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Opportunity Has Knocked, and We 
Have Opened The (Door! 

We are soon to have the Hew IPress installed! 

"But that does not finish the job! 

Hevertheless, let us thank ^jod for answered prayer 

Vol. LXX, No. 1 January 3JW4** •«****»■* n^o & 



Thk Brethren Evangelist 

PoM^hed vrttkly, i-vicpi iIk ijvt vtttk in August and 
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Ashland. Ohio 


J. E. Stookey, President X. G. Kimmel, Vice-President 

J. G. Dodds. Secretary-Treasurer 




Dr. Charles A. Banie Rev. Dyoll Belote 


Dr. C. E. Yoder. Brethren Doctrine 

Rev. \. V. Leatherman, Practical Church Problems 

Rev. .1. G. Dodds, National Goals 

Dr. K. F. Porte. Brethren Church History 

PLEASE REMEMBER: All material for publica- 
tion in the Evangelist must be in the hands of the 
editor at least three weeks before the desired date 
of publication, to assure same to appear in desired 
issue. This refers to announcements particularly. 

TERMS Ol SUBSCRIPTION SI. 50 per year in advance. 

■'■/ <>l ADDRESS In ordering ch.ingc of address always 
give both old and new addresses 

' / s s.-nd jll money, business communications, and conirib 
uled articles to 


' tlavs matter jt Ashland. Ohio. Accepted for mailing 
section I 101. act of October J. 1917. Authorized 
September 5. I°2R 

started the organ fund for the church, is also giving 
chimes to the church, a thing which adds greatly to the 
value of the organ. It was hoped that these chimes could 
be installed for the holiday season. 



(ambria. Indiana. Wo note from a report by Brother 
Wayne Swihart, Pastor of the Burlington Church, who 
formerly served the Cambria Church in connection with 
his Burlington charge, that Brother Bright Hanna, a 
member of the Burlington church, has been serving the 

< 'ambria Brethren Church as lay pastor for the past sev- 

< '•-•il months. 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois. We note that Brother Clarence 
Stogsdill, a pre-seminary student of Ashland College, and 
a member of the Cerro Gordo Church, delivered the Christ- 
mas message in the Cerro Gordo Church on Sunday morn- 
ing. December 21. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. We learn from Brother D. C. 
White's bulletin of December 14 that Mrs. E. V. McGrath, 
who was instrumental in the placing of the bell and who 

Nappanee, Indiana. We note that that truck load of 
merchandise which was being gathered by the members 
of the Nappanee Church was sent to Kentucky, the truck 
leaving for our mission on Saturday, December 13. 

Brother J. M. Bowman, Nappanee pastor, has this to 
say in his bulletin of December 7: "On December 14 wc 
shall have our first service in the New Church. Just two 
years, ten months, and one day after the burning of the 
old church we are moving into the basement of the new 
one. It will not be fully completed, and the Sunday school 
classes will have to be doubled up." We understand they 
had a great day. 

Hagerstown, Maryland. The Hagerstown W. M. S. held 
their Annual Silver Tea on Wednesday evening, Decem- 
ber 17. Stress was laid on the filling of "Packetbooks" 
for foreign relief. Even the men were asked to give up 
their pocketbooks for the cause. 

Akron (Eirestone Park), Ohio. Brother Dodds informs 
us that Brother and Sister Washburn are donating the 
"Corner Stone" for the new Akron Church and that it is 
in the process of being cut and lettered. It will be of 

We also learn that the "weather did not permit" the 
getting of the footings poured for the new church as per 
schedule. But they will just not be stopped by such a 
thing as a little weather, you may be sure. 

Canton, Ohio. We note from Brother Beekley's bulletin 
that a recent Laymen's meeting was well attended and 
that all enjoyed the program and the motion pictures. 
Mrs. Edgar Heist was elected President, and Mr. Orie 
Bair, Vice-President. The next meeting of the organiza- 
tion is scheduled for January 0. 

Waterloo, Iowa. A Christmas Party, sponsored by the 
Sunday School, was held on Tuesday evening, December 
23. A pot-luck dinner was held at the 6:30 hour. It was 
a "Family affair." 

Goshen, Indiana. We note from Brother Rowsey's final 
Goshen bulletin that pins were awarded to eleven mem- 
bers of the Junior Choir for faithful attendance for the 
first three months of perfect attendance. 

Washington, D. C. Brother C. S. Fairbanks tells of the 
first of what they hope will be a series of interesting 
Sunday evening programs was presented by Mr. Carroll 
Pennington, of the Christian Endeavor. 

Cumberland, Maryland. Brother Paul M. Naff reports 
that the church debt has now been reduced to a little over 

A special meeting of the men was called recently for 
the purpose of organizing a Laymen's Organization. 

Masontown, Pennsylvania. We learn from Arthur Petit, 
of the office of Public Relations of Ashland College, has 
arranged for a concert of the Ashland College A Cappella 
Choir at the Masontown Church. 

We also note that Brother S. M. Whetstone has been 
chosen as the evangelist for the coming spring Evange- 
listic meetings, the tentative date of which has been set 
as of April 6 to 18. 

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The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 

Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 

GOD MADE MAN— HE . . . ? 

oUlV oAME across the following which bore the caption 
A "Think It Over," and, since that has been one of my 
pet expressions in this editorial column, it sort of irked 
me to think that some one else was seemingly usurping 
my expression. Of course, not having any copyright on 
the words or the phrase, I proceeded to look it over to 
see what this individual wanted me to "think over." This 
is what I found: 

God made the sun — it gives; 

God made the moon — it gives; 

God made the stars— they give; 

God made the clouds — they give; 

God made the earth — it gives; 

God made the sea — it gives; 

God made the trees — they give; 

God made the grass— it gives; 

God made the flowers — they give; 

God made the bees — they give; 

God made the fowls — they give; 

God made the fish — they give; 

God made the beasts — they give; 

God made the plan — He gives; 

God made man — he . . . ? 

It was this last phrase that set me to thinking. 

In the midst of our preparation for the receiving of 
the Publication Day Offering and the Pledges for the 
Press Fund, this question seems quite apropos. Particularly 
the blank space that follows after "he." Of course the im- 
plication is that men are not doing all they can do in 
the matter of giving. And how very true it is, for very 
few of us have touched even the fringes of our ability 
to give to the Lord's work. It is not necessarily because 
we do not have the desire, but largely because of thought- 
lessness, and a failure to realize what we really "owe" 
to God. 

We just cannot make up our minds to do what we know 
we really should do. Then when the time has passed we 
look back upon that which we have failed to do and find 
a deep sorrow in our hearts that is there because we 
failed to do that which we should have done. 

Go back into the little "think it over" above and note 
how all God's creations have responded unselfishly to that 
for which they wez-e created — yes all, except perhaps, 
man. And it is he, beyond all others, that should be will- 
ling to give, because so much has been given to him. Just 
take a little time, and — 

Think it over! 

Deep spirituality in the pulpit will have much to do 
with the depth of spirituality in the pews. And if spir- 
ituality prevails in the pews there will be little danger 
of modernism and liberalism making inroads into the 
church. Modernism has no place with spirituality. 

Additional Gifts for the Press Fund 

THE THIRD Brethren Church of Johnstown, Pa., t ■ 
loyal to every Conference appeal, recently sent their 
second offering for the Press Fund, and the names of 
the givers listed as follows: 

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Benshoff % ~>SX) 

Mi-, and Mrs. James Barkhymer 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Baker 5.00 

R. B. Stutzman 5.00 

Clarence Howard 5.00 

Mrs. Pearl Link 2.00 

Mrs. Clara Smith 1 .00 

Catherine Benshoff 10.00 

Onward Circle Class ] 0.00 

D. F. Benshoff 10.00 

Men's Lookout Class 1 0.00 

Mrs. Norman Grumbling 15.00 

Jonathan Kels 30.00 

(Total cash and pledges from this church $128.00) 

A. R. Umbell, Uniontown, Pa 25.00 

S. Jennie Harriaan, Waterloo, Iowa 5.00 

Carl E. Boone, Wabash, Indiana 8.50 

E. O. Donaldson, Peru, Indiana 100.00 

(For total of cash and pledges to this Fund see block 
on page 16). 

Room for Many More 

In our last report we wrote about New Lebanon con- 
tinuing on the 1007r Evangelist list, but did not know at 
the time how many subscribers they were to have. We 
now have the list and find 169 names. That puts them 
among the leaders in that line. Thank you again, good 
New Lebanon friends. There will doubtless be others to 
renew their Honor Roll status soon. We shall appreciate 
them coming in large numbers. There is room for many 

Our Christmas Trade Was Good 

In the Book and Supply department, especially in the 
local constituency. We were unable to supply all the de- 
mands of the local trade, but next year we hope mer- 
chandise will be more plentiful. However, we still have 
a good stock of Bibles and books. This is the time to 
order your supply of Sunday School Lesson commentaries 
for the year. We just received an order for 18 Higley 
commentaries for one school. It's a good plan for schools 
to supply their teachers with such helps. We have the 
following commentaries on hand, but they are going fast. 
Order yours now. Higley's, $1.50; Peloubet's. $2.50; Tar- 
bell's $2.50; Moore's Points of Emphasis (Pocket size edi- 
tion), 50c. 

Price Raise on Commission Goods 
Some of the Publishing HBuags^fromVriich we^fewy Sun- 
( Continued from page 10) 

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i Given recently at an Ashland College "Chapel" to the student body. Prof. 
Wcidenhamcr is a teacher of mathematics and physics in the College, and is 
also the Superintendent of the Ashland First Brethren Sunday School.) 

SOME TIME ago 1 ran across an article in a newspaper wherein the 
columnist attempted to tell something about mountain-climbing. There 
wasn't much to the article, but it set me wondering: "Why do people 
climb mountains 

Do they climb for the view? Nowadays there are usually pood motor 
roads to the top of all mountains that afford exceptional views. At the 
top the road is widened, parking: space is provided, everything - is made 
convenient for the public to enjoy the view without expending; any physical 
energy climbing:. 

Do they climb for the exercise? Very few people do anything: "for 
the exorcise." Human nature isn't made that way. Besides, there are 
countless other ways of exercising which are less strenuous or perhaps 
even more beneficial than mountain-climbing. 

Do they derive any sense of accomplishment? Perhaps, a little; but 
certainly accomplishment may be achieved in easier and decidedly more 
spectacular ways. 

For the glory? Very little publicity is given the professional moun- 
tain-climber, to say nothing of the ordinary folk who climb mountains 
whenever a mountain presents itself. 

For the thrill? Certainly mountain-climbing cannot be considered a 
safe pastime. There is constant danger of injury or loss of life. But you 
can obtain a thrill, if that's what you're looking for, in fast driving, 
or by many other means. 

Why, then, do people climb mountains? The columnist had only one 
answef: "Because they haven't any will power. They are afraid to say 
'No' when someone wants to go climb a mountain; or, they haven't the 
will power to resist any urge of their own to go climbing— resist it to 
the point where they are sensible enough to pick up a good book instead, 
and relax in a day of comfortable reading." 

Personally. I think it depends upon whether you have to climb the 
mountain or not. If you have to climb it, that is reason enough in itself. 
There are some mountains everyone has to climb. 

Th( mountain of Preparation for Life. Many do only a half-hearted 
job of climbing this one; in fact, they never put forth enough effort to 
reach the summit while they can. They wander around on the side, per- 
haps half-way up if they had a good start, but when they get around to 
realizing the value of crossing the summit in order to go on, they no 
longer have the energy to climb the rest of the way. If you're carried up 
this mountain in comfort by a golden slave, you never fully appreciate how 
high it can be to someone who has to dig a toehold for every move he 
makes to reach the top. Nor could you appreciate what a difficult time 
someone physically handicapped has in climbing that mountain. 

There, is the Mountain of Decision. If you are one who likens life to 
ontinual journey from the sunrise to the sunset, there are many of 
these mountains which must be crossed somehow in the course of the day. 
If you climb straight up — directly — it's crossed; if you try to find an 
easy way around, so often you end up in briars or quicksand. Mountains 
are obstacles to be overcome; if you overcome them you are the stronger 
for having done so. And you don't overcome mountains by taking by- 
paths that look easier because they don't climb so steeply; which lead 
off invitingly but never go near the top of the mountain. 






H. E. Weidenhamer 

JANUARY 3, 1948 

\'\c,Y. FIVh 

Tfuere is the Mountain of Duty. This is another 
one you can climb straight up and have it crossed, 
or you can flounder around on the mountainside 
looking for an easier way — a tunnel leading 
through it, perhaps — and waste a large pail of 
your day thus. Again, you are stronger for hav- 
ing climbed it and passed it. The experience you 
gain in crossing the mountains of Decision and 
Duty helps you in climbing the next ones; make 
them a little easier. 

But what of the mountains we aren't compelled 
to climb? Why do we climb them? Not, I say, as 
the columnist would have us believe, because we 
have not the will power to say "No," but simply 
because of a little something we call "Inspira- 

At the summit of a mountain you did not have 
to climb, there suddenly seems to appear a new- 
found strength which we term "Inspiration." It 
might have been that work you donated to some 
public service or the time you went out of your 
way to do something for someone who you knew 
could never repay the favor. It might have been 
that decision to enter the ministry. It might have 
been any of hundreds of mountains you weren't 
compelled to climb, but which you did climb. And 
at the top you experienced Inspiration. 

You have heard mentioned the term "mountain- 
top experience." They all happen at the summits 
you didn't have to cross. 

What do you see when you climb a mountain? 
Your horizon is widened. The sordid and ugly 
parts of the country you passed through and of 
that which lies ahead, become less ugly, because 
they are seen from a distance. The trivial and the 
unimportant are down below. Surely, you'll re- 
turn to them again; but up there you gather 
strength, and some of the beauty you can take 
along down with you, as an artist his paints, to 
sort of put a splash of color over the drab and 
dreary parts. Noah saw a rainbow from a moun- 
tain top. There is beauty up there. The sunrise 
and the sunset are infinitely more beautiful from 
the top of a mountain. 

You get a wider perspective of life up there. 
The narrow trails and valleys don't seem so im- 
portant when you can look out over the miles 
that stretch on either side. Observatories are lo- 
cated, if at all possible, on mountain tops. There 
is a good reason for this : sight is clearer there ; 
the earth's atmosphere does not interfere so much 
with observations as in the land below. 

Why do people climb mountains? In 1 Kings 

we find that Elijah went for sanctuary to Horcb, 
the mountain of God. He was in danger of los- 
ing his life and he sought sanctuary, lie found 
it: a cave for shelter; food and water. Sanctu- 
ary ! 

In Matthew, Jesus sent the multitude away and 
went up into a mountain apart to pray. THEN, 
He went down therefrom and walked on the WS 
of the sea when the storm threatened the ship 
carrying the disciples. 

Have any great things happened oil mountains? 

On a mountain-top the Law was given to . 
for the people of Israel. On a mountain-top a cove- 
nant was given to Noah. On the top of Moriah, 
Abraham was spared his only son's life, and re- 
ceived a special blessing from the Lord. On the 
mountain called Calvary, Christ was crucified. 
Never, in the hours between your sunrise and sun- 
set, will you find a mountain quite so hard to climb 
as Calvary was. But on a mountain-top, then, too, 
came the Transfiguration. 

Now here is perhaps the happiest note of all 
to anyone who has to climb mountains — and that 
means all of us. There is no one who will not ad- 
mit the advantage of taking a guide to explore 
country, as yet unknown to him. I don't mean a 
companion. Companions help a lot; it's nice to 
have compony on your day's trip. But I mean an 
honest-to-goodness guide. When you're only half- 
way up a mountain and strength is beginning to 
fail, it's the guide who provides the food to re- 
plenish your strength. And farther along, with 
the sun beating down on you until you're ready to 
drop, the Guide says, "Why didn't you mention 
being thirsty? Here off the path a few steps is 
a spring of cool, clear water. Drink and restore 
your strength." 

Surely, He leadeth beside the still waters in the 
valley. But He guides over the mountains, too. 

— Ashland College. 

The world is a difficult world indeed. 

And the people are hard to suit, 
And the man who plays on the violin 

is a bore to the man with a flute. 
And I myself have often thought, 

How very much better 'twould be 
If every one of the folks that I know 

Would only agree with me. 
But since they will not, the very best way 

To make the world look bright. 
Is never to mind what others say, 

But do what you think is right. — Anonymous. 



Prof. Glenn Clayton Elected 
Ashland College President 

Arthur Petit, Public Relations Director 

Of unusual interest to the readers of the Evan- 
gt list is the selection of Glenn L. Clayton to serve 
as President of Ashland College beginning in Sep- 
tember, 1948. At the special meeting of the Board 
of Trustees of Ashland College, held for the pur- 
pose of selecting a president, Mr. Clayton was 
fleeted to succeed Dr. R. VV. Bixler who is now 
serving his third year as head of the institution. 
Beginning in September, Dr. Bixler will take a 
long overdue and richly deserved leave of absence 
for one semester and then will return as Profes- 
sor of History, the position he held prior to his 
appointment as Dean of the College in 1943. 

Mr. Clayton is certainly not unknown to the 
Brethren Church. For many years he has been 
a member of the New Lebanon Brethren Church, 
serving in many official capacities. He was su- 
perintendent of the Sunday School for some time 
there. He is president of the National Laymen's 
Organization, the men's group corresponding to 
the Women's Missionary Society. He is now serv- 
ing his second year in that office. He has spoken 
before National Conference a number of times 
and has visited many laymen's meetings and 
other functions both in his official capacity and 
again as a visitor. For several years, he has been 
a familiar figure at both state and national meet- 
ings of the denomination. 

Mr. Clayton is well qualified to fill the posi- 
tion as President of Ashland College. A graduate 
of Miami University, he has earned his Master 
of Arts Degree at Ohio State University. He has 
absolved all of the requirements for the degree 
of Doctor of Philosophy and is scheduled to re- 
ceive that award in March of this year. The pres- 
ident-elect has served as a high school teacher and 
later Superintendent of Schools at New Lebanon, 
Ohio. At present, he is a member of the teaching 
staff at Ohio State University. He is in the de- 
partment of history. 

In making a letter to the faculty, the Board of 
Trustees made it clear that the efficiency and 
capability of Dr. Bixler had never been questioned 
and that the only reason for making the change 
was to place a member of the Brethren Church 
at the head of the institution. They expressed 
their appreciation to Dr. Bixler for serving when 
no one from the denomination was available and 
also their happiness that Dr. Bixler has consented 
to remain on the teaching staff. 

Mr. Clayton is the eighth president since the 
reopening of the college 49 years ago and the 
youngest to serve since that time. 

Sunday School News 


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THE Pennsylvania Brethren Sunday School Board put 
on a program at the Valley Brethren Church, Jones 
Mills, Pennsylvania, on October 26th. There was a very 
nice response from these good Brethren at Jones Mills 
and many folks also came over from the Mount Pleasant 
Church for both afternoon and evening services. 

It was the privilege of my sister, my wife and myself 
to be with these people for the Bible School hour and also 
the preaching in the morning. We were happy to witness 

JANUARY 3, 1948 


for our Lord in teaching the Young People's Class in the 
Sunday School. We spent the noon hour, with a very fine 
meal, in the home of the Sunday School Superintendent, 
Mr. Harry Stahl. We enjoyed the Christian fellowship 
with Mr. and Mrs. Stahl and their two daughters. 

Our program for the afternoon was attended by about 
fifty people interested in Sunday School work. Mrs. Wertz 
presented a flannelgraph story of "Daniel in the Lion's 
Den." Miss Geneva Altfather from Berlin gave an ob- 
ject lesson concerning church members. The discussion, 
"The Preparation — How To Teach," was handled by the 
writer and was followed by a genei'al question and dis- 
cussion period. We had fine group singing of choruses in 
which the folks showed much enthusiasm. 

We were entertained in the home of Mrs. Judd Calp for 
the evening meal. 

Our evening program was well attended. Mrs. Wertz 
presented another flannelgraph story, "The Two Ways." 
Rev. Harold Garland, pastor of the church, assisted in the 
showing of two film strips — "The Preparation of Jesus 
Christ," and "Gethsemane." At the close of the last pic- 
ture, with the church in darkness, Miss Ida Kimmel and 
Miss Lois Jean Wertz sang a beautiful duet, "Alone." 

This institute was sponsored by the Brethren Sunday 
School Board of Pennsylvania. Any Sunday Schools or 
churches desiring such a program will please contact the 

The picture above was taken after the afternoon session 
in front of the Valley Church. 

Walter C. Wertz, 

310 Fourth Street, Conemaugh, Pa. 


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After the usual summer let-up, our C. E. Program is 
now getting under full swing again. We opened the season 
with a moonlight hike to which all the young people from 
twelve to sixteen were invited. Between twenty-five and 
thirty accepted the invitation and "joined us for the eve- 
ning's fellowship and fun. 

At one of our first meetings an election was held with 
the following young people being elected: 

President Janet Barkdoll 

Vice-President George Baker 

Secretary Kathryn Barkdoll 

Treasurer John Mills 

During the next week these officers met with our ad- 
visors, Mr. Norris and Rev. Bates, and appointed a Look- 
out committee, a Devotional committee, and a Social com- 
mittee. At the present time plans are being made for a 
Scavenger Hunt for the end of October. 

A schedule of programs has been arranged for the re- 
mainder of this year. This includes monthly consecration 
meetings, a game of Bible baseball, round table discus- 
sions, dedication service, musical talent night, Fanny 

Crosby night, and Ashland College night at which t 

our young people from the college will be our g'j(-.:-.tH. 

We hope to be able to announce our project for tl ■ 
very shortly but are not. able to do BO right no 


IT HAS been quite some time since you have ha'l iu 
from our Smithville C. E. The Junior and Intermediate 
Society continues in the Lord's work as usual. Our Fall 
meetings began on September first. 

In September we had a roast at the Edwin Steiner home. 

The evening was ideal and the Steiners certainly made 
the party a success in a big way. Mr. Steiner might g 
you a tip on roasting hot dogs in a large quantity, th<- I 
you ever ate! 

The County C. E. Rally was held on November 'J at 
Rittman, Ohio. A fine program was planned for all ages. 
Awards were given for highest attendance and the largest 
percentage of members present. Our society won in both, 
having thirty-four present. 

On November 23 the society met for the regular devo- 
tional meeting and also a Thanksgiving party. Instead of 
the usual party activity, the group brought gifts and 
wrapped them to pack a Christmas box for our Kentucky 
mission. There were thirty-eight boys and gills present 
and seventy-six gifts were wrapped. 

We are hoping and praying that more brethren 
Churches will organize and give special attention to the 
Junior age group in your churches. If you have an active 
Junior Christian Endeavor today your young people's so- 
ciety of tomorrow will be a reality. 

Mrs. Dwight Miller, sponsor. 


THE Senior Christian Endeavor Society of Ashland, 
Ohio, is made up almost entirely of college students 
from various parts of the country. Since most of us are not 
here in the summer, our society is limited to a nine 
months program. 

Our project for this year, that we are now working on, 
is to send aid to a family or to individuals in Germany 
who are in need. As yet we are not sure who we will help, 
but we are working on this project. 

We elected our officers last month and they are as fol- 

President Dorman Ronk 

Vice-President Robert Hoffman 

Secretary Lois Coleman 

Treasurer Joseph Schultz 

Chorister Joan Riddle 

Pianist John Lindower 

We are looking forward to a successful year in the 
Lord's work. 

Lois Coleman, Secretary. 

Instead of deploring that roses have thoms, I am glad 
the thorny stem is capped with roses and that the tree 
bears bloom. — Joubert. 



1 1 Look Behind the Scenes" - H Sympos 

Fred C. Wumtor. Editor of Publication* 

rVEK SINCE we have been seated in the Edi- 
*— ' tor's chair we have sought to be very frank 
in our statements concerning the work of the 
Brethren Publishing Company in its endeavors to 
keep the readers informed concerning the various 
interests of the Brethren Church as related to 
their various activities. We have always felt that 
one of the main reasons, if not the main reason, 
for the publication of a denominational paper is 
to keep the church well informed relative to its 
forward-looking plans and the progress related 

Of course, at this particular time we are solely 
interested in the forward-looking plans of the 
Publication Board — for this is JANUARY, the 
month that is set apart by General Conference 
for the Publication Day Offering. This particular 
offering is scheduled to be received throughout 
the Brotherhood on Sunday, January 25, or as 
near that date as possible. As usual we are ex- 
pecting the churches to do their part in making 
this offering as large as last year, if not larger. 
This we are taking for granted. 

"BUT" — and here is where we go behind the 
scenes. You know, when you see a line pageant 
or a good play presented, that far more goes on 
behind the scenes than is apparent to the eyes 
and ears of the audience. But in the preparation 
for that production there are multiplied prob- 
lems that confront the producer. There are 
"props" to be gathered together; the costumes 
are to be either purchased or rented; the lines 
of the actors must be learned and spoken over 
and over again as the cast is rehearsed ; the little 
"quirks" must be understood and ironed out; and, 
above all, everything must "click" to bring the 
results desired. 

No doubt you are already asking yourself (if 
you have read this far) "What has all this to do 
with the Publishing House?" Just this! There is 
a very definite analogy between the situation "be- 
hind the scenes" at the play or pageant, and that 
which is found in the "back shop" of our Print- 
ing Establishment. There are "props" that are 
essential ; material must be gathered ; type must 

be set and then distributed again and again; in 
pression after impression is to be made on rean 
and reams of paper ; corrections on errors are 1 
be made ; forms are to be locked up in proper o] 
der: in fact it takes a lot of machinery and ui 
derstanding of processes to present the finishe 
product that comes to your home each week. 

Now in printing, "time" is a valuable asse 
The faster and more efficiently a job can be don 
the more profit accrues. That's the "WHY" of 01 
plan for the modernizatoin of the plant. Graduall 
this is being accomplished. The latest additioi 
of course, is the automatic cylinder press, whic 
we hope to have installed THE LATTER PAR 1 
OF THIS MONTH. This will necessitate the dif 
mantling of our present press, moving it and r< 
assembling it, and then the placing of the moder 
press. With this placing of the NEW PRESS wi 
come an almost complete rearrangement of on 
entire working space. This will take time (poi 
sibly two weeks) and we are now asking your ii 
dulgence in any delays in our publications the 
may occur. 

And now this leads us to the real purpose c 
this article. Of course Brother Baer will go int 
more detail about this in his part of this little-syn 
posium — but we are both deeply concerned aboi 
the "Press Fund." We are concerned because w 
have a fear that you may confuse our plea fo 
the "Press Fund" with the regular Publicatio 
Day Offering plea. THE TWO ARE NOT ONB 
It is not a matter of combining them — it is a mali 
ter of adding them, like the old arithmetic pro! 
lem of one plus one equals two. It is one organize 
tion, but two projects. In order to completely clai 
ify it, let us go into a little more detail. 

1. The Publication Day Offering is that offei 
ing, taken in January of each year, the sum c 
which is used, first, to underwrite the deficit whic 
is annually incurred in the printing of our ow 
Brethren Evangelist and our Sunday School li - 
erature — for these do not and never will pay fo 
themselves. This offering also helps to retire thi 
debt on our building and to care for the other in 
cidentals not cared for by the shop income. 

This is and has been for years, an Annual 0: 
fering authorized by General Conference. For thi 

JANUARY 3, 1948 


18y The I di tor and The lousiness Manayer 

ffering we want your CASH OFFER INC. 
lease keep this in mind. 

2. The "Press Fund" or more properly, it might 
e called the "Equipment Fund for Moderniza- 
on of our Printing Plant." This is that three- 
&ar project which was authorized by the 1946 
eneral Conference and urged to rapid comple- 
on by the 1947 General Conference, for the mod- 
•n automatic press and such other equipment as 

indeed to make our shop more up-to-date in its 
ork. In this case (and we want you to clearly 
ote the difference) we are not asking you to lay 
)wn immediate cash, but to simply tell us what 
3u will pledge toward it and when you will pay 

Remember, this pledge can be made and you 
in pay it any time in 1948, preferably, of course, 
Y the 1948 Conference, in order that we may 
3 saved all the interest that can be saved. 
It isn't much to ask — just a little out of your 
uch. Of course it won't be hard those who tithe 
le Lord's goodness to make a pledge and pay it. 
Tiy not try tithing this month for both the Press 
und and the Publication Offering? See how good 
)u will feel ! And when you come to General 
onference next August you can come into the 
lant and see the results of your sacrifice giving, 
nd the Lord's goodness to His people. 
That Prayer had a great deal to do with our 
resent ability to get the press, we have not the 
ightest of doubt. Therefore we want to espe- 
ally thank God for His hearing of prayer and 
le placing of this opportunity in our hands. 

George S. Baer, Business Manager 

V /HEN WE use the expression, "behind the 
m* scenes," with regard to our Publishing 
ouse we refer to the equipment, personnel, ma- 
nual and conditions back of the literature which 
le printing plant was established to produce. 
ew people are able to realize what goes on be- 
ind the scenes or to visualize the work of a 
lurch publishing house. The great place of such 
n institution in the work of the Lord and the 
lings that are necessary to enable it to function 
fficiently are hard to understand, more so than 

with regard to any other department of Un- 
church \s work. The work and appeal of Missions. 
the requirements for the education of our young 
people, the institutions for the care of the aged 
and the support of the superannuated ministers 
— the call for cooperation in meeting these Chris- 
■tian responsibilities comes into our homes in a 
more realistic manner than do the requirements 
of the church paper and the Sunday school quar- 

Growth of a Better Understanding 

But out of long experience we have discovered 
that our people are fundamentally loyal to the 
whole task of the church and will give proper re- 
sponse to the calls of any part of that work when 
the needs are set forth in a sincere and under- 
standable way. For that reason we have been very 
frank about the condition of equipment, the handi- 
caps, the needs, the prospects, the plans for im- 
provement, and the outlock for greater service. 
This complete frankness, together with the stress- 
ing of two fundamental facts — that every mem- 
ber shares in the ownership and responsibility, 
and that the publication work is in very truth a 
work of the Lord — has brought about a better 
understanding of this vital institution. 

Prayer and God'? Answer 

This increased understanding and growing in- 
terest have enlisted widespread prayer for God's 
blessing upon the publishing interests of our 
church. God has answered those prayers in a won- 
derful way and we find ourselves farther on the 
way to the achievement of our goals than we an- 
ticipated. Yes, because many prayed, God has 
moved forward faster than we had faith to be- 
lieve was possible. Because of prayer and divine 
leading, we are soon to find ourselves in posses- 
sion of a modern magazine press, the kind we are 
so much in need of. 

What It Means 

That does not mean that our equipment fund 
is ended. It means that the Lord has opened the 
way for the saving of $7,000 in the purchase of 
this press and that the amount we started out to 



raise will oomplete the equipment project, in spite 
of the abnormal raise in prices. It means that we 
are ahead of schedule, and that as we enter upon 
the second year effort of money-raising in tins 
campaign, we have almost half the amount re- 
quired — most of it in cash. It means that during 
the remainder of this year and the next, we will 
be paying for what we already possess and will 
be making use of. It means that at the close of 
the three-year campaign period, with your con- 
tinued cooperation and persistent prayers, we will 
have our plant fairly well modernized and 
equipped and out of debt, so far as equipment 
costs are concerned. Furthermore, through the 
wise arrangement of the Board of Trustees to ap- 
ply all rental receipts to the building debt, the 
mortgage on the building will be written off the 
record within six years. That means, then, that 
within six years we will have a Publishing House 
with a new building and modern equipment, all 
five of debt. Thanks be to God for His leading 
and to His people for their response to His lead- 
ership ! 

,. Separate Objectives lor This Campaign ^ 

Two things are before us in this campaign — two 
separate and distinct objectives. 

Fiist, is the securing of' pledges for this year's 
payment to tfu Equipment Fund, pledges to be 
paid any time during the calendar year of 1948, 
but preferably by the 1948 General Conference. 
We don't ask for cash for the Equipment Fund 
during January, only pledges from individuals 
and churches. We have already made provision 
through a loan from the National VV. M. S. for 
the additional amount required for the purchase 
of the modern, automatic press. 

•>n<\ , is the raising of (it least $5,000 as the 
regular Publication Day Offering. That is the 
amount we have been asking for each year, and 
you have been going over the goal. We need that 
amount and will be disappointed if you should give 
to the Press Fund and neglect the regular Publi- 
cation Day Offering. The last Sunday in January 
is the time for the lifting of that offering, and 
we are asking all churches and individuals to co- 
operate in your usual line way in making this 
regular offering a success. Last year you were 
faithful to this offering, in spite of the splendid 
giving to the Press Fund. Where there are those 
who are able to give generously to both the regu- 
lar Publication Day Offering and to the Press 
Fund, we will be glad to receive their gifts to 
both projects, but most of our people will not be 

able to do that, so we are only asking cash for 
the Publication Day Offering and pledges for the 
Press Fund. At any time convenient, a time not 
conflicting with any other authorized special of- 
fering, let all churches and individuals send in 
an offering for the Press Fund. But now, for the 
regular $5,000 offering. 

Aiul Remember the ''Why" 

The Regular Offering is taken to make up for 
the loss sustained in the publishing of our own 
church literature. In many churches much larger 
in numbers than our own, Sunday school quar- 
terlies and church papers are published at a loss, 
and for two reasons. The selling field of the small 
denominations is limited, and there is practically 
no desire or opportunity to profit by advertise- 
ments. But no church can fulfil its mission or con- 
tinue its existence without its own distinctive 
church literature. Most especially is that true of 
our church. We have a special mission under God 
to perform, a unique message to deliver, a dis- 
tinctive witness to give to the world. Without our 
own Publishing House and our whole-gospel pub- 
ications, we cannot accomplish our divinely ap- 
pointed mission. So, the life of our church depends 
in a large measure upon our church literature. 
Your annual Publication Day Offerings help to 
maintain it. Give as unto the Lord ; it is the Lord's 

Business Manager s Comer 

(Continued from page 3) 

day School supplies for our schools have raised prices. 
The last notice received of increased prices come from 
the Standard Publishing Company. Previously the David 
C. Cook Publishing House had raised prices on some 
items and caused some confusion among our customers, 
because we had not received notice in time to pass it on 
before billing. 


The Ohio Pastor's Conference will convene at Colum- 
bus January 26 to 29. On Monday, January 26 will occur 
the meeting of the Brethren and Church of the Brethren 
ministers at a noon luncheon at Dorst Hall, Y. M. C. A. 
building, 40 West Long Street. The hour is from 12:30 
to 3:00 P. M. The speaker will be Raymond R. Peters. 

When you look at the world in a narrow way, how nar- 
row it seems! When you look at it selfishly, how selfish it 
is! But when you look at it in a broad, generous, friendly 
spirit, what wonderful people you find in it. — Horace Rut- 

JANUARY 8, 1948 



W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

Topic» copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 

Topic for January II, 1948 
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:5, 9, 10; Kev. L:6; 22:19 
For The Leader 

A GIRL was once asked to give her opinion and idea 
of God. She thought for awhile and came through ' 
with the answer that she thought God was an old man 
with a white beard sitting in a corner far away, smoking 
a big cigar. How foolish! A group of college students 
were questioned on the same subject. Varied opinions re- 
sulted, mostly indicating that God was a vague, imper- 
sonal, unreachable being, if a God existed at all. It is 
amazing the amount of ignorance there is on this sub- 
ject. God has revealed Himself to man in many different 
ways, and there is no reason for anyone to be uninformed 
as to Who He is, Where He is, etc. As we approach this 
profound subject let us pray that God's Holy Spirit might 
guide and direct our thoughts, that we might know more 
about Him. 


Man has been seeking to find the answer to the operation 
of the universe. He has been seeking the origin of life, 
the power back of sustenance, and the future of life. He 
has searched through the skies, the seas and the earth. 
He has searched his mind, and has come up with little 
to show for his efforts. But the fact that man has been 
searching for the answer to these problems indicates that 
there is an answer. Of course there is. God, the Creator, 
the Master mind, the Eternal of the heavens, is the an- 
swer. Find God, and you find the answer to life, to all 
matter, and to the future of all life. Simple, isn't it? 
Do you want to know more about God? In the ways that 
He has revealed Himself to man, we can find out. Of 
course, we shall never find out all we want to know abffut 
God in this life, but some day, in the future life, we shall 

2. HE REVEALS HIMSELF TO US. There are seven 
main methods which God has used to reveal Himself to 
us. First, in the early days of man's life on earth, God 
showed Himself to man through Nature. Later He used 
man's conscience. When Moses came down from Sinai, 
he brought with him the revelation of God on tablets of 
stone. Then the whole Bible was compiled to reveal God 
to us. Christ is called the Illustrated revelation of God. 
And truly He is, for we see God through Him, His life, 
and His love. The last two methods are those of being 
written on the heart, and in the lives of Christians. So 
there is no excuse for anyone to be in doubt as to the 
truly personality and life of God. 

3. WHAT GOD IS. This is a hard statement to expound 
in so few allotted words. As was spoken of the Son of 
God, that if all the oceans were ink, the sky a scroll, and 
every man a scribe by trade, we could never write all 

about Him even in draining the oceans dry, etc. But 
can, at least be brief in telling a few things about H. 
God is a Spirit, He is Eternal, He had no beginning, H<- 
has no end. He is all powerful, He i; everywhere, and 

ever present, lb- hears all, :-<•<■-. all, and knows all. He 
sees and knows our thoughts, intents and act t fl in- 
stance, an act of sin of ours, may seem all right to 
fellownien and we may keep it a secret from them, but 
if the intent of it on our part was evil, God knows it to 
be sin. God is a God of love, for lb- tut. Hi- Son to 
die on the cross. He is a just God, for lb- shall pun 
people for their sins. 

4. HE DWELLS AROUND U.S. God is a Person, but 
He is ever present. We cannot escape His presence. The 
story is told of a man who had committed a great sin. 
His conscience hurt him, so he decided he would get away 
from God. So He went away to a far country and tried 
to hide himself in the busy throngs of a great city. God 
was there. He dug a great cavern into the bowels of the 
earth, to hide. God was there. He journeyed to the top 
of a great, frigid mountain peak. God was there. He went 
out on the great expanse of the mighty icean in a boat. 
God was there. He settled down on a small deserted island, 
far away from other human beings. God was there. In 
the darkest hour of night, in the brightest hour of 
day, God is present. No, we cannot escape from the just 
eye of God. Our only hope is to come to Him, seeking 
mercy and forgiveness for the awful sins of life. Then 
we are surrounded by His love and mercy, which shall 
surround us everywhere we go. 

5. HE IS ALL POWERFUL. Do you want power and 
strength to do your work ? Ask God to help you. For 
He is the strength of the universe. He is the strength 
of the Christian. Each day's work should be done with 
the thought that God is supplying the power. Paul says, 
"I can' do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth 
me." If this method be used, then our work will be well 

about God, and because we know these things, we love 
Him more, and serve Him better, in the sure and certain 
hope that He will reward us some day when we see God 
face to face. But even today we want to know more about 
Him, His love, and His personality. Each day we can 
know more about Him. It is easy. As we think back over 
the men of God since the first man walked on the earth 
we discover one thing. That is, that men who knew God 
spent much time in personal communion with Him. Sad 
to say, personal communion with God seems to be a lost 
art among the Christians of this generation. And it hasn't 
done us any good. The verse, "Be still, and know that I 
am God," is an excellent one for us to remember. Whj ? 
Simply because we need that period of communion each 
day, that we might grow more like Him in life, in word 
and deed. In doing this, we shall know more about Him. 
for He reveals Himself to those who take time to listen. 


Have each member present quote a verse using the word 
"God." (This will give an idea, through variety of the 
different aspects of God). Each verse must be different. 
Encourage your members to read the topics in advance, 
and give them in their own words instead of reading them 
word for word. 



Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

It will sweeten home life and enrich home relationships 
u nothing else can do. 

It will dissolve all misunderstanding and relieve all fric- 
tion that may enter the home. 

It will hold our boys and girls to the Christian ideal 
and determine their lasting welfare. 

It will send us forth to our work for the day, in school, 
home, office, store and factory, true to our best and de- 
termined in what we do to glorify God. 

It will give strength to meet bravely any disappoint- 
ments and adversities as they come. 

It will make us conscious through the day of the at- 
tending presence of a divine Friend and Helper. 

It will hallow our friendship with our guests in the 

It will reinforce the influence and work of the church 
school, and agencies helping to establish the Christian 
idea throughout the World. 

It will encourage other homes to make a place for 
Christ and the Church. 

It will honor our Father above and express our grat- 
itude for His mercy and blessing. — Christian Digest. 

Scripture: Deut. 6:1-12 

Hymn Singing 

Leader's Petition 

Thought Provokers: 

JOSHUA said, "But as for me and my house, we will 
'* serve the Lord. Read 1 Cor. 16:19; Col. 4:15; Philemon 
1. Here the apostle speaks of "the church in thy house." 
The word church — "Kuriakon" — means "that which is the 
lord's." How about your house? Have you in it that 
which is the Lord's? When Jacob went back to Bethel 
he took his household with him (Gen. 35:2, 3). At Bethel 
it was a matter of family worship. The test of Christian- 
ity is in the home. Home worship can be more effective 
than public worship (Matt. 18:19, 20). 

Fathers have a grave responsibility to their children 
I Eph, 0:4; in Christian training. They can best be taught 
to pray, live holy lives of faith and trust by regular wor- 
ship in the home. Bible reading, teaching and hymn sing- 
ing ahould be under regular supervision of the parents 
every day. 

'Ihere are many examples of family worship in the 
bible. Nonh preached for 120 years and succeeded in sav- 
ing nobody but his own family of eight souls (Heb. 11:7; 
Gen. 7:1; 8:20). Jacob and his family worshipped together 
i Gen. 35:1-3). There are family worship scenes in the 
New Testament (Acts 16:33, 34; Acts 18:7). Worship in 

a home is normal Christianity. A man is certainly ac- 
countable to God for his family. 

Thanksgiving before each meal is good, but not enough. 
Bedtime prayers are precious, but not enough. There should 
be a time each day when the whole family worships to- 
gether. All in the family should take part. All can have 
part in the praying and singing, and those who are able 
can read the Scripture. And as for text book to read, 
nothing can equal a consecutive reading of the Scriptures. 

Remember that Satan will make a special attempt to 
break down the family altar and stop the daily season 
of worship in the home. "Where there is a will, there 
is a way." The head of the home should lead out in fam- 
ily worship. Cod expects a father to lead his family. 
Family worship is more important than anything else, and 
nothing should be allowed to interfere with it. If you 
expect to serve God you must put Him first. The family 
altar should be scheduled early in the day's activities. 
We need God at the beginning of the day in order to start 
the day aright. 

Ceneral discussion of family worship plans. 

General prayers 

On The Sunday School Lesson 

by The Editor 

Lesson for January 11, 1948 


Lesson: Isaiah 40:28-31; John 14:8-14 

SO MANY times we meet the statement, "It does not 
matter what one believes, so long as it keeps him 
going in the right direction." That is a false statement, 
for it does matter very much what a man believes when 
it is related to God. 

The very opening sentence of our lesson sets forth the 
central thought before us in no uncertain terms. Note 
the words carefully: "Hast thou not known? hast thou 
not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator 
of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary ? 
there is no searching of his understanding." Belief in God 
must center in a knowledge of God. Paul expresses it 
in the words he wrote to the Romans, 10:14, "How shall 
they call upon him in whom they have not believed? and 
how shall they believe in him of whom they have not 
heard?" Before we can accept as Savior, the One who is 
the everlasting Son of God, we must surely have a settled 
belief in God, the Creator, who is eternal in His existence. 
Our faith rises or falls on this foundation. 

Now belief carries with it the embodiment of faith. 
The writer of Hebrews says in our Golden Text (11:6) 
"For he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and 
that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." 
Isaiah reminds us that God is not only "all powerful" 
but that He is "all wise." He says, "there is no search- 
ing of His understanding." The very fact that our God 

JANUARY 8, 1948 


knows and sees all should ho a groat incentive to a more 
perfect belief in Him. 

When we turn to the New Testament part of our les- 
son we find that we have exemplified in Jesus Christ the 
essence of the Father God. Our belief in God is strength- 
ened by our acceptance of Jesus as God's Son. Jesus' 
words to Philip are worth looking into -"He that hath 
seen me hat'h seen the Father." 

When we recall that one of the purposes of Jesus' com- 
ing to earth was to reveal the Father to the world, it 
simplifies our study and gives us additional grounds for 
belief. Remember that in no place in the Bible will you 
find an argument for the existence of God. The matter 
is simply stated. For example, turn to Genesis 1:1 — "In 
the beginning God." Now turn to John 1 :1 — "In the begin- 
ning was the Word." It is only ours to believe in Him 
and accept His plan for our lives. 



ews rrom 




Another year of woi-k for our church has been finished. 
We are glad that Rev. Austin Gable, who so competently 
and faithfully worked with us as our minister, is to be 
with us another year. 

Rev. Gable, Mrs. Conrad Snavely and Miss Kathryn 
Fisher conducted a Vacation Bible School in the summer, 
which was well attended by the neighborhood children. 

On September 21 we met for our Annual Homecoming. 
There was a good attendance for Sunday School, and at 
the noon hour Rev. Ora Lemert came to enjoy the basket 
dinner with us and to bring the afternoon message. Every- 
one present wrote his or her name in a note book. In fivi 
years this roll is to be called at the homecoming. 

Our revival meeting was held in October. The Rev. W. 
B. Brant, pastor of the Warsaw Church, came to be our 
evangelist, and Rev. Gable led the song service. The 
meeting lasted for a period of two. weeks and a great 
many were faithful in attendance. The sermons, songs and 
fellowship were a benefit to all. There were three eon- 
versions and one reconsecration. 

The young people have a fellowship club organized and 
meet each week. Each Sunday the Juniors hold their Sun- 
day School in the basement. Our young people are inter- 
ested in the Shipshewana Camp and look forward to the 
camp season. 

Mrs. Olive Neff, Cor. Sec. 


Our Homecoming Day at Loree was held on October 
26. There were 151 at Sunday School, with quite a larger 
number for the morning and afternoon services. Rev. Bert 
Hodge, pastor of our North Manchester Church, was the 

afternoon speaker* nnd brought ;i timely tnef*ag< 
"Truth." The day was filled with special music, ' \>< 
worship, and special fellowship for all. 

At a called business meeting on November 4, Mr. a 
Mrs. Andrew York and Mr. and Mrs. Paul LeMaster ■■ 
elected to the offices of Deacon and DeaconeM at 
Loree Church. An appropriate ordination service 
planned in the near future. An outdoor lighted bulletin 
board has been ordered by our Primary Department, and 
we are hoping that it will arrive- soon. Many other pr< 
jects are being planned, which speaks well for thi« nplen- 
did rural congregation. 

Our revival at Mexico was held during the <<k of 
vember 10 to 16. The meetings were well attended, and 
the Lord rightly blessed our efforts, as four young f< 
made their first confession of faith in Christ Jesus. Mr-. 
Elmer R. Carrithers was in charge of our song ser • 
each evening, and did a grand job. Our baptismal service is 
being planned for Sunday evening, November 30. We arf 
praying that there will be more who will come. 

As we go from the Thanksgiving Season to the Chri ' 
mas Holiday we are praying that men will not only Thank- 
God for His Son Christ Jesus, hut will accept Him a - 
(rod's Gift t/i them, that they might have salvation. 

We are looking forward to a mighty revival at Loree 
during the Christmas Holiday season. 

Robert K. Higgins, pastor. 


On Sunday, December 14, the Smithville Brethren 
Church held a dedication service for the completely re- 
modeled chancel of the church. Not only has the chancel 
been completely remodeled, but there has been added 
thereto, new memorial chancel furniture, new velvet cur- 
tains, a new Wurlitzer organ and the entire church re- 

The pastor, Rev. Vernon D. Grisso. brought a 'nessaee 
on "New Ways," and the choir rendered a special number. 
"Bless the Lord, O My Soul." A responsive dedicatory ser- 
vice and dedication prayer closed the service. 

A noon basket dinner was held in the church dinincr 
rooms and at the three o'clock hour an organ recital was 
rendered by Doris B. Fetzer. guest organist. Her recital 
consisted of a number of sacred tone poems. 


On November 20-23, the author had the privilege of par- 
ticipating in a short series of worship services with the 
Dayton, Ohio. Brethren. 

Although this church is without a regular pastor (now 
being supplied by the very capable Dr. Glen Clayton), 
the services were well attended. The publicity for the 
meeting was executed by Myron Kem. His contribution 
was well timed. Also. Mr. and Mrs. Kem opened their fine 
home to the visiting pastor and wife. They entertained in 
the typical Brethren way. 

At each service Brother Fred Eecard was always on 
hand to help with the details. The meeting closed with 
Holy Communion on Sunday night. Under the leadership 
of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Keplinger. this service was a 



fitting climax. The service was well organised, and the 

beauty, inspiration ami symbolism of the occasion will be 
long remembered. 

Others who contributed to the comfort and entertain- 
ment of the writer were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Denlinger 
and son. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Vomit. Mr. and Mrs. Harold 
Rooter , and Mrs. George Kem. 

The entire congregation is to he complimented in hav- 
ing leadership who arc willing to plan for the church, and 
in supporting the leadership in such an excellent way. 

May God continue to bless the Brethren at Dayton. 
Wayne E. Swihart, Burlington, Indiana. 


Hie work at Burlington has been steadily progressing 
through the years. The pastor and family are now in the 
fifth year of service with the church, and during this time 
the church has changed to a worship service each Sunday 
morning. This has strengthened the church. 

The Cambria Church is now being served by Mr. Bright 
Manna, a lay pastor. He is a young man with a wife and 
two children and they live near Burlington. His parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. (Hen Hanna, are Brethren people, and Bright 
has been a member of the Burlington Church since child- 
hood. He has felt the call to do greater service, and has 
been serving the Cambria Church for several months. 

A number of improvements have been completed re- 
cently at the church. An oil furnace has been installed and 
the auditorium is newly redecorated. New pulpit furniture 
■ as civen to the church in memory of Willis Polk. This 
gift was presented by the Polk family. Pulpit draperies 
were given by a Sunday School Class, and another class 
is planning to install new lighting in the basement. , 

The climax came in October when Dr. Lindower came 
for a week-end series of lectures. He did an excellent piece 
<>f work which was appreciated very much. This series 
closed (.11 Sunday with our Homecoming and Rally Day. 

Wayne E. Swihart, pastor. 

m ■ ■ 


On September 28 we closed a six year pastorate in the 
Ardmore Heights church of South Bend, Indiana. These 
-ix years proved to be. very happy and fruitful years for 
pastor and people. Many friendships both within and with- 
out the church were made and after so long a time it was 
not an easy thing to "pull stakes." We felt however, that 
our best work had been accomplished, so were made happy 
to leave the work in such capable hands as the hands of 
Dr. R. K. Porte and his good wife. The Portes have been 
close friends through the years and I am confident that 
they will be able to do a great work for the Ardmore 
Heights group. May the Lord richly bless. 

During our six years of service with this congregation 
wme 108 persons were taken into the membership of the 
church. Many improvements to the church properties were 
made, the last of which was the installing of a new 
Hammond Electric organ. This beautiful instrument was 
'if-dicated on the last day of our work, September 28. 
May the Lord greatly bless these fine folks at Ardmore 
heights as they continue their work with the Portes. May 
He make them a blessing in the great field at the north- 
west corner of the thriving city of South Bend. 

On Sunday, October 5 we took up the work here at 
West Alexandria, in the south-west corner of the great 
state of Ohio. We have found a fine group of brethren 
here, and arc busying ourselves in getting acquainted 
and finding the membership by the time this is read a 
goodly part of this work will have been done. We already 
have begun building on foundations that many able men 
have set up. The group here numbering about 140 seem 
anxious and willing to grow and it is our wish that we 
might be used to promote that growth. We have noted 
already that these people seem willing to shoulder any 
responsibility that will advance the kingdom. 

There is a splendid W. M. S. group here. Alert, active, 
and alive. The Laymen too are organized and are already 
showing signs of better and more efficient work in the 
future. They are beginning the building of a garage on 
the parsonage grounds which will be a very fine addition 
to the already fine place for the preacher. We hope to 
get this accomplished yet this winter and also the in- 
debtedness off the parsonage then we will turn our efforts 
to the decorating of the church, which is badly needed. 
So you see the men with their families have a great work 

The boys of the church have recently organized into a 
Brotherhood with 7 or 8 members and beginning with 
January they hope to begin their regular meetings. 

Our Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer ser- 
vice is attended by 18 to 25 folks who are anxious to know 
more about the Word and what the Lord's will is for 
them. It is a pleasant task to lead such ardent seekers. 

Since coming on the field 9 have been added to the 
church membership — 7 by letter and 2 by confession of 
faith and baptism. We ask your prayers for the work 
here that we might be found faithful in service until the 
Lord comes. 

A. E. Whitted. 



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CALHOON-SMITH. Miss Mary L. Smith, daughter of 
the late Mrs. Myrtle Smith of Ashland, Ohio, was married 
to Mr. Dale Calhoon of Butler, Ohio, Saturday morning, 
July 12, 1947. The double ring ceremony was read by the 
undersigned, pastor of the bride, at the home of the bride's 
great uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Dupler, West 
Liberty Street, Ashland, Ohio. 

The bride is a graduate of the Ashland High School and 
of the Mansfield, Ohio, General School of Nursing. Mr. 
Calhoon is a graduate of Butler High School and a veteran 
of 3% years in the Navy. He is a member of the M. E. 
Church of Butler. 

After a trip through southern Ohio, following the cere- 
mony, they are making their home at 65 V2 East Third 
Street, Ashland. They have the best wishes of their many 

W. C. Benshoff. 

JACOBS-PETROSKY. On Sunday afternoon, September 
21st, at the Republic, Penna., Christian Church, occurred 

JANUARY 3, L948 

PAGE Kin i 

the marriage of Miss Elizabeth Ruth .Jacobs and Mr. 
Francis F. Petrosky. The ceremony was witnessed by 
the families of the contracting parties and a few other 
friends. The single ring ceremony was used, and assistance 
in the ceremony was rendered by Rev. J. H. Keppel, Jr., 
pastor of the church in which the wedding was solemnized. 
The bride has been employed as a domestic, while the 
groom is employed at a local coke plant. They will go to 
housekeeping in a tenant house on the property of the 
groom's father. A reception was held at the church fol- 
lowing the marriage and many useful and beautiful pres- 
ents were received by the happy young couple. The sin- 
cere good wishes of their many friends go with the new- 
ly-weds as they start on life's journey together. Ceremony 
by the undersigned, the groom's pastor. 

Dyoll Bclote. . 

Brother Michael was a great, lovr ; r of hi- home and '■ ■■ 
ily. His three grandchildren Lethia Ann PiUrnan, Edward 
Ettinger and Janie Belle Kttinger lived within nigh' 
his home and he visited his children and grandchild 
almost daily. He united with the church during the early 
years oT my pastorate while Rev. E. L. Miller wa ' 
ing a meeting for us. He was always a very warm friend 
of the former Pastor, Rev. G. W. Chambers. 

The last rites were conducted for him in t.he Mt. Olive 
Brethren Church Sunday, November 2, at '■', P. M. Tl 
assisting in the services were Rev. Freeman Ankrurn, B 
G. W. Chambers and myself. Interment was in the ad- 
joining cemetery. A great host of friends came to pa;, 
their last respects. The sympathy of the whole community 
seemed to be given to the sorrowing family. 

John F. Locke. 

DONAHOO-IDDINGS. At the Highland Brethren 
Church, on August 16th, occurred the marriage of Miss 
Dorothy Donahoo, of the Highland congregation, and Mr. 
William E. Iddings, of Marianna, Penna. The ceremony 
was witnessed by the parents of the contracting parties 
and Miss Betty M. Iddings, sister of the groom, as brides- 
maid, and Mr. John A. Rice as groomsman. The double 
ring ceremony was used. The groom is employed at the 
Industrial Colliers Corporation mines, at Marianna, Penna., 
and the bride is secretary at the Marianna People's State 
Bank. Because of the housing shortage the young couple 
will reside with the bride's parents until suitable living 
quarters can be found. The ceremony was performed by 
the undersigned, the bride's pastor. 

Dyoll Belote. 

lEatn to Spat 

MICHAEL. Edward H. Michael, one of East Rocking- 
ham County's best known residents, was found dead in 
bed on Friday, October 31. Although he had been in fail- 
ing health for some years he had not seemed worse upon 
retiring. On Wednesday he had dined at the home of his 
daughter, Mrs. Walter Ettinger, with his pastor and the 
visiting evangelist. He was the son of the late Harrison 
and Eliza Michael. Born 64 years ago, he had lived his 
entire life in the region of Port Republic, Virginia. Here 
he engaged extensively in truck farming raising vege- 
tables and watermelons. He was a large holder of real 
estate. He served as overseer of the poor for many years 
and as game warden. 

On February 2.1, 1906 he married Miss Lethia Trobaugh. 
To this union were born two daughters and a son who 
survive, with their mother. They are 'E. H. Michael, Jr., 
Mrs. Alfert Pittman, and Mrs. Walter Ettinger. All are 
members of the Mt. Olive Brethren Church. 

Mr. Michael numbered his friends by the hundreds and 
ever gave them a warm welcome to his home. The local 
Daily Newspaper, recalled the fact that during the hunt- 
ing season he often entertained many noted persons among 
which on one occasion were U. S. Senators Byrd and Rob- 
ertson of Virginia and Col. Charles A. Lindbergh. 

EATON. "Uncle Billy," as he was known by a wide cir- 
cle of friends, was born July 8, 1847 and died October 24, 
1947 being 100 years, 3 months and 16 days in age. He 
was the last Confederate veteran of Rockingham county, 
Virginia. Now "the thin grey line" is no more. 

After spending many months in the Rockingham Me- 
morial Hospital at Harrisonburg, Virginia, he spent his 
last years in the Newman Nursing Home, Grottoes, Vir- 
ginia. In both of these places his cheerful spirit and witty 
remarks proved a real help to the other patients and en- 
deared him to those who cared for him. He was not bed- 
fast during his last years and did not experience more 
than ten minutes of pain in his passing. Brother Eaton 
attended Bethlehem Church, but later was a member of 
the Mt. Olive Church while he resided in the vicinity of 
the church. 

The last rites were conducted for him at the Mt. Pleas- 
ant Church of the Brethren and his body was laid to rest 
in the chui'ch cemetery there. The funeral sermon was 
preached by his friend, Rev. Charles E. Long, who had 
known him for seventy years. He preached a great sermon, 
using the words from Job 5:26, "Thou shalt come to thy 
grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in 
his season." The men's quartet sang several fitting selec- 
tions. One of these was sung as the procession came to 
the graveside just before I read the Committal service. 
A large company of friends and relatives filled the church 
to the overflowing point to pay their last respects to this 
good, friendly man who had lived cheerfully among us 
a little over a century. 

John F. Locke. 

STAHL. Mrs. Emma (Ferguson) Stahl was born No- 
vember 18, 1862 near Jones Mills. Pennsylvania, a daugh- 
ter of the late Robert and P^liza Burkholder Ferguson. She 
resided all her life in that vicinity. She was called to her 
eternal home on November 13, 1947. 

She was a member of the Valley Brethren Church of 
Jones Mills for the past sixty-three years, and it is be- 
lieved that she was a charter member of the Valley con- 
gregation. She was also active in the work of the church 
until recent years when her health was impaired. 

She is survived by the following children: Robert. Ora 
and Harry Stahl and Mrs. Charles Keslar of Jones Mills; 



lira Lucetta Neiderhiser and Mrs. Maud Dormoti of 
1 igonier. Pennsylvania; Mrs. George Kimmel of Scottdale. 
Pennsylvania: Roy Stahl of Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania: 
Mrs. J. G. Harvom of Somerset, Pennsylvania: Marcus 
Si thl of Stoyestown. ronnsylvania: Mrs. Lloyd Geary of 
Champion. Pennsylvania; and Reuben Stahl of Pundalk, 
Maryland. She also leaves 69 grandchildren, L12 greal 
grandchildren. < great -great-grandchildren, and one sister. 
Mrs. Amanda Shumaker of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

The funeral was held in the Valley Brethren Church 

uith the writer officiating and burial was made in Wal- 
nut Hill Cemetery. 

Sister Stahl left many friends, but we know that some 
day we shall see her again. 

H. R. Garland, pastor. 

STREBIN. George Strebin. seventy years of age, a re- 
tired farmer, living at Miami, Indiana, died at his home 
recently. He had been ill since July 4 of heart trouble. 

He was born in Harrison Township, Indiana on Novem- 
ber 19, 1876, the son of Alfred and Nancy (Vody) Strebin. 
He was married on March 2, 1942 in Bunker Hill, Indiana, 
to Roxanna Russel. He was a member of the Loree Breth- 
ren Church. 

Surviving are his widow; one son, Emerson of Bunker 
Hill; and the following brothers and sisters: Elmer, Maude, 
Lulu. Laura, Mrs. Opal Harts, and Mrs. Treet Morton, all 
of McGrawsville, Indiana; and Daniel of Hastings, Mich- 
igan. One daughter, Gladys, and a brother and a sister 
preceded him in death. Services by the writer. 

Robert K. Higgins. 

BOONE. Miss Edna Boone, aged sixty-eight, formerly 
of Loree, Indiana, died at the Brethren's Home where she 
had become a resident member a year ago. 

She was horn in Clay Township, Indiana, on February 
J 0. 1879, the daughter of John and Sarah (Eagle) Boone. 
She was a member of the Loree Brethren Church. 

Surviving are three brothers, Glenn, John, and Albert; 
and a half-sister, Mrs. Stella Baker. Three sisters and 
one brother preceded her in death. 

Funeral services were conducted from the Brethren 
Home at Flora, Indiana, by the undersigned. 

Robert K. Higgins. 

WOLFE. Mr. Clyde Wolfe departed this life on July 
2#. 1947 after only a few days illness. For a number of 
years he had been a member of the South Bend Brethren 
Church. Funeral services were conducted from the Orvis 
Funeral Horrtr and burial was made at Walkert.on, Indiana. 

• • • 

•"LARK. Mrs. J. W. Clark was called to her heavenly 
home on September 19, 1947. She had been a constant suf- 
ferer for a number of years, but bore her suffering with 
amazing fortitude and grace. Her husband, the Rev. J. W. 
Clark, was called to his heavenly home fourteen years ago, 
after a grievous and lingering illness, she patiently caring 
for him. They served a number of churches in this part 
of Indiana and were highly esteemed. Four sons, all mar- 

ried, are left to carry on the faith and service of these 
good people. 

* * * 

JACKSON. Mrs. C. S. Jackson departed this life to be 
with her Lord on September 27, 1947. She was in her 
eighty-fifth year and not physically strong, but able to be 
around in the home and her mind was as alert as in youth. 
Her husband preceded her about seven years. They were 
charter members of the South Bend Church and very 
faithful and efficient workers as deacon and deaconess 
tehy were to tower of strength in the church. She was 
the last charter member of this church. She was a sister 
of Brs. G. W. Rench. She leaves one son and his family 
to carry on the faith and rich heritage bequeathend by 
godly parents. 

We sorrow not as they who have no hope. 

Claud Studebaker. 

VINCENT. Mrs. Earl W. (Susie) Vincent was born in 
North Liberty, Indiana September 15, 1886; and died in 
Saint Joseph Hospital, South Bend, on October 25, 1947. 
She had been very ill for many months and her passing 
meant a relief and rest from physical suffering. She mar- 
ried Earl "W. Vincent in the year 1912 and immediately 
their home was established in South Bend, Indiana, where 
they lived until her illness and death. 

She leaves her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Thomas 
Wilhelm and a grandson, also two sisters and three broth- 
ers who join with the family in mourning her death. 

She was a member of the First Brethren Church of 
South Bend where the funeral services were conducted on 
Tuesday afternoon, October 28, 1947. Burial was made at 
the North Liberty cemetery. 

R. F. Porte. 

The Neio Press Fund 

"The Goipel mutt tint be publiihed among all nationt." 
Mark 13:10. 

Authorized by The 1946 
General Conference 

GOAL Not less than $15,000.00 

Cash and pledges $8,003.44 

Yet to be raised, not less than $6,996.56 


Witt/ i" /im /? Titker 

^EING a business man, I am, accustomed to considering any proposi- 
tion from the stand/point of its 1 propriety and its returns. If a prop- 
sition presents itself as the thing that should be done and if it 

promises worthwhile returns, two vital questions havte been satisfactorily 



If there is the added, fact that others have tried this proposition with 
great success, the conviction is further strengthened that it is worthwhile. 

Tithing was brought to my attention largely by the preaching of my 
pastor. He insisted that it was in the scriptures because it ivas right be- 
fore it was commanded. His testimony as to his own experience in tithing, 
and- the testimony of others led me seriously to consider it. Add to this the 
promises of God's word that the Lord would, pour out blessings beyond 
our capacity to use them if we would bring the ivhole tithe into the store- 
house. These led me to commit myself to try tithing. For some years, 
now, I have been keeping books with the Lord and trying to fid fill the 
obligation I feel as a, Christian steward. 

I am glad to say thai I am nvore than happy as a tither. I feel that 
instead of having less for myself, the Lord has given me much mom than 
I given Him. This is true materially but it is also true in the health 
and happiness of all of my family. I have seen my church grow, and its 
fellowship has greatly increased because I, with many others, hare come 
to tithe. 

I have no hesitation in recommending and urging that every Chris- 
tian honor the Lord by bringing the "'whole tithe into the storehouse." — 

Vol. LXX, No. 2 January 10, 1948 ^° 




The Brethren Evangelist 

Published vreeMv. except the last week in Angn.«t and 
tbc last WttV in rVcvmbct. 

Ashland. Ohio 


J. E. Stookey, President N. G. Kimmel, Vice-President 
J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasurer 




Dr. Charles A. Bame Rev. Dyoll Belote 


Dr. C. F. Yoder, Brethren Doctrine 

Rev. N. V. Leatherman. Practical Church Problems 

Rev. J. G. Dodds, National Goals 

Dr. R. F. Porte, Brethren Church History 

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September 1. 1928. 


Mexico-!. oroo. Indiana, Circuit. Brother Robert Higgins 
reports that Brother L. E. Lindower, Educational Direc- 
tor of the National Sunday School Association, was a re- 
rent speaker at the I.oree Church. Special numbers were 
dered by the Loree Quartet, and the service was in 
charge of Paul I.e.Master. 

Brother Wayne Swihart, Chairman of the Indiana Dis- 
trict Sunday School Committee, was the speaker at the 
Mexico Church on Sunday evening, December 14. He 
spoke on Sunday School work. He also spoke at the 
6:30 hour, demonstrating new methods and materials for 
Sunday School projects. 

Brother Higgins spoke recently at the Denver, Indiana, 
Lyons Club, the Chili schools and the Washington Town- 
ship Farm Bureau meetings during the week of Decem- 
ber 7. 

Elkhart. Indiana. Brother L. V. King announces the issu- 
ing of the new year book for the Elkhart church, which 
is available to all members of the Elkhart church. 

Berlin. Pennsylvania. We note from Brother Whetstone's 
bulletin that the Senior Choir staged a party in the 
church parlors on Wednesday evening, December 3. 

Goshen. Indiana. We learn from the Goshen bulletin 
that Brother Harold L. Hummel was elected president of 
the Northern Indiana Laymen's Organization. 

Flora, Indiana. Brother J. Edgar Berkshire, who recent- 
ly assumed the pastorate of the Flora Church, reports 
that fine reception was given for himself and family at 
the church on Monday, December 8. Several visiting min- 
isters were present, and Brother Berkshire reports a "rous- 
ing welcome." 

We also note that new cupboards were added to the 
parsonage, new hot water facilities, gas installed and 
much new paint spread. All this goes to make the life of 
the pastor more comfortable. 

St. James Maryland. The services on Sunday evening, 
December 28, were conducted by the college students who 
had returned home during the holidays. Brother Ralph 
Mills, student at Ashland College and Seminary was the 
speaker of the evening. 

Canton, Ohio. A fine cantata, "Silent Night" and a play, 
"To Them that Sit in Darkness," were given at the Can- 
ton Church on Sunday night, December 21. 

The Family Circle Class of the Canton Sunday School 
sponsored a Christmas party on Friday night, December 
2G, with a pot-luck dinner at 6:00 o'clock. This is the class 
of which the editor used to be a member when he pas- 
tored the Canton congregation. It is taught by Brother 
F. E. Clapper. 

Brother E. J. Beekley, pastor of the Canton Church, 
found a fine place to use his tuberculosis seals this year. 
He placed them on the top of page 2 of his Sunday bul- 
letin of December 21. 

Warsaw, Indiana. Brother W. B. Brant, pastor of the 
Warsaw church, announced a Watch Night Service on 
Wednesday evening, December 31, the program beginning 
at 8:00 o'clock. The program talent was obtained from 
the local High School and the local church. 

Hagerstown, Maryland. We note from Brother Leather- 
man's bulletin that Brother and Sister M. B. Ridenour 
gave a nice "Christmas banquet for the two classes which 
they teach in the Sunday School." A program was also 
rendered. Prof. Hicks brought an interesting and instruc- 
tive lecture on the first homestead of Hagerstown. 

The Antietam Street public school, the school on the 
same street as our church in Hagerstown, were the guests 
of the church on Thursday afternoon, December 18. It 
took two sessions to accommodate the entire school. Organ 
music was rendered, carols were sung, and the Christmacs 
story was told. 

It was a pleasant surprise that came to the members 
of the Hagerstown church when informed of the bequest 
that came to them from the will of Anna M. Wolty 
Fahrney, deceased. In the will were found these worJs: "i 
hereby give and bequeath the sum of Five Thousand 
($5,000.00) Dollars, cash, to the First Brethren Church, 
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« « « 

The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 

Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 

Notice The Relationship 

$8,770,000,000—1946, U. S. expenditure for legal liquor 
$7,770,000,000— 1 945, U. S. expediture for legal liquor 

1,000,000,000 increase 
*$2,639,000,000— Annual expenditure for public schools 

**Number of persons under 21 years of age ar- 
rested during 1st half of 1947 62,904 

**Number of persons under 21 years of age ar- 
rested during 1st half of 1946 54,564 

Increase of juveniles arrested during 1st half 

of 1947 over 1st half of 1946 8,340 

* Board of Education 

** Uniform Crime Report 

On analysis of the above figures from the "Uniform 
Crime Reports," one can see t'hat the total crime picture, 
including all ages, has shown a large increase; because 
while 54,564 arrests represent 17.6% of the total arrests 
in the first half of 1946, the 62,904 arrests in the first half 
of 1947 represent only 16.9% of the total arrests. The 
number has increased but the per cent has not increased. 
This shows that there must have been a large increase in 
the total number of arrests. 

What is being done about the situation? So far, only 
$500,000 per year is spent for treatment, education, and 
research on alcoholism. (Aug., 1946, "Survey") The liquor 
industries are doing everything they can to make alcoholic 
beverages more sociably accepted, with emphasis stressed 
on youth. It seems that the nation spends more each year 

What can be done about the situation? 

1. Fight liquor advertising by demanding the passage 
of the Capper Bill in its original form. (It is important 
that you insist on its being passed in its original form.) 

2. Support your schools, churches; and all other con- 
structive organizations in your community. 

3. Support, wholeheartedly, your county and state tem- 
perance movements. 

4. Start panel discussions, within your local groups, on 
the physical, moral, and social aspects of alcoholism giv- 
ing particular emphasis on its contribution to juvenile, as 
well as adult, delinquency. — The "Spotlight." 

"Perhaps this juvenile delinquency problem is growing 
in such proportions simply because we have failed to do 
the very thing we needed to do — enlist parents, boys and 
girls in systematic Bible study and active church mem- 
bership. Christ is the great need of every life. We all need 
his saving power. Complete commitment to Christ is the 
need of the hour." — Mrs. W. O. Benson in "The Sunday 
School Builder." 

January, Publication Month 

OUR PUBLICATION Interests have the right-of- 
during the month of January; this is by act ot 
General Conference. Wo- aro hoping that every church 
in the brotherhood will cooperate in the Publication pro- 
gram that has been outlined. With every one helping we 
will he able to achieve the goals without hardship on any 

Our Two-Fold Program 

Two things we are asking the churches and individuals 
of the brotherhood to do. First, to sign pledge* to tho 
Press Fund, the money to be paid in at your convenience 
later in the year, if possible by General Conference time. 
A pledge from every church and every member is our 
goal. Pledge cards have been sent out and we thought 
it wise to ask that these pledges be signed the first or 
second Sunday in January and have them out of the way 
by the time of the l'egular Publication Day offering and 
thus avoid confusion. 

Second, A Banner Publication Day Offering to be lifted 
the last Sunday in January. Offering envelopes and in- 
formation material will be in your hands soon; they have 
already been sent to the churches for distribution. We 
suggest to all individual members that they send their 
offerings through the church of their membership, where 
not too inconvenient. If more convenient to send offer- 
ing direct to the Publishing House, address it to The 
Brethren Publishing Co., 524 College Avenue, Ashland. 
Ohio. Such offerings will be credited to your church, if 
you name it. 

Press Fund Gifts Recently Received 

Braden V. Racey, Elkton, Va S 2.00 

Mrs. W. H. Gloss, Canton, Ohio 50 

Mrs. C. E. Kimbrough, Rio Grande City. Texas . . 20.00 

Ever-Ready S. S. Class, Bryan, Ohio 22.00 

Mrs. Arthur T. Wirick, St. Petersburg, Fla 15.00 

F. S. Beeghly, Ventura, California 100.00 

Loy Imboden, Logan, Ohio 30.00 

Payments on pledges are not included in this report, 
as the total amount pledged has already been reported. 
However acknowledgment of each payment is sent to the 

(For total of Cash and Pledges, see block on page 16) 

Speed-O-Print Equipment 

If your church does not have a duplicator, we can sup- 
ply you with a "Speed-O-Frint," which is used by more 
preachers and churches than any other make, because it 
is both good and inexpensive. Like everything else the 
price has recently gone up to $59.50. plus counter. Our 
special offer to ministers and churches is a discount of 
10%, plus freight cost. The present price on Speed-O- 
Scopes (Economy type) $29.50. but we have several on 
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The Voice of Our Leaders - Past and Present 

<3 < _ — = *e> 

[ The ( DiviniUi of The Lord Jesus 

Dr. J. Allen Mil for 

(From the Brethren Evangelist of May 28, 1902) 
"Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." 
Matthew 16:16. 


HHHE DOCTRINE of the Person and Work of 
* the Redeemer occupies the chief place in all 
Scripture.- All other doctrines are subordinate to 
and receive their significance from this. In the 
revelation of this doctrine we shall see the enfold- 
ment of God's plan ; in the adorable Person and 
Gracious Work of our blessed Redeemer we shall 
behold the marvels of God's wisdom and the in- 
finite sweep of His unspeakable love. Oh, that men 
would praise Him for the riches of grace revealed 
in Christ Jesus! 

In this brief paper I am to consider the doc- 
trine of the Person of our Lord Jesus. And this 
is an important theme because vital to all true 
Christianity. Just in the measure that we are 
faithful to the Biblical conception of the Person 
of Jesus are we blessed with success. The Epistles 
of the New Testament gives abundant evidence of 
the jealous care with which Jesus' rightful place 
was guarded. How we have misunderstood, dis- 
honored, and all but dethroned our Savior by 
our thoughtless, ignorant, and inexcusable preach- 
ments about Him — our divine Lord! 

/. The Pre-incarnate Logos or Word 

The Logos (or Word) is God. John 1:1. He was 
in the beginning, John 1:2; before all creation. 
John 17 ;5; for the Word is Creator, John 1:3, 
and Hebrews 1 :2. He is the only begotten from 
the Father, the Son of God. The pre-existence of 
the Son is positively declared or implied in many 
passages. See Hebrews 1 :4-12; Phil. 2:6-11. What 
St. John 1:1-8 teaches may be thus summarized: 

(1) Jesus Christ, the Son, is called the Logos; 

(2) He is eternal; (3) He existed in intimate 
union with God; (4) He wis God; (5) He was 
Creator; (6) He is self-existent; and this teach- 
ing of John finds abundant corroboration in both 
the Old and New Testaments. 

//. The Incarnation and the Incarnate Word 

The meaning of the Word, "incarnation" in 
scriptural language is John 1:14, "And the Word 
became flesh and dwelt among us." The Word, the 
Son, the second Person of the blessed Trinity b\&- 
came flesh, being made in the likeness of man. 
Phil. 2:7; Heb. 2:17. 

1. Jesus Christ is truly God,. The incarnation 
does not mean that the divine was changed into 
the human, becoming what it was not before; nor 
that it became commingled with the human be- 
coming what it was not before. "It was a change 
of state in the life of a pre-existent being." The 
incarnation, therefore, did not affect the essen- 
tial nature of the Deity of the Word. The incar- 
nate Word is no less divine than the pre-incarnate 
Word. In becoming flesh He did not cease to be 
the Eternal Word. His divine nature was in no 
sense laid aside. His personality continued the 
same. In divine Essence unchangeably one with 
God He did not become a new being; on the con- 
trary the form, (not to be identified with essence) 
of God He laid aside and entered upon a new mode 
of being. Read carefully Philippians 2:5-11. But 
that the Lord Jesus Christ is truly God may be 
seen from the Scriptures. 

(a) His own personal claims suggest the idea 
of His higher nature. He claims divine authority 
as a teacher, Matt. 5:21, 22. He claims to be the 
judge of men in the final assize, Matt. 7:23. He 
asserts the divine prerogative in the forgiveness 
of sins, Matt. 9:2-6. He demands first place in 
man's life, Matt. 10:37; Luke 14:26. He declares 
His superiority to the law, Matt. 12:8. He assumes 
Messianic titles, e. g., "the Son of Man," Matt. 
16:13. These references out of very many must 
suffice. They show that the claims of Jesus were 
higher than those any man whatsoever would dare 

(b) He claims to be the Messiah. He assumes 
the titles "Son of Man" and "Son of God," Matt. 
16:16; 26:63. He constantly speaks of God as His 
Father and that in an extraordinary sense. He ex- 

JANUARY 10, 1948 


ercises sovereignty over souls, Luke 10:16. "The 
Son of God" is a recognized title of the Messiah. 
This Sonship is most unique as showing relation 
to God, John 1:18; 1 John 4:9; Rom. 8:3, 32. In 
its fullest meaning the "Sonship" of Jesus implies 
Deity. For the Son is in the bosom of the Father, 
John 1:18; John 10:36-38; and alone Lord, 1 Cor. 
8:6; and from heaven, 1 Cor. 15:47. See also Gal. 
4:4; 1 John 5:6, 20; 2 Cor. 3:17; 8:9. 

(e) The writers of the New Testament clearly 
reveal the fact that the apostolic belief assigned 
to Jesus Christ the nature of Deity tabernacling 
in the flesh. In the manifestation of His power 
and His work, in His gracious words and in His 
life, in His resurrection and ascension, the apos- 
tles and others of their day saw His claims dem- 
onstrated. John 20:28; Rom. 1:4; Matt. 28:18. 

(d) These New Testament writers claim that 
Jesus is the Messiah of prophecy. This claim in- 
vests Him with a divine character. Acts 2:32, 36; 
3:15; 5:31. 

(e) The scriptural assertion of the Lordship of 
Jesus Christ involves the ascription of Deity to 
Him. Rom. 9:5; 10:9; 1 Cor. 12:3; 16:23; 2 Cor. 
5:10; Eph. 1:10; Col. 1:16-18. He is constantly 
spoken of as Lord throughout the New Testament 
in the same sense in which Jehovah is so called 
in the Old Testament. He is not only thus called 
Lord, but is declared to be the "Lord of lords," 
the "Lord of Glory," the "Lord of all." 

2. Jesus is tn-uly Man. I shall only state this 
doctrine briefly as it relates to the divinity of our 
Lord Jesus. Jesus Christ was a Perfect Man. His 
Humanity was real and complete. His human na- 
ture was the same as that of other men. The study 
of Scriptures shows that He was subject to human 
limitations, affections and emotions ; that He was 
made like unto his brethren ; that He submitted to 
a life of hardship and made His own will conform- 
able to the will of God. 

3. Jesus ChHst is truly God and, man. He is the 
God-Man. He is divine. He is Human. The union 
between God and man in the Person of Jesus 
Christ is a perfect and absolute union. He is a 
Divine-Human Personality. "The divine nature is 
truly and unchangeably divine. The human nature 
is just as truly and unchangeably human . . . The 
two natures are distinct and different, but one — 
interdependent and inseparable ... In the person- 
al history of Jesus, the Son of God is living His 
divine life in organic union with true human na- 
ture, and the Son of Man is living His true hu- 
man life in organic union with true Divine na- 

(a) In many passages of scripture both natures 
are referred to in speaking of Jesus Christ. John 
1:14; Rom. 1:3, 4; 8:3; 9:5; Gal. 4:4; 1 John 
4:2, 3. 

(b) In certain passages human attributes are 
affirmed of Jesus Christ while the divine title ifl 
used, and vice versa. Matt. 1 :23; Luke 1 :31. 32; 
Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 2:8; Col. 1 :13, 17. Such refer- 
ences may be multiplied. Jesus Christ is thus 
made the subject of two classes of names and two 
classes of attributes. Of Him a two-fold relation- 
ship is affirmed in these titles and attributes. 
These relations are so distinct and complete, each 
in its own sphere, that they may not be inter- 

No other explanation of the personal life and 
character of Jesus Christ as set forth in the scrip- 
tures is so satisfactory as that which unites in 
Him the Deity of God and the humanity of man 
by the incarnation. 


The Brethren Church holds unqualifiedly to the 
doctrine of the divinity of our Lord. The faithful 
preaching and teaching of the words at the head 
of this paper will assure rich and marvelous de- 
velopment in the personal life, as well as in the 
whole church. We preach Christ crucified, aye 
more, Christ risen, Christ enthroned, Christ our 
God. "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and 
to the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen." 

NOTE: Many more interesting writings, such as the 
above, can be found in Dr. Miller's Book, "Christian Doc- 
trine — Lectures and Sermons" which was compiled by a 
committee from the National Ministerial Association of 
the Brethren Church, from the vast store of material 
which Dr. Miller had written. If you have not this book 
in your possession you would do well to order a copy 
from the Brethren Publishing Company. The price is still 
$2.50 postpaid. 


Do you remember when the Wets were fighting for re- 
peal of prohibition, that "the saloon would not return?" 
Has it? 

Do you remember that they promised that "temperance 
would be systematically promoted?" Who is promoting 
temperance except the same old Drys ? 

They promised that drunkenness would decline. Why. 
then, has it more than doubled? 

They promised that there would be less drunken driv- 
ing, but we have a larger increase. 

They promised that taxes would be reduced, but aside 
from any increase in taxes due to the War, the tax bur- 
den is greater than ever before in our history. 

They said that the young people would not drink so 
much, but drinking by young people is the most menacing 
liquor problem in this country. Remember? 



The National Sunday 
School Association 

lu'v. N. V. Leatherman, General Secretary, 
104 S. Mulberry St.. Hagerstown. Md. 

* __ 

&** /tie a ^^eM^otn 

SOMiETIMES a public speaker, with a viewpoint of 
bridging the gap so often made by the listeners be- 
tween themselves and the speaker, will try to do so by 
declaring or intimating he is no theologian. We question 
whether this ever bridges such a gap. We have a notion 
it tends to break the bridge. Doubtless many have ac- 
customed themselves to loose thinking in Christian things 
to the extent we expect most any expression to be re- 
ceived. We believe this word theology is too good a word 
to be thus handled loosely. Have you ever been curious 
enough about it to inquire what it means? 

U < refer here only to the primary meaning of the word. 
The word is made up of two simple yet meaningful Greek 
words. They are (Theos) God, and (Logos) word, or 
speech. This word (Logos) is the same word John used 
in the prologue of his Gospel. It means the word or speech 
concerning a person, proposition or thing. Thus theology 
9 the speech or word concerning God. In John's prologue 
it meant Christ is the Word or speech Himself, concern- 
ing God. Theology is man's viewpoint of God in his heart 
and mind, or written in words on paper, or written in 
a book. A man's theology may be right or it may be 
w rong. When a man says he is no theologian, he is say- 
ing he has no consistent view of God. How peculiarly 
strange then that many times he proceeds to proclaim his 
view of God and the things related to God. That there are 
those who have not the right view of God, or right theol- 
ogy, certainly does not argue in favor of having no view 
of God, or having no theology at all. 

[fl it not possible that here we find much of the weak- 
ness of Protestantism, as well as of our church and Sun- 
day school program ? Our denominations were made by 
a struggle between groups to put over doctrinal and 
theological views peculiar to themselves. Unity of these 
groups was determined in proportion to the pressure for 
these views. Today there is effort to unify all Protestant- 
ism on the basis of discounting, through the avenue of 
tolerance and subjugation, many of those theological views 
held peculiar by groups or denominations. Consequently 
we have a growing indifference toward any person, liter- 
ature or church that continues to insist upon a peculiar 

Of course we should have a growing corrective theology. 
Perhaps this term corrective theology should be further 
explained and magnified. The essence of our theology is 
the sum of our convictions and beliefs. A person is posi- 
tive or negative according to his convictions or lack of 
convictions. Whenever our professed beliefs fail to register 
in our character then we do not truly believe. Our char- 
acter is determined by what we truly believe. Therefore 
the Hindu will starve before eating the sacred cow. The 

martyr will die before renouncing Jesus Christ. Yet who 
of us can say that in all things we have exactly the same 
theology wo had when we were in the teens, in the twen- 
ties, the thirties, the forties, or later years? Can we not 
understand that if our theology is not better today than 
it was in the yesterdays, we have not really grown? Nev- 
ertheless our growth has not been in making a new God 
for every decade; but in understanding, appreciating and 
worshiping the One Triune God better today than in all 
the yesterdays. 2 Peter 3:18, "But grow in grace, and in 
the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." 

Surely every Sunday School teacher must be a theolo- 
gian. For the teacher is continually teaching the pupil to 
think in terms of God. The only kind of God many of our 
Sunday School pupils have is the kind their teachers give 
them. If the teacher's God is all cluttered up with human 
pessimism it will be difficult for the pupil to catch the 
spirit of faith in a good God. If the teacher's God is ig- 
norantly presented through a false optimism, and then 
the pupil is brought up with a jerk of reality, he is apt 
to join Elijah under the juniper tree. The gospel before 
and immediately after World War 1 was interpreted very 
largely through the false optimism: "Every day in every 
way we are getting better and better." World War II 
brought us up with a jerk to see that false optimism, and 
many have had to reinterpret both their God and their 
gospel. The true and faithful teacher of God and the 
gospel must become a spiritual realist. Jesus was. He 
taught self-denial. Before His cross for atonement, He 
taught His disciples to take up their cross, not for atone- 
ment, but for Christ-like conformity. He taught the pos- 
sibility of peace and happiness, while the soul with both 
mind and body agonized with pain and suffering. He 
taught how to make human adjustments as well as heav- 
enly. He taught how to be dependent as well as inde- 
pendent. All these and thousands more become the make- 
up of a devout and conscientious Sunday School teacher's 
theology. Like begets like in the spiritual realm as well 
as in the apple orchard. If our theology is scrubby so will 
the fruit be in our own lives. And if there is no better 
contact through others, and the Word of God itself, the 
lives of our pupils will also be scrubby. 

When Jesus asked the Pharisees, "What think ye of 
Christ? whose son is he?" He was appealing to their 
theology. Their theology was so poor they missed their 
only Saviour. Paul was taken prisoner because of his 
theological views. The difference between Saul of Tarsus 
and Paul of Mars Hill was a theological difference. Paul's 
theology was changed on the Damascus road. Protestant- 
ism was made by a rediscovery of the theological reality, 
"The just shall live by faith." Modern missions were born 
in a new appreciation of the Great Commission. Let us 
build our church unity today on the basis of a common 
great theology. Let us build our pupils in a common faith 
by giving better attention to the source of all correct 
theology, the Word of God. This demands humility to for- 
get our false notions and courage to accept all the new 
ideas the Holy Spirit gives us as we study this Word of 
Truth and Reality. 

You are a theologian whether good, bad or indifferent. 
The responsibility is upon us, whether we accept it or not, 
to improve our theology as individuals, and upon that basis 
harmonize our fellowship and friendship in the church. 
Pessimism says it cannot be done. Optimism says, WE are 

JANUARY 10, 1948 


going to do it. Faith says, let us submit ourselves to God 
and He will do it. But that submission prays, "Thy king- 
dom Come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." 
Amen! So be it! It will be done, in God's own time or 
eternity. If this is your prayer you are a good theologian, 
if not a perfect one. 

— N. V. L. 

Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


•'But ye were sometime darkness, but now are ye light 
in the world: Walk as children of light." Ephesians 5:8. 

"pHE CHANGE from darkness to light, brought about 
in human souls by the religion of Jesus Christ is one 
of the marvels of the creation. How God can take an un^ 
learned, dull, indifferent human creature and create with- 
in him a desire for learning, alert the sluggish mind and 
make him keen to do and be and become what God would 
have him to attain to, is beyond human explanation. The 
exemplified fact is nevertheless undisputable. And the 
simple expedient in it all is the entrance of the light of 
the Christian religion. 

If you will take an old log in the forest and lift it 
quickly from its recumbent position you will see a multi- 
tude of bugs and insects go scampering in all directions 
seeking new habitats of darkness. Vermin and bugs and 
germs breed and multiply in the dark. To kill such one 
needs but let in the light. 

A hundred years ago there were many wild animals hid- 
den in the jungles of Africa — lions, snakes, tigers, and 
along the rivers man-eating crocodiles. But worse than 
these were the slave-traders, plying their ungodly traffic 
in human lives. But David Livingstone, the pioneer mis- 
sionary to that dark continent, turned on the light of 
Christianity amid the darkness and the institution of slav- 
ery fled, as well as the heathen darkness and sin of the 
native inhabitants. And through the centuries Christian- 
ity has been letting in the Light — bringing Him to the 

world who said, "1 am the light of the world" — and that 
Light still shines for the enlightenment of the World. 

This same "Light-hearer" said of His folio ,: Ye 

are the light of the world"; and that is each one of uh 
who call Him "Lord." A little girl, who had .seen the gr<-a\ 
cathedral windows in English churches, described a saint 
as "a person who lets the light shin*- through." Are 

"Through such souls alone 

God stooping shows sufficieint by his light 

For us in the dark to rise by." 

— Uniontown, Pa. 

» » » » 

Our Poets Corner 


If I could write a poem 

If I could write one something like this- 

Please, Mr. Preacher! don't preach 

About my sins — but 

Preach about my neighbor's. 

His sins are so gross 

They block my path to righteousness. 

When his sins are wiped out 

I shall see my way about. 

Don't preach at me— preach at him. 

All will be well with me 
I can go around, don't you see 
And spread the news about him. 
What a sinful man is he, 
Please! don't preach about me! 

Every time I got to church 
You have to up and preach at me. 
1 know it is just a habit of yours. 
So I am pleading with you — 
Please! preach at him, not me. 

-W. H. Coffey. 

There's a big difference between good sound ideas and 
ideas that just sound good. — Howard W. Newton. 


JANUARY 15-30 

Join the 






Speaking for The Publishing Offering 

general Conference has Spoken 
Therefore I m for It! 

Rev. L. V. King 

FOR A (IRE AT many years, in fact as long as 
my memory goes back, the Brethren Church 
has asked for at least live main offerings during 
the year. The time of the Offerings alone has 
changed. But the need of these live causes within 
the denomination has always been considered im- 
portant. Each year at Conference time the dele- 
gates give their approval to the continuation of 
these appeals. 

For this reason, IF there were no others, 1 have 
always given my people an opportunity to share 
in the special offerings each year, regardless of 
the financial condition of the Church. 1 do this 
because I believe it is right. I believe in the voice 
of the Conference as it carries on its business 
through the delegates selected by each church. So, 
regardless of whether 1 approve of all that the 
Boards do, when the Conference speaks through 
representative delegates, 1 feel 1 am obligated to 
join with them and do my part, however small it 
may be. 

The Publication Board of the Church is made 
up of representative members of our denomina- 
tion and come from various churches throughout 
the Brotherhood, both laymen and ministers. They 
are selected by the Conference. We may think 
that they make some mistakes, or that they do not 
carry on the work of Publications as we would do 
them, nevertheless we have selected them to rep- 
resent us, and if they make mistakes it is because 
they are much like the folks that have selected 
them. I believe they are doing the best they can, 
under the handicaps that we place upon them. 
Therefore it is our Christian duty to get back of 
them with our prayers and funds. 

So the yearly offering, which is to be lifted 
this year on January 25, is an offering we are 
all duty-bound, as members of the denomination, 
to support. We do want the Board members to 
make the Publication Company as helpful as pos- 
sible to the denomination. They can only do this 

as we support them in their needs. Therefore, 
let us give cheerfully and liberally on January 25 
for the regular work of the Publication Interests. 

The General Conference has also approved the 
plan to modernize the present plant to make it 
produce for us at its best. Therefore, as members 
of the Conference, we are duty-bound also to sup- 
port the Press Fund. 

Whatever our objections to this special appeal 
in the past, all of us should now be able to see 
God's hand in the project in providing, ahead of 
time, a Press that will save Us thousands of dol- 
lars and enable the Publishing Company to secure 
the same much sooner than they had anticipated. 
The Brethren Church could very nicely care for 
this project within the year 1948, IF every mem- 
ber of the church did something about it. 

I have found this in every church I have served, 
that the burden of the special offerings comes 
from a small minority of the members. But I 
have always said that none of us would need to 
give such large amounts IF every one gave. As 
Treasurer of the Benevolent Board I have discov- 
ered also that there are some churches that fail 
to even send in an offering. This means that they 
were not even given the privilge of giving. This 
is often the fault of the pastor. So let every church 
give every member an opportunity to at least 
share in this splendid Publication project. 




"Rebuilding The Wall I 

Rev. Delbert B. Flora 

AV7HEN the wall of Jerusalem was rebuilt un- i 

* » der the leadership of Nehemiah, each of the 
various groups did its own part of the work, as i 
recounted in Nehemiah 3. In chapter four we read 
that "all the wall was joined together." That was 
possible only because each group did its own work 
in its own place. 

JANUARY 10, L948 


In our post-war era each Protestant denomina- 
tion is rebuilding its own part of the wall of 
worldwide Christian advance, with varying de- 
grees of enthusiasm, integrity and success, to be 
sure. Our own Brethren Church is engaged in re- 
building its part of the wall. Just as those people 
in Jerusalem were faced with urgency and per- 
force applied themselves to their own work on 
their own section of the wall, so has the Brethren 
Church her place and her work. 

The Brethren Publishing Company contributes 
a great deal toward the success of the Brethren 
Church in her wall building. Brethren publica- 
tions supply Brethren people with Brethren news. 
This inculcates a sense of Brethren identity and 
cultivates a feeling of "belonging." Also, only 
Brethren publications further Brethren indoc- 
trination and Brethren propagation. 

Our publishing house has a right to expect our 
most generous support for its great work in 
strengthening the hands and hearts of Brethren 
workmen in these days of war-weariness and 
world-fear. Let us give with love and prayer on 
the day of our Publication Offering so that the 
wall may be joined together. Let us demonstrate 
that we "have a mind to work," and never grow 
timid when someone says, "Even that which they 
build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down 
their stone wall" (Neh. 4:3). 

— Ashland Theological Seminary. 



Keep Step With The 
Forward Wlovement 

Rev. T. C. Lyon 

IT HAS long been conceded that "the pen is 
* mightier than the sword" — but it would take 
a long time to reach many people with pen and 
ink ! That's why we have printing presses. 

The early advances of the Brethren Church in 
America owe much to the printing of Christopher 
Sauer. Today, not only does our publishing house 
print the church paper: the W. M. S. Laymen's 
Organization, Sunday School, and other interests 
and activities of the church would be crippled 

without it. If our church is to continue tfl HC€ 

now, we MUST have suitable, modern printing 

By authority of the Conference, one big for- 
ward step has been taken in arranging for the 
purchase of the new press. It will soon be installed 
and paying dividends. A number have already 
contributed, but more is needed. 

The cause is less spectacular than some, but 
it is an important part of the Lord's work ami 
program. This January let us not only give lib'-r- 
ally to our Publication Day Ode-ring, but let us 
also make a pledge toward the new press, to be 
paid later in the year. Both are needed, and 
can not afford to have no part in this work. 

Therefore, as ye abound in . . . faith and ut- 
terance, and knowledge, and in all diligence . . . 
see that ye abound in this grace, also." 

— Silver Springs, Maryland. 

Things Every Bible Reader 
Should Know 

A cab was three pints. 

An omer was three quarts. 

A firkin was about eight and seven-eights gallons. 

An ephah. or bath, contained eight gallons and five 

A farthing was one and one-half cents. 

A gerah was worth about three cents. 

A shekel of gold was eight dollars. 

A shekel of silver was about fifty cents. 

A mite was less than a quarter of a cent. 

A piece of silver, or a penny, was thirteen cents. 

A talent of gold was thirteen thousand eight hundred 
nine dollars. 

A talent of silver was five hundred thirty-eight dollars 
and thirty cents. 

Ezekiel's reed was nearly eleven feet. 

A cubit was about eighteen inches. 

A finger's breath was equal to about one inch. 

A hand's breadth was equal to three and five-eights 

A Sabbath day's journey was about seven-eights of a 

A day's journey was about twenty-three and one-fifth 
miles. — Selected. 

It is a belief in the Bible, the fruit of deep meditation, 
which has served me as the guide of my moral and liter- 
ary life. 1 have found it a capital safety invested, and 
richly productive of interest. — Goethe. 



Interesting Items 

(Continued from Page 2» 

corner Antietam and Mulberry streets, in Hagerstown, 
Maryand. to be their's forever, to be used as the govern- 
ing body of the Church might deem best." That, indeed, 
would be pleasant news to any church, 

Vinco, Pennsylvania. Brother St. Clair Benshoff, pastor 
of the Vinco Church, announces that there were eleven 
•i\ed into the Vinco church, seven of which were re- 
ceded by confession and baptism. 

A cantata-Pageant, "Pilgrims To Bethlehem" was pre- 
sented at the Vinco church by the Sunday School and the 
Choir on Sunday evening, December 21. The Pageant was 
directed by Mrs. George Leidy; the music by Mrs. W. S. 
Benshoff, with Miss Wilms Leidy at the piano. 

Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. Brother W. S. Crock reports 
that during a recent confinement from "flu," Deacon Ralph 
K. Rau very graciously substituted for him by bringing 
the messages of the Sunday services. It's fine when a 
pastor has a deacon who can step in thus and help oul 
in time of need. 

Brother Crick says that the "Measuring Social" which 
wa> referred to recently in these "Items" was a success 
and netted the sum of $40.00. It takes lots of inches at 
one cent per inch to net that sum. 

Nappanee. Indiana. We quote from Brother Bowman's 
Nappanee bulletin of December 21: "The plasterers say 
they will have the plastering for the entire church fin- 
ished in three weeks. It should not take them so long 
then to finish the entire church. Then we can have our 
dedication service. Let us hope we can have qui- Pre-Eas- 
ter revival in the main sanctuary." 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother D. C. White says, "A re- 
cording was made of the cantata, "Gloria in Excelsis" 
which was given on Sunday evening, December 14 by the 
combined choirs of the town, and was heard over the 
amplifying system at 7:00 o'clock on Sunday evening, 
December 28." This amplifying system has just recently 
been installed in the Milledgeville church tower. A record 
attendance of 487 heard the original cantata. 

A New Year's Watch Party was held New Year's Eve 
at the Milledgeville church, following a "sled or straw 
ride" which left the church at 8:00 o'clock. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Brother Virgil Meyer reports the ar- 
rival of the new choir robes. He says, "Don't you think 
they look nice?" 

The Sunday School sponsored a Christmas party at the 
church on Tuesday evening, December 23. A pot-luck sup- 
pei was followed by a program. It was family night. 

Washington, I). C. Brother C. S. Fairbanks, pastor of 
the Washington church announces through his bulletin of 
December 21 that at a special business meeting held on 
Wednesday evening, December 17, that it was voted to 
award the contract for the first unit of their new church 
to Mr. A. C. Minnix. As soon as details can be arranged, 
the building will begin. 

He also reports that forty-five students and teachers 
of the Sunday School enjoyed the Christmas party for 

young people on Saturday afternoon, December 20. Games 
and refreshments were enjoyed. 

Business Manager s Corner 

(Continued from page 3) 

hand at $20.00 net, plus carriage costs. Send to us for 
your mimeograph supplies of all kinds. 

Some Books We Recommend 

The Westminster Historical Atlas of the Bible, $4.00, Post- 

Bible Story Readers, Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 at $1.25 each 

Hurlbut's Story of the Bible, $2.95, Postpaid. 

Egermeier's Bible Story Book, DeLuxe Edition, $4.95; 
Popular Edition, $2.95. 

Christian Doctrine — Lectures and Sermons, by the late 
Dr. J. Allen Miller, a book that ought to be in every 
Brethren home, $2.50, Postpaid. 


June 7 to 11, 1948 

(Combined District Conference, Bible Conference, Mis- \ 
sions, Evangelism and Youth. The Conference Begins 
Monday evening and closes Friday evening.) 


8:00 to 9:00 Simultaneous Sessions 

9:00 to 10:00 Bible Lectures by Brethren Men 

10:00 to 1.1:00 Bible Lectures by Rev. Roland Hudson 

11:00 to 11 :45. .. .Panel Discussion and Bible Queries or 
Question Box 
(Personnel will be given soon) 


1 :30 to 1 :45 Devotions 

1 :45 to 2 :45 Conference Business 

2:45 to 3:45 ..District and Denominational Interests 

Tuesday District Missions 

Wednesday Conference Trustees 

Thursday Ashland College 

Friday Sunday School Board 


7:30 to 8:30 Devotional Study and Music 

8:00 to 9:00 Evangelism and Missions 

Monday: "Sunday School Evangelism — Teaching" 

Rev. Wayne Swihart 
Tuesday: "Personal Evangelism — Witnessing" 

Dr. Claud Studebaker 
Wednesday: "Mass Evangelism — Preaching" 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 
Thursday: Publishing Interests 

Missionary Rally Dr. Roland Hudson 

Friday: Youth Rally • In charge of Youth 

Northern Indiana Music- 
Southern Indiana Devotions 


L. V. King, Sec. 

JANUARY 10, 1948 



Send all C. E. News Items 
To Rev. W. St. Clair BenshofT 
Rt. 1, Box 152, Conemaugh, Pa. 


AT A Rally 'held on November 4, Walter C. Wertz was 
elected to the presidency of the Cambria County 
Brethren Christian Endeavor Union for the thirteenth con- 
secutive year. The Rally was held in the Vinco Brethren 
Church at the evening hour. Other officers elected were: 
Vice-President— Floyd S. Benshoff, Third Church, Johns- 

Second V-President — George Leidy, Vinco 
Secretary — Esther Grumbling, Third Church, Johnstown 
Asst. Sec. — Clara Jane Arehart, Third Church, Johns- 

Treasurer — Charlotte Apple, Third Church, Johnstown. 

Various committees were selected, together with super- 
intendents of the various departments. 

Perfect attendance awards for the quarter completed 
were given to Esther Grumbling, Elverda Grumbling, 
Robert Blough, Charlotte Apple, James Mackall, Edward 
Smith and Jimmy Mackall. 

The Banner and Chorus book awards were presented to 
the Third Johnstown Intermediate Society for having the 
largest attendance during the quarter and at the rally. 

The new officers were installed by Rev. W. C. Berk- 
shire of New Lebanon, Ohio, who was holding an evange- 
listic meeting at the Vinco Church. 

Special music was offered by Floyd Benshoff, trom- 
bonist who was accompanied by Clyde Orner, and by Blod- 
wyn Leidy, vocalist, who was accompanied by Mrs. Lester 

Approximately one hundred were in attendance and a 
missionary offering was taken which amounted to $50.00. 




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He couldn't speak before a crowd, He couldn't teach a 

But when he came to Sunday School, he brought the folks 

"en masse." 
He couldn't sing to save his life, in public, couldn't pray, 
But always his 'jalopy" was just crammed on each Lord's 

And though he could not sing, nor teach, nor lead in prayer 
He listened well, he had a smile, and he was always 

there — 
With all the others whom he brought, who lived near and 

far — 
j And God's work prospered for he had a consecrated car. 




ews rrorn 



Rev. W. I. Duker, our pastor, and one of hie parish- 
ioners, William E. Cox, long time member of the Mil- 
ford First Brethren Church, were greeted by more than 
one hundred members and friends of the church in a joint 
birthday party on Sunday evening, November 30. Both 
men were born on December 3. 

