 
just as easy of access from our center 
in Rio Cuarto, as the southern part of 
our district is. 

Nevei'theless, the Foreign Mission 
Society continues to consider these 
cities as outside of our field, and in- 
eligible to help because there are other 
denominations at work there. It is 
evident that it is a matter for the Gen- 
eral Conference to consider. Mean- 
while, there can be no objection to 
special pi-ayers in behalf of these cit- 
ies which stand with wide-open doors 
and ripe harvest fields awaiting us. 

It should be stated also that between 

.;. DR. CHAS. F. YODER $ 

O For 30 years Missionary in O 

A Argentina, South America. At o 

V present pastor of the Bretliren $ 

.*, Church at Ashland, Ohio. O 

'i .... 9 

Cordoba and Rosario there are four 
railway lines which run through some 
of the richest territory of the country, 
and only one of them is occupied by 
the missions of another denomination. 
There are many large towns with no 
mission whatever. We have in times 
past worked these towns with our Bi- 
ble Coach and should as soon as pos- 
sible follow up with tent work and the 
establishment of missions. — C. F. Y. 


Rosario is the second city in size in 
Argentina, having a population of 
nearly six hundred thousand. It is 
called the Chicago of Argentina. 
Brethren mission work began there in 
1929, with the moving of a group of 
members from Rio Cuarto to Rosario. 
Brother Juan Garcia, who already lived 
there, was converted to Brethren doc- 
trine by them and was baptized and 
became their preacher. He supports 
himself on a meager salary from the 
city waterworks company. There are 
seven in his family. 

One year brother P. L. Yett lived in 
the city and did valuable work in the 
mission. Then Brother Sickel had the 
work for a year and closed it. How- 
ever Brother Garcia reopened it, and 
has gone forward alone until now there 
are sixty or more baptized members. 
In the Sunday school there are sixty 
children alone, besides the adults. The 
Christmas program was attended by 
more than three hundred people, most 
of whom had to listen from the out- 
side. Recently eleven more converts 
were baptized and many more are in- 
terested. Other denominations would 
be glad to take over this work but our 
people are loyal Brethren and are 
struggling along at great sacrifice to 
maintain the work as a Brethren mis- 

March 16, 1940 


sion. The present hall is too small by 
far, but they cannot alone afford to 
rent a larger one. The district in 
which it is located swarms with chil- 
dren and we can reach forty thousand 
people or more without trespassing at 
all upon the work of any other mis- 

The address of Brother Garcia is: 
Juan Garcia, Passage Glave 3024, Ro- 
sario de Santa Fe, Argentina. — C.F.Y. 

By Luis Farre 

Few epochs have been more propiti- 
ous for the preaching of the Gospel in 
Argentina than the present time. The 
people are turning away from what 
has been until now, the religion of the 
state. A greater culture, together 
with their experience, has taught them 
that this state religion is nothing but 
a formal worship, lacking authentic 
spiritual life. We might say without 
fear of exaggeration, that the great 
majority of those who go to the Ro- 
man Catholic church do so to be seen 
or to be in style or to while away the 
hours on Sunday. 

Nevertheless, Argentina is a land of 
spiritual hunger. This is sho\™ by 
the success of certain systems of de- 
ceitful religious appearances, such as 
spiritualism, theosophy and masonry. 
It is proven also by the large attend- 
ance at meetings when the preaching 
is done by one who is gifted with a 
truly Christian mind. 

Research in the libraries in Buenos 
Aires reveals the fact that the class of 
books with religious or spiritual con- 
tent ranks second in the number read. 
Argentina is a country where the peo- 
ple read much, and Buenos Aires is the 
city where most Spanish books, maga- 
zines and dailies are published. 

For preachers of the Gospel this is 
the opportune hour. It is a delicate 
hour also, which may bring discredit 
and disqualification to those preach- 
ers who, besides being Christians and 
living as such, do not take into account 
the ideas and customs of the Argentine 

One meets, in the first place, the 
hypocrisy, relics of Romanism and a 
certain sentimentalism of sensual 
rather than religious origin. Some so- 
called believers may be never-failing 
in their attendance at church, fault- 
less in the fulfillment of external prac- 
tices imposed by the pastor; they may 
pray to the extreme of being bathed 
in tears, and yet, a spirit of observa- 
tion and of Christian principles, with- 
out being critical, will not delay in de- 
tecting purely sensual satisfactions, — 
a composite of the Pharisee and the 
Sadducee. How many examples might 
be cited of this! And how they de- 
stroy the churches where they prevail, 
because they drive away the true be- 
lievers, who see in them a simple 

transference to the evangelical church- 
es of the evils which discredited the 
Roman church. 

The pastor himself may create such 
a situation if he insists upon certain 
superficial practices more than upon 
the regeneration of the heart. In my 
contact with people of all classes in my 
work as a writer, I have been surpris- 
ed by certain men, highly educated, 
real Christians, assiduous readers of 
the Bible, but who decline to go to cer- 
tain missions because they find in 
them the same defects which have dis- 
credited Roman Catholicism. How 
can they feel comfortable (I am 
thinking of authentic cases) sitting be- 
side persons who pray fervently but 
neglect their children until they are 
lost in vice; who do not pay their 
debts, who utter calumnies, sometimes 
even in their very prayers, and who 
judge Christians wholly according to 
some narrow ideas of their own, which 
do not affect the inner life! 

This is but a sample of aspects of 
the Christian life, which the preacher, 
chiefly those from a foreign land, 
should keep in mind, lest he fail in the 
mission imposed upon him. 
2.30 Blvd Centenario, Cordoba, Argen- 

No man in the Brethren church 
knows the South American mission 
field .so well as Dr. Charles F. ^ oder, 
and when he offered us the above ar- 
ticles over his signature we immediate- 
ly arranged to have them appear to- 
gether. These fact-revealing articles, 
taken with the letter from brother 
Luis Farre will make interesting and 
enlightening reading for our subscrib- 
ers. Read these and see if you think 
the needs and opportunities of this 
field are exhausted. 

D-,oll Belofe, Office Editor. 