In connection with the gathering, a surprise "pound 
party" was given Rev. and Mrs. Duker. Besides a gen- 
erous collection of food, other gifts included a beautiful 
table lamp and two birthday cakes. 

The Comrades Class, of which Rev. Duker is the 
teacher, sponsored the party. The class was assisted by 
the adult Ladies' Class, "The Willing Workers," of which 
Mrs. Duker is a member. 

A program suitable for the occasion had been arranged 
by a committee of the Comrades Class, consisting of piano 
and vocal numbers. 

During the social hour refreshments — ice cream, cake 
and coffee — were served. 

Rev. Duker began his pastorate here on January 1, 
1933 and he and Mrs. Duker are really "one among us," 
having taken up their residence on South Main Street, in 
Milford, last June. 

Mr. Cox has the distinction of helping to hang the bell 
in the belfry of the church which was dedicated on Oc- 
tober 25, 1886. The Milford Church is known as the 
"Mother" church of the Brethren Organization. 

Mrs. Wilbur D. Groves, Cor. Sec. 


On Wednesday, September 23, Brother J. G. Dodds ar- 
rived in Falls City, in his new Nash, to be with us in a 
nearly two weeks of Revival and Evangelistic effort. Be- 
cause of a busy summer in Camp work and followed by 
attendance at General Conference plus a few days' rest we 
had not had time to make much preparation for the meet- 
ing other than through announcements and prayer. In 
spite of this the meeting started off with good attend- 
ance and continued so throughout. 

Brother Dodds brought along his stereopticon and a 
series of prophetic slides which he showed with his pro- 
phetic lecture each evening before the regular sermon. 
His sermons were clear, scriptural and strictly Brethren 
without apology. (Why should a Brethren preacher apol- 
ogize for his message anyway?) Brother Dodds is widely 
known here and many of his old friends, pupils and ac- 
quaintances came out to hear him. However, as in many 
(Continued on page 14) 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

Topio cop»n»hieJ by ibe lmern.ition»l Society of Chriitijn Endeavor. 
Used br permission." 

Topic for January 18. 1948 


Scripture: Kph. 2:4-10: 11 Cor. 12:9; II Peter 3:18 

For The Leader 

RIGHT about now we should be thinking again of the 
resolutions we made on the first of January. When 
we started this new year we undoubtedly reviewed our 
past life, seeing our successes, and our failures and mis- 
takes. Without doubt, we resolved to live a better life for 
Christ. But along about now we discover that the resolve 
to do better hasn't be«n so easy to keep in effect. We 
discover, sometimes to our sorrow, that we still have the 
same old temptations, desires and weaknesses. What then 
does it take for us to live a better life for Christ and for 
God? By now we should be started on what can easily 
be the best year of our lives. A year that will see more 
real work done for our Church and our God. Right now 
ue can have to our credit several weeks of a cleaner, 
and purer life for God. How is this accomplished? Simply 
by putting our trust in Him more completely. When we 
consider how lucky we are because of the mercies of God, 
we will be more careful how we live. At any rate, we 
are deeply indebted to God that through His Son we have 
the hope of life eternal. Thus we are living by the Grace 
of God. To be grateful, we must live that what we do 
shall continually praise His name. 


1. FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE. We note in the scrip- 
ture in Ephesians that we have baen "quickened together 
with Christ." Meaning that as Christ was brought from 
death unto life in the resurrection, we too, through faith 
in Him, have passed into a new life. It is not because 
of any personal merit, or good standing with God, be- 
cause we certainly didn't have any. It says in the scrip- 
tures that "by grace are ye saved." Maybe you don't like 
this, but before God, all sinners are equal. None of us 
had any more standing before God than any other per- 
son. We are not saved because God thought more of us 
than He did of anyone else. We are saved because we have 
thrown ourselves completely on His mercy. But when we 
have put ourselves at His mercy, His grace operates and 
we are redeemed. New hope and life, new vision and ser- 
vice. A new destiny. All these result from the operation 
of God's grace in life. We are made partakers of that 
heavenly nature and, granted to us is the right to sit in 
heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Does that mean anything 
to you, or do you take salvation for granted? We should 
never for a moment underestimate the value of our sal- 
vation. When you consider the vileness of man's sin, we're 
really lucky to be saved. But that's how much God loves 

2. STRENGTH FOR ALL TRIALS. Christian people 
will suffer. So do unchristian people. The advantage, 
though, of being a Christian is that you have strength 

for your trials. Christ is a Companion that helps us in 
times of suffering. He is ever present to comfort us in 
the dark hours of the night, or the lonely hours of the 
day. A very poor woman was visited by her pastor. She 
lived in a shack in the poorer section of town. But even 
though she was poor, her husband dead, and the children 
of the home seeming to have one sickness after another, 
she wore a smile of peace upon her face. Truly if anyone 
was entitled to be soured on life, she was eligible. But 
not this lady. So, her pastor asked her the secret of her 
peace. She told him that when she got tired she rested 
in her easy chair. Now in this home, any furniture was 
at a premium. So the amazed pastor asked her as to her 
easy chair. She pointed to the other room in her humble 
home and said, "Come and watch." She entered ahead of 
her pastor, proceeded to her humble cot and knelt on 
the hard boards of the floor and started to pour out her 
anguished soul to God in prayer. When she arose, she 
said, "There, prayer is my easy chair." And she was really 
refreshed. Because God has been merciful to us, we can 
have this strength for all of our trials. Christ has said, 
"My grace is sufficient for thee." 

3. GROW IN GRACE. Did you ever meet a person who 
felt within themselves that they had reached the peak 
of perfection in their Christian life? They are so sure 
that they are better than other people. No one else even 
rates as far as they are concerned. Christ has them to 
deal with in His day. When people get to the place that 
they think they are perfect in Christian living, then they 
have forgotten this very important verse in II Peter 2:18, 
"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord 
and Savior Jesus Christ." We are to continually grow in 
grace. Do you know what that means? It means that no 
matter how long we live, nor ,how well informed we are 
in the scriptures, that there will always be room to grow. 
There is never such a thing as perfection in this life. 
We are to grow, but not only to grow, but to grow in; 
grace. That is to become more like Christ every day. It' 
is not hard to pick out the people who actually are grow- 
ing in grace. They are loving, kind, considerate, truthful, 
trustworthy. Even though put against the greatest temp- 
tations of sin, they remain the true examples for Christ. 
Nothing to hide in their lives. They are living for Jesus 
every day. We need more and more of them every day 
in our churches. Let us strive to grow, to remember our re- 
solves of the new year. Then this year will be the great- 
est and the best for Him. 


1. Is it possible to really break habits of wrong living? 
Sometimes people say they know they shouldn't do some 
things, but still they don't stop. What is the trouble? 
How can the power of sin be broken ? 

2. What do you think causes people to come to the 
place where they think they have reached perfection in 
Christian living? Explain how you can deal with such a 
person to help them. 

3 Explain some of the advantages of living by the grace 
of God. 


Spend the first 15 minutes in gospel chorus singing. 
Have a good leader, and sing without piano. They really 
sound nice that way. This would be a good night to closet 
your meeting with a friendship circle. Close with sentence 
prayers, and an invitation to come back next Sunday. 

JANUARY 10, 1048 


Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 


By Mrs. Ray Merrill 

Prompted by an illustration given by Dr. Walter Meier 
on the Lutheran Hour. 

They walked through the wheatfield, the mother and dad, 
And with them came trudging their own little lad. 
Their progress was slow for the grain had grown tall 
And the night was so dark they could scarce see at all. 

When the mother was tempted to stop in despair 
The daddy would whisper, "We soon will be there." 
Then tighter he clasped her dear hand in his own 
And they pressed their way on, as though they were alone. 

At length Mother questioned, "How's Sonny? Is he 
Having trouble ? It's so dark I can't see." 
Dad's heart shrank within him and fear gripped him, too, 
"Why Mother, I thought lie was walking with you!" 

"No, I do not have him! I don't understand — 
I thought he was there holding your other hand." 
Then frantic and anxious they turned their way back, 
ut they were unable to follow their track. 

riiey wandered till morning in the tall waving grain, 
o find the dear lad, but their search was in vain. 
Vt daylight the neighbors were roused from their bed, 
^nd so he was found — too late — he was dead. 

)h, Mother and Dad, in this great field of life, 
V.s you press your way forward as husband and wife, 
When children have come to bless your family band, 
hey need both to guide them — so each take a hand! 


cripture: Genesis 19:12-16" 
lymn Singing 
eader's Petition 
nought Provokers: 

MR. AND MRS. Lot had no time for a family altar. 
Instead, they were ambitious for their daughters to 
ive the so-called advantages of city life. They pitched 
leir tent toward Sodom, and finally moved into Sodom. 
then many families make a move to a new location they 
aver think to put the church first. The church should 
the first consideration in a. move. It is very foolish 
">t to put first things first. It is a losing act every time 
le loses sight of the primary thing in life. 
Today this country is in deadly peril. The arrests of 
en-age boys and girls throughout the nation is stag- 
sring. The papers are full of danger signals as juvenile 
ime records glare in head-lines. But parents take no 
aming. We have a criminal army of 1,000,000 teen-age 

boys and girls in our nation. They arc crime-ladened, 
maddened, movie-minded, .tobacco fiend:-: a regular fifth 
column to menace our nation. H'h an ugly situation. 

Laxity in the rearing of children is certain far from 
being good to them. Unlike father Lot, parents should 

be more firm (2 Peter 2:8). Parents do not -.<-wr> to real- 
ize what their children have them for (F'rov. 22:0; Matt 
I!*:I4; ttph. 6:4). Modern parents think nothing of lea 1 
' ing their children an open prey to the vulture* of filthy 
movies and vicious literature which they themselves ap 
prove. 17 million children in the United States have r< 
yet been to Sunday School because of delinquent parents. 
It is the sheep that are leading the lambs astray (2 King-- 
4:26). The only salvation for the American Home and Na- 
tion is Acts 16:31. 

Pray that a mighty conviction of sin may halt the way- 
ward parents of our land, and that the church may quit 
compromising with sin (Jas. 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17). 

On The Sunday School Lesson 

by The Editor 

Lesson for January 18, 1948 

Lesson: Romans 8:12-17, 31-39 

AS A CHILD needs its parents, so does man need the 
Father God. The relationship which we bear to our 
Father is even a closer relationship than exists between 
us, as children, and our earthly parents. 

We need remember that God is a "personal" God; that 
He is interested in whatever takes place in our lives. He 
knows all about us. As the Psalmist says, "O Lord, thou 
hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my down- 
sitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought 
afar off . . . thou art acquainted with all my ways. For 
there is not a word in my tongue, but. lo. Lord, thou 
knowest it altogether." (Psalm 139:1-4.) And Matthew 
tells us in Matthew 10:30, that "the very hairs of our 
heads are numbered." We are constantly in God's thought 
and presence. The Omnipresence of God can only mean 
that He is always near. So near is He that the Psalmist 
says once more in the above Psalm, "Whither shall I 
go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy pres- 
ence? If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I make 
my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." Verily there is 
no escape from God. 

And why should one desire to be away from one who 
stands ready to help at all times? The writer of the He- 
brews letter says, "For he hath said. I will never leave 
thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say. The 
Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall 
do unto me " (Hebrews 13:5-6.) 

Therefore we stand in need of that help that God alone 
can and is willing to give us. 

We must lay much stress on the words of Romans 
8:31-32, which is a part of our printed text. The "free 



gift ^f all things" shows us how God is filling; man's every 
need. That "every Med" includes both the material and 
the spiritual. Bat note: It does not say God will pive us 
everything we •want." He does promise, however, to sup- 
ply Al 1 ow "needs.* 1 

Truly man stands in great need of God, for God does 
not say He will redeem His promise to those who do not 
love and serve Him. The same God that "justifieth" is 
the One that 'Yondemneth." As He stands ready and will- 
inp to supply our needs, so He also is true to Himself 
in withholding His goodness from those who do not love 
and servo Him. 

Yes, we need God. And in next Sunday's lesson we will 
also see that He needs us. 


(Continued from page 11) 

oases today, the preat problem in evangelism is to pet 
the unsaved to come out and hear the gospel. There were 
two, a mother and daughter, who made the good con- 
fession of faith in Christ as Saviour. These were bap- 
tized and received into the Church following the meeting. 
Only time and eternity will tell of the good that was 
accomplished by this faithful preaching of the Word. 

During the meeting we held our Annual Homecoming 
and Rrother Dodds was the speaker. Our District Con- 
ference followed close on the meeting and I had the pleas- 
ure of riding down to McLouth in that new Nash. We 
drove around to Piper, Kansas, and here I had another 
pleasure, that of showing Brother Dodds our new Camp 
grounds, Camp Wyandotte. He said, "I like it." Well, so 
do we. 

On over to Conference where Brother Dodds was our 
principal speaker and gave valuable assistance by way 
of suggestion and advice in the District work. He also 
represented the Publishing Company and the Goals Com- 
mittee on the Conference program. 

Brother Dodds is very enthusiastic in telling of the new 
mission Church at Akron, Ohio, where he is the pastor 
and we pray and trust that they will soon have a new 
church building in which to worship and that the Lord 
will bless them abundantly in the spiritual growth and 
dfvelopment of this new body of Brethren people. 

We pray also that more of our good pastors might 
launch out and begin in a like manner the establishing 
of mission Churches in other of our larger cities through- 
out the brotherhood. The field is great and the harvest 
is ripe bu . faith is small. 

Cecil H. Johnson. 


•■me months ago Brother Wilbur Thomas told me that, 
he and the church at Mulvane would like to have me hold 
a meeting for them in the fall and I answered that I 
would be glad to do so if it could be arranged. We kept 
in touch with each other regarding the matter and on 
Monday, November 17 I boarded the bus for Wichita 
at four in the morning and arrived on time at twelve 

forty-five. Brother Thomas met me there and took me 
over to Mulvane. 

We began the meeting that evening and preached every 
night through November 30, which was Sunday night, 
and we closed the meeting with a Lovefeast and Commun- 
ion service on Monday night with thirty-eight communi- 
cants present and several visitors who came to observe 
the service. Rev. Hodgden, pastor of the Church of the 
Brethren at Conway Springs, Kansas, with his family 
and some of his parishioners and also a young lady, 
whose name I have forgotten and who is a nurse in the 
Wesleyan Hospital, Wichita and a member of the River 
Brethren were present and communed with us. This was 
a fitting climax for the meeting and I have never ob- 
served a finer spirit and manifestation of Christian love 
than that present at this Lovefeast. 

These people were very faithful in their attendance, 
many of them attending every night for the entire two 
weeks. I have never preached to a most interested and 
attentive group than these Brethren at Mulvane. It was 
a real pleasure too, to work with them and their good 
pastor, Brother Thomas in the winning of souls to Christ. 
We enjoyed their wonderful hospitality and sumptuous 
meals in many of their homes. 

I was privileged to stay with Brother Thomas and his 
lovely family. They are comfortably situated in a dwell- 
ing about two blocks from the church and just across 
the street from the grade school. Brother Thomas is un- 
tiring in his efforts to win souls and to strengthen the 
church and I predict that it will not be too long until 
they will have to enlarge their church building to meet 
the needs of this growing work. They now have a Sunday 
School of seventy and are continuing to reach new fami- 
lies. This is one of our Home Mission Churches and is 
deserving of our prayers and support. 

I shall leave to the pastor the matter of reporting the 
results of the meeting. I received many invitations to 
come back again and I cherish the hope that I shall find 
it possible to do so. Their many kindnesses and generous 
offering was greatly appreciated. 

I left Mulvane early Tuesday morning for Fort Scott 
and preached for them that night to a fine group of 
loyal Brethren that are still waiting and praying for a 
pastor. This visit was part of my work as District Evan- 
gelist. Their church is in nice repair and they report their 
Sunday School growing. Our dear Sister Wood was pres- 
ent at the service and is quite well. I left Fort Scott for 
home Wednesday morning and arrived at five that eve- 
ning, tired but happy that the Lord had greatly blessed. 
Blessed be the Name of the Lord. 

Cecil H. Johnson, Falls City, Nebraska. 


We have been rather quiescent for some months, but 
only so far as reports to The Evangelist are concerned. 
Otherwise we have been on the move constantly. Our last 
report was some time before Easter. So we commence 
with the Easter time. We had scheduled the usual week 
of meetings twixt Palm Sunday and Easter. But early 
the morning of April second the ninety-year-old mother 
of the pastor was called away from this world and its 
cares. We laid her body to rest in the family cemetery 

JANUARY 1.0, 1948 

PAGE VW\ v v N 

in Tremont, Penna., on Good Friday afternoon. Thifl made 
Faster mean all the more for us. We had a fine at- 
tendance on Easter Day and a nice offering for Missions. 

The following week the writer spent some days at Ash- 
land attending the Pastors' Institute and the annual meet- 
ing of the College Hoard of Trustees. This time was a 
change of work and all and helped in many ways. 

Our next special event was the District conference at 
Hagerstown. As usual we had a full delegation from the 
Maurertown church and we "sweated" it through with the 
others attending. It was one of the hottest times we ever 
spent at conference. And it was only a few days after a 
cyclone had hit that burg and scared the folks badly. It 
tore things up in the southern section of the city. The 
conference was enjoyed by all our group and was a for- 
ward-looking meeting. 

On June 23rd we commenced our D. V. R. S. ( the first 
for this church. In other years we united with other 
nearby schools. The three young ladies from the Brethren 
Youth Movement, the Misses Margery Long, Audrey De- 
Walt and Doris Hart gave us splendid service and the 
closing service on the evening of the Fourth of July 
showed how well they had done their work. They made 
their home at the pasonage and seemed quite at home 
with the pastor and Mrs. Miller. 

August is the month of vacation and we spent it as 
usual, preaching and teaching and at General Conference. 
This conference was also enjoyed by the group from this 
place. General Conference is always looked forward to with 
anticipation of good things and the meeting and fellow- 
shipping with friends of long standing. 

Rally Day found us at work and this time we lifted an 
Ashland College offering asked for over the brotherhood. 
October was really a banner month for this church and 
Sunday School. The Sunday School attendance for the 
month reached an average of exactly one hundred thirty 
per Sunday for the four Sundays. That isn't had for a 
rural outfit. On the third Sunday we held our usual fall 
communion service and it was very well attended. Then 
came our revival meeting with Dr. Claud Studebaker lead- 
ing. This meeting has already been reported. One young 
man came forward to unite with us and to come in the 
church where his wife had already been a member for 
some years. After this meeting the pastor and wife did 
seme extra work and the results were gratifying. Ten 
others were led to confess their Lord and Savior and 
unite with us here. This was a fine class of folks. There 
was the young man mentioned, a young lady and her hus- 
)and then came along, the lady to be baptized and the 
nan to come by relation from a distant Church of the 
Brethren, then a man and wife and their two sons, the 
nan and wife by relation from a Brethren church; next 
vere a man and wife who had just purchased property 
n our village and they were baptized along with a young 
nan who made his confession on his twentieth birthday 
mniversary, and his sister, a student in high school. That 
neant eight by baptism and three by relation. We were 
lappy, of course. 

That brings us up to Thanksgiving time. We had the 
isual services on Thanksgiving evening and had a nice 
ttendance. The following Sunday we lifted the annual 
ffering for home missions. This is not quite up to the 
tandard of previous years. But with all the calls for re- 
ef, and such and drives for charities of all kinds, the 

folk:; have been giving as much or mor< than In for 

years, but not so much to the one place. But withal their 
hearts are in the right place and we feel they w\\ 
Spond as usual once things Settle down to -« moi 

A), present we are in preparation foi thi I 
program and the White Gifl Offering. The program will 
be delivered on the Sunday evening after f\'h< and 

fhe. offering will he received at the lame tin < 
see we are moving. 

We must say a word for our fine W. M. S. and the good 
work they are doing. Besides the work with the national 
society they do a lot of things that, help folks of the 
local region. Their charities are many and fine. And a 
word of like nature can be said regarding the Mary and 
Martha group. They are following in the footsteps of 
their mothers and have fine meetings and reach out in 
aid to the lesser fortunate. 

Our Sunday School is doing very nicely under the lead- 
ership of superintendent, Fred Enswiller and his corps of 
workers and teachers. Superintendent Enswiller is an 
agreeable, affable and sociable young man who has done 
much to make our school a place where folks like to be. 

Now we hope that all our readers and all our churches 
will have a most excellent time during the year nine- 
teen hundred and forty-eight. The Lox-d is able to do 
great things for us and through us if we will give Him 
the right of way. More and more let us make Him the 
Leader in all things. 

"Bro. Ed". 
E. L. Miller. 


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RONK-MANVILLE. Helen Louise Ronk and John De- 
Witt Manville were united in Holy Matrimony by a double 
ring ceremony which was performed by the Reverend 
Andrew H. Kurth and the bride's father, Reverend Willis 
E. Ronk, in the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Ce- 
dar Rapids, Iowa, at 10:00 A. M., November 26, 1947. 

Following the ceremony a reception was given in the 
church parlors, then breakfast was served to the wedding 
party and close relatives at the Roosevelt Hotel. 

The bride is a teacher in an elementary school in Cedar 
Rapids and the groom is a student in Coe College of that 

They will reside at 1728 A Avenue, N. E.. Cedar Rapids. 

CRIDELBAUGH-OLIVER. On Sunday afternoon. Sep 
tember 28, 1947, at the Brethren Church in Udell. Iowa, 
occurred the wedding of Miss May Criddlebaugh and Law- 
rence E. Oliver. She was a member of the Baptist Church 
and he of the Christian Church. Both young people are 
well liked by many who knew they. They will make their 
home near Centerville, Iowa on a farm. The ceremony was 
by the writer. 

W. R. Deeter. 





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St. James, Maryland. We find that the new officers of 
the St. James Laymen's Organization are as follows: 

President James Norris 

Vice-President Donald Lowery 

Secretary Donald Bowers 

Assistant Secretary Ike Litton 

Treasurer Carson Metz 

The St. James Organization had been doing fine work 
hoth in the home church and in the surrounding churches, 
and we wish these new officers much success during the 
new year. Their public service was conducted on January 
14. We hope to receive information concerning this in the 
near future. 

W illiamstown-Gretna Circuit, Ohio. We note from 
Brother Charles Munson's hulletin that the New Chimes 
of the Williamstown church were dedicated recently, with 

a program in charge of the Sisterhood. The service con- 
sisted of a number of musical numbers and a service of 

Brother Munson says, of the Gretna church, that the 
Sunday School and church attendance has been increas- 
ing, due, no doubt, to the increased emphasis upon attend- 
ance by the Sunday School. 

Bryan, Ohio. We learn from Brother C. Y. Gilmer's bul- 
letin that at the annual January Business meeting it was 
decided to purchase an electric organ. A committee com- 
posed of Ronald Scott, Chairman, Charles Hineman, Mrs. 
Denver Lockhart, Gladys Hineman and Mrs. Frederick 
Rusk, together with the three trustees, Ellsworth Dietrich, 
David Erlsten and Walter Diehl, are to obtain detailed 
information which is to be given to the congregation at 
a called meeting, which is to be held in the near future. 

Masontown, Pennsylvania. Brother Ankrum reports 
continued progress on the finishing of the new parsonage. 
It won't be long now. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Brother Virgil Meyer reports the bap- 
tism and reception into the church of two new members 
on Tuesday, December 30. Brother Meyer says, "This 
brings to 27 the number who were received into the church 
by baptism during 1947." 

Nappanee, Indiana. Just as we were writing the words 
Nappanee, Indiana, Brother Milton Bowman, pastor of 
the Nappanee Church came into the office with two fine 
big pictures of the new church (architect's drawings), 
one of the outside of the church, in black and white, the 
other a drawing of the interior of the auditorium and 
chancel which was beautifully tinted. Both of these draw- 
ings show the beauty and simplicity of the new church, 
which will soon be occupied in its entirety by the con- 
gregation. The basement is now in use. We congratulate 
the membership on their fine new place of worship. 

We note from the Nappanee bulletin that a fine New 
Year's program was observed on New Year's Eve with 
special musical numbers and pictures from 9 to 10; re- 
freshments and fellowship from 10 to 11; and a lovely 
devotional service from 11 to 12. 

We also see that a slogan has been adopted by the 
Sunday School which reads, "268 in '48." This number is 
approximately 10% above the average attendance for 
the past three years. With a new church they ought eas- 
ily to make it. 

We note that the quarterly cash day offering, coming 
right after Christmas amounted to $2,553.18. 

Elkhart, Indiana. The Woman's Missionary Society ob- 
served "Family Night" on Tuesday evening, January 6. 
The Boys' and Men's Brotherhood were their special 
guests at a picnic supper. 

A city-wide leadership training school is being conducted 
in Elkhart January 19 to 23, in which our church is par- 

Udell. Iowa. Brother W. R. Deeter, pastor of the Udell 
church, reports that the Sunday attendance picked up 
nearly 50% during the month of December. They would 
like to have someone to hold them a revival soon. 

Vinco, Pennsylvania. The Vinco Laymen's Organization 

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The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C Vanator 


THERE USED to be a cartoon that was much used 
wherein was pictured a man knocking the "N" out of 
the word "can't" in the sentence "It can't be done," thus 
reversing the meaning and giving the whole picture a 
much brighter aspect. I saw that cartoon again the other 
day as I leafed through a catalog of stock cuts that came 
to my desk. Of course 
It set me to thinking! 

Just how many things are there in this world that 
"can't be done?" Just where does the thought that it 
can't be done stem from anyway? Usually the failure is 
first of all in the minds of the individuals associated with 
the task to be done, and more often the real urge behind 
the whole matter is found in the feeling that "I won't do 
it" than in the spoken sentence, "I can't do it." 

Let's see if we cannot knock at least one "N" out of 
one of these "can'ts." 

We might begin with that old story concerning a man 
who was standing for the first time before one of the 
giant engines that pull the mighty trains, bearing tons 
and tons of freight and human cargoes over the miles of 
track between our great cities. As he stood there, looking 
down the long train, he solemnly turned to a man beside 
him and said with great positiveness, "They'll never start 
it!" But the engineer climbed aboard the panting monster, 
seated himself and gently pulled the throttle open, and 
the train glided smoothly away, picking up momentum 
every second. The man, seemingly very much disturbed 
by this evident overruling of his statement, cried out, just 
as positively, "They'll never stop it!" 

It's the "N" that we want to knock out of the word 
"Never." There is a vast difference between the never and 
the "Ever" which is left after knocking off the "N." One 
is negative; the other positive. One is the expression of 
a "pessimist"; the other that of an "optimist." If we are 
a pessimist we will constantly be saying "can't." If we 
are inclined to optimism, we will sa^y "Can." 

There were those who said at the beginning of our Press 
Fund Campaign — "Well, it just can't be done." But we 
are doing it! We have knocked the "N" out of can't and 
taken the letter to begin a more important word — "NOW." 
Since there is no time like the present, NOW is a much 
better word. 

But it takes more than a mere "tap" to knock out this 
"N"; it takes a real "punch." That's why we have been 
insisting, and still insist, that we all get behind the Press 
Fund and the Publication Day Offering and really put the 
"punch" into it that will drive the "N" out of can't clear 
over into the "N" in the NOW. 

Think it over! Then help with the punch! 

You can not find a right way to do a wrong thing. 

Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 

Unite in Prayer on Publication Day 

NOTHING is more important than prayer f'>r the 
cess of the Lord's work. If the Lord's people through- 
out the brotherhood will unite in earnest prayer, those 
prayers will be heard at the: throne of Grace and the po 
of God will be released. He is always ready to work in 
and through His people when they are surrendered to His 
will. Shall we not approach this last Sunday in January 
with the prayer in our hearts that the Lord may have His 
way with us? We can ask nothing more. It is not what 
I want, nor what you want, but what He wills that should 
concern us. After all that has been said or done about this 
matter — and we have all sought to be very sincere and 
earnest — yet we are willing to step back and say, "Lord, 
not my will but thine be done." We are very; human, but 
He is all-wise, almighty, and perfectly good. If we allow 
Him to direct His work and to direct each of us, we shall 
have cause for rejoicing. So may we all be united in ear- 
nest prayer that God may bless our Publishing Interests 
and all who are in positions of responsibility, and that we 
all seek to do His will as we face Publication Day. 

And Remember Two Things 

First, the program calls for a Banner Cash Offering 
for the support of our Publications. We have already told 
you about the need, a need made very urgent by sharp 
increases in cost of material and labor. All we want to say 
now is that you remember that the primary aim and first 
need of Publication Day is for an offering adequate for 
the support of our publications. 

Second, send your pledges for the Press and Equipment 
Fund along with your cash offering for publications. If you 
can give a generous offering to both at this time, well and 
good. But most of us are not able to do that, so let us 
please make our pledges — churches and individuals — for the 
Press Fund, these pledges to be paid at a convenient time 
later in the year. If a church indicates its willingness to 
take a special free-will offering later in the year, it will 
be accounted as a pledge. 

A Typical Response 

One good brother writes, in response to the letter and 
pledge card he recently received: "You will find that I 
was one who gave to the Press Fund before or shortly af- 
ter it was authorized by Conference. However, I'm anxious 
for its completion and pledge here to help more and more 
if necessary." This was accompanied by a pledge of $50.00 
for the year 1948. May the Lord thus move upon all our 

Waterloo Remains a 100 r V Church 

We are in receipt of 105 subscriptions from the Waterloo, 

Iowa, Brethren church and a check to cover the number. 

That keeps this church on the 100% list. Loyalty in this 

regard means intelligent loyalty to every interest of the 

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pOR MANY years I have believed that the Prot- 
■ estant World of Christians has neglected 
proper evaluation of the "world's highly favored" 
woman ; and that if the Roman Catholic part of 
the church gave her too much credit, the other 
part gave too little. For none can seriously study 
the records of the birth, and the Angelic visita- 
tions of the time, without being convinced of 
Mary's high place in the mind of the heavenly 
visitors and the Temple attendants. 

"Luke the beloved physician" 

It is from a Gentile who gave much attention 
to the story and the legends that early sprang 
up and needed careful investigation and sifting, 
that we have much of that which, if we were 
robbed of it, would make Christmas far less hap- 
py and cheerful. For if Matthew dealt much with 
the dreams of Joseph and the dangers of Jesus' 
early babyhood, Luke got the songs and happy 
messages for record that we may know "the cer- 
tainty of those things" in which we have been in- 
structed. Luke 1 :4. 

As to the validity of the record, none is better 
authenticated. All of the four Uncials give the 
story and none can deny their veracity. Thank 
Cod for that! 


The richly 






Dr. Charles A. Banw 

The Apocryphal Gospel of the birth of Jesus 
and even of Mary and the amusing, incredulous 
stories of the miracles of the boy Jesus are so 
foreign to all our concepts of His life of realism 
and even soberness, are rejected by this writer 
who "traced all things accurately from the first." 
Had they been believed by those "which from the 
beginning were eye-witnesses, and ministers oi 
the word" (Chapter 1:21), Luke would have in* 
eluded them. What a debt we owe him! 

Also, it was a doctor only who could use thej 
words that were needed to get the facts. Doubtless 
he had more than one conversation with the Vir- 
gin Mother concerning the almost unbelievable; 
happenings and angelic visits and intimately am 
decorously, he could get the facts as only a doctor 
can. The pre-marriage conception with all its em- 
barrassments and chances of gossip; the dilemma] 
in which Joseph found himself and his espoused 
bride, calling for most severe penalties under 
their law — all were perplexirig and confusing and 
called for the most careful scrutiny and careful j 
invesigation. His studies as a doctor demanding 
all the care and caution of which good minds are] 
capable, made him the unique narrator and de-j 
pendable recorder of "the events that are received! 
with full assurance." Chapter 1:1. 

Maybe it was for a time like this, when sciencel 
was to dig so deep into the laws of nature and} 
when that knowledge was to lead to such assur-| 
ance among men, that nothing but that which] 
was yielded by the test tube or passed the search-] 

JANUARY 17, 1948 


ings of the scientist is accepted that this doctor 
was "inspired by the Holy Ghost" to do just this 
for the present era of astounding atomic discov- 
eries announced, but held in abeyance by the Cre- 
ator for all the time since Democritus (B. C. 5). 
Cod knows how and when to reveal His ways. 

The Word of God had to be confirmed and es- 
tablished. To the House of David He had said 
more than 700 years before, "The Lord himself 
shall give you a sign : Behold a virgin shall con- 
ceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Im- 
manuel." (Isaiah 1:14). "He was to be called out 
of Egypt." (Matthew 2:19), and millions have 
wondered why. He was to be born in Bethlehem 
(Matthew 2:10) and millions more must have 
asked, "Why not in Jerusalem?" His mother was 
to be "highly favored among women" and the 
world needed to know and believe it. For "he that 
believeth not is condemned already because he be- 
lieveth not on the only begotten on of God." John 

There had to be a virgin to conceive out of wed- 
lock, and to bear a son to be "God with us" or 
Immanuel. That woman had to be humble and 
trustful and yielded to achieve the purpose of 
God in the salvation of the world. To thus be 
"highly favored" she must have the elements of 
greatness, and she did. How she "found favor 
with God" is found also in this account, and, 
without Luke's account, we would not have it. It 
is to be found in her reply to the angel Gabriel. 
Her astonishment is told when she asked, "How 
can this be, seeing I am unmarried?" Chapter 
1 : 34-35. Her resignation is in her response, "Be- 
hold the hand-maiden of the Lord : Be it unto me 
according to thy word" (1 :38) . Even wicked wom- 
en do not wish to conceive out of wedlock; but 
Mary could, if the Lord so willed, and He did. 
By yielding, she became "highly favored among 
women." Here any Brethren preacher would like 
to stop and preach a sermon, but space forbids. 

Of course it was a biological miracle; but so 
also was the birth of Isaac and John the Baptist 
and the resurrection of the dead body of Jesus 
and Lazarus. Let not that bother: if biological 
miracles are taboo, so all miracles must be, and 
thus we would have no God and no revelation. 
The dilemma is easy to accept compared with 
hose of the explanation of Jesus otherwise. Con- 
ceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, 
is God's easy explanation of Mary's Divine Son. 

Great mothers sometimes produce great off- 
spring; it is not expected of the mediocre: but 

none was so great as normally to produce a Son 
of God, or a Jesus, if you like that better. 


Mary was a "favored" human and has therefore 
no power to act as a mediator between humans 
and Jesus or God. She never did so and it was 
not claimed in the time of Luke. He sifted that 
out and discarded it. We do not need such a medi- 
ator by any argument or revelation. Only Jesus 
is a mediator. 1 Timothy 2:5. 

Mary needed a savior herself. She said so. Luke 

Mary used a sin-offering according to the Law. 
Luke 2:22-24. 

Mary needed a home and care. John 19:26-27). 

Mary needed prayer as in the Upper Room. 
Acts 1 :14. She was one of the "all." 

Mary needed to receive the Holy Spirit. Acts 
2:1 and 4. She was one of the "all" here also. 

We need more Marys as good, yielded, submis- 
sive mothers: 1. To say to the Lord, "so be it ac- 
cording to thy word." 2. To teach "whatsoever 
he saith unto you, do it" (John 2:5), both to their 
children and their neighbors and friends. 

— Wabash, Indiana, Route 2. 

The Family Altar 

Find time, reserve time, for family prayer, 
Bible reading and hymn singing ! Help your chil- 
dren feel the Saviour's presence! Teach them 
Christ-centered prayers which they will never for- 
get! John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of 
the United States, declared, "There are two 
prayers that I love to say. The first is the Lord's 
prayer, because the Lord taught it. And the other 
is what seems to be a child's prayer, 'Now I lay 
me down to sleep.' But I have added a few more 
words to the prayer ('This I ask for Jesus' sake') 
so as to express my trust in Christ, and also to 
acknowledge that what I ask for, I ask as a favor 
and not because I deserve it." 

As you contrast that President's addition of the 
Saviour's name with the wilful removal of even 
phrases like, "This we ask in Jesus' name," from 
prayers spoken in America's high circles today, 
resolve that you will be definite, outspoken, em- 
phatic, in bringing Christ to your children and 
your children to Christ. 



Boys and girls should be consecrated to God 
through their love and their reading of His Word. 
This, too, should start in the home. We are told 
that Bible printing must be rationed and Bible 
distribution restricted because of paper shortage. 
It would be far better to give the publication of 
the Bible an unrestricted sway by putting out of 
existence scores oi lurid publications which poison 
the minds of our nation's youth. I am thinking of 
a filthy, though high priced magazine which is so 
sensual and salacious that even Washington postal 
authorities asked its owners to show cause why 
it should not be barred from the mails. Its offi- 
cials claimed that they had letters from overseas 
chaplains, unnamed, of course, who said that this 
foul monthly is a "morale builder" for the soldiers. 
May God have mercy on the United States if its 
military morale has been built by suggestive pic- 
tures and lust-tilled stories ! Keep every question- 
able book out of the hands of your sons and daugh- 
ters! Show them why they should love and study 
God's revealed truth! — Walter A. Maier in the 
"Baptist Messenger." 

The National Sunday 
School Association 

Rev. N. V. Leatherman, General Secretary, 
104 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, Md. 

Rev. E. L. Miller 

ORDINARILY speaking that way would not be ac- 
cording to the commonly accepted Christian princi- 
ples. But what are we doing internationally ? For our 
own welfare we are using selfishness as a basis for our 
actions and treatment of other nations. We are helping 
them and giving them untold millions so that we might 
be better off as a result. That may not be the highest 
motive, but it is the impelling motive at present. With 
a kind of selfishness we are really doing great work. 

Let's be selfish. What? Is that contrary to your relig- 
ious convictions? Maybe. Wrongly interpreted it might be 
so. But if we would be selfish in the biggest and broad- 
est way, what a difference it would make! It would mean 
that the picayunish things of narrow selfishness would 
not appeal. We would want the really greatest, lasting, 
worth-while good for ourselves and that would give us 
a real job of work. And it would be according to Saint 
Paul's injunction to seek the best gifts. 

It would also mean that happiness would prevail in all 
hearts and lives. Other lives all touch ours, and in order 
to be thoroughly happy (and that is a divine desire for 
self) we would have to help make all others happy too. 
Thinking we are or can be happy when we have gathered 

to ourselves material wealth or riches in great quantity, 
is a long exploded theory. Those narrowly selfish in such 
ways are often of the world's most miserable and unhap- 
py folks. But to enjoy life to the full one must extend or 
expand his selfishness to include the welfare of others, 
and then how our souls do glow! A king of the long ago 
once said, "I count that day lost in which I have not done 
at least one good thing." He was selfish enough in the 
right way so as to get for himself great blessing and 
satisfaction, and it was done by spreading good all around. 

So if we are to think of ourselves and for ourselves 
so as to bring the greatest amount of blessings to our- 
selves, and that is a sort of selfishness, we must do it 
by thinking and working for the welfare of our fellows. 

We know that we feel best, enjoy life most, and are the 
happiest when the multitudes are enjoying themselves 
most. So for our own selfish interests we must have an 
altruistic attitude toward our fellowman. So, folks, let 
us be selfish in the Christian manner so that we and our 
loved ones may have the sweetest blessings of God in the 
fullest measure. In order to have such blessings in such 
degree, the other fellow must have them too. The true 
follower of the Lord could be happy enjoying full and 
plenty while seeing his lesser fortunate fellows in want 
and dire distress. The common type of selfishness is not 
good for self. It produces the Scrooges and all such mis- 
erable souls. Let's be Christianly selfish so as to get the 
benedictions promised of the Lord, and they are to be 
above and beyond our highest desire or expectation. 

Are our Sunday School workers selfish enough to want 
the joy and happiness for themselves that comes to the 
soul winner and teacher of righteousness ? Well then, just 
go to work and you will get for yourself blessings that 
you will not be able to contain. God has declared that the 
winner of souls is wise and that he or she shall shine 
like the stars in the firmament. Yes, let's be selfish enough 
to desire these things, and as God would have us to be 

— Maurertown, Virginia. 

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Our Poets Corner « « « « 

H. A. Gossard 

The path of Youth is carpeted with dreams; 

And Nature, smiling, Heaven bending low, 
Strew gems and Stardust full of silver gleams 

Along their way; or crystal it like snow . . . 
No nights nor days hold ill omens for them: 

Waning and waxing moons, and brilliant sun, 
Clouds wild with storm, — these do but diadem 

The castles Youth in childhood had begun. 

Mixed with the earth — by a creative hand — 
As part of it, "They season it" He said; 

And as they conquer, it becomes a land 

Of fruit and beauty, — when to Nature wed . . . 

Youth thus subduing Earth and holding fast, 

In life find God, and heaven home at last. 

— Lanark, Illinois. 

JANUARY 17, 1948 


Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 

Spiritual flfcebitations 

Rev. Dyoll liftlot* 

A S THIS is being written, the students are re- 
** turning to the campus following the Christ- 
mas holiday of more than two weeks. This will 
be the last holiday until the Easter season. 

With the opening of the new semester January 
26, Donald Bame, son of Dr. Charles Bame, will 
assume the duties lately relinquished by Dr. E. E. 
Jacobs. Mr. Bame has been connected with the 
Cleveland Public Schools for a number of years as 
a teacher and in research. He has published many 
of his findings and has collaborated in others. His 
interests have for a number of years been in the 
field of social work. He is a graduate of the 
Graduate School of Social Science at Western Re- 
serve University. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bame, the former Ruby Oliver, 
and their two children will move to Ashland in 
the spring following the close of the school term 
at Cleveland. Bame will teach several new classes 
including one in Rural Sociology. 

The Admission Committee is busy sorting out 
applications for the second semester. It is ex- 
pected that between forty and fifty new students 
will arrive for the new term. Several of these ap- 
plications are from Brethren young people and 
more are expected before the term opens. 

Not only is the committee busy with applica- 
tions for the second semester, but applications for 
September are also being considered each week. 
One of the most encouraging signs is the increas- 
ing interest among the Brethren Churches in Ash- 
land College as the proper place to send their 
young men and women. If inquiries are any cri- 
terion, the number of Brethren at Ashland will 
be materially increased next fall. Already many 
have been accepted. An active campaign to ac- 
quaint the young people of the churches with the 
opportunities available at Ashland is under way. 

The A Cappella Choir under the direction of 
Dr. Louis E. Pete is rounding into the closest to 
perfection possible and by Easter, should be one 
of the finest choirs in this part of the country. 
They are preparing for their trip east this spring 
when they hope to visit nine or ten churches. This 
trip will follow Easter. Brethren in the East are 
asked to watch for the complete schedule within 
a few weeks. 


"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you." 
PhiJippianw 1 :.'{. 

WOULDN'T YOU like to get a letter from some 
friend who would say that about you? Most of 
us have photos and mementos of friends whom we hold 
dear, and every viewing of these "reminders" sets our 
hearts beating a bit faster in the consciousness of their 
friendship. Every pastor has in his congregation a little 
group of people of whom the pastors who preceded him, 
and he himself, and those who serve after him, can say 
with Paul "I thank my God upon every remembrance of 

These are the people who can be depended upon; and 
when they are not present at the church services the 
pastor knows there is some good reason for their absence. 
These, too, are the people who, when others refuse to 
do the less popular but necessary work of the church, 
will not decline. These are they whose "first love" is the 
church. All worldly affiliations take secondary place with 
these "dependable" folk. 

The Church claims the undivided loyalty of the faith- 
ful. To these the church is the object of their steadfast 
concern, as well as of their constant prayers and regular 
support. And such should be the record of all true Chris- 
tians. And the measure of the influence of such people in 
keeping alive the Christian faith of a community and of 
the world cannot be computed. And if these people are 
cause for rejoicing in the hearts of the pastors who serve 
them, may it not be possible that God takes delight in 
them ? 

We might ask ourselves these questions: Am I worthy 
to be counted among the faithful ? How vital would Chris- 
tianity be in my community if all the Christians in it were 
as I am? Would the cause of Christ prosper more or 
less if all others supported it with time, prayer, and 
money, as I do ? "What kind of a church would our church 
be if every member were just like me?" And, am I a de- 
light to the heart of my Maker, because I "Love Thy 
kingdom, Lord, the house of thine abode, The Church our 
blest Redeemer bought, With His own precious blood?" 

— Uniontown, Pa. 




You must trust a man to serve him. Make him think 
he is a man, and all the good that is within him will do all 
the good it can. — Socrates. 



Speaking for The Publishing Offering 

A Banner Offering 
for Our Publishing Interests 

By .1 . E. Stoohey 

President of the Hoard of Directors 

TTHERE are many reasons why we need a ban- 
■ nor offering this year, as I see it, but I will 
mention only the most prominent. 

First, and most important, at least the more 
pressing, is the rising oast of materials and labor. 
These increased costs are not things we anticipate 
or are afraid may come to pass, they are actually 
upon us. We are facing them right now and must 
meet them somehow. There is no way we can avoid 
them. But we can't meet them alone. We are only 
your agents. All the churches and members must 
shoulder their part of the responsibility. That can 
be done by making a larger offering this year. It 
may mean a little sacrifice on the part of each one 
of us, but I know of no other way out of the dif- 
ficulty. We cannot let costs pile up and have no 
funds with which to meet them. Remember this 
when you make your offering the last Sunday in 

Second, we need a larger offering to show that 
we are growing in loyalty to this institution. If 
we do just the same thing year after year what 
can we say for ourselves? Where is the sign of 
increased devotion to our Publishing House? 
Where is the evidence of growing interest in this 
part of the Lord's work? I think we should be 
growing in our loyalty to every part of the 
church's work, the Publishing Interests included. 
Let us show it by a banner offering. 

Third, a banner offering will make expansion 
possible. If we are kept on the grindstone all the 
time, we cannot reach out into new lines of ser- 
vice. When I talk of expansion, I do not refer 
merely to the new equipment that is needed right 
now. That must be taken care of and will be taken 
care of by the special campaign that Conference 
authorized. I hope you will remember the Press 
Fund and get your offering in some time during 
the year. But in addition to that, the regular Pub- 

lication Day Offering should be increased to make 
possible a better working capital so that our man- 
agement will not be so cramped that he cannot 
buy to advantage, nor do the little improvements 
that are necessary from time to time. 

Finally, Our prayers for the Publishing House 
call fdr gifts that will measure up to our prayers. 
Our Staff has been calling us to prayer on behalf 
of our Publishing Interests. You have read these 
calls, and many have responded. But prayer alone 
is not enough. It must be accompanied by works, 
and it is. Those who are praying most earnestly 
are giving most generously. So, let's do what they 
are asking us to do, really pray for our Publish- 
ing Interests — and give. 

— Ashland, Ohio. 

An Opportunity to Help 

Guy C. Lichty 

HAVE been asked to write a two hundred word 
* letter as to help promote the Publication Day 
Offering which will take place Sunday, January 
25th, 1948. Why is it necessary to urge our good 
membership to support this appeal? I believe if 
we will all make a personal canvass of our own 
selves, according to the way the Good Lord has 
prospered us in the past several years, there will 
be very little excuse for the goal not having been 
met. If we were living in some of those war torn 
countries, then there would be a reasonable excuse 
not to share very well, but just look yourself 
square in the face, then X-ray your bank account 
and if you have not been careless your account 
will prove to you that at least one-tenth of that 
account belongs to God's help. We should feel 
proud that we have been blessed to this time in 
■supporting all Missionary opportunities. 

Remember the teaching where the man asked, 
"When did I give you drink or when did I give 
you to eat?" and Jesus said, "Even when you gave 
to the least of these you did it to me." 

This call will be your chance to help support 
the Publication Day offering and with it the 
pledge of gifts to the Press and Equipment fund. 

— Falls City, Nebraska. 

JANUARY 17, 1948 


Information Center 

Prof. J. Garber Drushal 

IN ALL modern aircraft carriers there is a very 
important central office to which all informa- 
tion concerning the fleet operation in the air and 
on the surface comes for coordination. From this 
same central intelligence room go the commands 
which direct the activity of the pilots who may be 
flying many miles from that particular ship. They 
get instructions, directions, and in many in- 
stances, assistance in their return to home base 
from this central intelligence room. 

The publishing interests of the Brethren church 
serve as this central clearing house of informa- 
tion and "spiritual intelligence." To them come 
the reports on progress from the field, the sum- 
maries of activity for Christ and the church. They 
in turn send these out to the churches and to the 
individual church members where they become the 
stimulus for renewed activity and strength. These 
publications counsel and admonish. They advise 
and exhort. They are the places where miles are 
conquered by the printed word which brings the 
tidings to all parts of the brotherhood. 

These publications of our church are the cen- 
tral nervous system of the church without which 
the Brethren Church cannot and could not exist 
as a denomination. 

Therefore, it is fitting the first offering of the 
new year is for the publication board. Your first 
tithe dollar of the year should go to the Publica- 
tion Day Offering, either toward the general ex- 
penses, or toward the press and equipment fund. 

— Wooster, Ohio. 

now, the spotlight is on the Brethren Publishing 

Company which is conducting its annual campaign 
to call attention to its needs. 

The needs of the Publishing Interests an- of 
particular interest to ls at Ashland College be- 
cause of the volume of work which we have done 
at the plant in Ashlanc. However, it is important 
that the Publishing Company keep up with other 
printing companies in equipment and conveniei 
if it is to be able to print all of the college liter- 
ature. The college has to keep up with other col- 
leges in its printing and yet wishes to have its 
own Publishing Corrpany do its work. 

A new press is in the offing at the Publishing 
Company and it wil undoubtedly help in improv- 
ing the quality of the printing. However, the presj 
was purchased largely on faith that the denomi- 
nation wanted bett;r printing badly enough to un- 
derwrite the cost. The next few weeks will de- 
termine whether this confidence was correctly 

The College, tie Mission 1 uteres' well as 

other benevolences will all benefit from the im- 
provement in th? work of the Bretluvn Publishing 
Company. How badly do we want this'.' 

—Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 


God thought C — 

Christ bough it — 

The Bible t-ught it— 

The mind aught it — 

The soul -ought it — 

The Spirt wrought it — 

The devi fought it — 

But I'v got it, by the grace of God. 

Rev. Dr. Andrew Jackson. 

A Denominational Need 

Arthur Petit, Director of Public Relations 

A DENOMINATION as small as the Brethren 
** Church has no choice but to pull together to 
maintain the institutions which we consider vital 
to the survival of the denomination itself. For 
many years, we have considered that we mus' 
have a College, a Publishing Company, a Missio" 
Program, a Home and a number of other benevo- 
lences. These are all important to the existent 
of a denomination and all deserve support. Rigt 


(At the request of the Ashland College Fiel' Secretary, 
Bother E. M. Riddle, we are giving space f( 'he f Iiow- 
ig announcement. — Editor) 

A Life Annuity Contract with a growinjr htistian in- 
stitution is a safe investment and insures . promptly paid 
income for life. It will save admini .ratic 9tE md 

taxes. It prevents the misuse of funds after > uir » 
ity is gone. 

Ashland College will pay 4' '< up to 65 yea row 

65 to 75 years, and 5 r ' ( above 75 years of are for any 


Write for further information to Ashland College (.Of- 
fice of the President), Ashland, Ohio. 



Interesting Items 

(. Continued fixm Page 2) 

sponsored ■ tract on "The H.<ly Spirit," by Dr. L. O. 
McCartney-smith, which thoy dbvq had printed We are 
informed that they have a number of these which will 
be Bent free to anyone desiring them. These tracts may 
be secured by writing to Lester l.eidy, Secretary of the 
Vinoo Laymen's Organisation, K. D. 1. Conemaugh, Penn- 

WoH from Charle* and Kuth A ebb. In a letter from 
Mrs. Maud Webb, mother of Chares Webb she says that 
"Charles and Kuth are helping to distribute 320 tons ofi 
goods from the Friendship Train. VIost of it goes to the 
school children.'* 

Here is another encouraging report. Several weeks ago 
we Bcanned the reports of the chua-hes which had gone 
into the Evangelist and found soirfc interesting figures 
relative to the accessions to these churches. These figures 
were published in the issue of December 13. Now he have 
been doing some more scanning and, come up with the 
following figures: 

Church \ Number received 

Klkhart. Indiana \. 5 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, III \ 14 

I..- Creek. Kentucky \. 53 

Wil iamstown, Ohio A 5 

Val ey Brethren, Pennsylvania ...V 10 

Gretna (Bellefontaine), Ohio \ 2 

South Bend, Indiana "...\ 8 

Falls City. Nebraska V 2 

Watedoo, Iowa A . . . . 2 

Maurertown, Virginia \ . . . 1 1 

This totils up to 111, and of course, we\o not have 
i entire number for the same period whiih came in 
ovei the eitire brotherhood. But it is encouragng to see 
progress being made in soul saving. \ 

business Manager's Corner 

(Continued from page 3) 

brotherhooc It also means inspiration to aggressiveness^ n 
the local w<rk. We commend this splendid church and V s 
aggressive lastor for their faithfulness to every depar^ 
ment of tht Lord's work. And we are encouraged by tht 
spirit of zed that seems to characterize so many of ou\ 
churches. Evangelism is stepping up and every interest of 
the church s receiving splendid financial support. 

Oir Evangelist Goal for the New Year 

The Evangelist has been supported in a fine way by the 
churches, but we can always do better. Let's try it this 
year by setting a goal of 10% increase in subscriptions. 
There are two ways in which churches can help. First, by 
getting on \he Honor 1 Roll of 100 percenters, or by staying 
on. Second, by increasing the number of subscriptions by 
the canvasing method. Put on an intensive campaign, en- 
courage it from pulpit, by church calendar, by reporting 
interesting items in church paper in Sunday school, on so- 

cial occasions, at business meetings and other suitable oc- 
casions. In every way possible, let's encourage the circu- 
lation and reading of our church paper. All together for 
a 10% increase during 1948. 

Following is our Evangelist Honor Roll. If your church 
belongs there and has been omitted, or if it is there and 
does not belong there, kindly let us know. 

Our 100% Churches 

Ashland, Ohio, H. H. Kowsey, Pastor 

Vinco, Pennsylvania, W. S. Benshoff, Pastor 

New Lebanon, Ohio, W. Clayton Berkshire, Pastor 

North Manchester, Indiana, Bert Hodge, Pastor 

Johnstown, Pa. (Third), Chester F. Zimmerman, Pastoi 

Lanark, Illinois, L. O. McCartneysmith, Pastor 

Washington, D. C, Clarence Fairbanks, Pastor 

A id more, R. F. Porte, Pastor 

West Alexandria, Ohio, A. E. Whitted, Pastor 

Bethlehem Church, Virginia, John F. Locke, Pastoi 

Smithville, Ohio, Vernon D. Grisso, Pastor 

Valley Brethren, Jones Mills, Pa., H. R. Garland, Pastor 

North Georgetown, Ohio, Spencer Gentle, Pastor 

Waterloo, Iowa, Virgil Meyer, Pastor 

Hagerstown, Md., N. V. Leatherman, Pastor 

Muncie, Indiana, E. D. Burnworth, Pastor 

Mexico, Indiana, Robert K. Higgins, Pastor 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois, C. E. Johnson, Pastor 

South Bend, Ind., Claud Studebaker, Pastor 

Akron, Ohio, J. G. Dodds, Pastor 

Stockton, California, Virgil Ingraham, Pastor 

Milledgeville, Illinois, D. C. White, Pastor 

Haft to Spat 

HOLSINGER. Wednesday, November 5, 1947, Mrs. 
Minerva Holsinger entered into her eternal rest. She was 
a member of the Salem Church of the Brethren. Funeral 
services were conducted by the undersigned in the Brook- 
ville funeral parlors on Saturday afternoon, November 8. 
She was the mother of Brother Roy Holsinger in whose 
home she passed away. May the Lord comfort the sor- 
rowing ones. 

A. E. Whitted. 

LINCOLN. Tuesday, November 11, in the early morn- 
ing Mrs. Leona Lincoln was called to her heavenly home. 
She was a member of the West Alexandria Brethren 
Church. Surviving her is an only son, Andrew Lincoln of 
Cincinnati; 2 brothers, Chas. Guntle of Eaton and Chelsie 
E. Guntle of New Lebanon; and two sisters, Mrs. Maude 
'eters and Mrs. Arrie Gilbert both of West Alexandria, 
ineral services were held in the First Brethren church 
West Alexandria, November 13, 1947, by her pastor the 

A. E. Whitted. 

IWAKTZ. Jacob S. Swartz, aged sixty-six, died at the 
R&ingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 
on Sunday, November 16, 1947. The funeral services were 
helion the following Tuesday afternoon. 

JANUARY 17, 1948 


Brother Swartz had long been a valued member of the 
Bethlehem Brethren Church, where he served as Deacon. 
He was Chairman of the Board of Property of the South- 
eastern District Conference of the Brethren Church. He 
had not been in good health for approximately a year. 
Prior to that time he had been very active in civic and 
community affairs, serving as President of the large Mu- 
tual Fire Insurance Company of his home county; a mem- 
ber of its School Board, and a Director in one of the lead- 
ing banking institutions. He was a farmer most of his 
life, but had retired in recent years to a new home. Brother 
Swartz was a very friendly man and enjoyed people. 
Serving on the county Equalization Board, determining 
the valuation of property for taxation purposes brought 
him into contact with hundreds of people as did his other 
official duties. Wherever he went he made friends. For 
almost twenty years I had served as his pastor and en- 
joyed his friendship. 

Assisting with me in the last rites was the Rev, W. L. 
Foley of the Presbyterian Church. The services were held 
in the Mt. Horeb E. U. B. Church which is quite near his 
late home. Interment was made in the nearby cemetery. 
A great throng of mourning friends and relatives filled 
the church to its capacity, using the gallery and Sunday 
School rooms and standing in the aisle and at the rear. 

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Raymond Landes; 
the widow; two brothers and a sister. One of the brothers, 
T. D. Swartz is an Elder in the Bethlehem Church and 
well known to the Brethren of the Southeastern District 
Conference. To these we would extend our Christian sym- 
pathy in their bereavement. 

John F. Locke, pastor Bethlehem Brethren Church. 

SENSENBAUGH. On Tuesday morning, December 2, 
Joseph Franklin Sensenbaugh, a life-long member of the 
St. James, Maryland, Brethren Church, departed this life 
to go to be with the Lord whom he so faithfully served. 

Brother Sensenbaugh was born in Wolfsville, Frederick 
County, Maryland, on September 8, 1873. In 1895 he was 
baptized by Rev. Joshua Long and was received into mem- 
bership in the St. James Church. On February 4, 1897 he 
was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Hornbaker, also a 
member of this congregation, who died in 1920. 

"Uncle Joe," as he was .affectionately known by those 
who knew him, was a devout Christian man. Although li- 
able to attend church the last three years of his life, due 
to an amputation operation, his interest and devotion to 
the Brethren Church never lessened. The great majority 
of his waking hours was spent in reading the Bible and 
any other religious books which were brought to him, and 
it was always his delight to be able to speak to those who 
visited him about God's Word. 

Brother Sensenbaugh is survived by one sister, Mrs. 
Ella Coblentz of Peru, Indiana; one step-sister Mrs. Sam- 
uel Ausherman; and one step-brother, Paul time. There 
are also three sons: Charles, Reichard and Frank; and 
three daughters, Virginia Sensenbaugh, Nellie Lynch and 
Kathrine Rachor; and a number of grandchildren and 
great grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted in the St. James 
Church, with interment at the Manor Cemetery, by the 

Henry Bates. 

RODERICK. John William Roderick* ton Of Sarah and 
Joseph Roderick, was horn May 10, 1875 near Milledge- 
ville, Illinois and passed away at bit home in Dfa 
Illinois, on December 2, \'.)47. 

He was married to Lottie Jermette Neikirk on August 
24, 1897 at Mt. Carroll, Illinois. To this union four chil- 
dren were born: Mrs. Von Ceil Rank of Rock Fall*, Illi- 
nois; Vivian Chronister of Rock Falls; Ned Roderick • 
Keithsburg, Illinois, and Margaret RfeSSIier Of Dixon, Il- 
linois. Nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, 
together with all the above, survive to mourn his depart- 

The funeral service was held in the Shirk Funeral Hone 
at Milledgeville on December 4, and was conducted by the 


D. C. White. 

HEIMBAUGH. Mrs. Flora Heimbaugh, daughter of 
Charles and Emma Downs, was born in Lanark, mind.-, 
March 27, 1871, and passed out of this life after a kng 
illness, at Freeport, Illinois, December 3, 1947, at che 
age of 76 years, 8 months, and G days. 

While a young woman Mrs. Heimbaugh united with the 
Bethlehem Brethren Church, near Milledgeville, Illinois; 
and here on January 8, 1891, she was united in marriage 
with Elmer Heimbaugh, a member of the same church. 
After moving to Lanark, Mr. and Mrs. Heimbaugh trans- 
ferred their membership to the First Brethren Chnrch of 
Lanark, January 11, 1895, where their membership re- 
mained until death. 

Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. Louise Diehl, Lan- 
ark, Illinois; two sons, Donald Heimbaugh, Savannah, 111., 
and Orville, of Mt. Carroll, 111.; three half sis:ers, Mrs. 
John Mest, Tampa, Fla., Mrs. Grace Archer, Los Angeles, 
Cal. Mrs. Harriet Saunders, Azuza, Cal.; 10 grandchildren, 
and 5 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services conducted by the writer from the First 
Biethren Church, Lanark, Illinois, and intenr.ent in the 
Ianark Cemetery. 

L. O. McCartieysmith. 

"The Bible is God's message, his love letter to all men 
everywhere. It explains the origin of life and is the guide- 
book for the journey of life. It is the only Book which 
gives assurance." — J. E. Lambdin in "The Baptist Train- 
ing Union Magazine." 

Mrs. Elmer Ebbinghouse 

We may not all do great things. 

But let's do small things in a great way; 

And — I know our Maker 

Will give us a crown, 

When we come to the end of the was'. 

It isn't the number of talents we ha'e 

That will win at the end of life's way; 

But how we used 

The talents we have, 

As we journeyed along day by day. 

—North Manchester, Yidiana. 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Top*tt <opTn<btrd b» Iht Inif roatK-n»l Society of Chrmijn Endeavor. 

L scJ b* permission 

Topk for January 2".. PUN 


Scripture: Matt. 2:t:,s; John 13:13 

For The Loader 

WK SH0U1 D Stop and think a moment as to who is 
really the Master of our life. We may have to give 
a rather vague answer, because many things enter in. 
To be specific in a few words, the person who controls 
.hi- will, is the master of our life. The one who directs 
out paths, and guides our thoughts is the ruler of life. 
V\. are the slave of our master. In the last analysis, 
the-t art- only two masters in the world. One is the Devil. 
The other is Christ. It is well for us tonight to examine 
ourselves to see who is really controlling our actions and 
plana We trust that Christ shall he Lord and Master of 
your life tonight. 


1. TO WHOM VK YIELD. " Romans (>:1G gives a very, 
very important thought for all to remember. Learn this 
verse in your teen age years. Learn it by heart Say it 
every day, and you will receive much spiritual help from 
it in late; years of your life. Here it is: "Know ye not 
that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his 
servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto 
death, <>r >f obedience unto righteousness?" That Is a 
reat lesson young people. If others entice you to 
sin, and y< u sin, you are yielding yourselves unto theai. 
They, and sin", are your masters, and you are the ser- 
vants of si i. Poor young people, so many are today 
yielding their bodies and souls unto the sins of the world. 
Indulging it sinful practices that can bring only ruin and 

ith. But all the talking and preaching in the world 
won't change this unless young people purpose within 
themselves o break away from serving sin and Satan. 
A final thought from this verse tells us that if we want 
ti do the s,nful things, we shall die an eternal death. 
But that if ve desire to serve Christ and live for Him by 
obeying Hint, we shall be righteous forever more. Take 

ir choice onight. 

\ THE DEVIL'S TRAIN. The story is told of a man 
who had a cream. In this dream he saw a gaily painted 
raihoad train standing in the station. It was jam-packed 
with p< •< pie, all laughing and having a good time. More 
and norn people were trying to get on, and extra coaches 
were »eing idded to take care of the crowd. The conductor 
cried. 'All aboard for Pleasure, Laughter, Good time, and 
Happiness." The train pulled out. Faster and faster it 
went, vith ,he people really enjoying the ride. But soon 
the trail began to run recklessly, taking curves and down 
grade :; 4 i dangerous pace. As the train went around 
one curve, »nd everyone was getting concerned about this 
time, Bomi one looked ahead to the engine. To their hor- 
ror they dicovered that the Devil himself was the Engi- 

neer. About that time, the train started down a steep 
grade right into the open doors of Hell. It makes a dif- 
ference as to the outcome if the life you are living. If 
you're on the devil's train, better get off before it starts 
clown the last long grade! 

ROW ROAD?" You read in the scripture of the two ways. 
One is broad and leads to destruction. Many find that road. 
It is the road of which the Devil is the ruler. The other 
is the straight and narrow road of true Christian living, 
but it leads to Heaven, for Christ is the Master of that 
load. Which do you want? These are trying days for 
you young people who desire to live a true Christian life. 
Everywhere on every hand are people who are living sin- 
ful lives. Pleasure and sin seem to be the key note of 
today's crazy living. Don't be a party to it. On the straight 
and narrow road, you will have peace, joy, happiness 
without end, for Christ is your Lord and Master, and He 
makes promises which He shall keep. 

4. HELL ISN'T BEAUTIFUL. So often today we hear 
people make light of Hell. They laugh at its fires, and 
make a joke out of people going there. But do you know 
that Hell is a place for the final abode of sinful men. It 
is real. The , fires are hot, and they burn forever and 
ever. One man said he wouldn't mind Hell because his 
friends would all be there. The rich man that talked to 
Abraham from Hell didn't find much consolation. In fact 
he wanted to warn his brothers about the place. If you 
are living in sin, the sinful friends you're running around 
with will be there, but your pain and anguish will be so 
great, you won't get any consolation from their miseries. 
The thing to do now is to pray to Christ, break the yoke 
of sin, and make Christ your Lord and Master. 

5. DOING THE WILL OF CHRIST. We are the ser- 
vants of Christ when we have forsaken sin, have con- 
quered our wills, and have yielded ourselves to His will. 
"One is your Master and all ye are brethren." The thought 
of the verse is this, that as we make Christ our Master, 
we art, uniting ourselves with other people who are serv- 
ing Him. In doing this, we are working together through- 
out the land, each in his chosen or allotted place, to bring 
glory to Christ. Working in our various fields of endeavor 
we are united in the eternal bonds of everlasting love. 
Christ is our Lord, we are His servants. He is truly a 
kind Master, for He gives to us strength to do His work, 
and grace to ease the load, and prayer to bind us all to- 
gether on earth with heaven. There can be no better set- 
up, for Christ is the Head, and all that believe in Him 
are Hi?. 


1. Can j person be just a "nominal" Christian, serving 
Christ par\ of the time, and self, the rest of the time? 
Matt. C>:24.\ 

2. Does "serving Christ" mean we have to be preachers 
or missionaries? Explain. 


Start on time* Hand out your parts in advance. De- 
mand reverence ^nd order. Plan your program before 
you stand up to l*ad the meeting. Pick out your hymns 
in advance. There h nothing so discouraging or uninter- 
esting as a program ^that is "made up" as you go along. 

JANUARY 17, L948 


Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev C. V. Gilmer 



By Martha Smell Nicholson 

My name is mentioned at the throne of God— 

The same familiar name 
My mother called me, and my playmates used 

In some dear childhood game. 

My name is mentioned at the throne of God. 

It is so strange and sweet 
To know my Saviour speaks that little name 

Before the mercy seat. 

My name is mentioned at the throne of God. 

Hark how He pleads for me — 
"Put all her sins to My account, I paid 

Her debt, and she is free!" 

My name is mentioned at the throne of God. 

He only understands 
Such depths of love Who has that name of mine 

Engraved upon His hands! 

Scripture: Hebrews 7:22-28 

Hymn: From Every Stormy Wind; In the Hour of Trial 
Leader's Petition 
Thought Provokers: 

INTERCESSION signifies a pleading or entreating in be- 
half of another. Thus- Christ interceded for the two 
thieves who were crucified with him (Isa. 53:12). Hebrews 
7:25 tells us that He ever liveth to make intercession for 
His people. Christ appears for us before the Father (Heb. 
9:24). He performs His intercession by presenting the sac- 
rifice once offered for us (Heb. 10:12, 14). It is as if the 
Saviour would say of us needy and penitent sinners, "My 
Father, they have wronged Thee, and can never pay their 
debt, but charge it all to My account, and let them go 
free!" More than freedom through salvation, we are "ac- 
cepted in the beloved." It is as if our Saviour says, "My 
Father, as a Partner of Thy Throne I ask that You receive 
them as Myself." Thus lawless, guilty sinners are saved in 
Christ before God — "made the righteousness of God in 
Him." Read Rom. 4:25; 2 Cor. 8:9; Psa. 69:4 (last clause). 
God is satisfied that Christ has fully met the claims of 
holiness against us believing sinners. Christ at the Father's 
throne declares His will as to what He wants bestowed 
upon His elect (Heb. 10:10). The Father consents and 
agrees to the will of His Son (John 11:42). 

Another Who intercedes for us is the Holy Ghost. (Rom. 
8:26, 27). Romans 8:34 is also a reassuring verse of Scrip- 

Never show your ignorance by Raying) "So:, < 

for nur, nobody ever pray for me." "Your name Ik i 
tioned at the throne of God." Jesus the one and •>• y 

diator between God arid man, pray:-, for you. The Holy Spirit 

prays for you. Come, be of better courage, my broth* 
are an heir of God and a joint-heir with ChriKt your elder 
brother (Rom. 8:16-18). You will soon come in! n in- 

heritance. Read Hebrews 10:85-89. 

It is time to thank the I-orri for all His graciotl pro- 

On The Sunday School Lesson 

by The Editor 

Lesson for January 25, 1948 


Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:20 — 8-10 

OUR Golden Text really gives us the key to our lee 
thought today. It is found in 1 Corinthians 3:9, and 
reads, "For we are laborers together with God." Jesus 
expresses it in the words found in Matthew 11:29 and 
30, "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am 
meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your 
souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." It is 
a wonderful thing to be a fellow-worker with Deity, being 
yoked together with Him in the work He has planned for 
our lives, if we remember that in every task He stands 
ready to help us — IF we do our part. That is what it means 
—to work WITH Him. 

Paul gives us an admonition in 1 Corinthians 15:58: 
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, immov- 
able, always abounding in the work of the Lord, foras- 
much as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the 
Lord." In the two words "work" and "labour"' we find the 
task and the medium through which the task is performed. 
Put the two together and we have the idea embodied in 
our lesson topic — "God's Fellow Worker." 

Just now the emphasis on sports in this country is be- 
ing placed on basketball. As we watch these teams play, 
we are impressed with the need of co-ordination and team 
play as an important factor in the winning of games. It 
is the "play together" factor that wins— individual star- 
ring never contributes very much in the end. In fact, in 
any avenue of life we find the same thing obtains. After 
all, our Christian life is one of the avenues (the main 
one) of expression of our ability to work with others, and 
we must learn to "work with God" in His plans and pur- 
poses, not seeking to "star" after our own fashion. But 
we must remember that we are working "for" God, as 
well as working "with" Him. That is the key to success 
in this field. 

There is a song that has within it these lines. "He al- 
ways takes the heavy end. and leaves the light for me." 
And how true this is — true in more ways than one. 

Why not do as Jonathan did (1 Samuel 14:6) and say. 
"It may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is 



no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few." 

an we need the admonition of Paul to Timothy as 
found in 2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to show thyself approved 
unto God, a workman that oeedeth not to be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the word of truth." Or as the New Re- 
vised Standard Mew Testament lias this same passage, 

your host to present yourself to God as one approved) 

.1 workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly hand- 
ling the word of truth." 

All in all the church is very fortunate and has been 
blessed during the past year. 



ews from 




The days between November 3rd and 16th proved to 
be exceptional and memorable days for the congregation 
of the Williamstown Brethren Church. For it was during 
that time that Rev. and Mrs. McCartneysmith were con- 
ducting revival services at the church. The people feel 
that they were quite fortunate in being able to obtain 
the McCartneysmiths for the meetings. 

Many good things have happened because of their stay 
with us. Much good feeling and interest in the church 
came as a result. In order to cause this good feeling 
practically every home in the congregation was visited 
by the Evangelist. In addition to this, good Gospel preach- 
ing was given with the result that the Lord added 5 
to the church. On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 16, these 5 
were baptized, and were afterwards confirmed and re- 
ceived into the church by the pastor. 

The congregation and its pastor wishes to thank the 
Mcrartneysmith's for coming to us, and we wish for 
them continued blessing in the Lord's work. 

The Gretna Brethren Church near Bellefontaine, Ohio, 
has been witnessing some good things as a result of an 
attendance program being currently sponsored by the 
Sunday School. The attendance at both Sunday School 
and Church has been steadily increasing. The primary 
and intermediate departments have witnessed an increase 
due to the zeal of some of the Sunday School leaders 
in the church. The folks go out on Sunday morning with 
their cars and pick up the children in the community 
who have no way of getting to the services. It is hoped 
that this increase in zeal and attendance shall continue. 

In addition to this two new members were received 
into the church on Der. 21, following their previous bap- 
tism on December 7. Everyone was very happy to ex- 
tend to them the right hand of fellowship and welcome 
them into the church. 

The Gretna Church was also very fortunate to receive 
an oil furnace as a gift from one of the influential men 
in the community. The only expense incurred was the 
cost of installation above that which the men of the 
church did. 


Attendance here at Lost Creek has greatly improved 
with the revival which has already been reported. There 
have been fifty-three baptisms to date and more are yet 
to follow. Souls literally came weeping their way to sal- 
vation in the meetings. I think I never saw anything like 
it. The days of mass revivals certainly are not over. Some 
church members quit the movies, others, not church mem- 
bers, quit cigarettes. 

We are now having more men out to the services than 
ever before, I think. We also felt that something must 
be done to keep the revival going. So, one Sunday a few 
weeks ago, we proposed to the members present that we 
take a certain man in the community who had never been 
present at a Sunday service, and one man each day of the 
week see him and ask him to come. Then, too, we urged 
prayer for him. Can you imagine the thrill that it gave 
us to see this man come into the Sunday morning ser- 
vices, and he has since kept coming. It is wonderful how 
the Lord works when His children do what they can. 

And now the truck that those dear Ashland boys gave 
the work. Now we cannot see how we ever got along with- 
out it. We used the truck to bring folks to the revival, 
and so much otherwise. One day as we were unloading 
some benches at the log building which we had used at 
the lower chapel to seat the crowds that came for the 
meetings, one of the school boys helping unload, said, 
"How did we ever get along without this truck?" 

We have much else to write about, but this is long 
enough for the present. Of late, somehow, our mail is 
not going right, and if you have sent something, and are 
not hearing from us, you had better write us. Use care 
in sending things to us, especially through the mail. God 
bless you one and all who have helped His cause in these 
mountains so well, whether the gifts are small or large. 
The smallest gift helps. A wonderful truckload of provi- 
sions came in here one day recently from the Nappanee, 
Indiana, Brethren Church. This was a wonderful gift of 
meat, canned goods, clothing and so many useful things. 
It was a big covered truck-load. It was the largest gift 
ever received by the mission and helps so much. God bless 
you. Pray for us that we may do His will in all things. 

G. E. Drushal. 


It was the happy privilege of the Elkhart Brethren 
Church to have Rev. Roland Hudson as our Evangelist in 
our fall campaign which closed November 2. He was with 
us three Sundays of meetings. Although there were some 
children's diseases at the time, the weather was almost 
ideal. The attendance was good and the interest was ex- 
ceptionally splendid. As a result we added nineteen to the 
membership on the last two Sundays. Four have been re- 
ceived since and a promise of several families in a very 
short time. The offering given to Rev. Hudson was an in- 
dication of the feeling of the church toward his preach- 
ing and fine spirit. The church itself was also greatly 

JANUARY 17, 1IJ48 


Rev. Hudson was a Chaplain for almost four years, hav- 
ing spent a year each in the India and Iiurma areas. This 
gave him a wide experience and he was free to use effec- 
tive illustrations from this life. He has great missionary 
zeal. Although he served hut a short pastorate in Colum- 
hus, Ohio, he has the pastor's view. Rev. Hudson is now 
Dean of Boys and Dean of Personnel at the new Bethel 
College in Mishawaka, Indiana. He was thus able to preach 
for us each evening and at the same time carry on his 
work at the school. 

Rev. Hudson is a very dynamic and pleasing speaker 
with a great zeal for the lost. His sermons throughout 
the two weeks were scriptural and I can say, also Breth- 
ren. He is not altogether new to the Brethren of northern 
Indiana. He was one of our speakers at our District Con- 
ference last summer. He is also to hold a revival for our 
Brethren in South Bend and at North Liberty, soon. 

It was my happy privilege to baptize him by Triune 
Immersion on the last Sunday of the service. When he 
learned of our mode of baptism he said, "In my under- 
standing of the scriptures, I believe the mode taught and 
practiced by your church is apostolic, but I have never 
been in contact with a people that practiced Baptism the 
distinctly scriptural way until now. I am happy to yield 
to it." I am sure our church will hear more from this 
wonderful Teacher and Preacher. 

Revival at Bryan, Ohio 

After the revival here at Elkhart, I left on Monday for 
a two weeks' revival with the Bryan Church. Coming 
fresh from our own revival it was a joy to help the pastor 
of the Bryan Church for their two weeks' effort. The in- 
terest throughout the two weeks was good and the people 
treated the evangelist as a "King." We had a lovely home 
with Mr. and Mrs. Gaskill, just north of the church, which, 
of course, was so handy to the parsonage. 

Part of the forenoons and afternoons were spent in vis- 
itation and we were able to contact a larger number of 
people in spite of the rainy weather. I enjoyed greatly 
the two weeks with these fine people. Rev. Gilmer is a hard 
working pastor. He had plenty of prospects, more than 
enough for the two weeks and he drove quite a few miles 
to make these many contacts. I appreciately greatly the 
fine hospitality, meals, offering and words of appreciation 
for the sermons, and the privilege of working with Rev. 
Gilmer and his good wife. She ably led the singing each 
evening and had choruses for the children as well as the 
adults. The children too, were encouraging and helpful 
to the meeting. 

The Gilmers are indeed a wonderful couple and the Lord 
has used them in a wonderful way in previous pastorates, 
and may I say, even in Bryan more than they realize. 

L. V. King. 


The Mt. Olivet Brethren Church of Georgetown, Dela- 
ware, has recently been redecorated. May I say it was 
dressed up inside and without. The inside is painted light 
buff on the ceiling and sidewalls, with windows, doors and 
trim varnished; the floor sanded, filled, shellacked, var- 
nished and waxed. New heaters were placed and new car- 
pets laid. May I say it simply looks grand and refresh- 
ing. Everyone seems to be pleased with the appearance 

of our newly redecorated church. The outsdde of the church 

was given one good coat of white BJld it lool 


Our women folk are responsible for getting this work 
started and finished. You have often heard the statement, 

"If you want a work done, get the Women Started, and 

they surely will do the work up right." This they did • 
it looks very good, I am well pleased with it all and 
thankful unto God for these true and faithful bretl 
and sisters of our church here. You see the men arid 
women here work together. The women s*:e the need arid 
tell the men and these men furnish the means to do the 
work. Our mmbers work in harmony and their aim is, 
"Let us set the Lord FIRST." 

In December we will try to start a Bible Study in the 
Book of Daniel, taking one chapter, when possible, each 
study. We meet each Friday night and have a differ* 
leader to read the lesson, and if they have something to 
say concerning that which they found as they studied the 
lesson, they usually express it; if not, it is left with the 
pastor to explain the lesson. The people like to study the 
Word of God. Further, they like to read it in public and 
in private. They are not ashamed to talk it over with their 

Dear reader, do you believe the 165th verse of the 
119th Psalm? Read it! Do you have the peace described 
in Isaiah 26:3? Read it and you may have it. Include also 
Philippians 4:7. Do you have the satisfaction of knowing 
Malachi 3:16 and 17? This will make our conversation 
more cautious and benefitting. 

We Assist in a Revival 

It was my great pleasure to work in a revival service 
with the Rev. Wm. McDaniel, pastor of the Church of the 
Brethren at Farmington, Delaware. The service was 
started October 26, and continued through November % 9. 
The pastor and members of this chuixh were much con- 
cerned, and very cordial and truly faithful in all matters 
pertaining to a revival. The members were looking out 
for strangers and tried earnestly to get them interested 
in going to church, and it woi'ked, for several were brought 
to church by them. 

The pastor was constantly using his car every day, 
from five to seven hours of visitation. It was a house to 
house visitation and at times we covered up to and over 
100 miles a day. We talked scriptures, especially those 
pertaining to what some churches called "the peculiar 
Doctrine of the Brethren Church. " 

The Farmington Church of the Brethren was known to 
the people within the distance of from twenty to thirty 
miles. We often heard them say. "O yes, we have heard 
of you and the church. Rev. McDaniel." May I tell you 
that he is a hustler and leaves no stone untouched by 
which he thinks that the church may be benefitted. 

This church and pastor believes in good music and 
plenty of it. They have splendid talents, both instrumental 
and vocal, and these are used at every opportunity, and 
they are inviting other group singers from various 
churches to help them sing. Several of these came during 
the revival and the spirit of fellowship was first class. 

Oar method of revival was Doctrinal Evangelism. I feel 
that the need in our own church to keep before our own 
people as well as others the whole teachings of the Lord 



Jesus Chrisl \- a ma oocn gar l am responsible to deliver 

this message to mankind. I am not in any way respon- 
sible for the results, but I must be faithful in what 1 
know to be the teachings of Jesus. You see 1 liko to hear 

my Lord say that 1 have been faithful in these little things 
here, in order tab! 1 may share with Him the eternal 
Me- tod will honor His Word. Into God he the glory 

and the praise for His great merey in the ingathering into 
the Farmington Church of the Brethren. Eight adults and 

boy, all confessing Jesus as the Son of God, and tak- 
ing Him to he their Savior from sin, were baptized. Three taken in also by relation. The latter hail been bap- 

i and chose to become members of, this church. 
The eredit for these twelve souls are due unto God and 
the members and pastor of the Farmingtol) church who 
worked so faithfully in witnessing for their Lord, as well 

ringing them to church to hear the Word. 
During the two weeks of services 1 had my home with 
Brother and Sister McDaniel. These kind folks spared 
nothing for my comfort, but went out of the way to please 
me. I must say we had a wonderful fellowship with the 
pastor and his members. May God's choicest blessing rest 
ujpnn them and that church that it may he a mighty 
I ighthouse for the Lord. May the new members be true 
and faithful to God and the church, is my prayer. 

S. E. Christiansen. 


November 3, 1947 marks the milestone of our first year 
together as pastor and membership of the First Brethren 
Church here. During the year we have enjoyed many 
blessings together from the Lord. Now we may look back 
and "Count our many blessings, and name them one by 
one and see what the Lord has done." Both material and 
spiritual blessings have been many. The church has been 
blessed with Christian unity and the will to work for the 
Lord and accomplish His will. 

A few of the more outstanding material gifts we have 
received are: the purchase and payment for of a splendid 
Hammond Electric Organ, which was dedicated tg the 
memory of our boys who gave their lives in the service of 
our country and church, May 25, 1!)47. A beautiful Spinet 
Piano, bought by the church; a fine Organ Lamp, pur- 
chased by Charles and Emerson Gaul, in memory of the 
wife and mother; a set of beautiful Maas Cathedral 
Chimes, purchased by Mrs. Sadie Puterbaugh and her 
daughter, Mrs. Robert Truman, in memory of the hus- 
band and father, were dedicated September 21, 1947. The 
Manse has received two coats of white exterior paint, 
new storm sash, two rooms repapered, and most of the 
interior woodwork repainted, and a new stoker in the 
basement. The choir loft in the church has been extended 
so that we now have room for 25 choir seats. 

Spiritual blessings include an increase in Sunday School 
attendance for the year 177<-. Increase in attendance at 
Morning Worship 17%%. Evening service increased at- 
tendance 2'Vz'r. Membership increase 12%%. Thirty-two 
new names have appeared on the church rolls during the 
year. Youth Winter Camp in March was a great blessing 
to us, as was the District Conference of Brethren 
Churches of the Central District held here in June of this 
year. Ours is the only church of four here in the village 

thai has had regular mid-week prayer and Bible study, 
and Sunday evening services. 

A great blessing came to us in a splendid three week 
meeting conducted by Rev. Virgil [E. Meyer, Pastor, Wa- 
terloo First Brethren Church, and II. D. Hunter, Song Di- 
rector, North Manchester, Indiana. Brother Meyer pre- 
sented each evening the unsearchable riches of God's Holy 
Word in his usual forceful and yet graceful manner; while 
"Hud" led a series of soul-stirring spiritual hymns and 
songs, which were interspersed with "special' numbers 
by local talent. Their work is such that both pastor and 
people most heartily endorse this splendid evangelistic 
team wherever needed. As a result of these meetings 
eleven were baptized, six were received by letter, and 
one by confirmation, making eighteen additions in all. 
It was indeed a worthwhile undertaking. 

Our two missionary societies, the Junior W. M. S., and 
the Senior W. M. S. have not been idle. They have their 
regular monthly meetings and are continually planning 
something worth while. The Junior group sponsored pur- 
chasing a new Maytag washing machine for our Kentucky 
work and shipped it early this summer, while the Seniors 
sponsored the publication of a tract by the writer en- 
titled: "Have You Been Baptized?" Both groups are now 
preparing boxes for the Kentucky mission and will send 
clothing, etc., in time for the holidays. 

We have a splendid choir, which is now preparing a 
Christmas program; a fine Youth choir; Signal Lights, 
and Sisterhood, all of which are working nicely. 

The Christian spirit of the church is excellent and we 
are anticipating a continued increase in our efforts for 
the coming year. Brethren, pray for us, that we may be 
found pleasing in the sight of our dear Lord, and that 
many souls may find peace and rest in Him. 

L. 0. McCartneysmith, Minister. 

The New Press Fund 

"The Goepel mutt hrtt be published among aU nationi." 
Mark 13:10. 

Authorized by The 1946 
General Conference 

GOAl Not less than $15,000.00 

Cash and pledges $8,192.56 

Yet to be raised, not less than $6,807.06 


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JANUARY 24, 1948 


Let's Go Forward 

In Missionary Endeavor 

hy A/r.<?. 11. J . Shively 

Going forward means mo- 
tion — anything but standing 
still. Our entire life is one 
of action. The clock ticks and 
the seconds become hours, 
days, and years. The yester- 
days never become the to- 
days, but the tomorrows al- 
ways do. The waters of the 
seas are ever in motion, and 
the planets are always going 
on and on. The seasons come 
and go and always forward. 
If everything around us 
moves forward, why should 
we be surprised when the 
Church of the Living God 
does not stand still ? The Church must ever be moving 
forward. But this forward movement of the Church is only 
in proportion to the moving of its membership. In other 
words the Church must depend on the consecration of its 

Some time ago, upon entering a certain church build- 
ing, I noticed on the wall this placard: "If every member 
were just like me, what kind of a church would this church 
be?" Now isn't that a question? And a personal one too! 
Thinking of the past year or years, ask yourself a few 
questions. What has been my contribution to the growth 
of my church? Which is first in my life, religious or sec- 
ular activities? Is my love for Christ and the growth of 
His kingdom my main objective, or do I give to it only 
the tag ends of my time? How much of my life is conse- 
crated to the Master? Consecration is not only a very big 
word, but it is a solemn word, which means an act or cere- 
mony of separating from a common to a saci^ed use. Fran- 
ces B. Havergal did not entirely define the word when he 

"Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord to Thee; 
Take my hands and let them move, at the impulse of Thy 

Take my feet and let them be, swift and beautiful for 

Take my voice and let me sing, always only for my King. 

Take my lips and let them be, filled with messages for 

Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless 

Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt 

Take my will and make it Thine, it shall be no longer 

Take my heart, it is Thine own, it shall be Thy royal 


Let up go forward in Consecration! 

What would be the result in the Brethren Church, if 
both leaders and laity would be constantly scouting for 
recruits for the ministry, for missionaries, for leaders of 
youth groups, for leaders in every phase of Christian ser- 

The government sets up recruiting stations all over 
the country and is constantly calling for recruits for the 
Navy, Air Force, Marines, Army, and every branch of 
government service. This call goes out by letter, by radio, 
by newspaper and magazine advertising, by personal 
touch, any way to reach the eyes and ears of the youth. 

Christ Jesus, through His word and through His Church, 
issues a recruiting call to all ages — asking for personal 
discipleship. "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are 
heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon 
you. and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: 
and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is c-a-y 
and my burden is light." 

I am wondering if the Brethren Church ever had such 
an opportunity for "recruiting" as now. With more than 
700 students in our own Ashland College, surely the chal- 
lenge is given our educational and spiritual leaders to reap 
where fields are white. 

What do you think the result would be if the Brethren 
Church, ministry and laity, would set themselves to 
prayer? What would happen if we should pray for each 
local church and its membership, pray for the college and 
its leadership, pray for the student body in all its activi- 
ties, pray for personal consecration in the entire brother- 
hood, pray for conviction of sin and carelessness, pray for 
conversions, pray that God would use all to His glory, and 
pray that out of the fine student body, the youth from 
our homes and churches, shall come many life-work re- 
cruits ? 

If the entire Brotherhood, no, if only half the member- 
ship or even 259c would give themselves to definite 
prayer, no one but God could measure the result. Will you 
pray for conversions and recruits? 

The year of 1947 is gone with its results, whatever they 
may be. We thank our Heavenly Father for the privilege 
of service. But, please God, give us a new year, a new 
vision, and a new consecration. 

"A great door and effectual is opened unto me." said 
Paul. The door is opened to .the Brethren Church. Let us 
go forward opening new fields, building new churches, or- 
ganizing new congregations, ^rj C\ jQ f\ 

Let us go forward Si Missionary T^aeavoT' 




Stetkiw 1fi<Mt6< 

by Virgil E. Meyer 

\nd it shall come to pass in the last days, s;iith God, 
I will pour out of nay Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons 
and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men 
shall Bee visions and your old men shall dream dreams." 
The Lord through the prophet Joel and the apostle Peter 
has given the promise that He will pour His Spirit out 
upon all flesh. That "out-pouring" will ever in the Breth- 
ren Church be our source of power. Certainly God called 
all age groups to lay hold of this power — our old men to 
dream, our sons and daughters to preach, and our young 
men to see visions. 

Notice the emphasis — our sons and daughters, our young 
men. preaching and seeing visions. God placed upon them 
the responsibility for the motivation of His program of 
salvation through Christ. Can we as Brethren do less? Is 
it not time that we are giving youth its rightful place 
in the program of our church? Do we fully realize the 
significance of the oft-repeated words, "our young people 
are the church of tomorrow?" 

For the past ten years wherever our church leaders 
have gathered, discussion has centered around certain rec- 
ognized needs of our church. Among the more urgent are 
these: the need for church extension, for a larger mission 
progra-n, for a spiritual zeal and for a more vital leader- 
ship especially among the laity. 

These needs of our church can be fulfilled. They can be 
fulfilled by our young people. Youth is naturally zealous 
and has the ability to give of itself wholeheartedly and 
unreservedly. Young people who know Christ, who have 
a faith that is untarnished and a vision that is undimmed 
by experience and reality provide the potential material 
for vital leaders. They will give of themselves to the task 

of building new churches and they will willingly endure 
the hardships of the mission field. 

Our summer camp program which is sponsored by the 
Sunday School Association each year brings a number of 
young people to the place in life where they yield them- 
selves for full-time service. We have a number of such 
"recruits" but we need many more. It will be the program 
of Brethren Youth to reach more young people. It will 
also be a major part of the program to lead those who 
have given their lives into deeper consecration. They have 
made the first step; we hope to lead them into fruitful 
lives of preaching at home and witnessing abroad. Our 
youth board has made definite plans to contact, advise, and 
inspire those young people who give themselves to Christ 
and are not yet ready for college training. We also have 
realized that there is a broad gap between the life of a 
young person while at home in the care of the local church 
and in the influence of a Christian home, and the one who 
has gone to college and is then responsible for his own 
spiritual life. Too often those who have dedicated them- 
selves seem to lose their vision. Therefore plans have 
been made to set up on the campus at Ashland a program 
which will build spiritual zeal. To do this, the youth board 
has decided to employ a full time youth director, whose 
primary duty would be to build up our youth in Christ. 
It would be his task to promote youth work on all levels 
of our total church program. He would work in summer 
camps, advise sponsors of Sisterhoods, Brotherhoods, 
Christian Endeavors, and Sunday Schools. He would also 
aid in organizing the above youth groups. 

With full support and cooperation the program as it 
is set up should lead to a larger mission program and 
eventually to a larger Brethren Church. 

i ■»» » 

7* Stno*ty> 7* Ss Saved 

A bather in Rothesay Bay, got beyond his depth, and cried for help. A 
well-known swimmer who stood on the pier, threw off his outer garments, and 
plunged into the water, but to the dismay of the spectators, he swam round 
the drowning man, who was struggling vehemently to save himself. Then 
just as he was disappearing, that able swimmer saved him, and amid cheers 
brought him to land. "Why were you so long in laying hold of him?" the peo- 
ple asked the rescuer — "he was nearly drowned." "He was too strong at first, 
and had 1 seized him then, he would have caught me, and probably both of 
us would have sunk. I had to wait until he had used up all his strength, then 
I had my own way with him." So God leaves the sinner to discover that he is 
"without strength" (Rom. 5:6). Then he trusts himself to Christ, and He 
.saves -hi-m. . 

* • Reprinted from Gospel Herald. 

JANUARY 24, 1948 



From the Christian World 

A third Friendship Train carrying wheat and flour from 
the Southwestern states will be loaded aboard the S. S. 
American Leader at Philadelphia for shipment to France 
and Italy. This steamer has been renamed Friend Ship" 
for this trip. 

The arrival of fifty displaced persons from Europe un- 
der the sponsorship of Church World Service has brought 
to 1,200 the total number of D. P.'s who have come to 
this country under the care of C. W. S. 

A "worry clinic" has been established at High Point, 
N. C, with the pastor of the First Methodist church in 
charge. Cardinal principles of Christian psychology will 
be used to help people master their worries. 

A German P. O. W. has been employed as organist in 
a local English church, which was unable to find a quali- 
fied musician among its members. The German, a pro- 
fessional organist, applied with the consent of the camp 

Two young men, one a Protestant and the other a Cath- 
olic, styling themselves missionaries, are on their way in 
a small boat to Tabiteuea South in the Southern Gilbert 
Islands. Taking with them $14 in money and locker full 
of Bibles, they plan to pass the "Word" to the natives. 

A fourth series on the Radio Edition of the Bible is 
being planned by the Joint Religious Radio Committee. 
This is in response to the many requests that have come 
for further series. The first three series of the Radio 
Edition of the Bible have appeared over 300 stations in 
the United States, Canada, the Philippines and Hawaii. 

At least fifty stateless children of Europe will find a 
sanctuary on Nevis, an island in the West Indies. An old 
estate is being cleared and the buildings are being re- 
modeled by the Stateless Children's Sanctuary, Inc. Care, 
maintenance and education will be -provided for fifteen 
years. Twenty-five highly qualified men and women have 
volunteered their help. 

A "faith train" to follow the freedom and friendship 
trains has been proposed by Edwin T. Dahlberg, presi- 
dent of the Northern Baptist Convention. Representatives 
of the three faiths would explain the contributions relig- 
ion has made to the progress of our country. 

A memorial chapel will be erected in honor of the four 
chaplains who lost their lives after giving their life belts 
to soldiers on the torpedoed transport, Dorchester. The 
chapel, sponsored by the Philadelphia Interfaith Commit- 
tee, will be established in Baptist Temple in that city. 

Allan Bates, formerly of the United Nations, says that 
misleading headlines in the American newspapers are 
producing the kind of thinking which leads to war. 

One million dollars and 1,000,000 pounds of supplies for 
overseas relief to be raised by the Methodist Church in 
the next four months is the goal that was set by the 
church's council of bishops at their recent meeting. The 
church has raised and distributed $6,500,000 since 1940. 

The youth department of the British Council of 
Churches has invited twenty German Protestant youth 
leaders to study youth work in Britain for four weeks. 

Thirty-five million additional acres of farm land will be 
opened up by 1952 under the soil reclamation and irriga- 
tion projects now under way in Mexico. Only seven per 
cent of Mexican land now gets enough rainfall for cul- 

The church at Gona in New Guinea is sending one half 
of its offerings to Japan, "helping those people who 
spoilt our country to be better people, so that they will 
be helping ones, not spoiling ones. That is what I think 
God wants us to do, because we are his children." The 
minister of the church had been a prisoner of the Jap- 
anese for three years. 

Abolition of the principle of racial segregation is a rec- 
ommendation from the woman's division of Christian Ser- 
vice in the Methodist Church to the general conference 
which meets next year in Boston. Ihis recommendation 
is aimed at the organization of the church, which set up 
a separate jurisdiction for Negro churches when the union 
of the northern and southern groups took place. 

Three Negro women have been transported from the 
middle of the Sahara desert to Lucerne, Switzerland, in 
order to demonstrate there the textile arts of the Sahara 
people. Later they will visit Paris to give their demonstra- 

Charles C. Rohrer, farmer from North Manchester, In- 
diana, has written the leading newspapers of the country 
as follows: "Unless the common people of America 
awaken soon, rise up in their might and demand a ces- 
sation of present w T ar acts we will be involved in World 
War III shortly. The demands of the common people of 
the world are for peace; if these demands are insistent 
enough they can keep us out of war." 

In spite of the political turbulence in China, the Chinese 
Christian colleges have continued to operate as beacon 
lights of hope. More than twelve thousand Chinese stu- 
dents were enrolled last year. Many of these students 
found it necessary to subsist on one meal a day and the 
professors often lived on salaries less than the income of 
a working coolie. Books were hard to obtain and twenty 
students often had to share one book. The Chinese be- 
lieve in education. 



A 1948 Challenge 

"The land whither ye go to possess it. is a land of 
hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of 
heaven: a land which the Lord thy God careth for: the 
I of the lord are always upon it, from the beginning 
of the year even unto the end of the year." (Deut. 11: 
11. 12>. 

As these words are copied from the Book of Sacred 
Record, we are only three days from the end of another 
year. We stand at the verge of a new year, on the edge 
the unknown. There lies before us a new year and we 
hi>pe confidently to go forth to possess it. Who can tell 
what we shall hnd ? With faith in Him, in Whom we live 
and move and have our being, we are comforted in the 
words of the text, "The Lord thy God careth for it . . . 
His eyes are upon it away to the ending of the year." 
Here is the most gracious pledge and source of our mer- 

Our country, our churches, and our homes do not need 
pathy so much as they do need the consciousness of 
being in the strong hands of One, the Lord and the Lord 
of all. That appreciation would steady us at once, and 
give rest of heart and courage and strength. And that 
is what will steady us in these troublous and disturbing 
times — to remember that God is more than a sympathizer 
and comforter; that He is the mighty Lord, our Lord and 
the Lord of all. We need the remembrance not only of his 
gentleness and goodness, but of his greatness too. "The 
Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In 
His hand are the deep places of the earth; the strength 
of the hills is His also." Too frequently our puny, weak 
faith has caused us to shorten the hand of God, to mini- 
mize His power. 


As we approach the new year, consider a few state- 
ments relative to the past, — 

"J. Edgar Hoover, head of the Federal Bureau of In- 
vestigation, U. S. A., better informed about the subject 
on which he speaks than any other man in the country, 
says: 'Last year, a major crime occurred every 23 sec- 
onds. More persons were murdered within the United 
States than there were casualties at Tarawa. A robbery 
occurred every 12 minutes, a burglary every two minutes, 
a larceny every 39 seconds, and an automobile was stolen 
every three minutes. Remember that 13 per cent of all 
murderers arrested were under 21 years of age, as were 
39 per cent of all robbers, 55 per cent of all burglars, 37 
per cent of all thieves. In fact, nearly 23 per cent of all 
persona arrested last year were under voting age. More 
boys, 17 years of age, and more girls, 18 years of age, 
were arrested than in any other age group. 

'This country is in deadly peril. We have won the war 
but may still lose freedom for all in America. For a 

creeping rot of moral and spiritual disintegration is eat- 
ing into our nation.' " 

Now my friends, every feature of the world situatiou 
that you and I confront today is a summons to lay new 
emphasis on the phrase, "the evangelization of the world." 
We are a generation of people bowed down under mortal 
need. At the same time we boast of our riches, our 
strength as a nation, while Europe is weak and impov- 
erished. While part of the world lives in prosperity with 
every convenience at hand, there are thousands of home- 
less, displaced and suffering souls in Austria, Germany 
and Italy. Here is a mighty problem for the tomorrow 
and not one of us can brush it aside. 

This is not a generation in the clutch of mortal need 
alone. It is a generation of plastic flow. Great ideas, new 
things, will constantly creep into the minds of all man- 
kind in the coming year. Ten years from now will mark 
many changes. Will we sit idly by and allow great ideas 
to pierce the life of the world while the idea of Christ 
which we know to be the most piercing and pervasive of 
all, is postponed to be administered to a preempted world 
by generations that come after ours? This life is allow- 
ing the plastic flow to be fast setting in its molds — molds 
that will last for our day and a long time after. Was 
Lowell right when he said, "Once to every man or nation 
comes the moment — and the choice goes on forever?" 

Thus looking upon our world in dire need and with 
great unrest and so little real joy and happiness, a world 
that is going on its road toward another day, another 
year; the plastic flow is now hardening into forms that 
will hardly change. God forbid that we should abate one 
iota of our missionary emphasis and zeal for the pro- 
mulgation of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior to a tired, 
weary and sin-sick world. 

We have a growing missionary zeal. Our churches in 
South America are prospering. Dr. Yoder gives a most 
interesting report, since his return, commenting upon the 
progress shown in so few years. A number of fine young 
recruits have recently signed up to enter college and sem- 
inary training in preparation for missionary service, in , 
our church. As a church we have done nobly in the past 
few years. We carry and support a great program. Let 
us not be weary in well doing. But I am persuaded that 
if every one of our churches should deepen its spiritual 
life, we would yet greatly enlarge our usefulness in the 
world. Beware lest we somehow retard the finest work 
in all the world. We cannot fail if we render to Him our 
best. With the new year, take new courage — press on. 

Our concern as Christians is that the particular and 
irreplaceable contribution of the Church, holding up to 
men the freedom of the Gospel, shall not fail for the lack 
of our prayers, our money and our service. 

E. M. Riddle, Field Secretary. 

JANUARY 24, 1948 


The Message Of The Boo\ 

The Acts 

by E. L. Miller 

(The following article is the first in a series of Bible 
meditations, each based on a book of the Bible. The pre- 
dominant note in each one will be the missionary em- 
phasis as found in the Book. — Ed.) 

This book is not 
necessarily a report 
of the actions of the 
apostles as the name 
might imply. It is 
rather a report of 
the actions of a 
larger group of dis- 
ciples, apostles in- 
cluded, and the Holy 
Spirit should be 
given all credit for 
what was done 
through and by 
these Christian 
workers. It is a book 
of action and so in- 
trigues one with its 
recordings. Dr. Luke 
caught the spirit of things and vividly portrays them to 
us. From the first chapter to the last action is the theme. 
Of course action at times requires time out for medita- 
tion and preparation, so the Master tells the eleven to 
tarry until they are endued for action. He makes His last 
appearance to them as recorded in the first chapter, and 
gives them orders for service and also a glorious prom- 
ise of coming again for them. That first chapter also con- 
tains a record of an action by the eleven that is some- 
times questioned by Bible students. They took it into their 
own hands to select a successor to the defective Judas 
Iscariot. Many of us think that Jesus did His own select- 
ing of the new apostle; and in the one born out of due 
season, Paul, we feel Jesus completed the dozen to be so 
designated. Paul has all the earmarks of an apostle, even 
to having the power bestowed on him to raise the dead. 
The man the eleven selected comes on and goes off the 
scene in very short notice. But we shall leave that for 
the theologians to mull over. 

The apostles had been warned not to start off unready. 
With impetuous fellows like a Simon Peter that is a 
timely warning and a safe guard. More than once this 
very worthy fellow jumped the gun and had to be dis- 
ciplined. To have action unimpeded Jesus had them wait 

until unlimited power would be given them, but even then 
they seem to have run ahead of the Lord in making their 
choice of a successor to Judas. It may have been that 
their action was proper, but as we said, who ever heard 
of their man afterward? But note well our friend, Paul. 

The book of Acts is the New Testament book of his- 
tory. But since history is in reality biography, so we 
will have to think of it in the main. And what biograph- 
ies it contains! But as to its main message, it is mis- 
sionary. Home and foreign missions are both stressed in 
its pages. Evangelism, the handmaid of missionary en- 
deavor, stands out prominently. Once the Holy Spirit had 
descended the disciples were out for souls. The impetuous 
Peter lost none of his impetuosity but it was better di- 
rected. His wonderful discourse of the Pentecostal time 
won souls by the thousand. He had able assistance on 
the part of the one hundred nineteen others who were 
in that upper room. But he was the leader. And again, 
a little later he repeated with an appeal that brought 
many more thousands out on the side of Christ and the 
newly born church. So in Peter and Paul we have won- 
derful leaders, but remember the Acts includes many 
more names of able and efficient soul winners. 

Indeed, others of the disciples caught the vision and 
did their part nobly. Remember Stephen and his great 
sermon that won the hatred of the Jewish leaders but 
doubtless had something, maybe more than we think, to 
do with the conversion of one of his arch persecutors. 
That little fellow Saul was made to think, and the way 
Stephen went to his death impressed him wonderfully. 
So also Philip, another deacon, made himself very useful 
on that Gaza highway, and it is believed today by his- 
torians that the Ethiopian church, the oldest in contin- 
uous existence among us, is the result of that deacon's 
efforts. So evangelistic and missionary endeavor went on 
and the church grew. So we see that the Holy Spirit 
mightily used others than the apostles during this early 
period of the church. 

But perhaps the outstanding character of this book is 
the super-missionary, powereful preacher, writer of spir- 
itual letters and founder of churches, the beloved Paul. 
From the ninth chapter On the book has him very much 
in evidence. He was a paragon of pluck, and a hard- 
hitting expounder of righteousness and sound Christian 
doctrine. He left his foot prints all over the place. Pales- 
tine, Asia Minor, Europe, islands of the sea, Italy and 
beyond all felt the imprint of this little giant Churches 
sprouted up everywhere as this first great missionary 



and his aides Barnabas. Silas, Mark, Timothy. Onesimus, 
and others went about. Those working with him found him 
to be l I for the doctrines of his Master whom he 

d and served. Some couldn't take it and left him. But 
Bd with him to the end. Jesus gave the gospel 
and Paul would preach it whatever might happen. Well, 
it ha ■:. but nothing moved this "setter forth of 

doctrines." as they said of him. He was soundly 
orthodox in his Christian faith and doctrine. And how 
..■ modern preachers could well take a leaf out 
book and Ao likewise. The cross, crucifixion and 
central in his preaching and teaching. 
\\\ v.. I ;>. I do well to study and follow the presentments 
of this missi. nary par excellent, evangelist, and soul win- 
ner. Yes, a large part of the book of Acts is more or less 
ography of this erstwhile persecutor of Christ and 
those of the Way. the Church. 

Has any one ever shown a better way to meet the try- 
ing experiences of the Christian minister? Are not the 
I this man Paul as noted in the Acts and his 
instructions as given in his many letters to churches and 
individuals the best we can find anywhere? And his ex- 
ample in church founding is one for our consideration and 
No, we have not forgotten the record of the first gen- 
eral conference of the church. Neither would we neglect 
emphasizing the fine way in which they met and over- 
came their differences and overcame a threatened division 
among them. The point at issue was of the most serious 
kind, more by far than some that have brought divisions 
mg church folks in more recent years. And here again 
our hero. Paul, ever a contender for pure and unalloyed 
Christian faith, doctrine and practice stands out big. 
Agreement was had on a very persistent matter that had 
brought acrimonious discussion and threatened disunion. 
Well might we meet and solve our church problems and 
difficulties as did those founders at the first convention 
of the churches. 

But ere closing we want to stress again the deep mis- 
sionary nature of this book and its' message. Peter and 
Paul, and the galaxy of collaborators they had, have given 
to us the method of proce lure in church extension. They 
tfave themselves without stint or reserve. Thev dared all 
manner of dangers, abuse and misunderstandin* r . They 
defended themslves before the leading Jewish leaders and 
jurist? of their day. And never did they let down on the 
pressing duty of presenting Jesus as the God-sent Savior 
of the world. He was presented to the wise am! unwise 
Paul called them — the Greek philosophers on Mars 
Hill, the Roman judges on the bench, the group down by 
the river Bide, and so on. The universality of the Gospel 
reaaed by Peter and Paul and the consecrated band 


A telephone call to Editor Vanator 
on January 12 from Brother Fred Ec- 
card told of the call of Brother S. M. 
Whetstone to the Dayton pastorate. The 
call will be effective about April 15th. 

of workers together with them. All this sets before us the 
real essence of the book of Acts, not of the apostles, but 
of the Holy Spirit in the hearts and lives of this group, 
apostles included. These first decades of the Christian 
church furnish the pattern for our effort and procedure 

Now we did not try to rewrite the book. Neither did we 
make any effort to rewrite any portion of it. So read it. 
And we feel that it along with what we have tried to 
say will stir up such interest on the part of the readers 
that they will read and reread this second book of good 

Dr. Luke. 

— Maurertown, Va. 


I do not ask for plainer paths 

But for a guiding hand 
To keep me from the pitfalls, Lord, 

And faith to understand 
Thy wisdom and Thy will. 

1 do not ask for burdens light — 

I, too, would bear my part; 
But grant me, Lord, from day to day 

A strong courageous heart 
That knows no fear. 

1 do not ask for cloudless skies — 
For naught of this world's pain — 

But give me, Lord, a deep content 
That sings all through the rain 
And sees a bright tomorrow. 

When paths of life sometimes seem rough 

Or burdens heavy grow — 
When clouds blot out the sun, then, Lord, 
Walk with me and then I know 
I will not miss the road. 

— Eleanor Frey. 

JANUARY 24, 1948 

PAW. ■ 

Wjieto *7&e ^ee S teeny Tftotfai 

A young boy was once asked how long he had 
known his Saviour, and if assured that his sins 
were forgiven. 

"Oh yes," he replied; "I know that they arc 
all forgiven ; I am quite sure of that." 

"When did you first come to know and under- 
stand that?" asked the minister. 

"When the bee stung Mother," said the boy 

"When the bee stung Mother? Tell me what 
you mean, my boy." 

"Sir," said the boy, "I have a mother, who for 
some years told me what Jesus had done for me 
but I never really understood and realized how 
He had taken my place, and died in my stead, 
until one summer's afternoon, when playing in 
the door of our cottage. Mother was ironing in 
the kitchen, at the door, with her sleeves turned 
up upon her arms. Suddenly, while I was playing 
around the doorstep, a large and apparently much 
excited bee, came buzzing round and round my 
head. It no doubt had been hurt, and seemed de- 
termined to sting. I was frightened, and tried 
once or twice to flap it away with my handker- 
chief; but round and round my head it came, 
closer each time. At last, in despair, I ran inside 
to get rid of my enemy, and made for my mother, 
who had been watching my injudicious efforts to 
free myself from my opponent, and with a cry 
I hid myself under her long white apron. 

"Amused at my fear, but with mother care, she 
put her iron down, and with a smile, put her 
arms outside, as it were to assure me that I had 
full protection. 

"This was hardly done, before the bee settled 
upon one of her bare arms, and before she real- 
ized that it was not wise to let the angry little 
insect remain upon her, the bee had stung her 
so deeply that the poor thing was unable to draw 
out its sting, and in an exhausted state crawled 
slowly down her arm. 

"My mother, who felt the sting sharply, was 
taken aback; but looking at the bee crawling 
down her arm, a thought struck her which was 
the means of my salvation. 

"She said to me, 'There, you may come >ut 

now; the bee has stung Mother instead of you; 
come out, and look at it crawling on Moth- 
arm. It cannot hurt you now.' 

"Timidly I lifted the apron, and put my head 
out to see. There was the bee crawling still slow- 
ly down my mother's arm; and my mother, point- 
ing to the sting higher up, said, 'There it is; it 
has stung Mother instead of you. You may play 
with it now; it cannot sting again; see its sting 
in Mother's arm. Poor creature, it has only one 

"Half afraid and a little sorrowful for my 
mother, I looked at the sting. My mother then 
went on to explain to me how I might play with 
the bee now, and even take it in my hand, as it 
could not sting twice, and therefore could not 
sting me now. She well applied the lesson, ex- 
plaining to me how it was a picture of what for 
long she had told me about Jesus having taken 
my place, and been punished in my stead. 

"I had learned and often repeated that verse, 
'With His stripes we are healed,' but I never un- 
derstood until then, with the bee and sting be- 
fore us, that it was just a picture of what Jesus 
had permitted to be done to Himself — to be pun- 
ished instead of us, who deserved to be punished ; 
and how, if we believed that He had taken our 
place and been punished in our stead, we could 
not be punished. The Law having punished Him 
in our stead, it was powerless now to punish us. 
Yes; and how true these three short lines — 

" 'Payment God will not twice demand ; 
First at my bleeding Surety's hand. 
And then again at mine.' 

"That moment of realization ! 1 shall never for- 
get it. It was all so clear now. I saw and under- 
stood for the first time what Mother had for long 
taught me, how that God would not punish me. 
because He had already punished Jesus in my 
stead. Yes, sir, it was when the bee stung Moth- 
er. I have rejoiced from that moment in belie\ - 
ing and being assured that Jesus died for me on 
Calvary." — Unknown — Reprinted from Gospel 



Foreign Missions 

Rosario, Argentina, 
South America, 
December, 1947 
E. M. Kiddle 
Ashland. Ohio 
lVar Hrother Kiddle: 

I fee. great privilege to write to you again, and wish 
you hate had a very happy Christmas Day and prosperous 
Veur. May it be a day tilled with the joy of our 
lord and Saviour! 

W-- are praying that this New Year may be rilled to 
overflowing with the List blessing and with the fruit of 
the Holy Spirit. 

\\ e feel verj happy once more that another year has 

b\ in the intimate communion and fraternal love of 

each other, and we feel greatly joyful that as we are 

ending the year we can say that our work in the Lord 

has not been in vain, and when our Lord shall appear, 

may the crown of rejoicing given for the winning of souls 
be yours in all its glory. We must sincerely express that 
every heart won for Him by His Grace feels profound 
gratitude to recognize that great part of this joy they owe 
to you there by whose means they have been reached. 

So all of you dear Brethren in the U. S. receive our 
sincere thanks and great affection and love. 

During this summer, thanks to the Lord, we are al- 
ready working very actively with scouting work and with 
the tent work in many towns around. Now in the midst 
of summer, many of the workers are invited to go to the 
Summer Camp in Cordoba Hills. 

Mr. and Mrs. Pablo Espinosa are now in Colon and 
they feel very happy there, in the new missionary sta- 
tion. They have begun with good success. They have very 
nice meetings, and there is a very good attendance. 

With much love I remain sincerely yours, 

Adolfo Zeche. 

The Soul-Winners Crown Of Rejoicing 

by C. F. Yoder 

Dr. Voder's idea of a Personal Workers' training course 
for South American leaders was approved at General 
Conference by the Missionary board. The following is for 
January and February. We suggest that they be used in 
C. E. groups, S. M. M., or Sunday School classes. The 
Missionary office is anxious to hear from church leaders 
and to know if there is a desirt to have a similar study 
printed each month. A card will give your reaction. They 
are beinK printed in Spanish for their use in South Amer- 
ica. E. M. K. 

Mary Jo was a good girl, a church member, faithful as 
the average and beloved by all. Hut she was not a real 
worker until she went to summer camp and heard a lec- 
ture on the duty of soul-winning. She resolved to be a 
fruitful branch and not one to be cut off and burned. 
John 16:6. 

She began by giving tracts to unconverted people. Then 
she began to add a few words of invitation. This led to 
conversations, and this to arguments, and at last she 
learned to her consternation that the world is not hun- 
gering and thirsting for the Gospel as she imagined. She 
became discouraged and appealed to her pastor for help. 

He explained to her I Cor. 2:14 and Matt. 13:3-9. When 
she understood that the kingdom of God is really a higher 
kingdom than that of the natural man, and that the Gos- 
pel must therefore appear folly to the unregenerate peo- 
ple, she began to see the necessity of learning the tech- 
nique of leading the unsaved through the miracle of the 
new birth to the joy of the new life in which the Gospel 
ceases to appear folly and becomes sweeter than honey 
and more precious than gold. Then she began to study to 
be a worker approved unto God, rightly dividing the word 
of truth. II Tim. 2:15. 

JANUARY 24, 1948 


Like Mary Jo there are countless Christians who would 
like to be useful but have not learned just how to pro 
ceed. To such the writer wishes to give some things 
learned through more than sixty years of Christian labor. 
By following them the work of soul-winning may become 
the greatest joy ever experienced. The lessons require 
the learning of only a text a day throughout a year, and 
they may be learned in private or in classes. If no such 
training is being given in your church, do something about 
it and you may have the reward of leading others into the 
blessed life of service. The course is divided into four 
parts of twelve lessons each. 



Golden Text — "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of 

rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of the Lord 

Jesus Christ at his coming?" I Thess. 2:19. 

Questions (Write the answers) 

1. What wonderful companion does the soul winner 

Ans. Matt. 28 :20 

2. What other title of high honor corresponds to "fish- 
ers of men?" 

Ans. II Cor. 5 :20 

3. What special joy for the soul-winner is mentioned in 
II Cor. 5:17, 18? 


4. What did Paul see in Galatian believers which gave 
him joy? 

Ans. Gal. 4 :14-15 

5. What glory for the soul-winner is revealed in Dan. 


6. How does Matt. 25:23 apply to the soul-winner? 

7. When will the joy of John 4:36 be realized? 


Golden Text — "If they have persecuted me they will also 

persecute you." John 15:20. 

1. Why does Satan and his agents hate Christ and the 
church ? 

Ans. John 15:18 

2. How can a soul-winner get joy out of his trials ? 
Ans. 1 Pet. 4 :12-14 

3. How do the "marks of the Lord Jesus" preserve from 
temptation ? 

Ans. Gal. 6 :17 

4. How does the soul-winner often experience the bless- 
ing of Matt. 5:11, 12? 


5. How does obedience to Heb. 13:13 bring joy? 

Ans. Phil. 2:5-9 

6. What comfort can the worker who suffers with Jesus 
find in Rev. 7:9-14? 


7. What O. T. verse is a good motto for soul winners ? 
Ans. Ps. 126:6 


Golden Text — "Except a man be born again he cannot Bee 
the kingdom of God." John 3:3-5. 

1. Why is the new birth necessary to a Chrihtair/H / 
Ans. John 3:6 

2. Why should boro-again people be happy? 

Ans. Col. 1 :I3 

3. What doei it mean to b< a& 

Ans. Jan. 1:18; R<-v. 14:4 

4. Of what arc the children ") God the heirs? 
Ans. Rom. 8:17 

5. How does faith bring Joy'.' 

Ans. Rom. 15:13 

6. What joy follows repentance? 

Ans. Lk. 15:7, 24, 47 

7. How does Christian baptism contribute to joy'.' 
Ans. Act. 2:38, 39; I Pet. .'5:21 


Golden Text — "We cannot but speak of (he things v*e 
have heard and seen." Acts 4 :20. 

A good emotion resisted reacts by dulling the con- 
science. Witness the case of the rich young ruler. I 
wants chidren who serve through love, not slaves whose 
only motive is the lash. 

1. What, then, should be the longing back of the soul- 

Ans. Rom. 8:19 

2. What is the method of the Holy Spirit in winning 
souls ? 

Ans. Titus 2 :11-15 

3. What will the Spirit in us inspire us to do? 

Ans. Acts 1:8 

4. What joyful and unfailing motive have we in John 


5. Is not the harvest now greater and riper than ever? 
So what? 

Ans. Matt. 9:36-38; Isa. 6:8 

6. What happens if we disobey our call? 

Ans. I Cor. 9:16; Lk. 12:47 

7. What inspiring example have we in* Acts 5:40-42 7 

If we have never seen the vision of need, or felt the 
call to witness, or been moved by the spirit of compas- 
sion, or known the constraint of love, or the impulse of 
the Spirit, there is something wrong, and we should try 
Lk. 24:49 with Acts 5:32. That should bring a vision like 
that of Acts 16:9 and a prayer like that of Acts 4:29. 30. 
and then a time of rejoicing like that of Acts 5:41. Try it. 


Golden Text — "I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is 
the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believ- 
eth." Rom. 1:16. 

Some Christians try to show their faith by the way 
they dress and others by the way they profess, but there 
is also a "more excellent way." 

1. Why is our conversation a good index of our Chris- 
tian character? 

Ans. Matt. 12:34 , 

2. What kind of talk should Christians avoid? 

Ans. Col. 3:S-10 

3. What things should soul-winners teach ? 

Ans. Matt. 28:20 



4. Of whom were the disciples witnesses ? Why ? 

Ans. Acts L:8; 4:12 

6. Of what did they speak when Spirit-tilled.' 

Ans. Acts -2:11 

Ihd they tolerate any and all teaching in the name o\' 

the Gospel 1 

Ans. Gel. 1:6-9; Rev. 22:18, n» 

7. How did they defend their faith'.' 

Ans. 1 Pet. 3:15; Jude 3 


i i olden Text — "For the weapons of our warfare are not 
c.irnal. but mighty, through God. to the pulling: down of 
-iron^holds." II Cor. 10:4. 

It is a mistake to think of the Christian life as a pas- 
sive submission to anything and everything. When Jesus 
said. "Resist not evil" he was denouncing the carnal cus- 
tom of flaring up and fighting back because of trifling 
offenses. When it came to firm and faithful testimony for 
him he said. '"I am not come to cast peace but a sword." 
.Matt. 10:34-3(5. For such a warfare we need the spiritual 
weapons and the "whole armor of God." 
1. As soldiers of Christ with whom must we fight? 

Ans. Eph. 6:11. 12 

J. Of what importance is the girdle of truth? 

Ans. John 17:17; II Cor. 13:8 

3. "The breastplate of righteousness" means what 

Ans. Phil. 3:9; Rev. 19:7, 8 

4. How shall we harmonize vs. 15 with Matt. 10:47? 

Ans. Rom. 12:18; Acts 4:9, 20 

"Above all, the shield of faith," vs. 16. Write seven 

essentials which depend upon faith. Eph. 3:17 

Gal. 3:14 Rom. 

9:30 Heb. 11:6 

James 5:16 

Gal. 2:20 Jn. 5:4 

"The helmet of salvation, vs. 17. Compare the helmet 
of Goliath with that of David. I Sam. 17:5, 45-49. 
Why are the unsaved unfit to win souls? 

Ans. Acts 8:18-23 

7. How did Jesus use the "sword of the Spirit?" 

Ans. Matt. 4:3-11 


Golden Text — "The word of God is living and powerful." 
Heb. 4:12. 

While the works of God give their testimony to his 
wisdom, power, and love, and leading men of science con- 
firm the validity of this testimony, yet it bestows neither 
pardon for sin, nor the gift of divine life. Only the Gos- 
pel does that. Therefore it is the preaching of the only 
our that brings the only salvation. 

I. How is the Bible a "discerner of the thoughts and in- 
tents of the heart?" 
Ans. Compare Rev. 19:21; I Cor. 19-21 

The word of God is a mirror which shows us what 
we are. How use it? (1) To see our sinful selves, Jas. 
1:22-25; <2> To Bee our Savior," II Cor. 3:18. 
The word of God is like cleansing water. To purify 

by I Pet. 1:22; to 

John 17:14; and to the church. 

Eph. 5:25-27. 

4. The word of God is spiritual food. In it there is 

Ps. 81:16; , 

I Pet. 2:2; and I Cor. 3:2. 

5. The word of God is the good seed which grows into 

eternal life. By it we have 

Rom. 10:10; and have been 

I Pet. 1:23. By it we are counted 

Rom. 4:3. By it we are John 

17:17; and by it we .Matt. 4:4. 

6. The word of God is John 6:63, 

not to all but to 11 Cor. 


7. The called of God are first good 

Matt. 13:8, then good Matt. 

13:8, and then good 

John 4:36, 37. Where are you? II Cor. 13:5. 


Golden Text — "Tarry ye in Jerusalem, until ye be endued 
with power from on high." Luke 24:49. 

This text indicates that Jesus considered the endue- 
ment of the Holy Spirit as an essential qualification for 
his disciples. 

1. Why? Ans. John 15:1-5 

2. What rite was given to the church to preserve and 
emphasize this truth? 

Ans. Heb. 6:1, 2 with Acts 8:14-17; 19:1-7 

3. What are the conditions of receiving this gift? 

Gal. 3:14; .and 

Acts 2:38, 39; Acts 

5:32; and Luke 11:13. 

4. What are the results (differing in persons and occa- 
sions) : 

Ans Acts 1:8; 

1 Cor. 12:7-11; John 13:38, 39 

with Rom. 5:5 . .Gal. 5:22, 23; 

I Cor. 6:19; 

Rom. 8:11. 

5. Find some things which we, as soul-winners, are to 
do "in the Spirit": 

Ans Gal. 5:5; Gal. 5:16; 

Gal. 5:25; John 14:16, 17; 

John 14:25 John 16:13; 

II Tim. 1:13, 14. 

6. What should we ask in prayer for one another? 
Ans Eph. 3:14-19. 

7. What O. T. truth should soul winners remember? 
Ans. Zech. 4:6 

JANUARY 24, 1948 


Home Mission News 


Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour, 
Jesus Christ, to all the Brethren : 

Knowing - of your desires to have an up-to-date 
knowledge of the various churches, especially 
those suported by the Mission Board, we take 
this opportunity to let you know about the church 
in Mulvane, Kansas. 

Our last report covered our dedication services. 
Since then we have been busy. Our Daily Vaca- 
tion Bible School was held the last part of May 
with an average attendance of 41 pupils. At the 
close of the school two 'teen aged girls accepted 
Christ as their Saviour. We had our annual Sun- 
day School picnic on the banks of the Walnut 
River in July. There were 68 present at that 
time. During the first part of August, there were 
14 young people, some teachers and other work- 
ers, who left for a week of camp at the new Mid- 
west District Camp Wyandotte, near Kansas City, 
Kansas. We arrived there on Monday evening, 
and left the following Monday. Everyone re- 
ported a fine time. At the decision service there 
were four young people stepped forward as life- 
work recruits. Two rededicated their lives, and 
five made their first confession, accepting Christ 
as their Saviour. The following day two more ac- 
cepted Christ. Six were baptized in the old swim- 
ming hole on Sunday afternoon. Two of those 
baptized were from the Mulvane Church. 

On November 16 we began our fall revival with 


The Mission Board wishes to express 
its sincere thanks for the generous 
Thanksgiving Offerings "which have 
come from Brethren Churches and from 
many individual givers. The response 
has indeed been heartening. We appre- 
ciate your fine interest in the cause 
of spreading Christianity in our coun- 
try, and in lending a helping hand to 
Europe's undernourished war victims. 

We appreciate, too, the gifts of many 
who have contributed to this offering, 
and whose names we do not have. This 
is our means of acknowledging your 
gifts. Thank you! 

Rev. Cecil Johnson of Falls City, Nebr., as the 
evangelist. Brother Johnson gave us some excel- 
lent messages, and everyone seemed to gr< 
spiritually as to visible results. There were ten 

people that accepted the Saviour. We commi 
Brother Johnson to any of the churches desiring 

to hold an old-fashioned revival. 

We closed the meetings with our fall Love- 
Feast. There were 38 communicants. We had four 
visitors from the Church of the Brethren in Con- 
way Springs, Kansas, and one visitor from thf 
River Brethren in Christ Church of Abilene, 
Kansas. The service was spiritual and uplifting. 
We also ordained two deacons and two deacon- 
esses on Sunday evening, November 30. They 
were Brother and Sister Lee Howard, and Broth- 
er and Sister Carl Sherman. 

• At our July business meeting the pastor was 
extended an indefinite call by the church, which 
he gladly accepted. Also at that meeting Mrs. 
Myrtle Kessinger was called to be a missionary 
evangelist, and the District Conference in October 
confirmed that call. At present she is located at 
Haddix, Kentucky. 

Our attendance has been growing. The last few 
Sundays, the Sunday School reported more than 
70 present, with church attendance about the 
same. The evening services usually have about 35 
present and the prayer service about 25. 

Pray for us that we may always have a zeal 
for the Lord. 

W. L. Thomas, pastor. 


Teach me to live ! 'Tis easier far to die — 
Gently and silently to pass away — 

On earth's long night to close the heavy eye. 
And waken in the glorious i"ealms of day. 

Teach me that harder lesson — how to live 
To serve Thee in the darkest paths of life. 

Arm me for conflict, now fresh vigor give. 
And make me more than conqu'ror in the strife. 

— Author Unknown. 





W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

Tofut c.-rtntht,.' hr th* lni*rniiien»l Socittl ol ChriftUa Endtiror. 

id bT p»rmi»su<o 

[topic f«>r February 1. 1948 


Scripture: PhilippiatiH 2:9-11 

For Tho Leader 

TilS MATTER of exalting Christ is one which should 
some careful and sober thinking on the part 
of Christians. Christ is the greatest of all. No other in 
the world is BS greal as He. Though men and women 
curse Him. ignore, negled and forsake Him. He is great- 
Christ. the satistier of souls is left out when most 
men are seeking religious truth. He. the Peacemaker, is 
ignored when men assemble to "make peace." He. the 
inciter I -i and man. is refused as men vainly 

try to lift themselves to the skies by their Rood works. 
Hut this will not always be. Though men reject Him to-, 
day He will be exalted and worshipped in a day to come. 
It behooves us to he His exalter in this extended day of 
jrace. Why? So that we shall be His exalters 
through endless glory and the bliss of Eternity. 


1. THEY PASSED HIM BY. There was no room for 
Him in the Inn at Bethlehem. That thought has been the 
driving point in comparing: men's reaction to His love. 

here was no room for Jesus then, so there is little 
m in men's hearts for Him today. Certainly we Chris- 
tians do not want to be accused of shutting; Christ out 
of our lives. Yet, isn't that about what happens? If we 
are too husy to pray, to read our Bibles, to attend the 
service of His house, to give of our substance, we are 
committing the act of shutting Him out of our lives. 
Such spiritual loss can never be regained. We are com- 
missioned to make Him Lord of all. 

and terrible things are prophesied in God's Word for those 
who ignore Christ. They shall be cast out into outer dark- 
ness, and there shall be weeping and wailing and gnash- 
ing of teeth. First we seem to think this will be for just 
those who are "heathen," or who are "terribly wicked." 
It would be a shock if any one told us that some of us 
might be included in that group. Nevertheless, it is true. 
By our refusal to listen to His Word, to profit by the 

ions, and other things we hear, we are endangering 
our ch. : o inherit eternal life. If we laugh at God 

and C" out and engage in sin. we are disgracing; Christ, 
and punishment will come upon us. 

■ ',. EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW. Everj human being 
"hall how the knf to Christ. However, when that event 
'. humanity will he divided into two groups. 
Kir-', those who have bowed before Him in this life, and 
given Him the leadership of their lives. This group in- 
cludes all those who, through faith, have accepted Christ 
as the covering for their sins. They shall enter heaven 
forev< r. The other group includes the proud, the adulter- 
eTS, the lustful, the immoral, cursers and drunkards. It 

will include those who put physical and material desires 
ahead of spiritual. They shall die in their sins, and be lost 
forever. But before they are cast away for ever, they 
shall see Christ in glory, face to face. They shall bow 
their knee to Him and acknowledge Him as greatest. 
They shall recognize Him as the Son of the Eternal God 
and the Savior of their sins. But it won't do them any 
good. This life, is the time to repent of sin and evil ways. 
t. EXALTATION AFTER SERVICE. Christ had glory 
in the heavens before He came to earth. But He gave up 
this glory to offer a way of escape from sin's punish- 
ment. He became a servant to save men. But now all that 
is past. From now on the trend is upward. Each succeed- 
ing; generation of people on the earth is adding its praise 
to the already innumerable hosts in glory. And present 
day trends seem to indicate tremendous gains in the num- 
ber of people who are accepting Christ. Over the radio, 
through the Christian magazines, through evangelists, 
people everywhere are finding the message of Christ as 
the answer to their soul sickness. Christ surely shall be 
exalted. We'd better check to be certain of our own posi- 
tion. Sin, desires to indulge in world evils, etc., puts us 
in a dangerous position before God. Don't take chances. 

5. "ALL HAIL THE POWER." "All hail the power of 
Jesus' name, Let angels prostrate fall, We'll join the ever- 
lasting throng, and crown Him Lord of all." These selected 
words from the great hymn by the same name, are sug- 
gestive of that bursting praise which comes from the true 
believer's heart. Yet we are confronted with people who 
seem to lack that enthusiasm. Why? That would be hard 
to answer in a few words. Sufficeth to say, if you don't 
feel it in your heart, you can't sing it. Other interests, 
secret and open sins, keep us from realizing that enthu- 
siasm in our hearts. Let us give Christ the glory of out- 
lives, for He is the ruler of the universe and Lord of all. 
We can measure up in a fair way by giving Him the honor 
and glory which we should. You can gain a great blessing 
by putting Christ in the head place in your life. 


1. Christ's coming into the world has altered the lives 
of all men since. He has done more to change the pattern 
of world history than any other. Yet today He is per- 
sistently ignored by world leaders. Why do world leaders 
ignore One who has had so much to do in changing .he 
destiny of humanity? 

2. Do you think the number of Christians (real believers 
in Christ) is growing in proportion to the growth of the 
world's population, or not? Give reasons for your belief. 

3. Do you believe there are more people being converted 
to Christ in the past three years than in the twenty years 
before that time? Support your answer with reasons. 

4. What do you think the outlook is for the next ten 
years as to the prospects of winning people to a saving 
knowledge of Christ? (Please note a distinction between 
winning people to a "saving knowledge of Christ" and 
that nf winning them to Christ's social ways, or better 
ways of living.) 




JANUARY 24, 1948 


Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

(Helps for Missions) 

against evils which if unch< ill injure or 6* 

our own COUntr) (Arts 2>.:28;. 

7. I support missioiu for tl fare oi my own soul 

(Acts 20:85). Only ai I give can In 
life (2 Cor. 9:6-1 1 I. 

x. Christian n n repn firisi Who nly 

light and hope of .-i lo • world (Ad 4:12). 


You sent your money across the sea 

That bought a Bible for young Sing Lee; 

And Sing Lee when he had read therein 

Proceeded to turn his back on sin. 

Then he rested neither night nor day 

Till his brother walked in the narrow way; 

And his brother worked till he had won 

Away from their gods his wife and son. 

The woman told of her new-found joy, 

And Christ was preached by the happy boy. 

Some of the folks who heard them speak 

Decided the one true God to seek. 

It wasn't long till half the town 

Had left its idols of wood and stone. 

And the work's not ended yet, my friend; 

You started something that shall ne'er end, 

When you sent the money across the sea 

That bought the Bible for young Sing Lee. 

— Amelia Price Ayres. 


Scripture: Acts 15:7-18 
Missionary Hymns 
Leader's Petition 
Seed Thought Provokers: 


SUPPORT missions because— 

1. It is the explicit command of the Lord (Mark 16:15). 
We are to act for the good of others for physical and 
also higher spiritual good (2 Co:*. 9:7-15). At Jacobs 
well Jesus was a foreign missionary before any disciples 
(John 4:1-7, 39-42). 

2. I am a direct fruit of missionary endeavor (John 
10:16). What I have received I owe to others (Rom. 
1:14-16). If Christianity were not a missionary religion it 
would have remained a mere sect in Palestine (Mark 13: 

3. For every dollar that has gone into missions several 
dollars in actual profits have come back (Luke 6:38; Eccl. 
11:1). If every man in this world were truly Christian 
our taxes would be lower, our homes safer, and civiliza- 
tion secure (Isa. 11:9). 

4. Missionaries go into hard places, strange lands, not 
for what they can get, but for what they can give (Acts 
8:18-20). Such a type of people deserve support. They 
undertake in our place (Luke 10:7; 1 Tim. 5:18). 

5. Christian missions obtain definite results in all lines 
of human betterment (Luke 4:18). 

6. Every true lover of his own country will support the 
missionary on the remotest field, for he stands guard 

On The Sunday School Lesson 

by The Editor 

Lesson for February 1. 191H 


Lesson: Isaiah 53:4-6; Matthew 1:12; 5:17; 20:26-28; 

Hebrews 4:15-16 

IT SHOULD be evident to everyone that tho purpose of 
Jesus' life here on this earth (and we must assume that 
the life spoken of in our lesson is His existence in human 
form here on the earth) is to be found in the words of 
Luke, in Luke 19:10, which is our Golden Text. It reads. 
"The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which 
was lost." 

In the lesson text, taken from five different places in 
the Word, we find reference made to five phases of His 
task: 1. His sin bearing ability (Isaiah 53:4-6); 2. to 
be the savior of mankind in lost estate (Matthew 1:21); 
3. to fulfill the law He had given (Matthew 5:17); 4. to 
minister to the needs of man and to give His life a ran- 
som (Matthew 20:26-28); 5. to show us how to meet the 
temptations of life and how to overcome them ( Hebrews 

We should remember that if Jesus had a purpose in 
coming to earth, we, too, should follow Him with a pur- 
pose, for a purposeless life is a life of failure. We should 
read carefully 1 Peter 2:21 in this connection, "For even 
hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for 
us, leaving us an example, that we should follow in his 

These things should give us sufficient to think about 
for this lesson. 


Mrs. Elmer Ebbinghouse 

When winter comes 

And spreads its robe of snow 

Upon the hills, where lonely flowers sleep; 

We all can know 

It is the symbol 

Of God's love and care! 

He watches o'er each child — 

He does not sleep! 



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Attention Churches . . . . 

Any churches desiring Brethren Crusadors or Ambassadors during the 
summer months, contact Ruth LaVonne Clapper, 1223 East Main Street, 
Louisville, not later than March 28, 1948. The Crusaders will be Christian 
young people especially trained in D. V. B. S. work, and the Ambassadors in 
• iospel Team Work. 

Attention Young People 

Any young person interested in participating in either of these fields of 
Christian work should also contact Miss Clapper by March 28th. Both part 
and full-time work is needed. 

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Vol. LXX, No. 5 January 31, 1948 ^ ™JES*S5£% 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Published weeklr. except the last week in Aoguit and 
the last week, in December. 

Ashland, Ohio 


J. E. Stookey. President N. G. Kimmel, Vice-President 
J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasurer 





Dr. Charles A. Bame Rev. Dyoll Belote 


Dr. C. F. Yoder, Brethren Doctrine 

Rev. N. V. Leatherman, Practical Church Problems 

Rev. J. G. Dodds, National Goals 

Dr. R. F. Porte, Brethren Church History 

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September 3. 1928. 


Akron, Ohio (Firestone Park). Brother J. G. Dodds re- 
ports the continued progress in the work of getting the 
new Akron church started. At the time we gleaned this 
news the foundation was in and the material for the su- 
perstructure was on the ground, with the builders ex- 
pecting to start the labor on same at an early date. We 
will watch with interest, the growth of this new church 

We note also that the enrollment of the Sunday School 
has reached the number of 110, with an average attend- 
ance during December of 77. The goal which is set to be 
reached by Easter Sunday is an enrollment of 150 with an 
average of at least 100 in attendance. 

Masontown, Pennsylvania. Quoting from the Masontown 
bulletin of January 11, "The interior doors are being 
hung; kitchen sink installed; siding nearly completed, 

and floors filled." This, of course, had reference to the 
new parsonage. Brother Ankrum reports a generous con- 
tribution from an individual away from Masontown, which 
will be applied to the new parsonage fund. 

Linwood, Maryland. Brother Elmer Keck reports the 
reception of one new member into the church on Sunday, 
December 28. 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois. Brother Charles Johnson an- 
nounces the date of their evangelistic meetings as Feb- 
ruary 1 to 15. He does not give the name of the evan- 

The following officers were elected by the young peo- 
ple recently: President, Charles Nethery; Vice-President, 
Harold Nickey; Secretary-Treasurer, Martha Adams. 
Brother Johnson reports an increased interest being man- 
ifested in the organization. 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Henry Bates, pastor of 
the church asks us to report a change which should have 
been made in the Annual number of the Evangelist (the 
Conference Annual number) which has to do with the 
membership of the St. James Church. Instead of the mem- 
bership being 170 as it appears, this should read 203. 
We are glad to make this correction. So mark it in your 

While we are making this change we also wish that 
you would add to your church pastor's lists the follow- 
ing: Joseph Hamel, called to be student pastor of the 
Fairhaven, Ohio, Brethren Church. Also add to the list of 
ministers without churches the name of Thomas Shan- 
non, Ashland, Ohio, who is a licensed minister by action 
of the Mid- West District cf which he is a member. Brotn- 
er Hamel's address is Ashland, Ohio. 

Berlin, Pennsylvania. From Brother S. M. Whetstone's 
Berlin bulletin we quote the following: "The Berlin 
Brotherhood received the following communication: 'Your 
heifer, No. 8844 has been shipped to Italy on the S. S. 
Humanitas on December 3, 1947. We thank you for this 
contribution and shall forward any information regard- 
ing your heifer on to you as it comes to us.' Sincerely 
yours, Heifer Project Committee." We had a picture of 
the above heifer in the Evangelist not so long ago. 

Waterloo, Iowa. The Annual Youth Banquet was held 
in the Waterloo Church on Saturday night, January 24. 
We hope to receive a full report of this meeting. 

Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Brother H. R. Garland says 
he forgot to report the fine Communion which they had 
on the first Sunday of November when twenty-four sur- 
rounded the Lord's table. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. The First Family Night Get-to- 
gether for the new year was held in the Milledgeville 
Church on Monday, January 19. It was sponsored by 
Brother Harry Bushman's Class. 

Brother D. C. White reports the average attendance 
for the last quarter of 1947 was 147, with an average 
offering of $27.26; Bibles carried averaged 46 and the 
visitor average was 4. 

Loree, Indiana. Brother Higgins reports that the Build- 
ing Committee and the Board of Trustees are going ahead 
with a remodeling campaign. 

(Continued on Page 10) 

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« « « 

The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 

Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 


EVERY once in a while one's eyes fall upon a striking 
statement. Such was the case a few days ago when 
I came upon the following, quoted from "The Sunday 
School Builder" and written by J. W. Storer: 

"The greatest need of our denomination is not that it 
go into the organizational garage for simonizing and 
tightening of loose bolts; we need to have our batteries 
put on full charge." 

While the above did not definitely refer to our own de- 
nomination, nevertheless it carries many implications that 
may apply to us as Brethren. 

So, it set me to thinking! 

Many times we meet the question, "Are we over-or- 
ganized? Are we becoming unwieldy in our effort to meet 
all the goals and problems that are set forth in our pro- 
gram of activities ? Are there too many tasks for single 
individuals, who are closely identified with the various 
phases of our activities?" In other words, (slang if you 
choose to call it so) "Isn't the vehicle 'squeaking' a little 
too much and shouldn't it be sent in for the tightening 
up process that will take out the 'squeaks'?" 

In a great many cases it isn't a matter of "loose bolts," 
but rather one of "rusty, squeaky hinges," brought about 
by too infrequent use of the various parts of the vehicle. 
Rusty rails and a rocky roadbed on a branch of a great 
railroad system, tells of infrequent use, while bright, shin- 
ing rail and a well kept right-of-way shows that the 
road is under full operation, serving the communities 
through which it passes. 

If our organizations are serving a purpose, and we 
believe they are, they are all worth pi'eserving. They are 
the outlet for individual expression that finds no other 
avenue. But we must remember that Divine Guidance, 
found only in the "prayer room," will do more toward 
strengthening the full structure of our organizational 
building than ony other one thing. All real organizations 
of the church are born in prayer. Too many times, in fu- 
ture problems that confront these organizations, prayer 
is a minus quantity. Far too often we seek to "symonize" 
the machine and "tighten the bolts," forgetting that the 
source of power lies in the "battery" spark, without which 
the engine will not turn over. 

Those of us who drive automobiles in the wintry weath- 
er, through extreme cold, know the necessity of keeping 
the battery to "full charge." Nothing is more aggravat- 
ing than to step on the starter and have nothing happen. 
How do you suppose the Lord feels? 

I think you see what I mean! In applying the thought 
to our organizations, you may use your own imagination. 

Think it over! 

Life is long enough for him who knows how to use it. 

Johnstown Third Stay* in with 97 

WE HAVE just received from the Third church of 
Johnstown, Penna., a lOO'A list of subscribers to 
the number of 97. We are delighted that this splendid 
church under the leadership of Brother Chester Zimmer- 
man is staying on the Honor Roll and has increased their 
list. They are sending a check covering the amount, and 
at the same time they are expecting to send in a Publica- 
tion Day Offering, which is the proper thing to do. We 
appreciate large Evangelist subscription lists; they help 
us and they help the churches too. In addition to these 
checks for Evangelist subscriptions, Publication month 
(January) is the time for sending in extra checks to 
help pay the deficit on our publications. It is not possible 
to increase the circulation of our paper to the point where 
it will be self-supporting. The same is time of our quar- 
terlies. That is the reason for the Publication Day Offer- 
ing. Thanks to all the churches for their patronage in 
the use of our publications in every home, and for their 
support by the giving of generous Publication Day Offer- 

An Addressing Machine for Pastors 

Pastors can save time in addressing 
circular letters and church bulletins 
by using the Elliott Addresserette, a 
small addressing machine built espe- 
cially for churches, clubs and asso- 
ciations. Two of our pastors have al- 
ready placed an order one, and in 
one case delivery has been made. It 
is hand operated and addresses from 
.15 to 21 different addresses per minute, which means it 
is from 5 to 7 times faster than hand addressing. It sells 
for $45.00, plus some necessary supplies. If interested, 
write for descriptive circular. 

Additional Press Fund Reports 

Mrs. H. S. Baker, Williamsport, Md 5 5.00 

Mrs. Mary B. Turner, Bethlehem, Pa 5.00 

H. Win. Fells, Ashland, Ohio 10.00 

Bess Wissinger, Johnstown, Pa 5.00 

H. A. Gossard, Lanark, 111 50.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. Lee Garber, Mansfield. Ohio 2.00 

Horace Huse, Ripon California (Manteca ChJ .... 10.00 

A Friend 10.00 

Mrs. Ida Himiller, Bellefontaine. Ohio 2.50 

Glade E. Miller, Waterloo, Iowa 20.00 

C. P. Saylor, Union Bridge. Md 22.00 

(For total of Press Fund cash and pledges see page 16^ 

Supplies Still Going Up 

We received notice from the Standard Publishing Com- 
pany that certain of their church and Sunday school sup- 
plies had gone up in price and a long list of such items 

(Continued on page 10) 



( ouie Over Into Kentucky and Help lis 

Rev. J. Milton Bowman 

PAUL was headed for northeastern Asia when 
lie was stopped in his tracks by a vision of a 
country desperately in need; the outstretched 
hands of a man whose urgent voice cried, "Come 
over into Macedonia and help us." A great his- 
torical event in the history of the church then 
took place, for the first Christian Church on the 
European continent was established, the church 
at Philippi. It became the foremost church in 
faith and love in Europe and had God's seal upon 
it. Paul's directed move to the west instead of 
to the east brought the advantages of Christian- 
ity, not only to the European continent, but also 
it leaped across the ocean to our own America. 

We. today, are reaping the benefits of Chris- 
tianity and civilization because this zealous mis- 
sionary followed God's leading. What were some 
of the results? The Christian family, Christian 
hospitality, the uplifting of women and children 
to their rightful places in the scheme of God, 
freedom of worship, and among other things, ex- 
posure to the warm glow of the love of God, and 
finally, eternal life. So, one man, who "was not 
disobedient to the heavenly vision," left us this 
wonderful heritage. 

Nearly forty years ago, a young couple saw 
visions and dreamed dreams. The call to the Ken- 
tucky hills was insistent. Even at the risk of 
their lives and through innumerable hardships, 
forgotten by many of their former friends, they 
continued to labor in bloody Breathit County un- 
til the light of life has flowed into the hearts of 
many mountain people. Eight or nine mission 
posts have been established throughout the Ken- 
tucky mountains by their efforts. A remarkable 
revival has broken out at Lost Creek in the past 
few months and hosts of souls have been won 
for Christ. Brilliant stars will shine in the crowns 
of the Drushals when they hear the voice of the 
Master saying, "Well Done!" Many Kentucky 
Christians unknown to us will have their names 
written in golden light in the Lamb's book of 

It was Harrington Emmerson who said, "One 
single idea may have greater value than all the 
labor of all the men, animals, and engines for a 
century." How true this is! The Ashland Boys' 
Brotherhood had an idea. It looked impossible, 

but it lived ; it sparked, and a much needed Dodge 
truck was presented to our missionaries in Ken- 
tucky. Even in the mountains of Kentucky, prices 
have soared; there are many mouths to feed at 
the mission schools; there are orphans who need 
our support; income has remained more or less 
fixed and costs have multiplied. Lest we forget, 
food is desperately needed down there. 

In I John 3; 17 we find a remarkable statement, 
"But if any one has the world's goods and sees 
his brother in need, yet closes his heart against 
him, how does God's love abide in him?" How 
does it? You answer. 

Yes, an idea, however small, may have great 
value. Listen to a conversation in a Sunday School 
class meeting at Nappanee. 

"Shall we have a fifty cent gift exchange this 

One answers, "I think we should skip it and 
bring toys for our work in Kentucky." 

"Toys are good," says another, "but food and 
clothing are needed worse." 

"Well, let's gather some money for food as well 
as toys," is suggested 

Two young men said, "Why not try and fill a 
truck? We'll furnish the truck, pay all expenses, 
and take the goods down ourselves." 

"That's a good idea," said another, "but why 
not let the entire church in on it?" 

And so the idea grew. A half of a beef; fifty 
pounds of lard; cases of canned goods; clothing 
in great quantities ; roof paint ; wall paper ; toys ; 
bushels of vegetables; as well as cash. As the 
truck stood down town in front of the stores, 
merchants brought things — sacks of flour; forty 
loaves of bread from the local bakery; the meat 
market furnished many things until we had a 
large truck load of valuable goods. After the 
truck left, four crates of oranges were shipped 
down. And so the story goes. 

Many years ago, Paul heard and answered the 
call to Macedonia. Forty years ago the Drushals, 
as young graduates of Ashland College, went 
hand in hand into the Kentucky hills. They too, 
in effect, heard a voice saying, "Come over into 
Kentucky and help us." The need is still very 

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JANUARY 31, 1948 




The Voice of Our Leaders -- Past and Present 



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The force 
passes without 
to many other 
an exception? 
find the key: 
Why? That we 
this clear and 

and power of personal example 
question or hesitancy when applied 
things, why should this constitute 
Please read 1 Peter 2:21. Here we 
Christ our example in suffering. 
"should follow in his steps/' Is not 

/. The Example of Christ- 
Let us turn to John 13:15 and see whether this 
statement of the apostle Peter agrees with that 
of the Great Teacher himself: "For I have given 
you an example that ye should do as I have done 
to you." The Master does not say, "I have given 
you an example in order to teach you a lesson in 
humility." Why is it that people continually in- 
sist upon it that the language of Jesus Christ 
means something so entirely foreign from what 
He has given us? Listen: "I have given you an 
example that ye should do something else — do 
something else represented by my own example." 
That is the way thousands read it, but not so with 

great down there. The fields are ripe for harvest ; 
there is plenty of opportunity for expansion. 
Brethren laborers are few indeed. "Go," Christ 
said, "and lo, I am with you all the days." 

— Nappanee, Indiana. 

Rev. W. M. Lyon 

(Taken from the files of The Evangelist of May 

28, 1902.) 

* * * 

Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. 
Let us seek such a life that begins with Christ 
and ends with Him, and in order to do this, we 
shall do well to heed His example in all things. 

But if verse 15 is not clear and definite enough, 
let us drop back to verse 14: "Ye also ought to 
wash one another's feet." Surely this is a 
"clincher," unless words have no meaning at all. 
If by His own example He meant something en- 
tirely different, why did He not say, "If I, then 
your Lord and Master, have washed your feet" 
(given you an example) "ye also ought to do 
whatever you think I mean by this," etc. How 
readest thou ? If Jesus did not mean what He said, 
why didn't He say what He meant? Why did He 
do what He did, say what He said, and mean for 
us to do something else which He neither did nor 
said ? 

II. The Command 

He not only gave the example, but followed it 
with a positive command. "Ye ought," "Ye should 
do." Why is it that this is not enough? Why not 
learn a lesson from the words of His mother? 
(John 2:5), "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do 
it." His words shall stand when heaven and earth 
shall have passed away. And by His words we 
shall finally be judged. 

But many say "ought" does not carry with it 
sufficient force of itself to set forth a command. 
It is easy to say this but surely no scholar in 
Greek will risk his reputation in that way. If so, 
and that scholar ( ?) should read these lines, let 
him please, in his great wisdom, seek out a 
stronger word or term in the Greek language and 



give it — ■ word sufficiently strong to mean real 
obligation, or carry with it essential force of a 
binding nature. But laying aside the matter of 
scholarship, let us try a more simple test. If 
"ought" and "should" are not strong enough terms 
with which to clothe a real command, suppose 
wo try that same kind of reasoning on something 
else. '"Men ought to pray"; does that mean that 
if they fail to pray it is all right anyhow? "A man 
ought to pay his debts" — but if he does not, he is 
still justified, because "ought" is too weak a word 
to mean real obligation; "A man ought to love his 
wife"' — but then if he does not. he is still blame- 
less, and not to be censured, unless you can find 
a word strong enough to mean something! 

III. The Last and Great Commission of Christ 

Teaches It 

Matthew 28:19-20, says, "Teaching them to ob- 
serve all things whatsoever I have commanded 
you." Is not feetwashing a part of the "all things 
whatsoever?" But popular theology says, "Teach 
them to observe whatever you feel, or think, or 
believe, is really essential or necessary." Now the 
question naturally arises, "If the command of 
feetwashing is non-essential, how are we to knew 
what is essential?" 

Upon the same principle can we not put away 
the communion, baptism or any other gospel com- 
mand? If not, point out the difference. 

Christ instituted feetwashing at the same time 
that He instituted the holy communion. He gave 
all of these things into the hands of His disciples 
en the same night, under the same circumstances, 
and then before He ascended, emphasized all that 
He had said and done by saying, "Teaching them 
to observe (do) all things whatsoever 1 have 
commanded you," etc. 

IV. A Symbol of Purification 

Throughout the Bible, washing is used to rep- 
resent purification, etc. How beautifully do we 
have this set forth in connection with the service 
cf feetwashing! And could there be anything more 
appropriate or significant than to observe this 
sacred ordinance in immediate connection with the 
Lord's supper and holy communion? In fact I 
take it that it is not only an emblem of spiritual 
cleansing, but it would also seem to be typical in 
its character. Please read Luke 12:37. 

The hope of the church, as it is finally to be 
realized in the coming kingdom of Gcd, is unmis- 
takably represented in this language of the blessed 
Christ, and not to engage in the observance of 

this sacred rite would be to lose the blessing God 
would have us to realize proportionately as we 
would lose by our failure to partake of the sacred 
emblems of the communion. 

In observing the ordinance of feetwashing we 
rise above the standard of duty into the realm of 
our high privilege in Christ Jesus as partakers 
of the "divine nature," and we see the greater 
and more blessed meaning of those words of the 
Divine Master, "What I do, thou knowest not now, 
but thou shalt know hereafter." Beloved, we can 
only see the real meaning of this blessed rite as 
we view it in the light of Luke 12 :37. 

Feetwashing is a symbol of the necessity of con- 
stant cleansing in the blood of Jesus. Traveling 
this earthly pathw r ay of human existence, our feet 
come in touch with that which represents sin and 
evil, and so most graciously do we have given to 
us this beautiful symbol showing forth our privi- 
lege in Christ and the spiritual necessity of con- 
stant purification by His blood. 

We have already been washed in the baptism 
of regeneration ; our bodies have been washed 
with pure water (Hebrews 10:22) and therefore, 
need not be repeated, except the washing of the 
feet. John 13:10. 

But some say, "feetwashing is an ancient cus- 
tom," "they wore sandals," etc. Shall we excuse 
ourselves on account of such objections? Let us 
reason : Eating and drinking is rather an ancient 
custom, therefore let us put away the eating of 
the bread of communion and the drinking of the 
cup. Praying is rather ancient too, why not set 
aside that? And then there is marrying and giv- 
ing in marriage; they are about as ancient as 
anything. Why perpetuate such customs? 

But Jesus did not repeat an ancient custom 
when He instituted feetwashing. If so, why did He 
say, "What 1 do thou knowest not now." Never 
such a scene as that before. Never before had 
mortal eyes rested upon such an act. By divine 
command priests used to wash their own feet 
before entering the sanctuary. Exodus 30:19-21. 
Servants washed their master's feet. 1 Samuel 
25:40-41. Hosts supplied water for guests to wash 
their own feet. Judges 19:21. But it remained for 
Christ to institute the washing of one another's 
feet. No wonder then that we have the words, 
"What I do thou knowest not now." 

Then let us accept the example and command 
and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. He en- 
joined this upon Peter under no less penalty than 
excision from His kingdom. Let us accept it with 

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page SEVEN 

its sacred symbolic import. It is a heaven-born 
reminder of our need of constant cleansing. Are 
we better than the apostles? Is not the way of" life 
still difficult and do we not still need to be "doers 
of the word," and not hearers only? Many have 
said to me, "I think it is all right; the lesson 
is most beautiful and all that, but really I would 
not like to do that publicly." In other words, they 
acknowledge that they would be ashamed to do 
these things. But let us not forget what Jesus 
Himself has said about being ashamed of Him 
and His words. Luke 9:26. 

"Trust and obey, 
For there's no other way 
To be happy in Jesus, 
But to trust and obey." 

And we prove that we are trusting and believ- 
ing God by our obedience and by that only. "If 
ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." 



THE LAYMEN of the Southern Indiana District of 
Brethren Churches met at the Roann Church on Mon- 
day evening, November 17, 1947, for their regular quar- 
terly meeting. The ladies of the church served a delicious 
meal in the basement of the church, after which we gath- 
ered in the church auditorium for our evening program. 

The program had been arranged by George Giltner, 
Philip Burnworth and Guy Purdy of the entertaining 
church. J. Robert Ridenour, chairman of the local group, 
presided. We were fortunate in securing Don Johnson 
of the local Methodist church as pianist for the evening. 
Brother "Bud" Hunter led us in group singing, using 
"The Way of the Cross Leads Home" and "Higher 
Ground." Brother Lloyd Miller led us in our evening de- 
votions, using Psalm 107:1-15 as the basis of his remarks. 
We were then favored with a special piano number by 
Don Johnson; a vocal duet by "Bud" Hunter and Harry 
Mishler of the North Manchester Church, and two read- 
ings by David Downey of the College Corner Church. 
Each of these numbers were greatly appreciated by all. 

Brother Hunter, district chairman, had charge of the 
business session. The reports of the secretary and treas- 
urer were read and approved. Roll call resulted in the 
showing that there were ninety-two present. College Cor- 
ner and Roann reported new organizations. The nominat- 
ing committee passed out the ballots for the election of 
officers of the coming year. The result of the election 
was as follows: 

Chairman ..H. D. "Bud" Hunter, North Manchester 

Vice-Chairman Herman Hood, College Corner 

Secretary-Treasurer Guy V. Purdy, Roann 

lt<:v. (). F. Golden of the Chili Baptiet Church was t.- 
introduced an the speaker of the evening. He used as his 

subject "Voices." He spoke of a number of voices through 
the scriptures -"The voice of God calling to Adarn 
Kvc; the voice of Noah preaching to the- people for 120 
years, telling of the coming of the flood w] ,j]d de- 

stroy the human race; the voice of Moses as he led the 
people of Israel out of the land of bondage into the prom- 
ised land, and the voice of the people rebelling aga 
him; the voice of Jonah in the wicked city of Nine 
and 'how his voice was heeded; the voice of John the Bap- 
tist, the forerunner of Christ, saying that there was one 
coming after him whose shoe laces he was not worthy to 
unloose; the voice of Christ speaking with authority; the 
voice of Pilate saying, 'I find no fault in this man'; the 
voice of the mob saying, 'Crucify him, crucify him!'" He 
then spoke of the number of voices that had been heard 
in the last decade. The voice of Kaiser Wilhelm and the 
mass of his followers; the voice of Russia, and now the 
voice of Communism. He said that unless the mass of 
Protestant Christianity popularizes the voice of Christ, 
we will make the last world war look like a miniature 
one. The most important power is that called Christian. 
He closed his remarks by speaking of the appearings of 
Jesus — how He appeared in the flesh and how He died 
that we might live and is now at the right hand of God 
interceding for you and me. How some day He is coming 
to receive the church, His bride, unto Himself. Be ye 
ready lest ye hear not His voice and miss His appearing. 
We, as Christian, must put forth the voice and know 
nothing but the name of Jesus and Him crucified. There 
are three things on earth that bear testimony — the water, 
the blood and the Spirit. Thanks be to God if we hear 
today the voice of the Spirit. There is a time coming when 
we will hear the voice of Jesus saying, "Come up higher." 
After the message the Rev. Arthur J. Tinkel favored us 
with a vocal solo and Brother J. Robert Ridenour pro- 
nounced the benediction. 

All Members of the District— Please NOTE: Our next 
meeting will be held on February 16, at the Flora Breth- 
ren Church. Each man is requested to bring his own son 
or sons, or some boy with him. Please don't forget! 

Guy V. Purdy, Secretary. 


The Flora Church will be our host on February 
16. Supper will be served at the usual hour. This 
will be in the nature of a Father and Son Meet- 
ing, in the hope that we can encourage Brotherhood 
work in the District, and thus assist the local Lay- 
men's groups to attain goal Number Ten in our 
National Work. 


May we have a delegation from every church in * 
the district and lend every effort in the Laymen's * 
Brotherhood work. * 


"Bud" Hunter, Chairman So. Ind. Dist. * 



Our St. James, Maryland 
Church Has a Fire 

We are in receipt of a newspaper clipping from Broth- 
er Henry Rates, pastor of the St. James Brethren Church, 
telling of what might have been a very disastrous fire in 
the church there. 

On Sunday morning. January 11, while the Sunday 
School was in session, fire was discovered around the 
chimney, having eaten through the roof, and through one 
of the inner walls of the building. Quoting from the pa- 
per clipping. "The blaze was discovered by one of the 
women attending children in a nursery group, as she 
climbed to the attic to get some equipment. Members of 
the congregation who were singing the opening hymn 
for the service, quickly evacuated the church and helped 
remove the pews, pulpit, and other church property. A 
brief service was held inside after the fire was exting- 
uished. Members of the Western Enterprise and Williams- 
port Fire Companies battled the blaze." Brother Bates 
says the damage will amount to about $2,000.00 which is 
covered by insurance. Plans are being made to imme- 
diately repair the damage. Brother Bates promises us a 
full report soon. 

^%etkie*t l£acit& 

*)*, Tt&it&dK Indiana 

ON OCTOBER 21, 1947, about one hundred and twen- 
ty young people met together in the Goshen Church. 
A lovely organ prelude was played by Jean Rowsey of 
Goshen. Phil Warner, the presiding officer of the host 
church, led the group in prayer. The song, "In My Heart 
There Rings a Melody," was sung by the group. 

The Secretary's report was read and accepted. The 
Treasurer reported a balance of $107.60. Election of offi- 
cers was held with the following being elected: 

President Eleanor Mamerow, North Liberty 

Vice-President Phil Warner, Goshen 

Secretary Janet King, Elkhart 

Treasurer Mary Murray, Goshen 

Advisor Council: Charles Bonsell, Elkhart; W. I. 
Duker, Milford; J. M. Bowman, Nappanee; Woodrow 
Brant, Warsaw. 

It was decided to send a check for $80.00 to be used 
for material in building up the beach at Shipshewana. 
The North Liberty group extended an invitation to meet 
with them on January 20, 1948. An announcement was 
made concerning the Indiana Temperance movement. 

Don Chiddister of the host church read devotions from 
Luke 0:27-38. Woodrow Lrant, pastor of the Warsaw 
Church, led in prayer. The hymn, "The Church's One 
Foundation," was sung. Julia King played a clarinet solo, 
"Berceuse from Jocelyn," during the offering. Charlie 

Wicks, youth leader of the Goshen Church, spoke on the 
subject, "Youth Responsibility." Jean Rowsey played the 
violin solo, "Adoration." 

Rosena Gearhart gave a brief report of the National 
Brethren Youth Confei'ence. The attendance banner was 
awarded to Nappanee with 24 present. 

Fun and refreshments were enjoyed as a "Fall Fair." 

Rosemary Roose, Secretary 
Janet King, Assistant Secretary. 

Spiritual ftDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


" * * * And the disciples were called Christian first in 
Antioch." Acts 11:26b. 

SEATED at the table of a friend some time since, the 
conversation drifted — not by my leading — to various 
beliefs and teachings in the religious realm. A young 
woman, who stays in the host's home, proceeded to pay 
some rather caustic compliments to the bulk of the 
churches of our city, making several "passes" at what 
she called the "Modernist" churches. Then she remem- 
bered that there was company present and then she "red- 
facedly" apologized, assuring the group she was not in- 
cluding any particular denomination in the classification. 

As I sat and listened to her it occurred to me to won- 
der whether or not we are not all guilty, at times, of 
classifying everyone who does not bear the seal of our 
approval as "Modernists." I am perfectly well aware 
of the presence of false teachings and teachers in the 
world, but it appeals to me that we need to understand 
the meaning of "terms" and "tags" before we attach 
them to those whom we meet, and whose lives and mo- 
tives we may not altogether understand. I have noted 
many times that people with whom I have talked hold 
the same views on life's problems that I do, but because 
they have but a limited vocabulary they do not use the 
same terms to express themselves; and yet they are just 
as earnest believers as I. 

"Calling names" is a past-time that more than one can 
play at. By the Mexicans, we of the United States are 
called "Gringos." Just what the term implies we do not 
know, but we do know that it is not one of respect and 
honor. I believe that the "complimentary" ( ? ) term used 
by Americans for the Mexicans is "Greasers." Now the 
use of either term does not lead to better understanding 
between the two nations. If ever the United States and 
Mexico reach amicable relations that will last it will not 
be by the use of these un-"complimentary" appellations in 
speaking of each other. 

"Calling names" may be an amusing game for some 
thoughtless folk, but it never led to a greater respect of 
the participants for each other, and too frequently ends 
in heated argument and angry words, if not worse. 

Another thing that needs to be remembered is that 
names applied to movements and enterprises are not al- 
ways meant as expressions of disrespect, but only as des- 

JANUARY 31, 1948 


ignations to distinguish the adherents thereto from those 
holding similar, but not identical views, on the same sub- 

Too, we need to remember that because someone dif- 
fers with us on any topic is not necessarily proof of a 
weak mind on their part. It might be as easily true on 
the other hand. If the matter over which men differ is 
a debatable one, then it will have adherents and oppo- 
nents, for nothing but "a self-evident truth" "needs no 
demonstration." And the demonstration may provoke the 

Well, those who were once dubbed "Christians" in An- 
tioch, far back in history, are today the bearers of a title 
that commands respect and reverence, if consistently worn. 
Let us see that our title is magnified by our words and 

— Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 

The National Sunday 
School Association 

Rev. N. V. Leatherman, General Secretary, 
104 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, Md. 

Rev. E. L. Miller 

THIS IS NOT a dissertation on or about flying saucers, 
rocket planes, air travel of any sort or air-borne mes- 
sages. Neither is it concerned with the bugbear of busi- 
ness, cost of operation. We might say something about 
such matters and they do intrigue us. Overhead in busi- 
ness is much like friction in machinery, it wears and 
tears things to pieces by and by. What we are concerned 
about is the overhead in life. We do get excited about 
what it is costing us when we neglect the proper rear- 
ing and teaching of our greatest asset and charge — our 
children. Yes, there is an overhead in the properly rear- 
ing of them. Home and school must bear quite a burden 
in this effort. And it seems that at times the effort is 
more or less wasted and the overhead a dead loss. To 
prevent such loss and such disappointment in life the 
Sunday School movement addresses itself. 

The hundreds of thousands of juvenile cases before the 
courts of our land mean that we are spending great 
amounts of money that should be used to better service 
to children and parents, as well as society in general. So- 
ciety has the bill to pay, and society should wake up and 
put more of moral teaching into the curricula of our public 
schools and demand better service in moral ways from 
such educators as the moving picture industry and the 
magazine publishers. What stuff they do publish and 
what awful impressions they do make on the minds of 
the young with their maudlin and pornographic prancing 
on the silver screen! Officers of the law can tell you 
what the overhead is in this game of child destruction 
and moral depravity. No parent or adult of any kind 
should take all this for granted and say it is terrible but 
nothing can be done about it. Bosh! Something can be 
done and is being done, but not enough folks are properly 

interested jn trie matt<:i <>< mfirc could be done and a clear 
up could be had in all our community- 

It is sad to note how some folk.-; excOM themselves 
from doing anything along this line by saying, "'<'■■ ■ 
can't legislate folks to be good and you can't pot moral 
programs in your legal system." Again I would nay this 
all is what the boys would call pure "Punk." Evei 
laws have been made the moral side of life has been in- 
cluded in them. What folks do irant to say is that j i 
should not try to legislate against their pet sins anO 
those of their children and friends. That's what is 
matter with our social order today. There is too much 
specious legislation and personal demand to be "let alone." 

Put leaving the legislative side of it out, we still fee 
much is being done to correct things and the church and 
Sunday School are the two great organizations in this 
work. Sad again that many church folks are caught in 
the game of increasing the overhead in producing a gen- 
eration of decent folks. But our children are still the main 
consideration of the true church and Sunday School work- 
ers. The Brethren Sunday School work as headed by the 
National Sunday School Association of the church is wide 
awake here and all effort possible is being made to bring 
the child up in the way he should go. The stress on 
summer camps and better Sunday Schools along with the 
effort to make our college at Ashland more effective 
Christian training is part of the work of the Association. 
Stand back of every effort being made to reduce the aw- 
ful overhead, loss, waste of time and money now being 
checked up as we read the reports of all the agencies 
at work trying to save our youth from despair and death, 
this both of spiritual and physical order. 

— Maurertown, Va. 


If you see a tall fellow ahead in the crowd, 
A leader of men, marching fearless and proud, 
And you know of a tale whose mere telling aloud 
Would cause his proud head in anguish to be bowed, 
It's a pretty good plan to forget it. 

If you know of a skeleton hidden away 

In ,a closet, and guarded and kept from the day 

In the dark, whose showing, sudden display 

Would cause grief and sorrow and lifelong dismay. 

It's a pretty good plan to forget it. 

If you know anything that will darken the joy 

Of a man or woman, a girl or a boy. 

That will wipe out a smile or the least way annoy 

A fellow, or cause any gladness to cloy, 

It's a pretty good plan to forget it. 

If you know of a thing, just the least little sin. 

Whose telling would cork up a grin 

Of a man you don't like, for the Lord's sake keep it in! 

Don't don't be a knocker, right here stick a pin — 

It's a pretty good plan to forget it. — The Baptist. 

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; 
but great minds rise above it. — Washington Irving. 





Young Men and Boys' 



February Program 
. scripture Order 
'_'. I'r.u>e and Prayer 

i. Bible Stud\ : 

A Helpful Bey Makes ■ Successful Man 
Genesis 26:12-25 

ISAAC became a successful man because he was a good 
boy. He was obedient and helpful to his father. He 
must have been kind and thoughtful to his aged mother. 
As a lad his life was saved by an angel. What event 
a this? The name Isaac means "cheerful." 

A little boy said that he loved his mother with all his 
strength. When asked what he meant he explained that 
their home was on the fourth floor of the house in which 
they lived. Since his mother was busy and not very strong 
he carried the wood needed for their fuel from the base- 
ment. That was what he called loving his mother with 
ail his strength. It is one thing to say, "I love you, 
mother," and quite another thing to show it in actual 

God was good to Isaac, and this is the true explana- 
tion of his prosperity. God gave him good parents. Can 
you tell their names? God also directed his father's ser- 
vant to rind him a beautiful wife. Have one of your group 
t<- tell about it. (Genesis 24). Isaac was sole heir to his 
father's wealth. When Isaac sowed seed God made it bear 
a hundredfold. God trusted Isaac with many things be- 
cause he trusted Him. 

Because Isaac had many flocks and herds he became a 
well-digger. He knew he must do his part to succeed ; >> 
life. The site of some of his wells is still viewed by trav- 
elers in Palestine. Although he was good and kind to his 
neighbors and good people loved him, some envied him 
because of his riches. In order to avoid trouble Isaac 
moved from one place to another. Finally his enemies 
-topped following him. Isaac had mastered them. And for 
his trouble God led him to an artesian well. To stop up 
a well in those days would be like setting fire to some 
one's house. Pecause Isasc showed such a noble spirit af- 
»t such mean treatment his enemies agreed with him 
not to hurt him any nnre if he would not hurt them. 
They came to fear Isaac because they saw that God was 
with him. Thus God overruled their envy to the good 
»f Isaac. Christ was cruified because of the envy of the 
.J<-ws but God overruled to bring salvation to all who 
will receive it. 

'I o have the blessing <f God is better than fighting and 
< ontending for one's rignfs. On earthly and personal mat- 
ters we please God by y.elding, being forgiving and peace- 
able. It is better to be like Isaac than like the wicked 
fj'-ople that did wrong to him. It may be hard at the 
time, but we shall have no regrets afterward. Christ 

taught us to return good for evil. We are to think of 
how we may help and bless even our enemies. Read about 
the "eoals-of-fire" way to treat an enemy in Rom. 12:8; 
.Matt. 5:38-48. 

Wherever Isaac lived he built an altar. That meant 
family prayer and praise. Satan does not want Christ to 
be honored in our homes and hearts. But God instituted 
the home, and He alone can protect it. He waits for us 
to ask His blessing and favor. Read Rev. 3:20 and John 
14:23. The family altar today will give us the benefit of 
these verses of Scriptural promise. 

4. Business 

5. Recreation 

Suggestion: True missionary stories for only 10 cents 
each, called Eagle Books, may be obtained from the 
Friendship Press, 156 Fifth Ave., New York. These book- 
lets can be used as a circulating library in the Brother 
hood or as mission stories for oral reports in the monthly 
meetings. Write the above firm for titles. 

Interesting Items 

(Continued from Page 2) 

North Manchester, Indiana. Brother Bert Hodge reports 
that their Teacher Training Class is now entering upon 
a series of lessons about the prophecies preceding the 
birth of Christ, His death, resurrection, ministry and the 
meaning of His teachings. 

A service of Ordination of Deacons and Deaconesses 
will be a part of the services on Sunday, January 25. 

Ashland, Ohio. The Evangelistic Committee of the Ash- 
land Church has arranged for the evangelistic services 
in the Ashland Church to be held from March 7 through 
Palm Sunday, March 21. Brother Delbert Flora, of the 
Ashland Seminary, will bring the messages. 

Mexico, Indiana. New piano and pulpit lamps have been 
installed by two of the families of the Mexico church. 
Pulpit chairs are also due to arrive shortly. 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our Pittsburgh brethren unit- 
ed with the other churches in their area in observing the 
Week of Prayer. Brother Crick was one of the speakers, 
and one of the services was held in our church. 

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Business Manager's Corner 

(Continued from page 3) 

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About Evangelist Subscription Price 

We are not announcing an increase in the price of The 
Evangelist, for the Publication Board has not taken ac- 
tion, but the price of labor as well as paper has recently 
taken a sharp rise. A raise in wages has been due for 
some time and we must now meet it. If any are willing 
to voluntarily increase their Evangelist payment to $2.00, 
we will appreciate it. This suggestion is to individual sub- 
scribers. We don't expect 100% churches to send more 
than the regular $1.50 per. But we will be interested in 
seeing how many others are willing to raise the price 
on themselves. And we thank you all in advance. 

JANUARY 31, 1948 


W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topic I copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 

Topic for February 8, 1948 


Scripture: Gen. 29:l«-20; Ruth 2:8-17 

For The Leader 

WE ARE beginning tonight the first of four discus- 
sions under the general heading, "Courtship and 
Marriage." And when we observe the failure of so many 
of our marriages today, it is evident that much time can 
well be spent on this problam. Social, civic and welfare 
organizations are endeavoring to analyze the difficulties 
from a purely materialistic and ethical viewpoint. We will 
want to find the solution from the viewpoint of God and 
the individuals, rather than just the individuals alone. 
In this first topic, the matter of Courtship is discussed. 


1. PICK CHRISTIAN FRIENDS. A young Christian 
girl marries an unchristian boy. The marriage fails. Or 
if it doesn't go entirely on the rocks, there can never be 
real peace and unity in the home. Why ? Because the two 
parties are as far apart in their spiritual aspects as 
north is from the south. If she is a true Christian she 
cannot rest in peace knowing her husband is unsaved. She 
wants to attend church. He has no interest, and begs her 
to give up 'her church so she can spend more time with 
him. That's really making your bed and sleeping in it. 
r ihe difficulty started when she was choosing her friends. 
For one friend you meet will without doubt be your hus- 
band or your wife. Most young people are too careless 
in picking friends today. Dance halls, taverns, high school 
dances, all breed the vices which involve Christian young 
people with the vulgar type of young people. Pick your 
friends from your church group, and you are running the 
best chance of meeting one who will insure for you the 
happiest kind of a marriage. 

2. HOW CAN YOU KNOW? Most young people when 
they have "kept company" with a fine member of the op- 
posite sex sooner or later give consideration to the mat- 
ter of life companionship. That is the real purpose of 
courtship, to decide and choose and analyze, to determine 
the proper mate for yourself. And much prayerful and 
sane thought should be given to this. For, when you walk 
up to the preacher and say, "I do," God and the state 
insists that you never change your mind. So, how can 
you know when you have the right one? Consider their 
habits, what their home looks like, his or her parents, 
how they treat old people, how they treat children. Con- 
sider your likes and dislikes against that of your friend. 
The best way is to pray to God about it. After all, mar- 
riage is His appointed institution, and He has a right to 
he'p you choose your mate. He can weed out a dozen or 
more "close friends" and lead you to the one and only, 
with whom you can have a life time of happiness. That 
is, if you are willing to wait, and to seek His leading. 


'.i. DAMAGED GOODS. Shortly after Christmas a lady 
went into a store and saw a large pile of white blouaeH 
all tumbled together on a counter marked, "special 49e 
each." They were all mussed and .some were soiled. Ac 
on another counter were beautifully starched Moil 
white and clean, marked, "The best in blouses, $4.95." 
Inquiry revealed that the blouseH for 49c were of the 
same material as the better ones, and once had beer, a- 
fresh and clean as the more expensive ones. The cheap 
ones had become shop worn and soiled from much hand- 
ling during the Christmas rush. Dives are that way. I ar 
too many of our- young people have been "handled, dam- 
aged and shop worn," until there is no price of decency 
or respect upon them. They are just cheap moral rubbish, 
taken only by those who, because of their own condition, 
cannot afford any one better. Keep yourself on the pure 
clean side in your conduct on dates that you might be a 
prized possession for the one who can rightly claim you 
because of their own purity of living. 

4. CHOOSING ARIGHT. Jacob was really in love. Not 
puppy love, nor the attraction based on money, glamor, 
or disillusion. But he loved Rachel dearly. He was devoted 
to her, and the years that he served for her hand were 
as nothing, because of his great love. He had chosen one 
of his own group and he could be genuinely happy with 
her. Without doubt he chose aright. Samson chose one of 
the Philistine women, and came to ruin through her craft- 
iness. He possessed her body, but Samson never possessed 
her heart. Thus we are not to be unequally yoked to- 
gether with unbelievers. There has yet to be a Christian 
married to an unchristian which has worked out all right 
for all parties concerned. Unchristian people belong to an- 
other world. Avoid them in choosing a mate. Don't mar- 
ry one on the pretense of their promise of "joining your 
church." What they won't do before marriage, they won't 
do afterwards! Pick your friends from Christians, and 
you will be choosing aright. 

pray that God will keep you and protect you. 

(B.) Pray God's help in choosing your dating friends. 

(C. ) Dates need not degenerate into kissing or "neck- 
ing" parties. If that's the main point of a date, you don't 
have your objectives very high. 

(D.) You don't have to "neck" to be popular. Yes, 
you may be popular as a "date," but your friend won't 
have a whole lot of respect for you. Why? Because he or 
she knows you are that way with the other kids you date. 

(iE. ) Have self-respect for your name, your body, your 
Christian profession, and others will have respect for you. 

(F. ) Become engaged only after careful study, thought 
and prayer. 

(G.) Use the engagement period as a time of testing. 
Check motives, conduct, kindness, ability to work. 

(H.) If it is discovered that you have become "unsuited" 
to each other, better break the engagement. That's bet- 
ter than an unhappy marriage. 

(I.) Meet your engaged one in prayer; for your plans, 
for God s possession of your lives. 

(J.) Take God into your plans of courtship, engage- 
ment and anticipated marriage. 

(K.) Live now, for the happy day to come. 



Courtship is a wonderful time of fellowship with other 
young people. You will be supremely happy later on that 
you kept your courtship and friendship conduct on a 
Christian level always. 

Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

(Helps for Praying People) 

By Martha Snell Nicholson 

They seem a separate company, 
Special and set apart, 
And each one bears, all unaware. 
The imprint of my heart; 

For these are those for whom I pray, 
The ones whose names I speak 
Before God's throne, the ones for whom 
His favor T would seek. 

Some are my nearest, dearest; some 
But strangei's in the street, 
And some are those of whom I read, 
But each name has a sweet 

Significance, as though my Lord 
And I a secret shared 
About them, which will come to light 
The day when hearts are bared. 

And all the hidden things made known. 
Dear ones for whom I pray, 
How sweet to meet you face to face 
On Heaven's streets some day! 

Samuel congregated the children of Israel to pray for 
them and to judge them because they had sinned against 
the Lord (1 Sam. 7:1-5). King Solomon in his prayer at 
the dedication of the temple made intercession for the 
wayward (1 Kings 8:30-36). When King Hezekiah pro- 
claimed a solemn passover some failed to qualify exter- 
nally as partakers were commanded to do, and the King 
interceded for them (2 Chron. 30:17-20). 

When Nehemiah realized the condition of his beloved 
city, Jerusalem, he wept, mourned, and fasted. Then he 
prayed. He prayed in December, through January, Feb- 
uary, March and April. His earnest and patient interces- 
sion was wonderfully answered (Neh. 1:4-11; 2:2-8). Ne- 
hemiah knew how to get the ear of God. Truly we are to 
wait on God and spend whatever time is necessary in 
pleading prayer. Bible saints wept before God in prayer 
(1 Sam. 15:11). Even Daniel fasted and prayed and made 
confession of his sins and the sins of his people in his 
intercession for them (Dan. 9:3-19). 

Well known New Testament incidences of intercessory 
prayer are to be found in Acts 7:60; 8:15; 12:5; 2 Thess. 
1:11; Col. 4:12; Philemon 22. 

Do you have a prayer list — ,a daily prayer list? To 
make such a list — an accumulating list — will insure 
against the sin of negligence. Be sure to make notation 
of every answer to prayer. It will pay to keep a record. 
"It will surprise you what the Lord hath done," some day! 
Let us be encouraged by the incidents in this lesson to 
pray. We can go with our prayers where we cannot go 
with our feet. Let us intercede for people whom we have 
never seen, for people all the way around the globe. 

On The Sunday School Lesson 

by The Editor 


Scripture: John 17:9-24 

Hymns: "For You I Am Praying," "When Wilt Thou Save 
the People?" "God Bless Our Native Land," "Where Is 
My Wandering Boy, Tonight?" 

Leader's Petition 

Thought Provokers: 

ABRAHAM prayed for his selfish nephew, Lot, who 
had gone worldly, and whose family had gone more 
worldly (Gen. 18:23-32). Lot was certainly no asset to 
Sodom or he would have won ten souls, and the city 
would have been spared! He certainly needed prayer. God 
in mercy delivered Lot and his two unmarried daughters. 
But his wife, married daughters and sons-in-law were 
consumed. Abraham had prayed for Lot and he was 

But for the prayer of Moses God would have annihi- 
lated a whole nation, instead of cutting off but three 
thousand of the idolators. The lives of that people de- 
pended upon the prayer of faith by Moses (Ex. 32:11-13). 

Lesson for February 8, 1948 


Lesson: John 6:35-40; Colossians 1:9-20 

UPON WHAT I think of Christ goes very far in re- 
lating my life and activities to both God and my 

After all, just how much do we know about Jesus and 
how do we relate our knowledge of Him to our own ex- 
periences ? Our only source of knowledge, of course, is 
what we find in the Bible and through our own experi- 
ences with Him. We do know that He was revealed to 
men in His days here on earth and that it was not "flesh 
and blood" that revealed that knowledge to men, but as 
Jesus said, "it is revealed by my Father which is in 
heaven." In other words He was received into men's 
hearts "by faith" just as He must be received today. 

In our first verse we find Jesus declaring himself to 
be "the bread of life." In other words, we must believe 
that He is the source of spiritual sustenance, feeding us 
at all times and especially in time of need. We must 
think of Him as such a provider. Failure to so think can 

JANUARY 31, 1948 


only lead to a distrust of His ability so to do. What I 
personally think about this, very materially either helps 
or hinders my Christian life. 

The key words in this first scripture (John 6:35-40) 
must surely be, "utter dependence on Him in all things." 

Higley's Commentary (much used in our Brethren Sun- 
day Schools as a teacher's guide) has this statement, 
"Foolish men endeavor to secure satisfaction through 
earthly food and drink, which perisheth, but refuse to 
come to Christ that they may have life and the food and 
drink that completely satisfies the soul and that endureth 

In our Colossian passage (Col. l: ( J-20) we find a prayer 
for the greatest thing in the world — "the knowledge of 
the will of God." W. R. Nicholson says, "Wisdom is the 
knowledge of the best means for attaining to the best 
ends. But the knowledge of moral and spiritual things 
13 essentially conditioned by a state of sympathy with 
them." To do God's will we must be in entire sympathy 
with the ends He has in sight. 

We need strength which can be attained by "patience 
and longsuffering with joyfulness." This must be accom- 
panied by the "giving of thanks." 

it is essential that we realize the fullness of the de- 
scription which Paul lays before us in this Colossian pas- 
sage, of the "powers" embodied in Jesus — Creator; head 
of the body, the church; the beginning; first born from 
the dead; preeminent One. It is thus we must think of 
Him and ascribe unto Him all Majesty and Power, and 
Dominion and Might." 

What think ye of Christ? This is the all-important 

i£mh t0 IRpHi 

YOUNG — Helen Francis (Moss) Young of the Loree, 
Indiana, congregation was called from the scenes of earth 
to her eternal reward from Dukes Memorial Hospital in 
Peru, Indiana, on December 3, 1947, at the age of 51 
years. Sister Young taught school for a number of years 
and in 1923 was united in marriage to John A. Young. 
Since their marriage they lived on a farm near Onward, 
Indiana. Although their home was hot blessed with any 
children of their own, their home has been a home for 
several homeless children. 

Early in life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and 
united with the Baptist Church in Bunker Hill, Indiana. 
After her marriage with Brother Young she became a 
member of the Loree Brethren church. Here she was ever 
loyal and faithful to all of the churches interests. She 
was teacher of the Women's Bible Glass for a period of 
years. She bore her last illness with Christian grace and 
fortitude, being perfectly resigned to the will of the Lord 
for her. She had made every preparation for her depart- 
ure to be with her Lord, which she felt was "far better" 
for her. Her's was a beautiful life and the esteem in 
which she was held in the church and community was 
evidenced by the many beautiful floral offerings and the 
great throng of people that were in attendance at the last 
rites. In her going she leaves the husband and an adopted 

son. The day following her death Brother Young met with 

•in auto accident which placed him in the hospital where 

he remains at this writing, two weeks later. 

Peace to hitn and to t.h<- son who needed a mother's car'-, 
and to all who share the loss of one who Ailed a Vatv 

place in their lives. 

The funeral rites .were conducted in the Loree Brethl 
church by .the writer assisted by Rev. Thomas Shively 
of the Church of the Brethren and Rev. W. C. Clark of 
the Bunker Hill Baptisl Church. 

C. C. Gri ' 

When life is discovered at its truest and best, we are 
not troubled with any idle moments. 


From Oui 

ews rrom 



Because of the prolonged illness of Rev. Benshoff, we 
found it necessary to call another pastor to the Park 
Street Church in Ashland. As Brother Benshoff had 
proved himself an excellent preacher, we considered a suc- 
cessor to him only because he was physically unable to 
continue his ministry. 

By a unanimous call, the congregation extended an in- 
vitation to Brother H. H. Rowsey, of Goshen, to accept 
the position of pastor. After his acceptance, whenever 
Brother Benshoff was unable to preach, the pulpit was 
filled by different resident elders and group organizations, 
until Dec. 18, when the Rowseys moved to Ashland and 
into the newly redecorated parsonage. 

Although we are hoping to make further improvements 
and additions to the parsonage, the Rowseys have been 
very appreciative of the work that has been done. 

On Dec. 22, a Reception-Dinner was held for the pastor 
and family. During the meal dinner music was furnished 
bv an instrumental trio composed of Jeannette DeLozier. 
flute; Carolyn Bixler, cello; Jeanne Lindower. piano. 

Harry Weidenhamer, acting as toastmaster. introduced 
Elton Whitted. who led the group in singing Christmas 
carols. E. P. Lersch, church moderator, officially wel- 
comed the Rowsey family. Rev. Koepplin. pastor of the 
Peace Lutheran Church and president of the City Minis- 
terial Association, welcomed Brother Rowsey in behalf 
of the organization. Rev. F. C. Vanator presented an 
entire Christmas dinner to the pastor and family, a gift 
from the Builder's Sunday School Class. 

Concluding the program, a quartet. Jeannette DeLozier. 
Joann Riddle, Dorman Ronk and John Lindower. sang a 
group of Christmas songs. 

The church choir, under the direction of Mrs. Victor 
Humm, presented one entire evening of Christmas music. 
Mrs. Harry Dotson is the organist for the group. 



On New Year's Day, the Rowsey's held open house at 
the Parsonage so that we might all meet them inform- 
ally and that we might see the improvement that had 
been made in the Parsonage. 

Now the now year of Pastor Rowsey coincides with the 
calendar year. May we all heed the admonition of his 
N'ew Year's sermon BO that with all of us it will he, 
"In the Beginning God." 

We are eager for the prayers of all Christian people 
that we may faithfully serve our Lord and that Brother 
Renshoff. who continues to live in Ashland, may regain 
his health and again be able to continue a great Chris- 
tian ministry. Mrs. L. E. Lindowet 


Having hardly become settled on our new field at War- 
saw, Indiana, we journeyed to the Center Chapel Breth- 
ren Church to hold a series of evangelistic services, which 
began on Monday evening, October 6, 1947 and closed on 
Sunday night, October 19. To say the least, our stay was 
delightful. The evangelist was entertained royally in the 
Christian home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Summers and their 
lovely children. I was made to feel at home and soon 
became as a member of the family. 

The good pastor of this fine country church, Rev. Austin 
Gable, proved to be a fine yoke-fellow and with him we 
called in most of the homes in the community. We were 
received very graciously into the local high school and 
Rev. Gable led the group in singing, read a scripture les- 
son and sang a solo, after which the evangelist spoke 
to a very responsive group of Junior and Senior High 
School students. 

Rev. Gable proved to be a very capable song leader and 
quite ofien brought the special number. We were blessed 
with much fine music from the local church and the vis- 
itors who supported the entire meetings very faithfully. 
We tried by the help of God, to bring whole gospel mes- 
sages and by the work of the Holy Spirit we had several 
first time confessions and rededications of life. 

This country church throws out a challenge to any 
church in the brotherhood in their fine attendance and sup- 
port in these services. We averaged well over one hun- 
dred for the entire services. Several services found the 
commodious church filled to capacity. 

We wish to thank the Center Chapel church for their 
kind consideration and for providing for our every need. 
These women proved to be wonderful cooks and kept Rev. 
Gable and myself filled at all times. We wish to thank 
all who treated us so wonderfully and especially the 
Summers who entertained so royally; the church for their 
gracious gift of money and other gifts of steak, pork 
chops, and bacon. May God rich bless this fine congre- 
gation and their devoted pastor. 

W. B. Brant, Warsaw, Indiana. 


It has been some time since our last writing, so I sup- 
pose it is time to give an account of our actions in this 
part of the Lord's vineyard. 

The young people's class of the Valley Church spon- 
sored a project to do some work on the inside of our 
church building, such as papering, painting the floor, and 
refinishing the ceiling with panel board. The class now 
has the funds on hand with which to begin the work, 
as soon as they are able to located the panel board for 
the. ceiling. This is going to make a great improvement 
to our church edifice. After this work is completed we 
hope to start a project for new seats, as the ones we 
are using are not so good; in fact, some of the Brethren 
call them back-breakers, if you know what that is. If any- 
one in the Brotherhood knows or learns of some good 
seats that are going to be disposed of, we would appre- 
ciate a card from you. Seats for our church would have 
to be about twelve feet long. 

We also began work on a driveway in our church lot 
which we hope to finish in the spring. This will give 
more parking space, and also make it possible to get 
the cars off the highway. 

Our fall communion was held the ninth of November 
with a fine group of folks surrounding the Lord's Table. 

While 1 was on vacation in Maryland this summer, I 
was able to make some tentative arrangements for a 
winter revival and after coming home and bringing it be- 
fore our people, the arrangements were completed by 
securing the services of the Rev. W. E. Thomas of Cre- 
saptown, Maryland, as the evangelist. After making the 
arrangements, the local Methodist preacher asked if I 
would give him the two weeks we had arranged for. I 
told him I couldn't give him both weeks, but would give 
him the first week and we would work the campaign to- 
gether. This we did with the greatest of results. At the 
end of the first week in the Methodist Church, on Sunday 
night, December 14, thirteen came forward, twelve for 
first time confessions, and one reconsecration. Then on 
Monday night we moved to the Brethren Church to con- 
tinue the services. This was on the fifteenth of December. 
The interest kept increasing each night throughout the 
week and at the end of the second week, which was on 
Sunday night, December 21, fourteen more had come for- 
ward, thirteen for first time confession, and one reconse- 
cration. This truly was the greatest meeting this valley 
had seen in a long time. The Spirit of God moved might- 
ily in the whole community; sinners were convicted of 
their sins, and their souls were saved. And many others, 
in which the seed was sown, we hope to reap soon. You 
pray with us that they, too, will give their hearts to the 

People came out to these services that hadn't been to 
church in years. One old fellow in particular who hadn't 
been in a church, with the exception of a funeral in thirtj 
years. He came the last four nights of the services anc 
said he enjoyed them. Before he came to these services 
he was preaching that there isn't such place as either 
heaven or hell; that when you die you die just like a horse. 
Then, after he had come to church these few nights, anc 
the meeting was over, he told the storekeeper he wouk 
just give $5.00 if he would never have gone at all. So, be- 
sides those who were saved, there were those who were 
caused to think about their eternal destiny. 

As a result of these services the writer baptized seven 
on Sunday afternoon, December 28, six of whom were 

JANUARY 31, J 948 


taken into the Valley Brethren Church the same evening. 
The other one will he taken in later. Two more of the 
group that came forward during- the meeting will he bap- 
tized in a couple of weeks; and still another lady who 
is coming into the church by re-baptism. For all this won- 
derful victory we give God all the glory. 

On January 19, 1948 Rev. Thomas will begin a two 
week campaign in our church at Mt. Pleasant, one where- 
in souls will be saved and one wherein you can get sin- 
ners out to hear the gospel of Christ, the power of God 
unto salvation, as Brother Thomas very forcefully preaches 
it. Let me recommend to you the Rev. W. lE. Thomas of 
Cresaptown, Maryland. Brother Thomas is a brother of 
Rev. Wilbur L Thomas, pastor of our church at Mulvane, 

I believe Rev. Thomas would devote his full time to" 
evangelistic work in the Brethren Church if dates could 
be arranged. Just now he is doing undenominational work, 
but he is Brethren at heart. At present time I think he 
is booked almost full till September. 

We ask an interest in your prayers in behalf of the 
Valley and Mt. Pleasant work, that the Lord may con- 
tinue to use us for the advancement of His kingdom. 

H. R. Garland. 


This meeting was held from October 20 to November 
2 and should 'have been reported before this, but my cor- 
respondence is entirely too heavy for the time available 
and it is easy to defer some things that will wait for a 
while. I am keenly aware of the grave consequences of 
putting off. Rev. E. L. Miller reported this meeting some 
time ago, and we thank him for the kind words in his 

For many years I have known Rev. Miller but this was 
our first meeting together. Our appreciation seemed to 
me was mutual. He 'has had a wide experience' in evan- 
gelistic work and also pastoral work and our understand- 
ing of the work to be done seemed to meet with no con- 
flicting ideas It is always our purpose to preach the 
gospel just as effectively as God gives us power and leave 
the results to follow. The pastor is entitled to most of 
the credit for the folks that are received into the church, 
whether they are received during the revival or at the 
regular services. 

Th congregation was very appreciative of our ministry. 
This being the home church of our beloved John F. Locke 
and the family, his mother now living at Woodstock and 
John and wife in the lovely farm home near Maurertown. 
I well remember the father, Glenn Locke, as I met him 
at national conference — a very friendly and charming 
personality, a merchant but greatly interested in the 
church. This is also the home church of the well known 
pioneer church leader in this valley, Elder E. B. Shaver 
and family. 

It was a genuine pleasure to serve them and to be the 
honored guest in the home of the pastor and his good wife, 
a lovely parsonage home and every possible courtesy was 
freely bestowed. We were also lavishly entertained in 
many of the lovely homes of this church and received 
every kindness that any heart could desire. It was a pleas- 
ant experience and we sincerely thank this fine congre- 

gation and their pastor, who in in his 24t.h year of uer- 
vice among them. May our dear Lord richly blgM them 
and prosper them in the things of life and of the .Spirit. 

Claud Studebaker, South Bend, Indiana. 


In reporting the meeting at Maurertown, Va., probably 
a few worcte from the South Bend Church will be appr : 
ciated. As a matter of fact, I never feel that we .' 
accomplished too much to write about. There is so much 
more that should be done and so many more people that 
should be reached that I never feel like congratulating 
ourselves too generously for our work. We have made 
some improvements such as, converting to oil for heat, 
new chairs that we do not need to carry chairs from 
class rooms when we have a large gathering in the base- 
ment, 33 new tables that will provide for communion or 
serving in the downstairs auditorium, redecorating, and 
various other improvements that totaled more than 
$6,000.00. This was easily cared for with surplus funds 
that had accumulated and a special cash offering on a 
Sunday morning, which was wisely planned by our finance 
board, when our people gave over $3,000.00 in cash and 
more came in later so the matter of finance was well 
cared for. In fact in my pastoral experience we have 
never had any great difficulty in finance, either in good 
times or bad times. It is a general observation that spir- 
itual prosperity results in increased giving, 

Dr. W. D. Furry was our Educational Day speaker and 
very greatly appreciated, being a former pastor and highly 
esteemed by all who know him. It was a special delight 
to have him in our home as a guest. Our communion was 
larger than usual. Our Home Coming was held on No- 
vember 23, with a large attendance and fine spirit; greet- 
ings were read, the pastor preached the morning sermon, 
a delicious dinner served to a large crowd of happy peo- 
ple; memorial service in honor of our departed: Mrs. 
Harriett Whiteman, Mrs. Wilmer Thomas, Mr. Charles 
Colip, Mrs. Floy Wilkinson, Mr. Clyde Wolfe, Mrs. Gladys 
Roush, Mrs. J. W. Clark, Mrs. C. S. Jackson and Mr?. 
Earl Vincent. Dr. Russell Bollinger preached a very fine 
sermon for the closing of this day of fellowship and 
worship. He was much appreciated by our people. Of 
course every church has a continual loss by death, re- 
moval, neglect, offense and various other elements that 
reduce the numbers and the strength of the church. The 
only remedy is a continual flow of new members. It is our 
great joy to receive these new members. The last month 
has given us eight new members, three men with their 
wives and two young people. There are many more to 

While we have taken in about 275 members since com- 
ing to this pastorate, yet there are so many more to reach 
that it seems to me we should take in more than 100 
new members every year and we could if we could get 
our people as much interested in reaching other people for 
Christ and the Church as they are in the. secular things 
of life. 

The regular institutional life of the church goes on 
about as usual. We have scheduled a revival meeting to 
begin February 9 for a period of two weeks, with Rev. 
Ronald Hudson as evangelist. 



Rev. E. A. Dakei supplied for us one Sunday and Dr 
E. E. Miller. President of Goshen College, another, dur- 
ing » ur absence at Maurertown, Virginia. 

Claud Studehaker. 


(A Joint Report) 

The revival services held November 23 through Decem- 
ber 5 at the Johnstown Third Brethren Church with Rev. 
John Funk Locke as the Evangelist, brought forth bless- 
ing in the salvation of souls, the strengthening of the 
church, and the added gifts from on high of the spir- 
itual graces. During the services there were ten who 
made their first time confession of Christ as Lord and 
Savior. In addition there were four who joined the church 
by letter from the Methodist, Brethren, Church of the 
Brethren and Evangelical faiths. Baptism was adminis- 
tered on both Sundays by Alvin Grumbling, a licensed 
minister of the church, and the pastor. 

Attendances at the services were consistent, with the 
second week showing a higher average. There was a 
greater variety in the musical program with visiting quar- 
tets, trios, men's choruses and soloists adding much to 
the meeting. The newly installed Hammond Organ was 
used in conjunction with the piano throughout the meet- 
ings. Organists for the meeting were Mrs. John Golby 
and Clyde Orner. Pianists were Mrs. C. F. Zimmerman and 
David Dysert. Mrs. Zimmerman and Mrs. Golby presented 
several organ-piano duets during the second week. 

Ihe fellowship throughout the meetings was unusually 
good and was manifest in the way the Brethren remained 
after the service and visited with one and all. Visiting pas- 
tors favored us with their presence. 

As an outgrowth of the meeting the "Ninety-Niner's 
Club" is being organized into a group to support the 
Prayer Meeting of the Church. This group is pledged to 
attend prayer meeting as often as possible and the goal 
is to enroll ninety-nine or more of the constituency. 

During the second week of the services Rev. Locke ad- 
dressed the Conemaugh Valley Church of the Brethren 
ministerium on the subject "Let This Mind Be In You." 
The address was well received and a period of discussion 
on fraternal relations followed. The president of the min- 
isterium, Rev. Roy S. Forney, has been a moving power 
in practical fraternal relations for he, as the new pastor 
in the Church of the Brethren, has arranged to have the 
Brethren men and boys as guests of the Church of the 
Brethren men at the Father and Son Banquet. By the 
time you rearl this we will have already eaten a fine 
turkey supper and heard a stirring address by Rev. S. M. 
Whetstone, National Moderator of the Brethren Church. 

Brother Locke preached sermons that were powerful, 
stimulating, interesting and extremely practical. God 
blessed in the gift of salvation and we are well pleased. 
This pastor wishes to announce that the door of the par- 
sonage is always open to our beloved brother. 

The meetings were opened on Sunday with the show- 
ing of the motion picture "Beyond Our Own" which very 
dramatically shows the worth of missions and the place 
of the Christian in his own church. A full house was pres- 
ent for this picture. 

Music for the services was arranged by Flyod Benshoff, 
chairman of the music committee and song leader for the 

On Friday and Saturday of the first week we sent our 
young people to the Brethren Youth Convention of Penn- 
sylvania, held at the Vinco Church. Rev. Locke was guest 
speaker at the Saturday afternoon service, speaking on the 
topic, "If I Were Young," and effectively closed the meet- 
ing with an appeal to heed the way of the Lord and do 
the best that is possible at all times. 

The evangelist wishes to thank the Brethren for the 
iine way in which he was received and for their interest 
and prayers. The hospitality of the parsonage was par- 
ticularly enjoyed. I 'his meeting afforded an opportunity 
to me for getting acquainted with these capable young 
people, the Zimmermans. I found brother Zimmerman an 
energetic pastor, wholeheartedly interested in the welfare 
of his congregation, and their spiritual growth and prog- 
ress. Both he and Mrs. Zimmerman are giving themselves 
unstintedly to the many and various activities of this city 
congregation. Besides this they make a worthy contribu- 
tion to the general religious life and program of the com- 
munity. Brother Zimmerman is a man of many talents. I 
found his companionship, delightful, informative, and 

The people of the church made me feel very much at 
home from the very start and my stay in Johnstown will 
be a memorable experience. It was good to renew ac- 
quaintance with many friends of this area. The audiences 
were very receptive and easy to preach to. The music 
was superb throughout the services. My sincere thanks 
are extended to the Zimmermans and the Johnstown con- 
gregation for their many kindnesses. 

John Funk Locke, Evangelist. 
Chester F. Zimmerman, Pastor. 

The New Press Fund 

"The Gospel must first be published among all nations." 
Mark 13:10. 

Authorized by The 1946 
General Conference 

GOAI Not. less than $15,000.00 

Cash and Pledges $8,441.56 

Yet to be raised, not less than $6,558.44 

He Sent Them Out to The World to Preach 

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Masontown, Pennsylvania. The congregation at Mason- 
town has set aside Sunday, February 15, as Parsonage 
Fund Sunday. Brother Ankrum says the approximate sum 
needed to complete the job is $3,500.00. 

We learn that Brother Ankrum was the guest speaker 
for the Wesleyan Brotherhood of the First Methodist 
Brotherhood of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, Jan- 
uary 22. 

Berlin, Pennsylvania. We note from Brother Whet- 
stone's bulletin of January 25, that at the church business 
meeting he was tendered a call for another year of ser- 
vice in Berlin, but that he made decision to close his. 
work there and has accepted the pastorate of the Dayton,. 
Ohio, Hillcrest Brethren Church. The change will be made 
on April 1st. 

The churches of Berlin are trying out a combined eve- 

ning service in which the various churches open their 
doors for a union service. The first service attendance to- 
taled 127. 

The Editor pulls a "boner." Yes, he made a mistake in 
his editorial. He "punched" the wrong letter out of '"can't" 
in his "Thinking Aloud" three weeks ago. He was so in- 
tent on reminding his readers that "Now" and "Ever" 
were important words in what he wanted to "get across" 
to you that he just "punched" blindly and the result 
seemed rather incongruous. It seems he had "cat" left 
instead of "can." But even error can be used to a good 
advantage, for now he can remind you that it would be 
a "caf'astrophe if the Publication Day Offering and the 
Press Fund Pledges would be forgotten. You still "CAN" 
do something about it, even if you failed to do so before. 
The Offering is still in the "Caf'egory of the offerings 
for the year. It was placed in the "caf'alog of "musts" 
by the General Conference, and we would not want to be 
in a state of "cafelepsy at this time anyway. Of course 
you see what he wanted to say was, "It CAN be done, 
if we all get behind it and do it! Now think that over! 

Vinco, Pennsylvania. Brother St. Clair Benshoff, pastor 
of the Vinco church, is temporarily acting as advisor of 
the Junior and Senior Brotherhoods, until a new sponsor 
can be obtained. 

We note also that the W. M. S., Group I, of the Vinco 
church sent five boxes of clothing to our Kentucky mission 
at Lost Creek, recently. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Brother Virgil Meyer gives some inter- 
esting figures in his annual report. We quote: "Increases 
in attendance over the previous year were: Sunday School 
22%; Morning worship service 10%; Evening service 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We find in Brother Crick's 
bulletin that he received a call for another year of ser- 
vice in the Pittsburgh Church, but that he decided not to 
accept same, and to accept a call to the Gratis, Ohio, 
Brethren Church, same to be effective on April 1st. 

The Communion date of the Pittsburgh Church has been 
set as of Easter Sunday evening. 

The Pittsburgh W. M. S. is sponsoring a new Signal 
Lights Organization. This meets one of the new goals in 
the W. M. S. program for the 1947-1948 Conference year. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. We note that the newly organized 
Junior Sisterhood of Mary and Martha held a candy sale 
on January 24. 