The Layman Company, which co- 
operates with all denominations, will 
send for one dollar, to any committee 
or individual, on approval a package 
containing over 500 pages of pamph- 
lets, bulletins, and tabloids, including 
three playlets, "The Scriptural Basis 
for the Tithe," and an account book; 
also a proposal for a Ten Weeks of 
Tithe Education at so low a price that 
distribution to an entire church 
through ten weeks costs only three 
and a half cents per family. 

When you write please mention the 
Brethren Evangelist; also give your 


730 Rush Street, 

Chicago, 111. 

(Bronson, Mo., Pilot.) 

The i)reacher has a great time. If 
his hair is gray he is too old. If he is 
a young man he has not had experi- 
ence enough. If he has 10 children he 
has too many; if he has none he is 
setting a bad example. 

If his wife sings in the choir, she is 
presuming; if she does not, she isn't in- 
terested in her husband's woi'k. If the 
]n'eacher reads from notes he's a bore; 
if he speaks extemporaneously he isn't 
deep enough. 

If he stays at home in his study, he 
doesn't mix enough with people; if he 
is seen around the streets, he ought to 
be at home getting up a good sermon. 
If he calls on the poor, he is playing 
to the grandstand; if he calls at the 
homes of the wealthy, he is an aristo- 

Whatever he does, some one could 
have told him how to do better. 

Group of converts baptized in Rosario, Argentina, 
Jan. 1940. Juan Garcia, pastor. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

An Appeal 

(By Prof . W. E. Roitk, Member of the Missionary Board of 
the Brethren Church) 

At Easter time Brethren are accustomed to think- 
ing of the "Great Commission", with the appeal "Go 
ye into all the world", because this is the time of 
the year set apart foi' a special emphasis on Foreign 
Missions, and the Foreign Missionary offering. I 
am quite certain that the Brethren would desire to 
make no change in this respect, unless it should be 
for an even greater emphasis on missions, "unto the 
uttermoBt parts of the earth." This little appeal is 
wi'itten, that I may add my voice to that of many 
others, pleading for a greater interest in missions, 
and a very liberal offering for Foreign Missions. (I 
have in mind every Brethren Church.) 

Oh, the unspeakable tragedy — of men who do not 
know God, — of men who are lost and without hope! 
We should not forget the command TO GO, but we 
should think more of the tragedy of LOST MEN. 
The command will be quite powerless in our lives, 
unless we do behold the tragedy of lost men. 

Doubtless in our more sober moments, we all do 

realize the meaning and tragedy of the word LOST; 
but so often, we become so concerned with our own 
problems of living, or with our own sense of "well 
being", that 'we forget. We should rejoice every- 
day in the "Great Salvation" which is ours, but that 
rejoicing should remind us of those who are not 
saved. We should all look with longing eyes for 
the immediate return of the Lord, — what a glor- 
ious event that will be, — for the saints, — but what 
a tragedy for milhons yet umsaved! Have we done 
our very best to witness for those unsaved multi- 
tudes? Would we want to face our Lord today in 
this matter? Yes, and there are other matters too, 
would we? 

It would indeed be a tragedy, if we should allow 
our differences of opinion here at home, to keep 
some poor soul somewhere from hearing the Gospel. 
So let every individual and every church make a con- 
tribution for Foreign Missions. In the last analysis 
you will have to make your own choice as to where 
you will send your gifts ; but do not foi'get the gift. 
The GIFT, YOUR gift, that is important, so give as 
unto the LORD, and not unto men. May the Lord 
bless the churches in their giving! 


Thi.s is my Father's wor'^. I had 
nothing to do with its K.aking. It 
awaited me when my mind first opened 
in wonder. The sun, stars, oceans, 
plains, fruit and flowers were here. 
So also were parents, friends, teach- 
ers, schools, church, home, art, litera- 
ture, science; the Bible and Christ, 
who is my example and Saviour. Nor 
did I make myself. My every talent 
was given me. 


"Anyone, no matter who, 

Ought to think. 
Take a little time each day. 
From the minutes thrown away; 
Spare it from your work or play — 

Stop to think. 

You will find that men who fail 

Do not think. 
Men who find themselves in jail 

Do not think. 
Half the trouble that we see 
Trouble brewed for you and me. 
Probably would never be 

If we'd think. 

Shall we, then consider this? 

Shall we think ? 
Shall we journey hit or miss ? 

Or shall we think? 
Let's not go along by guess, 
But rather to ourselves confess, 
It would help us more or less, 

If we'd think." 
— Selected — Taken from Gratis, 0., 

C.E. Topic for Young People 


March 24 

Scripture Lesson: Lk. 24:46, 47; 
Matt. 28:1-10 


Easter is a beautiful occasion. Com- 
ing in the spring time of the year, it 
celebrates the springing up of a new 
hope for believers in Christ. His com- 
ing from the grave was the world's 
greatest and most decisive victory ever 
won. The joy that it brought and the 
hope that it made a reality is always 
new and young. It will ever be new 
and young to those who love Him. It 
was the victory of love over the worst 
that sin and evil could do. The worst 
that sin and Satan could do was to 
mistreat, hate and disgrace Him, and 
then take His human life away. But 
thanks be to God, love was victorious. 
Easter and the resurrection from the 
dead are the final seal to love's victory. 

This love is not the cheaply soft, 
sentimental slush that the confession- 
type magazines make a fortune dish- 
ing out to a public that has developed 
a taste for such things. The Greek 
language has a word for that, but it 
never appears in the New Testament. 
There are two other words which are 
used in the New Testament. One means 
the love of a personal attachment. 
The other means love in a moral sense. 

(It gives the name to the love feast 
which Brethren practice and of which 
Scripture speaks.) It is used of the 
love of God. It is the love that Christ 
plants in the hearts of His followers, 
and which is intended and expected to 
reach out to every one. It is the love 
that conquered all the terrors of death 
for us. It is the love that was pro- 
claimed victor by the resurrection of 
Jesus Christ. Young folks do not need 
to feel any needless embarrassment in 
talking about this love, for it is the 
highest, purest thing possible. It 
comes from God and is of God, and 
hence is invincible. 