Washington, D. C. Brother Clarence Fairbanks, pastor 
of the Washington Church, says that the Laymen's Organ- 
ization of the church conducted the services at the Cen- 
tral Union Mission on Thursday, January 22. 

Tentative plans have been made to have the Ashland 
College Choir in Washington on the Sunday following 

The first Sunday in February is set apart by the Wash- 
ington Church as "Building Fund and Roll Call Sunday." 
Brother Fairbanks says, "The larger the offering at this 
lime, the easier it will be to begin the first unit of our 

St. James, Maryland. We quote from Brother Bates' 
bulletin of January 25: "During the next few weeks, while 
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Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Boer 

Publication Day Offerings Coming In 

SOME OF our churches have been very prompt about re- 
porting their Publication Day Offerings, and we hope 
many more will follow suit. And if any have not yet taken 
the offering due to interfering local programs, please do 
not overlook it altogether, but take it at your first oppor- 
tunity. There never was a time when we needed a large 
offering more than we do today. And the reason for the 
great need is a story that can be told in six words — in- 
creased cost of labor and material. Pray that the Lord 
may use us all to answer this need. 

Has Your Evangelist Stopped? 

If it has, and you are wondering why, it is likely be- 
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be made through the proper church official or agent. 
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goal for the year of 1948 — 10% increase in subscribers. 

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The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 


FROM OUR clipping files we gleaned the following 
which we felt was good comment on the thought that 
surrounds the Benevolence Month of February. We do not 
know who was the author, or where the clipping came 
from, but we do know that "it makes sense." Here it is: 

"Pastors are good managers. This may be a surprise 
to those who think of them as visionary and financially 
childlike. If you could know the story of the good man- 
agement that has resulted in clothes good enough to satis- 
fy the congregation; food enough to build good bodies; 
education enough for the children to give them their 
chance in the world; money enough to give to every finan- 
cial appeal in the church and in the community; books 
enough to keep the mind of the pastor alert and up-to- 
date; gas and tires and the car itself to carry him on the 
business of the parish (often the pastor's car becomes a 
kind of free bus line for councilmen and others to rallies 
and conventions); wisdom enough to keep out of over- 
burdening debt — add it all up, and you will understand 
that the pastor's plight in old age is usually not his fault, 
but the failure of the church to which he has committed 
his life. Let us do what we can to insure the future of 
our pastors." 

This clipping set me to thinking! 

Do not our aged pastors deserve more than just the few 
dollars that they receive from the Board that is set up 
by the church conference for the purpose of dealing with 
their needs? Should there not be some plan being pre- 
pared in the offing that would do more to make the de- 
clining years of faithful men and women sure and pleas- 
ant? Has the church as a whole the "right'' to pass this 
by with so little thought and discussion ? Or should we 
be planning for a more sure method of distribution as 
the years roll along? Other denominations have a regular 
"pension plan" the like of which could be established in 
the Brethren Church. But the churches individually must 
take a greater interest in the plan, and be willing to obli- 
gate themselves for a definite amount, instead of trusting 
to just the offering which is given, sometimes almost 
grudgingly, to the Benevolent offering each year. Would 
such a plan work in our denomination ? 

Think it over! 





By Fred C. Vatmtor, President Brethren's Home and, Benevolent Board 

NOT ONE of us like to think in terms of age, 
yet years roll on and each succeeding' twelve 
month period adds another year to our span of 
life. With each added year, experience increases, 
burdens are added, knowledge is expanded and 
hearts are mellowed. Age should and usually does 
increase the value of the preacher to his con- 
gregation, for experience is one of the most val- 
uable assets of the man whose hand is on the 
helm that guides the destiny of the individual 
church. True, there may be a slowing down of 
personal activity, but in the matter of meeting 
the problems to which the church falls heir, ex- 
perience and careful consideration of every angle 
of the matter is very often of infinite value of the 

But there comes a time in the life of every min- 
ister when he must turn over the steering wheel 
and resign the driver's seat in favor of fewer 
grey hairs (or more hair) and a more active 
body. In the years he has served he has spent 
himself unselfishly for his people. A true minis- 
ter always does this. Too often too little has been 
given back to him in return for the effort he puts 
forth. The minister has had little or no oppor- 
tunity to lay by of this "world's goods" to help 
him through the "rainy days" that are bound to 
come, for come they will, sometimes without 
warning. Consequently his sourse of income be- 
comes a negligible thing. 

Now that is why we have to have a fund that 
is devoted to the care of our aging preachers. 
For many years we have maintained this fund, 
first through the ministrations cf the old Super- 
annuated Ministers' Board, which went forth en- 
tirely on faith and paid out to such men and 
women that which they could "rake and scrape" 
togethei, often times finding themselves far in 
the "red" as far as payments were concerned, 

and toward the end of the year having either to 
borrow money or renege on the "half-promises" 
that had been made to these deserving servants 
of the church. 

Finally, at the urgent insistence of both cer- 
tain individuals and members of the Board, the 
Superannuated Board was merged with the 
Brethren's Home Board by an act of conference, 
some twenty-odd years ago. This Board is now 
your present Brethren's Home and Benevolent 
Board. At the time of the merger certain changes 
were made, among which was the one of "paying 
as we go," or not living on next year's uncertain 
income, but by apportioning out only such money 
as was in the treasury, thus being able to say to 
the recipients at General Conference time, "We 
have appropriated so many dollars to your indi- 
vidual fund for the coming year. It is in the bank, 
subject to the check of our Treasurer. Each 
month during the coming year you will receive 
so many dollars each month. This we assure you." 
(The current year these monthly payments 
amount to $45.00 per month for retired ministers, 
and $25.00 per month for widows.) We usually 
hold back enough that should an emergency arise, 
we are able to take on one more during the year 
than our lists of appropriations. But if this emer- 
gency arises, as it has this year, and we meet it 
— then to use the expression of the day: "We are 
broke." Brethren, this ought not so to be. 

This year, while we still expect a fine offering 
as usual for the support of the Brethren's Home, 
about which you will be told next week, we are 
turning our attention to a greater appeal for the 
Ministers' Fund. As our article is titled, "Aging 
Preachers," that is exactly what the church is 
facing in the way of .support. Not that our Board 
is expecting a sudden influx of applications for 
"pension," yet in the next ten years there are go- 

FEBRUARY 7, 1948 

ing to be many such applications. We are simply 
"looking- ahead" and striving to build up a sur- 
plus that may meet emergencies in the not too 
distant future. 

Now frankly, brethren, would it not be a 
shame upon the Brethren Church to have to say 
to our aged men and women who are now receiv- 
ing their monthly checks, "We are sorry, but we 
will have to cut the men down to $30 per month, 
and the widows to $15.00 per month! Jt is not 
our fault as a Board, for we have not received 
sufficient money from the churches to do other- 
wise!" Do you want that to happen? this next 
year — or in any year to come? Of course you do 
not ! But it will happen if each one does not give, 
and give abundantly. 


Therefore when February 29 rolls around, put 
a little extra in your Offering envelope — v/e .sug- 
gest you make a play on the date of the offer- 
ing, the extra day in the present Leap Year, and 
contribute an extra 29 cents, or any multiple of 
that amount, say $2.90, or even $29.00. You v.ill 
enjoy the extra day better if you do. 

Just remember that the continuation of our 
present support of those now receiving their 
monthly checks is contingent on your continued 
"high" gifts to this fund, it is your opportunity 
to "do good" in a pleasant way. 

(The Home will be brought to your attention 
next week.) 

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RELDA Jean Wright has written a poem entitled, "Love 
Binding All" which we believe should be printed in 
large letters and framed and hung in every church in the 
land. In this poem she has searched the depths of one of 
the most neglected avenues of service that comes in the 
service that comes out of the parsonages in the many 
parishes of the land. 

Here is a poem that should make us all stop and take 
stock of the attitude which we have toward the family 
life of the average minister, for it goes beneath the sur- 
face and brings us much more in the way of facts about 
the minister's help-meet than we ordinarily think about. 

I raise my voice in tribute to the wives 
Of pastor-preacher-minister! I'll send 
High praise for these manse leaders, and defend 
All these for sermvice which they give to lives 
Of their community. I've seen the things 
They do to lift the weary husband-heart; 
The courage that they give so he can start 
Upon his day of steady work. He flings 
Aside himself that he might fuller be 

Tke Unsung Heroine 

Tlie ministers wife 

Christ's follower true in that community 
Which he now serves, and loves, I've seen him go, 
Forgetting self and home. Should this bring woe 
To sometimes lonely hearts of loving spouse, 
They never let him sense it in his house. 

A true devotion to the work of God 

Must be the vision which she shares each day 

While making house a home, where children play 

Unmindful of the path that they must trod 

As "preacher's kids." They'll suffer youthful scorn 

Of friends their age, and must examples be 

Of life's perfection, to some folks who see 

No human life for them, for they were born 

To him who teaches them the Spirit's ways, 

And so should be pure spirit all their days! 

The pastor's wife with love must weld this home 

At dawning of the day, or in the gloom. 

Her dreams are put into such menial deeds. 

But all add up to aid her partner's needs. 

He needs her faith in God to reign supreme, 

But faith in him must close a second be. 

He needs her understanding constantly 

Of that devotion which he holds. His dream. 

All rosy, of this serving way of life 

Has hardened to a rough and stormy road, 


And now he needs someone to share the load 

Of problems there. How much a loving wife 

Can bear with him the burden, though a part 

Of it he keeps within his mind and heart. 

He tinds God's strength when they've together prayed 

That in His way they'll strive on — unafraid. 

God. grant that these who serve in Love may be 

Together, in Thy love, eternally. 

Consider the minister's wife! She gets no salary, yet 
she does many things in the parish that the minister 
cannot do. and that for only a word of thanks — or, may- 
hap, not even that, considering the fact that that which 
she does is not for selfish gain, but for the uplift of the 
cause she loves. 

She constantly is the "hearer" of complaints, of the 
burdened heart that does not want to confide in the min- 
ister-husband. Her quiet sympathy goes far in relieving 
the burden and assuaging the pain of an anguished heart. 

She seeks to keep her minister in health. For she real- 
izes that he cannot put forth his best efforts when his 
body is wracked with pain, or his mind is sluggish be- 
cause of ill health. 

She has, oftentimes, a gigantic task of keeping up his 


spirits. "Blue Monday" comes to most preachers and it 
is her task to change the "blue" to the radiant colors of 
the rainbow, under the prism of her calm disposition and 
her smiling, cheery face and voice. 

She shares his joys and sorrows. She helps him to over- 
come those moments of heart-pain at the failure to reach 
the unsaved with his message; she rejoices in victory 
wiiich is won when souls come to the feet of the Master. 
Her tears mingle with his at the passing of some beloved 
member, only to turn, maybe the same day, to rejoice 
with him at the joining of two hearts in the ceremony 
that makes them one. And, too, his home joys and sor- 
rows are her joys and sorrows. Mountain tops and valleys 
are traveled together. 

She ministers in her own way. She can do things that 
her minister-husband finds impossible. She can open doors 
to which he does not possess the key. She can search the 
souls of her sisters in a manner that he cannot, because 
she is a woman also. 

What a task is hers. Only time and eternity will tell 
the story of her unselfish adherence to her humble tasks, 
for which she asks no pay, only her husband's love and 

Truly she is an unsung heroine in most every parish! 

Sut 74/e TtJavtt a tyowty t ?Hi*u4ten 

Dwight E. Stevenson, in the Christian-Evangelist 

EVERYONE knows that pulpit committees looking for 
ministers almost universally begin with the one pre- 
requisite: "He must be young!" By this they generally 
mean not that he must be so young as to lack experience, 
but that he must still be in the strength of his youth. 
According to this, the best days of our years in the min- 
istry are between thirty and forty, or by reason of a full 
head of hair and youthful appearance, they may extend to 
forty-five; but it is an exceptional pulpit committee that 
will willingly call a minister when he has passed his forty- 
fifth birthday. 

If the Apostle Paul had been writing to Timothy in the 
twentieth century, he would never have taken the trouble 
to say, "Let no man despise thy youth." He might have 
delayed his letter a little and written to Timothy at the 
age of fifty-four, "Let no man despise thy maturity." 
The ancient respect for years and their wisdom has been 
cast aside in favor of admiration for youth and its vigor. 

In this respect the Christian ministry is more like the 
trades than the professions. In the trades a man may be 
"fired at forty" because labor is industry's cheapest com- 
modity. In most professions, on the other hand, a man's 
peak of usefulness is reached after he is fifty. Then he 
begins to harvest the experiences of the years. Who would 
think of retiring our physicians, bankers, statesmen, or 
jurists at forty-five? To do a thing so silly would be to 
rob society of its most competent leaders in these pro- 
fessions. But, curiously enough, the minister is an excep- 
tion to this rule among the professions. 

How did this state of affairs come about? 

The church may be reflecting the secular dread of old 
age. Our modern American society has a fear of old age 
amounting to horror. There is hardly anything we moderns 
will not do to "keep our youth," meaning, of course, the 
appearance of physical youthfulness. In our "sensate cul- 
ture," whether our minds remain young, seems to be of 
little moment. 

Why Prefer a Young Minister? 

The minister occupies a unique position in that he is 
the person upon whom we project our unfulfilled ideals. 
We want him to be everything that we would be; this 
includes youth! The adulation of youth in ministers is a 
mirror of our general adulation of youth everywhere and 
of our modern dread of growing old! 

The church has placed a premium upon young minis- 
ters by emphasizing activity rather than wisdom and saint- 
liness. With us a thriving church is a "busy" church, one 
humming with active clubs, societies, circles, councils, 
boards, commissions, divisions, classes, suppers and pro- 
jects. To keep up with all these and to keep promoting 
new ones as the old ones wither, requires the cyclonic en- 
ergy which no one but a young man possesses. 

Sermons that "strike" us are preferred to sermons that 
instruct or inspire. Activity is preferred to worship and 
study. Projects seem more important than the deepening 
of the spiritual life. 

Many older ministers fail to keep young minds and 
some stop growing in spirit. We shall have to admit that 
much of the blame for the present plight of older minis- 
ters rests upon their own shoulders. They simply have 

FEBRUARY 7, 1948 


failed to keep up. They have had no new ideas recently. 
They have read no new books. Their education and their 
growth are too narrowly confined to the past. If doctors, 
statesmen, and teachers did the same thing they too would 
be laid on the shelf. 

Unfortunately, older ministers who do not grow, make 
it harder for their colleagues who do. Congregations hav- 
ing unfortunate experiences with older men who are stag- 
nant in their thinking and old in spirit, leap to the con- 
clusion that all older men are unequal to the task; and 
they do not even give them a chance. 

Facing the Situation 

The contemporary church by its attitude toward youth 
and maturing in the Christian ministry, is guilty of a 
double wrong. On the one hand it is wronging the men. It 
is laying men on the shelf at the very age when, in other 
professions, they are reaching the apex of their useful- 
ness. On the other hand, it is wronging itself. It is de- 
priving itself of the garnered wisdom and saintliness that 
cannot be developed in any man, much less a minister, 
without the ripening of the years. 

I am writing as a young man who has long felt that 
this emphasis upon young ministers is lopsided and that 
it ought to be corrected. To locate evil and even to diag- 
nose it is easier than to prescribe the cure. Nevertheless 
something needs be done. Here are a few timorous sug- 

First, church leaders must face the situation. Within 
the church, elderst and deacons have allowed this anomaly 
to develop without giving it any conscious thought. Now 
it is time to think about it. As soon as they think about 
it, they will realize how silly it is to close their minds 
against any minister simply because he is over forty-five. 
They will know that most men in other professions reach 
the height of their usefulness after that age and they will 
begin to wonder if they have been depriving themselves. 
They will stop saying, like unthinking parrots, "But we 
want a young minister," and they will begin saying, more 
sensibly, "What we want is a good minister, a minister 
who is truly Christian." It will help a great deal to ex- 
pose this issue to the light of day. 

Second, we will seek to increase the caliber and the 
training of young men entering the ministry. Men who 
really have native ability and adequate training will not 
burn out before they are forty. They will usually keep on 
growing. Let us frankly admit that we have been calling 
too many second-rate minds and spirfts into the Christian 
ministry. Correct this, and we do much to correct the 

Third, we must manage to prolong local ministries. A 
church that is constantly changing ministers has little 
chance of advancing beyond the spiritual nursery. Simi- 
larly, a minister who lives out his career in hitches of two 
or three years here and there, never gets over making a 
beginning. He may have been in the ministry forty years, 
but he may have grown no deeper into it than his longest 
period of local service. Since he was moving, he did not 
need to grow. He did not need to change his sermons, he 
could change the congregation to which he preached them. 
He could get a fresh church, so he did not need to get a 
fresh approach to Christianity. 

The men in the ministry who have grown the most both 
in mind and in spirit, have been those who settled down 

in one church for a long and constructive service of fif- 
teen or twenty years or longer. They have grown in part, 
because they could root themselves into the noil of a 
community, and in part because it i:-; harder after all to 

stay in one place and face life's demands than it. j-. to keep 
living out the early years of a pastorate over and over 
again. Other things being equal, if a man remains for a 
long time in one church, he has to grow. 

Fourth, churches must provide and ministers must seek 
the means of continuous growth. A minister who does not 
continue to read and study is drawing water out of an 
empty cistern. Churches must come to recognize this and 
they must protect ministers' hours of study. It will not 
hurt if a church lets its minister know that it expects him 
to use a large block of time out of every day for study. 
This will be a helpful stimulus to him. Some churches 
even go farther; they provide a book budget for their min- 
ister so that he will be sure to buy and read new books. 
There are also pastors' institutes, convocations, and con- 
ferences which ministers should attend for the stimulus 
they bring and for the new ideas and methods they con- 
vey. Some of these are so excellent that they have the 
value of short post-graduate courses. A minister who 
makes a practice of attending them will get little oppor- 
tunity to fossilize. 

Fifth, we need to deepen the spiritual life of our 
churches. We need to go beyond fund raising, attendance 
campaigns, membership drives and other activities, toward 
cultivation of spiritual awareness. And we need desper- 
ately to see the church in its true light as the means by 
which we are enabled to live Christian lives, not as an end 
in itself. When we begin to ask, "Is our church creating 
Christian personalities, increasing awareness of God, and 
Christianizing its community?" we will drive ourselves to 
discover the resources about which a wise and experienced 
minister knows most. Our impatience to be up and doing 
will change into a hunger to become the children of God. 
If such a change in the temper and spirit of the church 
were not accompanied by a transformation of our atti- 
tude toward the ministry, it would be very surprising in- 

We want abler ministers, ministers more adequately 
trained spiritually minded ministers, ministers growing 
in grace and truth. Some of these will be young, for not 
all wdsdom is confined to old age, but it is a strange pro- 
fession in which a young man begins at the top and works 
his way down. 

Mrs. Elmer Ebbinhouse 

When the day is dark and gloomy, 
And you're feeling very blue; 
Just look around at others 
Who are bearing burdens too. 

Then give a smile or a kind word 
To those who need it too, 
And before you would believe it 
The sun is shining through. 

There is always someone needing 
The help that we can give: 
And by thinking first of others 
We'll learn to truly live. 



The National Sunday 
School Association 

Kev. N. V. Leatherman, General Secretary, 
104 S. .Mulberry St., Hagerstown, Md. 

Rev. E. L. Miller 

NOTE that our subject is the Sunday School IN the 
church and not the Sunday School AND the church. 
Some thirty years ago an able and successful pastor of 
one of our large city churches quit his pastorate because 
the Sunday School superintendent would not consent to 
have the Sunday School meet in the morning either be- 
fore or after the worship services. That Sunday School 
met in the afternoon as many Sunday Schools used to 
do, and perhaps some few do yet. But that pastor in- 
sisted upon the change being made so as to keep the 
Sunday School and church working closer together. He 
also declared that the worship services would be better 
attended if the Sunday School and worship services were 
held in conjunction with each other, that is, following 
one another. 

At that time, over thirty years ago, that may have 
been the case. But what about today? Could you really 
have a successful Sunday School in the afternoon? be 
it in town or city, even in the country! I wonder about 
it and fear you could not. In the main Sunday School and 
church services are held in the morning. Most places the 
Sunday School sessions come first. In some few instances 
the worship services of the church are held lirst and then 
the Sunday School follows. This latter arrangement is 
being tried in order to overcome a very bad habit or 
custom into which Sunday School folks have fallen. That 
habit or custom is the only too well-known one of great 
numbers leaving after Sunday School, as if all was done 
and finished when Sunday School was dismissed. This 
exodus shows a great disregard of the Christ-founded 
institution against which He said the gates of Hell should 
not prevail. This turning the back on the worship ser- 
vices hurts pastors and earnest church workers, and we 
do not believe that it pleases our Lord any too well. 
But there it is. It is a condition that is not conducive 
to spiritual growth and development of those who are 
interested enough to attend Sunday School. Pastors all 
over the land lament this situation, and how they would 
thank the Sunday School officers, teachers and members 
in general if they would do some heroic work in helping 
interest the folks in the worship services so that they 
would stay to worship in the services set and prepared 
for that purpose. 

"On this rock will I build My church," said the Master. 
And we feel that when we do not properly emphasize the 
place that the church is to have and play in our Christian 
lives, we are remiss in the discharge of our Christian 
duties. Nothing has been devised by man, and neither can 
there be, that will be able and fit to take the place of 
the church and its services of worship in the lives of the 

people of any community. Jesus has really said so. And 
when Paul urged against the neglect of assembling our- 
selves together, it surely was for worship and preach- 
ing services and not for the Sunday School as such, for 
it did not exist at that time. 

Now understand that we would not by any means dis- 
parage or belittle the place and work of the Sunday 
School. The writer has been a Sunday School attendant 
and worker all his life, and he believes in the Sunday 
School. But he would not have us feel that the Sunday 
School is an end in itself. It is a means — a wonderful 
means — but still a means, set for teaching the Word, 
developing spiritual growth and leading souls to Christ. 
As a feeder to the church it is and should ever and always 
stand in front. But, as with all other church-connected or- 
ganizations, so the Sunday School should put forth all 
its effort to glorify the Lord of us all by leading folks 
into the church and then urging them to avail themselves 
of all the services of the church. 

No doubt any pastors reading this will AMEN what 
has been said. And we do hope and pray that any and all 
Sunday School folks reading it will help hold up the pas- 
tors' hands and encourage the church workers, by help- 
ing stop the walk-out strike against the worship services 
so much in evidence today. 

Now one other word and we leave it with you. What 
has happened to the evening services of the church? 
Thousands of churches have dispensed with them alto- 
gether. Others are making a determined effort to carry 
on and overcome whatever it is that has made folks think 
such services are more or less unnecessary. Sunday School 
folks, where pastors and workers are making this effort to 
honor the Lord with worship on His day, lend a hand. 
Help keep your church alive and doing its best for your 
community. And where the pastor and folks have given 
up in more or less despair, just take it up with the proper 
authorities and let them know that indifference, care- 
lessness or perhaps mere worldliness are not going to 
get or keep you down. In this day of such great spiritual 
need there is great need of church folks, young and older, 
getting back of more worship and all it entails rather 
than less. Indeed, give a hand in helping overcome this 
general apathy. It has played havoc with the church all 
over the land. The cities and towns felt this slump first, 
but it has reached out to the rural church too. Some may 
think that if they have attended services in the morning 
it is enough. Well, it is never enough. But if some feel 
they cannot get back for the second service, others may 
well be able to do it. And what about the multitudes that 
don't get out for morning worship ? The Sunday School 
can give a great boost for attendance at all services of 
the church. And we feel . that what they can do the Lord 
really expects them to do. And if they do not make a 
decent effort to do their very best and keep faith with 
Him, THEN WHAT? You figure that out. And we hope 
you come up with the correct answer. 

— Maurertown, Virginia. 

The spiritual interpretation of life teaches us that all 
human life is sacred: that we are members one of an- 
other; that the things which we have in Common are 
greater than those which divide; that each is his broth- 
er's keeper. — W. L. MacKenzie King. 

FEBRUARY 7, 1948 


» » » » 

Our Poet's Corner 

« « « 


I came into the garden where my Savior knelt and prayed, 
He left me by the wayside where the three disciples stayed, 
He bade me watch and wait for Him; for this my spirit 

The waiting seemed so long to me for 1 was quick to go, 
I wanted most to be with Him, and yet my Lord said No. 
And so I tarried long without the gate wherein He'd 

And when I tried to go alone, I learned His way surpassed. 

But then one day He bade me come into Gethsemane, 
He warned me that the path was steep, the stones were 

hard to see, 
And yet I longed to go with Him, I knew all would be well, 
But when I found the stony path, I stumbled, stopped and 


The rocks were sharp, my body sore, my head was droop- 
ing fast, 

But soon we'd walked the garden through, my Lord and 
I, at last. 

I never knew just what it was my Savior suffered there 

Till I had gone with heavy heart and bore His load of care. 

And yet I fell and lay in grief, the agony too great, 
I couldn't raise my eyes to His, I thought it was too late, 
I'd wanted most to follow Him, to suffer for His name, 
But somehow with the first few steps, I'd only brought Him 

I lay before Him weak and worn, my heart was spent 

And as He beckoned me to go up Calvary's hill with Him, 
I cried, "I cannot go, my Lord, the path is filled with grief, 
My heart is burdened down with care, and cannot find re- 

And yet again He brought to mind that I had promised all, 
And He had promised in return to help me if I fall. 
For if I were to bear His cross, I must go all the way, 
And I must also sacrifice the things I love today. 

And so with bitters I came, I could not see the way, 
But I would bear the cross with Him, I'd take it up each 

I'd bear the suffering and the shame and all the heartache 

If only by my doing this could souls to Him be brought. 

For when I yielded all to Him, as ne'er before I'd done, 
The burden fell from off my heart, the victoiw has been 

For trusting in Him as my strength, I surely could not fail 
And I could walk the way where once 'twas all to no avail. 

Yes, I would go with Him each day into Gethsemane, 
I'd face the spitting, scoffing crowd that nailed Him to the 

I'd suffer all the anguish and would bear His aching heart, 
I'd follow Him no matter where and His great love impart. 

'Twas not until I'd struggled long with HelfishneHH within, 
That I could answer, "Yea, my Lord," and then the rid 

For when I sacrificed myself, went with Him all '-•'■ 

'Twas then the perfect, peace of God came in my he 

that day. — Delia Elliott, 4/47. 



The Forty-fourth Quarterly Meeting of the Northern 
Indiana Laymen of the Brethren Church was held in the 
South Bend Church on the evening of December 1, 1 f>4 7 , 
with one hundred and twenty-one men present, represent- 
ing Warsaw, Milford, New Paris, Ardmore, Elkhart, 
Goshen, Nappanee, Brighton, Ashland, and South Bend. 

After a fine supper served by the South Bend ladies, 
Don Kollar, President of the South Bend Laymen, pre- 
sided and Dorothy Ewald and Catherine Snyder enter- 
tained with a duet, piano and organ, playing Christmas 

Eleven pastors were present. Woodrow Brant, the new 
pastor of the Warsaw Church was introduced, as were 
Rev. I. D. Bowman, Rev. Roland Hudson, and Rev. Schuler. 

The annual election of oofficers was held with the fol- 
lowing being elected: 

President Harold Hummel, Goshen 

Vice-President L. Swintz, South Bend 

Secretary-Treasurer Max Miller, Nappanee 

The next meeting is to be held on March 1, 1948, at 
the Warsaw Brethren Church. 

Rev. Robert F. Porte, pastor of the Ardmore Brethren 
Church, was speaker for the evening, speaking on "Meas- 
uring up to God's Expectations for Us." 

Rev. Claud Studebaker pronounced the benediction. 
Dart K. Bemenderfer, Sec.-Treas. 


At the last meeting of the Goshen, Indiana, Laymen's 
Organization, held on January 13, foiiy-iive men enjoyed 
a Fish Fry and then spent the evening repairing the ta- 
bles, so much worn by constant use. The tables, numbering 
about forty, were made ready for many more years of 
hard usage. Charles Higgins is president of the group. 

Dart K. Bemenderfer. 

Albert McClelland, Editor, Oklahoma Baptist Messen- 
ger: "One of the saddest sights on earth is that of a man 
trying to preach without a call. A still sadder sight is that 
of a man with a call refusing to preach." 

There are more ways than one of shutting the doors of 
churches; absence, negligence, and withholding our sup- 
port will just as effectively close a church as a court 
order. — Perry F. Webb. 



huerestino hems 

i Continued from Page 2) 

repairs are being made in the sanctuary and Sunday 
School room, our morning services will be held at the 
.regular time — Sunday School at 10:00 and the worship 
service at 11:00. We are counting on your increased sup- 
port and enthusiasm during this period of inconvenience. 
Due to lighting facilities we will not hold evening ser- 
vices for a few weeks." There's still "spiritual" fire in 
the church, even though the "material" tire did damage 
to the church structure. 

Cumberland. Maryland. Brother Paul M. Naff, pastor 
of the Cumberland church, says the church is striving to 
follow a program of noble and spiritual sacrifice in order 
to be able to soon burn the mortgage on the building. 
We trust they will soon reach their goal. 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois. Brother Charles E. Johnson, pas- 
tor of the Cerro Gordo church, announces that the evan- 
gelist for the revival campaign in that church is Rev. 
Samuel Adams of Pleasant Hill, Ohio, and that Mrs. 
Adams has charge of the song services and of the chil- 
dren's work. The meetings will close on February 15. 

Milledgeivlle, Illinois. Brother D. C. White announces 
the service of dedication for the newly installed amplifier 
system in the church is being held on Sunday, February 8. 

The young people of the Milledgeville church will be the 
guests of the Lanark church at a banquet which is to be 
held on February .14. 

West Alexandria, Ohio. Tis done! The West Alevandria 
congregation burned the note which told of the final pay- 
ment on their parsonage which was purchased on January 
31, 1944. The final payment was made on January 3, 1948 
— the total cost of the parsonage, including interest paid 
was $5,308.33. Open House was held by the pastor and 
wife, Brother and Sister A. E. Whitted, on Sunday after- 
noon, January 11 from 2:30 to 5:00 o'clock. 

Brother Whitted reports the baptizing of a fine young 
man and his wife on December 18. 

Lanark, Illinois. Brother L. O. McCartneysmith calls 
our attention to the fact that we missed the reporting of 
32 which have been added to the Lanark church during 
the past year, in our "additions to the church" report. We 
add it to this week's list. 

Elkhart, Indiana. Brother L. V. King reports that four 
have been added to the membership roll of the Elkhart 
church by baptism, as of New Years Eve. 

January was designated as Tithe Month and Visitation 
Month in the Elkhart church, stressing the observance of 
God's laws of one-seventh of our time and one-tenth of 
our income. Tithing cards were to be signed to find out 
the total tithing strength of the church. 

Added to last week's Additions: We are glad to make an 
additional report of the church additions since our last 

Church Number received 

Loree, Indiana 4 

Linwood, Maryland 1 

Lanark, Illinois 32 

West Alexandria, Ohio 2 

Elkhart, Indiana 4 

Total this report 43 


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GREEN-MATTHEWS. On Saturday evening, December 
<>, 1947, in their newly furnished home near Udell, Iowa, 
occurred the marriage of Gwelda Green and Glenn Mat- 
thews, in the presence of the immediate relatives. Gwelda's 
home was in Centerville, Iowa, and Flenn is the son of 
Ernie Matthews of near Udell. Both are well known and 
fine people. 1'he reception of the neighbors, who later 
went in to see them, consisted of the entire community 
— eighty-some guests. 

W. R. Deeter. 

HEETER-CUSTER. Barbara Rosann Heeter, daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Heeter, and K. Eugene Custer, son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Custer, were united in marriage 
on October 24, 1947 at 8:00 P. M. in the North Manches- 
ter Brethren Church, with Rev. Bert Hodge officiating. 
They spoke their vows before an altar banked with palms, 
arrangements of "mums" and several candelabra. Miss 
Charlotte Schutz gave a half hour of inspirational organ 
music and Miss Lois Ann Walters acted as vocalist. 

A reception for one hundred and fifty was held in the 
church parlors. The couple have both been active in youth 
organizations and are now making their future plans for 
residing on a farm near Wabash, Indiana. 

GORMAN-HALE. At the Brethren Mense, in Udell, 
Iowa, occurred the marriage of Miss Rowena Gorman to 
Mr. Benjamin H. Hale, both of Centerville. Both are Meth- 
odists. Only immediate relatives were present. The couple 
left soon after the wedding for a honeymoon into Mis- 
souri and Kansas. We always advice newly married folks 
to go to church somewhere the first Sunday, then keep it 
up. The wedding was on November 25, 1947, the groom's 

W. R. Deeter. 

ICaifc to Umt 

HOOVER. George Hoover, son of Frederick and Sarah 
Evans Hoover, was born near Millville, Henry County, In- 
diana, October 2, 1857. He departed this life at Oakville, 
Indiana, October 1, 1947, aged 89 years, 11 months and 
29 days. 

On December 22, 1881, he was united in marriage to 
Theresa Sherry, who survives. To this union were born 
five children: Ray Hoover, Bellefontaine, Ohio; Minnie Hol- 
singer, Springport, Indiana; Lucille Beavers, Rosedale, In- 
diana; and Denzil and Martha who preceded him in death 
at the age of 7 months and 1 month, respectively. Others 

FEBRUARY 7, 1948 


feeling this loss include twelve grandchildren and twelve 

In 1884 Mr. and Mrs. Hoover with their first child, Ray, 
moved from Millville to Oakville where Mr. Hoover en- 
gaged in the sawmill business with Jeff Hoover and Jacob 
Replogle. After nineteen years 'he sold his sawmill inter- 
est and bought a farm north of Oakville which occupation 
he pursued until 1936" when they moved to the present 
residence in Oakville. 

Mr. Hoover united with the Hooverite Church at Chicago 
Corners, in Henry County, in 1883. Soon after the organ- 
ization of the Oakville Brethren Church, Mr. and Mrs. 
Hoover united with this organization where they were 
faithful and willing members. Ill health prevented active 
participation in the work of the Church for some time. 
George Hoover has always been an example of faithful- 
ness to God and love to fellowmen to all with whom he 
came in contact. 

We have lost a friend and neighbor 

But we know he's "over there." 

He has gone to meet his Saviour 

And loved ones waiting there, 

He has been a loving father, 

A husband— kind and true; 

He has loved his church and country 

And served both as best he knew. 

He will long be well-remembered, 

For he lived among us all, 

And by a good example 

Gave us much to long recall. 

We will mourn him for we loved him, 

But we know that some day soon 

We, too, will go to join him 

As he waits in that Upper Room. 
The funeral was held on Oct 3, Oakville Brethren 
Church in charge of Rev. James E. Ault, assisted by Rev. 
E. D. Burnworth. 

large attendance of neighbors and acquaintances, besides 
the sorrowing wife, children, grandchildren, great grand- 
children and other relatives, and the many floral tributeH, 
attested the high esteem in which the d<-"-a "1 '.an held. 

H. M. Oberholtzer. 

BRINEGER. At the age of 77 years, 4 months and 7 
days, William Henry Brineger departed this life Decem- 
ber 30, 1947, at his home in Carleton, Nebraska. He was 
a man of good reputation, interested in the affairs of 
the community and having served on the Carleton School 
Board 22 years. From early manhood he was engaged in 
the live stock business, in connection with his farming, 
and was noted as a man of sound judgment and honest in- 
tegrity in all his dealings. 

At the age of 23 he was married to Miss Edna Brown, 
who still survives. To this union were born six sons and 
six daughters, of whom five sons and four daughters sur- 

The children grew up under the influence and instruc- 
tion of the Brethren Church and its Sunday school. Nearly 
all of them united with the Brethren Church and have 
been active in its service. The son, Milford, is at present 
the efficient superintendent of the Sunday school. Rev. 
J. D. Kemper, now pastor of the Brethren Church in Mor- 
rill, Kansas, but several years ago pastor of the Breth- 
ren Church in Carleton, and instrumental in leading most 
of the children to Christ, was called to officiate at the 
funeral and preach the sermon. The services were held 
in the Carleton Brethren Church, the pastor assisting. The 

POORBAUGH. Death claimed Mrs. Florence Alberta 
Poorbaugh, wife of Jacob W. Poorbaugh of Ashland, Ohio, 
after- a rather prolonged illness, which kept her confined 
to the home for some weeks. 

She was born in Ashland, May 28, 1903, the daughter 
of Samuel and Ella Rannals Kolb. Following the death 
of her mother when the child was but four months old, 
she was reared and made her home with her aunt and 
uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Dupler. From this home she 
was united in marriage to Jacob Poorbaugh on May 2, 

She was a life-long resident of Ashland and was a mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church (Park Street) of Ash- 
land, and a member of the Woman's Missionary Society 
of the church. 

She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. 
Clyde Eddy and two sons, Richard J. and Jesse W., all of 
Ashland; one granddaughter-, Linda Kay; her father, Sam- 
uel Kolb of Mansfield; two sisters, Mrs. William Iseman 
of Mansfield, Ohio, and Mrs. Tracy Wertz of Parma, Ohio; 
and her foster parents Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Dupler. She 
was preceded in death by her mother, one sister and one 

The funeral services were conducted by the undersigned 
from the Gilbert Funeral Home, Ashland, and burial was 
made in the Ashland Cemetery. 

Fred C. Vanator. 

FOWLER. Mary Ellen Fowler, aged 80 years and 3 
days, was born in Appanoose County, Iowa, near Udell, 
and passed away on January 1, 1948. She was the daugh- 
ter of Riley and Nancy Hayworth. She was married to 
William Fowler in 1884, and to this union were born two 
children, Alvah and Elven, the latter passing on in 1918. 
She leaves a son Alvah and five grandchildren. Funeral 
services were held at Moravia, Iowa, and burial in the 
Denny Cemetery. Services by the writer. 

W. R. Deeter. 

It is not so much because the New Testament writings 
are the works of inspired men that we believe in their in- 
spiration as that because we know them to be inspired 
we believe them to have been written by inspired men. — 
Andrew C. Zenos, D.D. 

* * * 

I wonder why it is that people can read the labels on 
patent medicine bottles, and shortly after develop all the 
pains and symptoms described there on. Or they can hear 
the complaints of .a friend's ailment and immediately be- 
come certain they are victims of the same dread disease. 
Now these same people can hear a sermon that really 
touches on their faults, yet are unable to see that it ap- 
plies to them . . . but are convinced that the Parson 
"sure hit so and so" this morning! 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topic* coprri(bted bv the International Soaetv of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 

Topic for February 15, 1948 


Scripture: Gen. 2:21-24; Prov. 19:14; Eph. 5:22-23 

For The Leader 

THIS IS the second of a series of four topics on the 
general subject of Marriage. Tonight we are dealing 
with the sacredness and importance of the marriage vows. 
No vows are more binding or more sacred than those you 
take at the marriage altar. Considering how lightly most 
of the people of the world today consider these vows, it 
is important that we give earnest heed to what they mean. 


minister stands in your presence and asks you, "Do you 
take this man (or woman) whose hand you hold to be 
your lawful wedded husband (or wife)," just What does 
he mean ? It means that legally you are husband and 
wife, to share and share alike before the laws of the land. 
It means that you are permitted to live together and 
maintain a home. Before God it means that you are no 
more two people, but one, designed to live together as 
one. It means that the vows are for the life time of the 
union. It means that the union can be dissolved before 
God only by death. See how important it is to choose the 
right person to be your mate? After you are married, it 
is a little late to discover that you have married the wrong 
person. Courtship should be of such a nature that you 
will be able to discover the things which would prevent 
a happy marriage. 

2. "FOR BETTER OR WORSE." Those who are familiar 
with the marriage ceremony know the oft repeated words, 
"For better or for worse." Just what do these words mean? 
Someone has said that life is a gamble. That is not as 
true as to say that life is a Venture. It will be just what 
we make it. If we determine in our heart that when we 
get married that we are going to keep the upper hand, 
that what "my mamma and daddy says" is going to be 
law, then we are starting out for trouble. Successful mar- 
riage cannot be that. For better or for worse means that 
the two people who weere married are cast into a common 
lot in life. Problems which arise must be met and solved 
by them. The interests of the common bond must exist 
above all others. If a man loses his job, the wife must 
stick with him. If in-laws insist on interfering, and they 
too often do, the two young people must stick together. 
There must nothing come between the husband and wife 
if the words, "For better or for worse" are to count. 

■',. HOW TO BE HAPPILY MARRIED. No standard set 
of rules can be set up to suit all cases. But a few primarly 
facts should help. First of all, stick together. Put the 
word of our mate above the words of anybody else. Let 
no one say things which will create doubts. Defend your 
mate with your life. Second rule: live within your means. 

The time payment system can easily cause financial wreck- 
age of an otherwise happy marriage. No matter how small 
the down payment or the monthly payments, they have 
to be met, and it isn't very often that pay checks coincide 
with the due date on a time payment. Third. Devote time 
to your home. Furnish it simply, but nice, provide good 
books and magazines. Spend hours of leisure reading to- 
gether, improving yourselves spiritually and mentally. 
Forsake the constant jazz and soap box operas on the 
radio. They eat away your mental powers. Provide your 
own entertainment in the home — music, reading, etc. 
Fourth, pray and read the Bible together. Learn to take 
your problems to the Lord in prayer and yourselves to 
the services of God's house from week to week. 

4. DIFFICULTIES. Just recently we heard of a Judge 
in a particular court who handed down some 400 divorce 
decrees in a five day period. In that time a few more than 
that number of marriage licenses were issued. Why so 
many divorces in proportion to marriages ? Simply because 
difficulties have arisen which the husband and wife would 
not meet. Yes, there are men you can't live with, and there 
are wives who aren't worth their salt. A lot could be said 
on that. But you should have found out some of those 
things before marriage. Love is blind, but it need not be 
that blind. Besides if you and your mate are willing to 
pray, forget and forgive, you can master many of your 
difficulties. Don't forget that when you are married, you 
have a lifetime contract — for better or for worse. So be- 
fore you go running off to the divorce courts, stop and 
think what you are about to do. Even though popular opin- 
ion seems to favor the divorce court, we must remember 
that God has established the marriage vow for life, and 
it cannot be broken, without serious consequences. 

5. THE PERFECT TRIO. Some one has said that 
"three's a crowd." Yes, three human beings is a crowd. 
But a husband and wife, and God makes a perfect trio. 
The minister, ministering in God's name, becomes the 
agent of God in signifying that union of husband, wife 
and God. Through him the blessing of God is pronounced 
upon the young couple, vows are exchanged, prayer is 
made, and a new union is established. (See why it is im- 
portant that Christian young people go to their minister 
to be married instead of an alderman or a justice of the 
peace?) If you are willing to make God a partner in your 
marriage, you will be able to overcome all of the obstacles 
through life. 


1. About what percentage of marriages end up in di- 
vorce in your state? 

2. Make a list of causes of divorce that you can think 
of. How could these be prevented? 

3. Prepare a list of principles which can help create 
a happy marriage. 


It would be a good idea to ask your minister, in ad- 
vance, to come to your meeting and give an explanation 
of the marriage vows, and a talk on "Preparing ourselves 
for marriage." 

Begin your meetings on time. If the leader isn't pres- 
ent, let the president take charge. There are few things 
more depressing than being in a meeting where nobody 
seems to know what to do next. Get out of the doldrums 

FEBRUARY 7, 1948 


and provide exciting special features, contests, and music 
for your meetings. Teach your members to pray. Call on 
them, but tell them in advance that you are going to ask 
them to pray. It may be a stumbled prayer, but it will be 
a prayer. 

Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 


What shall I render to my Lord 

For all JTis grace to me, 
Abundant care that never fails, 

So precious and so free? 

For He has saved my soul from death, 

And wiped away my tears; 
My feet from falling He has kept, 

And freed me from all fears. 

Therefore to Him I'll pay my vows, 

And bring my gift of praise; 
I'll call upon His holy name, 

And worship Him always. 

I am thy servant, O my Lord, 

To Thee I bow the knee; 
Accept me as an off'ring, Lord, 

O sanctify Thou me. 

Thy name to others I'll proclaim, 

And magnify Thy grace; 
I'll serve Thee, Lord, unto the end — 
Until I see Thy face. 
— J. M. Blough, Church of the Brethren missionary 
to India. 

Scripture: Psalm 116 

Hymn: "Go, Give, Pray"; "Take My Life and Let It Be" 
(Not omitting fourth stanza). 

Leader's Petition 


"What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits 
toward me?" 

IF THE goodness of God should bring a sinner to re- 
pentance, what should his goodness mean to a saint? 
The 116th Psalm should produce in the reader the right 
feeling in this matter. Let us not forget that it was 
Christ who intervened when we were fallen in sin and 
helpless under the penalty of eternal death for a violated 
Law. Since Christ lifted us from a fearful state of a 
child of wrath and an heir of Hell to the exalted posi- 
tion of a child of God and an heir of Heaven with the 
privilege of being laborers together with Him in the evan- 
gelizing of a lost world, surely no sacrifice is too great 
a thought of gratitude when expended in His cause! Re- 
member, if we are "born again," we are no longer free 
to do as we please (1 Cor. 6:19, 20; 7:23). We are indi- 

vidually responsible to God for the UM of time, talent 
and means He has loaned to us as His itewardf (1 Cor. 

"Freely ye have, received"— Love (Jer. 31 ■'■'>; John 3:16); 
Forgiveness (Psa. 130:4; Acta 13:38); Life (Acta 17:28; 
John 10:10); Grace (John 1:16, 17;; Supply of all r.<- 
(Phil. 4:19; Luke 12:22-28); Sympathy (Heb. 2:16-18); 
Encouragement (Col. L:ll; 2 Tim. 4:17;; Comfort (2 ' 
1:3); Counsel (Psalm 7:i:24; 16:7; Isa. 9:6). 

"Freely give"— Love (John 15:12; Luke 10:27;; For- 
giveness (Matt. 6:12, 15, 16); Life (1 John 3:16); Grace 
(1 Peter 4:10); To supply the needs of others (James 
2:15, 16); Sympathy (Gal. 6:2); Encouragement (La. 35: 
3, 4); Comfort (2 Cor. 1:4; 1 Thess. 4:18); Counsel (2 
Tim. 4:2; Heb. 3:13). 

On The Sunday School Lesson 

by The Editor 

Lesson for February 15, 1948 


Lesson: John 14:25-26; Acts 2:1-4; 4:31b; 
Galatians 5:22-26 

WHEN JESUS spoke to His followers in the upper 
room, as recorded in John, chapters 13 to 17, they 
were seemingly unable to understand or to follow His 
words closely. He knew that they were soon to be bereft 
of His earthly presence and that they would need to be 
guided in the proper paths in order to be "followers of 
the Way." After having led them into new paths through 
the medium of the installation of the "feetwashing" or- 
dinance and the partaking of the Bread and the Cup, He 
now feels that they must understand that they are not 
being entirely forsaken by the Godhead. He, therefore, 
tells them of the coming of the Holy Spirit, whom He 
calls "The Comforter," who is to take His place in their 
midst "to teach and bring all things to their remem- 

The Golden Text, Acts 1:8, tells the result of the en- 
trance of the Spirit into men's hearts, for it is only 
through such entrance that power is to be invested in the 
receivers. Uttered as it is, just prior to the ascension 
of the resurrected Jesus, it carries no matter of probabil- 
ity. Rather He says, "Ye shall receive power, when (not 
if) the Holy Spirit is come upon you." It becomes en- 
tirely a matter of opening up to receive that power. 

Our lesson is divided into four parts and for easy re- 
membrance we use the letters of the word "HOLY" to 
show them. 

1. H-ow the Spirit is to come. Here we have the words 
of Jesus in John 14:25-26. We have spoken of this above 
in our opening paragraph. 

2. O-n whom it fell. (Acts 2:1-4). It seems that the key 
to this "falling of the Spirit" on Pentecost is found in 
the phrase, "all with one accord in one place." They had 
been in the habit of gathering together to pray. No doubt 



this is what they were doing when the Spirit fell upon 
them. There is no place where hearts can be of "one 
accord" better than at the place of prayer. They were 
'"tarrying in Jerusalem" just as Jesus had told them to 
do. He had promised the Spirit — and He came. 

3. L-eading of the Spirit. (Acts 4:31b). When men ac- 
cept the Spirit with open heart, there is bound to be a 
"led" people and a people that will "speak with boldness." 

4. Y-ou and the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-26). Those who 
are "filled" with the Spirit will grow the "fruit of the 
Spirit" — rich, ripe, life-giving fruit. As man is empowered 
physically by material food, so is he empowered spirit- 
ually by taking in the Spirit, the source of all spiritual 
power. Paul says, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also 
walk (act) in the Spirit." 

We can not always escape unpleasant conditions but we 
can turn them to spiritual advantages. 


From Oui 

ews from 



After twelve years of pastoral service in Huntington, 
Indiana. I decided to resign. It was not easy to make 
the decision, for we were working together quite har- 
moniously. I loved the people and they loved me. But I 
began to surmise that it might be better for the church 
to have a change of pastor, especially if they can secure 
a younger man. I prayed much about it and evidence was 
given that such would be the will of God. Twelve years 
of service and sacrifice together had made ties of broth- 
erhood and friendship that were hard to sever. 

I never once doubted in the least that God had called 
me 10 the work in Huntington, although internally and 
externally, conditions were uninviting. The morale of the 
church was low. They were able to give very little finan- 
cial support and the Missionary Board would not risk 
much. The confidence and friendliness of the public were 
lacking and the church at large had but little hope. Yet 
I was confident of the call of God and the Spirit led and 
urged me on. Although I was tested in various ways, God 
showed His approval and wonderfully sustained and 
helped me. In a few months my wife was taken from me 
by death caused by cancer, but the strong arm of God 
upheld me. 

Those who founded our Huntington church had a vision 
and hope for a strong and successful church. They built 
a substantial, well located, commodious, well equipped 
and beautiful church building. But more than this was 
needed: a firm, unwavering faith; a loyal and steadfast 
love for God; deep conviction; the spirit of sacrifice and 
devotion; and much prayer. Progress was necessarily 
slow. Much patience, persistence and prayer were required. 
But, "they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their 
strength." Those who had eyes to see rejoiced in the vic- 

tory of faith. Needed property repairs and improvements 
were gradually made. Bills, including the unpaid balance 
of the former pastor's salary, were paid. The debt on 
the property was cleared in a manner that verified our 
faith in prayer. Public confidence was restored. Souls 
were won to Christ, although not as many as we had 
hoped for. Intei-est in giving, even a passion for giving, 
was developed. Quite a number became tithers and loved 
it. The janitor's support and the pastor's support were 
constantly increased. All bills were paid promptly. Much 
credit is due to a faithful inner circle of pray-ers. They 
were not so many, but they were of the sort whose prayers 
"avail much." Without them, I doubt whether there would 
be a Brethren church in Huntington today. 

Mistakes and failures were made, as may be expected 
of humans. God permits them for a purpose, and they do 
even "work for good to them that love God, to them who 
are the called according to His purpose." Yet I do re- 
gret them. 

Space does not permit me to relate, in any degree of 
detail, the many achievements with which our labors were 
blessed, nor do I wish to do so, lest it seem like boasting. 
To God be all the praise. We were only instruments in 
His hands. We and all we did were his "workmanship." 
To God's glory, I do acknowledge the grace that was 
given me and His blessing upon my labors. I do thank 
God for the souls I was permitted to baptize and receive 
into the church. Some of them I have seen "grow in grace" 
and become strong defenders of the faith and helpers in 
the Lord. It has grieved me much that others whom I 
tried to win to Christ, have not been moved to accept 
Him. I thank God for the years of service I was per- 
mitted to give Him in Huntington. I thank Him for the 
trials and testings as well as for the achievements and 
victories. It was a rich experience. I thank God for the 
Huntington Brethren, for their sympathy in my distresses 
and sorrow, for their co-operation in the labors of Christ, 
for their prayers, for their financial support, for their 
love and friendship. All will be a dearly cherished memory 
to me. May they abide faithful to their Lord, be fruit- 
ful in His service and enjoy His blessing always. I trust 
they will soon have a good pastor. 

H. M. Oberholtzer, Carleton, Nebraska. 


After I had resigned my pastorate of the Brethren 
church in Huntington, Indiana, the Lord opened to me 
another door of opportunity, with a call to the pastorate 
of the Brethren church in Carleton, Nebraska, which clear- 
ly indicated to me that my work in the ministry of the 
gospel was not yet done and that for some purpose God 
had called me to this particular church so far away. I 
accepted it as the answer to my prayers and that this 
was the will of God for me. The Carleton Brethren and 
I were strangers to each other, but after some explana- 
tory correspondence our confidence in each other was es- 
tablished. They reiterated their call and I accepted it. 

The Carleton Brethren sent a truck to haul our house- 
hold goods, which started on their westward way Nov. 5, 
and my wife and I started late in the afternoon, Nov. 6. 
In the meantime we were hospitably sheltered in the 
home of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Smith. We did no night 

FEBRUARY 7, 1948 


(driving. The first night we spent with our friends, Mr. 
and Mrs. Ora Abshire, in Wabash, Indiana, and two more 
nights in hotels along the way. It was a long journey of 
750 miles, but a very interesting one. We arrived at the 
Brethren church in Carleton Nov. 10, 11:00 A. M., just in 
time for the morning worship. We were cordially received 
and were introduced to the waiting congregation by the 
church secretary, Mrs. Charles Itac'how. We thanked God 
for a safe journey and, after a brief period of worship 
in song and prayer, I preached my first sermon in Carle- 
ton. We were very delightfully entertained for the day 
in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rachow. 

Our household goods, which arrived on Friday previous, 
were stored in the parsonage, which had been cleaned, re- 
papered and repainted in anticipation of our coming, 
thanks to the ladies of the W. M. S., and the men who 
helped them. Monday we began unpacking and arranging" 
the household goods. 

A formal reception, with an interesting program of de- 
votions and welcome addresses and a response from the 
pastor and a generous "pounding" of various articles of 
food, was given us Thursday evening at the church. 

Soon we had a short season of cold weather, with about 
three or four inches of snow, which was considered very 
good for the wheat. This was followed by a severe sleet 
storm that made the roads hazardous and did much dam- 
age to trees and electric lines. In a week or so it turned 
warm and took the ice away and we had a season of 
mild and pleasant winter weather. So far, at this writing, 
the temperature has not been below zero in Carleton. 
Our roads are our greatest worry. The most of them being 
unimproved, they become very muddy and slippery when 
wet with rain or snow, and become impassable in places. 
Ihis hinders church attendance very much. Snow drifts 
are soon removed from the highways by snow plows, but 
nothing can be done about the mud, except wait until 
it freezes or dries up. 

The Carleton church has a membership of a few more 
than 100, of whom there is a sizeable group of very 
faithful, stable and loyal people. They are interested in 
local activities and in the general interests of the church. 
Ihey are well organized and all officers seem to take 
their responsibilities seriously. We have a thriving church 
school, an active W. M. S. and S. M. M. and a choir of 
fifteen voices that I think will be a valuable asset to our 

We have here a very attractive, well-located, well-built, 
well-arranged and well-equipped church building, well 
suited for any church activity or any religious public 
gathering. The holiday season was fraught with several 
activities, a Christmas pai'ty, or supper, and a Christmas 
Eve candle light service by our own group; a banquet for 
high school football players, sponsored by the business 
men of the town; the high school operetta; and a union 
Christmas service Lord's Day evening before Christmas. 
We have some very capable and willing leaders and work- 
ers that make possible the carrying out of various pro- 
grams. With sincere consecration to Christ and His cause, 
and a firm faith and an abiding trust in God, I believe 
that this church will be able to accomplish much for 
the glory of God. I am expecting a happy and fruitful 
pastorate here. 

H. M. Oberholtzev. 

Traoel Flashes 

One Single Trip 

IT WAS the storm preceding the first zero weather oi 
our winter. The Sunday morning service was in calm, 
mild weather. A larger-than-ordinary audience greeted 

the preacher and listened attentively to his message. The 
six-mile trip home was uneventful and easy, and the rest- 
ful afternoon boded fair for the evening service with I 
last heavy draught on the energy of the pastor. An af- 
ternoon nap helped to revive and refresh him and the 
slight evening meal was finishing and then— alas! It be- 
gan to snow slowly and easily. It was a heavy, "wet" 
snow and before the time for departure there was three 
inches of the white, beautiful covering, all over every- 
thing, making the trees and shrubbery fairylike and the 
icy roads most treacherous. The atmosphere was heavy 
with moisture and the moon was "in the dark." The walk 
around the house was cleared of snow and likewise the 
"auto" which had been left outside because the weather 
was nice and thus avoiding the up-hill drive out of the 
garage which was treacherous with ice of the former 

Forty-five minutes before the time for service, the 
preacher went out to try for the trip. The first incident 
was (in the darkness) to swing too sharply into the road 
and into a bunch of shrubbery, causing the wheels to 
spin and the auto to become static, and the next, to slip 
on the snow T -covered ice and either fracture or severely 
bruise the left short ribs, fiat on my back, seeing no 
stars, and able to rise and after unexplained method, to 
swerve loose from the bushes and into the road. 

A bit more than a mile from home, we tried to round 
a sharp curve, and an almost right-about curve and con- 
tinue up a steep grade, all in one. It was too much to 
achieve on the first try. The wheels began to whirl and 
groan on the icy curve and a deep ditch into which we 
had once nearly skidded scared the lady (Mrs. Bame) 
who scrambled hurriedly out of the car. leaving me alone 
with my problems. 

Now I believe that we could have "made the grade" 
after a few tries had the missus been a bit more brave 
and stuck to me in my effort with encouragement instead 
of "fear and trembling"; but she has stuck to me so 
faithfully in many more dangerous times, and has suf- 
fered so many broken bones by accident that I resigned 
my convictions that we could have won our way with a 
few tries more and decided without argument, to go 
twelve miles instead of six and save further arguments 
and this one most dangerous risk. It is well, sometimes, to 
agree with "better-halfs" even though we know it is ex- 
pensive to agree and abide the consequences. This seemed 
one of the times. 

And so, instead of going around and up. we turned to 
the opposite direction, much further an"l not too sure 
that we would come out at the right place in the un- 
tracked snow. A former pastor. I am told, said that to 
get to this church was not easy; but after there, he could 
always ask the way back. Now it is not quite that bad 



since we have pointers to tell the way on most corners; 
and it is wonderfully nice when one gets there to find a 
real country welcome with smiles and handshakes and 
worshipful people. 

.Narrow roads, sharp-angle corners, T-roads, snow, 
darkness, icy underpinning — none of it assures calm 
equanimity for the sermon; but we arrived even though 
we wore fifteen minutes late and found fourteen persons, 
six of them Junior Choristers. There were many members 
absent who knew the roads, and have traveled them for 
years and none of them subjected to the necessity of 
the up-and-around curve that made our trip so much far- 
ther, but less hazardous. 

Returning, we got lost again. In the excitement, we 
had misjudged the roads, now trackless and no sign of 
"blacktops," two of which we had to cross which had 
always helped us to find our way home, pointers on the 

This was a real test of our courage. After driving sev- 
eral miles, we became convinced that we were not on 
124, one of the blacktops, and helped us to decide only 
the direction of our home. We knew we had to find a 
road turning to the right, never guessing where we could 
come out, or if we would have to drive all the way to 
Peru, ten miles out of the way, in order to know our way 
back home. But in our secret hearts, we said, we asked 
the Lord to direct us and to protect us and so, claimed 
it all for us enroute home. 

Well, we finally came to 124 and I told the lady that 
we were after all on the most fortunate course we could 
have taken, save for one very icy, steep hill which we 
must descend. That took more praying for it would not 
be up-and-around, but down-and-around for this hill. But 
we "made it" safely, if slowly, and how we did praise the 
Lord for guidance, protection, courage and calmness in 
this dangerous and vexing trip! 

The Moral 

The moral and excuse for this meditation is that the 
Lord does keep and guide and protect. I have believed 
that for many years, but never more than now. I could 
almost say that it has been years since (if ever) that I 
do not pray every morning for such guidance and pro- 
tection and I believe as firmly as that I am alive, that it 
has been proven to me each day even though I may not 
have realized it as I declare I did on this venture. The 
very fact that I am alive and preaching and taking risks 
that city preachers do not have to, is proof positive to 
me. If this message can help another to accept this, teach- 
ing of the Word as proof to One in whom they believe, 
then this shall not have been in vain. 
A Sequent Meditation 

This has made me do a good deal of thinking since the 
zero weather has kept me more quiet than ordinarily since. 
Did the Lord expect me thus to challenge Him for this 
protection and guidance? Was I foolhardy to undertake 
this when others, younger and nearer, did not go? Did 
I do my duty or was it just a daring risk? If it was 
my duty thus to dare and to suffer, what made it easy 
for others to remain by their fires and nod and listen to 
Charley McCarthy? Just where in the Bible, does one 
find that preachers must dare more than others to obtain 
the prize of prizes? My answer is that I do not find it 
any place in the Sacred Scriptures. 

I would not have lost my pay had I done as others 
did. But, was the child right when, puzzled, he questioned 
as to the meaning of installing the preacher, asking, "Do 
they put him into a stall and put harness on him when 
they install him?" But since I have not been "installed," 
no answer is needed. It would seem that this boy must 
have been a farmer boy at that. Not? 

We did have a good meeting and at least one said, "I 
liked it better than any other we have had on Sunday 
night." That is some recompense; and the other problems 
of this meditation must be left with the people who did 
not, and do not, venture risk, and their God in the Day 
of Rewards. 

I may as well say that we are not used to only fourteen 
in our services. The average gain in our Unified Service 
over that of last year was fifteen for the first quarter 
and eveiy treasury showed a nice balance as of our last 
business meeting. New people come, old ones show im- 
provement and our Sunday evening Bible Forum is prov- 
ing that these people love the precious Word of God. The 
housing situation is proving a bit troublesome, but the 
Lord has promised to provide and He will, through these 
good people. These two Barnes are happy and unperturbed 
in our work and we shall challenge our Brethren every- 
where to watch us grow in grace, faithfulness and even 
in gains, financially and numerically. We are planning al- 
ready for Eastertide when we shall have a week of Com- 
munity Exchanges of friendliness and sermons with the 
seven churches of our township and an Easter program 
that will be instructive, interesting and interpretative of 
the greatest event in the world's history since the birth 
of Christ — His resurrection, believing those two great 
established facts determine if we are saved or lost. Rom- 
ans 10:9, 10. 

Charles A. Bame. 


The New Press Fund 

"The Gospel must first be published among ail nations." 
Mark 13:10. 

Authorized by The 1^46 
General Conference 

GOAJ Not less than $15,000.00 

Gash and Pledges $8,529.56 

Yet to be raised, not less than $6,470.44 



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Berlin, Pennsylvania. Brother S. M. Whetstone, pastor 
of the Berlin Church, announces that plans are in the 
making for services to be conducted through the Lenten 
Season, and on to and including the Easter services. 

He also says that one hundred and thirty-two were in 
attendance at the second combined evening service, which 
service on January 25 was held at the Reformed Church. 

Waterloo, Iowa. We learn from Brother Virgil Meyer's 
bulletin of January 25 that the morning worship services 
of the Waterloo church will be broadcast over Radio Sta- 
tion KAYX — 1090 on the dial. These may be heard by 
anyone who is within tuning distance of this station at 
11 o'clock CST. These broadcasts permit the local mem- 
bers who find it impossible to attend the services to get 
the benefit of the morning worship hour. It is not, we 
think, aimed to permit the ones who are able to attend 
to stay at home. 

Tuesday, February 10, was set as Family Night in the 
Waterloo Church. Motion pictures, with an outstanding 
film, were on the evening's program. 

Smithville, Ohio. We learn from Brother Vernon Gris- 
so's bulletin of February 1 that on February 8 the mu- 
sical organization of Ashland College, known as "Musi- 
caglia" was scheduled to present an entire evening ser- 
vice, with instrumental and vocal combinations, together 
with the devotional period, at the Smithville Church on 
Sunday evening, February 8. 

We also note that the Wayne County Christian En- 
deavor Birthday Banquet was held at the Smithville Inn 
<>n February 5th. 

Brother Grisso reports that a total of twenty-eight had 
perfed attendance this past year in Sunday School. This 
a compared with a total of twenty-four as of H)4f>. He 
also lists the number by years of perfect attendance in 
the following manner: Perfect attendance for 6 years — 5; 
for 5 years — 3; for 4 years — 5; for 3 years — 5; for 2 
years — 4; and for 1 year — 6. 

Bryan, Ohio. Brother E. J. Black, pastor of the Ser- 
geantsville, New Jersey, Brethren Church, has accepted 


a call to the pastorate of the Bryan, Ohio, Brethre 
Church, to succeed Brother C. Y. Gilmer, who has ac 
cepted the pastorate of the First Brethren Church o 
Huntington, Indiana. These changes will be effective April 

Brother Gilmer, in making this change, says of th« 
Huntington Church, "'The membership now numbers nine 
ty. They are eager to press forward and their prospects 
for growth are considered good." Rev. Gilmer's brother 
Roy, who is pastor of the Clear Creek Church of the 
Brethren, has resided in Huntington for the past thirteei 
years, and his mother and other brother and his family 
live eleven miles from the city. Rrother Gilmer, therefore, 
is not entirely a stranger in these parts. 

Washington, I). C. We learn from Brother Fairbanks'] 
bulletin of January 25, that Brother T. C. Lyon was re- 
cently elected moderator of the Washington Church, and 
Brother T. A. Chappell was made assistant moderator. 

February 1 was set aside as Building Fund Sunday,, 
with the usual goal of $1,000.00, with the hope that it' 
could be made more. 

Canton, Ohio. Brother E. J. Beekley reports that the 
average attendance at the Canton Church services for the 
month of January was: Morning — 75; Evening — 24. 


Ashland, Ohio. By action of the Official Board the Ash 
land Church is to hold election for three new Deacons on 
Sunday morning, March 7th. The usual procedure wil 
be by ballot without nominations. 

The Youth Organizations of the Ashland Church cou-J 
ducted a very fine "Youth Week" which celebrated the 
usual Christian Endeavor Week observance with a Party 
on Monday evening, January 26; full charge of the Wed- 
nesday night mid-week prayer service on January 28, and 
as a climax, a fine program on Sunday evening, February 
1, which included many musical numbers; a fine devo- 
tional period by the Junior C. E.; talks by Paul Clapper,: 
National President of Brethren Youth and Phil. Lersch,j 
President of the Northeastern Ohio Brethren Youth; anl 
offering taken for the Ohio Brethren Youth project. All 
three Christian Endeavor Societies had part. The service 
was in charge of Carl E. Mohler, Youth Director of the 
Ashland Church. 

Ashland College Exchange Student to Sail. Brother Ar- 
thur Petit, Director of Public Relations of Ashland Col- 
lege, announces that Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Commisso, the 
latter formerly Miss Nellie Eller of our Milledgeville, 
Illinois, Brethren Church, have booked passage on a 
steamer leaving New York City for Cordoba, Argentina, 
on Friday, February 27. Mrs. Commisso will enroll as ex-, 
change student in the University of Cordoba, and Mr. 
Commisso will be employed in South America until his 
duties as Captain of the 1948 Ashland College Football 
Team will cause him to return to the College Campus 
in August. Mrs. Commisso will remain in Argentina until 
October, when she will return to Ashland College. While 
in South America the Commissos will live in the home 
of the Romanenghis. 

Masontown, Pennsylvania. Brother Ankrum announces 
that Brother John Locke will not be able to help out in 
their Spring revival, as announced. 

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George S. Baer 

First Reports of Publication Day Offering 

WE HAVPJ only .scattering reports so far, but they will 
be coming in rapidly from now on, consequently 
we want to get started on the publication of them so they 
will not pile up too high. One of my fellow workers says 
he has a feeling that our offering this year will come 
from a larger number of people than ever before, and 
that when the total is in, it will sum up to a large offer- 
ing. We hope so, for we have never known a year when 
it was needed more than it is now. We have said that be- 
fore a number of times and we are saying it again and 
again because it is so very true. May it be that no one 
will fail to do his level best to provide for the needs of 
this department of the Lord's work. God bless you all for 
your gifts — those already made and those yet to be made 
— that God may be glorified in the giving. 

W. P. Spinggle, Middletown, Va .$ 2.00 

B. F. Lampton, Brownsville, Ohio .50 

Mrs. J. J. Wolfe, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla 25.00 

Mrs. Leota Damm, Logansport, Ind 1.00 

Edna L. Bell, Somerset, Pa 5.00 

Mrs. E. A. Jueillerat, Portland, Ind 2.00 

Mrs. Nina Bishop, Kissimee, Fla 10.00 

B. Frank Zercher, Ashland, Ohio 25.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Flora, Wabash (College 

Corner) Ind 2.00 

Bessie Clingaman, Denver, Ind 2.00 

David S. Hegler, Fairview Brethren, Ohio 5.00 

Flora Church Offering, Flora, Ind 37.00 

Mrs. Mary B. Miller, Goshen, Ind 50 

S. A. Shannon, Hamlin, Kansas 5.00 

Mrs. C. W. Shaffer, Johnstown, Pa 2.00 

Mrs. Harold J. Dwyer, Johnstown, Pa 10.00 

Mrs. H. R. Beal, Mansfield, Ohio 1.50 

Vesta N. Hoover, Meyersdale, Pa 2.00 

S. C. Flickinger, Morrill, Kansas 20.00 

Estella Blackstone, Mt. Zion Church, Ohio 5.00 

Helen E. Shively, Ashland, Ohio (Nappanee Ch.) . . 15.00 

Sadie Snyder, Eaton, Ohio (New Lebanon Ch.) 5.00 

Mrs. Edward Watson, New Lebanon, Ohio 2.00 

Church Offering, North Liberty, Ind 07.04 

Mrs. Sylvanus Beigh, North Manchester, Ind 10.00 

Mrs. Ida Himiller, Washington C. H., Ohio 2.50 

Mrs. Verda Hade Hess, Waynesboro, Pa 2.50 

H. J. Riner, West Alexandria, Ohio 10.00 

Mulvane, Kansas, Offering as follows: 

Mr. and Mrs. Olin Davis 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Anthony 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lehman 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Howard 2.00 

Rev. and Mrs. W. L. Thomas 7.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Howard 5.00 

Misc 1.50 

Horace Huse, Manteca, Calif 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Dell G. Lemon, Portis, Kansas 2.00 

Mrs. Agnes Lemon, Port is, Kansas 1.00 

Total Cor this report $306 '>'• 

Press Fund Reports 

Mrs. Nina Bishop, Kissimee, Florida -..00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Kristin, Bryan, Ohio .00 

The Brethren Church, Flora, Ind 10. 00 

Hagerstown S. S., Hagerstown, Md 100.00 

Myrtle F. Laughlin, Hagerstown, Md 10.00 

S. A. Shannon, Hamlin, Kansas 5.00 

Vesta N. Hoover, Meyersdale, 1'a 1 .00 

Mrs. Agnes Lemon, Portis, Kansas 1.00 

(For total of the Press Fund see block on page L6), 

The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 


AT A RECENT meeting of the Ohio District Execu- 
tive Committee in preparation for the making of 
the program for the Ohio District Conference, which is 
to be held at Canton, Ohio, the week of June 13th, Brother 
J. G. Dodds, who is Moderator of the Ohio Conference, 
and, incidently, also Chairman of the National Goals Com- 
mittee, raised the question of the emphasis on National 
Goals. In the course of the conversation it was mentioned 
that a greater emphasis should be shown among the 
churches of the District regarding these goals, since the 
Ohio Five Year Goals Program has been completed and 
the National Goals Program taken over in its place. 
As usual this set me to thinking! 

What about the Goals? Are they just on paper, or are 
they an integral part of the program of your church? In 
fact, how recently have they, either as a whole, or in 
their individual fields, been mentioned in any of your Offi- 
cial Board meetings, Sunday School cabinet meetings, or 
from the pulpit ? It is quite easy to forget that the Gen- 
eral Conference has outlined a course of procedure which 
will be workable in ALL churches. True, some of these 
goals you meet without apparent effort. So easy are some, 
in fact, that you do not realize that you have made a 
goal. But others need emphasizing and re-emphasizing be- 
fore the congregation. 

Each church and each pastor should become "Goal Con- 
scious," not simply that you may come to General Con- 
ference with a report that you have reached a number of 
points, but that the work under each goal has been ac- 

Goals are just something by which to gauge progress. 
But if one wants an accurate measurement of that prog- 
ress in relation to ability to accomplish the task, then we 
'have it in our National Goals Program. 

Sure, some of these goals are difficult to roach. But do 
you want to just slide along easily on past momentum? 
We think not! 

Think it over! 



Fnct* and FinurPS About The Brethren Home 

I MtW VII I VI I IvJMl W^ Rev L v Kjng< Treasurer f Benevolent Board 

HAVE BEEN ASKED by the President of the 
■ Benevolent Board to furnish an article for the 
Evangelist which will give some information of 
the activities of the Brethren's Home at Flora, 
Indiana, and to make an appeal for a splendid 
offering on February 29. He himself has fur- 
nished a splendid article for an appeal to give to 
the Superannuated Ministers' Fund, for our aged 
ministers and their widows. If you have not read 
it. read it before you scan these pages. Living 
costs have almost tripled, yet the amount our min- 
isters and widows receive from the Church is still 
the same. I do hope the offering this year will 
be large enough to increase this somewhat. But 
our ability to do this depends wholly upon your 

lhtt Now To The Brethren's Home 

Last year we placed a cold deep freezer in the 
Home at a cost of $595.00, and insulated the attic 
at a cost of $544.90. The National Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society furnished us $1,000.00 to pay for 
this improvement. But since this amount has been 
put into improvements it leaves us just as much 
less for running expenses of the Home, as the 
good women have been contributing almost this 
amount for some years. We also had to hire a 
nurse for almost a year for one of our life mem- 
bers. This is the first time we have had to do this 
for so long a period. We also purchased a Roto 
Tiller for garden purposes at a cost of $569.42. 
We had, up to that time, one death which meant 
an extra expenditure for hospital bill and burial 
expenses. All this meant that we had to close our 
books for the past year with a small margin to 
begin the work of the new year. 

Now since Conference, we have had the misfor- 
tune of three of our life members passing away, 
which has meant added funeral expenses. Mrs. 
Lyda Weilman, Miss Edna Boone and lrvin 
Clark have all died since conference. We were 
also compelled to install a new furnace. This, 
with repairs on the stoker, meant an outlay of 
$1,600.00. These extra expenses, along with the 
increased cost of living, have made a heavy drain 
on the finances. In fact, we were compelled to 
draw from our resources to pay these bills. We 
hope now the offering for this year will be large 
enough to repay this amount, so that we can have 
a growing fund for erecting cottages at the home 

for retired ministers and other couples desiring 
to come to the Home. The increased cost of build- 
ing has prevented us from having one or two of 
these cottages now. 

The above statement and facts will reveal the 
truth that we must have a liberal offering this 
February from the Churches in order to meet our 
bills. These are the FACTS. 

The Practical Side 

BUT now to the practical side and the appeal 
of this article. All of us know r that the Brethren 
Church has not taken care of her poor and needy 
as she ought. The entire gift from the Church 
this past year for both the Superannuated* Fund 
and the Brethren's Home amounted to $8,219.43. 
That means that we averaged but fifty cents per 
member the past year for the support of the Be- 
nevolences of our own group. Yet many of our 
people think nothing of spending $1.00 for one 
evening of amusement for their own enjoyment. 

A father complained recently that cigarettes 
were costing too much, for his family was using 
one package each for himself, his wife, and two 
daughters, at a cost of eighty cents a day. That 
means thirty cents a day more than we are able 
to spend in a year for the needy of our own faith. 
What a blessing that family might have had if 
they would have turned over to the Benevolent 
Board that $292.00 instead of wasting it on them- 

One of the problems of every nation is the poor 
of their land. The Church could greatly relieve 
this problem IF they would provide for the needy 
of their own group. The law of the Old Testa- 
ment was kind to the poor. Read Deuteronomy 
15:7-11 before you read further in this article. 
Every seventh year was a release for the poor 
Free will offerings were set aside for their sup- 
port. Jesus Himself was kind to the poor. Wt 
know His feeling for the woman who cast in hei 
mite. He also said, "I was hungered, and ye gave 
me meat, naked and ye clothed me." The Epistles 
also make ample provision for the poor and needy 
of the Church. Instead of calling them "the old 
folks," St. Paul, in his epistle to the Corinthians 
calls them "Saints." Read 1 Corinthians 16:1 and 
II Corinthians 8 :4 and 9:1. He not only calls them 
saints, but he gives to the Christian Church the 

FEBRUARY 14, 1948 


method of supporting the poor saints of the 

Paul in this epistle deals with the various prob- 
lems the church faced in that early time. In I Cor- 
inthians 9:13, 14, he shows how the church should 
support the ministry and the spread of the gos- 
pel. The truth hinges on the words, "even so do 
ye." Here he is definitely speaking about the 

But in 1 Corinthians 16:1, 2 and in II Corin- 
thians, chapters 8 and 9 he is speaking about the 
support of the poor. And here the method sug- 
gested is "Free will offerings." Now, if you will 
study the method of paying the Tithe and giving 
free will offerings, you will discover a great dif- 

The Tithe is to be deducted when the money is 
received. Here the offering is to be laid aside 
upon the first day of the week. And Why? Be- 
cause the Lord's Day is the Day in which we meet 
together as one family, rich and poor alike, in 
common worship. 

Again, the Tithe is a stated amount. It is al- 
ways One-Tenth. But the collection for the poor 
is one of bounty as the Lord has prospered. The 
amount to be given is not stated. The Tithe is 
definitely stated. The Tithe is paid as an act of 
recognition of our stewardship. The collection is 
to show our equality in worship. The Tithe is our 
debt to God. The collection is called an act of 
grace. The Churches of Macedonia gave out of deep 
poverty. Yea, they gave even beyond their power. 
And they prayed Paul that he would receive the 
gift. This, not for himself, but for the poor saints 
in Jerusalem. 

So as they abounded in other graces, so they 
are now to abound in this grace, namely, the grace 
of giving offerings to the poor. In 9:4 he speaks 
of it as a collection and in verse 5 as a matter of 
bounty. And he closes his appeal, with three of the 

most wonderful verses in Scripture. Read 11 Cor- 
inthians 9:6-8. And remember, Paul . peak- 
ing about paying the Tithe when he makes this 
appeal, but about an offering for the needy. 

The Old Order - Brethren have not lost this ap- 
peal for the poor as we have. It is true they to 
lected missions while we have neglected the po 
Happy will be that Church and denomination and 
individual who will first give the Tithe to the 
Church for the presentation of tin- Gospel. Then, 
who will upon the first day of the week, lay aside 
for the poor and needy of the church. 

If the Tithe brings a wonderful blessing, (and 
it does to the sincere heart) so also will the week- 
ly offerings given as a bounty and as a grace for 
the poor. In fact the Tithe is going the first mile. 
Many Christians will not go that far. P)-ee will 
offerings out of a loving heart, is going tl 
ond mile and will bring the second mile blessing. 
So it is not enough to just give the Tithe, or 
rather should I say to "Pay the Tithe." That is 
the duty of every man and woman, boy and girl. 
The heathen do this much. It is also our Chris- 
tian duty to care for the needy of our faith, the 
poor saints, through free will offerings. 

in every church I have served since this truth 
came to me, I have endeavored to challenge the 
church to such a program. 1 would like to see how 
it works and what blessings it will bring. 1 am 
hoping and praying, now, that the Elkhart Church 
will be the first to accept the challenge. If others 
are willing to try it, 1 would be happy to know 
about it and the results. 

If it is a disgrace for a country to have her 
worthy citizens in great need, how much more of 
a disgrace is it for the Church to allow her own 
to go in want? IF the Brethren Church will take 
the way suggested by Paul, she will become a 
great blessing to the world and the wonder of the 
modern church. — Elkhart, Indiana. 

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Word from the Superintendent and lltlatron of The h[ouie 

IT IS INDEED a pleasure to tell you once again of some 
of the happenings at the Brethren's Home during the 
past year. 

The greater improvements include: the installing of a 
new furnace; painting the outside woodwork; installation 
of a Bendix washer, given to the Home by Mr. and Mrs. 
Lloyd Miller of Roann, Indiana; a piano, given by Mr. 
Francis Sriver of South Bend, Indiana; a glider for the 
front porch, purchased with money from the Young Men's 
and Young Women's Sunday School Classes of Hagers- 

town, Maryland, in honor of their teachers, Mr. and Mrs. 
Braden Ridenour. 

At present we have eight women and three men with 
three rooms vacant. One of these rooms will be taken in 
the spring by Mrs. Luella Kebert of South Bend. Indiana. 
Mrs. Ellen Newbold of Fremont, Ohio, has recently en- 
tered the home. We lost four members last year — Mrs. 
Lyda Wertman, Ashland. Ohio; Miss Edna Boone, Loree. 
Indiana; Mr. Benton Speer, Cambria, Indiana, and Mr. 
Irvin Clark, Center Chapel, Indiana. 



We are butchering a seven hundred pound beef and 
three hogs, which, together with our fruits and vege- 
tables, will fill our deep freeze to the top again. 

We want to thank everyone for all the fine things you 
have done during the past year. Below are a list of the 
gifts received and the donors. (If anyone person or group 
is omitted, please let us know.) 

St. James, Maryland, W. M. S. — curtains. 

College Corner W. M. S., College Corner, Ind.— $10.00. 

Dutchtown. Indiana, W. M. S. — curtains. 

Mrs. Dell Lemon, Portis, Kansas — hooked rug, towels, 
wash cloths, aprons. 

Berlin, Pennsylvania, W. M. S— $10.00 for curtains. 

Liberty Brethren Church. Quicksburg, Virginia — comfort. 

Ardmore Heights W. M. S., South Bend, Indiana — 
^10.00 for curtains. 

Rev. and Mrs. Harrie Funderberg, New Carlisle, Ohio — 
.< 10.00. 

South Bend, Indiana, W. M. S. — four comforts. 

Golden Hour Class, Nappanee, Indiana — comfort, dish- 
towels, pot-holders. 

Loree, Indiana, W. M. S. — curtains and throw rugs. 

Good Will Circle, Johnstown, Pennsylvania — tea towels 
and pot-holders. 

Corinth (Twelve Mile) Indiana, W. M. S. — dish towels 
and pot-holders. 

True Blue Class, Roann, Indiana— $12.00. 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois, W. M. S. — two rugs and a comfort. 

Cameron, West Virginia, W. M. S. — dish towels. 

West Alexandria, Ohio, W. M. S. — comforts, towels, pot- 
holders, curtains. 

Yinco, Pennsylvania, W. M. S., No. 2 — dresser scarfs 
and tea towels. 

Milledgeville, Illinois, Sisterhood Girls — comfort. 

Calvary, New Jersey, W. M. S. — sheets and pillow slips. 

Willing Workers' Class, Hagerstown, Maryland— $25.00. 

North Manchester, Indiana, W. M. S. — curtains and 
dish towels. 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, III, Sisterhood Girls — table 
scarfs and spreads. 

Berlin, Pennsylvania, Junior Sisterhood — tea towels. 

Ft. Scott, Kansas, W. M. S. — towels, scarfs, rug. 

Ashland Junior W. M. S. — tea towels. 

Ardmore Heights W. M. S., South Bend, Indiana — five 
woven rugs. 

Mrs. Hawbecker, Lanark, Illinois — clothing. 

La Verne, California Church — $7.75. 

Morrill, Kansas, W. M. S. — curtains. 

Progressive Class, Berlin, Pennsylvania — quilts. 

Loyal Daughters Class, Milledgeville, Illinois — two rugs. 

Center Chapel Ladies' Aid, in memory of Irvin Clark — 
i 10.00. 

Carleton, Nebraska, W. M. S. — Christmas gifts. 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, W. M. S.— $8.00 for Christ- 
mas fruit. 

.Mrs. Luella Kebert South Bend, Indiana — fruit from 

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kuns, Flora, Indiana — fruit. 

Flora, Indiana, W. M. S. — fruit. 

Burlington, Inriiana, W. M. S.— money for Christmas 

Lanark, Illinois, W. M. S. — Christmas gifts. 

Washington, D. C, W. M. S.— Christmas gifts. 

Young Men's and Women's Classes, Hagerstown, Mary- 

land — $56.00, with which the above mentioned glider was 
purchased, and also a picture for the Reception Room, 
which we do not yet have at this writing. 

May we have your prayers to help us carry on His work. 

James E. Scott, Superintendent 
Mrs. James iE. Scott, Matron. 

On The Sunday School Lesson 

by The Editor 

Lesson for February 22, 1948 


Lesson: Acts 2:37-47; Ephesians 4:1-6 

AT THE very outset let us discern this outstanding 
fact: The oneness is to be found, not in the idea of 
a world-wide union of all faiths (whatever they might 
represent), but in an idea that is bound up in the rela- 
tionship of the individual to his Lord. 

True there was a great "mass meeting" at the time of 
Peter's sermon, the result of which preaching is found 
in the verses of our lesson from Acts, but also there was 
the matter of individual choices to be reckoned with. We 
cannot, by any stretch of imagination, even think that 
everyone who stood in that vast throng that surrounded 
Peter and the rest of the apostles that day, fully sub- 
scribed to all the utterances which Peter was led to give 
forth. Each had to think for himself and had to make 
his own decision. Each individual had to become "one" with 
Christ, and, becoming "one with Christ," he was merged 
into the oneness of the body of Christ. He did not become 
a part of the one standing next to him, but a part of the 
great all-inclusive body of the Church. 

It seems to the writer that the greatest emphasis of 
the lesson should be placed on verses 46 and 47 of the 
Acts passage — the outstanding expressions being, "daily 
with one accord in the temple"; "gladness and singleness 
of heart"; "praising God"; "having favor with all people." 

When people worship, truly worship (and we are not 
talking about the mere act of attending the church ser- 
vices, for many attend church who never really worship) 
but when we really worship together there is a tie that 
really "binds our hearts in Christian love" and there is 
a "fellowship of kindred minds" that is "like to that 

In the Ephesian passage two phrases stand out that 
should be emphasized — "walk worthy of the vocation 
wherewith ye are called" (verse 1), and "Endeavoring to 
keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of love" (verse 
3). As the spokes of the wheel bind the rim of the wheel 
to the hub, so the lives of real Christians bind the church 
to the Christ. PJach spoke plays an important part in the 
bearing of the weight of the load. Each individual must 
play his part in the God-given task of upholding the plans 
and purposes of a loving Father. Linked thus to the 
Christ we become one with Him in purpose, in effort, and 
in the results that are sure to come. 

FEBRUARY 14, 1948 



W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

'Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 

Topic for February 22, 1948 


Scripture: Ezra 9:10-15; 10:10-12; Num. 36:6-10 

For The Leader 

IN THE days of Israel, as brought out in our scripture 
from Numbers, there was a special admonition concern- 
ing marriage. It is one which could well be considered 
today. The daughters were commanded not to marry out- 
of their own tribe, as also were the sons. In other words, 
to be assured of the inheritance that was promised unto 
them, they were to marry among the people of their own 
tribe. This has a very important significance today. Young 
Christian people are in danger of losing their spiritual 
inheritance because they marry unchristian people, or 
those of a different religious faith. God was interested 
in keeping the Jewish race of pure blood, so therefore 
He forbids marriage with the ungodly and pagan nations, 
under threat of severe punishment. It is the same with 
ue today. God wants to keep us pure and clean for Him, 
so we are thus to refrain from marrying those who are 
not of the Chi'istian faith. This is blunt, but it is the 


times today, a girl or a boy will become interested in 
another, letting love grow until reason has no power, 
when if at first thought they would have used a little 
good judgment, an unhappy marriage would have been 
prevented. We have seen so many otherwise promising 
young people in the church begin to keep company with 
unchristian friends, soon to marry and become lost to the 
church. A little sense could prevent these misfortunes. 
We can use sense by picking our company from those of 
our own intelligence and educational levels. We can pick 
them from those of our own social and recreational de- 
sires. We can pick them from those of our own spiritual 
interests and levels. And we can know these things be- 
fore the case gets developed too far. 

2. PUT AN EYE TO THE FUTURE. All the honeyed 
words of a romance will not bring back the dream of hap- 
piness when a Christian girl wakes up to the fact that she 
married a man who has no interest in the church. When 
he insists on her giving up her church, or he will leave 
her, it shows that another girl is heartbroken. Too often, 
just to keep peace, she will give up her i-eligious life and 
live to please the ungodly husband she married. Her mis- 
take began when she started keeping company with the 
man. Chances are, she didn't meet him in church. Prob- 
ably at a dance hall or school dance. Perhaps she herself 
wasn't too much concerned as to the part her religion and 
his lack of it, would bear on their future happiness. How 
much better had she picked her friend from among the 
church going, Christ loving, young men. 

3. AN UNEQUAL YOKE. Paul doesn't mince words in 

II Corinthians 6:14 when he sayH, "Be ye not unequally 
yoked together with unbeliever:-;. For what fellowship hath 
righteousness with unrighteousness?" Well, these words 
can ntfi-.r to most any kind of a contract with onbelievei 
and it can refer to the marriage of a Christian and an 
unbeliever. If you are a Christian young 
ested in church, do you think by marrying an unchrhv 
that you will be happy when he chooses to spend fa 
in doing other things? You may win him to Christ, but 
the odds are rare. As the church, which is Christ's Bride 
is to keep herself separated from the world, so we, 
are His children, are to keep ourselves separated from the 
people of the world — especially in such a binding contract 
as marriage. Christians and unchristians should not be 
joined in marriage. They live in different worlds. 

4. WHAT ABOUT CATHOLICS? The recent war, and 
the years since, have brought a lot of Protestant-Catholic 
marriages. This is a serious problem! Will these mar- 
riages work? Yes, they will work if the Protestant party 
gives up their faith. Do you know that if you, a Protestant, 
marry a Catholic, that unless you give up your faith and 
join the Catholic faith, that they won't even honor you 
by permitting you to be married at the regular church 
altar? You must be "humiliated" on your wedding day 
by being married at the "side altar!" Also, that you must 
sign over your future children to the Catholic faith? The 
two faiths are "incompatible" and will always rise as a 
dreadful dragon in your married life if you decide to marry 
a Catholic. Unless you two decide on a definite standard 
and pattern of life, and come to an agreeable, unbreak- 
able understanding on religion before your Catholic-Prot- 
estant marriage, your life will be hard. The sad, sad 
stories coming to light day after day of these mixed mar- 
riages proves the odds against happiness too great to take 
a chance. Some Protestants have married Catholics, and 
became Catholics, thus being apparently happy. Some 
Catholics have married Protestants and became Protest- 
ants, and are real happy. But the odds of a mixed mar- 
riage resulting in satisfied happiness is too great against 
it. Think before you enter a mixed marriage! 

5 PROBLEMS TO BE ANSWERED. In such a short 
space it would be impossible to answer, or even deal with 
the major portion of problems resulting from mixed mar- 
riages. There have been some notable exceptions wherein 
mixed marriages have succeeded, as there have been some 
apparently good Christian marriages which have gone on 
the rocks. It would be well to remember that all of our 
problems can be solved at the throne of grace. Using a 
clear head, lots of common sense, and prayer, you can 
work out the solution if you find yourself getting en- 
tangled in what we might call "an unsatisfactory set-up'' 
for marriage. After all, Christian young person, you are 
a servant of God, and a temple of that God, and as such 
you should be careful to do nothing that will defame or 
shame that God. 


1. A Christian girl is "dating" a young man who is not 
a Christian. He is a real gentleman to her. He wants to 
marry her. Should she say "Yes?" Should she say "No." 
or "No" just until he becomes a Christian ? Should she 
cast him aside ? Should she marry him on the strength 
of his promise to become a Christian after they are mar- 
ried ? Should she be dating him in the first place ? 





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We know you will all rejoice with us with this good 
news. Our attendance in Church school has almost dou- 
bled, and we are happy in the Lord. We have four new 
families coming, and hope to have others. We had a nice 
Christmas program on Sunday morning with 70 people 
present. In the evening we went to the other church Pro- 
gram and they had 80 present. 

Our choir-quartette sang over loud speakers in Center- 
ville one afternoon before Christmas — a 30 minute pro- 
gram. Our quartette also put on a 30 minute program 
of hymns and spirituals along with the writer with chalk 
talks, in our county seat town in December. They are 
also called on for singing at funerals quite frequently. 

We have had three weddings since last we reported, 
and one or two funerals. Since we have been having sev- 
eral children in our church school we have been giving 
object lessons to them; but all seem to enjoy them. We 
are still building up our fund for l'epairs; in the spring 
we must have a new foundation under most of the build- 
ing, and are thinking of a new floor oil furnace. We have 
friends from Calif ornia, Florida, and other distant places 
who remember us in our work. Indiana folks are espe- 
cially kind and help us bear up under the load, and we 
praise the Lord for such kindness. What would this world 
be without friends, and particularly our Friend Jesus? 

Happy in the Lord, 

W. R. Deeter 


With the holiday season past, I thought I should catch 
up on the news from our Loree-Mexico circuit. 

Mrs; Mary Rose Childers of Bunker Hill, and a life- 
long member of the Loree Brethren Church, passed to the 
more abundant life beyond our horizon on December 16, 
1047. She was born in the Bunker Hill community and 
•ived in this vicinity for her entire life. After being in 
failing health for several years she succumbed to a heart 
attack at the age of 70 years. She is survived by four 
children: Mrs. Charles Miller, Peru; Mrs. Ralph Gibson, 
Galveston: Roy Childers, Montpelier, Ohio, and Jesse 
Childers, Bunker Hill. Funeral services were conducted 
by the undersigned al the Loree Brethren Church, with 
burial in the Rankin Cemetery. 

Our revival effort was held al Loree from December 
25, Hl47 to January 4, 1!)4X, with the pastor as evange- 
list, and Mrs. E. R. Carrithers as Song Leader. Our meet- 
ings fell in a period of bad weather, and terrible driving 
conditions, which caused the cancellation of one evening 
service, because of power failure. But even in the midst 
of all this and much illness besides, our meetings were 

well attended and four young men made their first con- 
fession of faith in Our Lord. Mrs. Carrithers did a fine 
job as song leader and we all feel that God blessed our 
efforts. We are continuing to seek out others for our 
baptismal service. 

The following Sunday School officers were elected for 
1 948 at the Loree business meeting on January 5. Sunday 
School Superintendent, Edward Lippold; Assistant, Har- 
rell Waters; Secretary, Wayne Betzner; Assistant, Elbert 
Sprinkle; Treasurer, Omer Lippold; Assistant, Walter 
Miller; Chorister, Dale Miller; Assistants, Allen Childers 
and Joann Zei'be; Pianist, Bessie Lippold; Assistant, Ar- 
line Payne; Primary Supt., Alice Lippold; Assistant, Es- 
ther Worl; Cradle Roll Supt., Mrs. Evelyn Lemaster. 

Brother Walter Shinn, who had been Loree's Sunday 
School Superintendent for thirty-five years, asked to be 
relieved of those duties, and his resignation was accepted. 
Brother Walter plans to take a vacation trip into Old 
Mexico, and then back home to look for other tasks in 
the Loree Church, where he is chairman of the Board 
of Deacons. On Sunday, December 28, the congregation 
presented the Shinn family with a small token of their 
appreciation and esteem for their years of faithful ser- 
vice. May God bless Brother Walter and his fine family, 
and give us more leaders like them in our churches. 

Robert K. Higgins, pastor. 

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To all those who have already sent their free- j 

will offerings for the Argentine Student Fund, we :| 

wish to publicly express our sincere thanks. We i 

have already passed the halfway mark towards the * 

needed goal, and this prompt expression indicates | 

that the remainder will be shortly forthcoming. 1 

Ashland College's exchange student will embark :| 

the latter part of this month for the Argentine, * 

where she will be at home with the Romanenghi's * 

and enrolled as a student at the University of Cor- ! 

doba. The friends and contributors will each have * 

an investment in this good-will project. Thanks * 

L. E. Lindower, Treas., 

Argentine Student Fund, * 

Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio". :> 

Faith must grow or die. One conviction must lead on 
to another, or the fruit will in time be lost. Tf a man 
stand by the truth he has, some day, in some form, Christ, 
who is truth, will pour into his heart another and an- 
other.- -William Lawrence. 

The New Press Fuud 

GOAL— Not less than $15,000.00 

Cash and Pledges $ 8,666.56 

Yet to be raised, not less than $ 6,333.44 


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ft. Vaster 

He knows but Jesus Christ, the crucified. 

Ah, little recks the worldling of the worth 

Of such a man, as this upon the earth! 

Who gives himself — his all — to make men wise 

In doctrines which his life exemplifies. 

The years pass on, and a grt&at multitude 

Still finds in him a character whose light 

Shines around him like a candle in the night; 

And recognize a presence so benign 

That to the godless even it seems divine. 

He bears his people's love within Jtis heart. 

And envies no man, whatsoe'er his part. 

His church's record grows, and grows again. 

With names of saintly women-folks and men, 

And many a worldling, many a wayward youth. 

He counts among the trophies of his truth. 

Oh, happy man! There is no man like thee, 

Worn out in service of humanity. 

And dead, at last, 'mid universal tears — 

Thy name a fragrance in the speaker's breath. 

And thy divine example life in death. 

—Dr. J. G. Holland. 


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(Brother Henry Hates, according to his promise given 
just following the tire in the St. James Church, has sent 
ns the following concerning the fire and the plans which 
have taken shape since that time. — Editor.) 

ON SUNDAY morning, January 11, fire broke out in 
in the St. James Brethren Church, causing consid- 
erable damage to the Sunday School building and to the 
sanctuary. The Sunday School services had just gotten 
underway with the singing; of the first stanza of "Blessed 
Assurance" when the fire was discovered by one of the 
nursery supervisors. The two buildings were evacuated 
in an exceptionally orderly fashion, and in a very short 
time most of the furniture and other movable articles 
were out of the church. The men immediately organized 
a bucket brigade and it was only through their efforts 
that the church was saved from complete destruction. Af- 
ter the fire had been extinguished a short service of 
thanksgiving and praise was held, for as many of the 
folks remarked, "We had much 1o be thankful for." 

The Laymen's Organization of the church was sched- 
uled to conduct the evening service on that day, with Dr. 
Hixler as the guest speaker. We are greatly indebted to 
Brother Leatherman and the brethren of our Hagerstown 
church for their kind invitation to transfer tbe. service to 
their building. 

Conceivably it would be a number of weeks before the, 
church would be fit for regular services again, since the 
furnace could not be used until a new chimney was con- 
itructed or until the present one could be complete over- 
hauled. Also we were without lights, since the fire had 
burned most of the wiring. It was decided that morning 
should be held as usual, with all the Sunday 
School classes gathering in the sanctuary, and that the 
'•vening services would be discontinued until the electrical 
work had been completed. Several of the men spent the 
best part of a day setting up two heatrolas in the church 
and repairing an old chimney in order that we might 
have heat on Sunday mornings. Thus far the incon- 

veniences caused by the fire have not noticeably affected 
the attendance at the services nor have they in any way 
dampened the enthusiasm of the folks here. In fact we 
might say that the desire to see things as they were 
and the determination to move forward in spite of handi- 
caps has given new life to the work here. 

Following the visit by the insurance companies' ad- 
justers, a special meeting of the Official Board and rep- 
resentatives of each of the church auxiliaries was called. 
It was felt that this would be an excellent time to make 
other repairs and additions about which we had been 
thinking for some time. Each of the auxiliaries and or- 
ganizations was given an opportunity to undertake some 
portion of this work as their own projects, thus reliev- 
ing the church as a whole from much of this expense 
and work. A heart-warming response was accorded this 
plan by all of the groups represented. The Loyal Ladies 
Class, in addition to the stained glass windows which 
have already been contracted for, volunteered to clean 
and refinish the woodwork in the sanctuary. The W. M. S. 
took as their project the sanding and refinishing of the 
floor and purchasing of new carpet for the church audi- 
torium. The Laymen's Organization voted to undertake 
the financing of 50% of the cost of redecorating the in- 
terior of the church — the insurance company paying the 
balance. New hymnal racks will be furnished by the Pri- 
mary Department of the Sunday School; while the Men's 
Bible Class will do the necessary work in the Sunday 
School building. The Boys' Brotherhood, in addition to 
their basement or church addition project, agreed to take 
care of some necessary grading and the planting of 
shrubs about the church grounds. This leaves just one 
major project to be taken care of — the sanding and re- 
finishing of the pews — and we feel sure that this will be 
taken care of in the very near future. 

We were quite fortunate in securing the services of a 
local contractor who has already begun the work of re- 
pairing the damage caused by the fire, and we are hope- 
ful that within a very few weeks the "new" church will 
be ready for use. 

We covet the prayers of the brotherhood, both for this 
work program and also for the spiritual life and enthu- 
siasm of the brethren here. 

Henry Bates, pastor. 

H. A. Gossard 

Ere youth and vigor left these weary limbs, 

These hills seemed not so steep as now they seem. 
This path seems narrow now, with rugged rims; 

It once seemed broad and smooth, and held a dream . 
Old trees that decked these hills and lined this path 

Have disappeared; these younger show decay . . . 
Where laurel bloomed there's prickly aftermath . . . 

The songbirds too have flown, nor left a lay . . . 

I've reached the Crest!— Now, facing sunset gleams, 
The hills, tho steep, are short; the path is wide; 

Old songs of love and youth's most hopeful dreams 
Seem to return and quicken each slow stride . . . 

Whate'er befall, I'll keep the onward course 

Till Eventide; — then rest with no remorse. 

— Lanark, Illinois. 

FEBRUARY 21, 1948 


She QroBS 

(Brother Murnson nay:;, "Before V'ju give 
this article the complete brush-off read 
the last paragraph, u/ill you''") 

Sety 'Dwuzl 

^ev. (?4cn£e4 "?%UH<ux*t 

IT'S A FUNNY THING about self denial— a lot 
* of people talk about it but very few do any- 
thing- about it. Too many of us are like the little 
boy who was asked what he wanted to give up 
during the lenten season, his reply was, "soap." 
Most of us are seeking the easy way out. Now 
when you come right down to it, the Bible makes 
self denial a bigger order than most of us are 
willing to accept. When Jesus called His disci- 
ples we find that He asked them to leave all and 
follow Him. To the rich young ruler it was sell 
all. To you and me it means surrender life and 
pocketbook. It means a soul devoted to one pur- 
pose — service for the Lord Jesus. 

In Luke 14:26 we read "If any man come to 
me, and hate not his father, and mother, and 
wife and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, 
and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." 
These are rather harsh words, it seems, but Jesus 
never beat around the bush when he had some- 
thing to tell. Here Jesus was talking to a large 
group of people who thought that He was about 
to establish a great earthly kingdom. In order to 
clear away this misunderstanding Jesus is quick 
to point out just what it means to be a follower. 
Nothing must come before service to Christ. Even 
loved ones, if they keep one from service, must 
take second place. 

In what place is Christ in your life? How much 
self-denial is practiced when it comes to choosing 
between the church and something else? Try to 
plan an extra church meeting seme time and see 
what happens. Susie has something at school ; Joe 
has a ball game; Mary has planned a party with 
the girls. So it goes — if the church has that meet- 
ing you can be sure it will come in last place. 
That happens in practically every phase of life — 
if you don't believe it think back over the times 
you have thought of the church first. Not many, 
huh? Let's stop kidding ourselves — a lot of us 
are trying to carry water on both shoulders. We 
don't want to be too good or too bad. Being a true 
Christian is on the basis of whether I have time 
or not. So Jesus hastened to explain to all that 

discipleship meant placing everything second : i 

Now listen, that means more than church at- 
tendance. It means that you shall, in your con- 
versations, your actions, and in your thoughts 
glorify God. There is a lot of self denial involved 
in order to do that, but a follower who cannot 
give up pleasures and desires for Christ is use- 

Jesus further tells these people, in Luke 14:27, 
that each one must be willing to bear his own 
cross and follow Him. Followers must expect suf- 
fering, and should expect to sacrifice. Life itself 
should hold no desire for us. Paul said he was 
ready to die for the name of the Lord Jesus. We 
likewise should be willing to give our lives if that 
should become necessary. We should feel that w ay 
with confidence knowing that nothing shall sep- 
arate us from the love of God. 

I think where a lot of us have made a mistake 
is in thinking that nothing should happen to us. 
We think that Christianity insures, or should in- 
sure us, against sickness, sorrow, poverty, and 
early death. On the contrary Christ assured us 
that His way of life was not an insurance policy 
against these things, but rather a way of sacri- 
fice and of denial of self. You must deny your- 
self the thought that everything will be rosy if 
you are a Christian. The very mention of a cross 
indicates death. So Christ's work was done under 
the shadow of the cross, and He calls us to work 
despite persecution, ridicule, and difficult circum- 

The cross also means, "that our old man is cru- 
cified with Him, that the body of sin might be 
destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve 
sin." Further Paul says, "1 am crucified with 
Christ; nevertheless 1 live: yet not 1. but Christ 
liveth in me: and the life which 1 now live in the 
flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who 
loved me, and gave himself for me." So the bear- 
ing of the cross implies that the old man of sin 
was crucified. Self denial is strong here, for it 



means that old pleasures and desires must be 
given up and forgotten. But how many of us, 
instead o( giving them up. have tried to com- 
promise and find room for them in the new life. 
Here is the place whore self-denial hurts and 
sometimes breaks down. But. if every man and 
woman who professes Christ would truly crucify 
the old man of sin what a different world we 
would live in. 

Now 1 realize that tins is a very weak discus- 
sion of a great Bible subject, nevertheless 1 hope 

you will remember a few things. First, remember 
the title Self Denial. Second, remember that Jesus 
said it was absolutely necessary to surrender all 
to Him. Third, remember that if you seek the 
kingdom of God first everything else in the world 
will take its respective place. Finally, remember 
that if you can't be happy doing God's will now, 
you certainly would be out of place and unhappy 
in heaven where our chief function will be to 
glorify God. 

Pastor, Williamstown and Gretna Circuit. 

Honoring The Aged 

A BOUT all we can do for the honorable person 
*• who has attained old age is to pay him our 
respect and consideration. As a rule, the high- 
minded people who have reached fullness of years 
arc not seeking or expecting much Ambition is not 
very vigorous and the prizes which allured in 
earlier years have ceased to glitter, so we cannot 
do much for them in giving new positions. There 
is very little we can offer except the deference 
which should come cordially. 

To many, the past life seems short and disap- 
pointing. Old Jacob declared his one hundred and 
thirty years were "few and evil." Something of 
the same feeling comes to most people who live 
a long, long life. Remember that those who w r ere 

friends in maturity, who encouraged and under- 
stood, are all gone, and the veteran thinks of him- 
self as quite alone. 

Old age is a time of wisdom for those who have 
been faithful scholars in the school of life, and 
great attention to their views is usually profitable. 
Younger people may think the ideas of the elderly 
are out of date, but usually that is not true. Fun- 
damental principles do not change from genera- 
tion to generation, and the wisdom of the aged is 
the grasping of those principles. Old people are 
sometimes trying, but no more trying than the 
young are to the old. We may well forget faults 
in our zeal to do the aged honor. — Selected. 

Some Tithing Facts To Remember 

l. Tithing is taught in the Bible (Lev. 27:80-84, Matt. 

'1. The tithe is the tenth of one's increase or income 
( Deut, \4:22). Business expenses may be deducted 
before calculating the tithe, but not living expenses. 

■':. The tithe is the first tenth, not the second, or last, 
or what is left over. 

4. The tithe is to be used for the Lord's work (Num. 

".. The tithe should be brought to the Lord's house 
(Mai. 3:10). 

The tithe is a law in the Old Testament (Lev. 27:30). 

Tithing was approved by Christ (Luke 11:42). 

New Testament Christians gave more than a tithe 
(Acts 4:32-87). 

Cod promised to Mess the faithful tither (Mai. 3:10). 


The tithe is a modest and reasonable requirement 
(Rom. 7:12). 

Nothing less than a tithe is sufficient to express our 
gratitude to God and love for Christ (Ps. 116:12). 

Tithing would solve our most difficult financial prob- 

If all Brethren would tithe through their churches 
we could double our local budgets, triple our mission- 
ary offerings and multiply the endowments of our 
institution by four. 

If our whole Brethren Membership will tithe for even 
three months ii will enable us to reach our financial 
goal this year, and help every cause we have— local, 
state, and worldwide. 


Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord" (Mai. 3:10). 

— Adapted from the Southern Baptists. 






FEBRUARY 21, 1948 

page HVh 



Young; Men and Boys' 




ON MONDAY evening, January L9, the Young Men 
and Boys' Brotherhood of the Berlin Brethren Breth- 
ren Church held their regular meeting in the Church 
Parlors beginning at 7:30 o'clock. 

We had a very good program, every member taking 
part. Our pastor, Rev. S. M. Whetstone, gave us a very 
helpful and inspiring talk on, "Prayer and Playing the 
Game of Life." All our Brotherhood boys have been taught 
by our Advisor, Mr. Fred Brant, to have daily prayer. 
At our meeting we have a "Circle of Prayer" and all our 
members pray audibly. 

Rev. Whetstone said in his talk that our "Prayer Circle" 
is one of the most encouraging things in our church and 
a source of spiritual strength. 

The Sisterhood of Mary and Martha also met at the 
same hour. At the close of the simultaneous devotional 
and business meetings, we met together for a social hour. 
The meetings of the S. M. M. and the Brotherhood thus 
together is known as the "Brethren Youth Fellowship 
Hour." A beef and noodle soup supper was served and 
games were played. There were forty-five young people 
]) resent. Advisor Fred W. Brant was our host. 

The Young Men and Boys' Brotherhood, 
Joe Glessner, President. 

To the Young Men and Boys' Brotherhoods: 

Once more I would like to send greetings in the Name 
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to all the Young 
Men and Boys' Brotherhoods of the Brethren Churches. 
Tt has been with much pleasure that 1 have read of the 
work that some of our brotherhoods have been doing. 
Then I believe, too, that others are doing a good job, 
but have failed to report to the Evangelist. So keep up 
the good work. 

Now, as Welfare Chairman of the National Y. M. and 
B's Brotherhood Board, I would like to urge you one and 
all into doing a still better job in 1948. Let us know what 
you are doing. Now that spring should be just around 
the corner, there will be many things to do. Have you 
discussed any project with your pastor? 1 am sure that 
the pastors will be glad to assist you, and to have you 
assist them. 

Some things you could do: Find out from some of the 
new churches that are receiving help from the Mission 
Board if there is anything you can do to help. Some need 
new offering plates, bulletin boards, tract boards, Sunday 
School report boards, Hymn books and any number of 
items that you boys could make or buy. Then Rev. Dru- 
shal of our Kentucky Mission would be glad to tell you 
of some of the needs of boys around Lost Creek; or, per- 
haps you would rather do relief work abroad. You could 

write to the National Mission Board for information in 
regard to helping some boy or family. 

The opportunities for projects are unlimited. The th 
to do is to put your shoulder to the wheel and get going. 
Everybody working together to Che glory ot Cod meai 
you will be able to do greal thing \'<>< the Lord and If. 

We are expecting to bear more about your /.oik. 
work that you may accomplish the thing.-: you want to do. 

Yours in His Service, 
Wilbur Thomas, Mulvane, Kan a . 

Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Uyoll Belote 


"How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? 
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget 
her cunning." Psalm 137:4, 5. 

THIS IS one of the Psalms of the exile, when weary 
and homesick the captive Hebrews thought of the 
country and city of their heart's love, and desire was 
stirred within them to see their homeland again. They 
could not forget Jerusalem even in a far country. 

The story goes of a Scotchman, who as a young man 
left Edinburgh and emigrated to Canada. In a severe 
Canadian winter he was caught one day in a blizzard, 
out on the prairie. He soon lost his way, and grew tired 
and numb with cold. Stumbling he fell and felt a delicious 
but fatal drowsiness overcoming him. Then suddenly he 
was startled wide awake. He thought he heard the great 
bell in St. Stephen's church in Edinburgh, where he had 
attended when a boy. He made a vow that if God would 
spare his life he would return to Edinburgh and become 
a member of St. Stephen's church. Fresh strength came 
to him and he struggled on to a place of safety. Later 
he kept his promise, and became a member of the con- 

It is a good thing for all of us, when we go out into 
the world to listen for the church bells of our native 
place — in other words to remember all the influences of 
Sunday School, Bible class, the church and home. Robert 
Louis Stevenson, who was a member of the St. Stephen's 
church, has put the longing of the exile into these words: 

"Blows the wind today, and the sun and rain are flying. 

Blows the wind on the moors today and now. 
Where upon the graves of the martyrs the whaups are 

My heart remembers how!" 

The Psalmist implored a sign from the Lord to remind 
him if he should fail to, remember his homeland and the 
city of his God — Jerusalem. And many times God gives 
warnings to men in the loss of brilliant parts with which 
He has endowed them, and which they have dissipated in 
the "far country." The right hand loses its cunning when 
men forget the things that pertain to righteousness, the 
teachings of church and home which they learned in child- 
hood and youth. 


Bits 0/ Brethren ijktory 

Information oj Interest 

By H. C. Funderburg 

(These articles are printed just as they come from the 
pen of Brother Funderburg.) 


IT WAS in the year 1S00 that Elder George Wolfe landed 
in New York. On March 3, 1S03, his son, George, the 
subject of this sketch, was married to Anna Hunsicker, 
the only young unmarried woman in the community. A 
young lawyer sought her hand, and threatened to severe- 
ly punish the young farmer for winning the heart of his 
expected bride. George reasoned with him, telling him the 
young lady had made choice of her own free will; that 
the "knot was tied," and there was no use to make trou- 
ble over it. Reason would not satisfy the young attorney, 
and in regular western parlance he told Wolfe that he 
could just prepare himself for a good thrashing. Seeing 
that the lawyer could not be satisfied with reason and 
good common sense, George, who was a man of large 
bodily proportions, with great strength, and endurance by 
the hardships of a frontier life, told him plainly that he 
had married the woman in good faith, and if he thought 
a little, spindling lawyer could handle a strong robust 
farmer like himself, he was at liberty to have his satis- 
faction. The lawyer never troubled George any more. 

"A Debate" 

Five years later, in 1808, young George and his brother 
eminigrated to Illinois. In the year 1811 occurred the re- 
markable earthquake in the Mississippi Valley, which 
lasted six months. The convulsions of the earth were so 
as to create lakes and islands. Deep chasms were formed 
in the earth, from which vast volumes of water, sand and 
even coal was thrown to the height of nearly one hundred 
feet. It was a year of intense and great religious awaken- 
ing in the vest. 

Elder Wolfe continued his labors in Union county for 
about nineteen years, traveling and preaching much and 
became widely known. Many remarkable things are related 
of him, one of which is that he held a public debate with 
a Roman Catholic Priest in the town of Kaskaskia. The 
place had been a stronghold for Catholics for more than 
a hundred years. The debate created a wonderful excite- 
ment. It was attended by the Governor of the State, who 
afterward said, (of Elder Wolfe), "He is the profoundest 
man for an illiterate man I ever heard." So crushing were 


Brother Wolfe's arguments against Catholicism, so pro- 
found and powerful were his arguments for primitive 
Christianity, so complete was his victory over his oppo- 
nent, and so thoroughly was he hated by the Catholics, 
that his life was greatly in jeopardy. 

At that time a company of soldiers was stationed at 
Kaskaskia, and the Governor, unknown to Brother Wolfe, 
had detailed a number of soldiers to protect him on his 
homeward journey. When he mounted his horse to leave 
the place, he was greatly surprised to find himself sur- 
rounded by a band of Cavalry, with drawn swords, whose 
officer explained to Elder Wolfe that he had orders to 
accompany and protect him on his journey. After guard- 
ing him a safe distance from the town the soldiers re- 

After settling in Adams County, he traveled extensive- 
ly, mostly on horseback. He was known to have visited 
the churches in Morgan, Sangamon, and Macuopin Coun- 
ties every year for over thirty years. In 1858 the ferry- 
man at Naples, Illinois, said he had ferried Brother Wolfe 
over the river nearly every year for twenty-five years. 

In appearance, Elder Wolfe was a giant, being nearly 
six and a half feet tall, and weighing about two hundred 
and seventy-five pounds. He had a very large forehead and 
wore a long white beard. A powerful and erect form 
contributed to his commanding appearance. In manners, he 
was as gentle as a child, and yet as bold as a lion. He 
knew no fear. He was a great reader and possessed a 
wonderful fund of information, which was always at his 
command. Colonel Richardson of Quincy said he regarded 
Elder Wolfe as one of the profoundest thinkers the state 
of Illinois ever had. Elder Gibson says, "His manner of 
preaching, like his presence, was commanding." 

In one of his last sermons he said, "I have preached 
the gospel for over fifty years. I labored much when Illi- 
nois was a wilderness. My work is nearly done. I have, 
like Paul, finished my course, and when eternity shall 
dawn and as I gaze with enraptured vision on the mighty 
hosts of the redeemed, if, in that mighty throng one soul 
shall be numbered with the blest because I worked, prayed 
and preached, I shall be fully repaid for all my labors 

On November 16, 1865, in his eighty-sixth year, he 
quietly closed his labors on earth and was buried near 
Liberty, Adams County, Illinois. He was the father of 
eight children, six sons and two daughters. 

Lord, I am slow to understand the meaning of the up- 
ward look, the power of a sincere prayer. Teach me to 
pray as others pray with me, and alone before thee, thou 
who hearest prayer and in answer sendest thy peace. This 
I ask in Christ's name. Amen. 

Remenber Benevolent Offering 
Date - February 29th 

FEBRUARY 21, 1948 


Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. V. Gilmer 

(Helps for Soul Winners) 


What depths of night — 

Distorted sight, 

And sorrow filled my soul 

Before the Lord 

Revealed His Word 

And stooped to make me whole. 

T saw Him die, 

And wondered why 

Such cruelty and pain 

Unleashed should be 

At Calvary 

Wherp this God-man was slain ? 

My soul at first 

In anger's thirst, 

Sought to avenge this crime; 

But now I see 

It was for me — 

This tragedy of time. 

The thorny crown, 

I pressed it down 

With villiany and mirth; 

I drove the nails 

And caused the wails 

That quaked all heav'n and earth. 

Yet, He in love 

Spake from above, 

O wondrous gift of grace; 

Reached out His hand 

And bade me stand 

To view His smiling face! 

— By Chaplain 

J. T. Wellinga. 


Scripture: Romans 3:10-26; 6:23. 
Hymns of Redemption 
Leader's Petition 
Seed Though! Provokers: 

TWO FACTS make necessary and understandable the 
death of Christ and salvation by free grace: (1) The 
incurable depths of human sin, and (2) the infinite loving 
mercy of a righteous God. It is sin that condemns (John 
3:17). In dealing with sinners Jesus was kind but firm 
(John 3:3). "The law was given by Moses, but grace and 
truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:17; 8:4-1.1; Luke 
7:36-50; 19:6-7). Jesus Christ came into this world to save 
sinners and nobody else (Matt. 9:13). Those received by 
Him confessed their guilt by words, tears and restitution. 

In the fifteenth chapter of Lake Jesus told of the Lost 
Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Boy. The reception 
home of the unworthy prodigal shows how God long! for 
the vilest sinners to turn to Him. 

Jesus never condemned those who wronged Him (Lake 
23:34). He never mistreated Judas, but warned hirn faith- 
fully (John 6:64, 70 J . He never upbraided the denying 
Peter but warned hirn faithfully (Matt. 26:31-85). He 
prayed for Peter and forgave him. He did not complain 
of His unjust trial nor condemn the soldiers (Luke 23: 
34; Isa. 53:7; Matt. 26:63). Jesus did not come into this 
world to condemn (John 3:17). Before Pilate He refused 
to clear Himself by even one word of explanation because 
He Who was innocent wanted to die as one guilty (2 Cor. 
5:21). When Christ took the sinner's place He was speech- 
less just as the sinner will be in the judgment (Matt. 
22:1-14). If He saved Himself, He could not save others. 
Thus He became our Substitute and died in our place 
(Rom. 4:6-8; Psa. 32:1, 2). He suffered the torments of 
the damned as a lost sinner (Matt. 27:46). Had He spoken 
in self-defense He would have accused us. 

Jesus came to save (Luke 19:10; 1 Tim. 1:15; 1 John 
2:2). He died for all, and for all alike. All Christ rejectors 
are lost (John 3:18). They are condemned by the Bible 
(John 5:54; .12:48). Those who sin without law shall per- 
ish being condemned by their conscience (Rom. 2:12-16). 
He came to earth the first time in mercy to save your 
soul, which is all you have. His second coming will be 
condemnation to the sinner (Rev. 1:8). In mercy He delays 
that coming (2 Pet. 3:9). 

People are lonely because they build walls instead of 



To the Evangelist Readers: 

I read my Evangelist and enjoy reading of other 
churches, and I thought that others might like to know 
about Fort Scott. 

We are still holding on, in fact we are growing. We 
have increased over fifty percent in attendance the last 
three months over that of the previous three months. We 
are averaging twelve at prayer meeting; have organized 
a Junior Christian Endeavor; have a promising young 
choir started; a good Woman's Missionary Society, and 
a real growing interest. For a while we were very much 
discouraged: we even thought of closing, as so very few 
attended. Our hearts were troubled. I believe God knew 
how it would grieve us if it came to that. God must have 
answered our prayer. 

We are very much encouraged by the way things are 
turning out. Then it also helped us so much when Rev. 
Riddle was here. He seemed so interested in us and our 
problems. Rev. Cecil Johnson was here not long ago and 
we certainly appreciated his coming. To know that others 
are thinking of us, and praying for us. is a big help to a 
small, struggling group of people. 



Our young folks are really coming to the front. We 
had a wry nice Christmas program with over eighty in 
attendance. Now it Beams that we may get a pastor in the 

IT future. 

I feel this way about it : 

The Harvest is ready 

Cod's reapers are few, 
While Satan is staffed 
With a wonderful crew. 

The reapers for Satan 

Are busy at work. 
In scoffing and sneering 
They never shirk. 

They are leading our loved ones 

To a terrible fate — 
Dear Lord, lend us a hand 

Before it's too late. 

Evil surrounds us: 

Oh. let us beware. 
And ask Jesus to keep us 

In His loving- rare. 

Yea the harvest is ready. 

Souls lost every day 
Because the Old Devil 

Ts having full sway. 

Yes. the harvest is ready, 

Which is it to be — 
For God or the Devil ? 

Lord, we pray it's for Thee! 

Mary Taylor, Superintendent 
Ft. Scott Brethren Church. 


When January first, this year rolled around, we had 
the day before completed seven years work with the 
people of Masontown, Pennsylvania, Brethren Church, and 
Community. That day the eighth year started. Where the 
years have gone, at times causes us to stop and wonder. 
Yel they have done so. Many changes have been noted 
that time. A war was begun and ended. Changes in 
[he personnel of the congregation took place. Many who 
- exceedingly faithful found it necessary to move 
away from the community. New ones have, in the main 
been enlisted, but the places of some of those who were 
forced to locate elsewhere were difficult to fill. During 
the period there have been a limited number of deaths 
among the membership. The list of funerals mentioned 
i another paragraph were in the greater pari not con- 
nected with the church in any capacity. 

We have held nine meetings during the seven years, two 
(he local church and seven elsewhere. During the 
en years here there have been 85 baptisms, with 99 
persons being added to the membership rolls of the 
church. Thirty-one couples have been united in marriage.. 
Kight hundred and six sermons have been preached. Va- 
rious addresses have been given to Service Clubs,' Home 
Comings, as well as to various Sunday School Classes in 

the County. Six Daily Vacation Bible Schools have been 

In the matter of outstanding improvements to the 
church property, a balcony which made a Sunday School 
addition that gave us over 750 square feet of floor space 
was added. This gave us a number of rooms for our use. 
The cost of this, when prices were normal was approxi- 
mately $1,400.00 with much labor donated. Considerable 
work has been done on the parsonage, such as painting 
of the exterior and re-decorating of the interior. The 
church building was painted on the outside and the in- 
terior re-decorated. At the present time a new parsonage 
is being completed which will join the chm-ch building. 
This building is estimated by various business men to 
have a value of $20,000.00 and is modern in every detail. 
A detailed description will be given later in the Evange- 
list, with a photograph of the building. 

Two books have been written and published. The first 
one in .1943, "Alexander Mack the Tunker and Descend- 
ants," now nearing the end of the edition after which 
it will be out of print. This is a book of 19 chapters with 
.'i62 pages. The second book, "Maryland and Pennsylvania 
Historical Sketches," has 51 chapters and 298 pages. Both 
books are profusely illustrated. The new one is meeting 
with exceedingly favorable reviews and is steadily going 

The years have been harmonious and we hope con- 
structive though there has been no attempt at the sen- 
sational. Not as much has been accomplished as we de- 
sired, but perhaps never will be. We have tried to live 
and preach among the people of the community by pre- 
cept and action that the greatest testimony could be given 
for our Master. It is a pleasure to state that people of 
the various races, nationalities and faith, as we have 
them in this Mining Community, have manifested toward 
us the finest spirit of fellowship. 

The church is completely organized, with each auxil- 
iary functioning. This church is blessed with numerous 
talented people in music and various other fields which 
aids in the training of workers through their efficient 

Owing to the Editor, Brother Vanator gleaning from 
the Church Bulletin some of the happenings of interest, 
we have not reported as often as we would otherwise have 
done. There have been numerous things that have 
taken part of a pastor's time that need not be enumer- 
ated. Suffice it to say when asked what a "preacher does 
with his spare time," we know of one who does not have 
any. Working in the home of our Ancestors, the Macks 
of whom there are numerous descendants in the church 
and community, is a challenge to us in a number of ways. 
The years have passed, the future lies before us with its 
secrets yet to be revealed, but faith will be the aid in 
meeting its problems. 

Freeman Ankrum. 

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The last issue carried no report of the activities of the 
retary. Not every trip can be recorded, nor would all 
be interesting to the readers of the Evangelist. 

The first trip of the new year included a stop at Fre- 
mont, where thr- Hagenbuch family have a fine start. 
Thf-ir plans and program, with excellent musical talent 
are bringing a good response. The Christmas display in 
their own home, largely for the benefit of two fine boys, 
was almost beyond description. At that time there were 
plans for "open house" that the congregation and friends 
might enjoy it. 

SMITHVILLE — The next Sunday morning, accompanied 
by Mrs. Riddle, I spoke in this church so well known to 
our brotherhood. Many nice things have been done by 
this congregation lately, especially in their church and 
parsonage, all of which adds to the beauty and usefulness 
of both. Brother Vernon Grisso and family have been 
well received here. 

MAURERTOWN-MT. OLIVE— Over the week-end of 
January 18 I was privileged to be with the Locke's and 
Miller's and their people whom they serve in the won- 
derful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It was a most en- 
joyable visit, in spite of the cold weather, which affected 
attendance at both churches. However, a letter from 
"Brother Ed" reveals that the following Sunday was much 
worse. The interests of the College and Missionary Board 
were presented at both churches. 

On the same trip a number of contacts were made at 
Hagerstown and Linwood, Maryland, by the kind assist- 
ance of Brethren Leatherman and Keck in their respec- 
tive fields. 

COLUMBUS — On January 26, in connection with the 
Ohio Pastors' Conference, your Secretary was present 
only for the dinner with the Church of the Brethren min- 
isters at the Y. M. C. A., where, as one item of busi- 
ness, we discussed the Columbus Cooperative Brethren 
Church, with the thought in mind that soon something 
might be agreed upon whereby our many students from 
both churches at Ohio State University, as well as fac- 
ulty members, might be challenged and be satisfied. (De- 
tails will be reported later). 

JOHNSTOWN— On one of the coldest mornings of the 
winter I started to Johnstown, where I preached for the 
Brethren at the Second Church. A very good winter's 
audience shared in the service. This church is changing 
pastors, Brother George Jones having served here for a 
number of years. This church has presented students re- 
cently who are taking responsible places in the work of 
the church. Others will soon enter our College for defi- 
nite Christian work. 

In the evening of the same day, at the Third Church, 
pictures were shown and a missionary message delivered 
to an unusual Sunday evening audience. On Monday a 
number of calls were made for the College and the Mis- 
sionary Board. Tuesday morning I was a pinch-hitter at 
the radio devotional service for the churches of Johns- 
town. The Zimmerman's accompanied me on this early 
morning mission, as well as on most of my other trips 
in the city. That is one city where I need a guide most 
of the time. The evening of this day, February 3, was 
the quarterly meeting, as well as the annual observance 
of the Cambria Co. Brethren Youth group. People from 
four churches were present, besides some friends. Music, 
devotions, a short message, and two films, one from Ash- 
land College and the other from South America, were 
shown by the writer. This is a lively group and they are 
preparing and calling young people into His service. 

The secretary landed home in a terrific snow storm, 
but without mishap. 

Brethren, our service, our message is needed. Pray one 
for the other. 

iE. M. Riddle, Field Secretary. 

FERRUARY 28. 1948 





The following interesting account of the Garkida Col- 
ony for Lepers in Nigeria, Africa, was taken from a let- 
ter written on Christmas Day by Dr. Howard Bosler to 
Mr. Everett Miller at New Paris, Ind. The Missionary 
Board, in cooperation with the Church of the Brethren, 
supports Dr. Bosler and his wife on this field. Recently 
Dr. and Mrs. Bosler became the parents of a new baby 
daughter, Cynthia Ann. 

Your contributions for this worthy work with the lepers 
of Africa will be received in the Easter Offering for For- 
eign Missions. 

It would have been fine if you folks could have been 
here this week of Christmas at the Leper Colony. When 
you come be sure to arrange it so that you are here 
Christmas and stay until after Easter. They are the two 
big seasons of the year. It started off Tuesday when 
more than 700 got their Christmas gifts from the Amer- 
ican Mission to Lepers. Wednesday the rest of them got 
theirs. That is, all but the very ill that could not get out. 
They will get theirs tomorrow. The treat was a pan of 
salt that amounted to about 3 pounds in weight. Then 
a cake of red soap and a little pan of red pepper. Their 
soap, salt and pepper should season them up real well 
for the Christmas season. They got much over a ton of 
salt. I gave them a little talk about who sends the gifts 
and let them know that it is all sent in the name of 
Christ, our Savior, by Christians all over America. We 
then sing a song and have prayer. In two long lines they 
march by with their case number which is written down 
and checked later so that they be sure to have one and 
only one. You should see them receive it. Some in gourds, 
pans, hats, cloths, or what have they. The ones dishing 
out the red pepper do lots of sneezing. We took a movie 
of it, also some color snaps. 

All work stopped Wednesday noon. In the afternoon 
they killed a 400 pound boar. We have had him in the 
colony for a few years and are getting a young one. Also 
they butchered four cattle. Everybody's best clothes were 
washed. Bathing was general. In the early evening there 
was a large meeting at the church with a sermon from 
the African pastor. After that a couple hundred came and 
sang Christmas carols at our home. Then for several 
hours they sang Christmas carols all over the colony. 
As you know there are ten villages and some of them 

Dr. Howard Bosler 

one half mile apart. Not only did they sing in the villages, 
but all the time they were traveling between the villages. 

1 told Edith I should think that they would be so hoarse 
that they could not sing at all. But it continued on and 
on. The curfew did not ring at ten o'clock as usual, but 
was rung at midnight instead. They were still singing 
carols when I went to sleep. At four this morning we 
were awakened by Christmas carolling again. Again we 
heard them going from village to village until well after 
day light. What impresses me is that Edith and I had 
nothing to do with it. The Colony church activities carry 
on in a way that we appreciate. The only question that 
was asked me was if I would allow the bell ringer to 
wait until midnight for the curfew. 

Since the Christmas program is in the forenoon at Gar- 
kida Station we always have our Christmas service at 

2 P. M. A dramatization of the Christmas story is always 
given. They like it so much. It is a big event to them. 
There were 845 people present; 295 of them were outside. 
You see, we do need a new larger church building. Most 
of them brought bountiful gifts out of their meager pos- 
sessions. Some all the corn they could carry, others beans, 
peanuts, com, chickens, rice, and money. We will know 
tomorrow what the offering amounted to. The produce 
will be sold and the money go into their Christmas fund. 
We took snaps and a movie of this also. 

We are so happy now that Miss Dick is to be placed 
here to help us. She is a good nurse and now we hope to 
treat the lepers more efficiently than we have been able 
to in the past. We are giving 54 lepers the new treat- 
ment, Diasone. They have had it two months now, and 
almost everyone says he feels lots better. Most of them 
show improvement in their appearance as well. I wish 
we had $5000 a year to give more of them the drug. They 
all want it. It is hard to tell hundreds that there is not 
enough money to buy medicine for them. However the 
medicine is prohibitive. The American Mission to Leper? 
sent us $1600 worth of Diasone. That will treat 54 a year. 

The electrical plants and equipment, are just waiting in 



Note this man's face and scars on 
arm. Badly diseased. 

New church at Leper Colony. 

their boxes until Michael gets here. He is to leave Chi- 
cago for Africa in March, I hear. I can't get time to do 
anything with it. It all arrived in good condition. I have 
three of the sewing machines working that I brought out. 
It helps the lepers a lot to be able to get their sewing 
done in the colony. We hope to get the other three at 
work soon. I have had 9 lepers learning to make shoes. 
The lepers need the shoes badly and the demand is great. 
Then we have bought eight tons of peanuts (shelled). 
They are now making peanut oil and will soon be making 
soap if we can get the lye. These projects take my time 
along with the administration of the colony and medical 
work. At times I get so covered up with problems that 
they bring me that I get confused and tired. Then I get 
into the Chevrolet and go out four miles and hunt guineas 
and crocodiles. Last evening T knocked the back off of 
a crocodile with my .30 rifle. He crawled into the river 
with his front legs. I then went on down the road and 
shot six guineas. We are having fried guinea for dinner 

You asked about our needs. The first two things T think 
<>f are: first, Diasone, as I have mentioned. Second, a 
man and wife to come and help run the colony. They 
should be the best of farmers, able to supervise 2,000 
acres with 1,500 lepers working. They should be able to 
ich them all this, whatsoever I have commanded you," 
as Jesus said in his great commission. If the Brethren 
Church could do this for the Garkida Leper Colony it 
would do a greater work than money can buy. We need 
workers. The Garkida Leper Colony has become one of 
the gr> ; HUlgelizing influences in our whole mission 

area. We need devoted missionaries to help us run it in 
the name of fhrist., our Savior. Then you could support 
them and their work with prayer and cash. Do you think 
the Brethren Church can find some young people to help 
us? It pays big for we have tried it and found out for 

ourselves. There is nothing tiresome about it. It's a great 
adventure for Christ that should appeal to a young fam- 


As far as cash is concerned our mission is in need of 
funds for new work in new villages where Mission Sta- 
tions are being established. We need missionaries to carry 
on these places and the funds to build up a school and 
church. The American Mission to Lepers with the help 
of the British Government supplies the needs of the Leper 
Colony in a much better way than our other mission work 
is being supported. 

We are quite happy that the Brethren Church is send- 
ing us a nurse this year. In our medical meeting just 
recently we asked that the Board send her out just as 
early after the June Conference as possible. It will be a 
unifying thing for the good of both our churches if we 
can work together in our mission work. I hope it unifies 
us enough that we can become one Brethren Church. 

Dr. and Mrs. 

Bosler in front of their home 
in Garkida. 

When <i<»l is going to do something wonderful, He begins with a 
difficulty. ft it is (/(tint/ to be something very wonderful, He begins with 
n n i m p088ib Hit .'/. — Selected. 

FEBRUARY 28, 1948 


Church Progress Equals Mission Extension 

by Delbert B. Flora 

It can easily be said that church progress, local and 
denominational, equals or means missionary extension. 
Just as logically it may be said that missionary extension 
means or results in church progress. They are part and 
parcel of the same thing: preaching the gospel of Jesus" 
Christ to the world. To bear out the thesis which has just 
been stated a study of the church at Antioch, Syria, as 
described in Acts 11:19-30 and 13:1-3 will be valuable. 

Antioch was founded about 300 B. C. It was a great 
city of .about a half million inhabitants in the time of 
the Acts, although little now remains except some colos- 
sal ruins of aqueducts and Roman walls. It was called 
Antioch the Golden, and only Rome and Alexandria, 
Egypt, surpassed in population and wealth. It was reg- 
nent in politics, philosophy and arts. It was the home of 
great engineering enterprises, and its architects were 
known all over the world. Many races met within its walls. 
The somber cults of the Orient combined with rites of 
Greece. About an hour's walk from the city was the 
famous grove of Daphne where Artemis was worshipped 
with choruses of music, licentious rites and every extrav- 
agance of luxury. This city even excelled Corinth in its 
temptations. Its society was rich and polished and refined 
and wicked. Chrysostom, a great preacher of the early 
church, was vainly angry against the luxurious dress, 
false hair, perfumes and painted faces of its women, and 
against the love of the circus of its supposedly Christian 

Into this cultured, wicked heathen city came some 
Christians as a result of the persecutions which came 
about at the time of the stoning of Stephen in Jerusalem. 
Some went to various cities speaking the Word only to 
Jews, but men from Cyprus and Cyrene came into An- 
tioch and "spoke to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord 
Jesus." This was a new movement in at least two ways: 
that of spreading the Gospel into lands beyond Jerusalem 
and Judea. This was the beginning of taking it to "the 
end of the earth," Acts 1 :8. Also this movement was new 
in that the Gospel was preached to the Greeks. And it was 
a success! "The hand of the Lord was with them, and 
a great number that believed turned to the Lord," verse 
21. This was not in an obscure village, but in great An- 
tioch, which for strategical purposes at that moment 
was more available than either Alexandria or Rome, and 
was free from limitation imposed upon thinking by He- 
braism in Jerusalem. 

The story of the progress of the Gospel in Antioch 
reached the "church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas 
to Antioch." What he found only confirmed the report 
and he was filled with gladness and enthusiasm, so that 
he began to exhort them, too. "He was a good man, full of 
the Holy Spirit and of faith." The preaching of the men 
of Cyprus and Cyrene and the exhorting of Barnabas 

surely had the blessing of God, and great enthusiasm re- 
sulted. "And a large company was added to the Lord." 
This was all a part of the original movement begun in 
Jerusalem. The witnessing for Christ was spreading. 

Barnabas felt the need of certain consolidation and 
likewise the need of assistance in this great work. There- 
fore 'he left Antioch to go to Tarsus in search for Saul 
whom he brought back with him. "For a whole year they 
met with the church, and taught a large company of 
people." The disciples came to be called Christians. That 
shows two things. Antioch recognized the Church no 
longer as a part of Hebraism, but as a new society which 
must have its own name. Also it shows what the Antioch- 
ians saw in the disciples. They were the people of Christ. 
It was of the Christ they spoke, of Christ they sang, for 
Christ they lived. 

As this new Gentile church grew in numbers, in 
strength, in grace, in favor with God, it began to rec- 
ognize its relationship with other Christian groups and, 
particularly, with that at Jerusalem, the mother church. 
When "Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that 
there would be a great famine all over the world" the 
Antioch church determined to send assistance to the Jeru- 
salem church. Those new Christians felt obligation rest- 
ing upon them and they were certainly not people to 
shirk obligation and responsibility. They already mani- 
fested the kind of spirit which later resulted in a great 
missionary enterprise. Co-operation was a characteristic 
of that ancient church. 

After they had sent relief to Jerusalem by the hand 
of Barnabas and Saul they continued in their progress and 
development at home. They persisted in their worship of 
the Lox*d, very definitely manifesting their consecration 
and devotion. Then a very signal thing occurred in their 
midst. Possibly it was on a Sunday while they were as- 
sembled in worship and fasting. The congregation had 
been seeking the mind of the Spirit when He made clear 
to them His will. "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul 
for the work to which I have called them. Then after 
much fasting and praying they laid their hands on them 
and sent them off." This was the initiation of the great 
missionary movement which carried the Gospel finally to 
Rome, the preacher going there in chains, Paul. Paul al- 
ways began his missionary tours at Antioch and he al- 
ways returned there to make his report of missionary 

This in turn reacted favorably on the church in An- 
tioch. Antioch became the seat of the first Christian 
patriarchate of the Orient. It rivalled Alexandria in later 
years in theological schools. Here was collected a great 
library of the ancient church. It was here that Christian- 
ity made its greatest impression in the early centuries 
Continued on page 9 



The Greatest Combination In The World 

God and You 

by W. Clayton Berkshire 

Have you, my Christian friends, realized that 
you are a party in the greatest combination in 
the world — Cod and You? Here, truly, are "hori- 
zons unlimited."' God and You! What a sublime 
thought! How wonderful! And why? Because you 
are yoked together with Jesus Christ the Son of 
God, and "nothing is impossible with God." That 
makes a dynamic team when the relationship be- 
tween the two is right. Conceived in this rela- 
tionship are power and willing surrender. Power 
on the part of God and willing surrender on the 
part of man. It is the product of the power of 
God allied with the source of that power. That 
source of power is omnipotent and yet requires 
this relationship with man. But could net God ac- 
complish all he desires without this alliance with 
man? The answer is obviously a positive "yes he 
is able." But he has ordained man to be a vessel 
of service — "we are laborers together." He has 
commissioned man to represent his cause — "Ye 
are my witnesses." "And hath committed unto us 
the word of reconciliation. Now then we are am- 
bassadors for Christ" (II Cor. 5:19-20). He has 
chosen to execute his plans through man. So you, 
my Christian friend, are allied with the greatest 
work in all the world. God and you make 
up the greatest team in the world to redeem the 
souls of men. 

It is a royal privilege to be called into such 
a position with God and with Jesus Christ his 
only begotten Son. To be given a share of re- 
sponsibility in the work of the Heavenly Father 
is a privilege second to none. It is the privilege 
of life. P'ailure to recognize and honor this leads 
to stagnation and frigidity of spirit. Full recog- 
nition of the same leads to warmth and growth 
in the spiritual life, to a full surrender of self. 
It also opens eyes to see the importance of the 
individual in this relationship — importance which 
says, "unworthy." It opens ears to hear the com- 
mand, "Go," "Disciple," "Baptize," "Teach." 

God and You! He has chosen you and you have 
chosen Him. What supreme satisfaction you may 
possess from knowing this. And when you turn 
your hands to do his will how wonderfully satis- 
fying to know that your labor is not in vain. For 

you labor not in your own strength but in the 
strength of the Lord. Or, when you travel out to 
answer a call to service, to know that you walk 
not alone. You have the assurance "and lo I am 
with you alway.' It will always be "God and You," 
as long as you are willing — "I will never leave 
you nor forsake you." God never asks you to walk 
alone. On the contrary, He reproves you for 
thinking you are able to do so. Hear Him, "for 
without me ye can do nothing." 

The promise of the "Abiding Presence" with 
great power, ever ready to be released upon the 
seemingly impossible, ought to take away much 
of our pessimism with respect to accomplishment. 
It ought to give new meaning to every phase of 
the Lord's work. This ought to be true in the 
Brethren Church. It ought to bring Christian 
young people, Brethren young people, to a full 
commitment — "Here am I, send me." It ought to 
lead them through arduous years of preparation. 
It ought to give them courage to venture with God 
into the "unknown world." 

The promise of the "Abiding Presence" should 
arouse a deep response from the older Christian 
people. It should sharpen their vision and keep 
them steadily moving forward. It ought to do all 
this for Brethren people wherever they are. The 
promise is unto us and blessed will we be if we 
claim it. I speak of necessity. 

Out from India the cry for help can be heard. 
It is the cry of four hundred million souls who 
do not know Christ. It is a cry for a new relig- 
ion. A religion that will change, that will trans- 
form. India is the land of impossibilities. Your 
God is the God of impossibilities. 

The cry coming out of Europe is a cry for help. 
A cry for spiritual help. A cry for material help. 
Clothing, food, medical care, spiritual leadership, 
moral uplift, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, all of 
these are "musts" for Europe, a continent of 
"displaced persons." 

God and You! That is the answer to a crying 
world. It is a complete answer. Time is running 
out. Whatever will be done must be done now. 
Your decision will alter the situation. 

— New Lebanon, Ohio. 

FEBRUARY 28, 1948 


*7&e ^>%etkie*t (fycvtcA cutet 7HC4Aia*t& 

by Claud Stfudebaker 


The Brethren Church as a denomination of 
Christian believers had its organic birth in the 
year 1708, when eight pious souls under the lead-- 
ership of Alexander Mack were baptized by 
triune immersion in the River Eider, near 
Schwarzenau, Germany. These men set themselves 
apart under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to 
obey all the commands of Christ in the holy 
scriptures, and took him as their Lord and Mas- 
ter, and all they to be Brethren in very truth. 


This was 200 years after the great reforma- 
tion under Luther and others, which marked the 
beginning of what we now call the Protestant 
churches. The multiplicity of denominations and 
divisions among those denominations has been 
overdone. At times "strife and vain glory" have 
caused divisions with their attendant jealousies 
and emulations. However, before the reformation 
the one catholic church had become so powerful 
and so corrupt that common decency revolted 
against it. This was my church and your church 
of the early centuries and probably the only way 
to save the church from her own sins was to call 
out from her those pious souls who sought above 
all things to do the will of God. 


This certainly is the true spirit of the Gospel 
and God's way for man. Organization and form 
can never be the evidence of the true church, but 
implicit faith in God, obedience to his word and 
bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit will make us 
the missioners of the gospel. 


It is regrettable that the Brethren Church 
should have had division over things that 
were not of primary importance, but such was 
true. If we had been more concerned with giving 
the gospel to others in a great missionary work, 
we could have easily overlooked some things that 
caused division. 


Soon after the division, the Church of the 
Brethren became imbued with missionary work 
and Dr. Galen B. Royer told me that in 30 years 
while he was secretary of missions he saw then- 
mission investment grow from nothing to one mil- 
lion dollars. We were also slow in launching out 
in missions. One only needs to look back through 
the records to discover how dim was our vision 
and how slow r our progress. Then came division 
to our small church and the plans greatly dis- 
turbed. However we must push forward in a great 
missionary program. The Brethren Church cer- 
tainly has a message to give to the world. Our 
emphasis on obedience is certainly the great need 
of the world today. Brethren teaching has always 
insisted that obedience to all the words of our 
Lord, both in doctrine, ordinance and life, was 
the only true evidence of our unfeigned faith. 
With the multiplied millions of people over this 
wide world in such need of spiritual ministiy, as 
well as of physical necessities, it certainly should 
challenge all Brethren people everywhere to do 
their utmost in missions. 


Our mission program has grown and our gifts 
should increase greatly, if we are to reach out to 
new fields. Dale Roesch and his wife (Norma 
Blosser) are serving in Puerto Rico, in the fine 
work the Church of the Brethren are carrying on. 
They are our missionaries and we support them, 
of course. Adding to our number of native work- 
ers in Argentina, South America, it is hoped that 
Rev. Robert Byler and wife (Jane King) will be 
able to enter our mission work there some time 
this fall. Archie Martin desires to go to India 
for mission work, and our board has consented 
to support him when he qualifies to enter one of 
the fields administered by the Church of the 
Brethren. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Webb are serving 
in France in relief administration, but also giving 
their testimony for Christ and the church. Miss 
Liskey is to serve as nurse in the Garkida Leper 
Colony, Nigeria, Africa held. 




It is easy and logical for us to cooperate with 
the Church of the Brethren because of the simi- 
larity of our churches. Our baptism, laying on of 
hands, communion and the various ceremonies of 
the church are the same. Our common history 
and family relations make possible a greater work 
than either could do in both foreign and home 
missions. It certainly is high time all Brethren 
people get deadly in earnest about giving the gos- 
pel to the world. After 240 years of history we 
have less than one quarter of a million members 
in all branches of the church. This is to our 
shame. Others have begun later and have their 
millions of followers. This should stimulate all 
Brethren people to do everything possible to in- 
crease our missionary offerings and also the num- 
ber of missionaries. 


Nothing will save this world to peace and or- 
der but the gospel that the missionary has to 
preach and the tender ministry of Christ which 
he has to offer. If the billions of dollars and the 
millions of men were sent over the world to make 
Christ known and loved, then the result would be 
different from the threatening aftermath of war. 
The giving of food and clothing is not enough to 
save nations, but the giving of Christ with the 
food will prepare the hearts of the people for a 
new day of righteousness. 

The Easter time is not far distant when we ask 
every member and every friend of every Brethren 
church to present an offering to the foreign mis- 
sion work of Christ and the Church. There are 
many needy fields and we need money and work- 
ers to carry them the gospel. — South Bend, Ind. 

The Fourth 

'PaAto'U Institute 

Post - Easter Week 

TfCcmcA 29- /tpul £, t94X 


Those desiring a room for the time of the institute will please con- 
tact Mrs. W. A. Beeghley, chm. of housing committee, 502 Samaritan 
Ave., Ashland, Ohio. Do this at once if you plan to come. 

Evening dinner will be served at the Park Street Brethren Church 
each day after Monday. Breakfast and lunch will be avaible at the col- 
lege dormitory or downtown. 


The ministers' wives will meet Wednesday, March 31 at 3:00 P. M. 
for a fellowship hour. 

An interesting program is being planned. Come to the Pastors' In- 
stitute with your husband and enjoy the afternoon with us. 

FEBRUARY 28, 1948 


The Message Of The ( Boo\ 

The Galatians 

by L. O. McCartney smith 

This short Pauline Epistle of six chapters is addressed 
to neither Jews or Greeks, but to a fickle group of Gauls 
— barbarians, which had poured into Greece some 300 
years preceding the birth of Christ. These were mem- 
bers of the churches of Galatia which had fallen pray" 
to Judaizing missionaries from Jerusalem, who had pre- 
sented to them errors of such magnitude that they were 
in grave danger of falling from grace. Chiefly these er- 
rors were: 

1. That obedience to the law must be mixed with faith 
as the basis of the sinner's justification. 

2. That the believer is sanctified or made perfect 
through keeping the law. 

Before refuting these dual errors, Paul reminds the 
Galatians of the soundness of his preaching to them, and 
pronounces anethema upon any presenting any other gos- 
pel than that he had previously preached to the Gala- 
tians and they had accepted (Gal. 1:6-9). Paul then re- 
lates to them that the source of his gospel was not of 
the Jews, the apostles, or of any man; but by revela- 
tion of the Lord Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:10-24; 2:1-14). 

Paul meets the first error by asserting that justifica- 
tion is by faith. in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, and not 
by the works of the law "For by the words of the law 
shall no flesh be justified" (Gal. 2:14); presenting Abra- 
ham as evidence, and as an example of one being justi- 
fied by faith 400 years before the giving of the law: 
thereby establishing the fact that "They which are of 
faith are the children of Abraham" (Gal. 3:7). 

As a fitting climax to the refutation of this error, Paul 
affirms that "As many as are of the works of the law 
are under the curse: for it is written "Cursed is every 
one that continueth not in all which are written in the 
book of the law, to do them" (Deuteronomy 2:26). Then 
he presents Jesus Christ as our Redeemer from the curse 

of the law through His becoming a curse for us, quot- 
ing the words of the law as written in Deuteronomy 21 : 
23, "Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tre 

The second error is then taken up by Paul, and he 
proves that it is the Holy Spirit received through faith 
that sanctifies and perfects the believer, and not the work- 
ing of the law (Gal. 3:1-5). After discussing the lav. 
a preparatory schoolmaster or disciplinarian to bring us 
to Christ that we might be justified and sanctified by 
faith, Paul makes his most outstanding declaration to 
the Galations: "But after faith is come, we are no longer 
under a schoolmaster" (Gal. 3:224-25). Instead of being 
a servant under the law, Paul presents the believer, jus- 
tified by faith, as a son in God's family, redeemed from 
the bondage of the law by Christ Jesus that he might 
receive the adoption and call God his Father (Gal. 3:2';: 

Using as an allegory the story of Isaac, the son of a 
free-woman, and Ishmael the son of a bondwoman, Paul 
teaches these fallen Galatians that two systems, law, and 
grace, cannot co-exist in the Church: that the child of 
the bondwoman, which represents the law, must be cast 
out; and the son of the free woman, representing grace, 
must be retained (Gal. 4:8-31; 5:1-15): that "Christ is 
become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are jus- 
tified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." 

In the concluding chapter, instruction is given to the 
church relating to restoi'ation of a sinning brother, and 
teaching him that he must prove his work in order to 
rejoice in his salvation; that the Christian life is com- 
parable to husbandry; that God anticipates that we bear 
fruit, and one of nature's strongest laws is that we must 
reap what we sow: that we must not grow weary in well 
doing if we anticipate an excellent harvest spiritually. 

— Lanark, Illinois. 

» M«1 I 

Church Progress 

(Continued from page 5) 

of church history. Then great synods of the Church were 
held there in the third century. 

In 1910 a remarkable discovery was made at the site 
of old Antioch by well-diggers who were at work where 
an ancient church once stood. It was a silver chalice. Some 
date it as early as 57-87 A. D. It is a silver communion 
bowl covered with silver sheet of beautiful ornamenta- 
tion. Some speculate that it may be the cup which was 
used in the Last Supper. 

Church progress and missionary extension ai-e a part 
of the same thing, giving the Gospel to a dying world. 
If the Brethren Church does not give out the Gospel, she 
will die as surely as Laodicea was lukewarm and nause- 
ating to our Lord. He was about to spue Laodicea from 
His mouth into oblivion. What may He be preparing to 
do with the Brethren Church ? The Brethren Church can 
definitely consecrate herself to the work of the Lord, and 
the Holy Spirit will direct us in our service. 

(Note — Quotations from the New Testament are taken 
from the Revised Standard Version.) 

— Ashland Theological Seminary. 



Foreign Missions 

Argentine Missionary Field 

With a friendly welcome that our Brethren Church 
here tributed to Rev. C. F. Yoder on his return to the 
missionary held in Argentina, all we Brethren feel very 
happy and honored to have one in our lines who will 
make us feel a greater contact with our dear Brethren 
Churches in the United States. 

But greater will be our joy when we shall be able to 

<>ur hearty welcome to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Byler 

as missionaries in our immense field of labour now that 

we in such great need of workers. 

Already our hearts are overflowing with enthusiasm 

and happiness. 

Missionary tent. It is always a blessing from the Lord 
t.. know new experiences in the missionary field, as also 
•.. In- able to listen to the testimony of the souls that 
\\on for our Lord Jesus Christ, as also to have the 
privilege of giving the message of the Lord's love in 
ry place where it is possible to do so. 
So it is in our missionary field where, thanks to the 
kindness of our beloved Brethren of the U. S. and their 
prayers to the Lord for us here, that our activities fa- 
vourably develop and the Gospel spreads around us. 
When summer arrives, during the months of October, 
ember and December, we put up our tent of evan- 
gelization in one of our new districts called Tiro Suizo, 
where some months before we had rented a large hall, 
as we knew it would be necessary. 

From the first night the attendance of children and 
grown up people was large, and night after night we 
eloped a program for children and continued then with 
the predication of the gospel for the elder people, with 
■lid result. 
Beside the constant taking care of the tent, which 
was in charge of Brother Varela and Brother F. Fiorenza, 
have to fear the bad intentions of wicked 
ho could damage the cloth of the tent, the youth 
of our church held a special number of music and sing- 

Many of them .spoke and told about their different ex- 
perience when they /.ere converted to the Lord our Sav- 

the fruits of this campaign we have the prosecu- 
tion of this work for a Long time with a large attend- 
ance that is always very interested in our Brethren 
Church and its teachings. 

As always, our great inconvenience is the means of 
transport. It is necessary to walk a great distance to 
reach the different places where we have to preach and 
teach in all our meetings and Sunday Schools. 

The acquirement of the coach, which will be possible 
because of the kindness of some of the Brethren of our 
churches in the U. S. who donated part of the money, 
will make it possible for these places to be better at- 
tended in the future. 

Gerli, B. A. Once the campaign with the tent here in 
Rosario was ended, our assistants Brother Varela and 
Fr. Fiorenza, the latter a student in the seminary, took 
the tent and equipment to Gerli, B. A., where they re- 
mained about 16 days and their work of evangelization 
also had a large reward in the attendance and enthusiasm 
of the people there. 

Brother J. Anton has made an effort and invited many 
other preachers in order to have a different one to preach 
the message every night, and to make the tent campaign 
more interesting. They had also some nights a chorus 
from other churches of B. A. 

This simple means of evangelization with the tent in our 
country attracts the attention of the passers-by, who stop 
to listen and many of them become regular attendants. 

There is not only blessings for the new souls that accept 
the salvation in Jesus Christ, but it is an awakening to 
all the churches which conceive a new vision and desire 
to obey more fervently the commandment of the Lord: "Go 
ye therefore and teach all nations." 

As a reward for this special effort twelve people ac- 
cepted the Lord as their own Saviour and are interested 
to learn more efficiently the doctrine of the precious gospel. 

Villa Constitucion. After finishing the work in Gerli our 
helpers of the tent returned with the equipment to Villa 
Constitucion, where Miss H. Louisa Kugler had worked, ac- 
tively, awakening an extraordinary interest for the tent 
work and much enthusiasm to collaborate with it. 

They were able to acquire a nice lot not far from the 
center of the town, and there they put up the tent. 

The effort was unanimous and also some other preachers 
from Pergamino, where our brother-in-law, Rev. Conrado 
Ihlow is pastor, and from San Nicolas, where Miss Theda 
Krieger is a teacher, cooperated in the special campaign, 
bringing beautiful messages of evangelization. 

FEBRUARY 28, 1948 


Special campaign with the tent in Gerli, B. A. 

Congregation of the Brethren Church in V ilia Constitacion 

They also won some nice souls for the Lord, mostly of 
young people that from their childhood attended the Sunday 

As it was nearing Christmas and New Year, the work of 
the tent was suspended for every church to have its private 

Cordoba. After Christmas holidays our church in Cordoba 
started their Summer Camp in Cordoba Hills, so our pastors 
and helpers and several of our youth, in fact most of them, 
went there for their vacation time, and remained for the 
space of a month, in which they carried out special pro- 

grams among the hills and had a nice meeting with Bible 


As you can see, beloved Brethren, in each one of our 
missionary fields the noble effort to do everything possible 
to carry forward the good news of salvation has bi 
greatly developed. 

Colon, B. A. Actually the tent has been erected in 
Colon, where new work in the interior of the country 
has been started with the best results and rich blessings. 

We greatly ask for your prayers in our favour. Many 
thanks! Adolfo Zeche. 

> ! ■ « » « 

News From Dunl« 

rom uunkerque, 

by Ruth and Charles Webb 




Five bales of clothing and blankets were given to 
Mile. Denys in Calais for a group of dockers who were 
out of work and in great need of aid. Tins of milk and 
meat were given to the local pastor for distribution to 
the elderly and sick of the church who are unable to 
leave their homes. 

Through AATF supplies we were happy to brighten 
Christmas in Dunkerque for about 2873 children in 20 
Christmas parties. Many gifts of toys, clothing, food, jam, 
and chocolate were given. Many hours of work were 
spent in the cold warehouse packing and repacking these 
things for Christmas, but there was also a certain joy in 
doing it. 

Each Thursday the boys and girls came in to work 
and play. During the month of December they were busy 
making Christmas decorations for their homes and also 
to brighten up our activity barrack. 

On Wednesday before Christmas we had a perfectly 
happy little Christmas party for 45 neighborhood children. 
Thin, dirty little faces brightened up with shouts of joy 
as they entered the barrack and saw the little touches 
of red and green and a tiny Christmas tree on the table 

trimmed with home-made decorations. We sang Christmas 
songs, saw slides, listened to music, and had a cup of 
hot chocolate, candy and biscuits. The party ended with 
a Tolstoy story told by Pastor Dubois with the appro- 
priate theme of "forgiveness" and "loving one another." 
This little party with the children was very meaningful 
to us as it was to the children who know so little and 
have experienced so little of the real Christmas spirit, 
having been deprived during the war years. 

After a busy afternoon with the children's center 
Christmas party we hurried off to the local church where 
we sang and listened to the Christmas message with the 
German prisoners of war who are still stationed in Dun- 
kerque. The pastor of the church spoke meaningful words 
of encouragement and comfort to them saying that we 
really all were prisoners unless we found Christ. 

Then, at midnight we sat and sang with the French 
congregation as they celebrated Christmas Eve at the 
church in the form of one big family. " 

It was these activities and meetings that really made 
us feel anew the real Christmas spirit. For here in Dun- 
kerque one doesn't "get into the spirit" of Christmas 
by dashing around doing last minute shopping, hearing 
Christmas music in the shops, or even see many Christ- 



TOMS decorations. As far as outside and material things 
go vne wouldn't know that Christmas is approaching; un- 
illy felt it within himself. Perhaps this is the 
rem! test. 


Following is the report of the work with the Friend- 
ship Train which took up the greater part of December. 
However, we were still able to get the above mentioned 
hi between times. Even Christmas day was a 
busy one. However, when Now Year's day arrived we 
wore able to take a day of rest. 

.Northern France was one of the seven regions chosen 
to benefit from the Friendship Train. Charles Webb was 
asked by the National Committee iii Paris to serve as 
American representative in the Lille region, being re- 
sponsible for the organization of reception and distribu- 
tion committees in Lille. Roubaix, Tourcoing, Dunkerque, 
An. .is and Boulogne. 

The National Committee made up of representatives 
of American Aid to France, American Joint Distribution 
Committee, National Catholic Welfare Conference and 
the World Council of Churches, decided that the food for 
the most part should go to children up to fifteen years 
.ige in elementary school cantines, orphanages and in- 
titutiuns caring for pre-school age children. To avoid any 
possible misuse of the food, it was required that every- 
thing be consumed within the institutions and that noth- 
ing be taken home. 

The Friendship Train in France was received much in 
the same spirit as it was given in the United States. 
Alter a big reception at the port of Le Havre, dockers 
worked night and day without pay to unload the ship, 
ach railroads, severely handicapped by a post-war 
shortage of wagons, made available 500 cars for free 
transportation to the various sections of France. Official 
receptions with children, bands, flags and speeches were 
held in Anas and Lille, departmental capitols, as well as 

in the other receiving towns. Everywhere sincere appre- 
ciation was expressed for the valuable gift of food and 
for the very tangible sort of manifestation of friendship. 

Recently we visited several Dunkerque schools at the 
time the children were enjoying sweet raisin buns and a 
bowl of milk made possible by the Friendship Train. At 
this same time the school children of the North depart- 
ment were sending a car load of collected food and cloth- 
ing to the eastern part of France where many, many fam- 
ilies were suddenly made homeless by devastating floods. 


Monsieur le President: 

We were happy when we learned that a "Friendship 
Train" had arrived in Dunkerque and it is with satisfac- 
tion thai each day we receive a bowl of hot milk to help 
keep us warm during the cold weather. The sweet roll 
which conies each Friday fills the stomach and keeps it 
from crying, for the other days, lacking ration tickets, 
our bread often remains at the bakers. 

We thank you then also for the effort made by the 
Americans in sending food to our school cantine which 
would certainly have had to close its doors without this 
timely aid. 

It is with a certain embarrassment that we thank the 
people who have deprived themselves of their surplus to 
send food to needy Europe and particularly to France. 
We all join hands together to say, "Thank you, Uncle 

And if then by these gifts we are able to bring in the 
peace, France will be the first to place its signature be- 
side that of America, which in helping us has applied 
the words of Christ, "Love one another." 

Gerard Legrand 

53 Ave. Gaspard Malo 

Malo les Bains, Dunkerque. 


Leprosy is one of the oldest and most dreaded diseases. No specific "cure" has 
been found bul about 10% of all treated cases are discharged annually as "syrnptom- 

Besides good diet and general hygiene the standard treatment is the oil of a 
tropical fruit called "chaulmoogra." Two of the sulfa drugs are now being tested with 
. ome success. 

Leprosy is not inherited, and not at all easily communicated. Some authorities 
hold that it is communicable most exclusively to children, and then only by frequent 
contacts with an "(men" case over a long period of time. 

It is suppoi ed that, there are about 10,000,000 cases in the world, of which per- 
haps only I or 295 are being treated. 

Leprosy affect: the skin and peripheral nerve fibres, appearing first in discolored 
"j numb spots; it. maj end by destroying whole members such as the nose, eyes, 
hands, feet. Reprinted from the Missionary Digest. 

FEBRUARY 28, 1948 


Thanksgiving Offering 

(Received from October 1, 1947 to February 16, 1948; 











Lost Creek 



Mt. Olive 

Oak Hill 


St. James 


Miscellaneous Southeast 





Brush Valley 



Johnstown First 

Johnstown Second 

Johnstown Third 




Mt. Olivet 

Mt. Pleasant 


Quiet Dell 



Summit Mills 

Uniontown Second 



Vinco " 


Miscellaneous Pennsylvania 










Firestone Park 






78. 1 5 




































Mt. /ion 

Nf:w Lebanon 

North Georgetown. 

Pleasant Mill 


West Alexandria 


Miscellaneous Ohio 


Akron Coop 




Center Chapel 

College Corner 




lElkhart . 1 









New Paris 

North Liberty 

North Manchester 





South Bend 




Miscellaneous Indiana 


Cerro Gordo 




Miscellaneous Central 



Falls City 

Fort Scott 




Miscellaneous Mid- West 





Miscellaneous California 





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W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

Topic. copTr.fbtfd br (be International Society of Chri.tiao EndoTOt. 
U»cd br pcrmution." 

Topic for March 7. 1948 


Scripture: Matt. 19::*-9; Mark 10:2-12 

For The Leader 

IN VIEW of the alarming increase in the divorce rate 
today, it is fitting that this final topic on "Courtship 
and Marriage" should deal with the subject of divorce. 
When the minister says. "] now pronounce you husband 
and wife, "What therefore God hath joined together, let 
no man put asunder:" just what does he mean? Let us 
give careful heed to the teachings of the scripture on this 


1. THE WORLD AND DIVORCE. Marriage is an in- 
stitution of Cod. It says in the scriptures that God planned 
that a man and woman should live together as one flesh, 
or oho body, or one person. They are united in name and 
life. Mark 10:8. To get to the basic solution of the di- 
vorce problem we must at once see the difference be- 
tween a Christian marriage, and a marriage of unchris- 
tians. Cod's laws must be taken to heart by all people, 
especially by Christians. But the people of the world do 
not govern themselves by the laws of God. They have 
their own civil laws. So, young people, when you see 
a great multitude of unchristian people heading for the 
divorce courts, remember that is their way of solving 
their problems. It is not for the Christian. We Christians, 
when we marry, vow before God to remain as husband 
and wife "until death do us part." Get rid of the idea 
that if things don't go right when you're married, that 
you can rush right off to the divorce court. Hollywood 
and others may do it, but God's children should not fol- 
low suit. 

1. GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE. There are many brutes 
who are husbands, and there are many unworthy women 
who are wives, even among Christians. And perhaps there 
are some who feel they have grounds for divorce. But 
Blow up a little! Only as one or the other is unfaithful 
to the marriage vow, according to Matt. .19:9, is there 
ptural grounds for divorce. While the civil laws rec- 
ognize many other causes, yet this remains the one scrip- 
tural basis, for divorce among Christians. 

3. SO YOU WANT A DIVORCE? Right now it may 
be, or at some future date, you may be thinking that 
a divorce may be the way out of your "unhappy" mar- 
riage. What has happened to bring you to this place? 
Did you discover that life wasn't the bed of roses you 
thought it was going to be? Is there more work and 
monotonous jobs connected with marriage than you 
thought there would be? Perhaps your mate thinks the 
e thing. Ha- the thrill and newness of married life 
rn '>ff! Does the grass in the next field look greener? 
And because of one or the other of these things, you 
think a divorce is what you want? Well, think again! 
Why did you marry your mate in the first place? Because 

you found in the person the fulfillment of your dreams. 
You were happier in their presence than when you were 
apart. And you wanted to live in their presence . . . al-f 
ways. Now, what's the matter? Nothing, except that you 
have lost that thread of joy and love which knitted your 
hearts together on your wedding day. Go back and pick 
up those tangled threads where you had that quarrel or 
misunderstanding. Go back .and bury your pride, and ask 
forgiveness. Start again. There's no one in all the world 
who can give you the real happiness you want than the 
one to whom you are married. Get rid of the notion of a. 

4. SOLVING YOUR PROBLEMS. We read recently of 
a lawyer who was also a Christian. A woman came to] 
him asking him to negotiate a divorce for her, for which 
the lawyer could easily have obtained a handsome fee. 
Very tempting, to say the least. (And if you ever go 
seeking a divorce, there'll be some greedy lawyer ready 
to break up your home for his fee.) But this lawyer heard 
her story, and asked her if she had prayed about it. The 
woman was shocked. Later the husband was invited to 
the office. Upon arrival, the lawyer spoke to him in the 
same way. Before long he had the husband and wife on ) 
their knees in prayer together. A home was saved through 
prayer. Yes, if you really want to solve your marriage 
problems, pray about them. It will cover a multitude of 
sins and misunderstandings. If you think anything of your 
home, children or possible future children, you will do 
everything in your power, and call on the power of heaven, 
to save your home. 

yet a long way for you to the marriage altar. Perhaps 
for some of you, there will never be the wedding bells 
and flowers. But normally speaking, as a young person, 
you will arrive at that sacred place. If you have kept your 
courtship and dating days on a Christian basis, if you 
have prayed about choosing the right person, you stand a 
good chance of having a happy marriage But at the 
altar, you must also determine and resolve that come 
what may, you will keep your marriage going. If you 
so determine, the thought of divorce never need occur. It 
will take much sacrifice and fortitude and love. The intent 
and purpose of your heart will determine the success or 
failure of your marriage. If you enter, determined at all 
costs to succeed, you will have a long happy life. If your 
mate proves unfaithful by "running around" you are en- 
titled to divorce that mate, but first try praying about it. 
Pray that he or she might see the error of their way, 
and return to you. Again, you may be "being too nice" 
to an unfaithful mate by giving them a divorce. Often- 
times you do better by refusing to give them a divorce. 
Again, a last word in this series of topics. When you're 
married remember that when your mate finds real hap- 
piness and joy at home, he or she will never wander; this 
happiness and joy can be found at the altar of prayer 
which should be the center of every home. 


1. What do you think about the remarriage of divorced 
persons? How do you interpret the scripture preaching 
as expressed in Matt. 19:9 and Mark 10:11, 12? 

2. A problem: You, ,a single young person, find yourself 
"falling in love" with a person who is divorced. Except 
for that they are a satisfactory possible mate for you. 
Should you marry? Discuss. 

FEBRUARY 28, 1948 


Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. V. Gilmer 

By Perry C. Bashore 

Wc have heard of the cause of missions. 
But what does this mean to you ? 
Are you ready with your love and concern 
To help the great cause through ? 

What will we do with the Master's call? 
Will we let it unheeded go? 
And allow the god of darkness and fear 
His message there to sow ? 

Will we close our ears and eyes? 
And not share in the cause at all? 
Then say, "I did not know 
This was my Master's call?" 

We can not be loyal to CJhrist, 
And heed not this call for help. 
It requires a giving of thought, 
Of time — of money — of self. 

With our lives on his altar of service, 
Sacrificing all for his love of mankind, 
Many will learn of his love and care, 
Many the true way will find. 


Scripture: Romans 1:19-31 
Missionary Hymns 
Leader's Petition 
Thought Provokers: 

ACCORDING to the opinion of some people the igno- 
rance of the heathen will be their saviour to pre- 
vent them from perishing forever in hell. Sentimental and 
emotional reasoning do not furnish the answer to the 
question. To be sure, this is a grave" and solemn question. 

The spiritual condition of the heathen is that they have 
sinned and are under condemnation (Rom. 5:12-19). As 
our Scripture lesson says, God reveals Himself through 
nature unto them, but they do not receive and glorify 
Him. They are under sin and guilt in God's sight (Rom. 
3:9-20). They know not God (1 Thess. 4:5), but they 
worship demons (1 Cor. 10:20). Their pi-ayers are vain 
repetitions (Matt. 6:7). Their understanding is darkened 
through sinful ignorance (Eph. 4:17-19). Dead in tres- 
passes and sins, they are by nature the children of wrath 
(Eph. 2:1-3). Under the blindness and power of Satan, 
they need forgiveness (Acts 26:17, 18). They are without 
excuse (Rom. 1:18-20). They have no hope (Eph. 2:12). 
Although they know they will be judged, they yet live 
in sin (Rom. 1:32). 

Let us pray for the evangelization of the heathen. Let 
also do something about the situation in bo fai 
are able. 

On The Sunday School Lesson 

by The Editor 

Lesson for March 7, 1948 


Lesson: Acts 8:26-39 

WE FIND in Thayer's "Greek-English Lexicon of I 
New Testament" that in the sense the idea of 
"witnessing" is used in the New Testament that it means 
"to affirm that one has seen or heard or experienced 
something, or that he knows it because he has been taught 
by divine revelation or inspiration." Hence to be a real 
witness in the sense of today's lesson we find the story 
of Philip's meeting with the Ethiopian eunuch on the road 
from Jerusalem to Gaza, as a fine illustration of such 
witnessing. Here he "bears witness" authoritatively to the 
Messiahship of Jesus, which he shows by means of the 
scriptures to be "accredited, attested and approved by 
these same scriptures," as related to events of the very 
near past. 

There are several things we need notice: 

1. Philip, as a witness, was sent as an accredited agent 
of God. (verse 26.) 

2. That he did not hesitate to go on the mission. The 
first five words of verse 27 tells us this. 

3. That he saw the opportunity and met it. (verses 

4. That he fulfilled the qualifications of a competent 
witness by being able to meet the questions of the eunuch, 
and to answer them comprehensively. 

5. That the witnessing was so convincing that it brought 
the desired results — the conversion of the eunuch. 

The impulse to obedience on the part of Philip may 
have been found in the words of Jesus on the Day of 
Ascension when He said, "Tarry ye in Jerusalem until 
ye are endued with power from on high, and THEN ye 
shall be witnesses to me, in Jerusalem and Judea and 
Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth." Philip 
was already in the Samaria stage of this witnessing, for 
he was holding forth in a revival in that Samaritan ter- 
ritory. From here he was sent to one who was to begin 
the process of carrying the "Gospel Witnessing" to some 
of those "uttermost parts of the earth.'* for he (the 
eunuch) was to carry it back to his own people in North- 
ern Africa. 

Let us not ignore the words of the Golden Text, which 
say, "As My Father hath sent me. even so send I you." 
We may be sent only a short distance from our own 
homes, or it may be to the "uttermost part of the earth." 
but wherever it may be, we are to be ready to obey the 
command of the Master to "be witnesses" of the truth 
and the value of the "Gospel of the Son of God." 




TOett, Win 

Carrying out the "Great Commission" 

Jesus lias called us into partnership with 
Himself in this greatest of enterprises. 

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"And he said unto them, Go ye 
into all the world and preach the 
Gospel to the whole creation." 

Mk. 16:15 

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Go ye therefore.— Matthew 28:19. 

"It would be interesting to study 
the great compulsions that luive sent 
men and women into the world to 
share the love of God, to others. What 
iras it that sent out Carey and Living- 
stone, Judson and Stanley, Florence 
Nightingale and Clara Barton — Judld, 
Jones, Grenfell, Schiveitzer? Jesus 
said, "Go ye THEREFORE!" His 
is the power, ours is the task. We 
are responsible for doing our best, 
not for results. The powder is his! 

, l There is, Iwiuever, one little secret 

to remember. Betiveen our task and, 
his power there muM be constant con- 
nection. We can truly share with 
others effectively only when we re- 
main always vital through our touch 
with him." 

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Pray For 

ALL missionaries 
ALL the homeless and hungry- 
All relief workers 

ALL Brethren people to share 
in this missionary appeal. 

Scute* Scutdcuf 

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Since many of the "Evangelist" readers remember the interior of the 
Smithville, Ohio, Brethren Church as it formerly was, we proudly pre- 
sent this picture as proof of the beautifully remodeled- and redecorated 
chancel. The rest of the church lias received like attention, but this has 
made the most noticeable change. Vqsaqfci J&$tpjF@tod&i£fr r ti3 ^ u 


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New Paris. Indiana. The New Paris Church, of which 
Brother Stewart is pastor, honored Dr. and Mrs. G. W. 
Rench on Sunday, Fehruary 22, the occasion being the 
Golden Wedding of the Benches. We offer our congrat- 
ulations to this very wonderful couple. 

We Jearn from Brother Stewart's bulletin of Fehruary 
8, that a group of Northern Indiana ministers met at the 
home of Brother and Sister King at Elkhart for a pot- 
luck dinner. At this time Brother and Sister W. E. Ronk, 
who recently assumed the Goshen pastorate, were hon- 
ored hy a reception. 

Udell, Iowa. Brother E. J. Beekley, pastor of the Can- 
ton, Ohio, Church, recently held a revival meeting at the 
Udell Church, the dates being February 8 to 22. 

Akron, Ohio (Firestone Park). We learn from Brother 
.1. (',. Dodds' bulletin that a Signal Lights organization 

was recently instituted in the Akron Church, under the 
sponorship of the W. M. S. 

Warsaw, Indiana. We see by the Warsaw bulletin of 
February 8, that Brother and Sister Joseph Shilling of 
Warsaw recently celebrated their fifty-eighth wedding an- 
niversary. Brother and Sister Shilling have for a great 
number of years been faithful attendants at the Warsaw 
Church services. Brother Baer joins the editor in extend 
ing congratulations. 

Masontown, Pennsylvania. A card from Brother Free- 
man Ankrum in answer to correspondence with the editor, 
in which we informed him that we were in the midst of 
press erection and that we surely were in a "mess" here 
at the publishing house, he says, "Talk about mess. We 
moved yesterday (February 1!)) into the new parsonage." 
So at last that move has been made. While the personage 
is not completely finished on the outside it is practically 
done on the inside. The completion of outside work waits 
for warmer weather. 

Brother Ankrum also reports a fine offering given on 
the parsonage fund day, with money still coming in. 

Berlin, Pennsylvania. Brother Whetstone announces that 
Holy Week services will begin on March 23 and continue 
through Friday evening of that week. Communion has 
been set for Easter Sunday evening. 

We also note that the sum of $63.00 was given by va- 
rious classes and individuals of the Berlin Sunday School 
for seeds to be sent to needy families in Europe, 

Cumberland, Maryland. Brother Paul M. Naff tells us 
through his bulletin that the church debt has been re- 
duced to $400.00 and that Cash Day for the liquidation 
of the remainder of that debt has been set for Sunday, 
March 7. We trust that they make it. 

Louisville, Ohio. We are in receipt of the brand new 
mimeographed church paper, Vol. I, No. 1, of "The Pas- 
tor's Helper" which Brother John Byler, pastor, is issuing. 
It is an attractive six-page paper, just full of interesting 
items and suggestions. We read it from "kiver to kiver," 
Brother Byler, and found it most interesting. 

We note that the Louisville Church has a fine plan 
whereby they have placed a chart in the vestibule of the 
church with the Sundays of the coming summer listed and 
a space beside each of them for the signing up for the 
bringing of flowers for the church on that particular Sun- 
day. We feel that it is a fine suggestion and pass it on 
to the other churches. 

A Boys' Brotherhood was recently organized in the 
Louisville Church. 

Vinco, Pennsylvania. We learn that pre- Easter services 
will be held at the Vinco Church, beginning on Palm Sun- 
day and closing on Easter Sunday. Brother Benshoff, the 
pastor, will bring the messages. 

Loree, Indiana. Brother Robert Higgins, pastor of the 
Loree Church, announces that on February 5 baptismal 
services were held for five who had made confession. The 
service took place in the Peru baptistry. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Brother V. E. Meyer announces the 
averages of January, 1948 as compared with those of 
1947, as follows: January, 1947 — worship service, 124; 
1948 — worship service, 140. 

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The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 

Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 


THOSE who want to make this nation "military con- 
scious," who seek to throw the war scare into the 
American public in such a way as to be able to get pas- 
sage of the Universal Military Training law, are surely 
making statements that "just don't make sense." Just a 
few days ago I heard one proponent of universal military 
training say, and I quote, "Our next war will last in its 
intensity, just about one minute, and then all will be over." 
Then, almost in the next breath he pleads for the expendi- 
ture of what has been estimated as amounting to $3,000,- 
000,000 a year for intensive military training for our 
young men, in order to be ready for the next war. 

This set me to thinking! 

To get ready for WHAT? We have been told that men 
cannot combat the new atomic weapons, as men. We have 
been told that flesh and blood, cities and villages, cannot 
withstand the power of atomic warfare. What, then, the 
idea of training all of our young men in the rudiments 
of ground and aerial war? The idea of subjecting our 
young men to all the dangers of army life, with its un- 
told temptations, both morally and physically, surely does 
not appeal to the rank and file of the followers of Christ, 
the Prince of Peace. 

Far better spend such training money for education and 
moral and physical uplift. We are told what the sum of 
Three Billions of Dollars, which is the estimated military 
training goal, could do if used in the right places. Some- 
one has figured it out that with that amount of money 
the following could be accomplished: The construction of 
a ten room, modern school building in every county in the 
United States each year; the construction annually a 
of a $150,000 hospital in each County; the employment of 
10 doctors and 10 nurses full time for schools and public 
health services in each county; the purchase of 10 new 
school busses in each county; the maintenance of one psy- 
chiatric and behavior clinic in every county; provide 10 
full-time recreation and juvenile .guidance workers in 
every county; bring all schools of the country up to a 
reasonable standard of efficiency; meet the pay roll of 
one junior college with 10 instructors in every county; 
provide additional educational facilities for three million 
children under 18 who are not now attending school; pay 
all expenses of a three-year post-graduate course for 10,- 
000 students and scientists each year; to pay one year's 
expenses at college or technical school of the 900,000 boys 
who would be caught in the military training program 
each year; to erect a $750,000 trade and technical school 
in each district each year — AND have an unexpended bal- 
ance of $15,300,000, annually. 

Besides all this, do we want our boys for the next un- 
told number of years to be TAUGHT THAT WAR IS THE 
TIONS? How about sending out a few missionaries? 

Think it over! 

New Press is Installed 

AT THIS WRITING, Friday morning, February 27th, 
the new press is set up on our floors, but the mechan- 
ics do not have it regulated and ready for running. We 
are counting on it being ready for running next week and 
we are anticipating printing our Bible Class Quarterlies 
on it as the first job. And I want to say it is a beauty and 
we have found it to be perfect in every way. The erector 
has shown himself to be a real expert and particular 
about every detail. We have the old press moved into the 
basement and it is already in operation. Last week's 
Evangelist, the Missionary Number, was the first job from 
it in its new location. 

We are still very much crowded due to workmen and 
tools necessary for the finishing of the job and the re- 
arrangement of some of our equipment. We will soon be 
organized and ready for normal production in every line. 
Thank you all for your part in making possible the 
achievement of this much of our program. It is God who 
has worked in and through you and us to the accomplish- 
ing of His will. He has supplied the biggest need of our 
plant in a wonderful way and brought it about more quick- 
ly than we had faith to believe. Will you — all those who 
have united in the Press Prayer Band throughout the 
brotherhood, either privately or in public — will you join 
in earnest thanksgiving to God for His goodness, and then 
continue to pray that He may work upon our hearts to 
finish up the job in the scheduled time. We want to have 
everything paid for that relates to this equipment cam- 
paign within the three years set apart for it, and the 
campaign is to close with the General Conference of 

Get your Sunday School Orders in at the earliest pos- 
sible moment. Order blanks are in your hands. Use them 
instead of plain sheets of paper, where possible, but if 
you have mis-laid yours, use any paper. We have written 
in new prices, but some price changes have arrived since 
we sent out the blanks. As soon as prices seem to be 
stabilized, we will print some new order blanks. But send 
orders immediately. Thank you. 

Additional Publication Day Offerings 

Mrs. Jennie Wilcoxson, Columbia City, Ind $ 1.00 

J. I. Hereter, Gettysburg, Pa 15.00 

Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Erbaugh, West Milton. Ohio. . 10.00 

Akron, Indiana, Church 15.00 

Berlin, Penna., Church 96.00 

Robert Hoffman, Berlin, Pa 2.00 

Bryan, Ohio, Church 200.00 

Pittstown, N. J., Church as follows: 

Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Hackett 4.00 

Miss V. E. Hackett 3.00 

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The Voice of Our Leaders -- Past and Present 

(From the Brethren. Evangelist— May 28, 1902) 



The Lords Supper 

J. O. Talley 

\Y/E APPROACH this subject with a conscious- 
»* ness of our inability to do it anything like 
justice in the brief time and space allotted to us. 
To the student, who not only reads, but studies 
the Word, one of the most touching and signifi- 
cant scenes in the life of our Lord was enacted 
in the "upper room" in Jerusalem the last eve- 
ning He spent with His disciples before His cru- 
cifixion. One night of agony in the garden, 
weighing the crushing curse of sin with bowed 
heart and on bended knee ; one more day of buf- 
feting in "mock robe" and "crown of thorns," 
would complete the work which He came to do. 
With all this before Him, His loving disciples, 
good men though they were, in the very presence 
of their divine teacher, had so far failed to under- 
stand their Master, as to be wasting time dis- 
cussing who should be greatest in the Kingdom, 
and talking of "places of honor." All this while 
a dark night of a closing dispensation was hover- 
ing over them ; how dark it would be none but 
He could know. 

Fourteen hundred years of "Law and Proph- 
ets," as teachers, "offerings and sacrifices" as 
symbols of divine life, were just drawing to a 
close, with varied impress on the minds and 
hearts of God's chosen race. Israel was prepar- 
ing to celebrate their "Passover" that commem- 
orated their deliverance from a serfdom in Egypt, 
into a nation, and typical kingdom. The type of 
the deliverance was a "sacrifice and spilled blood." 
Participation in which by the people was a union 
of people and purpose, looking to a fulfilment of 
promise of God to Abraham. 

As we come to this period in the Lord's life, 
we feel we must look at the institutions of that 
last night as a whole, i. e., the supper, and the 
"bread and wine." Jesus, being the antitype and 
fulfillment of the law and the Prophets, points to 
the "bread and wine" as witness of His death, and 
its purpose; i. e., "the blood which was shed, and 

the body which was broken" for our sins, (on ac- 
count of our sins) . "Without the shedding of blood 
there is no remission of sins." 

Almost in the closing paragraph of the old dis- 
pensation, our Lord inserts the closing scene of 
the new which He is soon to usher in by His res- 
urrection, with the promise that "He would come 
again." Luke 22:18. It would seem that the 
"bread and wine" point to what has come to 
pass, and that the disciples were to thus pledge 
themselves to a participation with Him in it. 
"The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a 
communion (kinonia, participation) of the blood 
of Christ? The bread which we bless is it not a 
communion (kinonia participation) of the body 
of Christ?" I Cor. 10:16. 

So it would seem that this part of the institu- 
tion was accepted by the early Christians as a 
pledge of faithfulness to their Master, even unto 
death. Indeed the writings of the fathers, and 
the testimony of the martyrs, and the edicts of 
the Governors against the early Christians, all go 
to .show that the institution was so understood. In 
the bread and the wine they pledged themselves 
to God and to each other, to be faithful in the 
promulgation of the Word, even unto death, while 
it was so understood and practiced by the Chris- 
tians who gave up their lives, and thus it is that 
the church was founded on the blood of martyrs. 

In connection with this, we find the supper, an 
institution pointing to another object, and teach- 
ing a different feature of the one great lesson in 
divine life. Let u,s look into the manner in which 
it was instituted. 

"As they were eating," Luke 22; Matt. 26; 
Mark 14. All the synoptists agree they were eat- 
ing. What were they eating? John explains, by 
calling it a supper — (deipnon) John 13. The 
synoptic Gospels describe the Sacrament part of 
the meal. John describes the meal itself. "As they 
were eating — what? Why a supper. Jesus arose, 

MARCH 6, 1948 


Matthew and Mark say, as they were eating-. Luke 
says, "after supper." He took bread and blessed 
it. What kind of bread? Presumably such as they 
had on the table. It would require a very fine dis- 
tinction to divide the institution, and indeed we 
do not desire to do so, believing- that it should al- 
ways be observed just as it was in the upper 
room. Was it the old Jewish Passover He ate with 
His disciples that night? Much has been said and 
written on this point, and we will not enter into 
any discussion, but simply notice a few facts 
about it. 

In John 13 we see that Jesus ate this supper 
the night before He was betrayed, and that He 
went out into the garden and prayed. Did He ob- 
serve it as the Passover was commanded to be 
observed? No. Exodus 12 — they were commanded 
to "eat it roast with lire, with loins girded ; staff 
in hand, and were to eat it in haste." None of 
these things did they do. The supper of the "up- 
per room" was eaten with great deliberation, and 
during the time He washed the disciples' feet, and 
then they reclined at the table and talked, Jesus 
discoursing upon many of the most weighty 
themes. They had a sop, or sodden meal. Would 
Jesus have transgressed the law of God in this 
matter, He who said He came to "fulfill the law 
and the Prophets?" 

Then in John 18 we have Jesus before the High 
Priest on trial the next morning, and the "Jews 
went not into the Judgment hall lest they be de- 
filed, but that they might eat the Passover." 
Here it is clear they had not eaten the Pass- 

Clement, an eminent writer of the second cen- 
tury, says, "He was buried on the day of the Pass- 
over." Anti-N? Vol. 8, page 773. Hipolites, also a 
writer of the second century, says, "He did not eat 
the Passover of the law. For He was the Passover 
that had been proclaimed of old, and that was ful- 
filled on that determinate day. Vol. 5, page 240. 
The same author also says, "He who also said, 'I 
will not eat any more of the Passover,' but He 
probably partook of a supper before the Passover. 
But the Passover He did not eat, but He suf- 
fered." Clement of Alexandria gives quite a long 
and full dissertation on the subject, showing that 
it was observed by the Christians in his day, and 
was not a meal that was to be done away with." 
Vol. p, pages 237-245. 

I might indeed fill several pages of the Evan- 
gelist with historical references from acceptable 
authors, but time and space forbid. One more ref- 
erence to history. 

In the days of Pliny the younger, who was gov- 
ernor of the province of Kythinia during a great 
persecution, he wrote to the Emperor of Rome 
describing the Christians, many of whom lived 
within his jurisdiction, and among other doc- 
trines and practices among them, he describes the 
Supper and says, "They all eat of it, rich and 
poor on an equality, and pledge themselves to 
faithfulness to one Jesus, whom they expect will 
return and become their king." He said they ate 
it at night, with singing, and much praying. He 
wrote this, and asked the emperor what he should 
do with those people. The emperor advised that 
a decree or an edict be issued prohibiting the ob- 
servance of it by the Christians, as it seemed to 
be destined, if continued, to break up established 
customs, making master and slave equal in im- 
portance, and inimical to the loyalty due Caesar. 
The reader will see that I have put this history 
in my own language, for purposes of abbrevia- 
tion, as the quotation is too long to give here in 

Purpose of the Supper 

Some of the foregoing quotations will show the 
purpose of the institution called the Lord's Sup- 
per. From the expressions in the Gospels, espe- 
cially in Luke 22:18, our Savior would have us 
see in it a pledge of His second coming. "I will 
not . . . any more . . . until the kingdom of God 
shall come." And in the parable of the great sup- 
per, Luke 12:37, He promises the faithful who 
"watch," the blessedness of service when He shall 
come forth, "gird Himself, make them sit down 
to meat, and shall come forth and serve them." 
In Revelation 19:9, John seems to have gotten 
a glimpse of its fulfillment in that future day, 
when the Lord shall call His own : "And he saith 
unto me, Write, blessed are they who are bidden 
to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith 
unto me, these are the true words of God." Jesus 
says, "Blessed are those servants whom the Lord 
when he cometh, shall find watching : verily I say 
unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make 
them to sit down to meat, and shall come forth 
to serve them." Luke 12:37. 

From this and many other similar scriptures 
we seem to see in the supper, an institution 
which, if understood and practiced in the spirit 
of the Master, is designed to break down caste, 
slavery, and all forms of human bondage, which 
was the curse of the old world and from which 
the world is not now free. A heavenly institution 
observed by the people "of the kingdom on earth" 



among whom there can be neither master nor 
slave, but that equality that becomes all who are 
called to become high priests of Cod, making ac- 
ceptable offerings to Him on the altars of hearts 
that have been made free from all earth customs 
of bondage. 

The supper is the Lord's and therefore it can 
only honor Him when partaken of by those who 
are of His spirit and purpose, looking to the same 
heavenly Father for an inheritance incorruptible 
and that fadeth not away. 

The observance of the supper by early Chris- 
tians and the great truth it symbolized, or indi- 

cated, i. e., the coming of the Lord into His king- 
dom, was looked upon by the Romans as a menace 
to secular and worldly pomp, which led to issu- 
ing a decree against its observance, is evidence 
of its observance among them. It is a full meal, 
partaken of in the evening, and while at this table 
of the Lord, the bread is broken, and the cup is 
divided among the believers, in which they pledge 
their lives for the truth for which Jesus died, 
i. e., the Fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of 
man, and the coming of Him whose right it is 
to rule. So let us observe it till He comes. 

Gharles flflunson Galled 

to be 
first National ^Director 


jT The National Board of Brethren Youth, Inc. is happy to announce 

the acceptance of Charles Munson to the call extended to him by the 
board to become its first National Director. The following qualifications 
had been set up to aid in the choice of such a person: 

1. A consecrated Christian, vitally interested in Brethren Youth. 

A young person who knows the problems of the church and of . 
the youth. 

Someone who is not easily discouraged. 

A leader of youth — able to "click" with young people. *\ 

Organizational ability. 

A go-getter with drive. 

L These pre-requisites are very well filled in Mr. Munson. He is a junior 

in the seminary at Ashland this year, and has been serving as the minis- 
ter in the Gretna and Williamstown churches. He also has been the adult 
advisor of the Ashland Boy's Brotherhood, which has done outstanding 
work in its project of buying a pick-up truck for Kentucky. He is mar- 
ried and has one daughter. 

We ask the continued prayers of the brotherhood in behalf of Breth- 
ren Youth. The growth of this organization during the past two years 
has been very gratifying, and, with the help of the Lord, many more things 
are being planned. JT 




MARCH 6, 1948 



Raymond Staffer 

FAITH MEANS to have confidence and trust. 
This world is run on faith; we have faith in 
our transportation facilities to get us to our des- 
tinations; faith to believe, when retiring at night, 
that tomorrow will come with its various activi- 
ties; that the sun will shine and bring its light 
and heat. As we must have faith in humanity and 
in temporal things, so we must have faith in God 
for our spiritual things — simple, childlike faith 
in God for all our daily guidance and protection. 
We must trust Him for the little things in life 
as well as our great problems. Hebrews 4 :16 says, 
"Let us therefore, come boldly unto the throne 
of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find 
grace to help in time of need." 

A story is told of a minister who was about 
to cross a small stream on a plank. He was not 
sure of the plank's safety. A lady near by said, 
"The plank is safe — trust it." Some time later 
in a meeting, he had the privilege of talking to 
this same woman about her soul. He said, "Just 
trust Jesus as I trusted the plank." 

As a child has faith in its parents, for all of 
its care and keeping so should we have faith. 1 
am "caretaken" of Jesus for all my wants and 
needs, both temporal and spiritual. How willing 
a parent is to give the best to the child. So God 
is even more willing to give His goodness than 
we are willing to ask for it. 

In Mark 9:23 we read, "Jesus said unto him. 
If thou canst believe — all things are possible unto 
him that believeth." I am sure that if we would 
believe and trust God for more, we would receive 
more of His goodness. God wants us to trust Him. 
How many young people fail to trust their parents 
for counsel and guidance and thus make miser- 
able failures of their lives. Many children think 
their parents are too old-fashioned. They have 
not as yet learned that experience is the best 
teacher, though sometimes a very expensive one. 
Children do not realize that most parents worry 
over their children as to their conduct. 

How much more we who are older should real- 
ize how our God is concerned about our affairs 
and liow abundantly able He is to care for us. He 
never has lost a battle; He never fails; He is al- 
ways watching. He careth for the lilies of the 

field and the very sparrows that fly through the 

Who are we that we should not have faith in 
Him who has everything at His command'.' The 
cattle upon a thousand hills are His; the plan 
move at His command; all things were created by 
Him — why not have more faith in our Great 

The preachers of the past that were .^u<:ces.-,ful 
in winning souls for our Master had faith in God. 
With all their persecutions they had faith to be- 
lieve that God would bring them through, more 
than conquerors — Finney, Moody, Whitfield, the 
Wesleys and many others. Their faith in God 
made them great preachers and successful in win 
ning of souls for God. 

How faithful was Job with all of his trial-. He 
came out more than a conqueror. Daniel in the 
lions' den had faith and he was delivered. The 
three Hebrew children had faith and came forth 
out of the fiery furnace. Elijah had faith. He 
prayed and no rain came for three and a half 
years, and he prayed again and a great rain 

Peter and John had great faith, when at the 
Temple the lame man was healed . Peter said, 
"Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have 
give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ, rise and 

Jesus has gone to prepare us a mansion on high. 
Are going to have faith to love and trust Him, 
in order that we may walk the golden streets and 
forever be with the Lord? Have faith in Gcd. It 
will pay on the great Judgment day. When all 
others fail, He will never forsake us. 

— North Georgetown, Ohio. 

The Test 

Fra Roeco, celebrated Dominican orator, preached a pow- 
erful sermon on penitence before a great gathering of 

Naming the evils of the human race he enthused — 

"All who are truly penitent, hold up your hands!'' 

The show of hands suggested every man had replied. 

Fra Roeco lifted his face to heaven, threw up his own 
hands and in rousing voice cried — 

"Holy Angels of God, with flaming swords around the 
throne, I summon you: I summon you to cut me off every 
hand not raised in utter sincerity!" 

He paused and said, as if aside: "I hear them, I hear 
them coming." 

Amid silence like the grave — every hand dropped. 





Young Men and Boys' 




1. Scripture Order 

2. Praise and Prayer 

3. Bible Study: 

Genesis 27:22-40 

WHEN THE PEOPLE in a home are good and love 
each other, they are very happy. The good Isaac 
and the beautiful Rebecca had twin boys named Esau and 
Jacob. Esau was Isaac's favorite, but Rebecca loved Jacob 
more. This resulted in a partiality which caused trouble. 
Ambition spoiled what otherwise would have been a hap- 
py home. 

When Esau and Jacob grew up they still acted like boys. 
Esau followed hunting for a livelihood and Jacob became 
a shepherd. One day Esau came home from the hunt with 
no game. He was extremely tired and hungry. Jacob was 
cooking a savory dish and tempted Esau to sell his birth- 
right for a bowl of chili soup. Esau, being the eldest, was 
entitled to the birthright, that is, to have twice as much 
from his parents as any other child, and also the head- 
ship of the tribe upon his father's death. 

The tricky Jacob took advantage of Esau's hunger to 
bargain for his birthright with something to eat. Esau 
agreed because he thought he was about to famish with 
hunger. The benefit of his birthright seemed so far away, 
but the soup would be a present possession. 

Many people, like Esau, can see only the immediate, 
but never the remote. A boy was given the price of en- 
trance to a circus. The barkers attracted him and he 
spent too much of his money with the side-shows. When 
he came to the main tent he did not have enough money 
to get in. He was sorry, but it was too late. And so it 
was with Esau. A day came when he wanted his birth- 
right, but could not have it though he sought it earnestly 
with tears. 

A teacher of a class of boys once stated that he who 
buys the truth makes a good bargain. He asked if any 
could remember of instances of bad bargains as recorded 
in Scripture. "I do," said one. "Esau made a bad bargain 
when he sold his birthright for a mess of pottage." An- 
other said, "Judas made a bad bargain when he sold his 
Lord for thirty pieces of silver." A third responded: 
"Jesus told us that for one to gain the whole world and 
to lose his own soul is to make a bad bargain." Then the 
teacher observed that other bad bargains boys make are 
to swap the Sunday school for the street, home for wicked 
companions, the Bible for books, and health for tobacco. 
Boys who make bad bargains always get the worst of it. 

One day Isaac in his old age sent Esau to hunt deer 
that he might enjoy a dish of venison. This done, he 

promised that Esau would receive his birthright blessing. 
Rebecca wanted Jacob to have this blessing so she taught 
Jacob how to deceive his aged and blind father. She urged 
the faltering Jacob to hastily prepare two kids for savory 
meat. She dressed Jacob in Esau's clothes and put the 
skins of the kids on his wrists and neck to make him 
hairy like Esau. Jacob sinned in order to get first place. 
He told his father falsehoods. Is it ever right to do evil 
that good may come ? If God meant for Jacob to have 
the blessing could He not have brought it about in the 
right way ? As it was, Jacob was driven from home with- 
out money or friends. 

Jacob made a very bad bargain. First he urged Esau 
to sell his birthright. Then he deceived his father to get 
it. Tell how the trick was turned into a lie. Why does 
one lie call for another? What are some things which 
boys cannot afford to do ? What are some of the best bar- 
gains in life. What mother in the New Testament had a 
wrong ambition for her two sons? 

4. Business 

5. Recreation 

Suggestion: Check the Brotherhood Goals for progress 
on them. Keep an accurate record of progress made from 
time to time. Do you have your Brotherhood membership 
cards for your bill-folds? 


Send all C. E. News Items 
To Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 

Rt. 1, Box 152, Conemaugh, Pa. 


The Christian Endeavor Society of the Williamstown 
Brethren Church is moving right along in the C. E. work. 
This group which was organized just a year ago is made 
up of all ages as we do not have enough for two so- 

In order to meet the C. E. Goals this year, the presi- 
dent has appointed persons responsible for particular 
goals. This proves a good practice for the responsibility 
does not fall on one person. 

One Sunday last fall we decided to change our meet- 
ing by having a picnic supper along with our program, 
at one of Ohio's pretty roadside parks. You, no doubt, 
have guessed what happened. Yes, it rained so we ate in 
one of the Sunday School rooms, without the roasting 
ears. We enjoyed it anyway and will try the outdoors 
again some time. 

As for some of the projects, the organization is paying 
for the church bulletins and at Christmas time a box of 
candy, fruit, and nuts was given to the Hancock County 
Children's Home at Findlay. 

Another thing the society has done and that is to start 
a choir for Sunday morning and evening worship services. 

We are planning many things for the future, including 
a special program for C. E. Week which we will tell about 
in our next quarterly report. 

Williamstown Brethren C. E. 

MARCH 6, 1948 


The National Sunday 
School Association 

Rev. N. V. Leatherman, General Secretary, 
104 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, Md. 

fire You (D 



Chester F. Zimmerman, National S. S. Association 
Missionary Education Director 

ON A JULY day in 1491 the dean of the church at 
Seville assembled the chapter in the Court of the 
Elms and said, "Let us build a church so great that those 
that come after us may think us mad to have attempted 
it." The result of that dream was the glorious cathedral 
at Seville. No great cathedral was ever reared except on 
the foundation of a great dream, and no great life was 
ever built except the foundation of a dream. Joseph 
dreamed greatly, and a great life was the result. 

The world needs doers, but it needs dreamers first and 
foremost. Almost anyone can successfully do the routine 
and the commonplace. Almost anyone can be a follower 
and complete whatever plans have been made by the 
dreamer. The real things of life have been always accom- 
plished by the man with a dream. He sees far beyond his 
nose — far beyond the ordinary things of life — far beyond 
the human limitations of time, talent and strength. 

Are you dreamin'? What about? It's useless to waste 
time on the things that have been done. It's wasteful to 
think about the things that are being done by others 
for this can only lead too often to envy. 

Are you dreamin' about the impossible? Then just re- 
member that with God all things are possible and that 
working with God then all things are possible for you. 
It has been proven over and over again that when a man 
dreams the impossible and lets God work through him 
the dreams will come true. Perhaps not the first time — 
for we learn by experience — but as surely as we put our 
trust in God the impossible will be accomplished. 

As a general rule our trouble is that our dreams are 
ordered up in the small sizes. Our faith is small — so our 
dreams are small. This is the real tragedy in our life. 
How about measuring your dreams? 

Some of us are dreaming about the day when there will 
be no dearth of missionary recruits. We are dreaming 
about the time when each church will be supporting mis- 
sionaries to the proportion of one missionary for each 
ten wage earning members of the local church. Impos- 
sible? Absolutely not! Is it being done? It is! How about 
enlarging your dream? 

Some of us are dreaming about the day when the 
church will be aroused to the insidious, devilish, faith- 
shattering work of the liquor traffic. An aroused church 
can and will fight to the death this terrible enemy of the 
home, school and country. If the church will not accept 
its responsibility in this matter then the church will slowly 

but surely be sapped of its vitality by a liquor drinking 

Some of us are dreaming about the day when the 
church will be filled with ministers and laity filled to 
overflowing with the presence of the Holy Spirit. Not un- 
til each and every member of the church has opened his 
heart to the Holy Spirit and let Hirn have His way in the 
life can God's will be fully done. Too big a dream V J. 
member and active member means every member empov. 
ered with the Holy Spirit. It's a big dream, but not an 
impossible one. Will you help us dream? 

Some of us are dreaming about the day when the whole 
strength of the church will be thrown into the whole pro- 
gram of the church. The first message sent by telegraph 
was "What hath God wrought?" The whole world would 
say "What hath God wrought?" when this dream cam<- 

The scoffer will say that dreams are worthless. The 
cynic will say that the dreamer is a waster of time. The 
narrow minded of the church will refuse to dream and 
will continue on in their same old rut. 

But still the dreamers go on and on and on. In one 
of the cathedrals of England there is a beautiful window 
through which the sunlight streams. It displays the facts 
and personalities of the Old and New Testament and the 
glorious truths and doctrines of the Christian revelation. 
This window was fabricated by the artist out of broken 
bits of glass which another artist had discarded. He 

— Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 

Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and 
some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; For 
the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, 
for the edifying of the body of Christ : . . . ' 

JN PAST YEARS this writer has sensed among some a 
seeming air of condescension toward others who may 
not be engaged in the same type of activity, secular or 
sacred. I have wondered often if such have ever read that 
illustration used by St. Paul in his first epistle to the 
Corinthians, where in chapter 12 he says (vs. 14) "For 
the body is not one member, but many." And then in 
verses 15 to 19 he makes the argument concerning the 
various members making light of each other, and then 
ends up in verse 20 with the conclusion: But now are they 
many members, yet but one body." Then in the closing 
verses of the chapter Paul makes the application to the 
relative importance of the various callings in the church, 
and ends up by calling attention in chapter 13, to the 
"more excellent way." 

It has .always appealed to this writer that we need to 
exercise care in our evaluation of the relative importance 
of what we are doing in comparison to the work of others. 
It is true that men are not all equally endowed with abil- 



ities. mental or spiritual. And we remember that the 
Master gave the parable setting forth this unequal dis- 
tribution of endowment, when in the Parable of the 
Talents. He set forth this fact in the explanation of 
the difference in these words, ''To each according to his 
several ability." But Jesus did not commend the five or 
two talented men because they were smarter than the 
one-talented man, nor yet condemn the latter because of 
his lesser ability, but the rewards were distributed ac- 
cording to faithfulness. 

And just here I should like to remark that the very 
construction of the story suggests that we are not going 
to be rated for rewards because we were listed here as 
belonging to any superior order, but only as it can be 
said of us that we have fulfilled our ministry, whether 
prophet, apostle or teacher. 

— Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 

business Manager's Corner 

(Continued from page '6) 

.Miscellaneous 5.00 

Carleton, Nebr., Church as follows: 

Miss Alice Baker 1.00 

Mi. and Mrs. M. K. Brinegar 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Lauren Lietsch 5.00 

Mrs. Harry Lioings 1.00 

K. A. Lichty 2.50 

Mrs. Ella Miller 2.00 

Mrs. Ivan Miller 1.00 

Rev. and Mrs. Oberholtzer 5.00 

Mrs. Anna Rachow and Alta 2.00 

Miscellaneous 4.21 

(More Reports to follow). See Press Fund Totals on 
page lfi. 

Interesting Items 

(Continued from Page 2) 

The Waterloo Laymen listened to Rabbi Sholem Epstein 
.in February 24. He spoke on the Palestine situation. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Brother iE. M. Riddle, Missionary 
and College Field Secretary, was a recent speaker at the 
Nappanee Church. Nappanee boasts fourteen students in 
attendance at the College this year. 

We note that Brother and Sister U. J. Shively were 
the donors of beautiful floor coverings for the new Nap- 
panee Church. 

St. James, Maryland. We are in receipt of the fine pro- 
gram booklet which the St. James Laymen have issued. 
They really have a fine program outlined. James Norris is 
the President and Donald Bowers is the Secretary. 