This time we will use the daily read- 
ings as a basis for the discussion of 
the lesson. 

Love on the Cross, Lk. 23:39-43. God 
is love, I Jn. 4:8. Jesus Christ is God,i 
Jn. 10:30. So it was God in the Per- 
son of Jesus Christ who hung upon the 
cross. And it was Love personifiedi 
that suffered there. All along the wayi 
that love was graciously expressed.l 
On the way to Calvary He thought of 
the sorrow that was to come upon the 
city and thus to include those who 
were lamenting His crucifixion, Lk. 
23:27-31. He begged the Father to 
forgive those who were crucifying Him 
in their ignorance, Lk. 23:34 (Acts 3: 
17). He was full of compassionate; 
love for the thief who appealed to Him. 
Lk. 23:39-43. His love went out to His 
mother and to John the beloved even' 
in the agony of the cross, Jn. 19:25-27. 
His great love felt the deep suffering, 
of separation from God, Mk. 15:33-35: 
Matt. 27:45-47. His love for and His 

Warch 16, 1940 


onfidence in the Father are revealed 
n His last breath and the surrender of 
iis spirit, Lk. 23:46. 

Of all these expressions of His gra- 
ious love our reading touches upon 
hat expressed toward the thief. Guilt- 
■, under just condemnation by his 
•wn admission, and already going out 
f life into eternity, he had faith to 
all upon our Lord. And the Lord 
jeatly rewarded his appeal. The 
Dve that took in the poor pitiful thief 
hat day will take in any and every 
lenitent. "Him that cometh to me I 
rill in no wise cast out," Jn. 6:37. 
'hat same loving Lord stands beside 
he throne of God today interceding 
or all penitents, "wherefore he is able 
save to the uttermost them that 
raw near unto God through him, see- 
ig he ever liveth to make intercession 
or them," Heb. 7:25. 

The Victory of Love, I Cor. 15:53-57. 
luch love as that which hung upon 
be cross in the Person of Jesus Christ 
! invincible, unconquerable. There is 
othing that can overcome it because 
f its high and noble quality; it will 
ot be overwhelmed. There is nothing 
liat can destroy it because it is divine 
nd therefore eternal. And because it 
i divine even the grave could not be 
ictorious over it. 
God warned Adam of the one tree of 
•hich he might not eat, "for in the day 
lat thou eatest thereof thou shalt be- 
anie mortal" (free translation), Gen. 
:17. To become mortal means to be 
ubject to death. After the sin God 
lid Adam that he would be subject to 
eath, Gen. 3:i;>. Death takes three 
ifferent forms. Physical death: sep- 
ration of the spirit from God. Death 
lerefore reigned. Satan's worst 
•eapon was and is death, and this he 
as used effectively against humanity. 
Since then the children are sharers in 
lesh and blood, he also himself (Jesus 
ihrist) in like manner partook of the 
ime; that through death he might 
ring to nought him that had the 
ower of death, that is, the devil." 
leb. 2:14. On the cross, as He bore 
le sins of the world, Christ was for a 
■hile cut off from God, and bore the 
gonies of that separation. Then He 
ied, humanly, and was buried. Satan 
nd death had done their woi'st, but 
ley had not reckoned with the Person 
f Christ or the love of God, for He 
)se from the grave victorious over all 
lemies. Hence the great victory cry 
' I Cor. 15. Sin and death were con- 
aered by love's power in the resur- 

The Depths of God's Love, Rom. 5: 
■9. Love was never more real than 
hen God loved the ungodly. It is nat- 
ral to love the lovely, but it is not 
itural to love the unlovely. Sin is 
)t beautiful nor is the sinner lovely 
his sin, yet God loved. God, the al- 
gether lovely One, loved us, the un- 
vely because ungodly while yet in our 
ns, and provided us the means of sal- 
ition in Jesus Christ. "But God com- 

mendeth his own love toward us, in 
that, while we were yet sinners, Christ 
died for us." The only way to meas- 
ure the depths of God's love is to look 
at the great distance it has had to 
reach down to reach sinners. "For my 
thoughts are not your thoughts, neith- 
er are your ways my ways, saith Je- 
hovah. For as the heavens are higher 
than the earth, so are my ways higher 
than your ways, and my thoughts than 
your thoughts," Isa. 55:8-9. Unto our 
low place and our sad state of weak- 
ness came God in Christ to our need. 
Justice did not require it, but love 
provided the gift and grace held it out 
to sinning men. God's love reaches 
from the high pinnacle of heaven's 
holiness to the deepest pit of man's 
weakness and unholiness to lift man 
upward. God's deep love had victory 
at the empty tomb. 

Human Evidence of Love, I Jn. 4:7- 
12. The love of God was not kept hid- 
den. It is a very important part of 
His character, so important that John 
WTote: "God is love." Thus it is nat- 
ural to God to love. But for Him to 
love the unholy while He Himself is so 
perfectly holy has made His love for 
mankind very remarkable. To human- 
ity that in itself is a wonderful evi- 
dence of that great love. Then was 
the marvelous love of God manifested 
(made open to view) in that God sent 
His only begotten Son into the world 
that we might have life through Him. 
It would not be strange that we, the 
lesser, should love God, the Greater, 
but for the whole thing to be reversed 
is what makes His love such an out- 
standing thing. The lovely loving the 
unlovely and doing it first is won- 
derful and amazing evidence of the 
love of God. And then sending His 
own Son to give new life to those dy- 
ing in sin, and to take away their guilt 
as well, is an unceasing marvel. 

T^ue love desires the object of its 
love to be benefited and blessed. God 
had it within His power to bless and 
benefit those whom He loved and this 
very thing He did. While we talk 
about His perfect love, we must not 
forget that His justice is just as per- 
fect. Love might impel Him to for- 
give us our sins and grant us new life, 
but perfect justice must always say 
because we were sinners we must die. 
Nor dare a holy God violate a perfect 
justice and that demanded that for sins 
men must die. But His love found a 
way and in the Person of His Son He 
took our sins upon Himself and ans- 
wered for them that justice might not 
be violated yet love be free to forgive. 
What better evidence of His love do we 
need than this ? 