Brother Bates says, "We are indebted to Brother John 
G. Smith of Hagerstown for a complete set of new lights 
to be used in our church building. It was through the 
kindness of Brother Smith that the present lights were 
installed several years ago." 

Elkhart, Indiana. We note from Brother King's bulletin 
that Brother Wayne Swihart, pastor of the Burlington 

Church, and Chairman of the Indiana Sunday School 
Board, was a recent speaker in the Elkhart Church. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother D. C. White announces 
that by recent action of the church it was decided to re- 
decorate the church and that a special offering was re- 
ceived for that purpose on Sunday, February 8. 

The annual World's Day of Prayer services were held 
in the Milledgeville Church on Friday afternoon, February 

On Sunday, February 8, the new chimes of the Milledge- 
ville Church were dedicated at the morning hour. 

Brother White will hold his own evangelistic meeting, 
beginning March 14 and continuing for a period of two 
weeks. The Dutchtown brethren will join in these services 
and Rev. Klotz will be the song leader with Mr. Lowell 
Barnes directing the joint choir. 

Washington, D. C. Brother Fairbanks informs us that 
the Building Fund offering which was received on Sun- 
day, February 1, amounted to $1,008.00, and he adds this 
significant comment — "over the top." 

Lanark, Illinois. The Milledgeville Brethren Church con- 
gregation were the guests of the Lanark Church on Sun- 
day evening, February 15. 

A Youth Valentine Banquet was held in the Lanark 
Church on Sunday evening, February 14. A fine program 
was rendered. The W. M. S. was in charge of the ar- 

Brother McCartneysmith informs us that the Lanark 
Church has had thirty-two additions to the church during 
the past year. So add these to the number we have been 
reporting from time to time. 

Mansfield, Ohio. Brother H. E. Eppley has completed 
arrangements for a week of pre-Easter meetings in the 
Mansfield Church. The Editor will have the privilege of 
bringing the messages each evening, except Saturday dur- 
ing the week. He will also speak at both services on Palm 
Sunday and at the Easter morning hour. 

The Mansfield Church will observe Holy Communion on 
Easter Sunday evening. 

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"Appreciation is a necessary element in successful teach- 
ing. Let Mary know that you appreciate her efforts when 
she has studied her lesson faithfully. If Mary has a hard- 
working mother who has taken time to help her with the 
lesson, does gratitude rise up in your heart for your co- 
laborer, and do you hasten with willing feet and a glad 
heart to thank Mary's mother for her cooperation? How 
about appreciation in a teacher of an older class? Real 
appreciation is as sweet to the normal person as honey 
in the honeycomb. Do we ever stop to think of our Fath- 
er's appreciation of the slightest efforts we make for his 
sak:-? The pupil who studies, who thinks deeply, who digs 
up treasure from the mine of God's Word; yes, any pupil 
who is responsive to the teachers suggestions and desires 
should awaken warm, rich appreciation in the teacher- 
heart. Appreciate, and you shall be appreciated." 

Death hath nothing terrible in it, but what life hath 
made so. — Author unknown. 

MARCH 6, 1948 


Haft to Spat 

MILLER. John Wesley Miller, son of William and Lydia 
Miller, was born near Waterloo, Iowa, June 10, 1860 and 
departed this life December L3, 1947, at his home in 
Davenport, Nebraska, at the age of 87 years, 6 months 
and 3 days. 

He was one of fourteen children, three of whom are 
still living. He grew to manhood near the place of his 
birth and on September 28, 1882 he was married to Ce- 
celia iE. Nedrow, to which union were born seven children, 
three of whom preceded him in death. 

In early life he united with the Brethren Church in 
Waterloo, Iowa and throughout his long life was vitally 
interested in the cause of Christ. While homesteading in 
South Dakota he was superintendent of a Sunday school 
in the community where he lived. Moving to a farm near 
Carleton, Nebraska in 1891, he and his wife united with 
the Brethren Church in Carleton. They entered heartily 
into all the activities and interests of the church and con- 
tinued faithful throughout their lives. Brother Miller 
served the church in various offices and was the honored 
senior deacon at the time of his death. His wife, who 
preceded him in death in 1944, was a respected and faith- 
ful deaconess. As long as health and strength permitted, 
brother Miller was a faithful attendant of his church and 
always a generous supporter. At the request of the fam- 
ily, the funeral services were held in the Lutheran Church 
in Davenport, the village where he had lived and near 
the cemetery in which his body was buried, and the ser- 
mon was preached by Rev. Henry Dumler, the pastor of 
the Lutheran Church, with the writer assisting in the 

It was the writer's privilege to visit brother Miller in 
his home a few days before his death. His mind was keen 
and his memory good as he related many interesting ex- 
periences of the past. He showed particular interest in 
the affairs of the church and matters spiritual. 

H. M. Oberholtzer. 

WOLFE. Emma (Miller) Wolfe, widow of the late and 
well known and beloved J. Milo Wolfe, departed this life 
at the family home in Lathrop, California, on December 
26, 1947, at the age of eighty years. She was a native 
of the state of Indiana. She was a resident of this area 
for about fifty-three years. 

Until two weeks prior to her death she continued teach- 
ing her primary class in the Bible School of the Lathrop 
Brethren Church, of which church she was a life-long 
member and deaconess. 

If all the people who came under her teaching of the 
Word of God in the Bible School and her modest, yet con- 
sistent influence for Christ in other ways, could give their 
appreciation, a sizeable volume would be required to con- 
tain the things that could be written, instead of the few 
words of this obituary. To many she was affectionately 
known as "Mother Wolfe." The loving ministry of her 
loved ones, graciously given, terminated only when she 
breathed her last. 

Two sons survive, Wilbur- of Lathrop, and Harold of 
Stockton, also five grandchildren, and four great grand 
children; two sisters, Mrs. Etta Wilson of Santa Cl 
California, and Mrs. Roger (Mollie) Darling of San .1 
California; and one brother, Henry Miller of Lofl Gal 
California, remain of her family. 

We Brethren of Northern California as well as many 
who moved from this district, have lost a grand friend. 
Funeral services were held in Manteca, California, at 
Fry and Son's Funeral Bailors. Interment was made in 
Old East Union Cemetery. Many friends gathered to pa;, 
their last respects and to give sympathy to those bereft 
of their friend and neighbor. We unite our sympathies 
with the rest. Services by the writer. 

.1. Wesley Piatt. 

FETTERS. Charles Jefferson Fetters, a member of the 
Loree, Indiana, Brethren Church, passed away at the 
home of a daughter, Mis. Donald Black of Galveston, In- 
diana, on January 23, 11)48, at the age of eighty-nine 

Funeral services were held at the Thomas Funeral 
Home in Galveston, at 2:00 o'clock on January 2. r >th, with 
the writer in charge. Burial was made in the Rankin ("em 
etery near Loree. 

Mr. Fetters was a retired farmer and was well known 
and respected by all who knew him. It was an oft re- 
peated eulogy that he loved little children and little chil- 
dren loved him. Does a man need greater honor from this 
life ? 

Robert K. Higgins. 

BURNS. On February 2, the body of Cpl. Paul L. Burns, 
who was killed in action in Belgium on Christmas day. 
1944, arrived in Milledgeville, Illinois, under the usual 
military escort. Upon arrival the body was taken to the 
Milledgeville Brethren Church where private funeral ser- 
vices were held at 2:00 P. M., with the undersigned offi- 
ciating, assisted by Dr. W. S. Bell. The stores of Mil 
ledgeville were closed in honor of the deceased from 1 :30 
to 3:00 on that day. 

Cpl. Burns was born in Milledgeville on August 1, 1^22, 
the son of Paul and Alma Glenn Burns. He was gradu- 
ated from the Milledgeville High School in 1940, an out- 
standing student and athlete. He was serving with the 
famed 509th parachute infantry battalion at the time of 
his death. 

Besides his parents he is survived by his grandparents, 
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Glenn and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Burns 
of Milledgeville, besides many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Interment of the body was made in Bethel Cemetery 
at Milledgeville. 

D. C. White. 

MILLER. Word has come to our desk of the death of 
Rev. Elmer C. Miller, formerly of South Bend, but lately 
of Miami, Florida. Rev. Miller did considerable evange- 
listic work in the Brethren Church some years ago. His 
death occurred at Miami, Florida. 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topic* copyrighted by the lntc rnationil Society of Cbriitiin Endeavor. 
L's<J bv permission." 

ropk for March 14. 1948 

Scripture: Eph. :5:14-21; James 1:19-27 
For The Leader 

EVERY Christian should be interested in growing spir- 
itually. If ever in our experience we feel we have 
readied the peak of Christian growth, right there we begin 
bo rot If we are in that state of contentment that we de- 
sire no further spiritual growth, we too are beginning 
to decay. To remain a real Christian, we must continue 
to grow. Spiritual growth is a vital part of the develop- 
ment of a well rounded Christian personality. There is a 
big difference between stagnated Christian contentment, 
and a vital, refreshing and active Christian life. We, to- 
night, must take a look at the sad state of affairs result- 
ing from inactive Christian expression. We also must seek 
ways in which we can keep growing spiritually all the 
day! of our lives. 


ple who have not had enough to eat, or who have not had 
the proper kind of food. Note their starved, undernour- 
ished condition. We agree that had they had a little more 
food or the right kind, they would be healthy and strong. 
People even starve to death because they have not had 
enough to eat. Lack of food causes lack of growth. The 
world is deeply alarmed over the starvation facing mul- 
titudes of people. Would that we were just as much 
alarmed over the spiritual starvation facing the world's 

Perhaps it seems like a blind shot in the dark to insist 
that there is spiritual starvation in our churches today. 
Yet there is some grounds for the statement! Start a sur- 
\ey and see what percentage of your church members at- 
tend at least one service a month. Use your thinker and 
figure an estimate of the number of people in a church 
service who have their ears shut to the sermon, thus miss- 
ing the benefits of the pastor's message. Also, observe the 
number of people who limit their spiritual instruction to 
what their Sunday School teacher gives them. (This point 
becomes important when you consider that your church 
is paying a preacher good money to prepare sermons, and 
then they don't hear those sermons.) Did you ever think 
of it in that way '.' Your minister is specially trained in 
the art of preaching and study, so that he might supply 
sermons which will meet your spiritual needs. It's to your 
benefit to hear God's message through the minister's mes- 

UALLY? The services of our Church are designed with 
a specific purpose in mind. A lot of preparation, time, 
prayer and effort on the part of the Pastor and others 

has gone into that service. They say that one service can 
take as much strength and energy from a pastor as an- 
other man will expend in eight hours of labor. (Only hard 
working ministers can fully appreciate the truthfulness 
of that statement.) Worship helps us grow spiritually 
when we put ourselves fully into the service. If you read 
the Sunday School paper, write notes to one another, 
laugh, chatter during church or wish your parents wouldn't 
insist on you staying for Church, you surely aren't going 
to grow spiritually. In worship we hear the Bible read, we 
join in prayer, we sing, we give, and we listen. We go 
away rejoicing because we have had spiritual nourishment. 
'Hi us we gTOW. 

PRAYER AND MEDITATION? Done in the correct way, 
private worship is rich food for our souls. But we must 
take the time for it. A chapter of the Bible read while 
choking down a piece of toast with a cup of cocoa, listen- 
ing to the news broadcast or "good morning" programs 
on the radio, isn't going to help us grow spiritually. It 
takes time to grow spiritually, but it is time well spent. 
Take the time each day for a period of private devotion. 
Your life will be a transformed life. 

5. REACHING OUT. One of the best ways to grow 
spiritually is to reach out into the lives of others. James 
tells us to "be doers of the word, and not hearers only." 
All the spiritual knowledge in the world will avail us 
nothing if through it all we have not helped another soul 
lind a closer walk with Christ. A real test of spiritual 
growth is seeing those in need, and giving to them the 
necessary help in the name of Christ. For instance, your 
Church service will mean a lot more to you if you stop 
and bring a neighbor along with you. Christian witnessing 
in times of opposition will cause you to grow spiritually 
in a wonderful way. Standing for the right when others 
are giving themselves over to wrong, will make of you a 
stronger Christian. By the help of Christ you can grow 
to be a truly strong Christian, being a credit to your God 
and your Church. 


1. What is the first condition of spiritual growth? (John 

2. How is true worship accomplished? That is, in what 
way must we worship? (John 4:24.) 

3. Name some other ways in which we can worship God 
Eph. 5:19, 20.) 

4. Cite some instances of your own personal life in 
which you feel helped you to grow spiritually. 

5. What is the advantage of a "deep spiritual life?" 

6. What are some of the fruits of the spiritual life ? 
(Gal. 5:22-24; Eph. 5:9.) 


John D. Rockefeller is said to have once made the fol- 
lowing statement concerning the habit of tithing: "I never 
would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I 
ever 1 made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was 
$1.50 a week." — Watchman Examiner. 

"Am I not destroying my enemies," Lincoln gently re- 
plied, "when I make them my friends?" — The Spray. 

MARCH 6, 1948 

1'ACK THIR1 ' 

Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev C. V. Gilmer 


"The worst of all diseases 

Is light compared with sin; 
On every part it seizes, 

But rages most within. 
'Tis palsy, plague, and fever, 

And madness all combined; 
And none but a believer 

The least relief can find. 

"From men great skill professing 

I thought a cure to gain, 
But this proved more distressing, 

And added to my pain. 
Some said that nothing ailed me, 

Some gave me up for lost; 
Thus every refuge failed me, 

And all my hopes were crossed. 

"At length the Great Physician — 

How matchless is His grace, 
Accepted my petition, 

And undertook my case. 
First gave me sight to view Him — 

For sin my eyes had sealed, 
Then bid me look unto Him; 

I looked and I was healed!" 

— Taken from Log of the Good Ship Grace. 

Scripture: John 3:14-21 
Hymns of Salvation 
Leader's Petition 
Seed Thought Provokers: 

EVERYONE is born in sin (Psa. 51:5). Sin is in a baby's 
nature from birth displaying temper, disobedience 
and selfishness (Psa. 58:3). Unsaved people are dead in 
sin (Eph. 2:1). They are spiritually dead while physically 
alive. When the Spirit of God is absent from a human 
soul, it is dead (Luke 15:32). Until we believingly act 
upon God's Word, we are dead (John 5:24). Until we trust 
Christ's crucified body and shed blood for the remission 
of sin, we are dead (John 6:53). Until the sinner is 
awakened from his lost condition and comes to Christ for 
forgiveness and salvation, he is dead (Eph. 5:14). As 
long as one lives only for worldly pleasure, he is dead 
(1 Tim. 5:6). Until one is converted, he is dead (James 
5:20). If one does not love real Christians, he is in a state 
of death (1 John 3:14). Many church members have "a 
name to live," but are dead (Rev. 3:1). 

Before conversion one is without God (Eph. 2:12). His 
unforgiven sins force God to take sides against him (John 
3:36; Rom. 1:18; Rom. 2:5). All are commanded to re- 

pent (Acts 17:30). God is a terror to the unsaved (2 Cor. 
5:11). He is fearful for the unsaved to meet (Heb. 10: 
31). God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:28, 29). If God be 
against those who will not reprint, who ran be for them 
in the day that He will judge them? 

The unsaved are condemned already CJohn 3:18). The 
lost are already under condemnation, awaiting the ' ■-'■' i 
tion of their just sentence (Rev. 20:15). The impel ten! 
are facing physical death alone, and Hell (Luke 6:22, 23). 
Those who repent do not fear death (Psa. 23:4; 2 Car. 
5:8). To die unsaved is to face the judgment. (Heb. 9:27; 
Rev. 20:12; Luke 12:2, 3). Those born again have had 
their sins judged in the body of Christ, on the cross and 
shall not come into judgment (John 5:24; Rom. 8:1; 1 
John ,1:9). Those who die in their sins will meet every- 
one of them in the judgment (John 8:24). 

The unsaved will be resurrected and brought into judg 
ment and then spend eternity in a lake of fire (Rev. 15: 
20; 21:8; Matt. 3:12; 25:46; Mark 3:29). Luke 16:19-31 
tells of torments in flames that are never relieved, where 
cries for mercy and prayers for loved ones are never 

"What must 1 do to be saved?" 1. Seek the Lord (Isa. 
55:6; Acts 17:27). 2. Call on the name of the Lord (Acts 
2:21). 3. Repent (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38). 4. Have faith 
in Christ and the Gospel (Mark 1:15; 16:16). 5. Confess 
sin and confess Christ (Acts 26:20; Matt. 10:32-33). 6. 
Obey Him (Heb. 5:9; Acts 5:32). 

When saved, grow in grace by daily prayer and Bible 
reading. Attend divine worship regularly and be a winnei 
of souls. Follow 1 John 2:28. 

On The Sunday School Lesson 

by The Editor 

Lesson for March 14. 1948 

(Temperance Lesson) 

Lesson: Ephesians 5:6-21 

OUR LESSON for today is labeled a Temperance Les- 
son. At first glance it would seem that one might 
have a difficult time applying it to a temperance thought. 
Probably this is because we have so generally thought 
of temperance as being applied solely to the drinking of 
intoxicating beverages. But temperance has a deeper 
meaning than that. Let us see if we can find it! 

In all probability we have never thought of disobedi- 
ence as entering into this category. But we find Paul say- 
ing in verse 7, "Be ye not partakers with them" (children 
of disobedience). The fact is that disobedience to the laws 
which God has laid down sends us on the first steps to 
intemperance in any avenue of life, whether it be drink- 
ing, eating, or what not. 

Now to verse 11 — "And have no fellowship with the 
unfruitful works of darkness." Most intemperance in its 
activity begins with the fellowshipping with those who 



walk in darkness. When the Light of Christ shines in, it 
oasts such a shadow that no one, who counts himself any- 
thing at all, is willing to stand in it to he the medium 
by which the shadow is cast. 

In verse IS we find the reference to what we feel is 
the thought that will come to most minds when we talk 
about temperance — "And be not drunk with wine, where- 
in is excess." The accent should be placed on that word 
"excess/ 1 for that is what the drinking of wine invariably 
leads to. 

We have, therefore, these three ideas: disobedience to 
God's laws: the fellowshipping with the evil doers of 
darkness; and the drinking to excess that furnishes the 
downward pull that makes the lives of men and women, 
hoys and pirls. most miserable. 

On the other hand we, as Christians, ought to "prove 
what is acceptable unto the Lord" (verse 10); "awake 
from our sleeping condition" (verse 14); "walk circum- 
spectly'* — that is, to be looking all around us as we walk 
in order that we may be able to see the dangers that 
surround us. and thus be in a position to combat these 
things — (verse 15); "redeem the time" — or as another 
translation has it, to "buy up every opportunity" — (verse 
16); "sing unto the Lord" — spiritual songs instead of the 
ribald songs of drunkenness — (verse 18); give thanks unto 
Cod for all things"— especially that He has kept us from 
yielding to the temptations that come to us — (verse 20); 
and. "submit ourselves one to another in the fear of God" 
— counting our influence as a thing not to he despised — 
( verse 21). 

One of the most important things to remember is that 
wo must be very careful as to the kind of company we 
keep, for the old adage, "Birds of a feather flock together" 
is all too true, with humans as well as birds. 

Travel Flashes 

Dr. Charles A. Rame 

To The Sick 

F *XOUBTLESS one of the severest tests of modern 
Christianity is its failure to do the will of God to- 
ward the sick. Our greatest failure with the modern set- 
up is neglect to "visit the sick, the fatherless and the 
widows." James 1 :27. Tt is glaring disobedience and un- 
forgivable failure. The "sick and the afflicted; the poor 
and the needy; the distressed and the oppressed" were 
seldom forgotten in the prayers of the ancestral fathers 
of the church, hut their fulfillment of "visitation" was not 
so apparent. Their prayers were often repetitious as rotely 
as that of the parrot; so much so that the prayers of 
a certain talented (in rhetoric) preacher became the sub- 
ject of jest as they were rehearsed by boys on the street, 
in derision. Many of them were "set" prayers, made so 
by lack of vocabulary and also of really learning by the 
school of experience the unused power of prayer. 

But any kind of prayers are so much better than no 
prayers that I would be the last one to criticize any kind 
of prayers. I once heard a newly converted schoolboy 
pray, "Let the Holy Spirit splash all around and over 

us"; but God knew, since He interprets even a "groan." 
I guess He has much to do for all. 

So do we, perhaps. 1 am sure that we lack much in 
preaching, teaching and even in practicing the healing we 
should realize and experience which would make us at once 
a church known for power in prayer; and thus a witness 
to the world and uninfonned churchmen that the "effec- 
tual prayer of a righteous man availeth much in its work- 
ing." James 5:16. How did James know all this before 
the days of our knowledge of "the workings of the mind?" 
There is a sufficient answer — "Holy men of old spake as 
they were moved by the Holy Spirit." James was one of 
them. And that is why so little advancement in healing 
by doctors and others is made. 

Anointing and Praying 

Yesterday 1 drove forty-five miles to anoint a suffer 
ing brother. He is not too old to yet give years of service 
if it is the Lord's will for him to get well. He is so sure 
of a "better land" that he is not crying for recovery; but 
he at least, seeks surcease from suffering. But if it be 
the will of God that he recover, we shall add another to 
our assurances of answered prayer. In one way it was 
unusual. Having no resident pastor there, we sought and 
secured the assistance of a Church of the Brethren pastor 
who gladly came and gave assurance of our oneness in 
belief and practice. We came away with the blessings of 
both the pastor and of the Lord for mercies apart from 
the healing we sought. We tried to do His will and "he 
that willeth to do His will shall know of the doctrine." 
John 7:17. 

Pray Without Ceasing 

"Pray without ceasing" is the admonition of one of the 
greatest of the Apostles. I Thess. 5:16. In the classic on 
praying for the sick, James says, "Is any sick among you, 
let him pray. Is any afflicted, let them call for the elders 
of the church and let them pray over him." Much prayer, 
but moreover, "anointing them with oil in the name of 
the Lord" is yet commanded. James 5. Wonderful prom- 
ises if we do. Read them. Practice them. Did you ever 
pray with or for a sick person? You are happy if you 

James, the Psychologist 

Many years ahead of modern psychiatry and psychol- 
ogy, James knew all about it and directed the whole pro- 
cess of healing. Preceding all the admonition of praying 
and anointing with oil he gave the entire psychological 
background without which, T hope, I shall never again 
anoint another believer. James 5:7-12. Mary G. Baker 
Eddy must have based her entire philosophy of healing 
on the fifth chapter of James. Note the admonitions: 
"grudge not"; "be patient"; "swear not." All that means 
calmness, surrender, the commitment of all to God. The 
virtue of healing need not be condemned by whomsoever 
it is achieved. Mrs. lEddy had something; but not all: She 
omits the tangible "oil." 

(To be continued) 

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence; and to 
speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than 
to speak in good words, or in good order. — Bason. 

MARCH 6, 194R 


Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 

[t*8 good to have money and the things money ran buy, 
but, it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make 
sure you haven't lost the things morn canM buy. '•< 

H. Lori'mer. 

AS YOU READ this, somewhere on the high seas be- 
tween New York and the Argentine is Nellie Eller 
Commisso, Ashland College co-ed and member of the Mil- 
ledgeville Brethren Church. Mrs. Commisso will reside 
with the Romanenghi family during her stay in iSouth 

The opportunity to visit South America came when Mr. 
Romanenghi wrote to Ashland College several years ago 
and suggested an exchange of students between Ashland 
and the University of Cordoba. After all the preliminary 
arrangements had been made, Miss Rita Guzman arrived 
on the Ashland Campus. She is now assisting in the Span- 
ish Department. 

Mrs. Commisso came to Ashland College from Milledge- 
ville in 1945 and has completed five semesters of work. 
She will return to the campus in October and will start 
back into college work in English after being in classes 
taught in Spanish for about seven months. She will study 
primarily in the Humanities while at Cordoba. She will 
also instruct in conversational English. 

The exchange student came to Ashland as Nellie Eller 
and in September was married to Joe James Commisso, 
college sophomore and captain-elect of the football team 
for 1948. He accompanied her to South America where 
he will remain until August when he will return for the 
football season. He will study physical education methods 
and health conditions around Cordoba. 

The faculty of Ashland College and a number of friends 
in the Brethren Church have made it possible for Mrs. 
Commisso to make this trip by their financial help. 

Doubtless the young people Avill be reported frequently 
in the Evangelist. 



ews from 




On January 29, sixty-seven members and friends of the 
Mexico Brethren Church enjoyed a Fellowship Supper and 
Birthday Month Program in the Church basement. 

The Southern District Brethren Youth held their Quar- 
terly Meeting in the Mexico Church on Monday evening, 
January 26. The Mexico young people won the banner for 
attendance, on a percentage basis. Mrs. E. R. Carrithers 
of Peru, Indiana, gave a fine travel talk on their trip to 

The Mexico Brethren Church is in the process of com- 
pletely redecorating the building interior, with the pastor, 
janitor and the men of the church doing the greater part 
of the labor. We hope to finish the main auditorium by 
the Easter Season. 

Robeii K. Higgins. pastor. 


Have been asked by one of our faithful "guards," why 
no report from Warsaw had appeared in the Evangelist 
lately, and so must say it is not because there is nothing 
to report, but that somehow, much that is being attempted 
is difficult to put into a readable report. 

Rev. W. B. Brant, wife and daughter, Mary Ann came 
to the field in October. Rev. Brant held the Center Chapel 
revival which has been reported and began his get ac- 
quainted efforts immediately. Homecoming and Rally Day 
were observed this month. The Choir has been reoi-gan- 
ized and thus appropriate musical numbers helped in 
Thanksgiving services and during the Christmas season 
a Children's Christmas program was given on Sunday 
morning, complete with Santa serving the children and 
a very delightful and instructive adult program was given 
in the evening. 

The Sunday morning worship services have been hav- 
ing fair attendance and the majority of those coming for 
church, remain for Sunday School. With the pastor lead- 
ing, a lot of "visiting" is being done, an approach which 
was used and commended by Jesus. 

A watch meeting New Years Eve and a family fellow- 
ship party are two of the events, shared by old and young, 
which were successful in bridging all age gaps and unit- 
ing fun and fellowship with spiritual uplift. One Sunday 
Rev. Brant gave us a surprise by exchanging pulpits with 
Rev. Bert Hodge of the North Manchester Church. Such 



exchanges might bring our Brethren churches into a closer 

The Youth Fellowship, though few in number, meet 
regularly and ■ Brotherhood has been organized. Much 
planning is being done to arouse and hold the interest of 
the younger groups. The Senior and Junior Sisterhoods 
are working toward their goals; the Laymen are active, 
and the W. M. S., as per usual, are going strong. 

It would be like getting up from the dinner table and 
leaving ■ very delicious dessert, if this report were closed 
without telling about the Thursday night, prayer, praise 
and Bible study. Under the leadership of the pastor, the 
Hook of James has been read, reviewed and those who 
were a part of the study group, could not help but feel 
the stronger urge for Christian living taught by James. 
Right now we are deep in the faith as taught by Paul, 
in the Book of Romans. 

Plans for Bible Institute, pre-Easter services, revival 
and other activities are started and a matter of prayer, 
and will be carried forward unless they are halted by the 
ban which it has been necessary to place on assemblages 
in this area. A death caused by the dread disease black 
smallpox has caused all meetings to be called off and it 
is to be hoped the prayers of the Christian people of the 
vicinity will be lifted up in their homes. Much more might 
be added, but this will give to those interested, a glimpse 
of the leading of the Word at Warsaw. 

Jennie Bennett, Church Correspondent. 


Having been at Louisville, as pastor, almost sixteen 
months, perhaps it is nearly time for a general report 
of the work here. It has been pleasant, and the people 
friendly and responsive. But of course, we are only too 
aware of the fact that much more needs to be accom- 

During the period of time we have added 18 members 
and have three others waiting for admission, now, into 
the fellowship of the Church. In the same period we have 
had a number of people leave us, too, by death or by 

One of the chief reasons why our work here has been 
so pleasant is due to the cooperative attitude on the part 
of the various organizations of the church. We have two 
active Women's Missionary Societies, two Sisterhood Or- 
ganizations, a Laymens' Organization second to none in 
the district, and a newly organized Boys' Brotherhood. In 
addition, our Junior Christian Endeavor and our Young 
People's Organizations fill very important places among 
our younger people. From our Youth Group came six or 
seven "Crusaders" who helped in Vacation Bible Schools, 
and various other activities in at least four states last 
summer. And because of their enthusiasm, we expect an 
even larger number to enter this work in the coming year. 

With the formation of the Louisville Ministerium, we 
have had several cooperative community programs. Among 
these have been Good Friday and Thanksgiving services, 
as well as a Community Daily Vacation School which last 
year had an enrollment of more than 225. Through this 
organization, also, a township religious survey was con- 
ducted in June. We hope, for another project, to bring 

the liquor question out into the open for a vote in the 
next election, as well. 

During the last year we had the privilege of being 
hosts to the District Laymen at a Ham Banquet, and to 
the District Youth Rally. Again we are to have both of 
these groups with us — the Young People within the next 
several weeks. The theme of the Rally this time will be 
"Missions," and we are hoping to have Rev. Sidney Correll 
of Dayton, the Editor of the Missionary Digest, as our 
speaker. We have also booked the Missionary Film, "Be- 
yond Our Own," for the occasion. 

We have made a number of improvements during this 
period. At Christmas, 1946, we installed a Schulmerich 
Electric Tower Music System, and then in June of last 
year, in order to make our music more complete, we in- 
stalled a set of Maas Cathedral Chimes. These additions 
have been enjoyed not only by our own people, but by 
the entire community, for they can be heard throughout 
the town. 

Another addition to the church which has been very 
much appreciated is the painting presented by the Brat- 
ten Family as a memorial to Jacob Bratten. This paint- 
ing is a copy of Hofmann's "Christ in Gethsemane." It 
was painted by Chester Bratten, an artist well known in 
art circles throughout the country. Needless to say, it has 
been a source of inspiration to all who have seen it, and 
it adds greatly, and constantly, to a worshipful attitude 
in our sanctuary. 

One other improvement to which we all look forward is 
the installation of a reconversion gas burner for heating 
our church. Due to the ban placed upon new installations 
by the East Ohio Gas Company, we have not yet been 
able to make this change, but as soon as conditions per- 
mit it, the new burner is to be added. 

The pastor held a two-weeks revival in late October 
and early November. This, too, was a cooperative effort 
in the respect that two of the other churches of town 
held meetings simultaneously, with their pastors doing 
the preaching. While only two made confessions as a di- 
rect result of these meetings in our own church, the re- 
sponse on the part of the people was excellent. In spite 
of the other services, our average attendance was just 
under 100 for each of the 16 services. And since we feel 
that this series has been only a beginning of bigger 
things, we have scheduled another two-weeks' series to 
begin June 20. The evangelist for this series is a brother 
of the pastor, Rev. S. E. Byler of Okalona, Mississippi. 

In closing, we offer any of you an earnest invitation to 
join with us in worship if ever you happen to be in our 
area on a Lord's Day. Our prayers continue to ascend for 
the work of the brotherhood, and we trust that we may 
be remembered by many as well, that we remain faithful 
and ever alert to our opportunities and privileges as 

John T. Byler, Pastor. 

The New Press Fund 

GOAL— Not less than $15,000.00 

Cash and pledges $9,701.06 

Yet to be raised, not less than $5,298.94 

\\ere is an Inner View of Another of 
Our vine Kural Ghurches 


This is of the Glenford, Ohio, Brethren Church 
of which Brother Glenn Shank is Pastor 

Vol. LXX, No. 11 March 13, 1948 *«>° a*-«oe a^4>R 



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Louisville, Ohio. A note from Brother John Byler, pastor 
of the Louisville Church, tells of his return to his charge 
after having spent a short time in our Lost Creek Ken- 
tucky, field in a Bible conference. Brother Byler spoke 
four times while there. He reports a fine conference. 

We note from the Louisville bulletin that there has 
been a fine increase in their Mid-week prayer service at- 
tendance. Such increase is always bound to result in in- 
creased spiritual activity. 

Carleton, Nebraska. We learn that Brother Cecil H. 
Johnson, pastor of the Falls City, Nebraska, Brethren 
Church recently held a ten-day meeting at the Carleton, 
Nebraska, Church. 

Falls City, Nebraska. Brother Cecil Johnson, pastor of 
the Falls City, Nebraska, Church informs us that he is 
holding a week of pre-Easter services in his church. 

Smithville, Ohio. The Smithville Church begins a two 
week period of evangelism on Sunday, March 14 and clos- 
ing on Sunday, March 28. Brother Vernon D. Grisso, the 
pastor, will be his own evangelist, but has secured the ser- 
vices of Rev. Miles Strine, a student at Ashland College, 
and pastor of the Red Haw, Ohio, iE. U. B. Church, as 
song director. 

We note that "A Night of Fellowship" was held in the 
Smithville Church on Wednesday evening, February 25. 
Brother Charles Munson, National Youth Director, elect, 
was the guest speaker of the evening. 

From Mexico, Indiana to California. The editor received 
a card from Brother C. C. Grisso of Mexico, in which he 
states that "Mrs. Grisso and myself are leaving for Cali- 
fornia tomorrow, (February 29) for six weeks of evan- 
gelism and a four-day Conference with the Northern Cali- 
fornia District, and with Brethren Piatt and Ingraham. 
We ask the prayers of our great Evangelist family in 
this effort. Will report our labors as we advance." Let us 
remember Brother Grisso in this work. 

St. James, Maryland. Word from Brother Henry Bates, 
pastor at St. James, says that the work is progressing 
nicely on the repair of their church following the fire 
which they recently experienced, and that they hope soon 
to be back on regular schedule of all services in the church. 

A week of special pre-Easter evangelistic services is 
planned in the St. James Church with Brother Bates be- 
ing his own evangelist. 

Mexico, Indiana. Brother Robert Higgins, pastor of the 
Mexico Church, reports that the pews and woodwork of 
the church has taken on a "New Look" because the con- 
gregation got together and made it so by many hands 
making the work light. 

Happy Birthday. We just learned that our old friend, 
Dr. I. D. Bowman, who now resides at Howe, Indiana, 
had a birthday on March 7, at which time he celebrated 
his eighty-sixth year. We add our congratulations. 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We note that Brother Harold 
Garland was the guest speaker at the Pittsburgh church 
on Sunday evening, March 7. Brother Garland is the pas- 
tor of the Valley and Mt. Pleasant Brethren Churches. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Brother J. M. Bowman announces 
that some more fine gifts have been given for the new 
church at Nappanee : Large stained glass window — donated 
by Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Stuckman — $1,000.00; Communion 
Service — donated by the Deacons and Deaconesses — $80.00; 
Hymnals — 250 — donated by Mr. and Mrs. Cal Lehman and 
Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Farmwald. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother D. C. White announces 
that the Milledgeville Church is host to the Central Dis- 
trict "Spring Camp" from Friday evening, March 12 un- 
til noon on Sunday, March 14. 

Another Chan,ge in Pastorates. We learn from Brother 
Ankrum's Masontown bulletin that Brother Dyoll Belote, 
who has been pastor of the Highland-Uniontown, Penn- 
sylvania, circuit for the past seven years has accepted a 
call to the Linwood, Maryland, charge, same to be effec- 
tive April 1st. Brother Ankrum was a former pastor of 
the Linwood church. 

Masontown, Pennsylvania. We note that Rev. W. C. 

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The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 


WE HAVE all heard that facetious definition of an 
Expert as "a common ordinary man a spurt away 
from home." But a definition of the word from the dic- 
tionary gives us a clear statement of its meaning. Here 
is what the dictionary says, "Expert — one who has spe- 
cial skill or experience in some branch of knowledge; a 

Of course the thought of "expert" coming up at this 
particular time had to come from some source, and that 
source came with watching, from time to time, the man 
who came to the Publishing House to supervise the erec- 
tion of our New Press. It came in hundreds of pieces 
which were unpacked and laid out all over the place. 
We wondered how they would ever get these pieces in 
their proper places. But under the eye and hand of this 
"expert" erector, the press gradually took form and now, 
as I sit at my desk, I can hear the click of impression 
after impression as the first form rolls from the press 
at the rate of nearly 2,000 per hour of continuous produc- 
tion, as it is set now. Every disquieting, strange noise is 
immediately checked by this "expert." And he "knows" 
and through his "special skill and experience" he is able 
to make the proper adjustments. Now as I looked and 
marveled at this "expert" 

It set me to thinking! 

What is there to hinder every Christian from being 
an "expert" in his Christian life — to be skilled in the 
Woi-d of God, with ability to think and act decisively in 
critical times, because of his knowledge of that Word? 
Why should not the experience of Christian living be a 
form or pattern whereby we are able to solve problems 
which have to do with spiritual questions ? Why should 
not the real Christian "be ready always to give an an- 
swer to every man that asketh a reason of the hope that 
is in you with meekness and fear . . . that they may be 
ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation 
(manner of living) in Christ?" (I Peter 3:15-16). John 
was constantly saying, "I know." Luke says he "had per- 
fect understanding of all things from the very first," 
and that he wrote to Theophilus that he "might know 
the certainty of those things wherein he was instructed." 

Each Christian has an opportunity to become an "ex- 
pert" in his own field, in some particular branch of ser- 
vice for God. He may not know it all, but he can know 
enough to be skilled in some definite phase of the work 
— whether it be speaking it, interpreting it, singing it, 
or just living it. 

Think it over! 

"Mama," said a bright little girl who had been savagely 
censured by her mother for a show of ill-temper, "why 
do you call it 'cross' when it's me, and 'nervous' when 
it's you?" How about this, mothers? 

Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 

Bible Class Quarterly First Run on the New Press 

WE ARE ALL delighted with the new press that i:-: 
installed and running. The Adult Bible Class Quar- 
terly was the first form on, and from now on it will be 
steady operation. Thank you all, again we .say, for helping 
to make it possible. And let us all thank our Heavenly 
Father for bringing to pass so soon the object of our 
prayers. May the Spirit of God cause us to work to- 
gether perseveringly until the whole project has been 
completed and all equipment paid for. 

More Rags Needed 

Our supply of rags is getting low, and we are going to 
need more, now that the new press is in operation. The 
ladies have been very good to us thus far. We have had 
to buy no rags. That means a big saving. Individuals, 
Ladies Sunday school classes or Missionary or Sisterhood 
Societies are invited to send in their accumulation of 
rags. No woolen goods nor ladies hose will do. Any cot- 
ton goods that will do for dish cloths will serve our pur- 
pose. Thanks. 

Send Delayed Offerings as Soon as Possible 

Some churches and individuals have not yet sent in their 
Publication Day Offerings. Sometimes local circumstances 
prevent taking offerings on the proper date, but we will 
appreciate receiving them as soon as possible. Let's have 
an offering from every church, and we want every church 
to have a record that it can be proud of before the Lord. 

Evangelist Subscriptions 

Keep new subscriptions coming and keep the old ones 
renewed. We have been compelled to take off some sub- 
scribers that are behind in payment because of postal 
regulations. If we have made any mistake, please notify 
us and correction will be made. Further report of 100' r 
churches will be made soon. Let others push for the goal. 

Publication Day Offering Reports 

Mrs. Henry Grove, Burr Oak, Mich S 3.50 

Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Bowser, Kittanning, Pa. . . 5.00 

F. S. Beeghley, Ventura, Calif 25.00 

Church Offering, Akron, Ohio (Additional) 25.00 

Brush Valley Church, Penna 14.50 

Canton, Ohio, Church Offering 46.50 

Cerro Gordo, 111. — as follows: 

Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Hess 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Chas Snoke & Family 2.00 

Mrs. Amanda Vulgarrett .50 

Mrs. Lenora Snoke 1.00 

Conemaugh, Pa., as follows: 

Mrs. Annie Rorabaugh 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. John Leidy 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Wertz 15.00 

Mrs. Julia Wertz 3.00 

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The Voice of Our Leaders - Past and Present 

{From the Brethren. Evangelist — May 28, 1902) 



*76e Sucfantet 

By B. C. Moomaiv 

THAT THE Eucharist is in part, or wholly 
symbolical is held by all Protestant denomi- 
nations. The Roman Catholic church and also the 
Greek church hold the doctrine of Transubstan- 
tiation, or the miraculous change of the bread 
and wine into the real body and real blood of 
Christ, rejecting all figurative or symbolic inter- 
pretation of the ordinance. As this view was man- 
ifestly contrary to the Lord's own words, (John 
6:52-63) and to every reasonable principle of ex- 
egesis, and as it had been for ages the open door 
of admittance for the grossest abuses, and the 
worst spiritual tyranny, the Reformers of course, 
rejected it and turned directly to the Scriptures 
for a more rational interpretation of the doctrine. 
It was not to be expected, however, that the 
first effort should result in complete emancipa- 
tion from ages of terror, hence we find traces of 
the old heresy, a sort of sublimated transubstan- 
tiation in the first dissenting, or Lutheran creed. 
In the language of that confession, the bread and 
wine do not become in themselves the real cor- 
poreal body and blood of Christ, but "that body 
and blood are received in, with and under the 
bread and wine of the sacrament." Or, as a the- 
ologian of that school, (Von Burger) explains, 
since our Lord said, "Take, eat, drink, this is my 
body, my blood," his body and blood are really 
and truly present, and are distributed and re- 
ceived. This reception is by the mouth, but at the 
same time spiritually, because the body and blood 
of Christ is a spiritual heavenly food, which is 
not assimulated by the body as earthly food would 

While this was a great improvement upon the 
Roman Catholic view, it was not destined to be- 
come the accepted and final deliverance of the 
Reformation on that subject. That dignity was 
reserved for the Helvetic Confession, which, with 
slight modifications, represents the position, the 
final settlement of faith, of the great Protestant 
body. The article in the first Helvetic Confession 

reads as follows: "The bread and wine of the 
Supper are holy, truly symbolism through which 
the Lord offers and presents the true communion 
of the body and blood of Christ for the feeding 
and nourishing of the spiritual and eternal life." 

The statement of the doctrine of the Eucharist 
in the Westminster Confession of faith, one hun- 
dred and eleven years after, reads as follows: 
"The Lord's Supper is to be observed for the per- 
petual remembrance of the sacrifice of himself in 
his death, and the sealing of all benefits thereof 
with true believers, their spiritual growth in him, 
their further engagement in, and to all duties 
which they owe to him: and to be a bond and 
pledge of their communion with him and with 
each other, as members of his mystical body. 
Worthy believers do inwardly by faith, really and 
indeed, yet not carnally and corporally, but spir- 
itually receive and feed upon Christ crucified, and 
all the benefits of his death. 

In the Shorter Catechism of that confession we 
have the following: "What is the Lord's Supper? 
A Sacrament wherein by the giving and receiv- 
ing of bread and wine, according to Christ's ap- 
pointment, his death is shown forth, and the wor- 
thy receivers are, not after a corporeal and car- 
nal banner, but by faith, made partakers of his 
body and blood, with all its benefits, to their spir- 
itual nourishment and growth in grace." 

The Society of Friends discard the outward 
symbols, and teach "the communion of the body 
and blood of Christ is inward and spiritual, which 
is the participation of his flesh and blood, by 
which the inward man is daily nourished in the 
hearts of those in whom Christ dwells." 

In our view there is, in the Eucharist, perhaps 
less of mystery, less of the supernatural than in 
any of these confessions ; except so far as the com- 
munication of the new life to the soul, and the 
nourishing of that new life by proper spiritual 
food, may be considered mysterious and supernat- 
ural. The Communion is first a memorial of the 

MARCH 13, 1848 


death of our Lord, (I Cor. 11:23, 25) and a sign 
of the atonement for sin, wrought out in and by 
His death. That atonement is the foundation of 
the whole plan of salvation, and any divinely ap- 
pointed means by which our faith is made to take 
hold upon it, or by which we are reminded, re- 
freshed, quickened and strengthened in our hold 
upon this Christ of the Atonement, this Christ of 
the broken body and shed blood, results in a di- 
rect and sensible increase of spiritual life. The 
Holy Spirit by means of this quickened faith, spe- 
cially directed by the symbols of the Eucharist to 
Christ, in the supreme moment when he actually 
wrought out our salvation on the cross, imparts 
to us a fresh vigor of the new life, as the body 

feels refreshed and invigorated after partaking of 
nourishing food. 

In this is the manifest use of the Eucharist, the 
form of which is so devised as to present to us 
a perpetual object lesson, a vivid mental picture, 
of the body which was broken, and the blood 
which was shed for us; and our partaking of the 
consecrated bread and wine symbolizes that spir- 
itual feeding, by faith, upon Christ, as it were 
upon His flesh and blocd, which is so necessary 
to the new life, and by which His divine, immor- 
.tal, eternal life is continually imparted unto us, 
and we thereby become "members of his body, of 
his flesh, and of his bones." 

The Basic Problem of Ashland College 

Rev. George T. Ronk 

HTHE BASIC problem of Ashland College is the 
* maintenance of a large enough student body 
each year to carry the finances above the "break- 
even" point. This is clearly shown by a careful 
study of the problem as it has recurred for the 
last forty years. There is a minimum break-even 
point, because a college must carry certain basic 
classes and equipment and services regardless of 
the attendance, or it cannot get any students at 
all. It costs very little more to teach classes of 
thirty than classes of 5 or 10. 

For twenty years before World War II, the col- 
lege ran just a fraction below the critical point, 
so a small deficit was gradually accumulated. 
When the war broke, and the boys were taken, the 
attendance fell heavily, so that the deficit rose 
sharply, in spite of the Reserve for Contingencies 
which the Church supported rather well. With 
the end of the war, and the great influx of G. I.'s, 
the finances rose above the critical point, so that 
a heavy inroad is now being made on the accumu- 
lated deficit. From these experiences, the manage- 
ment is able to work out a minimum requirement 
for attendance, somewhat below the present G. I. 
influx. If this minimum can be maintained, what 
with the annual College offering in the church, 
the church can rest at ease regarding any jeop- 
ardy to the school. 

What is the long range solution to this attend- 
ance problem? 

School authorities, including those in North 

Central Association, tell us the quickest solution 
is by building a modern Girl's Dormitory, to at- 
tract more girls whose parents are looking for a 
Christian College, and some better science accom- 
modations to attract more high caliber boys who 
need better Pre-science courses for entrance to 
professional schools of Medicine, Law, Engineer- 
ing, Agriculture or Pure Science. Such added in- 
ducements will attract more regional students, 
and more from Brethren homes, where we do not 
nearly receive the percentage of loyalty to be ex- 

But how are we to finance such needed build- 
ing? There is such a solution, used already by 
many church schools and also by many state uni- 
versities. So, in suggesting the following plan, we 
are doing nothing whatever original ; in fact, we 
are waking up, like Rip Van Winkle, about twen- 
ty years late, when other colleges are just com- 
pleting their payments on plans launched years 

Our solution is to provide for an Ashland Cor- 
poration, whose stock shall be owned by Ashland 
College. Money for the stock investment we be- 
lieve will be provided by a comparatively few peo- 
ple within and without the church, who are look- 
ing for some strategic method of contributing to 
the Lord's work, whereby their gifts may be 
greatly multiplied. 

Provision of $25,000 should, be enough to start 
business, and $50,000 would be the near term 



goal. On the basis of this capital, which would be 
risk capital, which might be partially impaired 
at times in paying interest, it would be the plan 
t. borrow $5.00 for each dollar of capital paid in 
at I 1 j or -V, OB 25 or thirty year self amortiz- 
ing bonds with sinking- funds provisions. The in- 
come from dormitories would be used to pay in- 
terest and principal of bonds, like the ordinary 
Building and Loan process. 

$25,000 capital would provide for $125,000 
building funds to erect at least two units of a 
Unit-plan Girl's Dormitory, on ground deeded the 
Ashland Corporation for one dollar for that pur- 
pose. 1 am assured there should be no difficulty 
in raising the money for the bonds, even if the 
church did not subscribe for any of them, which 
is unthinkable. 

Of the first $25,000 stock, $10,000 has already 
been offered and partly paid in. I am sure the 
other $15,000 will be readily forthcoming. 

At the recent meeting of the Board of Trustees, 
the writer was authorized to suggest the solution 
to the Laymen for comment either way, with the 
thought if the plan seems to be favorably re- 
ceived, the project could be launched after author- 
ization by the regular meeting of the Board of 
Trustees of Ashland College April 2, 1948. 

What do you think, Brethren? I would be glad 
to receive comments, or offers of stock or bond 
subscriptions, if the project should be finally ap- 
proved. Please address me at my home, 2200 
Filth Ave. S. E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

* ^«^ * 

Record of Educational Day 
Offering - 1947 

The first report of the Educational Offering is printed 
herewith. It appears by Districts and churches. A short 
miscellaneous list is included. The place of membership of 
these donors was not given. 

The College administration is hopeful that those 
churches which have not reported may do so soon. An- 
other report will be made. These gifts are up to March 
2, H»4S. 


Central District 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois % 9.55 

Lanark, Illinois 231.25 

Milledgeville, Illinois 427.00 

Udell, Iowa 12.00 

Waterloo, Iowa 249.00 

Total Central District $ 928.80 

Indiana District 

Akron Cooperative $ 33.30 

Ardmore 110.50 

Burlington 140.31 

Center Chapel 36.25 

College Corner 80.74 

College Corner 20.00 

Corinth 80.74 

County Line 1.00 

Denver 30.10 

Dutchtown 25.00 

Elkhart 600.00 

Flora 55.55 

Goshen 268.89 

Huntington 40.40 

Loree 74.80 

Mexico 69.00 

Milford 89.95 

Muncie 63.00 

Nappanee 527.00 

New Paris 147.54 

North Liberty 65.22 

North Manchester 580.00 

Oakville 48.31 

Peru 26.28 

Roann 142.63 

Roanoke 27.00 

South Bend 298.00 

Tiosa 34.00 

Warsaw 415.75 

Total Indiana District % 4,050.52 

Mid-West District 

Carleton, Nebraska $ 12.53 

Falls City, Nebraska 132.38 

Ft. Scott, Kansas 4.10 

Hamlin, Kansas 42.52 

Morrill, Kansas 172.00 

Mulvane, Kansas 15.00 

Portis, Kansas 10.00 

Total Mid-West District $ 388.53 

Northern California District 

Manteca $ 16.00 

Stockton 31.44 

Total N. Calif. District $ 47.44 

Ohio District 

Ashland $ 499.75 

Bryan 500.00 

Canton 216.80 

Dayton 537.15 

Fairhaven 45.37 

Washington Court House 30.00 

Fremont 5.00 

Glenford 28.00 

Gratis 59.00 

Gretna 71.90 

Mansfield 5.00 

Mt. Zion 5.00 

New Lebanon 250.04 

North Georgetown 69.45 

MARCH 13, 1948 


Pleasant Hill 63.35 

Smithville 407.25 

West Alexandria 24.00 

Williamstown 105.53 

Total Ohio District $ 2,922.50 

Pennsylvania District 

Berlin $ 221.75 

Brush Valley 33.00 

Calvary 9.00 

Cameron 24.50 

Conemaugh 31.50 

Highland 36.00 

Johnstown, First 127.75 

Johnstown, Second 123.82' 

Johnstown, Third 56.00 

Kittanning 10.00 

Masontown 10.00 

Meyersdale 105.00 

Mt. Olivet 79.75 

Pittsburgh 252.87 

Sergeantsville 10.00 

Uniontown, Second 158.94 

Valley 5.00 

Vinco 119.01 

Vandergrift 37.38 

Waynesboro 25.00 

White Dale 25.43 

Total Penna. District $ 1,501.70 

Southeastern District 

Bethlehem $ 12.00 

Cumberland 32.50 

Hagerstown 555.00 

Linwood 35.35 

Maurertown 52.29 

Oak Hill 49.00 

St. James 121.82 

Total Southeastern District $ 857.96 

Total— Churches $10,697.54 


Maud Tovillo $ 1.00 

Mrs. Isaac Grubb '. 10.00 

Mrs. Lavonne Hutcheson 1.00 

Mrs. Rose Miller 1.00 

Mary Carpenter 5.00 

Mrs. Minnie Sloan 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Long 15.00 

Sadie Fauss 1.00 

Eleanor Ovelman 1.00 

Katherine Miller 12.00 

Annabelle Merrifield 2.00 

Jean Hartong .50 

Mr. and Mrs. H. Sherry 10.00 

Mrs. Clara Brim 2.00 

Harry and Dorcas Gehman 25.00 

Valley Brethren 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. Hartman 5.00 

Rev. and Mrs. F. B. Yoder 25.00 

Total Miscellaneous $ 122.50 

Total Churches $10,607.54 

Total Miscellaneous 122.50 

Grand Total $10,820.04 

(fotdm TtiectcUay, 'Day 

MORE THAN two hundred persons attended the recep- 
tion in the First Brethren Church in New Paris, In- 
diana, on Sunday evening, February 22, in honor of the 
Golden Wedding Anniversary of Dr. and Mrs. G. W. 

Mrs. Woodrow Immel, organist, played the Lohengrin 
wedding march as Brother and Sister Rench were ushered 
to their places by Byron and William Smoker and Carolyn 
Immel and Cynthia Smoker, the latter serving as flower 

Everett Miller presided at the program, which included 
the following: Greetings by Rev. C. A. Stewart, pastor of 
the New Paris church; Marimba solos, "When I Grow Too 
Old to Dream," and "Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet," by 
Mrs. Immel; a recitation, "Our Gratitude," Stephen 
Smoker; Vocal solos: "Silver Threads Among the Gold," 
by William Bellinger, and "I Love You Truly," by David 
Smoker; a reading, "Sweetheart, Just You and I," by Mrs. 
William Bollinger; vocal solo, "When Your Hair Has 
Turned to Silver," by Margaret Vail; Violin solo, "Love's 
Old Sweet Song," by Mrs. Everett Miller; Vocal solo, "Al- 
ways," by Rex Miller; an original poem by Frank Ros- 
coe; duet, "When You Were Sweet Sixteen," by Mr. and 
Mrs. Chet Smoker; a recitation, "Golden Gifts for Wed- 
ding Day," by Carolyn Cobb; group singing, "When They 
Ring the Golden Bells, led by Max Smoker with Mrs. Ros- 
coe at the piano. Talks were given by Rev. Claud Stude- 
baker, South Bend; Rev. Willis Ronk and Mrs. Harley 
Stuckman, Goshen; Rev. W. I. Duker, Milford; Rev. and 
Mrs. J. Milton Bowman, and Mrs. U. J. Shively. Nap- 
panee; Mrs. Frank Wampler, North Manchester, and the 
following New Paris ministers: Elton Evans. William 
Brubaker, C. A. Byrt, C. W. Walmer, Iverson Mishler. 
Galen Bowman, Charles Gump, Virgin Mock and C. A. 
Stewart. The benediction was pronounced by John Smoker. 

Mrs. Guy Vail and Mrs. Mark Smoker presided at the 
coffee service and refreshments were served by Mrs. Dale 
Hollar, Marietta and Joan Smoker. Eleanor Cobb. Mar- 
garet Vail and Mrs. May Gary. 

Many lovely gifts and greetings were presented to 
Brother and Sister Rench. Fifty red roses, sent by the 
First Brethren Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, gold 
bells, red, white and blue carnations and tapers and yel- 
low roses were in the decorations. 

There were many out of town visitors among those 
present. The occasion was indeed a very happy one. 

PAGE viu;ht 


The Itinerary 

March 30 
Johnstown, First Church 

March SI 
Vinco Brethren Church 

April 1 

Berlin Brethren Church 

April 2 

Hagerstown Brethren Church 

April 3 

Lihwood Brethren Church 

April 4 


St. James Brethren Church 

Washington, D. C, Church of the Brethren 
April 6 

Masontown Brethren Church 

ike Ashland 

FIRST ROW — Kinsel, Guenther, Hale, Sword, McLau 

SECOND ROW — Ballou, Plank, Richmond. Harp, Matthews. Mosier, 

THIRD ROW — Dilgard, Lewis, Shultz, Lindov 

FOURTH ROW — Richmond, Campbell. Rinehart, St 

T/?e Story of The Qhoir 

"Fifty trained voices transformed into one 
thrilling majestic choral unit"; "A superb inter- 
pretation of great masterpieces"; "Finest group 
ever to be in our city" ; "A real group of the finest 
young men and women amateur singers ever to 
appear here" ; "If these young people are repre- 
sentative of college men and women, the next gen- 
eration is safe." These and many others are typ- 
ical comments of those who have heard the Ash- 
land College A Cappella Choir which will sing in 
the Pennsylvania and Maryland Churches from 
March 30 to April 0. 

Last year the ensemble sang eleven concerts 
in as many cities of Ohio and Indiana. Critics 
were unanimous in their praise. Recently Roland 
Hayes, noted negro tenor, praised them very 
highly following a special rehearsal for him. He 
really felt that this was an organization to which 
he enjoyed listening. Mr. Wilfred Bain of the Na- 
tional Association of Music Schools said of the 
choir, "It is really one of the fine choirs that I 
have listened to in the United States." 

Ministers and laymen from the churches and 

communities in which they have sung have e 
pressed their delight in being able to hear su 
fine singing from other than a professional grou 
"Best choir Ashland College ever had," is the e 
pression both on and off the campus when t' 
1948 edition of the Ashland College A Cappel 
Choir is discussed. 

The choir will be under the direction of E 
Louis E. Pete, one of the most capable and enth 
siastic directors in Ohio. Not only does Dr. Pe 
direct the College choir, he also directs the As 
land High School Orchestra, Band and Choir, 1 
Ashland City Symphony Orchestra, the Trini 
Lutheran Choir in Ashland and the Ohio Sta 
Fair Boys Band. This last organization consists 
400 of the best musicians in Ohio and plays ea* 
year at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. Its < 
rector since 1932, Dr. Pete has developed the 1 
ganization until it has become one of the featu 
attractions at the annual exhibit. 

Dr. Pete is a graduate of Ashland College. I 
has also studied at Kent State University. 

In addition to his work at Ashland College ai 
in the city of Ashland, he has served as instruct' 
in both Bowling Green University and Northwes 

MARCH 13, 1948 


Ghoir On T< 


ones, Cubbage, Earl, Guy, Brownson, Riddle. Smith. 

, Earl. Bixler, Gilbert. Stuckey, Shultz, Barnard, McWilliams. 

', Hurst. Righter, Neely, Ronk. Hart, Frantz. 

eider. Dye, Nolte. Henry, Johnson, Grumbling. 

Brethren Yoany Veople in 
the fl (lappella (:hoir 

Carolyn Pixler, Ashland, Ohio 

Paul Clapper, Louisville, Ohio 

Ardine Frantz, New Lebanon, Ohio 

Ann Gilbert, West Alexandria, Ohio 

Doris Gilbert, West Alexandria, Ohio 

Doris Guenther, New Lebanon, Ohio 

John Lindower, Ashland, Ohio 

Joan Riddle, Ashland, Ohio 

Jean Rowsey, Ashland, Ohio 

Alvin Grumbling, Johnstown, Pa. 

Doris Hart, Washington, D. C. 

Phil Nolte, Sergeantsville, N. J. 

Sam Richmond, Nappanee, Indiana 

Joe Shultz, Berlin, Pa. 

Dorman Ronk, Manteca, Cal. 

Shirley Sword, Milledgeville, 111. 

Jeannette DeLozier, Ashland, Ohio 

University. He is past president of the Ohio 
ic Educators' Association. 

r. Pete directs musical organizations because 
!kes to "make Music" and he has the uncanny 
sty to bring out the best in each member of 
choir. He puts forth every effort to secure a 
ect blend in his choir. He selects each voice 
mly for its individual quality, but also because 
Ids something to the entire group. "I want a 
r, not voices," he tells his candidates each fall, 
he 1948 choir, he feels he has come close to 
perfection that every director hopes for. 
^presented on the Roster will be young peo- 
from both coasts of the United States. The 
p of 55 voices will represent six states and 
hington, D. C. One boy comes all the way 
l California while two boys are from New 
ey and one girl from the national capital. 

rtually all members of the choir have had 
I training and many expect to make singing 
• life work. Almost everyone is an accom- 
ted performer on some instrument in addition 
nging. The musical ability and wide variety 
cperience of the group make it one of the ac- 
)lished college choirs of the midwest. Under 

the direction of Dr. Louis E. Pete, they are able 
to bring out the finest in both sacred and secular 

The group sings as readily with or without ac- 
companiment. A number of members of the choir 
have perfect pitch and it is seldom that a pitch 
pipe is needed when they are sing a cappella. The 
group is all the more remarkable because they 
practice only two hours each week, less than the, 
average church choir. The members must attend 
regular classes on the Ashland campus and can 
find only a short time when all can be present. 

The Choir is a relatively new organization as 
choirs of its type are rated. Patterned largely af- 
ter the world famous A Cappella choir of St. Olaf 
College in Minnesota, the Ashland group first 
sang without accompaniment during the winter 
of 1936-1937, just eleven years ago. Up until then 
the musical participation was in the Ashland 
Singer's Club, an outgrowth of the college glee 
clubs of former years. 

The arrival of Dr. Louis E. Pete on the Ash- 
land Campus brought the idea of developing a cap- 
pella singing. Dr. Pete had studied this type of 
"making music" as he prefers to call it. and de- 



termined to mold together a group of singers on 
the Ashland Campus which would be able to make 
others feel the same as they do about good music. 
He was well on his way to perfection when the 
war interrupted his efforts and he was forced to 
be satisfied with a girl's chorus for several years. 
The return of the G. l.'s last year gave him that 
for which he had been seeking. The mature voices 
of his 20 veterans gave the quality which makes 
the 1948 Ashland College A Cappella Choir the 
culmination of eleven years of untiring effort. 

The choir this year will visit eight churches in 
the eastern section of the denomination. Last year, 
Indiana and Southern Ohio made up the itinerary. 
Dayton, New Lebanon, Pleasant Hill, North Man- 
chester. Peru. Warsaw, Nappanee, Elkhart and 
Bryan were visited. Ashland, Canton and Louis- 
ville were made on shorter trips. 

This year the choir is trying to combine edu- 
cation with its tour and will spent a day in Wash- 
ington, D. C. Leaving Ashland on March 30, the 
choir will sing in the Johnstown First Brethren 
Church. Mr. Darr, and Mr. Furry of that church 
have arranged the appearance and all of the 
Johnstown churches are cooperating. On March 
31, Vinco will hear the choir. On April 1, the 
choir will be in Berlin; April 2, Hagerstown; 
April 3, Linwood; April 4, St. James and Wash- 
ington, and April 6, Masontown, Pa. On April 3, 
the group will go from Hagerstown to Linwood 
by the way of Gettysburg. April 5 will be spent 
in Washington, D. C. They will return home af- 
ter the Masontown concert. 

Several concerts near Ashland are planned later. 
The choir is traveling the week following Easter 
because the Ashland city schools are on vacation the only time that Dr. Pete can leave Ash- 
land for so long a time. 

The number of Brethren students in the choir 
represents about 30% of the choir, although 
Brethren students on the campus are only about 
20% of the student body. The names of Brethren 
students appear at the head of this article. 


Since the resignation of Rev. E. J. Black as pas- * 

tor of the Sergeantsville and Calvary Brethren * 

Churches of New Jersey, effective May 1, 1948, * 

will leave these churches vacant, we are asking * 

pastors who may be interested in this charge to cor- * 

respond with the undersigned at once. * 

Ida S. Leigh, Secretary * 

Sergeantsville, New Jersey. * 

Interesting Items 

(Continued from Page 2) 

Berkshire, pastor of the New Lebanon, Ohio, Church, is 
to be the evangelist at Masontown in a meeting begin- 
ning April 5 and closing Sunday, Api'il 18. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Brother Meyer announces that a plan 
has been made by the laymen of the church whereby they 
have promised to take any of the boys of the Boys' Broth- 
erhood who attend every meeting between the present 
time and July 5 to a White Hawk baseball game. 

Washington, D. C. We glean the following from the 
Washington bulletin of February 29. It is entitled, "Good 
news for the Building Program." It reads as follows: "The 
Perpetual Building Association has approved a loan of 
$30,000.00 at 4 x / 2 % interest for the construction of the 
First Unit of the New Church. This money is to be re- 
paid at the rate of $225.00 per month. It will now be 
possible to begin on it this spring, but we still need about 
$5,000.00 to complete and partially furnish it." We feel 
sure they will do it. 

Brother Fairbanks reports that twenty-eight members 
of the Washington church were in attendance at the Cen- 
tral Union Mission on Thursday evening, February 25, 
when the Washington Laymen had charge of the meet- 

The Washington C. E. sponsored what they call a "Fam- 
boree" at the evening hour (5:00 o'clock) on Sunday, Feb- 
ruary 29. Lunch was served and a good time had by all. 
The regular services followed at the 7:00 o'clock hour. 

Vinco, Pennsylvania. The Public Service of the Woman's 
Missionary Society of the Vinco church was held on Tues- 
day evening, February 24. The two societies combined in 
this service. The service was held in the church and the 
public was invited. The Mission Study Book was reviewed 
by Mrs. W. S. Benshoff. 

The Vinco church feted their boys basket ball team at 
a supper on the evening of March 1. 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois. The Union Good Friday Service*! 
of Cerro Gordo will be held in our church, March 26. 

The Young People of the Cerro Gordo church as plan- 
ning a banquet to be held on March 18. This organization 
is young, but they are full of "pep" and have been used 
in a number of ways since organization. They sang recent- 
ly at a revival service at Oakley. An annual Easter Sun- 
rise service is in the making. 







FLENNER-SCOTT. Adelene Scott, a member of the 
Mexico, Indiana, Brethren Church, was united in marriage 
to Donald Flenner of Rural Route Number 2, Macy, In- 
diana, at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Otto Scott, 
in Mexico on January 24, 1948, at 2:30 in the afternoon. 
The double ring ceremony was read by her pastor, the 
undersigned. Robert K. Higgins. 

MARCH 13, 1948 


iCaft to 3Rp0t 

RACEY. Stonewall Jackson Racey, aged 69, well known 
Shenandoah County, Virginia, farmer was called to his 
Heavenly home February 2, 1948, having been in failing 
health for the past seven months. 

He was born September 5, 1878 near Columbia Fur- 
nace, Virginia and spent his entire life in the St. Luke 
community, except a few years in Woodstock, Virginia 
and Washington D. C. 

The second son of the late St. Luke and Lydia Sher- 
man Racey, married Miss Margaret Sherman of Wheeling, 
West Virginia, who survives, in November 1901. 

Fifty-one years ago he united with the St. Luke Breth- 
ren Church, being baptized in Narrow Passage Creek by 
the late Rev. P. W. Wiseman, for many years the be- 
loved pastor of this congregation. 

His loyalty to Christ and His church and his fine Chris- 
tian character was an influence for good to all who 
knew him. 

Funeral services were conducted by his pastor, the 
undersigned, in the St. Luke Brethren Church, with burial 
in the nearby cemetery. 

Nephews acted as pallbearers and nieces as flower girls. 

Rev. John Dodson. 

Business Manager s Corner 

(Continued from page 3) 

Lois Jean Wertz 3.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. Myers 5.00 

W. M. S 5.00 

Dayton, Ohio, church offering 85.00 

Denver, Indiana, offering as follows: 

Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Brower 2.00 

Sam Klingaman 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Shoemaker 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Eikenberry 1.00 

Osmer Fisher 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl V. Maus '. 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Bink 1.00 

Eldon Fahl 1.00 

Doland Click 1.00 

Dale Flora 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Carlin 1.25 

Misc 17.00 

Elkhart, Ind., Church Offering 250.00 

Bessie Davis, Fair Haven Church, Ohio 5.00 

Flora, Ind., Church Offering (Additional) 22.00 

Mrs. Pearl Russell, Fort Scott, Kans 7.00 

Gratis, Ohio, Church Offering 48.32 

Gretna, Ohio, Church Offering 32.15 

Hagerstown, Md., Church Offering 255.45 

Carrie M. Stoffer, Haddix, Ky 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. John Fitt, Johnstown, 1st Ch 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Benshoff, Johnstown, 1st Ch... 10.00 

Mrs. Isaac Grubb, Johnstown, 3rd Ch 10.00 

Lanark, 111., Church Offering 72.65 

Mrs. Agnes Elliott, Lathrop, Calif 10.00 

Rev. and Mrs. Eppley, Mansfield, Ohio 3.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Boss, Mansfield, Ohio 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. Longshore, Mansfield, Ohio .... 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Henney, Mansfield, Ohio 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Miles, Mansfield, Ohio 1.00 

Masontown, Pa., Church Offering 49.60 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Berkshire, Masontown, Pa. . . 25.00 

Maurertown, Va., Church Offering 14.50 

Meyersdale, Pa., Loyal Group as follows: 

Miss Mable Baer 1 0.00 

E. M. Bowser 2.00 

Mrs. Cyrus Bird 5.00 

Miss Miriam Bird 15.00 

Mrs. H. M. Cook 25.00 

Naomi Lenhart 10.00 

Sydney Lenhart 1 0.00 

Irene Lenhart 1 0.00 

Mrs. Maud Suder 1.50 

Misc 25.00 

Mexico, Ind., Church Offering 33.00 

Milford, Ind., Church Offering 50.00 

Milledgeville, 111., Church Offering 119.56 

Mrs. Bessie Miller, Milledgeville, 111 25.00 

Dr. and Mrs. W. S. Bell, Milledgeville, 111 100.00 

Anny L. Runnels, Milledgeville, 111 10.00 

Maggie Smith, Mt. Olive Church, Va 10.00 

Mrs. Etta Leslie, Nappanee, Ind 5.00 

Nappanee, Ind., Church Offering 100.00 

New Paris, Ind., Church Offering 115.83 

North Georgetown, Ohio, as foilows: 

Mrs. Gladys Wyss 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Albright 5.00 

Lauvenia Stoffer 10.00 

Misc 16.50 

Oak Hill, W. Va., Church Offering 45.00 

Oakville, Ind., Church Offering 55.05 

Mr. and Mrs. Willis Flora, Roann, Ind 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Horace H. Mirritt, Roann, Ind 5.00 

Roanoke, Ind., Church Offering 22.00 

St. James, Md., Church Offering 15.00 

Mrs. H. E. Berry, Wooster, Ohio 5.00 

Sergeantsville, N. J., Church Offering 10.00 

Summit Mills, Pa., as follows: 

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Fike 2.50 

Mrs. Sadie Gren 1.00 

John Gren 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Klatz 2.00 

Mrs. Galen Peck 1.00 

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Rishel 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. George Werner & Family 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Werner 10.00 

Tiosa, Ind., Church Offering 13.50 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Miller, Waynesboro, Pa... 10.00 

White Dale, Terra Alta, Church Offering 16.19 

Udell, Iowa, Church Offering 14.00 

Estelle Huse, Manteca Church, Calif 15.00 

Columbus, Ohio, Church Offering 5.00 

Let us never lose courage nor fall out of the ranks. 
but keep ever pressing on. filled with the consciousness 
that Jesus, the sinner's Friend, is ever near to lighten the 
load and lead our straying feet in the "'straight and nar- 
row way." — Southern Christian Advocate. 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topic* copyrighted dt the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used bv permission" 

Topic for March 21, 1948 

Scripture: Romans 8:18-39 
For The Leader 

DO YOU THINK your life is being lived in vain? Do 
you feel that you have more than your share of 
heartache and trouble? Do you have a tendency to revolt 
against God when trouble enters your life ? Do you think 
that every bit of trouble which comes is punishment from 
God? What is your attitude toward hardships in your 
life? The answers to these questions, if put to you by a 
psychiatrist, would give him a real picture of your emo- 
tional and spiritual life. If we have the wrong attitude 
toward these questions, then life for us will be one miser- 
able depressing incident after another. But if we possess 
an optimistic, scriptural and healthy attitude, our life 
will blossom forth in beauty and glory. We can really 
have spiritual triumph in crisis. Life has its real prob- 
lems for everybody. If we face them with the right atti- 
tude, God helping us, we will be stronger, happier and 
more useful for Christ. 


1. NONE LIVE IN VAIN. Often times you will meet 
up with people who can see no point in living. You read 
about them in the newspapers, for some of them commit 
suicide. A crisis comes in a life such as described, they 
cannot meet nor face it, so they take the "easy way out." 
It is truly a spiritual triumph in life when we realize 
that we do not live in vain. When we realize that life has 
a purpose, even though that purpose be hid. A Christian, 
feasting on his daily diet of scripture and prayer, may 
face a temptation to consider life in vain, but he will 
never believe it to be such. Even in these troubled times 
there is a purpose in our living here. 

2. GOD HOLDS THE THROTTLE. The natural thing 
for us humans to do is to revolt against the cause when 
trouble enters our life. Too often, we challenge God to 
show reason why we must suffer a certain trouble. Per- 
haps we have glared at God in contempt because "He has 
permitted such and such to happen. But hold on a min- 
ute! Has God promised a path of roses and ease? The 
same God who said, "Come unto me all ye that are weary 
and heavy laden, and I will give you rest," also said, "My 
grace is sufficient for thee." He also said, "In the world 
ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have 
overcome the world." A great spiritual triumph has come 
to us when we learn to bear all things patiently, knowing 
that God ever watches, understands and cares. A careful, 
continuous reading of His precious Word will give to us 
great spiritual strength in times of need, for "God is our 
refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trou- 


a problem which cannot be answered by a simple "yes" or 
"no." There are sincere pious souls who interpret every 
hardship, accident, etc., as a direct punishment from God 
for some sin they have committed. Other souls are going 
through intense agony, spoken of to no one, believing 
that God is punishing them for some infraction of His 
laws, perhaps even years ago. Well, Saul did have wars 
in his land "the rest of his life" for his sin. So did David. 
Moses could not lead the children of Israel into the prom- 
ised land because He sinned against God. So there is a 
great measure of truth in this attitude. God cannot use 
individuals if these is unforsaken sin in their lives. But 
we are not to interpret this question to mean that all 
hardship is punishment from God. If this were the case, 
and if God punished us for sin in this way, our lives 
would be incessantly filled with trouble. We must distin- 
guish between the ravages of sin and God's punishment 
for sin. If we willfully sin, our body will break down, 
become diseased and ruined. That's a form of punishment. 
But to feel that every trouble or heartache in our life 
is a direct punishment from God is to deny the forgiving 
power of God operating through the grace of our Lord 
and Savior. God teaches us lessons in trouble, but not all 
trouble emits from God. Believe this, and you have reached 
another spiritual triumph. 

LIFE? The scriptures tell us that "The trial of your 
faith worketh patience." Instead of revolting against God, 
regardless of the cause of our trouble, we should be drawn 
nearer and nearer to Him. God uses the trouble of our 
lives to work out His great plan for us. Never a heart- 
ache or burden but what we can be strengthened by His 
keeping power. Affliction should only serve to draw us 
closer to Him. We have seen people suffer, and have re- 
ceived strength from their lives. We have seen them suf- 
fer, have seen them wonder why they must suffer, but we 
have seen that suffering bind them closer to their blessed 
Lord. The more severe their suffering, the closer they are 
to God, and the more they trust Him. As another has said, 
"Suffering serves but to drive me closer to Thee, Oh God." 
Young people, with your life stretching ahead, may you 
learn the secret of being drawn closer to your Christ in 
times of crisis. When you take that attitude, you have 
reached the greatest spiritual triumph in your life. 


1. You have seen and heard of families in the Church 
which seem to have no end of trouble, and of families out- 
side the church who seem never to have trouble. Suppose 
someone reminded you of that, and accused God of for- 
saking His own, how would you answer them? 

2. List the things which are able to separate us from 
Christ. (Romans 8:35-39). How big a list did you get? 

3. Describe before the group some incident in your life 
which was a crisis, and which turned out to be a spiritual 
triumph for you. 


The time is getting short. Already Spring is on the way, 
and many societies have not yet sent in news reports to 
the C. E. Board. Do it today! Soon General Conference 
will be near and you will want your society to stand 
among the leaders. 

MARCH 13, 1948 


Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

(Helps for Christian Living) 

John 20:20 

Yes, they were glad on that fair Easter morning 

Viewing that miracle — the empty tomb. 
Those sad, dark days of doubt and fear were ended 

Jesus had risen — Light and joy had come. 

How they again rejoiced when in the evening, 
He brought to them His words of love and peace, 

And showed to them the wounds that spoke of suffering, 
But were to them the emblems of release. 

Release from sin, and full and free forgiveness, 
Made fully theirs that Resurrection Day. 

Release from fear — for every foe was conquered, 
Even death's sting had vanished far away. 

We too may share the Easter joy and gladness 

May enter in and worship and adore. 
We have a risen and a living Saviour, 

A Christ Who is alive for evermore. 

In Him we live, sharing His resurrection, 
Seeking to follow Him along earth's way. 

Some day, yes, some day face to face we'll see Him, 
The glorious risen Lord of Easter day. 

— Ema M. Newman. 

Scripture: 1 Cor. 15:12-23 
Resurrection Hymns 
Seed Thought Provokers: 

UNLIKE twentieth century Christianity, the first cen- 
tury did not underestimate the importance of the 
resurrection (Acts 4:33). The central fact of Christ's vic- 
tory is not the cross but the resurrection. Without the 
resurrection the cross would spell defeat (1 Cor. 15:19). 
The cross speaks of the cost of victory; the resurrection 
is the victory. To leave Christ hanging on a crucifix is a 
sad mistake (v. 20). The resurrection gave us a living 
Saviour. We worship, not the crucified Christ, but the 
living Christ (Rev. 1:18). 

In 1 Cor. 15:1-4 are given the facts of the good news: 
Christ died, was buried, and rose again. In the third fact 
the Christian faith stands. It is as authenticated as any 
fact in history. The Psalmist declared our Lord's resur- 
rection (Psa. 16:10). After Peter had met the resurrected 
Christ he used the words of the Psalmist as fulfilled proph- 
ecy (Acts 2:24-32). 

The resurrection proves the penitent sinner is justified 
before God (Rom. 4:24, 25). God raised Jesus because His 

death had justified believing sinners. The resurrection 
shows to the world that Christ's atoning work on the 
cross had met God's approval. Without the resurruetioi 
the crucifixion would have been a victory for Satan. 
Christ's resurrection guarantees our own resurrection 
(John 5:26-29; 14:18-20). The man who thinks that when 
he dies there is no more to him than to a dead horse has 
no incentive to live right. Those who believe in the res- 
urrection have a different motive (Dan. 12:2, 3). 

It was the risen Lord Who gave us our life-work (Mark 
16:15, 16). His resurrection guarantees the Judgment Day 
(Acts 17:30, 31). That will be the fulfillment of Kccle- 
siastes 12:14. It also means that the stewardship of Chris- 
tians will be judged (1 Cor. 3:12-15). The accounting of 
Christian stewards is not the same as the great white 
throne judgment in Rev. 20:11-15. 

On The Sunday School Lesson 

by The Editor 

Lesson for March 21, 1948 


Lesson: Luke 4:16-20; Mark 4:26-29; Luke 17:20-21; 

Romans 14:17 

THE WORKING for and the building of God's King- 
dom among men is far too often misunderstood. Miss- 
ing the real ideas set forth in the Scriptures will often- 
times lead us into misinterpretation of passages which, 
when combined, will give us a biased view of the whole. 

Let us first of all see what is necessary to the makeup 
of a kingdom. There are four things that go into its final 
establishment, namely, a king, a people, a land or a place 
of habitation, and a law to govern. Earthly kingdoms can 
be ruled by either absolute dictatorship or as a "limited" 
monarchy. The kingdom may be an established one, or 
one in the making. We can better understand this thought 
by looking into present history where countries are made 
or broken over night. At the present time the papers are 
full of the claims of one or more monarchs who have 
been, as they claim, "temporarily deposed." 

But we are not interested in worldly kingdoms in con- 
nection with this lesson, except as they come to us for 
the purpose of illustration. That which should draw our 
attention is that the kingdom is in the process of building 
and that we, as Christians, who form the Church, the 
Bride of Christ, are a part, now, of that structure and. 
as such, must do our part in the days of preparation and 

The best way to find out what is embodied in the build- 
ing of the kingdom and its essential elements is to turn 
to the kingdom parables of Jesus, one of which is found 
in our lesson text for today, and let them tell the story. 
The idea of the story Jesus tells in the parable of Mark 
4:26-29 is that of growth and fruition. Jesus says, "The 
kingdom of heaven is like," and then shows forth the 
likeness in the parables. 

page fourteen 


The thought embodied in the Golden Text should re- 
ceive some attention. It reads. "Thy kingdom come, thy 
will be done in earth as it is in heaven.'' As the Father's 
will is done in heaven, so should it be done in the mem- 
bership of His kingdom, which is in the building here on 
the earth. We. as members of that coming kingdom, 
should be ever doing His will and not our own — seeking 
to live such lives that those about us will see in us fit 
subjects for such a kingdom as our God is setting up as 
the years go on and oti. and which will be consummated at 
the "end of the age." 

Travel Flashes 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 

Travel, but No Flash! 

YESTERDAY, having a part of the day left, I decided, 
despite the "fog and gloom," to drive out the ten- 
mile distance to two of my own parish who were ill and 
again discover the difficulty of getting places in this "fun- 
ny" neighborhood near our church where no roads are 
winding or strange, yet where it is easy to get lost. 

It was mid-afternoon and only one thing went wrong 
causing me to add too many miles to my speedometer in 
these times of scant gas supply: I turned the wrong way. 
I was in sight of the home, but did not recognize it and 
turned right instead of left — wrong instead of right. Had 
I turned left, I would have been right; but in turning 
right, I was wrong. It w r as wrong to turn right, just then. 
I do not wish to tell how many miles I drove to right 
the wrong of turning right; but it made a long trip be- 
fore I reached the place again and thus righted the wrong 

Long, Wron,g Turns 

There are many of these wrong turns in life. We do too 
many of them and not all, unconsciously. "The wages of 
sin is death," which is but another way of saying, "Wrong 
turns lead to dreadful ends" — they make many sicknesses, 
too. Late meals, too large menus, concocted soft drinks 
and others stronger, all make trouble in our "insides" 
when we could have used good foods and pure water to 
bring health. Then, we pay doctors to give us poison po- 
tions to help us out of a dangerous "wrong turn." Late 
hours, irregular eating, "crying over spilled milk," argu- 
ing with those who "get the better of us" — all take a 
toll of health, happiness and vigor, the price of conscious 
folly all so easily avoided had we learned of James, the 
Psychiatrist of near 2,000 years ago, in chapter five of 
his brief message. 

Right Was Wrong 

Now, thinking I had turned right did not make it right, 
or wrong. It did not relocate the road or move the house. 
There are some things that way just because they are. 
Such is all truth. It is good that there are some things 
so static that they are immovable and irrevocable; that 
rock-bottom can be, and is sometimes reached. But two 
times two can never be anything but four. All the hard 
thinking of a century cannot change some things. We do, 
for sure, reach solid ground or truth sometimes; and by 

dogged persistence and tardy penitence, find we have not, 
when we thought we had. But none can change truth by 
thinking error any more than we may think we make our 
wrong directions to be right. It is thinking that has 
marked the progress of the race to great discoveries; but 
never just by thinking did anyone make left right, or 
wrong right. But some smarties have bumped their heads 

We Must Have Standards 

Now, had there been a road sign pointing to the home 
of Brother Smith, I could easily and more undisturbed 
have driven there without the loss of miles, time and gas- 
oline. But none being there, I missed it all. But we do 
have truth. Jesus said, "My Word is truth" and I think 
sufficient evidence has accumulated to verify beyond quib- 
ble that His Word is rock foundation. Here we can plant 
our feet where nothing can frustrate or move. The Holy 
Spirit was sent also to "guide into all the truth and to 
show things to come." John 16:13. If all would seek and 
follow this greatest unused Guide, all would reach the 
center of unity — Truth. Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide, lead 
us all. And here let me advise, claim the promises! Do 
not turn left here when the pointers turn right. "Elders" 
and sick people should read James 5 until they are able 
to reach the power of God in this beneficent command. 

Remarkable Healings 

A sister eight hundred miles from a dying brother was 
sick abed with serious kidney trouble. She was determined 
to visit him before he passed away. Her husband-preacher 
sent one hundred miles to get a helper to anoint her, who 
believed that anointing was for healing. She was anointed 
in the afternoon, and against protests, friends were com- 
pelled to get her clothes for her and she dressed, helped 
to get the supper, took the train next day for the long trip 
when trains went much slower than now. She was a 
cousin of my mother, first wife of the late W. C. Teeter. 

A sister, wife of a doctor, "Mother of the Cradle Roll," 
during my pastorate at Philadelphia, was "wheel-chaired" 
with Elephantiasis, then at least, considered incurable. I 
asked her, when her faith was ready, to ask God for heal- 
ing. In a few days she did. She was anointed. Immedi- 
ately she began to reduce the size of her enlarged gar- 
ments and in a week, as I remember, was walking with 
a cane. She entirely recovered and lived to be ninety-five. 

A sister with cancer — three of them — was pronounced 
incurable by her doctor. I told her that when her faith 
was equal to it, to "call for the Elders of the church" to 
anoint her. In a few days she did. She fainted as the ser- 
vice proceeded. Next morning her doctor exclaimed, "Why 
Mrs. M., what has happened?" She told him and he 
laughed. But the sore which he had been dressing each 
morning was so changed that he was amazed. God had 
worked. All three sores healed; she bore another son to 
her husband and lived years longer to die of another dis- 
ease entirely. 

A rich man, still living I am told, and not keeping the 
promise he made, was very sick and disheartened with a 
lump aside his neck and face that, after examination, was 
diagnosed cancer. He renewed his covenant and two elders 
anointed him for healing. I'll never forget his first word 
after the service: "Well, now I am right with the Lord 
again!" He recovered; is still living, I am told, and I hope 
he reads this as a reminder. 

MARCH 13, 1948 


Sylvester Lowman, still living, was the preacher in a 
Kansas parish; I was evangelist and Brother . . . was se- 
verely afflicted. The final phases of an incurable disease 
had been reached. He was dying. Lowman drove all night, 
over greasy Kansas roads, slipped into a ditch, got out, 
to get to the sick man, only to meet the doctor at the 
bedroom door and to be told that his parishioner had died. 
Lowman, full of faith, would not accept it thus; he went 
in and anointed him, and he raised up, and recovered and 
went back to his railroad job and lived, I do not know 
how long afterwards. 

"My brethren, if anyone of .you strays from the truth" 
(James 5:19) and fails to lay claim to this tested and 
tried method of bringing blessing to sick and ailing folk, 
"mull over" this a long, long time. Get the rockbottom 
facts and turn "right," right back to duty and privilege. 
Claim for your own all that is theirs and have your own 
faith enriched by happy experiences. 

— Wabash, Indiana. 




A Combined Program 

Indiana State Conference Program 
Bible Conference with Splendid Lecturers 
Conference on Evangelism 
Great Missionary Rally 
Youth Emphasis 

Date June 7 to 11 

Place Beautiful Shipshewana Lake 

Plan now for an inspiring week of vacation. 

Plan your Daily Vacation Bible Schools accordingly. 

Watch the Evangelist for further announcement. 

L. V. King, Conference Secretary. 

News From Our 


It was our happy privilege to spend two weeks in a 
Revival with the Vinco, Pennsylvania, Brethren early in 

Vinco is an unusually fine community with a definite 
future. It is growing continually. The Church there has 
a good testimony. Her message has been heard in the 
community and as "the salt" and "the light," her pres- 
ence has been felt. 

The Brethren at Vinco are preparing to meet the spir- 
itual demands of a growing community. They are active 

and possess a sense of loyalty to thing.-; that ar< 
edly Christian. This is most commendable. 

ft is thrilling to on':';; soul to feel the sway of the 

Spirit upon the congregation of people gathering night 

after night. To see folks "come out" after some night:-; 
of conviction and deliberation. To receive them "in the 
name of Jesus." All of this after prayer ha been road':, 
the Word preached, and other human requirements have 

been met. Thus we witnessed at Vinco, a good response 
to the call of the Spirit. 

Brethren from surrounding Brethren Churches adde'i 
their good spirit to the services on several different eve- 
nings. They came from the Johnstown Churches, First. 
Second and Third, and from the Conemaugh Brethren 
Church. Others attended from the near-by Methodist 
Church, the Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren and sev- 
eral other Churches, some bringing fine musical numbers. 

Our material needs were well met. We made our home 
with the parsonage family, the W. S. Benshoffs. We en- 
joyed the comfort and the fellowship of their home im- 
mensely. Mrs. Berkshire, Sharon and Phyllis were able 
to be with us for the second week and helped with the 

We express our deep appreciation for the way we were 
received in the many homes we were able to visit and 
the royal way in which we were received into the fellow- 
ship of the Brethren in general. 

"Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through 
our Lord Jesus Christ." 

W. Clayton Berkshire, New Lebanon, Ohio. 


It has been some time since a report from the Cerro 
Gordo church. This is not because of failure on the part 
of the church to accomplish anything but rather a matter 
of neglect. It is true there have been no startling accom- 
plishments but rather a steady forward movement. All 
the special days of the church have been kept and offer- 
ings taken. 

On Sunday, February 1st, Rev. Samuel Adams and wife 
began an Evangelistic service which continued to the 
15th. Prior to their coming we had experienced a most 
mild winter, but they had no sooner begun their work 
than winter struck with a vengeance. We had our first 
real snow storm and the temperature dropped to zero and 
below. This together with an epidemic of measles and 
whooping cough kept many away. However the Christian 
people came out, but the unsaved were noticeable by their 
absence. Brother Adams preached the word with fervor 
and Sister Adams directed the singing in a most accept- 
able manner. The membership of the church was greatly 
strengthened. The other churches of the town co-operated 
in bringing special music. The robed chorus of the high 
school with some thirty-four voices were with us one eve- 

Two, one a high school girl, and one younger made the 
great confession. The day following the close of the meet- 
ing another high school girl made her confession. Two of 
these have been baptized at this time. On Wednesday 
following this the church celebrated Holv Communion. 



Forty-nine surrounded the tables of the Lord. Several were 
kept away by sickness. 

A special word of comment should be made of our young 
people. On first coming to this field we had no young peo- 
ple upon whom we could depend. A union meeting of the 
three churches was being held. Because of conditions we 
withdrew from this and organized our own group. After 
a long period of struggling we now have a young peo- 
ple's group of which we can be proud. They meet each 
Thursday evening for Bible study and a discussion period. 
This week they are to go as a body to a neighboring town 
to sing at an Evangelistic service. They are earnest and 
determined to be of service to their Master. We also have 
a younger group of children that will soon be heard from. 
Thus little by little we move forward. Disheartening at 
times because of the slowness of it all and then taking 
new courage as we see progress being made. May God's 
blessing be on all His people is the prayer of the Cerro 
Gordo church. 

C. E. Johnson. 



Mrs. Adams and I were privileged to assist Rev. C. E. 
Johnson and the folks of Cerro Gordo in an evangelistic 
meeting which began February 1st, and ended February 
15th. As we began our meeting weather conditions were 
ideal, but after the first two days of our meeting we had 
snow followed by zero and below zero weather. 

The attendance was good. Interest in the Word of God 
was excellent. This made our ministry of music and speak- 
ing a real pleasure each night. 

Our fellowship with the Cerro Gordo brethren was a 
source of inspiration. Their ministry to our physical needs 
at noon were beyond our words to describe. 

We take this means of thanking the church for the 
opportunity of working with them. Our thanks for their 
fine offering. Brother Johnson and his preparation for the 
meeting was truly in keeping witti the Word, effectual 
prayer. For this we were grateful. 

We made our home with Brother and Sister Hess and 
they did everything possible to make us comfortable. We 
do thank the Lord for their hospitality. 

The results of the meeting Brother Johnson will give. 
We trust seed was sown that in due season will bring 
forth fruit that will indeed be a blessing to the church. 
The people responded to the preaching of the Word — in 
that they sought the lost for Christ. 

Mrs. Adams was helped tremendously with a good choir, 
and a fine spirit of cooperation in bringing special num- 
bers of music either from their group or from visiting 

Rev. and Mrs. Samuel Adams, Pleasant Hill, Ohio. 


Another Mid- Winter revival is now history, and we had 
a happy time in the Lord. Rev. E. J. Beekley of Canton, 
Ohio, came on the scene February 10, and preached every 

night till the 22nd. This is the minister that through the 
recent years we have desired that he be our successor on 
this field. We still hope and pray that it may be so, if the 
Lord wills. Brother Beekley was liked from the first, and 
won the esteem of the entire community. Three-fourths of 
the entire mixed audience on the closing service, with 100 
people present, consented for his return next fall. Sure, we 
would like to turn the work over to him. 

Rev. Beekley's stay among us was indeed a rich expe- 
rience in his life and he had some wonderful sm-prises 
which he will not soon forget. 

The average attendance for all services was 49-plus. On 
the last Sunday evening the attendance was a record 
breaker — the most people present for many, many years. 
We made close to half-hundred calls, and really some who 
had never made the good confession were deeply under 
conviction. We pray that they may soon yield in our fol- 
low-up work. We had many special numbers by both local 
and visiting people from other churches. Rev. Beekley's 
solos and object teaching was of the best. The general 
offerings took care of all the overhead, and the love offer- 
ing was excellent. The Lord has never failed us yet. 

The W. M. S. is doing a good work and has some new 
people coming. 

We now have four classes in the church school and the 
attendance has been holding up good in spite of the se- 
vere cold winter of snow and ice and bad roads. We are 
grateful for the interest and prayers of friends far and 
near. The Lord bless you good. 

W. R. Deeter. 


The Oakville Brethren Church is anticipating Holy Week 
Services, March 21 to 28, with Rev. E. M. Riddle as Evan- 
gelist. In addition to these, there will be a Sunrise Service 
and Breakfast for the entire church and community on 
Easter Sunday. The day before, the children will enjoy 
an egg hunt on the Church lawn. 

This will be a spiditual climax for our winter activi- 
ties and a boost for the summer months ahead. We have 
had the usual program, starting with our Homecoming 
last fall with Rev. Willis E. Ronk as speaker. We have 
tried to stress Family and Community nights at Oakville, 
and at Thanksgiving time the men in the Church served 
a Supper in the basement of the Church, followed by a 
program in which the moving picture, "Beyond Our Own," 
was shown. At Christmas time, after the program by our 
children and Young People was presented, over two hun- 
dred met in the basement for fellowship. Again on New 
Year's lEve, we had an entire evening together, which 
proved to be an inspiration to all. Now we covet your 
prayers that our Easter Meeting might bring many into 
our church fold. We have received twenty-one into the 
church during the time spent here. 

Deaths from 1946 to 1948 have taken the following per- 
sons from our midst: Minnie Peckinpaugh, Ludie Bow- 
man, Roy Keesling, Ralph Ball, George Teeter, Rosa Hol- 
singer, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ring, George 
Hoover, George Metzker, and Mrs. Mary Ellison. 

James E. Ault, pastor. 

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In the shift from one date book to the new one for the 
beginning of the year, two churches were missed in my 
last report. 

Mansfield — December 14 we visited our Mansfield Church 
where Brother and Sister Eppley are in charge. There 
was a good attendance and a fine spirit in the services. A 
number of new improvements have been made to this 
church such as new cement steps, aisle and platform car- 
pets and floors refinished. A well-kept church speaks vol- 
umes for the congregation. 

Glen ford — On the last Sunday of the year the Secre- 


Pastors' Institute 

March 29-31, April 1 

Excellent Speakers 

Inspirational Fellowship 

Have you written for lodging reservations? 
Write Mrs. W. A. Beeghly 

502 Samaritan Ave., Ashland, Ohio. 

tary travelled with Brother Glenn Shank to Glenford. This 
is an old congregation and has been served by some of 
the best preachers of the denomination. A good number 
of the leaders of this group live 20 miles or more distant, 
at Newark. This church has been shepherded almost ex- 
clusively by student pastors. 

Nappanee — The first Sunday in February I spoke to a 
very excellent audience in the new basement of the Nap- 
panee Church. Two hundred, sixty-eight gathered on a cold 
morning for Sunday School. There was a fine interest and 
great eagerness for the completion of the church edifice. 
This little town has more students in Ashland College 
than any other except towns or cities in Ashland County. 
Still more will be coming next year. The Bowmans have 
done a fine service here. 

New Paris — In the evening it was a joy to speak in the 
New Paris Church, where Brother C. A. Stewart is pas- 
tor. Having been here many times before it was like get- 
ting home. Here we always visit Elder and Mrs. G. W. 
Rench. This church is small numerically, but rich in talent 
and willingness to give. Their missionary giving has been 

Goshen — On the same trip, in the absence of Rev. W. 
E. Ronk, I was called to speak for the Laymen's group at 
Goshen. The men served a fine dinner and had a good pro- 
gram, with a good attendance. 

Other contacts were made at Elkhart, Warsaw, Colum- 
bus, Belief ontaine (Gretna), Williamstown, and Upper 

New recruits for the ministry are being found. New en- 
listments are being made for missionary service. We pray 
and expect that every one shall enter our own college and 
seminary for training. 

Pray that many souls shall be brought to the Lord 
Jesus during these pre-Easter days. 

E. M. Riddle, Field Secretary. 

MARCH 20, 1948 


" . . . If I 

Be Lifted Up . . . " 

bij Arthur R. Bacr 

On Easter thousands will be in church who haven't 
darkened its doors for months. The depressing stretch 
of empty pews will be filled. The church will echo the 
hymns of the Cross and the Empty Tomb. 

One is tempted to be a bit cynical about it. We might 
scoff at a fashion parade that finds its way to the church 
but once a year. We might call it an unholy sham as we 
see the finery on parade in a church dedicated to One Who 
was despised and rejected. We might be partly right; 
there is much of sham in this flood of worshipers at this 
season. Yet the real reason is much deeper than that. The 
sham is there but the reality is there also. That is why 
Easter has held the power to draw men and to empassion 
hearts and fill them anew with a vision of the Christ. 
With all our insincerity and worldliness, with all our proud 
spirit and fine apparel, there is within, something that 
cannot resist the appeal of Easter. There is a spark of 
the spirit of the Master, and for one day at least, it will 
not be denied. 

Thousands may be lured by the voice of some silver 
tongued orator, by the soul stirring anthem of the choir, 
or the beautiful ritual; but there is something within that 
answers a call more universal than these, that is the 
eternal appeal of the Cross. "And I, if I be lifted up ... " 
It is the eternal magnetism of Calvary. 

You have seen a magnet. You know what it is and what 
it does. Tne magnet will draw things to itself of like 
nature. It can also pass on its power of attraction to 
things of similar nature. If you stroke a needle with a 
magnet, it too, will become a magnet. If you rub your 
knife over a magnet it also will gather the power to 
attract. A magnet will pick up nee'dles, pins, nails and 
scores of other things. Some cities have magnetic street 
cleaning machines to pick up nails and other metallic sub- 
stances to protect automobile tires. I remember seeing a 
huge electro-magnet at a steel mill. This magnet sus- 
pended from a huge crane was dropped into a pile of scrap 
iron and tons of the scrap metal would cling to the mag- 
net to be transported to the blast furnace. 

Not only are iron and steel magnets, we too, are mag- 
nets. We attract each other, or we repel. Some influence 
for good and others for evil. Meet some people and the 
touch of human love throws a spell over you, meet others 
and they irritate you. Our homes are magnets and its 
occupants are magnets in varying degrees. Books are 
magnets. Beautiful things are magnets. The good things 
of heaven and earth charm us, attract us and win us. 
The best things in life are drawn out that way. 

How does a magnet attract iron filings? By discover- 

ing within the filings that which is akin to itself. Every 

bit of filing is a magnet in miniature. How do the flowers 
attract the bee? By the beauty of their form and color, 
and by the richness of their fragrance. How does a father 
win back a wayward son ? By the eagerness of his quest, 
and the stretch of love that never rests until he find? 
him. That, too, is the way Jesus attracts. By winsome- 
ness, by the tenderness of his human sympathy and the 
redeeming quality of His sacrificial love. A woman in her 
bewilderment said to him once, "Thou hast nothing to 
draw with ..." She did not know Him then. He had 
his way' of drawing. The church's greatest attraction to- 
day is neither its elaborate music, nor its popular sermon. 
These of themselves will never meet the situation. 

Our text is of the greatest magnetic power of all, the 
power of the Cross. Christ said, "And I, if I be lifted up 
from the earth will draw all men unto me." It was not 
said that he would draw part of the race, nor just a su- 
perior race, not just the whites nor blacks, not just the 
Jews or any other group, but ALL men. At another place 
the command was given, "Go therefore and teach all na- 
tions, baptising them in the name of the Father and of 
the Son and of the Holy Spirit ..." It was All nations, 
not just one nation, nor the most powerful, or the most 

Jesus drew unto himself and ministered to all kinds 
of people. You remember of course the blind beggar. 
Sometime ago I saw a blind man on a street in Wheeling. 
He was walking faster than most blind men do and he al- 
most ran into a small frail old lady. 1 thought how help- 
less most blind people are! In all likelihood the blind beg- 
gar whose eyes Christ opened was a person with a monot- 
onous past and hopeless future. He may have come from 
a background of poverty or even of filth. With neither 
money nor education he didn't amount to much in the 
community. His friends were likely as powerless to help 
as he himself. Yet Jesus saw his potential worth, the 
things which might transpire for him, and said: "Receive 
thy sight, thy faith hath saved thee." 

The Master drew unto himself and had fellowship with 
all kinds of people. Every sort of helpless person, physic- 
ally and spiritually seemed to gravitate toward Him. We 
see Him talking to the woman in sin. In her early life 
she too had had aspirations, even as you and I. Then 
something happened to her hopes. It may be that she sim- 
ply got into the wrong crowd and found herself slipping 
to the bottom. The glories of the past and the hopes for 
the future had long since become a faded dream. Natur- 
ally, her companions would be of the lowest. She was an 



outcast woman, looked upon by other women with scorn 
and disgust. Yet she was the object of Jesus' love and 
magnetic power. 

Think of the various types of people with whom Jesus 
has fellowship and who are unable to resist His appeal. 
There was the impulsive Peter; the lovable John; the ed- 
ucated politician Xicodeinus; the wealthy Joseph of Ari- 
mathea. Christ loved and drew all — the rich, the poor, 
the learned, the ignorant, the social, the anti-social, the 
ambitious, the lazy, the black, the white, of whatever color 
or condition. He saw the world of m<ni and loved them 
so deeply that He died for them, each one of them, that 
he might draw them unto himself. 

Jesus drew men unto himself that they might have 
abundant life. "I am come" he said, "that they might have 
life, and have it more abundantly." Christ drew men unto 
himself because he is sufficient for every need. No man's 
problem is too great for Him. Being aware of the sins of 
the world, that it is a malignant growth on the souls of 
men, He challenges us to take our place along side the 
Cross, and realize his sufficiency. The Christ of yester- 
day has become the triumphant Christ of today. 

It is easy to talk about the triumph of Jesus, but 

through the Church he brings to us a personal responsi- 
bility. The task is not an easy one, which comes to us in 
His words, "And I, if I be lifted up ... " The task is 
plain, we must lift up the Christ in the midst of mis- 
ery, suffering, sin and chaos.| It has been our privilege 
to be drawn to the foot of the Cross, it is also our privi- 
lege to allow its magnetic power to work through us that 
all men may know Him, "Whom to know aright is life 

It has been our privilege to read of the abundant power 
manifested in the life of the early Church. It is our privi- 
lege, if we will, to live and work in a church that is not 
only drawn, but exerts the irresistible appeal of the Man 
of Calvary. The Church which uplifts the Christ, will 
alone, have that power. As, and if, we are sure of the 
drawing power of the Cross, let us go forth to make it 
real in our lives. He remains forever our greatest attrac- 

Once and for All, Christ has been lifted up on the Cross 
of Calvary. It remains for us to lift Him up in our pul- 
pits and in our daily life, and we can be sure that He 
will still draw men unto Himself. 

— Cameron, W. Va. 


That was a very sober word that Mary spoke 
to the servants when she said: "Whatsoever he 
saith unto you, do it." The mother of our Lord 
probably knew very little about the doctrine of 
the Holy Spirit, and she had never heard the 
word "guidance," but she knew a simple principle 
of life so thoroughly that she warned the ser- 
vants very carefully. "When you understand what 
he has told you, do it." 

It is a very common thing for Christians to 
pray, "Show me the way, teach me thy will." The 
fact is, however, that most of us have enough 
guidance at all times to keep us busy doing our 
duty. Few of us need more guidance ; most of us 
need to follow the guidance we already have. 