The Exalted Name, Phil. 2:5-11. 
This is one of the greatest passages of 
the Bible. It deals so wonderfully 
with the Person of Jesus Christ. 
Briefly Paul sketches our Lord's aton- 
ing ministry from His former glory 
with the Father, through His incarna- 
tion in human flesh. His humiliation 

upon earth. His obedience and death 
upon the cross to His eternal exalta- 
tion following His completed work and 
His resurrection and ascension. Where- 
fore God has given Him a name that 
is above every name and there is none 
like it anywhere. "And his name is 
called The Word of God," Rev. 19:13. 
"And he hath on his garment and on 
his thigh a name wTitten, King of 
kings, and Lord of lords," Rev. 19:16. 
The exalted Name suggests the opera- 
tion of divine love. The love of the 
Father provided the gift and made the 
offering of the Son. The love of the 
Son made Him a willing substitute on 
the cross and in the place of death. 
This love reaches out to men every- 
where. The resurrection is love's vic- 
tory over Satan. The Father's good 
pleasure with the Son is apparent in 
the exalted Name. Easter gives to the 
faithful a sense of victory and well- 
being on every hand. 

Christ's Love in Action, Matt. 15:29- 
32. Some of the things that have al- 
ready been said about this love of God 
may have sounded somewhat "theolog- 
ical" to you. They may have seemed 
like "preacher's words." But in this 
passage we have something that it 
does not take a theologically trained 
mind to understand. It is the trans- 
lation of Christ's love into terms of 
everyday living. It is expressed in the 
meeting of the common daily needs of 
people just as those needs may come. 
They brought to Him the lame, blind, 
dumb, maimed and many others; "and 
he healed them." What could be more 
evident of love than that? None were 
left out, and He failed with none. He 
had compassion on the multitude. Com- 
passion suggests that He not only pit- 
ied their condition, but He desired to 
help them and knew that He had the 
power to do so. Pity goes off to leave 
people in their sad state either be- 
cause it cannot help them, or because 
it does not help them. Compassion is 
only felt when there is desire to help 
and a knowledge of where help can be 
had. Compassion is akin to love. Or, 
we might say, it is love dealing with 
the deep needs of people. This is not 
love in a visionary sense, but love at 
work, doing for people what needs to 
be done and what they are unable to do 
for themselves. Love is a very practi- 
cal things as Jesus Christ showed us 
beyond any doubt. 


"Thou also art one of them; for thy 
speech betrayeth thee," Matt. 26:73. 

"Remember, there is nothing moro 
selfrevealing than a man's speech;... 
God grant then fhat we mav all be 
distinguished amid the Babei confus- 
ion of the world around us by the ac- 
cent of our speech that we talk quite 
naturally and unaffectedly, the speech 
of those who have been with Jesus and 
have learned of Him, yes, the speech, 
of men and women for whom to live is 


The Brethren Evangelist 


By Ora B. Quisenberry 

I'm building a mansion, day by day, 
By works t'hat I do, by words that I 

The thoughts that I think, are builded 

in too, 
The smiles that I give, the friendship 

so true. 

Men see how Fm building along tlie 

Are the measurements true, will the 

foundation stay ? 
Have I builded it fimily, on the rock 

that will stand ? 
O'er-shadowed bv "His wing," upheld 

by "His Hand"? 

Yes, I'm building a mansion, in whic'h 
I shall live. 

In my Father's House. So I must for- 

Be patient in trials when o'er shadow- 
ed by doubt. 

A mansion I'm building, day in and 
day out! 

An ideal Christian is: 
In faith, a believer in Christ (Mark 

In knowledge, a disciple (John 8:31). 
In character, a saint (Rom. 1:7). 
In influence, a light (Matt. 5:14). 
In conflict, a soldier (II Tim. 2:3). 
In communion, a friend (John 1.5:1.5). 
In progress, a pilgrim (Heb. 11:13). 
In relationship, a child (Rom. 8:16). 
In expectation, an heir (Rom. 8:17). 

— Moody Monthly. 

NEWS from the FIELD 


We were called to help in a meeting 
at WilliamstOAvn, Ohio, to begin on 
February 4th. Brother Vernon Grisso 
is the pastor of this church, and he had 
the church in readiness for a meeting. 
We arrived on the field on Monday, 
February 5th. Vi'e had never been in 
this church and the people were nearly 
ail strangers to us,, but we were not 
long in finding out that they were a 
very fine loyal group of Christians. The 
first week the weather was very bad 
and the roads were almost impassable 
because of ice. But in spite of the ice 
and bad weather the people came until 
on Saturday evening. After a day of 
rain and freezing we were compelled to 
close for that one evening. But the 
next day the people were out again and 
after a couple of hours of sunshine the 
ice was gone and the house was full for 
the evening sei-vices. The following 
week we were favored with better 
weather and the people of the church 
and community were very lo-'al to the 
services. The Church of the Brethren 
supported the meetings in a fine wav, 
also people of other communions. It 
would be difficult to find a more loyal 

group of Brethren to their church and 
its activities. They have a fine group 
of young people who made up the choir. 
Every evening the choir seats were full 
of young people. Many of them sac- 
rificed some of their school activities 
for the church services. Old and young 
were interested and put forth every ef- 
fort to make the meeting a success. 
They worked and prayed and read their 
Bibles, and made every effort to lead 
souls to Christ. Many families live in 
Findlay, about fourteen miles away, 
but they were faithful to the services. 

It was a privilege to work with 
Brother and Sister Grisso. They could 
not be with us evei'y day because of 
their school work, but most of the time 
they v/ere on the field, and a more con- 
secrated young pastor and wife would 
be hard to find. Their hearts are in 
the work of the Lord and He has 
blessed them in this field. They have 
the love and respect of the community. 

The Lord blessed these meetings 
abundantly in a visible way and we 
trust that the spirit of revival will con- 
tinue. There was a very fine spirit of 

cooperation manifested. We praise the 
Lord for what we were able to accom- 
plish through Him. He welded the 
hearts of these people together for one 
purpose and He honored their efforts. 
They were good listeners and that 
makes it easy for any preacher. 

They all opened their homes to us 
and we enjoyed a fine fellowship. We 
were sorry that we could not get into 
all the homes of the people who in- 
vited us. Our home was with the 
Earnest Bigelow family, in Dunkirk, 
Ohio, who did everything possible to 
make us comfortable and to whom we 
are grateful. The church also ex- 
pressed their appreciation in a sub- 
stantial material gift for which we are 
also grateful. There is a very fine 
group of Brethren here. May God 
bless and prosper them. 

Our next meeting will be with Bro- 
ther Vanator at Fremont, Ohio, be- 
ginning on Easter Sunday. We are 
planning to be with them on the fol- 
lowing Monday. Will you pray foi 
these meetings? 

C. A. Stewart. 


"The church that is not a missionary church will soon be a missing church. A! 
praying church will be a living church; a mi.ssionary church will be a conquering] 
church." — Burlington, Ind., Bulletin. 


The Northern California Brethren 
Conference is scheduled to meet in the 
Lathrop Brethren Church, Lathrop, 
Calif., March 28-31, 1940, inclusive. 
Bro. L. 0. McCartneysmith is schedu- 
led to begin an evangelistic meeting 
Vi'ith the Lathrop Brethren March 17, 
1940. Every evening service of the dis- 
trict conference will be a continuation 
of the evangelistic meetings. We take 
pleasure in announcing these meetings 
at this time and invite any visitors 
within reach, to come to the Confer- 
ence and the other meetings. 

J. Wesley Piatt, Moderator. 

Ripon, Calif. 

The Brethren Berean Band, the 
Young People's organization of the 
Brethren Churches of Northern Cali- 
fornia plan their annual camp at 
Twain-Harte, Calif., in the Sierra 
Nevada Mountains at 4000 ft. above 
sea level above the city of Sonora, 
Calif., June 17-24, 1940. A week full 
of good times in Christian fellowship, 
Bible Study, singing, recreation, de- 
votion and decision, personal work and 
other approved Christian activities. 
An invitation is hereby extended to all 
Brethren and friends to come and 
spend the week with us. Among the 
honorary members of the Bereans are 
Dr. C. F. Yoder, Dr. and Mrs. L. 0. 
CcCartneysmith, Bro. and Sister J. W. 
Hathaway, George and Rua Ronk. 

I present herewith the Berean Camp 

song. You should hear them sing this 
Bro. C. F. Y'oder wrote the words iii 

Berean Camp Song 
"Blue is the sky, and blue below thi 


Emblems of love that is forever true 
The stars above proclaim the grea 

Who, Bereans, calls to you '! 

Y'our summer camp beneath majesti 

Is vibrant with the voice of praise di 

The voice of birds and flowers am 

crystal fountains. 
The vesper breezes and the whisperin, 


The fellowship of tried and true com 

Who meet to search and know th 

Word of Truth, 
Is like the hidden treasure of th 


The fragrant heights of endless youtl 
Then, O Bereans, let us come rejoio 

In God's great temple let us Him adoi 
Then, by our lives His loving Spin 

Let us serve God and others ever 


Lester Allen Schmiedt, Pres., 

Brethren Berean Band, 

Manteca, California. 

Inquiries about the camp will I 

gladly answered. 

Vol. LXII, No. 12 

March 2.3, 1940 

<''> "!«[0.)W r ^AiY 

Brethren Svangelist 

" . . . . lie seek Jesus whicli was 
crucified. He is nut here: for he 

is ri.sen, as he said "Matt. 

28:. 5, 6. 

"... .Will/ seek ye the living 
among the dead? 

He is not here, hut is risen: ..." 

"... .lie seek Jesus of Nazuretli, 
which was crucified: he is risen; 
he is not here." Mark 10:(>. 


Dc 1[6 IRisen'' 

The Brethren Evangelist 


The Family Altar 


" Who for the joy that was set 

before him endured the cross." Heb. 
12:2. Read Heb. 12:1-6. 

The church did well to make the 
cross central in all its symbolism and 
to place over it a cro^\^l. Such a com- 
bination of symbols would not have 
been thought of \\ithout Christ. The 
world's way for a king to come to his 
crown is by other men's crosses. But 
Christ remains a unique King because 
He alone knew and accepted that high- 
est rule of life — that life deliberately 
given to others is ultimately crowmed 
victorious. Bearing our cross means 
giving the whole of ourselves in love 
to helping other people and worthy 



"....And that he rose again the 
third day...." I Cor. 1.5:3-4. Read 
I Cor. 15:1-11. 

The church was built on the resur- 
rection fact. Ours is not a dead Sa- 
viour but a living one — and "behold He 
is alive for evermore." "If Christ be 

not raised your faith is vain but 

now is Christ risen" and in Him "shall 
all be made alive." 

God not only loves man but has 
proven this love even beyond the 
pov\-er of death. In the power of this 
assurance the Christian may live, and 
work, and suffer, and know defeat and 
death, and still die with hope. For 
with Paul we can say, "I can do all 
things through Christ who strengthen- 
eth me." So we live in the power of 
the resurrection hope ? 



"If in this life only we have hope in 
Christ, we are of all men most miser- 
able." I Cor. 15:19. Read I Cor. 15: 

An European infidel ordered her 
body buried under rocks twelve feet 
deep, with great iron clasps surround- 
ing them as added protection. This 
inscription appears on the top, "This 
burial place, to last for all eternity 
must never be opened." A little seed 
lodged in a crevice between the stones 
and sprouted. Slowly the roots work- 
ed their way between the slabs until 
that huge rock pile was twisted out of 
shape by the power of the oak's 
mighty roots. God's eternal law of life 
worked to over-rule human unbelief. 
Despair can never prove an adequate 
competitor with hope. 


"He is not here, but is risen.'' Luke 
24:6. Read Matt. 28:1-8. 

How many times both children and 
adults in receiving presents give more 
attention to the wrapping or the box 
containing the present than to the 
present itself. God has bestowed upon 
humanity a priceless Gift— a glorious 
Person. But too frequently the church 
has not remembered the Gift in the 
commemorative holidays. 