It very rarely happens that any Christian, face 
to face with a known duty, is in any doubt as 
to what he ought to do. He may be unwilling to 
do what he knows he should do, but he has no 
doubt as to the "oughtness" of the situation. 

On one occasion a friend is said to have re- 
marked to Mark Twain: "There is a lot in the 
Bible that I do not understand, and it troubles 
me," to which the great humorist-philosopher re- 
plied, "I am not troubled much by the things in 
the Bible I do not understand. It is the things 
that are perfectly plain which I do not want to do 
that give me trouble." 

Somewhere among Jesus' words is the expres- 

sion : "To him that hath shall be given." He does 
not seem to have spoken those words in connec- 
tion with any discussion of the question of guid- 
ance, but they have a very intimate relationship 
to that theme. 

To the man who has guidance, and follows it, 
shall be given more guidance. We learn as we 
act; we grow as we put forth effort; the path 
becomes plain as we walk in it. 

Once that a duty becomes perfectly plain, so 
that there is no doubt about it, we may be abso- 
lutely sure that we will receive no more light un- 
til we have walked in that which is already ours. 

To have guidance from God — to be shown the 
way — we must stand ready to walk out into the 
light whenever it appears. God does not waste 
knowledge upon those who will not use it; he 
does not grant light to those who will not walk 
in it. To have knowledge we must act upon such 
as we already have ; to be given guidance we must 
stand ready to follow it wherever it leads. 

The servants could not have anticipated the 
amazing results that were to follow their fulling 
of the water jars. That was not their responsibil- 
ity. They were not commanded to see into the 
future, but to do the present duty. They earned 
their reward by seeing their works blessed far 
beyond all they could have anticipated. God does 
not need those who can see to the end of the road, 
but those who are willing to take the next step. 

— by Roy L. Smith. 

MARCH 20, 1948 



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by John F. Lqpke 

Crises and emergencies in our lives reveal our real 
characters. If you had stood near that cross so long ago, 
a stranger in the crowd attracted there by the tumult, 
what would you have learned about Jesus the Messiah ? 
Palm Sunday and the events of Holy Week emphasize the 
admonition "Behold your King." At Calvary we behold 
Him suffer. These seven sayings preserved for us by the 
Gospel writers have ,a perennial significance for mankind. 
They reveal so much about Him, who is our Savior and 
our Life. They reveal that He was Himself to the very 
end. Not only on some sunny day among friends is He 
the Way, the Truth, and the Life . . . but now! The last 
cruel hours of suffering provide a dark background against 
which His sayings and His life glow with radiant lumi- 
nence. Hate, selfishness, insane fury, human littleness, only 
serve to accentuate His love, His unselfishness, His com- 
plete sanity, His Divine mercy. He did not have to die. 
This is not the death of just the best man who ever lived. 
He is facing death for every man. He is dying for the 
sins of the world. This is God dying for the redemption 
of humanity lost in sin. Since this is true we shall listen 
with no common interest to what he says in these last 


The first that He said after the cross was lifted up and 
allowed to slide down into the hole prepared for it, was 
a word of Intercession. It reveals His boundless love. 
"Father forgive them for they know not what they do." 

He did not cease to love humanity, all humanity. He had 
taught love for enemies, to pray for those who persecute 
you, now He does it! Humanity was here con- 
ducting itself abominably. Those who surged about the 
cross were driven by fierce hatreds, merciless cruelty, 
stupid ignorance, blind folly. It is rather easy to love 
one's fellowmen when they are behaving nicely, or with 
courage and dignity. But here is love so amazing, so 
divine, that it embraces all, even the enemies that have 
hated without cause. It does not balk at those who have 
borne false witness which has led to a whole series of 
indignities culminating in the crown of thorns, the beat- 
ing, and now, the death by crucifixion ... a horrible way 
of execution because it was slower, prolonging the agony 
of suffering. 

One famous scholar says it is certain that Jesus spoke 
these words for they are utterly unlike anyone else. If we 
are to be like Him let these words arrest our mind and 
claim its thoughtful meditation. The Centurion in charge 
of the detail of soldiers must have been shocked by these 

words. They undoubtedly helped him to arrive at his eval- 
uation of Jesus, "Truly this man was the Son of God." 


The second word is one of pardon revealing Hib Baying 
power. He assured the penitent thief, "Today shalt thou 
be with me in paradise." Here is a promise of immediate 
and conscious fellowship after death in paradise. Paradise 
is a Persian word and does not signify an intermediate 
state, but connotes the very bliss of heaven itself. Xeno- 
phon uses the word for an enclosed park or pleasure 
ground. In Rev. 2:7 the word is used again, "To him that 
overcometh I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is 
in the midst of the paradise of God." The abode of God 
is a garden of delight, not some hazy intermediate state. 
How like Him was this act! He was always ready to par- 
don every repentant sinner . . . "Him that cometh I will 
in no wise cast out." The Cross reveals the worth of man. 
Man is the brother for whom Christ died. The worst thing 
that could have happened to anyone in the Roman world 
happened to that thief that day, but it was the best thing 
that could have happened too, for Jesus turned it into the 
road to Paradise. The worst turns to the best in His hands. 

It is for each of us to say whether we shall enter Para- 
dise with Him. We can if we will. 

The dying thief rejoiced to see 
That fountain in His day 
And there may I, though vile as he 
Wash all my sins away! 


Our Savior is revealed in His compassionate providence 
for His mother. Whatever He had done for humanity as 
a whole, or for individuals here and there, no more lova- 
ble act, endearing Him to us, is recorded than this one 
in which He sees to it that His mother shall be cared for. 
Perhaps He delayed the beginning of His public ministry 
until he was thirty, in order to help his widowed mother 
rear the family of younger children. 

Men may rise high in the esteem of their fellows and 
snatch many of the worldly honors and prizes, but they 
are essentially little and unlovable, if they lack this same 
concern and esteem for the one who first cared for them 
and taught them, who kissed away their childish fears and 
bruises. A degenerate society forgets its old and neglects 
its young. A Christian society will provide for both just 
as a Christian individual must. His birth and death scenes 
forever consecrate motherhood. 



Herein His unselfish love is again to be seen. He forgot 
Himself to the last being concerned with others. Dying 
for the whole world did not cause Him to forget His own 


His fourth saying from the cross reveals Him dying in 
the sinners stead. "My God. why hast thou forsaken me?" 
Who can measure the depths to which these words take 
US? Forsaken, even of God, because He is the sin-bearing 
Savior, the Lamh being slain for the sins of the world 
He who knew no sin became sin for us, suffering for our 
sakes. When the evil scoffers taunted Him, suggesting 
if He were indeed the Son of God He should come down, 
He stayed. FOR US! This saying seems the very climax 
of despair. In it is summed up the agony of being alone, 
forsaken by Friends, Religion, and Law. He need not have 
done it. He chose the cross. He laid down His life to save. 
He became sin that He might forever effectively deal with 
sin for all who will believe. 


The fifth word allows us to behold Him in physical suf- 
fering. He the Great High Priest is touched with the feel- 
ing of our infirmities. He has fellowship with our suffer- 
ings. His agonies were greatest in the realm of spirit, 
but He suffered as a man. "I Thirst." Fainting from loss 
of blood, the acute and unrelieved pain, the human nature 
of our Lord calls out for some temporary relief. We are 
told that no physical pain is greater than the extreme 
thirst which accompanies the agonies of death brought on 
by the loss of blood. The torments of Hell are represented 
by a violent thirst, when Dives begs for a drop of water 
to cool his tongue. To that everlasting thirst we are con- 
demned but for the atoning death of Christ. 

Christ on the Cross was spoiling powers and princi- 
palities of evil, setting us free. Only this one time, are 
we reminded by His words of the physical suffering 'He 
endured. Jesus was a realist. There are people who try 
to build a sort of philosophy out of His teachings, who 
exclude the reality of pain and suffering and death. They 
say these things are not real. But Jesus never taught any- 
thing of the sort. He never taught foolishness. He dealt 
with fact. We know that our Great High Priest under- 
stands all about our everyday realities, heartaches, and 


In the sixth saying we behold Him in the assurance of 
victory. "It is finished." All that He had come to do was 
now done. Atonement for sin is now complete. Salvation 
is now a fact. The fountain for cleansing is now open. The 
foundation for peace and happiness has been laid that shall 
never fail. The malice and enmity of his persecutors is 
able to do no more. The Father's will has been done. The 
ceremonial law is accomplished, for the veil of the tem- 
ple is now rent from top to bottom. Sin is finished, for 
now the Lamb of God is perfected to take away sin. His 
sufferings are finished and He is about to enter Paradise. 
In all history no one ever accomplished so much. An in- 
finity of meaning is compressed into this statement. 


The seventh statement from the Cross reveals His 

peace. "Father into thy hands I commend my spirit." 

"That is the way to die," you say. To the Christian death 
can be like that, a rendering up of the spirit to the Fath- 
er. His peace He gives to us. It is so unlike the world's 
peace. Into whose hands dare you commit your spirit if 
today were your last mortal one? Behold your suffering 
Savior. Look to Him and Live! Honor Him with your lips 
and with your heart. Crown Him with many crowns . . . 
Crown Him Lord of all. Behold, how He deserves it! 

One man who gave himself wholly to Christ called Him 
"King of kings and Lord of Lords." Another saw Him in 
heaven and reports, "On His head were many crowns." 
When you survey Him on His wondrous cross what is 
your reaction? Are we not under obligation to herald 
the story of the Cross to all men ? Must we not love Him 
supremely who first loved us? Some day He will remind 
us, "I was a thirst." How shall it be reported that we 
acted? To a world in sufferings and hellishness, carnage 
and slaughter, ignorance and darkness, crying for help, 
did we carry a vinegar sponge or the water of Life? 

Look once more to Calvary and then take a good look at 
what you are doing for Him, who did everything for you 
there. Surveying the cross may make us ashamed of our- 
selves. But it may also make us more like Him and far 
more useful to Him. 

No wonder a Christian poet wrote, 

"Beneath the cross of Jesus 
I fain would take my stand." 

There is no other refuge from sin, sorrow, loneliness, 
failure and cruelty, the emptiness and uselessness of life, 
no better place to see Him as my Savior and my Friend. 

— Maurertown, Va. 


Joseph D. Hamel of Johnstown, Pa., living 
in Ashland, Ohio, has been granted permis- 
sion to preach the Gospel and conduct the 
Ordinances of the Brethren Church as a li- 
censed minister by the Johnstown, Pa., Sec- 
ond Brethren Church, by authority of the 
Ministerial Examining Board of the Penn- 
sylvania District Conference of the Brethren 
Church, for one year beginning February 8, 

Rev. Hamel is the present pastor of the 
Fairhaven Brethren Church. 

MARCH 20, 1948 


The Unbroken Promise 

by D. R. Wolfe 

Heaven only knows how many millions of persons have 
lived and died without ever having found Peace! It is 
equally impossible to estimate how many millions more 
are searching vainly for that Peace of Mind of Joshua 
Leibman's. Most individuals are living as if life were a 
valley of tears through which man must pass before 
he reaches the inevitable axe of destiny. With such a 
vulgar conception of life it is not any wonder that man 
cannot find Peace. 

Modern man is afraid! He is afraid of his World; he 
is wary of his fellow man; he is frightened at the mys- 
terious prospects of Life; and he trembles before the on- 
rushing tidal wave of Death. The only effective antidote 
of fear is peace. Call it Faith, Happiness, Hope, what- 
ever you will, it is still peace. Earth's crying need is 
Peace. Not that shallow peace that will allow life to go 
on but which really does nothing but cloak the fear under 
an outer covering. What is really needed is the Peace of 
God that passes understanding. Human life depends upon 
the realization of that Peace! 

M,an has no real peace either within or without. "With- 
in are tumults and without are fears." It is precisely as 
Jesus predicted, "In the world ye shall have tribulation" 
— but, "Peace I leave with you." Real Peace must coincide 
with life, here and now. The world of force and power 
in which we live is not conducive to peace. We lack the 
moral and spiritual power to keep our vast scientific 
achievements and particularly our own selves under con- 
trol and to use them only for constructive purposes. We 
have a sense of power and greatness, but we do not pos- 
sess the necessary sense of responsibility to direct our 
prowess toward the achievement of peace and security. 
This is the paradox of our times. We are the strongest 
people of all ages, yet our strength is brought to naught 
by our own moral weakness, and the result is a lack of 
peace and the sense of futility which plagues our times. 

All men are searching for something outside of life 
although they may not be conscious of their quest. If 
man is ever to have peace he must first realize that it is 
not a part of life as we find life; and he must be willing 
to pay the price of that peace. It is time for men to real- 
ize that life is not a game we can play as children play 
"Farmer in the Dell" or "Ring around-the-rosey." It is 
a much more serious business that rightfully demands 
our highest ideals and our most concerted efforts. Life 
does not work like a slot machine with peace and happi- 
ness as the "jack-pot." We get back from life exactly 
what we put into it. If we live a nickle and dime exist- 
ence we are not going to get back two-bits. It is wrong, 
dreadfully wrong, to gamble with human life and human 

'happiness, regardless of how high the stakes may be. If 
human life is ever to be peaceful, man mu with- 

out a doubt that he wants Peace and that he will ne 
cease searching for it until it is achieved, even though 
it takes the rest of his life. When human lives and hap- 
piness are at stake a lifetime itself is not too great a 
price of peace. 

The "Peace of God" and the peace of the world are not 
one and the same thing. The peace of the world is at 
best only a temporary armistice because men have not 
taken the time to define peace. In spite of wars, social 
reforms and treaties we have no peace. In fact, peace may 
not come to our times at all. Peace is not a state of af- 
fairs, it is a state of mind. Man can have peace in the 
midst of war or in the depths of tragedy, but it is a 
peace which cannot be defined. Peace defies definition pre- 
cisely because it is the "peace that passes understanding." 

Man has no natural peace. Although many attempts 
have been made to identify man with the peace and har- 
mony of the natural world, it has not brought the peace 
of nature. While it is true that there is a peace of nature, 
that there are no moral conflicts in the natural world, 
that the world of things is not torn asunder by fratricidal 
strifes; that peace cannot satisfy the needs of human life. 
What is needed is not a peace that will free man from 
these moral conflicts, but a peace which will enable him 
to see through the cloak of immediate darkness and re- 
veal the true character of life and its conflicts. Human 
life will never be free from conflicts, never, so long as 
man is free! 

Nor can we depend upon the peace of the world which 
is really a peace of force. A forced peace eventually 
breaks into open rebellion and you have no peace at all. 
The only effective peace for man is "The peace of God" 
which is a peace of Love. Love man can understand and 
appreciate for Love is indeed the law of life. It is not 
peace free from the conflicts of human life, but it is not 
conquered by those conflicts. "The 'Peace of God' has 
pain and sorrow in it," because it is a peace that man 
understands and knows. It is the peace which sent Jesus 
Christ to the Cross and it is the same peace which brought 
Him triumphant from the grave. 

Easter brings us face to face with the greatest force 
in the world — Immortality, the spiritual manifestation of 
the "Peace of God." We must admit that here is a diffi- 
cult story. Men just don't rise up from the dead, pass 
through solid walls and doors and suddenly ascend into 
the heavens. Yet, every attempt to discredit the resur- 
rection story has failed! Science can say "impossible," yet 
you and I are living in a civilization bui't upon the reality 



Salter TH&ut 

A woman bent with weeping 

Outside a rock-hewn tomb, 
A loving watch is keeping 

Throughout a night of gloom. 
The Sabbath Day is ending 

But what is time or place? 
For early on the morning 

Again she'll see His face. 

Softly the day is breaking, 

Lighter the shadows seem; 
Far over Judea's mountains 

The morning star is seen. 
O Master, I must see Thee, 

She sobbed, too grieved to pray. 
Then sorrowfully wondered, 

"Who'll roll the stone away?" 

And now the day grows brighter, 

The shadows all have fled; 
She comes with costly spices 

For her beloved dead. 
The last time she shall see Him, 

But, where is He who died? 
Behold! the tomb is empty, 

The door is open wide. 

Her eyes are dimmed with weeping, 

A workman's form she spies, 
And thinking Him the gardener, 

"Oh, give Him back!" she cries. 
Her name is spoken softly, 

"Mary!" Her fears are gone. 
All hail Thee! Master, Jesus 

It was the Easter Morn. 

of that resurrection. Take away the story of the resur- 
rection and the whole world will fall before your very 
eyes. Life is not founded upon a myth, and the empires 
of the past that were, are today only pages in a history 
book or objects of archeological research. The evidence of 
the resurrection is overwhelming. 

But. men must decide for themselves whether the empty 
tomb is a fact or a fraud, and live accordingly. Immor- 
tality and the "Peace of God" are both proofs of the 
reality of the resurrection and testimony of the empty 
tomb. Easter lias given new meaning to human life, the 
meaning of immortality and eternal life. Immortality does 
not begin at the grave but is always a part of human 
life. This is the peace that Jesus promised and gave to 
the world. Whenever the fear of life and death is over- 
come and man realizes that he is immortal and God is 
eternal, then, and then only is man free from conflicts 

which tear at his soul and heart. Only with this in mind 
can man achieve the "Peace that passes understanding." 
Any other peace is selling life short and is sacrificing the 
only real part of life. 

The only possible peace for man is the Peace of Love. 
That is the Peace which Jesus promised that he would 
leave with the believers. Fortified with this Peace, life is 
never a crisis, never disastrous, and certainly never vain. 
Immortality is the promise of the empty tomb, and He 
who triumphed over the power of the grave says to the 
whole world, "Peace be unto you." 

— Ashland, Ohio. 

MARCH 20, 1948 


The Message of the Boo\ 


by Chester F. Zimme r rman 

James was a great be- 
liever in activity. Activity 
that was backed by faith 
was the motto, dream, vi- 
sion, burning desire, or 
whatever you may wish to 
call it. James had no place 
for those who placidly ad- 
mitted to faith but showed 
no life or activity. 

We are told that there is 
a wide, shallow river in 
Arizona, the Ria Puerco 
that has this peculiarity — 
its bed is nearly all quick- 
sand on which you may 
travel with safety provid- 
ing you keep moving, but 
the instant a halt is made the treacherous sands begin to 
engulf you. How like the world that is! God never in- 
tended that we should tarry in it since "the fall." The 
Christian must keep moving or become submerged in its 
sands. James was setting forth this principle in clarity 
and preciseness when he said that faith without works is 
dead being alone. 

The missionary message of the second chapter is 
summed up in the word "do." It is a ringing challenge 
for all men of faith, everywhere. Ask yourself this ques- 
tion: "What have I done that will stand the light of eter- 
nity?" Think how many live like a sewing woman, sew- 
ing all day long, and then suddenly discovering that her 
needle is not threaded. How many like a man pushing 
from the shore at night, and after rowing till his hands 
are sore, wonders why he has not reached the opposite 
shore, and as the morning comes and as night is lifted, to 
his amazement he discovers that his boat is tied to a post. 
Life is like a bag full of holes, things are put in, but at 
last nothing is seen. James tied faith and works together 
in his message of missions and put meaning and worth 
into every activity. 

"Free to serve!" These words were uttered by a thought- 
ful woman as she saw a great vessel loosed to plough 
its way into the ocean. In the water only could it find its 
native element. It was in bondage until it was launched. 
It found its freedom in its preparedness for service. A 
man is like that ship. He is not free when he is his own, 
withheld from God. His truest freedom comes by submis- 
sion, his emancipation by surrender; he has a man's will 
only when he submits his will to God's will. God's wall is 

the ocean to him, his native element. Once in that element 
once fully yielded to God, he, like the ship in tie ocean, 
is free indeed. He is "free to serve," and in serving finds 
his highest liberty. There is no limiting of faith in the 
book of James, unless there is a limiting of the ocean of 
God's will in our minds. 

Just a few hours after the awful Iroquois theaer fire in 
Chicago, a lady who was returning from the cty to her 
home at Oak Park, noticed in the seat opposite ler in the 
street car, a young lady who seemed so pale an< agitated 
that she finally ventured to engage her in coiversation 
and asked the cause of her unusual excitement With in- 
tense emotion, the young lady stated that she was one 
of the few who had escaped unhurt from the terrible dis- 
aster at the theater, having been borne along with the 
fear maddened crowd, trampling upon the writling forms 
of those who had fallen, never to rise again. When she 
had finished, the older lady said: "Certainly you ought to 
feel thankful that you escaped such a frightcul death." 
Quickly the now weeping girl replied "Yes I know I 
ought to be thankful, but oh, I didn't save anyone!" Hop- 
ing to comfort her, the lady soothingly said, "Yes, dear, 
but you were perfectly excusable in acting for yourself 
under such intense excitement." Instead of taking com- 
fort from the words the trembling girl only bowed her 
head and sobbed aloud, "Yes, but I didn't even try to 
help anyone." That same cry will arise from the lips 
of many a Christian some day when it is known that loved 
ones in the home died worse than physical deaths, and yet 
they hadn't even tried to help save them. The appeal 
of James is not limited to home or city or country. His 
practical appeal is for us to do, today, what we can and 
must do. Faith and works going hand in hand to accom- 
plish the Lord's will. To James the burning shame was 
that we do not try. 

A young man who had heard the gospel accepted Christ. 
A little while after this, a Christian teacher asked him: 
"What have you done for Christ since you believed?" He 
replied: "Oh, I'm a learner." "Well," said the questioner 
"when you light a candle do you light it to make the 
candle more comfortable, or to have it give light?" He 
replied, "To give light." "Do you expect it to give light 
after it is half burned, or when you first light it?" He 
replied, "As soon fi's you first light it." "Very well." was 
the reply, "go thou and do likewise; begin at once." 
Shortly after there were fifty more Christians in town 
as a result of the man's work. Faith and work go together. 

— Johnstown. Pa. 



Dear Frends: 

It does not seem possible that we have been here four 
months. We both feel like we know something of the 
work nov. There is much to learn, and if we only could 
speak Spanish. Little by little we are learning to under- 
stand it, but maybe we get too impatient. 

Norma's work is much the same as it was at home only 
more aloig the supervising line. She is in charge of the 
linens aho, and that means keeping the hospital clothes 
mended, ;ee to the issuing of new clothes and linen to 
unit members in the hospital. 

We ha\e a Puerto Rican who sews three hours a day. 
With the nurses helping in spare time we manage to 
keep our leads above water, or clothes, I should say. 

All the Puerto Ricans in the hospital are fine workers 
and we erjoy working with them very much. Making out 
the schedule is quite a problem because of scheduling help 
in both the clinic and hospital. We have two clinics off 
the grouncs and one that is connected with the hospital 
where all emergencies come. 

We are starting a new class of nurse aides and order- 
lies next nonth. We cannot employ all we instruct, but 
we feel it is a way of teaching health, and some of the 
girls and boys have been able to find employment in other 

Foreign Missions 

hospitals. We have two classes a year of around six or 
seven students. 

Most of our emergency cases in the hospital are from 
machete cuts, either from fighting or working with them. 
Everyone carries one with him all the time. The machete 
is a large knife about a yard long. There are many cases 
of abdominal parasites. 

I am enjoying my work very much. I am in charge of 
all laboratory work and have one Puerto Rican helper in 
making analyses. When I cannot be there no work is done 
so I am starting a class to teach other unit members 
some of the test and emergency work such as blood typ- 
ing. Next week we are going to spend a couple of days 
at another hospital to see how they operate. I shall spend 
some time in the laboratory learning some of the tests, 
and Norma will observe in the hospital. 

We hope that you will continue to pray for us that we 
might do our work as the Lord plans it, and that we shall 
not only attend to the needs of the physical but the spir- 
itual as well. We are gaining a lot of good experience 
and hope that we shall be able to help the Puerto Ricans 
as much as they are helping us. 

Yours in Christ, 
Dale and Norma Roesch 
PRRA, Castaner Project 
Castaner, Puerto Rico. 

This boy is almost 2 years old. Weighs 13 pounds now, but only 

weighed 1ft when he came in to the hospital. He is just now 

picking up and has been in since- December 1 

MARCH 20, 1948 


View of the unit at Castaner 

The following is an excerpt from a letter written by 
Norma Roesch on February 15, 1948. 

The scenery is really beautiful and we have climbed 
a couple of mountains to get a better view. One Sunday 
a group of six of us got up at 3:30 A. M. to hike up a 
mountain to see the sunrise. That was really something, 
climbing by flashlight, and then it was cold at the top 
because we were in the clouds. Then we only had glimpses 
of the sunrise between clouds going by. For worship we 
had a meditation period and it certainly was impressive 
to look out over the hill and see the ocean on one side, 
many colored trees and homes sprinkled all over the hills. 

You'll have to wait until we are back to show you the 
pictures. We are making colored slides and with these 
you will be able to appreciate some of the beauty we 
live in. Of course, it isn't all beauty because of the poor 
homes and conditions, but it is a blessing they have some- 
thing that is beautiful. 

The Bucare trees are out now and you can see whole 
valleys full of this deep orange tree. Valentine's day one 
of the girls brought me two gardenias and Dale picked 
me some red flowers that I don't know the name of yet. 
They have many beautiful flowers — roses, lilies of differ- 

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ent kinds, and many others. There are also many kinds 
of ferns growing around. ' 

The orange season is about over and we are going to 
miss them. The coffee season is over also, but the cane 
season is just starting. That will mean more machete cuts 
because they cut all their cane with these big knives. 
Don't see how we can have many more though, because 
someone is always fighting with them. One boy came in 
one Sunday morning with about 5 minor cuts and one 
large one about four inches long on the head that cut 
part way into the bone. He recovered without any appar- 
ent after effects, but was afraid to go home because 
he was living with his sister and it was her husband 
that cut him. 

Two friends will get drunk, then mad, and cut each 
other up, and also bring each other to the hospital. It 
has even been known that after being sewed up, they 
went right out and started fighting again. 

We have to be careful not to admire anything too much 
or they will just give it to you, including children. Even 
if they need things very badly, or it is the last they have, 
they will give anything to you if they know you admire 
it. Some of them try to show their appreciation in that 

"A layman sometimes feels that he is unimportant in a church unless he is 
an officer or at least a member of a committee. He should remember that a 
church without laymen would scarcely be a church at all. The work of a church 
reaches fruition only when the Christian ideals which it teaches are put into 
practice outside the church by its laymen in everyday life." 

— F. C. Shipley, City College of N. Y. 

. If you tvant to keep the health of Christ, keep from all spiritual sores, 
from heart wounds and irritations. One hour of fretting will icmr out 
more vitality than a week of work; and one minute of malignity or rank- 
ling jealousy or envy ivill hurt more than a drink of poison. Sweetness 
of spirit and joyousness of heart are essential to full health — .4. B. Simp- 



The Christian's Responsibility to Missions 

by Spencer Gentle 

When 1 think of my responsibility to the Mis- 
sionary Program, my mind automatically re- 
hearses the Great Commission as we find it in 
the 19th verse of the 28th chapter of St. Mat- 
thew's Gospel: "Go ye therefore, and teach all 
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Fath- 
er, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost 

This should be the experience of every Chris- 
tian today, because this Great Commission was 
given for you and for me. It was not given for 
the disciples only, it was not given for mission- 
aries only, it was not given to preachers only, 
but it was given to EVERY Christian. We have 
a responsibility to the Missionary Program, and 
all of us can and MUST feel that responsibility 
and then do something about it. 

Each and every Christian has to go to the Mis- 
sion field, and he can go in prayer, by giving, or 
by going himself. 

In the 9th chapter x>f Matthew, we find these 
words of Jesus: "The harvest truly is plenteous, 
but the laborers are few; pray ye therefore the 
Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth la- 
bourers into his harvest." Every Christian should 
pray earnestly and often for our missionaries, 
and for missionary fields all over the world, be- 
cause Jesus has commanded us to. So many peo- 
ple are afraid to pray "that he will send forth 
labourers into his harvest" because they are fear- 
ful that God will send them. If this be the case, 
then let us pray even more earnestly .about it. 
Every missionary with whom we talk tells us 
that prayer is the most important factor in his 
work; his prayers in the field, and those prayers 
which are being offered back home. If Christ 
thought it important enough to command us to 
Pray concerning this great work, then He will 
hear and answer our prayers. 

A Christian's first responsibility to the Mis- 
sionary Program is that of prayer. Let us Pray! 

Then, we must go to the mission field by our 
gi ving. I think the reason that we don't give more 
fc.r missionary work is because we do not realize 
hf )\v much good a little can do. We spend great 
su ms of money here at home to advance the 
Christian cause, but it seems that very little good 
is done. It is quite the opposite in our mission 

fields. Missionaries tell us that literally thousands 
of lost souls in heathen lands are saved upon 
their first hearing of the wonderful name 
of Jesus Christ. Isn't it worth a few dollars on 
our part if one soul can be brought to Christ? 1 
have a friend who is very much interested in the 
missionary work and he gives a good portion of 
his salary toward this work. He has also made 
it a practice not to send flowers when a loved one 
or a friend passes on, but to send five or ten dol- 
lars or even more to a mission center, and within 
a few days the bereaved family will receive a no- 
tice that a living memorial has been set up in 
memory of the departed one in the form of mis- 
sion work. This is a true spirit of giving, and 
many Christians could very well follow such an 
example today. 

Our second responsibility to the Missionary 
Program is to give. Let us give! 

Every Christian can pray for this great work. 
Every Christian can give to this great work. But 
every Christian is not called to enter a particular 
mission field. However, if the call from God 
should come our way, let us heed it. If every per- 
son who has received such a call was on the field 
today, there would not be a shortage of mission- 
aries ! God has not failed in calling men, but man 
has failed in answering that call. Man is afraid, 
or he doesn't want to leave home, but Jesus has 
said, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the 
end of the world." Every returning missionary 
will tell us that these words are true. It's a great 
honor to be called of God to be .a missionary, a 
preacher, or a Christian worker. 

Our third responsibility is to GO if God should 
call us. Let us go! 

Yes, every Christian has a responsibility to the 
Missionary Program, whether it be abroad or in 
our home land, therefore let us pray "without 
ceasing" and let us give until "it hurts," Perhaps 
we shall never know how much our prayers have 
helped, or perhaps we shall never know how much 
good our gifts have done, but we can rest as- 
sured that God will answer the prayers, and will 
see that the gifts are used for His glory. 

We have the responsibility; let us bear our 
share. — Ashland, Ohio. 

MARCH 20, 1948 



From the Christian World 

Seventeen women are on the list of ordained ministers 
in the United Church of Canada. This is unique among 
the larger Protestant bodies of the Dominion. 

A fifty-bed hospital, the only one for Negroes in Law- 
ton, Okla., has been made possible through the gift of 
Eev. Perry McArthur and his wife. The Methodist minis- 
ter and his wife are using fifty per cent of the profits 
from oil wells on their property for charitable purposes. 

The 1947 public relations award, given annually by the 
National Association of Public Relations Counsel, Inc., was 
presented to Paul W. Litchfield, chairman of the board 
of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The award 
went to Mr. Litchfield primarily because of the sponsor- 
ship by his company of the Greatest Story. Ever Told, a 
radio dramatization of the Bible. 

President Truman recently urged Americans to give 
more liberally to the "character-building agencies and in- 
stitutions upon which the integrity of the nation is based." 
President Truman said, "We cannot hope to be worthy of 
continued blessings of prominence if our prosperity is 
used selfishly." 

One hundred fifty-nine heifers were shipped to Italy in 
early December. Another shipment will go this month. 
Another shipment is scheduled for March. More cattle are 
needed. If you have a heifer which you want to go, noti- 
fy the heifer project committee, New Windsor, Md. 

Charles and Ruth Webb are giving their time now to 
distributing relief goods which have come to France on 
friendship steamers which transport goods from the 
Friendship Train. Two shiploads haVe already arrived in 
France. Charles and Ruth Webb are serving under the 
direction of the Brethren Service Committee. 

Empress Menen, wife of Haile Selassie, has given her 
beautiful jeweled crown to the Church of the Nativity in 
Bethlehem as a gift. She did this to fulfill a vow she 
made in 1935 when Italy invaded Ethiopia and she took 
refuge in Jerusalem. Her promise was that if her country 
was delivered from its enemy she would make this gift. 
A special emissary recently made the trip to Bethlehem 
to make the presentation. Empress Menen is a member of 
the Coptic Church in Ethiopia. Thousands of years ago 
another Queen of Ethiopia came to Jerusalem with gifts 
for great King Solomon. Empress Menen's gift is for a 
far greater King, even though born in a manger. 

Experiments in Germany indicate that soya flour is a 
very valuable addition to the diet of malnourished people. 

Weight was gained and people could do better work. 

Five leading chieftains from Uganda, Africa, were 
present recently in St. George's Church in England to 
commemorate a hundred years of missionary work in 

In Auburn, New York, Catholic, Jewish and Protestant 
faiths are uniting in a joint "Crusade for God" to im- 
prove the moral and religious attitudes of their city. 

The Chinese national government, in spite of its pre- 
occupation with the civil war, has granted the equivalent 
of about a half million dollars in American currency to 
the work of building Christian colleges in China. China, 
more than almost any other country, emphasizes the ex- 
treme value of education. 

Alcoholic advertising has been refused by national mag- 
azines which have a total circulation of nearly 44,000,- 
000. At least 180 daily newspapers and about 2,000 week- 
ly newspapers refused to accept alcoholic advertising. 
These magazines and papers should be encouraged. 

More than 500,000 children and 100,000 aged persons in 
France will receive supplementary rations for six weeks 
to two months from the Friendship Train food sent 
by the people of the United States. Food for the children 
will be made available through school canteens or after- 
noon snacks in orphanages, nurseries and other institu- 

A majority of the people polled in five countries — the 
United States, England, Canada, Holland and Sweden — 
favor strengthening the United Nations. If peace is to be 
attained, these people believe that the UN must become 
a world government having control over the armed forces 
of each member country. 

American Protestant churches are planning to send 500 
missionaries to Japan within the next three years, it was 
announced by Dr. Luman J. Shafer, chairman of the Japan 
committee of the Foreign Missions Conference of North 

Thirteen men are now working in the Brethren work- 
shops in Bremen, Germany. This carpenter shop and shoe 
repair shop, called the Christopher Sauer Workshops, are 
helping war victims and refugees to rebuild themselves 
a place in society. 

The ministerial association of Kalamazoo, Mich., has 
insisted that a commission be established in that city to 
pass upon motion pictures shown there. It would be their 
purpose to keep out of the city those movies which seem 
to them questionable. 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topici copyrighted by thf International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Uttd hv re rmission." 

Topic for March 28. 1948 


Scripture: 1 Cor. 15:1-10; Acts 26:19, 20 

For The Leader 

AGAIN it is Easter! Again the world heralds the Res- 
urrection of Jesus. Again the Believer confirms his 
Christian faith and eternal hope in the facts of the resur- 
rection of his blessed Lord. Around Easter we have built 
our hopes of eternal life, and rightly so. Resurrection is 
somehow centered around cemeteries. As we think of Eas- 
ter we subconsciously think of deceased loved ones in a 
distant cemetery. From our thoughts arise the vibrant 
words, "Because I live, ye too shall live." Easter is a sym- 
bol of hope, of promises fulfilled, of eternal life with 
Him. Surely our hearts must break forth in a reverberat- 
ing crescendo of ever increasing melodies of praise as 
we ponder on the meaning and promises of this day. You 
will en.ioy life more if you possess the real Easter faith 
as it rests in Christ. 


1. WiE MUST BELIEVE BY FAITH. As far as there 
being any concrete evidence of the resurrection of Christ, 
we would go far to find any. Nineteen hundred years 
have separated us from the event. So we find ourselves in- 
volved in a strictly faith proposition. (And isn't that the 
primary factor in the Christian theology?) When you 
believe the resurrection because of faith, then the evi- 
dences are too numerous to be accounted. We accept, by 
faith, the Bible as the infallible Word of God. We believe 
it to be the eternal Word of God in printed form. And 
this Bible, accepted by faith tells of the resurrection of 
Jesus Christ from the dead. So, therefore, by faith, we 
believe in the resurrection of our Savior and Lord from 
the dead. 

2. FAITH IN OPERATION. Faith does not stop with 
believing, however. It becomes operative in our lives. Faith 
in the resurrection of Jesus Christ imparts to the believer 
a course of action. Our very existence, acts, motives, and 
outlook are governed by the knowledge that our Savior 
is risen. When this highest truth of Christianity takes 
hold of the heart of an individual, it changes the course 
of that soul for eternity. What do we mean? Simply this, 
that when we accept the truth of Christ, His mission, His 
deity, and His resurrection all done as a remedy for sin, 
we then accept Him as such. Then our destiny is changed 
from Hell to Heaven. Take away your Easter faith, and 
you are most hopeless. 

3. EASTER FAITH IS PRECIOUS. We must always 
hold fast to our faith in the facts of Easter. Perhaps it 
may seem funny to say that to Christians. Yet, do you 
know that there are forces at work today which are de- 
termined to destroy our faith ? Chiefest of these is the 
common doctrine of Easter as a time of "awakening of 

nature in new life, so we should take new hope in the 
future." Did you ever hear anything like that? We have. 
Oh, yes, it may be hidden by flowery words, scripture 
verses, and beautiful songs, but if it doesn't bring forth 
the full truth, it is false. In other words, watch those who 
indicate by their words that they are not proclaiming 
the true resurrection of our Lord. We would like to pin 
one of these ''preachers" down some time as to why they 
observe Easter when within themselves they do not be- 
lieve in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Your Easter 
faith in the resurrection of the Lord is very important. 
Hold fast to the facts as given in the scripture, for they 
are true. 

4. A FAITH THAT INSPIRES. We all know that we 
do better work if we know we are going to receive some- 
thing for our labors. If we can see a point in what we 
are doing, we do a better job. Our Easter faith puts sense 
into Christian living. If we were to "be good" refraining 
from evil, just for the sake of living a good life, there 
would be little point. But assure us of an eternal life 
and reward for ov>r righteous living on earth, and we 
will strive all the harder to live successfully. Easter 
brings to us the assurance of such, a life to come. Through 
Christ's resurrection we are justified before the heavenly 
Father. We are given the promise of all the rewards that 
heaven possesses. Thus when we review our Easter faith 
we find a "carry-through" from this life to the next. It 
should inspire us to forsake all evil and to cling to those 
things which are good. 

time worn plea, yet one which must be continually made. 
The ranks of Christian workers is never completely filled. 
Always there is a "shortage" of dedicated workers for 
Christ. Easter calls us to service for Christ. There is 
room for all. If Easter means anything at all to us, it 
should mean a life of service in gratitude for salvation's 
assurance. There are so many in the world yet without 
a soul saving knowledge of Christ. So many are suffer- 
ing under false religions. So many are shackled by false 
religious beliefs. Don't you think that we should be will- 
ing to devote time and talent and money to the spread of 
Christ's gospel to all men? Easter faith means eternal 
hope, but it also means service for Christ. The two are 


1. Who are the ones mentioned in the resurrection scrip- 
tures as having visited the tomb on Easter? 

2. Can you name all those who saw Christ on His res- 
urrection day? 

3. What does Easter mean to you? 

The best way to live a life of holiness is to associate 
with the God of holiness and follow His instructions. 

Wanted! Church members with God-pleasing characters 
for with this, all the discipline of life is set in order. 

It is not so much the circumstances under which you 
were born, nor the surroundings in which you were reared, 
but your choices in life which will determine your eternal 
bliss or blight. 

Faith is an adventure of daring; doubt cuts the nerves 
of its power. 

MARCH 20, 1948 


Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Frank B. Myers 

Go ye into all the world, 

And in Jesus' blessed name, 
Let Love's banner be unfurled, 

God's eternal truth proclaim; 
Ye, whose souls have been redeemed, 

By God's high and matchle 3S price, 
With the crimson blood that streamed 

From dark Cal'vry's Sacrifice. 

Ye, whose souls have seen the light 

Of the Savior's heartfelt love, 
Shining through sin's darkest night, 

From the realms of light above, 
Tell to nations, far and wide, 

The sweet story of the cross, 
How Christ suffered, bled and died, 

Saving men from endless loss. 

India needs to know the Word, 

The dear Gospel's saving power, 
Millions there have never heard 

How it cheers those, hour by hour, 
Who God's message have received 

Into honest, willing hearts, 
And in Jesus have believed, — 

Of the joy His love imparts, 

China's millions daily cry 

From the depths of sin and strife; 
Oh, how sad that they must die, 

Knowing not the words of life! 
Brother, sister, don't you love 

Those for whom your Savior died, — 
He Who left His home above, 

And for them was crucified? 

If you do, why won't you go 

At the gracious Lord's command, 
And His love to sinners show 

In this far-off heathen land? 
May we consecrate our all 

To the One of Calvary, 
And, wherever He doth call, 

Gladly answer, "Lord, send me." 

Scripture: Ephesians 2:13-22 
Missionary Hymns 
Leader's Petition 
Thought Provokers: 

THE SCRIPTURES teach that God has made provi- 
sion for the heathen that they may be saved and 
realize the great spiritual blessing. His love and grace 

are such that He has provided eternal life as a gift for 
the whole race of mankind (John 3:14-16; Titui 2:11). 

He does not will that any .should perish, but that all 
should come to the knowledge of the truth, repent and 
live (1 Tim. 2:4-G). The heathen may be justified and 
sanctified through faith (Gal. 3:8; Acts 10:17, 18; 2 Then:-:. 
2:13). They may have th< ing of Abraham and the 

gift of the Holy Spirit through faith (GaL 8:14). They 
may be fellow heirs of the blessings in Christ through 
the Gospel (Eph. 3:1C). By the baptism of the Holy S;, 
they may become members of the Body of Christ which 
is the Church (1 Cor. 12:12, 13; Eph. 1:22, 23). By the 
blood of Christ they may become part of the household 
and temple of God (Eph. 2:13-22). 

Our responsibility is to see that they get their share 
of the inheritance. We are in position to see that they 
get it. It is the obligation of all of God's people to bring 
the Gospel to the lost. To what extent are we dedicated 
to our task? 

If wa pray more for the heathen we may come to do 
more for them. 

On The Sunday School Lesson 

by The Editor 

Lesson for March 28, 1948 


Lesson: Colossians 3:1-4, 12-17; 1 John 5:11-12 

CHRISTIANITY could have no meaning if we could 
not speak of a "Crucified and Risen Lord." The abid- 
ing thought in our lesson today lies in the last two verses 
of our printed text — 1 John 5:11-12. Whatever has gone 
on before finds its culmination in the thought that is 
found here. 

If Easter means anything at all, it stands for eternal 
life — God-given life. We find John expressing this very 
thought in verse 11, "God hath given to us eternal life. 
and this life is in his Son." Then he says, "If we do not 
have "the Son" in our life, then we do not even have the 
life — eternal life. 

Paul says in the first verse of our lesson (Col. 3:1). 
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which 
are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God." 

Now let us put the two thoughts together and we will 
have the gist of our lesson. Having the "Son" in our lives 
is bound to bring about the kind of a life which will be 
a constant searching after the "best" things — the things 
"which are above." And it is only a "risen life" (risen 
with Christ) that will so seek. 

Let us remember that "eternal life" is a realistic ex- 
perience. We are already passed "from death unto life," 
says the Word. But all that is to be found in the expres- 
sion of Jesus, "if ye keep my comandments" must be ad- 
hered to if the living are to "remain living." "Dead unto 
the world, but alive unto God," well expresses it all. 



j4 'Dive* 



Hear your commission, Church of the Master! 

Friends and disciples of Jesus, take heed. 
How are you doing the work of the Father? 

How are you caring for hunger and need? 

Useless to stay in your doorway, and beckon — 

Those who need most will never come in; 
Fighting the devil with art and with culture, 

How he must laugh at his stronghold of sin ! 

Go — to the sheep that are .scattered and fainting, 
Having no shepherd, and tell them to come; 

Go — to the highways, and tell every creature 
Still the feast waiteth, and yet there is room. 

Go — the time shortens, the night is approaching — 
Harvests are whit'ning and reapers are few; 

Somewhere, perhaps, in the darkness are dying 
Souls that might enter the Kingdom with you, 

Go — Church of Christ, for He goeth before you, 
And all the way that ye take He doth know. 

On the bright morrow He'll say, "Come ye blessed," 
But till the dawning the Message is, "GO!" 

— Annie Johnson Flint. 

Soften O^enittf fin 


■*. 'k ». — 

ike Optimist 

I sing a song to the Optimist 
To the Man that is Brave and strong — 
Who keeps his head when things go right, 
And smiles when things go wrong I 

I'm proud of the genial Optimist, 
His radiant Voice and Speech; 
He helps to smooth the Rugged path 
Of all within his reach. 

I like the way of the Optimist 
Who looks for the bright and best; 
He scatters Sunshine as he goes, 
And leaves his Fellows Blest. 

I'm glad to meet the Optimist 
With his message of good Cheer; 
He carries hope and Confidence 
To those assailed by fear. 

So here's a Song to the Optimist 
Who Joyously works and, sings. 
And Daily shows this weary World 
The Way to Better things. 

Vol. LXX, No. 13 March 27, 1948 

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September 3. 1928. 


Washington, D. C. A fine gift came to the Washington 
Church in the recent presentation of a Communion Set, 
the gift of Mr. H. R. Smith of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. 
The set was given as a memorial to Mrs. Edith Smith 
and was dedicated to her memory on Sunday, March 21. 

Brother Fairbanks, Washington pastor, says that "Our 
builder is planning to begin actual construction of the new 
church by March 22." It should be under way when this 
issue reaches you. 

Vinco, Pennsylvania. From the Vinco bulletin of Febru- 
ary 29: "The approved Blue Prints for the addition to the 
Church have been received by the Building Committee. 
Plans for building the basement unit, as authorized at 
the last business meeting, are in progress. Work is ex- 
pected to be started next week. How is the work coming, 
Brother Benshoff ? 

Spring Camp at Milledgeville, Illinois. Dr. L. E. Lin- 
dower informed the editor last night that the Spring 
Camp this year for the Central District was a great suc- 
cess. The camp will, no doubt, be reported by someone 
from that district. 

A Fine Record. Mrs. Lulu Snellenberger of the Warsaw 
Brethren Church has an enviable record for several things. 
In renewing her subscription to the Evangelist she says, 
"In looking back I find I have been a steady subscriber 
to the Evangelist for about 36 years, beginning back 
while Dr. Carpenter was still here; also a continuous 
member of the W. M. S. for 42 years, and have rounded 
out my 24th year of perfect attendance in Sunday School, 
with the exception of two Sundays when sickness kept 
me away." 

Canton, Ohio. We learn from the Canton Bulletin that 
Brother John T. Byler, pastor of the Louisville Church, 
was a recent speaker at the Canton Laymen's meeting. 

North Manchester, Indiana. Barton Rees Pogue, Hoosier 
poet and lecturer, was a recent speaker at the North Man- 
chester Church. 

We learn from the bulletin that a "New" young mar- 
ried people's class was recently organized in the North 
Manchester Sunday School. One of such classes should 
be organized in every church at least every ten years. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. Rev. and Mrs. Samuel Adams of 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio, ha\*e been conducting evangelistic 
services at the New Lebanon Church. These services be- 
gan on Sunday, March 7. 

Carleton, Nebraska. Brother H. M. Oberholtzer, pastor 
of the Carleton Church, reports a fine meeting with 
Brother Cecil Johnson, pastor of the Falls City, Nebraska, 
church, as evangelist. The meeting was of ten days dura- 
tion and the visible results were four first time confes- 
sions, all young people. 

Brother Oberholtzer reports that he has been ill but is 
able to be about his work again. 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. A card from Brother Floyd Sibert, 
pastor of the Pleasant Hill church, says, "We began our 
meeting March 7 with two good services in the church 
and another on Monday night with the pastor as evange- 
list. Tuesday night was the record night with 1100 peo- 
ple attending. We had to take the crowd to the High School 
Auditorium in order to get parking space and seating 
space. Dr. B. R. Lakin was speaker for that night. Three 
radio stations carried announcements of the meeting last 
week and two of them announce it daily all this week and 
it is free advertising. The stations announcing are WLW 
—Cincinnati, WING— Dayton and WPTW— Piqua. The 
Lord certainly put our church on the air. I think He has 
something very definite in mind for us." 

Warsaw, Indiana. Brother W. E. Ronk, pastor of the 
Goshen, Indiana, Church, was a speaker at the Warsaw 
church four evenings, March 16-19. Brother Brant, War- 
saw pastor, began his regular evangelistic services on 
March 21, closing March 28, with Communion at the eve- 
ning hour. 

Stockton, California. We are in receipt of a card an- 
nouncing the evangelistic services at the Stockton church, 
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Business Manager's Corner 

George S. Baer 

Waterloo and Smithville Stay 100% 

THE BRETHREN Church at Waterloo, Iowa, recently 
sent a new 100% list of 106 Evangelist subscriptions. 
Brother Virgil Meyers is pastor of this splendid church. 
Another church that has a fine record of loyalty is Smith- 
ville, Ohio, where Brother Vernon Grisso is pastor. We 
have just received a list of 63 subscriptions, which keeps 
it on the 100% Honor Roll. Thanks you, Waterloo and 
Smithville, both, for your loyalty. And may there be many 
more churches who will join the 100% group. 

Voluntary Increases in Evangelist Subscriptions 

Some time ago we mentioned the increase in labor and 
material cost in printing the Evangelist, and though the 
price has not been raised, we wondered how many would 
voluntarily raise the price on themselves and send in $2.00 
instead of $1.50. Of course we didn't have in mind 100% 
churches, only individual subscriptions. And you would 
be surprised to know how many actually increased their 
subscriptions. We thank them all, and others too who 
will yet be so kind as to do this. 

Beautiful Flannelgraph Backgrounds 

We have a supply at last of real flannel, size 24 in. x 
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scene, Mountain scene, River, Landscape, Village, Indoors, 
etc., price $3.95 each. Also many Suede-graph books with 
objects and lesson stories, at $1.25 each. Also easels 
($3.95) and boards ($3.97). 

Pastors and their Wives 

All who attend the Pastor's Institute at Ashland follow- 
ing Easter are invited to attend the Book Store and look 
over our stock. We will also have a book table in the 
church where the Institute is held. We will have some 
new Speed-O-Scope machines on hand, and supplies. 

Press Fund Reports Come Later 

Publication Day Offerings Continued 

B. H. Showalter, Palestine, W. Va $ 5.00 

Canton, Ohio, Additional Church Offering 44.50 

College Corner, Indiana, Church Offering 25.00 

Cumberland, Md., Church Offering 15.00 

Dayton, Ohio, Additional Church Offering 25.00 

Fairhaven, Ohio, Church Offering 26.60 

Glenford, Ohio, Church Offering 14.00 

Goshen, Indiana, Church Offering $280.76 as follows: 

Havid Holtzinger 5.00 

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Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Cooper 2.00 

Mrs. Gordon Simmons 1.00 

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Mr. and Mrs. Al. Higgins 

Mrs. Jessie Maley 

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The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 



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THE DATE on this issue of the Evangelist is the day 
before Easter. This issue will reach some of our read- 
ers before that day, while with others Easter will have come 
and gone. At a corresponding day hundreds of years ago. 
the day before the resurrection, the followers of Jesus of 
Nazareth were a forlorn group — hopes gone; hearts full 
of fear; sorrow outweighing all other emotions, for they 
had laid His body in a rock-hewn tomb; had seen the 
massive stone rolled against the opening, and the seal 
of the government under Pilate placed upon it. To them 
it was the end of all their hopes, and the words, "We had 
hoped ..." were spoken over and over again. Suppose 
that had been the end — what then ? 

These thoughts set me to thinking further! 

What would be our present situation if Christ had not 
risen from the tomb ? What would I be doing today, if, 
indeed, I had ever been born ? What would be your occu- 
pation ? What would the world be like ? Would heathen 
temples occupy the sites of our beautiful churches ? W r ould 
human sacrifice still be a part of the worship of pagan 
peoples who would inhabit the earth? Would disease and 
pestilence have long since rid the world of most of its 
inhabitants ? I am sure that whatever might have been 
the result that the picture would not be a pleasant one 
to contemplate. 

Have we really ever stopped to think what the Resur- 
rection really means to us ? Have we sought to take stock 
of our present position and opportunities ? Take your pen- 
cil and paper and write down on one side of the paper 
the things you can think of that would be here if Jesus 
had not risen from the dead. Transport yourself into the 
past and live there in thought. Then sum up these things 
and see how you would like to exchange it all for your 
present manner of living. Now turn the page over and 
just list the blessings that may be yours because Jesus 
did arise from the dead. Would you like to be without 

Really now, what does the Resui-reetion of Jesus mean 
to you personally? Do you appreciate it. except, possibly, 
on the one particular day — Easter Sunday ? 

Think it over! 




The Editor asked Mrs. Miller to write on 
this particular theme because he knew of 
her very great zeal in the work of the Chil- 
dren in the Smithville Church. She has been 
particularly successful in Children's work as 
is attested by the reports that come from 
Smithville in this regard. 


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■■Suffer little children to come unto me and for- 
bid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God." 

IJJ i|i lp 

THESE WORDS of Jesus concerning little chil- 
dren have always been a challenge to the 
church. In the verse prior to this one the gospel 
writer tells us that they (mothers) brought their 
children to Jesus. What a beautiful picture! 
Mothers bringing their little ones to Jesus that 
He might lay His hands on them and bless them! 
What a contrast to the picture we see today! 

Too few American mothers lead their children 
to Christ and many fail to see the importance of 
so doing. There it was evident that those mothers 
realized their children needed Christ early in life 
— a good lesson for the modern mother. 

Can you see how the disciples stood off in awe? 
They rebuked the mothers who brought their chil- 
dren to Jesus. Christ welcomed them and I believe 
it is His will that we give children special atten- 
tion today. No doubt we have those in our 
churches like the disciples of old, who need their 
eyes opened to the value of the child in the church. 
Christ not only welcomed and blessed the children, 
but He said, "Of such is the Kingdom of God." 
This is a promise that children have a place in 
the Kingdom of God. Christ knew the importance 
of bringing a child up in the church and it is here 
in His teaching that He emphasized its value by 
linking it to the Kingdom. Therefore the value of 
the children's work in the church is eternal. 
What do you value most in the life of your child? 
May your work be such that will lead children to 
eternity with God. 

The Value of Children s Work 
n The Church 

By Mrs. J\mn Miller 

Solomon taught that if you train up a child in 
the way he should go when he is old he will not 
depart from it. (Prov. 22:6). Perhaps Christ was 
thinking of this when he encouraged the bringing 
of children to Him, therefore it is a good plan 
for us to follow today. The importance of the 
early religious teaching given to the child, wheth- 
er in the home or in church, cannot be overem- 
phasized. A child who has been regular in church 
attendance since birth will accept Christ very 
young; this may cause the comment that he is 
too young. But, friends, Brethren, the willingness 
of the child to accept Christ is a challenge to both 
the parents and church teachers to follow the con- 
fession with sound teaching in Christian living. 

Getting the children into the church is the be- 
ginning of a long struggle. Our public schools 
make big demands on the children that tend to 
draw them away from church activities. So we 
must plan a good and sound Spiritual program 
to hold their interest through the high school age. 
Thereby, we will hold them and find our youth 
consecrated and capable, when they shall have 
attained maturity, of shouldering the responsi- 
bilities of adult church members. 

It is imperative that we have an active chil- 
dren's work in our churches, that by sharing in 
the work they become conscious of the fact that 
they are a part of the church. Having gained the 
interest of the child, many times the parents be- 
come more regular in attendance. Perhaps the 
part the child plays now may not seem too im- 
portant, but the real value to Christ and the 
church will unfold as they grow into consecrated 
church workers. And I think you will agree that 
we need more Christ-loving adults who take their 
church responsibilities seriously. 

It is apparent that modernism is gaining in 

MARCH 27, 1948 

I'ACh J [VE 

many churches. This is another reason why we 
should have great concern for our children. We 
Brethren cling to the fundamental truths for 
which Alexander Mack and many other of our 
early church leaders gave their all. We must give 
time and place in our churches to plant the Truth 
in the minds of our children. Thus they will grow 
to adulthood, confident in their knowledge of 
God's Word, safeguarding our church from the 
many false teachings that are so prevalent today. 
When counted by numbers we are a small church, 
but we can have no small power when we stand 
steadfast to the BIBLE, the Whole Bible, and 
nothing but the Bible. 

Recent statistics show that there were about 
5,000 churches with no accessions or confessions 
of faith ; also that there are twelve million young 
men who never darken a church door in America 
today. This leads me to ask, Where are OUR 
young people ? You know the answer. We do know 
that many are not in church and that the church 
is losing them. Many of our youth are lost to sin 
and its awful penalty. May the Brethren Church 
awaken to these alarming facts and give more 
time, more interest, more energy, and — most of 
all — more prayer for the salvation of the souls 
of cur children in America today. 

In a recent Junior C. E. meeting the topic was, 
"How does My C. E. Help Me?" The entire group 
had the privilege of answering the question. One 
child said it helped her to sing; one said it helped 
her to pray publicly; another said that C. E. 
helped her to read her Bible and to pray every 
day; finally a boy ten years of age said, "My C. 
E. has helped me in every way." There you have 
the strongest appeal I could offer to encourage 
more active children's work in our Brethren 
Churches. This is the living testimony of one 
Brethren boy who has had the opportunity to at- 
tend a Brethren C. E. Oh, that more children 
might have the same chance. 

Brethren, friends, the time is short. We cannot 
and dare not overlook the value of children's work 
in the church. May we not go to our eternity with 
the sorrow in our heart that one elderly lady con- 
fessed to her friends. She said that when her chil- 
dren were at home she was so concerned about 
their physical needs that she overlooked their 
spiritual needs. As a result those children are out 
in the world — without Christ. 

The children of today are the hope of our 
Church in years to come. The Spiritual condition 
of the future Brethren Church depends on how 
young lives are being molded today. 

Spiritual flDebitations 

licv. Dyoll Belotc 


"When he saw the multitudes, he was moved with com- 
passion on them." — Matthew \):'M\. 

WHEN WE READ these words we are led to exclaim 
at the great love of our Lord, and to marvel at the 
depth of His compassion for needy, lost humanity. But 
never in the world's history has there been so wide-spread 
misery and suffering and all-round need as in this, our 
day. It is not merely scattered areas in some countries 
that know want and hunger and distress, but whole na- 
tions are cold and starving and dying. At least some of 
these lands are training their youth to see the needs of 
their country and are encouraging these youth to prepare 
themselves to meet these needs. And it might be well if 
American youth and adults as well, would feel the call 
to serve as well as lead. 

In the presence of the universal need of the world, 
how can we turn our backs and sit complacently by and 
feel no urge to do something to alleviate the suffering 
and hunger and cold and nakedness and pain and anguish 
and doubt in the bodies and minds of those who dwell im 
the stricken areas of the world's surface ? 

It is just the presence of this tremendous need and dis- 
tress, and the false promises of Communism to right the 
wrongs and bring equality for all men under all condi- 
tions that is winning many away from the church and en- 
dangering the chances of setting up Christian democracy 
in the war-torn areas of the Old World. 

In the early history of the Church as recorded in Acts 
we read that the Apostles "continued with one accord,'' 
and I wonder if we ever noticed that it was then that 
the baptism of the Holy Spirit came upon them. The Chris- 
tian people of the world must learn to put the question, 
"Can I help you?" in the center of their thought. When 
we do this perhaps another Pentecost will fall upon the 
church. Cain's family has always been too prolific. 

— Uniontown, Pa. 

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as thev 
are, and doing things as they ought to be done. — C. E. 


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Effective April 1st, the Pastorate of the First * 

* Bretnic Church of Pittsburgh will be vacant. In- * 

* terested ministers ^ please address inquiries to 

* the undersigned, Chairman ** + ae Ministerial Con- * 

* tact Committee of the Pittsburgh L'nux.v, * 

* Ralph R. Ran. 632 Sickles Street. 

* Pittsburgh 21. Pennsylvania. * 




The TBite of Sin 


WHY DID Moses lift up the serpent in the wilderness? 
It was God's command. It was also God's plan to 
help the people, if they would be obedient. The Lord 
opened up a way for the cure of each one who would 
do what they were told. Most folks are good at doing what 
they are not told, and it seems like it is very hard to do 
what we are told, especially if it appears in the Bible. 

The people in question had been bitten and there was 
absolutely no cure for them as far as man was concerned. 
But God in His mercy, and kindness, gave just one rem- 
edy for their cure and this was to look at the serpent on 
the pole, put there at the command of God. Why should 
people believe there are "many remedies" for sin when 
it is not so? God gave one and only one remedy for the 
sin of the world and this remedy is not effective unless 
it is applied as per the directions. These directions are 
to take Christ as our Saviour. He is God's answer to the 
terrible disease. 

It was a full and adequate remedy. Not a patched-up 
job; not just a relief. It was a complete remedy for every- 
one. This remedy did not fail. Why? Because it was of 
God. Our failures are manifested on every hand because 
we do not take God at His word and do not try what He 
bids us do. If we would take heed to the word of the 
Lord just half as much as many believe man's word, we 
would be better off. God gave the orders and they were 
carried out. The cure was provided, not for a few, but for 
all. Each and every one has a right and privilege of be- 
ing a partaker of this healing provided by our Heavenly 

Often times we do not accept the many and wonderful 
provisions which God arranges for our blessings. We can 
all approach His throne and find help in time of ne° d > 
but many pursue another course and try to -~orK it out 
without prayer. Many times we w> h ,jur directions for vic- 
tory when we take it ** tIie Lord in prayer. The promise 
of God is, t**~* Jl we P ra y. se ek His face and turn from 
0U r ^»/i way, He will hear from Heaven, and this means 
victory will be forthcoming. Not by the strategy of men, 
but by the help of Almighty God, who is ready to deliver 
us from the enemies of mankind. Our loving Heavenly 

Rev. H. R. Garland 

"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even 
so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whosoever be- 
lieveth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." 

John 3:14-15 

Father has made a way of escape for everyone who will 
accept it through our Lord and Master. 

The people of that day had been bitten, and this bite 
or sting was unto death. What a predicament to be in. 
Nobody or nothing could help. People were dying very 
fast. What would or could they do? Yes, there is one 
thing left. What is it? Prayer. They prayed unto the 
Lord and the answer to their prayer was: "I (God) will 
do my part and I will tell you what to do. If you do it, 
life will be your portion, if not — death will be your mas- 
ter now." Look at what can be done by crying unto the 

The earth right now is menaced by many evils and 
these evils are not to be treated lightly. They are serious 
and must be treated with Divine help, which we can get 
when we meet the conditions given to us by the promise 
of our God. If you would ask the people who were cured 
of this bite, "Have you ever been bitten?" they would 
testify and say, "Yes, many a time." Then I ask you, 
"By what?" Some would say, "I was bitten by a lying 
tongue that deceived me and I fell for the salves that 
seemed to be so soothing. Through this tongue of decep- 
tion 1 took the wrong step; yielded to temptation, and 
my life is wrecked." Another says, "I was bitten, too, by 
a lying tongue and was persuaded to invest my money 
in or go into the wrong business. What a price I have 
paid for believing a lying tongue." 

Another says, "I was bitten by the serpent of adultery 
and have suffered many things in mind, heart and body." 
How true this is, and if you do not repent you will suf- 
fer by the loss of your soul. Many times the bite from 
the serpent of adultery does not give pain for a while. 
Ah, but give it time, and soon it will be anguish and 
pain that no aspirin tablet can cure. Sleepless will be 
the nights, and no sleeping powder will remove the sting 
within. YeS, there will be ,an aching heart that no medi- 
cine can relieve and to those who do not repent of this 
or any other sin, they are faced with a dark future, a 
Christless eternity. 

Still another says, "I have been bitten by the serpent 
of gambling." Yes, and the rest of the family feels the 
sting of this bite. What a fascination gambling is to many 
people. Many a home has been made sad because the 
weekly or monthly salary has been gambled away. Who 
is the loser? The one who gambled; the wife; the children. 

MARCH 27, 1948 


The father does not really want to gamble in most cases, 
yet the old serpent has betrayed him and he thinks that 
he will "clean up." There will be a cleaning up — a clean- 
ing out of the home, jewelry, furniture, and the house 
itself also. This is the sting of gambling, and those of 
the home are paying the price. 

Another says, "I have been bitten by strong drink. It 
affected my happiness, my home. It stole my job, my 
health, my wealth. O, if I could only live my life over 
again! It would be different." You have lots of company 
—if it were not for the "IF." 

These serpents in the time of Moses were no respecters 
of persons, neither male nor female. All were bitten. In 
these times that serpent Strong Drink is biting the fe- 
male as well as the male. We should never let our chil- 
dren say, "My parents set the example before me and 
I got my first drink in Home, Sweet Home." 

A fellow who went to prison through strong drink said 
that his mother gave him the first drink that led him to 
gambling and then on to murder. He refused to see his 
mother before he was electrocuted. 

Others have been bitten by the serpent of profane lan- 
guage or the taking of the Lord's name in vain. The name 
of God is a joke to many. His name is connected by some 
to the most wicked utterances that can come from the 
mouth of a human being. The name of God should be 
honored and revered in the home, in places of business, 
and in all institutions of learning. The Lord said He 
would not hold men guiltless who take His name in vain. 
Even small children are heard taking this name in vain. 
Do they hear it in their homes? 

Others have been bitten by the serpent of lust — lust 
for power; lust for money. They will get it by fair means 
or foul. Some will fight over a dead relative's body for 
their part of the estate. Many are not on speaking terms 
because of money. Some are broken in health by work- 
ing day and night. For what? For something to leave 
that others may "scrap" over it. The Lord said that the 
love of money is the root of all evil. Money is not sin, 
but the love of it is. 

Many have these bites and stings in life because of 
wrong appetites, lust, desires and conduct, and find life 
miserable because of past sins. The remedy our Lord has 
provided not only saves from past sins but shows light 
for the future. He says, "If I be lifted up," and that is 
my calling — to lift up Christ. 

We need more sin-haters in this world. If we hate sin, 
we will fight it with the Sword of the Spirit, the Word 
of God. A fireman is a fire-fighter. That is his job. A 
Christian should be a sin-fighter, because his Master hates 
sin. If a mosquito lights on you are you going to say? 
"Help yourself." No! Anyone who has the vise of either 
hand will slap at him and not for fun, either. And the 
sting of the mosquito is very small in comparison to the 
"sting of sin." Shall we sit idly by, with folded arms, 
and say, "We give up!" The world is as good as it is 
because of the fight and resistance given by those who 
stand for the right. Yes, Christ must be lifted up and evil 
must be exposed and disposed. 

What would happen if our houses and streets were left 
to pile up with dirt, and the city Health Department went 
out of business ? What a deplorable condition this would 
be. These things are taken care of by those who are in- 

terested in thorn. What, would be the condition if evil hao 
no check and no one preached against the serpent*' Wl 

of our time? Are we to "soft pedal" the truth? Let the 
Lord answer the question. He say:-;, "Cry aloud and spate 
not." None are to bo spared y/ho are- \><>u on Ot sup- 
porters of sin. All good citizens are interested in good 
government. This we. cannot have to any degree of suc- 
cess unless more people will be for Christ and that means 
that you must take your stand against sin. Christ must 
be lifted up as the true remedy for a sin-sick world. Man 
has tried, and is still trying "QUACK" remedies that have 
proven worthless — spending time and money, only to see 
the sin-bitten world grow worse. Christ must be lifted up, 
not as another great hero, but as the Savior of the world, 
through His death on Calvary, where He shed His blood 
for the remission of our sins. He must be lifted up to 
His rightful place in the home, the church and the coun- 
try, as the Holy Divine Son of the Living God. He must 
be lifted up as the only one who can forgive sins, and as 
man's best friend. 

Man proposes; God disposes. A peace plan without the 
Prince of Peace is just about as secure as a ship without 
a bottom. Christ must be lifted up as a remedy for the 
present evils which are now raging on the earth; as a 
constant and continuous cure for the hate that now dom- 
inates the modern world. Yes, Christ has the key to all our 
problems, for in Him there is wisdom, justice and love, 
and this is what it takes to bring about a better under- 
standing for the people of this world. 

All will agree that the conditions of the world are not 
very bright, and we are in need of a better world. When 
people were dying fast, in the time of our text, it may be 
that all did not agree on the one cure given, namely, to 
look at the brazen serpent on the pole. They could have 
discounted such instructions and said it was only lunatics 
who would believe. "We have enough firey serpents now, 
without any more being raised up. Why put a 'brazen 
serpent' on a pole? why make fun of our dying relatives?" 
Their disagreement or opposition, if there was any, did 
not change the fact that this was God's way. Dispute it 
and die; accept it and live! 

When God gives orders — and He does through His Word 
— do not question or ask how, why or when. Why should 
men die when there is a remedy for all ? And this remedy 
is not a bitter one. It only took obedience. That is all that 
is required of us now. 

Some say, "Something has to be worked out for a bet- 
ter world." My friend, it has already been worked out by 
the great Architect and Builder. It is now up to man to 
accept God's plan. 

What are the highlights of this message? Simply this: 
Humanity is in dire need; death is sure without a proper 
remedy; the remedy was provided by prayer; it was sim- 
ple, but it worked; the people obeyed and lived; it was 
God who worked the healing. Our Savior turns the pages 
of time and refers us to these facts. He says that He, 
too, must be "lifted up" as the remedy for the sins of the 
world. We have all been bitten; we can show the scars; 
but unless the sting of sin is conquered by Christ, there 
is no hope for any of us. Why will we let sin destroy our 
peace and happiness, and bring eternal death? Yes. Christ 
is the answer to the need of the world. 



The National Sunday 
School Association 

Rev. X. V. Leatherman, General Secretary, 
104 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, Md. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION— An Individual Matter 
Rev. Arthur R. Baer 

IN THE rirst place we must admit that Religious Edu- 
cation is the business of the Church. Perhaps not its 
sole business, nor its chief concern, yet so definitely 
bound up with its chief concern (the saving of souls) that 
if you are a stickler for exactness in speech you may have 
some difficulty in defining their separate limits. Ordinar- 
ily, religious education is, in the mind of many, wholly 
within the province of the Sunday School. There they 
have placed it. There they have planned for it and there 
they have limited it. Even the rest of us, as we organize 
that we might more efficiently work our plans, the Church 
as a whole is largely excluded from our thoughts. 

Religious education and education in religion are prac- 
tically synonomous, although they have not been so in 
our thinking. Organization has been attempted in relig- 
ion and yet in spite of our attempt Religion refuses to 
be organized. To a certain degree we may profitably or- 
ganize our efforts to extend it, but the thing itself, vital, 
living Religion refuses to be organized. Perhaps that is 
one condition of its very existence. 

It is a problem to discover just what place organiza- 
tion should occupy in our efforts. Certainly we should 
remember that there can be religion without organiza- 
tion and organization without religion. As in religion, so 
in religious education, organization may have its place. 
But as we concede it a place we should remember that 
we cannot assign privileges nor delegate responsibilities 
to another individual or group of individuals. We cannot 
designate another as our spiritual proxy. Too often we en- 
gage a minister, or preacher, call him what you will, and 
charge him with the responsibility of making all religious 
connections. Or it may be that we organize a Sunday 
School with well trained officers and teachers and then 
sit back in smug satisfaction having the notion that we 
are doing something religious or even toward religious 
education. However, having created such conditions we 
have provided an environment where religious education 
may more easily take place; yet we should determine to 
what extent organization contributes to educational effi- 
ciency. Efficiency, to me, means effectiveness toward the 
desired end. We may discover that there is no necessary 
connection betwen organization and efficiency. Sometimes 
we think of the two in such a fashion as to imagine that 
they are identical. In the operation of railroads, con- 
struction work and kindred work where one deals with 
exact materials and dimensions, there may be this close 
relation, but neither in religion nor its education. Both 
of these have to do with the spirit and work from within. 
They deal with living personality, one of the most deli- 
cate and intangible factors of the universe. 

If some time we were to contact a person without prej- 
udice and ignorant of all our educational machinery and 
then tell him the purpose of religious education and all 
that we hope to accomplish, would an image of a school 
come to his mind as an answer to the need? Rather, 
would he not think of it as the work of consecrated in- 
dividuals working alone or even united in effort? The 
point I am trying, perhaps vainly to stress, is that relig- 
ious education is an individual matter. 

This is not meant, and we hope it will not be so con- 
strued, as deprecating the importance of the Sunday 
School as an organization. Certainly we can engage in 
such work as a group, and with greater efficiency, if as 
a group we have in mind common ideas concerning the 
thing to be accomplished, and a definite individual or 
group of individuals upon which to exert our common 
effort. But the whole force of this paper is founded on 
the assumption that even this will fail except we as in- 
dividuals are conscious of the nature of religious educa- 
tion and the part we must individually play. 

But perhaps we have been a bit foggy in our ideas 
as to the nature of religious education. We have pigeon- 
holed it, organized it, and defined it as the work of the 
Sunday School. In its best sense, religious education is 
simply the Church using all powers to meet the 
individual needs of its members: and its members uniting 
in such a way that the community receives the impact 
of their united personality. Whenever individuals find that 
they are growing in spiritual capacity, religious educa- 
tion is taking place. Religious education is not an extra- 
church item discovered and appended with the advent of 
the Sunday School. In other days, the finest example was 
when the Master walked the earth, and by example and 
precept changed men's minds, hearts and lives. Today 
its finest results are also accomplished by the individual, 
by his ability to deal intelligently in every contact and 
help other individuals grow in those matters that are 
essential to the experience of a Christian. Perhaps the 
more important items are: the worship of God, one's pri- 
vate attitude toward God, the cultivation of an altruistic 
spirit and the accumulation of knowledge of holy things. 
The building of these things into civilization is religious 
education. We often refer to it as the field of religious 
education, but perhaps it is not so much a field as a force. 

When in conversation with a lad you deal with his 
questions concerning our Church Ordinances and their 
meaning, that is religious education. When one comes 
to you seeking instruction and guidance in the matter of 
prayer, that is religious education. When you help two to 
patch up a quarrel and help those involved to understand 
the meaning of forgiveness in the name of Christ, you 
are engaged in religious education. 

Any church can make itself into a group where such 
things as these take place, but scarcely, unless these are 
already being done by the individuals. When a church 
does such, it is engaged in religious education. It can do 
so by connecting certain people with certain other people 
in definite spiritual relationships: for example, a man 
with a boy or group of boys; or with another man; a wom- 
an with a girl or group of girls or with other children, 
etc. The fact that it may result in an outward resemblance 
to a school is entirely accidental. If a church is engaged 
in such work, it is to that extent engaged in religious ed- 
ucation even if it has no school. On the other hand, if it 

MARCH 27, 1948 


isn't engaged in making such connections it is not en- 
gaged in religious education even if it has a school. 

As our conclusion, all religious education is based on 
the assumption that individuals recognize and accept the 
responsibility for spreading the tenets of their faith. Hav- 
ing accepted that, churches will grow and the worry and 
heart-ache which seems to ,be the natural heritage of 
church leaders will be greatly eased. 

— Cameron, W. Va. 

Bits of Brethren History 

Information of Interest 

By H. C. Funderburg 

(These articles are printed just as they come from the 
pen of Brother Funderburg.) 

Another Incident Concerning Elder Wolfe 

IT IS RELATED that Elder Wolfe, hearing of a mass 
1 meeting to be held in the western part of Indiana, at 
which the ablest ministers to be found were to deliver ad- 
dresses setting forth what they considered to be the best 
religion for a pioneer life, at once decided to attend that 
meeting and address the assembly in behalf of his church. 
He set out on horseback, his usual way of traveling. After 
a long journey he reached a rudely constructed house in 
the woods, where the meeting was to be held. A vast con- 
course of people had already assembled, an overflow of 
listeners. Elder Wolfe's fine appearance attracted atten- 
tion at once. He was a stranger, but everybody seemed 
to know that he was a preacher. 

To satisfy the curiosity of the people, he was chosen 
to make the first address. His mind was well prepared for 
the occasion. It is said that for hours he held that vast 
assembly, which listened intently and drank in eagerly 
everything he presented in behalf of the religion which 
he accepted, and which he considered eminently adapted 
to the wants of a frontier. It is further related that, after 
he had finished his discourse, not another preacher ven- 
tured, in his presence, to present a contrary view. He had 
made it so clear that the simple form of religion, as set 
forth in the New Testament, if taken in all its parts, was 
perfectly adapted to all the necessary conditions of man- 
kind, in every age, and in every clime, and, of course, to 
the man and his family on the frontier as well. 

Another Interesting Event 

According to the Biographical Cyclopedia of Blair 
County, Pennsylvania, Jacob Neff was attacked by two 
Indians at his mill at Roaring Springs in November, 1777. 
They then fled, after which the entire war party came up 
and burned his mill. While in his mill two Indians suddenly 
came upon him. He hid in the water-wheel where he re- 
mained until everything was quiet, which was a good 
while. Then he emerged with his gun and ran up the hill 
in the direction of East Sharpsburg. As he glanced back, 
he saw an Indian close upon him, gaining on him. He 
suddenly turned and fired. The Indian fell dead, but he 
was afterward disciplined by the church — some said he 
was expelled. I do not vouch for the truth of the last 
statement. S. B. Furry. 

National Goals Program 

Rev. ]. G. Dodds, Chairman 


Rev. John T. Byler 

THIS IS A SUBJECT about which it is likely that not 
all Christians will be in agreement. But the older I 
grow, as a pastor, the more do I think of the lost oppor- 
tunity in most churches, because of the fact that a great 
majority of church members are inactive. It seems to me 
that we have all too often assumed a defeatist attitude 
on the whole question. One of my seminary instructors, 
I recall, suggested to a class of which I was a member 
that we would do well, during our pastoral experiencf-..-:, 
if we could keep one-fourth of our membership in attend- 
ance at church. In other words, he was suggesting that 
our churches would be up to the national average, among 
Protestant groups, if we were to run on a 25'/ efficiency 
basis (assuming that the members who attend regularly 
are all efficient, consecrated Christians.) 

Actually, church attendance in our country is on an 
even lower level than this among Protestants. We are 
told that church attendance among Protestant Church 
members is really only on the basis of one in five. In 
other words, if this figure is correct throughout the coun- 
try, only 20 members out of every 100 among Protestant 
people can be counted upon as regular attendants. On this 
one point we will all agree — barring those who must miss 
church because of sickness or work — there is something 
woefully lacking in the Christian lives of the remaining 
four out of five or 80% who don't regularly attend ser- 
vices. And it is concerning this particular lack that I 
wish to speak. 

What constitutes active church membership ? Let us 
suppose that you are a pastor, and your church has decided 
to have you, as the pastor, make two lists — one naming 
all of the active members — the other, listing all of those 
who are inactive. What would be the basis of your judg- 
menet? What criteria would determine the placement of 
various individual names on one list or the other? Or 
suppose — you who are laymen — that the pastor of your 
church were asked to place your names on either one of 
two lists — ar active or inactive list. What basis of judg- 
ment would you want your pastor to use as he made his 
decision concerning your status ? 

From the pastor's point of view, it is a good thing that 
he is not of.en asked to do this. (But I might add, also, 
from the pastor's point of view — he already has such a 
list in his own mind, if not down on the records). And 
there are times, when I believe that a church would be 
much better off if its pastor were required to make just 
such a differentiation. At least a church and pastor might 
know which members were dependable. 

I have aready inferred that I don't expect complete 
agreement concerning my thoughts here, but nevertheless, 
I am going to list at least some of the requirements, as 
I see them, essential to active church membership. 



It seems to me utterly impossible for an individual to 
be an active church member if he has not been led by 
the Spirit of God to accept the Lord, Jesus Christ, as his 
own Saviour. 1 know that we do occasionally find individ- 
uals on church rosters who have not seemed to experience 
the coming of Christ into their lives. They have been bap- 
d; they take communion; they may be regular in at- 
iance — in fact they may even hold positions of lead- 
ership and responsibility in the church — and yet I can't 
see them as active church members, simply because they 
can not be a part of the church unless they belong to the 
Body of Christ. An individual is in Christ only if the Holy 
Spirit is an indwelling Presence within the individual. "For 
as many ase are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons 
of God." (Remans S:14) And unless an individual, and a 
church member is led by the Spirit of God — regardless of 
his morality, and good works and charities and regular at- 
tendance at God's House — he is not, Scripturally speak- 
ing, a part of Christ's Church. 

But as we are led by the Spirit, we learn to walk to- 
gether in Christian Love. When I see church members who 
are quarrelsome and who can't get along harmoniously, I 
have to (at least in my mind) question their position as 
Christians. I don't mean that we must agree with every- 
one in all things. But there can be such a thing as dif- 
fering as Christians — in Christian love. 

If we are truly Christians — members of the Body of 
Christ — it will be an uppermost desire of our hearts that 
the work of the Church shall go forward. It is Christ's 
work; we are His people, called to the particular task of 
promoting His Church and spreading His Gospel. This, 
then, it seems to me, becomes the most important thing 
in life for us — our living, our work, our family life, our 
associations, are, or should be, a means to fulfilling this 
great program. 

When, as a pastor, I find some of my people at home, 
reading the Sunday papers, or "sleeping in" or making 
garden or cleaning the cellar or yard while others are try- 
ing to advance the work of the Kingdom, it is hard for 
me to keep from placing the names of such people upon 
my inactive list — the list of those who don't care, or who 
are willing to let others carry their share of the burden 
of prayer and support. 

When we took the vows of baptism, we all promised that 
we would pray for the Church; that we would support it 
with our material means; that we would support it with 
our presence whenever possible, and that we would work 
for the promotion of its purpose in whatever ways we 
10 GOD — not to the preacher or the congregation — BUT 
TO GOD! This is a pretty high standard, it is true; but 
the Church of Christ has higher standards than any earthly 
institution, and, if we are to be members cf that body, 
it will be because we are willing to follow these high 

Can you think of any organization anywhere which op- 
erates, today, in the slovenly manner that we have allowed 
the church to follow? I can't think of an earthly institu- 
tion which could operate successfully with the support of 
only 20 to 25 percent of its membership. And again, our 
policies in the church are often a hit or miss effort which 
would not be tolerated in business or in oflier realms, 
simply because business and other groups cocld not con- 

duct their programs under such carelessness. For exam- 
ple — a Sunday school teacher suddenly decides to visit a 
relative or to spend a week-end in another city. At 9:00 
o'clock, Sunday morning, the Superintendent of the school, 
if he is fortunate, may hear, indirectly, that a certain 
teacher will be missing from her class, or perhaps, he 
may get no word at all. But the church is expected to 
overlook this thoughtlessness, and provide a substitute on 
a moment's notice. Neither would be permitted in business, 
but since the Church is what it is, it is to carry on with- 
out complaint. Or, the church needs some repair work done. 
The same work in our homes would be immediately at- 
tended to, but because the work is for the church — it can 
wait, and wait, and often times, wait some more! 

An active church member must of necessity be a flaming 
witness, as well. I don't mean by that that every member 
must preach or teach or lead services. But if God's Spirit 
dwells within, people will know that we are Christians for 
we will have a witness through our way of living and 
talking. Speaking to others may be difficult, but we are 
promised that we "shall receive power after that the Holy 
Ghost is come upon" us. Too many church members have 
not the power to witness simply because they have not 
made room in their own hearts for the working of the 
Holy Spirit within them. The power of the Holy Spirit 
will help us to walk circumspectly; He will call to our 
remembrance the things that Christ taught; He keeps us 
from taking offense; He helps us to forgive others who are 
not Christian in their actions toward us; and He continues 
to reveal to us the things of God. 

Perhaps I might have said all of this in fewer words. 
It seems to me that Active Church Membership in the 
Church of Christ is dependent upon one thing — That is, a 
willingness to be yielded to God's Holy Spirit. If all of 
our church membership were to recognize this need what 
a glorious church curs would be, even here upon the earth. 

I am glad that it is not the pastor's obligation to dif- 
ferentiate between active and inactive members. But if 
each of us will look at ourselves in the light of our own 
individual yieldedness to the Spirit of God, and will in 
turn, yield, completely, our inactive membership will take 
care of itself. 

Louisville, Ohio. 

Interesting Items 

(Continued from Page 2) 

Brother C. C. Grisso holding forth there from March 7 
to 21. 

Berlin, Pennsylvania. We note that Brother Whetstone 
was the final speaker at the Lenten services which have 
been conducted in the Berlin Churches. The last service 
was held in the Reformed Church. 

Nappanee, Indiana. We note that more needs in the 
New Church have been met as follows: Dishes for the 
kitchen — $140.00 — donated by Mrs. M. D. Price, Frienda 
Bowers and Mrs. Amos Miller; Ten burner gas stove — 
$399.00— donated by the W. M. S. and women of the 
church; Silverware for kitchen — $140.00 — donated by Mrs. 
John Becknell and Hattie Cunningham. 

The Quarterly Cash Day offering recently received 
amounted to $1,562.00. 

MARCH 27, 1948 


Elkhart, Indiana. Brother King reports that six were 
welcomed into church membership on Sunday, February 
29, and that Miss Betty White presented herself for full 
time service as the Lord shall direct. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Brother V. E. Meyer is conducting a 
week of Pre-Easter services, having as his assistant 
Brother H. D. Hunter, of North Manchester, Indiana, who 
is acting as song director. 

Preaches in Laymen's Tabernacle. Brother John F. 
Locke reports that he preached for the Laymen's Evan- 
gelistic Club at Mt. Crawford, Virginia, recently. This or- 
ganization has been functioning over twenty years. Re- 
cently the club took an abandoned Baptist Church (whose 
roof had blown off and ceiling was falling in, and the 
whole place had become a habitation for bats) and re- 
paired and transformed it into an attractive meeting 
house again. Brother Locke says, "A good audience was 
present and there was enthusiastic singing. When I began 
to read the scripture lesson there were many Bibles 
opened. Two little blind boys, for whom the club is pay- 
ing for the surgery which some day may restore their 
sight, were led in. Each had an eye bandaged which some 
day soon will be removed. The people are praying that 
they will be able to see then. The evening was a most 
interesting experience." 

We note also that the Mt. Olive Church recently gave 
Brother Locke a unanimous call for another year. 

Business Manager s Corner 

(Continued from page 3) 

Mrs. Morris Miller 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rowell 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schrock 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. DeFoe Eckleberger 2.00 

Mrs. Harriet Richmond .50 

Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Roth, Sr 5.00 

Mrs. N. Wombold 2.00 

Jeanette Berger 5 00 

Mr. and Mrs. DeMain Warner 10.00 

Mrs. Laura Ulrey 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Rob Hamilton 5.00 

Mrs. John Baer " jqo 

Miss Lodema Hamilton 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Berkey 1 50 

Mrs. Chas. Gill 3^00 

Dr. E. M. Miller and Family 5^0 

A Friend j qq 

Mlsc 118.76 

Highland Church Offering, Marianna Pa. $25.50 
as follows: 

Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Moore 5.00 

Geraldine Miller 2.50 

Jonathan Moore and Family ... 3 00 

"Belotes" """ 5 ' 00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Dague 10.00 

Huntington, Ind., Church Offering 17.00 

Johnstown, Pa., 2nd Church Offering 25.00 

Total including this report $3,219.16 



HERE IS evidence of laymen definitely becoming mis- 
sion-minded. At a recent meeting of the Northern 
Indiana Laymen's Brotherhood of the Brethren Church, 
held at the Warsaw Brethren Church on March 1, the men 
voted to send $100.00 to Rev. G. E. Drushal, .superintend- 
ent of our mission at Lost Creek, Kentucky. We feel this 
was a splendid and noble gesture on the part of these 
men. To this amount was added a $5.00 bill by Brother 
Fred W. Brant, a visitor from Berlin, Pennsylvania. 

We might also state that plans are now being made for 
a work-project this spring at Lost Creek. A group of Lay- 
men are to go down and spend one week working — re- 
pairing, remodeling, or possibly building new. Groups 
from North Manchester, South Bend, and Nappanee have 
already expressed the desire to help. (More about this 

At this meeting the Laymen were privileged to listen 
to a challenging message, delivered by Dr. Russell Bol- 
linger of North Manchester College, who spoke on "The 
Potential Possibilities of Laymen." He brought out many 
interesting relationships of laymen and pastors, observing 
and stressing the layman's place in the program of the 
church, as the crisis of the church, also noting the pos- 
sibility of professionalism among the clergy as the result 
of lay minority in church government. The alarming thing 
is that this condition is not being actively attacked, but 
ignored. Our churches are manned by men of profession 
and women. (The latest definition for church— "a few men 
with a bunch of women around them.") The speaker of- 
fered :hese physical observations: Pastors' time occupied 
by social engagements, rather than being devoted to per- 
sonal needs of individuals; any leadership group in power 
too lorg tends to become jealous, self-righteous and short- 
sighted—suspicious of any outside line of thinking. 

The scope of lay service is church wide. Do what you 
can do. By continually denying the warning, the privilege 
of service is taken away. Laymen should share in church 
government and in administration policies of the church. 
Lay business experience is valuable; lay teachers, lay- 
preachers and lay evangelists are needed. 

In making general observation, the speaker stated the 
real test is Jesus. In a observation of this type, the spir- 
itual condition always controls the success or failure. Suc- 
cess canmt be the result of any one preacher or even class 
x-epresentation, but must come from the teachings of Je- 
sus. The time has come when we must throw aside the 
trivial things of life and show forth by true Christian 
servioe the unselfish love He manifested while here on 

Benediction was pronounced by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer of 
Bryan, Ohio. 

Max Miller, Sec.-Treas. 

"The dav- of formal praying and petty giving is over 
and the day of big things has come." 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

Topici eopyrijbted br the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used bv permission.' 

Topic for April 4, 1948 


Scripture: Mark 3:13-19; Matt. 16:13-20; Acts 2:1-4 

For The Leader 

THIS IS A lesson in Church Histox-y tonight, for we 
must go back to the very beginning of the Church 
life to find some of the facts in the case. When we speak 
of the Churches' common heritage we think of the com- 
mon origin of all churches which directly or indirectly 
center their origin in Christ. But it is well to remember 
that not all branches or break-offs of this original church 
have remained true in doctrine and teaching and prac- 
tice to the truth as Christ presented it. Thus it behooves 
us to examine the doctrine and teachings of a church in 
the light of the scriptures to determine whether or not 
they are a true Christian, Christ-honoring Church. 


1. THE ORIGIN OF THE CHURCH. Our passage in 
Acts tonight tells of the coming of the Holy Spirit. The 
disciples were gathered in the upper room at Jerusalem, 
it was ten days after Jesus had ascended into heaven 
with the promise of coming again. As the disciples were 
there in that room praying, the Holy Spirit descended 
with power upon them. They were given power to speak. 
As they went forth from that room it was under the 
influence of the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the God- 
Head. As they went, they preached, souls were coijverted 
to Christ. Thus the Church was born. This Church which 
is the Bride of Christ, this Church for which Christ died, 
this Church for which He will come and receive unto him- 
self. It is this church which is to keep itself unspotted 
from the world. 

2. CHRIST PURGES HIS CHURCH. The historical evi- 
dences point to numerous divisions and splits in the 
Church. How and why of these divisions would fill many 
pages. Some were necessary, some were harmful, But in 
a way, Christ has had to bring about these divisions in 
order to keep His Church pure in doctrine, faith and 
practice. The great reformation was one of these. The 
domineering Roman Catholic church had become so se- 
vere in its corruption of Christian principles and the in- 
sertion of the pagan practice of idol worship that mul- 
titudes of the people were becoming disgusted. Among 
these was Martin Luther, the first of the Protestants. 
Luther took with him in his heroic rebellion the precious 
faith of salvation through faith in Christ. Instead of 
"salvation" through confessionals, penance, purgatory 
payments, and fear, Luther freed the Gospel and preached 
"salvation through our personal faith in Christ." Which 
do you prefer today? 

3 HALF-BREED CHURCHES. As we mentioned in the 
beginning, all church groups have a common heritage in 
Christ, but not all have remained true to Christ. We who 
are good Brethren like to consider a church a Church, 

for we want to be fair, unbiased and impartial. But do 
you know that there are churches in America which do 
no worship God, nor honor Christ? We need not men- 
tion them, for any person can find them if he looks around. 
Often they go by the name church, often they have built 
great "churchy" buildings. However, a very strict point 
must be emphasized. Christ's church is a gospel preach- 
ing, soul saving, and soul-missionary organization. Any 
church which misses this point is nothing more than a 
"half-breed" church. It assumes the title of church, but 
misses the purpose of the Church. 

4. PROTESTANT DIVISIONS. When Luther freed the 
gospel from the tyrannical control of the Roman Catholic 
Church, he gave rise to a regime of free and literal inter- 
pretations of the scriptures. His movement lacked the 
rigid control and unitized power as had been present in 
the Roman Catholic group. This was not strange, for it 
was a little like the freeing of the slaves in the Civil war. 
They were free, but, being in bondage for so long, they 
didn't know what to do with their freedom. The early 
Protestant groups were about like that. Had the Protest- 
ants been able to effect the miracle of a central organiza- 
tion of true gospel believing groups, there might not have 
been the immense number of denominations we have to- 
day. One good thing, among others we could mention, 
which has resulted from the divisions of protestant groups 
is that wherever you have had division, instead of one 
church working for Christ, you have two. This may not 
appear to be good on the surface, but it is so. 

5. CHRIST'S PART IN DIVISIONS. We would be the 
last to declare that Christ had any part in the divisions 
of denominations. Yet, in a sense this has been true many 
times. Not all of the times. And here's how. If a par- 
ticular denomination, or church dynasty, takes it upon it- 
self to reject the true gospel preaching of the Word of 
God, and seeks to make that decision binding on the mem- 
bership, then uprisings occur. There are always the true 
faithful Christians who cannot stand false doctrine. Christ 
must keep His gospel preaching machine (the Church) 
free from foreign doctrines. So there comes a purge, and, 
like as not, a division occurs. Think about this before you 
form any conclusions of your own. The best bet is to help 
keep the church true to the original tenets of the gospel 
as given by Christ in the days of the disciples. 

CHURCH. Peter was never a pope; he was never the 
first pope of the Roman Catholic Church. There is no 
scriptural evidence of any sort which gives license to 
such a person as a pope in the Church of Jesus Christ. 
The Roman Catholics have misinterpreted Christ's state- 
ment to Peter to mean for their own use, that Christ 
appointed Peter as the first Pope. What Jesus did mean, 
and the importance of the difference can easily be seen, 
is this: Jesus said that the faith which Peter expressed 
that "Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God," is 
the faith on which the Christian church should be built. 
That faith is the Rock of salvation. That faith is the Rock 
upon which countless millions of people have based their 
salvation from sin. To this faith we must cling today. 


How can we be certain that our own church and min- 
istry is preaching the true gospel as Christ intended it 
to be preached? Acts 17:11. 

MARCH 27, 1948 


Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. V. Gilmer 

(Helps for Soul Winners) 


Though you may try in many ways 

To circumscribe your life, 
To plan your time and chart your course 

Amid the varied strife. 
You may spurn heavenly guidance, 

Turn from it with a laugh — 
But somewhere in the plan of things 

God will cross your path. 

It may be in the spring of youth 

He makes a bid for you. 
You laugh Him off, there're other things 

You must have time to do. 
He tries again in middle life, 

You turn away in wrath, 
You need Him not, you're satisfied — 

But God will cross your path! 

You cannot leave God out of life, 
I care not how you try. 

Though you may dodge and shake Him off- 
Sometime you've got to die, 

You'll meet Him face to face that day 
Not in His love, but wrath, 

And all life's bravado will flee — 
God has crossed your path! 

— M. R. Warren. 


Scripture: John 20:19; 8:23, 24; Rev. 6:14-17 

Hymn: "You Cannot Hide from God" 


Seed Thought Prmovokers: 

THE CRUCIFIED Christ and the risen Son of God 
still lives. Men cannot bar Him from their mind and 
conscience. His claims compel every man to decide for 
or against Him. Christus existed in Roman history. The 
world's calendar is based on His birthday. He was a his- 
toric personality and remains a fact. His claim to deity 
occasioned His execution (John 10:33). But He had the 
authority of the Godhead behind Him. To this day no 
one can reject Him without an effort. Because His pres- 
ence brings conviction men try to avoid Him. After sin- 
ning Adam and Eve tried to hide from God but were 
forced to stand ashamed in His presence. Jonah tried 
to flee from the presence of the Lord. Read Psalm 139:7- 
12. Jesus stands in the midst in adversity, sickness, and 
death. As in Pilate's case He is on every man's hands. 
And every man, as in Pilate's case, cannot escape an in- 
evitable decision.. Some try to compliment Him (Luke 
6:46). Some crucify Him (Heb. 6:6). Others accept Him. 

Those who will not take Him as Saviour now (John 3:17, 
18; will make Him their Judge (Rom. 14:12). 

Today we have to face God's Christ (Heb. 1:1-3; John 
5:26). He alone can makf; our \ifc worth living (] Peter 
1:8, 9; 1 John 3:1, 2; Phil. t:21). Being Master of the 
ages (John 8:58; Rev. 22:13), He alone is our infallible 
Guide (John 8:12; Psa. 32:8; Acts 4:12;. The powers of 
Hell could not destroy Him for He arose from the grave 
to declare, "All power is given unto Me in Heaven and 
in earth." The time is coming when all who have set 
themselves against Him will have to bow the knee to 
Him (Phil. 2:9-11). 

All will have to face God's Christ with the fact of their 
sin (Rom. 3:23) and failure (Matt. 22:37, 38;. It is to 
either take the gift of God or the wages of sin (Rom. 
6:23; Matt. 25:41-46). If you receive the gift of grace 
you may know you are saved (2 Tim. 1:12; 1 Peter 1:18;. 
You must come to Jesus (Matt. 11:28; John 6:35;, confess 
Him openly (Rom. 10:9, 10), be baptized (Mark 16:16;, 
an obey Him (Heb. 5:9). 

On The Sunday School Lesson 

by The Editor 

Lesson for April 4, 1948 


Lesson: Ezekiel 1:1-3; 3:1, 17-21; 4:1-3 

WE MOVE from the New Testament back into the 
Old Testament as we begin this new Quarter's 
lessons. We will find that this series of lessons will seek 
to show how the religion of the Jewish people was pre- 
served under foreign domination. It will be possible in 
our studies to set forth many practical applications of 
the principles involved. We will begin with Ezekiel's ser- 
vice in keeping alive the faith of a people who were held 
in bondage. This can be aptly applied to our present-day 
situation, when we realize that even now, behind Russia's 
"Iron Curtain" there are many who have "not bowed the 
knee to Baal," and who are keeping up their worship of 
the Christ, even if it is not permitted in the open. That 
God does "not leave himself without witness" is to be re- 
membered at all times. 

In studying this lesson we should interest ourselves in 
the reason for the necessity of keeping the people in 
memory of their God. To this end we will need to studv 
the circumstances which led to the captivity and the re- 
sults of the bondage into which they were carried. We 
have not space to more than mention this. 

God called Ezekiel to be a prophet, even while he was 
in captivity, and he became the one authorized to declare 
"unto the children of thy people" (Ezekiel 3:11), "Thus 
saith the Lord," and to warn them of the dire results 
of forsaking God, even in their captivity. 

Our lesson for today is to be drawn from the words 
of the Golden Text— Ezekiel 3:17. "I have made thee a 
watchman . . . therefore, hear the word of MY mouth. 



and give them warning from ME." It is God speaking. 
Here is a grave warning and responsibility which is laid 
upon every follower of God — to warn those living lives 
of sin of the consequences of their ungodly acts. The 
"warning" is our duty — the results are between the 
"warned and God." It is not ours to compel obedience, for 
man is a free moral agent; but it is ours to set the stage, 
for here is a drama of real life which is to be played out 
with God and the warned man as the chief actors. If 
we are faithful to our part of the work, we are "right 
with God" regarding the warned party. If not, surely God 
will "require it at thine hand." (Ezekiel 3:20). 

There is much in this lesson to make us stop and take 
stock of our own activities. 



Young Men and Boys' 



April Program 

1. Scripture Order 

2. Praise and Prayer 

3. Bible Study: 

Genesis 28:1-22 

HOW WOULD you like to be driven away from your 
home? Name three people who were to blame for 
Jacob being driven from home. Why did his own mother 
tell him he had to go ? The boy who was to get a double 
share of the family estate that always went to the eldest 
son had to leave home. Explain. Who had persuaded and 
helped Jacob to deceive his own father? Now Rebecca 
sends Jacob on foot a distance of five hundred miles to 
the home of her brother Laban. She never saw his face 
again in this world! 

After Jacob had tramped about fifty miles he was ex- 
hausted in body, mind and spirit. He had no place to 
sleep at the setting of the sun. He cast himself on the 
ground and lay his head on a stone for a pillow. It was 
his own sin and selfishness that brought him to this sad 
place. A boy's worst enemy is himself. The demands of 
self are costly to a boy. A boy's life must have a center — 
self or Christ. Only Christ can save us from ourselves. 

In this hilly country Jacob could hear the wild animals 
howling as he tried to sleep. He may have thought about 
his grandfather Abraham having traveled this way years 
before. He may have thought of God's great promises 
made to his grandfather and also to his father that 
through their descendants Christ would one day come as 
a Saviour to a lost world. He fell asleep and had a won- 
derful vision. He saw a ladder reaching from earth to 
Heaven. On this ladder which speaks of Christ he saw 
angels ascending and descending. From a glorious figure 
at the top of the ladder he hears the voice of God. God 
can find and meet a young man in the most unlikely 
places. Although he had done wrong and was unworthy 

God came near to comfort and cheer. What did God say 
to Jacob from the opened heavens? 

The school teacher came to the parsonage after school 
to inquire if Phil who had been absent for three days 
was ill. The father said that Phil had left home every 
morning at school time. When Phil came home he could 
tell what his father knew. He was punished by having 
to sleep in the attic for three nights because he had de- 
ceived his parents for three days. But the father and 
mother could not sleep that first night. Finally the father 
said, "Mother, I can't stand this any, longer; I am going 
upstairs with Phil." With his pillow he tiptoed softly to 
Phil's bed so as not to awaken him. But Phil's eyes were 
wide awake and glistened with tears. The father wept, 
too. Then they slept together the three nights. This, though 
imperfect, is a picture of God in Christ lying down along- 
side of sinful man three days and nights, sharing our 
suffering and removing our sin. 

What hymn, which is a favorite of your grandparents, 
is based on this lesson ? Sing it. In the morning Jacob 
said, "Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know 
it. This is the house of God and the gate of Heaven." He 
poured oil on one of the stones and called the place Bethel, 
which means "House of God." He made a vow that if 
God would take care of him he would give God a tenth 
of all that he might have in life. Many years later Jacob 
returned to this dear spot and built an altar. Jacob came 
to the land of Uncle Laban and worked many years for 
a wife. 

Thus we see how sin separates man from God and also 
from his fellowmen, and makes him a wanderer like Cain. 
But there is a remedy in Christ for the sinful and the 
needy. Jesus came into this world to save sinners and no- 
body else "for all have sinned and come short of the glory 
of God." When Jesus said to the sick man, "Wilt thou be 
made whole?" he answered, "I will." Accepting Christ is 
deciding to let Him heal us of all our sin. 

4. Business 

5. Recreation 

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Notice: Ohio Pastors and Campers 

To the Brethren Churches of Ohio: 

By authority of the National Sunday School Association, 
there will be an Ohio Camp this year. One of the members 
of the Association will serve as the General Director of 
the camp. For the first year, there will be two age groups 
from nine to thirteen years, inclusive. 

The camp, at Lake O'Dell, located fifteen miles south 
of Wooster, contains forty-seven acres and is ample to 
accommodate the schedule of two different age groups at 
the same time, except for meals, vespers, etc. Included 
in the camp equipment for sports will be Volley Ball, 
Badminton, Soft Ball, Archery, Ping-Pong, Shuffleboard, 
Boating and Swimming. 

Sleeping accommodations are provided in the form of 
a dormitory for the girls, and separate cottages for the 

The program at Camp O'Dell begins early in June and 
we are fortunate to be able to secure a choice date — 
July 11 to 17. As yet we cannot state the registration 

MARCH 27, 1948 


fee other than approximately $11.00 to $12.00. All meals 
will be provided by the regular camp management. 