How inspiring are the pomp and 
show of Christmas and Easter pag- 
eant, picture, poetry, sentiment, but 
where is the Gift— the Person? The 
need of the church is to fix its gaze, 
and heart, and mind on Him, and to 
remember that we have fifty-two Sun- 
days in tlie year and each commemor- 
ates the resurrection of Christ. "HE 



" .... In the cross of our Lord Jesus 
Christ." Gal. 6:14. Read Gal. 6:10- 

A casual examination of the favorite 
Bible passage of almost every devout 
Christian would reveal the fact that 
the most thumbed pages would be 
those where appear chapters 14-18 of 
John's Gospel. "Thex-e's a reason." 

In these chapters the Christian 
seems to come nearest to an under- 
standing of and an entering into the 
meaning of the sacrifice and death of 
Christ. It was on the cross He paid 
the price of our redemption. It was 
at tlie cross we found salvation. It 
was on the cross He hung to draw all 
men unto Him. He said, "I, If I be 
lifted up, will .draw all men unto me." 
And so it is not without meaning that 
men have sung throughout the ages 
"in the cross of Christ I glory, tower- 
ing o'er the wTecks of time." 


"God forbid that I should glory, save 
in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." 
Gal. 6:14. Read Gal. 6:1-14. 

Do the words of this text have a 
message for our age, for every age ? 
There is no compliment for the human 
race to that found in the cross. The 
cross serves but to accentuate the black 
background of the depravity of man. 
The meaning of the cross is that man- 
kind is hopelessly and utterly lost. 
But through the pitiless condemnation 
of the Righteous One God throws the 
searchlight of His divine holiness in- 
to the guilt blackened heart of the sin- 
ner. Under the white light of God's 
holiness man's self-righteousness is 
clearly outlined as a shameful thing, 
and his morality revealed as corrupt. 
With his choicest works showTi to be 
.unacceptable to God, man is cast ab- 
solutely on the cross of God. 


"He is not here, but is risen." Luke 
24:6. Read Luke 24:1-12. 

A writer tells of witnessing a Mas- 
onic ritual at the grave of a friend. 
Each man, as he passed the grave, 
threw a sprig of evergreen on the cof- 
fin, touched his heart in token of af- 
fection, and pointed upward in the 
symbol of reunion. But one man 
seemed especially solemn. The facts 
were this man was afflicted with an 
incurable disease and all these rites re- 
minded him that his turn might be 

Thoughts of death are largely shun- 
ned by moderns. Thoughts of d 
are not invited, but they are ine^ 
able. If all men lived as though i y 
were about to die, human history i 
would be nobler and more meaningful. 

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Beautiful Wings 

(Tune, — Open mine eyes that I may see) 
Beautiful wings are they that fly, 
Over the world from sky to sky, 
Bearing the love that cannot die 
Love that uplifts to God on high. 
Beautiful peace and righteousness. 
Wings of the joy that flies to bless, 
Waking the songs of gratefulness. 
In every clime. 

Beautiful wings are faith and love. 
Bearers of Hope, the heavenly dove, 
Into the hearts and homes of all. 
That shall receive her loving call. 
Let me be wings of love to bear. 
Wings that shall fly good news to share, 
While yet there's time. 

Let me be wings to the Word of God, 
All through the world where sin has trod. 
Wings to the grateful songs of praise. 
That shall ascend through endless days. 
Beautiful wings oh let me be, 
Bearing the light that men may see, 
Bringing the lost ones back to Thee, 
Savior divine. 

C. F. Y. 

What is Your Easter Goal? 

To many people Easter is the long anticipated 
date for displaying a new hat or a new di'ess. To 
many it is the time for another brief vacation from 
school duties and a joyful visit at home. To many 
its chief attraction is that it ends the lenten season 
with its self-denials and the entrance into a new ser- 
ies of social frolics. 

In the Old Testament calendar the Passover came 
in the middle of the first month of the year and was 
the begimiing of the series of seven prophetic 
feasts. The Lord's Supper, established at this time, 
is, for the church, not only a memorial of Christ, but 
a prophecy of His coming again and the celebration 
of the marriage supper of the Lamb. 

Thus the people of the world keep their minds up- 
on the things of the woi'ld and think more of their 
empty purses than of the empty tomb; but the peo- 
ple of God keep their minds upon the things above 
and put their treasui'es where their hearts delight 
to be. For that reason this date has been for many 

years the time for our offerings for foreign mis- 
sions. The words "HE IS RISEN GO TELL" 

is the message that the Easter bells ring out in all 
our churches, and in response to the call the proces- 
sion of consecrated believers begins. The children 
lead with their missionary barrels filled with their 
pennies and nickels and dimes, and a happy group 
they are as they bring their money to send the Gos- 
pel to boys and girls who have never heard it. Tlien 
the older people, in classes and groups, or singly, 
bring their envelopes and pray that God may bless 
their contiibutions. It is a happy time, for is it not 
more blessed to give than to receive? 

But have our pastors had a proper vision of the 
greatness of the work which depends so largely u)i- 
on our Easter offering? Are they content to call 
for the paltry average of fort\' cents a member for 
the one great work which was given to the chuixh 
as its task in this dispensation? Can true Chris- 
tians be satisfied to spend ten times as much for a 
new hat or a pleasure trip or some other way of cele- 
brating the occasion, as they spend for the greatest 
work in the world, — the work for which they must 
give an account when the Lord comes to reckon with 
his servants? 

It is said that vice and crime cost the citizens of 
the United States more than forty dollars a year 
apiece. If a tenth of that sum were spent on evan- 
gelization that crime bill might be reduced nine 
tenths. There is nothing that yields a greater re- 
turn for time and for eternity than money invested 


The p'amily Altar 2 

"Beautiful Wings"— C. F. Yoder 3 

"What Is Your Easter Goal ?"— C.F.Y 3 

Word from Our Workers 4 

"The First Resurrection Impulse" — G. S. Baer 5 

"Golden Crosses and the Cross" — Selected C 

"The Startling Message"— A. B. Cover 7 

A Spurgeon Gem " 

The Mentor 8 

Criticism In the Church Paper S^ 

The Empty Cross !* 

Why I Believe In Immortality 10 

Easter's Love Story 1- 

Children's Page 13 

The Holy Spirit and Christian Rest— C. F. Yoder 14 

"Easter Meditation"— Poem — C. F. Yoder 15 

"More of the False Than of the True"— Grant Mahan . . 16 

News from the Field ,■ 17 

"Translated" 1"? 

C. E. Topic IS 

The Brethren Evanpelisl 

in missions. Let us liave adequate goals. What we 
gave last year is not our limit. Some cliurches that 
gave a hundred dollars should set their goal at five 
hundred, and some that gave two hundred should 
give a thousand. Bi-ethren, if we want to have 
growing churches we must begin to give bills in- 
stead of coins and make our goals such that v/e shall 
be laying aside all the year in order to reacli tliem. 
— C.F.Y. 


We are continuing the report of the Publication 
Day Offering. Most of the gifts reported in this is- 
sue are individual gifts sent in without any mention 
of the church represented. As there are churches 
whose territory overlaps, we are reporting the gifts 
from the postoffice of the sender. 

Previously reported $ 549.68 

Asthabula, Ohio 5.00 

Amarillo, Texas 2.00 

Amity, Pa. (Highland) 7.00 

Blue Island, 111 1.00 

Bethlehem, Pa 2.00 

Brookville, Ohio 5.00 

Conemaugh, Pa 2.00 

Calvary, N. J 8.00 

Central City, Pa 5.00 

Dallas Center, la 1.00 

Denver, Ind 5.20 

Delphi, Ind. (Flora) 10.00 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla 2.00 

Fort Scott, Kans 1.00 

Fremont, Ohio 2.00 

Gai-win, la 1.00 

Gai-rett, Pa 5.00 

Glenford. Ohio 1.00 

Huntington, Ind 2.00 

Hamlin, Kans 5.00 

Michigan City, Ind 1.00 

Mansfield, Ohio 4.25 

Milledgeville, 111 14.13 

Millsboro, Del 3.00 

Masontown, Pa 12.55 

Mexico, Ind 8.56 

New Paris, Ind 2.00 

Park Hill, Pa 2.00 

Plymouth, Ohio 1.00 

Rossville, Ind 1.00 

Uniontown, Pa 4.00 

Wooster, Ohio 5.00 

Washington C. H., Ohio 1.00 

Washington, D. C 5.00 

Waynesboro, Pa 3.00 

Williamsport, Pa 1.00 

Total of report made $ 690.37 

We thank you Brethren for these gifts, and we 

Word From Our Workers 

THE LORD'S SUPPER and concomitant services will be 
observed at the Loree, Indiana, Brethren Church, on Monday 
evening, March 25th. Opportunities to engage in this ser- 
vice should be kept in mind. 

THE "DADS" and "LADS" of the Third Brethren 
Church, of JohnstowTi, Pa., will hold their annual Father and 
Son banquet on Monday evening, March 25th. Prof. M. A. 
Stuckey will be guest speaker for the occasion. 

THE RECOGNITION of the birthdays of the membership 
in the Bulletin from week to week, strikes the Office Editor 
as a well-chosen method of holding the interest of the )nem- 
bers in the Bulletin. This method is used by elder W. S. 
Crick in the Third Church, at Johnstown. 

FROM THE Bulletin of the Third Brethren Church, of 
Johnstown, Penna., we learn of a double bereavement which 
befell Mrs. W. S. Crick, wife of tlie pastor. A sister-in-law 
and her mother passed away within 15 hours, at Richmond, 
Virginia. Our sympathies are extended to Sister Crick in 
this trying experience. 

IN THE BULLETIN of the Third Brethren Church, of 
Johnstown, Penna.. we note a list of seventy members add- 
ed to the membership roll of that congregation during the 
incumbency of the present pastor. Brotlier Chick's pastorate 
of the Third Church began on September 6, 1936. A very 
commendable record. 

as the Second Brethren Church, of Johnstown, Penna., an- 
nounces an evangelistic campaign of two weeks duration, 
opening on March 31. Elder J. L. Bowman is the pastor at 
the Moxham Church and elder W. S. Crick, pastor of the 
Third (or Morrellville) Brethren Church, of Johnstown, will 
be the evangelist. The campaign is to close with the cele- 
bration of the Love Feast and concomitant services. The 
pastor requests the prayers of the Brotherhood for the suc- 
cess of the undertaking. "Ask great things from God; ex- 
pect great things from God." 

THE CHURCH at Goshen, Indiana, is in the midst of a re- 
vival campaign which opened on March 10. Brother Claud 
Studebaker, the pastor, is serving as his own evangelist. We 
predict a season of refreshing for the Goshen Church. 
Brother Studebaker has announced an interesting list of 
topics for discussion as follows: 

Sermon Subjects: 
"Faithfulness." "Born Again." 

"Is Church Membership Essential to Reach Heaven?" 
"Is there an Unpardonable Sin? What?" 
"What is Involved in Judgment After Death?" 
"What May a Christian Safely Do? Cards? Dance? etc." 
"Is Christ's Return and World Judgment Near?" 
"The Ideal Church." "Women the Keystone." 
"Preaching Christ — Will Other Religions Save?" 
"The Kiss of Judas — Are We Guilty?" 
"Baptism (Suffering and Death), Is it Essential?" 
"Which Road? To Cross and Crown or Aceldama?" 
"The Cross, the Center of the World's Need?" 
"The Empty Tomb." "The Triumphant Christ." 

feel certain that you will be pleased with the finan- 
cial report which will appear at a later date. There 
is still time for you to send in your gifts, kindly do 
so soon. Again thanks! 

Willis E. Ronk. 