Those wishing to go to Shipshewana may do so, but we 
welcome any from the Ohio churches to come and camp 
with us. Credits will be extended in the Ohio Camp just 
the same as in our other camps. Should you desire further 
information before our schedule is mailed, it may be had 
from J. G. Dodds, 1581 Merrill Ave., Akron 6, Ohio; E. J. 
Beekley, 604 Paar Place, N. E., Canton, Ohio; or J. T. 
Byler, 1033 East Main Street, Louisville, Ohio. 
Yours for Ohio Camping, 




ews from 




It was our happy privilege the last two weeks of Sep- 
tember to go to the Gatewood Brethren Church for a 
Revival meeting. Upon our arrival, we found the Church 
in very good shape for a Revival. Much hard work, faith 
and prayer had been manifested before our coming. This 
faithful preparation on the part of the good people under 
the direction of their pastor, Rev. Smith F. Rose, made for 
a good start for the two weeks. Interest and attendance 
were good from the start and increased as the two weeks 
progressed. Services were held each evening of the week 
and morning and evening on Sundays. The second Sunday 
was Homecoming Day for the Gatewood Brethren. Special 
features in addition to the regular morning and evening 
services were a carry in dinner at noon, and an afternoon 
service. At this service, many visitors were present from 
nearby churches. 

The church at Gatewood, W. Va., is a rural church with 
a very nice building in good repair and condition. It is 
located in this fine community among the hills just eight 
miles from Oak Hill, W. Va. Rev. Rose is the hard work- 
ing pastor, carrying the work of this church along with 
his duties as pastor of the Oak Hill Brethren Church. 
Through the efforts of Brother Rose, the Church is well 
established in the Brethren faith. It has a large percent- 
age of boys and girls, along with their parents, making 
for a bright future for the church. The church and the 
pastor stand well in the community. 

Our home for the two weeks was in the home of Brother 
S. S. Goff and family, who exerted every effort to the mak- 
ing of our stay a very pleasant one. We got into a goodly 
number of the homes, some for good West Virginia cook- 
ing, and others in visitation. Inasmuch as Rev. Rose along 
with his full time duties as pastor of these two churches, 
is also teaching school full time, he was not able to be 
with us at Gatewood during the days. For our visitation 
we were "piloted" around by Rev. Glower, of the local 
Church of the Brethren, and by laymen of the Gatewood 

Through the efforts of the Rose family we were able 
to see many of the; beauty spot,:, of West Virginia; also to 
attend a football game and see the team coached by Rev. 
Rose in action. Jt was a real treat. This section of V. 
Virginia is noted for its mountain beauty and coal min- 
ing industry. Thousands and thousands of tons of coal are 
mined each year by the men of this territory f',r the homes 
and industries of America. 

At one of the evening services, and at the Homecoming 
service the second Sunday we wore privileged to have the 

Oak Hill Brethren Church choir with. us. This fine choir 
added much to the services. As we think hack over these 
two weeks, we can count many spiritual blessings we re- 
ceived personally from having learned to know these Gate- 
wood Brethren. Their encouragement and attention in the 
services was an inspiration to the writer. As someone has 
written that it is impossible to meet any person without 
being influenced by them in some way, so we, in being 
with these people have received great spiritual blessing 
through their faith, and Christian living. Their generous 
offering was far above the average. We would despair of 
trying to write a full picture of the joy and blessing we 
received while there. But our prayer is that a portion of 
the blessing we received shall have been imparted in the 
church, and that the church at Gatwood shall have been 
encouraged, blessed and inspired to go forward in even 
greater activities of service for Christ. 

We are certain that under the guidance of Rev. Ro^e 
and the Spirit of God, they will. We have our life-time 
memories of two weeks spent in the service of the Lord 
at Gatewood, and we pray constantly for God's blessings 
to be continually upon them. 

W. S. Benshoff, Vinco, Pennsylvania. 


The Vinco Brethren Church was fortunate in being able 
to secure Rev. Clayton Berkshire for a two weeks' series 
of meetings in November. Rev. Berkshire came to us from 
his busy pastorate at New Lebanon, Ohio. The second week 
of the meeting, Mrs. Berkshire and two of the children. 
Sharon and Phyllis were with us. The weather for the 
two weeks was normal November weather. The attendance 
averaged a little over 100 for each of the 16 services. The 
home of the evangelist was in the parsonage where his 
company, and the company of his wife and children the 
second week, was much enjoyed by the parsonage family. 
Meals were taken in the various homes of the church- 
others contributing food for "after-church"' lunches at the 

Each evening service was preceded by a pre-prayer ser- 
vice at 7:15. Much stress was laid upon the value of this 
service, and upon prayer in general. The evangelist sug- 
gested a noon-time prayer period during the meeting, 
which was followed generally. Local talent and visiting 
Brethren furnished special musical numbers at all of the 
services. Evangelist Berkshire also led the singing for the 
meeting. Our platform was graced each evening with the 
Adult choir and the Young People's choir. Rev. and Mrs. 
Berkshire furnished us with vocal and violin numbers 
from time to time which were well received. 

The Vinco church was definitely blessed by the pres- 
ence of the Berkshires in our midst. Aside from the many 



spiritual blessings received, we are able to report 10 re- 
consecnitions, and 11 added to the Church roll, (> of these 
11 being first time confessions. These have since been bap- 
tized and received into the full fellowship of the church. 
We thank Brother Berkshire for the fine, Biblical, soul 
searching, helpful and inspiring messages which he brought 
to us. Yinco Brethren hearts have been filled with the soul 
satisfying messages he brought to us as God's chosen Mes- 
senger. We thank him also for his excellent song leading 
for the meeting. Rev. Berkshire preached the Word with 
a firm conviction of its importance and power. He preached 
with sincerity and force, that one could not fail to get a 
blessing from his sermons. This fine spirit has continued 
since the meeting, and was especially felt in our commun- 
ion service a few weeks later when 140 Brethren gathered 
around the Holy tables. A further report, Lord willing, 
will be made in the near future of other Vinco Brethren 

W. S. Benshoff, pastor. 


Fire completely destroyed the Wash house which stood 
behind the parsonage of the Mt. Olive Brethren Church 
and but for the direction of the wind and prompt action 
by the Harrisonburg fire company the parsonage itself 
would have burned. The dwelling was damaged consider- 
ably at one corner where the weatherboards are burned 
away and the rafters charred. The custodian of the church 
and his family occupy the parsonage building here. They 
lost personal property of value stored in the out building. 

The congregation made a gift of $25.00 to the fire com- 
pany in appreciation of their assistance. A few minutes 
later and perhaps not only the parsonage but the church 
itself might have been destroyed. The Lord graciously 
delivered us from very serious damage. 

Brother John Locke is the pastor of the Mt. Olive con- 


We of the First Brethren Church of North Liberty are 
looking forward to two weeks of evangelistic services which 
will begin with a Sunrise service on Easter morning. This 
service will be in charge of the young people of the church. 
Following this early morning service, breakfast will be 
served in the church dining room. Sunday School and morn- 
ing worship will follow. 

The messages for our services will be brought to us by 
Rev. Rolland V. Hudson, who is Dean of men and Profes- 
sor of Missions and Practical Theology at Bethel College. 
He has had wide experience as a pastor and evangelist 
and was a supervising Chaplain in India and Burma dur- 
ing the war, serving with the rank of Major. 

Rev. Hudson's messages are f:!led with thrilling illustra- 
tions from his wide experiences. He has recently held ser- 
vices in Elkhart, South Bend and Ardmore. 

Mr. Charles Tramer of Mishawaka, who is a very active 
member of the Gideon Society, will assist Rev. Hudson by 
supervising the musical part of the services. He has had 
wide experience in this work and is a very capable song 
leader and soloist. 

Come and worship with us. The entire congregation and 
Rev. George Pontius, our pastor, extends you a hearty 
welcome in His name. 

Please remember us in your prayers. 

Mrs. Ernest Schradcr, Cor. Sec. 


We are going along quite well here. During the year 
of 1947 there were sixteen baptisms, all of whom were 
taken into the church at Falls City. There are several who 
are thinking of taking the step at the coming Easter week 
of services. 

We have done quite a little benevolence work. We sent 
clothing to Europe, and sent eggs and canned food to an 
orphanage in Omaha. 

The' "Training For Service" training Class, No. 1, taught 
by Rev. Johnson is taking its final tests. Training Class No. 
2 by the undersigned, is studying the Third unit of the 
course. This work has proven very interesting to those 
who come, that all our Bible School teachers may be 
trained teachers. 

February 29th was Brethren Youth Day in the church. 
The Young People of the Bible School put on the full 
morning service. 

Our annual birthday party was held March 2, following 
one of the biggest snow storms of the season. Sixty-six 
braved the weather to attend. 

Rev. Cecil Johnson, our pastor, is holding pre-Easter ser- 
vices at Carleton, Nebraska, at the present time. 

We are planning and working on our Easter program 
which will be a song service Easter evening, with every 
department of the Bible School presenting two numbers. 

Easter morning services will be a Decision Day program. 

Mary E. Rieger, Cor. Sec. 

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CULP. Earl C. Culp passed from this life at his home 
near Bellefontaine, Ohio, on February 8, 1948. Mr. Culp 
was born in Logan County, Ohio, on November 8, 1887. 
He served as a railroad engineer for about thirty years, 
retiring a few years ago because of ill health. 

Mr. Culp was a member of the Gretna, Ohio, Brethren 
Church where he attended faithfully when his health per- 

Funeral services were conducted in the Kenny Funeral 
Home in Bellefontaine, Ohio, by the undersigned. 

KNIGHT. Lorenzo Knight departed this life on Decem- 
ber 12, 1947, in the Miller-McComb hospital, at the age of 
sixty-five. At the time of his death he was a salesman 
for the Farmer's Guide Magazine. 

Mr. Knight was born in Williamstown, Ohio, but prior 
to his death he lived in Findlay, Ohio. He was a member 
of the Brethren Church in Williamstown. 

Memorial services were conducted from the Coldren 
Funeral Home in Findlay by the undersigned. 

Charles Munson. 

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what Is Truth? 

Said one to me, "You ministers don't preach the gospel right; 

You hem and ka/w and find excuse for sin in heaven's sight. 
Next Sunday preach the real thing, just give it to us straight; 

It's truth we want, most reverend sirs, in terms most up-to-date. 

So, sore ashamed, I sought my desk and pored my Bible o'er, 

To get the truth the brother asked, the truth he hungered for. 

When Sunday came, I spoke the truth, which was that men should give 
A tenth of all they earned a year, as long as they should live. 

I thought that brother sure would say, "Your sermon, sir, was fine, 
Just preach that tithing truth again and count on me for mine." 

But not a word he uttered as he passed without the roof. 

And never since has asked of me to preach the gospel truth. 

— A uthor un kno wn. 

Vol. LXX, No. 14 April 3, 1948^ ^JSSSKSSSS 



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Milledgeville, Illinois. We note from Brother D. C. 
White's bulletin that the North Manchester Church A 
Cappella Choir, composed of fifty-seven voices, gave a 
concert at the Milledgeville Church on Saturday evening, 
March 27. 

Hagerstown, Maryland. Brother N. V. Leatherman held 
three nights of Pre-Easter services, with a baptismal ser- 
vice following the Friday night service. He held a class 
of instruction for children desiring baptism on the Sat- 
urday previous. 

Linwood, Maryland. As previously announced, Brother 
Belote has been called to assume the pastorate of the 
Linwood Brethren Church, but he will not begin this 
work until about the middle of June, instead of April 
1st as announced. 

Flora, Indiana. A Gospel Team from Ashland College 
had a part in the Pre-Easter meetings in the Flora 
Church, being present for the Friday evening and the 
Sunaay services. Brother J. Edgar Berkshire, pastor of 
the church, preached the sermons on Wednesday and 
Thursday evenings. 

Stockton, California. A note from Brother C. C. Grisso 
who is holding evangelistic services in the Northern Cal- 
ifornia District, tell us of the baptizing of ten persons 
during the Sunday services on March 14th. He said that 
the evangelistic efforts in the district are going forth in 
fine shape. Brother Virgil Ingraham is pastor of the 
Stockton church. 

Canton, Ohio. We are in receipt of several newspaper 
clippings from Brother E. J. Beekley, pastor of our Can- 
ton Church, telling us of the efforts which were put forth 
recently to stop the influx of liquor selling places in resi- 
dential districts of that city. Brother Beekley says the 
fight has been a difficult one all the way through. We 
do not yet have the result in our hands. 

Cerro, Gordo, Illinois. We note that the Young People 
Morning Sunrise service. At the close of the service a 
of the Cerro Gordo Church were in charge of the Easter 
breakfast was served in the Junior Sunday School rooms. 

St. Jamee, Maryland. Brother Henry Bates announces 
that the Spring Love Feast and Holy Communion of the 
St. James Church will be held on Sunday evening, April 

Nappanee, Indiana. The revival services in the Nap- 
panee Church begin on Sunday, April 4, with Brother Vir- 
gil E. Meyer, pastor of the Waterloo, Iowa, Brethren 
Church as Evangelist. 

A bus load of young people from Nappanee, fifty-seven 
in number, attended the Brethren Youth skating party at 
Mishawaka recently. A fine time w,as reported. 

Cordoba, Argentina, South America. It is not often that 
we receive "Interesting Items" from our South American 
field, but we have just received a note from Brother 
Yoder with some interesting information in it. We pass 
it on: "I gave Bible studies all through the month of 
January in our 'Summer Camp' here and have remained 
to take care of the property and help to build a room 
15 x 23 feet, in which to store tents, benches, etc., and 
also to have a place for a caretaker if necessary. It is a 
beautiful site by the river in the mountains only fifteen 
miles from Cordoba, but I cannot leave it alone on account 
of the many people who come hunting bathing places by 
the river, and I have been in Cordoba only once during this 
time. We hope to have the roof on our building by Easter. 
It is not costing much for we are building from rocks left 
by the railway which passes the place. As there are few 
to help I have been very busy, but happy to help to pro- 
vide a center which we believe will be a valuable adjunct 
to our work." 

Bryan, Ohio. Under the Goal for organization of Sig- 
nal Lights in the various churches, the Bryan W. M. S. 
has sponsored such an organization and the first meeting 
was held at the 10:15 hour on Sunday morning, March 
21, with Mrs. Jay Corwin and Miss Hazel Keiser as lead- 
ers. They will continue to meet the third Sunday of each 

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THE EDITOR is appreciative of the many bulletins 
from the various pastors and churches that find their 
way to his desk each week. Aside from the news items 
he gleans for his "Interesting Items" column, very often 
he comes across a sentence that he lays back to "think 
about." Such was the case when he picked up Brother 
Whetstone's Berlin bulletin of March 7 and found four 
short, pithy sentences at the bottom of page three. One 
of these caught his fancy, and he jotted it down for fu- 
ture reference. Today he did some "sorting" and came 
across what he had jotted down. Here it is: "Work Will 
Win Where Wishing Won't." He read it again, and 

It set him to thinking! 

Aside from being a fine example of alliteration, it is 
a very true statement. You surely cannot "wish" any- 
thing into existence. Anything that is worth while is 
worth working for. Nehemiah could not have accomplished 
the great work of rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem 
if the people had not had "a mind to work." It would 
have accomplished just nothing for Nehemiah to have 
stood beside the broken walls and to have said, "O, how 
I wish the walls were rebuilt." It took effort and endur- 

I got to wondering just what the word "wish" really 
means. So, as usual, I went to the source of definition — 
the dictionary — and found that it means "to crave, to 
want something which is sometimes obtainable and some- 
times not." It does not necessarily satisfy a "need" for 
it may simply express a desire to have some feeling grat- 
ified. It is always easy to "Wish," but the desire for 
accomplishment means "Work." 

Just as curious, I turned to the word, "work.*' I found 
it means, "Physical or mental effort directed to an end; 
that which is accomplished by exertion." It is "labor with 
a purpose." ' 

So, turning to our "thought creator" we find that we 
might say it thus: "Physical or mental effort directed to 
an end" will win, while merely sitting back and "craving 
or wanting something" will get you exactly nowhere. We 
must want a thing enough to be willing to expend our 
energy upon it if we expect to gain the ends desired. 

It works in the physical and mental; and it also ob- 
tains in the spiritual. We cannot "wish" the church into 
a lovely, growing body — we must "work" it to this end. 

Think it over! 



R Little &hild 

Shall Lead Them 

ALTHOUGH our Lord could have used a mas- 
terly vocabulary that even the most learned 
schclars could not comprehend, He usually spoke 
in simple words that even the little children could 
understand. In many instances, He spoke by par- 
ables or illustrations and used little children as 
examples in teaching His disciples the truth He 
wished for them to know. 

Jesus loved the little children when He was 
here on earth, and picked them up in His arms 
and blessed them. Jesus was the first great teach- 
er of men who showed a genuine sympathy for 
childhood. When He said, "Of such is the king- 
dom of heaven," it was a revelation. 

Jesus saw, in little children, the characteristics 
that elder folks should possess. We see in Mat- 
thew 18:1-6, an example of Christ teaching 
through children. He teaches us, in these verses, 
to be humble. Humility is a lesson so hardly 
learned, that we have need by all ways and means 
to be taught it. When we look upon a little child, 
we should be put in mind of the use Christ made 
of this child. He set Him in the midst of them, 
not that they might play with Him, but that they 
might learn by Him. Grown men, and great men, 
should not disdain the company of little children, 
cr think it below them to take notice of them. 
They may either speak to them, and give instruc- 
tion to them; or look upon them, and receive in- 

Mrs. Loretta Carrithers 

struction from them. Christ Himself, when a 
child, was in the midst of the doctors, Luke 2:46. 

Jesus took the little children up in His arms 
and taught us not to look down for them any 
longer. A friend of ours told us that one day she 
was walking along the street when she heard a 
voice say, "Hello, Miss Jones." She looked around, 
but saw no one. Again the little voice. She looked 
everywhere, but still saw no one. Then a little 
voice said, "Keep a-lookin' up, Miss Jones." She 
said, "I looked up and up and up, and finally I 
saw her way up in a tenement house and when 
I found her, she said, 'You didn't see me, Miss 
Jones, because you didn't look high enough.' " 
Far too many people in our world have been look- 
ing down for children, and have, indeed, missed 
seeing them ! 

Christ requires that you must be converted, 
made a new creature in Him. You must become 
as little children, desiring "the sincere milk of 
the word." As His children we must be careful 
for nothing, but leave it to our heavenly Father 
to care for us. We must be harmless and unoffen- 
sive and void of malice. The little child of a rich 
man will play with the child of a beggar, and 
Christ would have us freely show the same atti- 
tude toward our neighbor. 

He taught us that unless we become as little 
children we shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. 
As we study a little child, we see simple but 
strong faith, humility and love that He wants us 
to achieve. When we have the faith of a little 
child, we will have that faith with which we shall 
be able "to move mountains," as little Bill, who 
stood watching his Daddy working for hours to 
place a bolt in a difficult place in the engine of 
his truck. After working without success, and 
speaking some words which were not becoming to 
escape the lips of a Christian, little Bill spoke up 

APRIL 3, 1948 


with words, "Why don't you pray, Daddy, and 
ask Jesus to help you fix the truck?" The Daddy 
was quite surprised and ashamed as he answered, 
"Daddy has said .some bad words, so why don't 
you pray for me?" Without hesitation, little Bill 
bowed his head and prayed simply, "Dear Jesus, 
please help Daddy fix the truck." Much to the 
Daddy's amazement, the bolt was slipped into 
place in a moment of time. Today, that father tes- 
tifies that his little boy led him into a closer 
Christian experience through prayer and in faith 

As children are little in body, and low in 
stature, so we must be little and low in spirit, 
and in our thoughts of ourselves. 

Our Lord shows here the danger of pride and 
ambition. Whatever profession men make, if they 
allow themselves in this ,sin, they will be rejected 
both from God's tabernacle and from His holy 
will. Pride threw the angels that sinned out of 
heaven, and will keep us out, if we be not con- 
verted from it. That are lifted up with pride, fall 
into the condemnation of the devil; to prevent 
this, we must become as little children, and, in 
order to do that, must be born again, must put 
on the new man, must be like the holy Jesus. 

The humblest Christians are the best Chris- 
tians, and most like to Christ, and highest in His 
favor, are best disposed for the communications 
of divine grace, and fittest to serve God in this 
world, and enjoy Him in another. 

In Matthew 19:13-15, we have the welcome 
which Christ gave to some little children that 
were brought to Him. This is quite a contrast to 
the reception which children receive in many in- 
stances of society today. We ever find churches 
failing to give children the place that Christ 
taught us to give them, yet we expect them to be 
good adult Christians. We have too many parents 
who are very good at caring for the Martha part 
of their homes, but neglecting the Mary side, such 
as Anna shows us. "Mother, you have forgotten 
my soul," said little Anna, three years old, as her 
mother was about to lay her in bed. She had just 
risen from repeating the Lord's Prayer. "But, 
Mother, you have forgotten my soul!" "What do 
you mean, Anna?" "Why — 'Now I lay me down 
to sleep, I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep ; and 
if I die before I wake, I pray thee, Lord, my soul 
to take,' we have not said that." The child meant 
nothing more, yet her words were startling. How 
many mothers, busy hour after hour fashioning 
pretty garments and caring forthe bodies of their 
little ones, forget their souls. 

Many times little children have influence on 
adults, just as the Ward tells us that "a little child 

shall lead them," and as Jesus taught His di 
pks, by their examples such as ■ e < •• in the- wife 
of a prominent lawyer, who had been under deep 
conviction for several days. She gave the folkn - 
ing account at prayer meeting of her conversion : 
"Last evening my little girl came to me and said, 
'Mamma, are you a Christian?' 'No, Fannie, 
I am not.' She turned and went away, and as she 
walked off I heard her say, 'Well, if Mamma isn't 
a Christian I don't want to be one.' And 1 tell you 
my dear friends, it went right to my heart, and 
then I gave myself up to Christ." 

We have also the story of how Little Fred, son 
of Dr. Paton, escaping from the mission hcuse on 
Amina, rushed into the midst of a ring of savages 
who were consulting how to kill Dr. Paton, an 1 
leaping on the knee of the Chief, threw his arms 
about his neck and began coaxing and scolding 
him as "naughty." The fierce brows relaxed, and 
the men slunk away from the mission premises, 
disarmed by a child. As the sling and stone were 
used of God to slay the giant, so was this little 
child to the preserving of his father. 

Praise the Lord for the little children and their 
influences in this sin sick world today. 

May each of us become like them, that we may 
be able to enter into the kingdom of heaven. 

— Peru, Indiana. 

God's Helping Hand 

Dot Custer 

If through the years, you have reached fame. 
Which causes many to speak your name. 
Don't give yourself a pat on the back, 
This shows that wisdom you do lack. 

If something you do brings many cheers. 
Till your eyes with happiness fill with tears. 
To you all credit doesn't belong — 
So don't start boasting to the throng. 

If a fortune should come your way today. 
Which puts you on easy street to stay — 
Don't feel too proud of yourself, my friend. 
Then you'll be happier in the end. 

Is all credit mine, ask yourself. 
For your fame, fortune, cheers and wealth. 
Remember your life by God is planned. 
And you always need His helping hand. 

— Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 



/tre /lit Tftett So*t& o£ (fat? 

A Sermon delivered by L. 0. McCartneysmith, Minister 
of the First Brethren Church, Lanark, Illinois, on March 
24th, 1948 

Themo: "He came to His own, and His own received 
II im not. but as many as received Him, to them gave He 
power to become the sons of God, even to them that be- 
lieve on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor 
of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of 
God" (John 1:12-13). 

IT IS my intention to always have a reason, or purpose 
for every sermon presented; hence this topic. The doc- 
trine of the Universal Fatherhood of God, presented along 
with the doctrine of the Universal Brotherhood of men, 
is not only widely proclaimed, but far too generally ac- 
cepted as being true, and founded upon the word of God, 
to pass unnoticed by true believers of the Bible. 

The question presented in this morning's topic is a mat- 
ter of the most vital importance to every person naming 
the name of the Lord Jesus. Vital, because these doctrines 
are being proclaimed by some of the larger denomina- 
tions as being the sum and substance of the Bible. Ideas 
for a new World Order are being fostered, and these 
?purious doctrines are offered as supporting evidence for 
the necessity of their presentation to unsuspecting men 
and women. Protagonists of these doctrines assume that 
to have all men live together harmoniously and peaceably, 
all that is necessary is to have them believe that all men, 
women and children, are by nature children of a common 
Father-God, or as they phrase it, Parent-God, and as such, 
they will as a result live together as brothers should. 

Although to some, such a theory may sound good, nev- 
ertheless, it is so far removed from the truthful teaching 
of Jesus Christ that it has become a source of grave 
danger to the Christian religion, and demands refutation 
by every minister of the Gospel who believes true New 
Testament doctrine. Jesus said: "And ye shall know the 
truth, and the truth shall make you free." 

To express to you the universality of these false doc- 
trines and the fearlessness expressed by their proponents 
in presenting them, it seems well to quote briefly a few 
of the many outstanding declarations made by leaders of 
various denominations, which have been voluntarily pub- 

From a questionnaire circulated among Protestant min- 
isters of Chicago by the School of Education of North- 
western University we have the following: "Jesus' em- 
phasis was almost entirely upon the life men should live 
'in earth. He held to the great ethical ideals and to the 
high doctrines of God's Fatherhood and man's brother- 

A declaration of the General Assembly of the Presby- 
terian Church, U. S. A.: "The heart of the Gospel is the 
faith that all men are sons of God." 

The following has been quoted from "Brethren Service," 

Elgin, Illinois: "The Church of the Brethren and the 
Brethren Service Commission believe that all men are 
sons of God." 

Quoting from program for World Day of Prayer, Feb- 
ruary 13, 1948, sponsored by United Council of Church 
Women; which calls for leader and congregation to re- 
cite the Lord's Prayer, after which the following com- 
ment is presented by the leader: "Our Father who art in 
heaven" "These two words 'Our Father' are pregnant 
with meaning. To us Christians they are also heavy with 
responsibility, for as we repeat the first two words of 
this Prayer Universal we commit ourselves to the world- 
changing fact that all the peoples of the world are ONE, 
that 'He hath made of one blood all nations' . . . and that 
every man and woman and child of all races and nations 
is a son or a daughter of our Parent-God." 

The phrase "every man and woman and child" makes 
no exception of "The fearful, and unbelieving, and the 
abominable, and murderers, and whore mongers, and sor- 
cerers, and idolators, and all liars," which God's word un- 
hesitatingly states "shall have their part in the lake which 
burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second 
death." (Rev. 2:-8). 

In spite of the irrefutable evidence of the unsoundness 
of such doctrine, thousands of unsuspecting men and 
women participate in these services. It is high time that 
ministers and laymen carefully examine all religious lit- 
erature, and reject all not in harmony with God's word. 

These doctrines are creeping into our Sunday school les- 
sons. The following is listed as Objective IV of the In- 
ternational Council of Religious Education, from whom 
we must secure permission to publish the headings of our 
Sundav school lessons. Read it carefully: 

"Christian education seeks to develop in growing per- 
sons the ability and disposition to participate in and con- 
tribute constructively to the building of a social order 
throughout the world embodying the ideal of the Father- 
hood of God and the Brotherhood of Man." 

If I understand the Word of God correctly, the distinc- 
tive work of the Church, which fosters Christian education, 
is not seeking to develop in our young people the ability 
and disposition to participate in and contribute construc- 
tively to the building of a world social order, but rather to 
contribute and participate in the divine purpose of this 
age, which is taking out from among the Gentiles of a 
people for His name; a spiritual empire. Relative to this 
we read the words of the Apostle James in Acts 15:13-14: 
"Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Simeon hath de- 
clared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles to take 
out of them a people for His name, and to this the words 
of the prophet agree." Also in the great Commission as 
related in Mathew 28:19-20, nothing is said about a world 
social order; but we are commanded to "teach all nations, 

APRIL 3, 1948 


dipping 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." Had Jesus intended 
us to build a world social order He would have said so. 

It seems to me that it becomes the duty of Brethren, 
who believe and accept the Teachings of Jesus as our only 
rule of Faith, and whom God has exhorted through his 
servant Jude to "Earnestly contend for the Faith once for 
all delivered unto the Saints," to expose these unsound 
doctrines and present instead the basic doctrines of the 
New Testament. 

I. What Saith the Scriptures? 

1. God's Holy Word, which is man's final authority in. 
spiritual matters teaches us that to become sons of God, 
one MUST be born again. In the words of Jesus: "Do not 
wonder, that I said unto thee, ye MUST be born from 
above." (John 3:7, original Greek). This is one of the 
"Musts" of the New Testament, and the Greek word "an- 
othen" cannot be correctly translated except by using the 
phrase "from above." 

Nicodemus, searching for a closer walk with God, came 
to Jesus, and inquired: "How is a man able to born being 
old?" to which Jesus replied: "Indeed, Indeed, I say to 
thee: if any man be not born out of water and spirit, he 
is unable to enter into the Kingdom." Nicodemus then 
asked: "How can these things be?" Jesus informed him: 
'That having been born out of the flesh, is flesh; and that 
having been born out of spirit is spirit." Here we readily 
see that it was not of a natural birth that Jesus spoke. 

2. The New Birth is a Supernatural birth brought about 
by the Holy Spirit, which is positively essential to our be- 
coming children of God; and anything falling short of 
this fact is not the teaching of Jesus Christ and should 
be repugnant to Bible-loving Christians. 

3. God gives to one class only, the authority or power to 
become His sons, or children: to them that receive His 
only begotten Son, for we read from the text: "As many 
as received Him, to them gave He power to become the 
sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which 
were born, not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of 
God." (John 1:12-13). These are the only people in this 
world who possess the power or ability to become God's 
children; yet facing these great God-given statements, 
men will tell the world: "All men are sons of God." This 
supernatural work of Grace is the reconciliation of sinful 
man with God, solely through the finished work of Jesus 
Christ, and man's acceptance and obedience thereto, and 
not through racial or national fleshly birth; but through 
the power of God wrought by the Holy Spirit in making 
of sinful man a "new creation" in Christ Jesus: "So that 
if any one is in Anointed (Christ), he is a new creation, 
the old things passed away, lo, all things have become 
new." (From original Greek, 2 Cor. 5:17). Paul continues, 
speaking of the origin of this "new creation": "And all 
things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by 
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of recon- 
ciliation" (2 Cor. 5:18). Then in the 20th verse of this 
chapter Paul tells us that we are "Ambassadors for Christ" 
beseeching men to be reconciled to God: not building a 
world social order! 

II. False Doctrines are established by Misinterpretation 

of Scriptures: purposeful misinterpretatioi eful 

twisting; or in the phraseology of z Petei 3:16: tl 
"Wrest" scriptures unto their own <:■ 

1. Perhaps the most oul tanding of th» srpreta- 

tions is the first two words of the Loi 

Father." This is univer .-illy "twisted" and presented to 

support the doctrine of the universal Fatherhood of God 

and Brotherhood of man, and palmed off to U 

people as irrefutable evidence that all men, v 

children are children of God, as quoted from program of 

World Day of Prayer in the introduction. 

2. This prayer cannot be applied universally, to every 
man and woman and child of all races and nations; because 
Christ never taught it to all people. He gave this pra 

to His disciples, and to them only! The Lord'.- Prayer is 
found in connection with Christ's Sermon on the Mount, 
and is a part of that sermon, which begins with Matti 
5:1, and ends with Matthew 7:29. In the first two vet 
of Mathew 5, we discover that this entire sermon was not 
delivered to the multitude, but exclusively to His own dis- 
ciples, for we read: "And seeing the multitudes, He went 
up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples 
came unto Him, and He taught them, saying ..." From 
this introduction to the conclusion of the sermon, He taught 
none excepting the Twelve! Luke tells us that one of His 
disciples requested this teaching: "And it came to pass, that 
as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, 
one of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us (His 
disciples) to pray, as John also taught his disciples." 
(Luke 11:1). He taught only those who had received 
Him, and to whom He had given Power to become God's 
children. Therefore this prayer cannot be applied univer- 
sally to all men, and used as evidence that all men and 
women and children are children of God. 

3. Only those having been born from above have the 
right or privilege to be called God's children. The right 
to call our own earthly parent "father" comes by having 
been born into our earthly father's family, and we are his 
heirs by the right of birth alone. In like manner, only those 
who have been "born from above," by the will of the 
Father may be enumerated as His children and joint heirs 
with Jesus Christ, regardless of what men may say and 

4. Gross misinterpretation in support of these doctrines 
has been applied to the story of the young man, by Jesus, 
commonly called The Prodigal Son; but who should be cor- 
rectly called "The Lost Son"; for God so names him. In 
this chapter we find three parables: (1). The Lost Sheep, 
(Luke .15:3-7). (2). The Lost Coin, (Luke 15:8-10). (3). 
The Lost Son, (Luke 15:11-32). 

Jesus speaks of this "son" as being both lost and dead. 
Lost because he had broken fellowship with his father: and 
dead in trespasses and sins, as a result of this broken fel- 
lowship. This son had been born into his fathers family 
by the will of his father: and had left his father's house 
by his own will, and had become of his own desire an out- 
cast; with no responsibility attached to the father, for his 
conduct. He had to return to his father and make confes- 
sion and obtain forgiveness before he was restored to the 
father's fellowship. This is a true representation of a child 
of God, who having been born into the family of God. of 
his own accord breaks fellowship with God. and is therefore 



lost until he discovers his condition and has the broken 
fellowship restored; and has no relationship whatever to 
the universal Fatherhood of God. 

\ Gross misrepresentation has been made of Acts 17:26- 
28 in the endeavor to support this tottering doctrine of the 
universal Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood of man. Here 
we read: "And bath made of one blood all nations of men 
for to dwell on all the fact of the earth." The word "blood" 
is not found in the oldest manuscripts, but has been a later 
addition. It reads in the best Greek manuscripts: "Made 
out of one every nation." This refers to Adam as the ONE 
whom God created in His own likeness and image. The ONE 
who ingloriously fell because of Satanic meddling and dis- 
obedience, and was judged, sentenced, and driven out of 
God's presence. Therefore the descendants of the ONE are 
"like father, like son" and have need of the "new creation" 
in Christ Jesus to be called the sons of God. This has no 
reference whatever to the universal fatherhood of God nor 
to the universal sonship of man. 

In Acts 17:28, we read: "We are the offspring of God." 
That is true, because Paul was not speaking of unregen- 
erate men, but he was speaking about those who had been 
"born from above," because he used the personal pronoun 
"we." which included himself. The word "offspring" has 
been translated from the Greek word "genos," which means 
"Race," and may refer to mankind as a race, and not as 
sons of God. 

III. Jesus Speaks of Two Fatherhoods; Also Two Son- 

1. The Fatherhood of God. 

2. The fatherhood of Satan. 

3. The sonship of God. 

4. The sonship of Satan. 

The statement of the Presbyterian Church of the U. 
S. A. has been quoted: "The heart of this gospel is that 
all men are sons of God." Now let us quote Jesus Christ: 
then take your choice. Speaking to the Jews who endea- 
vored to slay Him, He said: "If God were your Father 
ye would love me: for I proceeded from God." (John 8: 
42). "Ye are of your father, the devil, and the lusts of 
your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the be- 
ginning, and abode not in the truth, because there was no 
truth in him." (John 8:44). He then told these unbeliev- 
ing Jews that the reason they could not understand Him 
was due to the fact that they would not listen to His 
word. This may be applied to the present generation 
equally well. Here Jesus Christ makes a great difference 
between men. He does not tell these Jews that they are 
sons of God; but because they do not believe Him, and 
receive Him; He calls them sons of the devil. 


From comparisons of statements of men with state- 
ments from God's Word we have undertaken to make it 
plain that the Doctrines of the Universal Fatherhood of 
God, and the Universal Sonship of Man are spurious; and 
that those undertaking to support these unscriptural doc- 
trines have rejected the true doctrines of the New Tes- 
tament. Ministers and Laymen should studiously com- 
pare every new doctrine with the Word of God, and re- 
ject everything that does not measure up to the doctrines 

taught by Jesus Christ. We must not forget the exhorta- 
tion of the Word: "Ye should earnestly contend for the 
Faith once for all delivered unto the Saints." 

The Northern California 
District Conference 

Held at the First Brethren Church, Lathrop, California 
March 29 to April 4, 1948 

(We realize that this conference program will not ar- 
rive in the hands of the Evangelist readers until after it 
has taken place. Nevertheless, we desire to print it in 
order that the churches may know the program of the 
Northern California District and may see that they are 
alive to the obligations and opportunities which come 
to the Brethren Church. The program was sent to us by 
Brother C. C. Grisso, who is now in the Northern Cali- 
fornia District doing evangelistic work. — Editor.) 

Conference Theme: "Knowing and Following Christ." 
Conference Scriptures: Phil. 3:10; 1 Tim. 1:12; John 17:3; 
Luke 9:23. 

The Conference Program 

Monday, March 29 — Business Day 

2:00 Opening Session 
Prayer and Hymn 

Devotional Fred Kleist 

Welcome . . David E. Frey, Moderato Lathrop Ch. 
Response — Manteca, Stockton, Turlock and other 

Business session 
3:30 Moderator's Address— "Do We Dare!" 

Virgil Ingraham 

6:45 Pre-Prayer Service — Rev. J. W. Piatt Quiet Hour 

7:00 Young People's Hour Led by Rev. George H. Jones 

7:30 Devotional Tesibel Frey 

Special Music 
8:00 Evangelistic Message Rev. C. C. Grisso 

Tuesday, March 30— "Study Day" 

2:00 Prayer and Hymn 

Devotional Elmer Gall 

Special Music 
2:15 Message — "The Scholarship League, Its Plan and 

Purpose" George H. Jones 

3:00 Talk— "Northern California District Scholarship 

League Program for 1948-1949 ....Hazel Crom 

3:30 Message— "Bible Study: For Personal Growth and 

for Service" George Anderson 


0:45 Pre-Prayer Service Rev. J. W. Piatt 

7:00 Young People's Hour Rev. George H. Jones 

APRIL 8, 1948 


7:30 Song Service 

7:45 Devotional Helen Ernst 

Special Music 
8:00 Evangelistic Message Rev. C. C. Grisso 

Wednesday, March 31 — "Prayer Day" 

2:00 Prayer and Hymn 

Devotional Edna Johnson 

Special Music 
2:15 Message — "Our Christian Responsibility" 

Rev. Frank Gehman 
3:00 Business session 


6:45 Pre-iEaster Service Rev. J. W. Piatt" 

7:00 Young People's Hour ....Rev. George H. Jones 
7:30 Song Service 

Devotional Freda Wolfe 

Special Music 
S:00 Evangelistic Message Rev. C. C. Grisso 

Friday, April 2 — "Missionary Day" 

2:00 Woman's Missionary Society Hour 
3:15 Mission Board Program for 1948-1948 

District Mission Board 

6:45 Pre-Prayer Service Rev. J. W. Piatt 

7:00 Young People's Hour ....Rev. George H. Jones 
7:30 Song Service 

Devotional Howard Frey 

Special Music 
8:00 Evangelistic Message Rev. C. C. Grisso 

Saturday, April 3 — "Berean Day" 

10:00 Prayer and Hymn 

Devotional Donald Walters 

Special Music 
10:15 Message— "A Challenge to Youth" Rev. Earl Flora 
11:00 Business Session 


2 :00 Song Service Ella Mae Johnson 

Devotional Lillian Harnden 

Special Music Manteca Woman's Quartet 

Talk — "Beginning of Bereans" ....Artie Detling 

Accordion Solo Rosalie DePriest 

Bible Quiz Virgil Ingraham 


Special Stockton Girl's Choir 

Talk— "Following Christ" Ruth Kissee 

Talk— "Knowing Christ" Julion Hallett 

Vocal Solo Alvar Piatt 

Talk — "Knowing and Following Christ" 

Harry Ernst 


6:45 Pre-Prayer Service Rev. J. W. Piatt 

7:00 Young People's Hour Rev. George H. Jones 

7:30 Song Service, Testimony Service, Special Music — 

Conducted by the Bereans 
8:15 Evangelistic Message Rev. C. C. Grisso 

Sunday, April 4 — "Worship Day" 


10:00 Bible School Ivan Eubank-:, Superintend 

1 1 :00 Message Rev. Roger Darling 


6:15 Pre-Prayer Service Rev. J. W. Piatt 

6:30 Christian Endeavor , ...Led by George H. Jo 

7:30 Song Service 
Special Music 
8:00 Evangelistic Message Rev. <". <". Gri 

The Whetstones Are Honored 

ON WEDNESDAY evening, March 24, the Berlin 
Brethren Church held an "Appreciation Meeting" in 
honor of Brother S. M. Whetstone and Family, the occa- 
sion being brought about by the resignation of Brother 
Whetstone from the Berlin pastorate, that he might as- 
sume the pastorate of the Dayton, Ohio, Hillcrest Breth- 
ren Church. 

A fine program was rendered as follows: 

Musical Selections Thelma Taylor 


Prayer Rev. D. S. Stephan, D.D. 

Vocal Solo Mrs. Robert S. Nagle 

Remarks Visiting Pastors 

Mixed Quartet Brethren Youth 

A Tribute in Rhyme Mrs. W. A. Johnson 

Appreciation William Cober 

Response Rev. S. M. Whetstone 

Response Mrs. S. M. Whetstone 

"Blest Be The Tie That Binds" 
Benediction Rev. Robert S. Xagle 

The evening program was in charge of Brother A. B. 

After the program the entire company adjourned to 
the social rooms where refreshments were served. 

Brother Whetstone assumes charge of the Dayton work 
on April 1. 

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A Farewell For The Gilmers 

Rev. and Mrs. C. Y. Gilmer were tendered a Farewell 
Party recently at the Bryan, Ohio, Church where they 
are closing their ministry to taking up the work at Hunt- 
ington, Indiana. 

A fine fellowship hour was enjoyed with an excellent 
attendance and a great abundance of food on hand to 
make the occasion one to be remembered. The gift of a 
fine Remington Rand portable typewriter, a mahogany 
end table, and a profusion of cut flowers was the ex- 
pression of appreciation which was presented to the Gil- 
mers at this time. The Junior Sisterhood presented a 
fine pair of bronze bookends to Mrs. Gilmer and a hand- 
kerchief shower was also tendered her by the Child Study 

The Gilmers will take up their work in Huntington on 
April first. 



Brotherhood News 

Fred \V. Brant. News Editor 

who cooperate so wonderfully. Without their cooperation 
our work would not prosper. After all, what institution 
could compare with the home insofar as the training to 
live for Christ is concerned. We covet your prayers in 
behalf of our Brotherhood work. 

Harold E. Parks, V. Pres. Dist. Advisory Board. 

IT HAS BEEN approximately two years since our dear 
Brother Gilmer left Vinco, consequently you have not 
had much news of our Brotherhood work. 

May I state here our appreciation for the wonderful way 
in which Brother Gilmer handled our two organizations 
after his departure for Bryan, Ohio. The Laymen's Or- 
ganization, which sponsors the brotherhoods, elected me 
to the very pleasant task of being Advisor to the Junior 
Society. We now have twenty Junior boys who are very 
much enthused about the work of the Brotherhood. In 
addition to meeting our goals to the best of our ability, 
we sent a heifer to Italy through the Brethren Service 
Center at New Windsor, Maryland, in the rehabilitation 
program. The above cut shows the recipients of this fine 
animal. (A letter of appreciation is reproduced below.) 

This year our project was a clothing project for foreign 

One of our most important undertakings I wish to pass 
along, that others may benefit as we have. In order to 
instill into the hearts of our young boys a zeal for mis- 
sionary work, we started having the boys report "good 
turns" with the expectation that they themselves would 
start talking to other boys about coming to church and 
Sunday School and the cautioning of those who would use 
tobacco, profane language, cheat in school, at play, etc. 
Again we wish to thank God for making that plan work. 
They began reporting their missionary acts unsolicited. 
We have seen results in our Sunday School attendance, 
better living and the giving of hearts to the Lord Jesus 
Christ. God most certainly can work with young folk. 
Many times these younger folk are responsible for the 
better life of adults. 

Knowing that our church is a 100% Evangelist church, 
1 know of no better way to thank the parents who so 
obligingly open their homes each month for our meetings, 
than to do it through the columns of the Evangelist. If 
any credit is due anyone for this work, it is the parents 


Dear Brother Parks: 

If our records are not incorrect, the cow in: the en- 
closed photo should be the one that was contributed by 
you a little over a year ago. In the meantime, she has 
found her way to Italy and has given birth to an "Italian" 
bull calf. We found your cow to be in very good condition 
the day we visited her. She is rebred and is still giving 
one and one-half gallons if milk per day. 

The family that now has your cow seems to be taking 
very good care of her and she has a nice stall. In case 
you would like to write to this family for further informa- 
tion, or just as a friendly gesture, their address is: 

Guidoti Anunziato, 
Quercioli No. 17, 
Massa (Apuania), Italy. 
The province of Apuania, in which our offices are also 
located, was the scene of the front lines of war between 
the German and American forces for many months. Most 
of the farmers lost their animals either to the foreign 
armies or to the Italian underground forces. The Guidoti 
family had two cows before the war. 

We believe that your cow has been placed in a most 
needy part of Italy where she can help in the reconstruc- 
tion of a family and community. More than that, we like 
to think of her as a symbol of good will and understand- 
ing which has been shared by Christians in America with 
their brothers across the water. You might also be in- 
terested in knowing that another shipment of 157 head 
of cows arrived at the Naples port on Christmas morn- 
ing and there is now a ship crossing the ocean bringing 
154 head. 

May the Lord bless you in your deeds of love and shar- 


D. Eugene Lichty. 

Business Manager s Corner 

(Continued from page 31 

Mrs. Garnet Logan 2.00 

Charles Stahl .50 

Misc .06 

A Friend, Morrill, Kansas 1.00 

B. Racy, Mt. Olive, Va 5.00 

North Vandergrift, Pa., $35.00 offering as 

B. F. Buzard 5.00 

Walter Graham 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Krider 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Kelly 4.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Lowmaster 2.00 

Mrs. David Stewart 1.00 

APRIL 3, 1948 


Mrs. Ruth Shutt 1-00 

A Friend 1.00 

Roann, Ind., Church Offering 52.70 

Williamstown, Ohio, Church Offering 59.81 

Ashland, Ohio, Church Offering $ 229.50 

Cambria, Ind., Church Offering 10.00 

Cameron, W. Va., Offerings as follows — .$10.05: 

Rev. and Mrs. A. R. Baer 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Strope 2.00 

Mrs. Cassie Antill 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Risor 2.00 

Erma Jean Higgins (6 yrs. old) .05 

Corinth, Ind., Church Offering 30.08 

Mr. and Mrs. John E. Baer, Jr., Goshen, Ind. . . 5.00 

New Lebanon, Ohio, Church Offering 163.45' 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio, Church Offering 40.25 

Quiet Dell, Pa., Offerings as follows— $11.00: 

Rev. and Mrs. A. R. Baer 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Strait 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Hieronimus 1.00 

Smithville, Ohio, Offering as follows— $202.00: 

Church Offering 27.00 

Edna Curie 8.00 

Mrs. H. L. Coffee 5.00 

Pearl Curie 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Curie 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Garber Drushal 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hartzler 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Franks 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Hostettler 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. I. V. Kime 10.00 

Mrs. R. B. King 2.00 

Mrs. Hazel Long Mast 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Steiner 10.00 

Mrs. Maude Rutt 50.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Myron Steiner 5.00 

Delia Lehman 5.00 

West Alexandria, Ohio, Church Offering 17.30 

Total with this report $4,027.57 

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Bryan, Ohio, Dedicates Organ 

SUNDAY, March 21 was a high day in the Bryan 
Brethren Church. On that day the recently installed 
Hammond Organ was dedicated to the service of the Lord. 
The Guest Organist for the day was Mrs. Hazel Shear- 

The dedication service program follows: 
Prelude — "Prelude from Third Sonata in C Minor 


Hymn — "Faith of our Fathers" Congregation 

Invocation The Pastor, C. Y. Gilmer 

Hymn — "The Church's One Foundation" .... Congregation 

Sacred Concert 

"The Pilgrim's Song of Hope" Batiste 

"Nocturne" Chopin 

Hymn Group, Organ and Piano 

Mrs. Sherman and Miss Hineman 

"He Leadeth Me" 

"Rock of Ages" 

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" I: 

"Ava Maria" Bach-Gounod 

Anthem— "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled" ....Choir 
The Dedication of the Organ 

Presentation of the. Organ Charles H 

(From the Organ Committee) 

Acceptance of the Organ ..Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, Moderatoi 

(On behalf of the Brethren Church and its Trustee:-;; 

The Act of Dedication Rev. Gilrner 

The Doxology The Congregation 

Offertory — "A Shepherd's Evening Prayer" N'evin 

Solo— "The Lord's Prayer"— Mallote 

Mrs. Virginia Dorwart 
The Dedicatory Prayer 
Postlude — "Fanfare" Lemmens 

Ronald Scott is Chorister; Gladys Hineman, Choir Di- 
rector; Mrs. Wilma Lockhart, Pianist; Gladys Hineman 
and Hazel Keiser, Organists. 

The Organ Commitee was composed of Ronald Scott, 
Chairman, Charles Hineman, Mrs. Denver Lockhart, Miss 
Gladys Hineman, Mrs. Frederick Rusk and the Board of 
Trustees composed of Ellsworth Dietrich, David Erlsten 
and Walter Diehl. 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois, Young People 
Hold Banquet 

ON THURSDAY evening, March 18, the Y^oung Peo- 
ple of the Cerro Gordo Brethren Church met to- 
gether for a banquet. This group is a growing group 
which meets each Thursday evening for the purpose of 
definite Bible study and the discussion of some subject 
that is of vital importance to them. The group is a defi- 
nite organization officered as follows: 

President Charles Neathery 

Vice-President Harold Nickey 

Secretary-Treasurer Martha Adams 

The program of the evening follows : 

Group Singing led by Helen McDonald 

Reading Lenoar Snoke 

Reports on the Winter Camp: 

Forest Sites 

Elaine Metzger 

Naomi Walker 

Martha Adams 
Moving pictures of Camp Scenes 

The group express appreciation to the school authori- 
ties for the use of the school projector for the showing 
of the pictures. 

Brother Charles E. Johnson is pastor of this fine grow- 
ing group of Young People. 

He who is not liberal with what he has. deceives him- 
self when he thinks he would be liberal if he had more. 
— W. S. Plumer. 




W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

Topici copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 

Topic for April 11, 1948 

Scripture: I Cor. 12:12. 13 
For The Leader 

THE QUESTION to be answered tonight is this, "What 
have the churches done for our society and life?" To 
answer this question fully would take many, many pages, 
for the churches and their message have made us what 
we are. The church, above all, teaches, or should teach, 
the gospel of Jesus Christ as a remedy for the sin of 
man. This is by far the chiefest contribution of the 
churches. It is the one this old world needs more than 
anything else. Many subsidiary contributions of the 
churches are in evidence. We will do well to study the part 
the church has had in the formation and growth of our 
nation. We should study to see where the church is being 
warred against today. 


1. CHURCH CONTRIBUTIONS. To start with, there 
are churches which have made a good contribution to our 
life, and others which have emitted false doctrines. The 
American democracy embraces both kinds under the guise 
of religious freedom. However, we maintain that when a 
democracy allows religions to continue under its protec- 
tion which in themselves would destroy that freedom, we 
are on dangerous ground. And such we have today. The 
part which they intend playing in our future national and 
religious life of our country is too great to be ignored 
by freedom loving peoples. 

Some of the greater things contributed by the churches of 
Jesus Christ form the basic principles of our living. Sal- 
vation through Christ is the first great contribution. Men 
can live, not just for the present life, but in hope of a 
future life. Next the church has contributed a principle of 
love which enables men and women to live together with- 
out fear of one another. The principle of sharing could 
next be considered. Also, because of the church, we have 
hospitals, welfare agencies, educational institutions, law 
and order. While all of these do not bear much resem- 
blance to their original beginning in the church, yet basic- 
ally the teaching and practice of the church forms their 

Anyone intent on belittling the good of the churches, 

or trying to destroy their progress should do a little real 
thinking. It does seem that in this day and age, that 
the pagan forces are reaching into the ruling powers of 
our government. When the highest court of the land will 
rule against the teaching of the religious beliefs which 
have made America what she is, then it is time to think. 
Had there not been the free teaching of the gospel in 

this land, there would never have been the progress which 
the last 200 years has seen. We are committing national 
suicide when we "outlaw" the right to teach about the 
God who has blest us with His favor. 

ing, the papers are full of the 8 to 1 decision of the U. S. 
Supreme Court against the teaching of religious educa- 
tion in the public schools. This decision stems from the 
case of a woman who calls herself an Atheist, asserting 
that "religion is a disease contracted in childhood." And 
the U. S. Supreme court ruled in favor of a woman like 
that! What the Supreme Court has failed to realize is 
that the freedom which allows them the power to make 
decisions in a democratic government, is a distinctive 
contribution of the Church of Jesus Christ, against which 
the recent decision was made. If the lady from Illinois 
is right, and the U. S. Supreme Court seems to think she 
is, that there is no God, then the foundation of America 
crumbles to dust. For if no God, then no earth, no nation, 
no law, no order. Take away the fear of God and pun- 
ishment for sin, and you remove respect for national law 
and order. The lady in question and the Court have a day 
coming when they will learn with certainty that there is 
a God of Might, who cannot long be defied as the decision 
in the case has obviously done. We hope that Christian 
America will see what has been done in this decision, and 
awake to the dangers facing her security and freedom. 

DAY CHRISTIANS. Our Church has given to us our 
teaching about God. It has taught us in her Sunday 
Schools and Christian Endeavors and church services 
what we know about the Christian way of life. The high- 
est ideals of life have been upheld for us. We have been 
taught our need of Christ as our Lord and Savior. We 
have been taught the love of God and the promise of a 
home beyond the grave. For such a fine contribution, 
don't you think we owe a lot to our church? And what 
does our church ask of us ? It asks for our prayers, for 
our attendance at her services, for reverence in her sanc- 
tuary, and support of her financial needs. It asks us to 
give a part of our time to its special tasks and projects. 
It asks us to interest our neighbors and friends in its 
services. It calls us to a life of loyalty and undying ser- 
vice. Do we just take our church for granted, or are we 
willing to answer the call of its needs? 


1. Who are the people who support our church? 

2. Did it ever occur to you that you have a part in its 
support ? 

3. A personal question: "If every member attended like 
I do; If every member gave like I do; and if every mem- 
ber prayed like I do for my church; Then what kind of a 
church would my church be? 

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Experience shows that success is due less to ability 
than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his 
work body and soul. — Charles Buxton. 

Hypocrisy is folly. It is much easier, safer and pleas- 
anter to be the thing which a man aims to appear, than 
to keep up the appearance of what he is not. — Cecil. 

APRIL 3, 1948 

page 'j if fin i 

Prayer Meeting Topic 

Contributed by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

(Helps for Christian Living) 


I've often thought about the use 

Of prayer among God's people; 
Whether it be within the home 

Or gathered 'neath the steeple. 

Some speak their hearts so ardently, 

To Him Who ever hears; 
lExpressing thanks for hopes and joys 

And trust for all their fears. 

Some pray so automatically, 

As though it were recorded, 
So much routine, it seems to me, 

Unworthy — almost sordid. 

Some humbly touch the Throne of Grace 

For those who know Him not; 
Asking that power to bring them home 

Shall be their blessed lot. 

Yes, prayers are many in their ways; 

But lo, I faint to hear 
The one who casts but earless words 

Upon the Listener's ear. 

The one who prays so unconcerned, 

Perhaps just half believing 
The promise of our Lord that we 

May ask and be receiving. 

Yea, brothers, loud are we in song, 

Our Saviour's praise to sing, 
Then toss but crumbs of prayer, to make 
A beggar of our King. 

— Donald Wayne Hanna. 

Scripture: 1 Cor. 2:12; Psa. 34:1-10 
Hymn: "Standing on the Promises" 
Seed Thought Provokers: 

HOW GOOD God is (1 Tim. 6:17)! Our poverty is un- 
necessary (Rev. 3:17). If we have failed to take by 
simple faith the gifts of God's faithfulness we have failed 
Him and ourselves. Have we received the "unspeakable 
gift" (2 Cor. 9:15; John 4:10; 3:16; 1 John 5:11, 12; Rom. 
6:23)? This is our first necessity (1 Cor. 1:30). Then 
how about the "all things" that God wants us as His chil- 
dren to enjoy (Rom. 8:32; 1 Cor. 3:21-23; Col. 2:9, 10; 
John 1:16; 2 Cor. 9:8; Eph. 1:3; 2 Peter 1:3, 4)? Are we 
enjoying the sufficiency of His equipment for our work 
(Phil. 2:13; 1 Thess. 5:24; Eph. 6:13-17; 1 Cor. 2:12)? 

Have we possessed our possesions (Eph. 8:8; Matt. 8:88; 
Isa. 26:3; John 16:16; 14:17; Acts 5:82)1 God j-: actually 

begging us to receive His rich gift:-; U:-:a. 84:8). He wants 
us to prove Him (Mai. 8:10). It is our trust and faith 
that pleases Him (Hob. 11:6;. Think what a loss we, and 
God, also, sustain by our failure to take from His good 
hand the gifts so freely offered for victorious and fruit- 
ful Christian living (Gal. 5:22, 28; John 15:8; Eph. 5:18; 
Mark 6:6). It is one thing to ask and another to take and 
use. Do we realize that God gives us more grace as the 
burdens of life increase (2 Cor. 12:7, '.))''. Do we realize 
that fear comes from Satan and that God gives the anti- 
dote to fear (2 Tim. 1:7; James 4:7; Prov. 1:38; Rev. 
12:11)? Have we learned the secret of overcoming in 
spiritual conflict (2 Cor. 12:9)? 

On The Sunday School Lesson 

by The Editor 

Lesson for April 11, 1948 


Lesson: Ezekiel 18:1-4; 34:11-16; 36:25-28 

THERE IS very little in the Old Testament, if properly 
read and interpreted, that will not have some bear- 
ing or carry some message to us who live upon the earth 
today. This is especially true of our study which is be- 
fore us. 

Here are some of the things we may consider which 
are as old as the nature of man, and yet as new as the 
latest moment before us. 

1. "The soul that sinneth it shall die." Ezekiel 18:4. 

2. "I will both search my sheep and seek them out." 
Ezekiel 34:11. 

3. "I will seek that which was lost." Ezekiel 34:16. 

4. "I ... will cleanse you." Ezekiel 36:25. 

5. "A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will 
I put within you ... I will give you a heart of flesh." 
Ezekiel 36:26. 

6. "Ye shall be my people, and I will be your God." 
Ezekiel 36:28. 

Note that the main ideas are the "searching of God"; 
"the cleansing" of the individual; and the replacement 
of the old with that which is new. In other words. Ezek- 
iel's message is practically the message that is. or should 
be, upon every preacher's lips today. If God was not 
pleased with the attitude of the people in Ezekiel's day. 
why should He be pleased with the activities of the people 
today, who act under, and react to circumstances that. 
in the main, have not changed our world from then until 
now ? 

Note how many times God says. "I will" in our lesson 
text. I count twenty times and several times the phrase 
is understood. God is willing to DO, if we are willing 
to GO ALONG in His way. 

Let us note where the burden of responsibility rests. It 



is found that it rests upon each individual. True, in some 
sure, we are responsible for our brother, but let us 
remember that "everyone must give an account of himself 
to God." I cannot give an account for you: and you can- 
not give an account for me. when we stand in the pres- 
ence of the judgment of Almighty God. He cannot "put 
a new heart or a new spirit" into me for you. Each in- 
dividual must open his or her heart to the ministrations 
of the Master. 

Note that He will be your God. if you are willing to 
be one of His people. 

vation. The seed of the Gospel was sown in many fertile 
hearts and we hope and pray that soon it will grow and 
lives will be changed into born-again Christians. 

Brother Deeter is the Chaplain of Udell. He ministers 
to people of all faiths and helps in the healing of mental, 
physical and spiritual problems that continue to be ever 
present in this community. He preaches the Word in the 
church, in the home, in the field — anywhere. Along with 
their work in the church Brother and Sister Deeter have 
changed a house into a wonderful Brethren Parsonage, 
as well as making some improvements in the church build- 

Washington, D. C Breaks Ground 
For New Building 

Sunday. March 1(5 marked the "Breaking of the 
Ground" for the erecting of the New Washington, D. C. 

After a scripture reading and a prayer, Rev. Clarence 
S. Fairbanks, pastor of the church, had charge of the 
service of pastor and people in the reading of the cere- 
monial ground breaking responsive reading. 

The actual breaking of the ground was in charge of 
the following: Moderator T. C. Lyon, for the Church; E. 
S. Cormany for the Building Committee; Ray Haliday for 
the Trustees; Artis Fields for the Laymen; Mrs. Frances 
Brady for the Woman's Missionary Society and Preston 
Campbell and Rockwell Drummond for the Sunday School. 

The service closed with the singing of the Doxology 
and the pronouncing of the Benediction. 


From Oui 

ews from 



In answer to the call of this mid-western church, we 
left Canton, Ohio, for Goshen, Indiana, and then I went 
on to Udell. I soon found a group of fine Brethren peo- 
ple under the leadership of Rev. and Mrs. W. R. Deeter, 
ready for their revival. 

All things worked together for good throughout the 
two weeks. Many visitors from other denominations came 
every night. Many ministers from surrounding villages 
were in attendance. The Church of the Brethren dis- 
missed their evening services to attend ours in Udell. 
Every service was blessed with special music from va- 
rious churches and groups, so that a fine spirit of fellow- 
ship and worship was evident at all times. 

We visited in many homes and appreciated the fine re- 
ception that awaited us and the opportunities that came 
to speak to men and women about the Lord and their sal- 

The field in Udell is ripe. Ours is the only church in the 
village and ideally located next to the consolidated school. 
Many fine Christian people have gone out from our church 
there, well equipped to meet the problems of the world 
with Christian faith, due to the continuous Biblical preach- 
ing and teaching they have received. They do not have 
great numbers, but their fruits have proved the value of 
fulfilling the command that was given to us by Christ, 
through the Great Commission. May the Lord continue 
to bless those who minister and worship together at Udell. 

E. J. Beekley, Canton, Ohio. 


We are very happy to report some good news from 
this part of the Lord's vineyard. A brief season of spe- 
cial mid-Lenten services was planned to begin March 1, 
with Brother Cecil H. Johnson, our district evangelist, as 
the gospel messenger. Thanks to him and to the Falls 
City Brethren, whom he serves as pastor. We had first 
thought to have these services during Passion Week, but 
Brother Johnson's plans for his home work did not per- 

Weather and road conditions turned out very unfavor- 
able, as it seemed. We had continuous near zero and sub- 
zero weather throughout the series of meetings, with the 
deepest snow this section had experienced for several years 
and boisterous winds that piled the snow into monstrous 
drifts that blocked the roads and made them impassable. 
This prevented many from attending, but we labored on 
persistently and prayerfully. We made many calls, all on 
foot. Brother and Sister Charles Rachow provided lodg- 
ing and breakfast for Brother Johnson and others pro- 
vided other meals. Led by the Holy Spirit, Brother John- 
son gave a fitting and helpful course of sermons, which 
were heard with good attention and were well appropri- 
ated. He is a zealous and conscientious preacher and 
worker. Four young people were moved to accept Christ 
as their personal Savior and were baptized by the pastor 
on the Lord's Day following the meetings. 

Although only ten days this was a very wonderful and 
blessed series of meetings. God gave us victory over dif- 
ficulties and turned them into helps. Those who attended 
were strengthened and their strengthening will doubtless 
be reflected in the lives and service of others. We are 
now planning and working for an inspiring and fruitful 
Easter service and for the summer season, when weather 
and road conditions will permit more united and prosper- 
ous labor for the Lord. 

H. M. Oberholtzer. 

MARCH 27, 1948 


The National Sunday 
School Association 

Rev. N. V. Leatherman, General Secretary, 
104 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, Md. 

Horace Huse 

WHAT IS Christianity? Is it an abstraction, or is it 
a reality? Is it merely an ideal, or is it at the 
same time an actual experience? If it is merely an ab- 
straction or an ideal it seems foolish to waste so much 
time, energy, and money in trying to convert others to 
the same mental "set." Why not, if this is true, as so 
many would have us believe, rather turn our efforts to- 
ward a worthwhile end whereby humanity might be bene- 
fitted? But wait a minute! Is the Christian Faith a non- 
essential after all ? Let us examine history. 

When Christianity entered the world we find that it 
first took root in the Roman Empire. Here it was, at 
first, bitterly opposed, its proponents being percecuted 
constantly and martyred by the thousands. As it gradu- 
ally spread over the Roman Empire, the opposition de- 
creased in intensity until finally the Christian religion 
was even adopted for the national religion, Rome, the 
empire's capitol, later being designated the official center 
of religion. Now the moral and spiritual condition pre- 
vailing at the advent of Christianity was at its lowest 
level. Vice and crime reigned supreme; human life had 
little value placed upon it; morality was practically un- 
known; and religion, which was mainly polytheistic, was 
the object of derision. The nation was decaying internally, 
and unless something of a miracle ocurred, was sure to 
fall. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and His free gift of 
salvation proved to be the fulfillment of this need. Every- 
where it spread it brought about a revival of morality 
and spirituality thus lifting the nation from its degener- 
acy and lengthening its life by many years. Are mul- 
titudes of people so obsessed by abstractions — intangible 
goals and beliefs — that they devote their whole lives and 
entire beings, regardless of its risk -to personal life, to 
its promotion ? 

Upon a further study of history we find that the Chris- 
tian Religion underwent a great degeneration following 
its first victorious advent. Hellenistic influences crept in 
unawares due to the gradual compromising of Christian 
culture with Greek culture. Christian culture is a culture 
of the soul, Greek culture, one of the intellect. In other 
words, it was a conflict between self-sufficiency and the 
need of divine help. This gradual delineation from the 
unique Christian teachings culminated in the triumph of 
Greek intellectualism which finally resulted in that dread 
era which we call the Dark Ages. 

However true Christianity had not died. There were yet 
those who retained the true vision of the kingdom, and 
as early as 1170 Pierre Waldo had begun his Bible in- 
struction campaign which ended with the massacre of 
hundreds of the Waldenses, as his followers came to be 

known, by the Catholic Church. In hi:, fool ten fo 
such man as John Huhh, Desiderius Erasmus, Martin Lu- 
ther, and others who Htart»:d the renaissance propel 

rolling. In their wake came Such men a Count Zinzen- 

dorf, the Wesleys, Robert Raikes, and many others whose 
goals were the retaining of the ground already won and 
also the acquiring of new ground through the establish- 
ment of classes and schools of Christian education. Were 
these men urged on to the accomplishment in their almost 
overwhelming task by wear, inanimate convictions? Hope' 
fulful thinking surely cannot change the course of world 
history so radically! And even in our twentieth cei ' 
does it seem likely or even possible to you that the Groldei 
Age of Sunday School and the day of the great revivals 
came due to the likewise revival of an ancient myth?" 
Very obviously the answer to all these questions is an 
emphatic "NO!" Therefore, we must assume, yes proclaim, 
our Christian Faith as a true and living hope. 

We have just touched upon a very few of the accom- 
plishments of the Christian religion in history. Let us 
now consider its present possibilities and future poten- 
tialities. First of all, we must confess that Christianity 
is not producing fruit in the abundance which it has in 
times gone by. True, man is searching to supply a spir- 
itual need; however, too often they do not find that Chris- 
tianity is that "something" which can fully supply that 
need due to the ignorance on the part of so many Chris- 
tians of the fundamentals and Scriptural history of their 
Faith. They are not "ready always to give an answer to 
every man that asketh a reason of the hope that is in 
them." The church is not fulfilling its educational mission. 
This is the reason why Sunday Schools have decreased 
in attendance and Churches in membership. Men are not 
growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus 
Christ to the degree which they ought due to the fact 
that they are not sufficiently "studying to show them- 
selves approved unto God." And the Sunday School is 
largely to blame. Why, I know of a Church — a non-de- 
nominational church at that — where mission Sunday 
School classes are highly encouraged. As of November. 
1947, this church was sponsoring thirty-one such classes. 
one of which a friend of mine is teaching. She reported 
that, although hers was one of the three newest classes, 
there were thirty-one present one November Sunday 
morning, placing it second highest in attendance of the 
thirty-one. The Bible is being taught here! And so it 
should be in every church! 

A great field is open to Christianity. Nearly every coun- 
try in the world will admit missionaries, some are even 
begging for them; whole communities in our own United 
States are not being ministered to; yet the church sits 
so idly by, waiting for the Spirit to move it. If it doesn't 
wake up to its opportunities soon we will have no need 
for the church; for the day of the Lord is at hand. 

But. what is the church ? The church is you and I. all 
Christian people everywhere, but first and foremost are 
we! We, as individual members of the church are just as 
responsible for its failures as our brethren. We cannot, we 
dai-e not overlook our opportunities and responsibilities. 
The fate of civilization and. perhaps, even of mankind, 
depends upon Christian zeal. If we are to leave a Chris- 
tian heritage to our descendants, let it be a living Faith! 

— Ashland Collesre. Ashland. Ohio. 




£atn In Seat 

MILLER. Mrs. Sara Miller was born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Jacob J. Glessner May 22, 1852, in Somerset County, 
Pennsylvania, being one of a family of eight children and 
the last remaining of the entire family. She was married 

Samuel A. Miller. Jan. 21. 1S72. in Berlin, Penna. After 
living some years in the locality of their nativity, they 
emigrated to Waterloo. Iowa, and later, in 1885, moved 
to Nebraska. She was the mother of eight children and 
was preceded in death by one son. two daughters and her 
husband, who died in 1902. At the age of almost 96 years, 
she passed away in her home in Carleton, Nebraska, Feb. 
29, 1948. She confessed her Lord and united with the 
Brethren Church early in life and remained faithful to 
her covenant until death and was highly esteemed in the 
community. Funeral services were held in the Brethren 
Church and burial was made in the Carleton cemetery. 
The pastor officiated at the services. 

H. M. Oberholtzer. 

L1VENGOOD. Samuel Livengood was the son of Abra- 
ham and Fannie (Meyers) Livengood, who were among 
the early settlers of this community — Milledgeville, Illi- 
nois. He was born two miles west of the town on Decem- 
ber 5, 1869, at the old Livengood homestead, now owned 
by John Fogel, near the Dutchtown Church of the Breth- 
ren. He was one of a family of thirteen children and was 
the only living survivor of the family. He was seventy- 
eight years of age his last birthday. 

At the age of seventeen he entered into the general mer- 
chandising business with his father in Milledgeville and 
continued in that business for a period of fifty-three years, 
retiring in 1939. 

Mr. Livengood was married to Ida Mae Smith on Jan- 
uary 10, 1893. To this union was born one son, Fred, of 

"Uncle Sam," as he was known by his great host of 
friends, was active in church, social and business life in 
the community. He often said that one of the most desir- 
able places to live in was Carroll County, Illinois. He was 
deeply interested in promoting and supporting any good 
causes of his community. 

In his passing the community has lost a valuable citi- 
zen; the church a faithful member and all of us a pre- 
cious friend. He lived an active life until almost the very 
moment he was called to be with his Lord. His earthly 
labor finished, he was called suddenly to his well earned 
rest at the hour of his retirement for the night, it being 
that while on his way to bed that his spirit, unannounced, 
left the earthly tabernacle to enter into the heavenly. All 
who knew him could say with Paul, "To be absent from 
the body, is to be present with the Lord." 

The surviving members of the family are his son Fred 
T. of Milledgeville, and one granddaughter, Irene Liven- 
good, of Chicago, Illinois; besides nephews, nieces and a 
host of friends. 

He passed away on February 12, 1948 and was buried 
from the Milledgeville Brethren Church on Sunday after- 
noon, February 15, with the services conducted by the 
undersigned, assisted by Dr. W. S. Bell. D. C. White. 

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RAISH-LONG. Miss Leona Frances Raish, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. William Raish became the bride of Samuel 
Claude Long, Jr., in the Bethlehem Brethren church on 
February 25th at 8 P. M. The church was beautifully dec- 
orated for the occasion. Preceding the nuptial rites a pro- 
gram of suitable wedding music was presented by friends 
of the bride. 

The bride is a recent graduate of Bridgewater College 
receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree there at the close 
of the last semester. The groom is a young business man 
whose service overseas included North Africa and India. 
The happy couple will reside in Mt. Crawford, Virginia. 

The impressive double ring ceremony which united these 
two fine young people in matrimony was read by John F. 
Locke, Pastor of the Bethlehem Church. 

GARMAN-MYERS. On August 16, 1947, with the First 
Brethren Church beautifully decorated, Miss Mary Jane 
Garman, daughter of Brother and Sister John Garman of 
714 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown, Md., was wedded to Le- 
Roy E. Myers of Clear Spring, Md. Miss Garman is one 
of the fine young ladies of this church and until her mar- 
riage was active in the choir, the S. M. M., and other in- 
terests of the church. The ceremony was read by the un- 
dersigned pastor. 

N. V. Leatherman. 

AHALT-DAHLHAMER. Miss Marie N. Ahalt, a mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Sunday School of Hagerstown, 
Md., was married to George E. Dalhamer, in the First 
Brethren Church on the evening of November 5, 1947, by 
the undersigned pastor of the church. This was another 
church weddings with decorations appropriate to the oc- 

N. V. Leatherman. 


We are in receipt of two books from the Rodeheaver 
Hall-Mack Company, one their new song book "Church 
Service Hymns" and the other a book of four hundred 
and fifty choice selections of Anecdotes and Illustrations 
for Public Speakers, entitled "F'r Instance." 

The "Church Service Hymns" is just off the press, hav- 
ing been published January 15, 1948. It is surely a choice 
selection of hymns and choruses, and suitable for prac- 
tically every kind of service. It sells for $1.00 per copy, 
postpaid, or in quantities of 25 or more, 87% cents, trans- 
portation not prepaid. It is published by the Rodeheaver 
Hall-Mack Company at Winona, Lake, Indiana. 

The litle book "F'r Instance" is one that every preacher 
should have. It not only is full of telling anecdotes, but 
is full of advice from Mr. Rodeheaver, covering many 
situations in which he, himself, has been found. The price 
of this book is $1.00. 

These can be ordered through the Brethren Publishing 


Vol. LXX, No. 15 April 10,^1948 



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Elkhart, Indiana. Brother L. V. King, pastor of the 
Elkhart Church, reports the baptism and reception of 
four additional members in his March 28th bulletin. 

He also reports that the Communion which was held 
on Thursday evening, March 25, was the largest since rec- 
ords have been kept back to April 10, 1941. Twenty mem- 
bers have not missed the last fourteen communions; thirty 
have missed only once and thirty-two have missed only 
twice. The number of communicants this year was 238. 

A Sunrise service was held at the 6:30 hour in the 
Elkhart Church, with the young people presenting the 
Piaster story in scripture, song and story. The breakfast 
was served for all attendants in charge of the choir. 

The Choir brought a "Vesper Cantata" at the five 
o'clock hour. 

Waterloo, Iowa. In the absence of Brother V. E. Meyer, 
pastor of the Waterloo Church, who is holding a revival 
at the Nappanee, Indiana, church, the April 4th service 
was in charge of the W. M. S., which presented its Public 
Service. Brother Meyer announces Brother Riddle as the 
probable speaker for the 1.1th, and Dr. Glenn Clayton, 
President-elect of Ashland College and National Presi- 
dent of the Laymen's Organization, as the speaker on 
April 18. 

South Bend, Indiana. Brother Claud Studebaker lists 
the names of those who have been received into the South 
Bend Church since the summer time. We find by counting 
that the number is forty-six, fifteen of which came in 
on Easter Sunday. 

We note that the ladies of the church are making new 
baptismal robes for the use of candidates for baptism in 
the South Bend Church. 

Goshen, Indiana. Brother W. E. Ronk, pastor of the 
Goshen Church, informs us that the Easter attendance 
in the church went well over the five hundred mark. A 
quartet of young men from Ashland College were present 
and sang at the evening hour. The quartet was composed 
of Francis Berkshire, Dorman Ronk, John Lindower and 
Ivan Ronk. 

We note that the Goshen W. M. S. held a joint meeting 
with the Elkhart. W. M. S. at Elkhart on April sixth. 
The meeting was held at the evening hour. 

Canton, Ohio. Brother E. J. Beekley, pastor of the Can- 
ton Church, informs us that we will scarcely know the 
Canton church when it is our opportunity to visit it again. 
The floors are being refinished and many other improve- 
ments are being made. 

By the way, READ AND HEED the appeal found else- 
where in this issue concerning the advance information 
desired by the Canton Church about the number of dele- 
gates and friends to be entertained during the coming 
Ohio District Conference. With the housing situation as 
it is this is a very important matter to the Canton church. 
So, please, answer their inquiry at your earliest conven- 

We have before us a four-page mimeographed, well, we 
would call it an "After Easter" sermon, that Brother 
Beekley sent out to his entire congregation. It is an ear- 
nest plea for church attendance following Easter, and is 
rightly named, "The Tragedy of Easter." 

Exchange Students Arrive Safely in South America. 

News has come to Arthur Petit, Director of Public Rela- 
tions of Ashland College, that Mr. and Mrs. Joe Com- 
misso, exchange students, (the latter formerly Miss Nellie 
Eller of Milledgeville, Illinois) have arrived safely in Cor- 
doba, Argentina, South America. Mrs. Commisso began 
her work in the university there at once. We expect a 
fuller report later. 

Akron (Firestone Park), Ohio. Brother J. G. Dodds, 
pastor of the Firestone Park Church, brings us news of 
the laying of the Corner Stone for the new church on 
Palm Sunday afternoon .at the three o'clock hour. The 
address of the afternoon was given by Brother Aubrey 
Black, Moderator of the church, while the ceremony of 
laying the stone was in the hands of Brother Dodds. 

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The Editor Thinks Aloud 

Fred C. Vanator 

Business Managers Corner 

George S. Baer 


JUST A FEW DAYS ago I happened to run across a 
copy of a paper which was written by a thirteen year- 
old boy as a summary of the thoughts that had been 
taught him in a Vacation Bible School. And, since it is 
time now that we be thinking in terms of what should 
be taught to the boys and girls in the summer Vacation 
Bible Schools (and I wish I might emphasize the word 
"Bible" in the relation it bears to such a school), I 
thought it might be well to pass on to you the words 
which were written down by this young boy. 

Well they set me to thinking, and I wonder if you will 
be made to also think about them ? 

Here is what he wrote: 

"1. A church is a model church if it has model mem- 
bers. It should be a growing church, many people believ- 
ing in the Lord Jesus Christ and uniting with the church. 

"2. It should be a studying church. Members should 
know the scriptures and the will of God. 

"3. It should be a distinctive church. There is some- 
thing about Christians, even in their everyday life, which 
makes them distinct and different from other people. 
Therefore, the members of a model church should live so 
that people know they are Christians. 

"4. It should be a stewardship church. The people 
should be willing to give money freely to carry out the 
will of God. The church should not have rummage sales 
or send out people to beg for money for this purpose. 

"5. It should be a praying church. To carry on God's 
work successfully a church should be guided by God 
through prayer. 

"6. A model church should be a missionary church. The 
church should carry out God's commands by either send- 
ing out missionaries or help to support those sent out 
by others." 

This young lad seems to have grasped the real mean- 
ing of the task of the church and its membership. It is 
evident that he either was taught these things in the 
course of his attendance at the Vacation Bible School 
or that he lived in a home which really knew just what 
the church stands for. Of course it could have been that 
his regular Sunday School teachers through the years also 
impressed these truths on him to such an extent that he 
had absorbed them in his heart and life. Could be! 

Think it over! 

It is from personal experience that I feel that there is 
no human arrangement so powerful for good, there is no 
benefit that can be bestowed upon a community so great, 
as that which places within the reach of all the treasures 
of the world which are stored up in books. — Andrew Car- 

Do All to (he Glory of God 

IT'S NOT an editorial I have in mind. I'm leaving those 
in the capable hands of our editor. What I have in 
mind is the simple statement that then-.- should be a spir- 
itual motive back of all we do. This applies not only to the 
everyday affairs of life, but also, and in a very special 
way, to the business of the church. Whether building a 
parsonage, paying superannuated ministers, surveying 
mission fields, or directing the work of a church publish- 
ing house, all should be done to the glory of God. And if 
those in charge of these various types of Christian work 
are to be actuated by spiritual motives, so also should all 
members of the church be spiritually motivated as they 
respond to the calls for cooperation. 

Nothing is more important than that we should adopt 
this attitude toward all phases of the church's activity. 
That is my own attitude toward the work of building up 
an efficient church printing plant. This business is the 
Lord's, and that makes it a great spiritual objective. If 
we can all — every member of every church — come to the 
place where we can see it in this light, its problems will 
be solved and its support will be guaranteed. Many have 
already come to that place; that is why God has made 
possible such progress as has already been accomplished. 

May God lead us all to see in every department of the 
church's work a great spiritual challenge and cause us 
to respond to every great need as a call of the Lord 
As Paul admonishes us, let us do all to the glory of God. 
That is good business as well as good religion. 

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Loree, Indiana, Church Offering 35. OS 

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C. A. Garland 25.00 

Mary Callett 5.00 

G. M. Garland 10.00 

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Uniontown, Pa., 2nd Ch. Offering 49.50 

Total to date, including former reports $4,315.80 

Gift Bibles— Time to Order Them 

We have secured a quantity of very moderately priced 
Bibles, bound in genuine leather, divinity circuit, gold 

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The Voice of Our Leaders -- Past and Present 

{From the Brethren Evangelist— May 28, 1902) 




J. D. M'Faden 

FAITH IS THE force element of grace, the 
victory that overcomes the world, the pass- 
word that pleases God, the help of humanity, 
one of the links that binds us to God. 

Faith is essential to every day life. Man rides 
on the cars trusting to the engineer; he reads 
his paper and believes the news of the world; he 
heeds the words of the doctor, merchant, and 
friend; he has confidence in his own powers and 
works or to accomplish his object in spite of ob- 

How much more essential is faith in the spir- 
itual world; man cannot live the spirit-filled life 
or do business for eternity without it. Faith is 
to the spirit what light and sound and odor and 
touch are to the physical. Through it he can live 
and communicate with the world of grace and love 
and truth. 

The Old Testament and the New are filled with 
illustrations of faith, from the storm manifesta- 
tions around the cave of the prophet to the silent 
touch of the Master's garment by the diseased 
woman who sought his aid, and yet how simple 
is faith. Its wonderful results are best shown in 
Hebrews, where Paul calls the roll of the worthy 
dead, and yet faith is so simple a little child can 
understand it. 

Faith is the assent of the mind to a truth pre- 
sented. But saving faith is more than this. It is 
not only the assent of the mind to the truth of a 
divine proposition, but it is the acceptance of 
that truth and the application of it to the needs 
of our spirits in such a way as to bring about a 
change of character, in the development of a new 
life. Such a faith is historical, not speculative; 
positive, not negative; constructive, not killing. 
It is active, progressive and persevering. 

Christ is the object point of true faith, the 
center and circumference of the Christian's life, 
the bone and blood and nerve of his religion, for 
He is the author and completer of the believer's 
faith, to those who believe in Him He gives power 

to become the sons of His Father, who gave all 
things into His hands. Unless our faith is Christ- 
centered, man fails to reach spiritual success. 

There must be faith in the proclamation of 
Christ. When the Emperor of Russia desired to 
free his slaves, his counsel doubted. The Emperor 
issued his proclamation and forty million slaves 
believed it and were free. Our King has issued a 
proclamation of freedom and men are to believe 
it. Faith will make them free, it gave sight to 
the blind, and speech to the dumb, and saves to- 
day from the state, power and consequences of 

There must be faith in the future. Christ the 
object of our faith has gone to prepare a place 
for us. He will keep that promise, and faith in 
it will make the present bearable. A lady noticed 
a poor cripple and said, "Poor boy, what a life 
to lead. What has he in all the future to look for- 
ward to?" The boy heard her, and as she passed 
by him, he said with a smile, "I am looking for- 
ward to having wings some day, lady." Faith 
makes us patient with our humble lot here; it 
helps us to mount up with wings as eagles. It is 
the motive power that helps us run and not be 
weary, knowing there is a rest for the people of 

Faith enables us to use the power we have to 
do God's work. Paul said he could do all things 
through Christ who gave him the power, and he 
said that God was able to do according to the 
power in us. If Christ, the hope of Glory, is 
formed within, then God can use us to His glory. 
Man can take sulphur, charcoal and nitre, com- 
bine it, put fire back of the solid ball and it is sent 
for miles through space to the destruction of foes. 
God can take the elements in and around us, spir- 
itually combine them, and a .spark of faith will 
move the mountains of opposition in the way. 
Faith back of Aaron's rod gave it power to bud. 
Faith back of David's sling resulted in the giant's 

APRIL 10, 1948 


Faith must be exercised, or it will die, and 
man becomes a failure. There is a Moslem myth 
concerning - Moses and a tribe of men living by 
the Dead Sea. They had forgotten the inner heart 
of nature and were devoting their time to falsi- 
ties. God sent them Moses to warn and instruct 
them, but the Dead Sea men sniffed and sneered 
and considered him a fraud. Moses left and the 
men who rejected him were turned into apes, who 
spent time grinning, gibbering, and chatting non- 
sense. Now and then would come a half conscious 
thought of something gone; through their blink- 
ing eyes they could see lost souls. They failed 
to use their souls and lost them. Much of the so- 
called new thought faith has the same tendency. 

Let us exercise true faith that God who < 
as we are, might make us as we ought to be. 

Have faith in Christ and show it in accepting 
his teachings. He can guide and we can rest in 
His knowledge, love and power-. The passeng* 
on a boat became worried at the speed of the ves- 
sel. A fog surrounded them. They sought the cap- 
tain and failing to find him, were greatly trou- 
bled. But the mate told them there was no cause 
for alarm, that the fog only reached the upper 
deck and the captain was in the pilot house, above 
the fog, and he would guide them safe. Christ is 
in the pilot house above the fog. it may surround 
the ship, but He can see, and His love will guide 
us into port. Have faith in Christ. 

What I Feel The Church Needs Most 

Rev. Charles E. Johnso7i 

HAVE BEEN asked to write an article on the 
*■ above subject. In thinking over this subject so 
many things enters one's mind. There are so many 
things the church needs, and in speaking of the 
church I am speaking of the church universal, it 
is hard to settle on the one most needed. However 
I feel the greatest need is that of prevailing 
prayer. Prayer is talking to God. Prevailing 
prayer is talking to God and getting results. We 
hear so many people say they cease to believe in 
prayer because God does not hear and answer. On 
the other hand we have man who believe in 
prayer because they have had the answer to their 

We look about us today and see that the world 
is in a troublous state. We are in grave danger 
of entering into a third world war. Diplomats 
and political leaders of the nations of the world 
gather together and attempt to iron out the dif- 
ficulties only to find themselves mired down deep- 
er in misunderstandings and suspicions. The 
church is largely in the same condition. Differ- 
ences of opinion spring up, misunderstandings 
and suspicions grow. The church struggles along, 
but the man of the street, looking on, loses faith, 
and turns away. The great question that arises 
is: What is wrong? What is lacking in both the 
affairs of the world and of the church? I believe 
it can all be summed up in the statement : A lack 
of prevailing prayer. When men and women turn 

to God and pray and get results the ills of the 
world and church will be solved. There is some- 
thing desperately wrong that we are not getting 
results. Let us look into the Word and see what 
is needed for prevailing prayer. 

We are assuming first of all that the one pray- 
ing is a Christian, a child of God. In John 9:31 
we read : "Now we know that God heareth not 
sinners, but if any man be a worshiper of God, 
and doeth His will, him He heareth." But there 
is more than that to prevailing prayer. One must 
ask in faith. James 1:6 says: "But let him ask 
in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth 
is like the wave of the sea driven by the wind and 
tossed." Again, he must ask in the Will of God, 
That, if we ask anything according to His will, 
He heareth us." We also must be submissive to 
the Will of God. Many times we ask for those 
things which if God would grant them unto us it 
would be our undoing. Luke 22:32 "Saying, 
Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from 
me; nevertheless not my will, but Thine be done." 
Then there must be agreement. Matthew 18:19 
"Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall 
agree upon earth as touching anything that Grey 
shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father 
w r hich is in heaven." There can be no such thing 
as prevailing prayer where there is no agreement 
on what is to be prayed for. Lastly we must be 
in earnest about it all. James 5:17-18. "Elias was 



a man subject to like passions as we are, and he 
prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it 

rained not upon the earth by the space of three 
years and six months. And he prayed again, and 
the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth 
her fruit." 

The above are just a few of the references 
given that will bring us into that condition where- 
by God could hear and answer our prayers. It is 
only natural that differences should spring up 
among us. We do not all see or think alike. Sin 
enters in when we begin to quarrel and tight as 
we attempt to bring the other to our point of 
view. It is because of this that we now have sev- 
eral hundred different denominations in the 
world. Xo wonder that God cannot work where 
there is such divergence of opinion. If men could 
come together quietly, discuss their difference, 
and then in the Will of God, earnestly pray for 
guidance and direction, God would hear and an- 
swer and all other needs of the church would be 
solved. Christ instituted but one church while 
here upon earth, but what a monstrosity we have 
made of it by attempting to operate it in our own 
wisdom and strength. When we bring ourselves 
into that state of mind whereby we become sub- 
missive to the Will of God, then God will hear 
and God will answer and His church will prosper 
as He intended it should. 

— Cerro Gordo, Illinois. 

Bits of Brethren liistorij 

In formation of Interest 

By H. C. Funderburg 

(These articles are printed just as they come from the 
pen of Brother Funderburg.) 


THE TOWN of Sharpsburg, Maryland, is situ- 
ated in Washington County, twelve miles 
.south of Hagerstown, and about an equal dis- 
tance north of Harper's Ferry. It is an historic 
town, chiefly for the bloody, but indecisive bat- 
tle fought in its .suburbs and along the banks of 
Antietam Creek on September 17, 1862. A Nation- 
al Cemetery, at the eastern end of the town con- 
tains the mortal remains of 4,667 Union soldiers, 
while probably an equal number of the opposing 
army fell victims to the cruel war. A much larger 
number were wounded, .some of whom died, and 
others were maimed for life. 

It is conceded that more men were slain in a 
given time in this engagement than any other 
battle during the war. Large shafts and monu- 
ments, numerous tablets, and silent artillery mark 
the places of this, one of the severest engage- 

Other points of historic interest are Burnside's 
Bridge, across Antietam; Bloody Lane and The 
Tunker Church. This meeting house is in the 
Manor Congregation. It is situated one mile north 
of town and was built in 1853. It stood within 
the line of battle and was partly demolished by 
the batteries of both armies. After the battle it 
was used as a hospital for both the "Blue" and 
the "Gray," and is a silent witness of human 
carnage and inhuman warfare. 

The building was repaired in 1864. (Pardon 
me, but this is in the year of the writer's birth.) 
The war department proposed to purchase the 
house and preserve it as a relic of the bloody 
event. The offer, however, was declined by the 
congregation, believing it would serve a better 
purpose by using it as a place in which to wor- 
ship "The Prince of Peace," and to teach the doc- 
trine of love and good will. A tablet had been 
placed on the outer wall, to the right of the door, 
by the government, which gives a brief history 
of the meeting-house and its connection with the 

The central meeting house of the congregation 
is known as The Manor Church, and was built in 
1832 by John Weaver and Peter Shamel. The An- 
nual Conference of 1857 was held in this church. 

Previous to the building of Manor house this 
territory was a part of The Beaver Creek Church. 
Up to 1897 the Bishops in this territory were 
Joseph Emmert, Jacob Emmanuel, Isaac Long and 
David Reichard. Brother Emmert was an uncle of 
Eldes Joseph Emmert of Arneldo's Grove, Illi- 
nois, who was the grandfather of Mary Stover 
of India. He preached mostly in German, as that 
language was the most common. These faithful 
standard-bearers had all gone to rest before the 
roar of cannons resounded within the walls of 
this hallowed sanctuary. 

Samuel Mumma donated the church lot where- 
on the Sharpsburg House was built in 1852 or 
1853. He was born in 1801. He was living within 
the line of battle at the time of this engagement. 
His dwelling house, barn and nearly every build- 
ing, with most of the contents, were laid in ashes 
during the battle, leaving scarcely a change of 
raiment for the family. 

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Elder Joseph Emmert of Arnold's drove, Illi- 
next placed in charge of the flock. Polder Long 
was well known in the Brotherhood, having 
served frequenetly on the Standing Committees 
of the Annual Meetings and other important com- 
mittees. He reared a large family — four sons : 
Joseph, Victor, Orville and Walter. These, with 
three of his sons-in-law, Ely Yourtes, Seth Myres 
and E. D. Kendig were all ministers. During the 
war the Manor Congregation numbered between 
three and four hundred members. It now num- 
bers two hundred and forty. Many have moved 
to other localities and the Hagerstown congre- 
gation has taken a pail of their territory and 

— New Carlisle, Ohio. 

Interesting Items 

(Continued from Page 2) 

We also learn that the goal that was set for the Easter 
services was 125, and when the count was taken it was 
127. The enrollment goal was set at 150 in the Sunday 
School as of Easter and when the enrollment was com- 
pleted it added up to just 150. 

Brother Dodds reports one accession by baptism, a 
young wife. 

Hagerstown, Maryland. We note that the Easter Sun- 
rise Service and Breakfast in the Hagerstown Church was 
in charge of the C. E. with the breakfast being furnished 
by the Laymen's Organization. 

Loree, Indiana. Brother Robert Higgins, pastor of the 
Loree Church informs us that he has been extended a 
call for another year of service with the Loree church. 

Plans have been made for a choir to sing at the wor- 
ship services of the Loree church. 

Mexico, Indiana. A Men's Fellowship Supper and pro- 
gram was held in the Mexico Church on Tuesday evening, 
March 16. Rev. Lee Jackson, pastor of the First Christian 
Church of Peru, Indiana, was the guest speaker. 

The Playlet, "An Easter Adventure" was presented at 
the evening hour in the Mexico church on Sunday, March 

Peru, Indiana. An Easter Sunrise service and breakfast 
was held in the Peru Church basement. A fine time is re- 
ported. Brother Elmer Carrithers is the pastor of the 
Peru Church. 

Rev. Wayne Swihart, speaking for the Indiana Sunday 
School Board, was guest speaker at the evening service 
in the Peru Church. 

Masontown, Pennsylvania. Brother Ankrum informs us 
of the revival now in progress in the Masontown church, 
with Rev. W. C. Berkshire, pastor of the New Lebanon, 
Ohio, Church as evangelist. The services began Sunday, 
April 4 and close on Sunday, April 18. 

Louisville, Ohio. Brother John Byler, pastor of the 

Louisville Church, telle us of the reception of five *hr<, 
baptism and two by letter on Easter Sunday. 

On March 14, the Louisville Laymen enjoyed the 

suits of a contest in which the "Beavers" ■•■■■■■> vere 
feated by the "Greyhounds" entertained with a su;. 
and program. The wives and sweetheart were 
Rev. .1. I. Byler of Washington, I). C, father of Rev. John 
Byler, was the guest speaker. 

Brother Byler says, "We an- pleased to announce 
completion of installing a new sewer in the church, which 
should eliminate any further problem of ;. - ' in our 

We are in receipt of Brother Byler'.- "Pa tor 1 Helper," 
the little monthly magazine which he sends out to his 
congregation. Again it is packed full of news and an- 
nouncements of interest to the congregation. Every de- 
partment of the church is represented. 

Lanark, Illinois. We learn that Dr. L. E. Lindower was 

a recent speaker at the Lanark Church during the pre- 
Easter week. 

During the absence of Dr. McCartneysmith for several 
weeks the guest speakers are: April 4 — Rev. Albert T. 
Ronk of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; April 11 — Rev. Robert By- 
ler and the Victory Male Quartet of Moody Bible Insti- 
tute. The Mid-week services will be in charge of H. A. 
Gossard and H. B. Puterbaugh. 

Udell, Iowa. A card received this morning, March 31, 
from Vail E. Deeter, son of our Brother W. R. Deeter, 
gives us the following information: We quote from the 
card: "There was a small roof fire at the Udell Brethren 
Church on Easter Sunday Morning, so there was no ser- 
vice. A large crowd gathered and a bucket brigade put 
cut the fire. The Trustees now plan to shingle the whole 
roof with asbestos shingles." He also states that "ner- 
vous strain, shock and likely a small clot from a bursted 
blood vessel put his father on his back." Upon arrival 
Brother Deeter's two sons, Loyde and Vail, they found 
him some better and expected him to be around as usual 
in a few days. Our prayers go out for him. 

Raystown, Pennsylvania. Brother Ralph Singer, pastor 
of the Raystown Church, sends us the following inter- 
esting bit of news: 

"The Raystown Church has been redecorated. It has 
been painted a light buff, and the wood work has been 
varnished. It is beautiful and is a very inviting place to 
worship. All expenses are paid and the church is ready to 
go forward in the Master's work." He also states that 
the Easter services were held with a very good attend- 
ance. A new roof was put on last fall by the Pennsyl- 
vania District Mission Board. A two weeks revival is 
planned for the month of May and a rededication of the 
church at that time. 

Who are the mountain movers? They are those who go 
forth with an all conquering, victorious faith in Christ. 

Unless the Christ fills us with the triumph of Jesus 
we are not in reality victorious Christians at all. 

It is curious how economic sanity follows the groove 
of religious teaching, how closely the persistence of hatred 
penalizes those who indulge in it.- — Devere Allen. 



The National Sunday 
School Association 

Kev. N. V. Leatherman. General Secretary, 
104 S. Mulberry St.. Hagerstown, Md. 


"And he spake many things in parables, saying, Be- 
hold, the sower went forth to sow, and as he went some 
. .. others . . . and others . . . and others." Matthew 13: 

WE READ so often that Jesus spoke in parables. We 
deal with one that is a really searching story from 
the lips of Him who said, "The harvest truly is great, 
but the laborers are few. Pray ye, therefore, that the 
Lord of harvest thrust forth laborers into His harvest." 

Let Us See the Sower 

Jesus was sitting in a boat. He was speaking to the 
multitudes gathered on the beach. As His eyes looked be- 
yond the throng of people they may have fallen upon 
a sower busy at work, scattering his seed. At least there 
was a picture of a sower in His mind's eye, and in a few 
deft phrases He drew the picture for the people who 
hung eagerly upon His words. There is a touch of auto- 
biography in what Jesus says about the sower. In all His 
teaching He was scattering seed. His very life was a 
process of sowing. He was called by many names. It is 
probable that He would have welcomed the insight back 
of the speech if someone had called Him "The Sower." 

Not only did Jesus himself scatter seed, but He caused 
others to become sowers. In a sense the ministry of train- 
ing the twelve was just a preparation that they might be 
able to scatter the seed of the kingdom; and they, in 
turn, were to inspire others, until there should be sowers 
enough to cast the seed in every place, over the whole 

We talk a great deal about Christian growth; and much 
should be said of the developing Christian character. But 
do we speak as often as we should about Christian sow- 
ing? Do we remember that we are to sow as well as 
grow? What if the sower does not go forth to sow? 
What if the seed is not scattered? In a moment we shall 
say something about the importance of having good 
ground. In the meantime let us remember the importance 
of having a sower to scatter the seed. It is not enough 
to say that preachers are the sowers. It is not enough 
to say that those specially giving their lives to Chris- 
tian work are to be the sowers. Every Christian must 
have a share in scattering the seed if the kingdom is to 

And Now to the Soil 

As Jesus looked out upon the multitude He was thinking 
that they were the soil upon which His words, like seeds, 
must fall. And what different kinds of soil they were. 
Some were like wayside paths, their minds hardened by 
the passing of familiar thoughts, until there was no wel- 

come for new thoughts at all. Some had led such super- 
ficial lives that they would give no depths of welcome 
to new truths. They would hear with eagerness, but in 
their shallow lives the truth would soon wither. It was as 
if a great mass of stones were under a thin layer of earth. 
Some were like preoccupied ground, with thorn roots only 
waiting to spring up and grow. The truth would be heard, 
but the cares of wealth or the cares of poverty would fill 
the mind and the truth would be forgotten. But some 
would be like good ground, unoccupied and fertile, and 
here the truth which Jesus spoke would find real wel- 
come and could come to maturity in lives which loyally 
received it and loyally obeyed it. 

Did the men and women who sat on the beach, listen- 
ing to the words of Jesus, understand that He was de- 
scribing them as He spoke of the different kinds of 
ground? And did some begin to question themselves ear- 
nestly, asking what kind of soil their lives offered to 
the words which fell from the lips of the great teacher? 

Jesus was doing more than describing those who sat 
on the seaside that day. A great multitude no man could 
number, the multitude of those who, in all after days, 
would hear the message of Jesus, was to be concerned 
in this matter of varieties in human soil. Wherever the 
gospel is preached there is to be found the irresponsive 
life, the superficial life, the preoccupied life, and the life 
which is ready to receive the message into a fertile soil. 
After all it is the man who reads the parable today who 
should ask himself what kind of reception he is giving 
to the words of Christ. 

Then Comes the Harvest 

Jesus speaks of four kinds of ground. Three of them 
brought forth no harvest to reward the sower's toil. Good 
seed cannot accomplish much in bad soil. This is the 
principle which is at the very heart of the parable. The 
good seed may go for nothing. The labor of the sower 
may go for nothing. All this may come to pass because 
the soil is bad. 

Another very interesting suggestion comes at the close 
of the parable. Different pieces of good ground produce 
different quantities. Good soils always produce, but their 
capacities are not the same. Good lives always are pro- 
ductive, but not in the same measure. The soil which 
produces thirty-fold is called good as well as that which 
produces a hundredfold. Goodness does not equalize 
men in productiveness. The great thing is that a man 
should produce as much as he can. It is less important 
whether he produces as much as another man. If the 
man of hundredfold capacity produced only sixtyfold, he 
would not be as much of a man as the thirtyfold man 
who produced thirtyfold. This recognition of difference 
in capacity of equally earnest men is of far-reaching 

The good soil always produces. So we may find a test 
for our lives as Christians by asking ourselves if they 
are productive. If there is no harvest there must be 
something the matter with the soil. 

The Responsibility of the Soil 

After all we may be inclined to say the soil cannot 
help being just the kind of soil it is. It does not make 
itself stony or thorny or good. And just here lies the dif- 

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ference. A man can have something to do with the kind 
of soil he offers to the gospel. And implicit in the words 
of Jesus is an appeal to the people to offer good soil to 
the words of truth which fall from His lips. A man can 
refuse to allow his life to become hard, like a path where 
many feet have trodden, so that no seed can take root 
there. He can so eagerly struggle to be loyal to the best 
he knows that he conquers superficiality and so prepares 
the soil of his life for the words of truth. The super- 
ficial man is the man who is not making a moral struggle. 
He can so weed out the thorns of preoccupation that there 
shall be a great place in his life for words of truth, a 
place which they will not have to share with words of 
error, which will finally take up all the room. There are 
a great many things a man is unable to do. But by eag- 
erness and striving he can make his life good soil for the' 
words God will speak to him. Indeed, in all this prepara- 
tion God is his helper. From the moment a man begins 
really to wish that his life may be open to the truth, 
God's Spirit begins to work with new power in the life, 
preparing it and making it receptive. 

Jesus felt that it was not enough to have a sower. It 
was not enough to have good seed. There must be good 
ground, and again and again, directly or indirectly, He 
appealed to men to prepare the soil of their lives for the 
seed He desired to sow. 

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RETURNING on March 13th from a five months tour 
of leprosy missions in the Orient in behalf of the 
American Mission to Lepers, Dr. Eugene R. Kellersberger, 
a member of th Surgeon General's Commission on Lep- 
rosy and general secretary of the American Mission to 
Lepers, described the plight of leprosy victims in the Far 
East as "tragic and deplorable" and called upon American 
churches and the medical profession to aid in providing 
more supplies of anti-leprosy drugs, more doctors, nurses, 
and missionary leprosy experts, and more facilities for 
the care of patients. 

Dr. Kellersberger's itinerary included leprosy missions 
in the Philippines, Hawaii, China, Siam, and India. 

Large areas of China, particularly, have no provisions — 
government or private — for the care of leprosy patients, 
Dr. Kellersberger said. In the West China province of 
Szechuen, for instance, with a population of 60,000,000, 
there is only one small institution with a capacity of 
50 male patients. The great need for China, and for the 
Orient in general, is for large agricultural and industrial 
colonies "where men and women can live like human be- 
ings and know that God loves them and their children 
too," Dr. Kellersberger stated. 

"Instead," he said, "the li