[arch 23, 1940 

The First Resurrection Impulse 

By Dr. Geor/jc S. Baer, fonner editor of tlie Brethren Evan- 

To tell the news — tliat is the first resurrection 
npulse. One cannot be gripped by the fact of the 
jsurrection without feeling a joy that cannot be 
jstrained — the good news must be told. That was 
\e case when the resurrection of Jesus Christ was 
irst discovered. When the women learned that 
leir Lord was no longer holden by the grave, that 
[e had actually risen from the dead, they hastened 
way with joy to tell Peter and the other disciples. 
; was not merely the "Go quickly and tell" that 
lused the news of the resurrection to spread like 
ild-fire throughout the first community of be- 
evers; it was the overflowing joy of it, the thrill 
f it, the contagion of it; it simply could not be 
ithholden. That was the thing that lent feet to 
le messenger, and that gave eager and ready re- 
3onse to the hearts of the sent-ones. And that 
lighty resui'rection impulse is based upon three 
sart attitudes that are just as constraining and 
)rceful today as when the women first saw and un- 
jrstood the meaning of the empty tomb. 

This impulse is, first, based upon the strong con- 
ction that a resurrection had actually taken place, 
his conviction gi'ew out of what they had experi- 
iced, what they had seen and heard. As they ap- 
•oached the tomb that morning their hearts were 
id and despairing, for Jesus was dead — they 
lought — and they had come to do honor to his dead 
)dy. But behold ! they had found the tomb empty ; 
ley had heard the reassuring message of the an- 
ils; they had indeed seen the person and heard 
le words of the blessed Lord himself, and their 
idness had been turned into joy and their despair- 
g into confidence. Jesus was alive! He lives! 
tiey were sure of that. Other tombs might still 
3 sealed, but this one was not. Others still bore 
18 doleful epitaph, "Here lies," but out from this 
irmer gloomy abode came the victorious note, "He 

not here; He is risen, as He said." They could 
)t doubt it; the evidence was full and convincing. 
Iiey believed with a faith that equaled certainty. 
tie impression was deep and oveipowering, and un- 
;r the strength of that conviction they were thrust 
irth to make known the good news. It was indeed 
?ood news" — too good to keep; it thrilled them and 
ley must tell it. 

Second, they were moved by a gi-eat love for the 
aster. How good, and great, and precious He had 
icome in their eyes! Tliey had been with Him dur- 
le days of His ministry; they had observed His 
jotless life, had been impressed with the beauty 
id purity of teaching, and had felt the weight of 
ithority back of the words He spoke. They had 
•en convinced of His claims to be the Son of God 

and had marveled at His wonderful works. But 
more than all else, they had experienced His impart- 
ed grace in their lives, and out of the depth of their 
gratitude there grew up an attachment that was 
strong and abiding. What He had done for them, 
they had seen Him do to multitudes of other needy 
souls. At last they had seen Him face unflinching- 
ly the storm of persecution, and had watched Him 
tread the rough road to the cross and drink the cup 
to its bitter dregs without complaining, that He 
might accomplish the purpose for which He came. 
As they stood by the cross, while He endured its 
pain and shame, their love for Him which had been 
growing steadily stronger was deepened into holy 
passion. And now He whom they had loved and lost 
a while, had come to life again and had been i-estored 
to them — they could see and hear Him ! What won- 
der their hearts overflowed with joy and their lips 
were eager to tell of His resurrection! The.\- could 
not have done other than they did. They could not 
have held their peace. Love constrained them and 
sent them forth. 

Tliird, they were actuated by a sense of respon- 
sibility for the telling of this good news. The dis- 
ciples were filled with sorrow and despair. They 
had hoped that this was He who was to redeem Is- 
rael, but they had given up hope. Their would-be 
Savior had been crucified and buried, and they 
thought His cause had perished with Him. Tliey 
were floundering in the slough of despond and fear. 
And lo, here was their leader alive again, and they 
knew it not! Here was He who would dispel their 
sorrow, restore their hope, and fill them again witli 
joy and confidence. Here was the news the very 
telling of which would revive faith, re-kindle love 
and give courage instead of fear. How dare the.\' 
hold their peace? How could they bear the awful 
responsibility of not telling? They were like the 
lepers outside the city walls; they knew that the 
enemy had fled, that their friends in the city were 
dying from starvation, and that the food lay in the 
deserted camps in abundance. Tliey dare not with- 
hold such good news. The,\' dare not even tarry un- 
til the morning light. Tlie situation required im- 
mediate action. The news must be told at once. So 
were these women under high obligation to go 
speedily to the disciples and tell of this glorious 
thing that had happened; this victory that had 
come so unexpectedly, notwithstanding their Lord's 
previous assurance; this good news that would re- 
store the waning spark of their spiritual lives. 
Moreover, the Lord Jesus Himself was counting on 
them bearing the news to His disciples. How could 
they have refused in the face of such responsibility ? 
How could they have delayed or been indifferent? 
Surely it would have weighed severely upon them, 
had they held their peace. 

That same stoiy is waiting for us to tell. There 

The Brethren Evaiigeiisi 

are vast multitudes of men and women, who are 
living and dying without God and without hope in 
the world. They have never heard of the living 
Christ and His conquering power. If we are in 
touch with the risen Lord, our hearts must surely 
burn and throb within us as did those of Cleopas 
and his friend as they walked with the Lord on the 
way to Emmaus, and the hope and gladness that fills 
our hearts cannot but find their way to our lips. He 
who knows by experience the blessed fact that Jesus 
lives, cannot rest content until he has done his ut- 
most to take to all the world the glorious message of 
Easter. May we not restrain the impulse of such an 


Tlie wearing of a cross of gold as an ornament 
has become a quite popular custom. It may be worn 
worthily. It may be worn unworthily. It may be 
worn primarily for the purpose of expressing one's 
faith in the crucified Lord, or in proclamation of 
the basic fact of Christianity, or as a symbol of the 
ministerial office. It fittingly may be worn, pro- 
vided it is worn in humility and in real devotion. 

The gold cross is on a finger ring, or as a charm 
upon a chain, or as a button in the coat lapel, or 
dangling in a delicate form from a neckpiece, as an 
article of decoration and pride. Because it is a 
cross, suggesting the most famous cross of history, 
and is a symbol of the suffering and death of Jesus 
Christ, it has a distinct'on other ornaments do not 
have. Its use by them as a part of their wearing 
apparel is not for the pui'pose at all of proclaiming 
the Cross of Chiist and faith in His atoning death. 
To so wear a cross of g